Thursday, June 21, 2012
Well, I have made the transition from 60mg of Cymbalta to 30mg of it. It took 3 weeks to gently transition.
a few things I've noticed...
#1 my appetite has increased.
#2 the all-over throbbing (not really pain pain, just a throbbing) all over my body has returned.
#3 my hands ache more
#4 my knees ache more
#5 my thigh muscles stiffen much up more easily
#6 no change in my mental/emotional state
But all of this is still manageable with my healthy nutrition, adequate rest, walking, and yoga. Well, the appetite thing has thrown me a bit for a loop this week, especially with the hormonal cycle increasing it as well this week. The new pudginess to my tummy is not making me happy AT ALL! When I did my measurements for my monthly weigh-in and measurement recordings yesterday morning, for the 1st time my tummy and thighs increased a bit from the measurements from 4 weeks ago.
Time to increase the cardio back to 4 days/week!
I thought with all the gardening I am doing, I could go down to just 3 days. My body is saying otherwise.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"Things Lost, Better Things Gained"
Well, the title about says it all.....losing weight, losing food's control over my life, losing inches, losing the defeatism cycle but gaining soooooo much more! Health--mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. I've gained self-control. I've gained pain management. I've gained peace. I've gained joy. I've gained FUN! I've gained an active lifestyle. I've gained hiking. I've gained gardening. I've gained the power to say NO. I've gained walking a 5K. I've gained the power to wait for a sweet yummy. I've gained portion control. I've gained the ability to make healthy food choices. I've gained the ability to deal with stress in a healthy way. I've gained balance. I've gained new friends. I'VE GAINED MY LIFE BACK!!!!
I have VICTORY,
BUT I must remain ever vigilant:
"Everything is permissible for me--but not everything is beneficial...I will not be mastered by anything. Food for the stomach and the stomach for food" --but God will destroy them both...The body... is meant for the Lord and the Lord for the body....Honor God with your body." (portions of I Corinthians 6:12-20)
Food is not sinful, but if I do not have the appropriate attitude and self-control with it, it can retake control of my life and again lead me away from God.
I like what I've gained a whole lot more than a bag of M&Ms or fudge or french fries!!
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.
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.
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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