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Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes.

HooHaa 52 - Resolution (Week 24)

HooHaa 52 – Resolution (Week 24) (Photo credit: Grizdave)

This morning I was at the gym – I have been to the gym every day this year – and channel surfing since none of my preferred shows were on.   I’m not sure what was going on in the show, but I saw that on the subtitles – and I thought – Thanks God, for that bit of inspiration!  I didn’t stay watching the show, but I’m still thinking about it.

At TOPS last night I recorded a gain of half a pound over the Christmas weeks.  I start the year with my second number still a 2 (thankfully) and a very small gain.  I knew I shouldn’t have eaten so much chocolate!  Oh well, I enjoyed everything – and in relative moderation.  I should let you know that the others who weighed in LOST over New Years, which is highly commendable.

We talked about resolutions – and some of us had made them.  Mine is to move a minimum of 5 minutes every single day this year.  So far, I’ve met that challenge.  I’ve also challenged myself to eat something green every day – and I’ve managed that as well.  Mrs. P has begun writing her bites.

One of our group doesn’t make resolutions, so she won’t break them.  This makes sense to me as well.  In 2010 I printed “One Problem, One Correction” and it is still hanging on my bulletin board as a reminder that I cannot solve all my problems at the same time.

Resolutions or Changes? Either way, something has to become different if we are going to become the people we want to be – and in TOPS we do at some level want to be at a healthier weight.  We want to eat wisely most of the time.  We do not want to be ruled by our emotions.

I struggle with “writing the bites” and have for years.  I’ve tried My Fitness Pal, Spark People, Lose It….and all kinds of papers and journals.  I’ve lasted maybe two days.  I’ve got something new, and I’ll take a picture of it later, but here’s what I did:

  1. Obtain 31 index cards, I think mine are 4 x 6, but I’m on a roll here, so I won’t go get it.
  2. Punch holes in the top corners.
  3. Insert those round rings (I guess I’ll have to get a picture of that) – and voila!
  4. On the first 7 pages write the date – don’t get too far ahead of yourself.  I also write my schedule, grocery list….
  5. WRITE WHAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO EAT FOR THE DAY

I don’t know why, but somehow this has been working for me when others have failed.  Having the rings at the top and not the sides makes it easier for me to write things down.

It’s big enough to find in my bag, but small enough not to be cumbersome.  I don’t have to hold the pages open while I write….

Something changed, and what’s important for me as I go through this next year of change, is that I keep looking until I find what works!

Have a good day!

Marcia

PS:  Here’s another blog I found particularly inspirational this morning – because she just doesn’t give up!  http://sunnyjane.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/pizza-wine/  I really like her picture!  You go girl!

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Choosing to “Obey”

I borrowed this from  a blog called Salt.  It’s interesting to do an image search for the word “Obey”  because you  can see people’s perspective on this.  It gets better when you add “obedience” to the mix, and that’s how I found this picture and the blog.

It’s Monday, and I used to write about my weight and how much I had gained or lost.  Today I’m not going to do that.  Why?  Because I don’t know. I didn’t get on the scale.  I chose not to know.

I’ve been struggling with reading my Bible.  Not because I don’t have one – I have at least five or six of them.  The problem is they’re not “easy” to read.  Some are just too heavy.  Some have small print.  They are physically challenging and I don’t read them.  Then comes the dilemma of what to read, when to read and …..

Yesterday I had a bit of an epiphany.  Maybe I don’t need to read.  Maybe I just need to meditate.  I found a little book  while I was cleaning up.  It’s called “Daily Light for the Daily Path” and here’s another picture of someone else’s book, again borrowed fromm  a blog: Recycled Missionaries . His copy must be older than mine, because my dates aren’t in Roman Numerals!

Here’s what got me going yesterday (I had my dates wrong, so I get to read this twice!).

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey?”  Math. 25:14, 15.

This hit me right between the eyes, as I contemplate my struggles to lose weight.  There are a lot of people who care about my success.  My friends – who encourage me greatly.  My TOPS group – also friends who remind me of how far I’ve already come.  My health team – Lori and Elaine Hu, my dietician.

Lori tells me that I shouldn’t be eating after 8 pm.  The reason is kind of complicated but it has to do with insulin resistance.  Do you think I can obey her?  Do you think I do?  No.  I want to eat at night.   I’m tired, grumpy and sad to say, I give in.

Elaine has created a whole eating plan designed to help me move forward on this.  The plan says to eat my starches only at meal times.  Do I do this?  For the longest time, NO!

So who am I obeying?    I am allowing my emotions, my feelings, my tastebuds, to run the show here.

Obedience is a choice.  God allows me that choice.  I need to accept the consequences of the choices I make each day.  Some days I choose to obey my emotions.  Today I’d like to choose to obey God, and the people He has placed in my life to help me lose this weight.

(Of course there’s more to this than just losing weight – but I need to get ready for work, so hopefully I will have more time to explore later)

Have a delightful day!

Marcia

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