Friday, April 02, 2010
I am chuckling at myself, realizing a new factor that has sneaked in.
My friend who is a personal trainer asked me to give a talk about my weight-loss journey, in front of her local Biggest-Loser-style group at church. This was definitely out of my comfort zone, but as I prayed about it, I realized the main reason I hesitated was my own self-consciousness about still having at least 30 pounds to lose.
BUT I wanted to give others the window of hope others gave me, and I knew it was an opportunity to speak of God's astonishing, undeserved grace in my life. So I said yes, and I planned and prayed and wrote and re-wrote and practiced and practiced and gathered my jokes and props.
Here is the part I groan and giggle about. NOW . . . AFTER I did it, since I took a deep breath and gave this talk, I realized with a gasp that I am no longer flying under the radar!
I am OUT THERE now---in this large church---in the sense that people now see me as a weight-loss representative, an advisor of planning & tracking, an advocate for clean eating, surge/interval cardio, strength training, permanent lifestyle change, trusting God, Beck Diet Solution, teaching kids healthy eating . . . . [nervous laugh] I said I wanted accountability, didn't I? Yep, I did.
Now the WHOLE ARRAY of healthy behaviors has to move into the NO CHOICE category!
Plus, now a different group (a group of moms) is working out with me in the church gym once a week at noon! So they have lots of questions (and will be watching me like hawks . . . . I can't let those girls down, either!).
I take duty, obligation, and responsibility to others quite seriously. It is a matter of honor to be reliable and dependable. So now I HAVE TO stay the course. That is a very good thing.
It just strikes me as humorous that I didn't see this coming. My heavenly Father knows what I need before I ask him (Matthew 6:8) and this is going to be a very good thing to keep me on track.
Yes, I was committed to doing it for myself, but this extra oomph will be fabulous.
It's a whole other level of extremely beneficial accountability.
Jesus has promised to lead and uphold His disciples. So I really shouldn't be surprised at unexpected blessings . . . new forms of mercy, for My good and for His glory.
But I can't help but snicker at how my over-cautious, hesitant self was caught off-guard!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services announced an initiative April 1, 2010, to address the growing concern of obesity across the United States. Federal tax credits will accrue to citizens who can document weight lost in each calendar year.
Local municipalities will administer the record keeping process nationwide. Medipro Display corporation has begun installing professionally calibrated scale units in communities beginning with the east coast, where weight-related illness statistics show alarming increases.
For maximum accountability in the data tracking process, scales will be located outside each city clerk's office. The recording device includes a wide-screen LED with 20-inch high numerals which will display the correct amount when a citizen steps on the scale. "This was clearly necessary," said Director Neffah Ben Heffee, "to ensure that fraudulent claims are not registered."
For more information see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Hold hands. A recent study published in "Psychological Science" found that hand-holding calms the body's reaction to stress. So grab the hand of a friend or loved one when sitting on the couch or taking a walk. from Spark Calendar 3/04/10 thanks to ButterflyEmerge blog 3/04/10
...to calm me.
...to get me past frustration.
...to stop and make me think.
...to get me past temptation so I can say, "Oh well!"
Over time temptations decrease, but the breathing tool is still useful in everyday situations and worth learning. - from Nancy- see her blog 3/16/10 for details -- www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I'd like to blame my hormones, but there are no excuses. Hormones ebb and flow every month and we've just got to learn how to ebb and flow with them instead of blaming them and excusing ourselves from all responsibility. from JLitt62 blog 3/12/10
It is not the slips that are the problem, it is letting them overwhelm us and get us seriously off track. - from ANNANN63 comment on Freelady blog 3/14/10
Stress is caused by focusing on the problem. Relief comes from focusing on the solution. - from Nancy- highlighted by Travelgrrl 3/4 and sourced by ID_Vandal 3/5
While I have been away I have felt so low. I forget how much exercise helps to improve my mental wellbeing and keeps me on track with the eating. - from CALLIEGS blog 3/13/10
Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases a memory of a past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each footstrike rubs away a word, a look, or an event that led us to believe that success was beyond our grasp." - from John Bingham, quoted in DOJORAT signature
You can be pitiful or powerful but not both--you have to chose one. - from Joyce Meyer, quoted by ANNANN63 commenting on Freelady blog 3/10/10
Let's load all of our JUNK into the dump truck and take it on out of our lives. If it could only be so easy. - BIGLITTLEWOMAN comment on Freelady blog 3/10/10
I have learned that putting things into perspective is a sure fire way to avoid negativity. For instance, I have never hit a goal in the time I have allotted for myself. NEVER, not even once. And yet here I sit, 63 pounds lighter.
I could have whined and cried about failing to reach a goal and quit. Instead, I took the results, fine tuned my goal setting techniques and decided that as long as I was losing weight, I still won. Perspective. - from THE_JULES blog 3/11/10
What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself. Hecato, Greek philosopher,
Monday, March 29, 2010
I am committed to strength training three times a week. I go to a class at church twice a week, and once a week I lead a moms' group.
Tonight we did this: 10 min. stretch, 10 min. surge training (cardio intervals), squats with hand weight thrusts, leg raises, knee-up crunches, lunges, planks, mountain climbers, punch-outs on belly, more surges, more stretching.
Sometimes I can imagine myself as a gymnast or a ballet dancer or a track athlete (I have never been any of those) and sometimes I feel strong and exhilarated. Tonight it was just an effort. I'm usually my own cheerleader, but tonight I had the literal thought, "I don't like this very much."
Thanks be to God. I surprised myself by answering back immediately: "YOU DON'T NEED TO LIKE IT. YOU JUST NEED TO KEEP COMING AND KEEP DOING IT. IT WILL GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO BE."
Somehow that took the pressure off. When it didn't matter so much if I wasn't gung-ho, my negativity eased a bit. I guess Beck would say that was my inner rebellious adolescent. At any rate, the sullen teen has calmed somewhat. Big deal. This kid isn't getting out of it, fussing or not!!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Routine is what helps me. On two days I have a strength training class. On a third day I started a moms' workout group at church. We meet once a week to work out with hand weights doing lunges, planks, body walk-outs, squats, and such. I need this structure to make sure I get those sessions in each week.
Cardio is easier for me to work in, though at least 3 days a week DH and I take a 3-mile walk. If the weather is bad, we do a 3-mile route in the nearby mall. We worked out the path years ago, so we can walk fast and chat a bit without having to keep deciding where we're headed next.
I've also given up my cute shoes on most days; I go ahead and put on sneakers so I'm ready for a jog or sprint or stair surge just about any time. I feel a bit clunky sometimes, but getting thin is more important to me right now. A fringe benefit is that I have felt available to join in games and athletics, since my attire is more compatible. I'm having more fun being active!
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