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Here’s the thing…

So here’s the thing.  My daughter and I have been on a no sugar, no white flour diet for almost 3wks now.  I had every intention of doing a big ‘ole blog post on how wonderful it is, why we’re doing it, changes we’ve seen, favorite recipes, etc.  But.  Life has a funny way of changing intentions, and while I still want to share all of that with you,  that is a post that will have to wait for another day and time.

Because here’s the thing.  Trials and tribulations come our way.  No rhyme or reason, just a product of living in this fallen world we live in.  We each have our own struggles and battles.  None is more or less important than another.  Difficulties approach each and every one of us at different times, in different ways.  And it’s all hard.  Why?  Because “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)  Call me charismatic, bible thumping, call me whatever-the-heck you want, but I firmly believe that satan is alive and well on this earth, and he does everything he can to undermine the work of the Lord in our lives.  And as the Lord works in each of our lives differently, satan attacks us in different areas.  This is why, within those same verses, we are instructed to “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…” (Ephesians 6:13-18, emphasis mine)
Take a look at those highlighted words: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Spirit, and the word of God.  This is what we hold on to, what we firmly grasp when trials and tribulations come our way.  It’s hard, when we’re in the midst of the storm.  When satan does everything to make us miserable and shake our foundation of faith.  When you feel like you matter what you do, no matter how much you pray, you just can’t find peace.  See up there where it says “praying always?”  This is where the peace comes in.  Psalm 34:14-15 tells us “….seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.”  His ears are open to your cry!  He hears you, my friend.  Cry out to Him.  Continually.  When you feel like you need more peace, pray some more.  “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)  Want another one?  “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord shall keep you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.  The Lord shall keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.” (Psalm 121:1-8)  And here’s one of my favorites – “And the God of peace will crush satan under your feet shortly.” (Romans 16:20)
I know I may be a bit heavy on the bible verses, but in my opinion, you can never be too heavy on God’s Word.  And here’s the thing – I’ve had a rough couple of days.  Really.  Rough.  I spent a good portion of yesterday afternoon looking up and writing out every single verse I could find on the peace of God.  Which is why, my friends, this blog post is full of them.  It is what I am clinging to, myself.  My prayers are continually for peace and comfort.  James 4:7-8 tells me “Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (emphasis mine)  That is truth, my friends.  That is a promise.  And God’s promises are true and everlasting.  Great is His faithfulness.  His compassion, fails not.
I’ve spent the last 4-5 days wondering if I’m losing my mind.  Feeling absolutely physically miserable.  You know, those days when you just pray for it to be bedtime so you don’t have to think about anything, but just sleep and pray that it will all be better in the morning?  Yup, that’s where I’ve been.  Just keeping it real.  Being honest.  I have long struggled with my health.  For most of my life, really.  It’s had its ups and downs.  Right now, it’s in a “down.”  Why is it a battle for me?  Why does it reoccur?  Why can’t I have “normal” health, like “everyone” else?  Well, as I said in the beginning, as the Lord works in each of our lives differently, satan attacks us in different areas.  I don’t have to understand.  I have to trust, and give glory to God.  I’m learning to be thankful in these circumstances, because it draws me nearer to God.  And what happens when I draw nearer to God?  I resist the devil in Jesus’ name.  I draw near to God, and He draws near to me.  He doesn’t move.  He doesn’t slumber.  He shall not be shaken.  I heard a quote the other day that said something along the lines of “when you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, just remember that you’re standing on the Rock of Ages.” On the Rock of Ages, I shall stand.  “The JOY of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)  <– the word “strength” there means “place of safety, a refuge, or protection.” So in His strength I will rest, and find joy.
And here’s another thing: I have long suffered with a strong sense of guilt.  Guilt that I’m not doing enough.  Guilt that I’m being lazy.  Guilt that my kids sometimes have to pick up my slack.  Guilt that they’re growing up with a mom that’s sick fairly often.  Guilt that my husband has too much weighing on his shoulders.  I could go on and on.  But guess what?   “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)  I am His, He calls me His own.  He doesn’t condemn me, He loves me.  This is not to say that I never have to take responsibility for my own actions, but to say that God loves me where I am.  He is patient with me, and He is perfecting me, in His time.  When I come before Him with a broken and contrite heart, He delights in me. (Ps.51:17)  I can ask Him to convict me and show me where I need to change, but He never shames or condemns me.  Nor does He you.

So here’s the thing…be encouraged, my friends.  If you’re in the midst of a battle, you are not alone.  Cry out to Jesus.  Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you.  Surround yourself in prayer (which includes being brave enough to ask others to pray for you.)  Stop holding on and just let go.  Lay it at the foot of the cross and be held.  (Casting Crowns has a new song called “Just Be Held.”  I encourage you to listen to it.)  Praying you find strength and encouragement, and ask that you would do the same for me.

Until next time….

 
 

Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Oh boy. I’m in trouble. My intention was to make these solely for my kids. And then, I had a bite. Game over. They are pretty tasty, if I may so.

My kids love Costco muffins. I don’t. While an inexpensive, quick, morning option, they’re loaded w/a whole slew of nasty ingredients that I’d rather not have my family consume. Besides the fact that you reach about a full day’s worth of your calorie allotment in a single muffin. No thank you.

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My mission was to find a healthier breakfast option for my kids – something they could grab quickly, but still have something decent to fill their bellies.  Enter in these muffins. I found a couple different recipes online, picked out some of the elements I liked, and revamped to make them a bit healthier and more to my liking.  My son loves them.  Mission accomplished.
Just a few notes ~ feel free to use 2C of all purpose flour, rather than half whole wheat. I just “snuck” that in there to up the nutritive value. 😉 You can also leave out the vital wheat gluten, but it will give the muffins a bit more “lift” if you’re using the whole wheat flour.
The chocolate chips that I use are these from Amazon.  (no, I’m not an affiliate, I just like the chocolate chips.) 😉 They are dairy, soy, and gluten free, but still delicious, and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between these and the other ever-popular store brand.
Also, here’s a nifty little tip for you – to make it easy when filling each muffin cup, use a large cookie/ice cream scoop like this:

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If you’re a tad OCD like me, it’s a clean, easy way to fill each cup, and they’ll all have the perfectly same amount, resulting in perfectly uniform muffins. 😊 (I confess that I’m a bit more than a “tad” OCD, but that’s beside the point…)
On to the recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need:

*Dry ingredients:
1 C all-purpose flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1 t vital wheat gluten
1/4 C white sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
*Wet ingredients:
1/2 C unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs
1/3 C half and half
1/3 C whole milk
1 t almond extract
~1 C mini chocolate chips (I’m estimating here – I usually just go with a handful.) 😉
~ turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners, or spray with olive oil/cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.  In a medium bowl, mix together wet ingredients until well combined.  Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix gently until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Use the nifty tip I gave you above to fill each muffin cup – or fill 3/4 full.  Sprinkle each muffin with a touch of turbinado (or regular) sugar.  Bake for 15-20min, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
That’s it.  Easy-peasy.  These come together quickly, so if you forget to make them the night before, it’s no trouble to throw them together in the morning.  Hope you enjoy; let me know what you think!

Until next time…

 

 

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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Recipes

 

Trusting Through the Midst of the Storm

She’s right, you know.  Corrie Ten Boom.  Sometimes we need to just sit still and trust.  I’ll be the first to admit that this is a lesson that I have to learn repeatedly.  Why?  I don’t know.  Trust is hard for me.  I won’t go into all the reasons or logistics why.  But God is continually, gently whispering into my ear “Trust me.”  This is one such season in my life.  The Hebrew word for trust is “chasah (chah-sah.)  It means “to hope, or to make someone a refuge” (Strong’s #2620)  The manner in which a trusting baby bird hides itself under its parent’s feathers.  It also has the meaning of “to lean on someone or something.”  I am learning to lean on the Lord when I don’t have my own strength.   Psalm 37:5 says ” Commit your way to the Lord, TRUST also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”  That word “commit?”  It means to “roll it over on” the Lord. To roll my burdens over on to the Lord and rest in the shelter of His wings is where I want to be.  He will carry me.  He will sustain me.  And He will bring me through to the light on the other side of the tunnel.

It’s been almost four years since my sister-in-law died after a brave battle with breast cancer.  I wrote this note in the weeks after her passing.  Thought I would share it again now, as it speaks volumes to me about trusting in the Lord and reminds me that He is right there with us, even through the darkest of tunnels…

Trust. Such a simple little word, that conjures up so many different emotions for different people. On hearing the word, one may instantly feel love, peace, and comfort, while another may feel anxiety, doubt and fear. Life’s circumstances and experiences put a different spin on the word, causing some people to jump in with both feet, while others shrink back into the shadows, afraid to put out a toe.
As I was driving the other day, I crossed a bridge where some construction work is being done. They are expanding the bridge, adding a driving and walking lane. I watched the men putting up the railing for the walking lane, and I realized, I am putting my trust in those men’s hands. I trust that they are going to do their job correctly, putting the railing up properly, so that as I lean on it, I won’t fall through. I trust the men expanding the driving lane, that the structure underneath me as I drive will be solid and sound, holding me securely as I drive over the rushing water below. In a sense, I am putting my life in their hands. Have I ever met these men? Do I know anything about them? Do I know their character? Are they explicitly following directions? Are they diligent? Do they care one iota about me or my life? Are they worthy of my trust?
This, then, begs the question: why, oh why, am I so quick to place my complete trust in someone I’ve never met, don’t know anything about, and who doesn’t care about me or my life, yet I sometimes question the God who created me. The God who loves me and only wants what is best for my life. The God who protects me and carries me through the rough patches. The God who laughs with in my times of joy, and weeps with me in my times of sorrow. The God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His character is perfect. He is explicit in His instruction. Diligent in His love. Worthy above all else of holding my trust.
I don’t understand why Sheri is no longer with us. I don’t understand why cancer robs us of those we love. I don’t understand why precious children are left without their momma, and a loving husband is left without his wife. Why a little brother has to mourn his big sister. Why a mother and father have to bury a child. Why family and friends have to grieve over someone so precious and beautiful who is no longer here. The list of “whys” goes on and on…
BUT. I am not called to understand. I am called to TRUST. “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean NOT on your own understanding. In ALL your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) I acknowledge the Lord. I trust in His sovereignty. His ways are not my own, and who am I to question why, or why not? To trust is to feel safe. There is no safer place then at the feet of Jesus. I lay all my trust at His feet, and know that He will carry us through. His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23) He hears our cry, attends to our prayer, and leads us to the rock that is higher. He is our refuge and strong tower. (Psalm 61:1-3) Trust in the Lord. There is no better place to be.

Until next time…

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Ramblings, Uncategorized

 

Super Bowl Snacks

 

Are you ready for some football?!?!  I know I am.  The Seahawks have been my team since I was in jr. high – yes, I am one of the faithful ones that stood by, even when we were pathetic.  But our glory days are now upon us, and I am looking forward to the big game.
Since I am focusing on eating well and making strong, nutritious decisions, I thought it might be nice to post some recipes for good, healthy snacks.  We all know that one of the best parts of a good football game is the food, but I don’t want to walk away all bloated and feeling miserable for the next 3 days.  So here are some links to some snacks that are easy, taste really good, and won’t leave you with a “food hangover.”

*No Bake German Chocolate Bites ~ these are simple, delicious, and contain no added sugar, while satisfying my sweet tooth, which is a big bonus for me.  They taste a lot like a macaroon.
*Raw Brownies ~ when I made these, I added in shredded coconut and goji berries, and they were delicious.
*Crockpot Candy Nuts ~ this is my own recipe, so of course, I’m a little biased, but it’s really easy, and a great snack.  The last time I made them, I added in shredded coconut and used coconut oil in place of the butter.  Allowing them to cook a little longer and cool right in the crockpot eliminates a step and makes them a little more crispy.
*Chocolate Avocado Smoothie ~ don’t let the avocado throw you off – it makes the smoothie nice and creamy, and this one tastes like a peanut butter milkshake.  So good.
*Ranch Dressing/Dip ~ you can read this post for all the reasons you should make it homemade, along with my recipe for how to do so.  Enjoy with some veggie sticks, or these Sunflower Seed Crackers.
*Beer Bread ~ This recipe uses only 3 ingredients, making it quick to mix up and bake, and much less full of nasty, unnecessary ingredients.  I do 1/2 & 1/2 whole wheat and white flour, adding 1tsp of vital wheat gluten for each cup of whole wheat flour.

Two other favorites of mine don’t involve a recipe, per se, but I make them often, and can eat them all by myself. 😉
~ Sweet potato fries are a great snack, and are really easy to make.  I just peel and slice up some sweet potatoes, cut in to fry-shaped pieces.  Put into a bowl and toss with some olive oil and salt.  Bake at 425 degrees until desired “crispness,” about 45-60min.  Taste and sprinkle w/more salt if needed.  I’ve also sprinkled them w/a chili-lime seasoning, which makes them salty & a little tart at the same time.
~ Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks.  We’re not talking the nasty, chemical-laden microwave kind.  Just air pop some popcorn, drizzle w/melted butter or coconut oil, and sprinkle w/salt.  Yum.  I also sprinkle w/nutritional yeast to add some more nutrition and good B vitamins.

So, hope that gives you some great ideas and alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday.  And, GO HAWKS!!! 🙂

Until next time….

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Monday Musings

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Sunshine, heavenly sunshine!  Here in the winter, we don’t see much of it. Even if it’s sunny all around us, we are in a shadow.  This picture was taken at around 10:30am.  You can see how low the sun is in the sky – this means we typically get about 15-20min of sunshine before it disappears back behind that mountain – that’s if we even get sunshine at all.  It can really make for a long, dreary winter.  Normally, if it’s sunny, we’ll throw open the curtains and stand at the window, trying to soak up every last minute of it.  On rare occasions, we’ll get a couple of days where it lasts for an hour or two, and it is incredible how an hour or two of sunshine can really lift one’s spirit.
Why am I telling you this? Well, here’s the thing…first of all, yesterday and today have been sunny days, and I just wanted to share the beauty of it with you.  Truly, I never tire of this view.  Admittedly, it took me awhile to get used to it, but I have learned to never take it for granted, especially after watching it go up in flames this last summer.  From our home, we can watch deer, beaver, great blue herons, bald eagles, salmon, ice flows changing daily, the occasional bear, and more.  Sunshine or not, it is beautiful, and I am grateful.
Secondly, whether it’s streaming in our windows or tucked behind the mountain, hidden above the clouds in the atmosphere or beaming across a clear blue sky, the sun always comes up.  My husband likes to remind me of this, especially when I am struggling with something or going through a difficult time.  And while it often drives me crazy, he’s right.  The sun will always come up tomorrow (cue the song from Annie), no matter what.  No matter what we’re going through, the sun still rises, life still goes on.  This too, shall pass, and there will be brighter days.  God’s mercies are new every morning, and the dawning of each new day is another chance to rise up and do better.  “Though the sorrow (darkness) may last for a night, His joy (sunshine) comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
Until next time….

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Ramblings

 

Crockpot “Candy” Nuts

In my last post, I shared that I am working on getting my health back, and in doing so, I am focusing more on diet/nutrition, exercise, etc. I’m trying to be very aware of what I take into my system, and making sure that it promotes health & healing. I still don’t have much of an appetite, and at times, I have to make sure that I’m taking some sort of nutrients into my body for strength. Honestly, some days it’s 2pm before I realize that I haven’t eaten anything, which doesn’t do a whole lot for healthy blood sugar levels and/or energy. Or mood, for that matter. 😉 I’ve had to get fairly creative with snacks so that I don’t get bored or frustrated w/what I’m eating and make a poor choice. After tweaking some other recipes, I came up with this super-easy, super-addictive recipe for Crockpot “Candy” Nuts. I’ll share it in a minute.
In the meantime, here are some specific things I’m focusing on:
♦ Protein ~ this has always been a focus for me. I know there are some arguments as to how necessary or over-rated protein is, but for me, it makes a huge impact on my mood and energy levels. What does this look like? Maybe a hard-boiled egg, some cottage cheese, or a handful of nuts.
♦ Iron ~ I was told in the hospital that my iron levels are very low. Not wanting to fill my body w/more synthetic medicine, and not wanting to feel like absolute “poo” from the iron pills, I’m choosing to raise my iron levels through diet. This means more red meat, leafy greens, sunflower seeds, and beans/legumes. What does this look like? My husband is a meat & potatoes kind of guy, so incorporating red meat into our diet isn’t very difficult. I love kale and eat it in various forms (raw, sautéed, kale chips, smoothies). Chickpeas are an excellent source of iron, so homemade hummus is a good snack for me.
♦ Sugar ~ I try to avoid sugar anyway, but after being on some pretty heavy hard-hitting antibiotics, candida overgrowth is a problem. Yeast infections have always been an issue for me (which I will cover in another “for women only” post 😉 ), and sugar just feeds the yeast, exacerbating the problem. White flour also turns to sugar in your system, so that is out, as well. What does this look like? If I want something sweet, I’ll make a homemade treat with dates as a sweetener. I love dates, and they work really well to trick your brain into thinking you’re having a sweet treat. I also allow myself a small bit of local raw honey, as raw honey has many natural antibiotic and antiviral properties.
♦ Probiotics/Fermentation ~ Again, the antibiotics have thrown my system all out of whack, so I’m trying to rebalance the beneficial bacteria. And again, rather than take a supplement, I choose to do so through food and drink. What does this look like? I have many friends, and even dear family members that think I’m crazy, but I love kombucha. It’s my standard go-to for restoring gut health. Really. It’s good stuff. Another good choice is kefir, but kefir tends to be a bit sweet for me, and I have a hard time with the texture. I also love kimchi (a Korean fermented cabbage dish), which is an excellent choice for beneficial bacteria.
♦ Beverages ~ I tend to get dehydrated quite easily, and after 10+ days of fever, when I was admitted to the hospital, I was quite in need of some fluids. Bags and bags of saline through an IV drip are no party for me, so I’d rather not do that again. Normally I can tell right away when I’ low on fluids, but b/c I was so sick, I had no idea. Now, in a healthy state, this is no issue for me, as I drink a lot of water throughout the day. But again, I’m trying to focus on strong nutritional choices. What does this look like? I do allow myself some coffee in the morning, and an occasional latte here and there. A girl’s gotta live a little. 😉 I’m trying to incorporate more smoothies, which I make with almond milk or coconut water – which is great for electrolytes. I’m also drinking more herbal teas and sometimes make them over ice w/just a touch of honey. I try to incorporate beneficial herbs and spices into my drinks, and will be sharing a recipe for some awesome homemade ginger-ale in another post.

Ok. Enough of all that, on to the recipe, right? I was wanting a good snack, but didn’t want to just load up on empty calories. I also was having a bit of a craving for something sweet. I still don’t have a lot of energy these days, so I needed it to be something easy. TA-DA! D-lish.

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Crockpot “Candy” Nuts
Here’s what you’ll need:
~ 3 cups mixed nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and cashews, but you could use any combination of what you have on hand, or even just one variety)
~ 1/2t salt
~ 1t cinnamon
~ 1t vanilla
~ 2/3 C sweetener (I used 1/3c each of honey and maple syrup.)
~ 2 T butter
Grease crockpot. Add nuts, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and sweeteners, and mix to combine. Cut butter into small pieces and sprinkle over the top. Cover and cook on high for *1hr. Stir. Spread on parchment paper or Silpat and allow to cool. Store in covered container.

That’s it. So easy and I promise, you’ll have a hard time not eating the whole batch all at once.
*I cooked mine for an hour, but due to the honey, after cooling, they are still a bit sticky. Next time, I’d probably go around 90min to let them harden up a little bit more. Hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think!
Until next time…

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
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Back to the basics….

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  Over two years, really, not that anyone’s really been counting or paying attention.  There are a variety of reasons that I stopped, which I won’t take the time to go into and bore you with all the details.  There’s also a main reason that I decided to start blogging again, which I’ll get into in a little bit.  I thought about starting up a whole new blog all together, but then I lose all the information/writings that I worked so hard on, and figured it was just easier to come back to this one.

It’s been a rough winter for me.  Actually, “rough” is a bit of an understatement.  Probably the hardest winter I’ve had.  I got sick with bronchitis in November, which then turned into the flu, which then led right into pneumonia and landed me in the hospital for three days, right before Christmas.  I was discharged on Christmas Eve.  While I was incredibly thankful to be home with my family for Christmas day, I was still terribly sick and don’t remember much of Christmas at all.  I was so sick, I wound up back in the ER the day after.  It’s been a good full month of doing nothing.  When I say “nothing,”  I mean, really.  Absolutely nothing.  The only thing I’ve left my home for is to go to the hospital or the doctor, and that was with my husband driving me.  Straight there, straight home.  I do a simple task like taking a shower, and am so drained, I want a nap.  Today was the first day I was able to go out on my own, and after a quick run through 2 stores, I feel like I’ve been up for 36hrs.  My point is, my body has so been through the wringer, that it’s taken me a really long time to bounce back ( I use the term “bounce” very loosely).  Everyone told me that recovering from pneumonia takes a long time, but I had no idea.  It’s a whole new level of exhaustion.  And it’s beyond frustrating.  For someone that can’t stand  to just sit and do nothing, it’s been a real challenge for me.  But, it has also been a period of growth.  I’m learning to ask for help which I am not good at.  At all.  I’m learning to rest – I’m not good at that, either, but I really don’t have much choice right now.  I’m learning to be quick to listen, slow to speak.  I’m learning to trust ever more in the Lord and in his sovereignty – I know He has a plan and a purpose for all of this, and I am resting in that, and praying that I use it for His glory.  I’m learning to be thankful for small accomplishments.  I’m learning to cherish every single moment that I feel good – I will never again take breathing well for granted.  I’m learning to listen more carefully to my body.  Which leads me to why I decided to blog again…

I’ve talked before about my struggle with good health.  You can read a little bit about it and what I decided to change here: https://wordpress.com/post/27530008/179/   That’s where I started.  And for awhile, I did really well.  But then, I got complacent and lazy.  I slipped back into old habits.  It’s easy to do.  Pretty soon, it’s not just a slip, it’s a full-blown slide.  “A little sugar or poor eating choices won’t hurt me” turns into a little more, and then a little more.  My body didn’t like it, and here I am.  Sometimes it takes a good smack upside the head to learn a lesson, you know?  Consider me well-smacked.  This battle I’ve crawled (am crawling) through has me determined to get back on track.  My new mantra is “New Year, New Health.”  More focused.  More disciplined.  Being “proactive”, rather than “reactive” – meaning that I’d rather take the steps to get and keep my health, than to scramble and pick up the pieces when something like this happens.  Not to say that I’ll never get sick again, but I think you get the idea.  So I’m blogging my way through it, somewhat as a sense of accountability, but also as an outlet.  Writing has always been a way for me to purge my feelings, so to speak.  I also am excited to share with you things I’m learning along the way. I would be honored if you choose to join me.  Thanks in advance ~ Barb

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2015 in Uncategorized