Weigh-day

heippa_kaikilleI wasn’t sure what to expect this week, since I have had a very off summer.  It is amazing how off-track I’ve become.  Luckily, I didn’t gain any weight over the summer.  However, I wasn’t eating well, and I needed to get back to my good habits.  The good habits are returning, and once I begin the routine of the school  year, things will vastly improve.  (When I don’t have a routine, I’m all over the place.)

So, this morning when I weighed myself, I was down four pounds from last week.  I hope I lose at least two pounds per week.  I work very hard at the gym, and it gets discouraging when those efforts aren’t bearing the fruit of weight loss.

Sunday Song

Matthew 7:7
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Often when I see “rock stars,” I pray for them.  On a much smaller scale, I’ve seen, up close, what musicians go through and a lot of the struggles they face.  Everything they do comes from a highly personal place, usually out of pain or observation, and more times than not, their talent is rejected for some reason or another, even if they are considered “successful” musicians.

When I go to concerts, I tear up, because of the path they have taken to get where they are.  It was hard fought.

So, when I pray, I usually just pray for them to see and know God.  He is truly the only One that can bring any of us peace and provide any sense to what goes on around us.

When a musician (especially a metal one) becomes a believer in Christ, it makes me happier than I can explain.  Having lived in that darker area of life, I know the power of that conversion.

A few years ago, Brian Welch of Korn left his band, at its height, sobered up, and became a believer in Christ.  When I hear news like this it gives me hope for others to come to know Christ.  It is my hope that their fans come to know Christ through their conversions.  As I was reading up on Welch, I saw that a former bandmate of his (Fieldy), from Korn, has since become a believer, too…partly, because of Welch’s testimony, but also because of his own father’s influence.
http://www.brianheadwelch.net/bio.html

We should never doubt God’s power to save and redeem or reclaim his prodigals.  Never.

This is Welch’s testimony.

Brain Welch–“Love”

Caption Contest!!!

Take a gander at this photo and provide your witty and entertaining captions.  I will announce winners Tuesday evening.   🙂

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THE WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
4.  John D
With multiple positions left in his administration to fill, President Obama widens his search to see if he can find any candidates from below the bottom of the barrel.

3.  Maggie Mama
After seeing the president ride a bike without a helmet, the Obamacare panel fitted him with one that embodies a liberal’s idea of complete protection. No, it’s not a Nanny State; America is now the Ninny State.

2.  Wyatt Earp
Dumpster diving: You’re doing it wrong.

This week’s winner is. . .
1.  Rodney Dill
…and some thought Brett Favre wasn’t up to a comeback.

OTHER CAPTION CONTESTS:

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Moment of Clarity

ponderYesterday, I had a very strong iced-coffee.  I know that sounds so mundane, but I ended up pulling an all-nighter for no reason.  While I was dealing with the anxiety issues that accompanied the caffeine, I made some decisions.  Don’t worry they aren’t crazy ones, just ones meant to help me improve things a bit.

1.  Because of the move, I have fallen out of some good habits.  I’ve still lost a few pounds, but I could be doing so much better, given the amount of exertion I put in at the gym.  I’ll be going back to my hardcore eating strategies.  I will let myself have something “bad” once per week, rather than about the three that I am averaging right now. I had more soda and chips (leftovers from my party) this past week than I have had in the past six months.  Not good.  At least with eating all of the leftovers (aside from the chips), I managed to not have any fried food this week.  My weight went down three pounds for my efforts.  (Usually fried food = fast food, for me.)

2.  More visits to the gym and physical exertion.  I hate to sweat, but our bodies are designed to sweat.  I’ve only been going to the gym when I have sessions with my trainer.  I need to go on my own, even if I don’t push myself as hard as he pushes me.

3.  Develop a proper sleep schedule.  During the summer I naturally sleep from 1:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.  That’s when I feel most rested and alert.  Since I can’t do that during the school year, I will have to train myself to go to bed early and hopefully sleep from 8:00 p.m./9:00 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. or 4:00 a.m.  (You wonder why high school teachers are so grumpy?)  That also means that I need to stay at work until 5:00 p.m. to grade, and that I’ll have to do all of my planning (including the creation of all assessments and handouts for the week) on Saturdays, easily 10 hours or more of work.

This might all sound pretty extreme.  It is for this easily distracted, leisure loving, pass the salty-greasy foods girl.  However, my health and general-well being rely on it.  I  think I’ll start a new weight update from where I am now, and then at the new year, tally up the overall weight lost since March 2007.

Well, at least I kept this to three areas to work on and to give God in prayer.

I’d appreciate your prayers on this and for your general prayers regarding my health.  I’ve been working on it for five years and I still have a far ways to go.

🙂  Thank you.