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.




Thursday, February 21, 2013

Declare a Fast?

Have any of you ever fasted? I have. I have fasted for a day just to clean out my system and get back in the game. I have fasted to regain control and prove who's boss.

Have any of you ever had to fast before having blood work done? Doesn't it cause anxiety? We figure out the last possible time where we can eat because it could be 12 WHOLE HOURS before we get to eat again. We all know someone who has died from this don't we? My husband just had to fast before having blood work done and he ate two large cheeseburgers rather than his usual one in the evening. It bothered him that he couldn't have anything to eat after that. Aren't we silly? It's kind of like the anxiety we feel when we have to wait for a meal or a pizza to be delivered.

I have read that a fast is a good way to clear out the liver and get rid of food that is backed up so to speak. I always have tea, black coffee, and water during my fast. Some people have bouillon as well. I have read of people who fast one day a week. I don't know if I am up to that but I have fasted.

People have fasted for spiritual reasons - as a way to concentrate on God and not the flesh.  Jesus said that some demons can only be cast out through prayer and fasting. Do we have demons we need to cast out? I know I battle my personal demons and you probably have a demon that you battle as well. This can also be a besetting sin.

What has been your experience with a fast if you have ever done one?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Just An Update

I have kind of hit a dry spell. Sometimes it seems there are just so many different ways to say the same thing. The only way in my opinion to git-r-dun is your own way; your own rules but it must be healthy eating. Add to the healthy eating exercising and getting in the water and that is the formula for success.

I think everyone surely knows this and we end up dealing with the emotional/obsessive/compulsive/addictive aspect of this undertaking. I know it helps me to read the blogs of people who seem to have it together with a few missteps here and there to show they are normal. I like to blog as well as it is a vent for me and it is a way for me to try and encourage/convict/exhort/connect with those who are trying to do the same thing I am trying to do.

Last Friday I was on the way to fix an ATM and my heart started beating hard and fast. I felt weak and fainty and was thinking I was going to have to pull off the road because I felt like I could pass out. I called my doctor and had an appointment today. At first I thought it was my heart but there was no pain radiating down an arm, no nausea but my chest did feel funny. I wouldn't call it a tightness but rather like I have felt when breathing hard for a time - like a rawness I guess. I have told you about my thyroid before and the doctor is suspicious of Grave's Disease. I will be getting blood work done in the morning and we will go from there. He said my thyroid probably shot out a big dose of hormone and that caused the way I felt. He said it's very common and treatable.

I am going to take a break from blogging for a while unless I have something really profound that I think you need to read. Be careful out there today.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Well, maybe--

A positive self-regard is important but let's not let it get in the way of owning up to our situation. I do think some people point out all the good things about their lives and themselves to cover up for obesity and/or a lack of resolve to getting healthy. They will eat 4 pieces of pizza and tell themselves, "At least I didn't eat the whole thing." They look around at other hefty people and say, "At least I am not that big." I know this because I have done it.

It's still a cute cartoon. Be careful out there today.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

First Impressions

http://www.doyoueven.com/

Great inspirational videos here but be sure to watch the inspirational transformation video. You will never whine again about exercise.

What did you think when you first saw that picture in my last post?

I had mixed feelings. I couldn't tell one way or the other the motivation for that picture. It brings out the prejudices of some, the questioning mind in others, and anger at discrimination in others - in all depends on our own situation and what we ourselves have experienced.

Watch that video ASAP and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Images

I have had a few more thoughts after reading comments and replying to them regarding my last post.

I think we all pretty much agreed that the image we see in a photograph is hard to accept. The image in a mirror is easier to deal with for some reason.

Our self-image is hard to change. A negative self-image that is developed over years is hard to change even in the face of evidence to the contrary. We filter our evaluation of our appearance through that self-image that was pounded in to us through constant comparisons to others that we wished we looked like. We wanted that hair, those clothes, a body like that, the popularity and all the rest of it. We lost our weight or very nearly all of it and we still don't feel like we always thought we would when the weight was off.

Most of us have to deal with flab. There are stretch marks. We are older now and time takes its toll. Is this all there is? In many ways there is disappointment so how do we feel good about how we look? Will we ever be like those who have never been obese? Probably not. We must fight the voices that tell us we still don't measure up.

But - we have done something at which many fail. We have failed many times before we finally got it right. That keeps us humble. When we have been successful for a while we can get self-righteous and judgmental - then there is rough spot and we come face to face once more with how fragile this can be. It can break like fine china. We now know once more that we have to have a healthy respect for our achievements and what it took to get to where we are. It can all be lost and we know it.

So - who should we compare ourselves to? I can compare myself to that unhappy teen who weighed 250 lb. and wore a size 24 1/2 in the 10th grade. That girl never went to a prom or had a date.  That girl was constantly rejected at home and at school. Is that flab and the stretch marks worth not being like that anymore - you betcha.

I used the higher step in step aerobics on Monday. It was hard. I did better than I thought I would.  I can pass up sweets with no problem. I speak up now more than I ever would have in the past.

 I look good, flab and all - battle scars I guess.

Hope you can identify with some of this. I know some of you (and me) are getting close to maintenance. I can tell some of us are a little intimidated at the thought of keeping the weight off. We have failed so many times in the past and the very thought of regaining is terrifying don't you think? I know this is the third time I have lost my weight. I don't intend to do it again. If I can lose it, I can keep it off as well.

Be careful out there today.

Mirrors, Photographs

How many times a day would you say you look in a mirror? Do you pick yourself apart each time?

What if you are given a picture of yourself? What thoughts go through your head?

Here's some of what goes through my head.

Look at those saddlebags.
Shouldn't wear that top again until a few more pounds are gone.
I should be standing sideways with one foot forward.
I look fat.


Why is there a difference between looking in a mirror and looking at a picture as far as self-evaluation goes? We are usually only looking at the neck up in a mirror. We do tend to take care of the neck up don't we? The hair, the make-up (or shaving), brushing the teeth, etc. I have always noticed how good a professional photographer can make a person look. We do look our very best if going to a photographer.

I really don't know what the point is here but it is something to think about.

Be careful out there today.

Monday, February 4, 2013

What Is A Comment?

Arlee has a very good post on commenting. I think we should all read it and consider what he says.  Be careful out there today.

Fat Kids

OK fill me in on the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo thing. I don't watch television and I have evidently missed the obesity epidemic in this family.

From what I can tell - this is pretty mindless.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

From: The Center for Consumer Freedom



Big Fat Lies

The Truth about the Obesity Debate

A growing number of public health activists are downplaying individual responsibility while blaming food and food companies for rising obesity rates. To make their spurious points, they spread a number of half-truths and myths about obesity.
  • Activists argue that “junk” foods, such as cupcakes, potato chips, and fast food, are uniquely responsible for the obesity epidemic, even though they sometimes deliver fewer calories than the “real foods” activists promote.
  • Kelly Brownell first proposed the idea of a “Twinkie tax” on foods that he deems unhealthy or “bad.” He has directed much of his advocacy towards convincing governments to tax sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • Television’s Dr. Oz argued that there are chemicals called “obesogens” that are uniquely responsible for obesity. Dr. Oz also classified farm-raised salmon as an “obesogen” and recommended that his readers eat the usually more expensive wild variety.
I cannot think of a junk food such as the ones mentioned that would deliver fewer calories than something healthy. Maybe if a person would only eat one potato chip that would do it.
Kelly Brownell sounds like a liberal with too much time on his hands and so wants to run the lives of others.
From me - I really wonder if Dr. Oz has a license to practice medicine sometimes.

What does the research say? A hefty number of studies has shown that the trend of rising obesity rates can be attributed not to increased intake of food in general (or any particular food) or to the influence of restaurants, but rather to less physical activity compounded by a variety of other factors that are constantly being explored.
  • Researchers writing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2004 found: “It is often assumed that the increase in pediatric obesity has occurred because of an increase in caloric intake. However, the data do not substantiate this.”
  • Researchers writing in the Lancet in a 2005 study discovered: “These results suggest that habitual activity plays an important role in weight gain, with no parallel evidence that energy intake had a similar role … The composite findings from NGHS so far indicate that the drastic decline in habitual activity during adolescence might be a major factor in the doubling of the rate of obesity development in the USA in the past two decades, since no concomitant increase in energy intake was apparent.”
  • In 2003, then-FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan told audience members in a speech at the National Food Policy Conference: “So it’s perhaps surprising that, in a debate that has often focused on foods alone, actual levels of caloric intake among the young haven’t appreciably changed over the last twenty years.”
  • A 1999 Report of the Surgeon General on Physical Activity and Health found: “Only about one-half of U.S. young people (ages 12-21 years) regularly participate in vigorous physical activity. One-fourth report no vigorous physical activity.”
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation said in 2002, “More than a third of young people in grades 9-12 do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity. Daily participation in high school physical education classes dropped from 42 percent in 1991 to 29 percent in 1999.”
  • Researchers writing in the publication Diabetes Care in 2004 discovered: “There was a steep inverse gradient between fitness and mortality in this cohort of men with documented diabetes, and this association was independent of BMI … Obese men with fitness levels greater than the lowest quartile were at no increased risk for mortality when compared with men in the reference group.”
  • As society has become much more mechanized, we spend less and less energy on everyday tasks and chores. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic calculated that replacing manual chores — like washing dishes, mowing the lawn, and cleaning the car — with their automated versions can increase monthly energy expenditure by 8,800 calories, which could add up to 30 pounds a year.
  • A 2010 Cato Institute Study challenged the belief that increased restaurant dining is the cause of American obesity and indicated that policies focused on reducing caloric intake at restaurants are unlikely to reduce obesity substantially. The study found that increasing taxes on restaurant food may alter where people eat, but is unlikely to curb an individual’s desire to overeat.
What’s the bottom line for me? Instead of focusing solely on food, focus on physical activity. The obesity equation has two parts: energy intake and energy output. Put another way, weight gain (or loss) is simply a matter of an imbalance of “calories in” and “calories out.”
  • Citizens must encourage schools to increase the frequency and duration of physical education classes and recess, during which kids can expend energy.
  • Being overweight isn’t in and of itself unhealthy. A growing body of research documents that people who are “fit and fat” have a lower mortality rate over a given time period than those who are thin and unfit.
  • Daily tasks have become more and more mechanized over time, reducing the number of calories we spend doing chores. It may be that we’re getting fatter because we’re simply moving less and less in these small ways.
IT IS STILL THE INDIVIDUAL'S RESPONSIBILITY (from me)

Be careful out there today. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Dieting - One of the Causes of the Obesity Epidemic?

Interesting - I already knew or suspected some of this but there is some new information here. Hope it helps those who are struggling and DIETING (following someone else's rules). We all know there is a right way and a wrong way to lose weight. In fact, there are many wrong ways and just about one right way don't you think?

Take care.

It Never Ends

This is almost over the top for ridiculous. As the article states at the end - we need to chew our food better so it can be sucked out through this device. Large chunks clogs it.

Just when I thought stupid had reached it's limit in weight loss - this comes along.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Screaming right along with a 2 lb. loss in January. So the good is I lost some weight. The bad is I missed the mark by quite a bit as I resolved to lose 5 lb. a month until goal. The ugly doesn't matter. I am going to step it up a bit this month. There is definitely room for improvement.

I guess getting complacent could be the ugly part. When we look fine, we are fitting in to new clothes that are wonderful to buy (oh the sales at this time of year), and feeling good it's easy to pretend we are in maintenance.

All the schools are on a two-hour delay today so my step aerobics class won't meet. At least I don't have to run the route. I will do something here at home - maybe that No. 1 Fat Burning Exercise I posted about back in 2012 somewhere. I also have some exercise videos by "The Firm" - they are all great. They use weights with the moves for extra work and they don't take much room to perform. We have a small house and there isn't room to move around too much.

They are trying to give me fewer hours at ATM Solutions as I told them when I reached the limit for Social Security I was going to quit and they could re-hire me in January if they wanted. Last year I was allowed $14,640 before having to return $1 of SS for every $2 I earned. I made over $23,000 so between $14,630 and $23,000 I was basically working for half. I knew they needed the help and I felt sorry for them but it isn't going to happen again. I told them I would keep them posted. In January I earned about $2,300 so I did the math and got 6.5 so I told them at this pace I would be quitting in the middle of July. I am allowed $15,120 this year. I have never understood why they don't let people go ahead and work - I would be paying into social security and other taxes if I am working so it seems it would be to their advantage. Go figure.

Guess what I had for breakfast? Raisin Bran muffin. I made some chicken vegetable soup after buying a rotisserie chicken and boiling the carcass/bones/skin to make a great broth for the base. I added about half the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, and cabbage to the broth. Good stuff. I am going to do a stir fry with the rest of the chicken. I also have plenty of salad fixins'. I have been using spinach as my greens and no lettuce at all.

My resolution in February is to do better than January. I didn't even lose my holiday gain for crying out loud. Be careful out there today.