Wednesday, July 07, 2010
It came as a complete surprise when I stepped on the scale yesterday and was at my goal weight. Yeah!! Fireworks!! Happiness!! And just in time...we leave for vacation and a family wedding tomorrow morning, which was my deadline to make this happen.
Although I have been MIA for over a month now, I haven't strayed from the program I started in January (at least not too far anyway!). I've missed the mornings when I lingered over blogs from friends, popular posts, and my favorite SparkTeams, but it really has been unavoidable since the kids are home for the summer and I am way over-committed with new volunteer positions that started in May.
The good news is, that since I was a consistent Sparker through May, that gave me 5 good months of learning from awesome experts - not just SP employees but my SP friends. I've continued the exercise, eating what I know is right even if I'm not able to log it, and drinking my 64 ounces of water every day. I think the program has "stuck" and I can continue the lifestyle. Still, I hope to be back online regularly in the fall.
Thank you so much to all my friend encouragers that sent notes with a fitness minute milestone, an appropriate and timely SparkGoodie, or checked in with me when I disappeared for a while. There's a lot of positive energy flowing on this site and it really made the difference for me. Special thanks to Bekka - what a story and what a sweet friend; Sharmae - the queen of staying in touch; and WalkinLove with her beautiful wisdom; as well as the Best SparkTeam EVER...I Can Do All Things Through Christ, whose leaders (Greg, Lou, Missy), and followers alike offered so much encouragement and helped me to focus on the important things in life. And that about sums it up, I achieved this with God's help through the Spark experience.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer, and I hope to catch up again soon!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I follow this blog (The Finer Things in Life) and wanted to share one her postings from today that was very thought provoking.
Somebody Wants What You Have
by AMY on MARCH 10, 2010
It’s easy to think the grass is always greener in your neighbor’s yard. And perhaps it is. At least the part you can see.
When you’re weary of fixing another meal and doing dishes yet again, somebodywishes they had food to put on the table.
When you’ve folded and put away a(nother) mountain of laundry, somebody wishes their children had proper coats and hats to wear to school.
When you’re groaning over the highest heating bill yet this year, somebody wishes they weren’t so cold.
When you’re losing sleep and gagging over a child’s stomach bug episode, somebodyis praying for a miracle over her child’s hospital bed.
When the exhaustion and nausea of the first trimester are about to do you in, somebody is weeping (yet again) over a negative pregnancy test.
When your headache intensifies over your teen’s college financial paperwork, somebody is visiting the site of her teen’s fatal wreck.
When you wake up to another cloudy, rainy day, somebody is praying for moisture to end a season of drought.
When you pick up your husband’s dirty socks and take out the trash because he forgot, somebody is wishing that for just a moment she didn’t have to do it all alone, all the time.
The next time your situation threatens to steal your joy, try to remember…somebody wants what you have.
Give thanks in all circumstances…
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Everyone in bed but me...this is dangerous. I am looking for snacks with 50 calories or less and doing a lot of nibbling when I should just go to bed. Next week is spring break and the kids seem to be up late with homework, projects, and studying for exams - which means that I am up later as well. Trying to unwind before hitting the hay, but seems like a million things are running through my head. Everything from needing to get my food updated on SP to making plans to keep the kids occupied next week and lots in between. Hopefully this feeling will pass soon. I can see how those 8 hours of sleep are beneficial...it's 8 hours that you aren't foraging for food.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Yesterday my daughter found out that a college-age friend of hers was extremely sick with pneumonia and collapsed lungs. He was put into a coma and on a breathing machine. His parents were told he had a 50/50 chance of survival. I told my daughter that all we could do was pray and that God could be planning a miracle and that's what we should pray for...and we did.
Not more than an hour later, we heard the news that he was given an x-ray later that same day and it showed absolutely NO fluid on his lungs, NO trace of pneumonia, and HE IS NOW BREATHING ON HIS OWN. This is undoubtedly a miracle. This family had a large circle of friends and church members praying for him, and that made the difference. It was also a wonderful witness to my daughter as to the power of prayer.
Some of you might only pray for "God's will" which is what I used to do, but in my Beth Moore study she suggested something that made sense...maybe a miracle IS His will, and if so, He might want to hear us ask for that...just like we like to hear a request from our own children to know what's on their heart. Many times prayer does not turn out so positively (as far as we know on earthly terms anyway), but in this case, we are praising God for the miracle that he used to bless this friend and his family. Thank you God!!!
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