Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

Weight Loss Wednesday – Weeks 13 and 14 April 20, 2011

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I’ve lost the exercise bug. I haven’t been doing anything. I’m just saying that up front because this is the way I often do it. I’m great at something for a while – get into a good routine – then it all goes away. I don’t stick with it. I never seem to fully incorporate new changes into my life. I’m not sure why. I just lack persistence maybe? I need to think on this more because I know that exercise is key for me. The weather is getting warmer and there are no excuses.

When it comes to food, I’m still learning. Easter morning brings the end to my Daniel Fast. I’m a little concerned about how my body will react. I do think I’ll still eat very little meat. I hope I continue with very little sugars. I want my dairy though. I want milk and cheese. Eggs? I could go either way. I wonder how sweet, sweets will taste though. I’m thinking they’ll all be so overwhelming at first. I’m hoping that my palette has been cleansed and that only 2 cookies will do me just fine.

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I think I’m still doing okay here. I did try mango.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – Not so much this past week.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – I did just fine.
  4. Walk at least 3 times a week – Big no here.
  5. Don’t eat after 9pm – Big no here too. It’s had when Bill is gone. One night, I pigged out on corn tortilla chips and homemade salsa.
  6. Try at least one new recipe each week – Homemade salsa and vegan chili!
  7. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – Yep.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  183.4 (lost 1.8 lbs.) – My poor eating and lack of exercise shows.
 

Weight Loss Wednesday – Weeks 11 and 12 April 6, 2011

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Yes, I know. I missed a week. Last week was… well, it could take up its own post. And yes, I realize I haven’t been blogging about much of anything lately. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, I’m just not sure how to say it all I guess. But, since I have had at least 3 people mention me not blogging (I guess I didn’t realize it was that profound), here I am, telling you about my last 2 weeks.

I’m still fasting. I will say that this last week it has been hard. I’m not missing the meat as much as I am the dairy. I want cheese. I want it plain. I want it on soup. I want it on my lentil filled tacos (yes, that was one of the new recipes). A few years ago, I had a youth group member who gave up cheese for lent. I warned this young person to be careful after Easter morning when re-introducing cheese back into the diet. I warned of the back-ups that could occur. I just hope I remember to head my own advice!

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I think I’m still doing okay here. I’m getting a bit bored of the same things though and need to branch out.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – Not so much lately. I have been using interesting food combinations though.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – A couple of mornings it was a slim meal or late in the morning. And I don’t consider “hot cereal,” like oatmeal, to be cereal.
  4. Walk at least 3 times a week – Big no here. We’ve had rainy weather and I was sick (both excuses I suppose). I think I’ve walked twice in the last 2 weeks.
  5. Don’t eat after 9pm – I think I had a bite or two after 9 one night.
  6. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep, we tried several. Indonesian tofu stir fry was good (I thought). Blue even made a stir fry one night!
  7. Do sit-ups or push-ups each day– Nope. I didn’t even think about it. I suppose I need to just eliminate this one. Your thoughts?
  8. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – Most days. When I was sick I should’ve been drinking more, but I think I actually drank less.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  185.2 (lost 4.4 lbs.) – I’m down to a size 12; I actually had to buy new pants!

As Easter approaches, I’m starting to think about how I will “re-enter” regular eating. I’m also wondering what effects I will see from going off the fast. I will reincorporate dairy, but I’m really not missing the meat that much. I may stay very low meat. I’m also learning that I can satisfy a sweet tooth with fruits too. I am loving purple grapes, cut in half, as a salad topping!

So those of you that are on a weight-loss journey too. How have you been doing? What successes have you had? What are you struggling with?

 

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 10 March 23, 2011

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It’s been a crazy day around here. And yes, I know I haven’t been blogging much lately. There are so many things swirling in my head, yet I just can’t seem to take the time to “put them on paper.” I’ve been reading my Bible a lot more too, so that is taking up more time. But mostly, I’ve just not felt compelled to write.

I’ve lost weight again. Yes, I realize that is the goal. My pants are getting baggy. That is a good thing. I just worry that my weight loss the last couple of weeks may be too much. I’m keeping an eye on it. I’m eating a lot of beans, nuts, fresh fruits and veggies and spinach and kale for calcium and iron. If I wasn’t breastfeeding the baby still, I wouldn’t be as concerned, but since I am, I have to be extra careful. I did speak with our doctor today (baby is 18 lbs at 4 months old!) and he just cautioned about calcium and iron. I cook in a cast iron skillet too.

Here are my goals. Realize that it hasn’t just been a day – it’s been a crazy week.

  • Here is my goal progress:
    1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – Sometimes they were frozen or cooked in the dish, but there was always something available.
    2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – Thyme, oregano, basil and lemon juice!
    3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – A couple of mornings it was a slim meal or late in the morning.
    4. Walk at least 3 times a week – I’m not sure about this one. I think I missed it this week. I did, however, play frisbee with Professor on at least 2 occasions.
    5. Don’t eat after 9pm – I think I had a bite or two after 9 one night.
    6. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep, we tried several.
    7. Do sit-ups or push-ups each day– Nope. I didn’t even think about it.
    8. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I always got in 2 glasses, but I’m actually trying to drink about 1/2 gallon of water daily.

    Here are the numbers:

    • Starting weight:  204.4
    • Initial goal weight:  150
    • Current weight:  189.6 (lost 2.6 lbs.)
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    Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 9 March 16, 2011

    I’m nine weeks into this journey. I feel like it’s slow going. Sometimes I get disappointed and want to look in the mirror and see better results. No one has said “Wow! It looks like you’ve lost some weight!” And then I get frustrated that I feel like I need that kind of comment to feel validated in this journey. I want to look better, but I don’t want this journey to be about that. It’s a weird place. That being said, I do have to remember that because I am still breastfeeding the baby, I need my weight loss to be slow. I’m not just providing nutrients for me, but also for a baby and I need him to be healthy too.

    Last week, I mentioned that it was Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent. As a Christ-follower, I observe the season of Lent as a time of sacrifice and spiritual “spring cleaning” of sorts. (For more information and FAQ click here.) In the past I have given up chocolate, white flour, complaining and various other things. This year, I felt called to participate in the Daniel Fast during the season of Lent. In this particular fast, participants basically eat a vegan diet with additional restrictions of no processed foods, no sweeteners and no chemicals/additives.

    This pull to do this particular type of fast relates in part to the journey I share with you on Wednesdays. I’ve said before – I love food. When I’m bored, I run to food. When I’m tired, I run to food. When I’m sad, I run to food. It’s like a love affair I need to break. It’s a spring cleaning for my body, mind and soul. By eating in this manner, my body is self-cleaning and my taste palate is being reset. We are trying many new dishes and I’m learning that I enjoy a multitude of tastes. I’m actually enjoying some foods even more than I did before! So until Easter, I’ll be sharing about this specific Lenten journey and the truths that I am learning.

    Here is my goal progress:

    1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – Sometimes they were frozen or cooked in the dish, but there was always something available.
    2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – I’ve actually made my own “special seasoning” to use as well as trying fresh grated ginger!
    3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – I did eat breakfast everyday and not once was it cereal. I actually haven’t been able to find any cereal I can eat.
    4. Walk at least 3 times a week – I think so. We’ve had some rainy weather, so I actually didn’t keep track.
    5. Don’t eat after 9pm – On Monday night I ate some tortilla chips between 9 and 9:30.
    6. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep, we tried several. A couple of them were good, one was a total flop.
    7. Do sit-ups or push-ups each day– Nope. I actually forgot about this most days.
    8. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I always got in 2 glasses, but I’m actually trying to drink about 1/2 gallon of water daily.

    Here are the numbers:

    • Starting weight:  204.4
    • Initial goal weight:  150
    • Current weight:  192.2 (lost 6 lbs. – this is mostly due to the detox that happens at the start of most fasts)
     

    Fasting December 15, 2010

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    Today, some friends and I are fasting.  While some are doing a full fast (water only), some are doing a juice only fast and some, because of medical reasons, are giving up other loved activities instead of food.  Because I am nursing the baby, I have given up all “fun food” today – sweets, snacks, hot chocolate, coffee and other stuff I love to eat.  Just basic meals so that I can continue to feed my baby well.

    Why are we fasting?  During this 24 hours, we are focusing in prayer for our spouses, our children, our homes,  our finances.  We are petitioning God, asking for direction, wisdom, courage, strength, peace, resolution and any number of needs.  What am I finding?  Peace.

    As I’m going about my day – changing diapers, fixing lunch, vacuuming, mopping, getting the mail – I am thanking God for the ability to do these things and the ways that He has provided for my family and my friends’ families.  As I know of specific areas of need, I share those with God as well.  He already knows what I’m talking about; I’m simply giving God my heart’s hurts, joys and desires.  I’m having an intimate conversation with my Creator.

    But why fast in it all?  Why give something up?  We certainly don’t have to fast in order to pray.  Fasting is simply a type of spiritual discipline.  It is a sacrifice that we are giving – sort of like the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament.  It is a sacrifice that often helps us remember the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus at the Cross.  And each time we would normally “partake” in the food/activity/offering, we instead are to spend that time in prayer.  So each time today I think about going to grab a chocolate chip cookie ( or 2 or 3 or…) from the batch I made yesterday, I then should take a moment to instead, talk with and listen to God.

    So what am I hearing today?  For me, this is the important question.  I have been struggling to hear God for sometime.  There is a lesson about submission I’m learning in that, but today, I am hearing clearly that God’s got it.  That job situation a friend is worried about?  God’s got it.  The house stuff Racer and I are dealing with?  God’s got it?  The spouse issues another friend struggles with?  God’s got it.  The kid worries?  God’s got it.

    But in that promise, has been a condition.  First comes our trust and obedience.  We have to TRUST that God’s got it.  And then, we have to be obedient to His life for us.  When we trust in obedience is when we see the beauty of how God works it all out.  When we aren’t obedient, we see the mess of when we try to work it out.  Trust and obedience are key. 

    That’s pretty major.  It’s like a promise with a condition:  “IF you clean your room, THEN you can go to your friend’s house.”  IF we trust and obey, THEN God will work it all out in His beautiful, perfect way.  No pressure huh?  Good news is, God won’t ask us to do anything He’s not gonna equip us to do.  It’s like giving a kid time, the vacuum, the spray, the paper towels, the clothes basket, the toy bins – all she needs to clean and organize the room.  Instead, the kids uses all that to make a robot that will hopefully do the cleaning.

    So today, as I continue to pray, I’ll be asking God to reveal to me what I’m doing with the tools He’s giving me.  (I’m asking the same for my friends too.)  Am I being obedient?  Or am I making a robot?

    How about you?  How is your trust and obedience?  What have you been making with His tools lately?

    Edited to Add:  Right at 7pm, when we were ending our time of fasting, a friend got a positive call regarding a housing issue we were praying about.  God’s timing is perfect!

     

     
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