Thursday, April 26, 2012
How many times have you found yourself doing something that you never, ever could see yourself doing, or never dreamed you would be doing?
Well after much research, I have found myself eating a vegan diet the past 2 weeks. I dont know if its for the long term, but I really am trying. I didnt even know what the definition of vegan was 2 weeks ago, but I have since found out that taking all meat and dairy out of my diet (including eggs and cheese) is called vegan. I have been researching about how to eat as to gain the best chance to not get heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. These diseases seem to be the most common in my family. I have really learned a lot. Isnt it odd that the top two countries who consume the most meat and cows milk, are the two countries with the highest rates of heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes? yes, America and the Netherlands. And the countries where some of these diseases are rarely found are the ones who eat very little meat, who consume almost no dairy, and who have starch based diets, with added fruits and veggies. The Asian countries. How may obese Asian people do you see regardless of their starch based diet?
What I am eating is Whole grains: Steel cut oats, brown rice, wild rice, barley, quinoa, bulgur, buckwheat. Legumes: various types of beans. I rarely ever eat any type of peas. I do eat lentils. Maybe that's a pea; I'm not sure. Vegetables:
Any and almost all. Trying to focus on dark leafy greens which have calcium. and of course, fruit. a few types daily.
Something I like doing is putting the following in my blender:
Kale, spinach, apple, pear- sometimes, 1 or 2 limes-squeezed, tomato, celery, fresh aloe vera, nopal cactus leaf, carrots, sometimes an orange- all fresh, nothing frozen or canned. I add in a bottle of water, strain out some of the pulp, and put it back in plastic water bottles. I have been doing this daily and I know I am getting a ton of micronutrients which are healing to my body. I drink one mid morning while working, and one mid afternoon before dinner.
My husband loves it too. The taste isnt bad at all, and its about the only way I am going to get all those items in my body.
Will update how my progress goes. My weight is going down, so that is a plus :)
Friday, April 06, 2012
I havent been around here much lately. We had a terribly sad event happen in our family. As some of you know, all 3 of my children are expecting. The photos on my page are from my oldest daughter, Angela's baby shower. Angela was 3 wks from her due date and went to the dr because she didnt feel the baby move. We all thought it was because he was getting into position, but our worst thoughts and fears became reality when no heart beat was found. They gave her medication to put her in labor, and after a painful delivery (the epidural didnt work very well) it was evident that little Elijah had a cord accident. He was 6lbs, 8oz and looked just like his father. Obviously this was situation that one never sees themselves going through. It was much worse than I even imagined it would be.
However, despite the tragic accident, God is still good. Angela & Toby have amazed me through this whole process, and God has amazed me too. God knew this was going to happen, and look at how he took mercy on his daughter:
First of all, Angela and Toby are young in their faith, but have grown to a maturity early that many never get to. This is what the Lord did: Angela and Toby chose a doctor, not having been referred to him, but chose him randomly. Upon their first visit, they noticed the Christian type decor in the office. Angela thought it was a very refreshing find. At the hospital where I met him, he showed so much compassion and kindness. He had a gentleness about him with a sense of humor that was great to lift the heaviness in the air. He told our kids that his men's ministry were praying for them round the clock. He also arranged for an organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep who are volunteer professional photographers, to fly in, and take beautiful keepsake photos for the parents to have. I was so grateful that God put my daughter in the hands of the best possible candidate available because He knew what was to come.
Not only that, but 2 mo before this, Angela met a woman on the internet that had just lost a baby at birth and was going through the most painful time in her life Angela had been helping her through her pain. Who would have thought that 2mo later, Angela would be going through the same situation. The lady came to the hospital before Angela delivered so she could be there to return the kindness. I dont believe in coincidence. God put someone in Angela's life 2 mo before this tragedy that could ACTUALLY understand how she feels to help her through this. God's mercy and love for my daughter just makes me love Him more.
Because Angela & Toby were still in the hospital, we grandparents had to plan the funeral. We took care of the cost and made all of the arrangements. It was our honor to do so. We didnt want them to have any more stress than necessary and wanted them to just focus on trying to wrap their minds around this and start the healing process.
The funeral was beautiful and of course very painful. Angela made him a temporary grave stone from the plaster foot prints that the nurse in the hospital help her make.
Below is the poem his Daddy wrote to him:
Though we never got to meet you
and you didnt get to stay
We have faith that God the Father
must have wanted it that way.
He designed and loved you so,
before you ever came to be;
You're our precious blessing
whom we, too, will love eternally.
He called you for His purpose
and is changing us inside
to accept His sovereign will
and know our baby is alive
We will miss you
but we have within a hope we an afford;
That you're absent from the body
and now present with the Lord.
Elijah Kai Moore, we love you, know you are with our Lord, and cant wait to see you again.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I have been in the 180's far too long. I was only supposed to be there 4-6 weeks tops, but it went more like 7 weeks, 8 weeks, 9 weeks.
I thought at first that I plataued, but in reality I had gotten really busy at work and in my personal life and I was not taking the time to exercise like I had been. And although I was trying to watch what I eat, I wasn't nearly as diligent about it.
I also got kind of board and figured that at the very least, until I can get my motivation back, that I would maintain the 30lbs that I had lost. Then, when I was ready, I would start again in trying to reach my goal.
What got me motivated was about 4 wks ago we started The Biggest Loser contest at work. The first week, I had hardly paid attention to the competition and didnt exercise at all. I was still unmotivated......until.....they posted the week 1 weight loss results. I was the last name of 9 on the list. OUCH! I didnt like that AT ALL! I decided I was going to have to do something about that.
Week 2 weigh in, I raised up one slot on the list.
At that point I had just replaced my computer (still waiting for my laptop that I ordered to come in) so I bought a new video. Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30.
She has it set up in 4- 1week sets. Every week has different exercises. I started week 2 this morning. Its only for 30 min each, but she combines exercises and uses light weights while doing them. So after my first week of the new video (week 3 of weigh-in) I lost 2 lbs and moved up two slots on the Biggest Loser weight loss list. I thought it might be more but its my T.O.M. so I am waiting till next week to see if that improves.
In addition to the new exercise routine, I am also in week 2 of a 21 day corporate fast at church. I fast for 24hrs twice a week for 3 weeks. Spiritually, I am better off, and it cant hurt my weight loss goals either.
IN addition to all that, I also have been experimenting with the "juicing" that I saw on the documentary "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead that another sp member had posted. You blend or put in a juicer Kale, cucumber, spinach, lemon, ginger, apple...among other fruits and veggies and you drink them. The man lost a ton of weight and was then able to exercise...he ended up getting off all his meds and no longer has the horrible skin disorder that he was suffering from.
Between the exercise and the spiritual fast, and the fresh veggies I am positive I will make it out of the 180's.
At the end of the 4 weeks with Jillian Michaels, I think I will move on to 4 weeks with that Tybo guy Billy Banks.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I sure have missed my Sparkfriends and wondered how you are all doing over the past few weeks.
January 6th I was at work, and the manager from my apartment complex called to tell me that someone had broken into my apartment and my things were gone. They had called the police. I told them I would be home right away.
I could not believe what I walked into. My Tv, laptop, computer, my husbands power tools, jewelery were among things missing.
My entire house was destroyed except the kitchen. From now on I recommend that people keep their good jewellery in muffin pans or measuring cups because that is the only place they didnt touch.
Thank God we have renters insurance. They are going to pay a good portion of what was taken. Just waiting on the check. It has taken a lot longer than I expected.
Besides the things taken, there was a lot of damage. This was after the clean up.
We have since started redecorating, and painting. They are cleaning the carpet and putting new tile down. I changed from the rich earth tones to completely opposite. I am going with a light, clean, beach inspired look. Not a tacky beach theme though. I really needed a change and wanted something fresh. Here is the type of look I am trying to achieve. I sure dont have all those windows, but this is the kind of feel I want.
We textured the walls and painted them a light sand, almost ivory color. The accent wall is now textured rough and painted a very pale blue grey color. (like the sky) I am ordering a natural shag rug from Home Depot to go under the coffee table, and putting either a jute rug or a bamboo mat under the dining room table. I painted the inside of the windows white, and put up white sheer curtains. They are also putting up new blinds because they were damaged when the theifs broke my window. I am going to paint my brown metal lamp white and going to use white, cream, and mother of pearl accents. I want a large painting over the couch. Probably something like a water scene, although like I said, I dont want to go too "beachy". I put a white orchid on the coffee table, and want a large wicker basket by the entry way for umbrellas n such. I also saw this beautiful vase at Ross made of mother of pearl. I hope its still there when I go back for it. Oh...also I am replacing my recliner which doesnt match anything, with a woven natural or white colored armchair. I just have not found the right one yet.
When all of this is complete, I will post pics.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Well first off I wanna say that I had pics I wanted to share but I am afraid I deleted them because I cant find them. :(
Ok so I had big goals for December. I have to take that back and call them hopes instead of goals because I didnt get the necessary action behind the thought to actually make it happen. I took several days off work and I didnt exercise at all during that time. My normal exercise time is before work.
I, like most people had lots of gatherings surrounded by sugar, sugar, sugar. Although I tried to use self control, and not just out and out indulge, I did have more than I thought I would. It really angers me that sugar has so much control over me. Sugar is the only thing that I can think of that is stronger than I am. grrrr. It seems to win most of the time.
Its easier to control what environment I put myself in than it is to control myself when in an unhealthy environment.
So the glass half empty or half full thing... Although I did not lose any weight in December, I didn't gain any either. I am exactly where I started the first wk of December. I could look at it negatively and be down on myself for not losing weight, but I would prefer to look at it like...Hey, its my first holiday season and I maintained my current weight. I guess it could have been a lot worse.
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