Monday, March 30, 2009
This picture of "Yours Truly" was taken yesterday after church. I had not planned to post any new pictures until after the Lenten Challenge with my church had concluded.
However, this morning I showed the picture to one of my co-workers and she exclaimed, "OH MY GOODNESS, LOOK AT HOW SKINNY YOU ARE!!!"
Okay, with that I decided to share my SKINNY IN PINK picture with the people who have been such an awesome source of support since I've been BACK to BASICS...and those are my good SP Friends.
Since getting BACK to BASICS, I have....
21.4 POUNDS DOWN and
21.5 POUNDS TO GO....
Ain't GOD good!!! (this is still a declaration not a question!)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
...and the NUTRITION TRACKER helped me out!!!
I've been noticing that quite a few of my friends and team mates have scheduled "Cheat Days." Since starting my Back to Basics plan, I have been really eating clean. There are some days that I may exceed my sodium goal of 2300 mg. but I have not had any Kryptonite, fast food or even fried foods. Nor have I really had any serious cravings for that stuff (GOD IS GOOD). I have been planning my meals at least 24 hours in advance and being the planner that I am, I typically try to stick to my plans...so I crave or look forward to what's scheduled on my Nutrition Tracker.
Well earlier this week, my #1 Nutrition accountability partner from the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS team mentioned that she was planning to have a steak one night for dinner. My mouth has been watering for a good steak every since I read her post. Plus, I've had a taste for sweet potato fries...then low and behold I get an email from SP with the recipe for the day...and there was a healthier version of sweet potato fries (GOD IS GOOD).
Being that Sunday is my scheduled weigh in day for BACK to BASICS and I'm already ahead of schedule with my weekly weight loss goals, I said to myself..."Self, let's schedule a WALL-FRIENDLY cheat meal for Sunday." Of course I eagerly agreed with myself...LOL!
Well, after loading everything into my Nutrition Tracker, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my cheat meal will not be a typical cheat meal after all. I will be eating a lean steak (not a juicy T-Bone) and I've planned to further modify the recipe on SP to reduce the sodium (LOVE...LOVE...LOVE...the SP Recipe calculator!). For the day I will still be in my allowed ranges and will even be significantly below my sodium goal for the day (GOD IS GOOD). Here's how the nutrition numbers for tomorrow are scheduled to play out...I will be able to indulge without going overboard or giving in to my BACK to BASICS plan. YAY ME!
**Note: The recommended ranges in parenthesis are based on my level of activity**
Calories (1780-2130): 1587
Fat (45-79): 64
Carbohydrates (228-330): 177
Protein (60-178): 93
Sodium (0-2300): 1837
"But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. " I Cor. 10:13 NLT
Monday, March 23, 2009
"...I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down..." Nehemiah 6:3 NKJV
Yesterday (3/22) marked the first official month of my BACK TO BASICS plan. In a month I've lost a little over 19 pounds and a total of 11 inches. I've worked out at least 5 times a week (Woo-Hoo..thanks to a challenge with the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS), am drinking an average of 12 C. of pure water a day, my clothes are fitting so much better, I haven't had any KRYPTONITE and the biggest accomplishment is that I have been consistently updating my Nutrition tracker with every single gram that passes my lips.
Thanks be to GOD that I am so focused and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will be hitting 217 this year!!!
Since getting BACK TO BASICS, I have coined a phrase that I use whenever I'm invited to go to a buffet, or when I'm told "you just have to taste this", or "come on one little bite won't hurt you"... I politely say, "No thank you, I'm doing a great work. I'm on the wall and I CAN NOT come down!"
This response is based on the 6th chapter of the book of Nehemiah. When the Judeans returned from Babylonian captivity they were able to rebuild the temple, but the walls were still in ruin. Nehemiah (a prophet) petitioned the king and asked that he be allowed to return to Jerusalem to inspect the walls and lead a building campaign. During those time walls served as a physical source of protection from enemies. Nehemiah's opponents were trying to distract him and get him to stop working, but he refused.
So I've likened my BACK to BASIS plan to Nehemiah's campaign. I have been blessed to be in good health, even when I weighed over 400 lbs. (I had no issues with hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol or anything). I know that my body is a temple and with GOD's help, I need to build the walls of proper nutrition and good eating habits around it, so that I can do the best I can to maintain my temple; therefore, I AM ON THE WALL AND I CAN NOT COME DOWN!
Now, here's the BEST PART...yesterday my Mom (DDROSE) and my Sister (LALA696147) were complimenting me on how well I'm doing and that they could see a noticeable change. Then they both said effective immediately they too were going to get back on the wall. That so made my day!
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." I Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
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