Major changes

by adustyframe ~ March 28th, 2007

The last few weeks have brought major changes to my life.

I was so tired and extremely run down. I have been that way for a couple years. However, it was seriously taking a toll on my health.

I have gained weight (and I needed to lose weight in the 1st place!). I didn’t wake up rested ever. I drank too much coffee and ate too much sugar.

A few weeks ago, I knew I simply had to take control of my health.

I started by going to bed earlier. You have perhaps noticed that I haven’t visited your blog much. I have cut down on computer time quite a bit.

Once I started going to bed earlier, I began to crave sleep. I’d sleep and sleep. I didn’t wake up rested but at least in the middle of the afternoon I at least felt human.

Then we quit watching tv. I had the super cheapest satellite that we had hooked up years ago. When money was so tight, I ditched it.

I used to listen to Fox news all night while I was at the computer or working.

I didn’t think that hearing all the junk from the whole world affected that much but I realize now that it did.

At first it was an odd feeling to hear a tiny blip on the radio that sounded alarming and I had no clue what it was about.

I’m already used to it though. My spirit is so much more at peace.

Then my husband moved up here. That was a major burden relieved. Visiting him isn’t an all day affair anymore. Seeing him and getting a hug has removed much of the stress I was feeling.

Then I started following a new eating plan. It’s got a few steps but nothing too hard. Although the 1st thing was to give up sugar and caffeine. “WHAT!? I’m held together with sugar and caffeine!”

I decided to try it. I was already feeling a bit better after getting more rest.

Within 2 days, I was feeling fantastic. I’ve continued. We had a box of thin mints in the house that I didn’t even touch.

Here’s the best part, not because I wanted to be “good” but because I simply didn’t want them.

I also haven’t taken a nap the past two Sunday afternoons because I’m not tired!

WOW!

Yesterday I tried on a twin set that I was going to get rid of because it was too small. It fit. Comfortably.

I don’t have a scale so I don’t know how much I lost. Maybe only a small amount. But clothes are fitting better and my energy is through the roof.

I think I will keep this up. I am greatly enjoying the feeling of having energy and feeling human. The few times I felt like I wanted something I shouldn’t have, I immediately thought how good I feel and decided it’s simply not worth it.

I have a lot of weight to lose. You can pray for me to please God with my eating choices.

Lizzie

11 Thoughts Shared to Major changes

  1. grafted branch

    I’ll pray for you. Will you pray for me? I’m paddling on the other side of the same boat.

  2. picklesncucumbers

    Woohoo! Congrats on the fantastic new you. Did you get that haircut yet? Hubs will hardly recognize you! (I mean that in a good way) 🙂

    Since my son was born 3 years ago, I simply cannot do without my afternoon nap when the kids go down for theirs. And the baby weight…still there, and then some. 🙁 I guess I need to get my toosh in gear… if you can do it, I can do it.

    I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  3. Ame

    wow – we’re right there together. you’re awesome, girl! VERY proud of you!!!!!!!

  4. adustyframe

    Thanks girls:)
    I DID get that hair cut. It’s pretty short! My hubby liked it:)

    I think I have to lose quite a bit of weight before people won’t recognize me though;)

  5. Helen

    Wow, this sounds great! I am just making the same experiences as you do.

    It’s lentil time right now and the protestant church in Germany has announced a time of “seven weeks of different living” during that. They encouraged people to rethink their lifestyle and to start a ‘test period’ without all things that effect our lifes somehow negative.

    I love this idea and cutting down sugar and coffee was one of my first things besides Ebay (unbelievable how much time I spent with that!) and a few minor things. I eat more fruit now and drink more tea and water (!), changed from white sugar to brown organic sugar when I drink my one cup of coffee a day.
    I went for long walks and went out dancing and realised that my back does not hurt that much anymore like it does when I just sit in the office.
    I am very sensitive to sleep as well – if I sleep less than 8 hours, it makes me feel uncomfortable and capricious.

    It’s great that you changed some of this habits – very often I totally forget that they are not helping at all but wearing me totally out.

  6. Lisa

    Super News! I used to lead a Christian weight loss group. When you feel tempted [and likely at some point you will LOL] PRAY!!! It worked! I am in your “boat” right now though–too much lbs, too much diet soda, too much sugar. You are inspiring me–again!Glad things are looking up a little.

  7. dallimomma

    I am rejoicing with you at the changes God is working in your life. He has been teaching me some things about Himself that you may already know, but I felt I should share them with you.

    Remember, God wants to teach you how to ‘be’ a lot more than He wants to teach you how to ‘do’. This simple idea is unnatural to our ears and minds but has turned my life upside down as I seek to ‘be’ with Him.

    Do you know the joke/story about the person who was caught in a flood and refused all the attempts to rescue him, saying “I’m waiting for God to rescue me.”? Well, when it comes to my weight, that was me. I subconsciously thought I’d either wake up one morning and be thinner (!) or just not want to eat stuff that was bad for me. I was waiting on God to fix me. During this season of Lent, He sent me exactly what I needed to rescue me from the sin of gluttony that was oppressing me. A ‘tool’, a way out of the flood. The difference between this answer to prayer and a diet is just this; God said “If you do this, I can bless you. If you don’t, I can’t. You decide.” No legalistic regimine that sets me up to fail but guidelines that put me in a position to receive His blessing and deliverance. There are more details, but they aren’t important to your story.

    Just please accept my encouragement to continue to listen to His voice when He speaks to you. If you strive to be obedient in any area of your life, He WILL bless that effort. It’s been my experience that His blessings are way more than I could have ever imagined or wished for.
    I’m so glad you get to see your husband now. I pray for your family to be whole and in one place very soon.

  8. mrsb

    You GO GIRL! I promise to pray for you as God brings you to mind. And when we pray, we know that we are praying within His will!

  9. Susanna

    Now that is good news 🙂 It is scary how much of a toll things can take on our lives and how the habits we form to cope can make things worse. Rest assured that you will be slimmer than me for at least the next year (if not two knowing my track record :)….think you could shift some of my pregnancy weight while you are at it ? If only! SO pleased to hear that things are more positive………I Pray they become more positive still.

  10. Janean

    Keep it up! You ROCK! I will keep you in my prayers.
    I am trying to give up sweets as well. Two days without chocolate….I’m fading fast! 😀

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