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Made to Crave, chapter 17

Thursday, June 07, 2012

"The Very Next Choice We Make" reflection

My favorite sentences in this chapter...

"...we're always just one choice away from reversing all the progress we've made. I'm not saying victory isn't possible But victory isn't a place we arrive at and the then relax. Victory is when we pick something healthy over something not beneficial for us. And we maintain our victories with each next choice."

Every next choice...what to eat or not eat, to exercise or not, to rest or not, what to drink or not to drink is my choice to make. That choice is important. It will determine my health, my fitness, whether I reach my goals or not. Whether I can join my family in their fun or not. Some choices will be easy. Some will be hard. Some I won't want to make, but will because I'm supposed to be an adult and make those hard adult choices.

I went grocery shopping hungry this week. I went grocery shopping 6 hours after eating breakfast with no snack in between and after being on my feet all morning. In every aisle, I had to make choices. On the way home I had to choose whether to open that bag of Doritos that are for my family and eat a few on the way home or wait until I got home and make a healthy late lunch. I chose to wait for that healthy lunch. I didn't do it on my own strength though...I had to call upon the Lord for help. I sooooo wanted something quick. I sooooo wanted something fast. I sooo wanted something available NOW!

I did as Lysa suggested in this chapter, "Moment by moment we have the choice to live in our strength and risk failure or to reach across the gap and grab hold of God's unwavering strength."

I came sooooo close to risking failure. My own strength was weak at the moment. But it was just strong enough to call on God for His strength. His was enough. Victory. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/8/2012 11:14AM

    thanks for sharing!!

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  I read this book awhile ago (obviously nothing in it stuck to me), so I was curious to see what you were doing with it. And emoticon

Your second paragraph really struck me. Right now I'm having difficulty with "being an adult" and making the "Adult choices." But they are my choices and I have to take responsibility for them.

emoticon for the gentle reminder today.

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GOPINTOS 6/7/2012 9:41PM

    Loved this. Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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    Oh that's sooooo true. All things are possible with God - even giving us the strength to make the right choices with His help. Pat yourself on the back for toughing it out, battling the hunger and waiting until you could eat something healthy. Ahhhh, the sweet taste of victory!!!! That's great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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June 5, 2012 Doctor appointment

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I am OFFICIALLY OFF ALL blood pressure medicines!!!!!! emoticon

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My doctor was very happy with all my progress. emoticon

My thyroid numbers are so good, I only need to be tested once a year now! emoticon

He agreed to let me try a reduced dosage of Cymbalta which I take for my fibromyalgia to see if my weight loss, healthier eating, fitness, and better sleep can help me better manage my pain levels instead of relying on Cymbalta. I have even been given permission to wean completely off to see how I do. emoticon

Thank-you, dearest SparkFriends and to my family for all your encouragement and support during my journey so far! emoticon

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ELISADENK 6/9/2012 11:24PM

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Must feel W O N D E R F U L!!!!!

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MIPALADY23 6/9/2012 12:49PM

    I'm so flippin proud of you!! I have loved ones that won't lift a finger to get better unless it's to take meds!! Makes me sad to watch, your loved ones will be so proud of you. Keep living a healthy lifestyle - you are awesome!

Sweet success!!

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_JULEE_ 6/6/2012 7:41PM

    WAY TO GO!

Remember that Cherries (yep, the fruit) are great for pain! I take capsules and they're awesome for my pain.

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PATTYV77 6/6/2012 12:10PM

    emoticon emoticon That's great!! Congrats!

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PALIZ81 6/6/2012 7:11AM

    Wonderful news! I hope things go well when you try to decrease the cymbalta

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SHERREMAC 6/6/2012 6:48AM


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RUNNINGOMA 6/6/2012 6:38AM

    Great victory!! emoticonYou did it~!

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DAYHIKER 6/6/2012 5:58AM

    What wonderful good news! Congratulations on doing the hard work that won you this accomplishment!!! emoticon


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LDMCNIEL 6/6/2012 5:32AM

    emoticon. Gotta love being able to be healthy because of what you have accomplished. emoticon

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DRAWNTHISWAY 6/6/2012 12:26AM

    Sounds like a great appt!

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PATTOMMC3 6/5/2012 9:26PM

    emoticon That is amazing.....you must feel great!

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Made to Crave, chapter 16

Saturday, June 02, 2012

"Why Diets Don't Work" reflection

"Diets don't work for me. I seem to be able to sacrifice for a season and then I get tired of sacrificing....Then (I) slowly slip back into old habits. The weight creeps back on..."

I could have written that sentence. That is soooo me. Not only does the weight creep back on, but I usually gain another 15-20 NEW pounds on top of what I had lost and regained!

"So I'm not on a diet. I'm on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline..."

THAT is why this time is different! It's not ME ALONE doing it- on my own, under my own power, with my own will.

"Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!" These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining indulgence." Colossians 2:20-23

I will NEVER go on the latest fad diet, the latest "scientific" breakthrough diet, or on diet pills, potions, and liquids.

Those aren't for real people living real lives in a real world.

Portion control.
Whole foods
Natural foods
Minimally processed foods
Balance (no food group banned)
All done to the glory of God and with thanksgiving (Colossians 3:17--the end of that topic)

That is what has given me success in my weight loss and what will now bring me success in maintaining what I've lost and keep it off until I am ready to do battle again and go for the goal.


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MIPALADY23 6/3/2012 7:55PM

    Completely agree, it's the only type of dieting I have tried.

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LDMCNIEL 6/2/2012 9:52PM

    I agree with you 100%. I have yo yo dieted so much and have tried everyone of the fad diets only to be heavier in the end. I am so with you and God is with us both.

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My June Goals

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

#1- get outside and do something active every day.
#2- drink no more than 2 Diet Pepsi per day, water the rest of the time.
#3- maintain weight loss with portion control, good healthy choices, and exercise
#4- do yoga at least 2x/week
#5- do strength training 2x/week
#6- go fishing with my family at least once in June
#7- work towards my goal of walking around the lake - it is 5 miles round trip: from my door, down our 1/4 mi. gravel lane, down county road to lake, around lake (all hills and curves) and back home (mostly uphill).

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1CRAZYDOG 5/30/2012 9:31PM


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JERZRN 5/30/2012 12:53PM

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LDMCNIEL 5/30/2012 11:54AM

    Great goals!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 5/30/2012 11:35AM

    Your plan is GREAT!!! You've done SO well & are such an inspiration!!! WTG. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/30/2012 9:17AM

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RUNNINGOMA 5/30/2012 9:14AM

    How far is it around that lake?

Good job on setting goals!

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MIPALADY23 5/30/2012 8:48AM

    There she goes!! Seven whoppers, think of all the fun and sucess you have set up for yourself!!!

Go Heidi!

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DENNISWIFE 5/30/2012 8:47AM

    Great goals!

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Reviewing May Goals

Monday, May 28, 2012

Here's what I had posted earlier in the year when I established monthly goals:
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

Well, I didn't hit any of these goals.
Weight- I went on maintenance at 162.
fitness- a 2 week sinus issue sidelined my fitness.
health- didn't track it daily, but a couple of times a week.
nutrition- drinking 2 Pepsi Max and not getting in 8 glasses of water.

I didn't reach these goals, but I did do what I could.

I have 1 week until my dr. visit.

I have maintained within 3 lbs of my maintenance weight during my daily weigh-ins.
My blood pressure has returned to normal now that the sinus issue is under control.
I just printed off a 12 week walking plan to help me reach my ultimate goal of walking around the nearby lake at least once a week.
I will work harder to restrict my soda pop intake and replace it with water.

Goals not met, but progress is being made. That means SUCCESS!

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DAYHIKER 6/3/2012 12:11PM

    I wholeheartedly agree with the above posters that you have done a great job!!! emoticon


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MIPALADY23 5/30/2012 8:01AM

    Your successful because your still reviewing and tweaking and trying!! Keep it up and continue to be healthy and enjoying the outdoors!

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JANEMARIE77 5/29/2012 7:11AM

    one choice at a time you can do it
i replaced my diet soda with seltzer water with a bit of flavor Mio berrry or lime. not perfect but better

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RUNNINGOMA 5/29/2012 5:07AM

    Progress not perfection! You have done great!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2012 9:44PM

    You should be proud of your progress. THAT is what's important. Way to go.

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LDMCNIEL 5/28/2012 6:47PM

    You have still made great success!

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WENDYLEE15 5/28/2012 4:44PM

    Yes..I would say you have been so successful despite not hitting those goals. I am so proud of you..You will achieve whatever you set your mind to. I am sure of it :)!!

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