Four days into 2017 find me C*O*L*D but committed to the Fast-5 lifestyle that I (re)started back in May. I'm SO thankful for this lifestyle that allowed for enjoying the holiday desserts and candy. I've come through Christmas and New Years at a healthy weight. I look forward to incorporating a bit more exercise - primarily walking - to maintain my hard-fought-for loss.
Just about the only allowance I've made to Fast-5 over the holidays
was an extension of the eating "window"
from a strict 5 hours to an occasional 6 hour one.
At well over 100 days of Fast 5-ing, I've decided to quit counting the days. I have NOT quit counting pounds lost, however! Over the past week, I've been happy to see the scale consistently below the next-to-the-last decade poundage toward my goal. That means I have less than ten more pounds to lose!
Exercise on the 88th day of my Fast-5 experience included emptying the bathroom on our main floor to prepare for its remodeling.
My primary, "sit down" meal included a variety of baby tomatoes, 1/2 a croissant, left-over red beets, fresh Red Haven peaches, and hummus (plain, to which I'd added some minced garlic).
We took a break in our clearing to enjoy a glass of orange juice with crushed ice. When finished toward evening, my husband ran to our local cafe and brought home one of their fantastic taco salads to share.
It was a productive day and another good one in the eating and exercising department.
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.
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...)
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.