Weight loss support with a spiritual element. I will keep you posted on my journey in the hopes that you will join me in becoming the person God wants you to be. Don't worry about being religious. Come as you are.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Learning Curve

From C. S. Lewis:

"We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection."

We have said it many times - "nobody's perfect".

Have you ever been lulled into a false sense of security because you have been on top of your game, staying on the plan, exercising, eating right, and all that? Have you ever been harsh with someone in blogland who is struggling? Have you ever looked at someone who is obese and thought unkind things? I have.

Have you also noticed that it's not too long before you slip up and do exactly what you have been critical of others for doing? I have done this as well. Keeps us humble doesn't it?

This also shows that we are not as settled in our lifestyle changes, our good habits, our overwhelmingly awesome and amazing self as we thought we were. Unicorn rides for everyone. We made the assumption that all of that was behind us, no more unwise eating for us, right?

We do need to remember that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments.

How can our failures be forgiven? Who needs to do the forgiving anyway? C. S. Lewis is a Christian apologist. I had trouble with the word "apologist" for a long time. It reminds be of the word "apology" which to me meant saying one is sorry. C. S. Lewis was an atheist but another author and apologist, J. R. R. Tolkein, brought him to Christ. An apologist makes very logical arguments for what he/she believes. Ravi Zacharias is another good apologist. They are not sorry they are Christians; they argue for their beliefs - this is what an apologist does. Do some research for your own understanding.

If we are truly sorry for something we have done; if we regret our behavior and understand the consequences, wouldn't one think we would stop this behavior? A sincere remorse, a true regret, an honestly contrite heart will change or forgiveness is futile and becomes an enabling mechanism. Why would we keep binge food in the house? Why would our trigger foods be around? Do we forgive ourselves for the binge and then go out and buy more junk food because it's for the kids? It's not for the kids; it's for us. If the spouse goes ahead and buys that stuff anyway, that presents another problem but not an insurmountable one. At least we can refuse to buy it ourselves.

There is this psychological mechanism that associates forgiveness as making something as though it never happened; therefore we don't have to learn from it or change our behavior because of it. Do any of us forgive those whom we know are just going to do the same thing again? Don't we stop loaning money to people who have not paid us back in the past for borrowed money? Don't we stop loaning people our possessions if they don't return them?

We don't really forgive ourselves and change our behavior because we really don't think it won't happen again.

Let's become apologists and argue for health - especially to ourselves.

It is true that nobody is perfect but wouldn't it be better to strive for perfection each day and fall short than to accept the binge as occasional proof we aren't perfect and skip our exercising because everybody does that and succeed?

Be careful out there today.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good Information


WOW!!! Real interesting! Something I did not know, could come in handy..

I wish when my nephew was badly burned someone had known this.

A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it. He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors ignited and engulfed him He jumped from his truck, screaming.

His neighbor came out of her house with a dozen eggs and a bowl yelling: "bring me some more eggs!"

She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks.
The neighbor woman helped her to apply the whites onto the young man's face.

When the ambulance arrived and the EMTs saw the young man, they asked who had done this. Everyone pointed to the lady in charge.

They congratulated her and said: "You have saved his face."

By the end of the summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her. His face was like a baby's skin.
A Healing Miracle for Burns:

Keep in mind this treatment of burns is being included in teaching beginner fireman. First Aid consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin. Then, spread the egg whites onto the affected area.

One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg whites from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution. The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.

She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white. By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn. 10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.

Since this information could be helpful to everyone: Please share it!

I promise I am working on a relevant post - just letting you know I am still alive.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Mayonnaise Jar


When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family,
children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.” he said.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you...” he told them.

“So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Please share this with other "Golf Balls"

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Indian Giver?

Still want to binge? Didn't we give that up? What is it about the binge that we want back? This is something to think long and hard about. What about the binge do we want to be an Indian giver about? Remember an Indian giver is a person who gives something away and then wants it back. These people usually aren't held in very high esteem. We need to have enough self-esteem to put the binge to death.

Romans 6:17-18

The binge is but a stepping stone back to the familiar. Most of us who have lost significant amounts of weight have spent more of our lives in obesity so it is very familiar. We know what to do. We know how to act. As we continue in the healthy life we have worked so hard for this will become familiar as well. We must stay at this point until we manifest the health we are creating for whatever period of time it takes to not ever want to return to the unhappiness that was obesity. Is it worth experiencing some hunger? Is it worth exercising when we would just as soon skip it today? Is it worth drinking all that water? You betcha.

Are we truly set free from the slavery of the binge? Are we going to allow the evil in this world called satan to succeed in making us believe we cannot walk in consistent victory over temptation? Put it to death. Write a letter to yourself and read it often concerning this.

Remember this: what we believe determines the way we live. If we believe we are going to sin (gluttony is sin, so is making an idol out of food), then we will. If we believe we have no choice but to live in bondage, we will. If we believe we can't live victorious lives, we won't.

"Fear not, (your name here), I am your shield; your reward shall be very great". (Gen. 15:1)

This topic came from the daily readings of Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

My zucchini relish recipe is in my answer to Jasmine's comment on my Aerobics post a couple of days ago.

Be careful out there today and have a blessed Sunday.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Family Reunion

We had a family reunion today. You know how you can never find anything worth eating at those things. ;-) I was good however. I had my usual bran muffin that I use all whole wheat flour and substitute the sugar for Stevia in the Raw when I bake them. I had a handful of almonds before I left. I made a green bean casserole to take as I have a bazillion of them. I had slaw, taco salad, two naked hot dogs from the grill, some of my green bean casserole, and cantaloupe for dessert.

There were plenty of opportunities to "stray". There was potato salad that looked great as well as a pasta salad. There was a Texas sheet cake, a peanut butter pie, and cookies in addition to a jello cake all of which did not tempt me. I will say it again. If you will get the carbs out of your system they do not call your name anymore. I never thought I would see the day. I just drank water and had some black coffee. I passed on the beer I was offered.

When at events like this we must do the best we can. I am probably done eating for the day. I will probably have one more cup of decaf coffee with creamer and some green tea. I like those flavored creamers for a treat but they can be a little "much". I mix them half/half with half & half - does that make sense? There are 2 cups of creamer in those bottles so I mix 1 cup of the creamer with 1 cup of the half & half and it cuts the carbs in half. I know I probably should leave creamers out all together but it is a treat that I enjoy and doesn't take me out of my carb limit for the day.

After all, it's low carb not no carb. I think my liver can handle the small amount of additives in this. It's a choice. Do you have any "sinful" things that are a treat for you but which you can control now?

Be careful out there today.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Aerobics Change Up

I have quit using the step in aerobics and stay on the floor but carry a 5 lb. weight in each hand. While we do the routine, I work my biceps and triceps. I can tell carrying the extra 10 lb. while doing aerobics is building muscle. I can tell because I felt pretty tired for the rest of the day as muscles healed. I use 8 lb. weights when we do the weight portion of the class. I was using 10 lb. weights but after missing so much for a while I had to drop back a bit. I should be ready to use 10 lb. weights again soon.

I haven't been around much because of yard and garden work. I have canned about 60 half-pints of zucchini relish which will be used as Christmas presents. It's such a good recipe. I was eating it out of the jar the first time I tasted it at the friend's house who gave me the recipe. I have now canned 56 quarts of green beans. I highly recommend the variety called "Jade" - you will have to order it from a seed catalog. It's very productive. I have canned this much from 3 rows and have given some away and there is more out there to pick. I have canned some tomatoes as well.

Our yard is on next year's Historic Centerville Garden Tour so we are trying to get as much of the mulching done this year as possible. It's a big, big job. We have gone to a farmer's place and gotten rocks to edge flower beds with - I love the look of rocks in a landscape. I have also been landscaping the dry creek bed I did last year.

I have tried to leave comments on blogs that have the word verification feature. I cannot get my comments to publish on those blogs. I have been reading and commenting occasionally. I have just been super busy. Things should calm down soon when gardening is done!

Hope all of you are well.