Sunday, August 17, 2014
I joined the Summer 5% team 8 weeks ago and then life took a couple of left turns and I basically fell overboard entirely.
Between losing our internet for 2 and a half weeks (and not able to connect to my fitbit or my teams), my vasculitis surfacing again, DS's ongoing drama (which affects the whole house) and a week of staycation I'm down exactly.....drumroll.... half a pound.
I know I could have done better but I'm not going to beat myself up over it.
The vasculitis did take me by surprise - it's been almost 2 years since a flare-up, I thought I was over it. I don't know why it came back so I don't know what I can do to avoid it. That combined with MS makes it hard to sleep, move, or think. So I guess the fact that I didn't eat myself into oblivion due to stress is a big improvement.
Tomorrow I start again - and I'll probably strike an iceberg and sink again - but I'm not quitting. This weight has had control for too long. If it takes 5 years, I'm losing it.
I could moan and groan about how I've only lost 14 pounds since I joined SP a year and a half ago but I choose instead to remember what I've learned:
- at least half a dozen ways to exercise in my own living room without fear of falling or having to work out self-consciously in front of other people
-to eat breakfast every day, without fail - 2 eggs scrambled, no toast - it's just automatic now
-that I don't have to run an hour every day, I can do 20 minutes of strength training and accomplish just as much
-that I can exercise in a chair even when I'm too dizzy to stand up
-I can say no to chocolate ice cream and not feel like I'm depriving myself of anything
-I can say yes to chocolate ice cream and have a "normal" portion without going overboad and pigging out
-there is life without potato chips
-salad for lunch every day can be a little boring but it turns into a challenge to find new treats to add to it - an awesome trail mix that I got last week adds a great crunch to a bowl of greens
-I can't do this alone. When I'm not on SP I don't do as well. Some things are better with friends, but friends are essential for Sparking.
So, yeah, the last 8 weeks was a disaster of Titanic proportions but I'm still swimming.
Monday, July 14, 2014
If you haven't seen it already, I encourage you to check out SparkGuy's blog about the challenges he's been facing this year - and how he's pushing through it.
It's not just you - even SparkGuy can't do it all, all the time.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I like words. I used to read the dictionary for fun (seriously). I like how words go in, and out, of fashion, change meanings and get twisted into new words.
I also like doing word studies from the Bible - why was this word used and not that other, more common word? What does it signify?
Yesterday I was pondering the words in Proverbs 16:3:
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
That word "thoughts" is translated as plans, mighty deeds and power in other places.
I've never understood why we would commit our works to the Lord FIRST and THEN our plans would be established.
Wouldn't it make more sense to commit our PLANS to the Lord and let Him establish our works? That's always puzzled me and it was still puzzling me yesterday when I was thinking about it.
I looked at the word for "works" - it's translated as: works, deeds, labour, occupation, and such. Nothing enlightening for me from that.
So I decided to look at the word "commit " --- maybe there was something there that made the difference.
That word commit? -- the Hebrew word "galal" (Strong's #H1556 see link below) -- it's translated as roll - like roll on the ground.
Or like in Gen. 29:3 - they rolled the stone from the well's mouth to water the sheep.
Now I'm more puzzled --- "commit" means roll?
There are other words in the Old Testament that are similar - stay with me here, I know I don't explain it well --- committing trespasses and committing adultery and committing abominations --- those are all different types of "commit". I'm no scholar, but they seem to me to be more "action" verbs, something people are actively doing, versus this statement of intent type word in Prov 16.
Why would commit be equivalent to roll - and it flashed through my mind that to roll a stone over the mouth of a well or cave is kind of similar to rolling a stone over the mouth of a tomb, like when Jesus was entombed after His death.
So I went to Mark 16 and found the Greek word for "roll". It didn't really help - it just means roll and it's not used in any other way in the New Testament.
But above the word was an entry for a Bible dictionary:
" This word is used in the Gospels to refer to the stone that was in front of the tomb of Jesus. In Palestine, graves were usually in a depression and the stone was rolled down an incline to cover the mouth of the tomb. For a small grave, about twenty men were required to roll a stone down hill to cover the door of the tomb. The Bible tells us that the stone covering the door of the tomb was a large stone. The women would have needed more men than even a full Roman guard of sixteen men to roll away the stone. This was a major task. " bit.ly/TAX7q6
Twenty men! To roll it downhill - - - let alone to pull it away again!
Once that stone was in place there was no going back.
You were committed.
Commit thy works to the Lord - it really jumped out at me.
Stop dithering and DO IT.
Not just start, but roll the stone over the door and don't look back.
Commit to commencing, and continuing, action, and He will establish your plans.
Commit to action, even if you don't know where it'll end up or where it will take you. Just get up and get doing something.
Like I said, I'm not saying that's what it is, this is just an application that I made from what I read. There are so many ways I can use this right now - in decisions that have to be made in our family, in my fitness, in eating and diet, in wanting to be purposeful in my writing.
Time to roll the stone.
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