CLAIREMZM's SparkPeople Blog CLAIREMZM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Run with perseverance the race marked out for you! I'd say it about killed me, but that would be an exaggeration, really. It wasn't easy, however, to run--well jog, really, for 90 second interval vs. the 60 second intervals from last week of the Couch to 5K training program. Still, I did it, but only in the Lord's help. He reminded me to call upon His Word. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I've memorized parts of scripture so I could repeat them to myself as I was jogging. It made me smile to go through Hebrews 12:1-2: "Since we are surrounded by such... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:22:11 EST Exercise really can give you more energy! The following is from an e-mail I sent to my daughter-in-law in Germany. As I was writing it to her, I thought I'd share it with all of you as well. Note: Fritz is my husband, and Wartburg is a castle in Eisenach, Germany where we visited on our first trip to Germany to meet our daughter-in-law's family. <BR> <BR> I had an interesting thing happen last night. I've gained some weight recently and haven't been able to keep up with Fritz very well when we walk. I've learned to like walking by m... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:50:30 EST God says: Love Me more than anything else! I have been ill recently--starting with the stomach kind of illness, and that's all I'm going to say about that, except that of all the things I hate, that's up there at the top. <BR> <BR> I have been very careful, then, to pay attention to what I'm eating and how it affects me. This is a good thing--it's mindful eating! I'm not overeating and there are certain foods that are now upsetting my stomach. One of them is coffee. <BR> <BR> Noooooooo! <BR> <BR> Coffee is my favorite drink. I like... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:46:16 EST I wish I could say...but God says to me... I wish I could say: "I'm doing so well with my healthy eating plan!" <BR> <BR> But God says: I love you even if you aren't eating healthy. It would be better if you did eat in a healthy way, though, because you would feel better and you would be taking better care of the temple of the Holy Spirit that you are. <BR> <BR> I wish I could say: "I'm a runner." <BR> <BR> But God says: You are making progress. Be content with such things as you have, for I have said I will never leave you nor for... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:02:40 EST It's a plan! I am reading "Made to Crave" again, and went to the team to see where they were. It looked like they were on Chapter 3, so I read that before I end my computer time today. <BR> <BR> You have to have a plan. That's the main point of the chapter, which is also the topic I have been pursuing lately. In order to get things done, and to keep my eating in check, I have to have a plan. Thankfully, SparkPeople's menus help me a lot with the eating part--at least if I don't have time to plan my meal... Tue, 26 May 2015 11:19:29 EST I don't want to eat. It's very strange. On Friday I was sick--the stomach and intestinal kind of sick. I ate very little on Friday, a little more on Saturday, and a little more than the previous day on Sunday. I haven't felt the nausea since Friday, but I noticed this morning, as I'm feeling unmotivated and a little bored and a little frustrated with myself, that one thing I'm not feeling is hungry. It's very strange because usually when I feel this way, my mind first turns to food for comfort. But today I am feeling like I want to... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 12:41:58 EST It's time to start over. Again. How many times have I told myself that it's time to start over? If I looked back on my blogs I would see that I have said it several times. And I've done it--started over and got back on track for a while, then something happens--a visit from a friend or relative that calls for a dinner out, a particularly stressful time, or maybe just a church potluck. Something gets me off track. And, being that I am not naturally organized nor disciplined, I fall off pretty quickly. <BR> <BR> However, I C... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:51:39 EST What do you think of FitBit? I'm hoping someone will see this and comment. I have lost my Spark Activity Tracker! It must have fallen off my shoe last week and I can't find it anywhere. <BR> <BR> I could replace it with another Spark Activity Tracker, but I'm thinking about getting a FitBit. What is your experience with them? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:58:01 EST Addicted to chocolate? I wonder if I'm addicted to chocolate. I think about it all the time. When I am upset, I want chocolate. When I am happy, I want chocolate. When I am bored, I want chocolate. When I am uncertain, I want chocolate. When I want to reward myself, I want chocolate. And, when I eat chocolate, all I want is MORE CHOCOLATE! At least it's not the first thing I think about in the morning. No, that's probably coffee. <BR> <BR> I feel silly. Yet, at the same time, I can see the 12 Steps applying here t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:20:01 EST When given the choice, don't choose like Lot This morning as I was reading and praying Genesis 13, God reminded me not to choose like Lot. Abram and Lot had been traveling together, and both had large herds and many possessions. Fights broke out between Abram's herders and Lot's herders. So it was necessary to part ways. <BR> <BR> Abram gave Lot the first choice of where to go, and Lot chose in the direction of Zoar, where the "whole Jordan Plan was well watered like the Lord's garden or like Egypt." (Genesis 13:10, God's Word Translat... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:01:36 EST Learning what it means to be hungry The past couple days I've been doing partial fasts. I find in doing so that it's like hitting a "restart" button for my eating habits. It wasn't too hard, especially since I drank water whenever I felt "hungry." <BR> <BR> I put "hungry" in quotation marks because I realized that I don't necessarily know when I'm really hungry--when I really need food in order to fuel my body, or when it's noon and I should be eating lunch now or it's early evening and it's time for dinner. So much of my eat... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 23:00:22 EST God will transform the situation when we make the sacrifice. It's all about sacrifice, isn't it? We have to give up something in order to get something. To get work done, we sacrifice time spent in leisure. We sacrifice for our children so they can have what they need. Jesus sacrificed His life for us so we could have eternal life. Love equals sacrifice. <BR> <BR> So, why don't we sacrifice for ourselves? I don't say this in a selfish manner, for there is sacrifice involved, after all. But if we give so much for others, why can't we give up for oursel... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:12:34 EST What does my craving look like? A bratty version of myself! The question to ponder today is what my craving looks like. The first time I went through "Made to Crave," I think it looked like a big comfy couch, something in which to curl up and forget about the world. But now, as I am consider other studies I'm doing, I'm thinking my craving looks more like me as a spoiled child. <BR> <BR> Always looking to do something better...actually it's more like realizing I HAVE to change my behavior or there will be dire consequences...I began working on someth... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:44:51 EST There is power in the name of Jesus = I made it through the day The song "Break Every Chain" has been in my head for days now, and I think I know why. God knows that I need Jesus' power to break my slavery to food. So, literally, one day at a time, I will call on the name of the Lord and walk in His victory to break every chain! <BR> <link><BR>D5Zw2ew </link> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:34:27 EST I hope I'm not an April Fool to re-start "Made to Crave" on April 1st! It's been a while since I've bee an active on SparkPeople. I have been entering fitness minutes, so it's not like I've been sluggish. But my eating habits! Arrrgh! I find myself thinking about food constantly, and giving in to the desire to eat. A lot. So much so that I'm slowly approaching the weight I was when I started on SparkPeople four and a half years ago. <BR> <BR> On one hand, I am stronger physically because I am working out on a regular basis since I finally found an exercise budd... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:56:38 EST Must. Stop. Eating. With. Abandon! Some time last year I posted a blog about eating "with abandon." When will I learn? <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning and was not surprised to see that I had gained weight. My jeans don't fit as well as they used to, and I have resorted occasionally to wearing exercise clothes or my jeans with the stretchy waistband in the back. <BR> <BR> Now, honestly, if I had been exercising, I probably would have at least maintained the weight I was at and my jeans wouldn't be so tight. But I h... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:18:22 EST Plank Challenge? I saw this posted by someone on my facebook news feed, and wondered if it was worth doing. So I'm putting it here on this blog so I can reference it. If you know anything about it, let me know! <BR> <BR> Note: I am including the link to the Plank as demonstrated on SparkPeople. The picture on the facebook post was a plank with the body being supported by the lower arms, with arms bent, as shown in this link: <BR> <BR><BR>tos-prn2/1390560_10101965021... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:18:26 EST Clean eating = Weight Loss? I just returned this week from a trip to Germany for my son's wedding. It was a busy, busy time of preparations--not much sight seeing this trip, except for the obvious--the Dom (Cathedral) and Rathaus (Town Hall) and castles (Burg) and the rolling hills of the countryside so close to the city that look like pictures from a storybook. <BR> <BR> I had hoped to be able to take walks everyday, but I had to settle for walks to the store and such, as I wasn't driving. And I went on this trip not ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:48:24 EST Exercising at home...not so bad! I enjoy going to Planet Fitness. I really do. The staff is friendly and there are always enough cardio machines to work out on, and the strength training machines are usually available as well. But tonight I just didn't want to leave the house. So I decided to exercise at home. <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I used the SparkPeople videos to work out, not because I didn't like them, but mostly because I was able to get my exercise somewhere else. Tonight I found a 10 minute kickboxing vide... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:16:18 EST "The Spark Solution" is pretty good so far! I hadn't thought about blogging during my adventure with "The Spark Solution" until now. I doubt I'll write every day, but I have to report that so far, things are going pretty well. <BR> <BR> I was beginning to get discouraged about weight loss. All I kept doing was gaining weight. Eating out much of the time and not making time for workouts wasn't helping. But I knew I needed a push, especially when it came to food, because I knew that once my life slowed down a little bit I could get back... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:40:21 EST It's not "just like starting over," it IS starting over! Wow. I got on the scale today and found that I had gained five pounds in a month. Am I surprised? No, not at all. I allowed all the things I was doing: helping my son who lived an hour away to get his driver's license, helping that same son clear out his apartment for his move to Germany, getting ready to be a team member on a retreat, and Vacation Bible School, to give me an "excuse" to eat out, not go to the gym, and eat whatever I wanted. So I'm not at all surprised that I gained five poun... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:31:43 EST Am I finding my inner athlete? I had the strangest experience this morning. When I woke up, my body was craving exercise! I've NEVER awakened like that before. Me? Wanting to exercise? No, NEEDING to exercise! It had been several days since I'd had a good workout, and because I'm really busy right now, I was going to excuse myself if I didn't get to the gym. I guess that isn't an option any more. Is this what it's like to find your inner athlete? Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:17:06 EST Changing my eating partner I got on the scale today and was not surprised to see that I have gained weight. I know why: I've been eating with abandon. Hmm...I think I should change that to a capital "A." I've been eating with Abandon. I think it's time to choose a different eating partner. <BR> <BR> When I eat with Abandon, he always taunts me. "You know you want this cookie. Go eat it. Don't eat one. Eat three or six." And then he says, "Hey, there's ice cream in the freezer! If you don't eat some your husband will e... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:55:52 EST Trusting God every day to feed my spiritual hunger ("Made to Crave, Reflection Questions, Chapter 6 For several months now I've been reading the devotional "Jesus Calling." It's a very good devotional; I recommend it. Written from the perspective of God speaking to us, and I have experienced God speaking to me through this devotional just what I need to hear for that particular day. For instance, today's entry included a reference to Exodus 16:15-20, where it is described how the Israelites were to gather only the manna they needed for that day. They were not to hoard any extra overnight, o... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:00:42 EST What do I hunger for? ("Made to Crave" Reflection Questions Chapter 6-continued) How is it that I keep forgetting what to do when it comes to food? As I've blogged, before-- I know the good I should do, and yet I don't do it. Hmm...sounds familiar... <BR> <BR> "So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me fr... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:03:37 EST Practicing Self-Control (Made to Crave, Chapter 6) It's been so long since I've blogged the answers to the questions in "Made to Crave" I've forgotten how I titled it. But I think that the answers are probably more important than the consistency of title. And these questions are pivotal for me right now, so I think I'll take them more slowly. Perhaps one of you will be inspired as well. <BR> <BR> ". What is your response to the idea that we grow closer to God when we deny ourselves something that is permissible but not beneficial? Have you e... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:57:03 EST "I get very good advice but I very seldom follow it..." I had a rude awakening this morning. I got on the scale and found out I had gained at least 8 pounds over the past month or so. It wasn't a surprise, as I have been eating way too much lately. <BR> <BR> I have blogged so many times, and read so much good advice, but I haven't been putting it into practice. I am so like the passage in James 1:23-25 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> "Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:18:54 EST New wine in new wineskins <BR> My husband has been preaching on Matthew during Lent. I had gotten a little behind in the reading of the gospel, so I took time this morning to catch up. I was reading in Matthew 9:17: "Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved." <BR> <BR> In Christ I am a new creation. I know this. And I have been learning all kinds of new th... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 10:22:37 EST Where is my focus? Lately I have not been living that last fruit of the Spirit: self-control. I've been eating what I want, when I want. If I want an ice cream sundae, I make one for myself and eat it. Ha! It would be funny to make one, but not eat it! <BR> <BR> I didn't have to get on the scale to know I'd gained weight again. But I did realize something, a definite correlation in my life. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a somewhat discouraging day for me. A lady at our church told me about a situation she and her h... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:04:04 EST Over calories...on the upside I got a bonus spin from entering all that food! I decided yesterday to stop using SparkCoach. It is a good resource, for sure, and cheaper than Weight Watchers, and has a lot of really good information. However, I think it's too much for me right now. Rather than being concerned about following the action steps I need to do just one thing...quit eating so much! <BR> <BR> I entered all my food today, for the first time in a while. Sometimes I don't enter what I eat because it's either too difficult to figure out what I ate (because I ate ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:17:07 EST Day 2 - Yes! I can do this! I am really surprised at how just changing one thing changes EVERYTHING! I've not noticed such a huge difference simply by doing one new thing. <BR> <BR> What is it about making the decision to eat only while sitting at the table or counter, and to not eat while watching tv or reading that is so powerful? Well, for one thing, today I was at church, and I was thinking I was hungry. But I didn't have anything with me, and I had had a decent lunch, so I really didn't need to eat. So I didn't. B... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:01:09 EST New Strategy! OK, it's not new, but I haven't tried it yet! This morning I got on the scale and it read 140 pounds. Ugh. I gained 4 pounds back. I wasn't surprised; my eating, especially evening snacking, has gotten out of control lately. I laugh when I think about "mindful eating." Oh, I'm fully mindful of what I'm eating! But I have felt powerless over that food. It's silly, really. I know I don't have to eat the extra food; I'm not particularly hungry, yet...I eat it anyway. I think about Romans 7 where Paul talks about not doing the good he should... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:33:53 EST "Made to Crave" Responses to Reflection Questions - Chapter 5-Question 5 Ephesians 1:17-20 <BR> New International Version (NIV) <BR> "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:01:45 EST "Made to Crave" Responses to Reflection Questions - Chapter 5 1. "I was made for more." How will this truth help me with my struggles? <BR> <BR> Most of the time when I think about losing weight, it's because I want to have a flatter stomach and fit into my clothes and not look like I'm six months pregnant. But that's not the whole story, and I know it. If I'm going to stop allowing food to have a hold on me, I have to know that I was made for more. I was made to worship God, not food, which is what I'm doing when I eat something sweet, then have to ha... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:17:27 EST God is good all the time! Musings on the day before my 50th birthday Today is 1/12/13, which is one of those fun dates to write. I love stuff like that: 12/12/12, which is very special since it's the last time all the numbers will be the same. But days like 1/11/12 were special too because the first two numbers add up to 12, which is the category of today's date. Yay! <BR> <BR> And tomorrow, my 50th birthday, will be 1/13/13, or in Europe 13/1/13, which is still kind of fun. But right now, I'm feeling good about everything, because I have finally realized tha... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:44:17 EST Five Minute Pep Talk It's time for a five minute pep...write. I'm not talking aloud as I write! <BR> <BR> Okay. I can do this. <BR> God is with me. He wants only the best for me. <BR> I am capable. <BR> I can put my best foot forward in all circumstances. <BR> I can get up and move. <BR> I burned 451 calories at Curves today. <BR> I can busy my mind with things other than food. <BR> If God is for me, who can be against me? <BR> I press on toward the goal. <BR> Good habits are built over time. If I don't see re... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:47:53 EST The Power of Visualization Today's coaching session on SparkCoach was about the power of visualization, using questions to guide you into picturing yourself 10 years from now. It was an interesting exercise, and does illustrate the power of visualization. We are what we think. "Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45)...and the mind and body do. <BR> <BR> The trick is to remember the visualization until what is needed to make that goal happen has become habit. Yesterday I was listening to the Di... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:35:20 EST Victory! Yesterday I was really tempted to eat, but as I quoted from 1 Corinthians 10:13, God provided a way of escape so I could be able to endure the temptation. I think this came in the form of the one person who commented on the blog, saying that IndyGirl counts all fruits and vegetables as "zero" calories. Now, that's not technically a true statement, but it did remind me of one thing I really liked about Weight Watchers: fruits and vegetables are zero points. So, if instead of going carbohydrate... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:19:13 EST With every fiber of my being I want to eat...but I will persevere! I really, really want to eat right now. I want chocolate and bread and peanut butter and whatever else I can get my hands on. But I only have 45 calories left for the day, so I really can't eat anything else. (Oh, maybe it's less than that; I forgot to enter the green beans I ate.) <BR> <BR> It's crazy, this feeling that I really, really want to eat. I know it's borne out of habit; I was feeling a little stressed and so I want to eat, or I've been nibbling on chocolate...who am I kidding, I'... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:51:32 EST Requesting prayers--my father died today. My SparkFriends are some of the most wonderful people on the earth! I'm just requesting your prayers right now for my family. <BR> <BR> My father has been in a nursing home for over a year now. In the past five or six months, he's really been in decline. Sadly, this is just the same time frame as our move to Dayton, just an hour away from my home town of Cincinnati--the first time we've lived that close in over 22 years. <BR> <BR> Yesterday he was put on 24 hour Hospice because the staff co... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 22:51:42 EST Shaking up my workout What can I do to shake up my workout? I've been going to Curves for several years now, and a few months ago started the Curves Smart workout. I like it, but is it working for me? Most of the time I feel like I'm working the machines as hard as I can, but I'm not getting "the green light." Maybe my muscles are bored. I know I'M getting bored with it. <BR> <BR> Lord, please give me the wisdom to know what to do! <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 08:42:42 EST Being Accountable - Part 4 If I keep this up, I may be at "Being Accountable - Part 9857" at some point. Okay. That's exaggerating. That would take 27 years. Haha! I'd be almost 77. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday was so embarrassing! I posted all the food I ate. Now, it's one thing to track just for yourself, but when my trackers are public--well, it's just a different matter. I knew this when I started out (see "Being Accountable" with no Part number!) but actually putting it into practice is humbling. I realize that I ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:42:24 EST Being Accountable - Part 3 Okay. Well, I was honest today. I'm over calories, but I recorded everything I ate. <BR> <BR> Must. Mail. Cookies. To. Will. Now. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:36:11 EST Being Accountable, Part 2 Okay. So being accountable about your food and exercise is only useful if you are honest about tracking. Now exercise, that's not a problem. I'm doing enough exercise. But the past couple days I haven't been posting all the food I eat. All the <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> and pretzels, too, but there wasn't an emoticon for that. And..oh, I don't know what else. Too much food, I can guarantee that. <BR> <BR> So, what can I do... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:33:46 EST Being Accountable I decided in my last blog to be more accountable by posting my nutrition and fitness trackers. I don't know if anyone will check them, but the important thing is that they are posted, which means someone CAN see them. Because of this simple fact, I feel as though I'm being more accountable already! <BR> <BR> Isn't it funny? If only I see what I have eaten or if I've accomplished any fitness minutes for the day, then if I cheat, no one knows. Except me. And God, of course, who knows everythin... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 19:41:02 EST "Made to Crave" Responses to Reflection Questions - Chapter 4 It's been a while! And it shows on the scale for me. I lost a pound, then gained it back...and it's NOT because the scale fluctuates from time to time. It's all because of these: BUCKEYES! <BR> <BR> AAAAAHHHHH! Those things are killers for me! Oh, the chocolate peanut butter deliciousness! I have no self-control around them. <BR> <BR> So, I've got to get hold of myself! The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and SELF-CONTROL. So i... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:29:08 EST An area of my life that needs moderation... I've never thought of myself as an extreme person, but lately my eating has been slightly out of control. I say slightly because it could be worse, but this area still needs some moderation applied. <BR> <BR> I have to say, though, that moderation isn't the problem as much as emotional eating. For example, this morning I found out that a check that was sent to me was bounced, again. I was frustrated, and so immediately I ate a peanut butter sandwich. Then I ate another! Now I'm almost up to ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:56:21 EST Why do I want to lose weight? Why DO I want to lose weight? Is it just that I want to lose the weight so I can have a flatter stomach and look better, or do I have another reason? Because if it's just for looks, that seems kind of, I don't know...vain? <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> If I don't have a little vanity, then why do I pay to have my grey hair covered? Okay. There is some vanity involved, so I may as well admit that. I DO want to look better. But I suspect, for me anyway, I need to have another reason. <BR> <BR> H... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:18:31 EST "Made to Crave" Responses to Reflection Questions - Chapter 3 This chapter wasn't about the spiritual craving; it was just about making plans. Since I don't have much time today (I've got to get to Curves!) this will be short. <BR> <BR> 1. What do I associate with the word "plan?" Haha! Something I don't do very well! I need to work on this... <BR> <BR> 2. What areas do I plan? Not very many. Usually I'm pretty much flying by the seat of my pants, or at the very least, thinking about plans, and doing what I need to do for the next thing that's coming... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:27:15 EST 10/4/12 - Five Minute Pep Talk It is possible for me to reach the goal I have set. <BR> Nothing is impossible for me because God is with me. <BR> God has given me the ability to change my bad habits. <BR> I replace my bad habits with good ones. <BR> I will make healthy choices for food today. <BR> I will work on building endurance in walking. <BR> I will accomplish the tasks I have set out to do today. <BR> I will be focused on the tasks. <BR> It is a beautiful day--This is the day the Lord has made and I WILL be glad and ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:52:13 EST