Friday, July 27, 2007

Weighty Issues

As most of you know, the past year and a half has been very difficult on me. But, I finally feel as though I am healing from all the pain, and I'm starting to get some of my energy back. I have gained some weight, and I'm bound and determined to get back into shape because I know that it's affecting the way I feel physically and emotionally. So, now do I not only work out at Curves, but my husband and I just bought an ellyptical machine - and I love it! I have to laugh at myself because I thought it would be easy - but it's a very difficult workout! I can now do 10 minutes without thinking I'm going to die, and I plan to work my way up to 30 minutes by the end of the summer. I have over 40 pounds to lose - it's disgusting that I let myself gain that much weight. Ideally, I should lose 50, but I'll see how it goes. Food has become a "fix" for me, and so I've decided to spend some time not only doing more positive things for myself like exercising more and eating less, but I also want to spend more time in prayer so that His presence can fill me up rather than reaching for food to fill me up.

TP is working two jobs and is exhausted. Her college won't start until the end of October, so she's been trying to save up money for her expenses. We've been having some very nice talks lately - it reminds me of the way we used to be able to talk about anything. Our trust is slowly being built back up, and it feels so good. She has a new boyfriend who is very respectful of her and us, and who supports her in many different ways. I'm grateful that she can now experience what a healthy Christian relationship is all about!!!

DQ is starting band camp next week for half days, then the following week it will be full days. I've already been "chosen" to volunteer at different activities. I have a feeling this fall is going to be VERY busy! Her band is going to Florida the day after Christmas, which will be so much fun for her. She's been so much fung to hang out with this summer. She read the Harry Potter book in one sitting (after we had picked it up at the bookstore at midnight), and at the end of it, she sighed and closed the book and said "And thus ends my childhood". (Now you now how she gets the name Drama Queen).

I alluded to doing things a little bit differently around here a few weeks ago, and I'm still thinking it through. I haven't been posting much lately because it's summer, but I would like to do more when fall comes.

So, please keep some of my blogging buddies in prayer as they face difficult times ahead of them over the next few weeks (I'm not going to name names, but they know who they are).

Hope all is well with all of you.


At 10:48 AM, Blogger Paula said...

Food is my fix too. I'm with you on trusting God to fill that empty spot instead of food. Have a great weekend friend!

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Rosemary Bogdan said...

"And thus ends my childhood" I love it. We have some drama queens here too. Food is a fix for me too and I must stop it. Spending more time in prayer, doing postivie things for myself and exercising sound like great ideas... (Oh, I notice I left out "and eating less food" LOL-- tha too.)

At 11:33 AM, Blogger HeyJules said...

That drama queen of yours cracks me up! ;-)

It's good to hear you're on the mend, my friend. Keep at it and let me know if I can do anything to help.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Hi Paula - And I hope you have a great weekend, too!!!

Rosemary - Doesn't it make life so much more interesting when there are drama queens around?!

Jules - :-) She cracks me up, too. I'll email you sometime.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger annb said...

I'm so glad your relationship with TP is going so well, and that she has a good boyfriend.
I share in the struggle of working to shed extra pounds and will definitely keep you in prayer that you will be able to meet your goals.
I have a second blog where I actually write down many of my thoughts concerning the weight issues I have, although I don't blog regularly on it. I would love for you to visit some time at
In His Love and Blessings,

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Good luck with the weight lose. I know you can do it!

I am so glad to hear that you and TP are getting back to normal. Two jobs has got to be rough and with a new boyfriend.

Oh yea, I love DQ's quote!

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Just wanted you to know I stopped by for a visit! Love ya!

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Oh yes, I'm familiar with this battle. I think I will adopt your pray instead of eat approach and see what awaits me. ;) Thanks!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

I'm commenting weigh down here on the Weighty Issues post. I hope you see it. :) I am focussed on losing the weight I gained before too. What worked for me in the past was writing a very personal diary. I even ripped the pages up last time, so only I knew what I wrote. This time, I'll write it in a scribbly and hide it someplace.

Anyway, I think that the journalling helped deal with the inner issues. Especially when the journalling is inclusive with lines of prayer. The journalling helps you to stay focussed on the goals you set out to do.

I lost 40 pounds and helped my niece lose 90, but we also cut all food intake in about 1/2, and stopped drinking calories.

At 2:22 AM, Anonymous nettie said...

hey, I had some people at the release party saying the same thing...


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