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Weight Loss Journey Day 62

Some days turn out perfect even when you think they will be awful. I awoke with a carol in my heart, but the grumpies in my head, thinking about all I had to accomplish. I wanted to go to a Christmas Eve brunch at a friend’s house, but she lives almost two hours south of me.

Time. The evil tyrant.

Jerry encouraged me to go. But I was stressed about time and lonely for him because his computer was down last week, and he spent most all waking hours (and many when he should have been sleeping) trying to fix the dang thing.

I couldn’t make up my mind, and I couldn’t shake the bad attitude. I decided I just needed to get outside for a bit, even though I didn’t have much time if I was going to make it to the brunch. I opted for a walk/run of only a mile but came home happier. I enjoyed the sunshine, the blue sky, the Scripture playing on my phone app, and the movement. Then—happy, happy surprise—Jerry offered to drive down with me.

I had a fantastic time at the party.

On the way home I got a text from Sarah inviting me to come to her apartment and watch a holiday chick flick. I very much wanted to but had a bunch of baking left to do. I prayed I could work like whirlwind. Got home about 4:30 and dug in. Next thing you know, my sweet Stephen came upstairs and offered to help me. He fetched and measured. Then while I kept baking, he dressed and prepared the turkey for cooking tomorrow. Now he’ll know how. His future wife will thank me.

I can’t believe it, but by 7:30 I had a triple batch of cinnamon rolls rising for breakfast, 2 pumpkin pies cooling on the counter, and two more pies in the oven. Jerry came up and helped me clean the kitchen. By 8 p.m. I was snuggled into Sarah’s couch watching The Holiday. When I headed home a few hours later, snow had fallen. It was amazingly beautiful.

Merry Christmas to me! On top of all of this good stuff, my plateau broke and I am down another three pounds!  ~December 24, 2012

Real Time Update:

After deciding to track again I did really well last week. I found I was more consistent with exercise when I tracked my food because the calorie burn allowed me to eat more and stay at my goal. I noticed the scale moving a little faster, too. However, the hospital stay with hubby seems to have messed with my motivation and success. Gonna give myself a few days grace then back at it!

What About You?

Any unexpected beauty in your life like I had on December 24? How about stress. What does that do to your motivation?

Weight Loss Journey Day 60

 

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My half-full bag of BEFull chocolate meal replacement powder. Yummy with almond milk!

I had an amazing, beautiful, celebrative day–and came in under calorie count!

I love my BEFull shakes. I like them best with some frozen berries and a little rolled oats thrown in, which is healthy and relatively low in calories. But when I want to save calories for later in the day, it also offers the perfect solution. With almond milk (only 45 calories for 12 oz) and the BEFull powder (145 calories for chocolate or 120 for vanilla), I have a low calorie meal that leaves me feeling strong while using up very few calories.

Today I did just that. We invited Jerry’s brother and wife for dinner. I made London broil and red potatoes, served with salad and pomegranates, yum!

Then we were all off to an incredible Christmas Eve service at my church. The music was glorious, and the sermon SO good. I love how our pastor presents God’s grace, shows how we can’t earn God’s salvation, but only have to receive the gift God offers. The whole family, including Sarah’s fiancé and our dear next door neighbor, sat together.

I love sharing Christmas Eve services with my neighbor, Bernice. She’s 85, Jewish, and from New York. Yes, you can think of some of those Jewish momma stereo-types. She is out-spoken and says it like it is. When I first started getting heavy she said, “you’re  getting fat. It happens to all of us.” Another time she admonished, “It’s time to start coloring your hair. You’re going gray.”

She can sound a little gruff sometimes, but she has a heart of mush–and is one of those loyal, giving people.

I adore her.

Everyone worried the church service would overwhelm her. Our church has a big auditorium full of people, and the music is REALLY loud. But Bernice just says, “At least I can HEAR what is going on!”

There you have it.

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Candle light and “Silent Night” at our church

Bernice and I especially love the candle lighting part of the service. It’s amazing to see all those twinkling candles in a big church. ~December 22, 2012

Real Time update:

BeFull with strawberries and oatmeal vanilla

BeFull vanilla with almond milk, frozen strawberries, and just a little raw oatmeal to help it stick with me longer.

I still love my BEFull shakes. Yesterday I rushed out the door at 5:30 a.m. armed with 12 oz of almond milk and a serving of BEFull. When I was ready for breakfast it was as easy as popping the power into the milk and shaking!

The BEFull meal replacement is not only full of really good protein–the healthiest kind, pea protein–but also has some of the nutrition in Life Force’s wonderful supplement, Body Balance. It makes me feel really good with plenty of energy and strength. I like the chocolate best when I’m running around and have the shake straight. The vanilla is my favorite for when I’m home and add frozen fruit for a treat that is almost like ice cream, only low calorie and good for me!

What About You?

What is one of your favorite holiday traditions? Do you have a favorite “go to” meal when you’re in a hurry and want to eat low calorie and healthy?

Weight Loss Journey Day 40

It’s sort-of shocking that this woman who was afraid to walk alone now craves it. As much as I miss being with Jerry, who still can’t walk because of a back injury, I love this quiet space with myself, God, and the blue sky.

I awoke today with thoughts of Sabbath rest and have been processing all day. I exercised a lot this week, but feel a need to be more quiet today. I enjoyed lighting some candles and making herb tea (no calories!) and reading a novella. The guys were watching football, and I felt lonely. Decided to take a walk, not for exercise, but for rest and sunshine. I didn’t walk fast and only walked about a mile. I stopped often. Sat by a little creek. Enjoyed park benches. Eventually I ended up at a second tiny park, and listened to Scripture on my phone while waiting for the sunset. I think God is teaching me to be alone and content.advent

Once back home I craved advent worship. I dug around until I found the advent candles I bought after season last year and put them out. Then I lit candles and found a hymnal with carols in it. I sang for a while, read an advent devotional on-line, and longed for Jesus to come to me in a new way this season.

Real Time Update:

I hope the next few posts don’t confuse anyone! Remember, I’m sharing journal entries from roughly 2 months ago so that puts us back in December. The next month or so will have several posts referring to the holidays (AND, thank to BeNew I kept losing during the holidays, including 5 pounds the week of Christmas!)

It dawned on me yesterday that some of you may have not noticed I have a weight loss tips page at the top of my blog.  Hopefully, you can get some ideas there. It’s simple stuff, like how licorice tea curbs sugar cravings, or that it’s good not to eat after 7:30.

How About You?

I’d LOVE to hear little tips that have helped you on your journey to a healthier, more slender body. And if you don’t mind me adding them to my blog, let me know.