This post is an honest page out of my own journey in the struggle of weight and food issues. If you're not dealing with some hard struggles that almost are getting the best of you, I'm happy to catch you around the corner at the next blog posting. You're excused with my blessings:)
I need to write a disclaimer #2. It reads something like this:
concerning this subject
I have more questions than I have answers.
I have more failure than I have success.
I have a good mindset today, I may not tomorrow.
That being said, if you're still with me, let me ramble a bit of my heart and then share my plan.
I love cheezits, pizza, appetizers, ice cream, M&Ms . . . I'm a carb-lovin' sugar-seekin' girl! I'd rather eat the mashed potatoes and leave the meat. The moderation button seems to be missing in my DNA. This has landed me in a 2x size frame. Problem defined.
I've circled the globe on this personal struggle and although there is so much I don't know, here are a few things I do know.
1. This journey isn't so much about the finish line as it is the run.
2. This struggle is included in God's life-map for me. God wants to use this weakness of mine to showcase His glory.
3. Even the snail eventually made it to the Ark.
okay, here's the simplified version of my plan as it stands today
a. eliminate white sugar and white flour - takes care of most my trigger foods.
b. eat veggies, fruits, lean meats, whole grains. See what's in my fruit basket.
c. drink at least 32 oz. water daily - I'm so grateful that 17 months ago I had my last Diet Coke. Water is now my beverage of choice (I do still enjoy 2 cups of coffee with hubster). I have a large 32 oz. water bottle I keep refilling. Keeps it easy to chug it down and know if I get one bottle finished, I met my requirement.
d. walk 30 minutes minimum 5-6 days/week. This I do at home.
e. surround myself with motivation to stay on course. This comes from blogs, books, media on the subject. Dropped into my inbox just this morning was this:
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, mirroring our increasing rate of weight gain. It's important to understand that our obesigenic (fat-producing) environment is taking a toll on our health through diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions that are the result of poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Prescription meds treat the symptoms of the disease instead of creating health... We make 1,000 small choices a day, which either contribute to, or erode, our overall physical health. - Dr. Wayne Andersen on Habits of Health
f. weigh-in day is once weekly. Since I needed some major accountability, I chose to follow Tuesday's TV Biggest Loser. I weigh in that morning and post it here on my own family room chalkboard public forum! (I started in the beginning of January.)
my struggles probably aren't yours
I'm a food-aholic. But there is a long line...
porn-aholic . . .
And then there are struggles with pride, fear, anger, speech, worry, bitterness . . .
I really believe that it is in our shared weaknesses, not our strengths, that we have the greatest bond with one another.
in the darkness of the morning came this from Psalm 18
The LORD is my rock and my deliverer;
In distress I called to Him for help;
With His help I can scale a wall; my favorite line
He trains my hands for battle;
His right hand sustains me.
God is writing the text in this journey for each of us. It puts a joy in Sparrow's little heart to know she does not travel alone. Neither do you.
I've a long
My mini-goals are 15 pounds. Since I met my first GOAL - and since orange unveiled as a color this spring - my splurge! Can you see it? $25 purse from Penneys.
Thanks for sharing my page,
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