Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Yesterday afternoon I let my mind get focused on some deep hurt from the past. There are broken relationships from that past experience and even though I continue to care about those people (and at the same time feel betrayed by them), they have been unwilling so far to work at reconciliation. In my stress and distress over this, I found myself mindlessly eating last evening. It is simply not productive to let my mind get caught in this emotional dead end. In her commentary on the New Testament book of Philippians ("Frappe with Philippians"), Sandra Glahn speaks about the "arrogant joy stealers." This was her way of describing the legalistic trouble-makers that the Apostle Paul warned the church in Philippi about. After reading that, I found myself reflecting on this term "joy stealer." There are all kinds of thoughts, circumstances, hurts, injustices, abuses, and "push your button" types of people which we could allow to steal our joy if we are not careful. Or we can "rejoice in the Lord" as the Apostle Paul advised -which is a good way of keeping focused on the source of all that is good in our lives. That will be my challenge today - to be focused on and rejoice in the Source of good and joy. That way any joy stealer that comes along will not be allowed to "steal the show" regarding all that I choose to focus on in my mind.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Today starts a new month. I realized looking back that October has been a good month in terms of stability and consistency. Perhaps it has been my best since starting this journey in earnest 13 months ago. I've been in maintenance mode since March 31, 2013. Since then I've lost ten more pounds making a total of 60 lost altogether. I've gone from 223 to 163 and stayed there for the most part and it feels great. It was well worth all the effort. During most of my maintenance period, these past seven months, my weight has been "volatile" with lots of ups and downs, sometimes dramatic. Slowly, I keep learning and seem to be falling now into almost automatic patterns of making good choices. That is wonderful to see finally happening. I've moved into a "flexitarian" diet - mostly vegetarian and with a high percentage of the food coming from produce grown in our own garden. I'm doing much better at restaurants, looking almost automatically for the healthiest, low fat, low calorie options. I have more trouble at gatherings where there are lots of chips and cookies - these still tempt me to go beyond one or two. I know the holidays are coming and they will be a challenge but I am thankful to look back and see that my weight stayed consistently between 166 and 163 this month - mostly at 163 where it is this morning. I think I am finally getting the hang of this to the point that my weight is staying stable. At least it did this month. For those just starting out - it is really hard at first but with time the new good habits do eventually start to become almost automatic - although continuing vigilance is necessary to stay on track.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
I have really enjoyed our garden this year. This past week I've eaten a vegetarian diet almost exclusively of food harvested from the garden. Well, now that I stop to think about it, I did have one meal with salmon at a restaurant. Anyway, I have been eating beets, squash, okra, eggplant, peppers, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, and a few raspberries in various combinations. Last evening I made rhubarb apple popsicles (a Spark Recipe) to snack on (the rhubarb but not the apples are from the garden). Yesterday I harvested a huge butternut squash that weighed 14.6 pounds - that will make a lot of meals and while it may be the largest it is not the only squash out there. I'm also getting some zucchini from a late planting and I'm looking forward to harvesting my popcorn in a few weeks. Our freezer is full of garden produce and the cupboards are full of canned goods. I feel really blessed to have all this healthy, organically grown food to enjoy and to continue enjoying through the winter. This also helps keep me away from more highly processed foods that are full of calories and the work in the garden is good exercise. So I'm just amazed that the garden is still producing so well in October even through its obviously slowing down with cooler weather and I admit it this has been a lot of fun for me. Oh, and I put three quarts of tomatoes in the freezer last night.
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