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Made to Crave, chapter 6

Monday, April 16, 2012

"Growing Closer to God" reflections

Here are a few of my favorite lines from this chapter. Still digesting and pondering much of this chapter, so this blog probably isn't finished yet.

"How do we grow closer to God? By making the choice to deny ourselves something that is permissible but not beneficial."

"Becoming a woman of self-discipline honors God and helps me live the godly characteristic self-control, which He has given to me through the gift of the Holy Spirit."

"Food isn't sinful. But when food is what satan holds up in front of us and says, "You'll never be free from this battle. You will always bounce from feeling deprived when your dieting to feeling guilty when you're splurging. Victory isn't possible. You aren't capable of self-control with food" we must see that its inappropriate consummation can be his lure to draw our hearts into a place of defeat. " (remember Chapter 5!!)

"We serve a passionate God. A God who knew food would be a major stumbling block in our pursuit of Him" (remember Eve?)
"Literally, issues with food can hold us back from our calling and commitment to Christ. So, He's given us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and the Bible to help us."

Philippians 3:18-19
"...if we find certain foods are impossible to walk away from--we can't or we won't deny ourselves an unhealthy choice in order to make a healthier choice--then it's a clue we are being ruled by this food on some level. Being ruled by something other than God diminishes our commitment and will make us feel increasingly distant from Him."
Philippians 3: 20-21
"He can bring EVERYTHING under His control. That transforms us. It reestablishes that God, not food, has control of me. That helps keep me undivided in my commitment to Him."

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EBLOOMING 4/20/2012 1:28PM

    emoticonNice blog!! Hard to choose any one of those inspirational lines...it's all about choice as you said. I like Romans 14:19-20 "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food." Exchanging guilt for peace. emoticon

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 4/18/2012 10:42PM

    Love, love, love your blog. It's so true. It's awesome. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 4/17/2012 8:36AM

    That is awesome :) emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 4/16/2012 1:37PM

    I'm enjoying these blogs. Very insightful. emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 4/16/2012 12:01PM

    These are some powerful statements. I would be hard pressed to decide on a favorite.
The best part is that we are not alone in the struggle.
"He can bring EVERYTHING under His control." Philippians 3: 20-21
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Made to Crave, chapter 5

Saturday, April 14, 2012

"Made for More" reflection

I was made for more than this vicious cycle of weight gain, loss, gain, loss, gain and being ruled by my taste buds, hormones, temptations, and the inborn female demand for chocolate! (paraphrase of 2 of Lysa's sentences).

Ephesians 1:17-19
"I keep asking that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know HIM better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe."

I am NOT defined by my circumstances!
Heidi, the forgiven child of God
Heidi, the set-free child of God
Heidi, the accepted child of God
Heidi, the holy child of God
Heidi, the made new child of God
Heidi, the loved child of God
Heidi, the close child of God
Heidi, the confident child of God
Heidi, the victorious child of God

Not because of who or what I am or done, but because of HIM and my relationship with Him and HIS power.

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EBLOOMING 4/20/2012 1:18PM

    I loved this chapter. It really spoke to me. We are made for something MORE!!! Not defined by our circumstances. emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 4/16/2012 1:17PM

    I loved this study when I did it with a friend a year ago. Thanks for the reminders...we are made to crave the Lord!

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ADJQUILTER 4/14/2012 8:28PM

You are definitely made for more, and with His help you can achieve it!
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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 4/14/2012 8:23PM

    AMEN! Keep that truth close to your heart and bring it out whenever you need to be reminded of your worth.

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Reviewing Goal Setting

Friday, April 13, 2012

A virus has been going around our family. My homeschooled son had it early in the week and now I have it, so I've had some time to stop, sit, think, reflect. I've come to the conclusion that my stated goals on my SparkPage are just too open-ended and not specific enough. I have no goal to work towards.
So, I went to the Motivation page and started re-reading the Goal Setting articles. Here's what I found:
Goals need to be:
Positively worded
Flexible (for life's interruptions)

So, yes, my stated goals on my SparkPage are too open-ended. Over this weekend, I hope to be setting some REAL goals. Then maybe I can permanently break this weight plateau! So, stay tuned, SparkFriends! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

One month to my emoticon and I'm STILL learning and applying and changing!

Edited to add:

By May 19- One Year SparkVersary!
weight - lose 4 lbs and permanently be under 160.
physical fitness- walk 2 miles twice a week
physical health- track blood pressure daily
Nutrition- only 1 Pepsi Max or Diet Rite per day + 8 glasses of water per day

By June 5 (yearly doc visit- 6 mo. thyroid test, etc)
weight- lose another 2 lbs
fitness- continue walking 2 miles twice and week and add a 1 mile walk
health- take bp readings to doc visit and get his opinion on getting off last bp med and lowering my Cymbalta dosage, have thyroid checked.

By June 21 (cousins and SparkPeople GAGESMOMM and TRAINORGM visit from WI)
weight- lose another 2 lbs
fitness- walk 2 miles 3 times week (so I can walk with these runners! LOL)

By July 19
weight- lose 4 lbs and be nearing 150

By Aug 19
weight- lose 4 lbs

By Sept 19
weight- lose 4 lbs
fitness- walk a 5K (around the nearby lake)

By Oct 19
weight- lose 4 lbs.
fitness- walk around the lake once a week

By Nov 19
weight- GOAL WEIGHT-- family go trailriding on horseback at state park with me!
fitness- will have to bring the fitness indoors- ?

By Dec 28 (our 27th Wedding Anniversary)
weight- maintenance

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RUNNINGOMA 4/14/2012 6:23AM

    Great goals. I love the breakdown from month to month. Allows for reflection and adustment where needed.
Hope you are feeling better soon.

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WENDYLEE15 4/13/2012 12:12PM

    I will stay tuned :) Sure hope that bad bug leaves you all soon !!
Take care :)

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MIPALADY23 4/13/2012 11:47AM

    VERY nice!! What good is living without learning and attainable goals. And remember they don't all have to fitness or food or weight. Think about what Heidi wants to get done, feel and have always wanted to "DO".

I see amazing things right around the corner for you my friend.

Feel better, can't wait to see your list.


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Made to Crave, chapter 4

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Personal Reflection on "Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Before Thinking"

I used to feel envious and jealous when a friend would lose weight. That is until my best friend, Terri, lost 80+ 2 years ago. I just couldn't be envious and jealous of my best friend. That is just too childish! I was excited for her! Here was an area of her health, she could take control. So I made the decision to be encouraging, helpful, and excited for her, even though at the time, I was going through my deepest depression of my life and gaining weight like a hog destined for fall slaughter. Her victory and accomplishment inspired me. I could see that after 40, it wasn't "a lost cause" to lose weight. I saw it took dedication, commitment, and perseverance. I knew I had all those buried deep under all the depression. As the depression lifted, I found them and now she is encouraging me along my journey. emoticon

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EBLOOMING 4/20/2012 1:16PM

    Thank You for sharing!!! emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 4/12/2012 10:38PM

    What a blessing to share your journey with a good friend!
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MIPALADY23 4/12/2012 7:53PM

    There is nothing like a best friend!! Nice job all the way around!

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WENDYLEE15 4/12/2012 12:47PM

    That's wonderful !! emoticon

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YULLABELLE 4/12/2012 10:10AM

    Friends who encourage are priceless. You are my inspiration and are always encouraging. emoticon

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ANDREWMOM 4/12/2012 9:45AM

    I si wonderful to have a positive influence.... I too struggle at 41. So there is hope for me yet??

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Made to Crave, chapter 3

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Getting a Plan"

I LOVE planning. My favorite part of homeschooling is the planning stages. Hope, Excitement, Organization, Anticipation, Goals. My own personal joke is that I love planning so much....I can plan the fun out of any party. LOL Yes, I have a tendency to over-plan and then become frustrated with interruptions to my plan. That's my perfectionism coming out.

So, God gave me my family. They help me to not be so uptight. They teach me how to laugh and play and just enjoy the moment. This new lifestyle is touching on areas that needed attention....learning to accept when I mess up and not verbally abusing myself in my head. Learning to forgive myself and keep working; don't let a slip spiral out of control into a depression.

I do have to have a plan or I flounder. I love having the fitness tracker and the nutrition trackers. They keep me on track with my food plan/meals and exercise routine.

I am doing an experiment with the food tracker right now. For 10 months I used the tracker to plan my whole day's meals and snacks. Now I am filling out that information at the end of the day to see how "natural or instinctive" my eating habits have become. I am excited to see that for the most part on most days, I am doing very well. Those days before that TOM is still a struggle, but that is only 3-4 days out of a month, so this is HUGE progress!

Yes, I love a plan and I love it when a plan comes together! LOL

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DEERLADY45 4/13/2012 8:36AM

    Thanks so much for sharing ! I like to plan a little too!People with no plans dont do so well... Blessings, BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 4/11/2012 8:22AM

    Me too. Plans with lots of lists :)
Let me know how the experiment with your food tracker goes :).
Have a great day !! emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 4/11/2012 8:04AM

    I love planning too. So much so that my DH says even my spontaneity has to be planned! emoticon

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MIPALADY23 4/10/2012 1:50PM

    Woohooo like you I love a good plan and can get so stressed about following the plan that I have had to learn to go with the flow that happens otherwise you can miss the fun! Hard thing to learn for a planner!!

Plan but remember to flex for a different plan. Doesn't mean your plan failed especially if it involves outside forces beyond your control ~ this can include kids!!!

Take care and soooo glad I spotted your blog on the feed!

BTW great switch with the tracking, your keeping on your toes!!! That's success!
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