Something Different

That is just like me to choose a Monday that is a holiday to implement my new workout and food plan….lol Actually, it wasn’t too bad. I was able to get in three miles, mostly walking but some running). Not very many weights, but I plan on stepping that up today. I drank lots of water and did not eat late. I did pretty good on food choices. We had a big cookout and I didn’t go crazy, but I did allow “just one” of each of the holiday yummies. All in all, I probably had about a third of what I would have normally had at a cookout. Of course, my “normal” is what got me to 195. It feels good to be doing something different!

“Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive.” I Corinthians 10:23

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My Goal

The Made to Crave study has been so awesome! I loved how we first talked about the spiritual and emotional aspects of a weight struggle and then moved on to the importance of having a plan. Next we learned about the benefits of Accountability. I love having accountability because I know it works. I know that if I have to tell someone or report somewhere what I ate and if I exercised, I am way more likely to follow through. So, friends, that’s exactly what this blog is going to be for me. I have a goal and I know it is possible, especially with friends to help hold me accountable.

As hard as it is to not get caught up on numbers, according to the health charts, I am considered obese. My BMI is 33.5 and anything over 30 is in the obesity category. Also, according to the charts, my ideal weight should be between 124-138. That is a looooong way from where I am today! My goal is not to fit within the numbers on a chart. My goal is to be healthy and to stop living defeated by this food issue that has held me back for years. Today, I begin my journey anew, with my sights on a different finish line than before.

Current weight:

My Goal….

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Courage

A friend posted this video and it really spoke to me about my weight loss journey. Ya know, so many times I have felt like I had already failed, so why not just give up. So often I would blog about successes and then turn around and share about my failures. Sometimes that is hard to do. It’s a challenge to be so transparent, but if I have learned anything, I know that God has not given up on me and I cannot give up on this journey to a better, healthier life. This is a path that requires Courage and I pray that we all find our Courage and Strength through Jesus!

Soooo…..

How do you like my new page? I decided it was time for a change! When I first started blogging, I was in more of a grey mood…granted, there were flowers on the page, but still, it was grey. Well, now I’m feeling the need for color! I want bright, fun, whimsical! Change is good!

I’m working on a few more changes…so, stay tuned! Gonna do some things a little different =)

Good Monday Morning!!!

Hello Friends!!!

I hope you are having a great start to your week. I woke up with a thought that I wanted to share…. God is good! I mean, really good! I am feeling His love and recognizing how incredibly blessed I am.

Think about your life… it’s not perfect and neither is mine. But in the midst of the imperfections all around, God still loves us and provides for us. He still blesses us endlessly and when we mess up, which we all do, His love never changes! This life is an opportunity. An opportunity for us to receive blessings and then turn around and give even more blessings away. My cup is overflowing with blessings today and I want to pass them on. I want to pray for you and your family. I want to know….how I can bless you today?!?!

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16

This past weekend, I finally reached my goal of graduating college. It has been an awesome journey and it feels amazing to have completed something that means so much to me. I posted a “Thank You” on Facebook and I would like to share it with you here as well.

“I had no idea….
I had no idea that when my life changed a few years ago and I became a single mom, that I would feel such determination to finish my college degree.
I also had no idea what challenges I would face. I could not have known what a juggling act of my time it would be to take classes and yet be a present mother. I felt strongly about being the one to do homework after school and be the one to tuck them in at night, so I had to get all of my classes and work schedule to fit into the hours of their school day or on the weekends. This choice made the journey longer, but without regrets.
I had no idea what financial challenges our family of three would face. I was 33 years old before I ever waited tables, but over the past few years, I have been a waitress, a bartender, a bookkeeper, a substitute teacher, I’ve done data entry, worked at the YMCA, and cleaned houses. We learned to live simply and appreciate the small things.
I had no idea how exhausting it was going to be. So many late nights of studying and losing sleep. But you know, as challenging as this journey has been I had no idea how unbelievably blessed I would be. My family and friends have supported me in ways I could never have imagined. My three brothers made sure that my kids had a Christmas when I wasn’t sure how “Santa” was going to pull it off. Other family members have just sent checks with notes that encouraged me to keep going. My new husband and his family have been an amazing source of strength and support as I finished these last few semesters. Anonymous blessings have mysteriously appeared several times throughout these past few years. God truly blessed us and took every step with us.
Finally, I had no idea how completely and totally amazing it was going to feel to walk across that stage and receive my diploma. Granted, it has been twenty years, two kids, several last names, threes universities and 14 moves later, but I did it. I finally finished college and showed my children that it’s never too late to follow your heart and fulfill your dreams.
To all of you who have blessed me and my family, I cannot thank you enough. May God continue to bless you as you have blessed me!
Sincerely,
Charli”

Dear God

I am frustrated, angry, and disappointed. I’m having a bad day and a bit of a pity party. I am at that point where I usually just say “what’s the point, anyway?” This is when my emotions take over and I “medicate” my mood with something salty or something sweet. God, I don’t want today to be like any other day. Help me to keep my focus on You. I want to vent or whine or whatever. I have worked so hard to finish school and do well. It has been an extremely challenging journey and as silly as it may seem, I really wanted to graduate with Honors. I needed a GPA of 3.5 and my final GPA was 3.497. Most of my frustration lies with a professor who I feel repeatedly dropped the ball. I need to see my own responsibility in this and in some ways, I do. I am just soooo disappointed and her responses to me were caddy and arrogant. I
need to let it go and move past it, but in this moment, I feel like a gray cloud is hanging over my day. Lord, it’s early in the day… Please take this day and make it beautiful. Comfort my heart and bless my life today! Thank you for allowing me to come to You, rather than seek comfort in food.

The Hereafter Plan

As I shared with you last week, I have been praying about a realistic health plan that I could follow long term. I am the Queen of short term extremes that usually lead to me gaining the weight back. Maybe you can relate? Anyway, I was praying and asking God to give me a clear vision of what particular food plan I should choose. I do not want to do something radical and then fall off because I can’t keep up. So I prayed. And I waited. And I waited some more before I decided. Not because God wasn’t showing me what to do, but because I wasn’t truly ready to be open to it. You see, God gifted us with common sense and the ability to know what is good for us and what is not. I just wanted an exception to all of those rules! LOL

Having a plan is good. In fact, having a plan is biblical. Check this out!

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

The plans of the Godly are just. Proverbs 12:5

Refuse good advise and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed. Proverbs 15:22

Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. Proverbs 20:18

So, I’m thinking a plan is a good thing, right?

After several days of finally being open to listen to the answers of my prayers, I feel that I have a realistic eating plan that I can follow. Not just for the six weeks of the class, but for the hereafter.

As many of my faithful readers know, I did the Daniel Fast for 30 days a few months ago. I absolutely never felt better in my life. I felt stronger, way more energized, and free from the chemical bondage to certain foods. I love the Daniel Fast, but if I am going to think realistic and long term, I do not feel that I can commit to something so strict. I have also studied the Blood Type Diet over the past few months. If you have never read about the specific blood types and their link to dietary needs, I encourage you to do so. It is a fascinating study. My Blood Type correlates with a vegetarian diet. I find this incredibly ironic, because essentially the Daniel Fast is basically Vegan and I felt amazing eating that way. So, when I combine the ideas of both of these eating plans, I feel that I have a realistic plan that I can stick to. For my body, natural eating is what makes me feel good. I am amazed at the difference in my energy and outlook when I am choosing Natural. Now, does this mean I will never eat meat again? I do not think that is realistic to say, but I am comfortable with meat being an occasional condiment to compliment a meal rather than being a main course. Also, I know for sure that chemicals and additives do a number on my system. When I am eating fast foods and processed foods, my physical cravings and my emotions are extremely unbalanced and I do not want to continue that struggle.

So, that’s my plan! I am following a natural eating plan, sticking close to what comes from a seed.

(Obviously, a health plan is not complete without an exercise regimen. I have a plan for that too and I will share it in a future post.)

Have a blessed and empowered day!

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