- Will you be able to easily get back on your plan?
- What will you do if you can't stop?
- How often are you going to cheat?
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Life has been busy. Work has been overwhelming. But, I have stayed on plan. Here is what's been happening.
- I'm in the 170's!! As of today I am down 128 pounds (in 5 years--75 pounds this year).
- My husband in in the 300's. He is down over 92 pounds (in a year).
- That is a total of 220 pounds between us!
- We are looking at a knee replacement for John in January!
- I have a couple of product review/giveaways coming up in the next month.
- I'm looking for products to review/endorse.
- I haven't been out for a run in about a month, and I'm on call this week.
Friday, September 29, 2017
|Matt Redman, Grace Community Church, Roswell, NM July 2016.|
One thing I really like about the album is the variety. The album features an assortment of tempos and styles. Some of the songs have a single voice and piano (Hope is Marching On) and others have a more electronic instrumentation (Still I Will Sing).
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Friday, September 22, 2017
1. You are too skinny!
- Umm...I am still overweight--not as much as I used to be, but I am still a work in progress.
2. You are going to disappear! (or fade away).
- Thanks for noticing, but it's not likely to happen!
- One friend responds, "I'm not disappearing. Actually I'm reappearing. This is me without the extra weight."
3. You are smaller than me!
- What is wrong with me being smaller than you? I'm not the fat girl any more!
4. Stop losing weight! or When are you going to stop losing? or You've lost enough weight!
- Don't worry. I'm working with my doctor. He is monitoring my progress, and I will consult him about when to slow things down.
5. I could never give up....
- Umm...I didn't ask you to give up anything. You asked me how I've lost weight. I didn't take away your tortillas or pasta!
6. How much do you weigh?
- This one doesn't bother me. I have publicly shared my weight many times. But some people are not comfortable with this. A better option would be "How much weight have you lost?"
7. Where do I buy this product?
- I know there are people who are selling something. And some are successfully losing weight. But sometimes it is just hard work.
8. Did you have surgery?
- Surgery is one way to lose weight. If I did have surgery and wanted to share it, I would have.
9. This diet can't be healthy!!
- Being morbidly obese wasn't healthy.
- My doctor approves it.
10. My friend lost X amount of weight--but she gained it back.
- I know many people regain the weight they lost, but this isn't helpful.
11. The extra weight looked good on you.
- Okay. But I am healthier now.
12. Have you tried......
- Whether it's a pill, a program, or a Plexus....I've probably already tried it. I have friends who have head success with each of them.
13. You can cheat this one time. It's your birthday...or Christmas...or National Donut Day!
- This is a way of life. There is always going to be something to celebrate. I'm learning to celebrate in a healthy way.
What kind of comments have you heard? How do you react?
Thursday, September 14, 2017
When I tell people I am on a ketogenic diet--and what that means, the first response I usually get is, "I could never give up ______" (insert, bread, tortillas, sugar, etc). It's funny how we can change over time. Several years ago my sister-in-law was mis-diagnosed with celiac disease. Since that time I have met many other people who eat a gluten free diet. I knew there was no way I could ever give up gluten--it's in everything! I heard about various "sugar buster" programs that would break a sugar addition. But I knew there was no way I could ever give up all sugar. When I was diagnosed with diabetes and my nutritionist told me to avoid potatoes because the starches turn to sugar. I knew there was no way I could give up french fries and potato chips.
And now I am following a ketogenic diet.
- I don't eat gluten (or any breads or grains)
- I don't eat sugar--of any sort
- I don't eat potatoes
|I love cheese!|
|Not sure that I would go this far!|
|If Mama ain't happy--bring her a Diet Coke!|
Sunday, September 10, 2017
John and I became grandparents just like we became parents the first time--with a phone call. Almost 20 years ago, we got a phone call from a friend that started with, "How would you like a brand new baby boy?" 48 hours later we brought Cameron home from the hospital, and one year later the judge made it official. (If you haven't heard that story, hit me up some time and I'd be happy to tell you!!)
Last month, I got a Facebook message from an old friend. The friendship is old; we aren't! We were neighbors in marriage student housing at Central Bible College almost 30 years ago. Carol asked me to call her. When I did, she explained that their daughter and granddaughter were living in our town and she was looking for a church. Tim and Carol are pastors in a church about 3 hours away. Carol asked to meet up with me when she came to visit the next day. We met and I was able to give their daughter some resources for local community supports, and we arranged to pick them up on Sunday for church. Turns out they lived just around the corner from us. All through the songs, John held Sweet Pea. I got to hold her through the sermon. We invited Mom and Sweet Pea to come with us for lunch. John offered to watch Sweet Pea any time.
|The first time John held Sweet Pea, she curled up in a ball just like Heather did.|
|Cameron not only held Sweet Pea, but allowed me to take a picture. He holds her and feeds her, but he won't change diapers!|
|Cuddle time after a long day of work!|
|Papaw and Sweet Pea have lots of conversations!|
|Sweet Pea is holding Papaw's hand.|
After a month of consistently running three times a week--even while out of town for training, I hit a brick wall. I have not run--or even been to the gym--in more than two weeks. The week after training was just very busy--and I covered on-call for a co-worker a couple of nights. The following week I was on call.
Habits take time to develop, and they take no time to fade away. I have a half marathon to train for. I have got to make time to run. I started thinking about why I run.
- I run because I can. For most of my life I believed I was too fat or too slow to run. I now know I can run. And so many people cannot. So I run.
- I run because it helped me lose a lot of weight. Running was one of the activities--along with walking and Zumba--that has helped me lose 120 pound.
- I run because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Crossing the finish line after a 5K or a 10K reminds me that I can whatever I put my mind to.
- I run because it helps me clear my mind. When I run I don't worry about bills or work or my kids. I just run. I focus on the next step.