Progress

 
 I drive through this town frequently every week.
Most of the time, the stoplight turns red as I reach the intersection
giving me opportunity to observe the progress on this project.
 THIS week, the scaffolding was removed
and a blank canvas has been produced on which a mural will be painted.
The progress is there for all to see...
Likewise with my Fast-5 "re-boot".
Today (Day 45) I was able to button a skirt I haven't worn for awhile
and tuck in my shirt!
The scale registered a weight loss, too.
Progress!

 I Timothy 4:15 says:
Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, 
so that all may see your progress.
(I know that "these things" doesn't refer to weight loss
and healthy habits, but the verse still encourages me in this area
as well as development of my spiritual gifts...)

38

I began "38" with a 20 minute walk.  The morning was cool; 
the walk made even more enjoyable as I shared it with my husband.
Later this morning, I came across this excerpt posted by a friend
from The Upper Room re. walking.
It is a wise and inspiring commentary, I think.

Christian practices that incorporate everyday gestures and actions typically involve our bodies: We speak, sing, eat, wash, or bow. We walk. By investing these gestures with new meanings, Christian practices shift our way of being in the world. …

These practices are not burdensome tasks or rules required to become “good Christians.” Instead, they are gifts from God that nurture openness and receptivity to divine love that streams continuously through the people, events, and places of our world. Walking represents one such Christian practice. …
When I walk, my life slows down. Rather than speed past the world around me, sealed in my car with the radio playing, I move slowly. Moving at the speed of my feet, I hear the sounds of birds, insects, and the wind blowing through the trees. The rhythm of my footfalls invites me into an awareness of myself and the world around me. This awareness leads me beyond creation to the Creator. … Walking, like all Christian practices, makes me more open and receptive, more mindful and aware.
– Thomas R. Hawkins
Every Step a Prayer

Why?

Scrolling back, I see I didn't say WHY I began (again) this Fast-5 lifestyle.
It was on a Wednesday--May 18th.
Thirty-five days ago.
I had a doctor's appointment, set only because I needed to have a prescription renewed.
I dreaded going.  I KNEW I had gained weight since my last visit well over a year ago.
I knew, too, that my blood pressure would be off-the-charts
(as it always is when I sit in a doctor's office).
I like my doctor.
He didn't bawl me out.
He didn't have to.
And that's the "why" of the past thirty-five days.
Tomorrow I have another appointment.
I don't expect a lot of change in my blood pressure,
but I'm expecting a change at the scale.

UPDATE:  -10 lbs
Yippee!

31

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain
Really thankful I got started 31 days ago.
Fast 5 has given me freedom within boundaries,
a built-in appetite suppressor,
and a way to gauge successes.

28

Started my 28th consecutive day of Fast-5 
with a 15 minute walk around a few blocks near my home.
The air was cool;
the sights pleasant.
Earlier, I'd boiled some pasta, dressed it with some Zesty Italian Dressing,
and tossed in about 1/2 a bag of some chopped veggies, a diced green pepper,
and a few sliced ripe olives. 
It will be a filling and satisfying way to open my 5 hour eating "window".  
Now to fill up the intervening hours with some meaningful
and productive activity!

Motivation

On Day 15 of my Fast-5 Reboot, I was cleaning a kitchen counter
and found this card.
I kind of wish I had dated it,
but it's as appropriate today, June 1, as whatever day I wrote it.

Business and Pleasure


 Celebrated Day 7 by walking through
 a charming neighborhood
in Bryan OH.
  
Such a great way to combine
business and pleasure...
 the business of walking with the pleasure
of peeking at other peoples' yards and houses!

Almost a Week

 
Trail walking  with my husband this morning - a cool, sunny Monday.
Day 6 of my re-start.
I've successfully eaten within the 5 hour "window"--
and healthy foods and portions, too!

this feels good

Day 2 included successfully eating within the 5 hour "window"
and 2 walks - both short but more than yesterday!
Today (Day 3) I'll open window as I drive to spend time with my parents.
Roasted carrots and fresh pineapple, en route.
I'll close my window enjoying liver & onions with my father at the local restaurant.
And hubby and I walked the paved trail through the wetlands in our neighboring town
earlier today.
This. Feels Good!

Beginning Again

Beginning.  Again.
Fast-5 & Walking.
Ate within the window.  (Banana & Fillet-o-Fish sandwich)
Walked most of way to restaurant in evening...
 

Walking in Beauty

 These are three of the many pieces of art
that line the hallways of one of the hospitals in our area.
 After visiting a friend there, my husband and I walked for 30 minutes--
separately so we could go at the paces best for us.
 We enjoy finding indoor places to do our 30 minute walking 
during this extra-cold weather we're experiencing presently...
If you're interested in seeing more, 
visit another blog of mine where I posted more!

Sabbath

"You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; 
even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest."  (God, Exodus 34:21)
Soooooooooo, today is the Seventh Day
and I will "rest" from my 30 minute walks.
I have been consistent with them this week
AND
the Fast-5 approach to eating.
I ♥ Sabbath.

Joy to the World!


This morning I quit "confessing" and actually REPENTED.
Thirty minutes of walking in circles --
living room to library through eating area and around the kitchen island.

 
"...there is joy in the presence of God's angels when even one sinner repents..."  (Luke 15:10)

Celebrating

Celebrating the phenomenal success of a blogging friend (whom I've also met in real life)! Congratulations, Martine (Bean)*.  Her determination and self-discipline serve as lighthouses to me in my current "storm".

*Martine, if you're reading this, I had included a link to your post about your "journey".  Almost immediately afterward, I got an email from you that seemed to be a "hack".  I wasn't sure how to let you know, and didn't want to send other people there if it was related to posting a comment on your blog.   Feeling a bit frustrated because that post was VERY inspiring & informational....