Blog Archive

Monday, February 17, 2014

Made to Crave Monday

Chapter 5: Made for More

I am Made for more than excuses, made for more than my negative inner voice, made for more than beating myself up and giving up when I have set backs.  I need to model my journey after Paul, who said in Ephesians 1:17-19,

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

Now I realize that Paul is not speaking of dieting, however I can apply these truths to my weight loss journey.  At the beginning I asked God to help me crave Him more than food, and He has.  But I let the be just a one or two time prayer and so of course since I took my focus off of Him, I put my focus squarely back on food!  I need to KEEP on ASKING!!!! 

I also need to recognize why I’m made for more.  I am the forgiven child of God, the set-free child of God, the accepted child of God, the holy child of God, the made-new child of God, the loved child of God, the confident child of God, the victorious child of God!!!!!  I may have set backs, but these truths never change!

I need to make this journey about getting to know Him better.  I try to make it about feeling better about myself and fitting into smaller clothing sizes, but the reality is those are only temporary things.  Much the same way that eating a piece of chocolate cake or a cheeseburger is temporary.  I need to make it more about gaining deeper connections with God. 

This is obviously still a work in progress, but for this week, I’m going to start each day with prayer by asking God to give me wisdom to know what to eat and His indwelling power to walk away from things that are not beneficial for me!

I'll be back next Monday (hopefully), with chapter 6.

Thanks for stopping by, 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Six on a Sunday

So this happened this week!! 
Starting late morning on Tuesday and going until Wednesday afternoon we go around 6 inches of snow and ½ inch of ice!!!   Needless to say, here in North Carolina that results in 3 ½ snow days!!!  More to make up but oh well…I’ll get over it!
The doggies and I had so much fun playing in the snow.  Aren’t they just the cutest things ever!??!?!  Well, I think so! 
Yay…for small or big victories!!!!  Not being able to go to the gym for 3 ½ would usually have given me an excuse to sit on my butt and not workout.  Not this time!!!  I did 4 of the workout DVD’s plus the fit test (which was no joke either).  I am so very proud of the fact that I didn’t let some days without the gym get in the way of my fitness goals!
These 2 shows have been consuming my life!!!!  I am ready for season 8 of Dexter and season 3 of Breaking Bad.  There are not enough hours in the day!  I wish I could just watch one episode and be done, but nooooo, I have to have a mini-marathon!

So all this free time has given me a chance to change up my reading and math rotations.  I made these cutie signs to go with them along with what each station looks like.  Thanks to Melonheadz for the fonts and clip art!!!!  What do you think?  I’ve been thinking about starting to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers, but not sure how all that works…anyone???
Just wanted to show y’all a glimpse of this coming week’s weather!  I’m hoping that it’s a sign that spring is on the way and not more bipolar NC weather!!!!!

Thanks for hanging in with me, if you're still here at the end!
Until next time, 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What I've Been Up To...

Here I am at home on a Wednesday because of a mere 2 inches of snow.  Welcome to NC SnOMG 2014!  I won’t complain…at least not until February 17th when we have to make it up instead of having a teacher workday.'s melting already :)
I decided that instead of wasting away my “free” day, I would be get caught up on several things.  Thing #1: teacher work.  Thing #2: home/personal stuff.  Thing #3: Made to Crave study…I have definitely gotten behind and while I am aware that today isn’t Monday, I am going to share my thoughts on chapters 3 and 4. 

MTC Chapter 3 is all about having a plan.  I think I’ve pretty much got this one down.  I am using My Fitness Pal to track my eating and exercise every day.  I am on day 15…I think.  For the past month I have been trying to eat as clean as possible.  I have virtually cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners.  I still stumble from time to time, but I am working on it.  I basically eat the same thing every day for breakfast and mostly the same things for lunch.  For dinner, I only allow myself one serving of whatever I have made for dinner…no matter how yummy and how much I try to convince myself that I am still hungry.  After dinner I sip on decaf coffee or green tea.  I make sure that I exercise at least 3 times per week.  I have officially lost 12.6 pounds!  I can’t stress the importance of having a plan!
MTC Chapter 4 is all about friendships along the way.  We have got to have others around us who will build us up and encourage us as we go on this difficult journey.  At my work, we are starting a weight loss challenge group.  Ultimately, the goal is to lose a larger percentage of weight than everyone else, but I am also hoping that in the midst of the competition we will be there to provide much needed support.   I also have another group of friends at the gym that I look forward to seeing when I go.  They not only make working out fun, but they give me hell when I miss a night. 

Well, that’s about it for today.  Thanks to those of you who stayed with me the whole time.  Time to be productive! 

Until next time,

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Made to Crave Tuesday

So I am a little behind in the official Made to Crave study, but I figure slow progress is still progress.  So here I am just now getting around to chapter 2.  I am going to use this as my sounding board for each chapterI’m going to call “Made to Crave, Mondays”. 
Chapter 2 is all about replacing my cravings.  I love the idea of praying through the cravings.  Up to this point, I’ve been a muscle though it girlsuck it up, buttercup!  But the idea that I can go to God with my cravings, as in, “I don’t want to eat these tangerines, I want a cheeseburger.  If you could please make these tangerines taste like a cheeseburger I’d really appreciate it.  Thank you for the tangerines and healthy option they provide, but I’d still like a cheeseburger.”  No, the tangerines didn’t ever taste any where near like a cheeseburger.  But that’s not the point.  The point is, that I didn’t go get a cheeseburger and I replaced my cravings with prayer and a healthier option. 

Slowly but surely God is replacing my unhealthy cravings with healthy options.  I can’t say yet, that I am craving those healthy options, but I know that God is faithful and that is enough. 

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.  And God is faithful.  He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.  When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 
1 Corinthians 10:13 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Made to Crave...Chapter 1

I recently began an online bible study for the book Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst, so naturally I’m already behind.  Big surprise there!  Anyway, I just finished chapter 1 tonight.  We were asked to give our top 3 moments from MTC and how they will help me on my journey. 
Here goes:
1.     Craving: something you long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for.  I can honestly say that I have been craving a deeper relationship with food more than a deeper relationship with…anything really, much less God.  You know what they say about the first step is recognizing that you have a problem…well, I have a problem.  I love to eat!  Good food, bad food…it doesn't really matter…just food.  I eat when I’m bored, when I’m sad, when I’m happy, when I’m stressed, whenever!  The thing is…God made me to crave Him and Him ONLY!!! 
2.    Satan works to replace my craving for God with cravings for anything else.  He uses 3 strategies…the cravings of my sinful nature (my physical desires), the lust of my eyes (my material desires), and the boasting of what I do or have done (my need for significance).  I need to be saturated in God’s truths so I can break the cycle of being consumed by my cravings.
3.    “Everything is permissible-but not everything is beneficial” 1 Corinthians 10:23.  This verse is going to be used to remind me that while I am “allowed” to eat chips and cookies and drink soda, those things are far from beneficial.  If my goal is to get healthy, then I need to focus only on eating things that are beneficial. 

So those are my takeaways from chapter 1.  Anyone else out there reading or has read this book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please continue to join me on this journey!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Currently

Hey all!  I’m linking up with Farley at Oh Boy, 4thGrade again this month for Currently!  Her designs are so cute I can’t stand it!!!  Thanks for another great design, Farley!
Here’s what I’m up to

Listening: I have to have background noise when I’m working.  I don’t care what it isit just has to be there.  Today it’s laundry and Rio.  Rio is surprisingly good! 
Loving:  I am excited to say that I lost weight over Thanksgiving!!!!  It was only 1.5 pounds, but hey, it’s better than gaining!!! 
Thinking:  This one’s pretty self-explanatory!  I am at a year round school this year and we have 3 weeks of winter vacation!  I C-A-N-N-O-T W-A-I-T!!!!!!!
Wanting:  I don’t really mind cooking or cleaning per seI just hate that it takes up so much time!!!  If I could clone myself or have someone who would do those things for me life would be so much easier!
Needing:  Procrastination is my middle name!!!!  Those lessons aren’t going to plan themselves!!

Christmas tradition:  Every year Super Dave and I drive around town to look at all of the lights.   

Well, that's about it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Weight Watchers Wednesday...on a Thursday

Last week I lost 4.4 pounds!!!  That means I have lost a total of 9 pounds!!!!  My first short term goal was to lose 10 lbs. by Thanksgiving and barring any stupid choices, I should meet this first goal.  My next goal will be to maintain that weight loss over Thanksgiving break and then lose another 10 lbs. by Christmas. 
That being said, losing weight really sucks the life out of you!!!  I’m not even going to sugar coat it.  I hate it!!!  I hate that it takes me a whole week to lose 4 lbs. by working my hind end off!  I could easily gain 4 lbs. in 2 days!!!!! 
I do realize that the hard work will be worth it, but I’m now into week 4 and this is usually the time I begin to slack off on my tracking and my exercising. 
OK….enough of the pity party!!!  I’m not giving up this time!  I will lose this weight for good!  Nothing is going to stop me!  Time to pull up my big girl panties and get it done!

Until next time,