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You Too, Can Protect Yourself Against Fraud

This past Saturday I went to my Uncle Bob’s house for a Halloween party. It was great being able to visit with everyone and catch up on how things are going. I received compliments from everyone about the amount of weight I had lost, which is great but at the same time makes me feel like a fraud.

I have a confession to make. Since we went to Vegas, my eating hasn’t been the best. I’ve been working out consistently (for the most part) 4-5 days a week, but my eating has been out of control. I’ve been eating sugar…and more sugar…and more sugar. My allergist said I wasn’t allergic to wheat, so I’ve been eating bread products galore too. Which…those items turn into sugar in the system, therefore I’m craving sugar constantly.

So, while I truly appreciate their compliments I know I have been slacking lately and no one should be looking to what I do as a way to get healthy. The sad part is, it really hasn’t pushed me to get it back under control either. Yes, I’m doing better now than I was. However, I’m still sneaking sugar when I shouldn’t be.

Can’t be that bad? I’ve consumed Grasshopper Cookies, Magnum Ice Creams (yes more than one), a Milky Way, Peanut M&Ms, mini Snickers and 3 Musketeers, donuts, cupcakes, Lindt Chocolate Balls, Peppermint Giradeli Squares, Laffy Taffy, cherry pie and a pumpkin muffin all in the past month. I’m sure I’ve probably missed some items too. Granted, in the past I may have eaten all of those in 2 days…so spreading it out over a month is somewhat of an improvement but still bad!

“The Holidays are coming up anyway, don’t worry about it until the first of January.” While I would have whole-heartedly agreed with this in the past, now I’m thinking this is just a damaging way for me to think. What this does, for me, is say “It’s ok to eat like a pig! Bring on the desserts!” and worry about the weight loss later. I don’t want to put on 10-20 more pounds before January 1 and have to start all over. That being said, I need to pull myself together! I’m not going to be overly strict, but I am going to continue being aware of how much I’m eating and what that is doing to my body. I was trying to cut all refined sugar from my diet for 30 days, but I failed after day 3. This time of the year, asking myself to not eat any refined sugar is like telling an alcoholic not to drink and asking him/her to hold your glass of wine. Not.very.smart.

Sugar is not our friend people. It has been linked to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome) which in return has been linked to diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s, and many other chronic diseases. It is also a leading culprit in aging, wrinkles, splotchy skin, acne, etc.

Now…who’s going to give me that kick?!

One other positive note, my Uncle Brad said he and my Aunt Sherri have been trying to work out/run so they can do 5K’s like I’ve been doing! NSV!!

New Outlook on Old Words

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is  not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.                                     1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

These verses are often read at weddings or referenced on plaques we hang in our houses, but I never really gave it too much thought. Yes, we know love is patient and kind. What of it?

While reading Holly Gerth’s book she describes how God loves us and wants us to love others ( Safe Person Checklist, page 107). What this does is takes the above verses and puts them in a new outlook that hits home. In reading the list I kept thinking “I need a lot of work to match this list.” However, that’s the point. No one in this world is perfect; However, as long as we are striving to love this way, we are following in God’s footsteps. So, let’s take a quick look and be honest with yourself on whether it describes you or not.

    • Practices patience (This can be tough for me)
    • Treats you with kindness
    • Finds joy in your blessings and success (yours, not just their’s)
    • Stays humble
    • Considers your needs
    • Gives unselfishly
    • Is slow to become angry (I need a lot of work with this one!)
    • Doesn’t hold grudges (sometimes it’s hard not to)
    • Defends you
    • Trusts you
    • Hopes for the best
    • Sticks with you no matter what

Anyone who has read this blog in the past knows I have patience issues! It’s something that I continually try to work on but am unsuccessful most of the time. If only I could pick up some patience while grocery shopping!

Of course, I have several other areas I need to work on as well but my top two would be having more patience and stop getting angry so quickly. In fact, they kind of seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?

What tricks do you have that help calm you down when you feel like biting the head off of someone who has angered you?

Do I Have To?

I have a confession to make. It’s 10AM and I’m still sitting on the couch in my pajamas. Why is this a problem? Because I’m scheduled to do a 10 miler today and I’m just not motivated to go.

So, what am I going to do about it? I’m going to fake it ’til I feel it! I’ll take my Kindle with me to the park, read a chapter when I get there, then do my walk that I’m totally excited about (see how that works? :p) and then read another chapter when I’m done. I may also go to the used book store and try to find a copy of Jane Eyre. There’s a new movie coming out (or maybe it’s already out) for the book that looks really good. I’d like to read the book first though.

Ok…enough typing…I’m off to ENJOY a 10 mile walk in this beautiful weather we’re having.

Broken Already?

I got my Bernina 640E in October 2010 for my birthday. When I first went to use it the feed dogs would only move up and down, not forward and back. I read in the book how to remove the face plate and clean that area, so I tried that. Lo and behold, it started working just fine. Since then, I’ve had no need to drop the feed dogs until last night.

Yep, you guessed it…the feed dogs aren’t working again. I did everything I did before and had no luck. So, I’ll have to take it to the store tomorrow and hopefully they can fix it easily. I’m a little frustrated that we spent that much money on a sewing machine that broke so soon.

Inspiration Abounds

Thanks to Peggi at Seams to be You and Me, I came across this video today. This woman is such a ray of light and an inspiration! I don’t know how many times I’ve sat there thinking “I don’t have enough fabric…I don’t know what to do…”. Well, this gorgeous lady has been blowing and going using her inner sight as inspiration. Maybe I should try that as well!