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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here


That’s our 2-year old grandson sitting on an old tractor at the Shadow Creek Pumpkin Patch.  Love taking those grands places.

I grew up in Texas.  Still in Texas.  I grew up on fried chicken, chicken fried steak, gravy, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, occasionally a roast or steak and fried pork chops.  You got it – fried.  Maybe all that fried food kept me skinny because  as a teenager and young married wife at 102-120 pounds I was,  until after that second baby.  I believe that was about the time I stopped frying and eating healthy.

I’m not sure what changed, but I do know I eat too much sugar and salty snacks, but how does that out do fried? Or maybe it was all the diet Dr. Pepper. Or, maybe it is a heart issue.

This is a real struggle for me to start a healthy weight loss journey.  Actually I started a couple of weeks ago.  I don’t know where this journey will take me, but I do know I can’t make it alone.  It takes a lot of gumption to put on my walking shoes and walk for 45 minutes.  It takes a lot of strength to eat healthy snacks (not a big fruit eater), and yes I’ve lost my strength a few times this week.  It also takes re-prioritizing my days because they are jam-packed, and fitting in a long walk  is hard because I have to not do something else.

I know I need to give up sugar and diet drinks, and I need to add a whole lot of exercise.

I’ve started walking in the neighborhood for 35-45 minutes at a fast pace, and I am wearing a pedometer and shooting for 10,000 steps a day – some days it is 15,000 steps and sometimes I only get in 7,000 – but hey that’s progress and I’m not sitting on my bottom.

I’ve got to add in more fruits, cut out sugar.  Sugar is an addiction just like alcohol.  Alcoholics can break that chain, so I can too.

My goals:

  • Look at food as fuel for my body.
  • Drink lemon water most mornings.  That is hard too because I have to wait thirty minutes on breakfast and that first cup of coffee.
  • Eat three small meals a day – healthy fats, carbs and lean protein and fish
  • Eat healthy snacks – popcorn, nuts, fruits
  • Limit diet drinks
  • Exercise – walk on the treadmill, use my pilates chair, walk in the neighborhood
  • Blog about my progress at least once a week for the next 90 days.  I hope you’ll follow me.
  • Drink half my body weight in water (that’s going to be hard) each day.
  • Do some squats each day.
  • Read over my Bible verses I shared here

I’ve heard it said it takes 3-4 weeks for a person to notice a change.  I’m not seeing it at 3 except for a few pounds lost.  I’ve also heard others will notice in about 8 weeks.  I hope so.

Last Friday we went in for our physicals.  My weight was down a few pounds from April, but the big thing my cholesterol was down without meds to almost normal.  The nurse called Saturday,  and the doctor said for me to keep doing what I am doing.  YEA!

“The biggest mistake people make is to try to lose weight too fast.”  Dr. Mehmet Oz

“God is more concerned with the attitudes of our hearts than the activities of our bodies”                                   UNGLUED by Lysa TerKeurst

“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”  1 Timothy 4:8  (KJV)

“It’s godliness, not godlessness that is going to get me there.”  Debbie Williams

I hope you’ll keep up with my journey the next 90 days, as I work towards a newer me the next 90 days.  What a time to start here at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

 

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses (Free Printable)

12 Bible Verses

I just got back from a 45-minute walk.  With all my being I did not want to walk especially at 10:00 AM, but it was in the 40s this morning so I waited.  But you know I waited too long.  I left with a long sleeve cotton pull over on, and came back with sweat.  Of course even when it’s dark outside at 6:45 lately I’ve been coming back with sweat.  That’s a good thing.   Right?  Sweating out toxins.  This afternoon it is flip flops and short sleeves weather.  Only in Texas.

I have to be honest with you.  I am not a person that likes to exercise, but being honest again I need to take off a whole bunch of weight.  I have been carrying it way too long, and well I keep trying and failing.  You know it’s an addiction – eating and not exercising.

I don’t like to walk – because you know it’s boring, but much more exciting then getting on that treadmill.  I enjoyed some of it as a hawk kept flying over me.  I wasn’t sure if he was after me or something else, and then my next door neighbor drove by me on her bike and we chatted a bit.

Benefits of walking:

  • Hopefully losing weight, but at least maintaining.
  • Strengthening my bones and muscles.
  • Hopefully a longer life.
  • Uplifting – mood
  • It’s supposed to help blood pressure – we’ll see.

So I’ve sit down this afternoon and come up with a free printable for you and me.  Verses I can hang up and be reminded every day to be strong.

Click here for free downloadable printable.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement, Faith, Goal Setting, Grace-Filled, Inspiration, weight

January Goals and December Recap

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As usual this post didn’t happen on the first.  I got sick and got behind.  Yep, I was doing so well.  Those Christmas decorations came down the first week after Christmas.  I had so many house cleaning goals and blogging goals, and they crashed when my husband and I came down with bronchitis, fever and one of the worst coughing times of our lives.  I’m still not over the cough completely.  Doctor said it would probably hang around at least three and a half weeks or more.

My ONE WORD for this year is INTENTIONAL.  You can hear how I came up with my word, and how you can too here. How about you? Do you have a word for the year or a resolution?

It is funny that I chose that word, and then we had some training in a team I am a part of, and it was called “The Law of Intentionality” by John Maxwell.  What a confirmation from my Lord that I am right where He wants me to be this year.  One of the things that John said that is part of an intentional growth plan is making a commitment, making it public and identifying the areas you want to grow in personally (that’s what these monthly posts are all about), investing in those areas one hour a day (exercise, blogging, family, faith – and I think I can do more than one hour with my Bible studies and all the rest), reflect and write an hour a week on what you are learning (a great goal to write and blog an hour a week for me because honestly it is hard to fit in an hour these days.)  He also said to share our growth with someone who is thrilled (I hope you, my readers, are thrilled with this type of post each month.)

FAITH GOALS

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DECEMBER (All Done)

Complete Wendy’s Wait and See study.

JANUARY

Begin Finding I Am Bible Study by Lysa TerKeurst – When I retired I wanted to do an on-line Bible study.  God led me here to Proverbs 31.  You can do these studies 24/7 and meet women all over the World.  There are even Facebook Groups which fill up fast.  Here is the registration form.

Begin 1 Peter A Living Hope In Christ by Jen Wilkin Bible Study at Church

First 5 App Daily Devotionals  – I highly recommend the Proverbs 31 First 5 App for a daily devotional.  They have a book for each Bible book we study.  I do both, but if you aren’t in to really digging in then I would suggest you download the app for your first five minutes of the day to spend some alone time with Him.  You can check it out here and see a sample to today’s devotional.

FAMILY GOALS

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DECEMBER – ALL DONE as our grandson, Colt says.

What an awesome month for time to spend with family, and we have so, so many plans.  I’m as excited as a six year old.  Can’t wait for all the food, fellowship and games. (All Done except celebration with daughter and family – they have been sick and now we are sick so haven’t gotten together)

Another trip to the deer lease with our son and daughter-in-law, and maybe a final one for awhile.  She’s pregnant with twins and well we don’t want to be four hours away from a good hospital. Done

Christmas Eve with my husband’s family for dinner. Done

Christmas Eve at home with the kids and grandkids.  Done

Christmas morning breakfast and celebration of Jesus’ birthday and also our son-in-laws at home with our kids and grandkids. (We got to have breakfast with our son, DIL, and grandson, but our daughter and her family was sick.

Christmas day lunch with my family.  Done

We were blessed to get to go to Six Flags with our son and his family.  It was not on my goals.  I love how God changes our plans.

 

 

JANUARY

Baby Shower for the TWINS my daughter-in-law is carrying.

Have Christmas with our daughter and her family.

Special Day with our grandson, Colt. I think we are going to a movie like Sing or Monster Trucks.  I’m sure he will choose Monster Trucks.

Still need to have all the family over to pay the games we missed on Christmas Eve with our daughter and family being sick.

HEALTH GOALS

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DECEMBER (DONE)

Working out, drinking water, and eating healthy to decrease this waistline.  This is still a hard goal for me although I did make a whole lot of trips upstairs and in the attic (too many to count), and I did walk down to the end of the block several times, and then there were shopping trips and lots of walking at the lease.

JANUARY

Walking on treadmill at least 1 hour a week.  Starting small and trying to work up.  Being REAL here.  Keeping a running tally on the refrigerator and I’m behind already.  Yes I’m catching up.  Learning to be intentional – my One Word for the year.

Reading Trim Healthy Mama Book and trying some of her recipes

Adding lots of protein and shakes.

FRIEND GOALS

DECEMBER  (Partially Done)

It’s hard to meet up with a friend at this time of the year, but  I was honored to meet up with an aunt (Susan) who lost her husband a few months ago for lunch.  Done

Call at least one friend on the phone.   (Done.  I have a sweet friend going through a divorce and one day when God laid her on my heart (a heart drop as Karen Ehman calls it) I picked up the phone and called.  We talked, we laughed, we cried and we prayed for a hour and a half.)

The neighborhood tea still has not happened.  If only I could finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning maybe I could have them over next week before Christmas, but it’s looking doubtful this morning. (Not Done.)

JANUARY

This month I am meeting up with several church friends for a dinner at church to kick off our ladies ministry for the year.  I can’t wait!

Hope to meet up with one of my new Bible study friends for lunch.

HOME GOALS 

DECEMBER – My December goals crashed after Christmas.  I got all the decorations down and then got sick so the last week of December I got little done with all the fever and now coughing.

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.  ( I hope this can happen but with all the extra cleaning and organizing it just might not happen.  (Not Done)

Catch up on filing in office.(Not Done)

Finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning. (All Done)

Plan dishes for all the Christmas meals. (All Done)

JANUARY

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.  I wonder if this will really happen.  Like it’s already January 20th and well I’ve been subbing at school, busy with Bible study, and keeping my awesome grandsons.

Catch up on filing in office.  Same as above, but I’m sure going to try if I can get one day at home.

BLOGGING GOALS 

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I pray you are exhorted (encouraged, prompted) by my blog each and every time I write.  I am exhorted as you read and comment.

DECEMBER (DONE)

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. This is the 9th month I’ve had this as a goal and it sure is not going to happen this month, but I must keep it here or it will never get done.  I am adding a planned date of March because with Christmas and planning for the 3 new grand babies in March and showers and school, it will be at least March, but part of that is the next goal so I am working on it each month, and it is progressing well, but there are over 500 blogs to go back and clean up, tag, and pretty up.  (Worked a lot on this, but it will take months.)

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 35 I already completed, so it will be 50. (DONE)

Delete at least 500 more emails. (DONE)

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a new completion date of February.

JANUARY

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course.  Continue working on Lesson 2 cleaning up 500 blog posts.  It’s going well but the new babies are due soon and seeing all the work designing new pictures on many of the blogs and re-writing some I am going to make this date May.

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 50 I already completed so it will be 65.

Linky Page – Continue cleaning up linky page with a new March completion.  Just being REAL here.

Addiction, Inspiration, weight

Glorify God With How He Made You

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Psalm 139 says we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

God created you and me wonderfully and fearfully.  Ponder on that for a moment.   He made us in His image.  Now ponder on that.  WOW!  You are beautiful.  I am beautiful.

I am in the Made to Crave Bible Study. Lysa TerKeurst continues to show us that “nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only One capable of satisfying them”. We have to change our focus for our cravings to Him, and I know that, but I don’t do that.  God gave us all cravings, but we go to the wrong cravings instead like sweets, television, Facebook, games, gossiping, and even exercising and dieting to extremes rather than healthy balances.

I look at the choices I make each day and see what they can do and have done to my body.  I so need to lose weight.   My choices make me skinny or fat or just right and my choices to exercise or not determine how healthy I am.

I have to admit I oftentimes over- indulge.  I’m trying to do better? Merriam Webster defines “indulge” as unrestrained pleasure. Unrestrained is defined as uncontrolled. I love sweets, but I should be loving my precious Lord MORE.  Dieting is not going to help me.    I have to determine why I over eat.  I have to stop being uncontrolled.

Lysa TerKeurst in Made to Crave told us “shallow desires produce shallow efforts.” So what are your desires?  What would our bodies look like if we planned a healthy menu with small snacks each day – made out a menu for the week with those healthy snacks written in?  What would our bodies look like if we chose to exercise just a little each day?

We were reminded we are “underweight spiritually” and that is why we are “spiritually malnourished”. How do I become spiritually nourished? I spend time in His word, I spend time in prayer, and I plan and make choices that honor Him.

LORD I want to CRAVE YOU!