Thursday, October 25, 2012
Well, so far I've done really well. However, it was through the spring and summer. The fall and winter are the hardest times of the year for me to lose weight. I love my warm comfort foods and I hate going out in the cold. I'm going to have to sit down and make a game plan. I have been getting different recipes from friends and neighbors to help cut calories but I am really going to need all the willpower I can get.
Hopefully, I can stay on track enough to lose at least 1 pound a week. So far I have been losing at a rate of 2.36 lbs. per week since the very beginning (according to the doctors records).
I have a new puppy to keep me busy, so hopefully she will keep me out of the kitchen. I do have a new motto I have picked up...
What does DIET stand for? Did I eat that?
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I have recently noticed three very bad behaviors that I have developed throughout my lifetime that definitely effect my weight.
#1 - Socializing and celebrating always seems to involve food. This is a terrible behavior for me. I think for myself it causes equating food with happiness. This is definitely a change I am trying to make. It's okay for others to eat and drink, but it does not mean that I have to. I should not allow myself to be pressured into eating to socialize.
#2 - Advertising can be my worst enemy. The past week I have had a horrible time controlling my appetite and have been eating things that are harmful to my progress. During one of my nights of struggling, I was crocheting and watching some television before bed and everytime commercials come on they involve food (pizza, subs, cookies, etc.). Flip channels and there they are again.
#3 - What a "meal" constitutes. I live in the middle of the rural Midwest. This is meat and potatoes country and we don't have a lot of chain restuarants (mostly family owned cafes). It seems that anywhere you go the meals consist of meat, potato or rice, salad and bread. I actually feel guilty not eating the meal that I am paying for because I was raised not to be wasteful. I have to readjust my thinking to the fact that it is more wasteful to eat something that my body does not need than it is to throw it away.
I don't know if this information will help anyone else, but I am glad to be able to start recognizing some of these negative behaviors so that I can start working toward more positive behaviors.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Just wanted to take a moment to send out prayers to all of the people touched by the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. No explanation will ever be enough to relieve the pain of terror and loss these people feel.
We were touched with fear ourselves when we heard the news. We have family, including a 24 year old nephew that live in Aurora. It was such a relief to find out that they were all safe. Unfortunately, our nephew has informed us that his girlfriend lost a dear friend in the senseless violence.
How someone can take it upon themselves to randomly kill people, adults and children alike, is so beyond my comprehension.
I ask you all to join me in praying for everyone effected by this tragedy.
Friday, July 13, 2012
My husband and I have been "sponsors" the the Jr. Lambs youth group at our church for quite a while now. The only requirement of sponsors is being supportive, be it financially, baking for bake sales, donations for rummage sales, etc. We have three youth leaders that do an amazing job with the kids (ages 8-12). They are Dana, Carla and Ann. These women are amazing. They really work with the kids on their lessons as well as teaching them community outreach and service to God.
For a while I have been hearing how some of the sponsors have been helping out with some of the projects and participating with the kids but I never really did much. Then the opportunity occurred when the kids would not be able to go to a christian concert unless they had transportation. Well, thankfully we have a Suburban that seats 8 nicely and a mini van that seats 7 nicely. But rather than just loan out both our vehicles, I loaned them one and drove the other and actually stayed for the concert with the kids. It was awesome. To watch these young people really rejoicing was so amazing.
Then came the picnic in the park. We live in a small town and our group sponsored a picnic in the park for all the kids in town. We served hot dogs, chips, lemonade and cupcakes. Our kids actually served the food, gave the blessing and did the clean up. (This is part of teaching them service without expectation.) Again, instead of just dropping off cupcakes, I stuck around and again was amazed.
With my weight loss, has come new found energy. Last night our group did a clean up job. A man in our town had a stroke. He has been in the nursing home for nearly a year. He has no family in the area and his yard had become horribly overgrown. The city sent notice of citation to him in the nursing home. Lucking Dana (one of our leaders) works at the nursing home. So she asked the kids would they like to help Mr. Tad out. They all agreed. I couldn't miss this opportunity. We spent 3 1/2 hours chopping down tall grass, trimming trees, hauling debris away in wheel barrows, weed whacking, and mowing. With myself, our 3 leaders, another sponsor, our pastor and 12 kids it looks great.
As we worked, several people driving through town would stop and ask us what we were doing, why we were doing it, who our group was and what we were about. What a great ministry. Other people stopped just to thank us for doing what so many wouldn't. We don't force the kids to do anything. We just give them opportunties to do things as a group and they jump right in there.
Imagine, twelve children ages 8 to 12 making such a difference. They believed they were helping one person and yet so many were effected.
I just feel so very blessed to be a part of something so small that does things so great.
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