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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Food – Step Two

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I may seem like an expert on eating healthy and I feel like one –  I have read, studied, prayed, and ate right.  Why is this one of the hardest things to stick with?  I LOVE eating all these foods and when tempted with other things – I am strong!  My issue –  I don’t always have the right things at the right time to eat.  Sometimes my schedule doesn’t allow time to go to the grocery store or the farmer’s market.  Sometimes I am just too tired to cook, clean or prepare food.  Sometimes I just need to eat and pasta is easy, canned food – easy, frozen dinner – easy…this is my issue.  Sometimes having all these wonderful fresh foods costs lots of money, must be eaten quickly and the rest of my family don’t know how to prepare!  Eating healthier takes time to buy the right things, prepare them, and to plan better.  I love having a fabulous colorful plate that beams with color, vitamins and minerals and just taste like perfection!  I need to plan my month, stick to my plan and journal my every bite.  I like to track on MyFitnessPal App.  I have used Fitday.com as well.

I am going to take my inspiration as shown in the Bible.  In Daniel Chapter 1 verses 8-15, Daniel chose to eat his way and not the Kings’.  He stood firm on eating for God.  He could have eaten all those lavish royal feasts, but he chose to eat simple, fresh food.  Daniel Chapter 1  –But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”  11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.  15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

The Daniel Plan focuses on the core food groups of healthy carbs, healthy fats, healthy protein, healing spices, drinks, and super foods. And The Daniel Plan gives an easy guideline to use for any meal:

  • 50 percent non-starchy veggies  (Eat more! You don’t often hear that when you are trying to lose weight and get healthier, but non-starchy vegetables are one food group where you can satisfy your appetite.Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and look great on your plate—and with so few calories and carbohydrate, everyone can enjoy more!)
  • 25 percent healthy animal or vegetable proteins   Proteins should be approx. 30 – 35 % calories, no more, as you need to balance it with good amounts of vegetables, fruit and healthy fats. Eat only about a palm-sized portion. Protein increases your metabolism. Protein is necessary for muscle repair and growth, it is the building blocks of all the proteins in our bodies, including, skin, bones, enzymes and bloods cells. Without adequate protein, you lose muscle tissue. Increasing lean protein and decreasing refined carbohydrates improves blood sugar, cholesterol and decreases high blood pressure.
  • 25 percent healthy starch or whole grains – Make sure to carefully choose WHOLE GRAINS!  This can be confusing but look for the whole grain stamp.  Eat Gluten free – this is an easy way to ensure that any grains you are eating are whole grain.  Do NOT eat processed grains.  From the website…http://wholegrainscouncil.org/  Whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel. Refining normally removes the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of a grain’s protein is lost, along with at least seventeen key nutrients. Processors add back some vitamins and minerals to enrich refined grains, so refined products still contribute valuable nutrients. However, whole grains are healthier, providing more protein, more fiber and many important vitamins and minerals.
  • Side of low-glycemic fruit –  OK so I am no expert and have to look all these things up – but it is easy – just google, read, ask and you will find the answers:  Berries, cherries, peaches, plums, rhubarb, pears, and apples are optimal fruits; melons, grapes, and kiwifruit are suitable but contain more sugar. Organic frozen berries (from Cascadian Farms) can be used if you make protein shakes. (This is a good way to get your protein in the morning.)
  • Drink—water or herbal ice teas (Hot or Cold)  Drink at least 8 – 8 oz. each day.  I like to drink bottled water so they are typically twice that size so I drink one before I get to work, one before lunch, one after lunch, one before bedtime.  I drink water during meals too so that ensures that I get my minimum needed daily.  I don’t drink anything else.
  • Snacks: Seeds, Nuts (Not peanuts), Beef or Turkey Jerky, Fat Free Yogurt occasionally,  
  • From “The Daniel Plan – 40 Days to a Healthier You.”  By Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hymen.

Get started, stick to it, stay focused, share recipes with friends, have accountability members – kids, spouse, mom, friends; be creative, Plan your work – work your plan!

Pray for me as I pray for you…

Many blessings and healthy eating!

Leigh

Eat, Drink and be Merry and Get Healthy

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I love food – every kind!  You could say it is my hobby…I eat when I am happy, stressed, mad, for enjoyment,well,  for every possible reason.  I love cooking, eating out, tasting new recipes, cooking family recipes…let’s facing…I am a foodaholic!! I have struggled over the years with eating right, working out and just getting healthy.  I have dieted, exercised and just can’t seem to stick with anything.  Last year I lost 43 lbs. and then stopped losing – no matter what I tried – I gave up…I gained it all back…why can’t I do this?  I am not a failure.  I am sure so many of you feel the same way – it’s yo-yo time!  Up and down with dieting, healthy living and exercise.  Usually we are so committed at first and then somehow we don’t have time, we don’t make time, we let other things come between us and taking care of ourselves – all good reasons we think – but if we are not around long enough – we will not be able to take care of these things.  I learned that it is ok to pray for yourself, to take care of yourself, to make time for exercise – you are not being selfish – you are trying to make sure you are going to be there for others for a much longer time!  

So once again, I tried to start about 4 weeks ago and I am eating so much better and I have lost 10 pounds.  I wanted to lose more and I wish it was coming off much faster but this time – I am having fun with it!  I have been craving Fried Chicken – one of my favorite foods.  Well – not exactly a healthy choice but today – I must say – I am very impressed with the best tasting “fried chicken” that I ever made.  I took some chicken breasts and flattened them and rolled them in crushed pistachios and drizzled them with honey and put some olive oil in a baking dish and baked them.  Not only were they beautiful – they tasted amazing!  I have found fabulous recipes and am being creative with our meals.  Why can’t eating healthy be fun?

I am praying and preparing to begin the Daniel Plan (from the Saddleback Church – Rick Warren’s church) for Lent beginning March 5 through April 17.  40 days to a Healthier Life.  Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends – sounds like a winning combination for me.  I hope you will think about joining me in this plan.  I am studying Daniel and looking at videos so that I can be ready when I start.  Pray for me that I can be completely committed during this 40 day period.  Let me know if you need my prayers and if you will join me.

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1 Corinthians 10:31  Amplified Bible – So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.

Connecting with you,

Leigh

 

I’m BAAACK!!!

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Well, I have struggled for words lately – I think it was because I planned to write about the parables but I can’t force words to come and I really do better when I just speak what is on my mind.  I haven’t done so well lately.  I haven’t been eating right, really not exercising much and just haven’t felt great.  I have got to get back on track.  I have gained some weight back and I have just felt down and out.  How dare I let myself get into the rut that I was in this time last year.  I think I must go so fast and furious that about this time every year – I crash.  So I am going to start back and I am going to be strong!  I am going to get people to hold me accountable, I am going to write down my goals and I am going to pray.  I have decided to do the Jillian Michaels Detox Tea – I can drink 60 oz every day I am sure.  I will start eating better – no processed foods, eat more proteins, fruits and vegetables.  I will exercise every day – some way some how.  I will do pushups, ab crunches, planks, burpees (Did I really say that???) and be focused.  I know that I can get back to where I want to be.  I hope you will join me.  We all get down and out, it’s just all about getting back in the game, get up off the couch and get going!  You can do it and I can too!   Come on – what are you waiting for?  What will you do today? 

Motivation to change physically

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Have you ever wanted to Laugh out Loud (LOL) or cry when looking at the scale?  Me too…

Well – I was just unhappy to look at myself in the mirror, unhappy that I struggled to get in a booth at a restaurant, and I just felt terrible.  There were days that I just really didn’t want to get out of bed because I didn’t have the strength.  I was overworked, overweight and overstressed….When was this going to be OVER?  I knew I needed a change and I thought it would start with my physical appearance.  I thought if I lost weight – I would feel better and typically that is true!  I wanted a fast miracle and I didn’t want to add anything else to my life!  So how could I do this without adding more time to my already overly crazy schedule – I didn’t have time to diet much less exercise.  I didn’t want any pills or patches, or anything that could make my already messed up heart any worse.  I am not a fan of very much exercise and I really didn’t have any time to go to the gym.  I had tried things before and nothing had really worked.  Ten pounds here….ten pounds there – I think I lost the same ten pounds ten times!

I decided to learn more about a gym that a friend owned and thought I could go by there after work instead of sitting watching my daughter every day during cheer practice.  I probably could manage an hour here and there.

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The hardest thing was just taking that first step and going into the gym…after that it was much easier!  I was motivated by looking in the mirror and seeing someone that I didn’t like – someone who I didn’t even recognize – how could that be – it was me!  I was motivated because if I didn’t take care of myself – who was going to take care of all the people that I take care of now!  I was motivated because I felt that a business person should look more professional than I did, because a smart powerful woman would not let themselves go like I had.  I felt motivated out of sheer desperation!  Why hadn’t I got to that point sooner – oh I did!  I tried to do things about my looks, my weight, my attitude – but I failed so I would just beat myself up more, get more frustrated and get more stressed and depressed!  Have you been in that ever-ending cycle?

I conducted a very scientific study (Well OK – it was on Facebook and I asked friends what motivated them…)  I received many answers but most said the mirror motivated them; some said for severe health reasons, some for competitive reasons.  It seemed that age and the many beautiful changes (not) that are made to our bodies, hair, etc…motivated many.  We want to look better, be healthier and just have confidence or hope that it will make us feel better.  Determine what is your motivation.  Is your goal to lose weight – how much, by when, how are you going to do it…  Be specific!  Is your goal to look younger – how are you going to do this – change your style, your hair color, your makeup and skin care?  Write it down.   Visualize yourself being the person you want to be.  Be specific.  Pray about it.  I learned that it is OK to pray for specific things and to talk to God and ask for help.  This is not being selfish – this is telling a friend and asking for support.  Tell God your goals, your hopes, your dreams & desires – he wants to hear – he wants to help!  If things don’t happen – he has a better plan – maybe a detour that will show you something way better or make you a stronger person!

Here’s some encouragement from Psalms that I thought would be a good motivation for you – how can you not succeed with God on your side?

For God’s Word is solid to the core; everything he makes is sound inside and out. He loves it when everything fits, when his world is in plumb-line true. Earth is drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction. Psalm 33:4-5 MSG

Psalm 33:18-19 The Message (MSG)

18-19 Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him,

the ones who are looking for his love.
He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times;
in lean times he keeps body and soul together.

20-22 We’re depending on God;
he’s everything we need.
What’s more, our hearts brim with joy
since we’ve taken for our own his holy name.
Love us, God, with all you’ve got—
that’s what we’re depending on.

Physical Fitness – Write down your five favorite exercises and begin doing 25 daily.

Mental Fitness – Memorize Psalms 139

Spiritual Fitness –  Pray for yourself that you will know what motivates you and that you will have the courage, strength, knowledge and power to achieve your goals.  Just a reminder – it is OK to pray for yourself.  (Thought you might need to hear that…I know I did!)

Prayers for you as you get motivated to reach your goals….be consistent, persistent and continue every day!

Pray for me as I need motivation to stay on course, not give up and pray as I continue this awesome journey of physical, mental and spiritual fitness.

Love ya!

Leigh