Monday, December 29, 2014

What Is The Root of Overeating? (part 1)

I've been doing lots of study on gluttony, overeating, and what the Bible has to say about both.  It has stepped on my toes something awful, made me squirm, and even backed away from it for a while.  Regardless, the Bible says what the Bible says and I can't ignore it.

Did I mention it stepped on my toes?

So, take it as you will.  This is what I gleaned from my studies.  Your thoughts and mine may well be totally different, and you may not like what I'm about to write.  That's ok too.

I do have to say that while the things I'm about to put on here stepped on my toes and made me squirm, they were what I needed to read, to learn, to hear from God.

I hope what is written here will help you as well in some way.

First, we need to know the definition of gluttony.

According to Merriam Webster the definition is:  the act or habit of eating or drinking too much, or (1) excess in eating or drinking or (2) greedy or excessive indulgence

So, we've established the definition.  Now, we shall establish what the Bible says about gluttony.  The word itself isn't in the Bible much, but the definition and various words that *do* mean gluttony are there.

Deuteronomy 21:20--And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

Philippians 3:19--Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

Proverbs 23:20--Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh;

Proverbs 23:2--And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:21--For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty:  and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Psalms 78:18--And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.

And there are many more (I printed out 7 pages worth).

The way it looks, the bible doesn't look to favorably upon gluttony.

How do we make it to gluttony, to over eating, and to the 200, 300, 400, or more pounds?  It doesn't happen over night.  It doesn't take a single candy bar, a single sugary soda, a day without exercise.

It builds.

It grows.

It expands like dust bunnies under the couch.

I've examined my own reasons for how I got to 400 pounds, and this may or may not apply to you, but here goes:  I've been prideful, arrogant.  "I'm not going to have some skinny young thing tell ME what to eat."  "I'm not going to bust my behind for hours in the gym and still have to do it the rest of my life."  I've also refused to submit to what the Lord would have for my health and body.

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"  (I Corinthians 3:16)


So in my pride and refusing to submit to the Lord's wishes, I've allowed myself, one bite at a time, one refusal to move at a time, to become a glutton.

That's a hard one to get a hold of.  No one who loves the Lord wants to admit either one of those, myself included.

Seems almost too simple, doesn't it?  No big philosophical thing, no big studies or anything involved here.  All that took was asking the Lord to point out what needed to be changed, and how.

We'll get to "how" in the next part, if you're up to reading after all this!

I did the "how" in September, back in the beginning of my weight loss was the turning point that really changed my world....and no regrets!

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Weight Loss Challenge Weeks 16 and 17

Christmas has come and gone, and it sure was a blur!

It was a good time, although quite stressful, with lots of blessings along the way that we never imagined.

Where do I start????

We were blessed so much by our church family, that I stood in tears.  The generosity, kind-heartedness, faithfulness of our church family is absolutely amazing.  We didn't deserve the blessings that they provided!

Last week we had all the children home through Christmas Day.  While this is normal for most families, we have a blended family and so there are non-custodial parents who want (and are given per custody order) time with their child(ren).  It was stressful more due to the lack of the regular schedule that we are accustomed to, the anxiety for the oldest 2 who are also deeper into the autism spectrum, and the residual side effects from their anxiety.  We made it by the grace of God, and are on the downside of the holiday vacation time, back to regular schedules with school, staffing, social groups, work schedules, and so on very soon.  We've put away the tree and decorations already, and made our house as "normal" as it was before.  I will soon miss the Christmas music, lights, and decorations that we see throughout town.  The radio still plays the sacred Christmas music, and I'm not ready for that to go quite yet.

Weight wise, I've fallen off the wagon but kept running beside it, if that makes sense.  I ate.  I enjoyed some of the homemade goodies that I made for the family and others.  I even had a large slice of pecan pie, at around a thousand calories.  It. was. good.  Exercise wise, there was a stretch of 4 days where between lack of sleep and stress and family demands, walking and moving intentionally was put on the back burner.  It didn't take long to see that it would be fairly easy to revert back to old ways of not walking and moving around, and I vowed to not let that happen.

Since Christmas day, I've resumed eating more responsibly.  I've resumed walking at least 3 miles a day, making back up to 5 quickly.  I'm back into my routine of exercising 6 days a week, and trying hard to ditch the want for the extra goodies.  I'm not making anymore of the cookies and candies for the kids, so that won't be hard at all.  You can't eat what's not there!

Hubby and his mom and dad gave a big encouragement through Christmas.  They purchased clothing for me and those were my presents under the tree this year.  They were a size 1X.  Four months ago I was wearing a 4X.  Hubby saw that I didn't have dress clothes that really fit anymore, like what I'd wear to church, and so he and his parents purchased a navy button front dress, and then a waffle knit soft long sleeved shirt and soft navy knit A line skirt.  They all fit well, and the dress and top I put on over layers when I tried them on and they still fit well.

This is what I look like as of Sunday the 28th.

I closely cropped in order to take out a cluttered side table that had some study books and a notebook and many pens/highlighters. :)

Can you tell I have on yoga capris on at the same time?  It was chilly out, and the layers are wonderful.

I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to a wonderful 2015!  I sure am, and looking forward to more weight loss and exercising, along with better health.

Have a great week you all!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Away for The Week

I will be away through the weekend, with all children at home and family needs to tend to.  We're in the midst of the things that happen when you have children on the autism spectrum and changes in routines, as well as changes in other areas of their lives (such as in non-custodials' lives) that we have no control over but affects the child nonetheless.  I must give pretty well all my time to family right now, through the end of the upcoming week, while everyone is home.

Keep on going with your journey!!  I'll be praying with you all!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Own Cheering Section!

I have my own in-home encouraging cheerleader!

She lays on whatever project I'm working on, or on the back of the recliner, and snoozes while I do the walking DVD's.  She gets annoyed when I bounce around and wake her up.

Her name is Shadow, but we call her "Little", as she's really rather small (but heavy!)  She's 3.

She is a Korat, and fits the breed's nature perfectly.

Take note:  she's laying on my quilt in progress, and that's a no no--and she knows it!! LOL

She believes she is queen, and my quilt is her throne...for now. :)

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge Week 15--the LONG Update!

Wow, we're going into week 15 of weight loss challenge!  Those of you following along with your own journey, how are you doing??

It has most definitely been a challenge in the past week.  Many of you know (from reading our "about" page), that we have special needs children, all of whom are near or into the teens.  All three are on the autism spectrum at varying levels, one also has MR and bi polar disorder, one has severe combined ADHD (and no, absence of sugar or glutien doesn't phase it), and one has ADD.  Life is not boring here.  Middle child, with autism/MR/bi polar disorder, had some changes at his non-custodial dad's house that broke his heart around Thanksgiving (his stepmom of 10 years walked away for good without saying anything to him and his dad moved on to another girlfriend), and then this week had more news that really changes his world there.  When he has changes that big, he doesn't handle it well.  He has meltdowns, refuses to go to school on the bus (school for him is 15 miles away at a program that really works great for him), refuses his showers and meds, and so on.  Thankfully, he is maturing, nearing 13 years old, and after a while I can get through to him that it's ok to be sad and upset, but it's not ok to hurt people or other people's property.  He is old enough and mature enough to understand consequences for actions, even those done in anger, and those have helped him learn to contain his aggression as well.  We understand he hurts, he's angry, and he has frustration, but we also can't let him get by with hurting us, others, himself, or destroying the home, or refusing to go to school.  That would be more hurtful to him to let him get by with the actions than to teach him appropriate responses to upsets.  It's also a chance to teach him that we love him no matter what, and that we're here to provide the boundaries and stability he needs and hugs he needs when he doesn't think he needs them.

There's a sector of people out there who believe in the idea of not holding children with autism accountable for their actions.  We're not in that group.  We as parents are supposed to teach our kids right from wrong, prepare them to be able to function in the world around them, and at some point be able to live without us.  If we let them beat up people when they're mad or upset, tear apart a house on a whim, in essence hold us hostage and let them get away with murder, then we've failed at our job.  It *IS* ok to say no to a special needs child, to teach them appropriate behavior, teach them manners, and treat them like you would other kids who may or may not have the same special needs. It's not easy to teach them like that, there's definitely challenges, but it's better to do it while they are younger, before they reach adulthood, than to try to teach it after they've made into the legal system or into group homes or institutions!

Anyway, I'll get off that soap box now.  This week has been stressful in dealing with the issues that popped up with middle child's dad.  Remember, oldest and youngest are my stepchildren, middle is my biological child.  We are a blended family that's been together for 8 years.  Holidays are harder with kids on the spectrum, most definitely.  You know how we as adults feel frazzled and harried and so busy keeping up amidst the holiday festivities, presents, decorating, and so on--imagine what it's like for kids like ours, who going into the shorter days, longer nights, changes in schedules, the lights and music, noises and so on.  So far, ours have handled all the holiday things rather well, and I'm proud of them.

We've had other minor stressors this week, with septic system backing up, vehicle maintenance, and some workman's comp things for hubby (that went smoothly, but initially hubby had a concussion due to his young client--hubby works with children much like ours part time.  He is great with kids, especially special needs ones).  God provided for all of those issues, even went above and beyond on them!  For instance, the vehicle maintenance was for brakes on hubby's little Dodge Dakota he bought off the wholesale lot.  He believed the brakes were going out.  So despite little money in the bank he put it in the shop and had it looked at.  All they needed were cleaned, and lo and behold--the brakes were brand new and in great shape!  Praise the Lord!  We've also went over a week with almost all gloom and clouds, I think the sun peeked out for a few hours one day, and we have a week ahead of the same--that also affects each of us and puts us in a less than cheerful mood if we don't really fight it, especially the kids.

Weight wise, I didn't weigh in, and probably won't until my next appointment in early January.  But, there are positive changes.  I've met the walking 3 miles a day 6 days a week goal, and even went above it a little by adding another mile or two before bed some nights.  This is probably the best I've slept on the days/evenings I did a combined 4 to 5 miles.  I've been out walking with a buddy around the town square on mornings that work out for both of us--between sickies with kids, us, gloomy/drizzle weather and the cold, it's been trying to get out there first thing in the morning before my buddy goes to work and I have my household things to do.  The walking with her has been therapeutic, we chat and work out problems in our lives and so on--it's rewarding!  We average about 45 minutes circling the courthouse square, when it's still rather empty and before the staff and courts start their day.  At home, I'm putting in the DVD's and doing 3 miles or so on the days I don't get to walk the square, and then in the evening another mile or two.  I admit it, I don't always want to get started and do it.  I'd rather do other things.  But at the end, I'm glad I did.

Body wise, the hard to lose fat on the upper legs, from knees up, and in the belly where it hangs, is going down.  Yay!!  I'm learning that the only way to really get rid of the belly fat and leg flab is to keep on walking, keep on doing aerobic work, keep using the muscles, and keep on with the eating healthy idea.  It's not going as fast as I'd like--I'd be happy if by some miracle it'd all leave today--but it's going down, and that's what matters.  I can get the knees way up now in the knee lifts, the kickbacks are much easier and don't hurt, side steps are stronger and wider.  In the dvd's, Leslie Sansone and her walkers in the background clap on side steps.  Not me--my hands don't do the clapping, my thighs do!  That just tells me I need to do more of them to keep working them!  I really like seeing the overall body fat going down, it tells me I'm on the right track, and that all that walking daily is helping.

Eating wise, still doing soups daily (most days anyway), fruits, baked chicken, veggies, and overall behaving.  We had my stepdaughter's birthday this last week, and I made her a cherry chocolate cake from a box mix with coordinating frosting to take to church, as it was Wednesday.  The leftovers came home, and didn't last long.  It. was. awesome!  I took into account the calorie intake from the Red Baron pizzas we had for supper and the cake intake, and been mindful of any sweets and looking at the calorie count and weighing if I reallllllly want that or not.  I've stayed out of the Christmas candy aisles, and did sugar up on Friday with the trip to deliver son to his dad's, with a salted caramel cappuccino and a Snickers to enjoy on the hour and a half trip back home.  Thankfully this isn't an every day occasion!  If I did this daily, I'd gain a lot back, and it's not worth it.  But a once in a while thing isn't bad, especially when you have been really craving it--it beats eating everything in sight and still not being satisfied but way over your calorie limit.  I did try a regular Coke this week, and it wasn't satisfying at all.  Honestly, none of the carbonated drinks seem satisfying anymore, whether full sugar or sugar-free.  Now a good cup of coffee or tea, those hit the spot!  I still can't stand the taste of our city's bleach tasting water, so still doing coffee and herbal teas to fill the void, along with skim milk and "diet" juices--I believe it's Ocean Spray that does "diet" cranberry and blueberry juices at 5 calories a serving.  They taste good and have much less sugar!

I have to say that all the veggies and fruits and good for you things I've been eating on regularly has been beneficial beyond weight loss.  We're in the sickie season, and the kids are all sharing the yucks by way of sneezles and wheezles and coughs and snots.  They love sharing.  Until last evening and this morning, I've been able to fight off the direct attacks from the sickies, and even what I have now is a sinus/ear thing that with rest and meds I'm able to keep under control.  The main thing is rest, which doesn't seem to happen much with the high energy of the kids and the needs of the household and so on.  So I took the day off of church to get the huge head pain under control and rest, and recoup to be able to function through the week and be back in service again Wednesday.  I seriously think that with all the flu and stuff going around, the veggies in soups and raw, and all the fresh fruits have been a major player in keeping the nasty stuff at bay.  And for that, I thank the Lord!

This coming week I'm preparing to make homemade peanut brittle and caramels to send out to family and friends.  I also plan on baking some goodies to give to son's bus driver and others who are local.  I wouldn't be a good cook if I didn't sample the quality, now would I?  I will have to be more careful in what I do, as yesterday when I attempted to slice some bread loaves I'd made and left sit to harden the crust a little, the serrated knife tried to go through my thumb.  Did you know bread knives will go through finger nails and into the nail bed??  Trust me they do.

I've started alterations on my clothing, as I ran out of skirts that fit, and I had my cape dresses sitting needing work.  I took my 34/36 skirts and added darts to make them fit at the waist and flare a bit.  Right now I have a cape dress that was sewn to fit the body size I was, torn apart and prepared for new darts and having the side seams taken in from sleeve hem to where the bodice meets the skirt.  The skirt will have to be gathered tighter too at the seam to fit.  This is a good thing!  There's 2 of those to do, and then there are 2 that are still in the cut but not sewn position from the summer that will have to be re-cut and trimmed down.  I'm having to make use of my little book on alterations to do this, as it's easier to me to just make garments from scratch than alter ones already made.  This weekend I pulled out all my larger clothing and went through them, and many are going into a trashbag to go off to the thrift shop for donations.  Very little fit anymore or are really fit for alterations.  I'm so grateful for the large amount of clothing that the Lord provided a few weeks ago--they've more than filled my side of the closet and provide inspiration to keep going, and it's awesome feeling some of the clothes feel a little looser than they were when they first arrived!  They have really been helpful too in filling the gap between old body size and current, and it's also nice to exercise in yoga type pants and capris, that don't flap around or get under foot and get in the way.  And as it gets colder I can wear them under dresses and long skirts for extra warmth!

I hope you all are having a great week, and I keep you all in my prayers!  I may not know all of you who read Sunny Patch by name, but the Lord does, and that's what matters!

You all have a great week, and I'll see you again soon!

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 The weekly update is being pushed back a day or two due to sickies.  It's that time of year, and the kids are sharing as much as they can with us and each other and all their friends.

I hope you all are having a great week!  I'll be back very soon!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tips for Making It Through The Christmas (Candy) Season

Christmas candy--it's everywhere!!  Little trees, snowmen, elves, you name it, it's there just calling your name.  It echoes mine across the store, and has beacons up just waiting for me to come visit.

It's a conspiracy I tell you!

This year, I refuse to be drawn in to the Christmas sabotage in those little brightly wrapped pieces of yummy chocolate goodness.  I've had my allotment I'm allowing myself for the season.

Instead, I've invested some money into something else.  Fresh fruit!

Right now, at least in our area, apples, bananas, and oranges are on sale.  I have a love for large seedless oranges.  I only get them during the Christmas season, and each year I look forward to another bin full of them.

This year, the sweet of the fruits are taking the place of the cane sugar sweetness of the candy.

Now, I'm just like any other red blooded American who loves candy.  I really really really enjoy Christmas candy, especially the hard pieces with soft gooey middle that are more old fashioned.  They are even more alluring in that they only come out once a year.  This is not easy.  In fact, it's very hard to say no, to walk away from the candy, to stay out of the chocolates.

Another tip to make it through the candy season--exercise!

Think about it:  if you've hoofed it through a 45 minute walking/jogging session, do you *really* want to eat all those calories just burned up in a handful of Reece's?  I've had to stop and ask myself that one.  Also, exercise really does make you feel better, you work hard and enjoy the benefits of it.  You get a lift that chocolate can't simulate (at least not as well).

Tip #3:  if you really want to indulge, take a look at the serving size, calories per serving, and keep track of what you take in.  A piece of candy here and there won't crash anyone's plans.  It's a whole bag here and there that really causes problems.  I am capable of eating the entire bag of M&M's or Reece's, so this is something I must watch.  I don't know if you do, but these are stumbling blocks bigger than the Rocky Mountains.

You can make it through the Christmas season and not put on 20 pounds!  I know you can!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge Week 14

It's been another great week so far!

I went to the clinic where I keep track of diabetes and weight and hopped on the scale.  Not only did I not gain anything (which I'm glad!) but I lost a pound.  Yay!!


53 pounds down, even with Thanksgiving feasting!

So, I'm back on track now, with soups and fruits and veggies and lots of exercise.  I'm shooting for at least 2 miles a day power walking with dvd, if not more.  In the coming week I believe I have a walking buddy to go out and walk around the town here once or twice a week as well!

We also took updated pictures to document.  The below pic in the orange/black is current, with clothing mentioned in the last post that I received and has been a blessing!  I'm enjoying the yoga pants feeling!

This is a size 22/24.  I was bigger than this in high school!  At this point in time, hubby can feel my ribs on either side.  Can you believe that--at this weight/size??  There's still a long ways to go, but made it a long ways too!  This week I tried on (and purchased) a size 18/20 top and it fits!  I was *very* happy!  I haven't seen that size in YEARS!

Here's the "before" pic at a 32 top and 34/36 bottom and 53 pounds heavier:

For what it's worth, I'm not doing the pictures for vanity.  I absolutely hate taking my own picture, and am embarrassed by what I look like in them.  I'm quite content hiding behind the camera.  But, if this helps anyone out there find the encouragement they need to jump on board and work on getting healthier and losing extra weight and size if needed, then I'll keep on doing this.

Thank you all so much for your encouragement!  It means a lot to me--much more than you think!

 During previous weight loss endeavors, I never had the cheerleaders, but instead the pessimists reminding me that I can't do it, that every time before had failed.  That's the last thing an obese person needs!!

I hope you all are having a great week!  If you're following along and doing your own challenge, how are you doing?

Lots of hugs from southern Kansas!!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge Week 13--After Thanksgiving!

It is now week 13 of the weight loss challenge!

This past week was Thanksgiving week, and it was a definite challenge to stay pretty close to on track as possible.

The food was awesome!  We partook in flan, pan de maiz, black beans and rice, garbanzos (made very flavorful), and Cuban candies, as well as all kinds of tropical fruits you just don't find in southern Kansas.  Then, we feasted on the homemade traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, green beans with bacon, green bean casserole, corn casserole, made from scratch apple pie and pumpkin pie, deer roast, gravy, you name it.

I tried hard, and kept it to one plate with a small serving of most of the goods.  Then dessert was a small piece of flan (a sniff is about 100 calories, so a small piece is more than sufficient) and a small piece of apple pie.  The breakfast and supper was for me a banana for each, in order to help keep the calories down to be able to enjoy the feasting meal.

Throughout the week there were other opportunities to fall off track.  I worked at staying on the wagon.  I survived a trip to Golden Corral too--the first buffet I've been to in a long long while.  I made it through a lettuce salad with tuna salad on top and pears on the side, then half of a chicken breast piece of fried chicken and half of a serving of pasta and meaty sauce.  It was awesome!  This was an impromptu date night after hubby and I dropped the kids off for a visit with their biological mom (my son was with his biological dad) and hadn't left the city yet to head back to our little town.  It was worth the calorie rush to enjoy tuna salad--it is my favorite food, outranking pizza and ice cream.  I don't make it often since I can plow through a huge bowl of it in a day or two and not bat an eye.  Hubby enjoyed what I couldn't finish, so it didn't go to waste.  I don't like wasting, even if it's at a buffet, it just doesn't seem right.

I kept up with my goals on exercise, with a goal of at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  Most days I really try to go above that.  I averaged at least 2 miles a day, often going to 3, and once up to 5.  This is via the Leslie Sansone walk at home dvd's that add a lot more to the walking--it's a good cardio workout!  This week I picked up the "Radio Remixes" dvd Leslie has out, and have enjoyed walking quite fast to "I Like To Move It", among other songs.  I've enjoyed the music, as at least 2 of the songs are featured on kid movies we have--the Madagascar movie series--King Julien dances to "I Like To Move It" in each of the movies.  The other I really like is also the intro song to Cats and Dogs 2 featuring Kitty Galore.  So in walking to those songs, I get the mental image of King Julien and the lemurs dancing, and then the cats and dogs in Kitty Galore movie.

It's fun to walk and dance to a fast beat and end up laughing at yourself at the same time!  LOL  It  makes exercising all the more enjoyable!

This past week I also had an amazing blessing that I have to share.  You see, my wardrobe has become much too big due to all the weight I've shed so far.  I'd thinned out quite a bit of the clothing.  Money has been very tight, our budget doesn't usually allow for me to buy new clothing, let alone enough to make up for what I had to remove from the closet.  Then, God moved immensely, and using a wonderful lady (who is also our insurance agent and a member of our church), He provided a whole new wardrobe!  She contacted me about some clothes she had and asked if I was interested, if not she would take them to the local thrift shop.  I gladly accepted, figuring they were for the kids.  I had no idea they were adult plus sizes.  She stopped by with 3 large, very stuffed trashbags full of nice women's clothing!  As I sorted them, I cried--they were nearly all in the sizes I am currently in, and a few pieces in the next size down--my next goal!  I bawled for at least a half hour, and still get teary eyed--God provided a new wardrobe in the sizes I am at right now, with plenty of sweaters and warm clothing that are needed for winter months.  And get this--I'd not told a soul that I wanted to make myself a flannel nightgown to wear during the cold months.  A red plaid flannel nightgown was in the bag, in my size!  Isn't is awesome how God works???  I'm able to get into a non-stretchy 22/24 pants now, according to what was in the bags!  The knees really need work on my part, but I can get a 22/24 over my rear end and wear them with no problems, and very close to getting a 22 by itself fastened and zipped.  Last month I was painting on size 26 stretch jeans in the fitting room.  The tag on the largest skirts I have from Woman Within are 34/36 and need darts and such to keep from falling off my hips.  So in 3 months time I've went from a 34/36 bottom to a 22/24, and God provided the clothing to keep up!

Isn't God good???

Doesn't the Bible tell us not to worry about our clothing and food, that God takes care of all our needs?

I can't give up!  This has been the biggest encouragement, the big boost to keep on going, now that my closet is overflowing with much smaller clothing than what I started out in.  During the holidays I'm determined not to over do it and let go, not with the blessings God bestowed!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and have a great week ahead!  If you all are joining in on the weight loss, how are you doing in your journey?

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone!  I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving are having a great one!

Here, we are enjoying a week with family that came to visit!  Hubby's uncles, aunt, and cousins came from Florida and are spending the week, and we are considering kidnapping and other means to keep them here.  (grins)  They are all Cuban, and I love them to pieces!

Hubby's aunt made from scratch some flan.  We haven't jumped into it yet, but it smells heavenly.  She also made some pan de mais and black beans and rice.  She is an awesome cook, and I've found some new favorite dishes!  I've been missing out all these years!

The family also brought with them fruits and avacados and things that you just don't get in Kansas.  Sure, we have the Haas ones, the little bitty wrinkled things, but they are nothing compared to the huge huge ones that the family brought!  They are like big green footballs!  And the fruits, so rich and addicting and absolutely not found in rural Kansas....

So far I've made the traditional Thanksgiving items, the green bean casserole, the corn casserole, candied sweet potatoes using fresh sweet potatoes from the garden, we have a turkey to bake in the morning, a deer roast has already been cooked and put away.  Mashed potatoes are done, there's gravy and stuffing to make too. Our pies are scratch ones, a cherry from fresh cherries I canned in the summer, apple, and pumpkin, and maybe something else if I get the notion.  There's also some Cuban treats the family brought, that look so sweet and delicious, to go along with the homemade flan and pan de mais.  Anyone who starves tomorrow with us does it on their own! 

Our Thanksgiving service on Tuesday was about how being thankful for everything is not a suggestion but a command.  "In ALL things give thanks".  That is a lesson we all need to take to heart, we all tend to forget or find reason not to give thanks.  It's hard to be thankful in the midst of hard trials....but as we were shown Tuesday, the bible does tell us to be thankful in all things...not just the good things or the comfortable things.  This is something I have to work on, as it's much easier to beg to be released from a trial than to give thanks for it.  Ouch!

Challenge wise, I've been sticking with plans as much as possible.  I keep track of calories--not strictly but pretty close--with "My Fitness Pal" program.  I programmed in 30 minutes of exercise 5x a week, and so far have exceeded that.  Even with the upcoming feasting, I've been working to keep under control as much as I can in order to have a "day off" for Thanksgiving, to enjoy the high carb food, the sweet, the savory, without guilt. My exercise has been the Leslie Sansone dvd's, as it is cold outside and I'm a wimp about exercising in the cold.  I use the 5 Mega Miles one for now, which uses a stretch band for 2 of the miles, and the rest are intervals of high impact and anywhere from 12 to 15 minute miles.  The kids have joined me in these while they are on vacation, and it's a giggle fest when they're doing these! 

I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the day and relax, take a break, enjoy some pie and turkey! 

I'll see you again for the next weekly challenge update!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge--Week 12--52 Pounds Down!

It's heading into the 12th week of my challenge!  Wow, it feels like it just started!

It's been a productive week to say the least!  This week has been full of lots of exercise, and a weigh in.  I last weighed in on November 10th, and had lost that pound I'd gained over the Halloween candy rush.  I weighed in again on this last Thursday, the 20th, and had lost 6 more pounds!


52 pounds down since September 4, 2014.

Isn't God amazing?????   I'm so thankful He's blessed me with the strength I've needed to take this off!!

This week's exercise has been much better as well!

I missed Sunday and Thursday, but did 2 miles Monday, 3 miles Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 1/2 miles Friday, and 5 miles Saturday.  These are the power walking, stretch band and small weights using miles with the Leslie Sansone dvd's.  These are nothing to sneeze at!  When I started this adventure in September, I couldn't handle 2 blocks, now I'm up to 5 miles of power walking. 

Can I get an Amen here??

This adventure has sure shown me what the Lord can do, if you put trust in Him.  It has to be Him, because I sure don't have the strength on my own to keep up what I'm doing in order to drop off 52 pounds in under 3 months. 

If you're following along, how are you doing so far? 

With the Thanksgiving holiday week rolling in, it will be a temptation week.  I already see it coming, and am planning extra exercise, and plenty of healthy options to hopefully negate the sweets we enjoy.  Also, the family that snapped the original picture that helped start this adventure is returning!  We're excited!  I expect there will be more photos, and can't wait to share one or two.   In the meantime, there's lots of cooking to do to make this get together a memorable feast.  I get to meet my husband's aunt for the first time, and see his sweet uncles and cousins after they get here from Florida. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!  If I don't get back here to post again before then, you all have a great Thanksgiving!  I continue to pray for all of you who read Sunny Patch!

Lots of hugs!!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Count Your Blessings

It's nearing Thanksgiving, and every one has "giving thanks" on their lips.

This shouldn't be just a once a year occasion.  We are supposed to be thankful for everything the Lord does or gives!

A hymn we sing in church is "Count Your Blessing".  It is a stirring one to say the least, if you stop and read the lyrics!

A story I heard on Joni and Friends (radio show) had to do with a leper, who had no nose, her fingers had fallen away, and her body ravaged by the disease.  While at a service and hearing preaching, she asked to hear the song "Count Your Blessing".

If a woman with such a disease can be thankful in the midst of pain and isolation.....we have no reason not to be!

We have so much, we have a beating heart, air in our lungs, blood flowing, a home, food, family of some sort (whether blood or otherwise), and most of all--the Lord.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.


When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


 Lyrics from CyberHymnal

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge Week 11--Back to Business!

It's been an awesome week!  It's past the candy craze of Halloween and the left over candy bags, and it's time to move on to the turkey and veggies of Thanksgiving.

This week I've taken off that 1 pound I gained, and by the feel and looks of my body, probably taken off more.  My eating is back on track, and even started using the My Fitness Pal program online to keep track of food intake and exercise.  If you're trying to lose weight/size, this is a good program to plug into, either on computer or phone!  From what I'm seeing, I am averaging about 1500 to 1600 calories, and on a splurge day about 2000.  On a plan for allowing 2 pounds a week loss, I'm allowed up to 2500.  Then, throw in exercise!

Exercise this week has been ramped up a lot!  In my last entry for the weekly challenge, I had just started walking 2 miles, and it was kind of a challenge, but it was a slower pace than in the Leslie Sansone videos.  My natural pace isn't hoofing it at 12 or 15 minute miles.  This week, I walked Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, minimum of 2 miles each, with a 3 mile walk Friday, via the dvd's Leslie has out.  I have for my own the 5 Mega Miles dvd, and I borrowed a 3 mile dvd from the library, so there's plenty of walking available.  The weather outside went to the freezer, so inside has been the best option, and to tell you the truth, it's been nice.  Our home stays a bit chilly (we choose to keep the heater lower and use space heaters in rooms we use most during the day and wear layers of clothing to keep warm), so doing a 2 or more mile walk warms you up, you don't sweat quite as much, and you feel nice and warm for a while afterward.  I admit, I look funny powerwalking in the living room, doing side steps, kickbacks, front kicks, and stretch band work, but in looking like a fool it is changing my body for the good!

 When I started this adventure on September 4, I couldn't walk 2 blocks without being ready to fall over right there, with huffing and puffing and sweating and pain.  Now, I can do 3 miles and do it in 45 minutes. 

This week I've not had to use pain medicine much at all.  I'm talking naproxen and tylenol (I don't use prescriptions for that).  My knees had been giving so much pain, I had to take many many of them daily.  Since starting the 2 miles (or more) near daily, the legs are strengthening and fat is coming off, and the knees don't hurt nearly as much.  With the cold setting in, they've been stiff from arthritis, but that's not painful.  It's more like trying to move a nearly frozen'll move, just much more slowly.  I haven't had any neuropathy pain in over a month (feet).  For a long while I had chest pains that made me think of heart attack--it really stopped me in my tracks!  I haven't had those in almost 2 months, not even a glimmer of any chest pain.  My breathing is better, I don't huff and puff and feel strangulated just sitting upright, and can sing out on the hymns at church without being out of breath. 

And I look forward to the scale and to exercise!

I'm so amazed at how much has changed in 2 months.  God has been so good to me, I so don't deserve how much He's helped along the way.  It's on His strength that I keep going, especially on the days I don't want to get out of bed and turn on heaters and make the coffee and face the day bleary eyed.  He's let me see progress i never dreamed of in a short amount of time, and given me the drive to keep after it, to say no when need be (most of the time it works), and to keep on keeping on.  This is His temple, and I've neglected and abused it for many years.  He could have just said "sorry, you had your time", but He is gracious and merciful, giving me another chance.  He gives us ALL another chance, if we'll take it.

This week areas of the body started peeking out from under the fat.  Wrist bones are showing an outline.  Cheekbones.  You can actually feel some ribs.  Foot bones.  Knees are starting to emerge from layers of fat.  Pelvic bones are starting to outline, despite having plenty of fat left to remove.  Shoulders became prominent and squared.  Back muscles are showing definition. 

I've found a frugal use for clothing that is too big.  I know most folks who lose a lot of size/weight want to ditch the wardrobe fast.  I do too.  But, with winter coming on early, and a limited budget, I've found it easier to keep the clothing and use smaller clothing to layer under the larger clothing--using the smaller underneath that fit and placing the larger over top, you don't feel constricted, yet have the layers of warmth.  Who cares if folks see the body outline and shape when it's freezing outside and you have things to do!  I have pulled out my solid cotton fabric pieces that are too big in order to remake them into something else, and kept the knits and fleeces that are larger in order to do the layering.  You have to do what you have to do for your own budget and warmth needs, right?

I hope you all have had a great week!  If it hasn't been so great, take a look back at what went wrong, what you can do about it, and take control of that.  It doesn't have to define your week to come.  So what if you ate something you regret.  So what if you didn't exercise all you wanted to.  God gave us a new day, use it the best you can to glorify Him, with how you treat your body and in turn using that temple for His use!  Don't beat yourself up over setbacks.  The devil doesn't want you going forward and using what God gave you for His use.  The devil would rather you sit down and beat yourself up over the cookies, the ice cream, the lack of exercise. 

As Leslie Sansone says in many of her miles....the best time to walk is when you're doing it.  Any time! 

Many times in the past weeks I've been asked what I'm doing to lose as much size and weight as I have.  It seems like folks are looking for a magic trick to wave a wand and it all happen in an instant.  It doesn't work that way.  In my world, it was getting diabetes under control using medicines.  That was the first step, as the high blood glucose just sent everything to fat storage.  Dealing with the diabetes got the thing started, and using the meds to advantage (the first month of using Victoza was horrible with the side effects of vomiting, but those days are gone).  I still use Victoza shots, and it helps keep things regulated to where I don't want to eat makes my body use what it has to keep things under control, or else I really seek out carbs and feel like a ravenous lion.  Once the side effects quit, I had to work at it myself.  I had to deal with portion control, selecting nutritionally good foods, and preparing things that aren't fried and fattening.  I had to exercise.  It became work.  It's still the same premise--eat less than you use, limit fats and sugars, and exercise.  It's not magic, no pills or potions do the trick. 

It. is. work.

But rewarding work.

And if you're needing to lose size and weight, you CAN do it!  It may seem daunting.  It may seem like you want to give up early on, with cravings and wants and so on.  Just keep going!  Marathons are built on length, not on short sprints.  For many of us, losing size and weight is a marathon that goes on for years.  Even in the Bible, Paul talks about how our spiritual race is a marathon, not a sprint...  You don't grow into a mature Christian overnight, nor will you get your body into where it needs to be overnight! 

Keep up the good work, and keep on keeping on!!  I'm praying for you!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

It's November, and getting pretty close to Thanksgiving.  It's also pumpkin season through Christmas.

There's tons of not so healthy recipes that use pumpkin, with lots of added sugars and fats (which makes it taste sooooo amazing!)  There's also some healthy pumpkin recipes out there.

I've rounded up some links to some collections of pumpkin recipes that *shouldn't* bust a diet.

Eating Well

Cooking Light

Food Network

Skinny Taste

Autumn Kitchen at Gooseberry Patch Pinterest

 Pumpkin Cookbook by Gooseberry Patch

Great Pumpkin Round Up (Gooseberry Patch)

Low Fat Cooking

I hope you enjoy the recipes you find here and find one that works with your individual tastes!  There's so many ideas out there, and so little time. :)

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Thank You All So Much!

I'd like to thank you all so much for your encouragement!  Each prayer, each comment is a big encouragement to me on this long term journey.  I appreciate all of you!

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The Way You Look At Yourself

How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror?  Do you see a distorted view, like you'd see in a house of mirrors?

Do you see yourself much larger than you are?

Much smaller?

Something that I've found in this journey I started 2 months ago, is that the way I see myself in the mirror isn't the way I truly look.  I see myself as the 400 pound woman I was.  The one in the first picture I ever shared of myself.  I see the size 32/34 in the mirror, not the 22/24.  Even with clothing that is too big, a measuring tape going farther in, I don't "see" it when I look at myself. 

It's a distorted view.  It is also known as "phantom fat".  It is a struggle with body image that comes around when you've been fat/obese/overweight/fluffy (whatever you want to call it) a long while.  In my case, most of my life.  It's in the same realm as when someone loses a limb the feeling that it's still there.  It's not the same, but in the ballpark.  You lose a good portion of body fat, you still see and feel it there.

In an article from From Fat To Fit Girl, this is explained a bit better.  The article also offers ideas to help get your perception to match your body (there's quite a few in the article, here's a few:)

  1. Put a photo of yourself on the fridge or another visible place where you think you look better than perfect
  2. Get yourself a pair of skinny jeans or colored pants that make you keep thinking “Girl, you are small!”
  3. Take pictures now & compare them to old pictures
  4. Ask a friend or a significant other you absolutely trust what they think about your looks after the weight loss
  5. Look yourself in the mirror while you work out and compare the body you see with other bodies in the gym
  6. Go window shopping! Pick something out that you would never have dared to wear before and try it on just for the fun of it!
  7. Try on your old over-sized clothes! This way you will get a clear perspective of your progress and your current body size.

 I particularly like number 7, as I haven't bought any new clothes yet.  This one is easy!  I've also done number 6, which was rewarding. :)  Number 3 is one I do here on the blog and embarrass myself regularly showing my hefty self to you all.

The Fat To Fit Girl site has a lot of good posts on the distorted view of yourself issue--you might want to check them out here.

I mentioned this to hubby, as I have to ask him if I really do look smaller at all, since I can't see it.  After looking at me like my head is spinning in circles and I grew a horn or something, he says he didn't understand that.  Later on, he mentioned that after thinking about it, he has heard of that concept--in folks with anorexia nervosa.

I've never been accused of anorexia.  But, I get what hubby was saying about that--many or most with anorexia see themselves in a very distorted light, seeing fat where there isn't any, and seeing themselves much much much larger than they really are.  I get that.

For those who are going along with long term weight loss, are you having issues with how you see yourself in the mirror?

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Good Morning!

Good morning from Kansas!  It's a chilly morning, with light frost on the grass and a little bite in the wind.  But, since it's November, that's to be expected.

This morning, sausage and gravy sits on the stove, warm and ready for the family to come downstairs.  Scrambled eggs sit on the burner waiting for each member to choose what they want on them (cheese, salsa, nothing, etc).  The coffee pot is full of dark roast and espresso blend coffee, and the tea pot is still hot from it's first use of the day making cranberry vanilla herbal tea.

It is Sunday.  The pace isn't as fast, but still a bit to do before going to church.  Should middle child (with autism, mental retardation, and bi polar disorder) do another refusal to go , I will stay home with him.  If we all get to go, I'm looking forward to the bible study during Sunday School, and the sermon series through Genesis in the main service. 

It's a new week, and a new opportunity to focus on what is important in our world.  For me, it's getting eating and exercise back on track.  No more candy and junk.  More walking, more hand weights, more resistance band.  For the family, it is looking forward to half days at school, a whole day off for one child, and an upcoming weekend visiting noncustodials parents.  We are also preparing bit by bit for Thanksgiving week, with house preparations, cleaning, and so on. 

How does your Sunday go?

Have a good day everyone!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge Week 10

It's nearing mid November now, and the season is definitely in high gear!  The leaves have turned pretty colors and fallen to the ground.  The majority of the flowers and tender plants have died off in the chill.  Our first snow is scheduled next weekend!

As for me, it wasn't the best of weeks, but it could have been much worse.  Evidently I partook a bit too much with the family with the snacks.  I gained 1 pound as of my weigh in today (Saturday).  But, it could have been much worse, and am thankful it was only 1 pound.

Now it's time to get back to serious work and leave the candy days behind.

I have noticed more endurance, which is awesome! I'm able to do a 2 mile walk (charted via google maps) around town in 45 minutes.  Granted Leslie Sansone's dvd walks are 15 minute miles, it isn't like that for me in the real world.  Plus there's uneven streets, gradual hills, traffic, and so on.  With this last walk, I didn't break a sweat and was able to stay conversational with breathing, so wasn't out of breath.  Afterward, I didn't need anything for pain, nor through the night or the next day.  This is a huge accomplishment!  Two months ago, I was huffing and puffing after 2 blocks.  Two miles were not an option.

Despite the gain, I'm feeling more joints emerging, more outline of a frame, and more cottage cheese.  While most folks don't like cottage cheese, I do.  My make up was mostly solid fat all the way around, lots of large lumps rather than the "cottage cheese".  As fat has left, the solid look has melted into a more cottage cheese look.  I can handle that, especially knowing that there was much more, and will be much less.  It has been nice finding outlines of muscles, of prominent bone structures that were once totally hidden under layers of fat.  It's been awesome finding longer toes rather than flesh colored peas for toes.  It's been great finding ankles instead of the never ending calf.  Finger joints and workings in the hands have come to the surface, and while still buried a little, the show the large joints that come from a German heritage.  I'm seriously built like a tank.  Knees are starting to emerge from the flab surrounding it.  Shoulders are squaring off and even showing where muscle meets bone and the v notches.  And, a waist is emerging.

This past week I've been reading "Wheat Belly".  It's been an interesting read, about the harm wheat does to the body.  I'm doing trial and error, testing some of the ideas to see where or if I fall in them.  I do notice differences if I eat store bought breads and pastas vs homemade, but not sure if that's preservatives or wheat.  I've cut almost all bread, pastas, crackers, and so on out, so it shouldn't be hard to reintroduce and see what the results are.  I am not one to go all out on a radical tangent--I don't jump on the no-GMO bandwagon, nor the organic wagon, or the other things that are out there.  I more or less stick to what's affordable for my family on a very limited budget. 

As for the book, I would recommend at least reading it and see what you think.  As with all reading, take what works, put to the side what doesn't.  There's some good ideas in it, and some that may not be workable in our limited budget and the abundance of products with wheat.  But, I can work our breads from wheat to rye without batting an eye.  Pizza crust is not biggie, if I make it myself--again, rye works.  Once we get into things that aren't made from scratch, it isn't quite so easy....wheat is in most everything at some place, just like corn is just about everything.

The goal for the upcoming week is more intentional exercise.  I got sidetracked very easily the past couple of weeks, and didn't get much in.  It showed.  Yes, housekeeping is exercise, but not enough to burn off the amount I'm working on.

How have you been doing this week?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Psalm 46 (King James Version)

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear , though the earth be removed , and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled , though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved : God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged , the kingdoms were moved : he uttered his voice, the earth melted . 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come , behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder ; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still , and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
 Text from Bible Study Tools

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Weight Loss Challenge--Week 9

What an awesome week!

I had opportunity this week to stop in the clinic I use for medical needs, and hopped on their scale.  It was nice!


46 pounds gone since September 4, 2014!

I was expecting maybe 2 or 3 since my last weigh in.  I really didn't expect much, as I've been eating more than in the first month.  I didn't expect to drop 10 or so in 2 weeks when I really thought I'd hit a plateau.

I'm thrilled naturally!

Here is a pic from this week, of my son and myself at Special Olympics bowling.

The lump by my right arm is my hip and a bit of belly, mostly hip.  10 % of bodyweight gone, as compared to:

I still have that blue skirt--it was about calf length in that picture, now it's ankle length.  It's a homemade one with easily adjustable elastic. :)

As the weeks go by I'm settling into a pattern I can sustain.  With God's help, I'm overcoming the big things that helped me get to the 400 pounds I started with....emotional eating, seeking comfort in a bag of chips instead of the Lord, wanting a sugar high instead of a Holy Spirit high, and so on.  Sometimes my prayers are nothing more than a weak "help!"  Other times it's easy to focus on Him and seek out His face.  I've even started working on a study on gluttony in Scripture.  It steps on my toes, but it's interesting.  I'll post it when I get it done--it's not ready yet. :)

This week and in the past two or three, I've been reading different books on diet, exercise, and so on.  I've read "Chubster", "The Maker's Diet", "Leslie Sansone's Eat Smart Walk Strong", and Jillian Michaels' "Master Your Metabolism".  I've taken a little bit of each, the good, and thrown out the things that just don't fit into a homemaker on a budget's realm of possibilities.  There are many good ideas in these books.  "Chubster" seems the most common sense and down to earth, written by an everyday guy (definitely a secular book as well).  Leslie Sansone's book and dvd's are pretty motivating.  I didn't get much from "The Maker's Diet" and Jillian Michaels' books, as they pushed all organics/grass fed/no chemicals at all in anything/special washing ("Maker's Diet")/and foods that are just way out of our budget.  One thing I did walk away with, was to eat most of your foods that have a mom or came from a plant.  I can do that.  I'm working on a book now about breaking the sugar addiction.  I've already done that task, but am interested in reading what "experts" say to do.  It's a little out there, from what I'm reading.  I do admit, reading these books did change some ideas, reinforced others, and made me think more about what I eat and how I exercise.  And, they've not changed my beliefs on farming practices--I was raised on working farms, live in a rural farming area, and stand by farmers.  I like farmers and support them--I kinda like eating.

Basically my daily intake has evolved into more fresh fruits, mainly apples.  I bought 30 pounds of them today at 33 cents a pound.  I eat on average of 4 a day or more.  2 apples has the same calorie count as 1 cookie the kids love, so apples it is.  I've also kept raw carrots in the fridge, and we brought in the rest of the garden produce for the year.  I made a canner (yes, the huge waterbath type) full of veggie soup using fresh peppers, onion, celery, tomatoes, some frozen veggies, and potatoes in homemade bone broth, and once cooled stored it in small containers for the freezer that are easy to pull out and thaw, while keeping a few cups of it in the fridge.  This has been a main staple, and it's very filling and satisfying, and I know where my ingredients mostly come from.  This can be easily modified from serving to serving with lentils, beans, a little tomato sauce, rice, pasta, etc, for different flavors and textures.  I sip on herbal teas most of the day now, and started limiting coffee to 2 cups in the morning, dark roast or espresso.  I broke down and bought a can of Slim Fast powder to keep in the cabinet, for the days I don't feel hungry but really do need to eat something--especially breakfast--did you know Slim Fast powder tastes pretty good in coffee?  I don't really like using powders for meals, but I've noticed that if I keep drinking or light snacking, at least every 3 to 4 hours, I don't get voraciously hungry, I keep on an even keel with blood glucose, and I don't get stuffed either.  Some mornings things get so hectic I kinda forget to eat, so it's easier to put a little shake thing together and go on to the next meal as normal, than to skip it and let my body think "oh no she isn't going to feed me".  My meals are whole grains, fresh fruits, raw veggies or soups with lots of veggies, some meats like baked chicken or an occasional piece of ham, maybe a piece of from scratch bread every other day, lots of liquids.  Now this may change day to day, but who doesn't change?  I've also snacked on a few cookies this week, and let me tell you--they tasted AWESOME!  But, they weren't worth the calories...they were very tasty, but not worth the guilt afterward.

For the first time, I've been able to naturally get that "shut off" switch to work.  You know what I'm talking about--that signal you feel when your body says "that's enough".  Most of my life, I've not had that.  I would keep going until you'd think food was stacked up to the tonsils.  There was no "slow down, that's enough", it was straight to "now you done did it, evacuate evacuate!"  I finally feel like I have some control over when to stop, and actually feel the first warning signs of "enough".

Please please don't think this is all about self deprivation!  It's not!!  In these past weeks, this has been an adventure learning how to find a way of nourishing the body in a way that can be sustained and is also healthy.  This isn't a crash diet, lose 20 pounds in 2 days type thing.  I've done those through the years--the results were the 400 pounds I started with.  I can't live on a very restricted diet, it's not feasible and I'll just break it, so why not work with what's available and learn to be responsible with food?  I don't deprive myself of anything.  Since the side effects of the diabetes meds have worn off and basically nothing is off limits, the things I've loved for years, the high sugar, high fat, fried, sweet, etc, just don't appeal as much.  But there are once in a while times when a cookie looks good, and I'll have one.  I've had a couple candy bars.  A couple servings of Doritos.  If I keep with the package servings, I can keep control, am satisfied, and feel no desire to eat the whole bag of whatever.  Don't know if that makes sense, but it works. :)  There's no feeling that anything is off limits, so there's no constant desire...or obsessing...over a food.  I do make a mental note of the calories per serving and decide if it's really worth it or not.  Is that 150 calorie cookie worth it?  Once in a while, yes!  Most of the time, no.  I turned down a pecan pie from the store today after seeing a 600 calorie PER SERVING number---1/8th of the rather small pie was 600 calories!!!!  I could eat half that pie without a second thought, that's 2400 calories!  No way sister!  So back on the shelf it went.

Those apples look so much better!

I hope you've had a great week!  Let me know how you're doing and how I can pray for you this week!

Shared at:  Darling Down Diaries,
  Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth  
  The Modest Mom   
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