KRITTYGIRL67's SparkPeople Blog KRITTYGIRL67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community On Mission--Not Ramblings I eavesdropped and spied that Jim had flight prices listed on his notepad next to his laptop. It is the middle of January, after all, and he HAS gone to East Africa the last two years in February/March. <BR> On the way to church yesterday, I asked him, <BR> K: So, have you got any dates that you're looking at to go back to Africa? <BR> J: February 5-18th or 19th. <BR> Outwardly I nodded and encouraged him to talk more, which he didn't, of course. <BR> Inwardly I gasped--that is in 3 weeks!! <... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:11:31 EST You Will Be a Blessing More ponderings of turning 50 this year. <BR> Both of my grandmothers lived 100 years. I can confidently assume it is in my genes to live a long and healthy life. That being the case, I'm seeing the need to prepare my body, mind, and spirit for this next half of my life. <BR> Yes, I finally joined a gym to work on weight-bearing exercise and do more cardio when the weather or sky is frightful. I have wanted to do this for several months now, but it was quite an expense. Jim gifted me a memb... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 05:56:20 EST 150 Ark Style <img src=""> <BR> One hundred fifty. <BR> Yep, that's my goal. I'm shooting to weigh 150 lbs by my 50th birthday on May 18. <BR> I remember going to my family doctor twenty years ago concerned that I was a big, hefty 150 lbs. She put me on a 1000 cal./day diet plan approved by Amer. Heart Assoc. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months. I'd never been a size 6 before! I had to shop for all new clothes. (My teacher friends at ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 05:59:16 EST Big 3 Goals! Here are my Big 3 Goals for the year: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm using SparkPeople to help me with the first goal. <BR> I'm using Beth Moore's Living Proof Ministries challenge (SSMT 2017) and a Spark Team I created to help me with the second goal. <BR> I haven't got strategies for the 3rd goal, yet, but am open to SUGGESTIONS for how to get my scrapbooking ON! (I love to scrapbook, don't get me wrong, but since I... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:24:27 EST Memorizing Scripture 2017 One of my goals this year is to memorize more scripture. <BR> The way I'm choosing to meet this goal is by using the Beth Moore, Living Proof Ministries guidelines and strategies. <BR> Memorize a new scripture every 2 weeks. <BR> There is a community on Facebook to post verses, but I want a much smaller community to truly help keep me accountable. <BR> Since another one of my goals is to get down to 150 pounds by my 50th birthday in May, I would like to use Spark People to help me with BOT... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:29:48 EST One Day Down Recorded food yesterday. <BR> Drank water yesterday. <BR> Walked the dog yesterday. <BR> Check. Check. Check. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:20:26 EST Time to Drive Uphill I've been coasting downhill since school started back in August. <BR> I haven't tracked or exercised regularly since school was back in session. <BR> Today is a new day. <BR> A new beginning. <BR> Time to reflect. <BR> Time to set some goals. <BR> Gonna take some effort. <BR> Let's get this party started. <img src=""> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:47:39 EST Time of Your Life: Small Deposits <img src=""> <BR> I"ve been listening to Andy Stanley preach on the topic "Time of Your Life." It is a wonderful series. In the 3rd lesson, he said something that hit me a little deeper--he said that if you need better discipline, the Bible calls that SELF CONTROL. <BR> Some big questions to consider: <BR> What is the biggest obstacle to your self control? <BR> What are you willing to do about it? <BR> **Small d... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:39:00 EST Perspective Determines My Operation <img src=""> <BR> This morning in my quiet time, I read 1 Samuel 25. It is the story of David, on the run from Saul, when he camps out in the wilderness and asks for help from Nabal. Nabal, the fool, insults David and refuses to offer hospitality to him, even though David protected Nabal's men and thousands of sheep/goats while in the fields. David reacted with violence, he gathered 400 men to attack Nabal's home.... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:05:18 EST Ruth Made Her Choice <img src=""> <BR> This morning in my quiet time, I read the story of Ruth. Before today, I never pondered her perspective when making the choice to leave Moab. Her family, traditions, culture, religious beliefs--everything she grew up knowing--was in Moab. I understand that when she married a foreigner, she was committing to him for life---but his life was gone, now. <BR> Ruth chose to go with Naomi--her mother-in... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:00:30 EST Gideon, Jephthah, Samson--Judging the Judges <img src=""> <BR> The scary thing about reading the Old Testament is how many times the people of God turned their backs on Him--even though they were supposed to be the model/representation of His power. <BR> I'm currently reading Judges in my quiet time (I use Bible Reading Plan of reading both Old and New Testaments in a year). Every time I read about these people who sought God's help, receive... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 06:25:44 EST Are You Down? <img src=""> <BR> Are you down?? Been there. Done that. Got the badge, especially when I was the one who dug the hole I fell into in the first place!! So here is your word of encouragement for today: This morning, I'm in the business of . . . <BR> praying for my friend. <BR> I'm praying for the Lord's peace as well as grace--which covers a multitude of misunderstandings and mistakes. <BR> One of my favorite verses ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 06:01:26 EST Day 85 & Still Overweight Day 85. I've lost 15 pounds. I'm fitting into some clothes I hadn't seen in a long time. I feel cuter. My hair even looks better. My goal is to lose 1 pound a week, and I'm doing it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But I got this full report in the mail yesterday from our health insurance. It included a full blood work-up. Verdict: Overweight. High Cholesterol. <BR> Boom. I had been doing well on my Sparking journey to a ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:17:24 EST Unappreciated. Taken Advantage of. Anger. <img src=""> <BR> Ok, so today's blog is definitely NOT a devotional from my quiet time. It is a rant. Prepare to NOT BE INSPIRED or ENCOURAGED. <BR> Here is to hoping that no one I work with is actually on SparkPeople or reading my blog. <BR> Teaching 6th grade in a public school is exhausting. I am an enthusiastic, creative, and organized teacher, and I must say I do a thorough job of it. But it is NEVER enough... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 05:59:44 EST Manna, Doing the Job Alone, Organization & Letting Go of Control <img src="">My goodness, there are too many lessons to mention in my Old Testament reading this morning--Exodus 16-18! How I would love to park my butt on these chapters--one at a time to meditate and contemplate! <BR> Ex. 16: Manna. Living in the wilderness, no homes, no jobs, no crops--the situation seemed utterly hopeless. Then God provided manna. He provided just enough, and nothing more, except on the day set ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:52:07 EST Except by Prayer and Fasting <img src=""> <BR> In Matthew 17:14-21, a story is told of a man bringing his son to the disciples/Jesus for healing from a horrible curse: seizures would throw the boy into the fire or water. Disciples frustrated and unsuccessful, the dad went to Jesus begging for help. Jesus healed the boy and then responded to the confused disciples. Jesus told them a couple of things. First, they needed belief--even the faith of... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:20:24 EST Beware the Yeast <img src=""> <BR> In my quiet time today, yeast was mentioned in my Old Testament reading (Exodus 12) and New (Matthew 16). In the Old--it was all about eating bread w/o yeast for 7 days at Passover. In the New, Jesus was telling his disciples to beware of the yeast. He further explained in vs. 11-12 "How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the yeast of the P... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:44:33 EST They Ate and Were Satisfied <img src=""> <BR> Matt 14:20 Jesus fed the 5000 and they were satisfied. What can I learn from this passage? Jesus had compassion on the families who desired to know Him better, to learn from Him, and to be healed. He satisfied their needs. As a child of the King, he loves me, too, and will satisfy all my needs...warped relationship with food, and all. Just as Dixiana waits by her bowl to be fed, I can trust that H... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:39:12 EST Slaves to Food? No. In Whatever State I am: Contentment <img src=""> <BR> In Genesis 47, Joseph literally puts the entire kingdom of Egypt in a state of slavery to Pharaoh because of their need for food during the famine. <BR> Gen. 47:18-19 "When that year was over, the next year rolled around and they were back, saying, 'Master, it's no secret to you that we're broke: our money's gone and we've traded you all our livestock. We've nothing left to barter with but our bo... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:56:52 EST The Last State of Man Becomes Worse Than the First <img src=""> <BR> All this effort to change my life to become more healthy--it is a lot of work. Sad to say, but I've done it before . . . twice I've lost 30 pounds . . . and gained all the weight back and more within 2-3 years. Scary thought. <BR> When I read this passage in my quiet time this morning, it reminded me of my past failures with what I was putting INTO my body (physically--not spiritually): <BR> Matth... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:43:59 EST Pharaoh Gets It--I'm Just Starting to Get It <img src=""> <BR> This morning I read about Pharaoh in Genesis 41. He had two dreams foretelling of future years of plenty followed by famine. After Joseph interpreted the dreams, he advised Pharaoh to put someone in charge of managing and organizing during the years of plenty and drought, v. 33-36. Immediately Pharaoh decided to put Joseph in charge. <BR> Food. Just because there is plenty and abundance, doesn't... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 07:11:12 EST Potiphar's Only Concern <img src=""> <BR> Last time I posted a blog entry, it was about Eating With Sinners--and how thankful I am that God chooses the weak to dine with, rescue, and heal. But TODAY, I'm making an about face. Well, sort-of. God knows that all of us--rich or poor, ugly or beautiful, ALL NEED a Master Physician, Savior, and Friend. <BR> I was reading Genesis 39-40 about when Joseph was a slave working for Potiphar in Egypt.... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:55:50 EST Eating with Sinners <img src=""> <BR> In my quiet time today, I'm reading Matthew 9--and in the real world, I'm trying to track my nutrition, exercise, and water intake. So I've got food on my mind in all that I do. <BR> I happen to notice the food references so much more when I'm reading now! <BR> For example: In Matthew 9, Jesus calls Matthew, the tax collector, to "Come and follow Me." In the next verse, Jesus is EATING at Matthew... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:04:00 EST A Hearty Meal and a Blessing <img src=""> <BR> Reading Genesis 27 this morning: After preparing a hearty meal, Isaac blesses his son Jacob before Isaac dies. <BR> Food again. I suppose the scripture is full of food references, and I've never taken the time to ponder the significance until now--since food has become such an important part of my recent concentrated efforts. <BR> Food has such an important place in our lives--not just for suste... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:35:04 EST Ancient Forefathers Aged Well! <img src=""> <BR> In my quiet time, I've been reading in Genesis. At work, I teach science. So when I read about people being 900 years old in the scriptures, my mind goes to work wondering about the DNA in our ancient forefathers--how an amazing God created us with such complexity that living things are able to adapt and change, and that it is all programmable in our DNA. I love it! <BR> Then I start thinking abou... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 05:45:00 EST Tainted Women: I'm in Good Company I use Bible to read through the Bible each year. I read the Old Testament in The Message version, and then type the New Testament using <BR> Anywho, this morning I'm in Genesis and Matthew---since it is 1/1/16. <BR> In Matthew 1, there is a giant genealogical list from Abraham to Jesus. Only 5 women are mentioned: Tamar (acting as a prostitute when she gave birth), Rahab (who used to be a prostitute in Jericho), Ruth (a Moabite--descendant of incest rial relati... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:49:02 EST No Candy Was Eaten in the Making of this puzzle! <img src=""> <BR> Disclaimer! No candy was eaten in the making of this puzzle! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 19:33:20 EST Mom, Will You Make Me an Omelet? Enjoying my winter holiday off from school! Lazy PJ days and jigsaw puzzles! My 16-year-old has a year and a half of school left before he goes away to college. Gonna enjoy the moments when he asks me for sweet favors like making him an omelet! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:03:43 EST Steel Cut Oats <img src=""> <BR> While making my Protein Pancake (with egg, oats, & blueberries!) this morning, I couldn't find the oatmeal--so I substituted STEEL CUT OATS, since I had some in the cabinet from all the breads I like to bake. <BR> Yum. It worked just fine. <BR> I sure do wonder what other tasty foods are out there that are good for me, but I've been afraid to try. I'm ready to branch out and try some new stuff... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:39:17 EST Temple - Take a Hard Look I remember learning that for Christians, the body is compared to a temple that God dwells in. <BR> <BR> (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 [NKJV] 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So when reading t... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:11:54 EST 2 Weeks Strong!! I've been Sparking for 2 weeks in a row! Woo Hoo! I have enough energy. Food actually tastes better. I've been meeting my goals. I feel good about myself. <BR> I just wish I could blink and 30 weeks of this will have gone by. (Kinda like I wish some elves would grade all the papers piled up next to the big chair.) Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:53:16 EST Protein Pancake w/egg, oatmeal, blueberries MMMMM! I started experimented with making these "pancakes" this summer--but today I found the perfect touch--protein powder! I'm so happy with my discovery! I added 1/2 a scoop of the powder--and now I've got a breakfast pancake with 25 g of protein. I think this is gonna be a main staple of breakfast from now on. 300 calories. <BR> Directions: <BR> Scramble together egg, 1/4 c. milk, 1/4 c. oatmeal, 1 T. pancake mix, 1/2 scoop protein pwdr. Add 1/4 c. blueberries. Cook on med. high in a non... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 06:03:51 EST Good Morning, Lord <img src=""> My grandma used to say this every morning. "Good Morning, Lord. I love you. What do you have in mind for me for today? I want to be a part of it." --Mamamarge. <BR> Great reminder to set the day! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 18:37:25 EST What Would Lynn Say? My college roommate Lynn was a competitive athlete. She ran cross country, did the heptathlon in track, and played on the women's basketball team for our college. She was amazing. And she was my best friend. <BR> Lynn inspired me to push myself harder, be healthier, and be a better me. We held one another accountable for spiritual growth, too. A verse describing us would be: Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." <BR> But that was nearly 30 years ago. And Lynn liv... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 18:29:15 EST Shut Down Debilitating Self-Criticism: Love and Faith <img src=""> Sat, 5 Dec 2015 07:53:02 EST Crashing I started back with SparkPeople last Saturday. I've been recording my food and exercise. I'm doing great! Or so I thought. <BR> At work yesterday, (I teach 6th graders in a public school), a parent conference sent me off the deep end. As soon as I left the meeting, I began to cry--uncontrollably. I struggled to hold it together for 2 more hours. I couldn't leave--we were already short 2 subs in the building. <BR> I thought I was doing great. I thought my life was wonderful. And now this... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 20:24:43 EST I am not a Tree <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:08:36 EST Inspirational Motivation I'm wanting to put scripture around the house to remind me to stay disciplined and focused on my pursuit of being a more disciplined me. I even thought about posting little index cards all around that said, "What would Lynn say?" or "What would Susan say?" to remind me of my best friends of years past who are much more healthy and disciplined than I am. But then I thought Jim and Ben would think that hokey to see those notes in the cabinets, etc. <BR> So I'm gonna look for scriptures to moti... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:05:29 EST MMMMMM Haystacks! I haven't seen Allen (my brother) in more than a year. He was flying in to town for business--with an 1 hour window of visiting with me before flying out. And it was his birthday. So, I made his favorite: Haystacks!!! (most people call them chocolate/peanutbutter/oatmeal no bakes). <BR> I'm such a wonderful sister. <BR> Did I mention they are MY FAVORITE, too??? <BR> Let's just say I had to throw my diet out the window and snacked away. <BR> MMMMMMMMMM! <BR> I have been pretty good at trac... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:10:26 EST 8_week loser challenge fizzled out 8 of us at work did an 8_week biggest loser challenge. It was over March 8. I have no idea who the winner is because most dropped out. I initially lost 5 lbs....but am sure I have gained back already. I have been bingeing on oatmeal cookie dough in the freezer for 3 weeks. Something about getting a cold totally throws off my motivation , inspiration, dedication, etc. And I had a cold 2 times during this challenge. I don't want to quit, but I can't seem to get started again. Perhaps today I wi... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:04:08 EST 2 Weeks and 3 1/2 pounds to go! My 8-week biggest loser challenge at work is 3/4 of the way done. I've lost 5 pounds and have 3 to go to meet my personal goal!! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:36:17 EST Trying Ok Ok, let's see how disciplined I can be this week. M,,y last month has been up and down like a yo-yo. Not giving up today.If it is to be, it is up to me. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:53:03 EST Goodbye Mamamarge---1 year anniversary <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 100 years ago, God put a fabulous person in this world. She was the most influential person to me. She went to sleep a year ago and was found resting peacefully with her prayerful hands under her face on her pillow on the morning of Feb. 6, 2012. <BR> Thank you, Lord, for Mamamarge. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:52:22 EST I am not my mother. I told my husband today that I really needed him to do me a favor and take the Nestle's Tollhouse Ultimate Chocolate Chip Pecan cookies he had made and hide them from me. Put them in his truck, somewhere....because I was just too weak to resist. <BR> He reponded, "Ok, Gail." With a snide look. Gail was my mom. Before she died of ovarian cancer, she battled weight issues. Up and down all her life. She couldn't stop eating once she got a whole package of pralines or fudge, for... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:40:30 EST 1/2 through Challenge. 5% progress in getting there 2 steps forward, 3 steps back. <BR> I was pretty good to start out. <BR> Lost 3.5 pounds and then gained 3 of them back in the last month. <BR> I don't know why it is, but when I record all my food intake, I really do a much better job of losing. Time, discipline, motivation, <BR> Grrrrrrrr......... <BR> Gonna try again this week. <BR> Just glad I am not sick anymore. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 23:18:50 EST Head Cold = No Fun Sure is hard to be motivated to eat healthy with a cold. <BR> Been sick a week and a half so far. Bummer. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:36:52 EST Missionary Card Writing and Dinner I don't know about you, but I have friends and acquaintances who are missionaries. I pray for them and support them, but sitting down to write a note is not my forte. So I invited the ladies in my Sunday school class to join me at a local sandwich shop for dinner and card-writing. We shared about missionary friends and wrote a couple of cards each. It felt so good to check this off my own to-do list, but I got to know some of the ladies in my class better, too. Not to mention the missionarie... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:23:33 EST 8-Week Loser Challenge at Work! Well, we have started an 8 week challenge--Jan. 11-March 8. <BR> There are about 10 of us in on it! <BR> My goal: lose 1 pound per week. <BR> 158-8 = 150 <BR> I can't wait to get on the scales and not have to move that big "50" weight over!!! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:01:44 EST Sparking Takes Time I forgot how much time using SparkPeople takes! <BR> It is GOOD to do, but can suck away an hour a day if I let it! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:51:38 EST Tasty Food I Make Myself Last night I made a tasty SparkPeople recipe called Cheryl's Swiss Chicken. It was wonderful! Tonight, I planned ahead to make spaghetti. It felt really good to cook dinner, instead of being lazy and picking something up. It makes me proud of myself. I sure do wish I could keep reminding myself of how the extra planning and working ahead are very satisfying (not to mention healthy). Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:45:24 EST