Why Weight Loss Numbers Matter to Me

So, I have lost 30 pounds since I started this inspired quest to be healthy. God was my motivation as I was blatantly living recklessly and with gluttony, as big a sin as any sin. I wanted to obey my dear Lord God in every area of my life. Not only that, but on top of it, I was unable to do everything He asked me too, not having enough energy or stamina and in pain when I forced it.

Thr numbers matter because to me, they motivate. When I see them go down, I know progress is being made. I know I am obeying God and that success is echoed by looser fitting clothing and greater energy and no pain. And today I was asked to play the piano for chapel services in assisted living facilities and that is something I can do bow and take my kids. How beautiful.

People say the numbers don’t matter. To me they do. I have to have that encouragement that I am doing the right thing. I get it very few other places. Most people I see regularly have not said one word- I am not sure if they are convicted and avoid the topic or they think if they compliment they would be misconstrued as flirting or perhaps 30 pounds is no big deal of a difference, but it doesn’t matter. I am not losing for them and just find it a curiosity, but the numbers encourage me. When I started in June and had 50 pounds to lose, that number was a bit daunting, even to me who rises to a challenge, but having 30 pounds gone in just 2 1/2 months the healthy way, I am more than half way there and it feels good that I am obeying. And I am healthy and strong doing it.

So, there is why the numbers matter to me. Other people have different stories and numbers are bad guys for good reasons and I get that completely and respect you for where you are on your journey. This is just my opinion and reasoning, in case anyone wanted to know. God bless you!❤

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Working Hard for Fun

I tell you what. Losing 22 pounds the healthy way in just 2 months really dumps a ton of energy into your body. I am getting g things done and caught up that were so behind in my larger, unhealthy, still coming out of depression days. I hadn’t realized how much I had let go of, just not doing it, not paying attention. Since losing the weight and still working on losing more to get to a “normal” weight for my ridiculously short height, I am working on putting in the fence, catching up on yard maintenance, mowing, spring cleaning, reorganizing, rearranging the kids’ rooms to make more sense, reading, keeping up with cooking and cleaning, doing dishes, subbing the outdoor front patio, practicing my piano, catching up with old friends I love but have neglected, oh so many things! And I am not worn out, my back doesn’t hurt, my knees are fine, no pain anywhere, and I am looking for and finding things to do for fun and productivity. I love this. I am working for God and love the energy and help losing weight He is giving me. God is so very good and holds us well. ❤

The Downside of Weight Loss

It has been great to see my body become healthier and less massful. It has been lovely to fit my clothes better and have more energy. Yes, these things are great. But a downside most don’t consider is having to buy new clothes because now I am starting to swim in them. This is very expensive. But I have found thrift stores are excellent, especially when you intend to continue thinning down and won’t be in that size for long either. I need to lose around 50 pounds total and am down 11, so I still have a ways to go. So thrift stores is my solution to my clothes situation. Thankfully, we have several good ones in my area. But the benefits outweigh the downside. I need to be healthy for whatever God gives me to do: my kids and husband and caretaking my mom, which is light duty now but will be more and more as time goes on, and my work. So, I will continue my Paleo nutrition lifestyle and continue toward my health goal, which has yet to leave me hungry or tired as “diets” have in the past. And I can maintain this because it is very natural and healthy.❤

Transformation

Our rose bush and periwinkles were at death’s door. I heard a gardener speak of Epsom salt, so I added about a cup to each dying, spindly plant, along with coffee grounds, ground up egg shells and 10-10-6 fertilizer. And here is about 2 weeks later. From one rose and one flower at the end of long legs we get this. And this is proof that grass grows greener where it is cared for. Never give up. And I of course mean this for every aspect of life and not just plants. They are nice and beautiful but so can be your relationships, your walk with God, your music, your work, your hobbies, whatever. Do your best and allow time to do the rest. Do not give up ever!❤

Persistence

I used to think I accomplished things due to sheer power and might. Now, I realize more is accomplished by persistence. The benefits are lasting. Temporary power wins are temporary at best, fleeting at most, memories in no time. However, even less power for longer duration. Faithfulness. Persistence. Tough truth in this everything right now society. More emphasis needs to be on chilling out and keeping at it. This is a proof of moral character and fortitude. Stick-to-it-iveness. This is a powerful thing. Yes, takes time, but the benefits are enormous and lasting and much, much more valuable.❤

Coaching Homeschool PE

Today started off pretty cold so in normal fashion, not many kids showed up for homeschool PE. (Bunch of babies) I had all of 3 in my class. And it is hard to come up with something for 3 kids to do that is organized sports. But there is always a way and I am the coach so I had to come up with one. And this is what we did. We did our normal stretches and calisthenics and .70 mile walk/run. Then we played half court one on one soccer with the only female and least aggressive kid as goalie. We modified it so it would be more exercise that if another kid kicked it, they had to take it back to the center line before attempting a goal. They had a blast. All of them enjoyed it and got a great work out and experience. Then we played “Mr. Fox” for the last few minutes and stretched out. It was wonderful and we did not miss the other kids. As a bonus, it warmed up quite nicely as the morning went on. Never cop out and always dwell and make the most of what you have to work with. It is worth it and kids deserve and need that from those in authority over them.❤