Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I have been watching this show on my computer via hulu.com, it is free:
It chronicles one morbidly obese person's transformational journey over a 12-month period. They lose 100, 200, or 300 lbs in 12 months.
If they meet their 9 month goal, they are given skin removal surgery, & then continue on their journey, with the big "reveal" of their "transformation" at the end of the 12 months in front of family and friends in a public hall, coliseum, gymnasium, ball field, or other similar venue where several hundred people can gather.
As a new watcher, I was transfixed and in awe. WOW! I could do that! That could be me!
On Jul 2, my 49th birthday, I asked myself and blogged about if my "Fit By Fifty" goal was Attainable and/or Realistic since I'm now only one year away and have failed to get it in gear up to this time.
It took me watching about 3-4 shows of Extreme Makeover: Weightloss Edition for the shock & awe to wear off, when I started applying it to myself. Yes, I definitely COULD do it.
But I also would DEFINITELY need the skin removal surgery. Who knows, at my age I'll probably need it anyway. But if I did it in 12 months? Oh yeah, buddy. No ifs ands or buts; even the young people on the show need the surgery if they lose significant weight in 12 mos. It is not cosmetic. It is not a want. It is a need.
So that settles it for me: back to my original plan of becoming cardiovascularly and musculo-skeletally FIT in 12 months - in that manner YES I'll be Fit By Fifty. But no I'm intentionally NOT wanting to drop all the weight by age 50. Instead, 3-5 years (and hope I don't need skin removal surgery) to drop the weight.
This epiphany came at an appropro time - some would say ironic.
Today is my 3rd year Spark Anniversary. (And yes, I DID want to be thin by now.) Originally I signed up to get a friend to stop bugging me, and never used SP, as I was very jaded. Then about 3 months after signup, I started loggin on for the first time, started reading articles, did that for about 5 months. So my first 3/4 of a year on SP was no teams, no committment, no striving to get fit, no plans or goals. So though this is my "official" anniversary, I've actually been active on SP about 2 1/4 years. I started SP at 315 and weigh 270 now; but the real transformation has been my mind and knowledge.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Here's a 10 min video that explains the science behind WHY the No S Diet works so well (the No S Diet has 3 rules, No Sweets, No Snacks, and No Seconds, except, only Sometimes, on S Days). See the team icon on my SparkPage if you're interested in the No S Diet SparkTeam.
Also this video taught me alot about how to improve my thyroid function naturally.
Also how to lower your triglycerides naturally if that's a concern for you.
And many other very healthy tips for good health and weightloss, & how to burn more fat at night while asleep, and why snacking is such a cruel and false diet fad metabolically. Also tips for over 40.
This also explains why I feel better on less carbohydrates - no or low carbs is not for me, but, reducing carbs really helps me. He also explains the Divided Plate that I do, never quite heard it explained like this, I learned mine from Ellie Krieger on Food Network before SP.
I guess this is why I've been feeling so much physically better and slimmer (my scale is packed), by seemingly doing nothing (following the No S Diet is a moderate, life-long plan you can do every day for the rest of your life - not really a diet - so once I switched over to No S, it seems as if I'm "doing nothing". )
The first 3 rules mirror EXACTLY the No S Diet.
Also remember how important regular sleep and a full amount of sleep, is to leptin. Most obese people are not sleeping 8 hours.
Friday, July 08, 2011
"Count It All Joy" has so many shades of meaning.
*COUNT* It All Joy - count it, reckon it, consider it, to be so
Count *IT* All Joy - what is the IT in your life?
Count It *ALL* Joy - every trial, tribulation, moment of joy, moment of sorrow and grief, all of it, ALL of it, A-L-L of it. All trials and testing and tribulations. And the process of going through the process. Pretty tall order, hmmm?
Count It All *JOY* - how do you reckon something unjoyful, as being "Joy"?
James doesn't leave us hanging, he gives us the answers, and then he even explains it further:
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
- James, the half brother of Jesus, James Ch 1:2-4
Here is how other translations say verse 2:
2 Consider it pure joy, an opportunity for great joy, be very happy, let it be all joy to you, reckon it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face, encounter, or undergo tests of every sort and various trials of many kinds, when you are tested in different ways, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials,
Barnes' notes on the Bible:
Count it all joy - Regard it as a thing to rejoice in; a matter which should afford you happiness. You are not to consider it as a punishment, a curse, or a calamity, but as a fit subject of felicitation.
Why? Whhhhhhhhhhhhy in the world would any SANE person that has a brain, and who is not a masochist, DO THAT??!!
Well guess what, the Bible tells us why. The Bible is a very practical book full of truth; yes some things are by faith but even the faith part is logical, considering Whom your faith is placed in and on; and many parts of the Bible are very logical and clear, full of wisdom you can build your life on. Verses 3 & 4 tells us and reminds us of what we should already know, and answers the question WHY would any sane person would "count it all joy". While you're in the pit of your trial, you sometimes forget and lose sight of the answer, and can't see the forest for the trees; keep reading, it's in verses 3 & 4:
3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops patience, perseverance, steadfastness; and gives you the power of endurance and going on in hope.
4 So let it grow, let this power of patience, this power of steadfastness, have it's full effect, for perseverance must finish its work so that when your endurance is fully developed and has its full effect - if you endure until your testing is over - , then you will be mature and complete, perfect and entire, not lacking, wanting, or deficient in anything and needing nothing.
Wow. Wow. How many precious promises are in those verses?
Here are a few:
1. testing of your faith develops patience.
2. testing of your faith develops perseverance.
3. testing of your faith develops steadfastness.
4. testing of your faith gives you the power of endurance
5. testing of your faith gives you the power of going on in hope.
6. When those qualities grow, mature, become fully developed, when they have their full effect and they finish doing their work in your life - which is something that will happen if you endure until your testing is over - then you will be mature and complete, perfect and entire, lacking nothing; not wanting or deficient in anything and needing nothing.
Are you bouncing around, struggling with consistency in your life or your SparkJourney? Want to be faithful and true, to exercise, to nutrition, to your spouse, to your family, to personal improvement, to your budget, but are not? Wanting to be patient and mature, but are not? Sick of lacking, sick of needing, sick of wanting, and sick of being deficient? Sick of being a wimp and not having enough resources to endure to the end, so instead you bail, you start over a million times, you NEVER "endure to the end"? Well I am. And I am sick of my trial of 18 months of unemployment. You are not alone, my brothers and sisters. These verses are for me, and for you;
COUNT IT ALL JOY whenever you face, encounter, or undergo tests of every sort and various trials of many kinds, when you are tested in different ways, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials. Because you know that the testing of your faith develops patience, perseverance, steadfastness; and gives you the power of endurance and going on in hope. So let it grow, let this power of patience, this power of steadfastness, have it's full effect; for perseverance must finish its work so that when your endurance is fully developed and has its full effect - if you endure until your testing is over - then you will be mature and complete, perfect and entire, not lacking, wanting, or deficient in anything and needing nothing.
Don't let the devil steal your joy. Remember the promises while you're in the ditch. Keep the vision in front of you - when the bark is 2 inches away from your face and the vastness of the trunk blocks your physical vision, remember the forest with your mental/spiritual vision. Engage in the power to continue going on in hope that the tribulation gives you - don't give in to despair. Consider it joy because you remember what the Lord is doing in your life, because you know the trying of your faith gives you patience, endurance, steadfastness and perseverance, and that having THOSE qualities coming to fruition in your life will power you to reach your goals - you'll then have the consistency in your life that you need to be perfect and entire, lacking nothing. And how awesome is that. That's after you have endured the testing and come out on the other side. THAT's the reason you COUNT IT ALL JOY, while you're in it.
From Barnes' quote above:
Count it all joy - Regard my 18 mos of unemployment as a thing to rejoice in; a matter which should afford you happiness. You are not to consider it as a punishment, a curse, or a calamity, but as a fit subject of felicitation.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” - Helen Keller
After looking at this picture, I ask myself: Remind me, what was it you said your problem is? What difficulty are you experiencing?
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." - James, the half brother of Jesus, Chapter 1:2-4
Don't let the devil steal your joy.
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