Friday, January 17, 2014
I have made more than one attempt to get back to my weight-loss journey. For some reason, it just seems so difficult to regain and maintain the motivation to do so. I was so close to hitting the 20-pounds-lost milestone over a year ago (my total goal was only 29 pounds!), but lost my spark and slowly gained it all back again. Now here I am, unhappy with how I look and feel again, and discouraged that I can be successful with something only to resort back to my old habits and weight. I have read articles, I have had people send me encouraging messages, but nothing seems to be lighting the fire under my butt that I need.
So I am trying a different approach. I recently contracted the flu and was so sick I couldn't get out of bed for two days. Thankfully, the flu was short-lived. But in those three or four days of not feeling well and eating next to nothing, I lost 3 pounds. No, my "different approach" is not to get sick all the time (or make myself sick!) in order to lose weight. My new approach is to take my weight loss journey in small, unintimidating goals; to lose weight in 5-pound increments. When I've lost the first 5 pounds, my new goal will be to lose another 5 pounds, and so on. I'm hoping that by reaching these little goals--rather than setting my goal at the 29 pounds again--that I will get more of a feeling of accomplishment and that will encourage me to go "the next 5 pounds". I got a 3-pound head-start on my first 5-pound goal, so I'm starting out with a feeling of "I'm already more than 1/2-way to my first goal!"
Wish me luck! I really am hoping to be able to stick with it this time.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
I have not been good with Sparking or eating right or excersing over the past several months. I'm back now (although I'm getting #backontrack in "baby steps"), and I decided to re-read all of my old blog entries. While reading them, I also reviewed all the comments that were left on those blogs, and am so thankful to all of you who have taken the time to encourage me. Not only has my resolve been renewed, my encouragement has been as well. I appreciate you all!!
Thursday, May 02, 2013
So I've been totally neglecting my Spark lately, and I've been paying for it.
My family and I just returned from a two-week trip to Disney World in Florida (the first time in our lives that any of us have ever been).
And I am renewing my Spark! I have reset all my stats (start weight, goal weight, etc.) and am starting again.
SparkPeople was successful for me the first time--I just stepped away from it before I met my goal. So I'm restarting with a new resolve that this time I AM going to reach my goal and beyond!!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Matthew 27:11-26 NLT:
"11 Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. “Are you the king of the Jews?” the governor asked him. Jesus replied, “You have said it.”
12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.
15 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. 16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas.[d] 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)
19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”
20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. 21 So the governor asked again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?” The crowd shouted back, “Barabbas!”
22 Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”
24 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. The responsibility is yours!”
25 And all the people yelled back, “We will take responsibility for his death—we and our children!”
26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified."
Jesus was innocent of any crime, and yet when the people had the opportunity to save Him, they chose to save Barabbas instead, a notorious criminal. Jesus had done nothing wrong, and yet He was ordered to be tortured and killed.
It seems like such an injustice. Jesus suffered the ultimate cost; not just the cost of His life (as He DID rise again), but He was brutally tortured in the most painful way possible. That pain was real. He felt the full extent of everything He was going through.
As we read further in the Bible, we know that after Jesus died, He rose again, and claimed His rightful place at the right hand of God. His death may have seemed like a horrible injustice at the time, especially to those who were closest to Him and knew who He really was. But God was using His Son to fulfil his perfect plan of offering salvation to the people He created who have turned away from Him.
Sometimes in this life, we, too, suffer a "horrible injustice". We feel that we're being treated unfairly, possibly even being made to suffer the consequences of choices we didn't make on our own. Where's the justice? Where's the fairness? At times that we feel like this, we need to remember that God is not an unjust God; He is not unfair, and His ways are higher than our ways (see Isaiah 55:8). We need to not depend on our own understanding of situations (Proverbs 3:5), but remember that God loves us. We need to stop looking at ourselves--stop feeling sorry for ourselves-- and realize that the injustices that we face just may be fulfilling God's will in our lives. Or better yet, He may be using OUR injustices to fulfil His will in someone ELSE'S lives.
Jesus didn't choose to be crucified. He didn't want it. Before His death, He even prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane that God wouldn't make Him go through with it (Matthew 26: 39, 42). We've prayed prayers like that: "Why me, God?" "Why do I have to go through this??" Yet Jesus also prayed for the Will of God to be fulfilled, even if it meant He had to go through this horrible torture.
We need to remember that in this earthly life, sometimes bad things happen. But we have a God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. We may not understand why things happen, but we do know that God will take any situation and work it out for our good, even if it's a painful process.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Well, it's been a long time since I've done anything on SparkPeople, from blogging to huddling, to nutrition tracking, to reading articles. I'm not sure why exactly, but I have been finding myself in a bit of a rut, finding it difficult to keep on track.
We're now into our 8th week of homeschooling, and, as with anything in life, we've had our ups and downs. My middle child has failed a few tests, my oldest is finding her work sometimes more challenging than she think she can handle, but overall it's been a pretty good experience. My kindergarten-aged son is doing really well with his reading and learning how to properly form the letters of the alphabet, as well as mastering basic addition.
There have been external struggles in regards to homeschooling as well, as we are still "connected" to the school to some extent. The principal has been graciously providing me with the kindergarten manual to save us some very large expenses. For this I am very grateful, but at the same time I do not like having to rely on the dependability of other people--especially a very busy lady--to provide me with materials I need. I find it frustrating to request "the next" set of materials, only to be made to wait, without answer, for a week or more.....however, I am trying to be patient, as, like I said, I am very grateful that she is even willing and trusting enough to allow me to borrow the school's material rather than having to purchase it on my own.
As for my weight loss journey, I seem to have taken a detour over the past month or so. The weekend of October 8 was our (Canada) Thanksgiving, and since then I have not been watching my food intake as carefully as I should be. Now we are entering the Christmas season (yes, I say "Christmas", not "holiday!") and I know that food temptation is only going to increase. So I have a choice to make; do I fight it and try to eat healthy and perhaps not enjoy all the splendors of this time of year, or do I just "own" the five pounds I've already gained back and try to maintain rather than lose, and restart my weight loss in the New Year??
I enjoy watching the numbers fall on my scale, but I have to admit, right now it's little motivation to keep me from sampling all the yummy treats that are available at this time of year. Combined with the added stress of homeschooling, and the dropping temperatures (I just want to bring on the comfort foods!), it's just so difficult. But, notice I say "difficult", not "impossible".
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