I am getting so aggravated at the computer way of doing things. I get something written all up, sounding very nice, and then it happens. I hit the wrong button or the wrong combination of buttons and I end up loosing all that I have just written!! VERY aggravating.
I have a couple of things I want to talk about today. First is always in most every females mind, and quite a few males as well, weight loss. I have tried diet after diet after diet, and what they say is true. You loose some weight, feel good about yourself and your accomplishment, and then slowly but surely, you gain it all back, plus a few pounds! Talk about aggravation!!!
Well my latest was something that I have seen work very well for folks. I have a couple of people in my church using this diet and doing well on it! It is the HCG diet. You have these HCG drops that you use 3 times daily and you are limited to a 500 calorie diet. I gave it a good try for 4 weeks. I was going to go straight through to 6 weeks, then take a three week break and go for another 6 weeks. You see, I want to loose a total of about 70-80 pounds. I don't want to be so thin people start to wonder about me, but I would like to be able to walk into ANY store and be able to buy myself a t-shirt or pair of jeans in a much smaller size than I presently do. And as of right now, I can't seem to find clothes at most places. I either have to special order them, or go to Goodwill and pray they have something there for me. It just seems so unfair!!
Well, during my 3.5 weeks on the HCG diet, I was loosing weight! I lost about 15*20 pounds! I was so excited! But then we had a special meal at church, and I ate. Then we had an excellent meal at home, prepared by my hubby since I can't stand long enough to actually cook! And I ate! Well, as part of the HCG diet, it tells you that if you have a weight gain, on that day you drink tons of water and all you get to eat is a large steak for supper! Sounds pretty good huh? Well, the first time wasn't too bad. I ate a large rib eye, and finished off someone elses, then I ate a couple pieces of smaller steaks my husband had grilled. BUT, that is all I ate was steak! The next morning when I got up, went to the bathroom and weighed. Sure enough, I had lost back to where I was before the gain, plus an extra 2 pounds!!! I was thinking how awesome this was!!! Well, about a week later, I had another gain, a small one, but still a gain. So, I talked to my husband, who was stopping by the store on his way home from work and told him that I needed to have a steak night since I had gained again. But I didn't. And OFF that wagon I fell, fell pretty hard too. I really tried this diet and it was going well, but only for a couple of weeks. I still have some HCG left so I could restart the diet, but I don't want to.
Now, don't get me wrong, I want to loose weight, but I can't do it in a way that I am not going to be able to stick with for the rest of my life!! I enjoy the taste of various foods, and I love to try new foods, maybe a recipe that someone has tried for the first time, or whatever. I ENJOY FOOD!!! If I can't do a diet that will let me enjoy "normal" foods at times, I won't be able to stick to it.
So, basically, what my husband and I have decided is that we are going to cut back on our proportions, stick to the diet of what he is allowed to have, for the most part, due to his diabetes. I say for the most part because he is not allowed some fruits and veggies that I love, so I will enjoy them at times, just not too often. And, we have decided to get a treadmill, since we know that realistically, neither of us is going to start or continue a walking program outside of home. We found a perfect treadmill at Academy with a weight capacity of 350#, all the others were 250, which we know Gerald cannot get on!
My intention is that when we get this treadmill, and it may be a while because we have to save up for it, all $400! But, I am going to probably have to sacrifice one of my storage solutions I have in the living room so that we can put the treadmill in the living room. My theory is that if we can get on it and get going while watching a television program, before we know it we will have walked for an hour or so! If we do this and watch our snacking and eat more healthy foods than junk, we should do okay! I know the weight is not just going to fall off, but it didn't just fall on either, so it is going to take a while.
My hope is that by working on a treadmill, I will not only loose weight, but help my back in the process, at least that's what my prayer is.
Another of my focus' right now, is in completing an album for a young couple who just lost their tiny son born with anencephaly. I want to present them with an album within the next month, beginning with some pregnancy pictures and incorporating her blog posts into the album. It is my prayer that this will be an album that they can go to frequently and be reminded of all the good things that have happened because of that little boys very short life. He has touched so many lives, especially of people who have never met the family, or anyone close to the family, but they feel like family. These are Facebook family, blogger families, and other general prayer warriors. People we will never be able to thank properly for all they have done, even if it was simply saying a small prayer at some point specifically for any member of this family. I am hopeful that I will get some help from some of my Stampin' Up! sisters to complete this album and that the photographers present at baby Thomas' birth will be willing to share their photos with me so that I may create the best album possible, by letting God lead me all the way to completion of this very special album. So please pray for me, and if you know the Bush family and want to help in some way, there are several ways to help. There is going to be an auction beginning tomorrow, Thursday, on Facebook, or you can send a donation to the hospital. Just be sure if you choose that to make sure it goes to the renovation of the NICU at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital and is in the name of Thomas James Paul Bush.
I have another way that you can help which I have already mentioned. If you are a scrapbooker, or cardmaker, you know what all goes into making an album, especially one that needs to be as special as this one. If you wish to help with this, I am creating a 12x12 album of baby Thomas and his family, beginning with pregnancy pictures of Holly and continuing through the birth of Thomas and perhaps including some funeral photos.
Ways you can help include: create a layout, preferably two page, but not required!
Create page elements than can be put on a 12x12 album page.
If you do everything in 6x6, that's fine too. If you can make them in such a way that they will fit together as a 12x12 page! I will probably be seeking suggestions of moments to be sure to include, or there is always the monetary donation. If you decide to make a monetary donation, please specify if this donation is to go to the hospital renovation fund in Thomas' name, or how you want it used.
Let's all pull together for this young family who mostly need our prayers now. Just please keep lifting them up in your prayers, as well as those who are staying by their side and helping them in that way. Don't forget prayers for the grandparents of this precious angel. As a grandparent, I can tell you, I have witnessed what the power of prayer can do. Don't be afraid to us it. Just include anyone who is assisting in the care of baby Thomas' family in your daily prayers.
With all of that said, I will be posting pics of some of my layouts at some time today, I hope!!! When you have to deal with the kind of back pain I have had for the past week almost, and I haven't been able to do most of the things I have wanted to do, but I plan on trying!
If you are still reading, bless your heart!! I know I get long winded at times, but it is usually about things I feel strongly about!
Have a great day and I hope to post at least a few layouts so you all don't think I am just claiming to be a scrapper!! LOL
God bless you each and every one.
Always remember: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" Phil 4:13