Monday, June 13, 2011
"The Lord, our mighty God, now reigns supreme; Let us rejoice and give Him praise!" (Rev. 19:6-7)
"O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live..." (Ez. 37:14)
Two beautiful verses! The first one reminds us that God is really GOD - mighty and supreme, and deserving of all our praise and adoration! And He is truly cause for our rejoicing in Him!
And the second verse assures us that even though He is a mighty God, He is also so close to us and loves us so much that He puts His own spirit in us! We live because He is in us!
Good morning, friends! Well, we're starting off a new week - may it be a good one in every way for every one of us!
I got off to a good start with 45 minutes on the bike and then some upper body strength exercises. Had a healthy breakfast (my oatmeal smoothie) - now to watch my food the rest of the day! (the hard part!! LOL!!)
This weekend, while in San Pedro Sula visiting family, we went to Price Mart (kind of like Sam's, but not quite so big). For the first time, I bought frozen mixed vegetables. I'm going to try them and see how I like it. I usually buy fresh vegetables, but often, in spite of using "Green Bags", they go bad before I can finish them - especially broccoli and cauliflower - there are never small heads available! So I took an ice chest, and packed the vegetables in ice - only a three hour drive home, so they stayed frozen.
If this works, I may end up buying a small freezer, and a slow cooker, and on weekends cook soups, etc, in quantity and freeze them. That would really help on days when I am too busy to cook at noon. (We have our main meal at noon - supper is just a light something or other.)
I have been maintaining these past two weeks - now I need to lose two pounds this week if I want to reach my first mini-goal of reaching 160 by July 1st!!
Have a happy and blessed day everyone! And thanks for reading my blog. I enjoy sharing!
P.S. I went to post this, and it reminded me to put in a title.... This is always a dilemma for me.... I never know whether to name it for the spiritual reflection at the beginning or for what I talk about in the rest of the blog. What do you, my friends, suggest? Thanks!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
"I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me.
I will keep your commands.
I call upon you, save me
and I will do your will." (Ps. 119:145-146)
I was praying this psalm this morning, and the first line here - "...with all my heart" really made me stop and reflect. Do we really call upon the Lord with all our hearts? When a young person is in love, her beloved is really the center of all her thoughts and actions. She thinks about him many times during the day, calls him (or nowadays, texts or BBs often.), wants to be with him as much as possible, and really tries to do or say nothing that would offend him.
We need to think about our relation with our Lord - do we really give Him all our heart? - or just a part? Is He really the center of our lives?
Tomorrow is Pentecost - we can ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray - how to truly call on the Lord with all our heart.
Well, here I am, using my mini for the first time! And trying to adjust to Windows 7 - my desk computer is still XP. I got a mini because I only plan to use it when I travel, and it's easier to carry. I'm having a bit of trouble with the smaller keyboard.
Thanks again for all your prayers. My back has been much better.... I do have to be careful when I bend or sit. Doctors say it should continue to get better.
The new baby - Ivan - is beautiful. And seems to have recovered wonderfully from a very difficult birth. Thanks again to all of you who prayed for him.
I bought a new set of dumbells today - one pound heavier than I have been using. I have been using 4 pounds, and I wanted to get 6 pounders,, but they only had 4, 5 and 8. And I'm not ready for 8 lbs.! As a matter of fact,since I was almost a month that I couldn't do strength exercises, I think I'll need to stay with the 4 lbs. for a couple of weeks before I can move to the 5 lbs.
I really hope that these next two weeks that I won't have as much to do in school, that I can do a lot more exercise and get that scale moving again. I really want to meet my new goals.
Blessings on all of you!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
God indeed is my Savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the Lord,
and He has been my Savior. (Is. 12:2)
I love this passage... in problems big and small, we have the assurance that our God is with us. We don't have to handle things on our own.... He gives us the strength and courage we need in every situation.
Hi, my friends! What a week! I'm feeling good- thanks be to our God - my back seems to be fine. Only problem has been really bad leg and foot cramps at night - but again, thankfully, I haven't had any cramps the last two nights. I had been waking up about 10 times a night and needing to get up and try to walk until the cramps subsided - and lots of times as soon as I lay down, the cramps would start again. I have no idea what causes them!
It's been a very busy week - once a month we have chapel with the students- every class comes for Prayer and Reflection. Since there are ten classes, it does take up time. And then I still have to prepare other things, like Rosary and Holy Hour, plus doing other things to help out in school. I enjoy doing it, but it doesn't leave me much time for anything else.
But today we finish with the last classes - just one to go - and I have Holy Hour prepared, so I'm using these few minutes to reconnect!
Bad thing is I haven't been able to exercise much this week - holding my own on the scale, but not going down. Hopefully next week will be lots better!!
I'll be traveling tomorrow to meet the newest member of my Honduran family - my third godchild just had a baby. We'll be away all weekend, but since I just bought my first laptop - a mini - just for traveling, I plan to take it with me and maybe in the evenings, I can log on to SP and start to catch up!
Well, have to run, time for that last chapel... see you later.
Hope everyone has a relaxed and happy week-end. Blessings on all of you!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
"God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:27-28)
This passage from today's readings seemed to speak to me this morning. God always takes the first steps toward us - and wants us to respond by seeking Him. Even when it seems we're in the dark and can't see Him or feel Him, He is there, waiting for us, calling to us, helping us to find Him.
The image comes to me of children playing hide-and-seek in dark (at least we played when we were kids - no TV or computers then!) The one who is hidden can't wait too long to be found - he usually starts giving out hints - coughing or laughing or whatever to say "Here I am. Come find me!" That's our God - using so many little things in our lives to say "Here I am, come find me!"
Sometimes, even though we have found Him long ago, and many times since, there are moments when He seems to hide - and so we need to search again. " For in him we live and move and have our being."
Good morning, friends!
Well, I went to the doctor yesterday, and while it's mostly good news - there isn't a really serious problem - there is a problem.
I don't know how to really explain it -but seems that where the spinal cord leaves off and the "horse's tail" ( a bunch of nerves that start where the spinal cord ends and spread out), there appears to be a reduction of the space where they pass. In other words, something could be compressing them - maybe a herniated disk. That produces the pain. The weird thing is, the pain started on my lower left back, then that stopped hurting, and it was the lower right abdomen that hurt for a couple of weeks. And now that pain is gone, and the pain is in my back.
For now, both doctors who are seeing me feel we should give it a little time. I'm taking anti-inflammatory medication and, when I need it, analgesics. But the pain is slight and sporadic right now. If the pain continues, or gets worse, I'll have to have an MRI.
But according to the doctor, 85% of cases are non-operable, and of the other 15%, surgery doesn't help much. So for now, they want me to lose weight (what else is new!! LOL!!!), keep on exercising, with care, and watch my posture, especially while sitting, and the way I pick things up.
Anyway, I would only even consider surgery in an extreme case, like if I couldn't bear the pain, or couldn't walk. So now I have an even stronger reason to lose weight!! The doctor would like me to take off another 20 pounds!!
So, thank you all for your support and encouragement. I will be needing those virtual "kicks" and also those gentler nudges from my non-violent friends!!
By the way, yesterday I read an article here on SP that I really liked: 8 Reasons Why Your Workouts Aren't Working. For anyone who might be interested, the link is:
Have a happy, healthy, blessed day everyone!!
Monday, May 30, 2011
I'm reading "Creative Prayer" by E. Herman, and this morning I read this line, which I'd like to share:
"We are led by the practice of meditation from the point where self occupies the center of our thoughts and we expect God to revolve diligently round us, to the point where we become predominantly aware of God."
Thought provoking, isn't it? Made me think of the times when I talk with students or parents about the need to be faithful to prayer and going to church, not just when they need something, as if God were a great big Santa Claus in the sky.
Herman goes on to say "If, then, we have been faithful in our meditation and not allowed it to become an occasion of self-seeking, we shall find that love to God - that steady and profound gravitation towards our Creator and Redeemer which is more than an emotion, and in which lies our very life - will be born in the heart."
I think I need a good kick in butt to get me back on track! I've been slacking off ever since I got back from my trip! Now that the pain in my side and back is gone, I have no more excuse. I can't even use the excuse of the heat, now that I have air!! LOL!!
And I've been snacking way too much! Just got out of the habit of applying my new healthy habits!!
So as of today, I'm going to reset my goals (since I obviously didn't make my goal of 150 by May) and set up a few intermediate goals:
160 by July 1st
155 by August 15
150 by Oct. 1st (Since I'm going to my brother's for two weeks in August, I'm planning on just maintaining during that time.)
I'm going to review my exercise plan, get back to faithful tracking, and do whatever it takes to reach my goal.
I read about so many inspiring SP who have taken off so much more weight than I have, and so many who have been successfully maintaining for a long time, that I know there's no reason why I can't do it, too. I just have to discipline myself to get back to my healthy habits!
So, please, my friends, hold me accountable, and give me a little shove (or kick!!) when I need it!! Thanks for being such good friends!!
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