Checking "Out"

Checking out for the week - just going on record that I achieved my goal of 30 minutes of indoor exercise without letting 2 days in a row go without... That added up to four days.  I'm feeling FIT and FINE. 

My plan is to continue the pattern next week.  After a third week, I'll consider it a "habit"!

Fast 5 Goes to California

Next Monday, my husband and I will be attending a conference that we attended a year ago.  This year it is in California!  I am suddenly aware that I'll see people who haven't seen me between conferences.  I weigh 45 pounds less than I did then.

The thought amazes and humbles me - both at the same time.  I am SO thankful for the past year.  Lessons learned. Health enjoyed.  A new "lease on life" (as some call it).

Though meals will be provided and scheduled at "normal" eating hours, I will continue to practice my Fast-5 lifestyle while there.  

I'm excited to escape the frigid weather
we are experiencing here in northeast Indiana
and hope to see some SUNSHINE.


Well, this morning I FINALLY added 30 minutes of exercise to my day. (Hangs head in shame.) I find Leslie Sansone's "Walk Away the Pounds" to be do-able at my age.  Plus it's something I can do without leaving the house or buying equipment.  However, I must say, the 45 pounds I've lost with Fast-5 last year happened without the discipline of deliberate exercise! I find that amazing.
My intention is to continue the 30 minutes of indoor walking without letting two days in a row go without it.  

Eating Out


 Lemon pepper broiled trout, baked sweet potato (is that a hint of cinnamon I detect?) and house salad with bleu cheese dressing.  And biscuits, of course!
Just sayin'...
Oh!  Have I said this before?


....that's all I can say!

Well.  Not quite all.  In the past, I let one incident (or day) of veering from my "diet" divert me, depress me, and derail me.  I seem to gain weight very quickly, and so after a few days of indiscriminate and uncontrolled eating, I would pack on five to ten pounds before I knew it.  THIS time, I stopped it before that kind of weight gain happened.  I woke up the next day and ate sensibly and stayed within the Fast-5 window.  And then the next day, too.  And today is Day 3.

Phewwwwwwwwwww!  That's all I can say.

Meanwhile -
...hope I don't alienate any of my thousands of followers :)

Checking In

I said I'd check in - so this is me being accountable to me.
I stayed within my window,
ate sensible portions,
and had about 5 bites of my husband's blizzard.
Now THIS "feels" better!

"Firm Prior Resolve"

My experience is that the absence of firm prior resolve results in regular rationalization.
Like when to go to bed, etc.  (a John Piper tweet)

When to go to bed is not my personal issue,
but I HAVE caught myself regressing into rationalization lately.
I have begun THIS day replacing rationalization (before it becomes "regular")
I'll report in tomorrow.


"I'd give up chocolate, but I'm not a quitter!"
I saw this hanging on the wall of a writer's office
in a blog post this morning.
Kind of says what's on my mind this morning.
I DO need to cut back to a sane amount, though.
Moderation in ALL things.

Little Foxes

Oh, how I HOPE you can read this!
Especially the paragraph that starts with "Compromise....")
 It's those darned "little foxes"!
I know what some of mine are,
and I'm "on" them today!
(This is a page from More Precious than Silver: 366 Daily Devotional Readings,
by Joni Eareekson Tada.)

The Thing about Inspiration

Have you noticed?  
There's SO much GREAT inspiration out there
that it's possible to be "hooked" on inspiration 
and never actually change ourselves?
 (I was going to copy/paste an example....
but it was too large & I couldn't make it fit.
But you've seen 'em.  Those clever pictures and quotations...)
They're REALLY good,
but at some point you have to leave the pep rally 
and start the game--
and STAY in the game!


Fish.  I don't catch 'em.  I don't like to "fix" 'em.  
But I like to eat 'em.
Especially grilled or broiled or baked.
We've eaten out a lot lately.
Two times this week, I've enjoyed Cracker Barrel's 
grilled lemon pepper trout.
With a baked sweet potato.
And a house salad.
And a biscuit with real butter.
I think their tartar sauce is tops, too.
Maybe that's why I've lost another pound this week...

Do YOU eat a lot of fish?

My State-of-Heart

If you aren't a regular reader of my Life and Godliness blog,
I invite you to today's post.
In it you will find my current State-of-Heart.
Wishing everyone on the journey to health
and a Happy New Year (a few days late).
I've been spending a lot of time getting acquainted
with my new "SmartPhone"!