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Struggling

Monday, January 02, 2012

This Christmas was not good to me and my weight. I usually plan on gaining only a couple of pounds and even if it is more than that within a week I am usually able to get my weight back under control. Not this year. It continues to go up and I did not think I was eating that much out of my calorie range. I guess what I will have to do is only eat the foods that I can track. We ate something that I knew the calorie range of and stayed within those ranges and yet I seem to be adding a pound daily. It is really depressing. I must get back to faithful tracking. Once I got out of the habit of doing this, I have struggled. I do not ever want to go back where I have come from. We will be starting another round of Biggest Loser soon at work. This always helps with my motivation. Even there lately I have not done well. I just don't know what has happened with my thinking. I know that is where it lies. I will do what I know to do then keep on doing it. Eventually my body has to agree, right?

  
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IUHRYTR 1/6/2012 1:15AM

    I challenge you to change your thinking about holidays r special events. To say you plan to gain a couple of pounds sounds to me like a sports team deciding to have a losing streak during holidays. Our efforts need to be diligent every day, every meal, every exercise and our attitudes positive so when we do hit (an unplanned) bump in the road we're mentally prepared to charge ahead full steam. -- Lou

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PEPPYPATTI 1/2/2012 1:45PM

    You can do it!!

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PURPLELVR7 1/2/2012 10:25AM

    Losing weight is hard, but I know that you can and will do it.
Over the last year I gained 1 pound, and there are times I really want to give up - but what stops me is not wanting to gain what I have lost.
This is a new day, and we can make a new start.
Here is to success this year.

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Rich Beyond Measure

Saturday, December 31, 2011

I read from Jesus Calling this morning. It is a devotional where the writer takes the scriptures and writes what she felt the Lord was saying to her directly from those scriptures. I loved one line in today's reading. It says My abundance and your emptiness are a perfect match. That just says it all to me. When we are adopted into the family of God we get to leave all our emptiness behind and in its place we get all of His abundance. The lack no longer exists. We have a brand new inheritance. There is so much to our inheritance. Sometimes we just need to dig a little to see just how much we have in Christ. Take the time today to look and see just how much He has given to us just by becoming our Father. I think you will be amazed. If not then you need to be reminded! We have so much to be thankful for now and in the new year that is approaching. We are rich beyond measure.

  
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IUHRYTR 1/6/2012 1:16AM

    YES! -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 1/2/2012 6:08PM

    I love that statement. I needed to hear that today! emoticon

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Do and Say

Friday, December 30, 2011

There are hard feelings between the shifts at work. I seem to get the true thoughts and feelings of the others poured out on me as I give them an opportunity to vent. Sometimes I am unsure how to handle it all, but I can see both sides. I am a communications major and know how many problems can be solved if people will not hide from one another, but will say, this is how you make me feel when you do that . It isn't always easy to confront someone that you think is going to be ugly towards you. But the results of doing so many times outweigh our trepidations. This is something we try to teach our clients to do. It seems so strange that the staff are the ones struggling with this the most. Sounds like we need to have our own program to work! Training in these areas will only strengthen us as a team. I always wondered why I had such a hard time growing up with getting people to accept me. I hit upon something that I tried to teach my children. The only thing that people have to decide on why they do or do not like you is boiled down to two things. It's what you say and how you say it and what you do and how you do it. If we will choose to change one of these aspects we will be less misunderstood and less rejected. Sometimes we must deal with our own hurts and insecurities to do this, but the difference will be like night and day. So when you have trouble in your relationships, rather than point your finger to all they are doing wrong, take a look at yourself first. Change the tone of your voice. Try kindness or say absolutely nothing. Make the effort and reap the rewards.

  
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IUHRYTR 1/6/2012 3:21PM

    A few minutes ago as I listened to a radio talk show host, I was struck by how a few such hosts can keep their voice tone soft and even when dealing with a caller who obviously does not know what they are talking about and who can not cite facts or illustrations to back up their claims, compared to other hosts who lose their temper when talking with ignorant callers. What is the saying about a soft word turns away wrath? You hit it on the head with this message. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 12/31/2011 10:07AM

    Thanks again, Cindy, words of wisdom!!!

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PEPPYPATTI 12/30/2011 6:15PM

    Very well said! Remember, whenever you point a finger at someone, there are always 3 pointing back at you-lol

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WANDAH3 12/30/2011 5:50PM

  Well said.

Happy New Year.
Hugs,
Wanda

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3016DEBRA 12/30/2011 1:33PM

  Well put! I think holding things inside rather than talking and coming to a compromise is how relationships get so messed up. Happy New Year to you! emoticon emoticon

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Blaming God

Thursday, December 29, 2011

God gets the blame for a lot of things that He had nothing to do with. Sin is sin and evil is evil. God IS good. This is a less than perfect world and I think we can all agree on that. It was designed to be perfect and will again be perfect, but sin entered in and messed things up. How did sin get invited in? Man just didn't know what to do with temptation. God did not tempt man nor will He ever. Do I need to repeat that? Nor will He ever. This is a life or death struggle with our very souls at stake. Many of us go into battle without first putting on our protective gear. Is that God's fault? He purchased everything we would need and gave it to us. He gave us the best and was willing to give of his very self to do so. He is our shield and will take the brunt of the attack, but we tell Him we don't have time for Him or we don't need Him. He has adopted us a sons and has taken us from bankruptcy to having no need unmet and we would prefer to live in the squalor we are used to. Again, is that His fault? There are treasures to be found every single day, but it takes too much time or is not worth the time to us, so we set Him aside. Then when things get from bad to worse we blame Him. I just don't understand it.
We have a choice. Choose God and live an abundant life or reject Him and choose to die. Every single minute of the day we have a choice. We consistently choose the lesser of the two. How does that make Him feel, I wonder? He can't do anything more than what He has already done for us. He gave absolutely everything and, believe me, it was more than enough. It's time to quit pointing fingers and put the responsibility where it belongs. The same is true with weight loss. The victory is our and it is impressive. Self discipline is not always going to be fun, but the rewards are there for us if we are willing to partake. Make the right choice.

  
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YOYONOMORE1 12/29/2011 1:39PM

    He gives us the freedom to make our own choices and if we make the wrong ones it certainly is not His fault. A very well written blog. May 2012 be overflowing with right choices.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/29/2011 11:19AM

    Thanks for putting it so clearly! I was praying last night for some people who have had great tragedies in the last few months or even days! I see how easily those who don't already know God's faithfulness could turn to anger, bitterness, and blame. "how could God let this happen?" I pray that instead, they will reach out, say, "Help! I can't do this myself!" and find His comfort as He walks through darkness with them!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/29/2011 10:54AM

  Yes, yes and yes again.

Love this blog it is so true.

He gave us this free gift of righteousness, the righteousness of Father God through Jesus and because of Jesus we have all we will ever need to live on this earth at this time and to over come all obstacles and to remain over comers and never going back to previous obstacles but going on to conquer over more battles because we are created to be winners all the time never ending winning over it all in the name of Jesus.

We are His love creations because love does cover a multitude of sin.

Love is tough and fights for justice and right and faith.

Love works by faith and faith works by love.

Having faith in the love of God for us keeps us going and growing from faith to faith and glory to glory and keeps us winning over all obstacles.

Happy new year and thank you for the great comment on my blog.

I want you to walk in His love, grace, truth and righteousness and peace and joy for the rest of your life in the name of Jesus.

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Worry

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Worry can consume your day if you allow it the chance to take hold. It is hard to stop that little voice in your head once it is given a voice. So the trick becomes not allowing it the voice in the first place. Some people can't help but think of all of the what ifs. Most of us know they never happen anyway. Others have financial worries or health isssues that keep them awake. The Bible tells us to not worry about a thing because God will take care of it. I used to translate it "don't wory about anything. Let God will worry for you," God doesn't worry, but I knew that He would do better with the situation than I would. When you trust Him to take care of the situation, it is no longer up to you to fix it or live with it. When you release the worry instead of holding on to it, you become free of it. The Bible also tells us that Jesus peace was beqeathed to us at the cross (Amplified). So there is no point is asking for peace because we already have all the peace we need. We just need to hang on to it. His peace is complete just as His ability to take care of us is complete. Remember the lilies of the field and the birds of the air? All our needs are met more than abundantly in Jesus Christ and the work of the cross. The enemy was beat soundly that day. He was paraded for all to see. For this purpose was the Son of God revealed: to destroy the works of the enemy. He lost his ability to hurt us any more. God is good all the time. Why do we allow the enemy to convince us of anything else?? So today let go of your worry, the what ifs and everything that causes you to lose sleep. They no longer have the power over you unless you allow them to do so. Let us not be found with the unfaithful and the fearful. Let us be bold and courageous conquering all our foes starting with worry.

  
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/29/2011 10:57AM

  The fearful and doubters and cowards are part of who is cast into the lake of fire.

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3CATSLEP 12/29/2011 9:01AM

    Thanks, Cindy! (and boy have I been worrying about my mom - I know she is safe and God is holding her close!)

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WANDAH3 12/27/2011 4:43PM

  You are right...most of what we tend to worry about, never happens...so why worry.

Hugs,
Wanda

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WALIDGAZALA 12/27/2011 9:38AM

    I don't know what to say.
Should I agree?
just like that?

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