Saturday, June 17, 2006
It's a Biblical principle. We often hear the equivalent, "What goes around, comes around." Galatians sums it up pretty well: (NIV)"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. LET US NOT BECOME WEARY IN DOING GOOD, FOR AT THE PROPER TIME WE WILL REAP A HARVEST IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (6:7-10} This can also be applied to our attempts to lose weight by learning better health habits (I must remember always to qualify the idea of weight loss with its long term goal of changing habits). ..especially if one hits a plateau. DON'T BE WEARY IN DOING GOOD - exercise, eat right...the reward WILL come. It is a temporal thing, this learning to eat and exercise...with temporal benefits. But there are also some eternal benefits as we learn self control and perseverence, which add to our godly character.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I almost gave in again tonight...Earlier today I HAD indulged in pizza and wings at school...Last day of school, and I figured it may also be the last time I GET p&w because I shan't be having any while in Peru. Well, I'll be having CHICKEN to be sure! But no BUFFALO wings! I did enter what I consumed, and of course due to the heavy fat, it put me over. And coming home from work at night I wanted SO much to go ahead and EAT something - another meal? some chocolate? just CHOW DOWN! But Abi was up at the computer, and I told her "I want to EAT!" and she said "NO, YOU CAN'T!" and said SHE wanted to eat a sleeve of fig newtons but was resisting. So I told her I was glad she was there, else I would surely have yielded. And she told me likewise - had I not come home when I did, SHE would have indulged.
So...I got on the bike and did a couple of extra minutes.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Learning to eat right and stay fit is tied in with self control...and I have to rejoice because today i see some fruit of that, for I weighed in at 232 - thiry pounds from when I started. And I'm sure I'll drop those other 2 pounds in time to make it an even 20 from when my Peruvian friends last saw me at 250 pounds in '04. Whee!
Monday, June 05, 2006
It occured to me not long ago that those things I list as values are quite often the fruits of the Spirit.I think one can even put stewardship in the category of self-control, because one controls personal desires in favor of long term goals and responsibilities.
Self control is so necessary in "dieting"...being able to say "No, thank you...I've had enough"...being able to deny the tongue when the body has taken in enough nutrients.
Not that I excercised it yesterday. Turkey skin! crisp, mmm! Knowing it's mostly fat...some 500 calories...BUT, it's so seldom that we roast a turkey...so I allowed the one splurge.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
AKA, doing all things as unto the Lord...including weight loss, not for the sake of losing weight as much as being a good steward of this temple we're given, and learning healthy habits...It's because He is Lord in EVERY area of my life, not "just on Sundays,Lord" - He's day in, day out, 24-7, LORD, with every right to direct every step, every breath, every thought, word, and action...Not that I am always obedient - alas! But for that reason I need the Savior, and Father in His goodness provided just what I needed.
I was reviewing entries, when I noticed in the corner it said this was to record my weight progress. HAHAHAHA Okay, well, I'll give a little on that. I've been with Spark for a full 8 weeks now I think...Just finishing up the 2nd stage. I started at 262 pounds, and I am at 234 now - 28 pounds! Not too shabby, and I know Spark has helped immensely with all the resources - the tracking, the articles, and also the encouraging message boards. But it helped that I was ready at this time...May God help me to persevere (another value: perseverance!)
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