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Month of April

Monday, April 01, 2013

I just weighed for the 1st time in about 3 weeks. I liked being able to go that long distance without thinking about my weight or anything.

The past couple weeks, I got to focus solely on my walk and personal relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ. I was not distracted by the scale. I absolutely love not being distracted by the scale! I didn't do anything different this past month, EXCEPT eating late at night and staying up late at night. I hope this will quickly become an old habit, and I can get back on my usual bedtime schedule..

About 3 weeks ago, I went to the doctor and found out that I have an all nut allergy and shortly after remembered I just can't handle egg yolks--testing the waters to see if it's egg whites too. This is in addition to not being able to have gluten, high fructose, and watching out for dairy (lactose intolerance). I have found "Allergy Free" recipes to be something that I am definitely keeping in mind for the future. I bought one cookbook, and finally got the ingredients to begin dabbling with it a little bit.

I really am hoping to try to exercise. Right now for me, exercise is when I go somewhere on the bus. Fantastic! But... I need to start doing something light a couple days a week. I began doing the "Free Step" on the Wii Fit. Hoping to continue that a few times a week. I am working on convincing myself that in the beginning it will be a very slow process, only 10-15 minutes every other day. I am already tempted to do a little bit today, but I know I need to *take it slow*.

Eating: My goals for eating this upcoming month is to add in protein and fiber. Also, hoping plan before eating. I am not good at planning, so it will be a growing process for me.

Anyway, that's all that is going on with me.

Weight Lost to-date: 54 pounds.

This Past Week: 2.5 pounds.

All by fixing my eyes on my Creator.
Seeking to grow closer to Him and Honor Him in how I choose to eat, by not overeating and eating for the wrong reason.
All of the weight is coming off, because of GOD and God alone!!!

  
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LOVETOLAUGH56 4/2/2013 6:46PM

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If we (I mean me) can silence all the craziness in our lives and minds and live close to our Creator God then we can do anything. You are so right. Thanks for the reminder.
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/1/2013 11:15PM

    Love it! I felt a bit like that this week. Relax in the Lord and the rest will follow. The program, while important, is just a speck in the grand plan He has for us. You are a shining example!

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Half-way mark

Monday, February 11, 2013

I am officially at the half way point of where I want to be. According to bmi stuff, my weight is to be between 105 and 140... But, it's encouraging to see my bmi has gone down 9 points this past year. About 15 pounds before I consider myself no longer obese..

Last week, I reached the half way mark. 46 pounds down (47 today--weighed in this morning), and about 45-ish left.

It is a long journey, but it can be a quite enjoyable journey.

Saying "No" to the sin of overeating.
Saying "Yes" to spending time daily with my Savior, Jesus Christ.

My journey started last March.
It continues on.

I am being able to notice serious changes as far as my stomach goes, which is fantastic! I have gone through several pair of jeans. Probably down about 4 sizes..

This past month or so, I didn't workout. Starting walking last week. Just walking one lap around my apartment complex is 0.7 of a mile. I am trying to do that every day. Hoping to start going to the gym--maybe I will even make it tomorrow. I can't do the incline walk required to make it to the gym I was going to, so I am switching gym locations--to see if that helps me continue going. Will take a bit more to make it to the gym, but it'll be worth it in the end...

That's really all that is going on with me.
Enjoying spending time with the Lord.
Beginning to have my prayer/praise walk time in the morning.
Possibly starting back going to the gym...

There are 22 days before I go to the doctor. It would be wonderful if I could lose 5 pounds or maybe a little bit more, so I will be out of the 180s....but it's about the journey. It isn't about the scale even if it is tempting to make it about that. It is about digging deep into the Word of God (the Bible), pursuing intimacy with HIM, and just learning who I am in Him.

  
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ERINLINDSAY83 3/27/2013 6:10PM

    I just love everything about this blog. Congrats on your success and keep up the hard work!

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CALIRPM 2/13/2013 5:54PM

    Way to go chica! You can do it, you are an inspiration!

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LINDAF49 2/13/2013 2:27PM

    WOW You are inspiring and it is exciting to hear how your journey goes...I love the keeping at it even if it means going to a different gym!! WOW...you are doing so well. keep us posted on how it goes. HUGS!!

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WILLEYDEBORAH 2/11/2013 7:10PM

    Fantastic, keep up the good work.

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/11/2013 6:04PM

  That is really terrific!!! Keep it up. You've come a good way along your path! Great and PTL!!! emoticon

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You are doing awesome!!

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Under 190

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I foolishly just lost the blog I just wrote. Of course, I would go searching for something in the tab where SP is.

Anyway, I weighed in today. I normally only weigh in once a week, but I gained on Saturday--so let myself reweigh today. Down 2.6 pounds. I am doing pretty well. I am almost at my weight loss goal--well my first big goal anyway. My goal is 7.5 pounds away. I am officially out of the 190's. I began this journey needing to lose nearly 100 pounds. I am almost at the half way mark, which is really exciting. My bmi has gone from "41.1" to "33.5". I am barely out of the 190's, but I am out of there. I have lost 43 pounds--and have about 55 more to go.

I am trying to give everything I do my best. I want to glorify God in every area of my life. This includes how I eat and trying to exercise even if it is only a little bit. The really key things I am focusing on are:

Spending my time in the Word with the Lord daily: It is essential. If I go to the gym before my quiet time, my time at the gym isn't profitable. It is the Lord who gives me strength, and my time with Him has to come first! I want to continue in my reading through the Bible in a year study--this has been such a blessing as I go to the gym and try to keep my eyes focused on Him. I can read through the chapters I am on while I am there at the gym, then go look at them later at home.

Eating in a way that will glorify Him and take care of my body: Thankfully, he continues to show me what I need to eat and stay away from. I need to stay away from allergy foods, but also I need to give my body the protein it needs. Evidently low protein means much more Fibromyalgia pain and symptoms... I hate tracking nutritional stuff, but it is the only way I will actually eat protein. My new protein powder will be very helpful in this area. It isn't as good as Muscle Milk, but it is also cheaper and fructose free. It is a daily thing of learning to eat protein, and the Lord guides me all the way!

Exercising when I can: My goal in exercising is to just try. All I want to do is try. I want to try to go to the gym every weekday to do something. It takes a mile to actually make it to and from the gym, but it also means--by just going and trying, I am accomplishing alot. It may not be very much that I can do depending on the day, but I can go and try. I was able to go 4 days last week. I am about to leave in a few minutes for the gym, and it will be day 3 for this week. Hoping to make each weekday. I just have to go and try. Each day in everything, it is about giving God my absolute best and growing closer to Him as I am on this journey!

  
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LINDAF49 1/14/2013 10:54PM

    I am so happy for you!!! So very proud of your determination and successes...keep up the good work and be healthy!

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What an inspiration! I am so happy for ya Stacey!!! I hope you have a good time at the gym, I will be with you in spirit. :)

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1-5-13

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Haven't updated in a while...

I seem to developing more food intolerances.
So far, I have discovered I have a peanut allergy---fructose intolerance going on too. This is what I have discovered between right before Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Must say going gluten free is way easier than dealing with the possibility of fructose intolerance. It isn't just limiting stuff to no fructose on a label of a can or box. It means alot more than that.. IE) Fruits and veggies have alot of fructose in them...Add that with no gluten, it can be rather hard to find out what I can eat. I am contemplating finding a shake mix I can use, so it's less of a struggle when it comes to eating...

I am still trying to learn what the new intolerances mean for my diet. How can I eat and quickly with all these intolerances/allergies? I haven't had the energy to cook, so my meals haven't been all they could be. They have probably been pretty crummy, but it's still food that I was able to eat. It's easier to go for the things that don't satisfy. Maybe, in time--I will learn to deal and eat within the boundaries that I am given as far as food goes. I am in the process of hopefully making some things for me to eat during the week. I just hope I am able to make it all today like I am wanting to. It is only a couple things, but it may help me to be able to go through the week with more food that is only needing to be reheated.

Weight update:
I am almost at 190. I have exactly 2 pounds to go. Then, my new goal will be to get to 180. I have lost 40 pounds to date since March.

Exercise update:
I was able to start back working out on Tuesday (New Years Day). I started working out right after Thanksgiving, but took a week or so off before starting back. My routine changed greatly. I have began making use of the treadmill.. I am still trying to learn to listen to my body, but do what I can to work out some. My ipod has been an asset. It helps me to shift my focus. It isn't about walking or cycling, but it is a time where I can worship my Father as I listen to songs praising Him or listening to the Bible through the podcasts I have.

  
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LIVING_FREE 1/5/2013 11:39PM

    It is really hard to know what to eat. There are some veggies and fruits that are lower in fructose levels, and some have glucose to balance it out--so its okay.

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CALIRPM 1/5/2013 10:30PM

    You have done so well! Keep it going girl! So with those food intolerances, that leaves you with meats, eggs, beans (???) and maybe some veggies?! I had no idea veggies had fructose. I know carrots can be sweet, but I'm hard pressed to think of any others. You learn something new every day. emoticon

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LINDAF49 1/5/2013 9:23PM

    WOW 40 pounds gone...so proud of you!
And treadmill and listening to the WORD or praise music while you do it...
I am encouraged just by reading this!!
Hope you keep in touch ...
With the limiting your fructose...some fruits and veggies are lower glycemic load...Does that help you choose the few you can eat?
The learning curves for food intolerances is so hard at first...then you gradually learn what you CAN have and it gets a bit easier at home...then to deal with it if you do any public eating is hard all over again.
You are succeeding and it is exciting to me to see other succeed.
God bless!


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Finally UNDER 200!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I have been struggling with my weight all my life. I had not been under 200 since July 2010. To be under 200 again is such a blessing! I have not had that struggle with food since the new chapter of my journey began in late August.

On August 25th, I began a really good Bible study that has helped me discover the problem I was having with weight loss and food. I had begun this study at least 3 times before, but never finished it and went back to old ways... This time was very different. "The Lord's Table" has been a God-given tool to help me overcome my struggle with food. The study lasted about 2 months, but it probably took me around 8 weeks. In that time, God has been working in me about a lot of different things.

Speaking to me about:
Turning to food instead of Him.
Turning to food instead of dealing with issues.
Overeating.
Starving.

God was working in the whole thing. This time was different~ I was really realizing how I was misusing food and placing a wrong emphasis on exercise a little bit too. It is all about focusing on my relationship with Jesus Christ, and from there--that's where the weight will come off. It is through my heart being changed, I can make different choices too. It is not about counting calories, exercising like a maniac, or restricting my diet.

It is about learning to place an emphasis on this: I need to be spending time reading God's Word. The Bible has every tool needed to help me live a righteous life.

I am still struggling with exercising. It is a combination of physical health problems and not going out to even try. The weather is nicer where I am able to go walk some, but still learning to not overdo it. I also am learning how to watch myself, so the weather does not cause pain. Then when it starts up, I can head in before too much damage is done.

I am hoping to gradually start walking more. I started back walking this past week, and my goal has been 1/2 mile. It is a good beginning goal, but I am hoping to break out of my comfort zone. It is more comfortable for me to walk around my apartment complex than break out into the unknown. I do not have to worry about the what if's. What if I do not have the energy to walk back? What if I overdo it and hurt for days? I am hoping to try to break out of those boxes and try to take it to a new level of walking more. Nothing super amazing---just build up in my walking a mile or so each day... Maybe build up to 1.5 miles eventually, which would be amazing for me. That eventually is very far away, but a girl can dream.

My new weight goal may take a while, but it'll come faster since I am trying to walk more like I did early in the study. It is only in the last couple weeks, I have stopped exercising or barely exercising. My goal has been to get out of the obese category. I have found out that I have shrunk and gotten shorter, so it will take longer to get to that place. I have 27 pounds to go. (liked it before when I thought it was 23 pounds) Hopefully in the next 4 weeks (next dr visit), I can say goodbye to 8-10 pounds. Just have to make sure I keep walking.

With eating, there is no set goal. My goal is to make sure I am eating like I know I need to, but that is it. Nothing is off limits as usual unless it has gluten, which makes my body sick. Basically, that's what things look like right now. Very pleased.

God is so good to me and strengthening me. He is teaching me! He is showing me how to live a disciplined life and make sure I am tuning in to Him and listening for His voice through my time with Him.

Possibly, I will remember to update in a couple weeks. ;)

  
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LINDAF49 11/17/2012 11:13AM

    YEAH!!! Under 200 is such a milestone...still seems impossible for this 63 year old body but I am soooooooo happy for you. I love your progress, your planning for the future exercise and praying for you to succeed in this and in your daily walk with the Lord. You have been a bright spot in my morning by just writing this blog...hope you keep in touch. BIG hug...but wait, If I hugged you in real person you would be a smaller hug than you used to be!! HAHA Keep up the good work.

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 11/16/2012 4:06PM

    Glad for the progress.

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/11/2012 8:08AM

    Congrats on under 200!! Come and chat at Christians with Celiac and share the journey. Lots of love and support and prayer and encouragement there!!
Smiles Barb

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LILLEAN 11/10/2012 6:47PM

    When I left the 200 zone i felt relieved because I never thought that I was capable for such. But once you've left the 200 zone you definitely will be looking to reach the 180's

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KEEP_GOING247 11/10/2012 3:26PM

    emoticon Our God is able and you can do all things through Him who strengthens you. emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 11/10/2012 2:06PM

    For every day living the book of Proverbs contains some wise words. May God bless your continued progress, Earl emoticon

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