Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wow! I've been waiting for this for a long time. Not just the months that I've been actively changing my lifestyle and losing weight, but also the 17 years I spent getting heavy and NOT changing my lifestyle.
I am beyond grateful for all the help I have gotten - from my DH and kids, who have all been so supportive - literally through thick and thin; and also for everyone here at SparkPeople - friends, teammates and coaches - who have encouraged, counselled, and challenged me, and who helped me celebrate the many small victories and stick with the plan through the struggles along the way.
This daily devotional from the UCC, written by Jimmy R. Watson (Pastor of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, Louisville, Kentucky), seems appropriate. I think of Spark as an "authentic community of compassion and care":
Holy and Transparent God, you have invited us to lunch at your banquet and we know why we are here: to live in authentic communities of compassion and care. No pyramid schemes are needed here for motivation. Amen
Saturday, November 02, 2013
I am finding, 2 1/2 months into the school year, that maintaining nutrition and fitness routines during the school year is every bit as hard as I imagined it would be. While I am proud of the effort that I am making, October has been the first month since I began this journey in February that I have not lost any weight at all.
I may have to adjust my expectations over the next few months. I have not gained any weight this month, either, and that is very good. Having lost a little over 65 pounds since last February, maybe I have to focus, during this difficult time of holidays and short days and stress and darkness, on maintaining the progress I have made.
Thanks to all of the Spark teammates who help me stay focused and positive!
Monday, September 23, 2013
I read this today, by Matthew Laney, who is the Senior Minister of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, in Hartford, Connecticut and thought I'd share:
God, when I am faced with giant problems, help me to remember that you do not call me to be practical, strong, resolute, calm, cool, calculating, patient or frantic. You do not even call me to be successful. You only call me to be faithful.
I nonetheless find myself praying for all those other qualities, daily.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Went to my favorite Mexican restaurant this evening - completely ready to order all my favorite things - The Torero Plate. Started with chips and cheese dip - but at least managed to count the chips for the nutrition tracker.
I had my husband and kids order first, and by the time the waiter got to me I managed to order...
a small tortilla soup.
In the end, just enough. Whew.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
When I read today's daily devotional that my denomination sends out to subscribers I immediately thought of the blogs and posts that I often see (and post myself!) on Spark about days or even weeks, months and years in which we don't live up to our healthy living aspirations. Posts about missed exercise sessions, fast food meals, binging, failure to track nutrition, keep in touch, etc.
I try to think of these as learning opportunities. The difference, I think, between a "diet" and a "healthy living plan" is that a diet is a list of rules and healthy living is a learning process. When I find myself missing my exercise, rather than beating myself up, I can make a plan for how to avoid that in the future - change my exercise time, or change to an exercise I enjoy more. When I find myself eating something I don't want to admit to on my food tracker, I can take that opportunity to figure out how and why I had that craving and make a plan for the next time I feel that way.
Anyway, here's the prayer that brought on this chain of thought:
May your Spirit move in and out of the imperfections. Where there are flaws, let there be grace.
Written by Martin B. Copenhaver, Senior Pastor of Village Church, United Church of Christ, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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