Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Getting Back to Whole Foods

I've realized over the last year that while I have been eating healthy, losing weight and feeling great, my family has not.

My family does not enjoy the Trim Healthy Mama food near as much as I do and to be perfectly honest, I don't even enjoy most of the baked goods. I have no problem fixing dinner and lunch meals THM style and my whole family enjoying them but breakfast and baked goods are a whole different story.

I say this to my shame, but I'm going to admit it anyway. I got so caught up in how well the plan was working for me and trying to get them on board, that I totally lost sight of their desires and needs. I stopped baking bread because even though it was fresh ground whole wheat flour and honey was the sweetener, it wasn't on plan. I started buying low carb store bread. I stopped making pancakes and waffles using fresh ground flour and farm fresh eggs and they ate cereal while I had an on plan breakfast. I stopped making sweet tea using raw sugar because I was too weak to resist it, so they went for kool aid and pop. I stopped making snacks using wholesome ingredients because I lacked self control, so they bought chips and dip.

How did I let that happen? 

Honestly, the only thing I can come up with is selfishness. I traded my desires for my family's. I didn't do it intentionally, but I did it just the same. I've repented and I've determined to make it right and not do it again.

Yes, the Trim Healthy Mama plan works great - for me. But not for my family. If your family enjoys those foods, awesome! For me, I need to get back to making sure my family is eating nutritious, whole foods and not focus so much on myself. 

I still follow some of the guidelines of the plan, but I'm learning how to adapt it to my family. I still recommend the plan to others, I learned a lot from it and it does work. However, now I caution them in a few areas. 

I really am thankful I followed Trim Healthy Mama, it detoxed my body and I learned what healthy feels like. I beat my sugar addiction and I learned how negatively certain foods effect my body. Yes, I lost weight and I've kept it off over a year. I'm very thankful for THM. But now, I'm going to learn how to incorporate what I've learned with a whole foods diet and get my family back on track. 

I've learned that I need to work on self discipline and self control to truly become healthy. Just substituting sugar free, alternative flour foods does not teach me self control. It just makes me think I can eat more because it's "good" for me. I NEED to take control and learn those biblical qualities to truly be healthy.

I hope that by being completely honest with you about my failures in this area that someone will be encouraged and helped by it.

Blessings my friends, 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31:10-31 MSG

A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of- God . Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!

I needed to read these words this morning and thought someone else might as well.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sleep, oh glorious, wonderful sleep

Do you like to sleep? 

Do you get to sleep? 

I remember very well the days of having little ones and never getting enough sleep. Well, now my children are older and I get to sleep. Sometimes. 

Sometimes I wake at the crack of dawn and CANNOT go back to sleep. Oh, that is frustrating, especially when it might be the only day that week the alarm clock doesn't have to go off.

Do you ever feel guilty when you sleep in?

 I did. 

I have no idea why, but I used to. I had some idea in my head that if I slept in I was lazy. I'm not talking sleeping everyday until noon, that would make me lazy. I'm saying I had some notion in my head that if I slept past 7:30-8:00, I was being lazy. 

Where do these thoughts come from? Oh wait I know, Satan. Yeah, he is a deceiver. I have no use for him.

Do you know what? It's okay if I want to sleep in some days, especially the days my hubby is off and also sleeping in. I'll repeat, it's okay. 

I'm done worrying what people think about the way we live our lives. Yeah, I have family members up with the sun everyday that would question my sleeping until 8 (yes, that is sleeping in for me). I'm not here to please them. It has taken awhile for that to really settle in my mind. I'm pleasing my Lord and my husband, that is my concern.

So now, when that occasional day comes when no one has to go to work and the alarm is not set, I sleep. I sleep without guilt. I sleep until I wake up on my own. I love it. 

Do you want to know a secret? Sometimes I wake up, look at the clock, roll over, snuggle in my covers and go back to sleep. GASP! 

I love my bed. We recently added on and hubby and I got a new bedroom and a new queen size bed. It is soooo comfy! I sleep much better now than I did before. Much better.

Here it is- 

I hope that if anyone else ever feels guilty about not being up with the sun that this post will encourage you.

Blessings my friends, 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I'm Ready

I'm ready to start blogging again.

I'm ready, but things will be different. First, we still have only our kindle and phones for getting online. So, my posts will likely be shorter and for now, void of many pictures.

Second, I plan to be completely real with you all. I'm done worrying about my grammar and punctuation. (I mean is that why you read blogs anyway, to correct their grammar?) I'm done trying to figure out what might be the most popular subject or avoiding the controversial ones. I'll just write what's on my heart.

I commit to being myself on my blog. I'll be honest and open. I won't sugar coat the bad days, we all have them. I'll also share my good days and my mediocre days. Life is all of them mixed together. It's a beautiful mess.

I want to share with you how I live in grace every day. Every. Single. Day. I mess up, I mess up a lot. But God loves me anyway and He showers me with grace.

Third, I really, really want you to share with me. I LOVE your comments. They encourage me and let me know that I am not alone. The help me to realize that God can use me to encourage others. You are why I do this. The comments I've received since I haven't even been posting are what made me want to continue this blog. Thank you!

Thank you for reading. Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for sharing part of your day with me!

Blessings my friends,