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

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Lessons from Noah’s Ark

One of my favorite Bible stories is Noah’s Ark…I can’t believe Noah had the courage to just start building the ark with all of those critics.  I just can’t imagine having two of every animal in a big boat for 40 days and nights…well I can kind of imagine – I do have a teenager and there are lots of kids at my house begging for food…so maybe I can. I think 40 days and nights of rain being cooped up on a stinky loud and crazy boat would be a nightmare! I wonder how it felt that no one else was there to hear their amazing story of the ride in the boat, the animals, the rain, and the rainbow.

I found this great lesson from MYBIBLE.com and LOVED it.  These are some great lessons!

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1. Don’t miss the boat.  You know you just have to take that chance – listen to God and follow the plans he has for you. Imagine Noah building the ark – what a leap of faith!  Get on the boat or build your own “boat”.

2.  Remember that we are all in the same boat.  We all have the same chances – we just need to take them and pray about what God wants us to do.  This world has people that we may not like but we need to learn to tolerate, collaborate and cooperate!

3.  Plan ahead…it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark…My favorite saying is Plan your work, Work you plan.  One of my favorite Bible verses is  Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV) 11 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 future.  Planning is important…but follow God’s plans not just your own.

4.  Stay fit!  When you are really old, someone may ask you to do something really big.  Be ready – When God Calls, He also Equips. When God Calls, He Enables. When God Calls, He Provides. When God Calls you, He qualifies you. When God calls us, He equips, provides, qualifies & enables us.  Be ready!

5  Don’t listen to the critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done.  There are people that are jealous, they try to belittle you, they try to make you feel guilty – don’t let them.  Do what you know God wants and just keep on doing it.  Noah listened to God and not to the critics and it saved his life! 

6. Build your future on high ground. Live the life that Jesus would…he set the example and we need to follow it.  A favorite quote by Charles Spurgeon…if your Bible is falling apart – your life probably isn’t..this means that someone is using their Bible as their life instruction manual.  Talk to God…always. 

7. For safety sake, travel in pairs.   Two is better than one…you need someone to keep you on track, to encourage, to inspire…small accountability groups are great.  People tend to do much better when they know someone is keeping them accountable and monitoring them. 

8.  Speed isn’t always an advantage.  Snails were on board with the cheetahs.  Slow and steady wins the race.  Consistency  and commitment are so important.  Keep going and going and going…

9.  When you are stressed…float a while.  Just chill, meditate, focus – take time for yourself, time to relax and clear your head.  Just pray…

10.  Remember the ark was built by amateurs..the Titanic by professionals.  Give everyone a chance to express their ideas, suggestions…don’t feel like you always have to be the expert.  Brainstorming is a great way to get fresh new ideas and others buy in to your issues.

11.  No matter the storm, when you are with God, there is always a rainbow waiting.  A rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise to earth.  Look for God’s signs. 

My prayer is that we will listen to God and follow his instructions….I hope I don’t miss the boat…what about you?

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Blessings to ya!  Leigh

Oh you’ve got to have FRIENDS…

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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.  https://www.danielplan.com/friends

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Friends Forever…

Leigh