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Reality- AGAIN!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The last few months of emotional eating has caught up with me and to be on the road for 10 days didn't help. I have gained 10 pounds, and am not happy about it. Part of that weight may drop this week once I am eating food that isn't loaded with oil, salt, and empty carbs again. I do hope that half of the weight drops off in just a week or two, but then again, it depends on how well I can get back into my normal routine again.

A friend recommended starting Weight Watchers, but I honestly think that every tool that I need to succeed is right here, plus I have such good friends here to kick me back into action. Why should I have to pay money for all of my overeating anyways?????

I got on the scale this morning knowing that I had gained. Clothes do not lie. I was so embarrassed about the gain that I couldn't even tell my dear hubby how much I weighed. He isn't the best person to talk to when I am down, so I am turning here. I need some real emotional support as I commit- AGAIN, to eat healthy and work out.

I am fighting with my asthma since coming back from the ministry trip, so I am not even sure what sort of workout I should start out with. I am having trouble breathing and coughing from the dust that we breathed in for 10 days straight.

I am really sorry to come to my FB friends again, but it is better to come here now, than to drown myself in a bag of chips......

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LUV-BEING-NANA 8/27/2010 2:46AM

    Mary!!! I am so glad you are back...but sad for you that you are so down and have gained weight...but do not fear...your SP/FB buddies are here for you!! I know that you are diligent when in gear. This bout with Asthma will not keep you down and I will be praying that this bout ends quickly. In the meantime, start small and just do strength training or something that won't leave you to winded.

How are your eyes, girlfriend? You have been prayed for and I think of you often!!
Many blessings,

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JODIRICHARDS 8/26/2010 9:33PM

    Only 10 pounds, I did 30 on my 6+ month furlough and had already reached goal, welcome to the human race, that is why God sent his Son, because He knew we could not do it by ourselves. So, push "RESTART"go with whatever the scale says and just get moving. Make a realistic plan and start striving!
I highly recommend starting that plan with Him and go from there. Does not need to be big but realistic. Maybe a pedometer would be a good deal since your asthma is bugging you. Can I save you some grief, it is not likely that half will just disappear. I played that game 6 months after coming back from furlough, it was not until I was serious about where I was and where I wanted to go that I was able to get anywhere, but PTL once I did, He blessed and I am back at goal. emoticon
Make a specific plan and share with us for accountability and encouragement. You came to the right place, save your money to buy the new wardrobe you are going to need it! emoticon Just ideas from a fellow sojourner.

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YICHE12 8/26/2010 1:37PM

    Hello there! I just want to remind you of a little something -- we are all human! When I was visiting my children in Canada during winter, I put on a good 8 lbs. Once I returned home and got into my schedule again, I lost that and more. We all have our ups and downs but because you have acknowledged your gaining, you will lose it again. When we are in denial, it is hard to combat the bulge. emoticon Yes girl, emoticon.

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CHARDANU 8/26/2010 11:25AM

    Hi MARY ~
We haven't met each other on the team page yet, but I have a story for you about yourself. When I joined SP and went searching for a team and came up on CMW, one of the first things I did after joining, was to look through the members. When I came up on "Don and Mary", I got one of those 'nudges' - you know the kind I'm talking about - and I said it OUT LOUD - Oh I just LOVE her! Crazy huh?
Then not very long afterward, when CAROLYN reported to us about your eyes and asked us to pray, I immediately knew who she was talking about. Isn't that something? I couldn't even keep straight the few ones that were posting at that time, but I knew who YOU were. How about that!
So...I'm glad to see you back with the group (so I can get to know you now!) and posting, and glad that your eyes are better, even though not 100% YET. gained 10 pounds. Now you're going to lose it! You're in the right place and with the right mind-set, knowing you'll be surrounded by those who care and will support you. And you're right about Weight Watchers in comparison. SparkPeople is better by far. It all boils down to you anyway, doesn't it? So welcome home and I'm glad to be your teammate. God bless.

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JESUSBRINGSJOY 8/26/2010 10:19AM

    Sorry to hear about your weight gain, but you can take it off again with God's help and the support of the people here. One small step at a time.
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CAROLYN0107 8/26/2010 9:13AM

    It was great chatting with you on SKYPE today. Friend, you came back to the right place. You know that SP is where you should be and I'm so glad you're back. I've missed you. KNOW that I will be checking up on you as I mentioned earlier.

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BARBBF 8/26/2010 8:12AM

    So good to read a blog from you again. Am sure once you're back on the program, you'll get rid of those recently gained pounds!


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CAROL3SAN 8/26/2010 8:11AM

    emoticon Now that you are motivated make a food plan and an exercise plan and claim it as the godpel :) emoticon

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The feeding of the soul has helped me lose 6.5 pounds in 2 weeks!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Doing something that I absolutely love doing has really made a huge impact on my weight. I feel so fulfilled with the medical screenings that Dr. Raj and I have done the last 2 weeks. I got on the scale today and saw that I have lost 6.5 pounds since my last weigh-in!!!

The medical screenings have also been an overwhelming reality check to the effects of poverty in Africa. 20% of the 150 children we saw have cardiac problems. 30% have malnutrition. There are some that need immediate attention to even live a life beyond their teens.

I am so happy that there is another in Tanzania with the heart to help. We are going to continue the health screenings Saturday and then when these children are done, we will head to the village about 4 hours away that has no hospital and the nearest clinic is about 30 minutes away by car.
Have a great week!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/3/2010 2:15AM

    You are awesome Mary!

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HOLLY_ROSE3 5/22/2010 8:13AM

    GREAT job Mary!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 5/20/2010 4:53PM

    Glad to hear your report on the health screenings and your weight loss!!!


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KATKLAW 5/20/2010 2:42PM

    You are one heck of a good lady may God Bless you and congratulations on the weight lose. Kitty emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 5/20/2010 1:50PM

    It's great that you can use your Nursing background to minister in Tanzania. That's a lot of heart problems in the children. Do you know why? From untreated Strep throat? Malnutrition? Just wondering.

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USMAWIFE 5/20/2010 8:55AM

    It is so wonderful to see you giving medical assistance to these wonderful children. May God Bless you and your team and may you continue to loose weight.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

So far so good....I have eaten well and got my Teibo workout in. True success is when we connect all the good days together and change our bodies. We don't have to be 100% perfect- that is not possible, but the good choices should outweigh the others.

The small steps we take really can take us to the top of the mountain. What good choices did you make today?
My good choices were:
1. To eat a healthy breakfast
2. To drink my water
3. To eat a healthy lunch and snack
4. To workout

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BARBBF 8/28/2010 9:07AM

    My realistic goal for the my menu planning, do a thank you note, do cardboard boxes for recycling, water the garden beds, water the plants on front porch, start war against gnats.


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MCGS62 4/28/2010 1:42AM

    emoticonI chose to switch broccoli to breakfast and the grapefruit to lunch I don't know if it was a good choice but it was different

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MRSWHITEWOLF 4/27/2010 2:39PM

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CAROLYN0107 4/27/2010 12:47PM

    I ate an apple! emoticon

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REDHATLADY9 4/27/2010 11:29AM

    emoticonwe have the same goals.

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Home Sweet Home

Monday, April 26, 2010

The saga began 10 1/2 months ago. The stress and all the other stuff that goes with losing my husband's father. Last night was the first time we slept in our own bed since then. No one can prepare you for this. God gave us grace and for that I am grateful.

I have a long battle ahead this year. Conquering the weight I gained in the USA plus all the ministry work that piled up here. Don was overwhelmed last night when he saw all the work he has to do in the next few weeks. We spent time in prayer this morning to get our spiritual compass in place.

My goals this week will be simple:
1. Get back on track with my food choices after a week of fun in Nairobi.
2. Work out 4 or 5 days this week.
3. Handle the emotional eating better.

I decided to pull out all the clothes that are too small right now. It is so frustrating to try to zip up pants that are at least one size too small. It is much healthier emotionally to put those on the side until I can fit in them. It also gives me a little more room for the clothes that do fit.

Don wants to take me to the local gym and see what the price to join is. They have an indoor pool and I feel that swimming may be easier on my joints. I have to take care of my new knees and right now I have at least 25 pounds to lose before I feel more comfortable in my skin again.

My goals for weight loss:
To lose 10 pounds by the end of May

To lose 20 pounds by the end of July

To lose 25 pounds by my birthday on September 4th

These seem to be realistic goals. I am going to do my best to attain them by keeping track of nutrition and food here and to be active on at least one team each day.

I know I can do it.
Thanks everyone!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 4/26/2010 7:10PM

    Praying for you both! Will pray that the overwhelming will not seem so rough as Don gets settled back in. Will pray that you can join that gym with a pool, too!


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BARBBF 4/26/2010 8:52AM

    Sounds like a really good and realistic plan. Am sure you'll be successful.


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LUV-BEING-NANA 4/26/2010 8:46AM

    You are back and with your hubby again!! YAY!!! Sorry to hear Don is overwhelmed...will be praying him through that...and you!! Swimming sounds great, I hope that works out for you!! Take one day at a time and you will succeed!! You can do it Mary! We are all cheering you on!

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CAROLYN0107 4/26/2010 8:26AM

    Mary... I'm glad that you're both HOME. I'm sure it feels great. I know that you'll lose your weight again. You know how to do it and you have the discipline enough to do it.

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HOLLY_ROSE3 4/26/2010 8:24AM

    Bless you both and you'll be in my prayers.

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"It is going to be an adventure"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Leave it to my husband to turn lemons into lemonade. His London flight was cancelled- no big surprize. It took me 3 hours to find an alternate route to get him to Africa. This is Africa, so things on the internet are slower and many complex webpages take forever to download, and on top of that, there are many like me trying to get planes around the volcano.

I gave up on the Dubai route after over an hour of getting to the very last click of the booking only to have the page go to an error message. I ended up going with the site that was quickest to load- Qatar. I had his ticket booked in less than 30 minutes. Then I had to get him a hotel room. That was really frustrating. I used Kayak for that. I would click on the hotel of choice because of price and location, and by the time I would get through to the reservation page, the room would be gone.

Anyways, Don is still using the first legg of his ticket to get to Chicago. Then 2 days later he leaves for JFK and then to Qatar and Friday will be in Kenya.

We will only have 1 day in Nairobi and then we have a 6 hour bumpy shuttle ride back home to Arusha.

Please pray for us both. I am awake at 3:55 in the morning because I am all wound up. Like a kid before Christmas. My shuttle doesn't leave until 8 a.m., but hey I am having my coffee and doing my last bit of email before I take off.

I sure appreciate all the support. God bless you all.

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JODIRICHARDS 4/19/2010 5:08PM

    Love the creative, stick with it attitude, I can see why you are in missions. Praying it all goes according to God's perfect plan, relax and trust, He has it under control. So what is the 6 hour bumpy shuttle ride back home to Arush in? Bus, car,...

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HOLLY_ROSE3 4/19/2010 9:12AM

    You gotta love lemonade!!! Blessings to you friend!

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LUV-BEING-NANA 4/19/2010 8:52AM

    So glad Don is on his way!! You will see him soon...hurray!!!!!

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LN7777 4/19/2010 6:35AM

    My prayers are with you.

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PUDLECRAZY 4/19/2010 6:18AM

    Wishing you both a safe journey. How good that you could find connections for Don to get back from Europe!

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CAROLYN0107 4/18/2010 11:08PM

    I'm glad you were able to get flights for Don. Have a safe trip and enjoy Kenya, even before Don gets there. Check in when you can. HUGS.

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