5.12.13

Proverbs 31:2

Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day!  Whether you are a mom, have a mom, have a child, sister, wife, daughter, etc.  This is a special day for so many!  And for those of you that feel pain today I pray that you may see God’s richest and fullest blessings in your life and that your heart may heal.  

3.21.13

1 Chronicles 16:9

Sing to him. Sing praise to him.
Tell about all of the wonderful things he has done.

 

I am a firm believer in praising God during good times and bad.  Not that I am perfect at it.  But God is God all the time and God is good all the time.  Lately, after watching so many around me go through a lot of pain for the last few years, they are starting to receive GREAT BLESSINGS and answers to prayer.  So I want to take a short moment to PRAISE GOD  extra today for the faithful One He is.  

weekly update (late) and stuff

I feel slightly guilty or vain ( not sure of the wording) dedicating so much thought to the weekly updates.  Please know I KNOW there are far more important things in the world…pretty much anything.  BUT…being healthy is a good thing and so I will continue to post the updates.

I am still avoiding the scale because my clothes are still tight.  blah!

However, I have gone to 1 dr, gotten my first round of bloodwork underway and have appts for the next dr and bloodwork lined up, so hopefully answers will come soon.  I also know for 100% certainty some food which cause me to swell up, have allergic reactions or both.

Now that those things are under way a bit, the testing and feeling sick stage is over, though I am heavier, I have a better plan.  And part of that plan is to get back on track with normal and healthy eating, consistent eating, consistent workouts.

As of tomorrow I am putting myself on Cassey Ho’s 90 day meal plan.  I will only stay on it as long as I need to get to my goal.  I am also going to do 3 of her mini workouts a day along with elliptical and weight training.  This is not as time consuming as one may think.  Just requires early rising.  Most importantly I am making my goal of devotion/Bible/quiet time to happen before I exercise…start the day right.

I have made a couple modifications to her meals to avoid foods I know I react to.  I will be staying in the 1200-1300 calorie range.  I will be eating primarily veggies and protein with some fruits mixed in.  One day a week I will allow myself a cheat item (not an entire meal).  I really want to get my body back AND get my healthy eating habits back.

Otherwise things here are going well.  We had a few years of people around us falling apart and the past few weeks we have gotten some great news and prayer answers!  🙂

We are beginning to read the Narnia Chronicles to our kids…a little every night starting with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, of course.  We are all enjoying it.

No complaints, but summer is soon, so gotta get in shape!  🙂

weekly update

Oh my goals…they were so close and now seem so far away.  But I am not giving up, I am just discouraged.

Something is causing my body to hold onto extra weight….weight that is not consumed.  I am suspicious that it is a gluten thing, but I am not 100% convinced.  I know that when I am tired and hungry and the scale reads higher than in a long time my mind does not go to happy places.  “Oh goody, I watched what I ate and worked my tail off and look what I have to show for it!  More weight!  Yay.”  Boo.  😦

So I am not posting my weekly stats until I get this thing under control.  As I say a lot, and I hope all who read this know:  My weight is not the most important thing in my life.  If I cannot eat certain foods so be it.  Compared to the bagillions of other things going on throughout the world, I count my blessings.  I am incredibly spoiled…I have a home and a loving family and friends and a pillow and food.  Most importantly I have a loving Savior.  Everything else falls short.  Including the elimination of yummy-ness, as annoying as it may be.   I do want to be healthy though…for me, for my family and to serve God.  I know He doesn’t want me focused on food….He wants me focused on Him.

I am about to embark on crazy necessity.  I am going to begin a 3 week elimination diet.  Basically I can eat chicken, tuna, fruits and veggies…there are some other rules, but that is basically it.  Some eliminate chicken too, but I know I am ok with chicken, so we are keeping that in.  I am sure by the end of the 3 weeks I will be getting pretty creative with these limited ingredients.  I sure hope that it helps me solve my issue.  In the meantime if my dr tells me it is not necessary, I will quickly stop.  I haven’t gotten in with her yet, though, and I know this was where we were headed last time I had these issues, so I figure I will get a jump start on it.

will keep you posted.  And I will continue the weekly updates…even if they are a bit different for awhile.

🙂

Devotion for New Year

My devotional was pretty great today for the New Year and so I thought I would share part of it:

I stand between the years.  The Light of My Presence is flung across the year to come…the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness.  Backward over the past year is My Shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and disappointment.  Dwell not of the past…only the present.  Only use the past as the trees use My Sunlight to absorb it, to make from it in after days the warming fire-rays.  So store only the blessings from Me, the Light of the World.  Encourage yourselves by the thought of these.  Bury every fear of the future, of poverty for those dear to you, of suffering, of loss.  Bury all thought of unkindness and bitterness, all your dislikes, your resentments, your sense of failure, your disappointment in others and in yourselves, your gloom, your dependency, and let us leave them all, buried, and go forward to a new and risen life.  Remember that you must not see as the world sees.  I hold the year in My Hands…in trust for you.  But I shall guide you one day at a time.  Leave the rest with Me.  You must not anticipate the gift by fears or thoughts of days ahead.  And for each day I shall supply the wisdom and strength.

Emotions and Blessings

It is a hard week for me.  My Joshua’s birthday is on Sunday and so we will take a family trip to the cemetery.  It will be bittersweet.  We will decorate his gravestone better than anyone’s in the cemetery.  He will have Christmas and birthday balloons, trees, toys, etc.  The kids will want to leave one of their toys for him.  It will be a tender day.  And yet we will smile knowing he is safe in the arms of his Savior.

It was a hard year.  We saw a lot of loved ones struggle either with marriages, loss, health, parents or children hardships.  Every year, every minute sometimes, I realize how fragile and precious life is.

This year, I held onto those precious moments.  I breathed them in.  I felt guilty when I took them for granted.  We are not promised perfect families or perfect health.  We are not promised that life will be pain free.  We are promised eternal salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  We are promised that He will walk through each minute and each pain with us.  We are promised that there is no pain in Heaven.  I ask of anyone who reads this to give your life over to Jesus and spread His word to all you know.

I take photographs often, even when my camera is not around….I take photos in my head.  I know that I am blessed beyond belief with my husband, my children, my parents and family who love me even though I am far from the perfect wife, daughter, sister and mommy.  I thank God and them for giving me chances far over what I deserve.  I pray to the Lord that each of them will live with Him for eternity.   My personal life this year didn’t go through the trauma that I watched others go through, but my heart ached and broke for each one.  Each one made me appreciate each moment with my blessings.