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And then came the rain.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I have been having a desert experience with the Lord lately. I felt as if He had left me to deal with so many difficulties and stresses. After praying on Sunday, I decided to thank Him for the dry places and ask Him to grow me while I was here. Today, it rained!!! Today, I received a call from my youngest who told me "Mom, I am ENGAGED" I received the care package I have been waiting almost 2 months for with my personal Bible in it. AND I received the invitation letter needed so that my youngest daughter can come visit me in 2 weeks! Thand You God for the times and seasons in life. When I am in a desert place, thank You for your presence even when I do not feel it. Thank You for growing me. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 5/7/2013 10:31PM

    That is WONDERFUL news!! Praise God!!! :-)


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Is that a light?

Monday, May 06, 2013

I have been having a really difficult time lately. Yesterday was Easter here in Russia. I spent the first part of the day crying. (My stress level has been through the roof.) But after sitting in church and praying, I feel like I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I have decided to stop looking at the problems in my life and concentrate on doing my best to allow God to work on them.

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HAPPYDOES 5/7/2013 9:27PM

    I'm here...listening...praying for you.


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GODDREAMDIVA1 5/6/2013 10:19AM


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So discouraged!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

So frustrated!!!!!

I have been tracking my food and exercising more, and what happens? I am gaining weight! Yep, gaining!!!

I can't even tell you how depressed I am about this!

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CAROLYN0107 5/6/2013 12:44AM

    I am no expert in losing weight but.... you are tracking but are you staying in your calorie range? Are you eating ENOUGH? If you aren't eating enough your body will go into starvation mode and will not lose weight. Take into consideration that you're doing lots of walking. have you added that into your daily tracker so that it's calculated into your suggested calorie range? Just trying to give you ideas. You WILL lose.

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MZLADY77 4/30/2013 11:11AM

    Hi do not give up. Just take one day at a time and find out where you can make a change. MOve on....Make things happen! Make a change! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 4/30/2013 9:01AM

    Aaaawww!!! I TOTALLY know where you are at!!! Been there/done that/bought the Tshirt!!! UGH!!!

One thing I noticed about myself - are you eating ENOUGH calories? Dumb as it sounds, if you don't eat enough, that will actually cause weight gain! (It did for me, anyway) Just something to consider!

Also, starting menopause, I would think that's an uphill battle, as your body is going through a change...and it's not a time where weight will just simply fall off. You have to fight to get it off! :-(

Have you considered anything medical? If you haven't, it would be worth it to check it out - and you could discuss a sluggish metabolism with the doc too.

Don't give up!!! That scale WILL budge - in the meantime, try and focus HARD on the NSV's in your life...shrinking sizes, more endurance, etc! We're here to cheer you on!!!!! :-)

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HAPPYDOES 4/30/2013 5:33AM

I'm Josie.

I'm so sorry to hear that you are discouraged. Last week I was fighting discouragement as well, so I just want to drop over and give you a hug and some support.

I agree with both these ladies, but I think water is extremely important because I've read that it helps to metabolize (or something like that) the fat in our bodies. I find that weeks when I don't drink the eight glasses of water daily, I tend to retain fluids and not lose as much fat weight.

I invite you over to my party page and to be my friend. Maybe some fun and balloons will help to cheer you up as well as my blog entitled, "I'm taking this party to the monks!" emoticon

Hang in there! You got this! emoticon


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KARINASOARS 4/30/2013 4:20AM

    Thanks ladies. I really am trying to keep a positive outlook. It is just so frustrating to hear everyone talk about all the weight they lose when they diet.

I am measuring all of my food. (Though I will sneak a pretzel stick or two in the evening if I am bored - Literally 2!) I drink TONS of water. I love it!!! I drink between 2 - 3 liters every day.

Exercise - I walk a lot here in Russia. I walk usually about 20 to 30 minutes per day. And yes, I do sweat. I am also doing a little weight training with my water bottles as weights.

I should not let this get to me as I know that my weight fluctuates so much normally, but I just want so badly to see a lose on the scale.

I am in menopause or perimenopause, so I have no "time of the month" anymore.

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NILLAPEPSI 4/30/2013 4:12AM

    That is frustrating indeed!! That happens to me when my cycle is getting ready to start. Make sure you're eating your freggies & drinking your water.

Like SparkChantal said, weigh & measure all of your food - every bite. Make sure you're tracking your exercise correctly.

Hang in there! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 4/30/2013 3:09AM

    there could be a number of reasons for this, but first of all, don't get discouraged, this will only make matters worse or could set you off into a vicious circle.

first, tracking food:
are you really eating fewer calories, or are you 'cheating' in some places? or maybe your portions are bigger than you think?

second, exercising:
are you really exerting yourself, really burning those calories?

third, if the answers to the above are positive, how much weight are you gaining, and since when?
remember, when starting out on exercising more, it often happens that you experience a gain in weight, because you are gaining muscle (but losing fat). in the long run this new muscle tissue will begin to burn fat more rapidly. all you need then is a bit of patience and perseverance.

so smile for a while...

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New blogger - the power of the scale!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ok, so I am going to try this. I have been so disappointed by the scale lately and was thrilled to see that todays video from Sparkcoach was just about this. I used to weigh myself every day, but I am trying to weigh myself only twice a week. Last week, I only lost 1.5 pounds and I was soooooooooooooo disappointed. Today I climbed on the scale and it looked the same. I know it is silly to look for quick results after a lifetime (well MANY years at least) of starving myself and gaining a ton of weight. My body was in full force starvation mode! Now I am eating my mininum calories every day. (So proud of myself for that!) Last week was the first week I met my calorie goals every day. And this week I am not only making my calorie goals, but I have managed to adjust my fat content to wihin the goal perameters as well! Wahoo!
So, I ask myself, why am I still so upset? The scale. Why do I judge myself by a set of numbers instead of how good I am beginning to feel? I see a difference in how my jeans are fitting! I feel a little bit more energetic, and yet that scale haunts me!
All I want is to be thinner! Is that such a terrible thing? I want to be healthier, too, but according to the doctor (other than my weight) I am very healthy! SIGH!! I want so bad to get down below 200 before my husband's birthday. This is where I really struggle! A HUGE part of me says if you starve yourself and work out a little, you will drop the weight. I know it isn't true, but it is such a temptation when the scale moves soooooooooooooo slowly!!

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TCANNO 4/25/2013 6:21AM

    It maybe time to get the tape out and leave the scales for a week or two.

You will be overjoyed if inches come off as it is not all about weight.

Good luck

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Support a missionary

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just a quick note to all of my fellow Spark People.
If you are interested in supporting my husband and myself as we get ready to set off into the mission field in June, please let me know. We will be working to spread the Gospel to the lost in Russia. We have worked in Russia on a short term basis for 10 years now, and look forward to going long term now.

I would be happy to send you any information about our work over there.
We are a 501c3 organization so any funds you send are tax deductible.

Thank you and God bless you!


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