Start Weight:(21 Jan 12) 240.8 lb
Current Weight:(31 May 12) 218.2 lb
Goal Weight:160.0 lb
following: Blessed1's own diet
performance: losing 1.5 lb a week

I am 42 years old, married and 5 kids. Yes 5 kids!!! Let me explain. (LOL) I have a 12 year old daughter from my 1st marriage. (1st husband is deceased) Ok - so I got married again. Now we have always done foster care because there are so many children out there that are in foster care. We fostered a 3 month old baby boy in 2006. Now get this, we had said we would not foster babies anymore because they are harder to give up, but we did anyway. Well believe it or not, he became available for adoption. In 2007, prior to the adoption being finalized, we received a call from DCS (Department of Children Services) and was given a congratulations for our upcoming adoption and was wondering if we would like to have custody his 5 day old baby brother. Yes you read it correct! Anyway, we said yes. At that time, he was still in the hospital and only weighed a little over 3 pounds and was being 1/2 fed by a tube and the other 1/2 by a bottle. I went to the hospital to see him on a Saturday and was told he would be in there 2 weeks. I laid hands on him and prayed for him and told him to "THRIVE AND SURVIVE in the name of Jesus". I went back on Sunday for a visit, and they had taken the tube out. On Monday they called and said, COME AND GET HIM!! He weighed 4 1/2 pounds when I brought him home.
In 2008 before his adoption was finalized, I received a call from DCS and inquired if I wanted their 2 older siblings. Now I knew about them but they were in custody in a different county, and with a relative. Little did I know, they were no longer living with their relative and have been placed into fostercare. So guess what? I said yes and there you have it. 4 siblings plus my 12 year old makes 5 kids. Oh yeah, they are now ages, 2, 3, 5 and 6. God truly has a sense of humor!
I worked full time until all the kids came and then it was pointless with the amount daycare cost. So I am now a stay at home mother, with the 2 and 3 year old home with me daily. :-)

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Blessed1's Cookbook

cals: 81kcal | fat: 0.55g | carbs: 16.95g | prot: 3.06g
Moist Chocolate Cake
A tasty, sugar and fat free low point chocolate treat. that bakes up moist and yummy.
cals: 238kcal | fat: 6.74g | carbs: 18.56g | prot: 25.95g
Cheesy Chicken Casserole
Quick and easy tasty low calorie casserole that's great for any dieter.
cals: 93kcal | fat: 3.12g | carbs: 13.30g | prot: 4.66g
Mixed Vegetable Soup III
A hearty low-calorie vegetable soup.
cals: 130kcal | fat: 3.87g | carbs: 24.24g | prot: 1.75g
Bran Brownies
Super moist brownies.
cals: 227kcal | fat: 9.22g | carbs: 17.62g | prot: 19.01g
Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Delicious comfort food using ground turkey, hearty vegetables and cheese.
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posted 08 Jul 2009, 21:32

I think we all get to a place sometimes in our life where we have to honestly assess, "How I am doing?"

It's not really a conversation I have with a friend or family member. It's one of those middle of the night contemplations where there's no one to fool. There's no glossing over the realities staring me in the face.

I know certain things about myself need to change but it's easier to make excuses than tackle them head on. Rationalizations are so appealing:

I'm good in every other area.
I make so many sacrifices already.
I need this comfort in this season of life- I'll deal with it later.
I just can't give this up.
The Bible doesn't specifically say this is wrong.
It's not really a problem, if I really wanted to make a change, I could - I just don't want to right now.
Oh for heaven's sake, everyone has issues, so what if this is mine? And on and on.

But excuses always get me no where fast. This is especially true for me in the area of healthy eating. Even if that's not your issue, I suspect this same script of rationalization has played out in your mind over other things.

So, the cycle continues day after day, week after week, year after year.

A whole lifetime could be spent making excuses, giving in, feeling guilty, resolving to do better, mentally beating myself up for not sticking to my resolve, feeling like a failure, and then resigning that things can't change. And I don't want to spend a lifetime in this cycle.

Nothing will change until I make the choice to change. I have to want it, spiritually, physically and mentally. The battle really is in all three areas.

Spiritually: In Colossians 3 1-5 we are told to set our minds and our hearts on things above. In order to do this, we have to put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature which sets itself up as an idol in my life.

Idolatry is trying to get my needs met outside the will of God. Bingo. Can't deny it. This described food for me at times. Again, it wasn't a huge problem where I was medically in danger. But, any idolatry, no matter how small is a problem.

Physically: According to an extensive study done by Northwestern University, calorie restriction is the key ingredient for managing weight issues. Of course, they state that exercise is also important but good nutrition is crucial. Bingo. Can't deny it. It does matter what I eat. My weight is a reflection of what I consume.

Mentally: Don't settle. Don't compromise. What happens when you cut the "com" off of the word compromise? You're left with a "promise."

We were made for more than compromise. We were made for God's promises in all areas of our life.

Honestly. I am made for more than a vicious cycle of eating, gaining, stressing - eating, gaining, stressing...

I am made to rise up, do battle with my issues, and using the Lord's strength in me, defeat them - spiritually, physically, and mentally - to the glory of God.

Dear Lord, help me be courageous enough to speak honestly to You and to myself in those areas I'm giving in to compromise. Show me how to rely on Your strength for more self-discipline in my life - not for my glory but for Yours. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


posted 12 Jun 2009, 16:10
I can't hardly swallow any pills.
My doctor advised me to take the same ones as my kids (Flintstone chewables). Smile They have basically the same thing in them.
posted 09 Jun 2009, 20:45
Wii Fit
Today is my day #6 on the Wii Fit and I love it! It can be very addictive. I didn't think I would actually work up a sweat - but I did! LOL Hope you enjoy it!
posted 27 Mar 2009, 12:09
I've been Lurking about...
Good luck to you!!!
posted 27 Mar 2009, 12:03
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