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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yes, I am still around. I don't get on sparkpeople that often. I am actually spending a lot of time looking for work. I have lost some more weight and I just wanted to let you guys know why I may not be too active on this site. WAY too much to keep me busy!

  
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SEATTLE58 7/30/2014 10:16AM

    It's so good to hear from you again! We certainly understand about you not able to be here like you'd like, with looking for a job. Good luck to you! I think of you and Tina so much! emoticon emoticon
Karen

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LEANJEAN6 7/30/2014 6:20AM

    Well keep on here and you will become healthier--and the weight will drop---Good luck with the job hunting!-Lynda

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PICKIE98 7/30/2014 6:15AM

    Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad to hear that!! HE will provide that job on HIS timetable Jason. I am just glad to hear you two are okay and still with us.. Looking forward to the time when you can share more...

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The Food And Sin Connection

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I have had a change of heart. I had been talking with my wife Tina and she was sharing a Bible passage with me that had really hit home to her. It was found in proverbs.

Proverbs 4:2-13

2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

So when she read this it hit home to me as well. I had been praying about how I have a bad habit of procrastination and about how I let myself get to this size. I just didn't understand it.

These verses spoke to me though because if my life is short because of my weight and wisdom and keeping God's law in my heart can prolong it then keeping His law and getting wisdom will help me lose weight.

Suddenly I remembered the word of God that spoke of the sin of rebellion.

1 Samuel 15:23

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

I had always said that it was not right for me to over eat. But I never really know how big of a deal it was. I was stubbornly rebelling against doing what I knew was right. I was rebelling at the word of God that says thou shalt not covet.

If I took more than I needed in the area of food it was out of greed. I was in a sin as black and horrible as witchcraft.

From the moment I heard the word that said do not forsake the law I have not been able to look at food the same. I sit at a meal and when I have eaten what a normal person would I remember the law of my God and stop.

I am also getting wisdom and understanding. I am searching out the difference between calories from candy and calories from veggies. There is a difference as it turns out. All of this came from the moment I accepted the truth...over eating is a sin of rebellion.

It may sound harsh. But it is true.

So I am treating this temptation like any other. I am repenting. I am not going to allow myself cheat days, or say it is ok to indulge once in a while. How would it be if I said "I will not kill most of the time but I will have cheat days or let myself just shoot someone in the leg once in a while"?

I have seen this truth a few days ago and already have seen the pounds dropping.

Oh and by the way...I have started an online ministry. This is a shameless plug for it lol. Here is the link: onthelineministries.com

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CYBERCITYSHELL 7/13/2014 2:26AM

    I am not a christian. But I am really happy Jason that you have found a way to get yourself healthy. Way to go, and congrats on your weight loss so far!!!!
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And you and Tina can encourage and support one another. You are both such a sweet couple, just think of the things you will be able to do together as you both work towards your goals. emoticon

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4ANEWME2DAY 7/8/2014 12:12PM

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SEATTLE58 7/8/2014 11:30AM

    Good words and emoticon !! I truly believe that our bodies are our temple too, so we need to respect and honor and love it and nourish it with healthy habits that it can one day be a bountiful harvest of goodness because we took care of it. Good luck to you. You can do it! I'm here for you always. emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 7/8/2014 10:53AM

    Your body is a temple, so treat is as such. May you have all the success in the world with all the cheering you get here! You are worth the effort!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/8/2014 10:39AM

    Welcome back Jason I am so glad you are back with us. Also thank you for sharing the passage. I had not thought of food that way. I knew that our body was a temple to the Lord but never thought of my over eating and not taking care of my body as a sin. Food for thought and good reason for a major change.

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LJCANNON 7/8/2014 5:41AM

    emoticon Welcome Back, and Congratulations on finding the "Key" and recognizing the Truth!!

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PICKIE98 7/8/2014 5:17AM

    PTL!! Welcome back to the fold..here and beyond!!

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Changing my mind

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

So I am learning more and more as time goes on about myself and they way my mind works. I think I finally have the answer to how to beat this issue of going back to my old ways. I have to change my mind! Here is a study I did in the Bible for you to see what I have found. Basically in order to stop going back to my old ways I have to change my mindset and that is done through hearing the truth with a willing heart and doing the work to get it ingrained into my mind.

The dog returning to the vomit

Proverbs 26:11

11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.



We as humans do this all the time. We turn from our old ways only to turn back to them. Why is that and how do we stop?

Hebrews 11:15

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.


What makes us return is where our minds are. The dog thinks of everything as food and nothing is repulsive to him. He believes that what he had lived with inside belongs there and he eats it.

We believe things like this. I believe it is better to over eat than to wish I had more later. I believe working out will have no effect on my body and doing nothing is more pleasant. I believe working for a living makes you miss out on life.

So my mind thinks like that. Basically my beliefs (faith) have determined my current situation. Which speaks to how strong our beliefs are.

Since I believe this way I return to it. Changing the way I think and believe will stop this and the new faith will set me on a new path.

Philippians 3:13

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,


In order to not return to the old ways I must forget the thoughts of the past and press on to the new hope before me.

As I studied I noticed that the use of the word mind is very close and at times interchangeable with faith.

Ephesians 4:23

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;


We must be renewed in our minds…our faith changed from belief in what is evil to what is true and good.

Luke 8:25

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.


Our minds…our faith, are often not in what is good but what is bad. For the disciples in their minds the storm would kill them. But Jesus asked where their faith was…where was their mind? Were they thinking of the power of the storm or the power of God?

So many times Jesus said “thy faith has healed thee”. I am seeing a pattern in the scriptures where those who believed with their mind in the good rather than the bad got what they believed.

Luke 17:5-10

5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.


The reason Jesus told them about the servant was to let them know that faith has expectation that what is asked will be done and it is no big deal for the red sea to part.

Romans 10:6-17

6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


We change our minds by the word of God…

Romans 10:18-21

18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.


We can hear at times…but it does not take hold. This is because of how we hear:
Luke 8:18

Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.


We hear with a non-caring heart that is bitter and cynical knowing the attacks of the devil. This kind of heart does not even take the word in at all because it is hard against it.

We hear with a stone heart that may take the word for a time if there is nothing that may harm it. But when temptation (the real world) comes we lose the word in us because we were superficial. Not that we didn’t believe, but because we did not take it deep enough into us and water and nurture it.

We hear with a divided heart that wants the world as much as it wants the word. This heart hears and is crippled by its desires. So even though the word is in it…it can not produce fruit.

OR we hear with a good and willing heart. This heart believes the word and is not bitter. It is different than the non-caring heart. It is also different than the stone heart because it is willing to do the work and get the word down deep and water it. It is different than the divided heart because it follows after the word rather than its desires…this is done because of and through patients.

  
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SEATTLE58 5/1/2014 9:59AM

    Good words and so true. I definitely in the process of changing my mind too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/11/2014 4:15PM

    Jason great blog, you obviously are on the way. Found your biblical references informative. Many verses I am familiar with others are new to me. New thoughts to help me with my life and the changes I want to make. Hugs to you and Tina.

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UNIQUEDAISY 3/11/2014 1:24PM

    good job baby,luv u! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Learning About Myself

Friday, February 28, 2014

Wow, the last few years have done a number...actually life has done a number on me. I have discovered recently so many things about myself. I have admitted some hard truths to myself about my hang ups and problems. I found out that I have a fear of rejection and abandonment. My way of dealing with it is to cut people off and out of my life before they do it to me. That's why it is so easy for me to stop going to sparkpeople...I can cut people out so easily it seems. But it ends up killing me.

That is just one of the truths I have learned. Right now I think I am learning another. I always start out so well with weight loss. But I end up after some time trying thinking that the satisfaction of food is worth more than the weight loss. I am not sure but wonder if it has to do with the fact that I self sabotage in this too. Maybe I am afraid I will fail and then get it over with and quit.

Or maybe I push myself too hard and the pain of going without and pushing my body makes me want to quit. MAYBE IT'S BOTH?!

I have to find a way to overcome this.

  
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RAPUNZEL53 2/28/2014 5:48PM

  Good Luck!

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What Does It Take?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's been a long month. Tina just got out of the hospital after spending about 2 and a half weeks in there. She still has to go in every other day while the wounds heal. So we are looking forward to seeing the day she is back to normal.

On the good side she lost a lot of weight. But as for me....I don't know where I am because the scale doesn't go that high.

I am feeling it too. My whole body hurts. So I know I need help. I have come to see that SP isn't enough since I can simply turn off the computer. I know something needs to happen but what should I do? What does it really take to lose over 200lbs?!

  
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CYBERCITYSHELL 8/14/2013 8:20AM

    You can do it Jason, just one step at a time.It won't vanish overnight, but if you make a decision and stick to it one day at a time. By starting off restricting your calorie intake by cutting out sugar and fatty foods is a good start. Add lots of fruit and vegetables to your menu. Drink water, lots of water. It might not be easy Jason, but with perseverance you can achieve it.
You are right you can turn the computer off Jason. But spark people can help you reach your goals. By reading lots of the motivational pages, listening to advice from other sparkers, checking out success stories etc. Lots of people have achieved their health goals and you can too. Believe in yourself and tell yourself "I can do it". emoticon emoticon
Plus you can be more support to Tina if you are working on your health too. We are all on your side Jason, you have a nice motivational background.
Best wishes to you and Tina and it will be really nice if you both work on your weight loss journey together. Take care and remember "I can do it"!!

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DULCINEA54935 8/2/2013 6:59PM

    I have found hope in the 5:2 diet which means that I only have to count calories two days a week. On week three and doing well.

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