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Gooooooooal!!!!!

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

  
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NHES220 11/21/2013 3:13PM

    Wow, congrats! Nicely done. You should be very proud to have reached that milestone.
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JENNA3 11/21/2013 3:05PM

    emoticon Way to go! Keep your eyes on Him and he will guide you in the way you should go.

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LINDAC399 11/21/2013 10:08AM

    Congratulations! God bless you richly for hanging in.

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A Teacher's Whine

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!

  
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THINFITFEMINIST 11/3/2013 5:35AM

    I'm not certain exactly what makes being a teacher on program more difficult than any other profession. We all are challenged daily no matter what time of year it is. So, whatever your challenges are and no matter what time of the year it is I wish you all the strength necessary to stay strong and do your best.

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NHES220 11/2/2013 8:00PM

    It is tough with work and the demands of family. So the time might be right for maintaining for a little while and the get back to losing, only you can decide for yourself. Maybe looking back to how you managed back in February with your schedule to see if you can incorporate some of what you did then?
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WOUBBIE 11/2/2013 6:27PM

    Though I love fall for many reasons, it's the beginning of marching band season and school for the kids, and the beginning of "peak" in the package delivery business. It takes all my focus to stay on track. I don't have much trouble with the food but making time for activity and exercise is tough.

If you can maintain through November and December it's as good as having lost weight or gained muscle any other time of year!!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/2/2013 11:54AM

    I had never maintained my weight when I had a hard time before. Since joining SP I have stalled on weight loss but maintained beautifully! That gives me so much hope! When I do start losing again- I know I'll maintain that too! So better not to lose what you can't maintain! Good for you!! emoticon

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UCC Devotional in Response to David and Goliath

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.

  
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KIM22211 10/13/2013 11:41PM

    I just prayed for my husband last night to give him the faith of David! That is awesome!

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GOLFGMA 9/23/2013 4:44PM

    I understand. God wants us to believe He "has our back"! The Lord is my shepherd. emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/23/2013 9:31AM

    Beautiful- He only calls us to be faithful. Love that! emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 9/23/2013 9:06AM

    Amen and me too! What a great thought though!

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Almost Totally Lost it... and Drew back from the Brink!

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.

  
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MLDRLD 9/19/2013 12:09PM

    You did super well at the Mexican restaurant!!! Congrats!

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STEVEN_D 9/1/2013 9:39PM

    Way to resist the mexican food, I don't know if I would have the strength!!

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Mistakes

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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SPAMUNDY 8/30/2013 12:18PM

    Thanks for sharing the prayer. Just what I needed to read at this point. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 8/28/2013 8:27PM

    I can understand why that would cause you to think of our imperfections in trying to find our way to a healthier lifestyle. God's grace has to be the most important thing in our lives in every area. emoticon

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AUNTB63 8/28/2013 10:07AM

    Thanks for sharing this prayer....it is perfect for this journey and how we should react to our imperfections. Have a wonderful Wednesday. emoticon

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