Thursday, October 20, 2011
"When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring." Proverbs 16:15
"Perhaps we don't enter the courts of kings as they did in the ancient world. Maybe we don't understand the implications of a king's expression when he sees us. But the king's acceptance once meant the difference between blessing and misery. When his face lit up, his servants could rest easy. To their great relief, his good mood would result in the glory of his favor. It would bring joy to the heart.
So how is this relevant to us? Aren't we rarely privileged to enter the halls of national authority or the courts of sovereigns? No, the privilege has been granted to us. We are to come into the throne room of the Most High God - the ultimate authority in all of existence - and voice our concerns. We are allowed to serve in His fields. We are allowed to consult with the wisdom of eternity for our daily endeavors. And we are blessed to become partakers of His glory. He shares His kingdom with us! There is no greater joy.
But what do we see on His face? Is it brightened by our presence? Many are afraid not. Many see a rightfully angry God on the throne when they pray. Many feel the holy disappointment of our pure and perfect Father. Many believe that God could never love them as He loves a treasured child. Until we believe otherwise, we will not know His favor. Knowing His delight is contingent on our being absolutely convinced of His good will toward men. His favor falls on us when we know from whom it falls.
When God sees you, does He see Jesus? If you believe in the Savior, God will consider His life a substitute for yours. And as you serve the Savior, God will fill your life with His Spirit. Your life and the life of Jesus will become so intertwined, so connected, that in heaven there can be no distinction beween the two. As a husband and wife are 'one flesh,' the Savior and His bride are 'one Spirit.' The two have become one, and that One is a delight to His King. Accept the King;s delight with gratitude."
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Not working in the kitchen has been very helpful, though. Not having that temptation around makes it much easier for me to say no when the temptation does arise. I also find that I can eat small portions of things that aren't necessarily healthy foods and not need to eat even eat what is considered one portion size.
I went out shopping tonight and was able to buy a couple shirts that are mediums! I think middle/high school was the last time I was in a size medium! Thanks for the support! I couldn't have gotten this far without knowing that you are all out there supporting me!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I have also downloaded a new app on my phone that teaches you to do either 50, 150, 200 or 250 sit-ups. I do it every other day and since I haven't been able to exercise since I started this, it is a small thing that helps me. I am working toward doing 150 sit-ups and am currently at 31. It is still difficult, but it is getting easier!
Monday, July 04, 2011
So, with all this in mind I was a little worried going into this weeks weigh in. I was just hoping that the scale would at least show a loss since I am eating much healthier than I used to. I was thrilled when I stepped on and saw a 3 pound loss this week! I was very surprised and happy. I am not sure that I could do the 17 Day Diet for the rest of my life; I think it is too strict to do forever, but it definitely provides a great spring-board to jump start any weight loss!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
However, yesterday one week had gone by and that means it was time to weigh in and see how it was working. I was thrilled to see and 3 pound weight loss! I guess that means that this is actually working! I have had to change a few things, what with me being diabetic and all, but I try to follow it as closely as possible, minus the exercise as that would mess up my blood sugar.
If you scroll to the bottom of my blog you will see a new ticker that I just added to track my weight loss. Here's to another great week!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I went for a hike with my cousin last week at a park nearby. We had a ton of fun and it made getting some exercise in easier. We decided that we would have to go back again. We went later at night which didn't give us as much time as we wanted as it was getting dark by the time we decided to turn around and head back to the car. I also went for a run outside yesterday. It was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I did 1.3 miles and ran most of the way. I find it easier to push myself farther on the treadmill than outside. The only problem is that my treadmill is old and the features don't work anymore, so I have no idea how far I have run. I guess I just have to try and push myself more outside!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I have started watching tv shows on Hulu while I am running and I have found that it makes the time go by quicker. Tonight I watched a half hour episode of House Hunters and it was about 20 minutes long. I ran the whole time so this was the longest I have run at one time. I was really tired when I finished and my legs wanted to die, but it was a great feeling. More and more I find that I look forward to the time when I get to run and not dreading it like I did when I started!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
On another note, the running is going well. I am able to run for 10 minutes straight on the treadmill before I have to stop. We will see when it gets warmer out how that translates outside!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I am really proud of myself tonight. I pushed myself harder than I ever have when excercising. Usually when it gets hard I give in to my aching muscles and quite. Monday I planned on doing my 30 minutes on the treadmill with 5 minutes walking and 5 minutes jogging. In reality I only did 15 minutes total. I did the first 5 minutes jogging and it was okay. I was feeling very optimistic when I got done with them. However, by the time the second 5 minutes jogging came around I was thinking, "There is no way I am going to finish this 5 minutes, let along do another 5 minutes to finish my 30!" and so I gave in and stopped after 15 minutes as well as taking a short break during my last 5 minutes of jogging.
Tonight I decided I was going to try it again. I made it through the first 5 and decided that I needed to slow down the pace for the second and third 5 minutes. I was really happy when I realized that I am strong enough to make it through the second 5 minutes and decided that I could do it. So, half an hour later, dead calves and all, I am really happy to say that I did it!
Now I just need to get my food figured out. I tend to get stuck in a rut and get sick of eating the same "healthy foods" over and over again. You can only eat chicken so much and Lean Cuisines do get old after awhile. Any suggestions? I could really use some new ideas.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I also had a weigh in today. I had a feeling that I wasn't going to do as well this week since I had missed a couple of workouts and I was right. I ended up gaining one pound. Next week will be better, though!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I have let temptation get to me a little bit with my eating, though. It can be really difficult to eat healthy when you work in a kitchen. There is always something good around to eat and I sometimes find it hard to say no. Take this morning for example, we had scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee cake for breakfast. I have no problem saying no to bacon and eggs, but I love coffee cake, so I gave in and had a piece. Looking back it wasn't worth it, but it tasted really good at the time. Tomorrow is a new day!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
So, we had a great time; we walked a lot, and we laughed a lot.
I was planning on starting a running plan for beginnners on Monday after I returned, but then I got a cold just before we left Myrtle Beach and that turned into a sinus infection. I have not felt well enough to get back o the treadmill yet, but hopefully by Monday I will be able to start the running plan.
However, I did weigh in on Tuesday. I was a little surprised to find that even though I wasn't eating the healthiest food, all the walking paid off and I still managed to loose one pound. Hopefully now that I am on some antibiotics for the sinus infection I will start feeling better and can get back to the treadmill on Monday!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I will not be able to weigh in next week since I will be on vacation, so it will be two weeks before my next weigh in. Hopefully I will show a good loss then! Even though I will be on vacation I will still get my walking in at least. We will be walking around a lot everyday we are there, so that will help. We are leaving on Friday afternoon and will be gone for a week. I will be taking my laptop along but will not be posting while I am there. Hope you all have a great week and I will see you when I return next Saturday!
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Tonight, though, I was able to get on the treadmill. I decided, though, that I was pushing myself too hard and decided to slow things down a little bit and start out at a pace that is more comfortable for me and work my way up to a running speed. I was still at a fast walk and walked for about 40 minutes.
I am hoping that the longer I walk or run my blood sugar will get used to it and I will not need to have to have it be higher in order to work out and that it will not drop so much when I exercise.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
I am hoping to loose about 50 pounds and to decrease my running pace time. I am looking to you guys to keep my accountable! I cannot guarantee that I will post as much as Ben, but I will try to post at least once a day. Go and check out his blog. Head back to the beginning and read through it; it takes a few days but it well worth it!