Monthly Archives: November 2011

Germophobe Attacked!

Anyone that knows me, knows what a germophobe I am.  God has brought me a long way, but I honestly think it got worse after I had children.

My poor first-born was constantly getting his hands wiped, and had major sensory overload issues with anything that made him feel sticky or dirty.  Even now, my kids know – if we go anywhere – we take bottles and Germ-X and antibacterial wipes.

Our Thanksgiving trip to Iowa was no different.  I packed my usual bag of tricks to “re-clean” the hotel rooms before my family brought up our luggage.  We wipe down the remotes, the knobs, the phones, the light switches… the tubs, toilets and sinks.  Everyday Bleach cleaner is sometimes my best friend.

My "best friend" around the house with lots of germ spreaders!

I annoy most people with my tendencies, and I know it.  But SOME people, like my own mother who used to make fun of me, come to appreciate that I’m conscience of spreading germs and attempting to be prepared.  (Things change a lot when you’re battling cancer and you HAVE to make more of an effort!)  It’s nice to be appreciated.

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and I think I ate pretty well.  I didn’t over eat anything – except a TINY extra chocolate covered peanut butter rice krispy treat.  (I no longer make large pans of these, because I know what happens!)  Ommm-nom-nom….  Delishiousness!  God gave me the strength – and felt good about all of my choices!  We arrived home just 3 short days after we left and I stayed up late unpacking and cleaning floors in preparation for our decorating weekend!

I opened my eyes on Saturday morning to an unusual 6am wake up.  It wasn’t a child waking me up, but rather – my aching stomach.

Oh. NO.  Please…. No!

At first I had hoped I just had eaten something that made me sick, but unfortunately my body quickly let me know otherwise.  After getting sick all morning and having an ab charlie horse (ouch!  Those REALLY hurt!)…  I ran a low-grade fever all afternoon and evening and enjoyed a day of rest in my bed.

The next day I was excited to get back to life as “Normal” – since I felt so much better, but my body had other plans after being with a fever the day before.

“Rest today, take it easy,” It said.

What?  I don’t like taking it easy…. I have sooooo much to do [ read: inflated self-worth] … and I’m letting the kids down already, and I’m behind on orders and we’re not even caught up on laundry, and…

Nope.  There was no denying, I needed more rest.

The kids were wonderful all weekend, as was my husband.  He even went to Panera Bread and got me low-fat chicken noodle soup when I was able to eat.  Everyone pitched in to keep the house from falling down around us.  The children made me pictures, and snowmen, construction paper chains, and sent notes of love.  No one starved, and the kids survived waiting a day to decorate the tree.

I also got two naps on Sunday… COUNT THEM – TWO!

I finally felt 100% and ready to get back at working out yesterday…  Praise God!  I forgot how much I missed my DVDs when I couldn’t work out!!  Seize each day for His glory!  We aren’t promised another one!

[One more praise:  I’m the only one who got sick.  THANK YOU GOD.]

“For, ‘All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.

 And this is the word that was preached to you. ‘ “ – 1 Peter 1:24-25

Thin Mint Victory!

What is YOUR favorite girl scout cookie?

Oh goodness.  They’ve done it again!

Those tricky little girl scouts!

In my prime, I could knock off a sleeve of Girl Scout cookie “Thin Mints” in a matter of minutes.  NICE. COLD. Glass of milk, and a SLEEVE of cookies.  You betcha.

That was when I was pumping about 60 oz. of breast milk a day, and nursing a 3 month old.  I’m pretty sure her milk tasted of Thin Mints.  Poor child.

But… I justified it – as… I “needed” extra calories.  Never mind the quality of the calories – right?

Well I don’t think we had purchased Girl Scout cookies in years.  I just didn’t even want to go there, knowing the temptation and my history.

Then… a few Sunday’s ago… our cute, little neighborhood girl jumped us as we unloaded our bus after church.  She was patiently waiting for us to return that day, and she was smart to observe our household *might* be her best customer on the block.

Our children were delighted when we purchased a load of 10 boxes.  Yes.  I said 10.

After all, I wanted to show the child loving kindness…  and again, I don’t remember the last time we had any Girl Scout cookies…  I figured we could always freeze some.

Hah.

My children had other plans.  I bought 3 boxes of Thin Mints, my favorite – [and unfortunately the favorite of SEVERAL of the children], Shortbread, Thank-yous, Lemonades, and a few others.

Really all I cared about were the Thin Mints.

Not sure what is "THIN" about the Thin Mints! But a serving is 4 cookies, vs. most of the cookies are 2!

They are actually one of the better choices at 4 cookies for 160 calories.  Definitely not something I want everyday – (nor can I stomach what I used to eat), but yummo.  Those girl scouts sure know how to make cookies.  It’s too bad all of the extra junk that is in them – including HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!

Maybe I am glad my kids ate some of them?  Out of 2.5 boxes gone, I think I’ve had 6 cookies in the past 2 weeks.  Not too shabby.

I won’t lie and say I didn’t want to eat more.  I did want to… but I’m God’s girl, and He kept me in check!  VICTORY!!!  Praise be to Him!

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1Corinthians 15:57

Don’t Forget! Focus!

Repeat after me:

Thursday is NOT my last meal.

Food does NOT own me.

There will be more pumpkin pie and various other breads and desserts to be had in the course of your lifetime.  There is no need to try and consume them all in one day, OR in one meal.

There simply isn’t.

Glorify God in the body… and make the best choices you can.  Be a shining light in the darkness – in a society who has too much, and eats WAY, WAY, WAY too much!  Show others there IS another way to live, and eat…

Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean we should eat it.

May God bless your Thanksgiving and bring peace to your heart about all of the things He has blessed you with!

Lord, help us count our blessings with hearts of obedience to your will, desire and plans for us now and in the coming year!  We desire to be healthy for YOU!

Looking forward to baking some whole wheat/oat pie crusts with my girls! YUM!

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”  – 1 Corinthians 6:12

Thankfulness

I'm thankful they brought these crackers back! They are a family favorite! Yummo!

I see a lot of people sharing different things they’re thankful for.  It’s a great time to reflect on those things we take for granted, or don’t publically remember and share – as something we truly give thanks to God for each and every day.  Some have even committed since the beginning of November to have a “thankful” post on their Facebook page each day.  Something they’re grateful for… how it impacts their life.

I rarely post things like that, not because I’m NOT thankful but mainly because I think I’ll fail at a public commitment of posting DAILY and I don’t like that idea of failing.  I want God to hold me accountable for things, but I really struggle when I feel like I’m letting people around me down.  I personally feel like it goes under the Scripture of causing others to stumble, and I don’t want that to be me.  Silly maybe?  But, that’s just me.

I don’t like rejection, or confrontation, or stressful situations… so I just tend to avoid them altogether.  I’ve even been known to even alter my personality (read: just not talk) to try to make others happy.

In other words.  I tried to stop being ME.

Did I really think that was going to make someone else HAPPY?

It may take age, or wisdom… or maybe both…  but I’ve realized in the past year – that doesn’t work.  I don’t feel better, it doesn’t “fix” relationships or other people.  I’m putting a lot of power in “me” if I think I can MAKE someone else happy.  That happiness comes from God, and God only.  There are also some people who just aren’t going to like you.  We have to get over that.

They maybe sad, have their own struggles, jealous, bitter… who knows.

But I do know, I don’t have the power to TAKE happiness, anymore than I do to GIVE it…  and I’m thankful for that.

We talked in our weekly Bible study about what we want to be remembered for, what would we like our legacy to be….

and I thought… wow….

That’s deep.

Who did God make me to be… and who do I want to be remembered as?

I decided I really don’t want to be “known” for anything specific I guess.  Maybe it’s due to living in a smaller town, but I think to NOT be known would be great!  I think as much as I enjoy people, and helping and serving – all I really want to do is please God on earth without the praise and credit – and I like it more if no one knows I’m doing it.  I’d rather just know in my heart that I’ve done my best for Him.  What other people think of me, doesn’t really matter – in the end anyway.  The measuring stick, is God’s.

I desire to possess the fruits of the Spirit.

LOVE. Joy. Peace. Patience.  Kindness.  Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self Control.

Yep – that pretty much sums it up!  I know I have a long way to go, but God is still at work!

Above all, I want God to know, I did my best – for Him.

On THAT note – it’s time to get my workout on!   Today, I’m thankful I can move!

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved

through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”  2 Thess. 2:13

 

National “UNFriend” Day

I read on Facebook that today was national UNfriend day.  How nice.  A day dedicated to unfriending people who probably really weren’t your friends in the first place!  What an interesting world we live in!

We have plenty of unwanted “friends” when it comes to food don’t we?

Years ago, my kids used to LOVE those Lunchables.  You know, the little packet of food that comes all in one.  A few crackers, some meat some cheese… some trans fats, sodium overload and as much preservatives as a little body could be poisoned by?  I bet your mouth is watering now.  Ack.  I seriously can’t believe we fed those to the kids, and they looked forward to those as a treat!

My kids now know, this is not an acceptable choice – so they no longer ask, but I do bring GREAT news of something similar that fits the bill!

go picnic - a great alternative!

Thanks to a reader who travels a lot, I was introduced to “go picnic”.  You may or may not have them around your area, but good news – you can order them online!  The idea is similar, without all of the negatives.  The options much better choices for your health.  They run anywhere from $4.50 to $7 a “meal” and it’s a great “on the go” option!  Especially if you FLY often, like this reader does!  My husband was thinking it would be a great idea for him to pack on business trips too.  It might save you from making a terrible choice in a dire situation!!

Check it out – let me know your thoughts!  Special thanks to Lindy to sharing the info!!

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24

Finding True J.O.Y.

Mmmm Cookies!

When the cookie plate used to come around – I would pick out the most perfect cookie.   The largest one, with the MOST chocolate chips.  I also had a hard time sharing dessert – even with my husband.  Sad, I know.  (Especially since he’s the complete opposite, and would give me the entire dessert if I asked – love him!)

You may or may not have heard the acronym J.O.Y. – Putting your life in order so that Jesus comes first, then Others, THEN yourself.

Definitely a different concept than the world teaches.

It’s ALL ABOUT YOU.  Yourself.  Self-actualization.  Making the MOST of yourself.  Doing what feels right to YOU to make YOU happy.

WOW.

Let’s see what Scripture says:

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” – Philippians 2:5-7

OUCH.

Obviously not the same as the world.

I ran into a friend this weekend, who shared with me what was going on in her life.  She’s courting with a boy, but because of the social media aspect – and another girl who possibly also liked this boy – she didn’t want to make the relationship “Facebook official”, to be sensitive to this person’s feelings.

Now, this person isn’t a REAL friend, or even really anything in her life other than a Facebook acquaintance – but shes’ choosing to put this person’s heart, and feelings BEFORE her own.

*slap*

It really made me think about other things… things I might have said or done, knowing it was hurtful to someone else but justifying it because I was hurt.

The internet makes it possible to zing people – and most people might even not realize what is going on, but the person you’re zinging knows.  More importantly, God knows.

Now, I know – there are times – we unintentionally do things that can hurt others… and we feel terrible – because it wasn’t our intention.  I get that.  It’s not going against your convictions to please others, or changing who God designed you to be.

This is about stopping putting YOUR “selfish” desires first, not your Godly desires – things you KNOW might hurt another person in your life, things you know are selfish AND you have the power to stop it….but you do it anyway, because you’re putting yourself FIRST.  It’s stopping it when you know it isn’t right, before that other person has the potential to be hurt.  I know God has made progress in me on that, as I’ve tried to be sensitive to other’s feelings,  but I also know after hearing my friend speak about how sensitive she was being – I was encouraged as to why we do it.  I pray God would continue to convict me on the things I do and say.  Are they pleasing to Him or the world?  Do we do them for show, acceptance, or worldly praise?

When the cookie plate used to come around – and I would pick out the most perfect cookie…  I never felt good about that, other than glad I was temporarily got the cookie I wanted (and the pounds to go with it).   But now, I’m even MORE filled up, knowing it isn’t a cookie that is going to bring me lasting joy.  {and neither is any other earthly thing} It’s ok if someone gets a bigger cookie on the plate, (or in life.)  That’s not me being complacent, it’s called peace.  I also realize if God can conquer the small things [like dessert] in my life… He can conquer the BIGGER things too!

Thanks be to Him!  Practice makes progress!

What type of health battles is He conquering in YOUR life today?

 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-8

*Crunch-Crunch*

Did you miss me?  I missed you!

Did you think I abandoned you for my chips?  Not a chance.  Although – I’m happy to report we got a great price on some of our chips online – AND they came in pink bags to support breast cancer awareness to boot!

YEP! A full case of PINK bagged chips! Excuse my hair - I forgot to comb it!

I really have missed you… and I’ve missed writing.  I’ve almost dug myself out of this 4th quarter work pile.  It’s deep – and I’m thankful.  SOON you won’t be able to shut me up!  Looking forward to that, I know.

I’m thankful for cooler temps, and even some precipitation that allows our stores to thrive selling things people need during those times!

I’m also thankful so much, not just this time of year – but each day.  God has been good to remind me that I have it far better than most, and to keep on MOVING more and eating less vs. snuggling in and loading up with extra “happy fat” this time of year.

As we turn our minds towards that nearly forgotten holiday, we call Thanksgiving – let us truly be thankful for our ability to do what we can in the bodies we have been blessed with.  Let us use our mind to make wise decisions that are pleasing to the Lord.  This blessed meal many have with relatives and those they love near and far, surely will NOT be the last meal or meals you have that day.  Let’s focus on not eating like they might be.  Prepare for the day as best you can and come to the table to enjoy, but not become a glutton.

I know many people have to attend SEVERAL Thanksgivings in a week or even a few days time.  This has the potential to be a train wreck if you’re not keeping your eyes on Him.

Already I’ve been reading about how people over eat because…

– They’re from the south

– In our family it’s just what we do… (maybe a new hobby would be good?)

– Everything is just soooooooooo good… I can’t stop eating!

– No one is going to tell me how to eat! (what about God…  does it matter what He says?)

– I’m just fine, everyone else needs to go away.

Seriously?

I know it’s tasty… buuuuuuut we don’t need to eat 3000 calories in one sitting.  We don’t even need 1500 calories in one meal.  If you are consuming that much, I hope you’re running a marathon following THAT.

Unfortunately, most likely you’ll be sitting, driving, or watching tv…   last I checked, those activities don’t burn that many calories.  If only….

Remember – it’s eat, burn… eat, burn… eat, burn…. (NOT eat…. eat… eat…. SIT, expand, EAT…. sleep).

If you are going to be around family and others you love, NOW is your chance to share first-hand some of the things God has been teaching you!!   What a blessing you could be to others.  Make a dish that is “healthified” – or perhaps just modeling not eating to the point of a carb coma.

I better run.  My FRIEND let me borrow a workout that is sure to “transform me”…  I’m up for the challenge for God’s glory!  I’ll keep you posted!

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,  for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” 

 – Proverbs 23:20-21

 

The Power is God’s Grace

Couscous is a great option - it cooks up much faster than whole wheat rice, and is very filling!

There are undoubtably going to be people in your life, who you love… who you’ll realize – you can’t change.

As you’re growing, and learning more about what God wants for you… He’s changing you.  Inside out.  You’re going to want that same feeling of health, energy and peace for those people closest to you.

Not because you want someone to be a certain size, or wear certain clothes… it’s MUCH deeper than that.

You want them to FEEL good, or at least better.  You want their organs to have less stress, you want them to be well…. because you love them.  You care for them.  It’s less about a perfect BMI… although those standards are there for a reason,  (We all need SOME guidelines!) and more about what they are or are not putting in.  Ice cream?  Donuts?  Not enough salads?  Too many carbs?  Too much alcohol?  Cigarettes?  All of it affects our health.

You MAY have already experienced something like this…

The excuses on why making healthy food choices won’t work for them. Why it doesn’t matter…  The anger flaring up about how our weight doesn’t matter. How it’s “fine for you” but they simply don’t desire to change…  Maybe they tell you it’s not “worth it” to them.

Well that’s not Truth, and you know it.  THEY actually know it too.  They might just be bitter, and frustrated.  You may bite a hole in your tongue as they rant on and on.

It’s really tough sometimes to swallow.  You’d hope the people you love, desire to live a long healthy life – or as healthy as possible while on earth.  You want them to be educated to conviction for the right reasons.

If only it were that easy, right?  To spread God’s transforming power yourself….

Oh believe me – I’ve wished I had a wand before.  But that wouldn’t be good either…

That would make us….  Well – God.

And we aren’t God.

He has His reasons, and His timing for His purposes.  They might be different from ours… but we have limited understanding.

Keep in mind, we are being transformed also – everyday.  We can strive to be the best example for His glory that we can be.  We can share our successes with those who ask.  We can model to our families being healthy for Him…  but in the end:

God transforms.

Don’t get discouraged when some people don’t embrace your healthy lifestyle.  After all, you’re not living for them.  You also can’t expect them to live to please you.

You want MORE for them.  Above all else, you want them to live for God’s glory.

Keep doing what you’re doing, and pray for them.  God does hear you and He’s using you more than you’ll ever know.  His grace is the only power to lasting change.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I,

but the grace of God that was with me.”  – 1 Corinthians 15:10

 

The Healthy Snack Idol…

At first I thought it was a fluke.

Our normal Friday morning shopping trip a few weeks ago, resulted in no sweet potato chips.  They were out of stock.

Fine.

Now and again that happens…  We pick them up either Sunday or the following Wednesday.  We always keep extra on hand.

Not a big deal…

Days go by… Still. No. Chips…  and NOW we’re completely OUT of stock.

*Shudder*

Ok, now it’s been well OVER a week… and I would like to think I’m NOT addicted to these chips.

BUT.

I. AM.

I think God is teaching me a lesson really.

Silly chips.

I didn’t even LIKE chips… remember?  How did this happen!?!?!?!

I tried buying the cheddar counterpart a few days ago.

Bleck.

I scanned the entire area… thinking MAYBE something else might tickle my fancy.  I have eaten some Triscuit Thins to help me get by.

Sure they’re good…

But they’re NOT my Sweet Potato chips.

Yes…  I have been praying about this.

“Please God.  Bring me back my chips!!!!  SOON. Amen.”  Selfish you say?  Yes. A bit.  Okay, I really haven’t prayed that, but I’ve thought it.

I’m sure there is just a small shortage after I blogged about them, and now they’ll be stocked full force the NEXT time we go to our grocery store. (Or… maybe not.)  I have thought that for almost two weeks…  You can imagine my disappointment today when my husband brought me the horrific news that they were STILL. GONE.

We even searched for them on Amazon.com!!  Only over priced single bags.  I’m not that desperate.  YET.

Yes.  I might have a problem.

I think I might purposefully fast from the chips to bring me back down to earth regarding the idol worship of this food. 😦 Shame on me.

I knew you all would smack me back into shape.  I don’t REALLY “need” the chips – I’m full and blessed without them.

But *snap* – I really do miss them.  *sigh*

Truly.  I’m thankful to God that He brought this to my attention!  Do you have any “too much of a good thing” you struggle with?

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”  Exodus 20:4

 

The Time is NOW!

The weather is getting cooler and we need more indoor options for working out.  DVDs are a great answer!

Bob Harper has all of his awesome workout DVDs on SALE on his website right now.  Each one is $7 or less… so NO EXCUSES!  I probably have every one of them – except a beginner workout that he has.  [and that’s not to say it’s not a great workout, I have some friends who own it – and they amp it up with heavier weights and advanced moves, and it’s a great addition to their library – they only get annoyed that he keeps saying “this is a beginner workout!”]

I snagged the “Bob’s Workout” DVD, as well as his new extreme workout with the sale…

The “My Workout” came this week.  It’s a workout DVD to show what Bob does personally on a regular basis.  It’s broken into two 30-minute workouts (which is nice – to have options!) and/or you can do it all as one workout and play it combined.  I will tell you that I never stopped moving on either workout – and I missed that interval “break” that I’m used to … but it was nice – to have a shorter workout option that busts a move!

That said, I’m NOT looking forward to playing it as one workout, but I’m sure I’ll do that soon enough, when I’m feeling wild and crazy.

How can you NOT love pain that you know is results?  Yes?

So check them out – I would highly recommend any of them, but if you have specific questions – ask away!

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  – 1 Thess. 5:16-18

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