Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:26-29
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise. Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name." Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. Psalm 66:1-5
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I thought about entitling this blog, "The No S Diet is Vindicated Again" (see my SparkPage for the No S Diet SparkTeam if interested). But since both sides of the argument are clearly presented in this article (which is something I really like), that wouldn't be strictly true.
I'm glad if it works for you. And yes we're all different. But mini-meals 4 times a day, and/or snacks 6 times a day, do not work for most of us. Look at America! We need to eat FEWER times, not more often!!! Yes the French have chocolate-and-a-biscuit snack, HOWEVER, they do NOT eat like America does THE REST OF THE DAY!! Hello!! Get a clue. That only works if you are very careful about small portions all day long. ONLY THEN WILL YOU GET THE INSULIN BENEFIT DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE FROM EATING MORE THAN 3X A DAY. For the rest of us, there is no insulin benefit from eating more than 3X a day! For the rest of us, there is insulin detriment in eating more than 3X a day!
The truth is I do not need to be snacking all day, and the truth is if you do that, then your meals are not true meals; they are 2-3 hundred calorie snacks each. I suppose 300 cals might be called a mini-meal. Technically. But they are just snacks. And if you go over that amount, but are still eating at the more often frequency of 4, 5, or 6 times per day, then you are soon gaining weight. That's the simple truth and the bottom line. Some of us who are breaking our addiction to food are not going to stop at 200 or 300 calories per "meal", what a misnomer!, what a LIE to call it a meal, what a diet trick and gimmick. Just the latest fad. A few years ago it used to be called grazing. Tomorrow there will be another book by another name. And we will stupidly waste our time and money on them. NO THE INSANITY STOPS HERE AND NOW.
And when we do stop at 200-300 cals we feel deprived and continue the mind obsession with food. This is very unhealthy, spiritually and physically.
Plan healthy meals the day before. You didn't plan for today? That's fine don't stop with a negative, instead become solution oriented and proactive. Instead, start right where you are: instead, TODAY plan in advance for TOMORROW. If the stuff is not in the house, GO GET IT TODAY, FOR TOMORROW. 99% of grocery stores have their ads online. It's easier than it's ever been to menu plan and shop. Choose highly nutritious choices for calorie expenditures. Plan lunch around 3 dif colored veggies, one of which is dark green, then add protein/carb. Plan the last meal around 3 dif colored veggies, one of which is dark green, then add protein/carb. Fill a plate with healthy food, eat slowly and intentionally savoring every bite, AND STOP WHEN YOU'RE 50-80% FULL, or, when the plate is empty, whichever comes first. Do that 3 times a day, with no sweets*, no snacks, and no seconds, and you will lose weight!! It's that simple. *See the No S Diet regarding fruit.
And unless you eat like the French do for every hour of all 24 hours of the day, then forget the 4-6 meals. How many of us begin our SparkJourney as a very disciplined eater??? HELLO!! Practically 0%. Unless you're beginning your SparkJourney as a very disciplined person concerning food, forget the 4-6 meals.
Remember I already said, "I'm glad if it works for you, and we're all different". But for the majority of us, it's a lie, a gimmick, the latest diet fad. I'm DONE with that. NO MORE DIETS AND GIMMICKS AND FADS FOR ME. I'm preplanning, I'm eating sensibly, I'm cooking from scratch to avoid all the aspartame and sucralose and salt and crap. And don't use the excuse you don't have time to cook from scratch. Because there is batchcooking on weekends, there is making 2 casseroles instead of one and freezing the 2nd, and there is using the crockpot frequently, and eating whole fruits and foods. I'm doing this the sane, old-fashioned way as my lifestyle change. Not a diet. And, DUH, don't tell a fat person who is undisciplined in their eating to begin with, to eat more often!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Today is the 101st day, 264 left.
"We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." Acts 10:39-43
So we are to use what talents we have, whatever we have in whatever measure we've been given, to help a hurting world who desperately needs to hear the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That sins can be forgiven. That hell does not have to happen to us even though yes, sin demands death, and we are guilty because we sinned. It is our sin that damns us, not God. The Good News is that God still made a way, by offering a sinless sacrifice, Jesus. Love found a way.
I love to sing. Love music. Love praise and worship music, and exercise music, and many different kinds of music. I love harmony and good lyrics, love the beat, love instruments.
There is just one problem.
Yep I can't sing. Don't have the voice for it. When singing voices were passed out I must have been in a different line.
When my niece was 4 and we were in church, she tugged on my skirt until I looked down, and then she said, with all the honest sincerity of a child, "Don't sing, Auntie; don't sing!"
But the Bible commands believers, over and over, to sing! Sing unto the Lord! It doesn't make an exception for "those with bad voices".
So I sing, circumspectly in public, but I do sing and I do enjoy singing.
There is another way to sing. There is another way to demonstrate the astonishing beauty of your voice, no matter how good or how bad or nonexistent your voice is. Make your LIFE a song of praise. On days when you're brokenhearted and don't have much to sing about, let your song be a sacrifice of praise. Let people see the Risen Saviour in your LIFE when they look at you. You can sing a beautiful song without sounding a note.
Now THAT, is quite the SONG.
"Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner; but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love." Psalm 147:1-11
One of my new goals, is to make my life Sing.
LifeSong - Casting Crowns
Saturday, April 10, 2010
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Today is the 100th day, 265 left.
How was everyone's Easter Week? (I call the week before Resurrection Sunday, Holy Week, and the week after, Easter Week.) Today I have to do some chores I've been putting off, not looking forward to those. Also some cooking, and washing the car plus the inside car windows. For some reason I always hate doing the insides of the windows and neglect them, so they need done really bad, especially the inside of the rear windshield. I don't mind washing the outside. I'm visiting a couple churches tomorrow and am going to ask about teaching FPU there, are they open, and are they open to a single female member doing it. I'm not looking forward to being brave enough to ask those questions, but need to find a church and get settled. I found out alot of additional thyroid information this week, read two natural thyroid websites, called the Armour website number, etc. It's amazing how much there is to learn; as with most things, you don't know HOW MUCH you don't know. I dropped some more teams to declutter, and am trying to breathe life into one that I don't want to disappear. I'm going to read threads on the thyroid team and see if, informationally, it's worth joining or would it just be another team (which I don't need).
I worked this week to try to do pre-planned food, water, exercise, and sleep everyday for a Team challenge. M-F I succeeded in f, w & e 4/5 days. I succeeded in f, w & s 3/5 days. The exercise and sleep bumps in the road occurred on dif days; so I only succeeded on ALL FOUR 2/5 days.
This is something fascinating I never noticed before I started tracking it.
2/5 is NOT good.
And yet I worked so hard this week to even qualify for the 2/5!!! This is making me face sobering facts. I am not nearly so far along in my SparkJourney as I thought I was! While on one hand I knew that, and on the one hand that's, hello, WHY I created the challenge; on the other hand, 2/5 still comes as a disappointing surprise. I have to improve those numbers.
It is always good to check up on oneself objectively. Even when the results are not pleasant, it is eye-opening. I feel like I'm in my own rehab program or something.
Even with this spotty consistency, my attempts to do all four resulted in some weight lost this week. But I'm waiting to see if it's "real" weightloss before moving the tracker.
Also the week is not over yet; I still have today. So doing ALL FOUR today, food, water, exercise, sleep, will greatly improve my tracking numbers, to 3/6. Which is incentive for me to stay on track today, and to go to bed early tonight.
ONE DAY AT A TIME I need to focus harder on doing ALL FOUR. This has been eye-opening.
How was everyone's Easter Week?
Today is the 100th day of this year. That was sobering, too. What do I have to show for the first hundred days?
Stay tuned for the next edition of, "As the SparkJourney Walks".
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