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Calling things that are not as though they were

Monday, January 14, 2008

Foreman loves to tease me and lately, knowing I put some of the weight back on, he's called me "gringuita menos flaquita" (less thin). I told him that bugged me - and to start calling things that are not as though they were. I have to look that up in the Concordance to know exactly where it is and it what context, but anyway, our words DO carry power. I believe it has something to do with being made in the image of God, who spoke the world into existence. ..But I didn't mind when Foreman was saying "gringuita menos viejita"(less old!) At the Real Age site, I was rated at 47 - and could be younger, if I had a happier marriage. My main problem continues to be late night snacking or stress eating. And I didn't exercise yesterday or this morning. Perhaps I can squeeze in some time on the bike later. But morning is definitely the bet time to do it.


Holidays and Happiness

Friday, January 11, 2008

Okay, the holidays are over and now I'm working to regain the ground I lost from regaining the WEIGHT I lost. Had some special visits during the holidays- my high school buddies Vikki and Sue; DD Cass and SIL Brent. Afterwards, made a trip out to a Spark Buddie, Nanita, who gave me a used exercise bike with which I expect to get rid of those nasty pounds and develop some kickin' leg muscles for my next trip to Peru! Fy #1 Spiritual son Foreman arrived night before last with wife Yeli and son Emanuel, and will stay a while to work and gain support for El Refugio, the Christian camp he's developing in his city of Iquitos, Peru. Featured with this blogs are some pix he brought of progress there - we now have a good house for our worker Jose, a nice outhouse and well. Work had been going on all these months to dig up and transport dirt (ALL MANUAL LABOR)from one site to another to level the ground for our volleyball court and soccer field and make a driveway for an entrance to the camp. Refugio is not yet fully operational - we need buildings for seminars and retreats and such - but it has not been idle. We've had picnics, soccer matches, and over the holidays a traditional "Chocolatada". Two hundred area children were invited to receive hot cocoa, sweet bread, and gifts (donated by Foreman's church.) FIVE hundred came (ALL had cocoa and "paneton" but not all had gifts.) Refugio is already functioning as an outreach to the community. Sparkmail me to know how you can participate in this ministry through tax-deductible offerings!


Gotta change!

Friday, January 04, 2008

I can't make excuses...stress or good food...I gotta get the eating under control. I COULD HAVE achieved goal by now. How frustrating! The good: I AM fairly consistent in exercise. And I HAVE increased the challenge to my muscles - for while I may have put back on some of the wieght I'd gotten rid of, I also added weight to what I lift. I am up to 13 pounds for the lateral dumbbell raises, 20 for the seated leg raises, 25 for the seated tricep extensions...I do 100 crunches at a time. So, while there have been setbacks in weight, there have been advances in strength. I know if I can bring the eating under control, the pounds will once again slip off bit by bit.
The stress IS DH's failing health and our less than ideal relationship - his apathy/complacency, bringing junk food in, mindless eating - it occasionally rubs off on me, and I just want to EAT, especially at night, which we know is a no-no. PLUS I ENJOY good food.
With the holidays over, I'm hoping I'll find more self control, especially at night. Hate to say it, but I think widowhood would also alleviate a lot of the stress. Ain't it a shame? But I have to be honest with myself.
Gotta track my calories and drink my water and stop eating beyond the necessary!


Foreman is coming!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

My number one spiritual son from Peru is Foreman Varela - those of you who've read my blogs have already heard plenty about him! THIS time he'll be accompanied by wife Yeli and baby Emanuel (1 1/2 year old)
I've put back a "few" pounds over the holidays, but I'll work them back off so that by the time I return to Peru (by faith) this summer, I'll weigh less than I did last time they saw me. I'm stronger than I was, even so, having increased the weights I lift. And I'll try not to fatten Foreman up too much - trouble is, being Peruvian, he says, "No Peruvian feels full unless he has rice at every meal!" I gotta get him to eat more vegetables!


Boot Camp

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Even Spiritual Warriors need training, and I feel as though I'm going through a real breaking. Stress at the home front because of my husband's illness and apathy and my general unhappiness with the status quo has stirred up the emotional eating, and I put some of the weight back on. When the scale tipped at 200 yesterday, I said, "No more! I'm not going to let my husband affect my health!" I'd slacked off exercise last week, but I've begun again with vigor. Back to tracking the food again. When Jesus fed the five thousand, he took the bread and said a blessing over it - even as He has spoken blessing over me - and then He broke it so it could be distributed, thus multiplying the blessing. I'm continually laying my life before Him - "Whatever it takes, Lord" - because I know His plans are good and perfect, and this will be not only for my good but for the benefit of others. I know He'll be working in my soldiers too.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRANDMANANCY 12/24/2007 4:26PM

    Let us covenant with our Lord Shel. My hubby affects my health too. His negative attitude.....illness and apathy toward our family makes me look for comfort in food many times. I have not really lost weight since Thanksgiving. a few pounds down,,, and then back up.
Our God can supply all our needs. He is able to help us.
I will pray for you and your hubby. Hang on to our Father.

blessings and miracles to you and yours ~

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