It hurts so good!

Strange title, I know. What am I referring to? Working out and the inevitable soreness that comes along with it. Lucy and I worked out yesterday for the first time in a long time. Hoping this is just the beginning of a great, healthy habit for us. Now that I’ve lost weight, I want to tone up the flab, but boy am I hurting today! No pain, no gain, right? 

You’ve got to love YouTube! Free workout videos! We did pilates together and then I did a dance workout. I looked and felt like a big goober, but I didn’t care. Now if someone else was watching me, that would be a different story. Although, let’s be honest, I probably still wouldn’t care. If I’m moving like Elaine from Seinfeld, oh well, at least I’m moving! This coming Friday is our weigh in for the Transformation Challenge that we began 8 weeks ago at work. I’m interested to see if I lost any inches. If not, oh well…I’m having fun either way!elaine

Yesterday was my hubs’ birthday. My awesome mom cooked dinner for him Sunday night. From her last experience of cooking for Mother’s Day and I couldn’t hardly eat anything, she was prepared and made her own roux and made an amazing GF meatball stew with lima beans! She also made a GF banana pie cake. It was so good. One thing we noticed, GF cake mix is very dense. It’s like sticking your fork through a brick. But when you can’t have cake anymore, this taste great to me! I love that there are so many options for GF now. Still trying to stay away from boxed foods because they are considered Frankenfood, but sometimes you just gotta!

Last week was hectic with dance rehearsals and the recital. One night, we didn’t make it home until 10:30. I picked us up some Burger King. I had a whopper jr and some fries. Man oh man, did I pay for that later. My stomach was fairly flat before the burger, but the next few days, it was like I could have been 3 months pregnant! I was so bloated and uncomfortable. This is why I must not cheat often. That night was an exception because it was so late and we were exhausted. I am finally getting back to normal. Going GF has helped me. If you are interested in beginning this, just contact me and I’ll help the best way I can.

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Fear or Trust?

With everything going on in the world, we have one choice ultimately….will you live in fear or will you trust God? It’s as simple as that. The action may not “feel” simple, but through faith you can be at peace in the midst of any turmoil. 

One of the things a lot of people are experiencing is the downfall of the economy. Some have been laid off, some have had their hours and/or pay cut, and still some live in limbo not knowing if today will be their last day at their job. It’s not an easy place to be…trust me, but I know that God is in control. If I should lose my job, I know that He will provide another source of income. He will allow me to use my talents to do what needs to be done. So what will I choose? I will choose to trust Him! I may have to remind myself of that on a day to day basis, but I will choose Him. 

One of the ways He blesses me is with awesome friends. IMG_0668The other night, out of the blue, a friend calls me up to say that they are cooking dinner for us and will bring it over shortly. They didn’t cook it and hang out, they didn’t expect anything, they just did it out of love for us! I can see God in that and feel His love. It’s in the small things that we must find hope and keep our eyes on what He is doing.

Are you wondering what they cooked? Well….it was some amazing red beans and rice with a side of cantaloupe. It was so good that I had two servings! I was one happy girl. Then there are nights like tonight. I take my kids grocery shopping, which normally isn’t an issue, but Lennox had some kind of hair up his butt and then suddenly I became “that mom.” You know the one I’m talking about. The one that has a screaming kid and you think to yourself, “Oh my gosh…just spank you kid already and shut them up!” Well…that didn’t work for me. So I finished my shopping with less of my hair intact, but my son made it out alive! Go, ME! Then I come home to try a new recipe. Super yummy and quick. It’s called Skillet Hummus Crusted Chicken. I ate that with a side of broccoli and cheese. Now my kids are in bed and I’m going to just sit with my jaw open, drool falling, bra off. Total relaxation!

Sparkles, Glitter and Tap Shoes

Today begins the beginning of dance week for us! Recital is this coming Saturday and like the title states, there will be lots of sparkles, glitter and tap shoes! The recital marks the end of a year of hard work and dedication, but also means that this will be a long week! Rehearsals are long but necessary. If you see me sneeze this week and glitter shoots out, don’t pay any mind to it. What will be impressive is if I fart glitter! 

Posting my daily meals hasn’t been much of a priority lately, plus I’m not sure that people are that interested in that. I am doing good with the diet still. I am down 19 pounds and am still losing. I would like to say that I’m feeling much better, but there are so many other factors that could be contributing to the pain that I’m not sure if diet alone will help. But I do know that this diet is what is best for my IBD, Hashimoto’s and fibromyalgia so I will stick with it. 

I have been experiencing pain in my belly where my ulcers are located. I am still pretty exhausted, but I am hopeful. I know that my God can take away all of this in an instant. It is not my place to ask God why He hasn’t healed me yet. While we are on this side of heaven, things won’t be perfect. Like my pastor said yesterday, we are in a spiritual war and in a war there are going to be casualties. I can’t expect to be the exception just because I live for the Lord. In fact, because I am trying to do as He says, Satan will counterattack because he does not like that I am doing things for God’s kingdom. Well, Satan…not today!x76s4

Here are just a few items that I have taken pictures of to post here. Chicken salad stuffed bell peppers, black eyed peas and sausage with brown rice, and oatmeal. Crawfish was on the menu for our date night and it was good! Went watch Mother’s Day and I would definitely recommend it! So good! 

Keep pressing on my friends…Satan is powerful but not more powerful than God. Are you ready for the battle ahead?

Withering Away…

When you start the diet that I have, your options of quick food are very limited. Not doing a great job of preparing my food, so I’ve just been snacking. Not eating much which is catching up to me. I just don’t have much of an appetite. David says I’m withering away. I’ve lost another 3 pounds! I’m down 19 pounds! Which is super cool, but I also don’t want to lose too much weight. But I am still eating healthy. Not much looks tempting to me. 

Other than having the new pants that I’ve recently purchased float on me, I’m happy with the progress. Time for new clothes. Good thing I love to shop! Bad for David. He’s just happy that I’m getting healthy and doing my part. 

IMG_0595An aching body is still a part of my life. Being exhausted is as well. I have moments, which I guess is better than none, that I have more energy and don’t think about the pain. Lately, my jaw and shoulders have been hurting. Time to make an appointment with the PT to get needled. 

My menu today was: banana for breakfast, almonds and a chocolate bar for lunch, and lettuce wrapped chicken salad for dinner. Of course this was chased with a glass of wine. I was picking on David earlier. I love cats, but we have agreed to not have any for a while since we are having so many people in and out of our home that are allergic. When I went to a friend’s house today that had 5 kittens, I sent him several pictures asking if he would like this one, or that one…what about this one? Lennox has already picked his favorite.Needless to say, he said no. I got a laugh out of it! Enjoy the pics!

Momma’s Day

You’ve got to love how moms show their love to their kids. My poor momma…yes I’m sure she is reading this…tried so hard yesterday to make a GF meal. They grilled some chicken and my amazing daughter made me a salad. My mom also made cheesy potatoes and rice dressing, but didn’t realize that the ingredients used to make those had gluten. She was upset. More than I was! LOL I enjoyed my grilled chicken and salad! She did make me a fabulous GF apple cake. She’s awesome like that!

michael-mcdonaldI spent a good part of my weekend just hanging with my kids, ministering to a friend in need and hanging with family. Pretty relaxed. The only bummer part is that my stomach has been cutting up lately. When I eat, not long after my stomach starts flaring up. Not sure what’s going on there. May need to go back to elimination diet for a bit, but in the voice of Stuart on MadTV “I don’t wanna!” 

Oh Oh…I have to share this new recipe with you…Fruit Quesadillas!! So yummy and easy! Lucy loved it too! All it is basically is a corn tortilla with cream cheese and your choice of fruit. You fold it and pan fry it in butter for a little bit to warm it up and make the tortilla crispy and Voila! You’ve got breakfast!IMG_0576

Stopping for the One

I’ve decided to no longer count my days of this diet. I am past my 3 month mark, so the months will do just fine. I am very thankful to have started this new lifestyle. I can see myself continuing on this. It really wasn’t as hard as it seemed. Maybe it was at first, not sure, maybe I need to go back and read my first few weeks! LOL! Do I miss my bread? Sure, but I love the fact that I’m not putting junk in my body to make me feel worse. I still have some sweets, but have cut that back a whole lot! I’m proud of myself. 

IMG_0548My stomach was a bit off today and yesterday. Not sure what that is about, but I haven’t been eating a whole lot, which is why I haven’t been blogging. My meals have been small like yogurt or a banana for breakfast, an avocado for lunch, and a little bit of rice and gravy for dinner. Maybe a bowl of GF cheerios here and there, but that’s about it. Snacks have been GF pretzels, fruit and for my sweets, a rice krispy treat. Yes, I know it’s still “frankenfood” but it’s better than what I was doing. At least I’m making progress. IMG_0566

Tonight while shopping for food so I could stop hearing my kids say that we have “nothing to eat,” I saw a lady with her hand in a cast. Immediately I knew that I was to pray for her. David and the kids were walking away to go checkout… (why do all of these encounters happen at the grocery stores during checkout?)…and I slipped away to go pray for her. As I was approaching her, they started moving along. I followed for a bit trying to catch up, but they didn’t stop again and I wasn’t about to start running and looking like a maniac and scaring them like crazy, so I walked away and prayed to myself that she would be healed. As we were checking out, I look behind me and see that she is at the register right in back of me! I could hear God saying, “Look, now you don’t have to run.” Haha you’re so funny, God! So I did it and she was thankful. I just love how God saw my willingness to pray and gave me that second opportunity. He is so good! Always stop for the one!

3 months and counting…

Yesterday marked my third month of this GF diet. I am down two more pounds, that’s 16 total! Again, weight loss is not why I started this, but I’m not complaining! I would like to thank all of you who have continued reading my blogs and/or have sent encouraging words along the way. It’s been tough, but it’s been worth it. Have I been perfect through this? Um…heck no! This is me we are talking about. I may strive for perfection, but I fall short quite often.

Since being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s a couple of weeks ago and increasing my thyroid meds, I feel like there may be a bit of difference in the aches. I say that lightly, because that’s like praying for patience. You all know how well that turns out! So for now, I will enjoy my relaxation. Although my head is in the clouds because of these lovely sinuses. Oh, the joys of living in Louisiana and being allergic to it as well. 

Perspective for today: I was welcoming the rain today. Just to be home and on familiar grounds was great. Going into work today was a breath of fresh air. No whiny kids, no running poop down the legs, no hours of driving. I actually had adult conversations! What?!! Yes I did! Yes I did!

IMG_0525Now back to the diet: breakfast was yogurt, lunch was some of my mom’s amazing steak and gravy! Someone at work is trying to sabotage me. They brought those World’s Famous Chocolate Bars! How can one resist? You can’t, and I didn’t! I chased my lunch with that piece of awesomeness. I had a banana for snack and a bowl of GF lucky charms for dinner. Hey…I said I wasn’t perfect! Tomorrow is a new day. I will eat the fruit and veggies that I purchased today. (At least that’s what I will be chanting in my head as I reach for the sweets.)IMG_0524