Thursday, May 18, 2006
Why do we do the things we do?
Lord, I know I undertook this weight loss program on Dr's strong exhortation...but what keeps me going is my desire to be all YOU made me to be, to head towards that ideal. And I want to be a good example in all things. Self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit...and can be applied to the area of eating. At the same time, I have to guard against judging - ie, my husband, just because he isn't under the same conviction (even though as a diabetic he SHOULD care even more).
It is a joyful journey using Spark because of the friends I've been making. It'll b nice to get to know them better in Heaven, but meanwhile, online is fun. And I value the Body of Christ and believe that our Unity is one way to show Christ to the world.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Abi changed the exercise bike so that one works the arms as well, which makes it easier to pedal, but the WAY the arms move is still a good workout! This morning I also did a few stretches for my knees before pedaling. I've been gradually adding to my list of strengthening exercises, and adding a little more weight for some of the reps (doubling up the little 3-lb. weights)
Often the physical, natural world expresses things going on in the spirit as well. For instance, I know my faith is being stretched as I face this next missionary venture with nothing written down (much less translated) in advance. After all, did Jesus write His sermons out ahead of time? Did Paul or any of the apostles? But the Holy Spirit gave them utterance for the crowd according to the need of the moment. And so I read the word and store it up, and listen to music and teachings, and soak it in...so when I'm called upon, the Spirit can direct me to give each group or individual a custom-made teaching.
But it's a scary place to be...well...maybe not scary so much,as exhilerating - like taking a bungee jump. I think I'd rather do this than bungee!
Monday, May 15, 2006
I was very angry today. Yesterday Abi and Lafayette told me they'd get the lawn mowed today (my mother's day gift)...but Abi said she couldn't start the gas mower, and the push kept sticking on twigs, so she gave up...and Lafayette "couldn't get over here". I am so tired of being disappointed, of people near me breaking their word. I'd rather they say "I'll TRY..." not "I WILL" ANyway, I ended up doing the lawn with push mower. But I was steaming, and not just from the calories burned. And I can't help but think of how I had told Ansel and Ben to get an ELECTRIC, but NOOOOOOoo, THIS has "EASY start" I think I'll order an electric online from Sam's Club so I can charge it and get points towards miles...
Anyway, it makes me more determined to be careful what I say, that I make no empty promises and do what I SAY I'll do.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
As believers, we HAVE to love the truth - after all, Jesus IS the Truth!
So part of th ehelp I find in Spark is the calorie tracking, and taking responsibility for recording EVERYTHING, even those 2 Whopper Juniors I had Friday. Truth and accountability help towards the goal of weight loss!
Sunday, May 07, 2006
How many calories do I burn to assemble an excercise bike? Whew! But it's nice, it has features like speed and virtual distance and thumb pulse and water bottle holder and book rack. When Abi and I unpacked it, we didn't find any directions. So we prayed, and ABi went online and got the company, and we were able to download the instructions/owner manual. Had another successful day calorie wise, ALMOST having a bite of ANsel's cold pizza, but then denying myself. Some other time I'll see about making a pizza-wannabe with the part-skim Mozzarella cheese Abi and I got...I hope I can get to 240 by the end of this week!
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