Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Progress...

A few weeks back I took the plunge and started Weight Watchers again.   I have tried this a couple of times successfully in the past and it was time to take the bull by the horns again to get back on track. 

The first time I did weight watchers, I was about the weight I am now and I wanted to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I did well with this and then about a year later I got pregnant with my second. 

The second time I did weight watchers, I had more to lose.  I lost 25lbs and felt great.  I was on a roll at my previous job and working out was a part of a regular habit of life so I maintained well. 

In the Fall of 2010, I changed jobs...that wrecked any exercise and eating habit that I had formed.  My location changes, I was trying to make new friends and impress those at my new job.  I lost track!

At first I gained only about 5 lbs and I thought, I can live with this.  I'll get back those 5lbs when I get a bit more settled.  Then I sprained my ankle and 10lbs later, my clothes aren't fitting quite like they used to and there are some clothes I just plain can't wear...

I have lost 2 lbs since starting WW this time and that includes an entire 7 days of travel and conference food (I have another conference in May and I will be packing my own food!)....

Progress is that I am staying on track...
Progress is that I am excited about this...
Progress is that I love the fresh veggies and fruits I have incorporated into my daily meals...
Progress is that I am excited to work out as a part of building that habit up again...
Progress is that this time instead of 25lbs away from my goal weight I am only 15...

It is all a lifestyle change for me and re-building habits I have lost...

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Perspective

I am reading a book right now that I would highly recommend by Andy Andrews.  It is called "The Noticer"...I just finished his book "The Travelers Gift" a week or so ago and would highly recommend it too. 

The premise of The Noticer is Perspective.  There are many lessons to glean from the book, but the overall theme is that no matter what the situation, if you take a minute and look at the situation with perspective, your attitude is bound to change. 

This got me to thinking that not all perspective is good.  We must seek God to give us the perspective He wants for us, not the perspective we want for ourselves.  We all want an outcome, we all need God's outcome.  Sometimes my perspective doesn't line up, but I get the outcome I want...well, what I think I want anyway.  I was reminded of this when listening to a Joyce Meyer podcast this morning on my drive in.  It was her podcast from Tuesday of this week (I am a bit behind :))...

Joyce reminded me of the story of the Israelites as they traversed the wilderness...in the beginning God gave them manna every day and then their perspective changed.  Instead of wanting what they needed and what God was giving them, they set their minds on wanting something else.  (Numbers 11).  All through the wilderness (an 11 day trip that took so much longer) they complained and rebuked God.  I just wonder if they had kept a Godly perspective if they would have reached the Promised Land in the 11 days...

I guess all I am saying is that I am going to try to take a minute and pray for perspective.  I know that sometimes it won't always lead to exactly what I think I want, but, if I follow God's perspective, it will always lead me to what I need!

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