Showing posts from February, 2013

Happy Dance for my Family

Just want to say that I am doing the happy dance. This whole weight loss journey has been going on since December 20 (10 weeks today).
First, I notice my son, Michael,  had gained weight fall term. He has always been really skinny but things changed in the fall:
He went from a community college that required walking to and from classes and bus stops and PE classes to animation school that required sitting in a chair 40+ hours a week.He stopped growing at 6 feet 6 inchesHis dad was making baked goods galore
I have been the healthy eater in my family. My dream was to never have my kids eat unhealthy food, but my husband introduced them to junk food, sugary cereals, and homemade baked goods on a consistent basis. I just don’t bake that much because I don’t need the extra calories.  I just have never been able to fight his need to have these kinds of things in his diet. He has never struggled with his weight. So, it hasn’t hurt him to eat those things. (Except a triglyceride scare did cause…

Wednesday Writing

4:30 - 5:00 Fix breakfast, update Bodybugg, post to FACED, register for DA
5:00 - 5:45 Acts 28!!! 
5:45 -  6:00 tea, back exercises,  Institutes
6:00 - 6:15 Answer email, Perspectives grading
6:15 - 7:30 Finished Acts 28!! (Total Time: 2 hours)
7:30 - 8:15 Dress for workout and cleaned up kitchen and picked up dining room, answer Nessa's perspectives question.
8:15 - 10:00 Walk to and from SNAP and workout
10:00 - 11:00 Shower, dress, lunch, and update BodyBugg
11:00 - 11:30 Correcting homework and answering Perspectives questions from one of my students (oh to be 22 again!)
11:30 - 12:30 BBC Business (not a lot of writing but organizing and deciding) 
Writing 1 Corinthians 1! 
12:30 - Finish Early Reviewer book and rest (I was in bed for the rest of the day - I think I am still sick)

Tuesday Production

7:00 - 7:10 Make breakfast
7:10 - 7:30 Writing
7:30 - 7:40 Make tea and listen to book
7:40 - 7:45 Writing
7:45 - 7:50 Finish tea
7:50 - 8:00 Writing
8:00 - 8:05 Standing up break
8:05 - 8:30 Writing
8:30 - 8:40 Dress and talk with George
8:40 - 9:30 Writing
9:30 - 9:35 Break for more tea
9:35 - 10:00 Writing and talking while kids eat breakfast and get ready for school
10:00 - 11:15 Prayer Walk with "Seek God for the City" and "Joshua Project Unreached People" apps Listened to Morning Affirmations and Praying Scriptures for Spiritual Growth along with Calvin's Institutes: Book III.
11:15 - 11:35 Lunch and email to Steve thanking him for his "Seek God for the City"
11:35 - 12:10 Back Exercises while listening to/reading to Calvin's Institutes: Book III who has a "natural love for brevity". NOT!
12:10 - 1:25 Writing Reflection and Application for Acts 26 (Total Writing Time for Acts 26 = 3.5 hours)
1:25-1:30 Scone and Cream break :)
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Quotes from Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

"What matters is not what we feel like praying about, but what God wants us to ask him for. Not the poverty of our own heart, but the riches of the Word of God must decide how we are to pray." (Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 157)

"Keep a journal. Studies show writing reduces stress and if you write at least five times a week for twenty minutes you will notice the affects."  Getting out of Bed in the Morning, p. 60

Evaluating the Eight Things that Naturally Increase Serotonin and Dopamine

I am evaluating how I am doing on the EIGHT things that increase serotonin and dopamine:
1)Sunlight – I have taken EVERY opportunity to walk in the sunshine for at least fifteen minutes each day for my Vit D and sanity (but I also take 2500 IU Vit D every day!). Winter is more challenging though. 2)Sleep – I have consistently fallen asleep an hour earlier than usual and slept six hours (my requirement) and forced myself to sleep for one hour more. So, seven hours is WAY more than I usually do. I love going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Sleep has been the BEST ever. Rare insomnia and none lately. 3)Smile – I have thought about programming this on my phone because I forget to do it, but when I do, it SERIOUSLY elevates my pleasure center! So weird. I have also noticed I grimace a LOT (just like my mother used to do). I am trying to smile right now as I type. 4)Sweat – I am in such good shape that it is really hard for me to work up a sweat unless I am indoors and have more clothe…

My Friday

My Friday:

5:20 - Up. Make pot of chai tea while I upload my BodyBugg and do my FACE report (accountability for Food, Academics or Attitude, Communion with God and people, Exercise, and Daily care of family) to Katrina and Rachel.

5:30 -  5:45 make a meal plan for the day, check email, respond to important stuff, register for Masterpiece sweepstakes, promote Imagine Coffee on Facebook. Finish making Chai tea.

5:45 - 6:00 - Listen to praise instrumental music and read first chapter of new devotional book

6:00 - 6:15 - Wish Elizabeth a Happy Birthday and encourage people in Skype greetings. Chat a bit with Katrina about sickness.

6:15 - 6:25 - Do this little update on the Blog

6:25 - 7:55 Writing on Acts 21 for Bible Book Club and sip chai tea. Resistance training every fifteen minutes.

7:55 - 8:10 - Skype with Kathleen, sending her two things (discipleship time) and also setting up our next meeting. Also checked email and relayed message about cereal recall.

8:10 - 9:00 Writing and res…

The Journey Continues Free Write

OK, I am supposed to be writing on Acts 15. I love the turning point on that chapter, but God's presence is really real to me right now, and I have to write about it. I am not sure what happened. :) Since this is my desire 24/7, I want to pause and revel in it, remember it, and seek to continue it.

Oh there I go, looking at paper scattered about my desk and starting to think about all the things I should be doing: getting Michael's grades into our auto insurance company (for the "good student" discount), setting up that dinner date with the P's for tomorrow night, throwing out papers, making things look more presentable at this desk of mine, etc.

But I will sit here and revel. It is real, by golly. I wish scientists and scholar would take note. It is real, and I pity their blindness. No stupidity about an ancient myth here. He is as real as the nose on my face. Too bad for them they "think" Him away. 

I suppose I should do an assessment of the "State …

All Better

I limped through the weekend, but I knew my back was not 100%. Fifteen minutes with Dr. Koen on Friday was all that he could give, but I need a full work over. I called at 8 am, and he called back and said, "Believe it or not, we have a very light day because everyone thought I was closed on President's Day! Come on in!"

A full hour work over has made me a new woman, and I will NEVER carry Fran's book bags again. I love Fran, and it was great to have a chat with her as I dropped off her new and picked up her old ones, but I will FOREVER leave that job to my strapping, Sherpa boys!

Moving on. I had such a wonderful time praying for HP yesterday as I circled the pond. It is a one hour slow walk from my house around the pond and back again. I must remember to do that more often. It is about the same length as my Glen Eden walk, only flat. It will be a nice change. I have not done it in about a year! Silly me.

Well, I am off to write on Acts 15. I do hope I can finish it…

One Moment of an Act of Service . . .

Equals three days of discomfort!

I twisted my back, but it took me three days to figure out what I did! I thought maybe it was increasing the tension on the elliptical or walking in my boots across campus, but it was the big book bags I carried through the nursing home! I usually leave the big ones for the boys, but I decided to drop Paul off at the bus station and drop the books off on my way back home.


It also required another trip to Dr. Koen! UGH!

When will I learn I cannot lift heavy bags, and Michael could have done it on the way BACK to the library because he was going there anyway.

Lesson Learned!!!

George's DNA Results (and mine for comparison)

I thought I posted this here, but I guess I just posted it on my Facebook, and I want to have his results here for comparison with mine.



13. Practicing God's Presence 24/7 by Dennis and Dr. Jen Clark

My best friend had this laying on her ottoman when I went to visit her on Wednesday. She started describing all the things she was learning, and I said, "That sounds like Theophostic Prayer Ministry!"  I am trained in Theophostic and do this kind of ministry in my home, but I have observed that lack of forgiveness is the biggest stumbling block to people experiencing His presence, and I think this little book helps bridge that gap and the weakness in Theophostic!

I read Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence very early on in my discipleship journey. I say "discipleship" journey because I became a believer at 10 years of age, but I really did not grow as a disciple until I was 20. That was around the time I read Brother Lawrence's book (Late 70's or early 80's). I distinctly remember having a negative encounter with someone at a basketball game, and while coming home I asked God to speak truth to me, allow me to forgive that person with His fo…

Freewrite Five

This will be a quick free write to get my fingers moving for the day. I have had some busy mornings lately. So my writing time has been cut into pretty severely, but that is OK because I am still trying to save my back.

Speaking of my back. HALLELUJAH! I really do think I am out of the woods after three steps forward and two steps back for three years. BEST decision was to stop going to personal trainers and go to a physical therapist. I have been on the road to recovery. I did have one little slip, but it wasn't due to anything stupid other than sitting too long in a counseling session. I am going to only one hour sessions from now on. I just cannot do the long sessions (that one was three hours, and I started feeling it after 1 1/2 hours). 

I added my Bad Back Book exercise that dovetail nicely with Logans fabulous four exercises. It is doing more to limber me up in the morning. I didn't do them the other day and sat for an hour before I got up. My S-I joint had settled into i…

12. Institutes of the Christian Religion: Book 2 by John Calvin

I have already reviewed the Institutes, in general (see HERE).This is what Calvin says Book 2 is about: Under the Occasion of Redemption, the Fall is considered not only in a general way, but also specially in its effects. Hence the first four chapters treat of original sin, free will, the corruption of human nature, and the operation of God in the heart. The fifth chapter contains a refutation of the arguments usually urged in support of free will.
The subject of redemption may be reduced to five particular heads:I. The character of him in whom salvation for lost man must be sought, Chap. 6.II. How he was manifested to the world, namely, in a twofold manner. First, under the Law. Here the Decalogue is expounded, and some other points relating to the law discussed, Chap. 7 and 8.Secondly, under the Gospel. Here the resemblance and difference of the two dispensations are considered, Chap. 9, 10, 11.III. What kind of person Christ was, and behaved to be, in order to perform the office of…

11. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This a very famous classic that I finally was able to read. It is all about one 16 year old's adventures. I don't want to spoil it, but it says a lot about teenagers and where their mind can go. It is a fascinating. Having a teenage boy in the house, I know that hormones can lead to depression. 

This is a very negative book with some unsavory language, but it is pretty profound in many ways too. I can see why it is a classic, but I don't think I would want my teenager to read it.

10. Lady Almina and The Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnarvon

I decided to forgo the typical  book cover for the actual book I read while sipping tea last Friday. Paul had a state test to take at Lebanon High School so I escaped to one of my favorite tea rooms: Mrs. B's Special Tea. 

What fun to read about Lady Almina while having a proper cup of tea! 

I really loved this book. Lady Almina was the rich, illegitimate child of Sir Alfred de Rothchild. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon infusing his estate with cash (much like Cora did in Downton Abbey) and giving herself legitimacy in the aristocratic world and a title: Countess of Carnarvon. Her money also helped fund the Earl of Carnarvon's exploits in Egypt that eventually led to the discovery of King Tut's tomb. 

For those of you who do not know, the Carnarvons oversee Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed. The book is written by the current Countess of Carnarvon. She is an excellent writer and good historian. 

Like in Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle became a hospital durin…

Friday Fifteen Freewrite

It has been too long since I let my fingers do the walking across the keyboard without stopping (an informal definition of a "free write").

I have had a good week. I went to a Pastor's Prayer Summit. The leading men of the Valley have gathered at Cannon Beach for the past 23 years, and the women have gathered for the last eight (or so). I got invited about two years ago, and I went then and skipped last year, but I was able to go this year. I am so glad that I did.  I am still singing the songs of praise from the time. I don't sing enough these days. I definitely praise, but I loved the hours of worship in song!  It was a good time where I decided that I would be open to George teaching in India this summer. That was a great thing. I almost hope that it happens now. It sounds adventurous and fun, and I would probably get to see Elizabeth in the process. :)

Well, Acts is humming along. It has taken me a long time to get through it, but I definitely feel like it was G…