FIT4MEIN2013's SparkPeople Blog FIT4MEIN2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Failure My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 <BR> <BR> Oh, how many times must we fail before we finally succeed? It is so discouraging to work so hard, only to have the scales not show any rewards for our effort. We watch our diet, we move our bodies and ‘do all the right things’, yet the scales betray us. Why do we keep failing? <BR> <BR> Success and failure are closely connected. We don’t learn from that which we do right, we lea... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 22:38:09 EST Party Time! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to yo... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:07:29 EST I Need to Be Committed! Most people fight to avoid commitment! Commitments, though, are a part of our lives. We commit to our spouses, we commit to our children, we commit our lives to God… or do we? We say that we do. We attend church regularly. We give our tithes and offerings. We volunteer for various projects and attend a lot of the church functions. But do we really turn over our lives? Are we letting Jesus be King of our hearts? Do we let Him make our lifestyle choices for us? <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “You shall... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:34:23 EST Faith, Food and Finance What a title that is! And what does it mean? How does it all work together? <BR> <BR> Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 <BR> <BR> All that we have is because of our Father in heaven. Since he purchased us, everything that we have belongs to Him. We are to be good stewards of all that He puts in our care. We have been focusing on our bodies. But can living in His will with our food and exercise also benefit us financial... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 15:18:36 EST The Holy Spirit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”John 20:22 <BR> <BR> We all know that we have a triune God; 3 persons in one. The trinity is a mystery, as in how 3 can be distinct but separate persons. Each one has a different role to play in our lives, all equally important, yet all are one as evidenced by scripture. We tend to pray to Father God most often, fol... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:49:48 EST On Fasting and Praying Lent began on February 10. We don’t focus on lent in the protestant church so I thought that we would discuss it this week as it can be very applicable to our journey here. Before we get started, some basic definitions: <BR> <BR> Lent-the time from Ash Wednesday to Easter (40 weekdays) observed as a time of fasting in commemoration of Christ's fast in the wilderness. <BR> <BR> Fasting- to abstain from eating all or certain foods or meals, esp as a religious observance. <BR> <BR> Why do we ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:26:40 EST Sleep, Perchance to Dream With all of our “time-saving” devices, you would think Americans would get plenty of sleep, yet we rarely hear anybody say that they get enough sleep. It isn’t any generational issue either, as sleep problems cross all gender/economic/social/age boundaries. The biggest problem with sleep is not the tiredness that we have the following day. Lack of sleep affects our bodies with a myriad of health problems. Young as well as old people tend to weigh more when they sleep less. <BR> <BR> There ar... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:31:26 EST Training <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 <BR> <BR> “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might.” Proverbs 24:5 <BR> <BR> “She girds herse... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:24:22 EST Loving Yourself <BR> Not many of us like ourselves, if we are completely honest, yet God expects us to love ourselves. He should not put ourselves above others in a conceited way, but to love ourselves as a perfect creation of God’s. How do we know that He expects us to love ourselves? Of course, we need to only go to scripture for the answer! <BR> <BR> After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—Epheisans 5:29 <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:06:11 EST Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Bible has 686 references to ‘love’. That is amazing! I think love is important to God. Now the word ‘love’ in the English language, means many things. It is the physical act of love, as husband and wife. It is romantic love. It is agape (Christian) love for fellow man. <BR> God has such love for us, that He will uphold us even in our ventures for health. He wishes only the best for us an... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:26:13 EST On Feeling Discouraged We all become discouraged at times and it is no different when we are trying to change bad habits. The most frustrating time is when you have hit a plateau and nothing will budge. It is at these times that we are most vulnerable to dropping the ball. Scripture, though, as usual can help us with our discouragement. <BR> <BR> “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9 <BR> <BR> Your hard work will pay off, but we must not falt... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:40:42 EST Good groups tonight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Body, His Temple is a weight loss program that I have written and I have 2 groups that meet at our church now. I encourage members to use Sparkpeople to track and avail themselves of the tools here. <BR> <BR> This program is faith-based and has been VERY effective. My 12-15 members have lost over 200# in the past 4 months. We have donated an equal amount to the church food bank and... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:20:34 EST Motivation and Encouragement <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The words 'motivate' and 'encourage' are often used interchangeably, yet they they are different. Motivation is incentive to do something, or the reason for doing something. It is extrinsic; coming from the outside. Encouragement is intrinsic; it means to inspire hope or to help. <BR> <BR> Using those definitions in spiritual terms, our motivation for being a Christian would be our de... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:46:06 EST Temptation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 <BR> <BR> Wow! Really? Are we talking about food here? Surely, God has more important things to concern himself with than my diet and weight! <B... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:41:41 EST Feeling weary? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal 6:9 <BR> <BR> If you have been doing this for more than a few weeks, you are sure to have felt frustration at times. You might have asked yourself, “What’s the use?”. This is where you need to review your workbook and read your victory pages. <BR> <BR> How are you feeling? Are... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:35:45 EST Exercise: How Important is It? Exercise: How important is it? <BR> <BR> She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:17 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, then! It appears that we are supposed to work. Even if retired, we should be performing labor. It is healthy for our body and therefore healthy for our soul. Any time we do the work for which we were created we are living in God's will. <BR> <BR> Ho... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:45:21 EST Breaking the Chains of Bondage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bondage: noun <BR> 1. slavery or involuntary servitude; serfdom. <BR> 2. the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control. <BR> <BR> Slavery: noun <BR> the condition of a slave; bondage <BR> <BR> Jesus replied,“Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34 <BR> <BR> We have already established that over-eating, or gluttony is a sin. The ne... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:14:57 EST REALLY want to get walking again! I had some foot pain for a month or so, then finally had to accept the fact that I have a stress fracture of the navicular bone a couple of weeks ago. When the pain is so bad that it wakes you at night, it is time to pay attention. So I used a walking boot for a week, but didn't really try to slow down much other than not do my fitness walking. <BR> <BR> Then with Christmas, I went back to my regular shoes for the week of Christmas. Not enough. I am back at square one, so determined to lay... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 23:15:42 EST New beginnings As I prepare my devotion for my weight loss group this week, I am focused on New Year's Day and how around the world people see it as a new beginning. For some reason, we seem to accept this as "THE Big Day". Diets start. Smoking stops. Drinking stops. Houses get cleaned. Christmas decorations come down. Gym memberships are bought. New walking shoes are purchased. Resolutions are made. <BR> <BR> How many people keep their New Year's resolutions, though? Research shows that only 8% of people ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 00:30:16 EST Too Hard? Oh, how we resist change! It's too hard, we cry! Too hard to eat less. Too hard to eat different. Too hard to plan our meals and snacks. Too hard to measure our servings. Too time-consuming to log our foods. Too hard to exercise or find the time to exercise. <BR> <BR> To all of those complaints I have a one word response. Really? Really? <BR> <BR> Why did you start this program? Have you gone back and looked at the papers you filled out on week one? Why did you begin this journey? <BR> ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 22:57:16 EST Lunch with a friend Today I met my nutritionist/dietician friend with whom I use to work for lunch. We decided on Red Robin because it is close to her office. <BR> <BR> Ally and I became very close when we worked and weekly we sat to discuss the newest news/fad/research on nutrition. When I was working on My Body His Temple, she was my sounding board and my go-to person for accurate advice. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Red Robin is not known for their 'diet food'. HOWEVER, you can customize any menu item. I love the Bon... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:21:51 EST Cranberry sauce Who doesn't love it? Look at the nutrition label on a can, though. Whole or gel, it is 110 calories per 1/4 cup! Thee has to be a better way. A member of My Body His Temple asked me to develop a recipe, so here it is. I might add that it was a huge hit at my tasting meeting! <BR> <BR> Guilt-free Cranberry Sauce <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=2998269 </link> <BR> <BR> 12oz fresh cranberries <BR> 1c water or Diet Cranberry Juice <BR> 1 large box Su... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:01:44 EST Catching up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the past few months since I have been on here, I created and started a faith-based weightloss group called My Body, His Temple. I strongly encourage members to use Sparkpeople for tracking their activities and food. <BR> <BR> It has gone well with 90# weight loss for my15 regular members. They then donated an equal amount of food to the church food bank. They have asked to repeat that at... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:42:33 EST Ok..back at it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah. I knew it. When I was sick, I couldn't taste anything and I kept eating to satisfy my appetite instead of my hunger. I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway. And gained 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> Then I flew to Chicago. By myself. For a weekend. I ate because I was alone and I rarely eat 'that' kind of food. I ate to satisfy my appetite, not my hunger. I ate after 6pm. I ate even when not hungry. I knew it was wro... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:51:53 EST My latest interview Here is the latest article written... <link><BR>st=getfit_lessons_from_an_eternal_opti<BR>mist </link> <BR> <BR> I am also working on putting together a weightloss group for our area. It will focus heavily on Sparkpeople, but I will work with individuals on setting up their own weightloss plan using Spark tools. What think you? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:02:13 EST Be happy <img src=""> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:22:48 EST Back in the swing! I bit the bullet and weighed on Saturday. I was at 166.8#. My goal is 160#, but I prefer to stay at around 155. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am back in the losing calorie range and have stopped my "after 6pm" eating. I even got my 15,000 steps in on Saturday and over 13,000 Sunday which is my slow day! <BR> <BR> This am I was down to 164.8. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:11:10 EST Missing in Action Sorry that I have been MIA, Sparkfriends, but I have been really, seriously ill. I rarely get sick, but when I do, I do it right! <BR> <BR> I have felt progressively crappy since before Christmas. The Sunday after Christmas, Molly and Rich started down the same path. <BR> <BR> Rich has COPD. He was getting progressively worse and I was so sick, I was having a hard time taking care of him, as I could hardly take care of myself. By Friday night, he was de-satting (Oxygen levels dropping) to ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:20:04 EST Time for a briefing on the last week Our Santa gigs were much fun! I'm glad that they are over for a year, though. Two events weekly during advent REALLY cuts into any personal time, especially if you are still working! <BR> <BR> All the kidlet exposure introduced a nasty virus which I started feeling on Christmas Eve. It wasn't much. Sniffles and a little cough. <BR> <BR> Christmas was wonderful. We slept in then opened gifts. Rich's main gifts were scavenger style, so he had to open the small gifts, read the clues and try to... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:41:04 EST Jaynee, GET A GRIP! After 18 months on maintenance, I find myself up almost 10# from the low end of my weight range. That means I am up 5 pounds from my goal weight, or topping out the top of my goal range. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This can't wait for the new year. I am NOT going to make this a weight gain. I know that some of this is water. Not all of it, though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:06:01 EST Norman, The Cancer Center Elf I am too cheap to buy an actual Elf on a Shelf, but I do 'elf' activity for the cancer center staff and for the oncologist's office in which my office is located. Today I will show what Norman, the CCC elf has been up to... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:46:57 EST Chex Mix Overage If I had to name one food that I can't get enough of, it would be Chex Mix. I love the stuff, particularly homemade. What isn't to love? Crispy cereal, mixed nuts, butter, salt and garlic. Ok, it has a few other items, but that is the important stuff. <BR> <BR> The office scout elf, Norman, made Chex Mix last week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I titled this blog "Chex Mix Overage". In my 'previous life', that would have meant ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:03:24 EST Dr. Elmo's Reindeer Rap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lcxvaH0 </link> <BR> <BR> I laugh and love this song, though I hate rap, It is just funny! Unlike the end of this song, though, I want you and me to be diligent throughout the season and not have to worry about the "after". <BR> <BR> Here are the lyrics so you can read along as the song is "sung". <BR> <BR> View Lyrics: Reindeer Rap - Dr. Elmo <BR> <BR> Thanksgi... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:42:12 EST So much to be thankful for We live in an era that allows us many comforts that we would not have a few generations ago. <BR> <BR> As I traveled across the country to marry my husband, I thought about the 'mail order brides' in pioneer days and how they left their families never to see them again and never to her their voices again. We have phone, email, post office, video, voice recordings, planes, trains and automobiles. <BR> <BR> When we get sick, we can call a medical doctor, a doctor of osteopathy, a naturalist... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:36:44 EST Happy Healthy Holidays! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Whether the holiday is Christmas or Chanukah, Easter or Independence Day, a common refrain is "I will start my diet after the holiday". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fat doesn't care if it is a holiday or a regular work day.Our bodies process our food the same way every day. I was reading back through my blogs today and came across one from November 201... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:26:20 EST Preparing for Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rich and I are Santa at Christmas. Last night we did a dress rehearsal to make sure that we didn't need any adjustments or accessories. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:34:14 EST What a roller coaster! Let's see if I can give some kind of an overview of the past week. My 103+ year old grandmother was found unconscious on Thanksgiving. She was rushed to the hospital and hydrated where she regained consciousness. She is alert when awakened, but her short term memory is gone. She is in congestive heart failure and renal failure. She stabilized enough that they sent her back to the nursing home yesterday am. They asked Mom about setting here up with hospice. <BR> <BR> Our personal Thanksgiving... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:45:34 EST I couldn't resist I just think this is so true! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:59:51 EST How about some pecan pie? Oh, that wonderful, buttery, nutty, top of the calorie list holiday pie. Who doesn't love it? I tried making it sugar-free, but it just has the wrong texture. Same with the purchased sugar-free pies. Even mini individual pies are around 400 calories each. There has to be some way! <BR> <BR> I started thinking about pumpkin pie and how the crust is where all the calories are. Pecan pie without crust though? That is just plain wrong on so many levels! There has to be a way! <BR> <BR> Yep! I ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:01:52 EST Thinking about Christmas cookies Molly and I made our first batch on Sunday. They were yucky. A new recipe. I will go back to my tried and true ones like these delicious merengues. They are a light alternative to the traditional cookie, but infinitely adaptable! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2318193 </link> <BR> <BR> This is so festive for Christmas and easy to make! <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 15 <... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:08:54 EST It has been a week or more... ...since I blogged. I have been so swamped! I am focusing on getting my steps in for one thing. <BR> I have an article to write on cervical cancer for our cancer center newsletter. <BR> I have a Prostate Cancer awareness project to work on for February. <BR> I have a testimony to write and prepare to give for our Thanksgiving service. It is going to be very emotional, as I will be talking about my late husband and how I met my current husband. <BR> I am preparing for Christmas. <BR> I need ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:00:43 EST Do you like French toast? I do, occasionally, but the calories KILL me! Here is the nutrition facts for generic french toast from the SP tracker. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Facts <BR> French Toast <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 2 slice <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories 297.7 <BR> Total Fat 14.0 g <BR> Saturated Fat 3.5 g <BR> Polyunsaturated Fat 3.4 g <BR> Monounsaturated Fat 5.9 g <BR> Cholesterol 150.8 mg <BR> Sodium 622.7 mg <BR> Potassium 174.2 mg <BR> Total Carbohydrate 32.5 g <BR> Dietary Fiber 0.0 g <BR> Sugars 0.0 g <... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:36:08 EST Rambling along.. Re: the wheat detox- Today I stayed completely away from grains. The only carbs I had were in my sugar- and fat-free cole slaw and my Cool Whip for my coffee. Stayed within goal while eating extreme low carb. We will see what happens on the scale after a week. <BR> <BR> Those who have been with me for a while know that hubby and I are Santa and the Mrs. Last year, a Spark friend made a skirt for me and I put together a Mrs. Claus outfit. This year I bought new outfit. It came yesterday. I t... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:20:18 EST Wheat Allergy Well, I know that I have a wheat allergy, but thought that it was controlled. Yesterday was my first wheat free day on the grand experiment. I was down 1.6# this am and that was after eating popcorn yesterday evening (which usually means a 2-3# up tick in weight. Will continue this experiment for the next few days. My calories have remained constant, as has exercise. <BR> <BR> The experiment continues..... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:40:04 EST I've been thinking... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> think·ing <BR> <BR> <BR> /&#712;THiNGkiNG/ <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. using thought or rational judgment; intelligent. <BR> <BR> 2. the process of using one's mind to consider or reason about something <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As most of my friends know, my weight bounces around quite a bit, though I stay in my maintenance range. I can weigh 153 on... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:57:29 EST The theme for today? CHOCOLATE!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love chocolate and have made sure that I haven't deprived myself of it all the way through my journey to health. The Poundage Plan has allowed for chocolate in different ways. My current fav is in coffee. I make a thick chocolate fudge sauce with hot water, Dutch Process cocoa and Splenda then use a tablespoon of that, a tablespoon of Sugar-free Caramel Macciato creamer and sweetener in a cup of Folger's Caramel ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:37:03 EST Recipe #9 Green bean "fries" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2201650 </link> <BR> <BR> My grandkids love these and I have found they make a great late night healthy snack. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 40 <BR> Number of Servings: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4c Green beans, frozen or fresh <BR> 2T Olive Oil <BR> Water <BR> <BR> Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie she... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:22 EST Recipe #8 Pecan tarts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2529845 </link> <BR> <BR> Who doesn't like pecan pie? Still not diet food, but this is at least portion controlled! <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 20 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 20 <BR> Number of Servings: 20 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 3 eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 1-1/4c brown sugar, packed <BR> 1-1/4c Light corn syrup <BR> 2t vanilla <BR> 2c chopp... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:40:04 EST Recipe #7 Jalapeno Popper Dip My serving sizes are realistic, not as stated on the package. I guarantee you that 2 tablespoons will not be enough! That is why I have this marked as 2 servings! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2799215 </link> <BR> <BR> Nonfat Jalapeno Popper dip <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 5 <BR> Number of Servings: 2 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 8 oz Nonfat Cr... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:39:27 EST Recipe #6- Baked Yams OK, so this is kind of a non-recipe recipe. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I always liked the sweet potato casserole that my Mom made for Thanksgiving, but when I started my journey, I didn't want the 1000 calories per bite and had to come up with an alternative. Here is my result and I have been making this for 20 years now. No one has ever missed the original casserole. <BR> <BR> I medium yam per person (some grow large enough to serve the whole extended family! <em>40</em> You want one ab... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:28:37 EST