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A Look Back on 2011


Friday, December 16, 2011

"I reached my goal in 2008 and then set a lower goal that I reached in August the same year. I have maintained for almost three years now. That is something that I have never done before." That is a direct quote from my blog on 21 April, 2011. I have been pondering for the past few months about my recent weight gain. I know the enemy would have me be so down on myself for many "splurges" that have resulted in this weight gain. I am now officially five pounds over my 120 goal weight and I am NOT happy about it, nor am I ready by any means to just give up and let food take over my life again. The Bible encourages me in Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (NKJV)

I cannot do this alone, I readily admit. I never could. But "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13 This is no small statement, this is a fact. I have lost 100 lbs of weight that caused me to be unhealthy and to feel badly about myself. I have kept it off for three years. So, tonight I looked at my weight chart for the whole year. The scale went up along the middle of September, 2011. I haven't lost the excess to date. So, my question to myself is 'what now'?

I have to be realistic about the time of year and I know I am not going to restrict ALL the treats of this season. For me, those treats are part of the celebration of Christmas. So, I WILL with God's help refuse to allow the sweets (which are where I tend to lose control) defeat me. I will enjoy SOME treats giving thanks to the Lord and enjoy my ALL my family God has given me and celebrate my dear Saviour's birth. After the Christmas season, I will do what it takes to lose those excess pounds with God's help. I must keep my eyes upon Him and my faith in Him and not in my own strength. I believe His Word is true. I will use the resources He has given me through this site and the wonderful people on Sparkpeople.com who encourage me, educate me, and are my friends whom are traveling with me on this journey. I truly hope and pray that I may be a blessing and a help to others whom are traveling this same road.

Thank you for listening to my heart and for taking the time to read my blog. May God richly bless you and help you as well.

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DONNA2238 1/18/2012 11:05AM

    Did the holidays work out for you? Such a hard time of year and then those pesky 5 pounds! I am looking forward to getting my goal weight by the end of this year so maybe I will only have to battle those last five next Christmas :0)! Hope you are back on track! You are an inspiration!

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ZELLAZM 12/24/2011 6:15AM

    With his help!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2011 11:55PM

    emoticon What a great blog!! Glad that you are so positive and realistic!! What an inspiration you are, Shirley, and continue to be for me!!!
Praise the Lord for traveling our journey with us and leading us on the path He has chosen for us!!! Thank you, God, for your son, Jesus...and for giving us a reason for the season. May He continue to bless you and yours with a very Merry CHRISTmas!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen
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