I Cortinthians 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

CURRENT WEIGHT (183.0 lbs.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I'm Sorry For The Absence

I know I have been away for a while. I didn't realize how long until I recorded my results this morning and noticed the last date I recorded on. It has been over a month now. I'm so sorry!!

I have been going through some very dark times in the past couple of months. I had given up on my weight-loss and had given up on other things and other people. I had let my walk with the Lord slip and for that I am most shameful. The burdens I've been carrying have become so heavy that I fell beneath the weight. Things are some better in one of the trials but the other two are still dark and ongoing. The one trial concerns my brother's death as you may know. The second one concerns our youngest daughter and something that has happened to her as well as some bad choices she has been making lately. The last trial concerns my husband's employment status. The devil has tried his best to get into this family...and at times I've even thought he succeeded. But that is only because I had let my guard down.

I haven't been really working at my weight-loss. But I've felt lately like I needed to get back to it and get back to encouraging you all to drink your water...LOL!! I have not stopped that. That is the one thing I just can't seem to get away from. I love water and my body craves it if I don't drink it like I normally do. I've lost over 3 lbs since I posted last and am the lowest weight I've been in years. For that I'm thankful.

I pray you all are doing well with your weight-loss. My best friend Shelly (who does not have a blog but I'm trying to encourage her to start one) has been doing WW for the past several weeks and has lost so much weight that she has been able to have her blood pressure meds reduced. We are so excited about this!! When we lose the weight...it affects our health and makes us feel much better. Congratulations Shelly!! I'm so proud of you!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Thank you to all of you who have continued to visit here and comment on my last post. You are the reason I even continue with this blog.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Update Picture August 2008

August 2008 (30 lbs. lost)

I'm So Sorry!!

I'm so sorry I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. I posted on my devotional blog that I needed to take some time away from blogging due to what our family has been going through lately. I needed to focus on my family and also on my own personal walk with the Lord. Things have gotten really burdensome and I was about to lose it. I'm doing much better but we are still having to deal with alot concerning this latest situation. I ask that you please pray for my family and me. God is faithful and I know He is!! I just need to concentrate on looking to Him and not be worrying about what my next post is going to be. I have not been doing well with my weight-loss either. There isn't really anything new to post there. I'm maintaining and hope to post on Monday. I am sure the news won't be good news but we'll just have to see. I haven't weighed myself in a while now just because I know I won't like what I see.

I am posting my update picture after I post this post. I will be around to y'alls blogs soon and hope that you are all doing better than I am. I am drinking my water!! That is about the only thing I'm concentrating or watching that I do. I hope you all are drinking your water as well.

I love you all and thank you all for your faithfulness to my blog(s). You will never know what a help and encouragement you all have been to me!! I love you all so much!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

My Usual Time Of Month

Well....I gained this week...but I usually do at this time of the month. I didn't gain as much as I sometimes do though...so that is good. I expected to see the numbers up. But you know what that means....it means next week should be a loss!! Yippee!! I hope that will be the case.

I have had my new goal picture taken but Kristina still needs to get it loaded onto the computer. Once she does that I will post it. You may not notice much of a change from the last one. I don't...but then again...maybe you will.

I pray you all have had a great week with positive results. I'm not too disappointed about my results since I expected the ones I got. In fact....I'm very pleased since it could have been much worse. I know you all know what I'm talking about. Have a great rest of the week and drink that water!!! In fact....I need to go fill my jug!! I've not done that yet today. Love you all and praying for you too!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, August 11, 2008

I Finally Made It!!!

I am sitting here not believing it. I got on the scales this morning and I saw the results and had to do a double-take. But when I did the double-take I saw the same thing. I saw 190.3 and wanted to shout but everyone else was still in bed. I finally made it to my 30 lb. goal. Do you know what that means? It means there is an update picture coming!!! So check back...I'll be trying to get Kristina to take that today (providing her batteries for her camera are charged up).

I have to say I was shocked to see what I saw on the scale. I feel so bloated this morning and I ate much this week like I have the past couple of weeks....not really caring or paying attention to what I ate and how much I ate. But I still drank my water as I always do although I thought that I was slipping a bit this past week for some reason. Maybe being in the nursery at church yesterday helped me out some....who knows!!! I am just thankful to finally have made it. "Thank you Lord!!"

You all may get discouraged with your results or lack there of...but I'm here to tell you it pays to keep going with our journey. One day we will make it to the end of our journey. I can say one thing....I'm learning how to maintain my weight if nothing else. The past several weeks has been a roller coaster ride with gaining a little then losing it again and sometimes the loss was enough to take me ahead of where I was the previous week...but I have not given up. Don't give up!! Keep going and keep trusting God with your weight-loss. We can do this with our Lord's help.

So how did you do this week? Don't lose help and keep drinking that water!! I love you all!!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sorry For The Lack Of Posting

Good morning everyone!! I am sorry for the lack of posting in the past week. Last Monday I was down on the couch with the heating pad so I wasn't exactly feeling like sitting at the computer and posting anyway. I did weigh-in and I gained so I figured it wasn't imperative that I post such negative news anyway.

But I have lost that and a little more this week....and for that I am happy. Still not to my 30 lb. goal yet....how long has it been now....almost 9 months since I started this journey and I'm still not to the 30 lb. goal. Man this is taking forever. I know...I know...I need to get started on my exercise routine. If I would just do that I'd get 'er done I know. I hope to get to that point every day and then something happens that gets me side-tracked and I don't get it done. Does anyone else have that problem?

I hope and pray y'all are having much better success than I am. I just know that as I get older it is getting harder....in all areas...whether it be weight-loss or exercise. I am drinking my water though!!

Well...stay focused on the goal and stay committed to the task at hand. And let the Lord help you to do what you have committed to do...whatever that is today. Oh yeah....and DRINK THAT WATER!!! That is the one thing I have to say I have not lacked on except when I am not home to be able to drink it. Sometimes it is just hard to get the water I need when I'm not at home with my big jug to drink out of and refill three times.

Love y'all and praying for you too!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Oh Well...What Can I Say?

Well....I weighed yesterday morning to see how I was doing...yes I cheated. Weigh-in was today and I just needed to see if I was doing badly. Anyway....as of yesterday I had lost...even though it was a very small amount. This morning though I had gained 0.1 lbs. Not bad...especially concerning tomorrow is the day for my monthly visitor. But still...it isn't a loss. I seem to do worse after Sundays only because I can't devote the time to drinking my water like I need to. I truly believe that makes the difference. The only reason I had changed my weigh-in day was because I was forgetting to do it on Sunday mornings lately so I figured it would be best to move the day back a day. I know...it doesn't really matter which day I weigh on....and I know I'm placing too much emphasis on the numbers. But don't we all?

I pray you all are making progress and doing well. I guess in the grand scheme of things I'm still doing okay since I'm not gaining in large amounts. And when I gain I lose it right back...so I'm maintaining more than anything. And with all that I've had to deal with in our family lately....it has been very difficult.

Please pray for me as I pray for you!! We can do this!! Just drink that water!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strentheneth me."

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sometimes It Gets So Frustrating!

Well....here we are in another week. I always dread stepping on those scales lately. Why....I don't know. Maybe because in my heart I know the numbers aren't going to be good. But sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. It is just taking so long to meet my next goal. I pray each week before stepping on the scales that the numbers will be good. I do know one thing....if the numbers don't show a loss...I have no one to blame but myself. It gets hard to eat the right way though when the food supply is running low and there isn't any money to get the right things to eat. But I have to say "Praise the Lord I have anything to eat at all". It just means I need to eat less of those things that aren't healthy or good for me to eat. That is the problem though. Do any of you face this problem? I'm sure you missionary wives have faced it at one time or another. And with prices going higher and higher at the pump and at the grocery store...it is getting harder and harder to fit the same amount of groceries within the same budget of money.

Please don't think I'm complaining. I am not meaning to come across that way. I am very thankful to have anything at all to eat. It just means an adjustment needs to be made. One thing I am thankful for though....water out of the tap is virtually free. Unless you drink as much as I do...but it is a drop in the bucket compared to having to buy bottled water. I'm thankful that I don't have to do that!!

My results this week were that I gained 0.7 lbs. which I know could be much worse...but I sure do like to see those losses. I really want to celebrate that 30 pound mark with an update picture. I'm oh so close!! I'm praying for each of you that visit my site and are on this weight-loss journey with me. Keep up the good work!! We really have done great in the grand scheme of things!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, July 7, 2008

Just A Little More

I couldn't believe it when I stepped on the scale this morning and found I had lost. I really thought after eating what I ate yesterday and not drinking my water that I like to and usually drink that I would have gained. We were out of town going to two different churches in Chickamauga, Georgia. That is 2 1/2 hours from home. We ate at Pizza Hut for lunch and then had ice cream for supper (I was still so full from lunch that all I wanted was an ice cream cone). I only had (maybe) 24 ounces of water instead of my usual 68 ounces. But I stepped on the scale this morning and had lost another 0.5 lbs. I'm only 0.1 lbs. away from my 30 lb. goal. I'm so close now!! And when I hit that 30 lb. goal I'm going to have another update picture taken to share with you.

I hope y'all had a good week with positive results. If you didn't don't give up!! I've sure had my share of roller-coaster rides with my weight-loss lately. Thanks be to God I haven't given up. It really does help to have that original picture taken when I first started my journey. I have it on the side of my refrigerator where I see it each time I approach the fridge. And that picture is so hideous that I can't help but keep going. If you don't have an original picture of what you looked like at the start to remind you of what you need to be doing in your weight-loss and encouraging you to keep going...then take one now and put it on your fridge!! It really is a great incentive.

Don't forget to drink that water!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, June 30, 2008

I'm Almost There

I know I didn't post last week due to going to Faith Baptist Camp. There just wasn't time to do so. I had nothing good to report anyway. The only thing I did that week was gain. I had gained 2.6 pounds. This week I managed to lose that and then some. With help of the Lord I lost 3.0 pounds this week. I thank the Lord for helping me to control my eating. I was determined to listen to the Lord and my body when I was satisfied and not to continue eating. I also have hit the water hard since coming back from the campmeeting. I even did better with my water while I was there. It is hard to drink water like I should when I'm away from home but thankfully I made a point to do better this time. I know that it paid off doing so.

I have 26.2 pounds to go and I'm thinking it is going to be more of a challenge to lose this last bit of weight than it has been the amount I've already lost. But I know all things are possible with God. God promises us that it is!! And "all" means ALL!! So He can help us lose what we are trying to lose. We just have to stop letting our flesh and self get in the way.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Good Loss This Time

I know I haven't had much of an appetite this past several days and that is what contributed to this week's weight-loss. I tried to drink as much water as I could but it was so hard with all that we had to do while in Mississippi. Thankfully we are back home and I hope and pray I can keep this weight I've lost off and not begin adding it back on. This has been one of those situations that I just had no appetite. Plus there just wasn't anything to eat in the motel room...so that helped me keep from running to the refrigerator every hour.

I hope all of you are doing well with your weight-loss. This thing of losing weight in my older age is not easy...but thankfully it is still possible.

Drink that water ladies!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, June 9, 2008

I Messed Up!!

I had a tough week with my resisting temptation. I was not feeling well and I was also dealing with other things emotionally that I gave into concerning my eating. I have said that at times I will not eat due to dealing with things and at other times I will eat things I shouldn't. Well...last week was a week of eating things I shouldn't have. Don't get me wrong....stress is no excuse for not eating or for over eating. There is no excuse for not listening to the Lord in any situation. Did He try to tell me I didn't need to eat those things....yes He did!! Did I listen....no I didn't!! I am ashamed and I am upset with myself. I have asked the Lord to forgive me and my desire is to listen to Him today. I say today because I'm going to take it day by day...moment by moment. I cannot worry or think about tomorrow for it isn't here yet. I will get through today first.

I am drinking my water and really have no problem in that area lately. I love my water!! I have struggled more with what I have eaten. I ate a lot of junk last week and it caught up with me. It is no one's fault but my own.

Now that I have confessed my faults to you...I'm going to go exercise. I hope y'all have done better than I have.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Another Week...Another Loss

Last week was a very emotional week for me yet with the help of the Lord I managed to keep my drowning my emotions in food to a minimum. Sometimes I will find myself stuffing my face to deal with situations and other times I will just not eat at all. Last week I wanted to stuff my face...and I told the Lord that many times. He enabled me to resist that temptation!!

I did drink my water very well last week. I can tell you one thing though....I'm so ready to reach my next goal of 30 pounds lost yet I'm struggling to get there. I know I could get there if I would just do my exercise. I do hope to get that going once this month's female issue is past. Many things tend to happen to cause me to not want to get that started...but I am determined!!

I pray you all are having positive results on your journey to a thinner and healthier you. If you are struggling with it you must ask yourself these things....

Am I asking the Lord to help me?
Am I stopping when my body tells me I'm satisfied while eating?
Am I getting the proper amount of exercise? (I know..this is my struggle too!!)
Am I drinking my (at least) 68 ounces of water?

If you're not doing any of these things then you can rest assured you probably won't see the results you desire to see. We can do this ladies...but only with the help of the Lord and also some self-control.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sorry It's Been A While...

BEGINNING WEIGHT (220 lbs)...CURRENT WEIGHT (194.5 lbs)...AMOUNT OF LOSS (25.5 lbs)

I got rid of my ticker since I couldn't ever get it to work correctly. So I will begin posting my weight loss at the top of my posts. That will serve as an update to you all on my progress and an incentive to keep going with this.

I know...I haven't been leaving updates. I've just not felt much like doing that lately. I've done so good to post and try to be an encouragement to you all and I have failed to do that lately. It didn't help either that two weeks ago I had a major gain. I gained 1.8 lbs on my May 18th weigh-in. But I'm happy to report that I lost 0.2 lbs this past Sunday. I know...I still haven't made up for that gain but I'm just thankful I lost anything.

I've been going through a very difficult time and that has caused me to give up on my weight-loss and to not really care. I know...I know...shame on me!! I'm hopefully back on track now. This weekend is my time for a visit from an unwelcome "friend" (wink, wink) so I may gain this weekend but we'll just have to see. I'm still drinking my water like crazy though. That has not changed.

I really need to get back to the exercise routine but I just haven't been able to get motivated. But now that I have a Georgia Bulldogs room set up with a tv and dvd player so I can have room to move....I plan to get back to that.

How about you all? How have you been doing? You are still in my prayers and I pray that you have been doing better than I have.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

It Has To Be The Water!!

Listen ladies....I'm not sure how else to say it happened. It has to be the water. I did not eat like I should this past week. I ate LOTS of chocolate....I had more than my points allowed each day. I know I had to. I don't count my points anymore like I should. I just try to control my eating with prayer and stopping when I'm satisfied. This week I failed miserably in this area. Yet I still drank my water like I am supposed to. When I stepped on the scale Sunday morning I expected to see that I had gained at least 2 lbs. Instead I found I had lost 1.2 lbs. How you might ask. I'm not really sure. I broke all the rules this past week except for my water.

I know I harp on the drinking of the water but I am a firm believer that is what is helping me most. I didn't even get any exercising done...except for my normal climbing of the stairs many times a day. But I don't do it enough times in a row to count for getting my heart rate up and classify as true exercise. Yet I lost!! All I can say is "Thank you Lord!!"

I pray you all had positive results this week. If not in your weight-loss then hopefully in your drinking of you daily amount of water and getting at least SOME exercise. I am praying for each of you and I hope you are praying for me. If you are....keep it up....it is definitely helping me!!

Have a great week!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Friday, May 9, 2008

Hanging In There

I'm still here. I know I haven't posted any updates this week. I was down at the first part of the week with my female issues. And just when I thought I was coming out of it and doing better....WHAM!!...there it was again!! I think I'm on the downside of it now.

Anyway....I did lose last week...but only 0.2 lbs. But that is still a loss...right? So for that I'm thankful. I still haven't gotten to the walking yet. I want to and plan to though. It just takes motivation which I haven't had much of lately with feeling poorly. I'm still drinking my water though...so that helps a lot!!

I hope and pray all of you are doing well. Keep up with it ladies!! With God we can do this!! We will feel better and look better. We definitely need to take better care of this temple that belongs to God.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, April 28, 2008

An Emotional Day....But Still A Loss

Yesterday was our last day at our church as pastor and his family. My husband stepped down as pastor to go into missions. We've been doing some deputation since March but haven't been able to do much with it since we had primary responsibility to the church my hubby pastored. It was emotional for us and for the people of the church as they are family to us and we love them very much. They hated to see us go but know that it is God's will for us to do this. Please pray for them as they begin to have preachers in to candidate for the position of pastor of Eagles View Baptist Church. God is faithful and He will provide just the right man for that church and for those people. It was not good-bye...it was simply see you later.

We are officially and solely missionaries now. We are excited about the future and what it holds for us in this ministry that God has called my husband to. God has blessed abundantly already. We have been in five churches so far and are at over 10% of our support. We are going to be in a lot more churches now that my hubby doesn't have the church and the people to focus on. We will be joining over at Bro. Joe Arthur's church this coming Sunday. We would go Wednesday night but my husband had already booked a meeting with another church a couple of months ago so we will be there instead. Please pray for Eagles View Baptist Church as they pray and seek God's will about their next pastor. Also pray for us as we begin this new and exciting journey that God has placed us on.

Now for the update on my weight-loss for this week. I lost 0.7 lbs. I was quite shocked actually. It is "the week before" and I usually gain a little bit. But I did drink my water like crazy so I'm sure that helped me out a lot. I hope to continue to keep up with that this week as well.

I pray you all had a great week with your journey to a healthier and thinner you. I have been praying for each of you!! I hope you've been praying for me as well. I sure do need it!! I know one thing....these last little over 3 lbs. that I have left to meet my next goal are harder to lose than the other pounds I've lost so far. But although I get frustrated with it at times the Lord reminds me of how far He's brought me so far with this. And when He does that I can't help but be thankful for what has been accomplished so far.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What Can I Say?

Well....I can say that I didn't do too well last week. I ate things I shouldn't have and I didn't drink my water quite as faithfully as I should have or normally do. And because of that I gained 0.6 lbs. I know...you're gonna tell me that isn't that bad. But for me to have lost so well the three weeks previously and then to be shot down when I stepped on the scale this week was a bummer. But it was my fault. I can't blame anyone else. I didn't have to eat the things I ate that I shouldn't have and I could have let the Lord keep me from eating those things that were not the best things to eat.

I hope y'all did better than I did. I also need to get back to my exercise regime. With the unpacking being done and no need to be going up and down the stairs like I was...it is time to break out the Walking Away The Pounds dvd and get back to it.

Y'all keep up the good work on your end and I'll try to do better with the Lord's help this week.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Another Good Week

This week has found me continuing to get things set up in our new home and also doing some touch-up painting and little odds and ends like that. I have continued to do well with my eating and with drinking my water. My loss for this week was 1.6 lbs. Only 4.4 more pounds and I'll make my next goal. I'm so thankful to the Lord that I'm continuing to do well. Of course we have stairs in our house now and going up and down those several times a day is helping me I'm sure.

Our meeting at church went well yesterday. Everyone lost weight except for two ladies. Everyone exercised except for two ladies as well. The two that didn't exercise aren't the same two that didn't lose though. I'm enjoying our meetings together to encourage one another and to remind one another that we are praying for one another. That really does bring much comfort to know that others that are struggling with the same things are praying for one another.

I pray y'all did well this past week as well. Are you drinking your water like you should? I know I push that alot and y'all are probably tired of hearing it...but it really does make a difference.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A New Blogger To Introduce You To

Hello everyone!! I wanted to leave a post introducing you ladies to a young lady that is in our church and is very close friends with my youngest daughter Michelle. Her name is Marcy and she has been on a journey to eating better and losing weight along with the rest of us at our church that are doing so. She has lost quite a bit of weight and I'm so proud of her.

She has started a blog to help her keep track of what she is doing with her weight-loss. I would appreciate it if you would go by and visit her and be an encouragement to her like you have been to me.

Thanks y'all!! I know it will be a blessing to her getting comments from you all.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Another Loss....Woohoo!!!

I know I don't always have losses to share but I sure like it when I do. I lost another 1.6 lbs this week. I really thought I would gain since it was "that week" but since it came on Thursday I guess I lost some by Sunday when I weighed-in. I'm feeling so much better. With all the moving and unpacking that I've done....it has been a great help. But I'm about to have to break out the Walking Away The Pounds dvd in order to get my exercise.

I'm so thankful that things are going as well as they are with my weight-loss. The Lord has truly helped me in every way. I am able to wear skirts that I haven't worn in a long time and my tops aren't as tight in the arms anymore. It feels so good to be able to say those things.

I pray your week was a productive one as well. If not...don't fret!! Just keep going. We all struggle!! I know I have. If it weren't for all of you and your prayers for me and encouragement that you have given...it would have been harder to do this than it has been. So for that I want to say a big THANK YOU!!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Boy Am I Getting Lots Of Exercise!!!

Hello all!! I pray y'all are having a great day and a wonderful week! I have gotten so much accomplished. I thank the Lord for the strength and energy to do it. He has truly enabled me and given me the proper mindset to do it. Every time I would begin to dread going up those stairs one more time I would think to myself "I sure can use the exercise!" and then I was able to do it and feel good about it. I am sore in my legs and in my backside...so that means I have been toning up in my trips up and down the stairs.

The house is looking just great and I'm so thankful for this beautiful home the Lord has provided for us. God is so much better to me than I deserve!!

If you are not having a productive week this week....don't get down and discouraged. Just keep going. The results will come....but we have to do our part. Eat right...don't overeat and drink that water!!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I Got A Lot Of Exercise

We got moved!!! And I got my computer back!! We are back on dsl so I'm back to posting again and more importantly....I'm going to be able to visit everyone's blogs again. WOOHOO!!

This (as I'm sure you can imagine) has been a rather busy week. I had to be busy all week long last week packing up for our move. We moved yesterday and are now in our new house. It is beautiful!! God has certainly been good to us!! We are so unworthy!!

Our new house has stairs in it (which I didn't necessarily want) but God provided it and I know He has a reason (more than likely for exercise for us less than healthy folk...LOL!!). I have made many trips up and down those stairs already and no doubt will make many more.

Now for my update on my weight-loss. I lost 3.8 lbs!!! I drank my water like I was supposed to and I didn't eat like I should have....but the exercise paid off. My legs feel more tone now and I worked muscles that I know I haven't worked in a while or I wouldn't be as sore as I am. I pray y'all had a great week and had great results. If you didn't....so what!! Don't you dare give up!! We can't ladies!! God wants us to be healthier...and that won't happen without us doing our part. Drink your water....watch what you eat and how much you eat. And don't forget to exercise. Even if it is a little....that is better than nothing.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I've Made My First Goal!!!

I want to give the Lord all the glory for making this goal. I lost 1.2 lbs to take me over the 20 lbs total lost this far. I had to say WOOOHOOOO!!! It has taken forever to get to this first goal. But I'm so excited to be to this point. My next goal is another 10 lbs.

I started at 220.6 lbs and am now at 200.0 lbs.

As a side note please forgive my unfaithfulness in posting ealier this week. We had severe storms and tornadoes come through the Atlanta, GA area on Friday and Saturday and our computer got zapped through the phone line. Our dsl modem got zapped and we had to replace it. Unfortunately the lightening also got the phone jack in the computer so we cannot use that computer. I am currently using my husband's computer which is a much older model and is not equipped for dsl...so I'm having to use dial-up. We are also in the process of packing up our house to get ready for our move on March 29th. I may not be posting much until we get moved. So please just bear with me. I'll check blogs when I get back on dsl once we move. (Provided we get our computer back from the man that has been working on it for a while....if we do then I might be up sooner.)

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Results Aren't Always What We Want

I wasn't able to go to church again yesterday due to female issues keeping me from being able to but I was able to at least weigh. I gained .2 lbs this week but that is okay. I usually gain "the week before" so I was expecting a gain. And it is usually more than what I got for results this week...so I was pleased.

Things sure are coming a lot slower this time. But I'm thankful for the results the Lord has let me have so far. It seems my first goal is going to never come but I know it will if I continue to pray and lean on the Lord for the results I get. He is certainly helping me eat better. And I thank Him for that. It sure isn't me!!

I pray y'all had good results as well. And even if it wasn't the results you were wanting or hoping for....be thankful that it wasn't more than it was if you gained. Just keep going and don't give up. Trust in Him for it all!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Picture Update

March 2008 (20 lbs. lost)

I'm not going to be at our church this morning for the weigh-in so I weighed-in on my own. I lost .7 lbs. this week. Woohoo!! With me being sick this past week and taking so much medicine that I don't know how many points it had and sucking on cough drops that I know had points to them....I'm really shocked that I lost at all. But I give God the glory for it. He helped me to keep drinking my water this week. I really do think that helped me not to get as sick as I could have and it certainly helped flush out some of those calories I was taking in and also some of those (if not most of them) germs I had in my body. Now I just have that wicked cough and congestion that sits in my throat. All I can say is I'm on the mend....just in time to be down with female at the end of this week. Yippee!! (said with sarcasm!!)

I had Kristina take an updated picture of me so you could see what LITTLE progress is being made. I'm .4 lbs. away from my first goal of 20 lbs. lost. I have been waiting a long time to see that 20 lb. loss. Things are taking much longer this time around. But I'm trying to be patient and not get discouraged. I know it is hard to tell any difference in the two pictures. Especially since one is a bit more of a close-up and the other one isn't. I'll know better when Kristina takes my next updated picture. I notice the loss in my clothes mostly and in my face. My rings also fit looser which is nice too. I tend to wear my clothes a bit loose so I don't show off my form...and that makes it hard to show you any changes as well....but hopefully you can see a LITTLE bit of a difference.

I pray you all have had a good week with your drinking of your water and your exercise and your eating healthier. You have all been in my prayers!! I love you all!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, February 25, 2008

Nothing To Report

I wasn't able to weigh in yesterday since I didn't go to church. Kristina has been running a fever since Thursday night and I've been taking care of her and making sure she takes her medicine when she is supposed to. We didn't get any sleep Saturday night due to her coughing and running the high fever. She is beginning to show signs of improvement though.

I drank my water last week like I needed to and am going to do my best to do so this week too. I pray all of you had a good week with good results. If not....don't give up!! Just keep do as you should and drink that water!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, February 18, 2008

Not Too Bad I Guess

Although I had a week full of sickness last week I still managed to drink my water. I had a couple of days that I didn't get it drank like I had wanted to but it didn't hurt too bad I guess. Weigh-in was yesterday and I still lost. I only lost .2 lbs but it was still a loss. It seems the closer I get to my first goal (only 1.7 lbs to go) the slower it is coming off. But then I'm not really staying away from the things I shouldn't. I am still eating those things that I want to eat just being sure not to eat beyond my point of satisfaction.

The whole point to my weight-loss this time around is to control my eating habits....or should I say let the Lord control my eating habits. This is a new way of eating for me and and healthier way of eating. I haven't counted "points" in several weeks now and I'm still losing. So that is encouraging. That tells me that I'm doing better with my way of eating and my portions. We can all lose weight if we will just eat till we are satisfied and DRINK OUR WATER!!

Sis. Karen (who heads up our group at church) has challenged each of us ladies to drink our water (8 glasses) each day and come back next Sunday and see how we did with our weight-loss. We will lose by eating less but we will lose more by drinking our water as well as eating less. Why don't you take this challenge with us starting today. Drink your 64-68 oz. of water each day this week and see how it helps you with your weight-loss.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, February 11, 2008

I'm Telling You...It's In The Water!!

I'm not referring to expecting a baby since I'm not. But drinking our daily needed amount of water (64-68 oz.) really does make the difference. We must do this every day...not just one or two days.

The weeks that I've not drank my water like I should each day I've either gained or I've not lost as much as I could have. This past week I drank my full amount of water each day and when I weighed in yesterday (even though I ate more than I should have) I had lost 1.5 lbs. I was rather shocked that I lost at all. I really didn't do as well with my eating as I would have liked to have. But I'm telling you ladies...drinking that water is what has worked. Plus it makes you feel so much better. I love my diet sodas. And I will allow myself to have one once a week or so...but sodas make me feel so bloated afterwards. Water doesn't do that. Water is a good and natural cleanser for our bodies.

Sis. Marsheila goes to my church and we were talking yesterday about drinking water. She just does not like water. I have to say that I used to didn't either. I was always drinking unsweet tea (I know....that sounds gross to most of you but that is what I was raised on in the northern US) and sodas. But once I went on a weight-loss for the first time I made myself drink water. It was not easy to get used to but I prayed and asked the Lord to help me like it and now I LOVE to drink water. If I don't drink it like I should my body craves it. I told Sis. Marsheila to pray and ask the Lord to help her like it and she asked me if adding those packets of things like Crystal Lite and Propel packets would hurt anything. They will not hurt anything. Just make sure they are sugar free. Sugar is our enemy ladies!! So if you need to add something to your water to help you like it....go ahead. I have several bottles that have been emptied from my kids drinking gatorade and other such drinks that I washed and saved. They are good for filling with water and placing in the refrigerator for future use to add those packets in. Each packet gets added to 20 oz. of water. Or you can make 1/2 gallon pitchers of Crystal Lite in different flavors. Those are really good too for a change.

I pray you all did well this week. If you didn't then don't be too hard on yourself...just strive to do better (with the Lord's help of course) this week. We can do this ladies...if we set our hearts and minds to it!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Thursday, February 7, 2008

It's Flu Season

I was checking the weather.com flu report for the United States and noticed that our state is at the regional level. That is one away from the top which is widespread. I was at the drug store the other day filling Michelle's prescription and the parking lot was almost full and inside I found several getting prescriptions filled and others in the flu and cold medicine aisle. I guess the flu has hit our area....and now I have it. The night before last I had a bad sore throat and then woke up with it yesterday then began to have body aches all day yesterday. I finally got a headache and fever about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Today I still have the body aches and feel really fatigued. On top of that I'm due to have my female issues to hit me today or tomorrow.

I drank LOTS of water yesterday and even ate better than I thought I would. I'm sure not getting up and moving around at all hindered my calorie burning. I have yet to get my exercising done this week...and now I don't even feel like it. I'd probably pass out if I tried. I'm praying this week will not be a total failure.

I pray you all are having a better week and a more successful week. If you aren't so far...then start today!! Don't let the entire week be a failure. Turn that failure to victory with Christ as your helper.

Love and prayers are going up for you all!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, February 4, 2008

Another Loss

This has been a tough week. I've been stressing a lot over a few things and when I stress....I eat!! I didn't drink my water like I was supposed to either. I have got to get that going.

But even with all that I've been through this week and didn't really watch myself real well....I still lost 1.7 lbs. So I lost that pound I gained last week and then a little more. I was quite shocked and very pleased.

I want to thank each of you for your prayers for me and my family. And I want you all to know that although I don't come and visit your blogs lately like I was....I still pray for each of you. I hope to be back to my normal routine this week. Although my female issues will have me down the latter part of this week.

I pray y'all had a good week with your way of eating and that you had positive results. If you didn't...don't get discouraged...just keep going and keep trying and keep PRAYING!! Our results are up to God anyway. Yes....it is our choice whether we eat those things we shouldn't and it is our choice to drink our water....but He is the One Who will help us accomplish those things. So don't leave Him out of it!!

I love you all and appreciate your love and support for me on this journey to a healthier me!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I Knew It Would Happen

I didn't want it to happen but it did. I gained 1 lb this week. I was hoping to lose since I did so much running around and didn't eat much in the last week before the wedding. But I also didn't drink much water. I am a firm believer that drinking the needed amount of water is vital. Drinking one glass a day is not going to get it done. So guess what I'm doing today? I'm drinking my water like crazy!!

I pray y'all did better than I did this past week. I sure do hope to do better this week. We'll see though.

Have a great week and trust God and ask Him to help you with your eating this week.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Monday, January 21, 2008

A New Week & A Busy One....

Wedding plans are in full swing here and so far I'm doing okay. I'm not eating much...partly because of being so busy that I just haven't taken time to do that and partly because my nerves are beginning to act up a bit. I'm really praying and asking the Lord to help me with my nerves. I don't want to be a bundle of nerves and be sick to my stomach as a result.

Last week didn't allow me for much posting on any of my blogs. For that I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know you are coming by to check on things and there isn't anything new to read. I will tell you today that at weigh-in yesterday I had lost 3.2 lbs. for last week. I really didn't watch what I ate. We had three showers between Friday night and Saturday night for Jessica and Ronnie. And at showers you know there is always cake and other goodies. So I didn't eat really healthy...but I guess I didn't eat enough to have gained. I really do need to do better with my water intake though. I haven't been.

I'm not sure I'll be posting anything the rest of this week. I'm working on Jessica's wedding veil today and then I have a secret project that I'm working on tomorrow and then I have Ronnie's bedroom to help him get packed up and his laundry to get all washed and then help him pack his bag for his honeymoon. I'll just pack the main things and I'm sure he'll add his own little things to it to take with him. So please pray for all of us. The rehearsal will be Friday evening at 7:30pm and the wedding will be Saturday at 2:30pm.

Have a great week....and I will be praying for each of you till I return next week!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I Know...It's Tuesday

It's Tuesday and I haven't updated either of my blogs this week. I've been down with female issues (as usual) and just haven't been able to sit at the computer till now. I thought I'd update on my week so far.

I guess you can figure how I've been feeling. Till today I've been feeling pretty poorly. I haven't been eating much at all. I never really have much of an appetite during this time. So this time isn't any different. I did manage to weigh-in Sunday. Not at church...but since we live right behind the church I had my daughter bring me the scale so I could weigh. I gained .4 lbs this week. I guess it could have been worse since I usually gain 5 lbs or so.

I am enjoying my workout too. I'm finding that I'm getting more energy with my workout and also with my everyday goings on. I really like that!! I will try to update again in a day or so. Things are beginning to get hectic with preparations for the bridal shower and the wedding. So I'm not sure how much I'll be able to update. But I'll try. Just know that if I don't get to it is because there is so much to do. I pray y'all are having a great week!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Not Too Bad

Yesterday wasn't too bad with my eating. In fact...I did pretty good. I have got to get better at eating earlier in the day though. I have just been so busy doing this and that and I haven't been taking that time to eat. When my daughter was at the neurologist's office the doctor was telling Michelle how important it is for us to eat breakfast. It is said to get us going for the day and to give our metabolism the boost it needs for the day. So breakfast is very important. Not to mention that breakfast is to break the fast of not having anything in our body for so many hours in the night. So it helps get everything going and functioning properly. I am just not good with breakfast. I am good about eating it but by the time I eat it...its no longer breakfast. It's more like lunch or brunch...LOL!!

I hope all y'all are doing well so far this week. I told the Lord I was determined that I was going to lose weight again this week. And He is going to be the One to help me do it. He is allowing tests to come my way in the way of trials and other such things to see how I respond to them. It used to be that I'd either do one of two things....I'd either stuff myself and feast on sweets to soothe my troubles of I would starve myself. I'm trying to turn to the Lord and let Him control my responses.

He is there to turn to....are you turning to Him in this area? I pray you are!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What A Busy Day!!

Yesterday was such a busy day. I worked on our wedding invitation list to get it finished up for Jessica to have to do the invitations for the wedding. Then I had to finish planning the bridal shower. Since it is coming up next Saturday (wow...that is soon!!) and I won't be able to do anything for a few days later this week I had to finish up what I'd need for a menu and games and such. I got all of that completed and went to get the girls' shoes for the wedding.

I didn't eat much yesterday during the day. It wasn't till last night that I got hungry and ate. I know...that isn't healthy. But when you are rushing around it is hard to stop and do what you are supposed to do.

I'm really bloated today and feel very heavy. I'm sure you ladies know how that is. Anyway...I'm going to push drinking the water today and try to get in at least a 30 minute walk workout.

I pray all of you are doing well with your journey this week. Don't forget to trust the Lord to help you!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things which strengtheneth me."

Sunday, January 6, 2008

I'm Still In Shock!!

I really thought weigh-in today was going to be bad. Although I had two days of workout with my dvd that I would have had a bad week. There were Reeses Peanut Butter Cups in the house this week and I love those!! I didn't overdo it with them...but I didn't really need the ones that I ate. Although I had those though...I still lost 4.5 lbs. this week. I was shocked!! I also woke up really bloated today. I'm so thankful for the encouragement that the Lord gave me with the weight-loss this week. I only pray this week is as good. When I approach "the week before" I usually crave chocolate really bad. That is the stage I am in now. I have failed many times this week to obey the Lord with my eating (of course some of those times were the times with the peanut butter cups...LOL). I pray I'll do better with that this week.

I've also failed to call Sis. Karen and let her pray with me and be a blessing to me when I faced those times as well. She has told each of us ladies that she is there no matter what time of day or night. The problem is that I have let myself not call when I needed to in fear of disturbing her. She told us AGAIN this afternoon to make sure we call her. She is such a blessing to each of us ladies!! She is such an encourager and a help to us with her devotions that the Lord gives her each week. I for one thank God for her and her willingness to be there for us. Now if we would only do our part in let her help us like she has asked us to.

I pray each of you have a great day Monday and that you turn to the Lord in those times of temptation. He wants us to you know. So why don't we? I tell you why...PRIDE!! We think we can handle it on our own. If truth be known...we CAN'T do it on our own!! We have got to have Him and His strength to do this.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Friday, January 4, 2008

I Skipped Two Meals Today

I did not skip two meals on purpose. I meant to eat breakfast but just got started on laundry and things without even thinking twice about it. Then it was time to leave to take Michelle to her neurology appointment and we were gone during lunch time. We got home just in time for me to cook supper. I've done well today with my eating as far as my "Blessings" are concerned. I'm sure my metabolism needed a boost by me eating more but unfortunately that didn't happen today. I also didn't get any exercise done. I wanted to but it just didn't happen. Now I won't get a chance until Monday or Tuesday.

I pray y'all did well today. I hope to do better tomorrow.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I Finally Got Started

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I didn't do too bad with my eating and I got started on my exercise. For Christmas I got a "Walk Away Pounds" dvd from my parents'-in-law. I did the 4-mile walk on it. It is a 60 minute workout where I do nothing but walk. But it changes up the walk by implementing other moves in the walk. It gave me a good workout and I felt so good once I was finished. And I feel better today as well. I plan to do the shorter walk today. I don't want to do the same walk every day. So I will change it up. I don't have anyone to walk with so this way is much better for me. Plus...I can walk when it is raining and when it is freezing cold outside like it is today. I do this walk in the warmth and comfort of my own living room. I recommend the dvd.

To get the one I have just click on the title of the dvd above. I highly recommend it. It is for all ages. There is even a man in his 70s that is doing the workout on the dvd.

I pray all of you are doing well so far this year. If you aren't....purpose in your heart to start today with prayer and help from the Lord. That is the only way we can do this....is with the help of the Lord!!

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

It's A New Day And A New Year

Happy New Year to each of you!! It is hard to believe it is 2008. I failed in so many years in 2007...but this is a new day and a new year. We must all strive to not fail the Lord in all areas in our lives this year. I know we will fail Him. We'll fail Him in our walk with Him and we'll fail Him and ourselves in our journey to the healthier and thinner person that God wants us to be.

I have failed this past week in my weight-loss. Last week I gained 3.1 pounds. Yes...I ate too many iced sugar cookies. They were here and I love them and no one else was eating them...so to keep them from going to waste...I ate them!! I know...it was a bad week of choices and not turning to the Lord in those times of temptation. And this week will be tough because I am bloated due to my female issues. But I can (with the help of the Lord if I let Him) make it less than it would normally have been had I not trusted Him in those times of temptation that will no doubt come.

I pray y'all did better than I did. But whether you failed or succeeded last week and last year....we can strive to do better this year. Let's all get closer to the Lord in all areas of our lives this year and let Him help us with our journey to being more thin and healthy this year.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."