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Made to Crave: Day 4

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 4: "Consider It"
(from Made to Crave Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst -resources )

James 1:2 - Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds (NIV)

Quotes from the devotional...
"In the midst of trial we will probably not feel the joy, the hope, or the encouragement tucked within this verse - we have to consider it."

"It's easy to slip into an all out reversal of all our progress, so we have to be careful... If the [food choice] threatens to send us into a tailspin of feeling defeated after the last bite, it's not worth it...We have to consider it and park our minds on the truth that our triumph in this trial matters. Triumph in this choice will produce a blessing."

My thoughts...
Well, today was a Monday full of deadlines and stress (I work from home and my mom, who normally watches my boys, is on vacation). I didn't get enough sleep so that was my first hindrance. I ate like 4 Atkins bars before noon. I had a healthy lunch with grilled chicken and salad. But.. I was drinking a lot of diet soda instead of water. All the artificial sweeteners were affecting my blood sugar. After my Body Pump (strength training) class I was DONE.COM!! So I succumbed to the villainous chocolate cake and a piece of pizza with crust.
I did not "consider it"! emoticon

Soooo I guess I should've re-read the devotional throughout the day and let the words really sink in. That's what I'm going to do from now on. Not just read the passage in the morning and put it down, but pick it up - read it - say it out loud throughout the day so I won't succumb to temptation.

I'm going to keep pressing on and getting back up and endure till the end. Despite this set back I'm still encouraged. However, this must not be a trend like it has for so long in the past. I'm expecting longer stretches of success followed by fewer set back. I know it won't be perfect, but I must press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Jesus!

Peace & Blessings emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 7/17/2012 10:03AM

  I love your honesty! Believe me, we all have been there! Don't beat yourself up but
emoticon I took the made to Crave Bible Study at our Church in the Spring and I really have to read the book again. I also have the Made To Crave Devotional Book and you inspired me read it again--one day at a time--several times during the day. Thank You for this! Thank You so much for your blog! emoticon


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NEKILAKI 7/17/2012 9:04AM

    You're welcome Carmel :-) We're stronger together. Be blessed today! emoticon

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CARMEL_466 7/17/2012 7:27AM

    Love this blog. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless. emoticon

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Made to Crave: Day 3

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 3: "The Right Questions"
(from Made to Crave Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst -resources )


Quotes from the devotional...
"Thought for the Day: I must obey God rather than the scale."

"Define your week by obedience, not by a number on a scale....Did I overeat?...exercise regularly? in secret or out of anger or frustration?...Did I feel I ran to food instead of God?"

"Yes, eating healthy and exercising gets our bodies into better shape, but we are never supposed to get soul satisfaction from our looks...We must obey God rather than human values - like a number on a scale or a size tag on my jeans"

My thoughts...
I'm guilty of thinking my soul will be satisfied if I'm a size smaller. I think my soul can only be satisfied in this journey by drawing closer to God as I lean on Him to help me through it.

Progress: I stayed on track for the most part today. My family had pizza and I only ate the toppings, and a side of veggies. Then at our home group gather for church, I ate healthy stuff since the host was on a diet, too. They served chocolate cake and somehow we were the ones who brought the leftovers. I didn't eat any today, but the villain is still in my kitchen threatening me. Help Lord! emoticon I did eat 3 Atkins bars, which is more than I want to eat, but it's what I do when I want sweets. I want to eventually cut my bar consumption down to one a day, no more than two, but not two or more every day. Since it was Sunday I didn't exercise.

Peace & Blessings emoticon


Made to Crave: Day 2

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 2: "What If I Let God Down?"
(from Made to Crave Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst -resources/ )

Isaiah 41:10

Quotes from the devotional...

"When you've tried and failed as many times as I have, you start to feel gunshy about trying again...Yes the physical struggle was hard. I certainly didn't want to drag down my spiritual life with this struggle."

"But here's the problem:... my weight issues were already dragging me down spiritually. When I don't have peace physically, I don't have peace spiritually. I can't separate the two. Nor should I. I need spiritual motivation to step in where my physical motivation falls short."

"I had to choose to operate in the reassurance of God's love, the rememberance, of God's grace, and the reality of God's power. According to Isaiah 41:10. God is the one holding me up and not the other way around.

"Prayer: This is one of the most significant spiritual journeys of my life. Help me focus on you as I battle this raw personal issue."

My Thoughts...
Somehow I'm always discounting my weight/health/nutrition journey to not be a spiritually significant one. But for me it is true that this is one the most significant issues I deal with because it's the manifestation of underlying spiritual issues. It's the "raw" aspect that makes me want to dismiss it when it gets tough.

Here and now I am persevering past the point when I want to give up and run. I am choosing to press deeper into God and let him carry me past the fear, anxiety, and discomfort of the moment. This is what I want to consistently apply.

Progress: I stuck with my low net carb eating plan on this day (Saturday,7/14). The kids woke up early but I still managed to get a 3.5 jog in on the treadmill despite home interruptions. We eat out a lot on the weekends so I did go to Panda Express but I at veggies and entrees that seemed like they had low-sugar contents (I'm sure they may had a little since it was fast food - but I couldn't taste it). This was my biggest meal. I did have two Atkins bars so I stuck to my limit. So it was a pretty successful day for the weekend.

Peace & Blessings



Made to Crave: Day 1

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 1: "Unsettled"
(from Made to Crave Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst )

Quote from the devotional....
"The funny thing is, I've spent my whole existence trying to find a place to settle down...But there are areas of my life that have also settled that mock my desires to be a godly woman - compromises, if you will. Attitudes that I've wrapped in the lies..."

here are my personal lies...
---If I eat off my plan tonight/just this once, it won't affect my weight loss overall
---I'll start eating healthy when I feel more settled (which is like NEVER because there's always something going on - that's life)

Other Quotes....
"Unsettle me Lord!
- unearth the remnant of justification
- shake loose the pull toward compromise
- expose the tendency to give up
This is NOT who I was created to be!"

- "I can recognize the beauty of discipline and crave the intimacy with God it unleashes."

My Reflections: Unsettled is not a state of being I've ever welcomed, but I'm now going to embrace it because it's my key to change.

Progress: I stuck with my low net carb eating plan yesterday (which was the official Day 1). I did have 3 Atkins bars, which have low net carbs, but they don't recommend more than 2 daily. In the beginning it probably won't affect me much, but I'll have to watch it after the first few days when I lose the water weight. I also did a 45-minute Turbo Fire workout (cardio kick-boxing).

Thankful for a successful first day back on the wagon. I'm looking forward to building more consistency.

Peace & Blessings emoticon

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Made to Crave: 60-Day Plan

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hi everyone :-)

I am starting a 60-day devotional entitled "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst ( ). It's devotional for women who deal with emotional eating to help us turn to God instead of food. I'll be posting my daily progress blogs for accountability to combat the inconsistency I've had in my weight loss journey over the past few months.

THE PLAN: Post a summary of my daily devotional, along with my daily progress with my eating plan and my workouts.

NUTRITION: For the most part I'll be following the ATKINS meal plan and phases starting with two weeks of Phase 1 with ~20g net carbs then go to Phase 2 where I increase my net carbs by 5g each week until I reach a carb intake level where I'm still losing weight.

WORKOUTS: I'll be doing Turbo Fire and Jog/Running on the treadmill for cardio. For strength training I will take Les Mills Body Pump classes twice a week.

Progress: I'll post my weight loss at least weekly. I weigh myself daily so I may do it more often. I'll post inches lost as well.

So here I go....on my way to a healthier me with God's help! emoticon

I'm hoping to encourage others as I keep myself accountable. emoticon