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Great Expectations

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Although I didn't get rid of more pounds as I'd hoped prior to my trip, I've at least maintained and am happy that I'm ten less than when my Peruvian friends last saw me. So that's SOMETHING. And being there, I'll have less temptations - less OPPORTUNITY - to go over. Love that fish!
So, I've changed my photos to reflect a little about what I'll be doing, where I'll be going, whom I'll be seeing. Of course all the pix are from the past - when I get back from Peru, I'll put in some fresh ones, and y'all can see the change! I'm looking forward to working out by practicing with Yeli and the youth group of Nueva Vision. I'll bring down my exercise dvd's and resistance band. My schedule shouldn't be QUITE as full as last year's, since I have taken a little more control of it (and I have Foreman watching out for my best interests!) so I should be able to do my workout.
NINE DAYS! I can hardly wait!

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Changing Lives

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Lately in the daily reflections we've frequently discussed our power to affect others and the world around us. So, since it's been a while since I changed my pix, I figured I'd focus on that. The gallery shows progressive pix from the 5 week mission trip to Peru in June and July of 06, a couple of "my boy" Foreman while he was visiting in November last year, and then some from the trip to Peru in February. So you can see me goiing from 230 to 195.
The 3 pix on my page feature 3 of my spiritual sons - other blogs speak in detail of them. But they are an example of people in whose lives I have invested - mostly with time and love, but Foreman has also received financial investment for his work as youth pastor and missionary in Peru.
The gallery shows pix from different opportunities the Lord brought my way to extend my influence - a few days on Christian radio in Iquitos, which incuded an interview and the opportunity to share from the word about the power of God's love; meeting Peru's reknowned Pastora Pilar Cueto in Chiclayo, who invited me - ME! - to sit at a table of civic and spiritual leaders of that city at the opening of a fair of businesswomen, and to share something on her radio program via telephone from Lima. There are pix of me with friends and spiritual sons and daughters, to whom I write regularly via snail mail and with some of whom I chat online, frequently giving counsel in the Lord, or just building them up in love.
One of Foreman's sayings is "Soy un hombre ordinario haciendo cosas extraordinarias." Well, I'm an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things...through my extraordinary God.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Warm day today - hurray! -so I wasn't wearing a sweater. I'd gotten rid of some of the yo-yo'd pounds... Well, one of the (male) teachers commented, 'I don't remember if I mentioned anything to you or not - if I have forgive me for being redundant - but you're reallylooking fantastic." I told him that yes, he had mentioned it, but it's nice to hear it again! And on my way to professional development meeting after school i bumped into a couple of comrades, and they were exclaiming, "What is it with this Skinny Minnie?" And they said one of the sentries - who, I believe, had had gastric bypass - was also wondering how much weight I had lost "150 pounds?" No - but anyway, it's nice to know such comments are being made.
But of course, that's not the motive...
It all boils down to wanting to honor my Lord in EVERYTHING, and to be able to serve Him well. If excess weight causes me to have a stroke and so shorten my years of service, my ability to go on missions, etc - well, that isn't terribly God-honoring is it?
We were doing a study of Purpose driven Life, and one of the creeds of the early church was that our purpose was to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. "ENJOY HIM FOREVER" - I liked that.
I enjoy being able to dance before Him in praise (according to the psalms - it's scriptural!) without pooping out mid-song.


fasting and praying

Monday, May 28, 2007

Not to lose weight, mind you, even though I am disgusted with my previous lack of self-control. I want to embark on this 40 day prayer-fast with my church (and others) - and decided to take it from day to day as to what I will fast.
I breakfasted on Slimfast, and had my cardio workout. Then at 7:30 after bringing various supplies up to the sunporch off our bedroom, I began the painted version of the drawing I had done during one prayer vigil. I brought water with me so I could keep tanked up to make sure I got up from time to time to stretch and pee. Interestingly enough, it took seven hours (breaks included) to complete - and I'm so thrilled because as I was working I wondered if I'd be able to finish it today. I have to work tonight, from 6-11, and I didn't want to have a long spell between times at the canvas. The last large painting I did I think was the elephant one in the living room, 3x4 feet, and I forget how long that took. But, anyway, being able to work at it steadily, I got it done, and am so pleased with the results. I took pix of it (posted here with some of the original drawing on which it is based) and emailed them to the pastors and my senior minister. I still have to wait about 3 days before doing the spray acrylic finish. But I'll be able to bring it to Al at the next prayer vigil in Brockport Friday. Woo-hoo!

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BSYMOMOFJRLH 5/29/2007 3:25PM

    Shel...I am on a 40 day fast too with my home church from Tn!! It started last night and goes til July 7! Can I ask why your church called the fast? Ours is fasting and praying for the US and other countries. That God would turn our country around for the next 40 years from the last 40 years of sin and rebellion we have seen run rampant!! On July 7, 2007 there will be a gathering in Nashville Tn (close to my home church) with a leader named Lou Engle. He is asking for 100,000 people to join him in prayer there at the football stadium and ask God to turn our country around!! OUr church is doing the Daniel fast. I will keep you in my prayers as you are fasting!!

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one step backwards...

Friday, May 25, 2007

It's the eating thing. Food just tastes so good, and sometimes I'm just tired of tracking the calories I would rather just stuff into myself! BUT I continue to workout...even when I would like to skip it...and I even do more than my goal of cardio and strength. So, I'm not TOO down on myself, and I know I'll advance, because I really do want to get rid of this extra weight. One of these times I'm going to break through this whole yo-yo bit and be persevering in self-discipline., even on WEEKENDS. The power to say NO, I DON'T CARE HOW DELISCIOUS IT IS, I'VE HAD ALL THE CALORIES I NEED FOR TODAY AND I CAN HAVE THAT SOME OTHER TIME WHEN I CAN FIT IT IN MY ALLOWANCE.

On the positive side, I do eat less fatty things, I do focus on fruits and vegs,
and Extra Large is a little TOO baggy!


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