ARUN4ONE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ARUN4ONE ARUN4ONE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Salt Weight: An Emotional Eater's Worst Enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630773 200.6 yesterday. Today 193.4, huh? I had no idea I could lose over 7 pounds in one day?! Really??? No, of course not, but man does it wreak havoc on my emotions. Then the dimples, good Lord, I should've been able to tell that I had lost weight, the dimples had returned, the plump had exited my legs. Strange, strange body I possess, but it is mine, so together, mind, spirit, body, I march! <BR> <BR> PS Don't let salt weigh wreck your day, it's poop, but it goes away fast. For me, I just get r... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:07:41 EST Almost Blown Away...But No Cigar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630766 Well, what to say, what to say. I've been a bbbaaaddd wabbit. I have not been tracking every day, I have not ate what I am suppose to, yeah, all that good stuff. I also landed in the hospital which caused me to need some medication which caused me to gain weight so now I am at 200 lbs. flat. Oy…first major regain with a punch since I’ve stated. What’s a girl to say? Well, I dunno, but I do know what to do. I have decided that carbohydrates are not my friend, so they are getting all but oblite... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:58:50 EST This Has Been a Longer Battle Than I Imagined... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587810 but it is so worth it! Hit 190 flat today. I can barely believe it. Now I thought I'd be at goal by now, this is true, but I am mightily encouraged that I am still losing, even if it is slower. My skin looks great. There are the imperfections that come along for a woman pushing 40 but otherwise no complaints. My aches and pains have nearly subsided completely. I am not exercising so much as I did last year because I have got to focus on nutrition for now, but I am not beating myself up about ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:59:00 EST A Year Ago Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567843 I started a journey. As of today, I have lost 79 pounds. I cannot thank God enough for this transformation. Obesity, by far, has been my greatest prison in life. Thank you sparkpeople and pals for all of your love and kindness through this process too. I am confidently entering phase 2 expecting to be at goal weight (between 165 and 150) by this time next year. I have learned so much this year. I have fought so many emotional demons, but I am stronger and more determined than I have ever been... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:07:22 EST Push! Push! PUUUUUUUUSSSSSHHHH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542001 Just as a mother is in hard labor and being commanded to push, <em>79</em> so I want to encourage you, keep on keeping on! <em>386</em> This process has been anything but straight and settled for me, but I am in that process! <em>104</em> We will win some. <em>248</em> We will lose some. <em>198</em> At the end of the day, if we are still breathing and still trying, it counts! <em>380</em> Don't lose heart. <em>247</em> Don't beat yourself up. <em>227</em> Soon enoug... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:32:20 EST Damaged Emotions and Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541992 A cliché? Maybe, but for me nothing rings truer. For the first time in my life, I know that I have abused food. I didn’t do it on purpose. I didn’t seek to control my emotions with it, but now nearly 33 years later, (I developed my eating addiction at three) it is what it is. I have suffered all of my life on account of overeating, and I am determined not to allow it have one more hay day. It was so easy to control (so I thought). Just a little extra here or there became a bagful or three ext... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:13:45 EST Is There a Cure for Emotional Eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538695 I think so! In fact, I’m determined I’ve landed on something special! Been thinking lately, I do a lot of that I suppose. I am rather melancholic yeno. I mean my temperament. Some of us are bubbly and outgoing by nature (ahem, my husband) and well some of us resemble more of an “Eeyore” type like from Winnie the Pooh. Yeah…I’m an Eeyore. I suppose I needed to share that because most of my life, I have not been comfortable with that. In fact, I’ve been so uncomfortable with that, I’ve ate myse... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:16:59 EST The Weight of the Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536422 UNBELIEVABLE! I have lost the combined weight of my middle daughter and grandson! (pictured) She weighs 40 pounds, he 38. I have been looking myself over really good the past several months; I suppose I’ve needed too, plateauing and all. I’ve been struggling to make sense of what's been accomplished. TWO WHOLE PEOPLE!? Where was I packing it, lol? I don’t know. I am still shaking my head. I feel so much better now though. A benefit, until recently experienced, I could have never imagined. It ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:23:41 EST I'll Just Start January 1st... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516836 Hello dearest Sparkers, tis I Rachel, and I have some friendly advice. Just because we are heading into the holidays is no reason to relax. This is ALWAYS the time of year I gave myself excuses to loosen my grip or give up. I want to encourage you, find your motivation, ground yourself, and stick to your guns! This is a tough time! Candy is in every store, luscious foods that tantalize your taste buds continue to appear in catalogs, at the front of grocery stores and even many online sites. ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:09:57 EST CFWLC #8 - Even Selfish, Immature Reasons to Lose Weight Count! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516790 Ask me how I know that? lol. I confess I am happy to have lost so much weight over the last ten months, and although I am still losing, the pace does remind me more so of a turtle now. I am learning to be ok with that, but realizing that if I really want to get this last 30 pounds off, I am going to have to get more serious. One of the biggest motivators for me to lose the first nearly 80 pounds was very selfish, very immature. It is my secret, sorry, it's that silly, but oh, how it spurred m... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:31:47 EST Sorry I've Been MIA, it's this Popcorn Thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508737 I love my spark buddies! I know that I know I would not be this far ahead in weight loss, strength training, well the whole gambit really without you! Please know how very special each of you are to me. I feel really bad because I have been so busy, I have not had a moment to say hi, whether along write, but today I made time. You see, I have gone back to work, well sort of. I have reignited an old home business, and it is taking off! I am so excited, and it is moving so quickly, but it is go... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:58:47 EST 73 pounds bite the dust! Thank you Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485512 I can't believe the transformation since December 19th! I just keep shaking my head. I am so, so glad I took pictures because there are some days I get up and don't feel like anything has changed. I know that it has, I can look in the mirror and see differences, but still that little demon is still there. To be honest, I'm not sure that evil thing ever goes away, but I am glad that I have hard core proof that I am changing! <BR> <BR> Emotions are a funny thing. Some days I feel thin and gla... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 16:17:26 EST 199.6 feels so much better than 200! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482859 Psychological maybe? Did some adjusting since things have slowed down a bit. Went back to focusing strictly on my caloric intake making sure I wasn't cheating here and there and only eating when I am truly hungry. The scale is moving again. I also stopped exercising. Yes, I said stopped. I have started to lose weight at 205 once before in my life, and I made it to 165 without exercising. It's not that I am giving it up entirely, it's just that with this major slow down, I have been discourage... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:21:31 EST Losing Weight Ain't for Ninnies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481832 Woo Wee, what a couple of months! I thought for sure I was broken or something?! After 70 plus pounds shed, why in the world the halt?! It can be so discouraging doing the right thing day in and day out, and all you get to show for it is a half pound loss at the end of the week if that. Oh, how my mind wars with how in the world did I lose all this weight and so fast? It's not like I'm doing anything differently now...or am I? Well, not me, but my body. <BR> <BR> I figure maybe it needs a li... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:49:34 EST After a Month Long Maintenance, I'm Going Down Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463020 Thought I'd share a dinner photo. It is two pieces of grilled tilapia with fresh spinach I sautéed with onions, almond slivers, ginger and vinegar. This dinner came in at 358 Calories and was so, so satisfying. I cheated and got on the scale today. I lost another 1.4 pounds. Tomorrow I'll see if the week's total is any higher. I am ok with that loss, but had to work very hard for it. Well, harder than I've had to work for the last 65 pounds or so. I am one pound away from losing 70 pounds. I ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:58:08 EST 68 lb. Loss Since a Week b4 Xmas. Goal? 100 lb. in a Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456961 Lost another 1.2 pounds this week. I stayed on track for the most part, well except for the Pizza Hut buffet with the kiddos yesterday, but I did not overindulge. Surprisingly, John and I hit up buffets more than not, and for the last several months I do not eat at them like I used too. The desire to overindulge continues to wane. I know this is the power of God. He is healing long devastated areas in my heart bringing me into utter wholeness. I ran twice this week along with some aerobics an... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:17:53 EST There are No Shortcuts in this Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456947 I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren't good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I'll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can't easily stop when I want to. ((HOLLAH)) For instance, take the matter of eating. God has given us an appetite for food and stomachs to digest it. But that doesn't mean we should eat more than we need. Don't think of eating as important because some day God will do away with both stomachs and ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:04:21 EST Souper Satisfied! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455927 It has been quite chilly for August here in NE Ohio, but it has given me opportunity to try out some more soup recipes. I went with white bean yesterday. It has only 97 calories a cup and always leaves me so satisfied! I also find that when I eat soup, I eat less because of all the nutrition and liquid goodness. How friends can a girl go wrong? Woo Hoo! Happy souping, especially since it looks like fall may be closer around the corner than we first imagined. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <img ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:27:02 EST Visions of Daddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455909 I had this beautiful vision of the Lord this morning. He just washed over weary, long devastated areas in my heart. In it, the Lord whisked me onto a horse with him; I was a small child about four or five. We rode and rode down a beach as the ocean waves crashed into the horse's hooves ever so gently. As we rode together, he spoke such lovely things to my heart, too personal and revealing to share, but they were so marvelous and true. <BR> <BR> The Lord then showed me a mountain where he w... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:16:16 EST What it Means to be Born Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455906 <BR> Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8 <BR> <BR> Once again, God has been blowing my mind apart in a fresh and wondrous way. This morning I was thinking about what it means to be “born again”. That just like a tiny, little baby in a womb, as a new creature in Christ there are times when one will grow and grow in a secret place, then ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:14:50 EST Are We There Yet?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438630 I imagine waiting to be the toughest thing God ever calls me to do. Wait. Ugh. I must admit, I’m not that great of a “waiter”. I like to be out of my seatbelt, pressing against the backset of the driver, shaking the yeno what out of it, CONSTANTLY asking the Lord, “Are we there yet?” Over and over and over, I ask, and time and time again the Lord responds, rest. I try so hard. I bite my lip, get back up in my seat, put my seatbelt back on, enjoy the scenery, then what feels like five minutes ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:08:44 EST Time to Leave "Justice" in God's Hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433741 Would you question my justice, deem me guilty so you can be innocent? Job 40:8 <BR> <BR> Woo Wee, it feels as if life has been having her way with me! Can I get a witness! I shouldn’t complain it could always be worse. I do admit one thing that has not come out of my mouth these past six weeks is what else could possibly go wrong? (I didn’t need the invitation, it seems the devil was always happy and willing to oblige) What do we do? Where do we go when we are doing everything we know to do,... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:41:21 EST Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433732 I must confess that number seven is that unresolved stress leads to overeating! I know this in my head, but getting that puppy down into my heart, well, that is proving to be a little more challenging. I think I shared in a blog or somewhere on my page, forgive me, lol, the last three weeks are a blur. We’ll call it a food coma. I remember them before December 2012, and on account of all the overeating, the food “fog” came back with a vengeance. Ah, somebody knows what I’m talking about, lol.... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:34:43 EST So Thankful for My Spark Pals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418357 What an exciting adventure this has been for me. It's had its ups and its downs, but the things I'm learning, I don't imagine they will ever leave me for the worse. I am still steadily doing well. My weight loss has tapered off a tiny bit, I'm losing like a pound a week, instead of two, but hey, a loss is a loss right, lol? I hope that everyone is doing amazing. I hope that you are reaching your goals and keeping your nose to the plow. Hee, hee. <BR> <BR> This stuff ain't for wimps, but we a... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:55:47 EST Some More of My Hubby and I's Vids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407588 WARNING...these are goofy, but if you like slap happy, you may want to check em' out. My husband stars as Mario, our daughter and I, a scream-o, punk rockin' team. I would appreciate any feedback you'd like to offer. The short is 15 minutes long, but if you don't have the time to watch that long, that's ok, even if you just watch a little and can tell us what ya think, that would be AMAZING! Thanks so much! We appreciate you! <BR> <BR> Here's the youtube link you can paste in your browser: h... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:05:35 EST Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407459 I love to get creative with my snacks! I have my favorites which certainly keep me on track, but man do I love landing on a “new” recipe or perhaps a friend will suggest something different. My taste buds are ever roaming the refrigerator for something nutritious AND delicious! My latest fetish, if you will, has been plain rice cakes with a cream cheese wedge (such as Laughing Cow) with a sprinkle of a chili seasoning mix (I created from an online recipe) and as a finishing touch, some canned... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:09:51 EST Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402447 I almost always work out in the morning. If I don’t do it in the morning, I’m a sitting duck! I have not established myself in any area yet. Venturing out of my comfort zone (that entails at least 12 minutes of aerobic exercise every morning) could wreck me up. The only time I miss is, if I am sick or hurting, because I did some more strenuous exercise the day or so before. Currently I am not missing more than two days a month. I really just started this regimen, but I am nearly four months ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:57:48 EST How to PERMANENTLY Remove the Mask of Jealousy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396226 Oooo, that’s an ugly one. I’ll level with ya, heart issues are so hard for us. We just don’t like to think we are wrong, but the truth of the matter is God has built a conscience right into the middle of each and every one of us. This is so true that no matter how much we squirm; we always KNOW the difference between right and wrong. In fact, God says it is written on our hearts! I know that’s tough news, but if I want to openly proclaim that I am a Christian, as one Atheist so beautifully ex... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:07:36 EST Of Angels, Demons and Other Out of this World Stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396216 DISCLAIMER: You are about to enter the Twilight Zone...just a friendly warning :) <BR> <BR> For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. Ephesians 6:15 <BR> <BR> Had a dream last night. Don’t even ask me what’s going on! First of all, yesterday was the first time I have had a visitation from an angel…EVER. I wanted to make sure that is perfectly clear because I am the type of gal who has asked God to keep these kinds of things FAR from me. I... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:58:58 EST Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393361 Number 4 is that I have two gadgets that I believe have greatly affected my overall weight loss progress. One is a food scale; the other is my fitbit. Now I am not saying you cannot have tremendous success without these who-dad’s, but I have personally found them to be irreplaceable, and I use each every, single day! <BR> <BR> I bought my food scale from Target many years ago, but when I started this journey December 19th, 2012, I now use it very religiously. There are different ways you can... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:39:42 EST How to Cure Worry Warts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392000 Ok, gals, here goes. I wrote out my thoughts on index cards last night to prepare so hopefully, lol, that will keep us on track. First of all, please let me acknowledge something, I KNOW how difficult it is to get past worry. TRUST ME. I used to worry from the time I got up until the time I went to bed. I would worry so much, I wouldn’t sleep for days and days and sometimes even weeks, I kid you not. How I did not end up permanently psychotic. I say permanently because I have flirted with psy... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:29:23 EST Pokemon Infusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389818 I left a link for a video my husband and I made (with the help of our four year old) last night. It is really silly, but drives home the point that apart from Christ we can do nothing. It is a little over ten minutes long. If you watch it would you please leave me feedback. I'd really like to know what type of reaction this causes. Alright, lol, if you are ready for some serious silly. Paste this link in your browser and enjoy! <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKx0csi96<BR>Yo <BR> ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:47:25 EST 62 Pounds Down Since Dec. 19th, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389177 I am so EXCITED, and I just can't hide it, I'm about to lose control (in a good way not with a ton of food, lol) and I think I like it, like it! WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sparkpeople for your incredible tools, and thank you Sparkbuddies for your incredible support and wisdom. <BR> <BR> We will WIN if we just keep on, keeping on! <BR> <BR> Here's to a great weekend filled with the things we love and cherish the most! <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Plan on suckering hubby into some more sho... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:39:33 EST "When Good Things Become Deadly" Of Pearls and Pigs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388892 An except from the book "The Divine Conspiracy" by Dallas Willard. I love this book! WOO HOO! Dearest Christians, I am serving steak and potatoes for breakfast… <BR> <BR> "Our practice of "condemnation engineering" as it might be called, usually goes hand in hand with another device mistakenly used to manage the lives of those we truly care about. That is the practice of PUSHING the things of God upon them whether they want or are ready for them or not. Or it may just be good things generall... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:12:49 EST Skool Daz’d http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388102 There is healing on the wings of Jesus! But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Malachi 4:2 Yeno, I just love having fun for Jesus. It gives me the biggest thrill, and well, quite frankly I have never felt so wonderful in all my life. Guess that’s why I like to stay busy passing out “Kingdom” Nuggets. Been thinking a lot about this painting I bought for my kitchen a half a year ago. It’s... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:12:47 EST The “Keys” of David - (Number One) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387074 To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Revelation 3:7 <BR> <BR> Very simply Jesus is the “Key of David” because Jesus is the rightful King of the universe. He is also the rightful King of all nations, and He is the rightful King of me. I do hold a theory however, that there are several “keys” tucked in David’s life that we can use individua... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:44:41 EST The Parable of the Denarius and End Times Revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387008 Matthew 20 :1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. <BR> <BR> “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:40:30 EST Spiritual Nuggets in Wreck it Ralph?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387006 You better believe it! WOO HOO! DISCLAIMER: Spoiler alert, if you read this blog, you will know how it ends, wanted to make sure that was very clear because I don’t want to “spoil” it for you! Oh, and a tidbit for the unseen kingdom, if you will, (clearing throat) “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 18:3 Alright now that the housekeeping is out of the way, let’s dig in! <BR> <BR> First of all, please let me... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:36:54 EST Blown Away by Pinwheels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382486 Had some errand running to do today so brought my “kingdom list” with me in hopes maybe someone would fit the criteria. Not today, but I am keeping my peepers open, plus I heard the Lord gently remind me to rest today because tonight we will be taking oh, probably close to fifteen teen boys to a 15 hour lock-in at our church. PRAY FOR US, lol. It’s going to be great fun, but we will need a lot of strength. So yeah, if you think of us, those prayers mean a million dollars to these old birds. T... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:47:49 EST Beauty Treatments Never Go Out of Style! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380435 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor. 13:12 Stirring, stirring, stirring, oh, the stories I want to share. Last night Esther’s story became very real and alive to me in a new light, so what better way to release my theories than with some friends! I love the part early in chapter two where it say the virgins were to have their “cosmetics given to them.” My first thought was how UGLY were these c... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:22:25 EST Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379024 #3 I started a week BEFORE Christmas not after ;) I knew that if I could do at the hardest time of the year instead of my traditional January 1st , that maybe just maybe I could do it! Huh, who would’ve knew five and a half months later I’d be down nearly 60 pounds! It was time for me guys. I have wrestled with the same 100 pounds for nearly two decades. It is so discouraging to lose a great amount of weight, and then gain it all back along with a little extra for free :( That’s been my story... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:58:24 EST Angry Birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378411 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life <BR> ~Jesus <BR> <BR> I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. John 10:9 Amazing thing happened this afternoon, so thought I’d share. Megan and Kiley were scuffling a little bit, so I picked Megan up playfully to tickle and console her. Then I ran away from Kiley carrying Megan through the gate that separates our hall from our living room. I was teasing Kiley saying to Megan, run, run, ahhh, ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 20:53:58 EST Water Blogged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376532 Ok, so check this out. If we are fishermen (Christians), and we are looking for fish…then where is our pool? This is an important question. Is our pool the church pews? Is our pool the world at large? Is our pool our home? WHERE IS OUR POOL? Here is another important question. How much water is in your tank? Now you guys know I’ve been talking about this water thing I’ve wanted to do for a while now so here goes my very best attempt. NO LAUGHING, I am not a scholar ;) Ok, “In the beginning Go... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:45:48 EST In the Name of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376174 Water. Oh man, I’ve been wanting to touch on this in so many ways. Reading through 2 Samuel and catching King David’s stories, I love King David. Catching so many new things this time around, it’s so cool. I love when my eyes just widen a little more as I dig into scripts, it is happening all over the place. It is happening so much, lol, I cannot write fast enough, journal long enough, get it OUT fast enough, lol. It’s just dripping and oozing, whom I kidding, FLOODING out. Woo Wee, I’m lovin... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:16:56 EST God uses ZEBRAS to release his marvleous kingdom :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375604 Ok, so the zebras, lol. Wow, well, I think I know why God had me resting so much the latter part of the week because Saturday wiped me out (in a good way). Got up early and began praying and meditating on God’s word. Now usually I spend a lot of time at home, it’s just the season in my life with being a stay at home mommie, no biggie, BUT it causes no real opportunity to minister to anyone in person. You get the idea, so I was pumped about Saturday because I knew I’d be out and there would be... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 13:17:56 EST A Girl on a Journey with Her Pals and the Lord... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373501 Ok, folks, guess I'll get started. Poolside from 12 to 4, I'm thinkin', had an amazing dinner last night, oh man, I love tilapia, "the un-stinky fish", I am posting a pic, it came in under 500 calories. It was delicious! Really stayed on track with fitness this week. I have been beefing it up over the last several weeks because I felt like endurance wise I could really handle it. Honestly, I already went to my mom's this morning for my weekly weigh-in, it clocked me at about a pound over from... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:17:39 EST Where My Prayer Warriors At? I NEED YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370258 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 When I was sixteen years old, the Lord impressed this scripture on my heart for the first time. It has burned within me ever since. Lately, I feel like I have come to a fuller, more complete understanding of this script. The kingdom prior to this, new revelation if you will, always seemed like some far off, aloof type arena that I could never get a good grip on. I am so glad for t... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:47:23 EST Ruth: Skipped Over by Some, Noticed by God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370088 So reading through Ruth about a month ago was a trip. The first time, and I’ve read through this book, oh, maybe twenty or so times now, I CRIED…LIKE A BABY…the whole, way through! I prayed about what struck a chord in me so deep because it felt like God was just washing over me with his liquid love. It really was the strangest thing. Since then I’ve been meditating and meditating about it. John has often called himself my “Boaz”, and if you are familiar with the book of Ruth, you already kno... Tue, 28 May 2013 08:26:03 EST #2 Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369466 Well, I am beginning to think writing these things are comparable to a parent writing a child-rearing manual and their kids are personally eight and ten. Lol, not that I have arrived, but I press on towards those things that lie ahead, right? Ok, lol, here goes. #2 I learn from others. <BR> <BR> Anytime I even remotely hear of a tip, tidbit, idea, I am all over it like white on rice! Why not?! I know that in and of myself I haven’t got a whole lot going on, however, when I add the knowledge ... Mon, 27 May 2013 16:04:04 EST Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367423 Yes, it’s true, I was a weight loss counselor. Decided to start a series of what has helped me lose weight and some secrets, I guess I’ll call them, to my success. Ok, (clears throat) here goes. <BR> <BR> #1 I paper log everything I eat! Sparkpeople offers an amazing tool, and I used it until my computer crashed for a month in March. Since that time I have been paper logging. As a Generation Xer I find myself tipping back to my roots from time to time. Old fashioned pen and paper has never ... Sat, 25 May 2013 09:40:38 EST