Over 50 Pounds Down And No Looking Back! (Health & Fitness Update)

Over 50 pounds down! I am so excited … had to do a video. :)

 

Of Blogging, Art & Armadillos

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Lately it has been really hard to get my own blogging done during the week because of my client workload being heavy (a good thing), starting to do videos again, and making sure I take time at night to paint/draw (life-giving to me.) However, I do post to social media quite regularly so I will post some of the recent art updates and the armadillo video from this morning below :)

Of Pickles, Healthy Habits & Potato Sack Fashion (Health & Fitness Update)

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I think I can make this "bunched up potato sack" look a thing... #needsnewclothes

I think I can make this “bunched up potato sack” look a thing… #needsnewclothes

Yay health!

The Weight Loss Part

As of today I weighed in for Weight Watchers (WW) at 223.8The rundown:

  • May 14, 2013: Was at 270 … total net loss to date, 46.2 pounds
  • On May 17, 2014 (Rejoined WW after stopping for three months) I weighed 238.2. Since rejoining I have lost 14.4 pounds

This week I haven’t done anything different from the past week. Still sticking to plan and the new workout routine. However, the other day I had a couple of whole dill pickles with lunch and actually noticed I got bloated (from all the sodium). I have heard skinny people say, many times, that they can really tell when they take in a lot of sodium and I just thought that was silly. Nope, it’s a real thing and my diet has progressed to the point of really noticing it (in a big way). I guess when I used to live in a constant bloated kind of state it wasn’t that noticeable. That’s kind of scary now to think about.So glad to be on the healthier side of things now. Maybe I will go with just a few dill pickle “chips” instead of a whole one. :)

The Fitness Part
I have noticed that my going to the gym five times a week has definitely become habituated because I honestly haven’t struggled with wanting to go in a long time. Plus, I don’t even think about it that much except as a positive thing I get to do and not something I *have* to do. It has become a natural default in my life. One that I even defend and protect as a very important part of my day (early morning.)

And… oh my gosh… Bruce Pitcher’s story on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss this past Monday night was simply amazing. Cried most of the way through it. His amazing health journey coupled with his personal story … wow … very inspiring and my heart goes out to him.

Wrap-up
Nothing huge to report this week but this is about where I am at with all of it. As always, thanks for your support, encouragement, and prayers. And, again, as usual, if you are also on a health/fitness improvement journey I would love to hear from you. Those of you who have spoken up before (publicly, privately) are in my prayers as you come to mind.

We have to do this for ourselves in order for it to work and stick. However, if we do it together it is nothing but good!

Father’s Day 2014

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This morning I posted a status update that sums up my feelings for Father’s Day this year pretty well, and I embed that here in the post below. I also had a fun time hanging out with Alan, Leslie, Nate, Sarah, DJ, Leslie’s Mom Sue, all the kiddos. It was a fun cookout and of course everything was delicious; lots of good stories and laughing. I hope you had a great day too.

Birthday Bloat BeGone! 6 Lbs. Down! (H & F Update)

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As of today I weighed in for Weight Watchers (WW) at 232.2:

  • May 14, 2013: Was at 270 … total net loss to date, 37.8 pounds
  • Feb. 22, 2014: Weighed 228.4 after being on WW for six months and quitting after that weigh-in … today I am up 3.8 lbs
  • May 17, 2014 (Rejoined WW ): Weighed 238.2lost this week, 6 pounds!

I am so seriously stoked! Birthday Bloat BeGone! This is a great start to my “fresh start” with Weight Watchers.

What Is a Healthy Response To Harshly Judgmental People?

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The other day I saw a former friend ranting online. I judged him :) to be being super-duper mean-spirited and judgmental! At one point in our past friendship, he was all smiles and flattery. Now, I have been told he is telling people I am a false witness leading people to hell. I’ve never responded to him publicly and don’t plan to.

My initial response to him, in my heart and with a trusted friend, was FAR from a mature response. Eventually, I calmed down and asked God to give me wisdom for the situation. He reminded me of various things He has taught me over the years as well as a few new insights. I have discovered that I can apply the following to any situation regarding people I perceive to be harshly judgmental.

Embrace The Imperfect Student – A “No More Perfect Kids” Reflection (Cross-posted)

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Here is the full text of my guest blog post on Dr. Kathy’s blog not too long ago. I am so honored to be guest blogging over there!

I am honored to be blogging here today! Lately, I have been reading No More Perfect Kids by Dr. Kathy Koch and Jill Savage. The story below tumbled out and onto the screen after reading the first chapter of their excellent book. I hope you will see the value of how a teacher can embrace an imperfect student, help affirm their innate gifts, and set them on a positive course. Mrs. Pierson has always been a personal hero of mine. I am sure you will see why.

Mrs. Pierson had this completely ’80’s longish bob hairdo thing going on. This was of course completely appropriate because the scene I am going to describe happened in 1984. She also dressed like a college professor (in my mind) even though she was my 9th grade civics teacher. I wouldn’t say she was overly gregarious, but she always seemed super-smart, confident, and calm. For many reasons, I loved her and that class. In all of my school years, civics was one of the very few classes I felt eager to attend. I never hesitated to raise my hand and answer the questions she would ask.

I loved the subject and I loved seeing her eyes light up in recognition of my eagerness.

Even when Tip, the kid in front of me, would blow spit bubbles randomly in the air, I was always focussed and enjoyed that class. Tip was cool too.