The Best Is Yet To Come

graceHave you ever thought that your dieting was oppressive? It’s hard not to since it is restrictive. Despite the people who have “unrestrictive” diets that don’t work, a diet to lose weight will have it’s restrictions. It has to. However, if you’ve been on it a while, then the best is yet to come. You will reach your goal and you will get some relieve–not much because you can’t go hog wild with your eating. If you have a problem with food, the diet is here to stay. Maybe a treat every now and then. But always look at your diet as being something positive, not negative. The best is just around the corner.

Good-Bye 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Another year is finished, and a new one starts tomorrow. Are you healthier now than at the first of the year? Have you lost weight this year? Tough questions especially if you didn’t make progress. Tough only because you have to answer why not. I have to admit, this year was tough and I didn’t make progress. Things like weeds choked out the desire to lose. But that’s just an excuse and the year is over and no use crying over spilt sausages. It’s time to look forward to the coming year with its gift of grace already given us for this new year. So good-bye 2015, it’s been good knowing you. Tomorrow its hello 2016. I will reach my weight goal this year.

I think the mental, emotional, spiritual part of dieting is the part most people have the problems with. In the new year we are going to use a slightly different format and bring daily encouraging thoughts in order to renew the mind which is our Achilles heel. It requires a mind renewal, a transformation of thinking, a reformation of mindsets, and new relational attitudes about eating. It’s never easy working it out in the flesh so that’s where God’s grace comes in. He picks up in your weaknesses and the dieter has plenty of them. So let’s begin to change our approach to dieting this year and finally see it work.

 

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle

 

Milk Thistle, derived from a purple flower, has been used in Greek practices for thousands of years. The exceptional benefits of Milk Thistle are due to its antioxidant properties, which help to optimize health and well-being. Milk Thistle helps maintain healthy liver function by supporting the structure of the outer cell membrane of liver cells.

The main ingredient helpful in milk thistle is silymarin which is a unique flavonoid complex—containing silybin, silydianin, and silychrisin. These unique phytochemicals from the milk thistle have been the subject of decades of research into their beneficial properties.

Research showed that milk thistle improved control of blood sugar in people with diabetes with and without liver disease. Higher quality research is necessary before strong conclusions can be made.

As with all supplements, caution is the best option. Extracts from milk thistle PLANT might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use these extracts. They can also react to various medications. If any question check with your health care provider.

We use Milk Thistle from Puritan’s Pride. Click on picture to order.

Artichokes also are rich in silymarin, an antioxidant that may improve liver health.

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The Predictions Are Dire for Future Obesity

Jack and Dorian

Jack and Dorian at Knott’s Berry Farm

 

An advocacy group predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese.

Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released new predictions  recently. The two organizations regularly report on obesity to raise awareness, and they rely on government figures.

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We are closing in on the end of another year. 2015 is almost written into the history books. I’ve done little to help the cause this year. The prediction is just that a prediction. We can change the outcome. If we would look at the cost to our health that being obese or overweight is, we would have to face the fact that weight is a major contributor to health issues.

I say that we make 2016 the year of fat reduction not only in America but in each of us. It’s easy to say we need to lose weight, it’s another thing to lose weight. Let’s allow the grace of God to work in our weight loss struggles. His grace is sufficient.

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Shout Grace Grace to Your Mountain of Weight

Sherry,  Jack,  and Ange

Sherry, Jack, and Ange

 

This is the last Sunday of the year. Last Sunday we looked back and learned how to handle thoughts opposed to our weight loss goals. It’s time we begin to look forward. After all, the past is past. There is nothing we can do about whether we did good or bad on all diet this year. We only have today, but we can look to the future and make our plans.

If the weight you need to lose is still like a mountain, then it’s time to shout at it. “’Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel [your name] you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” (Zechariah 4:7 NKJV). Shout grace grace to it.

Jesus said to say to mountains be removed and get out of my way. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23 NKJV).

We came full circle, back to believing. Keep believing that the mountain of weight will be moved. Shout at your mountain. This coming year your diet will be your most productive yet.

 

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Weigh-in and 2015 Wrap-up

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This last weigh-in of the year is also on the day after Christmas. Maybe you had Christmas dinner with the family and ate too much. There’s no condemnation for that. However, the scale might have bad news for you. Oh well, so it goes—no guilt, no condemnation—only grace.

We’ve discussed a lot of weight-loss topics this year. We’ve been on the scale every Saturday and recorded another year’s worth on the spreadsheet. We are not yet sure about what we will do with this website for the coming year. With two websites to write daily blogs for, it really is time-consuming.

I’ve been plotting my weight-loss journey this year by putting my scale on each weigh-in day at the top of each weigh-in blog. In some way I have hoped this is a picture of weight loss journey and the ups and downs of dieting. The purpose is to be an example and to show what I go through each week. Not all my weigh-ins are green. (That’s the color I put on the scale when I lose.)

Remember that dieting is not law but grace. So grace and peace be with you in the coming year.

 

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Bring Those Anti-diet Thoughts into Captivity

Jack with Emery and Aleena

Jack with Emery and Aleena

 

It’s getting close to the end of the year. Usually when a new year approaches, it’s time for reflection. Reflection is a looking back at your accomplishments. For us dieters, it means to look back and see how we have done this year. I had troubling times for the first five months. I finally overcame the choking cares and turned it around.

That brings up a good thought. It’s also one reason to use the scale. If you start to gain weight, then it’s time to check the reason. If you are in a funk about life’s cares and worries, then take steps to halt that. Don’t let your health go downhill because of it. Remind yourself that the Lord is on your side. He didn’t bring these cares to test your resolve to diet and get healthy. He wants you healthy. Jesus spent a majority of time healing people.

Remind yourself why you are dieting. If you get wild thoughts about eating stuff that will impede your progress, take action and cast down those thoughts. “[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)” (2 Corinthians 10:5 AMP).

 

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Weigh-in and More Scale Talk

5-23

 

This is both a weigh-in day and a travel day. We have spent a week in Ormond Beach. I like to look out the Resort room window at the beach. I like to hear the rhythms of the wave’s steady beat on the shore. Weather permitting a nice walk on the beach relaxes the body and soul. So that’s what we’ve been doing this last week.

There’s only two weigh-in days left this year. If you subtract today’s weigh-in then there is only one left. Any goals made this year have only a week left. The year 2015 is just about wrapped up.

Here’s another the scale is not your friend quote. “Within the span of days it can lift you up, pull you down, drag you through the dirt and then pick you back up again. All with a smirk on its little scale face. Because the scale knows that it’s deceiving, knows that it’s often dishonest, but it also knows that you keep coming back for more. Sometimes more than once per day.”

I’m sorry, but I only agree to agree that you get your opinion. If you think the scale should consider your feelings, then don’t step on it, especially if you have gained. No it doesn’t care. Get over it people. The scale is simply gives you a number that tells you if you lost or gained weight. If that bothers you, then lose weight and you’ll be happy with your friend the scale.

 

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Two Minute Focus For Overcoming Diet Dilemmas

Charlene and Great Granddaughter Emery

Charlene and Great Granddaughter Emery

 

When you are struggling over a diet dilemma take two minutes to focus on the promises of God. Our pastor Clint Byars of Forward Church in Sharpsburg Georgia made this statement.

“Studies show that if you focus on something for at least 2 minutes, your emotions can change. This is especially powerful when you’re experiencing worry or fear. If you can concentrate on God’s truth for at least 2 undistracted minutes, then the fear and worry will begin to subside and you’ll begin to allow God’s spirit to have his way in your life.”

Don’t just grab the cookie and stuff it into your mouth. Take 2 minutes to remember that this is a chance to see God’s grace at work in your life. Here’s what Jesus said about it.

Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” (Matthew 6:6 MSG).

Your weight loss is important to your health. God does not want you to suffer obesity- caused illnesses. He has provided His Grace—power, provision, and protection for you to overcome.

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Weigh-in and Travel Day

5-23

 

Today is weigh-in day and travel day. We are heading to Ormond Beach for a week of relaxation. We’ve been here several times so know where to find good food. But we are going to keep our weight loss progress moving forward.

Here are some practical thoughts. If you haven’t been into the National Weight Control Registry, you need to do that when you have time to surf the web. To be a member the criteria is strict. If you are at least 18 years of age and have maintained at least a 30 pound weight loss. Then you answer their detailed questionnaires. Needless to say I’m not a member. But they find a lot of interesting information on successful dieters. Here is one.

Take your cue from dieters on the National Weight Control Registry who’ve lost 66 pounds (on average) and kept it off:

-75% weigh themselves at least once a week.

-78% are breakfast eaters.

-62% limit TV to less than 10 hours a week.

By the way all you scale haters, did you notice the first line. They weigh at least once a week—at least 75% of successful dieters do. And they aren’t couch potatoes either.

 

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