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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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.

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There were great things on the website www.danielplan.com   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

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Blessings…

 

Leigh Christian

A God Thing

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Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite Bible Verse ever!  Just to think that God has plans for little ole me!  That is pretty exciting!  Sometimes I wish I knew what his plans were – I often think he wants me to go into some type of ministry, then other times I think he just wants me to make a difference and be an example, and other times – I really just think that he may have forgotten me.  Well, even when times seem like they are at the lowest point – that is when God starts working those miracles and opening doors that you are not expecting!  I think he laughs at me because it seems I just fall through the doors he opens for me and stumble so often.  God just picks me back up and gives me courage to face another day.  I wish God talked in a voice to me but that is not how it is for me.  I hear a song, get a feeling, think about a certain word or phrase and it just seems like it is a sign from God.  I have prayed so much about what I should do with my life and thought God wanted me to begin a Christian ministry but then lots of doors from another direction just opened…that seemed to be where God was sending me for now.  I think he may have bigger plans for my future but now he wants me to experience my life and the direction it has taken.  I am sure that I will grow and learn so many new things and I am excited about the direction that I am going.  I always say that when something happens and I get confirmation over and over again that it is “A God Thing”.  It always is – he has every minute of my life planned and I know that he will always be there to help me succeed.  I hope that I always have the courage to follow his directions.  I pray for you to find your path that God is leading you….I am sure it is something beautiful and truly “A God Thing”.

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Connecting with you,

Leigh

Putting the Pieces Back Together…

Life breaks us all into little pieces. It damages us, but it’s how we glue those shards and pieces back together that make us stronger.

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Sometimes things break.  Sometimes you get broken.  Life isn’t just wrapped up and tied with a perfect bow around it!  Despite all your hard work and great intentions, you can end up feeling like your life has shattered into millions of little pieces  – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and financially.  Lying on the floor, completely exhausted, feeling like such a failure…As you look around all you see are pieces.  Pieces of dreams, pieces of hopes, desires and successes; however there are pieces of hurt, frustration, desperation, anxiety and loss.  How can you pull all these pieces back together?

Ideas and plans often seem so perfect at the time you come up with them…they seem like that is what you should do, how you should go and what God has planned.  Somehow – things don’t always work out with those plans and as you pick yourself up, shaking your head, and wondering what you could have done differently, remember that it’s not over yet.  You can put the pieces back together.  It’s not easy stuff.  But it’s possible.  And when all you want is be whole again, the pieces matter.  Piece by piece – it goes together – better than ever!  So how can you piece the pieces together in the way that it will not fall apart again?  Think about putting a jigsaw puzzle together as you read my thoughts on putting your life back on track…talk to GOD FIRST!

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1.  STOP!  Assess the pieces and what are the good pieces and what are the ones that don’t need to go back in.  This is a great time to lose those useless pieces, those things that cause frustrations, anxiety and don’t add to the overall picture of who you want to be. 

2. Determine what the easiest pieces are to put together and put them together first…like corner pieces/edge pieces of a puzzle.  These are you core values – what you stand for, what you would live and die for, and those things that make you who you are!  Don’t just think about your self when putting these pieces together – think about those around you that can help or that may need help.  

3.  Look at the completed picture and start piecing the pieces together.  It is so much easier if you have something to look at to fit the pieces together – like the outside of a puzzle box picture… Make goals, determine your plan, write it down, find pictures of what you see the outcome of your puzzle will be. 

4.  Get friends, family & coworkers to help you.  Sometimes you can stare at the pieces for so long that you don’t see where or how they fit.  I had to talk to my friend/trainer today and she helped me clear my vision and focus better.  We all need someone to guide us, support us and especially encourage us through those brain fog moments.  Surround yourself with people you trust.  Family, close friends — the people you lean on — those are the ones you need supporting you.  Find them.  Ask them for help.  Don’t be a cheater.  Do the hard work yourself.

5.  Keep working until all the pieces go together and there is a clear picture of who YOU really are!  Hard work and continuous progress every day! Do a little bit more to fix the mess that you are drowning in; build  momentum piece by piece by piece.  Don’t stop until you get the job done.  Frankly, most people stop too soon.  They stop putting the pieces back together because it’s a deeply emotional and draining process.  It takes guts and there’s no glory.  It’s just painful.  But it’s what delivers you the success that you want for yourself.  This is your chance to rebuild your life the way you want it.  You bring it closer each piece you put back together.  You heal yourself and fix your situation each day you keep working. Today matters and the pieces can still be lying where they are.  You can still be lying there beside them. Take that first step and move in the right direction.  There is hope…piece by piece… 

Connecting with you always.

Leigh

 

Broken Pieces

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Deuteronomy 30:1-5  The Message Bible

Here’s what will happen. While you’re out among the nations where God has dispersed you and the blessings and curses come in just the way I have set them before you, and you and your children take them seriously and come back to God, your God, and obey him with your whole heart and soul according to everything that I command you today, God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back to the land your ancestors once possessed. It will be yours again. He will give you a good life and make you more numerous than your ancestors.

Wow – have you ever been told how special something is and to be very careful around it…well I have….nevertheless, I had to look at that special vase in my grandmother’s house.  It was her great grandma’s so it was older than two centuries…oops…it just slipped out of my hands – it didn’t fall far but it just broke into millions of pieces.  I tried to gather up all those broken pieces but it just was not going back together the same.  Grandma wasn’t even mad – she understood the temptation and she forgave me.  How cool is that?

So many times – we make mistakes and we do things that we shouldn’t or we allow criticism, conflict, comparisons into our lives and our heart breaks into millions of pieces.  It is hard to put the pieces back together but God does help us if we let him.  He makes us stronger, bolder and much wiser.  We need to make sure we turn to him in those times that we are down and out.  He can put the broken pieces together and be the glue that holds us together.  How awesome is that?  God glue….

God gave me the word while listening to the radio and I didn’t put the “pieces” together until I started looking it up in the Bible.  The next day God gave me the beautiful song by one of my favorites Mandisa – “Broken Hallelujah”.

A beautiful song by Mandisa
Worshiping God through the hard times
And then in doing so we find healing and we draw closer to God in these painful times. I pray this encourages you as it encouraged me.

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Connecting with you always…

Leigh

2 Samuel 22:21-25 The Message

God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I cleaned up my act, he gave me a fresh start. Indeed, I’ve kept alert to God’s ways; I haven’t taken God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works, I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

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1 Peter 3:3

We are always trying to do things to make ourselves more beautiful.  Lose weight, color our hair, new makeup, plastic surgery….oh, the list goes on.  We are always searching for beauty and how we can be more beautiful.  I wish I could lose weight, get rid of my heart surgery scar, were more tan, had smooth complexion…why can’t we just be happy with ourselves?

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,  reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the  figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

1 Samuel 16:7

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

I know I do want to be beautiful inside and out.  I need to pray, worship, give, love and obey God and trust him.  He sees the beauty in each of us…we just need to see the beauty within ourselves.

Go – be beautiful…..inside and out!

Connecting with you always…

Leigh

Little Things…

littlethings   I always love going to a restaurant where they make animals out of garnishes…you know an elephant out of a radish….or when I go to a nice hotel and they fold the towels like monkeys or alligators….so cool!   I guess I am easily pleased but when someone goes that extra mile or does something special, it makes things just a little better…it makes all the difference to me.  It makes me realize that LITTLE things make a BIG difference!.  I have always said that Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference and I love the word attitude because if you take each letter and add up its place in the alphabet – you get 100….so giving 100% in your attitude!  Always do a little more than what is expected.

Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable; “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.

Luke 16:10  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Luke 12:  25Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! 26And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?27“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! 29And don’t worry about food — what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. 30These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. 31He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.32“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.33“Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe — no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.35“Be dressed for service and well prepared, 36as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.

Look at all the little things in the Bible that made such a big difference….here are just a few…an apple that started the sin in the world; a basket that held Moses and he became the leader to take the Israelites out of Egypt; the stone that David slingshot into Goliath; the five barley loaves and two fish that fed thousands; a baby in a manger; the nails that was pounded into Jesus hands as he died on the cross for our sins…   These were all little things that became important in our lives.

So please don’t think of something as being little and please don’t think of yourself as little….everything and every person is a BIG part of God’s plan.  I think its the Little things that can make a difference – a smile; treating a stranger to a Starbucks in line; forwarding a devotion to a friend; making a meal for a sick friend; sharing God’s word…and the list goes on….what little thing will you do today? It could turn out to change someone’s life…it is the little things….please share your thoughts…maybe it will give me ideas to do more little things too!

Watch this awesome YOUTUBE Video about important little things in the Bible.

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