Archive for October, 2008

Another update on Gettin’ Healthy

Day 21:

So it’s been 10 days or so since I’ve reported on my progress to health and wellness.  Good news.  I’m feeling VERY healthy.  Energy level is way up.  No crazy sugar cravings.  Whaddya know, there might be something to this whole thing about eating healthier foods. Maybe it really IS better for you.

In an interview that Mike Huckabee did, someone asked him how he recently lost over 100 pounds and he said that if the food didn’t exist 100 years ago, he didn’t eat it.  I thought that was very interesting.  (I tried to find that quote in print, but couldn’t…I suspect a conspiracy by the Processed Food Industry)  I’m not sure that I could adopt that kinda of “radical” food policy, but it’s certainly food for thought.

At any rate, my jeans are still a little snug, but not nearly as tight as before, so I’m on the right track.  The secret…

  • eat less
  • move more
  • sleep enough
  • drink more water
  • lots of fiber
  • and tell the world, so you have some accountability


Vacationing….in Norman, OK

Fall Break came around and we didn’t have any big plans…a movie on Friday morning-aye, Chihuahua, but that was about it…where could we go that was close, cheap, and fun???  Did somebody say Norman, Oklahoma?  Home of the Sooners?  Hot-diggity!

Kevin and I both went to school there–Kevin, Law School and me, undergrad, so we have lots of fun memories in that town.  The Service Station, where we went on our first date, the buildings, the campus, old apartments, the church where I voted in the 1988 Presidential Election.  I know, exciting stuff.

So, hello Fall Break “Trip”!  First things first.  A special breakfast.  If you’ve never tried Chicken Mini’s from Chick Fil A, you’re missing out on a little piece of heaven.

The mums on the South Oval of the OU Campus were in full bloom.  This is an annual tradition.  Often they are planted in a eye-pleasing pattern, or arranged to make a picture.  Last year, for example, there was a windmill, covered wagon, oil derrick and other things representing the Centennial.  I love going down to the campus to see the mums.

and the trees….oh, I love the trees in Norman.

the Little River Zoo is a unique zoo which houses a lot of rescued animals.  They have black bears, mountain lions, kangaroos (including one that’s blind), and lots of other animals.  It’s a great chance to get up close and personal with a porcupine, too!  When you go, get ready for a guided tour of the zoo/refuge.

We ended the day with a trip to the famed Warren Theatre in Moore, OK to see The City of Ember, which I already blogged about here. The kids had a good time, and so did the adults.  Grand total for this “vacation”…$110.00.  Family memories…priceless.  Beat that!

God looks at the heart

Poor King Saul.  He was foolish, impatient, and thought if he mostly obeyed the Lord that would be good enough.  Sounds a little like me.  But Saul was king of Israel.  He was a commander of armies.  Bless him, he just couldn’t get it right.  Hard as he tried, and I think he really was trying to honor the Lord, but his Self just kept getting in the way.  He would follow his own desires and try to fit them in with what God had asked him to do.  (read I Sam. 15:10 for an example of this).

How many times do we take the path that God chose for us and maybe carry an extra bag of sin with us on the journey?  Something we were not supposed to bring.  Does it count as obedience if we’re walking the right path with the wrong heart?  Nope, I think not.

Man judge by the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. I Sam 16:7

Nope.  It’s not enough to just look good on the outside. But, of course, we know that.

Hangin’ with the Israelites

Much of the early Old Testament is spent hanging out with the scraggly bunch of Israelites.   In my estimation, they were a violent bunch to say the least.  I still can’t get over some of the mass killings.  Story after story of people killing each other–sometimes wiping out entire villages or entire families at a time.

One story in I Sam 18 has Saul naming the bride price for one of his daughters to David at 100 Philistine foreskins!  David however went out and killed 200 Philistines instead (cause he had some awesome warrior skills) and presented their foreskins to Saul.  Can you see where I’m going with this?  Do you think the way I do?  For your sake, I hope not. 🙂

Ok, maybe I waaaayyy over think this stuff, but I’m imagining the ‘harvesting’ of said foreskins.  Were the men already dead?  Were they wearing skirt-like things like in bible “pictures” or did they have pants on?  Did they have zippers?  underwear?    Was it a pretty quick procedure?  anyway, I could go on all day, but you get the idea…

Gotta go, David is about to wipe out some Amalekites.

The only light in a dark world

I saw a movie today, The City of Ember, because I loved the book.   I don’t know about you, but I always prefer the book over the movie if I’ve read it first, but I see the movie anyway–don’t know why.  Anyway, it’s still a good movie, and there is a line at the beginning of the movie, describing the city as “the only light in a dark world“.  Oh, that was a good line.  Let me repeat it.  Please?

The only light in a dark world.

Deeper/double meaning for me.  Jesus is the only light in a dark world.

In these times of uncertainty, war, and hate, the world seems like a dark place if you look too long at it.  So many lost, so much pain, loss, disappointment, fear.  Like a deep black hole, ready to cave in on itself.   But, Jesus…He is the only light in a dark world.

Forgive me for the “dark” post. I’m feeling melancholy.

Read the book, or see the movie if you don’t want to read…either way, good story.

Still Gettin’ Healthy

Day 10:

I’m sure you’re all wondering if I’m sticking to my commitment to get healthy, or if I’ve slacked off.  Good news, I’m still on track!  Yeah, me!  I’m still counting calories AND moving more. And I’ve even lost a little, says the scale.

I wish I could say that I was proud of myself, but I’ve done this many times before.  Many. Times. Before.  Oh, yeah, I’ve lost weight.  Then gained weight. Then lost it. Then gained it.  I have so many different sizes of clothes in my closet it’s not even funny. So, I know it’s only a matter of time before I crack.  Oh, you could say that “This time’s gonna be different!”  Yeah, but I’ve said that before too.  Oh, well, I know I’m still livin’ if I’m still struggling with my weight and body image. 🙂  Not bitter.

Today I found myself on the Panda Express website drooling over the pictures and descriptions of their famous Orange Chicken.  You see, they FINALLY opened one near us.  You wanna guess just how many calories is in ONE SERVING of Orange Chicken??!!  500!!  That doesn’t even include the noodles that have to go with it!  Those suckers are 390 calories/serving!   Oh, the humanity! What do I do!??  Not eat it!??  Ever again?!?   Can I be disciplined and just eat half a serving?! and a fourth of a serving of noodles?  That seems reasonable for a meal…but, they are soooo yummy!  Oh, can I do it?

On the upside, I did not eat the flesh of my own children–read this in Deut. 28 and it made me lose my appetite.  gross.

Can you Imagine the Carnage?

I’ve been reading Deuteronomy (did I mention I’m trying to finish the Old Testament by the end of the year?).   The Lord promised the Israelites when he brought them out of Egypt to take them to a better place–their promised land.  So, after some drama, some disobedience, and a lot of wandering, He’s leading them in to their new land.  The problem?  Someone already lives there!   Other people have settled the land, built towns, houses, set up shop, fortified walls, etc.  Hmmm… what to do now?…

Should we ask them nicely to leave?  Give them 30 days? Nah..just kill ’em.  That’s what God did.  Just killed them.  Well, to be fair, the bible says, “The Lord gave Moses and the Israelites victory over them“. But he completely destroyed everyone; men, women and children. And then they took everything of value for themselves.  I’m imagining the blood, the utter destruction after the battle, the babies lying dead in the street near their dead mothers.  Ok, sorry, that was too much.   But, really, it must have been horrible.  And it didn’t just happen once, but several times in several places.

Justification: Deut 9:5 Because of their wickedness and to fulfill the oath He swore to your ancestors.  and Deut 20:18 This will prevent the people of the land from teaching you to imitate their detestable customs in the worship of their gods, which would cause you to sin deeply against the Lord your God.

So, they were wicked?  I guess you can justify total annihilation of a community because they were wicked and in the way.  Sorry, again.  I’m really not questioning God’s sovereignty, or whether or not he’s fair, just and loving.  I’m sure of those things being unchanging.  It just makes me think about how much I don’t understand about my God.

Gettin’ healthy, Part 2

Just for the record, I’m obsessed with my “getting healthy” (I don’t want to call it a diet).   Planning meals, snacks, activity (exercise), recording my data in, thinking about my next mouthful…so hungry…so weak…but, my jeans are still tight, so I will persevere.

I’m using a free website called to track everything I eat. Everything.  It tracks calories, fat, protein, vitamin, fiber, and anything else food related you can think of.  It also has a journal tab, mood tab, a tab you can enter your measurements, a tab for Reports…it’s great.  It feeds my obsession, though.

In addition, I’ve given up coffee.  gasp. coffee.  I know.  I don’t like it black and the creamers we have here at work have 35 calories a piece!  35 calories for something that does not fill me up–although it does satify when it’s in a steaming cup of coffee…sigh…but, I just can’t justify those extra calories, so I do without.   On the upside, I slept really, really good last night.

If you’d like to join me, stop talking and do it!  You’ll be glad you did!

Gettin’ healthy

For 9 weeks now I’ve been going to Whiny-Girl Exercise Boot Camp on Monday mornings at 5:15 am…yes, I said A.M.!!  Man, that’s early.  Still dark–still nighttime, aka sleeping time.

Special props to Mike, an incredibly nice guy who drives miles and miles –for free!–to work out some whiny girls…um, I mean some of us LC girls at 5:15 (AM!) every Monday morning with a smile on his face.

So, anyway, I come on Mondays, then I’m sore for the next 3 days and then I come back on Monday, sore again…   What should I be doing in between Mondays??? Yes, that’s right–exercising!  Duh…and eating better…duh.   At least that would maximize my Monday morning efforts more.  Like that alliteration?  Anyways…I’m tired of wasting my once a week efforts..  I’m almost 40, I’ve got to get healthy before I get really old so I can stay healthy!  Yes, I said almost 40!  ugh…

I’m on day 3 of counting calories, sucking in my abdominables, and moving more.  There.  Now I’m accountable to (potentially) the entire world (I know the whole world doesn’t read my blog, but they could, so there!).  If I give up tomorrow, I’ll have to answer to the world.

I’ll keep you posted.

Bow down with eyes wide open

Numbers 22-24 introduce us to Balaam.  You know, the guy with the talking donkey.  He was some kind of wise man, or prophet I guess.  Someone that was sent for to get a word from God on what they (the Israelites) were supposed to do next–at this point, they are wandering in the wilderness, just outside of the promised land.

When they asked him for a blessing, he repeated over and over again: “I have no power to do anything against the will of God”, and “I have no power to say what I want–only the message that God puts in my mouth”.

In chapter 24, verse 4, Balaam is described as:

“one whose eyes see clearly”

“one who hears the words of God”

“one who sees a vision from the Almighty”

and my favorite…

“one who bows down with eyes wide open”

What does that mean exactly?  Bows down with eyes wide open…  Is it to be completely aware of who you are worshipping?  I’m picturing it in my mind right now–a man bowing down to God, not with his eyes closed in reverence, but wide open.

Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?  Give me some feedback, people!