This week has been tough getting back on track with detoxing from our annual church campout. I went in with a plan and good intentions to eat healthy. Friday night I found myself with an ice cream cone filled with goodies toasted over the fire…..and the weekend continued in all its fried food and gooey goodness. I swear there is a green eyed monster inside me that craves sugar. Once I start I can’t seem to stop. Over the last couple of years I have learned so much about physical strength and toughness when working out and I know mental toughness is key during a tough workout (this week I have 2 blisters and 2 skinned knees to prove it). I remember being on mile 10 in my first half marathon when my phone rang and it was my husband calling to encourage me. I just wanted him to come get me or make it stop. I persurveered and the accomplishment I felt afterwards was so rewarding. That mental toughness I had been working on at the gym had paid off (not to mention running it with encouraging friends). I am learning I need that same mental toughness and self control when eating. I find myself going to the kitchen nightly and wanting to graze. It has been a habit of mine for years. I have tried all the tools of turning the lights off in the kitchen, pictures of skinny me on the pantry door, goals on the fridge, I still graze. It dawned on me this week that the mind is a muscle as well and it can be strengthened as well. I may not win every battle but each time I reject that grazing reflex I am getting stronger (you know what doesn’t kill you). My faith is playing a huge part in this battle. God will not share his glory with anything else and He wants the glory for this work He is doing. I am tired of being a prisoner of the past and if the girl that can do all the crazy stuff at the gym decides to take on this eating…she can do anything. “Don’t take orders from a cookie” was on one of my motivational cards and I really took that to heart when it was followed up by “Give God your weakness and He will give you His strength”. I don’t want to be ruled by the cravings of the flesh, I want food to take its place which is just nourishment for the body. I have had many years of eating for celebration, stress, boredom and so on….. Each day I become mentally stronger is a day closer to putting food in its rightful place. It says in Romans “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”.
I can’t tell you how many times I was asked what I have done these last few weeks. People want to know “What are you doing?” We’ll there is no secret answer. I have noticed over the years there are so many “diets” out there that claim to be the “one”. There is the old grapefruit diet, the cabbage diet, the Adkins, as well as hundreds of others. I have learned the secret and it’s pretty simple……..are you ready……calories in = calories out! Continue reading
Week 2 of our daughter being away at college and when I stop to think about it I still catch my breath and try not to tear up. Emily turned 18 on August 15 and moved to school the next week. Our firstborn is growing up! It is possibly one of the hardest things to do, yet one of the most exciting. As we drove away after helping her get settled, the 3 of us (her dad, brother, and myself) cried. It was such a special time for us shopping for her new place, hanging curtains and pictures, and best of all the quiet talks about life. The years pass so quickly and it’s here before you can blink. Continue reading
I love the song Overcomer by Mandissa. The journey I have been on this past year and 3 months has all been about overcoming. Today has been the best day for good news! I have been on Metformin for my diabetes for 14 months and today the Dr. Said the magic words (not so magic because it was all dedication and hard work) “I am taking you off your Metformin, and I would call you a non-diabetic”. I know I will always have this disease but being able to manage it with diet and exercise is words I have longed to hear! The woman that was beaten down and discouraged thinking it was too big a mountain to climb reached the top today! Continue reading
Found this and realized I hadn’t uploaded yet so hope you enjoy!
These were my thoughts after camp but just now getting to post! Needed to revisit this today! Continue reading
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it” ~ Margaret Thatcher
I sit here a few weeks after blogging about my year of victory and how far I’ve come, to a girl fighting the same battle again. After my blog I was feeling pretty good about the success I’ve had and pretty confident in where I was going. I should learn to practice what I write and say. I should know that when you put it all out there you will be tested! I have had a huge struggle the last two weeks with my eating. I wasn’t able to exercise due to a virus ending in bronchitis and I went to food as comfort. Continue reading