Wednesday, May 02, 2007
I hadn't realized how much time had already passed since my last Blog!
Had been off track on my calorie consumption. I can guess that it has something to do with financial worries. I've told my friends in Peru the only way I am rich (in temporal things - because I am VERY rich in the things that last!) is in the ability to indeb myself. Haven't quite maxed out cards, but it's getting more difficult to make the minimum payments, with DH's meds and all. It is a blessing to have daughter and grands living with us, but it HAS put greater stress on my delicate budget. So, what do I do? I eat. The good thing is, I tried to keep it healthy. Salad. Whole grain cereal with skim milk! But calories are calories, and too many is still too many even if they are nutritious. So, by the grace of God, at least I've stayed under 190. I should be able to get back below 185 in a couple of days. I hadn't even exercised yesterday, beyond the walk to school, but at least I'd done extra previous days.
One thing that helps to get ones mind off of ones problems is hearing someone else's. I was chatting with Cesar last night - which in itself cheers me, to be able to cyber-visit with any of my spiritual kids - and after being able to tell him alittle about my petty woes, I turned my ears to hear his struggles, and to offer him counsel which left him feeling better. So, I also felt better.
In just a few more weeks I'll be back in Peru!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
We have our bad days. I know I have yo-yo'd so many times every five pounds. I was hoping to show a nice round weight loss of 75 pounds when I went Monday to the doctor who I mentioned in my intro. Okay, so instead of 187, I weighed in at 190, clothes on (no boots though!) But she was amazed and impressed and pleased, and wanted toknow how. Of course, I told her about Spark!
I still have a ways to go. i don't think I'll ever attain my pre-childbearing 145 - too many years of skin stretched past its elasticity. (And I'm neither vain nor rich enough to go for a "tummy tuck"!) But I'm getting these muscles in shape. I think I can say, aside from the bit of joint pain from years of abuse, I am actually more fit than I've ever been, because even at my lowest weight I was not as physically active as I am now. I have increased the size of the dumbbell by another 5 pounds; and I have increased the tension in the resistance bands. So, while the weight may be a bit slower in descending, it IS at least going in the right direction, and I feel good about that.
I expect that when I return to Peru in June, they'll see me at least 10 pounds less than Feb (those in Iquitos who didn't see me during my brief weekend there will actually see a much GREATER loss, since they saw me at 230 pounds last year).And I'll be able to keep up with the young folks in their energetic worship! Bring it on!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
It's the love of God...because the purpose of losing weight is to be able to serve Him (as my expression of love to Him) through missions...representing His love to others. This next batch of pix represents what Love makes you do - that AGAPE, divine love shed abroad in our hearts through Christ, the expression of God's love incarnate.
Friday, April 13, 2007
It's a song title. Don't know who wrote it. Have heard it sung by Hillsong, we do it in our church.Heard it in Spanish too (just as lovely!) One of the lines that especially ministers to me is "Lord, I've come to know the weaknesses I see in me will be stripped away by the power of your love."
His love is the motivating force to get rid of the excess weight. When my doctor exhorted me to lose, she wasn't the first. I'd pretty much resigned myself to a matronly (euphemism for FAT) figure, thinking I wouldn't ever be terribly active. But the same love that motivates me to want to make missionary ventures to Peru, that knits my heart and spirit with so many people there - especially spiritual sons and daughters - gives me the impetus (euphemism for kick in the pants) to want to work at it - to do the cardio, the strength, the tracking - lest I be disabled through stroke or other health issues resulting from obesity.
Love makes you do all kinds of things.
Friday, April 06, 2007
I think it was Bill Gaither who wrote the song - "I am loved, you are loved, I can risk loving you, for the One Who knows me best loves me most"
The love of God the Father for us, for ME, motivated Him to send His son Jesus - and in love for the Father and for us, He obeyed and paid for our, for MY reconciliation, so that we could have access once again to intimate fellowship with the Father. "Love so amazing, so divine, deserves my...life, my all" (hymn)It is that same love that has set me free to love others, to lay aside familiar comforts and go to another country; and that same spirit of adoption that the Father has whereby I can now call Him "Abba, Father, Daddy, Papito" that moves through me to invest love in the next generation(s). I have many spiritual sons and daughters in Peru, but a few have a special place - Abel and Jose, who lost their natural mothers at an early age; and Foreman, whose natural mother is my dearest friend. But God has also blessed me with 3 natural kids, 2 shown in the gallery at this time.
The love of God is powerful, and I am amazed at the capacity He has given me to love in turn, and to be a vessel of HIS love.
I changed my photo gallery today to feature people I love.
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