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Waiting for Weight

I heard on one of the doctor TV shows last week that a study shows that it is a good idea to weigh yourself every day. Apparently this way you keep honest with yourself about your eating habits and your exercise regime. I think this is a great idea for those who are at or near their healthy weight.

However, for those of us who are big girls (boys), it may not be the very best idea. Case in point, I have been scared straight (no disrespect to the Scared Straight program) by my last visit to my family physician and by my recent diagnosis of diabetes. So a week ago today, I began paying very close attention to the variety of healthy foods that I am eating and especially to the portions of said food. I bought a Fitbit Alta HR which let’s me know by vibrating on my wrist, when I’ve been sitting too long. So to make a long story short (I know, too late. ūüėČ My habits have changed drastically for the better.

Because I heard that it would be good to weigh myself every day, I did so.  First five day? Down, down, down more than ten pounds, which may give you an idea of how very much I have to lose. News flash: well over 100 pounds to get to a healthy weight.

Yesterday, my weight stayed the same. Today I am up six tenths of a pound. Now my usual reaction to a gain has been to say, “Well, crap, what use is it to even try!” Then I would go to the nearest sweets outlet and gorge on cakes and candies. Since I have been scared straight, that is no longer an option. Now I am faced with a conundrum. Do I keep weighing myself every day, and find a new coping mechanism for dealing with temporary weight gains? Or do I weigh myself less often, weekly or monthly, so I’m not faced with that possible problem daily? I’d really like to check in with friend Wayno. He is a family physician/general practitioner (I don’t know the difference.) I might just have to give him a jingle this week. If I do, I’ll let you know what he thinks. In the meantime, please weigh in (excuse the pun, with a nod to Linda Vallier who tickles us everyday on Facebook with a new pun) with your weighing habits. Every day? Or somewhat less often?

Thank you faithful Readers! It means a lot that you read these.

Donna¬†¬†¬†¬† PS: Thank you to my son Jake and daughter-in-love Eliza for the iPhone accessories for early Mother’s Day. How fun! A personal fan that connects to my phone, which is gonna be so great in church this summer and a karaoke mic that works with my phone. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I already sent my daughter Emi and grandbaby Ida a video of me singing Happy Little Working Song from the movie Everlasting. This thing is a blast!

Pressing On

Day 411 in sweating it out to meet up with Mickey (19 days to go…only 19!!!)

Why is it so difficult to do the right thing?¬† I woke up early this morning to walk.¬† This is my fourth day in a row to do so.¬† Hardly earth shattering, right?¬† I swear, it was such hard work today.¬† I tried visualizing walking toward Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom.¬† No good.¬† I tried changing locale and visualized walking down Hollywood Boulevard toward The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.¬† No good.¬† So I imagined walking from the bus stop toward Spaceship Earth at EPCOT.¬† Nope!¬† It was just exhausting.

BUT, Dear Readers, I did manage to push on and even walked a little farther than yesterday.¬† I was listening to Sabrina Carpenter on my iPhone, who is on the Disney Channel show Girl Meets World.¬† She has a song called The Middle of Starting Over which seems to be my anthem (my jam) just now.¬† I know the song is about falling in love, but it is so catchy and has such a great hook that I cannot resist it.¬† ūüôā¬† And with this exercise thing, post cancer diagnosis and treatment, I am in the middle of starting over.

So I will not be discouraged.¬† I will not stop my daily walks.¬† (Lord, willing and the creek don’t rise!)¬† I will persevere, for in only 19 days we fly to Orlando and our lovely time share at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.¬† I hope to get the chance to take a swim that first evening.¬† It would be bliss!

Why is it so difficult to do the right thing?¬† Because it just is, or as my mom would have said to me, “Do it because I said so!”¬† Please pray for me to have the stamina to see it through, Friends.¬† Meet you at the Kingdom!

Top Priorities

Day 312 In my path to meeting up with Mickey in October (3 months and 27 days to go)

Today my plan was to work through a couple of the sessions in Module One of Better Beyond 50.  I joined this program, and as soon as I did, we lost our internet at home.  We have been without internet for two weeks now at home.  Argh!  Luckily my iPhone can be used as a Personal Hotspot.

One of the things that I had to do today is write down my five top values, which I think sounds like my priorities.  Just a few years ago, I would have said my top five priorities were:

  1. God
  2. Mike (my husband)
  3. Jake and Emi (my kids)
  4. My job
  5. Hmmm…I don’t know

Today my focus has shifted.  Now my top five priorities are:

  1. God (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  This branch can do nothing if separated from the vine that is God.)
  2. Me (my health and working on it, because I need to really learn to love myself)  I still think that sounds selfish, but I need to get over it.  Scripture makes it perfectly clear that we have to love ourselves before we can love others.
  3. Mike (He makes me happy.)
  4. My new career focus (When I retire as Church Secretary in December, I want to get serious about my writing.)
  5. My kids (They are on such strong paths; they don’t need me as much as they once did. ¬†Hallelujah! ¬†It’s time to focus in other things now.)

It was a great exercise to do. ¬†I had to spend some time really thinking about what I want my future to be. ¬†It’s so strange to think about turning sixty. ¬†How do I want to finish this life? ¬† I want to finish as the best child of God that I can be. ¬†I am excited to see what the next twenty plus years can bring. ¬†No matter what comes, good or bad, God will be there, so I can face it with peace in my heart.

Meet you at the Kingdom!