Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Little Bit Fit

This is my Fitbit.  I got it a few weeks ago and love it!  Since I retired about 5 years ago, I've pretty much been sitting on my butt in front of the computer. I still work part-time, writing for my church as well as writing blogs, devotionals and working on fiction.  While it keeps me busy, and I enjoy it, writing is a pretty sedentary occupation.

When I got my Fitbit, I set my daily steps goal at 5,000. They recommend 10,000 per day, but I thought I should start with a goal I might be able to reach.  For the first week or two, I hit it every day. Just when I was thinking I should up my goal, I hit a slump.  I didn't go to the mall and walk and I was only getting in about 1000-1500 steps a day.  Wasn't really eating right, either and guess what...that's when I gained 3 pounds back. Do you think there's any correlation between less activity, wrong food selections and gaining weight?  Hmmmm?

Well, I'm happy to say I'm back on track. I'm up to 7,600 steps today. That's 3.1 miles and 89 minutes of walking.  Time to up my goal to 10,000. I know that's doubling it, but I'm tired of being just a little bit fit!

How about you? Do you have a Fitbit or similar device? Are you reaching your goals?


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

That Pesky Sweet Tooth

Was running some errands today. Stopped for a bite of lunch, then headed to the grocery store. As often happens when I'm walking through a store that has whole aisles dedicated to cookies, cakes, ice cream and candy, my sweet tooth kicked in

Just a little snack I muttered as I turned down the ice cream aisle. I quickly realized that if I bought a carton of ice cream, I'd eat the whole thing in 2 days. Ice cream bars, I thought. No, I'd eat the whole box in no time.  Okay, what about some cookies - like I would only eat one or two and then put the rest away. Right.

I rounded the corner and came face to face with a pile of attractively arranged boxes of glazed doughnuts. No, Jan - you know you'll eat way more than you should.  Pushing past those, I entered the deli department (next to the bakery department). You know how they sometimes put out samples of baked goods to tempt you? Oh, great, I can have just a bite of something sweet and walk away.

Would you believe, rather than cut the stinkin' doughnuts in small pieces like they usually do, the samples were whole doughnuts!  Must be God's will for me to have a doughnut! I grabbed a piece of deli paper, opened the lid of the sample dome to select my God-sanctioned doughnut and a huge fly flew out right into my face!  No way was I going to eat a doughnut that had a fly crawling around on it, and since I didn't know which ones he had crawled all over, I passed on the doughnuts.

My last hurdle was the check out line. By then my sweet tooth and my determination to lose weight were engaged in the war of the century.  While loading my few groceries onto the belt, I glanced at the candy bars. (It doesn't hurt to look, does it?)  Hershey bars - buy 3, get one free. Such a deal!

Of course, we all know what happens when I eat Hershey bars,  (I'm still trying to take off those 3 regained pounds) so I adjusted my blinders and finished checking out.  On my way to the car, I nearly pulled my shoulder out of socket while patting myself on the back for walking out of the store with no sweets.

I think I'll make a dentist appointment to see if he can yank this sweet tooth out of my mouth.

Oh, wait...I have dentures.  Where does that pesky sweet tooth reside, anyway?


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Time to Get Cookin'

Time to get cookin'!
My niece, Nancy, told me about GoTandem yesterday. It's an app that delivers encouragement from the scriptures, which are tailored to where you are spiritually. After downloading it, you answer a few quick questions and your messages are customized for your needs.

So, today I received this message:

"Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find." Proverbs 12:27 (NLT)

I had to laugh, because just yesterday, Lee and I were talking about how we buy healthy stuff, but then we don't cook it. Sometimes I'm embarrassed by the amount of vegetables that go bad in my refrigerator. We decided that we just need to knuckle down and cook more often. Then God sends that verse my way.

When GoTandem sends you a verse, it also asks a thought-provoking question related to the verse and provides a place for you to write notes.  This morning's note to self was...

Jan, don't be lazy. Cook healthy meals. Be diligent and purposeful in eating right.

I love how God gets personal with us and He usually does it in a way that makes me laugh!

How about you? Does God do this kind of stuff with you, too?

PS: Remember how I told you in yesterday's post that I'd probably have a pound or 2 to lose after eating so poorly for the last two days?  Yeah - I was up 3 pounds this morning. This is like digging a big hole, filling it part way up again and then having to shovel it all back out. That's okay, though. I'll dig it out again and then I'll dig even deeper!


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

This is NOT easy!

Lest you think this eating right thing is easy for me, let me share the last two day with you. My last post (on the 15th) celebrated my 13 pound weight loss, so what happened the next day? My appetite went haywire. Seriously - haywire. I wanted to eat things I haven't been craving in a long time and unfortunately, I have to confess that I gave in to them. Chocolate, potato chips & white toast with apple butter.

This morning I thought I'd jump right back on track with my eating and everything would be fine. That might have worked if I didn't have 1/2 of a large Hershey bar laying on the counter. (My fault, I whined to my hubby that I wanted chocolate. He rushed right out and bought me a Hershey bar - a giant one! I only wanted a little one.) Anyway, there it was, calling my name, so I ate it. Then a few chips.

Just now I was sitting in front of the TV thinking I want cake, no I want ice cream. In the past, if I've already blown it, I just keep eating until bedtime, which is still a few hours away. Instead, I decided to call a fast until bedtime. That sounds weird. A 3 hour fast?  Why not just decide not to eat anymore tonight? And aren't they the same things?

No - deciding not to eat would involve wrestling with myself until bedtime. Fasting is me offering my cravings/appetite up to God as a sacrifice for the next 3 hours. This makes all the difference in the world to me.

I wish everyday were successful eating days, but they're not. Thankfully, God is there the minute I remember to turn to Him for strength. I just have to learn to do it sooner!

I'm sure I'll have a pound or two to re-lose, but that's okay. I'm in this for the long haul.

Anyone else struggle like this?

Please don't give up. Let's do this together!


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

One Pound at a Time

I know you're not supposed to weigh every day, but I do. I get so excited when I'm down a pound, but then my weight will fluctuate - up a pound, down a pound. I've lost 3 more pounds in the past few weeks, but it's been a real roller coaster ride.

It helps me to weigh. I set my sights on the next lowest number and fight until I finally see it come up on the scale. I do a little happy dance, even though I know that I will see the scale fluctuate a pound or two up and down until it finally settles on the lower number for a few days, then I start working for the next lower number.

For instance, I got a sneak peak at 164 last week. The next day, I was at 166, the next 165.5, the next 166, then next, 165, then 164 for two days in a row. Now, I'm aiming for 163.

It's easier for me to concentrate on the next pound, rather than the 24 pounds I still have to go.

How about you? Do you weigh every day? Do fluctuations discourage and set you back or spur you on?

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