100.6 pounds lost since my journey began on January 3, 2012.
Success = The sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. (281 days, to be exact)
(Hair is minus the touch of a curling iron and on the end of a windy day.)
2 questions I am asked repeatedly:
1) What are you doing to lose the weight?
2) How much farther before you reach your end goal?
Answers for #1:
Support. Structure. Scripture. (I created my plan around these 3 S's)
My public chalkboard with weekly weight loss/gain recordings has helped my family, friends and blog world buddies support my efforts. I have leaned hard many weeks on your cheers and applause and encouragement. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Eat lean meats, fruits, veggies, eggs, cheese, nuts, seeds. Basically eliminating sugar and flour (I do allow myself a very limited serving of whole wheat rounds). I drink water and coffee. (For taste testing as chef in my own kitchen, I have a fork allowance.)
Exercise 6 days/week. I have a circle path in my house - takes 27 steps for one lap through kitchen-family room-sitting room-laundry room. It is amazingly simple! Every morning I lace up my tennies and walk my laps indoors - a full 30 minutes. I do six times up/down my stairway and 30 push-ups against my kitchen counter. Anything extra like biking or walking at the school or shopping (a new aerobic) is a bonus!
Could I increase my exercise minimum? Yep, but I probably won't. I wanted to begin something that I could sustain for the next twenty years. I love the indoor house track - safe, weatherproof, cheap, and it is so mindlessly boring that the creative juices come alive in my heart. Not kidding. I also devote some laps to my "prayer walking."
Last, but not least. If you have been following my blog at all, you know how important the Bible is to me. It is the passion of my life to know God and inspire others to know Him too.
I am reading a book about being on mission with Christ. Here is a quote from this book entitled "Godspeed" by Britt Merrick.
"Effective ministry often comes through the most broken people, for their poverty makes them acutely aware of the limitless riches of Jesus' grace."
I find myself broken, yet experiencing the wondrous and limitless and all sufficient blessing from God along this journey.
Answer for #2 - if you haven't fallen asleep yet
I don't have a magic weight on the scale that I am aiming for. I know I'm not there yet. I have put two people responsible for telling me when I hit End Goal. My husband Chuck and daughter Danae. No pressure, you two beloved family.
Do you have time for one more quote?
"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second." ~William James
In this case, Sparrow finds her flight going into the second wind - flying in a size 12 blue jean. (And if I knew how to crop these photos, you wouldn't see my curling iron still plugged in!)
Maybe you have an area of life that needs some "flight encouragement." If I can put in small efforts day upon day, YOU can too. Really. And truly. Together.
Grateful, amazed, and humbled by #100,
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