SEANDA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SEANDA SEANDA'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/ Meal Plan June 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378638 Breakfast: 2 organic eggs with 2 slices turkey bacon and cantaloupe <BR> <BR> Lunch: black bean and turkey chili and bowl of mexican veggie soup <BR> <BR> Snack: stevia sweetened berry and yogurt bowl <BR> <BR> Dinner: Salad with diced chicken breast cooked in buffalo sauce, light ranch, grilled onions, tomato, on mix of spinach and romaine <BR> <BR> If needed small protein shake during the day (lately I have been very hungry... so upping protein Wed, 5 Jun 2013 01:55:16 EST Menu Plan 6/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376208 Breakfast: 2 organic free range eggs, turkey bacon, and a cup of mixed berries <BR> <BR> Lunch: whole grain sourdough bread with turkey, sprouts, tomato, avocado, and mustard, with a serving of roasted veggies <BR> <BR> Snack: yogurt mixed with berries <BR> <BR> Dinner: turkey and black bean chili and a cup of mexican veggie soup <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:33:58 EST Meal Plan June 1 and 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373983 Saturday <BR> Breakfast: local free range organic eggs and raw cheddar served with a side of mixed berries <BR> <BR> Snack: probiotic veggies <BR> <BR> Lunch: low cal mexican soup (made with squash, zucchini, fire roasted tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, jalapenos, and home made broth) served with a side of low carb whole grain tortilla with one piece of laughing cow queso cheese <BR> <BR> Snack: greek yogurt mixed with frozen berries <BR> <BR> Dinner: turkey burger with whole grain bun, topped... Fri, 31 May 2013 20:05:55 EST Meal Plan 5-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371920 Ooops missed a day... <BR> <BR> Breakfast: scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and laughing cow cheese, kombucha, sliced tomatoes <BR> <BR> Lunch: turkey burger topped with salsa, with a salad with light chipotle ranch <BR> <BR> Snack: yogurt mixed with berries <BR> <BR> Dinner: Fish tacos on low carb tortillas with chipotle slaw and a bit of lime juice and cilantro Wed, 29 May 2013 21:31:03 EST Menu Plan 5-28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369786 Breakfast: kefir smoothie, whole grain toast with sliced tomato and dill <BR> <BR> Lunch: chipotle light chicken salad on a bed of spinach and baby romaine with red onions and tomato <BR> <BR> Snack: yogurt and frozen berries <BR> <BR> Dinner: cajun sausage (one link) with dirty rice and mixed grilled veggies with cajun seasoning, kombucha lemonade <BR> <BR> I need to start tracking calories again... but at least I am planning healthy meals and watching portions. <BR> <BR> To work on: dr... Mon, 27 May 2013 22:16:07 EST Plan for Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367505 Weekends are kinda nuts... and Memorial Day weekend even more so. <BR> <BR> Today for breakfast was quick and dirty... toast with coffee and an apple. <BR> Lunch will be out... will try and be careful. <BR> Movie in the afternoon... told hubby NO SNACKS there. NONE. Because I am not strong enough to resist. <BR> Dinner: thai green curry chicken and brown rice with lots of broccoli, carrots, green onions. Tea. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> morning will be a huge egg scramble for the family with tu... Sat, 25 May 2013 11:30:56 EST Menu Plan 5-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366038 Missed today's plan.... but did mostly ok. I definitely do BETTER when I plan. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: <BR> Breakfast: Scrambled eggs made with one egg plus egg beaters plus turkey sausage and homemade salsa, served with a cup of melon, and a drink of mixed kombucha and clementine juice <BR> <BR> Lunch: Tabouli, chicken breast topped with tzatziki, tomato slices with dill <BR> <BR> Snack: Smoothie with kefir and frozen berries <BR> <BR> Dinner: Turkey burgers, on top of half whole grain bun, ... Thu, 23 May 2013 20:16:02 EST Menu Plan 5-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364137 First of all, I have to say, that I am still not used to living here in the mountains.... snow on May 21? Really? Granted it did not stick... but it is 35 outside and it was snowing earlier. Blech. Anyway, back to my menu planning. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Granola with 1/2 cup organic milk <BR> Glass of mix of kombucha and clementine juice (6 oz) <BR> Cup of pineapple <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> Salad with chipotle ranch, salsa, tomato, and avocado <BR> Open faced sandwich with sliced tomato on ... Wed, 22 May 2013 01:48:18 EST Daily Plan - 5/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362978 Here is my plan for tomorrow. :) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: soaked oatmeal with chunky cinnamon applesauce and extra apple, coffee, raspberry kefir <BR> <BR> Lunch: Salad with light chipotle dressing and salsa, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, 1 slice whole grain sourdough with a slice of raw cheese, iced green tea mixed with fresh squeezed juice (probably a mix of pineapple and mango) <BR> <BR> Snack: yogurt mixed with frozen berries (yum) <BR> <BR> Dinner: leftover chicken souvlaki with tzatzi... Tue, 21 May 2013 01:27:11 EST Daily Plan - 5/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361704 OK.. time to get things back in gear. Today was a great eating day... and I want to make this a streak. I know I do best when I plan carefully and make good food, not just quick food, that makes me happy and satisfied and nourished.. so that is what I will do. :) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> omelet with 1 egg plus egg beaters with a small bit of pepper jack organic cheese, crumbled turkey sausage, and sauteed onions topped with homemade salsa and avocado, served with a half glass of watermelon ... Mon, 20 May 2013 00:17:00 EST Meal Planning in a new way- for TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196201 I am doing the sparkcoach plan and today they talked about meal planning with a twist I had not considered.... Planning meals with sides with balance in mind. AND include TIME. She suggests having meals based on the time it takes to make them so that even when life crashes in you have a 5 minute meal option. She believed having meals that take 5 min.. 15 min... and longer times for when you HAVE time. <BR> <BR> I like this idea... <BR> I tried to think of meals my family would eat (because... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:55:24 EST ACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186800 Well, there you have it... off the wagon already. But, back on. Funny thing.. pms did not derail me this time.. I was WAY motivated.. but then with TOM and sliding motivation with the holiday I FELL. Well, now I have a choice to make. I can stay down here.. or I can get back up, dust off, and get going again. <BR> <BR> One thing I have NOT done well is exercise. <BR> <BR> With snow and ice all around and expected to stay for quite a while (and with a LOT of metal hardware in my foot) walki... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:12:59 EST Goal to work on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179841 I keep reading and hearing about the dangers of sitting too long. Then today on sparkpeople (somewhere) I read make it a goal not to sit more than 20 minutes at a time. (I would make obvious exceptions... family meal time, game time, church...) I LIKE this idea. I sit far too much. How many MORE calories would I burn if I kept a timer with me.. and set it for 20 min every time I sat down... or if I am watching a show to commit to getting up and moving, whether fitness or just DOING something... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:38:02 EST Carving out TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178808 Today, in the sparkcoach video there was LOTS of good info and encouragement but one thing struck me HARD. Nicole said, CARVE OUT TIME FOR THIS.... she said it may mean dropping a volunteer project or getting your family to help with chores. <BR> <BR> OK' <BR> <BR> I am not ready to cut the things she suggested.... <BR> <BR> My truth is that I HAVE time to do what it takes and the homeschooling and housework and volunteering.... I just don't always manage to balance them all. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:54:25 EST Overcoming the hungry time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178326 OK.. well I am not going over.... but MAN I have been hungry all night! <BR> <BR> My solution was first berries. <BR> <BR> Then tomatoes. <BR> <BR> Still hungry. <BR> <BR> Now I am going to scramble egg beaters. This will put me over sodium goal.. but will keep me low on calories and the protein will HOPEFULLY make me feel more satisfied.... at least until bed. <BR> <BR> I don't LIKE hungry days. I think this is PMS plus going back on a calorie restricted diet. Yesterday was easy. Today... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:49:20 EST Day One - Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176930 Well, technically I started yesterday afternoon but today will be my first full day. <BR> <BR> So far, so good! <BR> <BR> I am eating well, according to plan, in range, with lots of freggies and water. :) <BR> <BR> VICTORY: <BR> my family received a box of Frango mints as a package.... um... I LOVE FRANGO MINTS and no longer living in illinois, I don't get them often. Well. I haven't had them in years. But when my family opened the box I did NOT eat. <BR> <BR> VICTORY: <BR> I was grocer... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:56:25 EST A New Year starting early... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176092 Confession: I was going to try and restart my plan on Dec. 26, and not wait to the new year... but I had used that info as an excuse to eat and overeat over the holidays. This morning, Christmas morning, I was sticking to that plan.. then..... this afternoon I asked myself WHY WAS I DOING THIS TO MYSELF??? <BR> <BR> And I decided to stop NOW. <BR> <BR> And I logged onto Sparks.. and signed up for the free trial for sparkcoaching and changed my dinner plans. The family will still have the ca... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:28:30 EST Goals for the Round http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060622 First I want to give some background data... for my tracking. I started 2 days before the round at 207.8 I had been cheating in the week running up to the round thinking the round was about to start so... and decided that was NOT acceptable so jumped in on the Monday before the Round of BLC started. <BR> <BR> I am doing the 17 day diet... it is a lower carb (not low carb), low glycemic, low fat, carb and calorie cycling program that works in 17 day cycles. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to continu... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:03:25 EST On track.. YAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943553 Ok.... so I had a reality check a couple days back.. DANG those were bad photos. The problem.. they were NOT bad photos.. I just regained some weight and I LOOKED IT. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Anyway... it was the kick I needed to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I am going to DO this.. and I am taking it one day at a time. Again. :P <BR> <BR> So far I have had GREAT eating days and ok fitness days. I will lose without a lot of working out.. but MORE working out would be better. Today I have a LOT to do... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:26:40 EST Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940933 Saw a new set of photos from me. The 25 pounds I regained... every one of them is visible on me. Now I am again 60-70 pounds overweight and it is NOT pretty. I am done pretending and back on track. Today I got in a decent workout and had a 1000 calorie deficit making good food choices. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's plan: <BR> <BR> Journal and pray through the day... use God as my support NOT food. <BR> <BR> Workout EARLY. I plan to do my workout DVD before 7:00... I know I don't like working out in... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:39:09 EST Menu Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858484 Monday <BR> - Breakfast,: organic free range eggs with pico, green tea, raspberry kefir <BR> - Lunch: Spicy Veggie Soup, Spinach Salad with veggies, chipotle ranch <BR> - Snack: trail mix <BR> - Dinner: Thai Red Curry Chicken stir fry with broccoli and green onions, tea <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> - Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal and banana, lemon water <BR> - Lunch: Leftover Stir Fry, 4oz kefir <BR> - Snack: Berganost Cheese and Raspberries <BR> - Dinner: Tilapia with dill sauce and lemon, who... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:23:41 EST Today's Food and Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790419 Exercise: Walk 1 mile if weather permits... if not... 20 min of wii <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> Breakfast - Scramble with egg beaters plus one egg, veggies and salsa, with tea and small glass of milk (180) <BR> <BR> Lunch - whole grain bread sandwich with last of the leftover mexican chicken, tomato, spinach, sprouts, chipotle ranch... side of carrots (360) <BR> <BR> Dinner- Rice Meatballs (aka porcupine balls) made with a mix of turkey and lean beef with whole grain instant rice, cooked in toma... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:52:37 EST Getting back on track goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789010 1. I will wear my bodybugg every day. (I had stopped because I found the info discouraging.. I don't have the most active metabolism and at 200 pounds I only burn around 1550 before exercise.. and my sparks range is 1200-1550... so if I don't work out.. I barely lose even when in range.) No matter what it says I want to KNOW. <BR> <BR> 2. I will track my food. The good the bad and the ugly. Whether I have a good day or not. Because not knowing doesn't change the reality.. and I want to KNOW.... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:42:21 EST Food and Workout Plan for Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788391 OK.. tomorrow's food plan and fitness plan. <BR> <BR> Meals <BR> Breakfast: Organic Oatmeal topped with cinnamon, demerara sugar, and apples with herbal tea with fresh lemon and a bit of raw local honey, small glass of whole raw milk <BR> Lunch: Romaine and spinach salad topped with mexican chicken breast and chipotle ranch and salsa, topped with tomato, avocado, red onions, cranberry water <BR> Dinner: Tilapia with dill sauce and lemon, whole grain cous cous with parmesan, sliced tomatoes w... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 01:49:12 EST A neat post by Lysa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690449 I am going to chew on this one for a while.... it rang so true for me. <BR> <link>http://networkedblogs.com/sTnR7 </link> <BR> <BR> January 19, 2012 <BR> Triggers <BR> Lysa TerKeurst <BR> “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:17-18 (NIV 1984) <BR> I was elated one day when the number on my... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 01:04:47 EST Menu Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682587 Another week and another menu. <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Breakfast ~ Oatmeal with banana and walnuts, herbal tea <BR> Lunch ~ Spinach Salad with grilled chicken, feta, sliced red onion, homemade croutons, and raspberry vinaigrette <BR> Dinner ~ Chicken Souvlaki with homemade tzatziki, in whole wheat pita, filled with tomato and red onion, whole grain cous cous, side of cucumber and tomato salad <BR> Snacks ~ yogurt, apple and light string cheese <BR> <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Breakfast ~ whole grain ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:51:38 EST Forest Assignment ~ ABCs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666874 Here is our getting to know you questionnaire. :) <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? Yes! If I get the competitive spirit going again, yes. <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? Goldie. Began in round 9. Captain or co-captain most rounds since. Started when brown team was Charging Chocolate Centaurs, Mocha Maniacs, Crushing Cranberries, and most recently Golden Phoenix <BR> C is for... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:20:14 EST Made to Crave and reflections on Phillipians 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664714 Another day, another reflection on Made to Crave, but first I wanted to reflect on some verses from my readings in Phillipians 3. <BR> <BR> "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead" <BR> <BR> Thank You Lord that You have given me a new day with new mercies!! <BR> <BR> "For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is i... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 19:25:11 EST And life enters... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660943 I have been blogging faithfully. Working my way through Made To Crave. And doing better in general. Then life happened. Doesn't it always seem to?? <BR> <BR> My sis is being tested for cancer tomorrow. Does she have it? I don't know. I pray not. But, I am under stress. And all my decisions to face that with prayer? They fell out of my head!!! <BR> <BR> Praise God that He is a God of grace and mercy. And forgiving. That mistake is now in my past. <BR> <BR> Heavenly Father, You know my he... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:39:17 EST Made to Crave ~ Chapter 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654627 From Made to Crave, Chapter 3 <BR> <BR> "Something had to give. <BR> Someone had to learn the discipline of giving up some things and that someone was me. And those 'things' were poor food choices that were sabotaging my body, my mental energy, and even my spirit. <BR> Food had become like a drug. And honestly, it's a good drug choice for a Christian woman. Every church event I attended readily provided my drug out in the open with no hesitation or judgment." <BR> <BR> Nothing in the above ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:03:21 EST Eternal Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653021 A friend posted this on her fb... and I loved it so much... that I had to post it. <BR> <BR> Lord, what have I gained if I eat wisely and well but neglect to dine at Your table; if I work out faithfully while failing to exercise love; if I give myself to the pursuit of fitness yet am not fit for Your kingdom? Earthly disciplines fortify the body for a lifetime. Heavenly disciplines strengthen the soul for an eternity. <BR> -- Susan Lenzkes <BR> <BR> Learning again to put first things first... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 00:47:36 EST Made to Crave ~ Praying my way to a new Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651983 Ok.. we have established that sometimes, when I am honest with myself, I crave food more than God... I seek food for comfort instead of God.... I seek being sated on food more often than being filled with His Word. And, that THAT MATTERS. <BR> <BR> The author says, "Each time I craved something I knew wasn't part of my plan, I used that craving as a prompt to pray. I craved a lot. So I found myself praying a lot." <BR> <BR> And this is what I know I MUST do. Even though sometimes I don't wa... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:59:09 EST Psalm 40: 1-5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649126 Steeping myself in God's Word and His goodness!! Here I can be satisfied. Sated. Fulfilled. <BR> <BR> 1 I waited patiently for the LORD; <BR> He turned to me and heard my cry. <BR> 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, <BR> out of the mud and mire; <BR> He set my feet on a rock <BR> and gave me a firm place to stand. <BR> 3 He put a new song in my mouth, <BR> a hymn of praise to our God. <BR> Many will see and fear the LORD <BR> and put their trust in Him. <BR> <BR> 4 Blesse... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:04:19 EST Weekly Menu Plan and food prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648584 Sunday- <BR> Breakfast- granola bar and coffee and banana <BR> Lunch- salad topped with enchilada cooked chicken <BR> Snack- sliced tomatoes with dill, lf cheese wedge <BR> Dinner- Turkey soup, salad <BR> <BR> Monday- <BR> Breakfast- banana, vitatop, coffee <BR> Lunch- Turkey Soup, light grilled cheese sandwich <BR> Snack- light bread open faced tomato sandwich <BR> Dinner- Chicken Enchilada corn, bean, tomato salad <BR> <BR> Tuesday- <BR> Breakfast- fiber waffle, blueberries, coffee <BR>... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:13:40 EST Made to Crave, Chapter 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648376 Hehe, I made it to Chapter 2. :) <BR> <BR> The opening to this chapter replayed a story I think we have all done... the weigh in... when we haven't lost. And the resolve at that instant to do better... only somehow to be lost even on the way to the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I have been there. I think we all have. A vicious cycle. The weigh in. The self-condemnation. The promise to change. The fall. The rationalization. What a cycle. A cycle that needs to end. <BR> <BR> Today is January 1. A ne... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:52:16 EST The New Year wears hope like a fragrance.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647648 so begins a beautiful blog by Ann Voskamp. <link>www.aholyexperience.com/2011/12/5-st<BR>eps-to-making-new-years-resolutions-ha<BR>ppen/ </link> I encourage you to take the time to read it... I can not summarize it in a way that does it justice. Instead I will count on you to read it to make sense of this blog. <BR> <BR> Ann is such a poet.... She talks of how the New Year wears hope like a fragrance.. but also... a tinge of the stench of fear.. that things will be no different this year... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 04:23:38 EST Everything is permissible - but not everything is beneficial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646718 This quote is used in the book, Made to Crave. A powerful quote from Scripture. 1 Corinthians 10:23 Yes, the brownie is allowed. Yes the seconds are allowed. Permissible. But, not everything is beneficial. <BR> <BR> This is not about a list of forbidden foods. This is about taking care of the body God gave me. This is about honoring God. Later in that same chapter of Scripture is another verse... one I have said to myself many times on this journey. "So whether you eat or drink or whatever... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:46:00 EST Following in the footsteps of Eve? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645325 Today, as I was reading, one section of Made to Crave that hit was was about the temptations face by Eve and by Jesus. Both had temptations thrown at them by Satan involving food... <BR> <BR> Jesus had no trouble resisting the temptations Satan put before Him. He was perfect and the Son of God and He had his eyes fixed on God's Word, resisting Satan with the Word over and over again. "Man does not live by bread alone by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." <BR>... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:04:18 EST Day 3, Made to Crave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643740 From Made to Crave: <BR> "Yes, we were made to crave -- long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for -- God. But Satan wants to do everything possible to replace our craving for God with something else. Here's what the Bible says about this: 'Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world-- the cravings of the sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does-- comes ... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 17:52:16 EST Made to Crave, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641767 Ok.. so yesterday was day one... I prayed... I meant it.. and then... hours later I fell into problems again. Ugh. And therein lies the pattern of too long.... but that is not going to define me or set me off track. <BR> <BR> After all, I know that prayer is not a magic wand... God answers prayers. Sometimes in dramatic ways, miraculous ways. And yeah... I wish He would do a miracle in me that would make me stop wanting bad foods or too much food and desire Him instead.... but the fact that ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:44:07 EST Wanting it .. Day One Reflections on Made To Crave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640430 So.. today I started again Made To Crave and the matching devotional to help me on the journey. I have read the book before from the library... but never finished as it frankly made me uncomfortable. I own them now on my kindle and I am starting my journey anew. <BR> <BR> Here is a quote from the Intro... it hit me. Maybe it will hit you too. <BR> <BR> "I know most of it. It's not the 'how to' I'm missing. It's the 'want to' ... really wanting to make changes and deciding that the results o... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:35:15 EST Today we celebrate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637856 This is a grand day... a day to remember the world's greatest gift ever.. the birth of a Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord. <BR> <BR> Others are celebrating the great miracle of the festival of lights, Hanukkah. <BR> <BR> Our God is a God of miracles! He does not forget His people! And today we praise Him and thank Him and remember that our God loves us and has NOT abandoned us! And it is with this knowledge that we know that this journey we are on is POSSIBLE for our God is WITH US!! <BR> ... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 12:38:09 EST Biblical Affirmations ~ Beloved, Treasured, Child of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634624 As I have been sharing in recent blogs I have been struggling... and when I am struggling the one sure place I know to turn is to God and therefore I go to His Word. I find strength and peace and hope and joy. <BR> <BR> I am God's child (John 1:12) "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" <BR> <BR> I will praise God because "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14) <BR> <BR> I have not been give... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:00:42 EST Some realizations and some ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632269 As I have been working through some periods of sadness lately in relation to past miscarriages (see my last blog) I have been realizing that within it are some reasons for my lack of weight loss. I have some work to do. <BR> <BR> After my first miscarriage I learned that the reason I had been infertile for years was an extra 20 pounds. That was it for me. At 180 I am very fertile. At 200 I am completely infertile. That said, at 180 i could GET pregnant but I miscarried. I regained the weight... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 01:14:09 EST A day of mourning.. and hope for healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l85758062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I mourn with the Duggars. They lost their littlest precious baby, Jubilee Shalom, to a miscarriage. The picture above is one of their photos. My heart cries with them and for them... and for me. <BR> <BR> I have lost 2 babies myself. As I visited their page to leave my condolences I came across some very nasty spiteful commentary by those who disapproved of their family's choices or the photos or whatever...... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 01:34:37 EST A New Chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610621 I am no longer a team captain... a strange thought, but a good one. I think. My job is no longer to motivate others and push others, but to focus on finding once again my OWN motivation and to push myself. <BR> <BR> If I am again an inspiration it will not be through my words, or challenges, or newsletters but by doing what I MUST.. losing weight and making good choices and being in that way an EXAMPLE. <BR> <BR> Oh, a long time ago I managed both, but not for too long. And because I love ... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 13:27:20 EST BLC SIGNUPS OPEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606273 Have you wanted MORE from your Sparkpeople experience? Do you want to be challenged and encouraged daily? Do want give and receive support? Do you want a bit of competition and a LOT of FUN??? If so the BLC Challenge might be for YOU!! <BR> <BR> BLC is not for the uncommitted. It is a 12 week challenge beginning in January. It is not for someone who just wants to wander in and out. Posting and participation and Wednesday weigh ins are REQUIRED. But... the BLC is AWESOME. <BR> <BR> It has b... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:40:41 EST Operation Christmas Child ~ Blessing Children around the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4586919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219273288.jpg"> <BR> This week, I am blessed to be volunteering with one of my favorite organizations, Samaritan's Purse, with their amazing program Operation Christmas Child. It's Collection Week around the US. This is one of my family's favorite ways to pour out love to hurting children around the world. <BR> <BR> If you do not know about it... here is a short video clip... but at their site there are so many more. <BR> <BR> <link>http... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:48:04 EST Week 2 WW update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576160 Ok.. Well.. I only lost .6 and it was a .2 gain at the meeting.. but I know WHY.. TOM. And I am not letting it get to me because I know that I ate EVERY DAY in plan. I did not even use flex points on our anniversary dinner. I used only one activity point. <BR> <BR> I KNOW I lost weight.. it is just hiding under water. LOL. <BR> <BR> Next week, I will have a more positive blog. <BR> <BR> I did want to share that I am still finding this so encouraging. I love having free freggies for hungr... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:48:48 EST Overcoming the Hungry Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573778 Do you have "hungry days?" You know those days where you are just plain hungry?? I know I do. Sometimes it is hormonal. (Like now) Sometimes it is from upping exercise. Sometimes I get it when I have lost a lot recently. <BR> <BR> When I truly AM hungry.. I eat. But I try even harder to make good choices. <BR> <BR> For me.. protein seems to help the most. Also.. although I eat low fat pretty much all the time.. sometimes a bit of extra healthy fats helps on hungry days. And I just plain ea... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:54:47 EST