Friday, October 24, 2014

It's The Little Things

Ah, the little things in life....  They are what makes the world lovely.

A flower tucked away in pot.  The scent of a rose.  Bacon (do I need to say more there?).  Laughter from a child.

On my weight loss journey, I've discovered the joys of little things that I'd not thought much of before.

For instance, fitting in a "normal" size bathroom stall at the local big box store or gas station.  That means not feeling like a stuffed sausage in order to do what you have to do, or taking over a "handicapped" bathroom for space to move around.

Fitting into "regular" seats in a waiting room.  Not having to find the jumbo sized or double seats.

Finding a body form emerge from beneath mountains of fat that has been hidden for years.

Endurance to help in a ministry without being out of breath.

Take time to thank the Lord for little things, whatever they are in your life.  The little things make life so much better!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Battling the Desire to Eat Way Too Much

The past 2 months, since September 4th, 2014, I've been tackling the gluttony issue.  It started with an admission, to God and to the world, of my sin.  It's not like it couldn't be seen--it's rather hard to hide 401 pounds no matter how "well" you carry weight.  As is the case with many many folks, even when the sin is glaringly evident, it still takes admission and a willingness to repent and start anew.

To follow the past 2 months of the journey, click either the top "weight loss challenge" page or the big picture at the right hand side.

As my body has adjusted to the Victoza shot, the nausea has subsided, and the old haunting desire to eat has resurfaced.  It'd waned a bit during the nausea days, as who really wants to eat when they're constantly vomiting due to bodily reaction to medicine?  Now that I've adjusted to the having Victoza on board daily, the emotional desire to eat eat eat eat came back like a roaring lion.

Roaring lion.  Where have we heard that before?

I start the day well, with dark roast coffee and sugar free flavored creamers.  Yes, I use Splenda based products to replace sugar.  Honey, molasses, and others will spike my glucose.  I've grown Stevia, and purchased it commercially powdered, and it's not my cup of tea.  Then, I eat a breakfast of either old fashioned rolled oats or cream of wheat (both by serving size on the container) with fresh fruit--an apple, pear, blueberries, whatever is in the fridge, sweetened with Splenda, a splash of milk, and a cup of tea.

For lunch, It's usually a one slice sandwich of peanut butter (using the serving size recommended) or deli ham on homemade bread or purchased whole grain.  Sometimes it's a big bowl of homemade veggie soup with bone broth and tomato juice base and a piece of fruit.  

Supper is generally a big bowl of homemade soup with raw veggies or fruit on the side, or a single slice sandwich similar to lunch.  One night I made grilled cheese for everyone and had one myself along side my soup.  Another night I baked some fish for hubby and had a small serving.  I've made small baked potatoes and enjoyed one with a tablespoon or so of french onion dip and a teaspoon of butter.  Mostly my main portion is the soup I've made previously so all I have to do is pull it out of the fridge and heat.

Snacks are raw fruit, raw veggies, and lately popcorn popped in a drizzle of olive oil in the Stir Crazy popper, topped with the little shaker seasonings.  I sip on coffee, herbal and black teas, and a little water throughout the day.

Now, don't get me wrong, I've had a not so good snack here and there--a portion of ice cream, a serving of cookies, Doritos with the kids, a candy bar.  I've tried to stay within the serving sizes and add the calorie count to my mental count of the day's calories.  It doesn't always happen, but I try.

My lion comes to prowl after supper.  This is the time when I'm doing dishes up for the day, putting away food the family didn't finish up, winding down, getting the kids' night routine in order, and so on.  As it gets darker, the more I want to park with a snack.  I've tried herbal tea instead, and spent half the night in the bathroom.  I'm sure you understand why.  I've tried raw carrots and fruits.  It's just not the satisfaction I'd been used to previously.  My lion growls and pounces, and I've given in to it's demands occasionally.  My lion enjoys the sweet, the savory, the rich.

This lion needs to get back in it's cage!

I feel most evenings like the circus lion tamer, cracking the whip and working hard at keeping the beast under control, hearing the roar and dodging the swipe of the extended claws.  It roars loudly, it tells me what it wants, and that it wants it NOW.

It's up to me to listen to it or keep it in its cage.

The first month, I ignored it, mostly because listening to it made me vomit.  Now, I have to deal with the lion head on.

I'm *not* hungry at night.  I have no reason to eat after supper.  It's emotional eating.  It's a means to satiate an internal desire that doesn't relate to the need for food.  It's a comfort measure.

And it's not very comforting anymore.

For me, and possibly others, emotional eating is a way to fill a gap, comfort a hurting heart, get a rush from sugar and carbs that need to come from somewhere else other than food.

Like the Lord.

So my goal is to keep the lion in the cage, and pray fervently when the desire to eat when hunger isn't there sneaks up and tries to pounce.  You'd think it'd be a no brainer, but when you have eaten from emotional desires most of your life, retraining is harder than you think.  With Christ it can be done, and will.

To God be the glory, let His will be done, let His grace and mercy show through relying on Him to get through the rough patches along the journey.  Even if it's just a prayer to keep from picking up the cookie.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Popcorn to the Rescue!

Popcorn.  I love popcorn.  Buttery, salty, full of fat popcorn.

But it doesn't love me.

So, today, after a long while of avoiding the full fat, butter laden, salty overloaded popcorn, I broke out the "stir crazy" popper.

I drizzled in a little bit of olive oil, and popped enough corn to fill the water bath canner.

Instead of fattening butters and such, I left it as it.  Each person who got a serving out was allowed to use whatever they wanted.  Hubby and I chose these wonderful little shakers of flavorings with very minimal calories, and had white cheddar cheese and kettle corn.

I've so missed this nice snack.  It's filling, satisfying, really helps with that need to crunch on something but not load up on a ton of calories.  The best part is, it's low cost, low cal, and easy to flavor up the way you enjoy.

I've got to try the chocolate next!!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

She Shall Be Called Woman: Christmas Baking Ideas

She Shall Be Called Woman: Christmas Baking Ideas: These are some of the cutest and easiest goodies to make for Christmas.

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Verses of Encouragement

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement.  That's part of life!  The best place to go for encouragement is to the Bible.

Psalms 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Romans 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Joshua 1:9 - Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I hope these are of encouragement to you today as you go about your daily routines. :)

Verses from KJV, at King James Bible Online

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge --Week 7

Wow, it's been 7 weeks already!  Time has sure flown by!

It's the middle of October now, it seems like just yesterday that I decided enough was enough and it was time to fight the sin of gluttony.

So how was the past week?

Hectic!  There's been 2 baking days, a day at church with the bibles for Bearing Precious Seed shipping out (and a nice meal for everyone), cleaning, appointments, and so on.

It was rainy and gloomy for a few consecutive days, which really dampened spirits at home with the entire family.  I had a rough time sleeping, as joint pain (arthritis) kicked up dramatically with damp air and cooler temperatures.  Both knees have given way to arthritis, and with the changes in weather, they've taken up a new screaming voice that demands to be heard.  During the wet and chilly weather, I've attempted some dvd's for exercise, and discovered a combination of 2 videos works very well.  One is Leslie Sansone's 5 mile walk, the second is Weight Watcher's resistance band toning.  The upper body I can do well with the resistance band, but with the knees being mean and hateful, there's no getting on them to do kicks in a hands/knees position, nor lunges.  I tried.  Walking is easy to do, just working to keep up with Leslie's pace--her fast walking is a run to me! LOL  But exercise is exercise, and it's important to be intentional about activities to make that deficit in calories, right?

I've pretty well hit a plateau in pounds lost, but not in inches.  In a week and a half's time I've lost 4 inches off my hips, 1 more inch off waist, and 2 off chest.  This puts me at 49/46/60.  I've been as high as 79 on my hips, and much larger all the way around.  I'm today wearing my 22/24 sweats, though still clingy at the knees due to the extra fat hanging around them, they are comfortable.  That is a major improvement from the easily 32/34 I started out in September!

I've taken to doing some exercising laying on a cushioned surface, doing scissors (leg lifts) and so on to work on lower body.  The couch or bed makes a great locale for those,  Yes, I realize that the location isn't orthodox for exercise, but it sure helps cushion swollen joints, and is cheaper than purchasing a padded mat for the floor that I wouldn't be able to get up and down from.  I am thankful that God has provided an alternative means of getting exercise in, even if it is on a cushiony surface. :)

Another means for exercise is simply cleaning and working in the home.  Standing to prepare meals, washing dishes by hand, carrying loads of laundry up the stairs and putting away, vacuuming rooms, sweeping and mopping floors, dusting, cleaning the bathroom, all this is movement and expends energy.  It doesn't seem like much, but keeping a home clean does take energy--ask any homemaker at the end of a cleaning day!  Couple that with nutritious meals, and you have a great combination!

My only downfall this week has been in travelling.  I don't know why, but when driving long distances, it's almost like the mouth has to be moving.  It's easy to mindlessly snack the entire trip.  Mindlessly eating is not a good thing to do, and you load up on calories you probably wouldn't have eaten otherwise.  This is an area I have to work harder on.  If you all have ideas, by all means send them my way!

Joyfully shared with:  A Proverbs 31 Wife, The Modest Mom, Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, What Joy Is Mine Cornerstone Confessions

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