Don’t Give In To The Lies

Guess what?  The enemy is a liar.  He is going to throw things at you and into your path to keep you from either starting or to hinder your process of getting healthier.  He doesn’t want you better.  He doesn’t want you to feel good.  He doesn’t want you to have your temple restored to where the Spirit can live beautifully.  I want you to know that YOU HAVE TO AUTHORITY to tell him to leave!

Tuesday I had to fight for every step I took when we went walking.  I didn’t go as far as normal, but I didn’t give in to the urge to not go because I didn’t “feel” like it.  Don’t get me wrong, there are going to be times when you truly don’t feel like it.  Listen to your body.  Then there are going to be days where it comes down to having a talk with yourself and when you can’t do it by your own strength.  Remember, God is walking right there beside you, cheering you on.  You can do this!  =)  Be Blessed!

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My Journey To Health…Week 6 Update & Setback

This week has been busy again, but I made sure that I was able to get at least 3 days of walking in.  I have to tell you, though, we discovered a MAJOR blunder.  The scale that we had been using to weigh…IS A LIAR!  And not in a good way.  We had suspected it, but confirmed it last night.

This is what we know.  I do not weigh what I have been reporting.  My starting weight was actually MORE (Oh the discouragement!)  So, we’re not really sure what I have actually lost in pounds.  My measurements though, are correct.

I measured this morning, and to add to the discouragement of last night, I have actually gained a couple of inches.  I will honestly say that giving up crossed my mind.  This has always been the pattern and it is what I have been afraid of happening.  For some reason, this past week I have been craving sweet things, which I don’t normally do.  Last night, I had grapes with cool whip.  It’s just been crazy.  I cannot have a “cheat” day.  It wreaks havoc on me.  It’s really sad that I have to be as strict as I do, but if I’m not, I pay for it…BIG TIME!

And now, I sit here almost in tears, for multiple reasons.  1) The weight blunder.  2) Eating more sugar this week than I should have and knowing exactly what it’s going to do to me.  3) I’ve been working out, yet my legs from the knees up haven’t budged really in loss.  They look like Squidward when he ate all the Crabby Pattys and Spongebob told him they would go to his thighs.  My legs from the knees down have lost.  So, I look like this misproportioned mess.

BUT…in the midst of all this…I have had this brand new pair of jeans in my drawer that I’ve been hanging onto for the last several years.  Since my only other pair of jeans is now very baggy, I thought I better try them on before I went and purchased anything else (jeans are expensive when you are heavy!)  I normally wear a 26.  I wasn’t too hopeful with this, especially after all the setbacks.  I slipped them on and THEY FIT!  They are snug, but they fit.  I can button them and everything!  And guess what?!?!  THEY ARE SIZE 22!  A 24 would fit better but I wouldn’t be in them long at all.  Maybe 2 weeks.  Here’s where I am now (in the new jeans!):

(See how my legs are?  The lose at the bottom but not from the knee up.)

(See how my legs are? The lose at the bottom but not from the knee up.)

I don’t have any new numbers to post this week since it’s all a mess.  I can give you our new starting point for weight though.  We have a regular doctor scale that we are able to use each week now.  YAY for accuracy!

New Starting Weight: 342

Total inches lost: 29.5

My goal for this week is to put myself back on track.  Really dig in and find recipes that aren’t just getting me by on calories but are really feeding my body the nutrients that it needs to be healthy.  I also have my second Lymphatic Therapy session tomorrow.  I’ll fill you in on this once I know a little more.  I will also be interviewing the lady doing it so you will have a better understanding of what it is.

I have had to have many talks with myself this past week to keep going and to keeping pressing on.  I wanted to give up.  But what would I have gained?  I would end up back at the beginning feeling worse than I did.  I head back to the scripture I’ve been using for this whole process.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Or do you not know that your BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  SO GLORIFY GOD IN YOU BODY.  Keep reminding yourself of that and let it really sink in.  It’s a new day.  Time to try again!  =)  Be Blessed!

My Journey To Healthy…Week 5 Update & Recipe

Things were finally back to normal this week, besides the rain ruining a few days of walking.  I do have to mention that I have managed to pull something in my foot.  Last night was tough but we got just under 2 miles in.

I started my yoga on Monday evening.  Was that ever interesting!  This whole folding your body in half stuff is for the birds.  I slightly have this issue called fat blocking that from happening, so I look like a very pregnant lady sitting on the floor trying to tie her shoes.  Then she says “now twist!”  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!  I barely got bent and now your asking me to contort into a wonky pretzel.  Don’t you worry!  I will become a pretzel one day!  Been a life long dream of mine.  (Am I being sarcastic???)  But seriously, I will get there.  Just going to take time.

This week, I get the privilege of starting 6 weeks of Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy.  In a nutshell, it’s therapy to unclog and help your lymph system drain right.  I will definitely be posting about this as I go through each weeks session.  I am very interested in Holistic health and  taking the natural approach with things.

So, how did my losses go for this past week?  A lot better than last!  YAY!!!  Lost another 5.25 inches!!!

Starting Weight: 351 Lbs.

Previous Weight: 342.8

Current: 337 Lbs.

Total Loss: 14 Lbs.

Total Inches lost: 30.75

I don’t really have a goal for this week mileage wise.  I want to give my foot some time to rest.  I’ll still be walking, just not as far.  I will probably be doing more yoga or something of the sort that’s low impact.

I do have a recipe for you.  One evening before I went walking, I had to quickly throw something in the oven.  I had remembered seeing this recipe float around on Facebook about chicken, green beans and potatoes all in one dish.  I happened to have everything, so going from memory, I tossed it all in and sprinkled the italian seasoning packet on it, tossed it in the oven and I left.  When I got home, I could smell it as I was walking up to the door.  I came in and Destiny and Tevis BOTH were raving about it!  They even requested to have it again!  I searched and found the actual recipe online.  So, I plugged it all in to see what the calories and such would be.  I didn’t add the butter and I changed the serving size to 4.  This is DEFINITELY A KEEPER!  It only had 155 calories per serving!  The butter added another 202 calories, but Tevis said that since he liked it without it, there’s no reason to put it in there.  SCORE!  It’s called Green Beans, Chicken Breast & Red Skin Potatoes.  Give it a try.  We loved it!

I’m hoping you all are having a great week!  It starting to rain again here, so I’m going to sit and listen to it hit on our metal porch roof.  It’s so peaceful.  =)  Be Blessed!

Run Your Race…Don’t Give Up

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Over the weekend, I received several messages from you.  They covered the spectrum of things you’ve overcame, ways that my journey has encouraged you in some way, and then also the trenches in which you are walking right now and asking for prayer.  You have been a huge encouragement to me, in ways you will never know.  I wanted to tell yall that.  It gives me direction in how to pray, not just for myself and what God is wanting me to do with this, but also in how to pray for those it is impacting.  Please, keep letting me know what’s going on in your lives.  Message me on Facebook or comment below.  I love hearing from you.  I have been really surprised at how this has made such an impact.  Know that I am praying for you.  Praying that you will continue to press on.  Praying that you will not lose hope.  Praying that you will overcome.  Thank you for all the support that you give me.  It pushes me to keep fighting.

Hebrews 12:1 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.

Every single one of us are in a battle.  Whether is be spiritual, physical, or whatever else, those valley’s can seem painfully long and never ending.  They can push us to the brink of breaking.  No matter what fight you are fighting, KEEP RUNNING WITH ENDURANCE!  Know that God is running right beside you.  Even when you can’t feel Him there, He is.  Keep running. The moment that you give up, is the moment the enemy gets the upper hand.  Every step you take gets you one step closer to breakthrough.  A lot of the time the moment when we give up is when we were just one step from that breakthrough.

So, when you feel like giving up and you are hearing all those voices screaming at you (give up, you’re a failure, don’t waste you time, why even try), know within all that, there is a voice (albiet small) that is shouting with all its might, “KEEP GOING, YOU CAN DO IT, I BELIEVE IN YOU!”  Find that voice.  Strain your ear to hear it.  Keep finding it, keep listening to it and it will eventually get to where it is the one that speaks louder than all the others.  Know that that voice is God cheering you on.

I’m rooting for you!  Take that next step…even if it is small.  It’s one more than you had before.  =) Be Blessed!

My Journey To Health…A Day of Struggle

I have this internal struggle going on right now.  It’s knowing that I need to not workout everyday, giving my body time to rest and the way I feel physically if I didn’t get a walk in.  Yet, there is the other issue of if I don’t eat completely right, I feel really sluggish.  This was the case yesterday.

I had a CRAZY day!  It’s Tevis’s normal day off, so I try to get everything errand wise in on that day.  I needed to have blood work done, have a meeting at church for class that I’m teaching this week, go to the bank, get home and finish cleaning before company came over, go grocery shopping, get the oil changed, return stuff to JC Penny’s, and cook supper.  It did NOT all get done and I was dragging.  I didn’t get a chance to eat, all day, until supper.  That didn’t help at all.  Also, didn’t feel like going walking since I couldn’t keep my eyes open by that evening.

So, today I’m really struggling to get moving.  I’m stiff (back and knees) and feel unmotivated.  I hate it when I feel like this.  It feels like it did before I started this journey and that scares me.  I have a gazillion questions going through my head…mainly all “what if…”  Taunting reminders of failures past.

Today isn’t just going to be a physical battle.  It is going to be a battle of the mind.  I have to believe that this time is different.  We KNOW this time is different.  We know what has been the issue all along…this little thing called a thyroid, which can mess with SOOOO much!  We KNOW this time is different because GOD HAS SAID SO!!!  So, Satan, your lies are no long valid.  They never were.  I just fell prey to them.  Not any more!  The Lord says that by His wounds I am healed and HIS WORD NEVER FAILS!  I will NOT be in bondage anymore because of my weight!  I will NOT be in bondage anymore with the lies I hear in the back of my mind!  I will NOT be in bondage anymore from my concern of being made fun of because of my size!  I have allowed the world to shape me for too long, into a shape I was never intended to be.  It is time to throw the gauntlet down and face my internal demons head on, because Satan YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY OVER ME!  You have lost this battle for I am victorious.

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Are you afraid?  Afraid to start?  Afraid to fail?  Afraid to change?  God wants us to overcome the obstacles in our way.  Most of the time the biggest obstacle is ourselves.  So, have a talk with yourself.  Get real.  Make sure God is there with you when you have that talk and let Him tell the real you what He believes about you.  Let Him pour over you what it is He sees in you.  You are worth it!  Now believe it!  =)  Be Blessed!

My Journey To Health…Week 4

I’ve made Wednesday to be the day that I do my weekly weigh-in and measure.  This week…wasn’t as good of a week, but that’s okay.  I knew I wouldn’t have the losses this week like I had the previous.  Elements of nature tend to get in the way.  It had rained enough to make it difficult to get our walking in.  I was able to get some in, but not near what my goal was.

I was a little disappointed in my numbers.  I didn’t lose hardly anything weight wise, but I felt like my clothes were a little bigger.  I thought surely I would make up for it in lost inches.  Nope.  Only a 1/2 inch loss and 1.2 Lbs.  That’s okay.  A loss is still a loss.

Starting Weight: 351 Lbs.

Current: 342.8 Lbs.

Total Loss: 8.2 Lbs.

Total Inches lost: 25.5

Like I said, I didn’t hit my goal of walking consistently 2.5 miles.  I’m realizing that that may be pushing it.  This week, I’ve only been able to get in 1.5 – 2 miles at a time.  I’ve already wore my shoes out and my ankles and knees start hurting pretty bad at about the 1 mile mark.  I’ll get there.  It’s just going to take time.  So, I’ve decided to have different goal areas.  I’ll have a walking distance goal, a stretching goal (I’m going to start Yoga again, God help me!), and a food goal (new recipe, water intake, etc).  I’ll let you know when I start Yoga.  That should be the funniest thing ever.  I’ve done it before and loved it, but starting out…it’s not something to have an audience for.  HA!

I want to tell you how I’ve been blessed this week.  My daughter’s boyfriend is a pretty awesome guy!  They’ve been together for a smidge over a year now and we just love him.  He knows about this adventure that I (we) are on.  We talk about food, natural remedy’s, and all kinds of stuff a lot because he’s an awesome cook and it’s something that we have in common.  Well, he knew that I had been having to drink loads of water and I was getting tired of the just plain or cucumber water.  He had been looking (and found) and made me a drink that has fiber, lowers cholesterol, is an antioxidant and fat burner, and is good for brain and memory boost.  It was the most amazing thing ever.  Especially after having water all the time and nothing sweetened.  It was Green Tea, Apples and Honey.  Oh, IT WAS AWESOME!!!  Anyways, he’s a good kid and I was much appriciative and he was/is a blessing to me.

My other blessing are these people (this was our version of a prom pose, I guess).

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They came and walked with me last night.  I have a couple of gals that I have walked with too and I am thankful for them all.  Connie (the one in the pink) is who I started this journey with.  Stephanie (in the gray) has walked with us before and Nancy (in the white) was just freed from a boot for her broken foot, so it was her first time walking with us.  I don’t like walking alone, even though I didn’t really say much last night (unlike previous walks).  It’s just nice to know that you have people who will come up alongside you and cheer you on.

So, know that I am cheering you on.  Please, let me know how you are doing.  Whether that is letting me know how you’re struggeling or what your successes have been.  I want to know.  You are doing great.  Every step, no matter how small, is one step farther than you were.  That’s how I’m looking at this past week’s loss.  Even though it was nothing huge, it’s still a loss.  YOU CAN DO IT!  WE CAN DO IT!  =)  Be Blessed!