Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday Weigh In

by Susan
I wanted to share a success for this week. I haven't been weighting myself for a few weeks. I tend to put a lot of focus on the number and not on my health so I decided I would put the scale away to remove the temptation and to change my focus. For the most part I have done pretty good. I realize how much of a habit it was for me to step on the scale. I know it was at least once a day if not more. Anyway, since it has been a couple of weeks the curiosity was getting the best of me and I weighed myself. Woohoo!!!! I was down 6 POUNDS! I am so excited. To be honest I am not sure what changes I made to have dropped the pounds but I don't want those pounds back again.

The next few days we have a lot going on but I am determined to be focus on my goals. I do feel like I have a new little "hop in my step" to help push me through. Just to recap I have set my goals up in 3 part; My walk with God, Family, Health.

Here are my goals for the week:

1. My intimacy with God. This has been a so heaving on my heart since our church's Ladies Retreat. I know he desires it from us but how... My time with my bible has kept me in the Song of Solomon. I have also been going through a study of the Song of Solomon with Mike Bickle of iHOP I would like to finish the series.

2. Spend one night this week without the t.v. on and just hang out with DJ.

3. Drink my 64oz water every day this week. I'm also trying really hard to go to my bible when I get bored instead of the fridge.
I am trying to find some type of exercise I can do while my hand and toe are still healing. Please let me know if you have any ideas.

I'm looking forward to another great week. ~Susan

P.S The scale is back in the garage... ;-)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Positive Lists

By Susan
After reading a blog I decided I was going to list the positive things for working out and I am sad to say I couldn't think of 10. Maybe that is my problem I don't see the benefit or reward for loosing weight. Here is what I came up so far. I'm going to think of six more things. I have to!

1 - I will be practicing self control
2 - I will be healthier
3 - I will be more fun for girls
4 - I will be an example for my girls


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Setting myself up

By Susan
It is Wednesday and time to check in. I haven't been as consistent in my blog writing like I want to be; hopefully I can get on track. Having the cast removed from my hand definitely makes it easier to type.
I have been doing ok the past couple days. I haven't been eating like I planned but I have been drinking my water which for me is a huge accomplishment and I have been getting out and walking with my girls. I am doing something; however, the grand plan in my head has me running miles and super skinny by this point. Did I mention that all that was to happen on the first day?
I'm trying not to get disappointed that the pounds haven't melted away just because I drank some water and went for a couple of walks. I know that it took years for me to get this way and I can no longer think I can change that in one or two days. I have decided to take some steps to keep me from dwelling on things the first is I have put some scriptures up in my bathroom, on the frig and in my wallet and the second is to remove my scale from the bathroom. Another big big help has been my weekly talks with Jenn. Jenn is the only one (including my husband) that knows my "real" weight. I think it is important to find a friend, someone you can be completely honest with about struggles and to celebrate accomplishments rather it is losing weight or trying to be the person God intended for you to be. These are the things I believe can help me at this moment. I realize as time goes by there will be other things to deal with and to conquer but this is where I am choosing to start. What are some things that can help you get started ?


Here are the scriptures I have posted:

1Peter 1:13 (NIV) "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed"

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control

Friday, October 9, 2009

Brownies for breakfast

By Jenn
Hello blogosphere! Susan has been wonderful getting this all set up for us. You'll probably learn quickly through our writing that I may occasionally have great ideas, but (thankfully) Susan is much more of a "follow-through-er".

So, while Susan has been working hard on getting focused, I have whined about being UNfocused. Ok, that's an understatement. While Susan was working hard on accomplishing a daily goal, I was eating a brownie for breakfast. (Before you jump to conclusions of judgement, think about what you would have done with a perfect corner of brownie staring at you from the counter to your left and a ice cold glass of milk to your right. I'll just bet you would have found it irresistible too!)

These kind of life choices are exactly why I am participating in this new blog adventure. I want to be able to resist the brownie, perhaps not EVERY time (I am still human, after all), but 95% of the time. I want to have the ability to make a batch of enchiladas and not end up eating them straight out of the fridge at 11pm. I want to WANT to get outside and MOVE. I want to be able to walk in to any store and know they carry jeans in my size. Above all, I want to be a person of self-control and discipline. I want to honor God with my spirit, soul AND body.

So, here I am. I'm a living example of Romans 7:15. I don't want to be eating brownies for breakfast. I don't want to be unhealthy. I want to be vibrant, active and loving life both in and out. My actions, however, have not supported a vibrant, active lifestyle.

That is all about to change. I don't know how long it will take. I don't know what all we're going to have to do, but it's going to get done! 2 Timothy 1:7 says "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control." If God's word says it, then we can live it. And if Susan and I can testify to anything, we can testify to this: With God ALL things are possible! (we'll share more of that story later)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The last day 1

by Susan
Whew… my last day 1 is in the books. I think it went pretty good. It was such a gorgeous fall day. The girls and I went for a walk and spent some time playing outside. We spent our walk looking for different shapes that are in the environment around us. Can I just say I love how Reagan says octagon. So cute.

I wish I would have done better drinking my water. I don’t get it, why is it so hard for me to drink water?

I am looking forward to spending time with Jenn, and her family tomorrow. Our families are going to the pumpkin patch. Yay! We will also having lunch at Panera Bread. I am planning ahead and have already decided what I will be ordering. It is my favorite thing there Smoked Turkey Hot Panini sandwich (without cheese) and the Broccoli Cheddar soup. The entire meal is 890 calories and 35 grams of fat (ouch) however half of my sandwich will be shared with Reagan so my intake of calories should be 590 calories and 26 grams of fat (still ouch). I am actually feeling pretty good about my choice.

So here are my goals for tomorrow:

1- Have a healthy low-cal breakfast
2- Stick to my menu choice
3- Drink 32oz of water

Day 1 AGAIN!!!

by Susan
Well, here I go starting Day 1 for the one millionth time. I know I need to make my goals obtainable or I won't follow through so for today:

1 - get outside and take the girls on a walk
2 - drink water