Faith Based Support Groups - Value Your Body, God does! Let's Diet Together

09-15-2010, 05:21 PM
Value your body, God does , Let's diet together!

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body 1 Corinthians 6: 19,20

One thing I learned about 10 years ago was that my body is important to God, so it should be important to me, I needed to get healthy.

I have put God in the center of my marriage, our store , ranch and my weight loss, without him there I just could not do it!

Thought maybe all who want to get together no matter what diet you are on to support one another, encourage one another and just spread Gods love to all and loose those extra pounds together! We can learn from each other about control , resisting , temptation, dishonor, fitness centers, exercise etc, recipes and on and on!

What do y'all say?

First thing please pray and ask God.

We can use the Bible as our Bible Study. or you can have your own Bible study and tell us what stood out to you in it. That would be sharing God's word.

Bible Study

If you would like to join me, you can either weigh, take measurements, and put them somewhere where you can find them, you don't have to tell the whole world, only You and God will know. Come on here and post . I found the more you post, the more dedicated you get to your diet.

Are you ready, for that first step to a New Healthier You in body and spirit?

09-15-2010, 10:01 PM
HI BOOTSIE ~ I'll be your first poster ... my plan is a mish-mash of plans as you likely already know; it is a portion plan with a calorie cap which seems to help me watch what I'm eating better. My maintenance day cap is 2000 (based on the average adult female), but my losing weight cap is 1700; and I cycle between 1500-1700 through the week.

Actually, most calculators say that I should be eating 2900 cals to maintain and 2400 to lose 1 lb a week, but as you know -- I have to take into account my physical limitations as well. That is why I calculated at x 10 only which is the lowest number possible.

Sometimes, I do wonder if I am eating enuff; as I have had some stalls over time, but I am still losing inches on my body. My clothes are getting looser all the time, so I think that I am toning up a bit (which I really need).

Anyways, I also borrow tips and recipes from other plans like VOLUMETRICS which has been very, very helpful to me. On the spiritual side, you know about that from my thread on EMOTIONAL HEALING in this forum.

As my signature says, I'm a work in progress and this is a life-long journey. Hope some others join us here too ... :D

09-15-2010, 10:45 PM
OH, and I just wanted to say to anyone reading this or that may be hesitant to join us ... this thread is NOT about judging others. It is NOT about whipping others into shape with scripture verses. It is NOT my thread or her thread, it is OUR thread -- one where I hope we can just come in unity to share our plans, our ideas, our tips, our recipes, our mistakes, our successes, our lessons, and our victories!

WE all want to make progress whether it be in losing weight, or inches, or sizes, or exercising, or maintaining, or whatever. Any kind of achievement counts -- even if it is just a wee "ah-hah moment". Plus, those of you who have already reached your goals, do come by and share with us. We want to learn from you too.

Everyone is different; and we all grow at our own pace. We have different lives, different circumstances, different stressors, different families, different dynamics; different physiques; well, let's just say that it's different strokes for different folks, and leave it at that ... :D

We'd be glad to pray for anything that may come up for you as well; and offer tips on how to overcome problems or issues as well. This site is really great for that -- but this thread is here just to offer encouragement with a spiritual slant to it. My best advice is to put GOD first (and GOD IS LOVE); Pray & Praise second; and thirdly, "take what you want and leave the rest" ... :hug:

09-16-2010, 12:11 AM
Thank You Rosebud, have you ever tried olive oil over your salad? I started putting it on my husbands salad and he loves it made that way. He told me the other day I want a salad made just like you made it last night for his lunch.

I want to say a little about myself.

I have been struggling with my weight since 2005, bouncing up and down ,mainly up. I am so tired of it but that is something I just need to get control of. I am getting where I can pass up the scale at times for I think it is evil but that is only because I have gained weight or I would just love to step upon it. I would rather go by my measurements once a month. I went to help put together a Garage Sale today for the Community and I was putting things out and pricing stuff that had not been priced. I went over to check out the exercise stuff, and right before me sit Rising above by Gwen Shamblin, the weigh down workshop, 12 cassettes and the work book never been used! They already had it priced , so glad , for 4 dollars! I been asking God to guide me and I just feel he lead me there today. I know how much that would of cost me and boy did I get a bargain! Now I have to go buy a cassette player, tomorrow. I can hardly wait to look in the mirror and see the woman that God wants me to be! Thanks Rosebud for joining me on this journey, think it is going to be a-lot of fun!

09-16-2010, 12:42 PM
Hi! I'd like to join you too. I've been really struggling lately and seem to be putting on weight rather quickly. I've determined this is partially due to medication I take, but I know I still need to (somehow) control the amount of food I take in. This is where I struggle! I do alright in the mornings and noontimes, but come late afternoon and evenings and I seem to go off the deepend! I long to have someone to talk to about it, but I feel like I don't have anyone around me who understands. I know I've done better in the past when I regularly checked in with online support, so here I am again :)

As far as what plan I'm following...I don't know! I seem to go back and forth between South Beach, calorie cycling, and following something like Weigh Down or Thin Within (eat when hungry, etc.) The "eat when hungry" plans seem so appealing, but funny enough I have the hardest time with them because it's difficult for me to trust myself to stop, it's easier to follow something rigid that tells me exactly what to eat and when, although it's harder to stick to those types of plans! I also know I really need to start regularly getting some exercise (more than once a week!)

Thank you for pointing out that my body is important to God, that's something I don't think about much. I'm going to keep that in mind today. I'm excited to be joining you here, thanks for starting this! God Bless you mightily today!!! ~Jenny

09-16-2010, 04:25 PM
:welcome: JENNY ~ glad you joined us here; we know how you feel. I think we have all been where you are many times. I read somewhere here that some medications can make you hungrier, so you have to really fight that by making better choices. I know when I was on Metformin, I felt famished a lot and had to battle that; thank goodness, I am now off that.

I was just thinking that maybe you need a more flexible plan. There are no fast and hard rules, really. You can make a plan up that suits you; that's what I did. First of all, make small changes, so you won't be overwhelmed. Then, take your most favorite meals &, dishes and make them healthier; that's what I did for our dinners -- and DH is very happy with that and so am I!!! :D

I buy the leanest meat I can find and afford for every meal. Tonight we are having a nice plump chicken (one of my favorite things) that was on sale this week so I bought 3 (2 for the freezer) -- with lots and lots of veggies: carrots, turnip, onion, celery, broccoli, green & yellow snap beans, sweet potatoes, small new potatoes, etc. The roasting pan is filled to capacity and we'll have some leftover for another dinner and lots for soup too.

We got Shreddies on sale this week so that is what DH and I had for breakfast with 1% milk (sometimes skim if we have it) and a slice of wg toast with a half a banana on it; and a coffee. For my morning snack I had the other half of the small banana and an ounce of old cheddar cheese; and another coffee.

For lunch, I took leftover rice & mushroom medley veggies and added that to a can of cream mushroom soup with 1.5 cans of water added to that. We each had a bunwich with lean meat (Pillar's ham; 2 slices for 30 cals) with our bowl of soup. I piled mine with lots of lettuce and sliced tomato. TIP: I buy romaine heads to use them for salads and sandwiches.

After awhile you get quite proficient at finding the best foods for your plan. I make my shopping times a hunting expedition for new finds. I eat lots of salad (to fill me up); and roasted or steamed veggies. I buy fruit and veggies that are on sale each week and put some in the freezer too. Like I bought two heads of broccoli and put one in the freezer (all prepared in a freezer bag).

Which plan did you have the most success with? Which one did you find the easiest to stick with? Which one do you think you could keep to for the rest of your life? Maybe a homemade combo-plan would be best for you. You could combine a few of them into one to suit you. :D

BOOTSIE ~ yes, I am going to try that; I priced the olive oil ... :eek: It's over $10.00 for a small bottle here. I had to throw my last bottle out as it went rancid on us; and we couldn't find any expiry date on it. The only one I could find with a date was about $11 something. I have some canola oil here right now, but I will try to remember to pick some up on my next shopping day at least for salads; and I will still use the canola which is much better priced for cooking.

I am going by sizes becuz I get too upset if the scale doesn't go down; I have always lost weight this way. It works for me; so I'm stickin' to it. My main goal is to get to a size 18, then we'll see from there. I am getting closer all the time, the only problem is the vast size variations in the clothing these days. I try one size and it's too tight, but the next size up is too big. It has to be becuz the manufacturers in China and Bangladesh are using their size measurements, not North Americans. :lol:

That's what my DAD says ... "They are makin' everything for the little people!" ;) I don't like my clothes too tight either; I prefer them loose and comfortable as well. I am all for supporting these people as they need the jobs, but it makes clothes and shoe & boot fitting much more difficult.

Last winter, I had a heck of a time finding winter boots that fit. I used to be a size 7; then it went up to size 8; and now I had to get a size 9, and they just fit -- no woolies can fit into them. :dizzy:

09-16-2010, 05:51 PM
:welcome3:Jenny! With so many diets around, a person just can turn circles and don't know which one, I just took a whole week to look over all I could. No matter what there was 3 places I would always go back to and that was Here, the old outlook ministry exchanges and weigh down. So I have just kinda combined what I like of each one into what I am comfortable with.

I drink Tart Cherry which is high 5.99 a bottle and the olive oil ranges from 8.99 to 25.00 here. I get the 8.99 and I feel if it keeps my cholesterol down , that is better than medicine. I drink Tart Cherry to relieve my akes and pains been on it one week so has hubby and I have to say, I feel like I can start to ride my bike! My husband says he feels like a new man! I was down and out as all of you know but I heard Dr. Oz say it was good for you. So I went to HEB and there was a couple,in there 80's that they said they had been drinking by their doctors orders for arthritis for over a year now. They said it really helped them so I figured if it helped them I would try it, sure glad I did. It is really nice in a wine glass for it sorta taste like wine. 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup at night. They said do not put any sugar in it though. Drink it where it can get right in your system like 30 minutes before you eat. We also which was so hard for me was to give up diet sugar, it was giving us cramps in our legs so bad we could not even hardly stand it. That was really hard for me and I still have slip ups on that. The way we found out a friend told us to stop drinking it for two days and see how we feel. Gosh that was hard to do but worth it.

Rosebud! I wear mens shoe 7.5 but if I get a womans shoe it is 9.5!

09-16-2010, 06:25 PM
BOOTSIE ~ what is TART CHERRY? Do you mean SHERRY? OR, a tart cherry fruit or juice? Have never heard of this before ...

09-16-2010, 07:49 PM
Rosebud it is a fruit juice but it has to be Tart Cherry, the Brand I have is called Old Orchard Premium 100% Tart Cherry This is what it says on the side , hmm.. never read it before now. Tart Cherry Nature's Perfect Fruit
Our Premuim 100% Juices & Juice Blends are a delicious source of antioxdants. Recent research sugest tart cherries are packed with powerful antioxidants, fighting free common symptons of aging. Tart Cherries contain unique compounds that studies indicate may help regulate sleep pattern and alleviate arthritis pain and discomfort. No preservatives, no added sugar. Just Healthy refreshment. Ha! No wonder my husband feels like a new man!And I have been feeling so much better!

09-17-2010, 03:53 PM
Good day! I lose quickest on South Beach, but find it hard to stick with. I've also had success w/ what amounts to calorie cycling, although I didn't realize that's what it was at the time. I did the Setting Captives Free study a few years back and followed one of their eating plans and it was basically eating different amounts of calories daily. They also suggested the same kind of plan as Weigh Down.

The last time I felt really in control of my eating, I had finally come to the point of really releasing it to the Lord, admitting that I was turning to food instead of God in many, many instances and then I spent a lot of time in Bible study, prayer & worship. I still followed the calorie cycling plan at that time, but my focus wasn't on the food, it was on the Lord. I felt so much freedom! But after a few weeks I seemed to lose focus and I just lost it, ended up back where I started. I haven't seemed to be able to get back to that place of freedom since then.

So, that's where I am today. :)

What do you all do for exercise? And why are you drinking the tart cherry juice?

Have a great day!

09-17-2010, 07:09 PM
Jenny my husband and I drink the Tart Cherry for akes and pains, he drinks two cups per day and I drink 1/2 cup per day. I think a-lot of his is arthritis, mine was just from Humpty Dumpty (me) taking a great fall! It so strange ,in one of my diet combinations they were talking how different foods affect our bodies. I know I am more active after being on it for 1 week with just a half a cup per day but I did start out with 2 cups per day. I am off my pain medicine and lifting feed and loading it again in trucks. I couldn't pick up a pencil a week ago without about to die, I prayed a-lot, asking our Father to make me, me again and the Lord has. I must stop now and say, THANK YOU FATHER! When that couple told me that their doctor had them on it for a year for arthritis , I bought some. I sure am glad he placed them there at the same time I was there.

Went garage sale hopping with my friend Lanelle and we found alot of neat stuff one was an antique Bee Smoker for a dollar! I asked my husband if he knew what it was and he said Sure do its a bee Smoker have not seen one of them in ages! A horse swing, made out of a tire, for my grandchildren if they ever come to see me before they get to big for it. Lots of other goodies for a dollar!

Jenny what made you loose focus last time or you on guard for it this time? It is good to make mistakes or mess up sometimes because we learn from it and we are much smarter next time. I had lost my sister but instead of being grateful she was my sister and not somebody else's sister,and that we had been with each other for 54 years, I was angry with God and I told him so. I now know that was wrong but my anger took over my life and I didn't much cared if I ate or not because I had lost all my weight to bring others to know him, not for myself .Even though I had started at first loosing weight for me I had committed to loosing weight to bring others to him. After I lost her I could of cared less I was so angry!

Now I know to cherish my family, and to over look what I don't agree with, for they may not be here tomorrow. Grateful they are my family and that I live in America. I am grateful for the time I spend with my friends. I love to make special memories, for God may take his children home but he leaves the precious memories made , they do not die. So now I am on guard there. If something like that happens ,yes my heart will break but I will be so grateful for the precious time God gave me with that person in my life.

In exercise I walk a-lot and just cleaning my house is great exercise for I like to move my bode while cleaning to music.

09-17-2010, 09:35 PM
BOOTSIE ~ you say that for exercise you walk and clean house -- what about this ... ... and lifting feed and loading it again in trucks. How much do those things weigh? Anywhere from 25-50 lbs each, I'd say ... we used to farm and I recall trying to move them around when I was young; too heavy for me and I know that my brothers sure didn't like hauling them around much. :lol:

You do enuff work at your hardware and feed store, plus cleaning your home and looking after your animals ... I'm surprised you would need to do anymore than all that really. You are already a work-horse -- and I mean that in the kindest way ... ;)

JENNYGIRL ~ well, maybe you can indeed take the basics of South Beach and make it a bit more flexible to your own liking. Pick a calorie cap and see what happens. You could start with 2100 and see if you lose any weight on that; if not, then move it down 100 calories at a time until you do. They say to take your weight and multiply that by 10; but I find that doesn't work for larger folks -- plus my last doctor and I both believed that my metabolism was a bit slow from years of yo-yo-ing.

I am trying the one based on the size I am aiming for, ie 200 x 10 (which is size 18 for me). That is my maintenance cap; and I started out at 2100, then went down to 2000, and so on. I tried 1500-1700 for a while, but may go back to 1600-1800 for the winter, as that worked for me last winter -- I lost about 15 lbs on that amount.

Just make a few changes and get started: 1) cut out junk food 2) cut out fast foods (make your own healthier versions like baked) 3) cut down simple white carbs like flour & sugar & goodies. This would be a good start; then just eat a good healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- with a few healthy snacks that you love. You will have to experiment some as you go.

As for the spiritual part, I like doing my daily devotional each morning. As soon as I get up, I make a coffee and go sit in my rocking chair and do my morning prayers, praises, and devotional, which includes reading. It only takes about 1 minute to read it, and 1 minute to look at the bible scripture; in all, it only takes about 5 minutes -- not very long really.

I think one of the most common errors is that we get too strict with ourselves -- and I believe that may be one of the top reasons why we regained in the past. I still allow myself some of my favorite things, in moderation. I have found things to sub for the high fat, high sugary ones so I don't feel deprived. I have NSA chocolate pudding that tastes just as good as the other kind (maybe even better).

I don't look at this as a temporary diet; this is a life-long healthy journey for me now. I am taking my time and learning in the process. I have lost this weight slowly becuz I don't want to gain it back. There is no going back this time. I now know that the other times, I thought it was a permanent fix and it was not!

I was thinking today, that we need to find and/or create an eating plan that is healthy, but enjoyable -- and one that will allow us to still make healthy choices (for the most part), no matter what is going on in our lives! For I think that if we do that at least 90% of the time, we will lose weight and we will not regain what we've lost.

We also need to find activities to do that we love; like I love gardening for instance. It doesn't feel like exercise but it is. Today, I found a new aerobic exercise that gave me a really good workout but I loved it. I bought myself a very light-weight battery weed whacker. I spent a couple hours doing that on and off (a bit in the am and some in the pm) and got my heart beat up good. Things like that.

We have to get away from this "I must lose weight and do it now" mentality -- like we're in some kind of frenzy or something. Experience tells us that doesn't work for most people and our bodies fight that. Sometimes, I think that we blame ourselves too much for what is really just a biological defense mechanism.

Your body doesn't want to be starved; so you have to fool it. Eat lots of low-cal healthy stuff and some good fats, lean meats, piles of veggies and salads, some fruit & dairy; and some healthy complex carbs -- a good balanced plan really. I think our bodies will like that in the long run. :D

Well, that's enuff rambling for tonight ... :lol:

09-19-2010, 02:31 PM
What made me lose focus before...good question! I had finally come to the place of saying I had made food my idol and confessed this before God. I let go of wanting to lose weight for all the superficial reasons I've had, and focused on trusting the hunger signals God has given me and eating as He led (within a certain structure that did give me some help along the way) And I really tried to focus on filling my soul with Him and His Word, instead of stuffing myself with food. I felt an amazing sense of freedom, but after a few weeks I started thinking again about those superficial reasons I had for weight loss, and also started just desiring to eat more than I began a spiral and I ended up where I was before I started. For some reason I just haven't been able to get back to that place, but today I'm feeling like that's where I need to start again. Maybe God has let me go my own way these past months so that I'll learn (again) that I can't do this my way, which would truly be a selfish way for my own reasons! (not that this is everyone else's situation during weight loss, mind you, just where I am with this)

Hope you have a blessed day!

09-19-2010, 03:48 PM
You know, the more I read, the more I am convinced that some people are overweight simply becuz -- THEY DON'T LOVE THEMSELVES!!!

Self-hatred, self-loathing, self-flagulation, self-abasement, self-criticism, self-denial, and extreme selflessness all contribute to using food as a weapon against oneself instead of as fuel to nourish and heal the body. If you truly love yourself and your body, you will want to take good care of it. You need to know that GOD LOVES YOU, so that you can too ...

I was just reading a book where the eminent Dr. Weil, M.D. said this about those who want to lose weight ... "AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT ACCEPT AND LOVE YOUR BODY (and yourself), IT WILL RESIST YOUR DESIRE TO HAVE IT BE DIFFERENT. Practice liking your body as it is, because that is the only mind-set from which you can change it."

He also recommends breathing exercises and other activities for emotional eating; and limiting the damage by choosing healthier low-cal foods. In this case, he believes some people use food as a drug to soothe their anxieties and discomforts; and encourages them to find healthier ways, including counseling, if needs be.

Out in BC, we have a very successful ED therapist (I will try to find her name) who believes that people with eating disorders, and esp those with severe Anorexia, actually hate themselves -- and what they need more than anything to heal is ... oodles and oodles of LOVE ... so she loves them back to health again!

JENNY ~ One of my issues is that I cannot trust the hunger signals that GOD put in my body; becuz my body tries to fool me and sends them whether I have eaten enuff or not. So when I know that I have had more than enuff to eat, I ignore those false signals or find ways to dissuade them. Sometimes, the flesh lies to us, just like YKW :devil: lies to us too. YKW doesn't want us to love ourselves or to succeed either. He is the great liar and tempter ... so we have to ignore him too! We can claim victory through our beautiful Savior, JESUS, who loves us perfectly and endlessly ... :)

I hope you find your way back to where you want to be; and I'm praying for you too ... :hug:

09-19-2010, 04:24 PM
You got that right Rosebud! The 2nd commandment was to love your neighbor as you love yourself. It is hard for me to love me. When I do something wrong I will call myself stupid dummy ect... now if I called my neighor that they would give me a wooping! Ha! I keep trying to improve by laughing at my dumb things I do! Though sometimes it is hard to laugh at leaving the water on etc.... Oh I get so mad at myself! I have no problem loving our Father in Heaven but me????? I guess I need to start looking at myself as a friend with faults that I just over look. I guess though we do get upset with the ones we love, maybe that is natural for me to get mad at myself.

Does anyone else have this problem; or is it just me?

09-19-2010, 04:45 PM
Oh, I am the same ... big time; that's why I mentioned it! So, when I call myself "dummy" or whatever, I now apologize to myself and GOD (after all, he made us in HIS image and so we not only insult ourselves, but HIM too). I also come from a highly critical family full of ultra-perfectionists, which causes us to be overly critical of ourselves. That therapist from BC says this was common of ALL her anorexic and ED patients ... whoah!

Now, I must say that many people in my family are very smart; but when that intelligence is used the wrong way, say to look down on or be overly critical of others, then that is not a good thing (the bible calls that the sin of "haughtiness")!

We all have to be very careful of what we say to and about others; offering advice is one thing -- but constantly criticizing our loved ones is damaging to their self-esteem and self-image (and to those that are listening like children)! Plus, it is very catchy ... so, now I pray for us and them too ... :)

09-20-2010, 01:51 AM
Here's a link to a substantial preview of the book THIN WITHIN by Judy and Arthur Halladay -- I think many of you will find it enjoyable ...

Rosebud :hug:

09-20-2010, 03:47 PM
It was late last night when I posted that link for the THIN WITHIN book so I had to get to bed; but it took me all evening to read it and some parts in the middle I skimmed over quickly. I was flabbergasted by how similar their spiritual and practical views were to the ones that I believe the LORD shared with me over the last 5 years while seeking an answer to my weight issues.

I have never read any of their books or the weigh down ones either. The stuff I learned was just from private bible study -- you know, JESUS said that if we seek, we shall find (Matthew 7:7). I think that means, if we diligently seek for wisdom & understanding, we will find what we are looking for becuz GOD is faithful and true to HIS word.

It seems that the Halladays also believe that we have been lookin' for LOVE in all the wrong places. Thank goodness, we are now learning to seek out GOD's perfect, pure love -- for GOD IS LOVE! (1 John 4:8).

Can we really ever get enuff of GOD's awesome love; I think not -- until we are over there on those celestial shores, but in the meantime, we can ask that the HOLY SPIRIT fill us up to overflowing with more of GOD's pure, sweet love.

ROMANS 5:5 ~ "The LOVE OF GOD has been poured into our hearts, through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

I think that we need to remind ourselves daily that GOD LOVES US, and read the beautiful LOVE scriptures in the book(s) of John(s) on a regular basis to remind ourselves of that, like ...

JOHN 3:16 ~ "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD (us), that he gave HIS only begotten son, that whosoever should believe in HIM shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

Here's some more scripture verses about GOD's love ...

PROVERBS 8:17 ~ "I LOVE THEM THAT LOVE ME; and those that seek me early, shall find me." (two for one there)

2 THESS 2:16 ~ "Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and GOD, even our Father, WHICH HATH LOVED US ..."

JOHN 15:9 ~ "As the Father hath loved me, SO I HAVE LOVED YOU: continue ye in my love." (Jesus is speaking here)

JOHN 16:27 ~ "For the Father himself LOVETH YOU, because ye have loved me (Jesus), and believed that I came out from Him."

1 JOHN 4:7/8 ~ "Beloved, let us love one another; for LOVE IS OF GOD: for GOD IS LOVE." (condensed)

1 JOHN 4:10/11 ~ "Herein is Love, not that we loved GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US."

1 JOHN 4:19 ~ "We love Him (GOD), because HE FIRST LOVED US."

BTW, I was impressed with what I read, and will definitely see if I can find a copy of their book so I can read it all -- maybe through our local library or even order one if I can ... :D

09-21-2010, 01:13 AM
I am going to check at our local Library and see if they may even have it before I go to the book store. I am really impressed reading it.

Went to town with my friend Lanell and we split some nachos. They were good too!

09-21-2010, 06:54 PM
Thank you for the verses. I'm very much in need of reminding. Funny thing, I know those truths, and I'll be the first to tell someone else how much God loves them, but I have a harder time really believing it about myself. Most often I feel like the red-headed step-child (as my mom always said!) that God kind of just let by since I came along with the others that He really opened His arms wide to. I find myself reading those verses and asking...really? Do you mean that even for me? And I so want to believe it, but it's hard to feel it a lot of times. So I often have to CHOOSE to believe it, despite how I feel, because God said it and I believe His Word is truth. That's not always easy though!

I think I'll dig that book back out, it's been ages since I looked at it, but it might be good to go through it again.

Blessings on you both today! :)

09-21-2010, 10:06 PM
Oh Jenny, I too have felt that way at times but now it is like my eyes have been opened and I really don't understand why. I think it had a lot to do with Kelly, Rosebud, Gary, Barrgo. Trish and LeeAnne that none of you know. LeeAnne if she could of reached through the computer she would of pulled me up by my ears . She is one awesome Lady. Instead like Rosebud she pulled me up with kind words ,encouragement, suggestions etc.. Through out this year I thought God was angry with me, but they kept praying and pouring their love out toward me and Jenny I know God loves me for he helped me when I was 7,17,18 and gave me a wonderful husband for almost 39 years, daughter and 5 grandchildren, . When I went through with I did with my brother he was working in the back ground for him , just because you don't feel,see him working does not mean he is not got the wheels in action! Does not mean he does not love you.

Joyce Meyer said in her book,Straight talk. God accepts us and loves us as we are, but Satan tries very hard to keep us from really understanding that.Satan brings pressure on us from many different sources to try to keep us feeling we don't measure up to the standard of where we should be. He does not want us to find out we can accept and like ourselves just as we are because he knows if we ever do that, something wonderful will begin to happen for us.

09-24-2010, 06:43 PM
I gained 5 pounds in one day but I stayed up all night and drinking hot tea. By the end of yesterday I had lost all but two pounds. This morning they were gone! Has this ever happened to any of you?
Gee everything has been going wrong but it is that time of the year. It seems like every year about this time I just cannot do anything right. I have laughed so much in the past 3 days it is unreal first My cake falls apart , But I saved part of it. Then I made a pound cake to do the store on the cake and it did not raise right and when I tried to cut it , it cut but half I was going to use for the side walk fell in to the floor! The pound cake would not work the way it raised and I said Shoot! What am I going to do? Then I thought I will put a tractor on there and since when you turn 60 you kinda feel older than you should I will put on there. TURNING 60, AND MY WIFE THINKS MY TRACTOR IS STILL SEXY! Remember the country song She thinks my tractor is sexy? I was going to make it in green and yellow, did not have those colors and I was not going back to town so made it blue and white and put a tractor and hay sq hay baler on it. I dread tomorrow I just know something is going to go wrong! Please pray it turns out good for my husband and NO MORE POT HOLES FOR ME! I am so tired of laughing at myself , well better than crying!

09-24-2010, 08:39 PM
OH BOOTSIE ~ I know how you feel; sometimes, when I am making something for others, it doesn't turn out as well as the ones I am just making for DH and I; don't know why that is (maybe rushing too much; I don't know). Anyhow, last Christmas, I made a pumpkin pie for DH & guests; and a pumpkin custard for me & whoever else wanted some. Well, I forgot to put the eggs in the pie (but the custard was fine), so I went to take a piece out for DH and it was so soft that it plopped upside down on top of the custard.

I was so shocked that I started laughing, of course -- and then everyone said that they wanted the custard instead ... :lol: Do you blame them? I checked my egg carton later, and counted the eggs, realizing that I still had 2 extra eggs left over. ;) Well, good ole DH sure loves pumpkin pie becuz he ate it all anyways.

Am definitely sending up some prayers for you that your party goes off without a hitch tomorrow. Good thing that you laugh at these things Bootsie, it's better than crying indeed. Sometimes, I let myself get too upset over some things, and I am slowly learning to take things lighter.

Joyce Meyer said in her book,Straight talk. God accepts us and loves us as we are, but Satan tries very hard to keep us from really understanding that.Satan brings pressure on us from many different sources to try to keep us feeling we don't measure up to the standard of where we should be. He does not want us to find out we can accept and like ourselves just as we are because he knows if we ever do that, something wonderful will begin to happen for us.

My biggest emotional issue these days is when my DH gets impatient with me, and blows his top for some very minor, silly thing. There are men around me here that do this to their partners/wives all the time. Why do men do that? He came back later and apologized, but I had stewed on it all morning -- trying to console myself and telling myself that it wasn't my fault (and it wasn't).

Edit to add ~ BTW, I didn't eat this time; so that is a victory right there, but instead -- I went to my chair and spent some time praying and singing praises instead. Then I spent the rest of the morning, doing some fall cleaning too ... :yes:

Thankfully, GOD used this time to help me write another song; one about GOD's Holy Spirit filling us up overflowing with his awesome, pure love. HE always turns my bad days into good ones, but I get concerned about my blood pressure sometimes. Oddly enuff, my devotional that day turned out to be about people who use their mouths like swords -- wounding people and damaging their relationships with unkind words. (Proverbs 12:18)

I shared this with DH when he came home -- he kept apologizing, but I asked him if he could please work on this, and I will too. I am praying that the LORD will help him, but also thought about what you said above, that I think that YKW :devil: sometimes uses people to put us down and discourage us; maybe this is a test, I don't know -- but this is a big one for me.

I was also reminded today in another devotion, to forgive people who are at times -- UNLOVABLE! I see a theme here. I think PAUL or JESUS once said that it is easy to love people who are always nice to us, but it is much more difficult to love those who aren't; and that will receive a much greater reward. We were actually COMMANDED to love one another (1 John 3:23).


I think we have to remember this whenever we are dealing with spouses, family, and other close relationships; well, everyone really, but we must rely on the strength of the LORD to help us too ... :hug: (Phil 4:13)

09-24-2010, 11:00 PM
HI All, I am very glad to find this sight, seems everyone is willing and has the same goals. I have wanted some sort of fellowship of this kind for a long time. back in 1999 or so i prayed for about 8 months that God would show me how to eat how he made us to eat, then i saw a book by a Christian and after reading I knew this was God's plan for me. After following it on and off for years I fell away from it for years and recently felt drawn back to reading Rise Above once again. I know this is God's plan for me and I know each individual is different and this may not be for everyone. So my goal is to stop emotional eating and stress eating and 'well i might as well give in I already ruined the day'
I would share I keep a prayer journal and a while ago I asked God for some scriptures for encouragement and truth in eating and he led me to Exodus and the verse where God asks Eve why she eats the apple and her response was the serpent tricked me. So many times I feel tricked into eating (how dumb is that) and I totally know it wasnt my idea but me giving into my flesh. Another awesome verse is 'you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do' I forget the text but have it upstairs. So I often quote that when I am tempted to eat when I am totally not hungry.
The mind is such a powerful thing and Iknow with Christ 'All things are possible' right?

09-24-2010, 11:24 PM
I've never actually considered praying for strength to make the right choices until I joined 3FC and found this group. It's not a crazy idea to ask our Creator for help to take care of the body He gave us, the Temple for His spirit...

Now I pray every morning that I will make the right choices and keep my body holy through right eating and exercising. After all, I don't want to become skinny to wear a bikini or to flaunt my curves, but to live longer and healthier.

But anyway, faith without deeds is dead in itself. So we do have to put a lot of our effort and commitment to it. God isn't going to bless us with something we didn't work hard for!!

09-25-2010, 12:17 AM
Yes, ASHLY ~ follow whatever plan works best for you; we are all doing different things here and that's OK. We all want to be healthy and feel good in our bodies. GOD loves us, and will help us; we are always encouraged to ask for strength and help throughout the scriptures (dozens of times in the Psalms alone). GOD knows that we need His help to overcome tough challenges in this life. JESUS always answered temptation with scripture ... the first one was food (oddly enuff, the same temptation Eve had: food). The first sin and the first temptation ... so trust me, the LORD does care and He understands!

:wave: 60 ~ oh yes, we all need GOD's strength and wisdom to make better choices for everything in this life. :D

09-25-2010, 04:38 AM
I am on a all nighter again taking a break. Glad you found us Ashley and welcome 60IBs to go! I have to get busy but just wanted to welcome both of you here , will be back after 1 PM tomorrow sometime, after the party . Have a wonderful day and I am praying for all of you.

09-25-2010, 08:28 AM
I would really like to join in on this with you. I have failed in the past because I tend to be an all or nothing person, so if I had a bad day, I just give up. I would love the support of some other Christian ladies. :)

09-25-2010, 09:04 PM
Good day friends! Haven't checked in here for a couple days, but I'm still here :) I'm so happy to see some new friends too, it always helps to have more support.

Jill, I'm the same way, all or nothing. I'm trying hard to overcome that, since that's what tends to lead me into binging. I'll be doing ok, then eat something (or somethings!) that I feel I shouldn't, then I feel like I've just blown it and I may as well just give up and I end up eating everything in sight and feeling horrible. I had someone tell me once that just because I slipped a couple steps, doesn't mean I have to fling myself down the whole flight of stairs! ;)

Hi Ashley! Yes, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Good one to remember! And I like the verse about not being obligated to obey our flesh, I'll need to write that one down, thanks!

Welcome too, 60lbstogo! Thanks for the reminder about faith/deeds. I do think I often pray, but then don't actively act to resist my temptations (eating) And then I wonder why I'm struggling. I did a study once regarding weight loss and food issues and one of the principles was replacement, I have to replace my overeating or eating when I'm not hungry with something else edifying...Bible study, prayer, worship, etc. I hadn't thought about that until your comment. Thanks too!

Bootsie...I hope your party was wonderful!

Rosebud...congratulations on not turning to food when your husband upset you. That's huge! :) And I think it's great you were able to talk w/ him about it and decide it's something you can work on together.

I'm doing allright today, recommitted myself to eating better today and I feel good. It's amazing how much I crave food even when I'm not hungry though! DH is on a car trip with my oldest right now, and the little ones are asking for pizza. I told them we could get some, and I'm praying for the strength to resist it! LOL! I've also managed to get some exercise in again this week, although today I'm counting a few hours of house cleaning as my exercise ;) Anyway, Hope you all have a great evening!

09-25-2010, 11:33 PM
WELCOME JILLY! So glad you are joining us. Please don't give up Jilly ,we all have to many bad days, but just give old Satan a good kick and tell him he just cannot keep a good woman down! You eat wrong so what, that is just a pot hole, he dug to cause you to stumble. God invented the shovel ( wisdom) to feel those pot holes up. Make yourself smile and think in your mind you can do this , keep telling yourself positive talk back, throw the negative right out into the trash. Please don't stop, just get back up and start again. I find having a goal helps and then taking positive actions to achieve my goal. After I conquer that goal set another one and again take positive action to achieve it. There are going to be so many things that will try to stumble you and throw you off track, please beware of this be ready to take action, like Rosebud did.
Thank You Rosebud for sharing that with us, it strengthened my soul .

I am so tired, the party went great and we seen lots of friends! Was not very many though and we have cake left over , the dogs,chickens and goats are getting what is not chocolate and the rest I will throw part away. Hubbie wants me to keep some and freeze, well I feel that will make me stronger knowing I can resist temptation waiting for me in the freezer. I am going to look at it like exercise for my mind and soul instead of fear of failing again. I think we have to exercise our thoughts because that is really what puts us back where we don't want to be.

I know a-lot of my over eating or eating not so healthy foods mainly have to do with my taste buds not because I am hungry getting those craves If I can control my taste buds I think I will regain control once more. So that is my goal for this week. In doing this I am going to look at more healthy recipes to prepare in our budget. I know there are certain foods that really put the weight on me so I am staying away from them and those are Brown Beans, Lima Beans, macaroni , rice, cookies and ice cream . Exercise I am constantly walking except this coming week my husband is cutting hay so that means I work at the store but I will be cleaning and lifting 50 pounds of feed so I will get some exercise in and walking back and forth to the house to the restroom should put a mile in per day on that. Then when I get off I have to take care of the animals so there is 90 minutes of walking there. it takes me 60 minutes to walk 3 miles so that is what I would put in each day. I sure am looking forward to bed tonight so tired. Hope y'all have a great Sunday!

09-25-2010, 11:36 PM
Ok I posted a few minutes ago and for some reason it posted twice . Gee you don't need to hear my message twice ! Tried to delete the one message and would not delete so I cut the message and here I leave this one. Think Satan:devil: is playing tricks on me I guess I am going to have to pull my high stepping boots out and give him a good :kickbutt:

09-26-2010, 08:27 AM
Thanks for the welcomes and encouragement ladies.

09-26-2010, 06:13 PM
Your welcome Jilly. I have a praise, Anthony Robbins community accepted me last week but its official this week! Now I can study Awaken the Giant within, along with them. Been listening to some tapes also picked up at a garage sale, so amazing what you can find at a garage sale!

09-27-2010, 02:37 PM
Good morning ladies! :) Feeling good today!!

Regarding our previous conversation about God's love for us, yesterday's message in church was incredibly timely for me. Pastor was talking about our assurance of salvation and how we won't really feel assured until we get a grasp on God's love for us (ok, that's my paraphrase). But we were looking at how Abraham received God's promises and didn't waver in unbelief but was built up in his faith, being assured that God could and would do all He promised, and it just struck me...if I don't believe God's promise of love towards me, then I make Him out to be a liar! OUCH! I know that God's Word is Truth, in Him there is NO how can I doubt Him when He says He has lavished His love on me (and you!)??? This was just a huge lightening bolt to my brain, and much needed!

Not sure how this fits in with my journey of weight-loss, but thought I'd share anyway. Praying for blessings on you all today.

09-27-2010, 06:14 PM
if I don't believe God's promise of love towards me, then I make Him out to be a liar! OUCH!

Jenny ~ I hear ya; I get what you are saying for sure -- like the JOB scripture I mentioned to BOOTSIE in another thread in this forum where GOD said, "So, are you gonna blame me so that you can be righteous?" You know, many people blame GOD when bad things happen to them, but GOD isn't the one directly causing the bad things to happen; the bible clearly states that there are three causes: man, nature, or :devil:.

I was thinking that it is very important we all realize that GOD LOVES US -- just the way we are now, so that we can get into a more positive mindset and be healed by HIS love. Where is this leading? To victory over emotional eating! To overcoming -- overeating!

You know, the WORD (the bible) clearly states that GOD wants us to eat and eat well. HE wants us to be nourished. HE wants us to be well. JESUS spent a huge amount of time healing people, and feeding people too! What did HE feed people -- fish and bread: now that was probably cooked fish (for health reasons), and natural, wholegrain bread ... becuz that is what their bread was like back then (not the refined, empty, white stuff many people eat today).

Now, JESUS didn't say -- give a whole loaf to each person, He said to give a piece of fish and a piece of bread to each person (so there was moderation shown there), which was the right amount for each person -- what they needed to sustain themselves .

I once did a study on all the kinds of foods that were recommended for us to eat in the bible, and they are healthy, good foods -- fish, lean meats (beef, lamb, goat, and poultry of various kinds), quail eggs, olive oil, nuts & seeds, all kinds of fresh & dried fruits, corn, and whole grain bread, etc.

Now, Paul said to eat whatever was available in the shambles (the marketplace; today, that would mean the grocery store). You can also go by the old testament if you want to, but you are now under a new kind of grace; the grace that allows you more freedom -- freedom to eat what you want and like.

Paul said to "let your moderation be known to all men". Good basic principle there. I think that if people just ate "enough" of good, healthy foods that they like, that they would be healthier; and many would release some excess weight too in the process.

That is what I am attempting, and so far, it is working. You know, the doctor and nurse (Judy & Arthur Halladay) who wrote THIN WITHIN believe in this principle too. They believe we need healing and self-discipline and moderation; and all are sensible principles expounded upon in scriptures.

I think that once we accept GOD's love and acceptance, then we can start healing; when we start healing, then we will start being more disciplined; when we are more disciplined, then we will eat in moderation; when we eat in moderation, then we will release excess weight; when we release excess weight, then we will be more healthy ... :D

Oops, :o there I go again -- hope this helps you in some way; I know it is helping me tremendously ... :)

09-27-2010, 07:57 PM
Hey Hey today is a good day! I put alcohol on my finger for 15 minutes then put some stinky Black salve that is suppose to draw out any poison , when I put that on there. It felt like I got a headache feeling in my finger, then in two hours it felt like someone pulled a thorn out of my finger and the pain was gone in 30 minutes! It is not swollen just feels strange when I feel it. Gee! I can live with that! Day went good, somewhat sick when woke up but got over that and my day has been good. My husband was sick this morning also and all day. He ate a few minutes ago and feels better.
Yeah Jenny, I understand, I feel that if we don't respect and love God why should he help us, but he does anyway, even though many times I did not feel like I deserve his love, he showed his love to me anyway, through my animals my ranch , my friends, he works through others and I find that so amazing.

I have a question though, Why do they keep saying we should fear the Lord in the Bible should not they say we should show some respect for him?
He has been there so many times for me and times I did not even didn't know he was there but working in the background helping me. So why should I fear someone who has helped me so much?

For I respect Jesus , I don't fear him ,I love him and I find it a privilege to stand up for Jesus!

Now I do fear Satan, for he wants to destroy my life but that does not mean I will do what he wants!

09-27-2010, 08:22 PM
BOOTSIE ~ this is actually explained for you in HEBREWS 12:28 -- "Wherefore we, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved; let us have grace, whereby we may serve GOD acceptably with REVERENCE and GODLY FEAR ..."

A GODLY FEAR is just that ... respecting GOD. I also read somewhere that everywhere that the word "fear" is used in this manner, that they are talking about respectfully honoring GOD, or holding Him up in a place of honor, which He deserves ... :D

09-27-2010, 10:41 PM
Thank You Rosebud! That makes a heap more sense!

09-27-2010, 11:48 PM
Good evening ladies! Thought I'd visit here a bit before I turn to the pantry...evening is a difficult time for me, the munchies really set in! I'm pleased with my day today though. I've eaten well, no overeating, and I even managed to get in some exercise. May sound funny, but while I was exercising (which has never been a joy for me) I was thanking the Lord for my body, my health, for how He made me and asking Him to help me think of my exercise as being a good steward of what He has entrusted me with rather than a means to weightloss. I feel good! :) I feel like I had a "God encounter" yesterday and today has been filled with joy in the aftermath!

Anyway, fear of the Lord...I agree that it's a reverential fear, I think of it as "awe" when I see the word in the Bible. I agree that we have nothing to fear from God as there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, but I can totally imagine falling on my face in fearful awe should the Holy, righteous, almighty God ever just materialize in front of me! Yes, He is my friend, but He is also something totally OTHER, if that makes any sense? So, no fear of retribution, but great awe for who He is.

Hope you all have a peaceful, restful night! Blessings!! ~Jenny

09-28-2010, 11:31 AM
I think that once we accept GOD's love and acceptance, then we can start healing; when we start healing, then we will start being more disciplined; when we are more disciplined, then we will eat in moderation; when we eat in moderation, then we will release excess weight; when we release excess weight, then we will be more healthy.

I've been thinking along similar lines for several days now. I was born into a very dysfunctional family. I remember being told, around age 3, that my mother would have put me out in the trash but my grandmother rescued me. There was no father in my home, loving or otherwise. So I wasn't ever able to "get" the concept of God as a loving father because I didn't have that example in my life. I had the loving (grand)mother, but not the father.

So from my earliest memories I always had this feeling of, I am different. There's something wrong with me or my mother would have wanted me. If you asked me what God is, I would say that God is love but it was just an intellectual answer -- I knew it in my head but didn't feel it in my heart and my gut. And this whole concept that God loves and accepts ME, I never really got that. I guess that's where I need to start, that God loves me, and that that belief will heal me.

Thank you, Justwant2Bhealthy!

btw, can anyone tell me how to get that neat little box when we quote someone?

09-28-2010, 07:01 PM
Hi Donna and welcome here!

I thought I would go over some little tricks for when we go out to still have control over what we eat.

If your going with a group of people and you know where you are going to eat , just go on line and look at their menu and decide before hand what you want to order.
Order first so you will not be tempted to have what someone else is having.
Remember portion control, sometimes it is just way to much food in the first place ask right up front when they serve you if you may have a to go plate . Put half in there to take home and eat the next day.
Here is some web sites I have ..
Burger King
Dairy Queen
Little Caesar's
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Domino's Pizza
Olive Garden
On all of these just click on nutrition
These are just a few, I went and copied the nutrition part and put them all in a note book so I can just look through what is the best to have .
Fast Food places do have Healthy choices
If you eat pizza get it without meat
Look for the low fat and non fat dressings.
Order water with lemon, with lots of ice, ew so good!
It also helps me to drink a glass of water before my meal gets there.
If you go to a buffet type of restaurant all you can get thing. First look over the food presented , then decide what you will eat and what you won't eat.

If you can think of something else please add it on that is what we are here for together, to help each other!

09-28-2010, 08:45 PM
DONNA ~ at the top of the message box are the menu choices; it starts on the left with the dark "B" for bold print. The third LAST option on the right is the quote option ... it looks like a cartoon caption of dialogue ... :lol:

JENNY ~ I think of the word "AWE" often as well; what you say makes a lot of sense ... :)

BOOTSIE ~ those are good tips; I always have a salad before my pizza as it helps me to fill up first and we only get one slice each. They often cut that one slice in two so it seems like you are getting so much more. DH and I often order just one serving of some things and share it, ie real homemade fries. I have noticed that GARY & ANGIE do that often too.

For the KFC or other types of meat -- more often than not, I just eat the meat with a salad. I have done that for years now. Many times we just buy a BBQ spit whole chicken and I serve it with healthier stuff at home. I might make a potato for DH and some veggies for both of us though.

09-29-2010, 12:18 PM
Good morning! At the moment we are having a glorious morning here! Hopefully it won't heat up too bad today, we still haven't seemed to totally break away from the heat of the summer. It wears on ya after awhile!

Thanks for the eating tips, they're very helpful. Cutting the pizza slice in half made me laugh, isn't it funny how we can trick ourselves? Doing that totally makes me feel like I get to have more too!

I'm still hanging in. I've actually started South Beach again since coming here. I really agree with Thin Within priniciples, but I'm such a sugar addict that I find it's much easier for me to eat in a disciplined way once I get all the sugar out of my system. Today is day 4, so far so good. I even went out with my SIL last night to a concert and only had water, where normally I might have had some kind of goodie or something. I felt really good, and we had a great time! Gonna try to get in a little exercise today too...ok, I WILL exercise's that for commitment? And now you can hold me accountable too! ;)

Hope y'all have an awesome day!

PS: you do anything to reward yourself once you reach your goals? Do you have mini-goals set so you can do this? I haven't done that, but I'm considering. I get very overwhelmed by the total amount of weight I'd like to lose, so maybe tackling it in chunks might be more encouraging.

09-29-2010, 01:53 PM
May sound funny, but while I was exercising (which has never been a joy for me) I was thanking the Lord for my body, my health, for how He made me and asking Him to help me think of my exercise as being a good steward of what He has entrusted me with rather than a means to weightloss. I feel good! I feel like I had a "God encounter" yesterday and today has been filled with joy in the aftermath!

Jenny: That's a great "aha" moment! I've never enjoyed exercise either and right now, to tell the truth, I am doing it for the extra calories it earns me. But I hope to evolve soon to your way of thinking. :)

I did not get my exercise in yesterday. I had on my socks and one shoe when the phone rang and it was work and by the time I had that issue dealt with, I no longer had time to go. And after work the thermometer was reading 110* and I wimped out -- too darned hot!

I ate accordingly, however, and stayed within my calorie allottment.

I am trying out a site that is new to me to track my food called MyFoodDiary dot com. Among other things, you can look at a chart that has the nutritional values for everything you've eaten that day and boy it is an eye-opener for me. DH has recently been told he has decreased kidney function, due to medications he took for many years (he's off them now) but that he should start paying attention to how much sodium he eats. And since I do most of the cooking, that means I have to pay attention to the sodium, which I've never done before because I never had a problem.

It's amazing how much unexpected sodium I'm seeing in foods that don't taste at all salty to me, like cottage cheese. So there's definitely a learning curve!

I made sure I got my walk in this morning and have had my first big glass of water with a squeeze of lime. I'm fighting a stuffy nose and a sore throat but aside from that I'm feeling good ...

09-29-2010, 11:42 PM
Donna you are so amazing. I can feel God's love in your words and you have just been hit with some bad news but you look for solutions in stead of complaining . I found a site one time on the nutrition of sodium in all foods and it told of sodium in foods I would of never thought of not just canned. I will keep looking for that sight for you. Donna when I can not get out an exercise I dance and move my bode to music . I am so glad you found our site we need you! The worst part of the sodium content is ,like there are two servings of soup in one can so that means double dose of salt! It is kinda sneaky but that is good to learn to read labels. For if I eat a lot of salt well I gain body weight like crazy. I was looking at one sight and they had avocado with high count, now i have been eating avocado everyday! I am going to look into this more for that could be the cause of my yo yoing!

09-30-2010, 01:53 PM
Bootsie, I looked up avocado at MyFoodDiary and it lists a whole avocado as having 14 mg. sodium. That doesn't seem high to me, given that the suggested limit is 2300 mg., with the ideal being 1000 to 1600.

Avocados are high in calories; perhaps that's what you were referring to? They are full of healthy oils, though (hence the high calorie count) so I have one every couple of weeks when the price is reasonable and I can find a ripe one.

Did you know avocados will not ripen as long as they are on the tree? We used to have a tree in our backyard and the ones at the very top of the tree (too tall to be picked without a cherrypicker) were huge. When we were moving from the house someone came by and asked if they could pick them ... they used a cherrypicker and got box after box after box ...

10-04-2010, 10:49 AM
I sure wish I knew that years ago when my daughter lived in Weslaco I would of picked a whole bunch! Learn something everyday!

I am feeling so much better , I am back to being me and rearing to go. I have so much catching up its unreal! I would of never thought 4 weeks ago I could ever pick up one bale of hay much less unload 70 bales and on top of that stack them! Weed eated my garden yesterday and there was a half grown cotton tail in it! I tried to shew it out and it kept coming back! No place for a rabbit! Rosebud did it freeze your garden and flowers? You sure have a short time to enjoy God's blessings, each year.

My brother is getting his eye operated on today, sure hope everything goes well. They are suppose to test him before they do it and they have all his doctors info, but he refuses to stay with anyone like the doctor wants him too.

Best get busy have dishes to wash and goats to separate.

10-04-2010, 02:14 PM
Good morning ladies! Hope all is well. I've been away from my computer for a few days.

Went to the Women of Faith conference this weekend and it was awesome, so needed! So much of it focused on trusting God and God's love for us...I really needed to hear those things. I shared a hotel room with 4 other ladies (it was a 2 day conference) and we had the best time, we laughed so much! It was good girl time and very refreshing. Have you ever heard Sheila Walsh speak or sing? She was one of the people there...check her out, she's amazing! When she sang I would just cry, it was so beautiful and awesome worship.

HOWEVER ;) I did go off plan for the's so hard to stick to things when you're having girl time! But I'm back at it today, and I'm thankful for the supremely enjoyable weekend.

Praying you all have a great day! ~Jenny

10-04-2010, 08:59 PM
BOOTSIE ~ glad to here that you are feeling so much better, but you better be careful not to overdo it, my dear. My beans were all picked last month, way before the frost hit and even then, it took several more and some snow before the plants started to wilt a bit; DH says it is becuz of where they are planted. They are in a bed that runs from north to south on the west side of our house; and people kept commenting on how long my plants were blooming (and some still are). DH pulled the empty bean plants out today to clean up the garden; and we pulled the GLADS out too and cut the bulbs off to store them.

We left in all the flower bushes, and the BROWN-EYED SUSANS so the seed can drop as they are still blooming too. When they start to look too sloppy, we will cut them off at the soil -- I am guessing how I am supposed to do them as this is the first time I've ever grown them. I planted the flowers and salad garden last May and some things are still flowering here in October, so that is pretty good really.

A lady down the street has lots of MARIGOLDS still blooming in a bed out in the open, so next year, I'll put some of them in too. I used to grow them in the country and they can even take some snow and still bloom; they are so amazing! :D

JENNY ~ that conference/ladies retreat sounds like a lot of fun. That-a-girl, get right back on track and things will average out just fine!

DONNA ~ I've never tried avocados; don't know what they taste like yet, so will have to try them at least once I guess. I am always trying to find new things to add to my fruit/veggie list.

Glad to hear all the positive vibes in this thread. DH & I shared a slice of pizza for lunch today at a new place (as that's all they had ready). It was the first time we tried their pizza and it was almost as good as our favorite one. Then we had a small snack at 4 pm when we got finally got home from paying our bills and a few pick-ups.

PICK-ME-UP TIP ~ one of my books suggested that we buy a few flowers to brighten up your home for a spiritual lift; so today, I picked up a small bouquet of lilac cosmos with yellow centers and have them on my desk in front of me. They are lovely and I will be doing that again ... :)

10-04-2010, 10:48 PM
What a great idea Rosebud! Never really bought myself some real nice flowers but you know that would be so nice. Oh and avocado's are good in salads! Isn't it nice we never get to old to learn something every day, love it!
A man is going to come with his tractor tomorrow and clean my barn out, so thankful! Then I am going to turn my chickens in there and get any bugs they can find, they ought to have a good pecking time!:thanks2: I took out the hay feeders today, milking stand and some panels and boy it already looks different!

Rosebud I just love being back to me, and i owe it all to the Lord and those dear prayers, Thank You!

10-06-2010, 01:10 PM
I been fasting trying to shrink my belly for the last 4 days with God's help boy I got hungry , trying to feel hunger as pleasure but it sure did not work but any how I did it. I ate at night time anything and I always looked forward to that, learned right away don't put what you think you will eat on your plate for if I ate to much I got sick feeling. Today ate breakfast one burrito Coffee with sugar and coffee mate,non fat, (which I should not had the sugar but I did )and normal I would want another burrito but today it was all I could do to eat one. So that is good. Now maybe I can have more control over my hunger.
Jenny, Donna and Rosebud how are you doing?

10-06-2010, 01:59 PM
Hello ladies! Gorgeous day today following an insanely huge hail storm last night, something we don't see much around here. I'm truly enjoying the clouds and cooler weather this morning, I think summer has finally passed, woohoo!!! :)

Bootsie...funny you posted that this morning, I was just contemplating fasting. A while back I was making it a regular practice once a week, and was having some really great times w/ God, but I kinda got off focus, lost it, and haven't returned to it. I was just wondering if I should begin it again. Actually, I was even just reading a book on the practice of fasting right before I came here...Maybe your post is the little nudge God is giving me to get back to it! ;)

I'm doing ok, haven't quite got back to what I was doing last week (South Beach) I really struggle with that, when I've gone off-plan and getting back on. It's like I just lose all motivation once I've strayed and I can't quite motivate myself to get back to it. :P I was thinking about it last night, and praying, and I know one of my BIG issues is clinging to the idea that I want to lose weight FAST! That's probably why I can never really decide what plan to follow b/c I'm always looking for the one that will work the fastest. But when I look back at the times I've been really successful at losing weight, it's been the times when I'm not focusing so much on the diet, but focusing on letting God lead me with the way I should eat, and letting Him fill my soul with His love, peace, presence, etc. when I'm not hungry, instead of trying to fill myself with food to be happy, at peace, etc. I'm experimenting ;) I'm gonna pray, read my Bible, SING (I love to sing!) and enjoy Jesus! And I'm gonna trust God to show me when to eat and try really hard to listen when He tells me to stop (I tend to tune that voice out!) and I'm gonna enjoy the foods He has provided...let's see how it goes, but I already feel happier about the whole thing! :)

So I'm praying for you today, may we all see God's amazing blessings in our lives this day! Check back in later...

10-06-2010, 09:53 PM
Been having a great month so far; actually, doing better all the time and I am so grateful for that. I have simplified my BF and Lunch which is really helping me a lot. My dinners are almost a routine for me now too.

Hmmm ... fasting ... starving ... fasting ... starving ... nope, don't do that intentionally anymore. My body reacts too badly to it; my blood sugar levels take a nose-dive and that makes me dizzy. Ever since I was put on Metformin by the doctor, this has happened to me. Thankfully, I am off those meds now, but there are still residue after-effects since then.

I don't have any problem knowing when I am hungry; my body sends me hunger signals all the time, so I have been praying that GOD will help me IGNORE those extra hunger signals when I KNOW that I have had enuff to eat. First, I check to make sure that I have had an adequate amount to eat for that time of day; if I have, then I send up a quick prayer, and then may have a cup of green tea.

I have heard of many ladies (and some gents too) who are starving themselves during the day and then only eating supper (or dinner). DH & I have been hearing this a lot these days, but to me that is still starving yourself and I know that they aren't even eating 1000 cals a day. I know that I would gain every ounce back just like before (and they do too).

No, I'm going slow and steady; and I even noticed today that my clothes are getting looser and looser all the time. That's a great NON-SCALE VICTORY for me right now; and it was a great boost for me today.

JENNYGIRL ~ I think that is why those people do that too; they are too impatient and want to lose the weight too fast, but I know from experience that the longer you take to lose it, the longer it stays off. For most people, the faster they lose it, the faster it comes back on; and I don't want to go there. I have had a talk with the LORD about this; and I feel confident that I am doing the right thing for me.

As a matter of fact, I had a dream last night; and I was having a discussion with someone. I can't remember who it was (I assume it may have been my angels); and they said this to me, "Just keep on doing what you are doing; it is working ..." I said, "but it is taking a very long time". And they replied, "Yes, but that's OK. It's coming off slowly, but it is working -- you are doing great." This was just before I woke up, so I remembered it all day long. It kept rolling over and over in my mind -- this happens to me a lot. I take these as positive messages from the LORD. I had been praying about this before I went to bed last night, so that was nice confirmation for me.

Interesting that this topic would come up today -- it's called SERENDIPITY! And, it happens to me all the time!

BOOTSIE ~ SERIOUSLY THOUGH ~ about SPIRITUAL FASTING for a spiritual reason -- if people want to do that, that is between them and the LORD. I tried just fruit fasting and my body reacted to that, so I have to be careful. Some people I know fast once a week; for spiritual reasons (well, that is what they told us anyways).

I'm not sure how I feel about people mixing dieting and fasting; as I'm not really sure of the connection there. Are people using fasting as a means to lose weight? Are they doing this for a legitimate spiritual reason? Are they using it as means to invoke a healing or some spiritual growth? I don't have a problem with the latter two options.

When I was younger, I could easily skip a meal (or more); or even go all day with only a coffee or two; or even a piece of fruit. Today, my body won't let me do that -- for health reasons. I don't believe GOD will hold that against me. I say, to each his/her own: do what you feel is right for you.

Most days, I do my devotions and prayers in the morning BEFORE I eat my breakfast; and that is a kind of fast for me (since I haven't eaten since the day before). When I am done them, then I go eat. I think the LORD will accept that as a kind of fast ... :D

10-06-2010, 10:41 PM
You know, I know that BOOTSIE meant this as a spiritual question, but after I finished my post, I was recalling how many people that DH & I know that have told us that they only eat one meal a day; mostly becuz they don't want to cook more than one meal, or they want to save money on food. Some want to get or stay slim; and others just drink gallons of coffee each day and smoke one ciggie after another to fill in the void ...

Now, is this healthy? NO, it's not -- but it almost seems to be like a secret vogue today ... a kind of silent epidemic really. I could list you dozens of people we know that say they do this ... from relatives to friends to neighbours (new & old).

The rest of us EAT. Maybe that's why we are fat. Just becuz we do eat. You know, the three square + snacks quotient that we were taught in school, and by doctors, and by scores of dieticians & nutritionists.

Well, by rights; you should be able to eat that way and maintain a healthy weight, but maybe some of us just need to cut our portions way down like the Halladays said (Dr. Arthur & Judy Halladay, RN) in their THIN WITHIN book. Do you even remember how big your servings were when you were a child?

WE don't get near as much exercise as we used to either; esp like we did when we were younger. We have so many things to make life more convenient and easier. That is why I now spread my house-chores out over my mornings; plus walking activities 2-3 times a week shopping and errands; and then add in deliberate walking and other activities like gardening, toning, hand-weights, stretchy bands, dancing, etc. I am hoping this will make up for some of the difference.

BTW ~ I do know some people who only eat one meal and maybe 1 snack a day, becuz of health issues like IBS, colitis, and/or diverticulitis (stomach disorders). They do this becuz they can't tolerate much food or have to eat less so they can work or go out of their home.

Just some food for thought ... ;)

10-06-2010, 11:54 PM
Fasting...I did a "food-issue" Bible study once and it gave a couple different eating plans, one being pretty much the Thin Within type plan, but the other was basically a calorie cycling plan. I enjoyed using both. Anyway, they suggested a one day fast on both plans. It wasn't supposed to be about the weight loss, but about refocusing on the Lord during those times you would normally be eating. There are books, info, etc out there that you can read about how God can use fasting to break us of sinful habits, and that was also the point of the fast. But I did end up finding it difficult to separate it from the weight loss aspect. I started out really enjoying the fasts, but after a while I couldn't get it out of my head that I was doing it to lose weight, and that's when the fast days became just incredibly painful! So I gave it up. I have been thinking about returning to the days again, as a spiritual practice, but it's something that I'm praying about b/c I don't want to have that same struggle I did before. I see great spiritual benefit in it if that's why you're doing it. But for me, if I'm fasting for weight loss, it does nothing to change my heart and mind towards food (and that's where my battle begins!) and I become even more obsessed w/ eating!

I've also read a lot about people who follow intermittent fasting, where they fast for 18-22 hours and then eat during a 4-6 hour window (or something like that) So it really doesn't seem that bad since you are eating during the day, but from what I understand, you're supposed to be eating a normal amount of calories during that window, not like just eating dinner and nothing else. I've considered that as well, but it just doesn't feel right for me.

So, for today...I feel good! I had cereal for breakfast, half a peanut butter (no jelly) sandwich with some apple juice for lunch, and I made tostadas for dinner. And NO OVEREATING!!! WOOHOO!!! :) I did have a handful of candy corns this afternoon...and totally enjoyed them! ;) (my guilty pleasure this time of year) I do really need to try to get a walk in during the day, it's just incredible how fast it goes by and I haven't done anything like that! Now that the weather is cooling, it will be easier to get out during the day. Before now I had to get up extra early or go at night if I wanted to do something outside.

Hope everyone has a peaceful evening!

10-07-2010, 07:55 PM
JENNYGIRL ~ Yes, I could see how that could become part of a binging cycle for some people; not eating all day, then eating way too much later on. There are different kinds of fasts: some people do fruit, OR pure juice or liquid fasts too -- you could try that for breakfast one day a week if you are inclined to. What about just fasting for one meal or delaying your breakfast after prayers & devotions like I do most days. That could be a start and may not present the same kind of problems as before ...

What are tostadas? Are they a Mexican dish? Your menu is simple and that could help you keep on track. That is what I am doing these days too. I have tried many different plans, but now I am just doing one that is made up of our favorite foods and dishes. I just made them much healthier and watch the portion sizes.

What are your favorite foods for each meal? Maybe choose 3 different kinds for breakfast and lunch; and then 5-7 for your dinners to give variety. That is what I am doing. I now eat my favorite breakfast most mornings, varying it now and then with my favorite breakfast cereal, etc. I had done this many years ago; and recalled that I was able to stick to that for a much longer time -- and for me, this means the rest of my life.

Then there is no going off the plan, becuz the plan includes all your favorite variations of your favorite foods and dishes. Have you tried that? :D Here's a sample of what I mean; what we ate today ...

This morning, I had a eggwich (1 egg + .5 slice no-fat cheese on one hardy whole grain toast cut in half with ketchup); plus about 1/2 cup peaches and coffee (Most mornings I have a banana, but I was out). Morning snack was 3 cubes of cheddar and another coffee. Lunch was leftovers from last night's dinner (which was creamy pasta with veggies). Dinner tonight was baked fish and sweet potatoes fries with a broccoli salad + a baby cuke & half a small tomato.

All these are foods that we love; but they are healthy and in proper serving amounts. I had a green tea this afternoon plus 2 more small cubes of cheese (which I cut up ahead & put in a sealed container). I will have some more tea this evening and a small snack as well like natural peanut butter with baby carrots or a couple of whole wheat soda crackers + an apple.

10-07-2010, 10:28 PM
Jenny, the way I look at it there is no way that I could fast if Jesus did not help me do it. Jesus knows I cannot do anything without him, that is just a fact of life. Even if I am doing it to loose weight he knows that but he wants to help me. He wants us to take care of his temple what a better way to do it. Does that make sense. Sometimes I don't make sense, is the reason I ask.
Busy! Busy! Around here. Going to town working taking care of the place and I got to go wash up some eggs , will check in later.

10-08-2010, 12:19 PM
Rosebud, thanks for the meal suggestions. I pretty much cook what my family wants (4 kids!), but mostly healthy I think. I just try to limit my portion sizes (not always with success!) LOL about the tostadas!!! :) Yes, they are a Mexican food, basically a flat taco. I buy the shells, then I cook meat, beans, cut up lettuce, tomatoes, avacadoes, have some shredded cheese, salsa. The kids love them b/c they get to make them the way they want. Actually, this was the first time I did them for dinner. I've made tacos before, but we just realized that our kids didn't know what a tostada was either b/c they'd never had them. I loved them when I was a kid. It always makes me laugh when people don't know too much about Mexican food b/c it's so pervasive here, I figure it must be the same everywhere and it always surprises me!

Bootsie...hadn't really thought about it like that before. Are you fasting for days at a time, or are you splitting up the days? I guess I'm still confused if this is a fast for spiritual reasons, or a fast to help you lose weight? And I'm gonna have to talk with you about your goats and chickens! We're moving to an acre and we want to get a goat and maybe a couple chickens for eggs, not much, but it's all new for me! I might need your expertise ;)

Ok, so I looked up a bit more about intermittent fasting, there was a thread here about it somewhere, one of the plans is called eat-stop-eat. From what I read it looks like you do it once or twice a week and you basically fast for 24 hours. So you would maybe eat your regular meals one day, then after dinner not eat again until dinner the next day. The idea is to create the calorie deficit you need to lose weight, and from what I think I read you're metabolism isn't supposed to be effected negatively with a shorter fast like that, I think it's even supposed to help with it, as well as give your body time to detox. It sounds like there may be some other health benefits as well. Obviously, this isn't a spiritual fast, but something for health and weight loss. Just thought I'd share :)

10-08-2010, 04:06 PM
JENNYGIRL ~ yes, I have heard of versions of that kind of WL fasting; a teacher I met one time told me her daughter tried that -- an every other day fast, but she did have liquids all day like jello, tea, coffee, water, juice, and broth soup. The next day, she ate her regular meals; but I never found out how it worked out for her in the end, becuz we were both in the hospital at the time and I left before she did (actually, I think that she has passed on now).

The EAT-STOP-EAT one you mentioned, sounds like they take the best advantage of the time of day -- from sunset to sunset; if one did that only 1-2 times a week, they might find it not so bad. My friends said they only do it once a week and drink liquids as above; so there are many different variations, I think.

BOOTSIE ~ being that you are so busy, that would help to keep your mind off food, but with all the work you are doing, I hope you do get in some nourishment to keep you going. I think you said that you did this 4 days in a row; the fact that you are working probably helps with that. When I was younger and much, much smaller (and also working), I could have fruit and coffee for breakfast; soup & cheese; or fruit & yogurt for lunch; and a healthy dinner. At the weight I am now that wouldn't be enuff calories for me; and would leave me hypoglycemic.

I did do a fruit fast for breakfast over the winter a few times just to try it, but not every day; I found that I could do it every other day or so; or 1-2 times a week like JENNY mentioned. I did have to have fruit a couple of times though up to 11 pm; then I had nothing until I ate my lunch. Each person could do what they are most comfortable with.

BTW, here's a TIP for ya ~ I was just reading how Norwegian farmers clean their eggs. A friend of mine told me not to put them in water as this can seep through the shell and make them go bad, so I developed my own method of using a very lightly dampened, clean cloth rag and just wiped them off, which worked very well for me. The Norwegians use a very, very fine sheet of sand paper, and just gently brush off any dirt; that way they don't have to use water at all! I thought that was very clever ... :D

ALSO, I started reading AWAKENING THE GIANT WITHIN and found the chapter called, "If you're not happy, this is why" very interesting -- his thoughts about our different communication styles (rules) was right on the spot for me and my DH. I can see how it would really help in marriage, family, and business relationships.

Great info in that chapter about our ideas and belief systems about health and losing weight. About a month ago, I had a mind-shift from thinking, "I SHOULD LOSE WEIGHT" to "I MUST LOSE WEIGHT" or "I HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT". I had been praying about this a lot; and then started noticing a big difference.

At first, I put it all down to the LORD must be giving me some extra strength to resist over-eating but maybe He put this in my mind. When I read this, I realized that this kind of thinking can become a great MOTIVATOR to take a different kind of ACTION! Whatever it is, it is working ...

I recalled ROCKIN ROBIN saying to someone a while ago, something very similar to this -- "you just have to get to the point where you want to lose the weight more than anything else ... ie more than you want to eat the junk." (paraphrased).

I have often thought that some people would rather starve than be fat; as I do know some people that eat very little to stay ultra-ultra thin (I mean, Twiggy thin). I have also heard of even worse extremes than this, believe it or not. Each of us has our own "personal" beliefs or rules about these kinds of issues; and I think that is reflected in our actions (as Anthony says) ...

Oh, and I did go back and read the first chapter, but got distracted by that later chapter when I saw it in the index ... :lol: I found the info in it so interesting and helpful. I can see why JORGE CRUISE liked this man so much and often referred to his ideas in his own book, "8 Minutes in the Morning".

He has a very positive outlook on life now (he too used to struggle with that at one time), which is something that I really believe in ... that is , THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING; and how it can transform our lives. Others I love are Norman Vincent Peale, and Mr. R. H. Schuller who are also "Positive" thinkers and teachers, as you may already know.

10-08-2010, 10:57 PM
I to was confused on what fasting was Jenny and I do it for both my weight and Jesus. In First Place I learned to put Jesus in the center of everything. In my marriage my husband is the brains I am the heart and Jesus is the main blood vein. If I am in the garden well Jesus is involved . He is everywhere in my fasting in my eating in my reading in my driving. Was I glad he was with me today! I had to go to Lampasses and pick up some seed and my cousin of all people ran right out in front of me in her pick-up truck had to put on the brakes and then she was headed right toward me Geee! Then she swerved over on her side. She missed me about 4 feet, I just got through praying asking God to protect everyone from me! Then I relized I forgot my purse and had to go back home and get it. Thank the dear Lord for that, if I had got all the way to town that would of been horrible without my purse.
Back to fasting I use juice , coffee just no solid foods.

Here is a couple of websites I came across but you know when Gary comes back I bet he will know allot about fasting. I just fast as long as i feel to when in my heart i feel enough is enough well I feel like that is God guiding me.
Here is the two web sites on fasting that may be interesting.
Rosebud I walked 6.5 miles today, that is a normal day.

10-08-2010, 11:01 PM
Rosebud, I love that book and I have read it 5 times and still I read it again and find something I don't know how I mist! It is so encouraging.
How are you doing Rosebud did you see the doctor about the reappearing condition you said came back?

10-09-2010, 12:19 AM
HI BOOTSIE ~ ya, it's quite a thick book too; so it would be difficult to remember all of it at one reading anyways -- kinda like the Bible, you need to read it over and over again, and each time, the HOLY SPIRIT impresses something new to you, so you continue to learn and grow. People who don't read the Bible miss that and they don't even realize it ... :)

Hope this is not TMI -- but no, I haven't had any more blood in my stools since the day I asked you all to pray again; we have been praying here daily too. I am trusting the LORD to heal me still, but am waiting for them to let me know when the testing will be done. There is always a long line up for these kinds of tests everywhere it seems.

I have had some moments of mild soreness if I sit on my tush too long in one position, but hopefully that will soon pass as it starts to heal up (which I hope will be quickly). For quite some time, I had no symptoms; I thought it was healing and then I had one bad day of constipation and the blood with that again. Since then nothing but a bit of soreness as I mentioned ...

You know, I was talking to a friend recently, who told me that she had the exact same thing happen. I asked her what they did and she said nothing different than what they did for me. They gave her some stool softeners, some cream for pain and told her to just give it time to heal on it's own. She said that she had a small tear from constipation, which is what they think it is for me too, but they said they will do a test (a colonoscopy) too, just to make sure that's all it is.

Thanks for asking; I appreciate your concern & prayers very much ... :hug:

10-09-2010, 11:45 PM
What page are you on Rosebud? I have not made it to Tony Robbins site since two days ago but looked like I was the only one studying the book. Just went there looks like I am still the only one studying, hmmm.. that is not much encouraging at all, I can do that at home.
I am fasting tomorrow on fruit and vegetable juice, don't know when I will stop for I feel so much better just drinking fruit and vegetable juices. Have so much energy also.
We went out to eat tonight with my friend and her husband . I had grilled jumbo shrimp on salad oh so good! She had hers fried and Hubbie had a chicken fried steak and her husband had a steak. We all 4 divided a cheesecake, strawberry!
My friend gave me some wood tools which are wonderful. Going to make me a shed for wood work in the barn.

10-10-2010, 05:48 PM
BOOTSIE ~ I read the first chapter twice; and am now starting the second chapter. What happened was that I was looking through the index and saw the title of Chapter 16 called "If you're not happy, here's why" -- and it intrigued me so much that I went to look at it. I ended up reading that whole chapter, and part of two others (6 & 7). Gotta stop doing that! :lol:

So, I went back and read chapter one again to refresh my memory last night and this AM. Tonight, I will start Chapter 2 -- "Decisions: the Pathway to Power".

DREAMS OF DESTINY: I like what he had to say in Chapter One about how we can ...

1) make a list of things I would no longer accept or tolerate in my life.

2) make a list of all the things that I aspire to or want to become.

3) Raise my standards for my life; believe that you can have more.

4) claim the power that is available to me to make the changes that will help change my life and my world.

5) Focus on the Positive (which I have been doing for some time; still working on it too). Forgetting the past and move forward.

6) Change beliefs to ones that will EMPOWER ME to claim my dreams -- get rid of beliefs that sabotage us and replace them with ones that help us.

7) find the best strategies for achieving results.

8) make a commitment to take ACTION! Knowledge is not enough; you must take the knowledge you have and apply it.

9) change the way I feel by redirecting my emotions towards empowering ones like joy, happiness, laughter, bliss, cheerfulness, love, etc. -- so that I can reach my highest potential.

10) take control of our physical health ~ so that we can have the vitality and energy to enjoy life to the fullest, ie by eating nutrient-rich whole foods, less animal fats (eating leaner foods & healthy fats); be more active; plus he says we are poisoning our bodies with ciggies, alcohol & drugs too much.

11) create quality relationships: romantic, family, business & social. He shares tips with us on how we can improve all the relationships in our lives. Since we all need people in our lives, we might as well have ones that bless us and nurture us.

12) master our finances by believing that we all deserve financial well-being -- plus changing our beliefs and attitudes about wealth and/ prosperity so that we can fulfill our dreams and contribute in a meaningful & rewarding way.

13) mastering the time we have to its fullest potential in our lives to achieve the goals we desire in a timely fashion.

To sum up Chapter One ~ Mr. Robbins says that he wrote this book as AN ACTION GUIDE to help everyone improve the quality of their lives and get the most enjoyment out of life that they can. Sounds good to me ... :D

10-10-2010, 06:19 PM
BOOTSIE ~ what are you planning on making in your wood shop? You know, my DH & I used to make wooden toys, and many other things a long time ago. A man down the street from us makes picnic tables (large & small), lawn chairs, and double lawnchairs, like the one we just bought from him. He just makes one or two items at a time, then sets them outside with a FOR SALE sign on them (his prices are reasonable too). I'll take a picture of it for you so you can see what I mean. I think I have some pictures of the other stuff that DH and I made too; will look for them for you. You could probably sell your stuff at your store!!!

BTW, you can get patterns for all kinds of stuff at your local library for free; all you have to pay for is the photocopying of the patterns. Since the patterns are in the published books, there are no infringements on rights to worry about either.

10-10-2010, 11:16 PM
That is neat Rosebud. I am going to make some squirrel feeders up. People are crazy about the squirrels and the birds around here. My husband wanted me to sale some of my figurines but I make them for my grandchildren and they are just not very good compared to my other wood maker friends in Horseshoe Bay they are really good! I love to whittle or carve by hand. I made Festus Hagan on Gun Smoke Western movie, some rattle snakes a donkey. i gave them to my grandchildren. I carved a farmer out of a piece of wood they the guys used to build our store with and the grandchildren want me to make a dog, duck ,goats and chickens with the farmer carrying a gun instead of a bucket of eggs like I was going to have.They want me to put that all on a large piece of wood that they want me to make look like grass and dirt. I love to carve more than I love to eat. If I did not have to fix dinner for hubbie I would carve right through and never think of eating.

Ha! I have done that same thing Rosebud reading this book! I don't think I have ever read one that I skipped around in so much.

On page 35, in chapter two, If you don't set a baseline standard for what you'll accept in your life; you'll find it's easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that's far below what you deserve.
You need to set and live by these standards no matter what happens in your life. Even if it rains on your parade, even if the stock market crashes, even if your lover leaves you, even if no one gives you the support that you need, you still must stay committed to your decision that you will live your life to the highest level.

Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in a instant.

I don't know about anyone else but I am so full of excuses! Tony says excuses or belief systems and are destructive to us. Today I used I felt kinda sick at my belly so I needed to eat something. It was just an excuse to not do what I had committed to do today.Well I know excuses or destructive to me!
If I get determined and committed to a decision I made then I can do what ever. My husband told me one time, and I will never forget it. I asked him if he thought I had it in me to do something. He said as long as you are determine to do something Bootsie yes. He left it at that, for he knows me well when something throws me off track I cannot do a good job even though I want too. I think that is why I yo-yo so much but last night a friend told me when we were talking about this quilt for my Grandson that i am making and how long I have been working on it. He said I have to admire your determination to keep on working on it no matter what. You know that made me feel good!
The same goes for my weight no matter the slip ups the off track I have never gave up , I just start all over learn from my mistakes and I do not plan on giving up.

10-12-2010, 12:20 PM
Good morning ladies! Don't have much time, have to run kids to school and then off to Bible study. Just wanted to check in.

Bootsie, thanks for what you were saying here about not giving up, I needed to hear that this morning. I'll get back up today and keep plugging on :)

Been seriously stressed out and had a total break down last night (lots going on here) eating over the weekend really showed it too! But today is a new day and God's mercies are new EVERY morning... thank you LORD! Hope you have a great day!


10-12-2010, 05:58 PM
BOOTSIE ~ well, if you love to whittle so much, AND it helps you not to eat, then I would continue doing that too. When you love doing something so much that it distracts you from everything else (including eating); then that is a GIFT FROM GOD that should be nurtured ... I agree with your DH (David) -- why not makes some to sell in your store? I know that the bird feeders and houses, and squirrel feeders are popular here too; I think they are popular everywhere ... :D

Birding & gardening are big hobbies in our area; we have a large retirement population here so they have the time and $$$ to do that. Pets (esp of the canine variety) are also extremely popular here as well. Many people here consider their dogs to be part of their family. We have lots of people starting businesses to cater to them as well.

You could start with those and diversify into garden things like whirly-gigs and such down the road -- like Canadian geese with their wings going round and round. Our neighbor has Blue Jays with their wings flapping in the wind ... ;)

JENNY ~ that's right -- just keep on going; this is a life-long journey toward optimum good health. If we can get past this idea that this is a temporary fix; and realize that it is good to eat well most of the time, then we aren't upset if we make a few mistakes.

It's the law of averages. Even if you get it right only 80-90 % of the time, you will always see some improvement. Just keep on going and make better choices for the next snack, meal, or day ... :hug:

10-18-2010, 08:26 PM
Rosebud I am setting up my workshop in our storeroom was going to set it up in the barn but could not work with some of the tools there because of the hay. This is more convenient for me too. Just wish I had a way to heat and cool in there . I found a cedar silverware chest for 1 dollar at the garage sale and I am sanding it up now. Going to see if I can find some John Deere Silver ware to put in it and maybe sale it at the store . Just gotta find room to sale items up there. Might just wait and have a sale next spring. I have an old sit in school desk going to burn in the writing part a wild horse after I get it good and sanded and varnish it when I varnish my silver ware chest. See if I can sale it. This is so much fun!

10-20-2010, 01:40 PM
I am having such a terrible time loosing weight . I am exercising more and eating less and still not loosing. Is anyone else having this problem?

10-20-2010, 10:27 PM
BOOTSIE ~ I have heard this a lot -- posted by many others. I told you before that I think that you already get way more exercise than most people do each day. Are you sure that you are eating enuff? Sometimes the body will stop you from losing if it feels you need all your intake just to maintain your present weight & good health.

I often think that people forget that the body interprets dieting as starvation; it is a subtle battle to fool the body into releasing unwanted fat/weight. I was going to ask you if you lift weights, but then I remembered those feed sacks that you haul around ... :lol: Yes, I think you need to be careful that you are eating enuff, not less.

Do you eat a lot of veggies, salad, and fruit right now? That might make a bit of a difference in the long run. Just keep on going, BOOTSIE -- your body may just want a rest, and/or it may be happy with the weight you are at for now. Only time will tell ... :hug:

10-20-2010, 10:57 PM
I have walked 7 miles today ,3 of them in the pasture with my dog. Tomorrow the only exercise I will get is lifting feed and walking back and forth to the house to the restroom. Hubbie has a Hay show tomorrow and I have to close at 3:30 and go to the last part of it. I don't lift feed everyday but today I was lifting panels to build a pen separate from the goats for the new Mama and one to soon be Mama. I am always busy doing something for I am behind in everything!
Hubbie said I will soon see some results not to give up.

10-21-2010, 10:17 PM
BOOTSIE ~ as I am reading Chapter 2 of AWAKENING THE GIANT WITHIN -- what really spoke to me was this ...

That we often don't take action becuz we think that we have to KNOW HOW TO DO something or HOW SOMETHING WILL COME TO BE "before" we take any action; when in reality, we must MAKE A DECISION or a commitment to our goal or dream first, then the "how" will find its way to us ...

ie for weight loss, we must make the DECISION that we are going to lose weight first, then we take action to find "the way" or "how" to lose it. There are many ways to lose weight as you can see from this site, BUT first you try one way to reach your goal or fulfill your dream and if that doesn't work, then try another way, and so on ...

If you try one way and it doesn't work for you, it doesn't mean that you have failed, it just means that you need to keep looking for the right way for you; and that is always the way that will lead you to your goal or dream. It exists, and it is there for you -- but you have to keep seeking for it until you find it ...

Mr. Robbins firmly believes that once you make a "true decision" or "commitment" to a goal, there will be no stopping you from succeeding becuz forces will be released to help you reach it. You just start working towards your goal, and keep going; and you will achieve it eventually, just as we said previously.

I think the reason many people don't reach their goals or fulfill their dreams is that somewhere along the way, they RE-NAG on their decision or commitment. No matter what dream you have or goal you want to achieve in life, and no matter what happens; no matter what curves or setbacks life throws at you; you must CHOOSE TO KEEP WORKING TOWARDS YOUR GOAL.

It's like if you are in a horse-race -- do you run the first quarter and then stop? NO ... half-way? NO ... you have to run the entire track to get to the finish line. So, you must keep going until you reach your goal; there is no stopping -- that isn't even in the cards for you ...

That's where people's lack of commitment or decisiveness starts to show ... becuz if they start to make excuses (or let their belief systems take over; ie emotions), then they quit making the right choices that will lead to their goals or dreams.

There may be some pauses, some set-backs, some tweaking; some modifications; some consultations; some changes; or even some re-starts, but there is no way that you should ever even consider stopping or quitting! Why?



10-25-2010, 11:19 PM
Good evening ladies! I would love to be a part of your group :)
I am a Christain and would love this type of support. I believe Christ is pressing upon me at this time in several areas and I am finally listening to HIM. Getting my weight under control and building my endurance is just part of HIS plan for me.

A little about me. My name is Judy, and I'm from Texas. I am a divorced mother of 4 boys and 1 daughter. I have 2 beautiful grandchildren. A german shepherd (who's trying to get in my lap as I type lol), a great dane, and a rat terrier. I am 48.
I have been overweight since 1990 after the birth of my daughter, who is my youngest child. I have been on the Atkins since July 26, 2010. I have lost 40 lbs. I need to lose about another 100 lbs. Sounds like a lot but with God's help ALL things are possible :D

One thing I know is true: If you want to make God laugh, tell him what YOUR plans are :lol:

Nice getting to know ya'll.


10-26-2010, 10:47 AM
Hi Judy! Sure glad to hear from another Texan on here congratulations on your 40 pounds! When you look at a 50 pound bag of feed that is almost what you was carrying around and that is not easy! This year I have exercised and stayed on a calorie diet but nothing has happened . last week I went on still counting my calories but went on a yeast free diet and I have lost since last Thursday seven pounds! I know its water but that is 7 pounds gone! I have a real problem with water gain in fact so does our whole family! About 6 years ago my doctor told me she thought my body was infected with a yeast infection, but gave me no real diet to follow. Last week I got some info from and clicked on their guide for a free yeast diet. I sure thank the Lord for leading me there and for them being there.

10-26-2010, 11:50 AM
Hi Bootsie! Thanks so much for the warm welcome :)
I have a close friend who is on a diet similiar to yours. She was never really over weight but she got really slim on it. She has to have the yeast free diet because she has some issues with candida, I will definately check out your link. I am really excited to be a part of this forum :D


10-26-2010, 08:14 PM
:welcome3: JUDY ~ the Atkins plan is very similar to the yeast plan; some same ideas (low carb and sugars) ...

HI BOOTSIE ~ I am very happy for you that you have lost 7 lbs, even if some of it is water (or maybe most); but I also know the struggle you have had as mine has been similar. The yeast diet plan bans all breads or baked goods that have yeast in them although, you can have those made with baking powder or baking soda only (like tea biscuits); but you can have the corn tortillas.

Plus anything that has any vinegar in it (including all condiments & salad dressings); all cheeses & dairy products including cottage cheese, cheddars, yogurt, milk, etc. All sugar & sugar products; and even substitutes are off limits (Bootsie's doctor says that you can have the pink substitutes like Sweet & Low).

This is a strict plan, but now that I have seen your sample, maybe it won't be too bad; and I have edited this to correct mistakes. So, we can also have 3 fruit a day, plus oatmeal and corn (and their products like corn tortillas and oat cereals). I see that there are some subs that we can use instead of the yeasty breads.

We CAN have whole grain pastas, beans, rice, and potatoes too ... oh good! We can still have our tomato sauce and salsas. She says that once our body is rid of the yeast down the road we can introduce some of these foods slowly back into our diet (ie condiments).

Could you please give us a sample of what you are really eating for one day (or more) for every meal & all snacks (if any). That would give me an idea of what I could have and maybe not seem so bleak.

You are pretty busy & working all the time, so that works as a great distraction helping you not to think about food too much. I am home a lot and try to keep unhealthy foods out of my home, but my DH would eat all those things so they have to be here. They are not bad foods, just banned on this yeast plan.

Jorge Cruise stopped eating dairy products and replaced them with soy products becuz he had an allergy to them. However, some health enthusiasts say that we have to be careful which soy products we eat as they can also reek havoc with our hormones and such.

I know becuz I am much heavier than you that a strict plan like that would be a bit difficult for me. I don't eat cheese all the time as I had cut back a bit as I had heard some time ago that cheddar could cause constipation for some people. Thank goodness, I don't have it all the time, just in the evening mostly.

I am trying not to have to buy any special foods that we can't get in our town as we don't shop far from here, esp during the winter months. We live in a small town and have limited sources here.

THANKS ... Rosebud :flow2:

10-26-2010, 11:50 PM
My food & Exercise Log for October 22...1350 calorie level

coffee3 cups
oatmeal, 1 cup
milk1/4 cup
tea green& decaf, 54 ounces
green salad/carrots/onion/
egg small
olive oil, 1 tbsp.
pecans, 1/2 cup
okra,1 cup
ground beef, 6 ounces

my total calories 1278, fat 87.8, S. Fat17.9, Chol. 299, Sodium, 685, Carbs 64.5 and Protein ,70.0

Exercise in walking I burned 878

You can eat brown rice, and pasta made from whole grain
It gives you a free guide line for the diet on that page. You can eat a-lot of different things, Rosebud, fruits 3 servings a day. Real butter The list has a check mark all you can eat and a NO by what you cannot eat. I use diet sweetener my doctor said anything pink use it. What I love about it I can have potatoes and corn. Today I had roasted chicken and corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. It was good too! The other day I had fat free Black bean dip with mashed potatoes and made myself a little salsa to put on top. You can have tomatoes fresh or frozen. Just go to the site and click on the Yeast free guide line, it will tell you all you can eat. I had to give up ketchup because it has sugar and vinegar in it,but if it keeps me from being the person God wants me to be I can be without it, even if it is hard to do without it. It is just a new way of eating and I love it, especially when I step on the scale; I thank God every time for this information. Tomorrow I plan on having lean roast beef potatoes, carrots and onions. I can eat them in in a corn tortilla. I don't have to have that bread, I even gave my roll to my husband they gave me with my roast chicken today.

10-27-2010, 12:18 AM
Judy I went to Fort Worth there to see my brother and they were bailing Hay right in, what I would say in the middle of Fort Worth along the road, just could not believe it! That was awesome to me, that farming still lives on in big cities like that.

My daughter has 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls, she lives out in West Texas, so far away , never get to see them.

I have two real old dogs going on 19, Sausage and Chester , then I got Pepper who I saved from getting shot by taking her, then there is Lee , he is beautiful blue eyes part Labrador, Cow dog and Boxer. Then there is Sunnie my young border collie. Two Siamese Kittens who think they are squirrels the way they play 3 outside cats , Fat Girl, Rufuss and Harry which he is blind, a stray cat liked to have killed Harry. He follows my voice when he is out and about. Have a bunch of goats and sheep. All have names to but that is a long list. Live on a ranch, husband bales hay on it and we have a feed store and hardware store out here in the sticks. I carve wood and make things out of wood ,right now working on a silverware Box and so far it is looking pretty good. I garden but having such a terrible time this year gardening.

10-27-2010, 04:03 PM
THANKS, BOOTSIE ~ it seems like I got a bit confused there; I had read about 3 pages on that site, so maybe I got some of the recommendations mixed up. I will go back and take another look at the list of foods I can have and make a copy of it. DH and I both love the whole grain pastas and they come on sale here quite regular too. That's what we are having for dinner tonight with some spagetti squash too.

Thanks for the daily menu sample; that gives me a better idea what I can have. I can have more calories than you as I am heavier -- but I am trying to find the right number for me.

BTW ~ I was reading some more of Anthony Robbin's ideas about how to lose weight for people like me esp -- I am an apple with legs & arms ... :lol: He says (like a few others I have read recently) that we have to trick our bodies into wanting to BURN FAT not sugar. He feels people like me who have SUGAR ISSUES and bellies are having that problem and I sooo agree with him. His description is me to a "T". I have been trying to increase my good fats and decrease the bad fats (animal fats verses omega-3/6/9 good fats).

I am going to get some olive oil for my salads, etc; I am already using canola for everything else now (soy and corn are good ones too). JORGE CRUISE has a good chart in his book about good fats/oils as well.

I just have to read up a bit more to find out exactly how we can get our body to SWITCH FROM BEING A SUGAR-BURNER TO A FAT-BURNER.

He talks a lot about doing aerobic exercises, but doing warm-ups before and after; plus starting out slow and working our way up -- for me, that would be the best strategy anyways. I will keep reading to see what else I can do; I would love my body to stop feeling yucky when my carbs are low: they think that increasing our good fats each day will help this, so I am going to give it a whirl.

I would love to have all those doggies & kitties that you have on your farm -- you sound like a bit of an animal rescuer yourself, BOOTSIE ... :D

10-27-2010, 04:15 PM
I live in Forest Hill, which is a susburb of Fort Worth. When my folks first moved here it was kinda rural, kinda not. People still have horses and some cattle around here.
I am an avid aninmal lover. My great dane was a rescue of sorts. The person who had her was not equipped or mature enough to handle a puppy of ANY size, much less hers. He was going to take her out and kill or dump her. I said bring her to me. I already had 2 dogs and an assortment of cats (both inside and out), but I just couldn't let that happen. I tried finding her a good home, but no one seemed quite right. They have to really be able to love the animal, you know. So I kept her. She has just recently had a litter of pups. 1/2 Dane and 1/2 German Shepherd :) Can't wait to see what THAT looks like.
I have 4 sons and my youngest is a daughter. She recently was going to Tarleton State (for 2 years) then met up with a boy who cause some problems (don't they always). I had to drive there in the middle of the night back in September to rescue her from a BAD situation with him. So she is living here with me now. I'm trying to get her into the junior college here in the fall.
I have so much going on in my life right now Bootsie, and even though we have just met, I sure would appreciate some prayers that EVERYTHING that is in need of help will be solved.
Thanks so much for your friendship :D I sure appreciate it.


10-27-2010, 05:34 PM
JUDY ~ sorry to hear that you are having so much stress in your life right now; will send up some prayers for you and for you daughter too. That would be great for her to move on to college and pick up the pieces of her life again, so2speak ... tell her to just keep on, keepin' on; she won't regret it one bit! :hug:

10-27-2010, 07:50 PM
Thank you Rosebud for your kind words AND prayers! :)

10-27-2010, 09:56 PM
I am so thankful you could go get her Judy and that she has you. Mothers like you are so awesome and your daughter has been blessed having you for a Mother. Going to college and living at home would be great! What field does she want to go in, or does she know yet? Judy know that you and your daughter will be in my prayers every night.
I almost went over my calorie limit today! I forgot I had this great big Apple and then I remembered, thank the dear Lord. I did not get as much exercise in but I am going to walk in the house till I get , 10,000 steps in! Right now I have 9853. Tomorrow have to do book work again then Friday run to town. Saturday I am going to finish cutting this huge cactus down I planted that decided it would take over the yard. Its trunk is like a tree! I have an ax , saw but I am thinking I might have to try out one of the chain saws but got to ask David if it would ruin my saw. Have to worm my goats Saturday Morning, and clean up this yard so much to do, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and everyone will be here at my house!

10-28-2010, 08:36 PM
BOOTSIE ~ do you have a pedometer to tell you how many steps? That is pretty good getting in 10,000 in one day. I cut out the cheeze at night to see if it helps me a bit; and am doing well so far. I still had one slice of bread for breakfast but leftover pasta for lunch; then fish & potatoes with veggies for dinner. That's not too bad for me really!

You are busy; am praying for you that you get everything done that you want to for your Thanksgiving gathering. Hey, be careful with that chainsaw; maybe let David do it. I should talk, when I was young I used a chainsaw myself to fell trees for winter heat; but I was only in my mid-twenties then. I used an electric one that my great-uncle lent me with a very, very long cord (about 100 feet I think).

Sometimes I look back and am truly amazed at some of the things that I have done in my life ... :D

10-28-2010, 08:43 PM
Thank you Bootsie :)
My daughter will definately start again in the fall, but will finish up some basic courses at the local junior college (cheaper lol) and then tranfer over to UTA. It was just the timing of the boyfriend situation that made it impossible to get her back into the fall semester. She wants to be in communications preferably in the radio field. She is a very beautful blonde with a million dollar smile. She was pretty focused until this guy came into the picture. But she is here and getting re-aligned with God :)
Isn't it funny when things aren't going well for us we think God is far from us, when actually He never left our side. It is us who get far from HIM :)
I just can't tell you and Rosebud how much I appreciate your friendship here :)

Bootsie you must burn 10,000. calories a day :lol: You are one busy bee!

Hope the two of you have a wonderfully blessed day :)

10-28-2010, 10:39 PM
OH! Judy Oh did I say that I will look and correct if I did, it's 10, 000 steps!

Worked again at the store but been a busy Bee since I got off and before I went I got 11053 steps in so far! Made a inside out Bunt cake tonight David is going to take it to the store tomorrow and see how it taste. If it is good I will make some more for the cake walk. I bought some little cats and spooks to put in the middle and bats and cats for the sides. It is not nice and such a challenge doing this when I want a piece but NO -WAY! I have worked to hard to get this far. I messed up yesterday and the day before. I bought some soy milk well it was vanilla and drinked it before I realized I goofed up then yesterday the beef stew seasoning had sugar and black pepper in it , Gee I gotta start paying better attention ! I did not gained but stayed the same weight for 2 days now. I have really watched today and hope tomorrow I get on there those numbers are down! If not I will keep on trying.

Go Rosebud!:carrot: Your doing great! :carrot:I know this is not easy for you girl!:hug:

Rosebud Yep! I got one of them there pedometer's, found it at a garage sale still in the package never been used! I had bought one of them fancy ones but it does not work right at all. So glad I found this one for a dollar!
I am going to try this little electric chain saw one I got last weekend, David said he thought it would be alright. I got me another one I plan to go find some walking sticks with and make some canes. David just could not believe the size of that cactus ,it looks like a tree. I want to leave it and just keep it trimmed up, it belonged to my friend Mildred and she is not here anymore.

10-28-2010, 11:02 PM
LOL Bootsie I know you said "steps" the 1st time :lol:
I was just making a reference at all the things you do during your regular day :) You are burning some calories girl!
What is an inside out bundt cake? It sounds interesting.
I made a pumpkin shaped cake once by using two bundts putting one on top of the other and icing it, orange . Then rolled out some green & black gumdrops for the face and the leaves & stems. It was orange cake :drool:
My kids thought it looked cool lol.

10-28-2010, 11:04 PM
Hey want to join me in a Challenge amongst us? You know the Holidays are coming up and we are going to need some leverage to keep us focussed straight ahead to the New me's! Let us not stray, we have worked to hard!
It can be what ever goal you want. I know mine is going to be my weight, exercise. We can come back on and edit our post everyday, that way we have it altogether.
My goal is to look straight ahead,fix my eyes on what lies before me.( A New Me) Plan out a straight and honest diet and stick with it. Loose as much weight as possible and not get side tracked. Walk 10,000 steps each day if not more. Enjoy my company more than the food at Thanksgiving and all the parties coming up.
11/1...199............1256............burned 1233

10-28-2010, 11:14 PM
You get a Duncan Hines Devil Food cake, or Duncan Hines butter cake and get that coconut & nut icing you put on a German Chocolate cake. You fix the cake like directions and then you mix the icing, within the cake mix and spray a bundt cake pan with butter no stick and it took about 40 minutes in my oven to cook at 350. While it is hot sprinkle powdered sugar on top of it. So easy so I hope it is good will find out in the morning when the coffee drinking guys stop by and test it out. If it is, going to make 4 more of them for the cake walk . Hope they like it for it is so easy to make and it turned out really pretty!

10-28-2010, 11:25 PM
BOOTSIE ~ oh, I have one of those pedometers but will have to hunt it down; I tried using it but it wouldn't count my steps. The instructions said that I had to put it on my underpants near where my leg moves (top of thigh) so it would register, so I did that and I think it worked a bit, but then it kept falling off on me. :dizzy:

I'll try to find it again and see what happens. :D

10-29-2010, 02:36 PM
Bootsie ~ Thanks so much for explaining the inside out cake. It sounds really good. I'm not really a cake person...I'd rather have the icing LOL.

10-29-2010, 04:02 PM
Well I took it to the store this morning and everyone loved it so I have to make 4 more like that and one Extra large German Chocolate to serve at the carnival Well best go the Siamese twins are into something! Found them on the back of a rocking chair trying to jump on the ceiling fan going round and round the other day, they are so funny but so destructive! I came in and they tore one of my plants up and dirt was everywhere on the counter! They got to running and turned over my coffee and it splashed everywhere last night. Then David was taking on the phone and one hit the back of his recliner behind his head and the other ran over his belly and up the stairs they went chasing each other! They are like squirrels!

10-30-2010, 04:29 PM
Still no more weight loss but thank the dear Lord no weight gain! Tonight I will eat before I go to the Halloween Carnival if I go, have the back door trots so may not make it. I don't really want to go anyway feel kinda just yucky for some reason. I got the 4 cakes done for the cake walk and two for the serving last night. I am so glad I have two ovens working! Got the goats wormed this morning,Sheep with babies with the rest. Sausage is in the yard my 19 year old border collie and just loving it so far, gave Pepper her pen and Chester the other old dog says THANK YOU! THANK YOU! He had just about enough of Pepper. Cleaned out my young border collies swimming pool and filling it back up , that reminds me need to set the timer . Hope y'alls day is going great

10-30-2010, 10:08 PM
Got a bit of extra walking in today; plus the regular walking plus did one load of laundry and some light housechores for the day when we got back home. We had baked fish & chips (I had a few baked sweet potato fries) with a nice big mixed salad for dinner tonight.

BOOTSIE ~ prayers going up for you that the fox trots leave you soon; hope you didn't have any cake -- I can't eat cake anymore, esp chocolate or that gives me the "runs"; so I just avoid it. Glad your cakes turned out and were so well received; are you kidding -- free cake: most men won't turn that down! :lol: Your kitties sound like little rascals, but fun too! Hope you have a restful day tomorrow ... :)

10-31-2010, 12:19 PM
Great Rosebud I exercised 45 minutes this morning with Christian music from First Place. I was only going to exercise 30 minutes but I did 15 extra for my best friend!
Had banana and a cup of soy milk light mixed with ice this morning, for breakfast.
Have to go dust the goats for flies and do housework all day and make some cupcakes for my husband and the guys in the morning. Seems they done a lot better on their cake walk without me running it that is wonderful to me, so they can ask them to do it again next year! Yeah! I want to volunteer work for the new hospital that is going in about 15 miles from here one day a week.
Volunteering at the hospital and working the ranch and store will keep me very busy! Well I best get going want to get this place cleaned up. Have a great day!

Rosebud No cake for me but I sure wanted some!

11-01-2010, 09:06 PM
GOOD FOR YOU BOOTSIE ~ I had a few little treats last night, but I figured I would, so I deliberately ate less during the day; and that worked out great. Plus the fact that we bought stuff that was small (so less calories); and today continues on track as well. DH is gonna eat what's left of the small bags of chips, etc and we are gonna donate the bags of candies to goodwill tomorrow ...

11-01-2010, 09:56 PM
My husband had me make some cupcakes yesterday for today, he is just getting carried away with these sweets and he don't mind at all eating them right in front of me. I asked him last night if we could please after today only eat sweets if we go out or on Sundays and you know he thought for a longggggggg time and said I will try. Givng up sweets is really hard but he is not really giving them up. I told him well Honey you can either gain control over eating sweets or keep on letting them have control over you. I told him I was afraid of loosing him and I am, he keeps on eating like he is doing he may not be here next year. I just cannot see life without him, he has been with me for almost 39 years next month. My friend told me to just tell him NO and throw all the candy out, till Thanksgiving. I have never told him No, its up to him.

11-01-2010, 10:28 PM
BOOTSIE ~ I guess I am bolder than you -- my DH doesn't have the same health issues as your David does, but I just told him that I am not baking stuff like that anymore for health reasons. However, I told him that I will make him healthy fiber & fruit muffins once a week, if he wants them. DH and I aren't really candy people so we are giving the extras to goodwill; but the small bags of treats he is keeping up in his cubbyhole for snacks (they are from 140-170 cals each). He is blessed that he doesn't have a weight problem; actually, he struggles to keep his weight up. He hates fruit and won't eat it; the only other dessert I can get him to eat is puddings. He would eat cakes and such if I made them though; sometimes, I buy him here and there as long as I don't have to eat it (pssst, I buy things I don't like). ;) His favorite is pumpkin pie, so I make myself a custard at those times ...

Will send up some prayers for you both about this ... :hug:

11-02-2010, 09:02 PM
Hello everyone :)
Hope the weekend was blessed for you. I'm a little sick but will bounce back soon. I love to read ya'lls post :)


11-03-2010, 06:13 PM
Hope your feeling better Judy and it is nothing serious wrong. I been at work all day today had soup. We got our new furnace in and it is fancy I don't even have to light it or turn it off during the summer. It is electric start. Have a fire place an a old timer stove that has the pilot lit all the time so I can still cook and keep warm that way if I need too. I wonder if they ever thought about that when they made the electric start in gas cooking stoves? I think I will keep my old timer stove just for emergencies. It is cold and drizzle here today in Texas and I hear thunder! Have not got any exercise in but got some most needed book work done. Well best go David said get the work done outside before dark tonight and it is getting dark early now.

11-03-2010, 09:09 PM
JUDY ~ sent up prayers for you that you will feel better very soon ... :hug:

BOOTSIE ~ I agree with your DH that you should get your chores done before dark with all those coyotes out prowling around; and maybe worse. We are blessed that we don't have to worry about those things, although we do have black bears here. Usually they won't come around places with people or dogs, lots of lights, and/or noise.

We had :rain: and ~~winds~~ here today too; so we put a piece of foam stripping along our front door to fill in a 3 foot long gap that was letting in a lot of air -- we could notice the difference right away. Every bit helps, I say. Glad you got your new furnace in -- just in time too ...

I have increased my abdomenal exercises in the AM starting this week; I am seeing such a difference in my clothes fitting. I picked up a 1x navy suit this week and it fits me, so that is a NSV that is very encouraging. I wish my tummy would go down faster, but am looking at strategies for that too.

Am trying to increase my good fats and get down the bad fats from meat & cheese by cutting them way down. DH has agreed to trying that for awhile, so we will be eating some more meatless meals; with a focus on fish (which he loves) and poultry for the next 7 weeks (this is an experiment) to see how we do.

BTW, I have an appt with my general physician next MONDAY the 8th; I received a call that he wants to see me. I think he wants to see how my symptoms are coming along; I am feeling much better with less BM problems. I cut back on the cheese; cut down my bread a bit; trying to get 1-2 tbl of good fats in each day; this morning, I had oatmeal & a cream of wheat mixture for breakfast and felt less hungry mid-morning.

I found a couple of books at our local second-hand store that have some ideas about this as well as ANTHONY ROBBINS, so I am going to try some of their tips over the next 7 weeks and see what happens.