Cheeseburger or God

Ok – the title makes you think I’d choose a cheeseburger over God – well in my stressful times – I have chosen two Double Quarter Pounders over taking to my knees and praying.  It is like instant gratification, but doesn’t last long.

Today – I am going in for my anagram and a bit nervous.  I cannot turn to quarter pounder, no food after 7:00 am this morning.

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God is always there and if you are a believer you have the Holy Spirit residing in you.  So why choose a Double Cheeseburger when you have God – well if you have a eating disorder, it is easy to get your fix.  Drive through the closest McDonalds.

Bible Verses About Trusting God – Read scriptures about the importance of believing in and trusting God even though we can not see him.

I love Genesis 15, because Abraham wasn’t perfect man and yet he was credited as righteous.

6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 7 He also said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”8 But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I know6 that I will gain possession of it?”7 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half

Consider Galatians 3:6-9

6 Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”   Understand, then, that those who believe2 are children of Abraham.  The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.6

I cannot say I’ll never drive through McDonald’s again, but I can tell you going to your knees in prayer to God is less complicated.  It is better for my heart too.

Did I mention that today I am going in for a anagram?   I am and may have to blockage.   I will let you know in my next post.

 

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Beautiful People

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Beautiful People – we all look and we all want to be just like them.

My obsession with food also has tied to it… the obsession of how I look.   Now over the years I have devoted less and less time on how I look, I still desire to hear the words “You look Good”, or “That dress looks nice on you.”

But not like over 1/2 the US population, I do little to transform myself each day with makeup and hair styles.  What you see is what you get, but it gives me freedom to sleep longer and worry less about what others think of me.

Now I am not saying people shouldn’t try and put their best face on, but if it is taking hours each day to get ready for work and an hour or so to get ready to go to bed, that is a lot of hours you could be doing something else.

I love the scripture that Paul uses in 2 Corinthians 3:18 “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.

As Kyle’s book says – we may still care about our appearance, but we define it differently.  “God is our standard and we live to be transformed more into his image.  That’s how we define true beauty.”

I am worrying less about my looks, then the message I show throughout my day as a Christian.  I define myself as a Christian  – then I spend more time thinking about my actions then how I look to people.

Amen.

My Sanctuary

A sanctuary, in its original meaning, is a sacred place, such as a shrine. By the use of such places as a safe haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety.

So where is your sanctuary?  My thought was that I didn’t have a place that I felt was a safe haven or a place that is sacred too me.  Then I asked my husband and he pointed to my computer, he pointed to my electronic devices.

Hmmmm.

I spend most of my day and night on them – but is that my sanctuary.  No my sanctuary is found only in God, but if I visibly look like I am spending too much time on my devices, then maybe I need to prove to myself or to others that I seek God during my trials and troubles.

Can I be on my computer seeking God – my casual answer would be yes, but maybe I need quiet time alone with God and his scriptures.   Time to listen to him speak to me.

Change is coming – To Painful to Stay

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The Pain of being a diabetic, with all the colorful pills I have to take each day.  I have to be willing to see the pain of staying where I am at as too much for me and the pain of making real change has to be less painful.

I have blogged for years on my weight and the fluctuation of it going up and down, but I am not sure I have ever blogged about the pain of staying fat vs. the pain of getting thin.

You can take the same analogy to relationships or addictions as well.

The pain of getting out of a bad relationship has to be less than staying.

The pain of my addiction to cocaine has to be so bad I want to quit.  Pain being less when I change.

So here I am debating in my head the cost of staying on medication and maybe more medication as I get older and the cost of getting healthy and responsible with my food and exercise.  Hmmmm my little head gets a little confused at times, especially when a bowl of ice cream goes by or a piece of pizza calls my name.

So does a bad relationship, say you are in a marriage that is failing, because of addiction… when sometimes the other person is kind – that makes you want to stay in the relationship – but the bad times are terrible so you make the decision to leave.  You will feel less pain once you make that decision.  Staying has to be so painful that we are willing to take on the unknown or thought of a future without that thing or that person in our lives.

This isn’t easy – I mean if it was easy I would have had victory over food 40 years ago.  It is not easy and as you can see by my colorful pills – I am not winning the battle.  The worse part is I haven’t even been trying to battle it… I have rolled over and played dead for some time over this.

So as my husband will tell you I try to take things on in large chunks, but now I see what he is saying.  He is a wise man….. I love him so.  Credit where Credit is due.  He is right – I need to take baby steps.  So today… I began by walking 5,722 steps with a goal each day of more until I reach 10,000 a day.    I will take a look at my food intake and cut back.

I pray if anyone else is in my boat – please lets encourage each other.  God bless you

Cathy Merritt

Mind Your Manners……

ImageMind your manners – young lady!!!

You know if I did – I would be thinner.  Mind does really matter… but manners teach us to be restrained from bad behavior and keep us in check.

If you eat with your month shut and chew your food, you will enjoy it more and feel satisfied with a small amount.  Today is a perfect example – lunch today – we purchased two sandwiches, but when I opened only one and cut it in half.  I served it with a half of a tangerine.  It was enough – but before we each would have devoured the two sandwiches.  Now we have a sandwich for tomorrow too.  We sat and enjoyed the sandwich and it was satisfying.

We need to think more about having enough and less about this isn’t enough to sustained me until dinner.  So I believe it does matter what we think.

The manners of politeness are important, chew your food, do not speak with your mouth full.  Drink only after you have chewed your food.  Use your napkin and put your fork down periodically throughout the meal to make the time pass so you are satisfied with your lot.

Paul used the word “content” in verse 11 of Phil. 4:10-13  This word speaks of “being satisfied with what one has, regardless of how small it might be.”  Are you a contented person?  Are you satisfied with your lot in life?  If you are, then you possess great treasure.

Another verse speaks to satisfaction in life – 1 Tim. 6:7-8 – Be satisfied with what you have!

I today plan on watching my manner and watching my thoughts on the matter of food and eating it!!!

God bless all.

10,000 Steps

I wrote this article 1 year ago.

10,000 steps a day

For optimal Health – 10,000 steps a day

Wow – that is 5 miles.    I am not sure I could do that unless I actually walked 5 miles straight.  Today – for 2 hours I am going to track my steps and see how many I do.  I am also going to try and stand more.  Standing burns more calories too.

I’ll post the results – later today.

– 1 hour later – 300 steps last hour… if I take that times 11 hours I have left today –  3,300 steps – far short…of the 10,000

So I better step it up – lunch starts in 30 minutes – we’l see how many I take during lunch.

Today – I thought I did great – I did over 3,300 steps…. that isn’t even close to enough.

Today without even trying I am up to 6,065 steps and I still have more steps to get in.

I cannot believe that my attitude before was so lazy that I thought steps were impossible to make in a day.  Re-reading this article makes me realize how far I have come since last year.  Lots of steps!!!!

Prayer Walker

Last year during a retreat with the Ladies of Milan Christian Church, I did a small reflective Prayer Walk.  It was a great experience for me, and I believe for other women at Milan.  We seemed to come together as a group and we worked hard this year to make our Women’s Ministry more important then it was in the past.

Now we are sponsoring a Prayer Walk for the whole church.  This is to pray about our future and our growth as a congregation, paying off debt, missions we support, the community of Milan and neighbors within the community.

This will be our First Prayer Walk, but I hope it will not be our last.   I hope people will benefit from this experience.

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I want this to be a family affair and a time we enjoy the weather.

Try, Try Again

Try, Try again –  famous last words of a dieter.

 

Try Try Again

by T. H. Palmer
 
‘Tis a lesson you should heed,
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear
Try, try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again;

If we strive, ’tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again

If you find your task is hard,
Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again

All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view:
Try, try again.

Much progress in my weight loss, but many things to renew and change to get back on track.  So try, try again as the poem says.

Despair

Can beauty come out of despair?  I believe it can.

I was despaired over giving up a child for adoption, but that child turned out to be beautiful and had a wonderful life with her adopted parents.  We are now friends and that despair turned into knowing I did the right thing for her at the time.

My despair over not being able to have other children – turned out to be wonderful when I found out I was having twins.  Which are now 24 years old.

My despair over my divorce and my feelings of being unloved turned into happiness and a beautiful marriage to my second husband.

Psalms 3:3 says:  3But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

I can see God gently lifting my head and saying I love you child and you are protected by me.  Do not be despaired.

Right now the issues with my weight and blood work have made me a little despaired.  I cannot believe my test results were not better, but instead of looking to the positive I look to the negative.  Why!!! Why!!!! Lord do I do that!!!

Well today I can choose to be despaired over the results, or I can continue to work toward my goals and celebrate the successes.  Down over 20 lbs since November.  A1C down from 6.7 to 6.4. 

I think the enemy does try to attack us where we are effective.  So if I am being effective in my weight loss – then Satan will try to attack me there with obstacles and snares.

God the one who notices when we are sad and despairing, and gives us strength and hope so that we can hold our heads up high again.   Amen. 

 

Cost of Medifast

I remember looking at the cost of the medifast food and thinking it would be expensive.

Then I looked at what I was spending on food before Medifast.  

Average Egg McMuffin meal is $2.90 over 300 calories, If I eat that 5 times a week, that is over $12.00.

7 Medifast meals are rough fully $16.50 (not including discounts) = $2.36 a meal only 90-110 calories.

I use to go to McDonald’s almost every morning.  Using up over 100s and 100s of calories and not to mention the money I was spending.  That was only 1 meal.  I didn’t usually get us an Egg McMuffin either.  Sometimes I would get sausage burritos – 2 of them over 600 calories.

I do have to spend money on my Lean and Green meal, but 7 meals of lettuce and vegetables and 5 oz of protein a day… isn’t much compared to fast food and the calories I wasted.

Yes – I came to Medifast out of desperation, but I will continue on Medifast because of the cost and flavor. I also will show you next week my test results from my A1C, thyroid and cholesterol tests.

There are over 70 varieties of foods to try with Medifast and many recipes that you can make with the food. 

 

I am loving my Medifast meals and my new life.  I feel great and am confident that the weight will continue to come off.