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Not Giving Up

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My weekly weigh-in was not good. Gained 3 of the 4 pounds I lost. I am not happy, but I am not giving up. It has certainly surprised me. It has made me wonder if there is something up with my body that I don't know about. I talked to my doctor friend, because this is crazy. I am eating right- at least 80% of the time and working out very consistently. Dr. Vino talked me into getting a full work up tomorrow. That way we can rule out any physical reasons I am not losing weight.

I guess the reason I am so disturbed is that normally when I work out and eat right I will lose at least 5 pounds within the first couple of weeks. I have only lost a net weight of one pound. I am not giving in to this. I am going to keep going no matter what.

I need some encouragement....
Thanks friends

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MUJU71 1/19/2011 10:12PM

    Don't give up, Mary! Let us know how the exam goes.

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CATSPANK 1/19/2011 9:26AM

    A medical work up is a good idea. I think you will suddenly lose 5 lbs all at once though. Sometimes it just works out that way. You CAN do this.

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LUV-BEING-NANA 1/19/2011 9:12AM

    Hang in there Mary. Glad you are getting a medical work up...that never hurts. But remember, our bodies fluctuate in weight all the time. I worked out last week and gained this week as well. Don't let it stop you...perseverance is the key!!!

Keep on going, gal!
Love ya!

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CAROLYN0107 1/19/2011 8:02AM

    Mary, imagine what you would be like if you had NOT been eating well and working out. A net loss of 1pound is better than a mega gain. I know it's still not encouraging. I'm glad you're going to have a check up. My guess is that it has something to do with a change of hormones. Or perhaps too much salt? Are you using the food tracker? Are you eating ENOUGH? Perhaps your body went into survival mode with all the exercise you've been doing.

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Singing in Swahili

Monday, January 17, 2011

This is me singing at the church in Swahili.

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CAROLYN0107 1/18/2011 11:12AM

    Thanks for sharing the song!

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REDSHOES2011 1/18/2011 12:30AM

    Nice song sweetie!

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More than 30 reasons I am happy

Monday, January 17, 2011

First of all, I don't want to hear any comments on my happy hair....This is what my hair does when I don't have time to wash it for a few days. It just keeps getting bigger. It works just fine here in Africa, so I let it have some freedom....
Sunday was a very busy day. I had a little trouble sleeping because I was thinking about the day for the whole day before. Don was scheduled to teach Sunday School at church and asked me to share a song at the end. I chose to sing, "Open the Eyes of My Heart". I have translated the chorus in Swahili, so I was very happy to hear people join the chorus with me.

The biggest reason I was excited had to do with the fact I was also at church to meet with children looking for a chance at secondary education. I have had the honor of being asked to sit on the board of an organization that gives scholarships to children to get them in school. It is amazing to see how many children are not able to afford to even send their children to supposed government schools.

The ministry we are with actually has a primary school that gets children to grade 7. The government regulations makes it difficult to have secondary schools. I met with 5 girls who all did exceptionally well in our primary school- all of them sponsored by our ministry. All of them are not able to continue on in their education because they are either orphans or in extreme poverty. All of them are so sweet I wanted to take them home.

The reason I am happy, is that we will be able to get most of the academically qualified children into the scholarship programs. There were only a few who were not able to speak English well enough to qualify. Only one was turned away because they had enough money in their home to afford education without a scholarship.

I have interviewed 15 of the children in the last day. Tomorrow I continue. I will present a report to the chairman of the organization recommending the children I believe should receive scholarships. They will have to work really hard during this year in order to pass the entrance exams of the schools that the organization sends them to. They are top notch schools with high standards, so all the children will have to be tutored in Math and English to pass.

I had a really hard time sending children home to not go to school. The government schools charge about $250 to even get a seat in the secondary school. Then they go to schools that have teachers who only show up once in a while. Teachers who have very poor English skills. Schools that have limited supplies, no libraries, and each child has to actually provide their own school desk and table. To put it delicately, it is a luxury for children in Tanzania to complete their education. The government schools are so horrible that any parent that has some money will send their children to private schools.

One of the private schools that is in our area, had nearly 300 children sit their entrance exam. There were only 20 places available.....

I am happy because the time I am taking this week to interview children in our area. I am so happy that a majority of these children are smart enough and meet the criteria for the scholarships. Now all I have to do is make sure the chairman feels the same.

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 1/18/2011 12:40AM

    Sounds like an amazing job you have.

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CAROLYN0107 1/17/2011 11:56PM

    Here where I live the Elementary schools go through 5th grade and the Secondary schools go from 6th grade through 12th. Children must pass a National exams after 5th grade, 9th grade and 12th grades. They can pass 12th and not pass the National exam but then I do not believe they can go to University if they don't pass the National exam after 12th. Few finish Secondary school and even fewer go to U. Schools don't have books but they do have DESKS! Children must bring their own supplies though and all wear uniforms. Our Nursing School requires a 10th grade education or higher to sit for entrance exams.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

I have only missed one day of working out in the last 15 days. The cool thing is that I have actually found out that there are things I couldn't do before my knee surgery. Getting on the treadmill took guts, but once I did, let me tell you, I remembered why I loved running. The truth is that I can't run, because of the artificial knees, but it was down right amazing to get the incline up there and actually be able to get a real sweat on.

I am not a perfect angel by any means. I am doing this challenge on the Slowest Loser team. The problem is that I have not yet let my husband know that I am doing a challenge. The challenge is that I am not supposed to eat anything after 8:00. The challenge with the challenge comes when my sweet husband pops some popcorn and brings me a bowl at 9:00.....Did I tell him that I am doing a challenge???- no....Did I eat the popcorn???-yes....

So, the fact is that I can't manage doing this challenge alone. The only way I can succeed at the challenge, is to actually enlist Don in the challenge. I know that if I actually told him that I was on a SP challenge, he would not tempt me. I can't blame him for wanting to snack.

The strategy today is to actually tell Don, so that I can succeed for the last 3 days of the challenge. I knew this would not be easy, but I made it even harder by not giving Don a chance to support me in this.

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JOYLJL 1/14/2011 6:57PM

    emoticonKind of looks like popcorn... Maybe you can just make teh popcorn at 7:55. And retrain you and Don without Don even knowing. He will get hungrier for a snack earlier if you make it a pattern. Loved your page as it has my name on it!

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CAROLYN0107 1/14/2011 8:00AM

    Good Strategy, tell Don! I went to a Pot Luck last night. We ate at 6:30. After the meal someone came around handing out ice cream. I didn't look at the clock until I got home about 9:15pm. I'm quite sure that the ice cream was before 8pm.... but I really have no idea. I did stay up til almost midnight so I didn't eat anything after supper & the iced cream. I need to keep track of the time.
I'm glad you can do the treadmill. That's terrific.

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The missing link

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The above photo is of the girls in my family- including my mom. I consider myself blessed to have a good relationship with them all. I have an especially close tie with my mom. It won't be long before I see my mom and little sister again. I think not seeing my mom is one of the hardest things I have to deal with being on the mission field.

What is the hardest part of losing weight??? I think it is just staying on target most of the time. Emotional eating has been one of the weaknesses I have dealt with since I was 11. I used to think that the emotional eating was linked to what happened around the time I was 11. I have come to realize that there is much more to the issue than I ever realized.

My childhood was much more complicated than I ever knew. There was a 2 year blank spot in my memory. It became clear to me that a horrible ordeal happened to me at the age of 5. It also became clear that my memory was buried for the years to protect me. The age of 11 was when I was molested, but it was something deep inside of me that rose up to bury the actual memory.

I believe it is the will of God to bring me into complete healing. The journey of healing is also part of the same journey to lose weight. I believe the more I am healed, the more the little girl inside feels secure enough to allow the current grown up Mary to lose weight. No more hiding.

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CAROLYN0107 1/13/2011 12:02PM

    Mary, you are correct. God wills that you be completely healed. Expressing things from your past as you have here is healthy and will help the healing process. It is so nice that you are close with your Mom, even though you live far away from her. Nice that you can play online games with her. You'll soon be able to see each other during your upcoming trip to the States.


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LUV-BEING-NANA 1/13/2011 10:12AM

    Mary, you are working through a hard thing!! God is bringing you through slowly, at the right pace for His healing. He will bring you through!! Yay!! Keep up the hard work, and believe it will bring about His glory!

Blessings my friend

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