Monday, December 02, 2013
My town changed...in the blink of an eye.
I was in church as the sirens went off. Everyone crowded the safer hallway.
The tornado pass us by.
As people emerged from their places of safety...they couldn't believe the scene:
In a moment, precious things were obliterated.
In a moment, people were homeless.
In a moment, life was taken.
My friends lost their home that day. They were in church, praise God!
When we arrived...this is what we saw:
Many have responded: Salvation Army, fellow churches, Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse, countless volunteers...giving hearts.
Three years ago I moved to Washington, IL from Monticello, IL. The church I attended there sent a team of about 25 this past weekend. We worked hard. We shed tears. We laughed and tried to look for the little joys amongst the rubble:
Amazing to me...three years ago we were planning to move to Malawi, Africa to be missionaries. I looked forward to working where I was needed, hosting mission teams, loving on others... Instead, God placed us in Washington, IL where I got to host my first mission team, work where I am needed and love on others. So humbled to see my plans are not God's plans...and His are always far better.
Please...take a moment today...right now...pray for the people of Washington. Pray they will stay strong...push through the difficult...hold onto Jesus...and rise above the rubble.
To Him be the glory,
per Sparkpeople rules, following links are for first and last photo. The others are my own.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Any other hypothyroid sufferers continually struggle with hair loss? I see fluctuations of how much I lose, but today was ridiculous! If I have many days like this I won't have much hair left! This is what came out in my morning shower:
That does not include what came out when I put some leave in conditioner in it, nor what came out as I blow dried. I have two spots that are thinning on my scalp, but so far I can cover them easily.
Any suggestions, hints, helps....anything?
I take 75mg Synthroid daily. I watch my diet closely to make sure I am getting all my vitamins and minerals. I don't return to the doctor until November 8th.
Feeling a little desperate...
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Fall is here. Sunday it was 75 and sunny...but Monday (October 1st) is was grey, 62 and a breezy. Talk about an over-night change of a season! I decided I need a change of season.
For two years now my weight has steadily risen, my motivation consistently plummeted...and what is even worse... I have no excuse...well, not a good one, anyway!
So, fall always feels to me like things are wrapping up...birds are flying south, trees are shedding their leaves, neighbors are staying inside more...all in preparation for winter.
Now, winter...that is a whole other season! One that I only enjoy from the window. I do not like cold at all. And only grandkids can get me out the door into the snow...and it must be followed up by hot coffee and a warm bath...but I digress.
I feel a bit like fall. I spent the last week "withdrawing" from a medicine. Today...I feel like a new person. I am thinking more clearly, feeling more deeply...and I have decided to wrap some things up.
Junk food binging is flying south.
I will be shedding the bad attitudes and bad habits.
I will be retreating indoors more faithfully to my prayer closet.
I am preparing to live life on purpose!
Yet...winter is coming. The hard part. When I want to lay on the couch instead of walk on the treadmill. When I want to stay in a warm bed rather than plan my menu. When I would rather eat a burger than make a healthier meal at home. Yep...winter is coming. I know this. I can prepare for this. I can survive this!
And then...I will be rewarded with Spring!!!!!!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Last month I posted a picture of 5 pounds of fat. Pretty disgusting, really.
I went to the doctor for a routine check up. I complained that I had been faithfully exercising but not seeing the scale move quick enough. She explained that my body is building it's muscle mass back up through the exercise, and losing the fat. For a while, I may not see the scale move but I should notice a change in my body. I have!! My clothes are looser, and I can see a little bit of change in the visual.
I had heard this before....I wanted to roll my eyes. But didn't...after all, she is the doctor who went to medical school!! When I got home, I decided to see if I could find a comparison of fat to muscle. Sure enough!! Check this out!!
Both weigh the same, but the muscle takes up less space! It is true!! No more eye-rolling for me!
I am happy to say that I have now lost 6 pounds since January first...and it is coming off because I added exercise. I really have not improved my diet much...and if I would be more consistent there, I would reach my ideal weight much quicker!
My goals for March:
See the scale move from 171.2 to 168.
Track my foods Mon-Fri.
On the weekends, I will use just the quick track to log my water, fruits/veggies, and exercise that I get in.
Walk on my treadmill AT LEAST 30 min/day Mon-Fri.
No "solo" eating out!!! No drive through meals...healthy or not.
I am feeling good and thrilled to be seeing the scale move as well as feel my clothes not as tight! Join me in this quest for healthier living!!
Happy March to all!
Monday, February 07, 2011
The treadmill work paid off the month of January when I finished the month with a 5.6# loss! I found myself curious as to what that really amounts to, so I went on a picture search. Glad that THAT thing is gone from my body!! Now, there are about 4 more of those "fat balls" I would like to be rid of!
Now it is February and my weigh in today had me UP 2#'s! Yikes! So, today I revisited my 2011 SP goals and am evaluating.
See the scale move from 177.2 to 165 by my birthday, Feb. 27.
**Well, I am now at 173.6...closer, but may not make that goal...but that won't stop me from pressing onward!
Track my foods Mon-Fri.
** I have been faithfully tracking (but not staying within my calorie range..time to work on that)
On the weekends, I will use just the quick track to log my water, fruits/veggies, and exercise that I may get in.
**Good here, but portion control still an issue
Walk on my treadmill AT LEAST 15 min/day Mon-Fri.
**CHECK!! I will keep this up!
No more "solo" eating out!!! No drive through meals...healthy or not.
I will spin the SP wheel daily in order to participate in the fun log-in point thread...but I will stop focusing on getting SP points. I was wasting way to much time. I believe SP wants me moving...not sitting at the computer.
I will update my SparkPage monthly: this will keep things fresh and it will remind me of my goals each time I do! That will also be a good time to blog how my last month went and any plans for the next month. (Basically having a New Years Day every month!)
Get creative!!! Find varying ways to encourage, motivate and keep the ladies involved on the team. Some ideas are to add a daily conversation question at the end of my morning check in, post weekly challenges, post some fun inter-active games and try to post helpful links to the tips and ideas forum.
**I think this is better...though always room for improvement! (Suggestions always accepted!)
So, in a nutshell, I am happy with my progress, but now need to focus on watching the calorie intake.
Happy February to all!
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