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2007 May » Philoxenos

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Weight Loss Challenge

9th May 2007

Weight Loss Challenge

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I can’t believe it! I actually posted a picture thingy!! I’m learning. Anyway, for the real purpose of this post…
I don’t have much time, but I wanted to get this up so my three readers can hold me accountable :)
As I’ve stated previously, I struggle with my weight. This has been going on for as long as I can remember, even when I was still in high school. Looking back, I’d be thrilled to be the size 14 that I was in high school! But now I’ve had three children and things aren’t quite what they used to be. According to the Weight Watchers tables, I should weight 71 kg, at the top of the range. Considering that I haven’t weighed that since I literally don’t know when, I have no idea what this even looks like. At the moment, I weigh 89kg so I have 18 kg to lose, which is 40 pounds. I know better than to think in such large increments, so I’m going to break it down into 5 pound bits. That’s just over 2 kg. I’ll do this just a kilo at a time.
Yes, I want to lose weight, but not so I’ll be slim and svelte. My husband thinks I’m sexy just the way I am. I want to lose weight so I can be healthy. I never want my weight to be an excuse for not playing with the kids or not taking them swimming or not going to a party because I don’t have anything to wear. It’s about being a good steward of the body that God gave me, knowing that I am a temple of the Lord.
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

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3rd May 2007

Update on the update

Well, things didn’t go so well that night with out little boy. Very unsettled all night, lots of crying and a fever. By Sunday morning I knew we’d have to take him back to the doctor. We dropped my mom and our two girls off at church and went over to the doctor’s surgery, which is just across the parking lot. The surgery wasn’t actually open, but we rang the doctor in advance and he propped one of the doors open. Doc checked out our little boy pretty quickly and said we’d have to take him to the hospital. He proceeded to ring the hospital to let them know we were coming and wrote a letter of referral. Here in NZ medical care for children under 6 is free but you have to go through the right channels.

So we headed off to the hospital. Little boy was very pathetic the whole time and very tired. We were taken care of very quickly once we arrived at the hospital. They take sick littlies very seriously. They did a series of really horrible tests on him. I couldn’t even be there, my husband had to be the strong one. To make a long story short, they wanted to give him a series of antibiotics to basically kill off anything that was attacking him, which meant we had to stay in hospital for two days. On a side note, because I’m breastfeeding all of my meals were free. If he was on formula I would have had to pay for my meals. Interesting.

So, we were in hospital until Tuesday morning. They never figured out what was wrong with him but his fever went down and he was a much happier baby. Now, a week later, he’s just happy as Larry. He got checked out this morning by the visiting nurse and he’s nearly 12 pounds, doing all those things he’s supposed to.

I seriously hope we have no more illness for a while. I don’t want to clean up any more vomit. But I did discover the wonders of Febreze. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

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3rd May 2007

Bread

Another exciting post title.

I’ve been doing a lot of navel gazing, thinking about my eating habits and figuring out where to start making changes. As I said in my previous post, I need to stop eating my own baking. So, I’ve done that. For a day. But hey, I’ve got to start somewhere!

Second place for change is the amount of bread I eat. I love bread. LOVE IT. And I often make homemade bread and rolls, which my family adores. But my family doesn’t have the eating problem that I have. So my first step in reducing the amount of bread I eat is not eating toast at breakfast. For one thing, I don’t buy the nice expensive bread that really fills you up. I buy the dollar loaf kind that has a few seeds thrown in for good measure. It’s fluff and two slices simply does not tide me over for more than, say, 30 minutes. And then there’s the butter and jam I put on it which makes it taste REALLY GOOD. So, no more bread for breakfast. This morning I had homemade granola, which was filled with lots of seeds and wheat germ and some dried fruit. Took me ages to eat it because it’s so chewy, so that’s good too.

What will the next step be? I’m thinking I need to really up my vegetable intake. I eat veg at dinner but not really any other time. I’m thinking maybe a salad for lunch every day would be a good step. I’ll keep you updated!

Oh, visit talesfromthescales.net for some great encouragement and accountability.

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1st May 2007

It’s time to be super transparent

Okay, I’m going to be super honest here. Not that I’m anything less than honest any other time :)

Hello. My name is Michele and I have a problem. I have a problem with food. I eat too much of it. Whew. I’m glad that’s off my chest. Now if I could just get this extra 40 pounds off my (proverbial) chest too!!

Seriously, I have identified in the last few days that I’ve seriously got to get my act together. The Holy Spirit has been practically screaming at me STOP, PUT IT DOWN! And I turn my back on him and eat anyway, even when I know I’m not hungry. It doesn’t matter what it is, although it usually involves something with white sugar or flour. I can’t say I’ve ever overindulged in, say, green peas.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, when I’m pregnant I have the amazing ability to lose weight so that I walk into the hospital 9 months pregnant usually at the same weight I was when I got pregnant. This means that I eat whatever I want and not worry about it. With my first two pregnancies, I continued to lose weight for about three months after the babies were born. I wasn’t so lucky this time. But I continue to eat like it doesn’t matter and guess what??? I’m gaining weight!!!

I’m writing all this down, not to humiliate myself, but just to be honest. This is a huge struggle for me. I have no magic number that I want to attain. I simply want to be healthy, to set a good example for my kids, to live a long and full life unimpaired by weight-related issues. I know what to do - smaller portions, more fresh food, lots of water, exercise. I’ve got a head full of information about losing weight. I simply need to put it into practice. Simple huh?

Even while I’ve been ignoring the Holy Spirit, I’ve been begging him not to stop talking to me. I need Him. I’ve been talking to God about what my first step should be. First step: stop eating my own baking. It’s a fast of sorts. I did this last year, about this same time. I went a whole week without eating a single home-baked item (cookies, cakes, that kind of thing) and found that the longer I went without, the easier it was. And as a result I was eating more fruit and vegetables for snacks, rather than reaching for a muffin.

So, I’m going to start there. Lord, I lay down my food at your feet. I want to eat to live to serve you and for no other reason (you know, I’ve even prayed on occasion that my taste buds would be burned off or something!)

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