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Woo Hoo!! I lost 5 pounds!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Okay, I know it's only a drop in the bucket. But, you don't understand. I've been trying to lose weight for three years now and I haven't lost an ounce. Seriously, not an ounce. When I would tell my doctor that I don't understand why (I was very careful about what I ate and I would exercise as much as my body would handle it) I really think he would sit there and think 'yeah, I've heard THAT before. You probably go home and eat a dozen cookies.' My husband would look at me and tell me that if he ate like me, he would weigh nothing. It was all so frustrating. I wondered why I couldn't lose weight if I was so careful about what and how I was eating. I had been eating paleo up until last week and I really was convinced that was the magic bullet.
So, 'what changed?' you ask. Well, I was praying for the Lord to give me wisdom on what to eat and how much and when and what supplements I should take. I kept getting led back to the Dr. Fuhrman book 'Eat to Live.' I was really hesitant about adopting that lifestyle, though, because I was so convinced that you must have lots of protein. Of course, that was what the whole paleo diet is about. The one thing that Fuhrman said in his book and in some interviews I saw him do, was that it's about longevity, not building muscles. Now, I wasn't on the paleo diet to build my muscles. I just wanted to heal myself from the inside out. I have adrenal fatigue, and I thought the only way I could heal that was to pound the protein. So I read and read some more and decided to make the leap into the Eat to Live diet: full blown, vegan diet. It really has been a God-send. In the last week, I was able to consistently work out (I've been doing yoga almost every day) and I have had so much more energy than I've had in years. I haven't felt deprived at all and have enjoyed the new recipes and I feel healthy. It's not for everyone, though. There are some die-hard meat eaters out there. I'm just one of those "nothing tastes as good as healthy feels" type of people. Well, praise the Lord, it's working for me.
So, onward and downward. emoticon


Day 2 of Being Back on Track - Praising God :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What a blessing to be back on Sparkpeople! I feel like everything's falling into place and my goals are back into sight. I'm tired today - I tend to not sleep well when it's close to my time of the month, for some reason. I only slept for about 5 hours last night. But, I didn't get crank, even when I was Christmas shopping (shopping is not always my favorite thing to d0). We go to a small church and in the winter, we meet at different people's houses to avoid having to heat up the whole church on a Wednesday night. I love our church! Anyway, we met at our house tonight and it was a good time of fellowship and prayer. It helped me to not feel so tired.

Onward and upward. Looking forward to sleep and another day on Sparkpeople.


What is it about being tired that makes you want to eat?

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.....

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 4/5/2012 7:37AM

    Sounds delicious! I'll try it!

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 4/4/2012 5:51PM

    I know that feeling! When I'm tired, self-control goes BOINK!! And I think my brain registers any bodily discomfort (headache, exhaustion, etc.) as hunger. Weird! I chose "get 8 hours of sleep" as one of my BreakAway Goals (or whatever they're called). I think I've appreciated that as much as eating well and exercising! Hope your body feels normal soon!

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Great is Thy Faithfulness -- Check out my latest homeschooling blog.

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.
Lamentations 3:21-22

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/

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JERRILYNN7 4/5/2012 11:04PM

    I know how you feel, satan is always seeking ways to bring us down. Dont be discouraged, be of good cheer! As women we get overwhelmed and its hard since we still gotta get up and take care of everybody. But that is the life we have and we got to make the best of it. Count your blessings, and remember that God is with you. I know homeschooling your kids is difficult and i will be praying for you.

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The Lord is my strength

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

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NEENSTER1 3/29/2012 8:18AM

    Amen.... Jesus is a rock in a weary land.... Be Encouraged and keep it moving... Be Blessed my dear emoticon

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth Psalm 145:18 emoticon

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SUNRISE14 3/29/2012 8:12AM

    AMEN ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 3/28/2012 10:54PM

    I've been a vegetarian for 11 months and a day now and it's great for the energy level. And I just got a bike a week ago Saturday and got the seat for it today (the original owner of the bike lost the old seat while on vacation). Hopefully more workouts. Keep on going on your workouts.

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FUSCHIA6 3/28/2012 10:46PM

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My sister has been doing the same thing. I sure notice a difference in her energy level. Keep doing what is working!

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