Saturday, June 26, 2010

Finally!


This is a long overdue update on the My Loss/Their Gain journey and fundraiser. As life tends to get, it got complicated and busy, and my updating was put on a back burner. I am so thankful that I serve a God who is never too busy for me, who is never overwhelmed by the complications of life, and who is able to do so much more than I can ever hope to do.

I started this journey hoping to lose at least 30 pounds, and I did not accomplish that. I am disappointed, but I know that God is not. I lost a total of 14.5 lbs, and I have decided to round that up to 15. :) If you signed up to sponsor me at a certain dollar amount per pound of weight lost, please send in your donation to the following address:

LATCOM
4133 Ellwood Road
New Castle, PA. 16101

You can also donate through paypal at LATCOM's website.

Please be sure to mark your check or online donation with the designation that this for the Monte Blanco Water Slide Project. You will get a tax deductible receipt from LATCOM for your donation. You can also mail your donation to me and I will get it to them....just make the check out to LATCOM.

I have been humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of support that I got in this endeavor. I am nowhere near done with my weight-loss journey, and Monte Blanco's water slide is nowhere near completion, but I trust that God will use my heart and your giving to further His Kingdom.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grace and weight-loss

We have been doing a great study at church. Sunday morning sermons have been a verse by verse study of Romans. And this last week our pastor spoke on grace. This line hit me, "God is not angry with you. He is not ashamed or embarrassed by you." There is nothing we have done, or will do, that can make God love us less or more. He simply loves us. The same yesterday, today, tomorrow. There are times that I, as a parent, am angry at my kids, ashamed by how they act, embarrassed by what they say or do....but God doesn't feel that about us. He already knows everything we will ever do, and He loved us enough to send His own son to die for us. Grace. Once I accepted that gift of grace, I became His child. Forever and always. Grace.

I am flopping at this weight-loss thing. I am still down weight, but have not lost any more. I am struggling to eat right. Struggling to exercise. I know all the reasons why I want to do this. I have the tools I need. Yet I am failing. And for some reason the thought that God sees that too, that He is not ashamed of me in my failings, makes me want to try harder. I am trying to figure out a way to turn this over to Him....to turn my food issues over to Him...to get His help with this, and I would welcome any advice you may have. Pray before eating? What are some different ways I can look at food? I use food to fill my boredom, to feel better about myself (I know, so backwards....believe me, I know!), to socialize. Continue to pray for me. Please.

I have a million house projects I want to do....I want to switch bedrooms with the kids, turn Landon's old room into an office/craft room for me, paint a bunch of furniture, etc. I'm looking forward to making our home work better for us. Part of that is getting it organized and cleared out. These kinds of projects help me to eat better...less boredom when I'm working! LOL

Few things I am doing right....
I started recycling.
I joined that CSA....community supported agriculture...and will be getting fresh produce all summer long. Hubs thinks it is a waste of money, but I know it isn't. It is good for us. And good for the earth.
I picked up another weight-loss person to join in on the fundraiser with me. He already has 20 sponsors. Yeah! Pray for him on his journey too. His name is Keith.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tips

All right...here are a few tips for those of you who are wanting to eat healthier.
  • Rotisserie chicken is a fantastic and easy meal option. You can eat it as is, or you can pull all the chicken off and use it in a number of different recipes. This week I will be making green curry chicken, a chicken salad, and chicken soft tacos. Cheap meal too...you can get rotisserie chicken around here at Walmart or Giant Eagle, and it is under $5.
  • Buy the good-for-you-stuff and have it in the front of your fridge, cupboards, and out on the counter. You are more likely to grab it for a quick snack if it is staring you in the face.
  • It might cost more, but it is saving your life. I just spent $10 on grapes last night. Ten whole dollars! But I realize that it is a better choice for myself and my children than the $1.50 bag of chips.
  • Be prepared. Cut up the veggies right away. Cook ahead of time. Plan out your meals for the week. Don't be caught hungry without a plan.
  • Don't refuse the bag at Subway. You will drop your sub in your driveway, and you will try to catch it, and you will grab the outer edge of the paper and watch it unroll as it heads for the ground, leaving your sandwich gutted on the gravel. Trust me on this one.
  • Thomas not only has the bagel thins, it also has 100 calorie english muffins. Try it with Smuckers simply fruit spreads, or top with turkey bacon.
  • Frozen waffles can be delish when topped with sliced strawberries and a dab of whipped topping. I've tried the lighter whipped topping versions, and find that it is worth the extra calories to have the real kind
  • more to come....

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Week Three Wrap-Up

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I know I am way behind on this update. Believe me, I got here as quick as I could! A week ago today, I had the amazing opportunity to present my fundraiser at church. I was given 5 minutes of time on stage to talk about the Monte Blanco camp, to talk about the water slide project, and to talk about my weight-loss fundraiser. I was very nervous before speaking (imagine, getting up in front of everyone and telling hundreds of folks that you are working on losing weight!), and kept telling my husband that I couldn't believe I was about to do this. I knew it would take lots of guts (figuratively and literally ha ha) to stand there and have all of those eyes on me. I prayed the whole way to church that God would help me be calm, that He would give me some sign that He was with me. Imagine how thrilled I was to see that the last song the worship team sang before I spoke was "It is Well With My Soul" (that has been God's special song to me during this time of grieving the loss of my baby and my Grandma). What a moment of feeling God reach out and hug me. It helped me calm down before speaking, and the time went very well. Right at the end of the talk I felt like God wanted me to mention the other reason why I wanted to lose weight. How I had lost a baby and wanted to give my pain to God. How I was asking Him to turn my sorrow into joy...the joy of the kids coming down that water slide, the joy that comes when you come to know Christ, the joy of accomplishing something that has been a struggle for me for so long. I struggled a bit to talk about that without crying, but God was with me during that too. Many people stopped by after small group to encourage me, thank me for sharing, etc. A number signed up to sponsor me. A few mentioned that they would like to join the weight-loss part of this fundraiser also. I smiled and praised God the whole way home.

Starting Wednesday night my Dad's family begin to arrive in town...my Grandma's memorial service was Saturday. All together there were about 30 of us here. I mention this because I knew that Thursday through Sunday were going to be difficult diet days...after all, there was a 6 foot long table packed high with cookies, brownies, chips, spinach dip, pecan bars, etc. We ate almost all meals together, and I knew that I had no control over what food would be offered. I chose wisely, ignored the dinner rolls and the chips, and filled up on veggies and fruit. I took my own yogurt/strawberries/granola mix for breakfasts, and stayed away from the donuts, egg casseroles, and crescent rolls. I ate two cookies (thanks Cathy!) and half of one of my sister-in-law's pecan bars. I think that is pretty good considering that there was day after day after day of tempting food in front of me. So what was my weigh-in accomplishment this past week?!?! I am down a total of 11 pounds since my start date. Eleven pounds in 3 weeks. Whoot!

This week has started out a bit rough...I stress ate Monday night after finding out that my Husband was not getting a job we had been counting on. But I dusted myself off the next day and today, and I know that I will just keep moving along on this journey.

A few non-scale successes....I fit into a pair of jeans that I haven't worn in about a year. I even fit in a pair one more size down! I bought a shirt that was a size smaller than I had been wearing when I started this journey three weeks ago. Several people can see the difference in my face already. I feel healthier and more energetic.

Keep praying for me. This still isn't easy for me. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Week Two

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Week Two....so much harder than week one. I think I have a few reasons why....I didn't blog about my recipes as much, I didn't talk about the journey much, I didn't have it as a focus. I have a few life stress points going on right now too, so that made it a bit harder. And I had a few events to attend where the food was not under my control. I learned some good things from this week though...I have to keep writing about this journey. I have to keep you informed (whether you are reading or not). I have to keep talking about the reason why I am doing this. I have to plan ahead more. I have to get the exercise in!!

I was thrilled to see a write-up about this weight-loss fundraiser in my church bulletin. And I got a phone call today because of that write-up...people are seeing it! I am also very excited because this week I get to talk about what I'm doing at our Wednesday night small group time. Please be praying that people will jump on board with me!

I only lost half a pound this week. See the first paragraph for all the reasons for that. I ate some great foods, and I ate some not so great foods. Today is a new week. :)

Please keep praying for me to have the commitment to see this through...not only for my own health, but also to benefit that amazing camp in Bolivia. The needs there can feel overwhelming at times, and I hope to be able to contribute enough to relieve one small bit of that need. Pray for me while I work on getting my house in order for the arrival of my dad's family. My grandma's memorial service is this weekend, and I have a lot of things to get done for that. Pray for me as I continue to deal with the loss of my baby. This past week was a hard one, and this coming week will be difficult as well. My cousin's wife is expecting, and she is due around the same time I would have been. I am already aware that it will be painful, but I also rejoice for them.

Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

Day 10....

Truth time. I struggled yesterday. Actually the past two days. Coming off the high of weighing in, it hit me that I have to keep doing this. Not just for one week, but for 3 months (and longer, I have a long way to go to reach my goal). I started out yesterday doing so well....I took my own food to MOPS, knowing how there is usually only scrumptious, but unhealthy food there (sure enough, my BFF brought her to-die-for brownies, and someone else brought bread and spinach dip). I stopped and got a carton of Dannon's Light & Fit vanilla yogurt, a long-time favorite of mine, and a carton of strawberries. I ate that for breakfast at MOPS (not the whole thing, you silly people, I shared!), and when we went for the usual after MOPS playtime at McD's, I stopped at Subway first. But by the time I got home (around 2:00), I was hungry. Usually when I eat my yogurt and strawberries I add a bit of granola to it...making it more filling...so I know where I went wrong yesterday. Anyway, I came home and munched on several bad choices. And I see the results on the scale today. So here I am, airing my ugly truth to you, my readers/supporters/sponsors. I want you to know all of my journey, not just the high points. I'm back on track today. Writing down all of my foods, tracking my points, and being accountable to you guys.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week One wrap-up

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I weighed in this morning, and I am down 7.8 lbs this week! Whoot! I know that the first week will be more than any other week, and I know that this week will be much less, so I am not expecting to see that kind of a number again. But I am thrilled anyway!

Since I am still waiting for my elliptical, I didn't start exercising this week. I just changed the amount and the kind of foods that I am eating. This week I will add in the exercise too. I'll try out the two DVDs I got and I'll do a review of them on here.

I feel so much better already. It shouldn't be shocking to realize that food affects mood, I knew that intellectually already, but to feel it first hand is something else. I have more energy already, and have accomplished more this week in my house than I have in months. I still have my moments of sadness, and my stress points, but overall I feel much better.

Thanks for your prayers and support!!! What an exciting journey we are on.