Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When Queens Ride By



I read this short story many years ago, and I have always been convicted and encouraged by each read. I especially like the forward written by the blogger who posted this version.
                                                        When Queens ride by

Day of Reckoning

  
It is true.  I have not posted anything about my diet or weight loss in a while.  I have not been on the scale for weeks.    I haven't been totally out of control, but it hasn't been good.  Even though I have kept up the exercise, the eating has not been good.  I was afraid to weigh.  Afraid to face the truth.  Today was the Day of Reckoning, and I was ready to face the music. 

It was less than I thought!  I still weigh less than what my driver's license says I do!
I have not made progress, but I am not in too too bad shape.  I have to put it on the blog, however, because I want to stay true to the process.  It's not all successes.  
The only failure though, is to give up, and I won't do that. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

No wonder it so hard to stay focused!


  Although I could do without the chocolate covered French bread pizza.  Those of us who are trying to lose weight must become oblivious to the call of food from every direction.   I categorize the recipes on Pinterest so that I know that they are for a special occasion, and not for everyday.  I have found a ton of inspirational quotes on fitness that I have found to be extremely helpful.

   What is not helpful is seeing all the tiny models that have never had to lose more that 3 pounds in their entire life!  That is not really inspirational.

  About the food, sometimes I just laugh at the recipes.  I know that they would never turn out the same for me!  I know I would be the queen of the Pinterest Fail!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This is so true!

Everyone has their own interpretation of what modesty is, and some people want to say that it doesn't even matter!  It does.  The above quote is true and honest.


May my heart and mind always be in tune with what the Lord would have me
to speak, and wear, and model. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Setting the reset button

  December was good.  January, not so good for the diet.  Willful overeating happened, and there are consequences to deal with. I am almost back to where I was, and it has been difficult to regain focus.

  I have been following a gal on FB who lost 100 pounds, and then last year had surgery to remove all the excess skin.  She weighs in faithfully on FB every week, and even she has gained 6 pounds.  She is working on it.  You'd think that after 100 pounds and a huge surgery, she would have enough willpower to never gain an ounce.  I am not criticizing, I am empathizing.  It is never easy.  The lure of eating just to eat is always there, and opportunities are on every corner.  Will I ever get to the point of not being tempted to overeat?  Probably not. Christmases and trips, guests and family fun will always be a part of my life, and food is always present, usually front and center.

   I also believe that relapsing into bad behaviour is the same for everyone, no matter what your bad behaviour is. Pushing the "reset" button is necessary every time you feel yourself losing focus and reverting to destructive and/or sinful behaviour. The temptation is to say "Well, I have messed up this far, might as well go all the way!"   That is a lie from satan himself.

   Thanks be to God for the daily mercies I call the "reset" button.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The art of womanliness

    I have started devouring the content over at artofmanliness.com.   Weird, I know, but I really like a lot of what they have over there.   There is some stuff that is irrelevant to me as a woman, but a lot of it is relevant to anyone who wishes to improve themselves.  That phrase sounds so old-fashioned!   I have learned so much, but more importantly, I have been reminded of the importance of continuing to grow as a person, to be better than I was before.

  We are always talking about growing spiritually, and that is most important of all.  But I believe that our day-to-day lives are linked to our spiritual lives.  A godly woman should strive to be a good mom, a good housekeeper, a good cook and a competent home-economist.  First, because it is in Scripture in Titus 2.  Second, because  a good homemaker is such a blessing to herself and her family!  I am definitely not talking about a Pinterest-perfect mom, but I am striving to improve daily.

  I have also read at the Art of Manliness about what some men think about certain types of women.  Ouch!  I am still convinced that when women are womanly, men are encouraged to be the manly men that they long for.    Not that women should be weak, fearful or dumb.  We should find and embrace biblical womanliness.

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weight loss journey victory!


I had one goal for the end of the year: maintain the 30 pound weight loss.  Not an easy task when you consider what an eating and cooking frenzy Christmas is.  I stopped getting on the scale when Eileen came home.  For 3 weeks I coasted.  I still exercised faithfully, but in all honesty, we ate good and I enjoyed it all.

This morning, I felt like it was time to face the music, pay the piper, to get real.   So I did.  And I was amazed to find out that I did maintain my 30 pound loss during the holidays.  Part of me is jumping up and down like a game show contestant that just one a million dollars.  The other part of me is crumpled on the floor, amazed and grateful to have finally found success in an area where there had only been failure for years.

My take-away?  I am so encouraged to keep on!  15 pounds this year. That is .3 pounds per week.  Anybody can do that!  You might say, "I can do better than that!"  Maybe you can, but maybe you shouldn't.   Maybe if by just taking it slow and steady you can drop another 15.....forever.