Miraculum's Journal, 03 January 2019

If it's not chocolate, I don't seem to be interested in eating

No, seriously! Making conscious choices about what to eat, and what will improve and support my health and overall experience of life, has become important in a new and different way.

I'm doing at least one thing very differently: praying daily for God's help. Not just when the entire candy aisle and ice cream freezer are sashaying seductively before my eyes, but making daily pleas for assistance and expressing gratitude every day for His help *in advance*. This not to say I'm *assuming* God's help, but that I know that, in making good choices, I'm living more in accordance with His Divine Will for me.

I was brought up to ask others to pray for me. For a Catholic, that means asking for "intercessory prayers" from people of faith in my life *and* from those "friends of God" who have already attained heaven. Certain saints are held in popular piety to be "patron saints" who ask God to help His people on earth.

St. Josemaria Escriva (Spanish priest, 1902-1975) was canonized in 2002 as an exemplar of a life of holiness and is the "patron saint" of diabetics. In 1954, he suffered a severe health crisis after which his diabetes was miraculously cured. St. Charles Borromeo (Italian priest, archbishop, theologian, and Church reformer; 1538-1584) assisted the poor of Milan during a severe famine resulting from a crop failure and the plague that visited death and disease on the city in the 1575. Tens of thousands of people were succumbing daily. "Father Charles" was fearless in providing care for the hungry, spending his own family's money to do so. Because of this particular work, he is considered a "patron saint" of those suffering from stomach maladies and obesity.

So, I now include special entreaties in my daily prayers to these two holy men, that they will ask God to help me in my struggles with diabetes and obesity.

I've never prayed every-single-day like I have been for the past six weeks and experience God's grace in a unique way with regard to my diet and diabetes. Yes, I'm doing the practical work -- testing my blood sugar, taking my medications properly, and eating well. Somehow, it feels different this time.
237.5 lb Lost so far: 47.5 lb.    Still to go: 69.5 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 03 January 2019:
989 kcal Fat: 74.90g | Prot: 47.20g | Carb: 38.02g.   Breakfast: Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Harris Teeter Whipping cream. Lunch: Boar's Head London Broil Cap-off Top Round Oven Roasted Beef. Dinner: Progresso Traditional Beef & Vegetable Soup. Snacks/Other: Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil, Butter (Salted), Savoritz Wheat Round Crackers. more...
4061 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 4 hours, Watching TV/Computer - 6 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Reading - 6 hours, Driving - 1 hour. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   losing 3.5 lb a week

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Amen ๐Ÿ™. I too have been praying. I know I canโ€™t do this alone. Peace to you. Betsy 
04 Jan 19 by member: ginger dog

     
 

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