AMYSTIME2013's SparkPeople Blog AMYSTIME2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapter 10: The Wrinkle of the Revolving Door Recently at a funeral (of all places) the minister comforted the family by saying: “Every exit is also an entrance. When you go out of the exit you immediately are entering onto a new path.” Somehow in my life – specifically my life as it relates to food and health – instead of taking an exit I’ve gotten stuck in a revolving door. Diet, loose some weight, “fall off the wagon,” eat whatever, gain weight, diet, loose some weight, “fall off the wagon,” and round and round we go. Similarly, i... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:48:55 EST Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapter 9: The Wrinkle of Stress Well, this is a pretty straightforward one, huh? Stress is a normal trigger for so many people and boy oh boy is it ever one for me! The deeper issue becomes the cycle that it brings on. When I’m stressed out I tend to eat whatever is most convenient or sounds the most “comforting.” When I reach for something convenient 9 times out of 10 I don’t do my normal weighing and measuring and THAT in and of itself creates MORE stress. I’m at a stage in my journey where I’m pretty good at guesstim... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:08:03 EST Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapters 7 & 8: The Wrinkle of Routine and The Wrinkle of Infinity Thanksgiving has come and gone (with much success I might add!) and the best part was that my family was noticing my weight loss success! Yay! So why am I scared to death? I’m scared to feel the excitement I’m feeling. I’m scared to hope that I’ll reach my goal. I’m scared of getting comfortable, of taking too much pride in my success thus far. I’ve never made it much past this point and I’ve never, EVER reached my goal. I’ve been here before. I’m glad to be here but… I fear going forw... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:36:14 EST Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapter 6 - The Wrnkle of Recovery I recently had the opportunity to go to a Women of Faith conference and one of the speakers said something that struck a chord with me. She said that she recently had surgery and her doctor had prepared her that “the pain of recovery is worse than the pain of the injury.” It occurred to me that while compulsive overeating is not (on the surface) an injury it does result in very real injuries – injuries to both our body and our spirit. The injury was, in many ways, mindless and somewhat fun... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:12:53 EST Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapter 5: The Wrinkle of Impatience In my quest to figure out my relationship with my higher power (that somehow deep inside I still believe is God and Christ) I’ve decided that I am going to do something I’ve been “too busy” to do for a very long time: read. Sad, yes? I know I should probably start with the Bible but for now I’m going to start with faith based texts. <BR> <BR> What does this have to do with impatience? Well, in my reading this morning one of the verses being discussed was “When Moses went up on the mou... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:16:17 EST Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapter 4 “The Wrinkle of Faith…or the lack thereof” Step two in Overeaters Anonymous is to “(Come) to believe that a power greater than ourselves <BR> could restore us to sanity." All of my life I have lived in the Christian faith. I even committed my life to full-time Christian service as a musician as a junior in high school. Music and ministry were interlocked for me from the day I first began singing (7th grade). It was my heart, my soul – my passion. <BR> <BR> I went off to college on a vocal performance scholarship determined to g... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:04:26 EST Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapter 3 (The Fallen Logs) At a recent parents’ meeting for my daughter’s wilderness camp program the group began discussing a recent trip they had taken down the Edisto River. They had planned to go 60-some miles but only ended up going 20+ miles because there were so many fallen logs and trees. They said the campers wouldn’t give up and kept getting out of the canoes, pulling the logs aside (even chopping them to get them moved). They lost an ax and another tool but still they pressed on. No matter the obstacle t... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:17:28 EST Beyond The Wrinkle, Ch. 2 "The Wrinkle of Ease" Sometimes wrinkles can become predictable. The wrinkle of the day? The wrinkle of ease. It's Friday night and it's just me and my son at home for dinner. Normal? "Let's pick up Chinese or would you rather have pizza?" Oh how I soooo wanted to just go grab something. I had plenty of food at home to prep but it would be soooo much EASE-ier to just pick something up. After much internal struggle I finally decided not to take the ease-y way out and I ended up fixing a very quick and ease-y H... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:18:57 EST Beyond the Wrinkle, Chapter 1 A co-worker and I were hanging paper for a bulletin board at our school and, when trying to decide where to cut the paper, I said “cut it just beyond the wrinkle.” We both paused and then said “That would make a great title for a book!” It’s actually the perfect title for my blog. Life has so many “wrinkles” and for the bulk of my life I’ve let those wrinkles dictate my steps. My goal going forward is to live beyond the wrinkle - to focus on truly getting healthy physically, mentally and ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:13:41 EST Tomorrow's Going to be Tough... After a successful week getting into a good healthy routine and attending (and loving!) my first OA meeting tomorrow I face a huge challenge: a day at a fall festival with my parents. I have no idea what the food options will be so I have no way to plan and I'm overwhelmed, worried really. My pop is hard to say no to and will be quick with the "oh it won't hurt! Just enjoy the day!" <BR> <BR> I'm still not sure how to prepare. I'm out of town, don't have my normal cabinet and fridge to dr... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 22:46:37 EST