Monday, June 29, 2009

Week Two Weigh In

Well, this week was a little off. I had a couple of meals that weren't on plan - thanks to my soul sister Melissa who had us over for dinner (it was great btw and the fellowship was worth it) and a couple bowls of Honey Nut Cheerios - but I watched portion sizes and I did skip a few meals due to timing of my day.

SO - I lost.....a big FAT "0". Yup...I got the dreaded goose egg. You know what though...I'm completely ok with that. Any of the previous times I've tried to lose weight I would have been devastated and eaten away my sorrows. This time, I'm still ecstatic that I have lost 5 lbs in two weeks!

I did realize that this book is probably written for people who have more weight to lose than I do, since the daily calories are around 1500, so I'm going to kind of start scaling it back by decreasing my portions so that I'm eating about 1300 calories a day.

I also need to start walking more. I've been seriously slacking in that department this week. I have been working out with the Sports Active, but I would like to walk as well.

So we'll see how much this changes things this week. Hopefully I'll go down another lb or two.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Week One Weigh In

Ok, so the first week started off with a major withdrawal headache that lasted about 3 days and didn't go away for anything (yes, mom, I took medicine). HOWEVER, I still prevailed and stayed on plan and worked out at least once a day (except for that one day that we won't talk about). I started off with a 20 minute walk and am adding 2 minutes daily. And the's delicious. Worth the diet just to eat the good food, just wish I could find everything on this tiny island we're stuck on (but love).

I didn't do measurements like I should have (maybe I'll take them tonight after putting the kids to bed and start that this week), but the scale was VERY good to me. [cue dramatic theme music] I'm down 5 lbs!!!

I know, I can't believe it either. So I won't be surprised if I don't lose much this week. I've got to tell myself that so I won't set myself up for disappointment.

I think a major contributor to my success this week was that the man followed the plan with me. The only day he couldn't was yesterday when he unexpectedly went to Adak for a SAR case. As a side note, did you KNOW that if he flew the other way, he would have flown just south of Prince Rupert, BC. Yup, puts it into perspective, huh? He ate junk, but didn't overdo it. He is down 4 lbs!

I'm very excited b/c I've never beat him in lbs lost, especially the first week! YAY ME!!!

Please pray for me though. I'm at the end of day 8 and I'm having a hard time staying on track. I want all the oh-so-good-but-oh-so-bad food [insert brief daydream about eating pizza and ice cream here]. Ok, daydream over. I really want and need to do this. On top of the cravings, I'm not drinking enough water, I know this, but I can't seem to do it. I'm just not drinking anything either. Any tips?

And my headache is back. I think my body is rebelling once again. Like I said, please pray that I muscle through this.

I highly recommend EA Sports Active if you have the's fabulous! If you are new to working out or don't work out much, start with low intensity, trust me! I'm doing medium b/c I started working out about a month ago then got sick and went on vacation and man, these are the hardest workouts I've done in forever!

Anyway...first week, a success.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Songbook Sunday and FATHER'S Day!

Ok, so Songbook Sunday is an idea that I've been mulling over in my head for about a month and a half. Every Sunday (I hope) I will post the lyrics of a song sang during worship services that day and what it means to me. I am going to be working on a pretty little clipart/button and may even end up with a link widget so that you can all link your blogs on to mine if I get an interest. Please spread this around. I would LOVE to see what is inspiring you in your lives each week and what song spoke to your heart. For now, leave me a comment, please!

Before I get to that though, today is also another special call all say it with me Father's Day!!! My family blog today is dedicated to the earthly father's in my/our lives. But there is another FATHER in our lives.

At our church in FL, before we moved to wonderful Kodiak, a lot of emphasis was placed on messages that were relevant. Boy, was today's message ever relevant. Matt Douglas, a missionary supported by our church, serving in Sydney, Australia (rough life, huh?), shared with us about Romans 15:13.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
His points were so simple, but things we all to often forget:
  • The hope to live our Christian life comes entirely from GOD!
  • As long as we have GOD, there is hope for all of us.
  • Paul wasn't talking to unbelievers in this scripture, he was talking to THE CHURCH!!!
He also shared the biblical definitions of some of the words in this scripture, that many of us define differently - based on cultural acceptance.
  • joy : an inside out satisfaction of what GOD is doing in my life. It is NOT happiness, which is the result of what happens.
  • peace : an acknowledgment that GOD is good, knows what is best for us and has the power to DO it! It is NOT an absence of conflict; no war.
  • believing (some translations use this instead of trust) : understanding what salvation is all about [I am currently studying Beth Moore's Believing God and she mentions that believing is a present active participle - currently taking place or takes place repeatedly/continually]
  • abound (some translations use this instead of overflow) : more than you think you can handle, faster than you think you can handle it
So why did I think this is relative to today? Father's Day? Maybe that it is that it is customary to give our father's gifts on this day, but instead, HE gives US gifts this and every other day. He WANTS TO FILL US UP!!! It is up to us to accept His gifts.

This brings me to my first installment of [drumroll please] Songbook Sunday.

This is a song I have loved for many years, but still just makes my skin tingle and heart burst when singing it. It is a praise to GOD for who He is. It is my gift to GOD, a gift of thanks for all He has done and will continue to do for me.


My Jesus, my Savior, LORD there is none like you.
All of my days, I want to
praise, the wonders of your mighty love.

My comfort, my
shelter, tower of refuge and strength.
Let every breath, all that I am, never cease to
worship You.

Shout to the LORD,
all the earth, let us sing.
Power and majesty, praise to the King.
bow down and the seas will roar,
With the sound of your (wonderful) name.

I sing for
joy at the work of Your hands.
Forever I'll love You,
forever I'll stand.
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

It's amazing how much this spoke to me today. Today, of all days, I wanted to truly SHOUT how much I love Him. He is my Father, my Abba, my daddy. It sounds (and feels) SO odd to say it that way, but it is true. If the mountains and seas are calling out to Him, how much more should we? Let's all remember to take in His beauty and thank him for it. His name is all mighty, all powerful and so amazingly wonderful. We aren't even worthy to stand in His presence, but through the blood of Jesus Christ we are welcomed into his arms and called daughter (or son). There is nothing in or on this earth that could come close to comparing to him and the promise He has given us.

Monday, June 15, 2009

It's a New Dawn...

It's a new day......and I'm going to be using it to start taking care of the vessel God has blessed me with. I've had a really bad self esteem for years when it comes to my looks and wanted to lose weight, but the past month or so I have really felt God telling me it was time. Why He chose to tell me it was time during the best time in Kodiak for cookouts and bbq's, I don't know, but I need to listen. SO, I'm going to be starting the Biggest Loser 30-Day Jumpstart program today.

This program really is just a book with an outline of all your meals (5 of them) laid out for you with recipes included and exercise for 30 days. I'm really looking forward to doing this and seeing where I end up. The problem is going to be sticking to it, but also what about after those 30 days? I'm hoping that I'll have learned a lot and will be able to meal plan a month at a time by then, but if not, maybe I'll just start at the beginning of the 30 days again. Eating healthy sure isn't very healthy on the pocketbook though. Sheesh. I'm hoping that after the first week a lot of the items are re-used.

How does this relate to being molded by our Potter? Well, as I mentioned, I really feel like God led me to this point at this moment in my life. For another, I have just been hit with the desire to take care of the vessel God has blessed me with and I want to teach our children to do the same thing. God gave us our bodies and it is up to us to take care of them. I have some pretty severe medical issues that run in my family, from diabetes to heart disease, and if I don't take care of myself now, then I have a feeling I'll be having some of these issues in the not-so-distant future.

So, my goals:

First 30 days: 8 lbs
By Feb 20, 2010 (my 30th birthday): 30+ lbs

I will be updating my progress weekly and will have a weight loss tracker in my sidebar. If you feel this may be something you need to do as well, please share your story if you would like. I'd love to offer my support and encouragement and have an accountability partner.