A YUGE change for me

I am beginning a new adventure, actually a new lifestyle change. I am tired of being overweight and craving sugar all the time so I am going on the Ketogenic Diet. Ninety percent of my life I have been skinny and able to lose weight easily. Now that I am in my 50’s it seems to be much more difficult. The fact that I do not have the desire to workout as much as I used to does not help either.

Exercise with JEsus

 

My doctor recommended this diet to me about 6 months ago. She told me to try it for 6 weeks to reset my system and said that I would no longer crave sugar and carbs. At the time I didn’t know if I was ready for such a drastic diet change. Give up coke and bread and dessert?

 

Six months passed and I had not lost any weight so I decided to go for it. I am ready and feeling determined. I went to the bookstore to buy a book or two on the diet and discovered that a doctor I have followed for years online wrote a book about this diet! That was a confirmation to me that I am doing the right thing. So of course I bought his book and another book which is mostly a cookbook.

Diet books

I started the diet on Friday so I just finished my third day. The first two days were rough because I felt pretty bad (carb withdrawal I’m sure), but day three was much better and I felt like myself again.

Diets have never been my thing. When I needed to lose weight I would just cut back on carbs and sugar and I would lose the weight. The closer I got to age 50 the more I noticed a change in my body, that dreaded slowing down of the metabolism. Sadly, my motivation to keep working out faithfully was slowing down right along with my metabolism. I was beginning to feel like Carbie.

 

This diet journey will not always be easy but if I start losing weight and feeling better that will motivate me to keep going. It is time to take better care of myself and not just go on a six week diet, but make a lifestyle change for a better, healthier and hopefully longer life.

Give it to God

 

Friends in High Places?

I’m sure we all have friends in low places. You know the type, the ones who take more from you than they give. Sometimes it is good to help out a friend who has hit bottom and try to lead them back to where they need to be, but we all need friends in high places. Those friends who are always there to pray for us, give an encouraging word or even tell us the truth no matter how difficult it is are the ones we need to keep in our lives long term.

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Recently I got to spend time with a couple of these friends in high places. I have a handful of these friends, some are local and some are out of state. We find a way to keep in touch with one another. It takes effort but it is always worth it! Being with these friends recharges your battery and lifts your spirits. We all have busy lives, and it is good to take time out for ourselves away from our regular routines.

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One of my friends is in Oklahoma and she came to stay with me in Texas for a whole week. We got to share some needed girl time together with lots of shopping included. It was great for both of us. We have been friends for 26 years, and she was one of the brides maids in my wedding.

Another good friend I spent time with recently lives in Texas but is about 45 minutes away and we do not get to see each other as much as we would like. We went to see Chonda Pierce live and it was so much fun! We arrived early as the seats were general admission so we had lots of time to talk and catch up. We have been friends for 18 years. We actually met in Dairy Queen and I believe it was God who brought us together. She introduced herself, we hit it off and kept in touch from that moment on.

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I am so thankful for these friends and others. They pray for me and encourage me. They care about me and my family. These are friends I can share both good times and bad.

FRIENDS

There was a time when I alienated a lot of people in my life. About 10 years ago we went through a very difficult time with one of our children. Something happened to her health that changed our lives forever. No one really understood what we were going through, and I didn’t like talking about it because I was living it every day, so I kind of shut myself off from everyone except my mom. I stopped answering my phone because I didn’t want to talk to people. I didn’t want to answer their questions so it was easier to just ignore the phone.

I kept in minimal touch with close friends but thankfully these friends stood by me and understood, as much as they could, that I was going through a difficult time in my life. After several years of this I realized that I needed more and couldn’t live like that long term. I needed to hang out with friends again, to get away for a few hours and laugh until I cried or pee’d my pants! I needed a break from the daily grind of my life. We all need this from time to time. Sometimes we need a complete getaway like a vacation, but sometimes all we need is a good friend to spend time with, share and laugh with.

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I treasure these friends and hope that I give to them as much as they give to me.

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Is It Over Yet?

I was born in the Midwest and I love the weather there. You experience all four seasons and I love that. In Texas summer seems to go on forever. Summer is my least favorite season of the year. I know, I’m in a minority as most people love summer, even in Texas. The number one reason I dislike summer so much is because I am a very hot blooded person. I overheat faster and tolerate being in the sun less than most people. Even as a teenager I did not enjoy laying out in the sun trying to get a tan.

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As I’ve gotten older I sometimes forget how intolerant I am of the sun and heat because I don’t usually get out during the day in the summer, and when I do I limit my time outside. I prefer to stay indoors in the air conditioning.

HATE SUNSHINEI had a friend staying with me last week from Oklahoma. The whole week she was here we were on the go and going out in the heat every day. After several days of that I noticed that my feet and ankles started swelling at night. This is new and different I thought. At night they would return to normal and by the next evening they were swollen again. I wore sandals or flip flops every day she was here and while we were out shopping my feet would be red and hot!

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After 7 days together she returned home. It wasn’t until then that I realized what a toll being in the heat had taken on me. I had a headache which lasted over 36 hours so it started upsetting my stomach as well. I had absolutely no energy to do anything. I just felt like I wanted to stay indoors and hibernate until cold weather! Well that isn’t practical since I’m in Texas and cold weather could wait until November or December to arrive. So when I ask, “Is It Over Yet,” I mean summer and I hope you understand why now.

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I’ve been living in Texas for 19 years and I cannot believe it. When we moved here I honestly never thought we would be here this long. I like Texas, but I don’t like the weather. More and more lately I am longing to move north. Would like to live near family again before we leave this earth.

No Winter in Texas

Proverbs 31 Woman, Say What???

I don’t know what you think when you read Proverbs 31 in the Bible, but my first thought is wow, I fall very short of this woman, and not just because I’m only 5’2″. Then I read over the versus again and realize that I do many of these things or something similar in this modern age.

However, verse 26 says “She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindess [giving counsel and instruction].” I am a pretty nice person but I can also be not so nice and dare I say ugly. So when I read chapter 31 this is how I picture myself.

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I have a tendency to be a very direct person. Sometimes this hurts people, including those closest to me. My husband is completely opposite of this and so is one of my daughters, so I try to find a happy medium and use more tact when talking to people who may get hurt by my words.

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My youngest daughter is a very quiet introvert, like her father. My oldest daughter is like me, and we are not quiet people. We are loud and animated, and somewhere between introvert and extrovert. My youngest daughter has been through a lot as a child and has clung to me tightly. Together we have been through a lot of struggles. She wrote me this poem several years back and it makes me sound like a Proverbs 31 woman. The first line makes me laugh out loud because I do not see myself like this at all, but the poem makes me happy and proud of her and me.

“A gentle woman, full of peace,
A soothing love that will not cease.
Her love is comfort to my soul;
To pay it back, an impossible goal.
Time again through the years,
She’s been there to wipe away my tears.
In all life’s pitfalls lying ahead,
I’lll follow the path that she has led. 
She is the person I’d love to be,
Hope her beliefs and morals are seen through me.
Thank you, Mah, for all you’ve done;
You’ve given a world with hope to someone.”

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Like most things in the Bible we will not always hit the mark right away but we have to keep striving to be our best, for our families, for ourselves, for our Lord. So even though I may sometimes sound like Xena the Warrior, I will continue to strive for the balance between her and that gentle woman full of peace.

 

My Writing Journey

Growing up I didn’t read books as much as I do now. I was an average kid who played outside all the time and when it was time to come inside I was watching the television. I enjoyed writing though, although not stories so much as letters, notes, diary entries and lists. It’s too bad that someone, a parent or teacher, didn’t nurture that interest in writing at a young age. The public education system really needs to be overhauled, but that is a whole other story begging for its own blog post.

As I got older I started reading more and more, but writing less and less. Our electronic age has created a world where people do very little actual writing. However, true writers adapted quickly to this change and fell in love with their laptops. For me life got busy having children and being a stay-at-home mom. My children love reading and are both good writers as well. Now that my children are getting older I am getting that writing bug again. Actually I have had it for a couple of years now but have procrastinated on getting started.

The time seems right so I have started this blog to get me writing again. It is still new but I am excited and enjoying it so far. I am planning on just taking it one step at a time and see where this blog takes me. Who knows, I may get a new inspiration and completely change things. My goal is to write a book. I have several ideas but do not feel completely ready for that commitment so for now I will take it one step at a time, one day at a time. The task of writing a book sometimes sounds exciting and other times overwhelming, but if we wait until we feel 100% ready we will never move forward. Our goals should be big and stretch us a bit, or even a lot. I recently ate lunch at Panda Express and this was in my fortune cookie. This is a keeper.

Dreams

 

Showing Man He is Small

Nothing like a hurricane to show man how small he is. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a category 4. That is a large and dangerous hurricane, and apparently one that big has not hit the Texas coast since 1961.

Hurricane Harvey

We live 3 hours from the gulf coast. I would not want to live any closer than that. Honestly I would prefer to live further north altogether. There is a lot to love about Texas but I am just more of a northern girl.

When I see storms like this it makes me think of how man gets full of himself and thinks he is invincible and nothing can stop him.  Man is sometimes so smart and creative and does amazing things throughout the world, but sometimes he gets full of himself and thinks he doesn’t need anyone or anything to help him, including God. When a man is extremely intelligent, rich or powerful he does not see his need for God in his life. He forgets that his talents come from God, or perhaps he is unaware. It makes me think of the Tower of Babel. Man was full of himself then as well and thought there was nothing he could not do, including building a tower to heaven. God put a stop to that and put man back in his place.

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There are many theories out there on what is to blame for the extreme weather on earth. One theory blames man because of the chemtrails they spray trying to “control” the weather. I hope this is not true, but considering how much man likes to control things (aka play God) I guess I wouldn’t be too surprised. Another theory is that God is sending them to get our attention and draw us to Him. This would not surprise me either, especially considering how divided we seem to be lately.

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On a positive note, when there is a disaster like this people come together in unity. They help one another without regard to skin color or political affiliation. This is when mankind shows his best side. If only this behavior would last longer and not take a disaster to make it happen.

Let me encourage you to go out of your way to be nice to people, lend a helping hand where needed, or just say something positive and encouraging to someone. If everyone would practice random acts of kindness the world would be a better place. It can be contagious so spread it everywhere!

If you are interested in giving towards Hurricane Harvey relief here are two good organizations.

 

Samaritan’s Purse

World Vision

Laundry & Short Girl Problems

Any short girls out there? Tall girls cannot relate to this story but you might find it amusing or learn some useful information about washing machines. Let’s just say I’m barely over 5′ tall, okay? My husband on the other hand is over 6′. You get the picture? Pretty funny, right?

We have a CA King sized bed. I actually bought this when I was single because it was a deal I could not pass up. I love having a big bed, except when it comes to bedding. I am not a fan of comforters for several reasons but mostly because of washing them. When you have a CA King sized comforter it is enormous and too big to wash at home. The whole point of having a washing machine at home is so you do not have to go to a laundromat.

In the last 10 years we have gone through two front loading washing machines, and needless to say we will never buy another front loader. The last one happened just a few weeks ago while my husband was out of town, of course. I was going to wash the bedding and had just put in the mattress cover. Apparently the load got off balance, as they sometimes do, and all of a sudden I heard a loud crash. I go into the laundry room to find the machine had vibrated across the room, the door flew open during the cycle and most of the items on top of the washing machine had fallen to the floor. The large rubber seal around the door was warped so the door would not close. My back had been bothering me so I could not move the machine. Thankfully the other laundry was caught up so there was no emergency since doing laundry was coming to a screeching halt.

We went to Lowe’s because they have a lot of models in stock, and they are good to Veterans so I like them. We told the guy what happened and he was shocked at the story of what happened to our front loader. However, he did say that he does not recommend front loading machines as they do not last as long, they have issues with mold and smell, and just generally have more problems than top loaders. So we bought a new top loading machine that night, and I love it. It actually has a bedding setting and a waterproof setting which is for mattress covers. This is wonderful and I am shocked it took them this long to come up with these settings. This should help keep me from destroying the machine so quickly.

The tub in this machine is huge, which is wonderful for the bedding. The tub is 21″ deep and the machine is over 3′ tall! Remember, I am barely over 5′. So when there are socks in the bottom of that tub, I am on my tiptoes on one foot and lifting the other leg to help me reach them. My husband was cracking up when he saw me. He asked if I was shrinking! How rude! I asked him to kindly leave and told him I was fine. I get the job done. These pictures do not show the depth well enough, but you get the idea. It seems to look bigger in person.

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Me standing by the machine so you can see that it comes to my waist!

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It stinks that we have had to buy three washing machines in 11 years but  I am thankful to have one in my home and not have to take laundry to a laundromat to get it done. Sometimes lessons are free and sometimes they cost $700 a pop. Praying this one lasts longer than the last two put together.