September Challenge

Today is September 1st and I have challenged myself to 30 days of consistency =).

Seriously, my all or nothing mentality trips me up so much. For the past couple of weeks, I start out great the first couple of days, then when I slip up, I quit even trying. So I’ve spent my long weekend writing menu plans from the Trim Healthy Mama book and preparing for a week of success. Today was great! Stayed on plan and worked out, so day one is done! On to day two…

The workout that I have committed to do is based on a chapter in the book (also from other sources) that suggest smaller workouts with higher intensity and changing up the routine. From my house to the main road and back is one mile. So, using some markers (Palm trees, mailbox, bridge, etc.) I have “stations” that I will be throwing in some strength training exercises. Today, I did this with the kids and it was awesome! They loved it and we had a great time! Our heart rates were definitely pumping! They nicknamed our new routine “The Mile of Madness.” Lol

So, if you know me, and even if you don’t, hold me accountable! I welcome calls, texts, emails, and comments. Lol Anybody can do anything for 30 days, right? Obviously, I want and need more than 30 days of consistency, but I like tangible and attainable goals. Feel free to join me! 30 day September Challenge! Woohoo! With God, all things are possible!

Here We Go!

Tomorrow starts a new school year! I am so excited! I feel like I used to when I was a kid….lol It’s a busy time, but a fun and exciting kind of busy.

Down two pounds after my first attempts of doing Trim Healthy Mama. My first couple of days were good. Once we started in service at school, it became a bit more challenging. Breakfast and lunch were provided and they were not really on plan. I could have made it work, but I didn’t. Nonetheless I am still figuring it out and down two pounds so I’m ok with that.

I am still reading the book (in the midst of school preparations) and trying new recipes. I will be sharing my thoughts as I go. Tonight I tried the “Good Girl Moonshine.” It was different…but good. It has a long list of benefits and I think I will tweak it a little and try it as my morning drink.

Hope you guys have a blessed week!

My drive to work…loved seeing this and was reminded of God’s mercy and grace shining on us all…
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Truth

John 8:32
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

I love this verse! It seems like I’ve been hearing it everywhere I go lately. Whether it’s during a sermon, on the radio, or in a book, this verse keeps popping up. More that anywhere else, I’ve been hearing it during my prayer time.

I feel that the Lord has been reminding me that nothing else matters like His truth. We hear all kinds of things throughout the day. In this world we live in, there are many things biding for our attention and asking us to believe in them. The voices from the world tell us their version of truth and if we are not grounded in God’s truth, we will not know the difference.

If you have read my blog for long, or actually if you know me at all (lol), then you are fully aware of my up and down craziness. Not just in weight loss, but sometimes just in life. I’m a bit of a free spirit and I bounce. A lot. I know this about myself. It is who I am. Sometimes that’s ok, but sometimes, it’s a problem.

Because this is part of my personality, (good or bad) I am the QUEEN OF EXTREMES! Over the years, I have gone from one extreme to another. I jump on one bandwagon only to jump on another within days. I admit this. And I also admit…it’s exhausting. At times, I’ve heard, “the truth shall set you free,” and I think “but what’s the truth when it comes to weight struggles?” What seems to be truth one week changes the next. Eat this, don’t eat that, no, wait, we were wrong that’s not bad for you now, go eat a double portion. It’s confusing and I fall right into the trap.

So I started praying and asking God for something practical. I even started going through listing some things that I know to be true.

#1 God wants us to live in freedom, not bondage. Even the best intentions of many pure food plans can cause us to be in bondage.

#2 God designed these miraculous bodies for us and we only get one.

#3 God loves us and wants us to have an abundant life. Satan does not. Period.

As I prayed about some practical steps, something really cool happened. I was getting ready to go on another “cut this out and no more of that” eating plan when something showed up in my mailbox. One of my sweet sisters in Christ sent a book to me called “Trim Healthy Mama.” I must admit, at first I wasn’t up for ANOTHER diet book, so it took me a few weeks to even open it. Then I saw a teacher friend who looked amazing and when I asked what she was doing differently, it was THM. So I decided to check it out and see what the fuss was over.

There were a lot of things in the book that I found interesting. But when I got to Chapter Six, it became very personal and I wanted to know more. Chapter Six is titled, “Truths from the Bible.” As I read through the experiences of the authors, I could totally relate. I saw the similarities of the paths we have all taken. What these sisters have written in their book about their journey reminds me so much of what the past four years of my blog has been. Extremes, Plans, Nutritional Research, the yo-yo could continue for years. Even the spiritual struggle of my relationship with food. It’s all there.

I’m not finished reading the book yet (it’s over 600 pages), but I absolutely feel that it is an answer to my prayer of asking God for some practical steps to take in the journey. I am learning more with each chapter, but so far, what I like is that there are no extremes. There isn’t a preoccupation of numbers and lists. On the contrary, there’s a resounding sense of freedom! There is a focus on seeking Christ and finding freedom in your relationship and balance in your body. There is Hope. Not because of the authors, but because of Truth….truth that sets you free!

I’m still figuring it out, but I am going to start with what I know tomorrow. Moment of truth….this morning I was at 221. I’m not going to race toward a number or set unattainable goals. I am going to bask in His Truth and be set free. Thank you, Father, for hope and freedom. In Jesus name.

Whatsoever

Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
Father God, show me your Truth. Help me to see the lies of the enemy and discern your truth from deception.

whatsoever things are honest,
Lord, help our relationships be built on honesty. Help us to always be upright in your sight.

whatsoever things are just,
Just…there’s that word again. I’ve heard it recently several times. God, help us be a people of justice. Help us to see injustice and be a light.

whatsoever things are pure,
You are a God of such purity. Your plans are pure, your creation began as pure, undefiled, free from contamination, no traces of impurity. White as snow. Father, let me be pure and blameless in your sight.

whatsoever things are lovely,
Father, I could bask in your loveliness. Your Spirit is beautiful. I adore you and your ways.

whatsoever things are of good report;
May we seek to be honorable and favored in your sight. May our reputation be one that pleases You. Of all the things that people may say about me in this life, my prayer is that what will be remembered most is “She loved Jesus!”

if there be any virtue,
May we be heightened and drawn to virtue.

and if there be any praise,
We were created to praise You and bring You glory. The seas roar and even the rocks cry out and proclaim your name!

think on these things.
Think. Ponder. Meditate. Consume yourself with these things. Do not let darkness loom over your thoughts, but think on these things. Godly things, precious things, His ways. Father, guide me to walk in your wisdom and think on these things.

Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)

My, how time flies!

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I have blogged! Summer time fun has kept me pretty busy…and it’s awesome. I have had three or four blog posts ready to go in my mind, but haven’t sat down and put them together. There has been some really cool stuff going on though. We really enjoyed having company over the holiday weekend. One of my dearest friends came to visit and it was awesome to just enjoy each others families. One of the greatest gifts in life is to have Christian friends! I love them so much!

Another thing that is taking some of my time is that I am finally writing my book! I am very excited to actually be putting my ideas into print. It is not a book about my life. It is a fiction novel that I’ve been thinking about for almost a year. I think we all have great ideas all the time, but seldom do we act on it. I’ve been that person over the years and this time, I want to do something with it, so it’s kind of a big deal to me. Super excited!

With the vacation mentality we’ve all had through the holiday weekend, I haven’t really stuck to good eating habits. Cookouts and homemade ice cream…yeah, I did partake. So now it’s back to real life and making better choices. =)

Have a fantastic day, my friends! Praying blessings over you today!

It’s All About You

I love living in the country and walking on our dirt road. It really is a beautiful way to start the day. I don’t always get to enjoy the quiet mornings, especially during the school year, but I appreciate it when I do. This morning was exceptionally wonderful. I went for 2.2 miles and although south Texas is hot (very!), there was a pleasant breeze that made my walk so peaceful. Don’t get me wrong, I worked up quite a sweat! I’m just saying it was very pleasant. =)

I almost always take music, yet I almost never turn it on. Most of the time, I enjoy just listening to nature and praying. I think back to some of my morning prayers during my walk and I’m sure the neighbors think I’m crazy! Sometimes I will say my prayers out loud, so they probably think I’m just talking o myself… “Here comes the crazy walker talking to her imaginary friend.” LOL

Well I am talking to a friend, but he’s not imaginary. He is my best friend. He is Jesus; lover of my soul, the Alpha and Omega, my Wonderful Counselor, my Prince of Peace. That’s what makes my morning walks with Him so amazing. When I am bouncing things around in my mind 90 miles an hour, He reminds me what’s really important. It’s all about Him. Thank you, Jesus.

Happy Endorphins

Got up and walked 2.2 miles with my sister-in-law this morning. Then I came home and did DDP Yoga Energy with my husband. A good day for exercise! I guess my husband gets to live another day….=)

Moments

I love how God works. He is so faithful. When we give him little, he returns so much more to us than we can ever imagine. When our hearts are turned to Him, he pours out His love and His wisdom. In this quest to break free from my food issues, I have been reaching. I mean really reaching over the years. There have been times during this battle that I have jeopardized my health by using poor judgment because of my desperation. Oh yes, I have been reaching for years…often just for the wrong thing. When I am seeking Christ in this battle, I see glimpses of victory. But since the miscarriage, I want more than just small victories. I want more than just doing what I know I should for a time, then going backwards. I want more than to just “white knuckle” my way through each day. I want FREEDOM! I want to be free of this ongoing fight that takes place in my mind and in my spirit. I don’t want this to be the topic of every conversation I have with my girlfriends. I know and now believe that freedom is possible. For so long, I think I gave myself a handicap. I don’t know if I ever really thought it was possible. My pattern of thinking (without even realizing it) has been that this is just the way I will always be. Not happy, but no real options for lasting change. I can follow rules for temporary relief, but have I really pondered what real freedom would look like? When someone grows up with this kind of struggle, it feels like it’s just part of you. Like it’s just who you are. Well, it’s not. It’s not who I am. I’m not destined to be the girl that’s always the heaviest in the room. The girl that struggles with confidence. The girl who is always on a diet. That’s not me…so I’ve got to quit living like it is.

I have been reading so much lately and studying scriptures and watching a very cool video series. The ladies class at church is doing the Beth Moore study called Breaking Free. I’m reading the book now. I’m not doing the study, but I borrowed the videos, because I always enjoy listening to her speak. I’ve watched several of them already and last night I watched one that had me bawling like a baby. One of the things that resonated with me was a prayer that she had read online and quoted in her talk:

“Give me the revelation to see why I wrongly associate benefit with that which brings me harm.”

Isn’t that powerful?!?! I thought about so many afflictions that could be plugged into that prayer; drugs, alcohol, shopping, sexual sins, food, etc. I’ve been walking with the Lord long enough to know that when you ask a bold request such as this, He will answer. When you ask for a “revelation,” be ready!

The other thing that really hit home to me was this:

“God has reserved momentous victories and great rewards for us. But we will never make it to our milestones if we can’t make it through our moments.”

Let that penetrate your heart for a moment. It may seem simple to some, but for me it was profound. Because in my daily life, I face that “moment” of temptation often, yet I do not always make it through. When I am tempted, my mind doesn’t drift to the milestone, I’m only thinking of the here and now. But in the moment, God tells us that we can call upon Him and there is NOTHING that he cannot deliver us from! Nothing!! I can’t even explain how excited this made me feel. It was like I’ve heard it a million times before, yet I’ve never heard it at all. It was as if a monumental gift was placed in my lap that I had never known about. In the moment, call upon the name of Jesus, and be delivered. Prayer is our best defense to make it through those moments and we have it at the tip of our tongue. How amazing is that?!?! It’s hard, I know that for sure. My prayer is that I call upon Him in each moment and before long, I know He will greet me at my milestone. There is freedom available, and it’s not just for the well versed, spiritual giants that never seem to mess up and look as if they have it all together, it’s for me! And it’s for you! Thank you, Father, you are my Redeemer and my Deliverer!

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Psalm 40:8 “I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”

It’s No Wonder…

I know exactly why most of us struggle to eat healthy. IT’S A LOT OF WORK! I am spending way more time in the kitchen. That’s a good thing, of course, but I have to admit…it’s work. It’s no wonder most people (myself included) would rather buy the quick and easy stuff! There’s no doubt the quick and easy stuff makes our days less grueling, but it comes at a cost. Not just to us individually, also to our families, and to our nation. There’s so much junk in convenience foods by way of preservatives and added chemicals, and it can really do a number on our health. It takes major effort to choose real food. It takes time to plan and prepare. And for me, right now, it takes continual reminders that it’s worth it. But in just these few days, I already feel better. I’m almost past the withdrawal headaches =). This time it wasn’t too bad because I have been drinking way more water than usual. I think that has really helped. One of the books that I have read recently is The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin. It’s full of great information about eating the way God intended. I am loosely following his plan for a detox/cleanse. (I prefer to call it a Reset.) I say “loosely” because there are supplements and products that he suggests that I am not using. I am mostly just taking my prenatals with an additional folic acid vitamin as well as eating clean and walking.  

Can you imagine what the women before us did? Think back about your grandmothers and great grandmothers. They mostly ate clean because they had to grow their own food. It was quite a treat to go out and eat a meal prepared by others. Yet, we can eat out three times a day and think nothing of it. Most of the ladies before us wore belts most of the time. Think about it. They were much thinner and stronger than the majority of American women today. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a trade off. We don’t stay home all day (most of us) to cook those three meals. And if we do stay home, our modern lives are so full of other things that we find the quick and easy to be…well, quick and easy. I have really made a lot of excuses to pick up dinner and grab something convenient at the cost of nutrition. I’m really going to try to think more like the women before us and find a balance in this fast paced world so that my health and that of my family is not traded for convenience.   

So yeah, it’s no wonder we have a more difficult time choosing healthy foods. Yes, it is work, but nothing that can’t be managed. I guess when they say “lifestyle change,” this is part of it =).

Walk by Faith

It’s been a few days since I have written and I want to share that I am in a much better place. I love how personal and specific our God is when He answers our prayers. The first few days were dark. Literally, I sat in the dark for several days. I tried to watch movies to distract my thoughts. I didn’t want to be around people. Physically, I had little energy, but my emotions were so weak. I had told myself that on Monday I was going to get up and get out of the funk. I had planned to go for a walk or to the store or something…anything, just put one foot in front of the other and move. But I couldn’t. Every time I started to do something, I fell apart. I was crying and praying and I said, “God, I just feel like I need someone to grab me by the hand and pull me out of this darkness!” Literally, within 5 minutes, my mother in law knocked on the door. About three minutes later, my sister in law knocked on the door. My mother in law said, “Let’s go have a girl’s lunch.” It was really nice to get out and even better to be with family. Again, I just love how personal God is. I prayed and He answered!

My days are getting better and my thoughts more clear. I know that I can’t do anything about the past, but I can make changes for the future. I feel that my health is so out of balance, that the first thing I need to do is reset. I’ve been praying and seeking a plan to do just that. Of course, my prayers lead me back to what I have already learned from the Bible concerning health. It sounds so simple, yet I’ve struggled with it my whole life.

Eat and drink what He gave us.

I’ve been reading and studying several books about cleansing and detox and I feel that there has never been a more important time to do this. Since it’s summer, I will have more time to prepare the things I need and get away from the processed junk. Naturally, the emotional side of my food issues is where the real work will have to take place. It seems that 90% of this battle happens in the mind, not on the dinner table. So I started my day with a long walk and a prayer. I want to honor God with my life. I want to honor Him with my health, my marriage, my family, my job, my being. I’m going to take one day at a time and walk by faith. Father God, thank you for this incredible life that You have blessed me with. I pray that I honor You with this day.

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