Journal of a Plump Lady

plumpladyWell I haven’t written much lately because I have been so busy, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had tons to write about – because I do!  I just don’t really know where to start.  (Should I talk about God, starting nonprofit, starting new business, making changes, family, raising a teenage girl, having my mom live with me, volunteering, or should I just start with me…it is time for self-reflection.)  So here I go…

I have made a lot of changes in my life this year and I feel so blessed!  My work is fun and I feel like I am making a difference and really helping others.  You see – I am pursuing my passion and God has been my guide through all of it!  When you choose to TRUST God – he just makes things so clear.  I always tried to control things but when I finally turned to him and let him have control – things are so much better!

I feel good – that is strange for me to say because I have so many health issues.  Last year about this time – I honestly felt like I only had a few months to live.  I was stressed, depressed and literally hurt all over.  I thought I had a terrible illness – cancer or something.  Have you ever felt that way?  Luckily, I have made changes in my life and I have more energy, feel better, sleep better and am not stressed.  What a difference that is… Now, I really want to lose weight but this is a WAR that I struggle with daily.  I have started working out at least two days a week and I enjoy that and I have done pretty good with that.  I am getting stronger and more flexible.  My real problem – the Food.

Food stresses me out.  I love food.  I love all the herbs, nuts, meats, veggies, fruits…not cakes or chips or anything like that – not even bread – so what is the problem?  My problem – I like convenience – does anyone else deal with this issue – I NEED HELP!  I work a lot and volunteer a lot and sometime I do not have time to determine what to eat; so I run through the drive through and grab food for my family.  We eat out a lot – ALOT.  I know that is a big issue.  I have bought those trendy trays so that I can prepare my food ahead of time but seriously I am not excited about that.  I really don’t want to eat the same meal every day – how boring is that.  I get tired of chicken done forty-nine ways.  It is still chicken…. BORING!!!  You see I like Pasta because you can prepare it 49 ways and it taste different every time – oh and it takes 10 minutes.  So I have diagnosed my problem with food – I need food that is convenient – quick to fix – healthy – without being BORING!

I truly appreciate different tastes and my palette is gourmet cuisine!  I love the perfect cheese on an oat cracker drizzle with a little honey and then followed by a fig.  Yes, that is what I’m talking about.  I love the deliciousness of mixing foods and flavors together to find that perfect combination.  Oh the taste- I roll my eyes just thinking of the surprise of sweet, crunchy, tasty amazing treat.  Sorry – got distracted for a minute!  I need help!

What do you eat?  How do you not get bored?  How can I win this WAR?  I would just take a win of a battle right now.  I am so frustrated with myself.  Why is this so hard?  I want it but I don’t want to work for it – that is not who I am except where food is concerned.  How can it have such a hold on me?

Please share with me today – I need to hear from my friends – heck even my enemies.  I ask selfishly for prayers as I continue my journey.  Maybe we can do this together.

The Plump Lady – Leigh Christian

Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a fut


Oh you’ve got to have FRIENDS…


Galatians 6 really reminds me about how important it is to have friends. Friends are a key element for success in  getting healthy!  You have to have support, encouragement and most of all someone to be accountable to!  I tried having a facebook page to provide support and to have a place to share ideas.  It was helpful and I still plan to keep it but nothing replaces true face to face friends asking you where have you been – since you hadn’t been to the gym.  Friends checking in with you about how you are eating and whether you need advice or help.  Friends are the real basis of success for me on a diet.  I know what to do – I just need encouragement, support and a hard kick in the butt sometimes!

Galatians 6  Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Help Each Other       Brothers and sisters, someone in your group might do something wrong. You who are following the Spirit should go to the one who is sinning. Help make that person right again, and do it in a gentle way. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin too. Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you are obeying the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to do this, you are only fooling yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.

Never Stop Doing Good  Whoever is being taught God’s word should share the good things they have with the one who is teaching them.If you think you can fool God, you are only fooling yourselves. You will harvest what you plant. If you live to satisfy your sinful self, the harvest you will get from that will be eternal death. But if you live to please the Spirit, your harvest from the Spirit will be eternal life. We must not get tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up. 10 When we have the opportunity to do good to anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.

Paul encouraged his friends in Phillipi as shown here in Philippians 1:27-30  The Voice (VOICE)  27 So here is what I want you to do: conduct yourselves as true and worthy citizens of the Anointed’s gospel, so that whether I make it or don’t make it to see you, I will at least hear that you continue to stand, united in one spirit, single-minded in purpose as you struggle together for the faith in the gospel. 28 Don’t be paralyzed in any way by what your opponents are doing. Your steadfast faith in the face of opposition is a sign that they are doomed and that you have been graced with God’s salvation. 29 And now, you have been given the privilege of not only believing inJesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, but being chosen to suffer for Him as well. 30 You have seen me suffer for Him. Since I’ve been away, you’ve heard of the other agonizing conflicts I’ve had to face. Now you know firsthand the pains of this battle.

The Bible refers to so many friendships, mentors, groups and continually reminds us that we need to stick together.  Friends are so important to me.  I have had the best friends in my life time and still love each and everyone!  I know that God put each person in my life when I needed them.  I have some friends that I hadn’t talked to in a while but when we do facebook or see each other – it is like we have never been apart.

I encourage you to find friends, start a group, get a trainer…find someone to be your someone….to motivate, support, encourage and make you stay on track!  Go to The Daniel Plan and check out their site on Friends.


Friends Forever…


On the road again…to a new and healthier you!

road       So, here I go on another journey…you would think I would be tired as I trudge down the same old road of getting healthier…I have been here before and I am sure I will be here again but I want a different path this time.  I am so tired of going down the wrong road – I mean – I just don’t fail,  but something about losing weight, taking care of myself – I am a complete failure – where did I make the wrong turn?  I want to plan a path of change, something that I can handle that is not to stressful and something that will produce results.  This time I am going to plan my journey so that I don’t veer off course.

This time I have decided to do something different.  I have prayed about how I could be healthier, how I could be better, and how I could lose weight.  I heard someone mention the Daniel Plan and it peaked my interest.  Then I heard it again that same week and someone said they had just started it and loved it!  Then God practically smacks me upside the head…I was standing in line at a Christian bookstore and while I was there I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye—something lime (My favorite color).  I am naturally drawn to that color, so I looked at the title of the book, naturally…It was “The Daniel Plan” a book by Rick Warren (Who also wrote The Purpose Driven Life).  OK God – I get it!  I should explore this is an option.  The five essential parts to the Daniel Plan are Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus & Friends…sounds reasonable.  So I started researching and realized that the Daniel Plan was very similar to the Paleo Diet that I had been successful with last year so I know I can do this.  What I missed last year was the other parts…I need to focus, to utilize my faith in God and to share with my friends.


There were great things on the website   Rick Warren and his fabulous team have so many sermons, lessons, verses, inspirations that I know it is the direction that I need to go in!!


Therefore, I decided to start at the beginning of Lent season.  I started a Facebook page called the Daniel Plan Connection, so that I could share information, have a place to discuss when I need a little encouragement and just a place to share recipes, inspirations, funnies, etc.  We are three weeks into this now and I have about 50 friends that have joined my journey.  I still struggle some but not nearly like I did and now I have someone to keep me accountable, to inspire, to share best practices, etc.  If I stray off course – I am encouraged to get back on and I keep chugging along.

I love the food that I am supposed to eat and I am enjoying it!  I do not feel deprived.  I have eased into it by cutting out all white products (Rice, Flour, Bread, Potatoes, etc.)  I am only drinking water and try to drink at least 72 oz. per day.  I have upped my veggies and fruits and am just paying attention to what I eat.  I am getting a little stricter each week.  I plan to start the Daniel Fast next week and it is even a little stricter.  I can do it though if I plan, buy the right groceries, etc.

The Daniel Plan is about so much more than eating though.  I have really started to think about my faith – I have read Daniel and have watched YouTube, Googled, read many translations, started the Beth Moore study on Daniel, and have just grown to LOVE the book of Daniel in the Bible.  It is so intriguing and there are so many things that I never really got from it before.  I have tried to establish a better prayer routine as well.  I pray breath prayers all the time – you know—the ones where you say just a word and God knows what you are saying. My daily prayers used to be when I was driving somewhere.  That was my alone time with God.  You know, I realized that really was not good enough and I needed to treat God better.  I am still struggling to find time to make it special every time, after all he is so special and wonderful and forgiving and I need to treat him more holy!  I love that I am casual with God but I feel a strong sense of needing to be more respectful.  He is God after all!

Well, I hope to be writing more often so that I can encourage, support and inspire you to take care of yourself and take care of the body God gave you – it is the only one you have!  So I think they were missing one Essential Element of the Daniel Plan and that is ….FUN!  When you are taking this journey – make it fun, have get togethers, yoga parties, recipe swaps, Bible Study.  This is the secret passage to a better and healthier you!  Safe travels….

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31




Leigh Christian


Is having a Mocha Frappucino a sin?

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So this morning on my way to work, I had a sudden urge, a desire – well actually it was an unbelievable uncontrollable desire for a Starbuck Mocha Frappucino.  Normally I would say that while having one is not a sin, in my case it was.You see – I have been trying to diet for a while and just haven’t done very good.  Everyday I say that I am going to get back on my diet – TOMORROW….and then TOMORROW comes and I say it again….never-ending cycle.  I knew that I shouldn’t have it and I knew it would completely mess up my diet, but I didn’t care…no one but me and the cashier at Starbucks….it would be ok – just one…just this time….I sat in line and was thinking about it, almost obsessed…this is just not right!  I knew I should not get it – but I did…ok so is that really a sin?  Well, when I finished it all – I felt remorse, I also hid my trash so no one would see it.  I was out of control because I had no self-control.  This was minor in most people’s eyes – but to me – I knew it was sin.  My lack of self control, my lack of discipline, my desires were just crazy – this was not right!

“But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Clearly this morning – I did not have on my protection from this world and I plan to go out tomorrow in full armor with my self control intact.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

So the next time you see me – just make sure I don’t have a Mocha Frappucino with me – I need someone to call me out and tell me that I am making a big mistake.  We are all in this together – pray for me as I pray for you to have self control. 


Do Your Best – in Everything You Do!


1 Corinthians 9:24-27  The Message (MSG)

24-25 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

26-27 I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

I really want to stress that you do NOT have to be number one all the time.  All that God wants is for us to do our best.  Sometimes that does result in us being the best – being recognized as a winner, but not always.  When you are in school, volunteering, competing on a team – you need to do YOUR best!  Put effort into anything you do and go for it.  If you are a runner – don’t expect to run marathons immediately, but start where you are comfortable and keep going.  When I do something – I really like being the best – I take great pride in being number one or the go to person…well there really is nothing wrong with that except sometimes my best is not going to win.  I sometimes get defeated and discouraged when I am not the best at something.  I struggle with exercise because I generally am not the best and more often times than not – I may be the worst.  My form  – well if that is what you can call it – is not perfect; my weights that I lift  – haha really do you have to even ask – not very heavy; my stretches in yoga – that is if I don’t roll over in class unexpectedly – not so great.  The key is to exercise is to do MY best.  I have learned that I can’t compare myself to anyone.  I have bad knees, heart issues, high blood pressure, blood issues…and the list goes on and on.  I probably am not going to be a big winner in a race, or finish in the shortest time or lift the heaviest weights.  I CAN go out there and every day lift more than I did before, I can stretch lower, and do more reps, longer times and just do what I can do!  I haven’t felt the greatest lately and have had too much going on – I chaired relay for life, was in charge of 8th grade class picnic, and many other things and my work is tougher than ever with so many meetings and so much going on!  I haven’t found time to go to the gym…so why haven’t I worked out at home?  I could be doing push ups, burpees, sit ups…but no I didn’t.  I know I am tired but funny thing is that when I actually do exercise – I have more energy than ever.  I haven’t been doing my best in working out and I have to get up and just do it.  I know why Nike uses that for their slogan because I can relate to it so much!  It is hard to sit and overanalyze, and to make so many excuses.  Just get up, make progress.  Do your best!

just do your best

Well, same goes for my Christian life as well.  I read devotions in the morning, maybe a little Bible readying and studying occasionally.  I spent alot of time yesterday in prayer and it felt really good.  I had signed up several times to pray for a spiritual retreat and I thought – how am I ever going to pray for thirty minutes?  I just started talking to God and boy does he listen.  I couldn’t stop.  If you are a friend or family  – I am sure I talked to God about you yesterday.  It felt good!  Why don’t I do that more often?  I love praying and reading my Bible and I am happier and calmer and at peace.  Once again – why am I not doing that more often?  These are simple things!

Mentally – I just need to allow myself time to do these things and not beat myself up if I backslide, fall off the exercise wheel or don’t read my Bible.  God forgives me so often and for much bigger things.  Why can’t I do that for myself.  I know that I need to strive to do everything that I do, to the best of my ability.  Nothing more and nothing less.  My best may be the best sometimes or my best may be the worst sometimes.  It is just important that I get in the game and I keep moving forward.  So with that – I need to get up and get off the computer and go out and do my best….

Physical – just get up and do what you can do the best that you can!

Mental – just push yourself to be better than yesterday, and don’t beat yourself up if you make mistakes.

Spiritual – Pray for God to give you the strength to do the best in all you do!

Prayers for you as you strive to do your best!

Pray for me as I do my best….

Loves & Hugs.


Hebrews 12:1-3  The Message (MSG)  Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!



Spring Changes


I love Spring – and I always have!  It is great to see the sun shining more and things just seem brighter and people generally a little more cheerful…maybe even a “spring” in their step!  I love having more daylight when I get off work and it gives me more energy because it just seems like there is more day!

I would think that I would have more energy to go to the gym and exercise more however I have had so many crazy busy things going on….can you relate?  Spring Break is next week, deadlines at work and you have to stay on your game with all the sequestration stuff and economy issues.  Also, it is the time of year to do taxes, get organized, do spring cleaning….(Cough…cough…well you are supposed to anyway!  HAHA)  There is just so much to do and so little time!  Wait – I just said I felt like I had more time because of the time change….sigh….so which is it?  You know – I have found that I have time for things I make time for.  My work keeps me busy and I need my job so I have to make time for that.  I love church and being active and my spiritual side needs that.  I need to take care of myself so that I can do all the other things that needs to be done….hmmm…so very little time for that.  Why is that?  Why do we not keep the appointments for ourselves to exercise, buy the right kind of groceries, or even visit the doctor when we find time for everything else?  With Spring here – I want to make some changes that will help me to spring forward…literally.  I started with all my changes recently and I have made so much progress…but somewhere along the way…I have drifted.  I write about this alot.  I think I am like the dog in the movie “Up”.  I see a “squirrel” all the time and get distracted.  Why does something new and shiny always get our attention and we get “bored” with normal everyday events?  Its a new season and it is time for us to get off our couches and get moving….I will do it and I hope you will too!  So next blog – I will update you and hopefully I will spring into action with a new energy.  I have to keep going…I think I can…I think I can…

 Song of Songs 2:11-12  New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

11 Look! The winter is past.
The rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers are appearing on the earth.
The season for singing has come.
The cooing of doves
is heard in our land.

Physical –As Nike Says…  nike-just-do-it

Mental – Play your work…work your plan.  Get organized…clear the clutter in your brain – do a little spring cleaning of the mind!  springcleaning

Spiritual – Ask someone to pray with you and for you as you change.  Don’t try to do this alone!

Prayers for you as you spring into action and make some changes!

Pray for me that I will spring up off the couch/bed and get busy!  Pray that I feel healthier and have more energy.

Love ya,




Habits – good and bad.


So what is a Habit after all?  According to – Habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.  I was thinking about some habits that I have – some are good but some not so good!  A habit is something you do without even thinking about it!.  I have a habit of drinking at least 4 16 oz. bottles of water a day.  It took a while but I made sure that I drank one before I got to work every day and just try to drink one everyday at the same time.  I continued to do it daily and now I miss it if I don’t have it!.

I had a bad habit of being on facebook or my computer every night before I went to sleep.  It seemed to comfort me because I just got lost in other people’s lives.  I decided for Lent to give up using my computer in my bedroom so therefore I am working on not doing this.  It has been hard and I have struggled because I was so used to it.  I want to stay in touch with everyone but I am still checking it – just not in bedroom or right before bed.  I have wanted to cheat and actually made excuses a couple of times and said it was for project or work..but we know – I checked my facebook while I was doing the other stuff.  I need prayers for strength to stick to my commitment.  I wish I could say I was as strong as Jesus was when the devil tempted him…I am not but am going to try harder.

So I encourage you to think about what is a habit for you.  Do you have good habits or do you need to get rid of some habits that are not so good?  Have you ever noticed that if you miss church once on Sunday that it is so easy to miss the next week and continue until you rarely go?  Sometimes we don’t even realize things like that.  We just know something is missing!  If you get into the habit of going to the gym to work out every day – it is easy to find time to go however if you get out of going regular – it is so easy to find hundreds of reasons why you are not!

Sometimes people can be influencers of your habits.  Do you have that one friend that you might drink, smoke or even curse around and then their are the ones that you would never even let them know you had thought about such things.  Surround yourself with good people and it makes you look good but it makes you stay good!  1 Corinthians 15:33  Don’t be fooled: “Bad friends will ruin good habits.” ETRV  Your friends can also talk you out of doing things or sidetrack your progress.  Make sure you let people know that you are doing something like dieting or exercising or attending church more and make it known that is your priority.  Get them to support you or encourage and even hold you accountable.

Physical – Help me make a habit to do ab crunches, pushups and cardio daily.

Mental – Help me get in the habit to rest my mind daily.  I try to do too much.

Spiritual – Help me stay in the habit to pray and read my Bible daily.

Prayers for you work on your good habits and break those bad ones.

Pray for me that I make good habits and destroy bad habits in my spiritual, physical and mental life!

Love ya,