An Instafriend posted this chart, and I love the visual.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I love the holidays, but I think my favorite time of year has to be the first two weeks of summer. During the final quarter of the school year, I'm in survival mode. The schedule is insane, and our house is more of a place where we sleep and change clothes than a place where we actually reside, so things fall apart and I convince myself not to worry...summer's comin'. Now it's here, and I wish I could push the pause button.
Summer mornings are the best. Getting up two or three hours before the kiddos means I have time to think and plan without interruption. This morning has me focused on VBS planning (thank God for Answers In Genesis and their amazing VBS curriculum), and Pilgrim Youth Camp Bible Bowl planning (that's where I'll be this time next week).
Last summer seems like just a couple of months ago, and I've been reflecting. Somewhere in my 30's, I realized that life is really short. If it is to be, it is up to me. My dreams will never become reality unless I start now.
I wrote those words on June 9th, 2015. Evidently, I was distracted and it became a draft that set untouched for almost two years. Funny thing is, I opened the draft this morning not having a clue what was in it, and it reads as though I wrote it this morning. I'm still here, preparing for next week's youth camp and next month's VBS.
This reminds me that life is full of routines and rituals. Many of the things we do over and over aren't terribly exciting. Some require a tremendous amount of effort. Some become boring (did I just use that word?!), and sometimes change is good. But many times God is honored through our faithfulness in the mundane. So let's keep on plugging away, ok? Whatever is on your plate this summer deserves your best. That thing...the one you have been putting off...you know what it is, don't you? You tackle that, and I'll be over here creating spreadsheets for Bible Bowl quiz points. Let's get to it!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
When I changed my lifestyle, I didn't tell people. I didn't want scrutiny and pressure, and I didn't want people to feel awkward around me. I wanted the freedom to eat what I wanted, when I wanted, and without judgment. It was important to me that my kids not see me as being obsessed with calorie counting. Children and adolescents are extremely impressionable, and it pains me greatly to hear moms obsess about weight in front of their kids, especially their daughters. They are setting an example that will be permanent in the minds of their children.
Meals that I cook at home are typically a meat, a veggie or two, and a starch. My plate will usually have a serving of meat, a double or triple serving of veggies, and a tiny (if at all) serving of the starchy food, depending on my caloric intake that particular day. If I do a one-dish meal that is more fattening, I may fix myself something different. It is still important to sit down together and focus on the fellowship, not on the difference in what is on our plate. My kids know that they are growing and it is important for them to eat many more calories than I. I stress the fact that I would like them to eat mostly healthy foods, but that I will in no way restrict the amount of food they take in.
It is possible to lose weight while raising a family. It is beneficial to the family to see healthier options available to them. Several times, my kids have seen me prepare something fresh and healthy for myself and they have been enticed by the beauty or the scent of the food. They have tried and sometimes enjoyed foods that would not have even been in the house had I not changed my habits.
There is nothing so powerful as a before/during/after photo comparison, and social media makes that possible.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
I have placed a high priority on not
Oh, and I almost forgot...a tablespoon of peanut butter before bed. Seriously.
- Loose skin will tighten better with slower loss
- My clothes last longer
- It is sustainable
- I used Livestrong to track my caloric intake (smartphone app or computer)
- Breakfast every single day
- Morning snack
- Afternoon snack
- Bedtime snack
- Cut soda (even diet soda)
- Increased water intake (not nearly enough, but hey…anything is better than nothing!)
|Photo on left was within two weeks of starting, photo on right was October 15.|
Feb 20-Dec 2 60+ lbs lost