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Made to Crave, Chapter 9

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"But Exercise Makes Me Want to Cry" reflection

Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

"When it comes to my body, I can't live with divided loyalties. I can either be loyal to honoring the Lord with my body, or loyal to my cravings, desires, and many excuses for not exercising."

OUCH!!! That hurt my toes!! As my husband is fond of saying after he preaches a sermon and someone says the message stepped on his/her toes, "Well, then, move your toes!" In other words, MOVE!! CHANGE!! GROW!!

We have time and energy for whatever we want to make time for.....reading email, reading newspaper, watching tv, surfing the web, facebook, watching dvds, gardening, talking on the phone, napping, YouTube, texting friends, work, chores, family time, vacations, eating, shopping, sleeping, etc.
The point is....WE CHOSE. Each person makes a choice on how to spend the 24 hours each person on earth is given each day.

"There are natural consequences to not taking care of our bodies. People who don't care for their bodies now will live with the consequences of those choices at some point. Be it more weight or less energy now or heart disease later, our choices matter..."

"In the spiritual sense, if I'm not taking care of my body, I feel weighted down by my stress and problems. I have less energy to serve God and more thorny emotions to wade through when processing life."

I choose to MOVE!
I choose to CHANGE!
I choose to GROW (stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually)
I choose to exercise!
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I dedicate my exercise as a gift to Him and to myself and to my family!

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PATTIE441 4/29/2012 10:41PM

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1CRAZYDOG 4/28/2012 11:31AM

    Brilliant! MOVE YOUR TOES! I will remember that one for sure!

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NINA2412 4/28/2012 11:27AM

    Amen! I agree that exercise is so important, but the need to grow and change precedes the actual movement and helps to propel us forward as we continue truckin' along. I also believe that God wants us to steward our bodies, His temple, and take care of what He has given us. However, reading this reminds me of how I can easily lose sight of that privelege and responsibility. Thank you for posting this!

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Made to Crave, chapter 8

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Making Peace with the Realities of My Body" reflection.

BEFORE stepping on the scale...Define your week by your obedience, not by the number on the scale by asking yourself
-Did I overeat this week on any day?
-Did I move more and exercise regularly?
-Do I feel lighter than I did last week?
-Did I eat in secret? out of anger? or frustration? boredom? sadness? stress?
-Did I feel that at any time I ran to food instead of to God?
-Do I think I've had a successful, God-pleasing week?

Psalm 103-- The body God gave me is His gift to me. It is not perfect (worldly image perfection-wise), nor will it ever be due to living in a sin-filled fallen world. But it is His perfect gift to me so I can do the tasks He's given me to do for Him while I'm here. I am to be thankful for it (even my thick, sturdy, stocky legs) and to care for it so I am ready to do whatever task He needs me to do for Him.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 4/24/2012 10:11PM

    Love your blog and this perspective. Really gives a lot of food for thought. Thanks for sharing it!! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 4/24/2012 12:58PM

    Thanks for these reminders on each chapter. I appreciate you doing this!

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Made to Crave, chapter 7

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"I Am Not Defined By the Numbers" reflection

I am a Jesus Girl who can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and not as an indication of my worth!


(borrowed this idea from my cousin and SP member, GAGESMOMM)

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Broke my 2nd major weight plateau!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This week I broke my 2nd major weight plateau. Those plateaus where your weight doesn't change or bounces between 2 numbers for weeks and even months. I had my 1st one last fall, a small one over the winter and a major one this spring.

I broke it this week! Whooohooooooooooo!

The secret?
Keep eating right, keep tracking, keep exercising, don't decrease your calories dramatically- just start measuring portions again, keep active, keep upbeat, keep being your own best friend in your head, keep moving forward.

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RETURNTOTHIN 4/23/2012 8:36PM

    Those plateaus are interesting! - the most interesting is that although my scale wasn't really changing. This is what happened.... Bought a couple pair of slacks at goodwill and remodeled them so I had something to wear. two weeks later, I tried on the smaller pants that didn't fit two weeks earlier.... and they slid right on! Inches can change when the scale doesn't move! Consistency is absolutely the answer! Great blog!

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EBLOOMING 4/20/2012 1:14PM

    HALLELUJAH!!! emoticon

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DEERLADY45 4/20/2012 8:10AM

    Im having trouble with that Platrau thing and im being more observant this week and am doing a little more excercise too! Im so glad its been nicer out ! I look out my back windows and i see a unlimited Gym with all the hills and places to walk and i am taking advantage to that! Great Job friend!BONNIE

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/19/2012 6:58PM

    WTO if you stay consistent and with in you guide line the weight will come off . You will put muscle on sometimes during a plateau . BUT YOU WILL START TO LOOSE WEIGHT .SO GLAD YOU ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WOOHOO !!

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GINGERKAYL 4/19/2012 6:31PM

    Way to go! Very inspiring!!! emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 4/19/2012 4:17PM

    And, it works! I figure if you are doing what you are suppose to, the weight has to eventually come off.

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PATTIE441 4/19/2012 3:30PM

    Woo Hoo! Way to go girl! Fantastic!!! So proud of you!!! Great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LDMCNIEL 4/19/2012 1:18PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I have been having a hard time with feeling like I am doing everything right but the scale is not changing.

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EROUNDY 4/19/2012 10:52AM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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PATTYV77 4/19/2012 10:13AM

    WooHoo WTG Heidi!!!! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 4/19/2012 8:53AM

    emoticon emoticon great advice and a wonderful attitude you go girl

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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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