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A Small Backslide

True Story: So last week I got a touch of the stomach flu, well normal people would refrain from eating to help settle their stomach but not this chick, I thought if I keep trying this and maybe that I would find that one thing that would make me feel better!! Surprise Surprise when the only thing that accomplished was me gaining weight :( So Monday night I show up for FP4H(First Place 4 Health) and do my weigh in and I am exactly the same weight as when I started 7 weeks ago. Bummer!!

Ok so here’s the fork in the road: I can either bemoan the fact that I gained weight and go back to eating and not exercising because you know this just isn’t working or I can pray about it and continue on the path that the Lord has told me to do. Guess what I did!!

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Well…I did BOTH! I had to bemoan for a bit but then I said wait a minute, Why did I gain the weight? What did I do different? Was I listening? The answer is I gained the weight because I was thinking that food was going to heal my stomach and make me feel better (haha), and NO I wasn’t listening. The Lord allowed me to go through this mini struggle/backslide to remind me that He’s got this, I don’t need to worry.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 107.9 “for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” and of course I was reminded of “I am allowed to do all things, but not everything is good for me to do! Even if I am free to do all things, I will not do them if I think it would be hard for me to stop when I know I should.” 1 Corinthians 6:12.

So my little struggle helped me to see that this journey I am on isn’t about weight loss (though the result will show some) but mainly about trust and following directions (for a type A personality this is a bit hard).

So I prayed and I listened and then I got on the scale this morning and surprise surprise….the weight I gained isn’t there and I actually lost an extra pound.

Are you trying to get healthy? what changes have you made?

One helpful tip someone told a group of us was that she need to “see” the weight coming off so she got 2 containers and in one of the containers she put 1 marble for each pound she wanted to lose and in the other container she was gonna put the pounds that she lost. I thought this was a cool idea so I decided to do the same. I rummaged in the closet and found these pretty candle holders. IMG_20130208_103110[1]

Then I went to the local Dollar Store and picked up some pretty blue glass stones.   IMG_20130208_103237[1]How are you keeping tract of your weight loss?

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

Check out what others are doing about getting healthier!!

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Wake Up Call

When people find out that I am a vegetarian they ultimately say, “I could never do that!” Honestly when I started my journey to get healthier I had no intentions to become vegetarian either.

To give you a little bit of history my father at the age of 53, had a stroke. When I received the phone call that he was in the hospital, I dropped everything and raced to the hospital. After being there a week they released him and I started making noise about eating better and exercising, but didn’t put anything into it. Then a few years later I receive a phone call saying my mother was being transported to the hospital, they thought she had a heart attack (she didn’t) but her carotid arteries where blocked and need surgery. I am very lucky to still have both of my parents but after my mom’s surgery I started really looking at how we ate, and at our family’s medical history. Needless to say it wasn’t that great.

I knew I needed to make changes but I didn’t know where to start and it seemed very daunting. I meet a few wonderful ladies who never judged and quietly chipped away at my ignorance about what I was doing to myself. I am so thankful that the Lord placed those women in my life. He knew I was gonna need them to help give me ideas, support, and love.

Through LOTS of prayer and LOTS of research (because I just NEED to know) I was able to make changes to my lifestyle. No it was NOT easy and it still isn’t!!! I make mistakes, I get frustrated but overall I strive to make this body a temple that is worthy of my Lord.

Helpful Tips:

  • Don’t try to be perfect from day 1!!!
  • Drink plenty of water, and when you think you drank enough, drink some more!! Most of us are dehydrated and never know it.
  • Try new things!! It takes us 15 times of trying something to actually get use to it.
  • Remember there is no contest, no race to be perfect. Experiment, try different spices, and try different approaches. For example if you fry your food a lot, try baking, or grilling once a week, then try it for twice a week and so on until you rarely even fry any foods.

Are you ready to make changes to your lifestyle? What changes are you making?

Wishing you many Blessing Rainbow

Bad Habits

If I told you my child was allergic to a certain food would you still give it to them??? Then why do you feel that it is ok to give them refined sugars and processed crap???? In my opinion they are just as deadly!!!! Stop forcing YOUR bad habits on my kids!

A couple of years ago I started learning about healthier eating habits. At first I would chuckle at my friends and tell them they were crazy everyone eats fast food and quick easy to make meals. Come on its all about taste and quickness. Who has time to make their own food? I’m a busy mom! Slowly but surely their healthy eating habits started to rub off on me. My friends would say something about eating this or that or talk about natural health and it got me curious. I started researching what they were talking about (I never take anything at face value, I ALWAYS need to know the 5W). Interesting things started popping up.

I knew that in order to make changes to our diet I would have to start slow. I didn’t want a rebellion on my hands. So I started adding healthier snack for the kiddos, and cutting back on sugar consumption. There were a few big NO NO’s for me: HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and Aspartame.

  •  In addition to causing significant weight gain, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.
  • When high fructose corn syrup is ingested, it travels to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates it does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin; which acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain. So we get stuck in a vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full.
  • Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.All three of these chemicals have each been shown to stimulate brain cells to death, severely disrupt hormone balances in the brain or act as a dangerous nerve poison.
  • The adverse effects of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Little by little more changes occurred. I started teaching my girls about the dangers of eating certain foods. Its one thing to tell your child not to eat something and another to actual teach them the dangers so that when they are not with you they can make the right choices.

I have learned along this journey to a healthier lifestyle is that most people will tell you that they want to be healthier but it is a sad fact that we are lazy and want a quick fix. Another thing is with having kids there is bound to be birthday parties, holiday parties, sleepovers, play dates and all of these functions will have quick easy to make junk food readily available for them to eat.

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So how do we stay healthy without being secluded?

One thing that I try to do is pack some foods or we eat prior to the function. Also treats are ok in moderation, but I will get upset with you if you buy my child a 5lb chocolate bar or if you fill a basket with candies as a present.junk-food-basket If I feel that my kids have had too many treats, for example around a holiday then I will choose to keep my children from participating in certain functions. It is not anybody else’s responsible to monitor my children’s eating so if I don’t want them to eat something I tell them and they are responsible for what they consume or we stay away from those activities. Another thing we do is bring our own water bottles, that way we don’t fall prey to soda and juices that are loaded with chemicals.

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So take it from one mom who is trying to make healthier choices for her kids, don’t start the bad habits. It’s easier then you think to make changes to your eating habits. Don’t go drastic, make small substitutions, drink more water, don’t wait for tomorrow do it today!!

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Check back next week for some more helpful tips on changing your family’s eating habits.

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

 

 

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