Conversation #79: A blog I have to share

My husband went to our men's church retreat back in February and had the opportunity to hear a man named Jim Denison speak.  He writes this blog (among other things), and I think everyone should read it. 

This line from one of his recent posts just struck me: "The worst thing that could happen to you today is the gateway to the best thing that could happen to you today. This is the assurance of God."

He discusses tough questions pertaining various texts in the Bible and how it relates to our culture and world today.  Take a couple of minutes to check it out.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.


Conversation #78: Maybe it will just end up being WWW

*WWW - WeightWatchers Wednesday

I seem to never get to posting until Wednesday.  This one will be short and sweet.  I didn't lose, I didn't gain.  I was sad at first, but I still know I'm eating better and then I read on the website that it is normal to lose a lot at first and then slow down.  I kind of already knew that.  Anyway, I'm trying to do better with Power Foods (an WW thing) that are good for me and filling, and hopefully I'll really start working out, too.  That is my plan anyway.  I'm not discouraged.  I feel better and already many of my clothes are fitting better.

My only concern - I bought a bridesmaid dress for a wedding I'm in this summer, and I think it might be too big by then if I keep losing weight.  I only have 12 pounds left to go to hit my goal, but I think that is enough to change the size.  We'll see.  I doubt the world will quit making dresses before now and then!

How is everyone's week going?  Did you have an amazind Easter?  I know I did - God is GREAT!


Conversation #77: Daily Outfit

Okay, so I haven't posted any pictures for a while, and I have a lot of backlog photos, but here is my most recent one from yesterday. 

Jacket: The Limited, TJ Maxx, $20
Tee: Lands' End, Sears, $2
Pants: NY and CO., $? (don't remember, but I think $15)
Shoes: Coconuts clogs, DSW, $32
Scarf: Gift from Mom, free for me

It was a little cooler yesterday so I could pull out a jacket.  I love jackets and coats, but don't need them much down here.  I can't figure out how to layer items in a cute way during the warmer months without being a hot sweaty mess - I mean a glowing mess!

I'm looking forward to Easter this weekend, and I hear the Good Friday service at our church on Friday evening is really amazing.  I'm excited to be able to go this year.  I feel like God has so been working on my heart lately, but I keep pushing Him away for fear of what He will ask of me.  Why do I keep doing that when I see so many Christians around me that have let Him in and are enjoying the abundant life?  I used to be less afraid when I was younger, but as I grow older, I let my fears hold me back so much more.

I just finished up the study One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer, and I want to be one in a million (it talks about the journey the Israelites took through the wilderness to the Promised Land and how only two out of two million got to enter and enjoy the land of milk and honey and abundant living with God). I don't know what might happen in the future, but I hope I fight my fears soon and become one in a million.  I really should devote more to this topic so look for that in the future.

Until then - Happy Thursday!!!


Conversation #76: Weight Watchers Update, two days late and a few dollars short

(Photo from: weightwatchers.com)

One of these days I hope to get back to regularly posting.  Sometimes I let the followers number get to me too much, and that is just sad.  I started blogging for me, but I really did want this blog to be a place for conversation.  However, I don't comment nearly enough anymore and just read a lot of blogs, so I really can't feel bad or complain when I don't do in return what I want here.  Alright, done complaining - wow, that was annoying.

So onto the update: I lost two more pounds last week!  I'm down 6 so far and have 12 to go to reach my goal weight.  I'm trying now to start working out more so that way I am tone and not boney or soft looking.  I think I'm maybe just realizing how high my cholesterol was/is for someone my age especially, and it has freaked me out.  I wasn't overweight to begin with, and that scares me the most.  I guess there are some hereditary factors in there, but that has just made me realize how much I really need to stay on top of this to avoid being on medication or having hear problems later on in life.  Now I'm really glad that I'm doing this, and I'm sort of sick of people questioning me because I'm not obese. 

Weight Watchers isn't just about losing weight.  It is about eating better and living healthier, and I have already reduced my cheese intake by A LOT, which might have been a factor in my higher cholesterol levels.  Pretty much the only cheese I eat these days is a Weight Watchers string cheese for 1 point.

We'll see how the rest of this week goes, but I hope I keep moving in a positive direction.  I don't really feel like I have had to miss out on too much food, and I feel full each day.  I also think the recipes they have are delicious.  So far the hubby and I have both loved them, and he was pretty worried it would all be "girly" food.  It isn't, and he is happy he gets to reap some of the healthy eating by extension.

Anyway, I'm a believer in WW and enjoying feeling better by eating better.


Conversation #75: Weight Watchers Update

(Image from weightwatchers.com)

Did I mention that I started Weight Watchers?  I think so, but if not, I did.  Clearly I'm too lazy to go back and look at my past posts.  Some of you that know me in real life may think this is unnecessary, and I appreciate your sentiment, but I needed help.

I don't technically need to lose any weight.  I'm in the acceptable range for my height and age and all, but my blood work wasn't coming back with the results I wanted.  My cholesterol is a little high, and I figure I might as well learn to eat well now.  I eat my feelings, and I think I realized I must just have a great metabolism because I think I should weigh more than I do based off of how I was eating.

My job was offering a 3 month online subscription for a discount so I figured, why not?  So many other bloggers and friends have talked about how much it helped them.  I hoping to use the three months to learn how to eat better, healthier, and start getting into better shape.  I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds of body fat either while I'm at it.  There is no magic number really for me, I just want to feel better.  I think all of this will help with my migraines as well, especially as I start regularly exercising again.

Okay, so Weight Watchers Monday doesn't have a nice ring to it, but that is when I plan to do updates (I sort of forgot yesterday and then had a migraine).  My new week starts on Sunday and that is my weigh in day so I plan to report back on Monday.  It will help keep me motivated and hopefully really keep the momentum going as I start to eat better.  Counting calories didn't hook me, but I was also eating junk calories just less.  I don't want to be skinny fat - I want to be healthy. 

Onto the details.  I started this on March 28 weighing 150 lbs (and thankfully that was already down a few pounds from my last yearly doctor appointment).  My weight training professor in college told us that on average, adults gain 1 to 2 pounds a year.  It doesn't sound bad until I realized that in 5 years I could weigh 10 more pounds, then 20 more in 10 years, etc.  That really stuck with me so I have tried at the very least to stay steady the last three years.  I did that until this last appointment so that further motivated me to start on WW.

So far I have lost 4 lbs (two each week).  I am super excited about that because it shows me that it really works.  However, it has OPENED MY EYES to how I used to eat.  I am eating so many more fruits and veggies to get full, and I have loved it.  I even bought stuff to make WW recipes and spent the same amount at the grocery store.  It felt so empowering to know I was buying better food and still getting a good deal on it (don't forget how frugal I am).  I know the weight loss may slow down or stop entirely and that is okay.  I'm really just hoping that these healthier foods are chipping away at the cholesterol and plaque that may be building up in my young arteries.

What are your healthy tips and tricks? 


Conversation #74: It's Friday = Jeans Day

Generally, my office is business casual all the time (even Fridays), but for the next few weeks we get to wear jeans if we donated to United Way.  I like United Way so it is a win/win.  I actually took Wednesday off and yesterday because I was just too sick to get out of bed.  These allergies are really getting me down.  My face hurt so bad from the sinus pressure that I couldn't fall alseep.  It is also making my teeth ache (my new dentist explained that the root of your teeth go up into your sinuses so that is why they ache sometimes when you have sinus pressure). 

Therefore, I am VERY casual today, but I still feel good.  Here is the outfit (straight from the awesome bathroom at work - this is the room for nursing mothers per the new healthcare law).  However,  I am not a nursing mother before you get any ideas - haha!

Shirt: Lands' End Canvas - $8.99 on sale
Jeans: Gap Outlet - $10 (a long time ago)
Shoes: DSW - $32 (on sale and shipped )
Necklace: Forever21 - $?, cheap
Watch: Anne Klein, ebay, $34

I love these clogs, but they are sort of dangerous.  These are the shoes I was wearing when I rendered my foot useless during the great plumbing leak of 2011.  They were the first time I was wearing them so hopefully it was just a breaking in thing.  They are super comfortable as long as I don't twist my foot in them.

I also just noticed how dark my clothes are today.  I usually like more of a contrast, but I do think it is sort of slimming (plus the lighting in there with my phone isn't the best).  No worries - I won't be wearing all black from now on.  That is for my sister - love you sis!  (I don't even think she reads my blog anymore, but it's cool because we talk on the phone all the time) 

Okay, well I better go get some water before I cough up a lung.  Have a lovely weekend, BF's!


Conversation #73: It's already April?

That is seriously how I feel.  Where did March go?  Oh, I remember.  It started out with the plumbing leak from you know where, then a weekend full of getting the yard in shape (which it needs again, by the way) and then two busy but very fun weekends of entertaining.  Oh, and it didn't stop there.  I went to our church's women's retreat this last weekend, but I think I might be able to finally sleep in this weekend.  Unless I decided to brave a local church's garage sale (I found a couple of fun items last time).  Really, I'm on the hunt for an old dresser that I can fix up and put in our guest room to replace some older furniture.  I'm not sure if I feel up to that project right now to tell you the truth. 

Okay, so what all has happened in the last few weeks?  Well, my adorable nephew turned two!  I'll have to find some pictures.  He is such a little boy these days and it makes me sad to be missing him growing up.  Then we got to spend time with some friends that were in town.  We had a busy house, but it was nice to have it full of people we love. 

Then there was the church retreat.  It was awesome.  I feel like God has really been working in me and if I can just get out of my own way, I feel like I'm on the edge really getting to know Him.  That may sound weird, but I have thought about it a lot lately.  I want to share about it, but I feel like I don't even know where to start.  Hopefully soon the words will come to me.  God is good - I do know that!

I also started Weight Watchers Online through my job.  Our wellness coordinator got us a discount so I figured why not.  Do I NEED to lose weight?  No.  I'm in the acceptable range for my body, but I don't feel good.  I also know I don't eat healthy and well-balanced meals so it has been really good for me.  I have only been doing it for about a week and a half, but I feel like I have already learned so much.  I also lost 2 pounds so that isn't too shabby either.  I don't want to be skinny fat because that is just as unhealthy as being overweight.  My family has a lot of heart disease in it so I figure it is best to start now, especially since my cholesterol is already a little higher than desirable for my age.  I feel empowered and I like it.

Today, though, I'm battling allergies.  I think the wind and being outside all weekend sent me over the edge.  It is always a cycle with me when allergies get me.  It is so weird.  It starts out as a sore throat for a couple of days, then it moves into congestion and coughing and sneezing and sleepy eyes.  Finally, when the allergens subside a bit and my body gets back on top of things, I feel better. 

So this was a boring post, but hopefully April will afford me more time than March to share on here.  I also want to share some pictures with you over the last few weeks.  I haven't bought too many new things lately, but I have enjoyed a few new items that I scored online for pretty good deals.  There is also a local seasonal consignment sale coming up that I can't wait for.  I sold items in it last year, but I decided to sit this one out.  I have a lot of items to give away, and I decided I didn't have the energy or time to get it together this go round.  Maybe next time, but I'll share if I find anything good!  Let me know how your spring has started off, too!