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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I've been slacking a bit on posting. . . sorry sparkies! Hope y'all are doing well. I was at the beach last week with DH and even though it was restaurant week, for the most part I did pretty well with my nutrition. Notice I am not calling it a diet. That sounds like deprivation, where nutrition sounds like being good to yourself. yep.

I have been getting manic amounts of exercise. I have never liked exercising, except for swimming laps, so this is a new feeling. Exhilaration from workouts? Who knew? At the beach we biked for hours. . .and walked. . .and swam. At home I am doing the SP 28 day Bootcamp (ha ha Bootycamp) video. The total Body Challenge one is a killer and put me out of commission for a day--so many squats and lunges! Then there's a fast daily dog walk of 30-60 minutes, then either an hour or more of gardening (ugh our plot is 15 x 40 and the weeds are totally winning). Moving my body feels GOOD for the first time since I was a teenager. Wow.

I am a food addict still. If I don't decide ahead of time what I will eat, I am sunk. So I have a way to go in that dept. Last night I ate at church and there were ice cream sandwiches. So I ate one. BEFORE the rest of my food. Oh well, time to move on!

We are visiting three of our kids this weekend (all 4 are in their 20's). I am looking forward to that! This empty nest business is hard to get used to.

OK; this sounds pretty self-absorbed. Sorry! Maybe I am just obsessed with learning how to take care of myself. And when the school year starts--it'll all change. that's why I want to lose the weight now.

Sparkies, you are a big encouragement to me and I love to read how you're doing. Onward and upward! This is a better life we are creating for ourselves, with God's help. ¡Adelante!

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JENNIFERH625 6/20/2012 12:37PM

    Enjoy your visits! I found starting this wl during the school year actually helped me out because I could only eat at certain times. When I first went into summer mode it was hard because I actually was starving myself for calories in the morning because I was afraid I would run out. I am pretty much in order now, but once summer school ends it will be anohter adjustment. Continue taking care or your needs - you deserve it!

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SUNRISE14 6/20/2012 11:08AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon i'm having issues with fast food restraunts dh loves them any suggestions ? emoticon emoticon

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JESSICAWALKS 6/20/2012 10:13AM

    You're allowed to be self-absorbed! You are doing something very important to improve not only your life, but the lives of the people who love you. Great job on all of the exercise and nutrition. I have to plan too or I can go into autopilot and derail my hard work. Enjoy your kiddos visit!

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My Bod is God's

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Well hello Sparkfriends!

For me, it's been a good couple of months--down 21 lbs (well 4 of those lbs came off in January but I count them!). Been exercising like crazy and being good on the food plan. Today I budgeted in a half-piece of homemade strawberry shortcake :) I know I won't be able to keep up as much exercising once the school year starts (though I promise myself to do 1/2 hr daily even then), so for this summer I am in Fat Camp. Well, let's call it Body Shop. Sounds kinder. No guilt, just taking care of my bod for a change. It feels very, very good. Lord willing I will be at my first goal by Sept. 1. (40 lbs down). I will be in normal weight range then, but would like to lose another 10-15 lbs to be in the middle of normal, not the higher end. So say 50 lbs total. The doc's scale is always heavier, and I need a little leeway. I am praying that the good habits I am developing stick with me.

Hubby said today, "Who knew that you would ever be athletic!" I'm not sure that's a total compliment but whatever. He meant it as encouragement! I have always liked to swim laps and I walk the dog, but any other exercise (like strength training, or actually breaking a sweat) has not been in my repertoire of activities--EVER. So this is a brave new world and I have to say I am feeling the same exhilaration from strength and cardio that I do from laps. It's addictive--gives me a rush of energy and lifts my mood so I want to do more! Thanks to God who gives all good things! OK, this is not a new revelation for the athletic, but for me it is. I admit it.

Hmm I am looking at Rom. 12:1-2 in a different light. Interesting how Paul asks us to present our BODIES to God. Yeah, our BODIES. Our BODY belongs to Him. God created it, Jesus died for it, the Holy Spirit indwells it as His temple. Shouldn't we take care of it? (I think Rick Warren says that too). I am reading these verses on an obvious, literal level. I've been missing it:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual act of worship."

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing, and perfect will." (Rom. 12:1-2)

So if we need MORE motivation--our BODY is a gift from God, no matter the shape it's in, and we should take care of it the best we can because it is HIS!

"You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." (1 Cor 6:19b-20).

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JESSICAWALKS 6/3/2012 10:14PM

    I love the comment by your husband. My hubby told me he didn't know I had it in me (to workout so hard). I would have been upset except, I didn't know it either.

I have always felt a twinge of guilt for abusing my body. It is a gift and I hope to treat it as such from here on out!

Have a good week!

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VICKI2705 6/3/2012 8:28PM

    That is the same realization I had while on my weight loss journey. It was and still is a big motivator for me. God bless you on your journey!

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My wedding rings

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another motivation for losing weight: I want to be able to wear my wedding rings again!

We are complicated. Weight/food/exercise issues are complicated. I don't pretend to have it figured out. But I do know that God answers prayer. He loves to answer prayer. He waits to answer prayer! I have prayed for a deeper life with God (through regular Bible study etc) and He is answering (I'm far from perfect but growing). I am praying for help with getting physically fit and healthy, and God is answering that too. He loves to answer according to His will. Thank you Lord.

"You give me your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me great."
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MAESTRAPLANK1 5/23/2012 8:45PM

    There are so many pluses to losing weight. This is a true fringe benefit of losing the pounds and gaining fitness! emoticon

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JESSICAWALKS 5/22/2012 9:22AM

    Great attitude!

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JSTPASSNTHRU 5/22/2012 9:01AM

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The garden's in!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Today I finished up the garden--planted 3 rows of potatoes and one of onions. I have a lot of stuff in! I love it at this time of year when everything is so promising and the weeds and the varmints haven't interfered yet! Our church has a large community garden; I have a 20 x 50 plot. It's lots of fun to work together. Plus we share seeds, tips, and extra produce!

So. . . my fitness tracker says 2 hours of gardening is like 524 calories. Really? And then it warns me I am doing too much?? Is that right? Sounds high. Plus the half-hour dog walk and my 10-minute bootcamp video--hope I am not sabotaging my efforts. But woo-hoo! I am thankful to be finally on the way. I am a college teacher (considered PT but with a FT load) and have summers off. Usually I am a bit bored and antsy and miss my recently-flown kids terribly. Also wish I could afford to travel. . . but THIS summer is going to be different. I am taking the summer to take care of myself and finally get in shape. This is for me. And for God. It is much easier when I'm not overwhelmed with teaching! If I am near normal weight by the beginning of the school year, it will be a lot easier for me to keep going and then maintain.

So glad I found Sparkpeople! And THANK YOU to my new friends who are kind enough to read and comment on my blog! It's an encouragement.

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JESSICAWALKS 5/19/2012 1:38AM

    Great job on being so active! Enjoy watching those veggies grow!

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BHOLMAN1005 5/18/2012 12:58PM

    The community garden sounds like fun. Years ago we had a really hugh garden--it got so bad we couldn't even give the expra veggies away--the kids found out that the Good Humor (or whatever they are called) would trade them some of his products for the fresh vegies--really a win-win arrangement

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Health benefits

Monday, May 14, 2012

I have several health issues that are a direct result of being overweight. . .and it is amazing how just 15 lbs of weight loss and consistent exercise is helping with them:

Cholesterol down to 143 (last check 175; I'm on cholesterol meds so a goal for me is to get OFF the meds. . .doc says we can try when I am in a normal weight range)

Plantar fasciitis/heel pain--much better!

Knee pain with deep knee bends--much better; stronger knees!

Reflux/singing problems--much better!

Hopefully when I get to healthy weight that will help the blood pressure too (on meds for that).

Asthma--much improved!

So it is encouraging what just 15 lbs can do. I am blogging this to help me stay motivated. . .I hope it motivates someone else too! I have NEVER been an exerciser (except for a half-hour walking the dog most days), but Coach Nicole is the best and I can do it with her. Thank you Lord.

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BHOLMAN1005 5/14/2012 1:16PM

    Great, that is a good reason we all should be keeping at it. I'm am real glad for you.
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JESSICAWALKS 5/14/2012 10:10AM

    Great job! You for sure motivated ME with your blog. Wow, just think how much healthier we'll be in another 15...and another 15....Keep it up!

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