Kris Mares

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

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)
 

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 8 March 9, 2011

Filed under: Weight Loss Wednesday — Kris @ 7:27 pm
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I just realized I haven’t blogged in a week! My apologies to those of you who are “loyal readers.” Racer was gone for 12 days racin’, and I was doing double time. I barely got laundry done. I’ve also been battling an eye infection since Sunday. And the weather’s been yucky on and off over the last week. I feel like I’m just now starting to get caught up – whatever that means in a family of 7. Will I ever really be “caught up?”

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, and I am making some changes. I’ll fill y’all in later, but since I mentioned it last week, I felt I needed to again.

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I was about 75% here. Mostly fruit or carrots. 
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – We had some boring meals this week, trying to use up some stuff in the pantry!
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – I did eat breakfast everyday, but it was a lot of cereal. Again, trying to use some stuff up.
  4. Walk at least 3 times a week – Yes!
  5. Don’t eat after 9pm – I know that last night I did, but other nights no.
  6. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep!
  7. Do sit-ups or push-ups each day– This is new, so nothing.
  8. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I didn’t do great on this one this past week. I got at least one glass in everyday, but not always 2.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  198.2 (gained 0.4 lbs.)
 

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 7 March 2, 2011

Filed under: Weight Loss Wednesday — Kris @ 7:09 am
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I’m sitting here this morning drinking my coffee (cream, sugar and a little vanilla extract) and eating grapes. I’ll have some toast too I think. Dinner is in the crock pot (we’re test driving lentil soup tonight). All that and I’m bored. Racer is gone and will be for another week. Last night and the night before I sort of sabotaged myself. While watching tv (it was before 9pm though) I sat and ate chocolate squares (just smaller than a Dove chocolate piece) with blobs of peanut butter on them.

Peanut butter and chocolate is one of God’s greatest taste creations on earth!

And I realized two things – I eat when I’m bored and sad. I am both because Racer is gone. Yes, he’s working, but still, he’s gone. I’m handling it better than I have in the past, but when I’m sitting by myself with no one to interact with, food becomes my partner, my mistress. Food brings me happiness (for the moment) and somehow I don’t have to think about reality – especially when watching “reality” tv!

So, during the season of Lent, Ash Wednesday through Easter, I’ll be concentrating more fully on God and allowing Him to help me break this dependence I have on food for things other than physical nourishment. I’m hoping that God will give me a new perspective.

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – Didn’t do so hot with breakfast fruit this past week. We’ve been low on and out of bananas. 
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – Ancho chili powder on pork chops is yummy!
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – I didn’t really pay attention to this one, but I’m pretty sure I had cereal more than 3 days.
  4. Walk at least 3 times a week – Yes – A few days we walked twice!
  5. Don’t eat after 9pm – I did check the clock a couple of times when I went to get a snack, but wasn’t even close to 9.
  6. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep!
  7. Walk down the lane with a family member at least one time per week – Changing this one next week to something to do with weight training.
  8. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I didn’t do great on this one this past week. I got at least one glass in everyday, but not always 2.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  197.8 (lost 0.2 lbs.)
 

God Sightings February 15, 2010

Filed under: Ministry — Kris @ 1:03 pm
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As part of my committment during the season of Lent, I will begin a daily Bible reading that will lead me through the entire Bible.  Through an online community, there is an opportunity for many of us to join together in this committment and discuss our progress. 
 
I am inviting you to join an online group, Work in Progress, at Members.MyGodSightings.com!  Join me in daily reading of Bible (using a 1 year plan) with an Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm and Proverb reading daily.  You can do all the reading online if you like.  There is also an opportunity to have discussion via the online questions. 
 
If you are not a member of the God Sightings community yet, you can register for free at Members.MyGodSightings.com.

Once you are logged in, go to The One Year Bible tab. On the upper right-hand side of that page, where it says “My Personal Reading,” click on the drop-down arrow and select Work in Progress. On the next webpage, the group page, click “Join Group” which is on the upper right-hand side of that page near the picture for Work in Progress.

You are now a member of Work in Progress and are able to view comments by other group members, add comments, and follow along with the Bible reading for that group.  Since the season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, I’d like those interested to begin together on this Wednesday February 17th (we’ll just skip to that date).

AND, if you would like to invite others to join our reading and discussion, please feel free to do so!  The more that we read God’s Word together, the closer we will be to God and to eachother!!

Follow this link to get started – God Sightings!

 

 
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