Monthly Archives: March 2012
I read a book several years ago that talked about having a picture image of who it was you wanted to see when you looked in the mirror to keep your goals on track.
I’m not talking vanity. Although, sometimes it can be an important motivator as you seek to be healthy for Him.
I know many of us have those moments now and again… we see a picture of ourselves, and we do not recognize that person. At. All.
It’s as if someone has stolen our body, and replaced it with someone else… only the face (may or may not) look the same.
I would review and review in my mind … the image of who I saw – was NOT who I was. I would keep up the fight for my health… and stay on track.
Society would tell me I shouldn’t look like I did when I was in my early 20s… after all now I was “a mom”. I needed to be rounder, fuller… I need not focus on being fit, and healthy and strong.
You know what? They were partially right. I shouldn’t look like I did in my early 20s, I should look BETTER, and healthier and stronger… because I know BETTER.
How did things get so far off track?
More importantly, how could I get them headed in the right direction?
You know, I always talk about how I felt – because I truly related how I felt, while being overweight… to how I looked. I remember at one point thinking – “THIS” is all my kids know me as… They don’t even know “ME”…
I wanted to give them more, not just of me, but for THEIR future – I wanted them to know that healthy WAS important. My health is important, and so is theirs!
For me, I wanted to look in the mirror and see the person I knew was underneath all of those unhealthy food and portion control choices. I knew there was muscle that God designed me with just screaming to come out and be seen. I knew there was more comfort in Him and His word, than in food… and I wanted to show them what that looks and feels like.
I kept this image in my mind of how I felt when I was engaged. It was the prime of my life. I felt full, and happy, and I worked hard to be fit for our wedding and honeymoon. I loved how almost everything fit me. I enjoyed getting dressed, vs. dreading it. Yes… THAT is how I wanted to feel again. I wanted to feel that “love” for health again.
I no longer look at images and cringe about not looking like “myself.” Sure, I look older… and I could pick apart things, as we all do. But ultimately I see an image of health. I see someone who is striving to please the Lord and feel good each and every day… and THAT feels great. I didn’t like trying to hide myself in the pictures, or hide parts of my body… and that didn’t send a good image to my kids either.
Praise God today for the body He gave you! Praise Him for each day we have the opportunity to make better choices that bring Him glory. Thank Him also for the AMAZING foods He has provided to us – with all of the colors and varieties beyond our imaginations!
“So I ask you not lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees before my Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He many grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God.”
Now and then, it seems like some restaurants are getting a clue… perhaps they’re actually listening to some of what is being said.
I know I hear more people paying attention to what they’re ordering, or being utterly shocked at how many calories are in (what they THOUGHT) was a “healthy salad”…
But oh my… we still have a LONG way to go to continue being educated. We certainly can’t let the restaurants do the math, and assume they have our best interests at heart. No, we have to consider what their objective is – for us to buy whatever it is they sell. It’s not ultimately for us to be healthy.
But I’ll give them credit where it’s due, they’re at least TRYING.
One of our kid’s favorite places to eat when we’re traveling (and if they’re in the area), is Culver’s. “Home of the Butterburgers”…. You can imagine how this sits with me. I used to LOVE their Wisconsin patty melts. (When I ate rye bread, slathered in butter… swiss cheese all melty and stuff.) Some days I even ordered a “double”… 616 calories and 35 g. carbs. Ouch on the calories especially. Now I just get a double butter burger with lettuce and mustard only – and eat it (without the bun of course). Sometimes I have a salad with it – no cheese, croutons or dressing of course… it fits the bill for A LOT fewer calories and carbs. Not the best choice – but much better for me.
I was a little surprised that with their “Mindful Choices” options, they failed to offer something less of a 4″ white-bread bun! That’s 160 calories RIGHT THERE of no nutrition… Remember: Think! WHY am I eating this? What’s the point?
Online Culver’s even has a “Nutritional Meal Builder” to give you the 4-1-1 on what you’re going to stuff on in, and pray it processes. They also have an allergen “grid” for their products. Very nice. I think while their product offering is mostly of the “fast food” sort – they are trying to make better options available for their customers. That’s more that I can say for a lot of other companies! Just be more aware of what you’re eating. Don’t just 500 calories is what YOU should be eating at a meal just because that is their smallest offering. Most people need LESS than that.
“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4
Just a heads up that this week at Target, a bunch of their “active” and workout gear is on sale. One of my favorite workout bras is $3 off per bra – and I also picked up a cute sleeveless workout v-neck! Definitely worth a stop by if you’re at Target this week!
Also, if you didn’t know… Starbucks came out with a TRENTA size for their tea. In my case – my world just got that much more go-go juice as the TRENTA offers 31 oz. of my black tea goodness for only $.50 more! Yes!!
Hope you’re having a great week! We got home late tonight, and instead of just passing on my workout at 11pm. I talked myself into a 20 minute workout, which led me to add-on another 15-20 once I got my heart pumpin’. Sometimes I just have to play mind games with myself. If can say, “Yeah, I can do at least 15-20 minutes…” and then I realize, once I’m moving – I have a bit more to give!
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your Truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
It’s that time again around our house. Soccer season!!
I may have officially lost my mind, as we agreed to let 2 more children start playing soccer – for a total of SIX in soccer.
Yes. I know.
Praise God that in our rec. league, the powers that be – put the teams together with families in mind by doing this:
– Group kids of the same family, on the same team when ages allow.
– Keep children with the same coaches/team that help them to bond, and grow together as they improve on their skills.
We love soccer for three main reasons:
First, it’s GREAT exercise. Lots of running = fit heart and body!
Secondly, there is a spring and fall season. For us, that’s two great seasons of a sport for less $$$ – because it’s the same equipment (as long as kids don’t grow 4 shoe sizes like our son did from fall until now! Praise God for hand-me-downs – right?).
Thirdly, for us, it’s a family thing that doesn’t destroy our family time. Meaning, it doesn’t rip us apart – which would be easy to do with kids in lots of activities and multiple ages. We play in the spring and fall, and most nights of the week – the kids are all in the same spot (this is where having our kids close in age really is a blessing for us!) The younger kids can play on the play ground while the older kids get in their practice time. If the weather is nice, often times we’re all together for practices and Saturday morning games.
For a short time it might seem like a big pain to some people, but for us, it’s perfect! We think the idea of sports is a good investment of time – but we certainly don’t want it to be a worship that over takes our lives or rips us apart as a family. No SPORT is worth that.
What types of sports and activities do your children do? Do you have limits on the amount they can be in? What do you like or dislike about it?
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Eph. 2:8-9
Once at family camp, when I was a small child, I grabbed a stick of butter and attempted to eat it.
I guess I was hungry?
You’ve been there before. You turn your head for ONE minute… and you to turn back to your child doing the unthinkable…
Butter “scoops” have often be confused with “ice cream” or whipped cream to our children. More than once, I’ve stopped a child attempting to eat the fluffy mound at a restaurant.
For whatever reason, that seemed to cure me of desiring butter… for MANY years. Even now, I shutter at the thought, and I think I was only 2 when that happened.
Good memory of a terrible event.
Currently, due to some stomach issues, I’ve given up the butter, milk and cheese I can… and it’s been a worth-while sacrifice. I feel A LOT better.
I almost giggle at how I was repoisoning myself, time and time again – and I could have avoided that… Well, if I’m not giggling yet – I will someday.
Butter and cheese are items that can add up quickly… and often times you really can do without them.
Every pat of butter is about 36 calories. If you step that back, you could save 1008 calories a week, 4032 calories in a month, or 48,384 calories in a year!!
Since 3,500 unused calories = ONE POUND OF FAT…
You could lose 14 lbs in one year – not even trying that hard.
While I don’t recommend eating a stick of butter, so that you’ll NEVER desire to eat butter again. Think about the possibilities that can add up – by making simple changes!
God celebrates when we make healthy choices for Him!
Happy St. Patrick’s day! If you don’t know much about St. Patrick – look him up! Such a great example, and the only person to have a world-wide holiday celebrated in his honor. We honor him on the day he died, March 17th, 460 A.D.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1
I see crazy people. Lots of crazy little people.
I’m going to guess I’m not alone. Kids get a little crazy when they’re sick… and they can sometimes turn you a little nuts yourself. You teeter between not giving them meds if they’re going to act well enough to fight… and enjoying some of the time when their fevered bodies be cuddled and stroked.
Then there is the middle of the night waking, bath giving, and kids coughing so hard they throw up. You wonder… did I purposefully sign up for this? I should have read the contract a bit more closely. Maybe I’m on candid camera, and someone will pop in letting me know the gig is up.
Sorry. It’s part of the gig… Jesus came to serve, not be served.
When I care for my sick kids, I often reflect on how I was cared for when I didn’t feel well. People who made me feel the most loved, and cared for… made the most impact in showing me Christ’s love. It might be the reason, even as an adult – we miss our mommy when we don’t feel well. We all like being taken care of.
It’s EASY to love people when they’re at their best. Who doesn’t want to be around someone who is all sunshine and rainbows?
But what about when people are stormy and rainy? What about those who make mistakes and are unlovable?
Granted our kids aren’t completely unlovable, even when they’re sick… but I bet you can think of a few people who might qualify in that department… Maybe it’s you.
Think about how you treat your body.
Are you gentle? Loving and kind?
Do you mistreat it? Fill it with garbage and then wonder why it doesn’t perform better? Skimp on exercising? Talk badly about it? Question God’s design in creating you?
How about a little more love… and bit more grace towards ourselves?
How about giving it your all on the days you feel strong. Eat our best, workout with every last bit of energy we have to give. It’s not a diet, it’s how you live. Healthy for HIM!
Our bodies will thank us for it!
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others?
Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:46-48
It’s rainy here in Kansas, and looking like spring might be arriving this week. Can I get a fist pump? What better thing to do on this day of rest, than to organize closets and sort clothes! I really enjoy it when things are completed, but the process itself, is always an ugly one. [sound like any other transformation process?] No? Yeah, me neither…
It reminds me of how thankful I am that we HAVE clothes, and it also reminds me that we don’t need so MANY clothes, so it steers me to buy less. Hand me downs are great, IF you can remember to find every tub that you need each season. Several of my children just pass right down, season after season – so that is nice [and easy]. For the ones that don’t, I sort, fold, label and tuck away – praying I will find that box when I need it! This is when the family closet idea sounds a lot better than the set up we have!
Sundays are the day we set aside for our Lord. It’s a day of rest, reflection, rejuvenation – and preparation as we begin a new week. This week we add in swimming lessons for 6 of the 8 on Wednesdays – so we got our suits, warm-ups and towels all packed in the respective bags. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights we have soccer practices. This means I need to start planning our meals. On nights we have practices – a crock pot meal is ideal. I’ve tried to find more things I can cook without cheese – or add the cheese in later, so that I’m not making two meals every time. I thought I’d share one of our new favorite dishes with you!
As you prepare for the new week that begins today – remember God wants our hearts ready at anytime, for we do not know when He will return! Forgive, give grace, love and try your hardest each day.
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
Calories: 203.7, Carbs 33.3 – Serving Size 1 1/4
-1 onion chopped (we never use this much)
-1 16 oz. blk beans
-1 16 oz. kidney beans
-1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
-10 oz. package frozen corn
-2 14.5 oz. cans Rotel (we use mild)
-1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
-1 T cumin
-1 T chili powder
-24 oz. 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Combine beans, onion, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning in slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cookie and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. ** Top with low-fat cheese and sour cream (extra calories) if you desire.
“Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24:44