Thursday, March 01, 2012
Last night, an absolutely amazing thing happened!
I had already planned out all my eating for the day and knew what I was cooking for dinner and everything I'd eat for the rest of the night before I even left work. So, I ran my Daily Nutrition Report and found that I was on target for everything, except I was actually LOW on Fat and Protein. Ha! "Oh well...no matter," I thought.
On the way home, I really started to feel head-achey and ick. I was bummed because at 8pm, my husband and I were going to see "In The Heights" at the Auditorium and I hate to feel sick at the theatre!
This is when it happened. I walked into the pantry to get some oil for dinner and I caught a glimpse of the peanut butter jar. You should know I rarely ever open a jar of peanut butter. It's not that I don't like it. I just don't ever think it sounds super yummy or anything. At any rate, the minute I saw that jar, it was like everything in me screamed, "I want peanut butter SOOOOOOOO BAD!" But, of course, I ignored it...because I was MAKING DINNER and I only had to wait half an hour for real food.
Started cooking the chicken and literally could not ignore the craving! So, I popped a piece of Health Nut bread in the toaster, put some peanut butter on it and munched while I was cooking dinner. I kid you not...my headache instantly went away. And I actually realized, right then and there, that my body really needed protein immediately, to the point of begging for it.
I don't know why this is such a big deal to me...probably because I'm so used to craving terrible things that aren't good for me. But, I understand now that the craving for something good feels completely different. It isn't just an emotional response...it's something deeper and more urgent. I've just been eating SO much food that I haven't had a chance to experience this in the past. WOW.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Been doing pretty well in the food area, mostly due to the awesome things I'm learning from Made To Crave. There is a quote from the Participants Guide & DVD that has been very inspirational for me this week:
"Remember who you are. You are a Jesus girl. You are not a failure. You are not incapable. You are not a loser. You are none of those things. You are a Jesus girl capable of victory. You are absolutely capable of being empowered. God loves you - head to toe. Remember who you are."
I just LOVE this! Hope it encourages you today as well!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Today, I had a HUGE breakthrough...and it came MUCH earlier than I expected!
In order to understand how amazing this is for me, you have to know that two years ago, I was planning on trying out for roller derby and I had a terrible accident. I was in my FIRST practice session skating and I fell at the rink and broke my ankle, both bones in my wrist and shattered my elbow. My entire right side was destroyed. It took about a year for me to fully recover, with 3 months unpaid leave from work. At the time, I had 3 very small children. My husband had to drop out of college to take care of the family. I couldn't do anything. It was a NIGHTMARE.
It's been about a year since the physical therapist declared my bones "fully healed" and I have done quite a bit of exercise since then (with a gap from July to now, when I had just given up on health altogether).
So, yesterday I was at my "Made To Crave" Bible Study (week 2) and was telling my group that I feel like my issues with food/health have kept me from victory, specifically in the fact that I feel like I can never do anything fun again because I'm afraid of re-breaking my ankle and elbow. It makes me very upset and I told them, "I can't even run! I've tried and I just can't do it!" But, I've always wondered if I really physically can't run or if it was just a mental block, completely based on fear. I suspected it was the latter.
Yesterday evening, I got my 6 yr old and 9 yr old and took them for a walk on the trail by our house. About halfway through our 1.5 mile walk, I said to my daughter, "Should I try to jog to that sign? Just to see if I can do it?" She said she'd race me. Of course she won, but I was shocked because I actually jogged!!! My 9 yr old was behind me and she started shouting, "Mommy is jogging!!!!! Oh my gosh!!!" After that short distance, I felt like I wanted to jog again! I ended up jogging, then walking, then jogging the entire way and I felt AMAZING!!! No pain. Just sweet, sweet joy.
I am beyond excited about this. And now I want to go again today! I definitely want to take it in stride, though, and not overdo it at first. Wouldn't want to get hurt or burn out.
Friday, February 24, 2012
So, I've been watching (or actually, just listening) to a bunch of TED talks online as I work today and one of them was very powerful. It's a talk by Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady, which portrays school lunches and the terrible state that they are in right now as a social justice problem. It's very interesting and if you happen to have an extra 20 minutes or so, you should definitely check it out: www.ted.com/talks/ann_cooper_talks_s
It really got me thinking about the foods my kids eat. And it opened my eyes to how little GOOD food my children are ingesting regularly. I am pretty lucky, in that I have kids that like SOME vegetables. But, they have also grown accustomed to eating frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, nachos and a whole lot of junk food. My younger two kids are in good shape, even tiny. My oldest is doing OK but she has a built-in propensity for gaining weight. I would say she is at an average weight right now, but I do need to look into getting her more active because she gains weight quickly.
My husband and I have been a terrible example, activity-wise. Bluntly put, we are fat and lazy. It's just the truth. And it doesn't help that we live in the same house as my in-laws and I would estimate that literally a quarter of the groceries that they buy are cookies, cakes, and horrible junk foods like Pizza Rolls. They are aware that they are feeding the kids too much junk food, but no changes have been made at all. It's frustrating and frightening to know that the four of us (my husband and I and his parents) are literally all working together to kill our children. It sounds dramatic, but that is what it comes down to. I am done with brushing off the matter of health like it's no big deal. It is DEAD SERIOUS.
We have all the tools we need to change our family's eating habits...we have access to a great health food store and I am beginning to shop there regularly for healthy, whole ingredients. I intend to control my own eating and cook more for my family. And we are joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) this Spring/Summer, so there will be fresh vegetables from a local farm coming into our home weekly for 26 weeks. I have a man at our local farmer's market that sells me WONDERFUL, grass-fed, hormone-free meats that are absolutely delicious.
But, even with all these advantaghes, I don't know where to start to get my kids to eat my food. Most nights, I will cook something incredible and my kids won't touch it! They have been brought up with the picky, junk food, processed culture and I don't have any idea how to turn that around.
I need help. Big time, folks. HOW do I change their eating habits????
Thursday, February 23, 2012
If you are a Christian and have struggled with weight, body image and food issues, I would highly recommend this study called "Made To Crave". I had originally heard about it via Twitter. I follow an American Idol alumnus, Mandisa. Remember the one that Simon criticized (ha! narrow it down?) and said she would break the stage because she was so heavy? In the three on one with the judges, when she was told she was moving on to the Top 12, she cried and asked Simon for an apology and told him that she forgave him because Jesus forgave her? Yeah...that one. I've always loved Mandisa and even moreso now, as she has a thriving career in Christian music and has managed to lose close to 100 lbs with the help of a personal trainer, Zumba and Lysa TerKeurt's study...you guessed it, Made To Crave. Mandisa has been very public and open about her struggle with weight and food issues, as well as her failures and I really respect that.
Still, even with her constant Twitter mentions of the study and links to Lysa's webinars, etc I largely ignored Made To Crave. Until a few weeks ago when a Nutrtionist friend from church sent out a Facebook invite for a 6-week study for the women of the church dealing with food, weight and body image issues. Well, I can do 6 weeks, right? That's not a huge commitment. I got my mother-in-law on board and we were excited to join the study together. Wasn't until later that I realized that it's the very same Made To Crave that Mandisa touts all the time. Well, then I was even more excited.
Last week's study (our very first) was tentative at first (some of us were just meeting for the first time - our church just launched in September so we are still forming relationships). But, suddenly, when the video was over, we launched into a discussion that was completely open and honest and pretty raw spiritually. The bond I feel with those women after just a couple of hours is amazing. And then I was ready to do the 3 chapters of reading as "homework" and work through the assignments in the Participants Guide on my own.
I've only been immersed in this material for about 4 days now...and I can tell you, it is already changing my entire view of health, myself, food, cravings and relying on GOD.
It's not a diet plan or a how-to book. It's a deeper issues kind of thing, that allows room for skepticism and doubt. So...why not check it out? If you do, lemme know what you think!
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