Days 6 – 12
Where did this week go? I think it got washed away with all the rain we’ve had. Well I was looking forward to waking up to snow this morning! It’s amazing how all the weather stations predicted “heavy” snow and we got nothing.
I am very happy that the sun is shinning! My mood was feeling the rain, and I was starting to plan going out or not going out by not wanting to be out in the rain.
Last weekend I felt the energy kick in from my eating and exercising! I knew it would come and was so happy it showed up (not like the snow!). This week has actually been pretty easy as far as following the program. My system has balanced and is no longer looking for the occasional sweet or sweet tea. I feel good all over!
That’s not to say I haven’t had some days (especially the rainy ones) that I wanted to stay in bed and not exercise in the AM, but I didn’t. And a couple of days I stayed in bed a few minutes longer and had to forgo the hot water with lemon.
I do believe that I have had all 8 eight ounce glasses of water each day. I have tried a few new
recipes, and took one to the Get Fit group on Monday night.
We had a great discussion about 17 day diet, 3 x 17 day diet (50) days which I mentioned in my last blog. And how some people are still looking for the quick fix.
What I have found is we can make increasingly good choices and eventually end up where we set out to go. One member of the group, Patricia, said that we did not get where we are over night, and we will not get where we want to be overnight, or even in a week and possibly a month or year.
Some of the things that are easier for me now that I have been focused on what I eat are:
I only drink water and green tea
I exercise regularly
I eat yogurt and fruit daily
I eat in moderation
I am more willing to use spices and try new recipes
I keep cut up veggies in the frig at all times
I am more careful about choosing from a menu
Also, I never think about eating or drinking:
Sodas of any kind
Candy in general (dark chocolate only)
Most sweets (carrot cake is still a weakness, but allowed on special occasions)
All of these things have been a process; I didn’t get to this point overnight. It started a few
Three years ago I weighed 196 pounds. I had just gone through one of the hardest years of my life. It was the last year of my mother’s life on earth. My daughter, Katie, was struggling with one of the worst times of her mental illness. I felt torn about my responsibilities to both of them and at the same time I had responsibilities at work and at home.
This was all taking a great toll on my marriage as well.
It was definitely a year of eating on the run and really no exercise at all. Probably the worst
combination of things a person could have in their life. I was on a roller coaster that wasn’t slowing
down and I couldn’t get off. I even asked God if He could just let me go to the other side and wait for my mom.
I remember thinking, “Is this what it’s going to be like for the rest of my life?” “Surely it will
stop or at least let up”. But it seemed to go on forever. Now I can see many things that I would have never learned about myself if I had not gone through it. Sometimes you just have to hang in
At one point I went to a therapist for awhile. It was helpful in letting me sort things out. It was great as long as we were talking about what I can do right now, and what I have control over. But when we got to the point where we went back to my childhood and started talking about my mom, I quit going.
I realize now that I wasn’t in the place where I could deal with my past, my beginnings.
My sister and I talked about all the “past” with each other for the first time in our lives this year.
Really, compared to many stories I heard, our lives were not so bad. But “not so bad” is really not so good.
Talking has been healing for me and for my sister. It has developed a bond which was not there
before. We are feeling restored!
Last year someone was praying over me and said, “God is going to restore everything to you!” I
was laughing, I felt the Spirit move all through me. My hope is in God! And the word restore has come to me many times since that “word” was spoken to me. I can see many ways that He is restoring me.
It’s amazing to see the handiwork of God.
In you and me.