Sunday, April 07, 2013
I have come to the realization that I have been approaching the area of weight loss as though it were a purely physical issue and IT IS NOT!!! There are many struggles that come along that I have determined are not merely physical in nature... though sometimes they would appear to be so. What do I mean? I hope I can explain this in a way that makes sense to everyone else, but if not, I'm just glad that I finally figured this out for me. What I mean is this:
I have been worrying about the physical side of things - do this, do that, don't eat this, drink so much of that, etc., etc.,. I have been following man-made rules of every kind, while failing to really take a good hard look at the spiritual side of things. I know the Bible tells me to get knowledge, so it's not bad to understand how different foods and water and exercise and eating patterns, etc. can affect my body for good or bad. However, what is wrong and incorrect and something that I have been doing is relying completely on these man-made rules to help me become the person God planned me to be more than relying on my Maker. If HE created me, he knows what's best for me. He knows what I should eat and drink and what physical activity I should do. He wants what's best for me. He loves me. He desires me to be useful for his service. So tell me - Is there anyone who will be able to guide me to success better than the ALMIGHTY GOD? I don't think so!
From now on, I will not be running to Sparkpeople to give me the answer. I will be running to my Savior. I will not be depending on some diet for the solution. I will be humbling myself before my Lord and begging him to show me truths from his word that he wants me to apply to my daily life. That's not to say that I won't be using Sparkpeople any more. It just means, I must find my sufficiency in God. I have to stop counting calories and start listening to his still, small voice. There are times that I have not even been hungry, but I have eaten to "meet my quota" set out by man. Why did God put the hunger mechanism in us? I believe that it's because we are all different!!! He knows that if he told us in his word to all eat every 3 hours, these certain foods, it wouldn't work. He created us all differently. We are all unique. There is one sure method that works for me and I have experienced it, when I am really "tuned in" to my body (which God so wisely created to give us signals) - eat when I am hungry and don't when I'm not. Really... do you think that a scientist can improve on God's system? He is the Creator. "...for the foolishness of God is wiser than man..."
Alright. That's it. I am turning over a new leaf, so to speak. You have seen my achievements up to now. From November of 2012 through April of 2013 I have gone from 246 to 231.5. Starting today, I am on a new plan, that I'll just call "His Way".
Let the results speak for themselves. I am going to get a new scale, because I read that Taylor (which is the brand that I have currently) is not reliable. I have noticed that it can say 3 or 4 different things if I weigh myself that many times in a row. Not good! So, once I get the number from my new scale I will enter it in and go with it. In just about 5 months I have lost 14.5 pounds. Let's see how well I can do "His Way" for the next 5 months. I know that God has given me great blessings and victories in other areas of my life and I am excited that you will be able to share this one with me. I will keep you all posted. Pray for me that I will be consistent and not fall into the "man's way" trap all over again.
Father, thank you for speaking to my heart through the preaching and for giving me the opportunity to show and share your goodness and faithfulness with others on Sparkpeople through this experience. Show us what you can do to one who yields control of their life to YOU, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Change me for Your honor and glory. I can do nothing without YOU, but I can do ALL THINGS through YOU! Thank you for being touched with the feelings of our infermities, tempted in all points and yet without sin. Lead me on to victory. I trust You to show yourself faithful to all the people waiting to see the outcome of this new way, Your Way. Lead me every day. Teach me what to eat, when to eat. Make me willing to listen. Don't let me harden my heart. I trust YOU for a great and mighty victory, for YOUR glory, my Father and God. I love YOU. Thank you for touching my life and opening my eyes.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Okay. So, I am not where I want to be. I am not seeing the numbers on the scale drop as much as I want. As a matter of fact, I went up two pounds during my time of the month and they haven't dropped back off yet. Meanwhile, I have had some seriously stressful things going on in my life and I injured my hip while doing some crazy exercise move (live and learn, right?). My point is... I feel disheartened due to my failures, but I REFUSE to give up. This year I will reach my goal! I don't care if it takes me until Christmas Eve at midnight to do it, I WILL DO IT!!! I have to do it. It's my Christmas present to Jesus this year. I promised him that I would get this temple of his into tip-top shape. How can I tell HIM that something is too hard after he went all the way to the cross for me. He would not give up until he bought my pardon, so how can I do anything less? I CAN'T!!! I must give this 100% of my effort and then some. I can't become lazy and sloppy with what I eat and if I feel like exercising. It is HIS present, but really, it's for me as well. It's for my honey and my kids, too. They need me to be my healthiest and best. It's for the people in my church and community who look to me as a leader. I cannot just throw the towel in. I have too much at stake.
Father, I CAN do all things through Christ that strengtheneth me. You began a good work in me. Please, Father, don't let me fail. Be faithful to complete it in me. I am but dust. You are the strength of my life and my hope. You are my strong tower. I run to you and am helped. I will boast in you. Great are you, Lord, and worthy of honor. Great are you, Lord, and worthy of praise. Great are you, Lord. I lift up my voice. Hear my cry, O God. Attend unto my prayer, from the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee. When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the ROCK that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Change me from the inside out. Help me to love that which will help me and is good for me and help me to be detest the things that will harm and hinder me. I trust you, Father. You are strong in my weakness. You are my source of strength. You are my all. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that my soul knoweth right well. Continue to work on me. Mold me into what you would have me to be. I won't give up, Father. I will trust you and fight on. Only take me by the hand... lead me my Blessed Lord. In Jesus name, AMEN.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I won't say I wasn't a little disappointed this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw no change from last week. I did have 1 meal out, with I'm sure some extra calories, but besides that, I really tried to eat clean this week and exercise more. Well, the Lord decided to give me a moral boost not long after my weigh-in. I took my kids for a morning walk (We homeschool) and as we went along the craziest thing happened... I almost lost it! Yes, more than I already have. I first felt my slip going down... pulled it up... then the skirt started heading south... AAHHHHHH!!!! Well, I caught that in tme to feel another layer sliding down my leg... Well, yes. The scale may not want to admit it just yet, but I AM on my way to a healthier me.
Friday, February 01, 2013
I am SO excited!!! I made my first goal. I am one pound less the the weight I was trying to be at on February 1st!!! YEAH!!!
Yesterday I worked long and hard on a few motivational collages. I have 2 in my bedroom (1 is about personal growth, things that I want to better this year and the other has beautifully clothed models in the size I want to be w/ a few sayings). I also made a very food oriented one to hang on the refrigerator with skinny pictures of me here and there and lots of catchy phrases to keep me on target when I walk into the kitchen. Dead center says, "Dear Fat, Prepare to die. Love, Me" With a picture of myself by the word "me".
I am excited about doing and being my best for my Savior. I want to bring honor to his name. Also, I want to be my personal best for my honey and my kids, not to mention everyone else I serve.
Thank you, Father, for this first small yet significant milestone. I look forward to many more victories great and small in Jesus' name. Amen
REMEMBER EVERYBODY... "HE WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU WILL BE FAITHFUL TO COMPLETE IT..."
HAVE A BLESSED NIGHT!!! KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT!!!!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
FAMILY (ESPECIALL MY HONEY AND KIDS)
PRAYER - THE OPPORTUNITY TO POUR MY HEART AND SOUL OUT TO MY MAKER
A PLACE TO LIVE
A FURNACE THAT WORKS
FOOD IN MY REFRIGERATOR
A CAR TO DRIVE
GAS IN THE CAR
CLOTHES TO WEAR
GLASSES THAT HELP ME SEE
A BIBLE TO READ
A SONG IN MY HEART
TOILET PAPER :)
A TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE
HEY... I JUST THOUGHT OF A SONG... I DON'T KNOW IT ALL, BUT HERE IS PART OF IT...
HE MOVES AMONG US, ALL THAT HE DOES,
ALL OF HIS MERCY, ALL OF HIS LOVE,
IF THE PEN OF A WRITER COULD WRITE EVERY DAY,
ALL OF THIS WORLD COULD NEVER CONTAIN... HOW I'VE BEEN BLESSED.
(CHORUS) I HAVE BLESSED. HE'S SO GOOD TO ME.
PRECIOUS ARE HIS THOUGHTS OF YOU AND ME;
NO WAY I COULD COUNT THEM. THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME.
SO I'LL JUST THANK HIM FOR BEING SO KIND.
GOD HAS BEEN GOOD, SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED.
WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY, THE GREATEST ON EARTH,
WHERE THE FLAG STANDS FOR FREEDOM AND ALL IT IS WORTH.
SHE STANDS IN THE HARBOR, MISS LIBERTY CALLS,
ALL GAVE SOME, BUT SOME GAVE IT ALL, SO WE COULD BE BLESSED. (CHORUS)
ARMS THAT CAN RAISE, A VOICE THAT CAN TALK,
HANDS THAT CAN TOUCH, LEGS THAT CAN WALK,
EARS THAT CAN LISTEN, EYES CAN SEE
I'VE GOT TO PRAISE HIM AS LONG AS I BREATH... I HAVE BEEN BLESSED. (CHORUS)
A FATHER AND MOTHER WHO NURTURED AND RAISED,
SISTERS AND BROTHERS, MEMORIES MADE,
OUR PASTOR TO LEAD US, THIS ALTER TO PRAY,
STRIPES THAT CAN HEAL, THE BLOOD THAT STILL SAVES... I HAVE BEEN BLESSED.
I HAVE BEEN BLESSED. GOD IS SO GOOD TO ME.
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