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Saturday, January 19, 2013

A book that has helped me in my weight loss journey is "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst. She is a Christian author, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, and this book changed my life. She writes about the fruit of the spirit of self-control. It was certainly lacking in my life. I remember telling my doctor before I started Spark People (over, again!) that I felt out of control, that I just could not get a grip on eating and weight loss. This book opened my eyes to what was missing. As much as this is a physical battle, for me it is also spiritual. I needed God's help to take back my life, my health, my body. Nothing I ever did before worked for any long period of time. This past year has truly been a lifestyle change for me.

Another weight loss book written from a Christian perspective is "Bod 4 God" by Steve Reynolds. He is a pastor who lost over 100 pounds. I found it very helpful as well.

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MOMOF4FOXES 2/16/2013 11:47PM

    I just started reading the book a Bod4God. It is good so far. Another Christian book I read was Chantel Hobbs Never Say Diet. It is REALLY good. It is her story and lots of good information in it. emoticon

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IAPHOTOGIRL75 1/20/2013 12:41AM

    Sounds like great books, I will have to look them up, thanks!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/19/2013 11:48PM

    Thanks for those titles.

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How You Doin'

Friday, January 18, 2013

It's January 18. I hope you are still reaching for your goals/resolutions. Don't give up! If you did, start over! There are so many things in life that we don't have any control over, but we can control what goes into our body and how we treat it. Let's do this thing! We CAN do it!

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ECAT77 1/19/2013 11:26PM

    I don't make "resolutions" either. You'll have to read my blog from January 1 about that. :)

My background pic is Michael Weatherly from "NCIS." It's an old picture, but he is still hot!

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IBSHAUN 1/18/2013 6:31PM

    So far so good! I don't do resolutions - I always feel like it sets me up to fail. But I have decided to re-energize my spark, and get back to some healthier living. (Want to lose these pounds I added after letting 2012 kinda slide by...) Hope you are having a great day and thanks for blog - tomorrow is always a new day!

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MERRYWON 1/18/2013 6:02PM

    Thank you for the encouragement. I love the guy on the background of your page, now that would be encouragement!

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Don't Break the Eggs!

Friday, January 11, 2013

I know many people get discouraged if they make a poor food choice during the day. In their minds, if they decide to have a donut vs. scrambled eggs at breakfast, the whole day is ruined (calorie-wise) so they might as well indulge the whole rest of the day. A great analogy my nutritionist gave me was this: If you go get eggs out of the fridge, drop one and it breaks all over the floor, do you then say, "Well, I dropped one, the whole carton is ruined, I may as well go break the rest of them." No, none of us would do that! So don't get discouraged with your food intake either! You don't have to "blow" the whole day. Just make the NEXT right choice.

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JANTWO 1/12/2013 12:34AM

    Good analogy and great advise!!!!

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AMYABELL 1/12/2013 12:01AM

    I agree! You need to start over at each meal, that's the way I look at it;)


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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/11/2013 11:52PM

    Or chip a tea cup and pull the whole china closet over.

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CRYSUNSHINE714 1/11/2013 11:48PM

    Thank You!! emoticon

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Pressing on Toward the Goal

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year! How was your 2012? Are you glad to see it go because it was full of struggles, or was it your best year yet? Or was it a mixed bag of both? I fall into the latter. We were not struggle-free, but many good things happened as well.

I think in 15 1/2 years of marriage, these last 3 years have been the hardest for us financially. Will works 2 jobs, I work one, and 3 incomes still don't make ends meet sometimes. There were many times this past year where I thought we weren't going to make it, but God always provided a way and our needs were met. Something that has weighed heavily on us is our house payment/situation. We have been underwater (meaning we owe more than it's worth) so we couldn't sell it and move some place cheaper. We were not in a position to let it go to foreclosure and then declare bankruptcy. So we've been praying for a long, long time that we could get it refinanced thru the Making Homes Affordable Act. For the first year or so of that program, we were not eligible. But then the govt. starting changing the process and easing up the regulations. In September of 2012, we FINALLY got approved. We closed on the refi at the end of November, and it worked out that our first payment is not due till February 1st. We have been able to pay off some debt, take care of some home and car maintenance items that we had to keep putting off, and provide gifts for our children at Christmas that otherwise we couldn't have made. There were some other unexpected blessings through this process as well. God came through in a BIG way for us in this situation.

The other main change for me in 2012 was my health. I have been very overweight for years. At the end of 2011, I had a dr's appt. that opened my eyes till how bad things really were. I made a vow that I would get it together in 2012. What really motivated me was the fact that I turned 35 in July, and I knew if I didn't start living healthier and get the weight off now, it would only be harder as I got older. I decided that 2012 was going to be "my year." So I started meeting with a nutritionist, began taking Zumba classes, and eventually joined a gym. I enter 2013 at 34 pounds lighter than 2012, also having lost 30 inches and 5 pants sizes. I was even able to go off my blood pressure medication after many years. I feel better physically than I have in years. I actually see muscles and definition! My confidence in myself has grown as well.

In November and December, I "fell off the wagon" as it were when it came to healthy eating and exercise and gained a few pounds back from my lowest weight loss point. No excuses to make, I simply failed to do what I knew needed to be done. I could moan and groan and beat myself up about it, or I could get back on track doing what worked for me. I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in 2 weeks and took a Zumba class. It felt so great!

I don't believe in making "resolutions." I think resolutions can be so easily broken. People stop doing whatever they set out to do after one perceived failure, and then just give up. Also, it's also easy to SAY you desire to change something, but what is your PLAN to get there? I am setting "goals" for 2013. By making goals and setting a plan to achieve them, I think you can always start over to get things accomplished. Because I am a visual person and a list maker, it's also good to see my goals in black and white, and by publishing them here for you all to see, there is a deeper sense of accountability.

So, my goal for the physical part of my life is to lose 30 pounds by the time I leave for Royal Family KIDS Camp on August 4. This is a camp sponsored by our church for foster and other at-risk children. This is a physically as well as emotionally challenging week. The campsite is very hilly. The last couple years I went, I was so out of shape physically that I could not walk up one particular long, steep hill. I was always riding in the golf cart. If I can walk up that hill all the way, even if I have to stop a few times on the way up, I will feel so empowered. What is my plan to accomplish this goal? I will go back to the things that have always worked for me:

1. Use to not only track my food and exercise, but for the other components as well. I need the accountability.

2. Measure out my portions. I have a food scale and I will use it. Some may think it's silly, but you have to do what works for you.

3. Exercise at least 3 times per week. With our crazy schedules, it is hard for me to get into the gym 3 days a week, but I have equipment and DVDs at home that I enjoy. I will get back into doing those on the days I can't make it to the actual gym.

I also have a goal for my spiritual life. I want to be a better small group leader for the ladies of my church, and be the best Dean of Women at Royal Family (oversees the female counselors, or "cousins" as we call them) that I can be . I need to study God's Word more to accomplish this goal. My plan to achieve this one:

1. Join with my church in reading the Bible through in one year. We start today! Our whole family is participating. My husband and I both have the adult version of the One Year Bible, and I bought the kids' version for our children.

2. I will get back to reading a devotion every night before bed. Some people do this in the morning, but I am NOT a morning person and cannot focus enough. Again, you have to do what works best for you.

To close, no matter what happened in 2012, we must remember that it is now LAST year. Let's not get bogged down by failures of the past. Embrace this NEW year and the chance at a fresh start that it brings. But also remember, we don't have to wait till January 1 for new beginnings. Each day is a fresh start! God's mercies are new every morning! Life is a journey, and we are all works in progress. My favorite quote, from Joyce Meyer, sums it up: "I may not be where I need to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be!"


Elation! Met my goal!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

WOOOOO HOOOOO! I am so excited to have reached my goal! When I re-started SP (for the 3rd time) on December 29, 2011, I set a goal to lose 30 pounds by June 1. Today was my weigh-in for my nutrition class, and I DID IT! I am down 30 pounds and tomorrow is June 1. It feels sooooo good, even more so because the last time I really was into SP, I never met the goal I had set. For the first time just this week, I actually feel lighter. I don't see it when I look in the mirror, I don't see it when I look at old pictures, but I feel lighter. Of course I can tell in my clothes. I've also been taking my measurements and am happy to report I've lost 20 inches as well.

Now, it's time to get off the next 30 pounds. It's too overwhelming for me to say I've got to lose 100 pounds, I feel like I could never do that, so I'm doing it in 30 pound increments. But for now, I'm going to just enjoy this moment and the view of my ticker saying I've reached the goal!

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Congratulations on reaching your first 30 lb loss goal! You are a success! Thank you for sharing it with us. I wish for you to be successful on the next 30 lbs. emoticon

I have less than 10 lbs to lose (actually 3 lbs now) finally to reach the goal weight that my doctor's set for me.

Original SW (March 2009).........350 lbs.
..............153 lbs.
GW set by doctor's.................150 lbs.

I've been on my journey for 3 yrs, 3 mos. I could not have come this far without God and the support & encouragement of Spark People.

I wish for you many successes along your journey to the new you. Always remember to keep your gloves on until emoticon YOUR fight is won! Approach every day as this is the new day that you've been waiting for!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you! emoticon

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