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Just back from my second Weight Watchers meeting at my church. I wasn’t sure what to expect this week. I only logged my food about 3 days this week. I noticed that the more I thought about eating less, the more I stressed out and ate emotionally.

Not good.

But when I weighed in, I got my first piece of good news. I lost two pounds!

And during the meeting, it came out that one diabetic woman had much more easily controlled her blood sugar and dropped 5 pounds this week. Another’s blood pressure dropped to her lowest in years, and she make be taken off her blood pressure medication. In just one week!

Plus, another few people joined this week, so our already large meeting is still growing! All together, our meeting (around 25 people) lost a total of over 55 pounds!

Amazing! I was humbled the way that God had used me to get this meeting off the ground.

In other news, I was moved last night to pick up Martha Beck’s The Four Day Win again. I feel I need it. I’ll keep you all posted…

How has your week been?

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…for whatever it’s worth. Chugging along. Not making any progress. Not losing, but not gaining either.

My days are more predictable now:

  • 6:30 or 7:00 am: wake up. Sometimes I work out at home on the Wii (My Fitness Coach for 15 minutes) if I’m up early.
  • 8:25 am Kids on the bus
  • 8:30 am At work with my bowl of steel-cut oatmeal (yum!!). I eat in  the car, then start my work day.
  • 11:45 am Out of the building to go pick up my 5-year-old from kindergarten

Afternoons vary wildly. Sometimes I need to run my mom to the doctor or kidney clinic, or for a haircut. Sometimes I need to run the kids somewhere. Sometimes I get to run errands. Rarely, when I’ve had Just About Enough, I go home. But often, I go back to work. This 3-hour-per-day job isn’t really. Most days, I’m okay with that…I like doing this work. Other days…not so much.

  • 3:45 pm Pick up my 8-year-old at the bus stop
  • 4:00 pm Snack time! Either at home, if we’re lucky, or at work if we’re not. Homework to follow.

About half the time, we have dance class or Girl Scouts (thankfully, the fall soccer season is over) in the evenings.

  • 5:45 pm If we’re lucky, DH arrives home, and if we’re luckier still, I’m preparing a reasonably healthy meal. If it’s a Monday, and we’re lucky, I’m on my way to Weight Watchers. I’m not always lucky on Monday nights.
  • 8:15 pm DH takes kids upstairs for bedtime routine. If it’s my night, I like to take them up closer to 7:30 pm.
  • 9:30 pm DH and I settle in to watch a bit of TV (recent favorites: Flash Forward, Heroes, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report).
  • 10:30 or 11:00 pm Bed. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch earlier, sometimes DH has to drag me to bed kicking and screaming.

It’s hard to get consistent. But I’m still trying.

I think a big part of me doesn’t really believe it’s possible to lose weight and keep it off. I’ve tried. Why go through all the heartache of losing if I’m just gonna gain it all back, and then some? (For the record, though, I’m still about 15 lbs. below my all-time recorded high.)

I just go back to the fact that I FEEL better when I’m exercising and eating better.

And when that fails, I look at my amazingly strong family history of heart disease, diabetes and depression. Yikes.

So I’m not gonna completely give in. I just need to figure out a way to make this WORK.

A friend of mine suggested a challenge over the holidays. I’m considering it.

Who’s with me?

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” –1 Timothy 1:15

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” –John 14:1