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Hi everybody! I just wanted to let you all know that I have moved to a new blog site. The new link is praisemom.blogspot.com. Please come check it out, and thanks so much for taking the time to read it! ūüôā

I had a really good day yesterday. I am kind of behind in that I’m just giving the update today, but I’ll explain. A friend of mine sent me an email late Tuesday night inviting me over to work out. So Wednesday morning I was¬†hurriedly working so I could get over there to work out on time. It didn’t happen, I was late, but better late than never right? I went to her house and we were planning on doing another walking video with Leslie Sansone, but I grabbed some of my workout videos on the way out the door – some of which have never even been out of the package!!! We got brave and did Hip-Hop Abs – Fat Burning Cardio, and talk about upping the intensity level. This workout was way, way fun, but it kicked our rears! It was awesome! I was sweating within about two minutes, but it was so fun! To me, it’s not even like really “working out”, more like “funning out”! After we got done she fixed all of the kids lunch and I fixed us some stir fry to top off our workout time with something healthy. It was so delicious!

Now my work schedule has been crazy, trying to work and homeschool and housekeep, etc., and so I’ve been up late, up early, up all night, you get the picture. So, after that workout I was really energized, ready to face the world, and cook some lunch. About¬† a minute after I finished eating I basically¬† hit a wall of exhaustion. I just felt like I had crashed and burned and would have liked nothing better than to just take a nap. Napping not being a possibility though, I was treated to a cup of French Vanilla coffee – wonderful! That helped out quite a bit and I was able to be productive for the rest of the afternoon, cleaning house, balancing the checkbook, etc. After we got home from church we had supper and I decided to take a nap before I went to work. I woke up to my son tapping me on the arm wanting to get in the bed. I got up and told him he could get in the bed, and I headed to the living room to get to work. I think it was 2:25 am. Some nap huh? So, I am just now writing about yesterday’s stuff today, but getting some sleep in my own bed last night instead of napping in between working, was just absolutely blissful!

Okay, so here is the menu from yesterday…

B ‚Äď OR Naturals Butter Garlic popcorn

S ‚Äď A few baked French fries

L ‚Äď Chicken and broccoli stir fry with brown rice (OOOOO, so good!)

S ‚Äď spoonful of peanut butter, a few raw¬†carrots, two pickles

S ‚Äď Hot-n-spicy tuna with whole wheat spaghetti/Prego/Parmesan

I felt really good about what I ate yesterday, and I got such a great workout that I’m going to be doing that again today. One great thing about the Hip Hop Abs workouts is that in using them I have a lot of different choices of workouts. The video (DVD) that we did yesterday actually had four seperate workouts on it. Then there is another one with, I think, three different workouts. And then there’s a video just for taking your workout to the next level as you get more advanced. It’s really cool. It may sound totally impossible, but after that one particular workout and a good day’s eating I could really tell such a difference in my body this morning! Maybe it is just my confidence level, I don’t know. I do know one thing though, it makes you feel so much better to be sure and get that workout in, and on top of that, we all know it makes us healthier. So, as good as it is to eat right, it is essential that we maintain a healthy level of activity, whether walking, bicycling, aerobics, or whatever,¬†it just makes our efforts that much more effective!

Let’s get moving everybody!!!! ūüôā Oh, and by the way, I’m down another pound¬†– 19 pounds! WoooooooooHoo!

Well, today has gone really well.¬†As part of my fast I have included TV, but got to¬†see¬†quite a bit¬†of incidental TV due to being tuned in to the local weather all day. Thank the Lord we didn’t have very severe weather here. I am very tired today, and as a result I have had THREE CUPS OF COFFEE! Boy, that will get you going! When I type reports for the clinic, I have told my friends that¬†it’s like my ears are connected to my fingers so they type what my ears hear, but my brain is free to do other things. My mind just absolutely races while I’m typing. It can be very annoying at times, having SOOO many thoughts going at one time. Anyway, I was typing today and my mind was going so fast, and it was because of all the coffee. I did space it out throughout the day. One cup in the morning, then another a little while later. And I have just now sat down with my third cup of coffee as I type this because as soon as I’m done I have to dive into more reports – and yes, it is 9:45 pm. Oh, to have a good night’s sleep. What must that be like???

So, here is the menu I had today…

B ‚Äď Kettle corn popcorn

S ‚Äď Lipton cup-a-soup chicken noodle

L ‚Äď Hot and spicy tuna with whole wheat spaghetti/Prego/Parmesan

S ‚Äď spoonful of peanut butter

S ‚Äď Lobster delights, pickles,¬†and a mini-bowl of shells-n-cheese with two spoonfuls of pork-n-beans

Not so good on the veggies right? Need to work more of that in tomorrow. I have started keeping a word document on my computer with my food listed for each meal on it because by the time I sit down to type the menus for the day it is sometimes hard for me to think about what I had (sad, huh?). This way, I can just copy and paste at the end of the day for your viewing enjoyment (LOL!). Food journaling is a great idea because with every bite I take I know I have to write it down (type it) and make a record of it, and then post it on here for you to see. If we all would do this and then at the end of the day look at it, like I just did, and see what changes need to be made, it would be so beneficial. I can see at the end of today that I didn’t have enough dairy and didn’t have enough veggies. I had plenty of fiber and protein and water. But you know we eat our water too. So when we eat our fruits and veggies we get a lot of water out of those, and if I’m deficient in my body of those foods, that means I will have to drink more to equivocate it, and also that I will not have all of the right fiber I need. Yes, the whole wheat spaghetti is fiber and the popcorn, but I need more of the pickles, green beans, broccoli, apples, oranges, and things like that if I want overall health. So write it down, you don’t have to show anybody like I do, but you do have to be ready to face it yourself. Taking the step to write down what we eat means having the courage to see the truth and to make the changes needed for our health.

Today is the first day of our church’s 21-day fast. I am fasting sweets ūüė¶ and TV. I wanted to start the no-meat fast, but had already bought groceries before we were told about the fast. Anyway, that is my plan. However, my anniversary falls on January 18, and it is my tenth anniversary, so I will be making an exception for our special occasion if necessary. There may not be any dessert involved, but then again, there may be!

Breakfast – my mom brought sugar free mini-muffins – I ate one for breakfast

Snack – spoonful of peanut butter

Lunch – Subway with my mom¬† – turkey and ham on wheat with oil/vinegar, spicy mustard, pickles, lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cheese (didn’t think at the time, but next time will probably leave off the cheese).

Snack – one mini-muffin (yes, again…)

Supper – lobster delights, english peas, whole wheat spaghetti (I know that’s a weird combination, but my family was having pizza and I had to eat something quickly before I was overtempted!)

So, I have already started today. I don’t have much time to write today as my reports are piling up, but will tell you more tomorrow. And by the way, the muffins were on my menu because my mom brought them over – and they were pretty good, even though they were sugar free. I just don’t normally eat them.

And in closing, here is a quick word to make you not want to overeat…

Proverbs 23:20 NIV¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”

That makes me want to say “when”…

I really want to be transparent with you, which is why I have done this journal, and I want to give good news – all the time. I guess that is silly. I need to keep it real! Right?

Well, this morning I have to say I was a little aggravated. I was up a pound today and I ate really well yesterday. UUGGHHH! Oh well. I’m not going to let it get me down, but I need to buckle down really hard apparently. Maybe the way I’m eating now is maintaining my weight, but not really helping me to lose. Everyone plateaus at some point or another, I guess I just hoped it would be a little bit further down the line before that happened.

So, what do you do when you hit a plateau??? Well, you make changes…I don’t think they have to be drastic, huge, overwhelming changes. I think that just a little tweak in your metabolism, a little change in the food you take in, can help. My water intake is great, no problems there. I might drown if I drink more, seriously! My exercise program is very inconsistent though. I’ve got to get a better handle on that. Exercise is a must for a healthy lifestyle, not just to lose weight, but for cardiac health, just overall health in general. And, exercise is so beneficial to our mood. When we exercise, endorphins are released in our body. That boosts our mood, gives pain relief, etc. So, not really a down side to exercise unless the doctor has told you not to do it!

Next, I’m eating really good, but I have as few veggies as possible. Another “must change”! Not really a down side to eating veggies either really. I don’t even think a doctor would tell you not to do that!

¬†So, with these changes in mind and getting this plan into action, I’ll see what progress I make.

Oh, and our pastor has called our church to another fast. He asked us to fast whatever we wanted to, and so I am going to be praying about that today and tonight, and will post tomorrow what my fast will be.

You know, God is so awesome! We think we are so smart, but he has wisdom we will never understand. People fast to give that extra time to God, to spend time with Him, to say “I’m willing to give this up and press in to see this need met, or to go to the next level – the next dimension with God”. And now, there are studies being done because according to statistics it is believed that fasting is related to better cardiac health! Wow! All this time we thought when we fasted that it was just us having to go without something. But, it is actually healthy for us to fast! I think that is so, so cool that something that God would have in His word for us to do would be good for us. Surprise, huh? There should be no surprise to it! God only wants what is good for us, and will never tell us to do anything that will harm us.

Joel 1:13  NIV   (A Call to Repentance)

Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God, 14 Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly, summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.

It doesn’t matter how healthy you are physically, if you don’t have a healthy relationship with Jesus. I guess what I’m trying to say is that most importantly we should seek God and strengthen our relationship with Him, and the rest of our life will line up with His word. When we are living for Him, seeking Him, and spending time with Him every day, then our lives will bear the fruit of his Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Did you see that last one? SELF-CONTROL! Wooo, I need a little more fruit of the Spirit!

Wow, I feel great today! Woo, one headache gone and a good night’s sleep, and I’m good to go today. It is 11:22 am and I have already done all of my errands for today and am ready to get busy at home. I feel like I have gotten a really good workout in because of all the walking I have done and hauling groceries, etc. I made sure I didn’t park too close to the stores I had to go to, so I would have to get some walking in that way, and I MOVED – I tried to really pick up the pace and walk quickly when I could. Sometimes the aisles are not exactly made for that sort of thing, so I just did the best I could. But I feel really fantastic right now. Yesterday I only actually ate one meal – lunch – a club sandwich and french fries, followed by a dessert of two Reese’s Hearts. I know that is not exactly health food, but I don’t feel too bad about it since that was the only meal I ate! However, I did close out the day with a soda, and when I weighed this morning I was not down any, even after eating so little yesterday.

So, I have gotten quite a lot of exercise today, and will probably still do the walking video this afternoon at some point, if nothing else just to give my arms a good workout!

¬†My husband had requested chicken and dumplings tonight for supper, and for anybody who knows me – that is my weakness!! I cannot eat them without binging! I have really been working on exercising some self-control, but I don’t feel a need to overtempt myself. I called a friend this morning and told her about the upcoming meal, and she was very encouraging. She said she had stepped on the scale this morning and had not lost any more weight, and that did not feel good. She reminded me that if I ate the C&Ds I would feel yucky, that’s besides the fact that they are probaly one of the worst things that I could eat while trying to lose weight! She said that there was no food that she could eat that would make her feel as good as seeing her weight come steadily down. And she is so right. So, tonight while my family eat chicken and dumplings and cornbread (starch, anyone?), I will be eating chicken and broccoli stir fry – fried in olive oil cooking spray so as not to add any more fat! I love that, and it will make me feel better, and keep me from even giving those dumplings a second glance. So just remember that those Reese’s hearts may taste really good, that Dr. Pepper might seem really refreshing,¬†the brownie might really be gooey, and that cake is probably really, really moist and chocolatey, but none of it will make us feel as good as stepping on the scale tomorrow morning and seeing progress, another pound down, maybe more.

I guess with me, I just got fed up with fad diets and worrying about dropping 40 lb in a month, etc., and now am only interested in living a healthy lifestyle, not a quick fix. That one pound down, is in fact a pound down. And just think, if you only lost one pound a week for an entire year, that’s 52 pounds lost by the end of the year. When you think about it that way, it seems almost easy to live a healthy lifestyle! So here’s to making good decisions¬†every day, and if you mess up one meal – don’t go and eat a dozen donuts out of guilt, just make the decision that your next meal is going to be healthy. There is no reason that healthy can’t mean delicious either, because it can be really, really delicious! And if you do mess up that one meal, maybe walk an extra time or two around the block or vacuum the house to burn some calories. One mess-up is no reason to go back to being unhealthy. This is a way of life, not a fad! Hang in there!

I will not be saying much today, this is the first time today I’ve had time to sit down and write – and it’s nearly 5:00 pm! I did not even get to step on the scale today, so a day off from that for me I guess. I have had a migraine for most of the day, and I took Aleve first, then some sinus medicine a few hours later. I don’t know if you have this experience or not, but when I take medicine on an empty stomach, then I go and eat, it’s almost like the food activates the medicine and boosts its efficacy. Has anyone experienced that? Anyway,¬†I took some sinus medicine, then ate my first meal of the day around 2:00 pm – I had to force myself to eat because by head was really making me feel sick – and boy, by the time I got done eating I was feeling really yucky – out of it kind of yucky – like my head was too heavy for my body. My headache is gone, but now I’m kind of numb, walking around in a hazy fog, and I’m having a hard time even making my fingers type the words I’m thinking! So, I guess that’s all for today, sorry it’s not more exciting, but I’m sure I will feel better tomorrow!

Wow! I am so excited this morning after stepping on the scale! I am now back down to a total 18 pound weight loss, still two more just to get back to where I was before Christmas, but I’m getting there!

Here is how yesterday went…

Breakfast – bowl of rice with butter buds (these melt on moist, hot foods just like butter – I don’t care for them on popcorn), artificial sweetener (one pack), and cinnamon. I was in the mood for a rice pudding, and this was pretty close, just without the milk. It was okay, but nothing I will crave for sure. Definitely not the same as good old fashioned rice pudding.

Lunch – cocktail shrimp with sauce and whole wheat spaghetti/Prego/parmesan (surprise, surprise!)

Snacks – first snack was Corn on the Cob popcorn – a buttery DELIGHT!, and second snack was a mug of Lipton noodle soup

Supper РRotisserie chicken, mixed greens (cooked Рnot salad), au gratin potatoes, and one and a half Hawaiian rolls. Delicious!!!

I had a couple of cups of coffee, a cup of hot tea, and loads of water.

I did the walking video Рfelt like I had lifted weights because it has such a good workout for your arms in it!

All in all, it was a good day, and I’m looking forward to another great¬†one today! When I packed my husband a big old brownie in his lunch today, it just wasn’t as tempting when I know I’m making progress! However, I will say that if I am craving something really bad – such as a piece of cake or a donut or cookie (not likely) or cake (did I mention how much¬†I like¬†cake?)¬†– then I will allow myself to have a portion of that treat. A serving, not two or three servings! If we deny ourselves constantly when we are trying to take the pounds off, and don’t allow our bodies the things that we are SOOO craving, then one day we will BINGE. If I don’t allow myself that piece of cake I might just one day go crazy and eat half of the cake! I love Danish Wedding cookies (Keebler), and there was a span of about a week where I went to the store a couple of times and got a box of those cookies, and I hid them in my house, and I didn’t just eat a couple for a good snack, I ate until they made me sick. No, I didn’t literally get sick, but I felt horrible. Supercrash for my body! So allow yourself a treat once in a while, I know I will!

I just have to say that I am soooooo thankful that the holiday season is over! I love this time of year, it is beautiful and fun and wonderful. I love all of the get-togethers, and unfortunately…I love the food. Yesterday my husband was off work for New Year’s, and I fixed him some Extra Spicy Rotel with Hot sausage in it. I ate it twice! I didn’t eat it with chips. I just grabbed a tortilla out of the fridge, heated it for about 8 seconds in the microwave, rolled it up, and dipped it! YUM! I had two tortillas like that yesterday. NAUGHTY! NAUGHTY! NAUGHTY! And now, the rotel is just sitting there in the fridge, calling me across the kitchen, reminding me of how tasty it was! UUUGGGHHH! I will be strong today. Today is not a holiday, and I am back to normal! Needless to say I didn’t lose any more weight from yesterday today. I know that I will not lose every single day, but I did make some really bad choices yesterday (I mean how can I expect to lose weight eating Rotel and tortillas???), and didn’t exercise to boot.

Today’s exercise video is called Easy Steps – A Walking Weight Loss Program – it’s 20 minutes. If you have never tried these walking videos, they are fantastic. I normally do the ones that Leslie Sansone has out such as Miracle Mile – a christian based workout (fantastic), or really any of her different walking videos. By the time you get done with them you have walked the equivalent of one mile, two miles, even up to four miles I think. But you don’t just walk, you do leg lifts, kicks, knee lifts, work your arms, it’s really good – and boy, do you feel it! I check out my videos at the library, since I have not actually bought one of the walking videos yet.¬† And since I check them out at the library I try to alternate the ones I get so other people can use them too, even though I would like to just keep that Miracle Mile out for a whole year!

So, here’s to a better day today. I’m about to start it with a cup of hot tea – I’m craving it right now – complete with caffeine! The main thing for me to remember is that this way of living is one step at a time, one day at a time. Some days are gonna be messed up, they’re not going to be my best, but I just have to pick up the next day and get back on track. The key is perseverance!

I have to say too that many times when I’m hungry I need to just go read my bible. That time spent with God is very satisfying and keeps me on the right track. God wants us to be healthy. Our bodies are a temple, and we only get this one. If we mess it up by not taking care of it, there’s not going to the store to get a new one, or going to the shop to get a replacement part, or whatever. We have to be faithful and good stewards of what we have, of what God has given us.

Well, that ought to give me a good kick in the rear today!

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