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Made to Crave, chapter 2

Friday, April 06, 2012

Chapter 2. replacing my cravings.

Replace cravings with prayer is the very basic message of chapter 2.

Personal Reflection
What reasons motive my desire to get healthier?
I have 2 reasons....I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and I wanted to gain control of my pre-diabetes so I didn't become diabetic with pills and/or shots.

Do these reasons give my struggles with food a purpose strong enough to help me resist unhealthy eating?
YES! I feel sooooooooo much better. That will keep me motivated to never go back to my old habits. I hope my family appreciates the changes they see in me; I am stronger physically, emotionally, and spiritually from this 10 month+ journey. I did this so I could be a more active part of their lives and so their memories of home aren't about me being too sick, too fat, too tired, too achy to do things with them that they enjoy.

I want to go out in the boat with my husband. I want to take motorcycle rides with him.
I want my son to teach me to fish. I'd like to take him on a big camping/fishing trip his senior year.
I want to be able to help my daughter get through college and begin her own life.
I want us to hike as a family.

Being able to do these things WILL keep me going with my new lifestyle. Absolutely.

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    You're doing this for all the right reasons!! Love this blog. You have a beautiful family and now you'll be able to join them so much more often and have fun right along with them. When the cravings hit me, I just remember 'this too shall pass'. And, it does!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EBLOOMING 4/7/2012 2:32AM

    Heidi, your goals are great!! You are worth it and so is your family. I am proud of you!! emoticon

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It's Friday.....but Sunday's Comin'!

Friday, April 06, 2012

goose bumps and tears.


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EBLOOMING 4/7/2012 2:29AM

    Heidi, thank you for posting this blog. I am so glad that Sunday is coming...He did it all for this sinner. emoticon Thank you Jesus!!

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PATTIE441 4/6/2012 4:19PM

    Thank you Heidi! Very powerful! emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 4/6/2012 10:35AM

    thanks for sharing...looking forward to Sunday!

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    A very powerful video. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed Good Friday and we shall keep our eyes stayed on Sunday, for it IS coming.

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April Challenge--Made to Crave- Intro and Chapter 1

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I'll be doing a challenge of my own...it's to read through the book, "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst, allowing God to challenge and change me on the inside. I will blog about my journey as I feel lead to share.

Intro- Finding Your WANT TO
The story of the Rich Young Ruler really struck me. Jesus isn't talking about money. He's talking about the heart--what we treasure more than Him. I used food to comfort me instead of Him. Especially chocolate. Chocolate is my trigger food. If I'm sad, I want it. If I'm celebrating, I want it. If I'm lonely, I want it. If I'm stressed, I want it. If I'm tired, I want it. If I ache, I want it.
Mark 8:34 "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
I need to stop using chocolate as my comfort. change that.... I WANT TO stop using chocolate as my comfort and I WANT TO use God as my comfort.

Chapter 1- What's Really Going on Here?
I John 2:15-16 "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, lust of the eyes, and the boasting of what he has or does--does not come from the Father, but the world." with Genesis 3:6 (Satan tempted Eve with food (craving) that was pleasing to the eye (lust of the eyes), and desirable for gaining wisdom (boasting of what have or do) and when Satan tempted Jesus in the desert as recorded in Matthew 4:1-11. The first temptation was to turn rocks into bread (cravings), the second was to prove His significance by forcing God to send angels to save Him (boasting), the third was to have all the kingdoms (lust-materialism). Eve fell, Jesus didn't. Because He didn't focus on the object, but on God's Word. Eve had EVERY need met in the Garden. Jesus had just spent 40 days being deprived of basic needs.
We crave what we consume, both physically and spiritually.
We crave what we focus on, both physically and spiritually.

I Corinthians 10:23 "Everything is permissible--but not everything is beneficial."

Edited to add: The Lord brought Psalm 42:1-2 to mind for me to meditate upon. "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my souls pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."

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PONYFARMER 4/12/2012 9:24PM

    I would like to add you as a friend, if that is ok.

I am waiting and not to patiently to get my book in the mail. So I did not yet read the above blog. I will come back after I read through Chapter 1.

Can't wait. Off now to add you.

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MIPALADY23 4/6/2012 9:45AM

    I keep Mathew 6:34 practically right in my face. I'll look forward to your blogs.

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    Really liked your blog. It'll be great to read your future blogs that relate to this book. I'm looking forward to it. emoticon

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DEERLADY45 4/3/2012 7:18AM

    I got this book aweek a go and havent gotten into it yet but looking forward to it! I will be following your blogs my friend! I hope you are doing well! Im doing pretty good been working extra hard to get control of my mindless late night snacks emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon BONNIE

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WENDYLEE15 3/31/2012 10:25PM

    Looking forward to your blogs :)

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 3/31/2012 7:52PM

    Great book! I look forward to reading about your experience with it.

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What to do. What to do.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

When I first started my SP journey, my goal weight was 160. I felt so good as I shed the pounds, I decided to move my goal weight to 140. That would get me out of the 'overweight' BMI by a few lbs for my 5'4" height.

I have experienced a plateau at 166. I break it and go back to it. I break it and go back to it.

I am beginning to wonder if, since I am large-boned (can't wrap my fingers around my wrist and touch any fingertips and massive tree trunks for knees), I am wondering if this is the perfect weight for me.

I find it not too difficult at all to maintain at this weight--been here since January. I like the exercise routine I have---2-3 days of walking 1 mile in 15 minutes. 1-2 days of strength training. 4-6 days of some kind of yoga. No Fibromyalgia flare-ups. No fatigue--only energizing exercise.

I know if I want to break this plateau, I have to either reduce my calories to 1200 and/or increase my exercise. I don't want to do either. I like what I am doing--it fits me and my lifestyle. It fits our meals as a family. My blood pressure is normal. My glucose is normal. My fibromyalgia is managed. My hypothyroid is managed and stable. My wedding ring is on. I can do things with my family. I've worked on my emotional eating issues. I am aware of my triggers and have strategies to use (and have used them!)

So many of my goals are met!

So.........do I maintain or try to continue to lose weight to get to that "healthy" BMI?

Maybe, maintain for awhile and then hit it hard again later?

I don't know. I need wisdom.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 3/29/2012 10:21PM

    What ADJQUILTER said! All of the posters are right - you have to do what feels right for your total self - body, mind & spirit. Congrats for your fantastic weight loss, good BP, and improved well being. This journey is about so much more than weight loss alone. That was one of the 1st lessons I learned about SP, my activities & eating. What's that book....Eat, Pray, Love?? I haven't read it but you might pray about this question and offer it up to God and let Him bless you with the answer. You've done a great job!! emoticon emoticon

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_JULEE_ 3/29/2012 8:36PM

    I'll tell you what I think you should NOT do.... anything drastic! Hang out at 166 for a while - as your build muscle, that 166 will look smaller than 160 anyway. win win. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 3/29/2012 5:18PM

    Give it time maintain for a while and make a decisions later its about your whole life not the next 6 months. Take your time. Great job wonderful be proud

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EROUNDY 3/29/2012 3:07PM

    Way to go! You have done an amazing job! It sounds like your body is at a happy place. Go ahead and maintain for a while (if it was me I would say six months). Give your body time to become accustomed to where it is. If then you feel happy where you are, stay there; if you decide you want to go farther, crank it up a little and I am sure you can do it. But for now, you are amazing!

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DAZZEEDOO 3/29/2012 12:23PM


YAY YOU!!!!!

emoticon on your weight loss!

I agree with WENDYLEE15, it sounds like where you are at right now feels right for you, at this moment. Why not maintain that for awhile, and then when or if you are ready, get back to it. Since you alread know how to do it- I imagine, eventually you'll probably want to get back to it.

Many Blessings!


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WENDYLEE15 3/29/2012 11:59AM

    Sounds like you and your body is happy where it is at right now. I would just be proud of yourself and enjoy how far you have come. Keep on doing what is working is what I would do .
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ADJQUILTER 3/29/2012 9:27AM

    Hitting a plateau is one of the hardest things. It's so easy to get discouraged. But look at all you have accomplished! Your health issues are managed, you are feeling good, and have more energy. I am at about the same point in my journey as you are. I wanted to get to a healthy or "normal" BMI. I will see my Dr. next Tuesday, and pray that the scale will tell that I am at a normal BMI for the first time in very many years.
I would like to get down to 140, but am not sure if that is where my body wants to be.
I do know that the closer you get to your goal, the tougher it sees to lose.
My only suggestion would be to try for a little more cardio. Don't go below too low on calories. You will just be miserable. Ask God what His plans are for you, and how you could best honor Him in your body. Keep asking, and you will get an answer. He has enough wisdom to see your future and the bright and wonderful things He has planned for you.
Just, please don't be discouraged. God loves you just the way you are. He wants you to be healthy and happy. Enjoy your journey! You are doing a great job!
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Almond Milk

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I decided to be brave and try almond milk. I have gut issues with cows milk and thyroid issues with soymilk. It is VERY expensive so I'll have to be frugal with it.

Today I used it on my Stepfanie's Oatmeal Mix (SP cookbook minus the dried fruit) and fresh blueberries. My first impressions....I liked the smell (didn't smell like milk which makes me gag). It was a bit runnier than I expected. Don't know why I wasn't expecting it to be runny afterall I'd read the ingredient list several times. The taste was ok. No "milk gag" and so far no tummy nor gut issues. emoticon

I'll use it in my afternoon smoothie and see how that goes.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 3/23/2012 10:14AM

    Congrats to you for trying something new!! I never heard of Almond milk until I read about it on SP a couple of weeks ago. Hope it continues to agree with your system. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 3/18/2012 11:34AM

    I have made almond milk. You can let the almonds sit in water overnight, then dump off the water and put the almonds and fresh water in a blender and blend well. Then drain it through a cheese cloth, or a tea towel, and squeeze it out. I don't know if making it is cheeper there or not. My grandson is allergic to milk and soy, so he has to use the almond milk.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 3/18/2012 10:42AM

    Congrats on trying the almond milk. It is good to open ourselves up to new items! I agree with another poster that it may be cheaper for you to attempt to make your own. Good luck as you continue to refine your diet!

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FLAMENM 3/17/2012 10:08PM

    You might also try hemp milk. My husband has some lactose issues and I have to avoid soy so almond and hemp are the milk standbys at home.

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ELISADENK 3/17/2012 3:49PM

    I use almond milk when baking.

Did you know you can make your own? Check out the SP recipes.

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EMMAEKAY 3/17/2012 2:26PM

    They also have a chocolate flavored almond milk - it's AMAZING as a treat or in a smoothie. Very few calories and very good for you. I don't use it exclusively (as I love dairy milk) but when it's on sale, I usually combine that sale with a coupon and can get it for a very good price. It has a reaaaally long shelf life, so when you find it on sale, you can buy enough to last a while.

You can get a dollar off coupon at Silk brand's facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SilkUS?sk=a

Or 55 cents off Blue Diamond brand: http://www.almondbreeze.com/?navid=

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