Monday, January 31, 2011

Weigh in day!

So today is my third weigh in day since I started Weight Watchers. I'm at 181.6. I've lost 5 pounds exactly since I started!

I'm so excited! I've been making excuses for so long and my weight just kept going up and up and up. When I had my youngest son in September of 2009 I weighed 146 after birth. When 2010 started I was up to almost 160 and then last year I just gained and gained. At the begining of this year when I started Weight Watchers I was up to 186.6.

I'm tired of being overweight. I'm tired of making excuses. I'm tired of buying bigger pants sizes only to have to buy them bigger in a few months because they don't fit. I'm a size 14 right now and they are just barely starting to get loose.

This is the year of changes for me. My life is pretty settled. Not a lot of drama so far so I think I can do it this year. My goal for this year is to get back down to 150 by New Years Eve. Then next year I want to get to my goal weight. But if it happens sooner I'm not going to complain lol. My goal weight is 135.

I'm trying to get my husband on board too. Not because he needs to lose weight (he's in his weight range right now) but because I'm worried about the way he eats. He grabs fast food at work because he doesn't have a lot of time and I'm afraid that it's going to catch up with him soon. I don't want him to have health problems because of this.

We also need to set better examples for our children. It's time to get healthy, get motivated, and become better parents this year!

Friday, January 28, 2011

My silly boys :)

My older son Daemon has been getting into the habit of turning on the charm when I tell him to do something he doesn't want to do. If I tell him to go clean his room I must get 50 hugs an hour until it's clean. I know it's just to get out of cleaning for a moment but how can I turn down hugs from my big guy? I know that's all it is because the second he's done cleaning and back to playing he doesn't know I exist lol. Sometimes a mom had got to get her cuddles no matter where she finds them :)

My little guy Tristan is slowing catching up on the walking. We've been working with him as much as he can stand. He's 15, almost 16 months and wasn't walking. But now he can walk, turn, and get himself into a standing position. He seems to still prefer crawling because he can go much faster but he's coming along. He's also learning words! He can point to his eye (more like his temple but who cares!) and say eye! Also can point to his ear and say ear! It's really exciting to see him get these concepts down. He's been goofy, and silly, and giggly these last few days and it's fun to see.

My boys really know how to warm my heart lately. They've been playing so nice together. I'm loving it while it lasts :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Where do you want to lead me Lord?

I know that God is leading me places lately. But, as usual, I tend to overthink things. Once I have a clear path in front of me I muck it all up and then don't know where to turn. I get to the point where I'm not sure if the idea comes from God or just from me.

There's one issue that won't leave my heart and that's head covering. I really feel that God wants me to cover my head. But I'm resisting so much. I have low self-esteem and I've always been sensitive to the comments of other people. It's something I'm working on but the issue of covering my head brings me some anxiety. It's because around my area the only women that cover their heads are women that are battling cancer. I'm going to bring this more to prayer it's just something I wanted to talk about a little bit.

On another note, I hurt my knee somehow. It turned out to be a big blessing for me. I've had time to finish the baby blanket I was making for my nephew. I also have a whole day today to play with my children, get caught up on all my reading and just rest. I don't really ever take time to rest because I'm too worried about the house. But since I really hurt whenever I walk it's a good time to take some time for me. Everyone needs a day to recharge every now and then :)

Oh, and a big thank you to everyone who reads my blog and to my follower! You have no idea how excited I was today to log on and see I had comments and a follower :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Unplanned" by Abby Johnson

This book is about Abby Johnson who was a director of a Planned Parenthood in Texas until she witnessed an ultrasound guided abortion and became pro-life.

There was both good and bad in this book for me. First off, without getting into too much of a discussion about abortion, I've been 'on the fence' about abortion for awhile now. When I started reading this book and read Abby's description of the abortion I felt sick to my stomach. It made me search myself and I 'fell of the fence' to the pro-life side.

I'm honestly very glad that Abby's story was in the media and she wrote this book. I think it's a story that needs to be told. In a country that tries to justify abortion by calling the babies that are killed, 'embryos' and 'clumps of cells' I'm glad that there are people out there who are affected by this and call it what it is, a baby's life ending.

Now, there were certain points in the book that I felt were too melodramatic. I realize that drama sells and maybe it's because I have never been on the front lines of the abortion fight, but the way Abby describes her first meeting with the Colilition for Life and those first few days with them seems overly dramatic to me. It took away from the story for me and seemed to drag a little bit.

Overall, this is an excellent book on a difficult topic that really needed to be told. Not all pro-lifers are the one's that scream out obscenities at the abortion clinics.

I recieved this book for free from the Tyndale Blog Network. I was not paid to give this review and all the opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Unto the Hills" by Billy Graham

Since this is a daily devotional I didn't read the whole thing before my review. I've done the January devotionals up to this point and I have skimmed through the rest of the book.

I found this devotional to be uplifting. In each daily section there is a scripture verse, a passage from Billy and a prayer at the end. All the aspects of the devotional tie into the scripture verse that is presented that day.

I really trust the writings of Billy Graham. He knows what he is talking about and doesn't try to sugar coat anything. This is no exception. There are a myriad of topics that are covered in this book. Everything from God's grace and mercy to fruits of the spirit to suffering of God's people.

I highly recommend this book. I think that because the devotionals are long enough to get the message across but short enough to read in a few minutes that this can really help a Christian (especially a new one) to delve into God's word everyday.

I recieved this book from Thomas Nelson publishers through their Booksneeze program. I was not paid to give a positive review and all thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Sun Stand Still" by Steven Furtick

I've sat here for the past few minutes trying to figure out all that I wanted to say about this book.

First of all, this was a really wonderful book. It was easy to read, the chapters were short, and I didn't get the feeling that the author was talking (writing) just to hear himself talk (write lol). The basis of this book is, the author wants everyone to be able to have 'audatious' faith. What he means by that is to have faith to pray big prayers and not live a mediocre Christian life. He want's everyone to be able to find their vision of what God wants to do in their lives. He calls this a 'page 23' vision.

The basis of the book is about Joshua who prayed in battle that the sun wouldn't go down. He knew that he would lose the battle in the darkness and prayed that God would keep the sun shining to let them win. And He answered that prayer and the sun didn't go down for a full day.

Reading this book I realized that most of the Christians that I know, including myself, live this kind of watered down faith. There is so much more that God wants to do for all of us if we will only take that step. I think that Steven was right on when he said that we all have a page 23 vision inside of us. Most of us let the fear get to us though.

There was one point in the book that didn't sit well with me. There was only one chapter talking about when God chooses to not answer your 'Sun Stands Still' prayer. I really wish that the author would have gone into more depth in that. I'm afraid that some people will read the book and miss the meaning. I just think that some more caution would have been good in this book. But, I guess that might have defeated the purpose of the message that the author was trying to get across.

Overall this was a wonderful book. It makes you think that there may be gifts you aren't using or mercies that you walk away from by being too scared to reach out and take them. I recommend this book!

I got this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing through their Blogging for Books program. I got my copy for free and was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own.