Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I'm joining Weight Watchers with my daughter today.
 I'm already a lifetime member, actually.
To achieve lifetime member status I had to reach my goal weight
and maintain the loss for six weeks...
and I DID IT!
{I think that was back in 1973.} 
Well, today's a new day!
This is the day the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118: 24
Would you say a prayer for us?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

God's grace is sufficient...

It's been awhile, I know, and I want to thank Christine for checking up on me while I was MIA.
Sometimes life takes you in directions that you haven't quite anticipated and the plans you've made are interrupted for a time.  In spite of that, I have managed to lose about 5 lbs. since New Year's Day.
God's grace...
I have not given up on my NewYear's Resolution.
But I have been preoccupied by life events.
I have not given up hope that this is my year for success.
With God's continued grace...
2 Corinthians 12:9

Sunday, January 3, 2010

preparing to change

**The moment one definitely commits oneself,
then Providence moves too.   ~GOETHE

I've got to
It's not enough to just make a decision. 
My brain has three parts I need to get on board with this if I'm going to be successful. 
The first part is pretty much with me. 
This is the instictive/involuntary part of my brain that controls things like breathing and heartbeat. 
It does what it needs to keep me alive.  :)
The thinking brain is where I made the decision to make the changes necessary to reach my goals.
So far so good.
It's the emotional brain I've got to keep in check.  It's in this limbic system that my brain decides whether something is good or bad, safe or dangerous, pleasant or painful.
So, from what I understand, it's this part of my brain I need to convince that
 changes I'm making
So, the idea is to
"Allow the power of your creative thinking (found on the right side of your neocortex)
 to percolate over the next few days. 
The more you can find what's fun and enjoyable about what you want,
the more your emotional brain will cooperate."
Reasons this decision is FUN enjoyable GOOD:  Let's be reasonable! :
  1. Healthy food makes my body work & feel better.
  2. I'm happier when I stay within the limits I set for myself.
  3. I want to move with greater freedom.
  4. I want to will enjoy getting dressed in the morning!
  5. I will be able to buy clothes I like instead of just clothes that fit.
  6. I will be able to find something to wear for any occasion.
  7. I will enjoy getting dressed up and going out on those occasions!
  8. I will be a better example to my daughters, grandchildren, and students.
  9. I will be able to enjoy a day at the beach without feeling self-conscious.  (Now THAT would be FUN!)  and,
  10. It would be fun to imagine my after picture with an asterick that says, *Results not typical !
     I guess that's enough to "percolate on" for now!

 **May Providence move in me!


Friday, January 1, 2010

new year's day 01.01.10 the plan

Star light, star bright I wish I may I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight...
I wish I was thin and pretty...
Do dreams that you dare to dream
For as long as I can remember, every time I saw the first star appear in the sky, that was my wish.
Well, I've passed my 50th birthday, and I'm about as far from thin as I've ever been.
But I am not without hope that there's still time for me to live the life I've always wanted.
I know that it's going to take more than hoping and wishing to make my dreams come true.
It'll take WORK.preparation.motivation.determination.and PRAYER.
There's been a sense of my life being on hold waiting to lose weight and then I'll begin to live.
 I don't want my life to end without having realized my dreams. 
So, starting today, I will begin reading THIS YEAR I WILL...HOW TO FINALLY CHANGE A HABIT, by M.J.Ryan,
and blog what I glean to be the main idea of each chapter.
This isn't the only change I hope to achieve in this new year.
I think the excesses in my home are reflective of what's going on in my head.  I pray that this blog will help me to sort out what's really going on and get a handle on other areas of my life as well.
I'll find my audio tape of Does This Clutter Make my Butt Look Fat? to listen to on  my commute to work. And I'll read It's All Too Much both by Peter Walsh.
So, the plan for now is:
Read at least one chapter each day of
This Year I Will...
 It's All Too Much
and listen to,
Does This Clutter Make my Butt Look Fat?
during my commute.
Cut back on fats and add foods with greater nutritional value.
Take Alli before meals,
and take time to
read my Bible
If you'd like to join me on this journey,
click on FOLLOW
and maybe we can
In the first chapter of This Year I Will... Ryan reports that
"approximately 45% of us make New Year's resolutions, but only 8% succeed."
Here's to being part of the 8% for 2010!

Happy New Year!

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand...and melting like a snowflake. 
Let us use it before it's too late.
~Marie Beynon