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Taking a Load Off

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Yesterday I rode my bike into the office which is about 8 miles from my home. I needed my laptop, of course, so I packed it in my backpack with a few other misc things and headed off. I had a headwind all the way in which made the ride a little harder, but I was surprised by how much I noticed the weight of that backpack on my shoulders.

When I was just about done with my work and ready to head home, my wife stopped by the office so I asked her if she'd throw my backpack in the car, which of course she did. As soon as I got back on the bike I noticed how much lighter I felt, and that's when it hit me--that backpack weighed only a few pounds more than the weight I've lost over the last three weeks!

Wow. That realization made me want to stay focused and committed to the plan and take off three or four more backpacks!

  
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Any Ideas for Low-Sodium Soups?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I have slight blood pressure issues and therefore need to watch my sodium intake. I love soups but it seems that all canned soups and soup starters are packed with sodium. So I've been looking for low-sodium soup recipes but am not having much luck.

Any ideas?

  


Any Ideas for Low-Sodium Soups?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I have slight blood pressure problems and thus need to watch my sodium intake each day. I love soups, but it seems that all canned soups and soup starters are packed with sodium. So I've been looking for ways to make homemade soup from scratch that's tasty and yet low in sodium but again I'm having a hard time finding recipes that fit these criteria.

Any ideas?

  
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46A39P 4/13/2009 7:17AM

    You can check sparks recipes or take a recipe and calibrate it to your needs. I make home made soups so there is control of what goes in. I don't put any salt in my soups and they are tasty. I figure you can add it but can't take it out once it's in their, so maybe you could start with a chicken soup? I put carrots, corn, sometimes potato or pasta (ditalini my favorite), celery, peas and carrots, so its a real meal when I'm through with it. To thicken it, I dilute some corn starch with water then add to the pot.

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Christ Died for our Sin--Which Includes Indulgence

Friday, April 10, 2009

At the end of the day, the reason I'm so overweight (about 50 lbs) is that I'm a self-centered, indulgent person. If I had simply obeyed the Lord and treated my body as he would have me, I would have enjoyed food very much--after all He gave it to us as a gracious gift--but I would also have known the joy that only comes from glad obedience.

But since I've been disobedient, in this way and in many others, and since my sin is more horrible in the sight of God than I know, Jesus Christ--very God of very God--made the unspeakable choice of taking on flesh, humbling himself by taking on the form of a servant (though He Himself is God), and becoming obedient all the way to death on a cross. Three days later he was raised again from death (for evidence see Josh McDowell, "Evidence for the Resurrection") and thus conquered death, the final enemy, so that now all who believe in Him will not perish for their sin but have eternal life, which is knowing God (John 17).

How grateful I am to Him for this gracious and merciful act. How grateful I am to Him for causing me to know Him on October 26, 1986 and keeping me until this day. How grateful I am for His patience with me, that he continues to hang in there with me though I still struggle with such silly, fundamental things as eating well and not indulging my every desire. He is more admirable than we will ever know, and how I long to know Him better and to grow to be just like Him.

Thank you, Lord, for your humility and kindness and mercy and patience. May your great and gracious Name be glorified this day!

  
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My Double Joy

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I'm sure there will be days when I'm tempted to eat more than I should at a restaurant, but for this morning I'm celebrating the small victory that I want to eat well. And furthermore, I've learned how to eat things that fit within my plan and that I like so I have a double joy this morning--I want to eat well and I get to eat things that I like!

Thank you, Lord!

  
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 4/9/2009 7:43AM

    Great Job on celebrating a non scale accomplishment!!
Sometimes i think we focus too much on the scale and not the little choices that add up to a change on the scale.

great Job
Jeanne

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3TWINS 4/9/2009 7:24AM

    It sounds like you have made great progress. Keep up the good work!
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