Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Okay so I rejoined the SP Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Team and one of the things to do in week one is to list the reasons why I want to decrease my intake of sweets. Basically I've noticed that the more sweets I have the more I crave. I usually was able to keep it under control, but in the last year a few complications have popped up. Namely, I've developed food intolerances - wheat, dairy, soy, and rice to name a few. What does that have to do with a sweet tooth? The way I typically dealt with my sweet tooth was with my morning coffee with stevia and cream. Now, if I have coffee the way I like it I have a reaction (coughing, congestion, stomach cramps, sneezing, etc.) and feel like poop for most of the day. I know some people really enjoy coffee without cream, but to me it's just not satisfying. My other "sweet treat" was diet pepsi, but I'm reacting to that as well - bad bone and joint pain all night when I drink them. So anyway, I started drinking occasional regular sodas as a replacement and that seems to have really ramped up my cravings. Anyway long story short I want to do this challenge to stop the cravings and be able to accept that I just can't eat/drink the way I used to and move on. In addition, a book I read - What the Bible Says About Healthy Living - lists three rules for a healthy diet and the last one is not to let any food control you. Lately I've been letting my cravings control me and I'm doing this challenge to take back control of my food intake and my health.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Wow, just noticed its been almost six months to the day since I last posted a blog here. That blog was about a new plan I was starting. To be honest I've lost count of the number of plans I've started, transformation challenges I've entered, before pictures I've taken, etc., etc. I think the only ones I ever finished were a three day no sugar challenge and a 14 day juice fast. When my dh asked me to do this new 90 day challenge with him I really couldn't muster up much excitement. After all, I've failed to complete so many in the past - all I have are before pictures, never finishing and getting to take those longed for after photos. So why did I decide to do this Body by Vi 90 day challenge? I think the kicker for me was hearing how good people feel and how much energy they have using this product. I'm so very tired of feeling tired all the time. It seems it takes all my energy to get done the things I have to do and I would dearly love to have some energy and enthusiasm left over to do things I want to do for me. I've been wanting to do a triathlon for several years now, but have always been too sick and tired to do the necessary training. I'm praying that committing to this challenge will help me get my butt in gear, do my training and cross the finish line as a triathlete! The other thing frequently in my prayers of late is that God will help me change my attitude. I've always thought of my self as a pretty laid back, glass half full kind of person, but I've realized recently that I'm constantly stressing and/or feeling guilty about everything under the sun. All that stress just sucks the joy right out of life and much of what I stress over just isn't that big of a deal. So anyway, in addition to the physical changes I'll be working toward in the next 90 days, I also want to make some spiritual ones like cultivating an "attitude of gratitude", trusting that God is in control and He has a plan for my life and learning to think positively instead of expecting the negative. Finally, I have a bad habit of quitting on a challenge the first time I "slip up" on following my plan. This time I'm going to cut myself some slack, keep going to the end even though I'm not "perfect" and have some fun doing it!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
First a little background info - this April I was in a good groove with diet and exercise when I started having almost daily migraines. At the end of April they were so bad I quit exercising entirely and basically just suffered through them for the next couple of months. Near the end of July I was surfing through Netflix and found a documentary called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" - about a guy that lost a lot of weight and improved his health through juicing. What got my attention was a lady who tried juicing and was able to get rid of her migraines. I was at the end of my rope and decided it was worth trying if I could get some pain relief. I did five days of strictly juice, then another 10 days of mostly juice with a small meal of pureed veggies or soup for supper. Within just a couple of days my migraines improved. I'm still having hormonal migraines around my TOM, but it sure beats having one almost every day! I think one of the reasons it worked for me is that it gave my jaws a rest from chewing (I have severe TMJ). When I decided to do the juice fast it was strictly for pain relief - I didn't really expect to lose much weight, or even if I did, I thought I would gain it right back once I started eating normally again. It's been a little over three weeks since I started back on solid foods and I'm still down over 10 pounds - woo hoo! I just started a new exercise program last week and am debating doing another juice fast soon. Doing exercise tends to be hard on my jaws and I'm thinking they would benefit from periodic rest from chewing, but now that I'm lifting weights and all again I want to make sure I have enough protein, etc. to fuel my workouts. Maybe a combo of juicing and protein smoothies? Or, maybe I could juice on my cardio only days and eat normally on ST days? I'm still debating what will work best for me.
Yesterday I started a program I've tried before in the past, but never finished. Its based on a book called Ten Years Younger - supposedly if you follow the program for 10 weeks at the end you'll look/feel ten years younger. My birthday is in nine weeks so I thought if I could follow it from now until then that would be a great birthday present to myself. Its basically a sensible diet and exercise program that also includes recommendations for skin care, relaxation, supplements and detox. I'd like to finally start a program and actually finish it! My goal is to be consistent and follow the program as closely as I can, but not give up and quit if I don't get it 100% right. My motto for now will be doing something is always better than doing nothing!
Monday, September 05, 2011
I got two books recently that both have info on doing Bible studies. The first one - Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion - takes you through the alphabet teaching how praising God A to Z will transform your life. I'm almost through reading it for the first time (you read one attribute of God related to each letter of the alphabet per day), but I would like to go through it again, this time doing a more in depth study as opposed to just reading it.
The second book is by the same author - Debbie Williams. It's called "If God is in Control, Why Do I Have a Headache?". It is a six week program for women to learn how to obtain total health using lessons from the Bible.
If anyone is interested in either, just let me know - I'd love to do this as a small group so we can share insights and answer each others questions as well as just general support, etc.
God bless and Happy Labor Day!
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Have you sat alone in a hospital room watching a loved one suffer? Perhaps you can testify, as I can, that it was God who sustained you. Have you, like someone dear to my heart, said good-bye to a loved one going to prison? If so, perhaps your testimony parallels her experience of being upheld by God. Have you clung to a dying child as he or she slipped into heaven? Have you hurt so badly you thought you would die? Who upheld you? Though we cannot see him with our naked eye, God is an ever-present source of help who upholds us by His righteous right hand.
Lord, You uphold me with your righteous right hand. Thank you for upholding me when I feel I may fall. Forgive me when I fail to cling to you. Uphold my children and loved ones today. Teach us to look to You and find comfort in the knowledge that you are upholding us for all eternity. In Jesus's name, amen.
- from Pray with Purpose Live with Passion by Debbie Williams
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