Monday, November 23, 2015

Just an Ordinary Day

Hi my friends! It's just an ordinary day around here-

Dish washer loaded and ran, waiting to be unloaded

The rest of the dishes handwashed and put away

A load of towels almost ready for the dryer

Read science to two of my children

Started two experiments for biology

Started my grocery list

Made a plan of what I need to cook/when for Thanksgiving

Cleaned out leftovers from the fridge (which means more dishes to wash)

Got meat thawing for supper (Pearl's chili is on the menu)

The house is quiet as all my children are trying to finish up school by tomorrow so they can have a few extra days off for the holiday.

Today is much warmer than the last few days and the sun coming in the windows in addition to the quiet house are really making me want a nap!

I better get up and moving.

The washer just stopped so I guess it's time to reboot and get them in the dryer.

I also keep checking out my window, my THM order is scheduled to be delivered today :)

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! 

Even the ordinary days can be wonderful.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Don't Give Up

I don't mind allowing myself some off plan meals or snacks from time to time, honestly I don't. I believe in food freedom and not becoming a slave to the way I eat. I think the occasional special treat is great. 

But I have to be careful.

Not because it messes with my weight, one treat is not going to mess with my weight. 

I have to be careful because some off plan foods trigger cravings for more off plan foods and it can quickly spiral out of control.

If I allow sugar back into my diet, it can easily become ugly. Sugar makes me crave more sugar!

It's like a drug and I feel like I lose control. Honestly, that is how it makes me feel. No. Control.

I allowed an off plan lunch last Thursday, then I taste tested a cheesecake I was trying for a catering job. Friday evening was a family gathering and I allowed more cheats. 

Then Saturday was bible study and I ate off plan again.

Sunday my cravings were horrible! Then the family decided to order pizza for dinner. Not. Good.

You know the funny thing is that these "special" occasions happen all the time and when I have the correct mindset it is no problem at all for me to stay on plan. But if I get in the mindset of "oh it's okay, I'll just get back on track tomorrow" or worse the "I really don't care today" mode - it is just ugly.

Really ugly!

Now, I know that my hormones fluctuate and they really do effect my appetite, but that is no excuse for me to lose control. 

Self control is a fruit of the Spirit, even when the hormones rage. 

Today my mindset is back in the right place. I'm ready to get back on plan. Thanks to prayers from my friends and from myself, God is helping me. 

I'm not down about this weekend. I'm not even going to get upset with myself.

It happens.  It isn't the first time I've done this and since this is a lifelong journey, it probably won't be the last.

The main thing is that I get myself back on track and not give up just because I had a bad weekend. That's what happens with diets, not with a lifestyle of eating. 

I say all of this to encourage you if you have these times of splurges and off plan eating. Don't let it derail you. Don't let it take your focus off of the bigger picture.

You didn't ruin anything. Yeah, you might have slowed your weight loss, but you didn't completely ruin it. 

You just get back on track. 

You do your best and you take one day at a time if  you have to.

Don't give up.

No matter how many times you mess up.

Don't quit.

You are worth the effort. 

Don't feel guilty, that is from Satan.

Just learn from the situation and move on. 

There is no guilt, no condemnation.

You are human, we mess up. No one is perfect.

You are beautiful.

You are loved.

You are worth the effort.

Be blessed my friends and if you stumble, just get back up. 

Rashel ♥

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's What We Do That Matters

Normally when I run, I listen to my Christian exercise playlist; it's just upbeat music that keeps me going and I love it. 

One of the songs has a line that says, "It doesn't matter how you feel, it's what you do that matters."

I. Love. That. Line.

It keeps me going when I really feel like quitting.

It makes me push through how I feel and instead, dig deep into what I can actually DO. 

Because what I FEEL I can do and what I can ACTUALLY do are two different things. Totally. Different.

But that line doesn't speak to me just about exercising, it speaks to my life.

It doesn't matter how I feel. It's what I do that matters.

I might feel angry - but what am I going to do about it?

I might feel hurt - but how am I going to respond?

I might feel frustrated - but does that mean I lose my temper?

We can feel lots of things. 

That doesn't mean we have to act on them. 

My feelings can get me in trouble, they can cause me to focus on myself and my rights, instead of on God's ways.

My feelings are fleeting with the moment and my circumstances, but I must focus on the truth that is never changing. 

I pray we all would respond and act based on the truth, not on our feelings in that moment.

I pray we would fill our hearts with the Word of Truth, that it would speak to us in those moments.

I pray we remember that it's what we DO that matters.

What we do is what others see and that is how they will see our Christ in us.

Blessings my friends,

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ironing, my least favorite chore

Good Monday morning friends!

I hope you are having a great day so far. 

Mondays seem to be a day of catching up and getting back into routine for us. My children are busy working on school, except the oldest. He is already gone to work for the day. 

Today I need to get laundry washed and hung out on the line; gotta get it done today before the rain moves in. 

In addition to that and just regular chores, dinner, etc, I need to get some ironing done. It is one of my least favorite chores, but hubby really prefers his shirts less wrinkly. ��

So, I'm going to go tackle that first and get it out of the way!

I do have turkey breast thawing for dinner and looked up some ideas for a THM dessert tonight. Hubby really likes berry cobbler, so I'm going to try to THMify one for us.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Have a blessed day my friends! Feel free to comment and let me know what your least favorite chore is!