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Vegan? Me?

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 :)

  
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WIXNWAX 4/27/2012 10:31AM

    Congratulations on your Vegan diet! I have a friend who has a blog with Vegan recipes. Let me know if you would like to have the link! :)

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Saying goodbye to baby Elijah

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.

  
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WHOLEHEARTPAT 4/9/2012 9:14PM

    I'm so sad to hear of your loss. Praise God that He is a Redeeming God and He will use this to conform them to the image of Christ.

I'll be praying for them.
Blessings,
Pat

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67CAMARO_SS 4/8/2012 6:20PM

    My heart aches for your loss. God bless Elijah now & forever.
The poem is amazing-how people can find the strength & the words while going through such pain is awesome. My best friend went through a very similar thing about 13 yrs ago. I hope you don't mind me sharing the poem with her, & some other friends. I will surely do so as a tribute to Elijah.
Love & peace,
June :)

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TAMELARENEE 4/7/2012 7:21PM

    This is a sweet and heartwrenching story. I'm so sorry for your loss and so grateful that you know the Lords goodness to help ease your pain. May God always bless you and your family with his comforting presence.

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LRNG2SWET 4/6/2012 9:29PM

    Thank you to all of you who offered your words of encouragement and for your prayers. Spark people are the best emoticon

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RELISA4HEALTH 4/6/2012 9:11PM

    I am sorry for your family's loss. Thank you for sharing the testimony of God's comfort and provision to be with your daughter and son in law at this time in their lives.
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JENNYR0506 4/6/2012 5:56PM

    I am so sorry for the terrible loss for your daughter and her husband and for both extended families. What an amazing witness to the moving of God in our everyday lives. He lives! And He loves us! Your story is a testament to those two facts.

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JUDIGIRL52 4/6/2012 4:33PM

    Becky, thank you for your willingness to express so eloquently this very personal story of loss, love and glory. I am praying now for everyone's strength as they walk the coming days and hit the inevitable hard moments. I praise Him that through all of you, He has shown mercy and grace.

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WIXNWAX 4/6/2012 1:20PM

    Becky, what a beautiful, sad yet happy testimony of how wonderful and loving our God is! So many times people 'blame' God for things that happen in their lives and are forever bitter and full of hate, but no matter what happens God has His plans for us and there is something good to come out of each situation! It is so wonderful to know that you are a family who actually knows God personally and trusts Him completely! Just this morning I was thinking of the miscarriage I had many years ago, It was too early to know if it was a little boy or a little girl, but I do know that one day I will find out because he/she is in Heaven waiting to meet me one day! Oh, how joyous that will be!

I love your daughter and son in love's glorious attitude and the divine growth they have had in their love and trust for God! They already have more than a lot of 'Christians' will ever experience! God bless each and everyone of you and I am praying and praising for all of you!

Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ♡ ~

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ANYVAR54 4/6/2012 10:12AM

    So sorry for your loss, and thankful that you all are giving God glory in this difficult time. Praise Him that Angela reached out to this other woman without knowing that she would one day need it back again. A true testimony of how God uses us. And allows it to return to us again. God's blessings upon you.

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KNITTINGNAN 4/6/2012 8:53AM

  As I read this sad blog a few days before Easter I felt joy in my heart. Some children never receive so much love throughout their entire lives. Elijah will always be with you, and he left this world knowing he was loved. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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WALIDGAZALA 4/6/2012 8:52AM

    This is magnificient.
You can never tell how God look after us no matter where no matter when and only the believer sees him.

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SUNSETSEEKER 4/6/2012 8:47AM

  What a beautiful story to such a tragic event. The dad's tribute was amazing. I lost two babies when I was younger, early in each pregnancy, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God grant you peace and comfort. He will be with you.

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TIRITINGLINDLE 4/6/2012 8:43AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God continue to give you the strength to move forward.

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JILLITA55 4/6/2012 8:41AM

    How sad for you and your family. You know the Lord is with you and your family. God is Good!

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MDBUTTERFLY 4/6/2012 8:38AM

    I am so sorry for your family's loss. What a moving story and tribute to your grandbaby and kids.
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Mixing it up

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.

  
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MIMIDOT 2/9/2012 8:32AM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work! YOU CAN DI IT!!!!!!!

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Still cant believe what happened...

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.

  
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USEITRLOSEIT 1/26/2012 9:22AM

    My GOSH ! ! ! That is AWFUL !!!!! I am SOOOO sorry ! You must feel violated ! And to have to CLEAN the mess ! that makes me SO ANGRY !!! But LOOK at YOU ! You have turned the SOUR situation into a freshglass of lemonade ! You ROCK !!! emoticon

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CONSECRATED2GOD 1/23/2012 1:40PM

    Wow, I'm so sorry this happened to you!! I'm glad yall had insurance and are getting to re-decorate/remodel - how exciting! :) praying for yall!

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WIXNWAX 1/23/2012 1:01PM

    Isn't it awesome how what satan means for evil, God turns around into good? God is so good! Material things can be replaced, lives can't! So thankful you all weren't home! Glad you're safe and back! :)

Love and Blessings,
~Judy♡~

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HDHAWK 1/22/2012 11:15AM

    How awful for you! I really like the changes you're making!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/22/2012 10:21AM

    I am so sorry. What a terrible thing to do to you and your family. emoticon

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67CAMARO_SS 1/22/2012 7:27AM

    OMG-what a horrible ordeal! So thankful nobody was hurt, & that you had renters ins. Replacing everything is quite the feat. And the cleanup - ugh! I would be so upset, worried, downright mad! You sound pretty calm - & I love how you're planning & shopping for the new decor. I hope that you can relax again in your new, calm, light, clean, beachy-inspired home! Glad you're back on SP!!!
June :)

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PIANOMEG29 1/21/2012 10:20PM

    Oh no...so sorry to hear this!!

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Half empty or Half full?

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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67CAMARO_SS 12/29/2011 6:39AM

    That evil, strong, controlling, conniving bad-guy SUGAR! I despise him too!!
I'm so glad you stayed in control-you're so much happier because of it. Maybe you didn't restrain as much as you had hoped for, but I think you did an awesome job! We are supposed to be enjoying life after all...especially during the holidays. What we need to learn is that darn-old fella called "moderation"... I gave him quite the fight this past month, & need to be come good friends with him again now!
I'm sure I'll be hearing about your upcoming successes in 2012. Stay positive friend!!
June :)

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/28/2011 10:46PM

    I think staying the same is great. It is SO hard during the holidays. emoticon

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