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Learning To Listen To My Body

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.

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    I struggle with the feeling of all eating is bad too. Even when I eat all the things I know are good for me I still have that nagging feeling I shouldn't be eating at all which is such an old diet mentality. Good for you for listening to what your body needs!

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ADJQUILTER 3/1/2012 2:13PM

    Your body has the wisdom that God put into it when He created you. You just need to listen to it. It does feel extra good when you can slow down and quiet down long enough to hear what it is saying. God can speak to you through your body, not just your mind and heart. He knows every inch of you, and loves all of you!
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Inspiration from "Made To Crave"

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!

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MARVEEME 2/29/2012 8:58PM

    I'm so happy for you in your finding this motivation that works for you. Keep up the good work, and keep us posted on what you're learning. Especially helpful for those of us without much extra time to be able to sit down with a book these days.


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ADJQUILTER 2/29/2012 2:28PM

    That has gotten me through many days and nights. Her book is very powerful stuff. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we are the beloved children of a great and mighty Father who has the power of the universe at his fingertips. We just need to remember to ask Him for some, and He is more than willing to give it to us.
So happy MTC is encouraging and empowering you.
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HUUUUGE Breakthrough!!!!

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.

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ADJQUILTER 2/29/2012 2:24PM

    With God, we can accomplish great things! We need faith and not fear. You are well on the road to complete recovery and victory! God bless you in your efforts!
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MARVEEME 2/27/2012 8:59PM

The roadblock before you was a mirage in your mind.
You GO girl!

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SVHOTMAMA 2/27/2012 3:23PM

    Wow! How wonderful! Great job!

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IMAJEAN0178 2/27/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon Great job.

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HOLLYJAE 2/27/2012 9:23AM

    What a GREAT story! You took a chance - a RISK even - and look what you did! I'm so proud of you...keep it up, girl!


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Help Me Teach My Kids A Better Way!

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????

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RELISA4HEALTH 2/24/2012 7:43PM

    Eating more healthy takes time and retraining children to eat healthy is possible. The best way to begin is through small steps. Pizza in itself is not a bad food, but you got to watch the fat content. My doctor told me this truth and my husband always likens pizza to a full meal. You got your bread, tomato sauce and the protein, but eating it every night, not good.
Introducing fruits is also a wonderful way to lead your children to eat something healthy. Perhaps you could add apples, grapes, bananas and oranges to your children's diet. I remember growing up we had fruit and many times when I would come home I would fetch an apple for a mid afternoon snack.
Do your kids like salads? This is a good way to introduce veggies. Do they like frozen veggies like carrots, green beans and such?
Do they like raisins, or nuts? This makes a wonderful trail mix and it taste yummy?
Have you ever thought of making fruit smoothies? These taste yummy, but above all they are more healthy then the soda pop.
As for the cookies and cake, portion is important if consummed. It is best not to have in the cubboard, but it is hard not to eat when others bring it into the house.
I am a big sweet lover myself and so I undertand the lure of this sugary temptation.
May your search for new ways of eating bring you to new recipes that the whole family will love.
Blessings to you.

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RAWHIDE64 2/24/2012 11:50AM

    The fact that you blogged this shows that you want to do best for your kids.

Beating yourself up does you no good and doesn't change the situation. Don't worry, you're not killing your kids! Our son is 45 and he finally figured it out. Honestly, I don't have an answer given your circumstances. However, I saw this woman on TV and I thought she had some good strategies.


It would help to get your in-laws on board with your efforts to get the kids eating better but there's probably something you can do. Hang in there Mom.


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Made To Crave is already a life changer!

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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ADJQUILTER 2/29/2012 2:37PM

    Having a live group at your church to share this book with must be such a blessing!
It has made all the difference in my life.
I love Mandisa too! First time I heard of her was on somebody's blog at Spark.
He recommended her song, "Say Goodbye". She has a lovely voice, and is a really talented songwriter.
I downloaded "Made to Crave" and the devotional onto my Nook, and read them while I pedal away on my stationary bike. A couple of times I almost fell off laughing because Lysa is so funny and honest.
Thanks for your wonderful comments. Hopefully many more people will find the book, and get re-directed toward God.

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SUSHIYUMMY 2/25/2012 9:27AM

    Thanks for sharing your experiences! I got a mini 21-day version of the Made to Crave devotional free for my Kindle and I've really enjoyed it. I've been thinking about getting the original book and the full devotional. I hope you'll keep updating us with your thoughts on it as you continue with your church group.

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RELISA4HEALTH 2/23/2012 5:33PM

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I remember Mandessa, on the show. Powerful voice and it does bless me to hear of how God has raised her up for such a time as this.
I was also blessed to hear of how your women's group at your church has been blessed through this study.
May God continue to impart to you wisdom through the book, "Made To Crave."

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