Monday, December 19, 2011

What’s the trouble with turning 23?

Let me tell you, dear, what the trouble is: {at least for me} my body is malfunctioning!! Since I’ve turned 23 (four weeks ago) I’ve been cursed with acid reflux {which plagues my whole family but I’ve never had} and heart “shudders”. That’s not a technical term. It feels like I have a butterfly in my chest. There probably isn’t anything wrong with me, but I get to go have an EKG {Electrocardiograph} so they can measure my heart. I’m not scared. Seriously, I’m not.

I am however scared of this: These problems have severely changed my eating habits (granted it’s been about three days that I’ve had to live with the changes, but that is the first three days of the rest of my life). I cannot eat refined sugar (due to acid reflux) or have coffee more than three times per week! It’s going to be a major change for this sweet-toothed-coffee-lover. This combined with not eating dairy {I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to the protein} is going to be a challenge.

I am going to need a lot of prayer to keep on this, but I did ask the Lord to help me lose weight and having acid reflux every time I eat something made with refined sugar is not what I had in mind, but plus side: now thinking of eating a cookie makes me want to cry. I don’t like to cry therefore I will not eat said cookie. Bam. Problem solved. I won’t eat the cookie.

This will be hard when I read about Emma’s beautifully baked treats, Joy’s amazing culinary skills, Jill’s beautiful delightsMallorie’s 12 days of baking and Tracy over here (she actually has a lot more then sweets but I still want to eat all of her food). See what I mean?! Tough cookies… dang it.

This has been encouraging me lately:

John 10:22-30

22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”

I feel like I got side tracking somewhere in the middle there, but in general it’s been a hard few weeks… I’m going to need a LOT of help from the Lord to sustain me and change my noshing on sweets habits. Even something seemingly as simple as this needs to be labored over in prayer (with God’s help anything is possible). 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lunch rules!

I love lunch. Usually I reheat some homemade soup (chicken & vegetable). I make up the entire recipe each time. Sometimes it’s more of a stew, others it’s really soupy. Today it’s a little more soupy with lots of squash, potatoes, kale, corn, beans and lentils. Oh, and there is some chicken in there too. It’s so good on a cold day!

yummy soup, terrible photo. oops!

There are two connotations to the title; to tell you how awesome lunch is and how I’ve come up with rules for my lunch time. There are only two, so it’s pretty simple to remember:
1.       If I have one hour for lunch I must spend at least 30 minutes moving (dancing, walking, exercising)
2.       While I am nuking my lunch I will do squats.

Okay, I gave my insecurities about my body to God a while ago, however I still want to be healthy. I’ve come to an understanding that just because I am trying not to have insecurities about my body doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t take care of it (duh). SO in that case, I’m back to move moreand eat less (and actually doing it- I didn't lose the 20lbs that I wanted to- and that's okay but confusing, because I do eat very healthfully and hardly eat flour [is this as bad as everyone says it is?] and move A LOT but still lost nothing...).

Off to take a walk now!

How to squat, in case you don't know already:

My new Post-it note (to help me not eat mindlessly):

Friday, December 9, 2011

21 days is too long in between blog posts.

The last three weeks I've been busy. I had a birthday (I turned 23), three parties and Thanksgiving happened. I got a promotion/ job change (yay!) and there haven't been any earthquakes. I watched Little Women against my will (I cried) & I had some awesome family time. I finished reading Deuteronomy and Joshua. I'll start Judges tonight. These are the last three weeks in photographs:
I bought a fake tree and decorated it.
I saw my family for Thanksgiving and learned how to play a "Cars" game.
Birthday Party #1 (polenta on the board).
Played "Hell". Oh, you don't know what that is?! I'll teach you. It's awesome.
Painted my nails with my aunts and sister.
Crackle nail polish is really neat.
We had Salad made by aunt Theresa, who makes some awesome salad dressing.
This is my family.
Isn't he the cutest?!
From Caiden To Bethany. I am your best friend. :)
Home made Pazookie.
Birthday Party #2.

I bought this dress, then returned it.
I made a wreath.
I went to the Fort Mason Center.
I visited some friends and played pool in their living room.

wrote on my  hand.
Watched Elf.
My dad gave me a lovely key hanger.
Made some banners and hung this one on my vanity.
This one is on my awesome lamp.

Took a picture of a moth this morning.
I cried after reading this, it was so beautiful:

Deuteronomy 34
Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the South, and the plain of the Valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have caused you to see itwith your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”

So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended. 

Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. 

But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel. 

I feel like I got really close to Moses reading about him for so many months. I enjoyed his story and loved his devotion to the Lord. His story to be depicted perfectly the grace and justice of the Lord. Reading the Pentateuch has taught me so much about the Lord redeeming works and how much He loves His people. I understand a little bit better about being one of His chosen people. I understand a little more about being His beloved. I understand a little more about His justice and His grace. I want to live out this beautiful faith through good works. The Lord is the giver and the provider, and through reading these first books of the bible, I understood that a little more.

that might be a little heavy for a Friday, forgive me.

Cute cat video: