Thursday, April 21, 2011
When you track your weight, do you click "See Report" ?
For so long, I didn't. I lived in my old neighborhood of avoidance & denial---now it's been razed for new construction.
Today that graph gives me a slender red thread of hope, a little strand of science to hold on to when emotions buffet.
I have officially lost 35 pounds. My response to this today is nervousness and self-doubt. I have lost that much four times in ten years, only to regain.
I shall fight fear with fact and with faith. Actually, in both instances, my FAITH is inFACTS, in solidly grounded truth.
Visible fact: the red line of my goal graph and the blue line of my weight loss look like twin lanes of a country road. The report SAYS I am ON TRACK to get to a healthy weight early in 2012. So I refuse to entertain the teasing tension. The fact is, I'm doing okay. Stick to the facts.
Invisible fact: the Omnipotent One, the merciful Creator, has promised to come to my aid when I call to Him. His command is, Do not fear. Each issue of my life is safe in His keeping, whether glad or painful or steep. A number is just a number, a measurement in God's orderly universe. Stick to the facts.
So I keep going back to click the button and look at that thin red line. I may feel bogged down, but I'm doing okay.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
My neighbor telephoned to explain that no one heard the doorbell when we stopped by their house. She said, "When I looked out the window, I saw your daughter walking away from the porch, but I didn't get outside in time to talk to her."
Hee hee!! It wasn't my daughter! It was I! I was the one walking away from their porch! Can you believe it?! Someone mistook ME for a healthy-BMI person! Yes, it was through the window; yes, it was from a distance. But it tells me I'm getting there. I'm getting closer.
Spark support, straight talk from the Beck Diet Solution, and the Scripture's truth of who I am as a beloved child of God . . . all this has helped me stand tall and walk with confidence. Working out has given me a youthful stride.
I'm actually 5 pounds away from getting out of the obese category, but I'm already breaking free in my head!
Today my neighbor did not see me as a fat person. I'm starting to seize that vision myself!!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I told my daughter she must have the biggest wisdom teeth on record, cuz she got four wisdom teeth taken out on Monday, and now she weighs 6 pounds less than before they were removed. (You're groaning and rolling your eyes, but some "scientific studies" are like this . . . )
So I got to thinking about the Oral Surgery Diet. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars and a go through the discomfort of the procedure & recovery. Just follow this menu:
Day One: 3 Tablespoons of applesauce every 2 hours, alternating with 4 oz kefir.
Day Two: same as Day One; add at night 4 Tablespoons thin mashed potatoes
Day Three: same as Day Two; add 4 oz. chicken broth with a few soft noodles
DayFour: Fruit Smoothie; 4 oz. Tomato Soup; Soft Brown Rice with smashed chicken
Day Five: Fruit Smoothie; Pureed Vegetable Soup; Vanilla Yogurt
Day Six: Oatmeal; Turkey Bits; Fruit chopped small; Broccoli Soup
EVERY DAY: Drink lots of water. At least half of meals or snacks, say you're not hungry. Sleep 9 hours at night and take 2 naps each day. Read, pray, write in your journal, crochet, listen to music, play couch games with a twelve-year-old, watch funny movies, play Animal Crossing borrowed from 22yo brother.
Day Seven: Go to 4H sewing club and let a few cheese cubes melt in your mouth. Come home and sleep through lunch.
Of course I don't really recommend that eating plan. You don't really want to lose 6 pounds in a week. Well, maybe you WANT to, but your rational self knows it's not so healthy. BUT 6 pounds in 3 weeks would be super duper. I think I'll pretend I have sore jaws and chipmunk cheeks and see if I can work more brown rice and vegetable soup into my own menu!
P.S. I was touched and astonished to see her leaving one bite in each dish. Her 27yo sister taught her this a couple years ago, as a tool for lifelong moderate eating . . . it sustains awareness of deliberate portion choice and mindfulness at every meal. I was convicted by her quiet example. How many times have I used illness or some other circumstance to excuse my unhealthy choices? As rotten as she felt, she honored the habit she has chosen. I am chastened and inspired!
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