Zumba!

Down another pound and feeling pretty good. I juiced several times last week, stayed very close to natural eating and did Zumba three days, so I feel I am heading in the right direction. I called up a few friends and asked if they wanted to start meeting for Zumba on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. It helps so much to know that other people are counting on you to show up. So often when it’s just ourselves, we excuse our commitments away. But usually we do not want to let others down, so accountability really helps. Plus, if you know anything about Zumba…. it’s always a fun party! Reportedly, an hour of Zumba burns 800 calories. So far, I have done up to 38 minutes (burning 455 calories) and my future goal is to make it to one full hour. It truly is so much fun!

While focusing on clean eating this week, I have really felt a return of balance in my emotions and dependency on chemically rich foods. It amazes me how week and depressed I feel when I consume so much junk and how polar opposite I feel when I stay away from the chemicals. When choosing natural, I have a much stronger sense of self-control and desire to make good choices because I feel good…..and I like to feel good!

So this week, I am going to continue to work towards clean eating, 3 cardio workouts and throw in a couple of strength training workouts and let’s see what happens!

Father God, Thank you for creating all that we need. Please help us to turn back to your original design for our nutrition and realize you are the Great Physician that can heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And help us see the connection between the three.

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That’s what friends are for…

In good times….and bad times….

So yesterday started out on a happy note with another pound lost. This brings my total loss to 5 pounds since I started using myfitnesspal.com. However, as encouraged as I felt when I first got up and weighed, the fiasco of trying to find an outfit for class pictures was enough to put anybody in a funk. I was so discouraged about the picture thing that I didn’t count my blessings that I was 5 pounds down. Well, my dear sweet friend and co-worker brought it to my attention in a powerful way this morning. She said she had a gift for me and that I had to promise to wear it all day. Not having any idea what was up her sleeve, I reluctantly agreed. To my surprise, she handed me a
5 pound bag of potatoes! She said that I needed to focus on the 5 pound accomplishment rather than being negative about what I have not accomplished yet. After lifting that bag for a while…..point taken. She’s so right, sometimes when it seems that I still have such a long way to go and that there’s so much more work to be done, it’s easy to miss the significance of the small victories. Thank you, my friend, for the “gentle” reminder!

Now I’m just wondering how she is going to carry in a 50 pound bag when I reach my goal! WooHoo!

Not cool

There’s nothing like school yearbook pictures to motivate a weight loss plan! Ouch! I knew it was going to be a challenge when the outfit I envisioned wearing for the picture didn’t fit and it wasn’t until the fourth try that I found something that was decent enough for a picture. You know, the YEARBOOK that your students will have for YEARS to come. Ugh. I saw the instant proof and felt so discouraged. It’s like I know I am overweight but sometimes I guess I live in denial of just what that looks like exactly. When I looked at the picture, I didn’t recognize that girl. What the heck?!?!?! What happened to me? So not cool.

Bright, Shiny Objects

Today I taught a Children’s Church lesson that was probably way more powerful to me than it was to the kids….LOL We talked about keeping our eyes on Jesus and not being distracted. The story was in Matthew 14 when Jesus walked on water. He invited Peter to step out of the boat and walk to Him. As Peter began walking toward Jesus on the water, he was focused… and he was fine. However, once he allowed the distraction of the winds to deter his attention, he lost sight of Jesus and began to sink.
I don’t know about you, but I am a person who easily gets distracted. Seriously, my family continually jokes about the “bright, shiny objects” that seem to keep me from finishing things….even sentences…LOL I am that person who absolutely has to have a list and somewhat of a structure or I will wonder about aimlessly without reaching my goals.
This weight loss journey is no different. When I am focused, and my eyes are fixed on Jesus and what I know He wants to do with my life, I am fiercely determined. And the enemy knows this. So this is precisely when he allows stress to make me think I need chocolate, or convenience to make me think fast food will help, or a well-intentioned project to keep me occupied instead of working out. If I am not centering my focus, day by day and sometimes moment by moment, I will become distracted from the plans that I know my Heavenly Father has for me.
God, please help me to not lose focus and not get…. Umm, umm, oh yeah….distracted!

January One

Today is the first day of 2012 and my goal this year is to lose 50 pounds.

I will be documenting my progress on myfitnesspal.com. I really like the built in calorie counter and exercise log. My user name on mfp is ChangingCharli, so if you are a member, look me up! I worked out today and was under my calorie goal.

It’s time.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13