Saturday, December 25, 2010
The white snow is gorgeous and the warmth of home and family is a blessing. Thank you, God, for the many blessings you bestow on us. Thank you, Jesus, for your great love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness you provide to all your people. On this blessed day where we celebrate the birth of Christ, I meditate on the following verses:
1) And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
2) This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
3) So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
4) Now to the King of eternity, incorruptible and immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever (to the ages of ages). Amen (so be it). (1 Timothy 1:17)
With matching slippers, we were able to share a Christmas Eve hug. Many hugs to you on this fabulous day! -- Evelyn
Friday, December 24, 2010
What a perfectly delightful day with family: Husband, father, and two dear Napali women college friends (Anu and Bini) who are just like family. Anuís father was responsible for picking out the beautiful sunshine yellow Nepali Salwar suit.
We shared a wonderful day where the trees, especially the evergreens were laden with fresh snow at Amnicon Falls. I was surprised to see that the Amnicon River was nearly frozen over in spots, but you could still see a few openings and hear the powerful (yet wonderfully meditative) rushing waters. We then looked on to Lake Superior where a number of avid Ice shacks kept the people fishing warm and comfy. Iíll have to return with snow shoes some day. Iíd love to go snow shoeing along the lakeís ice caves. What a great fitness program that would make!
My Dad turned 87 last month. While his faith walk means the world to him, heís a very proud WWII veteran, having fought in the Marine Corp in Iwo Jima. It was during this time when he courted my Mother through the mails, then met her while on furlough. We then enjoyed the company of my Dad for the opening of presents, dinner, and friendly game of cards. His most precious gift was a beautifully framed photograph taken of my mother when she was only about 17 or 18 years of age . . . she looked like a cover girl for Life magazine.
Fun at Cards
We played a childhood game of 31 (glorified black jack with three cards) where the winner of the pot also chose five prizes from a chest of gifts. We were all winners!
After a very full day, I made it back home in time to attend a friend's reception at her home. Now I can settle in to a Christmas Day that I will likely be able to remain in my jammies all day! Unless, of course, the Napali sisters decide a movie is in order. If that happens, Iíll see a little hot air-popped popcorn in my near future.
Have a very merry Christmas!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I have a confession: It has become apparent that I am a very slow learner. For that reason, perhaps itís a very good thing, as Martha Stewart would say, that 1) this one-stick-at-a-time gal take the long road to weight loss (averaging closer to one quarter-pound stick of butter each week) and that 2) my personal mission statement emphasize life-long learning.
Iíve been fat all my life, except for one brief moment during college when I reached my goal weight by losing about 35 lbs back in the 70ís. I have always approached weight loss with the good intentions that it would be the proverbial ďlifestyle,Ē but deep down, my heart knew it was a d-i-e-t. Unfortunately, my version of d-i-e-t meant sacrificing to the extreme: Great immediate success, good short-term success, but out-and-out failure in the long-term results.
Iíve used to go years not eating an onion ring or piece of fried chicken. I have now learned that I can work in some of my all-time favorite comfort foods. During our drive home from a 7-week vacation, I enjoyed two southern favorites: One meal with country fried steak and another with grits. The grits worked in well when accompanied by scrambled egg whites (without the toast that would normally come with the breakfast). You get two meals of meat with the regular (versus senior) order of Dennyís country fried steak, so I asked for my take-out box (with one slice of the $2 pumpkin pie in one corner) so I could put away one of the two servings immediately so as to not interfere with my dining enjoyment. As it was, we shared the pumpkin pie, and my two-ounce serving (119 calories) with the 265 calorie country fried steak, allowed me two days of meals that fit well within the recommended calorie and nutrient mix. I found that I mindfully ate more slowly and enjoyed every bite. With a day where fresh fruits filled in during our on-road travel, I am learning to not go down that river of DeNile.
Is there a tip for healthy living or new habit you have formed that helps you stay the course in being or remaining the healthiest person you can be?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
In being wonderfully active within the SparkPeople Community -- the 'rock' that's going to help me keep my goals in front of me -- I was asked what three things are you thankful for today?
I am thankful for 1) a faith walk in Christ that grows stronger each day, 2) friends and loved ones who bless me and God with their positive impact, and 3) the many wonderful people and resources available to me through my journey of life-long learning, weight loss (SparkPeople, Weight Watchers, 3D [diet, devotion, and discipleship], Faithfully Fit, etc), and enjoying the beauty of God's creation through nature. I praise God for the rich blessings and beauty that surround me right now in this temporary land I call home.
What three things are you thankful for today?
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Earlier this morning, having just come from my weekly weight loss group, I was given the opportunity to make the best out of a bad situation. I had actually thought about taking a day of rest from my new exercise regime. With only a few meals left before the refrigerator needed to be totally empty, I stopped by my favorite supermarket for bakery bread. Bread and bananas were the only two items I needed, so when I learned it would be nearly a half hour before the bread would be ready, I stood there a moment, then offered to wait and work in some walking. With a beautiful (albeit chilly and rainy) day outside, I was happy to be inside. This would be the perfect time to put to good use all these bright and relatively empty aisles. About a half an hour later, I learned that the bread had just come out of the oven and had to cool before they could slice it Ė a talent Iím not all that good at for ease in tracking purposes. I was glad the baker offered to put it in the freezer for a bit. Another half hour later, my shopping and exercise were complete.
While Iím far from perfect in making the best of choices, Iím very glad to have been blessed with the peace of mind to choose compassion and patience in this case. The Apostle Paul writes, ďTherefore, as Godís chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12) Itís not always that we can be immediately mindful to turn a negative situation into a positive one, but it sure is better for our health when we do.
I'm mindfully trying to be the best Teddy Bear and Peep I can be!
Do you attempt to turn a negative into a blessing? Enjoy your journey to make healthier choices. Your peace of mind will say, ďThank you.Ē
PS I am thrilled to report success at the scales: 2 lbs. That's eight sticks of butter (my crazy visual) off the body this week. This is a lot for me, as I'm over four years into a 100 lb weight loss with only 33 lbs left. Now to go check my new BMI. Woo Hoo!
Get An Email Alert Each Time EJOY-EVELYN Posts