God is Bigger

This summer and fall brought a lot of changes in our household.  God led us down a new path and blessed us along the way.  We are already so blessed…daily…to breathe, to walk, to see, to love…but God spoils us.  When we follow His plan, He seems to add even more blessings along the way.  I’m not at all saying if you are going through a difficult time you aren’t following God’s plan…by no means…but there are times when you feel extra blessed for following His ways.

However…after such blessings we seemed to be attacked a little: The month of September brought us some of the following:

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Bees infested our daughter’s room…we are still battling the last (hopefully!) few!

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A leaky bathroom pipe caused trouble for our living room.

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My husband had foot surgery…

Among other normal life drama… 😉

BUT…

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God got us through every step of the way.  He holds this world, He holds each moment of our lives, He is BIGGER than any attacks that come our way.

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!  Praise God in the good and hard times.  🙂

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Wandering in the Desert

Have you ever felt like the Israelites wandering in the desert?  You know what you are supposed to do and where you are supposed to go, but you can’t figure out how to make it work.  Once we realize we can’t do it on our own, and let God do the work He wants to do in our lives, then the wandering stops miraculously and with all glory to God!

There have been some changes in our house this summer, and I knew what God was telling me, but it wasn’t working…so I did my “human back up plan” and wandered around the desert.  Thankfully, and by God’s grace, I didn’t choose one of the back up plan options, and He didn’t let me wander too long before revealing the plan He told me from the start.

I am currently reading a book called “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson.  It is an amazing read.  It teaches us to be confident in our prayers and the answers we are hearing. Do not get me wrong, it does not teach us, and we certainly should not, use God to get what we want.  If we are following Christ, studying His Word and in alignment with Him, He will put His desires in our hearts.  Then we can rest assured knowing that our prayers are what He wants and we are simply praying for His will to be done.  “Thy will be done,’ in every situation, good or bad, hard or easy, God’s will is always the best way.

Yes, it is easier said than done, and no, most of us are not perfect at it.  But thankfully God is!  He is our Rock, our Savior, our unchanging and perfect God!  Praise to Him!

We’ve Been Around the World

The world of Disney that is…I am thinking that maybe…just maybe it is as exhausting as actually travelling around the whole world…just a thought.

We couldn’t have had such a nice trip without the generosity of many.  We were also greatly blessed by God to have such amazing memories…things just worked in our favor. We didn’t deserve any of it, we didn’t need any of it, but it was a wonderful wonderful time!

A few tips for any potential Disney goers…

  1. PLAN AHEAD!  Seriously, plan plan plan.  This advice is especially worthwhile if you are only making this journey once or twice while your children are young.  There is so much to see and do…and you can see and do all of it (truly) but having a plan helps significantly.
  2. Use Fast Passes!  They are key to the top rides and well worth the waiting up until midnight 1-2 months before to get them.  Hint: do not plan them close to the same time and on opposite sides of the park.  Having ours clustered nicely in similar locations or time frames = happiness.
  3. Use the wait times app!  We still check on ours just to see if the parks are still running smoothly without our presence there.  😉
  4. Go through the parks in order (primarily Magic Kingdom, as there is the most to see there).  Time is wasted trekking back and forth across the park.  Going in order saves time, energy and sanity.
  5. Get to the parks early…you can save a lot of line waiting time if you are one of the first (first thousand) in the park.
  6. Roll with it!  If your plan gets changed, its meant to be and everyone will live.
  7. Use the photopass system…the park will take hundreds of pictures for you that are well worth the purchase!
  8. Have fun!  You are there to make memories with your family…make those memories happy ones.

I am surrounded (literally) by the hundreds (um…1000+) photos that we printed.  Shutterfly’s free unlimited 4×6 prints was a lifesaver!  Looking through them is a bit mind blowing.  A year of crazy planning, a week of insane walking/riding/sweating has been over now for a couple weeks.  Life has resumed to normal, but the memories in mind and photo will be a vivid part our family conversations for years to come.

Insane

I began the Insanity workout program!  I have not done the diet plan with it yet…still contemplating.  It isn’t much different than what I try to do…try being the operative word…except for the shakes.  I enjoy it so far.  Some of it is a love/hate relationship.  I do not think I will go through the whole thing again, but may purchase a few of the dvds to have onhand as alternate workouts.  (I am currently borrowing them from a friend).

My synopsis on the program…

* it makes me sweat a lot

* some of them keep me short of breath

* I hate switch kicks!

* it is a good cardio workout

* I am not seeing the results I thought I would by now

* it is not as insane as I feared…which is good!

* it is good cardio, but I think I need to add to my day’s routine to get the results I am looking for

 

Will keep you posted if more insane revelations arise.  🙂

Reflection, Perspective and New Starts

My body sure has been through a lot in the last decade…pregnancies, births, crazy weight loss, weight back to normal, weight past normal (:P), various tests the last few years to determine…finally…that my body reacts to yellow dye, potentially other dyes, and is intolerant to a smattering of foods like oatmeal and broccoli (both of which I actually like).  In the midst of all the craziness, my workouts have intensified, my time with God has jumped around and my perspective has changed.

My body weight and fat percentage are not where I want them…I desire to be healthier and to shed a few pounds while defining the muscle that is already there, but I am finally at the point where I am not going to dwell on it as much as I have in the past.  Wondering which mirror is the most accurate, missing sleep to squeeze in that last hour of the workout, or just obsessing about 5 or even 10 pounds.  If I am making healthy choices, the weight will come off in time.  If I am not eating like a football player and being a glutton, if my husband loves me and more importantly my Savior loves me, then there is not one reason to obsess.  If someone else judges me based on a few pounds, shame on them, and if I let that bother me, shame on me.  My priorities need to be on God first.  I am ashamed to say that there have been days where I stayed up late to workout and then fell asleep reading my Bible.

So I am making a few changes.  I am still going to be healthy and workout, because I enjoy working out and think people should take care of the bodies God has given to them.

My mornings will look a little like this:

  • Devotionals (a few pages of 2-3)
  • Prayer and journal time
  • online devotions
  • workout (currently I am doing an ab challenge, a squat challenge, elliptical, a 4 week program kind of and I just printed the Spartacus workout so we will see if I add that in…that one is only 3xs a week and the 4 week program is not everyday either)
  • Normal day of chasing children, teaching children, cleaning, cooking and household maintenance
  • depending on how much time I spent working out, possibly another workout before bed…but not too late.  😉

With all the craziness of food I am going to attempt to eat as clean as possible.  I know this needs to be a gradual switch, so I will do it the right way.

I am excited to have a better perspective, I am excited to be healthier, I am most excited to see where the Lord will lead me and my family.

Just a few Tuesday life thoughts  🙂

Newbie

So I am pretty sure that gluten presents a problem to my body.  But I am still in the stage of determining to what extent.  I did get a celiac test a year or 2 ago and was cleared.  So…for all of you who suffer from gluten issues, please lend your advice.  The internet offers a lot of information and a lot of contradictory information.  I will be making an appointment with my dr, but in the meantime…help…please.  🙂

* Differences in wheat allergies, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, etc?

* lunchmeat ok or no?

* greek yogurt ok or no?

* should I assume everything is not safe if it doesn’t specify that it is gluten free?

* do itchy ears, throat, eyes etc line up with internal belly issues?…I seem to have both…

* is it possibly I have nothing wrong with me per se…it is just that gluten is not healthy for anyone and I am noticing it more since I have avoided it for some time?

* is there a non-fancy, very basic, mostly whole food diet plan I can follow day to day for awhile…?

Any advice is appreciated,

 

Thanks!!!!

Here we go…

Alright readers…here we go.  I have mentioned more than once on my war between eating and being healthy.  I am not overweight, but have some areas that need attention.  Over the last year I have started being healthy and fallen off the wagon a myriad of times.  It could happen again, but I am hoping with posting my progress on here that it will keep me a bit more accountable.  No matter what my weight or size I need to be HEALTHY.

Sooooo…at the moment I am at the highest weight I have been (other than when I was pregnant)…nope, not saying what it is.  😉  I know some is muscle, but not as much as I would like.  I will say that my goal weight is 115.  This is huge for me as my goal weight once was 105 pounds and it was achieved, but not healthy.  115 would be both healthy and not crazy.

I am going to lose it slowly…trying to form good habits along the way…I once had them and lost them.  😦  I am determined to get them back.  Plus I know that with my lifting regimen, it will be slow losing weight as I build muscle which weighs more than fat anyway.

My plan is add yet another category to the sidebar and post my progress, struggles, exercise routines, etc.  If you want to join me in this quest, welcome!

I cannot believe I am doing this for anyone to see, but, if it helps keep me accountable, it is worth it.

So…today was my first day to try to be healthy.  I ate about 1500 calories.  I really should be under that for my size and weight, but it is much better than the amount I have been intaking.  After training, my body is having a hard time decreasing the caloric intake.  I have not yet done my workout for the day, but am about to do a weight program, some thigh work with a band and a bit of cardio after that.

In the future I will hopefully post after working out and so can give a more detailed synopsis of the day.

Food today included a protein shake, a lot of fruit, veggies, scallops, almond butter, a slice of cheese and egg whites.

Will be back tomorrow…hopefully tomorrow will be successful, as well.