Keep on Keeping On!

There has been much excitement for me lately!  I weighed in last night as Thursday is the day for my Weight Watchers meeting.  I have last another 5 pounds – making the total for my two weeks 12.2 pounds!  Oh yeah-I told you I am serious this time!  I already am starting to feel better.  I am less winded when I make the trek down to the break room at work for more water and I am able to stand for longer periods of time already. Life is good!  

My friend Vicky and I had such a good time of fellowship last Saturday.  She had come over and we skimmed through the Made to Crave DVD.  I have watched the first lesson at this point and was so impressed at all that I have learned from that and reading the book again I keep on passing along how much it has helped me.  We decided to go through the series on our own right now – well as soon as the books we ordered for Vicky come in- and are intending to have a life group in January at the church about the study.  We are both very excited about the opportunity and are looking forward to the end results- healing in our bodies!  Our bodies have no choice but to line up with the word of God!  This has been such an eye opening experience for me.  To finally figure out how to make this stop- I am still walking through all of this and am really looking forward to the other lessons.  I am going to wait and go through it with Vicky that way we can step out on the adventure together.  This is going to be so good I am so happy and really can not wait!  The sense of urgency is still on me- my spirit man is talking to me reminding me when I want to make a bad food choice or just reach out to eat something when I don’t really need it or even really don’t want it how good skinny will feel.  Reminding me that the food is not the answer that I need to go to prayer and seek the ultimate comfort.  I have started to notice that I eat a lot on impulse something stressful will happen and I will eat. I have also discovered I am a grazer- and I do have a lot of points for each day to eat.  Right now that works out fine for me I have a lot of low points foods that I eat all during the day. I try to have something every couple of hours to keep my blood sugars even and up.  I have been eating things like a light yogurt or some fruit. I have discovered the joy of sugar free jello and pudding as well.  I have found things that have volume that I can count once but can munch on all during the day.  Cold cereal and popcorn are great for this.  I have noticed several times that when things got stressful at work that is the first thing I would do is start looking for something to eat.  I can’t believe that is my first answer. I wish I could say I have conquered this but I am on the way to overcoming!  I can see my usual, learned responses being traded for new thinking.  That I do not really want to eat I just want something, not sure what, so I have been getting water and thanking Jesus that he is there for me!  I have found some good low point chicken recipes and am planning on having those for the next couple of weeks.  I have also found there are some very tasty soups out there that are low points enough that I can eat the whole can and still have points left over for a sandwich.  That is a great lunch with some sugar free jello or pudding for a something sweet after.  I have decided I like having the options of what ever I want to eat as long as I have the points to afford them.  I am of course making healthier choices now and really like the fresh fruits and vegetables that I have been eating.  They all taste so good!  There is also one really good thing happening to me that is expected and much awaited – my stomach is shrinking and I find my self thinking that there are so many points left today how am I going to eat all of this!  Yes really – there has been a time or two that I thought I don’t really want all of this right now and have put stuff back in the refrigerator for later that day and having to go in and adjust my points!  

Philippians 3:17-21 (MSG)

17-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.

20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.

This scripture is good to remind us of what is important to us now and in our future.  We are all looking forward to Heaven – to getting our new beautiful bodies without blemish!! We need to take care of our bodies now too- we need to be good stewards of all that God has provided to us – finances, relationships, our bodies.  I have until now not been a very good steward with my body- I have not really cared about myself a great deal.  But now I am very aware that I am a child of our King and that I am beautiful in his eyes.  I am loved and that I need to be sure to eat properly so my body will line up with scripture! I need to keep up the exercise and look forward to that time as well. 

 There are a couple of other things I have done that are really out of character for me- in a good way.  I am fine with my current job – I work in the department where you must type like lightening and I have worked out a budget that allows me to live within the means of my salary.  However there is no wiggle room in my budget – nothing can go wrong and this trip to go see Thomas is a large part being funded by faith!  So there was a posting for a position in a different department that would be a raise- and I applied for it.  I have an interview on Thursday. I have been praying and know that I am qualified for this position so I have been thanking God for this new adventure that will include a raise. Once they offer me the job and I accept the position I will be able to put money in savings and to be able to be the blessing to others that I am truly working so hard to be able to be.  I am looking forward to a new adventure and will post after the interview and share how it all went. 

 It is becoming Christmas season soon and Steven Curtis Chapman is coming to Green Country for a Christmas concert.  He is looking to make a choir to sing with him on stage during this concert. The local radio station had a place on their web site asking us to sign up to be part of that!  I signed up to see what it would take to be part of that choir. Wouldn’t that be so much fun?  To sing with such a talented person like that.  And it would be my favorite stuff- I love Christmas music. I miss being in a choir and every year at Christmas doing a cantata or a program.  It has been a while since I have been able to be a part of something like that.  It would be really cool to be involved in this as well.  We will see what happens.  I just submitted my information late in the day on Friday so have not expected to hear anything until at least maybe Monday.

 And I signed up for a writing contest through the Women of Faith organization.  Should my manuscript win I would be awarded the package to work with their publishing company to turn my manuscript into a book! How cool would that be! So now I need to take my pile of notes and turn them into the book I know God has put in me.  I have until January 31st to get the words on paper.  I will need to remain focused and also in prayer because this book is not from me it is from God.  He is giving me these words and the scripture he wants us to see. 

 There has been a great deal that has been happening in my life lately!! This all has been very good – it is causing me to be adventurous and to think outside the box! I heard or read somewhere in my research of how to be a successful business owner that you need to get out and do things outside your comfort zone.  You will need to be around successful people that are moving forward.  That it is true you attract the kind of people you hang around with by what you do and how you act.  If you are speaking poorly over yourself then your life will be poorly.  I am learning that you do have what you say – so I am speaking good things over my life.  I am calling it all in!! 

 How about you – what are you speaking over yourself? 

I am praying for you!

Miss Wanda

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