Monday, April 05, 2010
Driving around Saturday I was fussing that I saw only a few forsythia bushes. Called yellow bells when I was growing up in the south, this plant is at peak of bloom now in my part of the upper midwest.
I went running today and guess what . . . when on foot I could see many spectacular forsythia!
I am running intervals as my exercise-class coach advises. 50 paces (for me that's a left-right) fast walk, alternating with 10 paces sprinting. When I can, I do 20 or 30 paces sprinting, but always 50 paces walking in between. I hold my head up and envision myself as a fit, muscular runner. Even though a lot of the time is walking, I am getting stronger already. I am a fat-burning machine!
I did 4K today and it took 36 minutes. That's about 44 minutes for a 5K. That's okay. I am a runner and it's making me healthier and I enjoy it and I'll get faster--at least a little faster--eventually.
As I was walking back toward the house, my daughter passed me on her bike. "Are you OKAY, Mom?" she called out. I knew I'd been working hard, but I didn't realize my face was so red!!!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
The quotations below are from the New Testament. Easy online Bible search: www.biblegateway.com/
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.
. . . so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
1 Corinthians 6:13,14
Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
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,
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