Thursday, January 23, 2014
So , here I am in late January, still feeling like a little blimpette... Somehow, all the pounds I lost have crept back on - it was like I took a bushel of nails and a hammer to that proverbial coffin over the holidays. A lot of little treats and rich meals always end up on my hips! (And I have a love/hate feeling about that choice of a "coffin" metaphor for the entire thing! Because after all, by neglecting my daily disciplines I do nothing to better or prolong a healthy life!) Really though, the weight creep had started at the beginning of summer, and I never get a handle on myself. So the holiday "I'll just have a littles" were just the final icing on the cake... like a big snowball rolling down the big hill and growing as it rolls!!
I draw the line in the sand today!
Wish me luck!
60+ mins of cardio 6 days a week, plus tracking everything I eat, is what got the lbs and inches off, so that is where I head again.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This was posted in a blog by LHLADY517, and was such a blessing that I had to share! Thank you LHLADY517, and Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, for these words of wisdom and a reminder that God can use me even if I am overwhelmed, disorganized, etc, etc.
The Christmas story is usually told in such a way that it seems like Jesus was born into a clean and peaceful scene, but really, if you think about the manger and what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph, it was probably anything but - dark and dank, with animals milling about... wow! God chose to come to earth in the lowliest of places, in a place that lacked warmth, comfort or peace. Because He loved us.
I truly hope this will touch you if you happen to stop by to read it.
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
If you think your life is an utter disaster, that God could never use a life as messed up as yours, think again. Let me point you to some familiar Bible stories.
Joseph's brothers hate him so much that they sell him as a slave and make their father believe he has been devoured by animals, but "but God meant it for good" to save thousands from starvation.1
Sampson lusts after a Philistine girl -- not the nice Jewish girl his parents wanted for him. But the Bible says, "his father and mother did not know that this was from the Lord."2
King Solomon's son makes a disastrous decision that loses him half the kingdom. What a mess! But God says, "This thing is from me."3
Jacob is a liar and a cheat and has to flee for his life. He sleeps out in the open with only a rock for a pillow. But when he wakes with a vision of angels, he says, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it."4
Your life may appear well-ordered on the surface, but underneath there may be disarray. Brokenness, pain, shame. Things you seem utterly incapable of fixing.
The good news, my friend, is that God is bigger than your messy life. He is not impotent. He is not confined by your boundaries. He is God! And he is unafraid of working in messy situations. In fact, he gets a kick out of surprising us with his amazing grace.
What are your points of pain? What is the mess that you are struggling with? Maybe, just maybe, God is able to take your mess, and out of it bring blessing.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
How bad can it get? A girl gets pregnant. Her parents are utterly shamed. Her fiancÚ -- not the father -- is ready to dump her. And then he is told, "Do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit."5
How bad can it get? The girl is in labor, far from home with only a cave-barn where she can lie down and have her baby. The only place to put her newborn is a manger. A cattle trough. We imagine it with fresh, fragrant straw plucked from a bale of hay. But I doubt that the cave was stocked with neat bales stacked against the wall. The straw that night was neither fresh nor fragrant. Life was a mess -- but God was in it.
God sees Mary with her tiny infant and sends a host of angels to announce the birth.
"Behold, I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day
in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths
and lying in a manger."6
The messy manger is itself a sign from God. Is your life a mess? Then let this be a sign to you.
Your very good news is that the God of the messy manger, the resurrected Christ of the cruel cross, and the Holy Spirit, in whom you live and move and have your being, are able to break through in your life, begin to clean up your mess, bless you too. And that -- like the messy manger -- will be a wonder all its own.
1. Genesis 50:20.
2. Judges 14:4.
3. 1 Kings 12:24.
4. Genesis 28:16.
5. Matthew 1:20.
6. Luke 2:10-12
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
So, I don't like that question mark in my title, but I have to put it there because I am just not sure what is going on with my body. Is it something I ate that's making me retain water/bloat? (like too much sodium, maybe even some msg?, some dairy on an empty stomach) Because this past week or so of really consistent cardio + strength training exercise and tracking my food for the first time in forever is getting me nowhere... actually, worse than that - my clothes are feeling tighter!! UGH!
This is one of those times when I have to go on faith. I need to believe that what I am doing is going to pay off at some point (hopefully in the not-too-distant future) I set a very doable goal of a 5 lb loss in September - so far, I have GAINED!
what is going on???
Anyway, thanks for reading and letting me vent. Help me Sparkies, with some words of wisdom. What do YOU do when all the right things lead to all the wrong results???
Thursday, August 15, 2013
After a few weeks in intensive care, my dear friend has passed away from this earth. He taught me so much and we shared so many amazing and fun experiences. He was a truly wonderful friend, and one whom I had fully expected to grow old with. Really, there are no words to express what an immense loss I feel, how sad this time is for me, how shocked I am to know that he won't be ringing me up tonight or tomorrow or next week, and I won't be able to ring him either. Alas, this is to be expected - I am in the midst of the grieving process and feel alternately SO sad, then cheated, and yet happy in a way because I believe where he is is better than where we are - he has gone home.
If you are reading this, I respectfully ask for your prayers. For his family, for all of us who are left behind.
Yesterday we attended a beautiful wake and noon-time Mass in his honor, followed later in the day by a sunset sail to put his ashes in his the ocean off of Waikiki. As we left the dock, a bag-piper played Danny Boy and then Aloha 'Oe. The weather was gorgeous, and just before we put 'him' in the sea, we were blessed by a light rainfall and a DOUBLE rainbow. We scattered flowers in the water , cried some tears and laughed at good memories and then toasted him with a bottle of Irish whiskey. We stayed out to watch the sun set and canoe paddlers passed us by on their evening training runs, then headed back in. It was the most beautiful and perfect celebration of life I have ever witnessed or been a part of.
Sometimes in life something happens that feels like it alters who we are - this is one of those occasions for me. In the loss of my lifelong friend, it feels I have lost a part of myself. Gone too soon.
So, here is what may sound like a trite reminder, but please take it to heart. Reach out to those you love whom you assume will be there in the days, weeks, months and years to come. Give them a call. Send them an email. MAKE the time to be together. Life is short and people can leave when you least expect it.
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