As a Methbyterian (Methodist/Presbyterian), I am pretty comfortable with the idea of Lent.
The 40 days prior to Easter is called Lent. These days are set aside by many Christians as a time to prepare for the sacrifice of the perfect offering. Forty days is a big deal in the Bible.
Most people fast during Lent. The basic idea of fasting is to abstain from something as a sacrifice. For some, they fast from food or certain foods, or from certain luxuries. I know of one who will spend lent working on a more positive language tone. Whatever your fast looks like, it’s typically a time to refocus on God’s truth in our lives.
So today as I get my ashes, I’ll be focusing on preparing my heart for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. But I will also be working on cleaning out my body!
I’ll be giving up sweets as my fast. By sweets, i mostly mean the things I now crave: candy bars and cokes. It’s all in an effort to focus back on what matters. Some will say, “That’s just a weight loss thing.” Yes but it’s also something that helps me focus on what’s important in my life. I believe as I regain control over this, I’ll see my control come back in other areas as well.
I tend to have an obsessive personality. Meaning, I can get pretty laser beam focused on a project. When that focus wanes, it might as well disappear. My faith walk and health walk have both slipped and it’s time to center back on them.
So, I’ll be focusing on getting my brain back into devotionals. With a crazy life, it’s challenging, but, it has to happen. I can’t live without the big guy’s guidance. And, I’ll quit trying to self-medicate with sweets.
So, do you celebrate Lent? If so, what is your fast?
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My weigh in was a success yesterday!
I still have work to do. I am keeping myself to 45 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. And continuing to track food.
Here’s a questions I tend to get a lot:
Well, I’m eating based on what my body needs to function, not what my emotions/brain tells me. It’s not easy and I do find myself reverting back, but more wins than losses equals progress.
I also work out. HARD. I don’t always love it when I start, but I always feel better when I’m done.
Okay, it’s time to get serious about this stuff.
I’ve struggled this last 6 weeks. And, I do mean struggle. Five pounds is the total weight loss during this time.
That’s tough to take.
I also logged 51 miles during August.
So, here’s to renewed vigor. I had a chat with God during my Saturday morning run. A good friend is preparing for an adventure and I used the run to prayerfully intercede for her and her friend. Turns out, God had a message for me too.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.
I hit this scripture during the run on Saturday. I literally had to stop the run and just say, “What? What is it that you want me to do?” God had me turn around, and there was a contractors sign in a neighbor’s yard with this scripture referenced. I looked it up and groaned.
I am straining toward what’s ahead. It doesn’t matter what I’ve done in the past. There are no laurels to rest upon here.
Get up and drag something back to the cave.
So, on that run, I did 5 miles!!! They weren’t pretty. It was slow, ugly and gross.
With that, I lost 0.6 pounds this week. My measurements are pretty much the same – so here’s to a new week.
I wanted to share my journal with you.
What do you do to help keep you focused?
I have a confession.
I didn’t report last week because I was exhausted.
You see, for the first time since I started my journey, I gained weight.
And I’d run 13 miles.
What the heck?
This week’s work week was just as exhausting, but my angels were being angels elsewhere.
A big thanks to my dad for helping with the kids. Last week would have been impossible without you!
I was able to focus on eating healthy and running.
So we ate out Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
You know, because eating out is a great choice when watching your calories.
I did get in two, 4 mile runs. Yesterday’s is kicking my rear still. I’ve taken two naps, slept my 8 hours and I’m still yawning. I ran 14+ miles at an average pace of 14:03 m/m. It’s a little slower than last week’s pace but it’s so much faster than I was running a few weeks ago.
So far this month I have run 50 miles. And I have one more week left.
Anywho, this week, I’m down to my lowest weight in about 15 years.
I am very close to a MAJOR milestone.
It’s a “wonder” when I’ll get there officially, but I’m super-duper close. When I cross the milestone, I will definitely let you know!!!!!
So, I’ve lost a total of 54.6 pounds. 😃👟👣
Or about 2.25 pounds a week. Just slightly above what’s expected.
But, what I’ve gained is tremendous. I have a new energy.
Okay, maybe not today.
I’ve started enjoying food, not just throwing something down.
I don’t walk around feeling guilty.
And, I’ve gained a lot from the many of you who’re walking this road too! A big thanks to each of y’all for holding me accountable and encouraging me! No matter where you are in the journey, you have something to give!
As I prepare for another work week, finding a meal that can quickly be heated in the microwave is critical. It’s also just as critical that I find those that are healthy.
I’ve been being cheap the past couple of weeks by eating Michaelina’s Lean Gourmet frozen lunches. They were about $1 each – but they’re always at the top end of my carb spectrum and low on protein.
Today at the store I went back to a favorite. They were 2/$4 but I may just stick with them.
I write this, sitting on my side porch, contemplating whether or not to get a run in today. It’s a beautiful day for running and yet I’m still not sure if I want to try.
I’m also pondering that I could be almost 50% done with my weight loss goals. I can’t decide what the finish line will look like, so that makes it hard to determine how ‘done’ I am! One of the reasons making it hard to decide how done i am is that it’s hard to imagine what the finish line will look like, meaning what is healthy for me?
Last week I asked you guys for some feedback regarding this process to help me celebrate 50 pounds. Just as I pushed ‘post’ I thought, “Crap, what of I don’t reach 50 pounds this week?”
So, here are some answers to your questions:
I think it was a sarcastic question, but I truly have become more mindful of my sleep. I’m anemic so my red blood cells aren’t as plentiful as they should be. If they’re having a hard time getting oxygen to my muscles, I feel tired! I cant imagine running and being sleep deprived. But if I am getting enough sleep, I generally feel pretty good. The bodybugg measures sleep for me. And this past week I did a pretty crappy job in getting to bed on time. So, I’m working on that!
Plateau’s just seem to happen. Either because I get lazy in measuring food portions, or there’s a celebration, or Aunt Flo’s visiting. There always seems to be something in the way. When I feel myself not making traction I get back to the basics of the journey: 90% food, 10% exercise. Controlling what I put into my body is the key.
Here’s a basic outline of what I do for each meal:
Lunch & Dinner
So you may be wondering, “So what does she eat?” Granola is my typical breakfast.
I make it every two weeks in a turkey roasting pan. I freeze half. I change the nuts, fruit, chocolate and flavoring a as I want. This is the first time I’ve put chocolate chips in, but I figured it would go well with the peanut butter flavoring! I’ve drastically lowered the oil and sugar from the original recipe. I’ll post this recipe soon!
And for lunch, I usually have a frozen meal from Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, etc.
This is actually a frozen yogurt snack. But I liked that it had Weight watchers points listed as well as the diet exchange information. A carb serving is 15 grams and each meal has 3 carb servings. So to have this as an afternoon snack, your lunch would need to have 30 or so carbs.
I usually struggle with getting enough protein. So at the recommendation of my nutritionist I’ve added edamame beans when needed. Typically they’re frozen. I nuke them and put a little black pepper and salt on them. Yummo!
Another protein tool is Yoplait’s Greek 100 calorie yogurt. It doesn’t have a ton of fat or carbs and its about $1-1.25 each.
And honestly if I can’t find either of those options I simply hit the vending machine for some beef jerky. We’re not talking Slim Jim’s people. Just plain ol’ protein. Your body doesn’t store protein, so if you’re hungry, look to see how much protein you had in your last meal. If you were low, often a few pieces of beef jerky cure my cravings and hunger. And if you eat too much you simple flush it away. ;D
Another thing I’ve learned is that calories gained from exercise don’t get used for extra food that day. When I first started I think I was using up the calories I’d just ran off to have a Dr Pepper or something. Now, I ignore them.
Here’s today’s myfitnesspal tracker and you can see that I’ve earned 242 calories today in exercise. Ummm, yeah right. Taking advantage of wouldn’t be smart.
As for motivation, I stay motivated through seeing results. Losing weight finally isn’t a mystery. It’s not some secret that ill never know because I don’t know the right people or have bought the right system. Once I saw the nutritionist, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place for me.
It. Was. Brilliant.
I think I would have lost weight for a while, but I don’t know that I would have understood how cheating impacts me. For instance, when I celebrate holidays or birthdays it’s not unusual for me to gain 1-3 pounds. I put on weight very easily.. When the famine comes, you’ll want my DNA in the mix. Weight’s easy for me to put on and incredibly hard to take off. Understanding that helps me rationalize that my choices will be seen instantly.
I know, I know. You’re going to scream when I tell you this, but I weigh every morning. I don’t care what “they” say, it works for me.
So since writing the above, I did take that run I was contemplating. Only 2.23 miles but I was really just proving to myself that I wouldn’t die if I did it. I didn’t die so on to be a productive member of society!
Be well and share this with your friends who might be struggling. Everyone can do this – it just takes some knowledge and faith! Best wishes and God Bless!
This week was one of those amazing weight loss weeks.
All of the stars aligned, the carbs agreed and I lost a whopping 7 pounds.
I ran 13.36 miles total last week through six runs. My longest run was a 5k and my fastest run was 13:32 m/m (2 miles). I keep learning of these fantastic half-marathons and wondering – are these for me?
In total, I’ve lost 49 pounds since I started in March 2013.