Sunday, February 26, 2012

Another Blog About The Scale

Jason read this to me last week. I thought it was hysterically funny and had to share it with you. Please ignore some language and enjoy!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

My First Public Speaking Engagement

It is a funny thing. . . . This thing we call life and the journey it takes us on. As many of you know, I am a singer, not a speaker. Even the thought of having to say one word in front of a group of people with all eyes on me scares me tremendously. I know it sounds crazy! I can sing in front of thousands, but I cannot speak. You have to remember, the words of a song been written. I can hide behind them. It IS very different.

However, I am discovering that I am very willing to talk about my journey, to tell my story. I want to help people change their lives; take their lives back. I want people to realize they can be proud of who they are and of what they have accomplished. If that means standing up in front of people and talking about it then, so be it.

Tomorrow morning I am speaking, for the first time ever, at Westside Church's Learn to Run launch. If you have a chance, you should come. There is something special about learning to run with people. There is something special about growing together, learning together, and holding each other accountable to a process. In addition, you get to hear me. :)

See you there!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Moving. . .

We have been blessed, yet again. There are many times I think God has to be tired of bailing us out and then He does it again. He is faithful! As you all know we have been living with my sister for the past year because of unfortunate circumstances with the State of Oregon. It has been an entire year, already, and I’ve had a strong feeling we need to find a place of our own now. When we were invited to move in with my sister she said, “. . . to get Jason through school.” He’s finished school, for now, and so we need to go. (My sister hasn’t said a thing so this is self imposed pressure.) We weren’t quite sure how we were going to pull it off though. About 3 weeks ago I got a phone call from my Uncle Gary. He knows of our situation and apparently my Grandfather’s home has been sitting empty since last Spring. He and my other Aunts and Uncles are very concerned about it being empty and really want someone to care for it until they figure things out with the lender. He asked if we would move in and take care of it. We gladly accepted and are moving this weekend! Yeah! We’re not sure how long we will be there but it’s a step in the right direction and a provision we really needed. My girls are so excited to have their bedrooms back. It’s been fun to watch their excitement. In fact, we are planning a big sleep over party with all their friends after we’re settled in. We are so grateful for my sister and her generosity. We don’t know when or if we will ever be able to repay her. She is the BEST!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Omega 3's and Walnuts

I don't like Fish!! There I said it. I know how good it is for me. I know I should be eating it every week, but I just don't enjoy it. I still add it to our menu once a week. I figure I can put on my big girl pants and down it once a week and Jason loves fish so I guess I can do it for him. Oh the sacrifices we make. :) You can imagine my excitement when I found out that walnuts have more Omega 3's in them than Salmon does. I like nuts and would be more than happy to eat 1/4 of a cup a day if it means I don't have to eat fish. :) Here is a great article all about the benefits of Walnuts. Go nuts!

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Scale

I have already fallen short on my resolution to blog more, but I’m happy to report it’s because there has been so much happening. I can’t wait to tell you about it all.

First, I would like to report my weigh in after my first week of eating, after the cleanse, was 178 lbs. I feel amazing and am so happy I cleaned my system out again. However, part of my “finding balance” journey brought me to make the decision to get rid of the scale. It’s no longer an aide in my weight loss but a hurdle. My emotions are so often determined by what the scale says. I don’t want the scale to have that kind of power in my life. I am so close to my goal size and that’s what I want it to be about. I know how to lose the weight and/or the inches and I can do it without the scale now. I want to be a size 8. I’m afraid when I reach a size 8, if the scale doesn’t say the number I wanted it to, I will strive to get even smaller. I believe a size 8 is a good size for my body. The scale was an excellent tool to help me lose the majority of the weight. Now, though, it is causing emotional distress. It’s time for me to be happy with my body and how healthy I feel.

Does the scale have power in your life? How much? Does it literally change your mood for the day or even week? (If you are in the middle of a major weight loss journey you should weigh in weekly. It keeps you accountable.) I would love to hear some of your comments on this subject.