Wednesday, April 04, 2012
This is more of a complaint than a blog. So, yesterday, the kids and I went out and got the chill zone at Cumberland Farms (like a Seven Eleven). I got a diet coke. I've been going without diet soda and caffeine for about 3 months now and it was just supposed to be a little treat. Well, last night at 3am when I was fighting to go to sleep, I was cursing my little treat. Homeschooling doesn't get put off because Mom's tired, so I slept in a little late, but still got up at 7am and I'm exhausted. I have been soooooo hungry today. Thankfully, I've been snacking healthy and staying away from too many carbs, no matter what my body is telling me. Right now I feel a little less hungry. I had marinated tofu on a multigrain sandwich thin for lunch with a smear of a peanutbutter/rice vinegar and liquid aminos (natural soy sauce) spread on it, topped with some sliced mini sweet bell peppers and red onion. It was very tasty and very fulfilling, so I don't feel the urge to eat right now. But, what is it about being tired and wanting to open the fridge and inhale? Is it a survival response, or is it just that my body has shut down whatever controls my appetite so it can keep other things functioning?
I don't know. I think I'll just take a nap in a little while and dream up an answer.....
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I've been sporadically doing a blog to be an encouragement to homeschoolers (although it could be for anyone, really). Here's my latest blog:
It is of the Lordís mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Itís that time of the year again. You know, that time when discouragement in homeschooling sets in. Historically, for me, it has always been this time of year when I lose my steam. Usually, thereís something else going on that heaps on top of my tiredness, something in my personal life that just pulls my attention away from that prize and makes me tense and unfocused. I think that satan knows that this is the time when I lose steam and he tempts me to take my focus off of God and think about my own problems. I know I canít be the only one that goes through this. To top off all of this discouragement, I usually go through this self-doubt and wonder if Iím doing the wrong thing and am I ruining my childrenís future. Itís usually the time that I take my eyes off of Godís will and look at my life through the eyes of the world.
Discouragement is a slippery slide...
To see the rest of the blog, go to http://heathersuem.emmanuelpress.com/
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
So, I've been doing the exercising in small increments lately and I've been eating mostly vegetarian now for about 2 months and I have been feeling so much better lately. this week, I started adding in the weights (finally) and also yoga, along with the walking I was doing. My body feels so much better and everything seems to be working so much better. With the exception of my foot (which still has swelling for some unknown reason - seems like all the king's doctors and all the king's men can't figure out why my one foot swells), all of the achy fibromyalgia pain has been pretty non-existent. I've been able to keep up the short increments of exercise daily, even on Sunday. Prais God for His wisdom in how to take care of myself! It's a real answer to prayer.
"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. " - Psalm 18:2
Thursday, March 22, 2012
So I've been trying something new, something that I always heard about but never thought it was realistic. I've started exercising in small increments. I've heard that 10 minutes of exercise here and there throughout the day is just as effective as exercising in one long session. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Before kids, (BK), when I was in shape and an exercise fiend, it didn't feel like a workout if I wasn't drop dead tired at the end. Fast forward 20 years and 80 pounds and I was still exercising with the same mentality. Okay, I'm a little older, but I'm not dead. My body though wasn't reacting to exercise the way it was when I was 23. All of a sudden, I have a chronic illness and all of the aches and pains associated with it. AND, my body just wouldn't rebound from a drop dead workout. I was on a roller coaster of work out hard and then be down for a while because of something hurting too much. Or, my body was so fatigued that I just couldn't work out like that. My testimony to that is: I used to pride myself on my strength and God has taught me to be reliant on Him instead of my own strength. But, that's a blog for another time.
This week, with our early summer-like weather in upstate New York, I started walking a mile in the morning with the kids before we would do our school for the day. Then, after school was done, I'd do another mile. Then, my daughter and I would do 2 miles after dinner. It's only been 4 days of this so far, but I feel really good. I feel healthier at the end of the day. I haven't had the drop dead fatigue that I usually have. I haven't had the extreme muscle aches that I usually have. I don't know. There might be something to this exercising in small increments. Only time will tell.
I'll check in in a couple of weeks and let y'all know how it's going.
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:1-2
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Well, the tests came back negative. Praise God! I'm not a healing service sort of person, but I do believe that God can heal. It says so many times in the Bible. I think the change came, though when I just gave it up to the Lord. I said, 'Okay, Lord, if it's your will for me to be sick, show me how I can use it for your glory.' From that day on, the symptoms I was having drastically subsided.
I still have some of the symptoms, but am feeling much better and my energy has come back considerably and I'm not in as much pain any longer. What a blessing to know, that no matter what you go through in life, your living out God's perfect plan. In sickness and in health I'm his child. Praise the Lord!
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