Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 26, 2017

Singing Over Me🎶

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17.

Imagine that! The God of creation, delighting in me, quieting me and singing over me!!! 

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Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 22, 2017

My Open Hand

Hebrews 11:8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

I am OK with changes around the house, when I initiate them. When Hubby wants to make a change, I am oftentimes very resistance. Kicking and screaming. Not wanting to give in. And when I can, I undo his changes to revert back to the old, former, ‘this is the way that we’ve always been doing it‘ way.
Is this any indication of my relationship with the Lord?

Am I undoing the changes that He wants to make in my life? Am I holding on to the past because it’s comfortable, or at least familiar. 

Lord, I open my hands to You, to fill with Your will.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 21, 2017

Reinventing Me: Renewed!

Isaiah 57:10, “You were tired out by the length of your road, Yet you did not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewed strength, Therefore you did not faint.” 

This is a very good and on time word for me. I’ve been on the South Beach Diet 11 days. I should have lost something by now…but I haven’t. I was feeling very frustrated. I do need to lose weight, that’s for sure, but it is more about a change in my eating style.

Yes, I would like to be in a smaller clothing size. But the more important goal is for my body to be healthy. To eliminate or greatly reduce the things that are harming me now or could harm me in the future. I want to take of my body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 6:19).

The other day, I received the results of my last blood work and my A1C has gone up. It is now 6.0. That concerns me greatly, being that my mom had diabetes and my younger sister has it. I can’t let that number go higher. I need to do things NOW to bring it back down.

I have some factors that are already against me. Age. Weight. Hypertension. Ethnicity. High Cholesterol. Family History. Physical Activity.

BUT! I have some control! Over my weight, which can help reduce the effects of HBP and high cholesterol. I have control over how much I exercise.

Being on Phase One of the South Beach Diet, has eliminated carbohydrates and sugars from my diet

  • I go to the gym or walk several times a week.
  • I eat a heartsmart diet
  • I am already taking some positive steps!

Sooo…

I am rejuvenated. I am refocused. I am determined.

 

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 13, 2017

South Beach Diet, Day 4

Today is day four of me doing the South Beach Diet. I have lost two pounds. Oftentimes with my personality quirks, I need to check boxes. See a list. My ‘cast in stone’ limits.

So the South Beach Diet works for me. There is a list of what I can and cannot eat and when I can and cannot eat these foods. The South Beach Diet Jump Start program, starts off very restrictive. For two weeks, no sugars, dairy, carbs or fruit. Then I can gradually add those things back.

It’s way more than this, but I am trying to keep it simple. I did this in 2003 and lost 25 pounds, that eventually found me again. And I’ve tried to duplicate it again, but I was not successful. So, I am trying again. Renewed determination and vigor.

I don’t like that it’s called a diet. For me, I want this to be a lifestyle change. Henceforth, I will call it South Beach Regimen, with regimen being defined as a prescribed course of medical treatment, way of life, or diet for the promotion or restoration of health.

Better living, better choices, better health are in my control (right now). And so much of my health depends on what I put or don’t put into my mouth.

Do I want to show how much I love myself by making better choices. Or to I want to show that I don’t care about my qualify of life, by making poor choices.

….and it’s all up to me.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 13, 2017

Give (All) Your Troubles to God

Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

This is my devotion for today. I added the word ALL to the title. Some times I think this problem is too small, too trivial to take in prayer to God. Or I may think, this problem is too big, my sin too great, to think God can help me or restore me.

But, there is no disclaimer. No asterisk. No hidden clause.

He is waiting to replace my concerns with His care. My hurts with His helps. My pain with His peace.

If I would just give them to Him….

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 11, 2017

Today is NOT my birthday, but…

But…I decided to work on the birthday present that I want to give myself (you do give presents to yourself, don’t you?!?). And that is better health. And right now, better health for me, means less weight.So many of my ailments: hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, pre-pre diabetes can all have their symptoms or malaises reduced or even eliminated with a proper diet and weight reduction.

I want to live a long healthy life. So on my next birthday, I’ll be 64!! WooHoo!! I am excited about my age. There’s no hiding it for me! God’s been good to me! But anyway, on August 10th, I want to be twenty pounds lighter.

I will do this!

I love me!

I want to take care of me!

I want to stop eating things and doing things that are a detriment to my body!

Yesterday was day one!

The Beatles doing, When I’m 64

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 5, 2017

Wait versus Weight

The Holy Spirit gave this to me on 5-21-14. If I don’t WAIT to give myself time to examine the things before I eat, I may run into the danger of gaining WEIGHT. 
I’ve read so much about eating styles (or diets) for weight loss. To improve your cholesterol levels. To reduce your risk of diabetes, strokes or heart attacks. There’s the South Beach Diet, Atkins, DASH Diet, Mediterranean Diet, Weight Watchers, Paleo, and the list goes on and on. And OMG!! I found a website that lists 600 different diets! Wow! Mind blowing.

But anyway. I know what I am supposed to do for me. The Lord has talked to me so many times. Told me what to do. What not to do. What to eat. What not to eat. So I really do know what’s best for me. That’s why He gave me Wait vs Weight, a couple of years ago.Annnnnnnddd….diabetes runs in my family. My mother had it. My younger did too. But at long as she follows a strict vegan diet, she does not have to take medication. I need to do better, before I get any bad news.

I got a prescription from my doctor to have blood work done, the beginning of this year but I haven’t. I will find that script, call to make sure that it is checking my glucose, then have it done. I pray that my A1C will be fine. But more importantly, I will start living a lifestyle so that I KNOW that my A1C is good!

OK. I found my script, so I’ll go tomorrow morning to have my blood drawn. And in the meantime, I’ll go back to the book, the 30 Day Diabetes Cure, which focuses on making dietary changes to reduce or eliminate the need for medicine or to stave off the the risks with those who are pre-diabetic.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | July 1, 2017

Life’s a Blast!

Last night Hubby and I watched an HBO documentary on nonagenarians, If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. It was a humorous documentary narrated by Carl Reiner, who is 95. It showed these ninety year olds and a few who were centenarians doing amazing things.They were still singing, dancing, writing (on a computer!), walking (some without the aid of a cane or walker!), running!, painting and the list goes on. They were enjoying life and loving what they were doing. They had tremendous positive attitudes with the desire to go as far and as long as they could.

The advice they gave was simple. Keep moving. Do what you love. Enjoy life. Eat healthy. Easy things. Things that we all should incorporate as daily habits anyway. 

When I was younger, late to early fifties, I used to say that my goal was to live to be 102. Why I picked that age, I am not sure. Then I stopped thinking about it, but recently, I found it written in a journal or something that I had. So, here I am resurrecting that thought and all that needs to go along with it.

The simple things: Lord Jesus, love, laughter, life. 

Release! Don’t hold on to things, grudges or people. This will weigh me down and and make me depressed.

Eat healthy! Eat food in as close to their natural stage as possible. Severely limited processed items as well as meats.

Exercise daily! When it’s a habit, I look forward to it. But yesterday, I noticed I was sluggish. Sitting a lot. Then even taking a nap because I was bored! But no more!

Create! Find some things that I love to do, then do those things that I love everyday. Have, develop a passion for life, creativity and colors! Stand out! Be noticed! I’ve earned this time. Don’t let anyone nor anything take it from me,

Jesus Christ! Keep learning about Him. Keep loving Him. Keep sharing Him. It is because of Him, that I am who I am. It is Jesus who gives me all that I need to live this wonderful life. He has blessed me and I will bless others!

My next 30 years are going to be a blast!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | June 30, 2017

Another Day, Another Chance 

I will be so glad when I can get back into the rec center. When we returned from Portugal in May, I brought a little extra with me. A severe case of athletes foot! YIKES!! Until it cleared up, I had my membership put on hold for 30 days. As of today, that time is up. But I will go back after our Independence Day also known as the Fourth of July Holiday.

I digress…

But because I’m unable to do my water aerobics, I have not been consistent in doing anything else. That is, except eating. I weigh myself everyday, and it has been fluctuating up and down. But today was the biggest swing up! 

OMG!! And I have no one to blame, but myself. 

It is so amazing, how the wrong foods, beckon me and call out my name. Telling me that if I only eat a small portion, I should be OK. However, when I eat that small portion a couple of times a day…and then something else calls my name and I have to give in to them…what else should I expect?

I love summer, when there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. I went to the grocery store yesterday and loaded up. But when it came time to watch a movie, did I get grapes or nuts or cheese and crackers? Nooooooo… I had almost two bags of microwaveable popcorn! And I tried to psyche myself out, by mixing a small portion of fat free popcorn with it.

Well…I thank God for new days, new beginnings. Another chance.

I will get this right!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | June 30, 2017

Pathway of Blessings

The last sentence of today’s devotion really struck me.

“Chose to believe that Christ lives you and is blessing you in the midst of trials. He always goes before you, planting blessings on your path.”

What do I do with those blessings?

Do I chose to ignore God’s blessings?

Do I trample over and destroy Gods blessings, so no one benefits from them?

Or do I stop pick and enjoy and then share them with others?

Lord, help me to always see Your blessings.

Use Your Blessings and share Your Blessings.

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