Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekend Potpourri

I got so busy with my new writing project (my book) that I almost forgot to blog today.  Now you KNOW that's taking some serious focus!  I never forget to blog.  Someone recently asked me, "how do you find time to blog everyday?  You're so faithful."   I told them, "The question is not how do I find time to blog but how do I tear myself away from writing to get anything else done?"  Writing is my greatest passion and I never tire of it, nor have to work myself up to do it, or really have to "discipline" myself.  If I could only do one thing in life, it would be to write.

And write I am!  I'm not giving up the blog nor my other normal writing pursuits but I am carving out time every day for this book, no matter what.

While I don't have to discipline myself to write I do have to train myself to make the right decisions for my health day after day.  It doesn't come easily to me and is a never ending journey of right choice making over and over and over.  I thought I'd give a brief update here...

Inside my walk in closet door in my room is my name tag from the first Weight Watchers meeting I went back to on December 9, 2010.  I say "back to" because as many of my friends know I did WW five years ago very successfully.  Then I had a relapse.  :/  So here I am five years later going back...for good.  When I got home after my first class and took my clothes off that night, I pulled the name tag off and instead of throwing it away I pasted it on the closet door frame and every day when I wake up and get dressed just that name tag reminds me of why I'm on this journey.   It gets me in the right mindset to start my day and also to end it when I get undressed at night and put my shoes back in the closet.

I am almost to my 10% goal ~ which means that almost 10% of my body weight is GONE.  My goal is to get to 10% by April 14.  That's only about 4 more weeks.  I believe I can do it!  I decided to add two sessions of working out to my day rather than just one to try to get to this goal.  So now I work out in the morning and at night for the next four weeks, or just double the time in the evening. I do have more to lose after that, but this is a very significant start.  There are A LOT of benefits to losing 10% of your weight, in fact there are a lot of benefits to losing just 5%, which I personally experienced weeks ago when I reached that goal.

Every time I experience a new blessing from weight loss I write it down in a journal and refer back to it any time I am tempted to go totally off the wagon and make a stupid decision.  I read those blessings and think, "No,  it's not worth it."   (In case you are wondering there have been a few times I've made some unwise decisions, however the "blessing journal" helps me stay on track most of the time.)  And the important thing when it comes to health is that we make the right decisions the majority of the time.  It's not about what we do "once in a while" but what we do the "majority of the time" that counts.

By the way, my husband has lost 33 pounds!  Isn't that awesome?!  He is doing "My Fitness Pal".  We basically eat the same things but he logs his on "My Fitness Pal" and I do mine on WW and go to meetings.  I have the best WW leader EV-er!  Her name is Leslie Wolf and she rocks! 

Speaking of rocking, today is going to ROCK at Celebration Church!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm teaching a class this morning on "Dealing with Anxiety God's Way" and then at the 10:30 service Larry will continue his series, "In Pursuit"!  I think I have my voice back to a strong degree today which will mean that I will actually lead the church in worship for the first time in FIVE weeks.  I can't believe it's been that long.  My voice has been on the fritz for the past five weeks since I was struck with the flu on February 19th. People have done a great job in my absence - they might not even have missed me.  :)  

Don't ever take your voice for granted!  Lift your voice and praise God!  I missed so many things about not having my voice.  I missed singing to Max every night, "You are my Max, my only Max..." (my special song I wrote him.  Last night I sang it and his ears perked right up, like, "Oh my gosh, she's singing the song again after five weeks!"  But the best thing by far is PRAISING GOD!!!"  Praising God is the key to our breakthrough and how sorely I have missed singing with all my heart.

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