Monday, June 25, 2012
Midwest heat and humidity are here.
I've tried, but I just can't power-walk outside with the humidity. It makes me feel sick for the rest of the day. I thought when I got off bp meds, that sick feeling would go away, but maybe they just compounded an issue I have with heat and humidity because of a different health issue (hypothyroid or fibromyalgia or perimenopausal) or maybe it is just aging and not tolerating it as well anymore.
So my exercise routine for this summer is....
*gardening in early am and after 7pm when temps and humidity are easier to handle.
*Walking DVDs with Leslie Sansone in the airconditioning.
Mon- 2mile, Tues- 1 mile, Thurs- 3 miles, Fri-1 mile
(different distances to keep my body guessing)
*Coach Nicole DVD for strength training Tuesdays and Fridays
*Yoga DVD- at least 3x week, more would be better.
*Grab some extra fitness whenever possible (family hike ,family projects on weekend, etc) I do still have all that "spring cleaning" yet to do............but that's another story.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
"Live as an Overcomer" reflection
"Jesus girls aren't made to get stuck in a state of defeat.
We were made to walk in paths headed toward victory. This doesn't mean these paths won't be riddled with struggles we'll need to learn to overcome. They will. For lessons on overcoming are some of God's greatest gifts."
"Revelation 2:7: 'To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."
I am on the path headed toward victory! I am overcoming! Having the right to eat from the tree of life will be sooooo worth any struggle I have here on earth...even my struggles with overeating, poor food choices, laziness, pain, health issues, emotional eating.
Victory is possible.....as long as I depend on God, not on myself.
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.
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