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Paradigm Shifts

Monday, December 07, 2009

One thing I learned from The Lord's Table is the importance of changing ones focus from the SHADOWS - such as food - to the SUBSTANCE. God could have made us in such a way that we would not need food. But He chose to make us having to eat, so that we could realize that just as this physical body needs to take in physical food, the spiritual body needs that which feeds the spirit - the Word of God (and remebering that Christ is the Word made flesh). So it is that "man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God". If I am hungry it is to remind me of my dependence on Christ. Fasting is a good exercise of self-discipline (when done for the right reasons!) - a spiritual exercise, as it were, even as physical exercise benefits the body.
I'm still learning to put the flesh in its place. And it's still difficult to get in some exercise. But I am encouraged by any progress I see. I had a "high" weight of 219; now it seems that "high" is about 6 pounds less. I am hoping STILL to hold below 210 by the end of the month...step by step.

  
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SJG1953 12/8/2009 8:05PM

    You can do it my friend with the Lord's help!

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JODIRICHARDS 12/8/2009 5:05PM

    God is so good to teach us in very real, practical ways in various realms so we can better understand and hopefully grow. Pray you continue to learn all that He has for you but spiritually and physically!

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MATAHAMBRE 12/8/2009 7:24AM

    Amen, asi es, no solo de pan vive el hombre. Sino de la palabra de Dios. Y es esta fe que nos ayudara a alcazar nuestras metas, y nos ayuda hacer semejante a el. Adelante! :) emoticon

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AUTUTMNLYNN2 12/7/2009 5:31PM

    BOY HOWDY ARE YOU SOOOOO RIGHT!
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JANETELIZABETH1 12/7/2009 4:43PM

    You are right...we cannot do this with out His Help!
Well done for being 6lbs down...you're progressing in the right direction.
Blessings
Janet

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Against All Odds

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

My body is trying to get back at me for past abuses - the feet and knees and back from having to carry years of excess weight, the neck from a rear-end collision. It makes it hard to exercise. But by the grace of God I am determined that I will put forth the effort. I made a "trial run" (walk, actually) to the tutoring center from school to see how long the walk would take, and managed to survive it (about a mile round trip as I'd measured with my car's odometer once) So there's that form of exercise which I will definitely be doing next time I go to Peru, whenever that may be. I HOPE next summer, but if not, certainly in 2011. I have also done my Richard Simmons workout - sometimes accompanied by my grandkids (definitely a sight to see, as the three of us gather around the computer monitor and find our own little space on the floor amidst the furniture.) I also have a newer outlook, a paradigm shift as it were, thanks to the Lord's Table course on settingcaptivesfree.com (which I recommend)
So, here we start another month, and I am hoping to get below 210 by the end of it. Poco a poco, little by little.

  
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MR.NET1 12/3/2009 1:47AM

    emoticon emoticonJob!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/3/2009 12:30AM

    Keep up the great work. Great and healthy way to make some wonderful memories with you grandchildren.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SENKYOUSHI 12/2/2009 3:37AM

    I started The Lord's Table a few weeks ago. It has been such a help.

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SJG1953 12/1/2009 9:59PM

    You will make it my friend, with God's help! Hugs, Shirley

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JODIRICHARDS 12/1/2009 8:38PM

    Kids joining the exercise is fun and can help motivate too. Join our thread challenge to exercise 3-4 times a week this month and let's help encourage one another on to our year end goal!

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YATMAMA 12/1/2009 2:40PM

    Good for you!! Every bit of exercise helps. I was too overweight to move much without becoming winded and experiencing great pain in my knees. Walking was iffy because I'd severed my little toe on my treadmill (the whole ugly story is in my treadmill blog). Still, I was determined. My life depended on it. I started doing chair aerobics and eventually discovered water aerobics. Now it's 65 pounds later and I still have a very far way to go, but I'm on my way. It's the kind of odd-s beating you speak of that keep me and so many of us Sparkers going. Thank you for being an inspiration!

Missy

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Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I forget which devotional I was getting that called it ThanksLIVING. I certainly prefer that to "Turkey Day"! PULLLLease! Giving thanks to God in all things is one of those things clearly listed as being according to His will. While there are some hurtful things going on in the extended family, I can be grateful for husband (especially since going through a wringer of a year), older daughter (who's like a live-in maid, only nicer) and grandkids (especially exhuberant grandson) - And very grateful for the family of God in Christ. Happy Thanksgiving, and don't forget to do just that! emoticon

  
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SJG1953 11/25/2009 12:17AM

    Amen, Shel. I totally agree with you. Hugs, Shirley

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JODIRICHARDS 11/24/2009 4:56PM

    Live with an attitude of gratitude, not just one special day each year, but each and every day. Even on our hardest days we have so much to be thankful for, we are so blessed. Have a wonderful Thanksliving and enjoy the blessing of your family.

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JODIRICHARDS 11/24/2009 4:56PM

    Live with an attitude of gratitude, not just one special day each year, but each and every day. Even on our hardest days we have so much to be thankful for, we are so blessed. Have a wonderful Thanksliving and enjoy the blessing of your family.

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GLEN4536 11/24/2009 3:49PM

  Two things I hate, when people refer to thanksgiving as Turkey DAY my biggest pet peeve is when they xmas, I agree with you Shelley, we celebrate Thanksgiving, because we are thankful for what God has given us, we celebrate Christmas, because that is Christ birthday,,
Oh the first time I heard it called Thanksliving, was last week, we are having a Thankksliving dinner at church Wednesday

Have a great THANKSGIVING to you and your family

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KAT573 11/24/2009 1:55PM

    Shelley: I agree! ThanksLiving is a better name. And I have found great richness in trials and tribulations as well, so I count those too, as blessings. Easier to do AFTER the fact than during altho most effective while going through it, to know there is a reason beyond my own projections for what is happening. May you find the hidden gifts in those times and experiences as well!
HUGS
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Blogging Again At Last?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

For some reason my home computer doesn't let me do all I'd like on Spark - I can send goodies but not post on peoples' pages or do blogs.I can, however, do these things on the school computer. So here I am during break.
Spark People has been a blessing, very helpful. But I found it was better coupled with The Lord's Table from settingcaptivesfree.com This site has helped to change my attitude - a paradigm shift, as it were. I'm still working to get back down to - and below - the weight I had once achieved. I still wish I could get an exercise bike, as being the best calorie burner with the least strain on my joints, but for now I'll make do with what I have, grateful for things like weights and elastic bands and a working computer. I AM grateful for the support and accountability of Spark, and the useful tools. I still love to check in and spin that silly spark wheel for points!

  
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KAT573 11/20/2009 5:36PM

    Well I have been wondering where you are! Why not send in your observations on your computer to the Spark Tech team, see if you need to download something new? Seems like your computer was gotten not that long ago??????
I know I had a terrible time with mine cause it was seven years old and the system was so outdated cud not download the most recent adobe reader, flash java etc and that did affect my capacity for activities....along with the plain old slowwwwwwww load which took so much time I quit tracking altogether;

Also, why not check out Dr. Sear's PACE program? I think it might address some of our issues we face as we get older and such.

Anyway, missing ya and wanted to drop in and say howdy old pal!
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SJG1953 11/17/2009 8:55PM

    I like those Sparkpoints/spins too and I don't know why. ... and I hate to get ones!

It' s good to see a blog from you.

Hugs, Shirley

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GIRLINBRAZIL 11/17/2009 3:29PM

    Glad to hear from you! I have some problems with some of the things on Spark People. Sometimes I can post and sometimes I just can't. But I'm so glad for all I've learned about health and life!

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The Lord's Table

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

About a month ago I enrolled in an onine Bible study at settingcaptivesfree.com.
While Spark has been very helpful, the spiritual aspect of the struggle against over-eating - the sin of gluttony - needed to be addressed.
I started with Spark at 262 pounds; I had gotten down to 180 for a couple of weeks, but it slowly crept back up, especially when our exercise bike died;then our dvd player; and I found it difficult to get into a good cardio routine. Here is summer, and I'd crept up up to 220 - but since the Lord's Table, I am slowly going back down. I will persevere in this, but only by God's grace. I need to have the fruit of self-control in my life; need to be able to honor God with this body.

I miss not going to Peru this year. But I have become involved with a little Puerto Rican church pastored by the father of one of my students. The family lives not too far away - farther than the school where I work, but definitely a walking distance. So I plan to get a walking workout from time to time by going for a little visit.

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 6/25/2009 3:34PM

    I've heard of many of our members recommending that website.
I wish you every success.
Blessings
Janet

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JOYATLAST 6/25/2009 1:38AM

    I did Setting Captives Free too. I highly recommend it.

Your attitude is wonderful.

Good Job!

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JACKY_1974 6/24/2009 3:10PM

    Lo importante es seguir adelante amiga y de la mano de Dios venceremos. emoticon

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HOLLY_ROSE 6/24/2009 10:24AM

    I've heard many good things about setting captives free, The Lords table. I have a precious friend that has lost 20 pounds with it ! I wish you SUCCESS in your venture!! Holly emoticon

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KAT573 6/24/2009 10:14AM

    good for you, girl! finding alternatives that also allow you to cultivate your witnessing!

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SMILINGEYES2 6/24/2009 9:46AM

    It is great that you are taking the setbacks such as having your bike breakdown and are using alternative ways to keep active--walking and not only walking, but doing it as for the Lord. God bless you and help you as you continue on your path to healthier living.

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