All posts by sandrajwilloughby

Stumbling Survival

Monday: Start day. I planned the gym but had a grand little for a couple of hours so I just did house work. Nutrition was fairly good. Inadequate sleep.

Tuesday: Salads and sweet potatoes all day and was over my calorie goal by almost 500. 8, 147 steps. Inadequate sleep.

Wednesday: 3, 894 steps. Inadequate sleep. Salads and sweet potatoes.

Thursday: 11, 730 steps, 7 floors, and almost 5 miles total! Inadequate sleep. Salads and sweet potatoes, tilapia meal with steamed vegetables, half macaroni and cheese and half fried shrimp with some fries from a restaurant. I shared with my daughter. 🙂

Friday: Less than 5,000 steps. Inadequate sleep. Nutrition unknown. I don’t have anything tracked and I do not recall much at all on what I ate!

Saturday: 3,141 steps. 4 hours of sleep.

Sunday: Rest day. Soft tacos… all day.

Monday: 7,767 steps. Inadequate sleep. Had no breakfast, a salad and flour tortilla for lunch. Taco bell spicy potato taco and 1/2 of a chicken burrito for snack. A few grapes and some kettle popcorn. Naan bread with salad for dinner.

Since I started, I’ve walked well two times and gone to the gym two times. I have worked hard doing deeper cleaning for over two hours twice and stayed very active and on my feet. I needed WAY more consistency in exercising and meal prepping and I am working to improve on those this week.

Today/Tuesday: So far, I’ve had a far too tiny cup of coffee with half n half and missed the gym this morning.

My first update since I haven’t been carving out more regularly sharing on this journey! I haven’t weighed but will do that when I’m up to it. I’ll know more from what I feel than the scale’s tale any way!

“You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.” Psalms 77:14

It is what it is…

My husband’s family (which, of course is also my family 🙂 has used, “It is what it is” for as long as I’ve known them.

A challenge, crisis, difficulty, or trial would come and someone or everyone would eventually start the steps to deal with -whatever it was- with those five words.

MS, health scares, surgeries, losses, and life changes were what they were. Through the years, I’ve noticed a healthy pattern of facing them:

  1. Look at what is happening and see what you are dealing with.
  2. Find and figure out the choices to fix or manage it.
  3. Accept it and start moving in the direction chosen to carry it through.

I am writing this because I started yet another transformation plan for my health and I want to share it. Sharing keeps me more accountable and will provide a journal of before and after to help me and possibly inspire others.

The thing is, I have put off sharing and starting because there have been so many failed starts and stops in the past. It made me weary to be open and I think of how ridiculous it is that I have been here so often without a victory story. As I felt the frustration of being back at day one for what feels like the millionth time… it came to me. “It is what it is.”

I am where I am. I’ve done what I’ve done. Now what?

Now, I’m at a new point and a new place. The past starts are all different.

So, here goes!

  1. LOOK. What is happening? I weigh 228 pounds and have only weighed more once or twice in my entire life. My clothes are all snug (what a cozy word for uncomfortable and tight) and my stomach gets in the way of basic movements. My back has shifted discs and holding up these 98  excess pounds on my frame is causing pain. My knee that was injured years ago hurts and limits some of my activities. I have a double chin that makes my aversion to pictures even worse. I get out of breath doing house work and I have worse allergies than in  years. Eczema is also covering a large part of my torso!
  2. FIGURE. What will fix these things? Weight loss. I need to lose weight and get body strong. This will involve a winning mind-set, nutrition, and exercising. I am working on a plan to meal prep, drink enough water, track what I’m doing, and having time for bodybuilding and cardio every day. More than these … but keeping things simple is paramount!
  3. ACCEPT it. I am obese and my cells have been inadequately fed so it is time to move past the realization to my chosen plan.

Today’s thought?

It is what it is but what will it be?

Time will show and we will see …

cropped-img_4032.jpg

 

 

 

 

For You, Today:

One of the most powerful concepts, one which is a sure cure for lack of confidence, is the thought that God is with you and helping you. This is one of the simplest teachings in religion, namely, that Almighty God will be your companion, will stand by you, help you, and see you through. No other idea is so powerful in developing self-confidence as this simple belief when practiced. To practice it simply affirm “God is with me; God is helping me; God is guiding me.” Spend several minutes each day visualizing his presence. Then practice believing that affirmation. Go about your business on the assumption that what you have affirmed and visualized is true. Affirm it,  visualize it, believe it, and it will actualize itself. The release of power which this procedure stimulates will astonish you.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale 

Golden Lentil Stew

I love soups and stews all year long but I am crazy over them on cold days. On the four cold days we’ve had in this southern part of Georgia, I’ve made one on the stove top and three in my instant pot. Love, true love.

Over the weekend, I made a new favorite for the second time and I basically eat it for every meal until it is gone! I came across it when looking through the our food to see what we have on hand. I’m starting our menus from what we have first and building the shopping list on that. This makes use of everything, saves money, and food stays fresh and doesn’t stay on a back shelf until the nutrition is gone. This is what I’ve done far more times than I  want to share…

Anyway, let me know if you try this Golden Lentil Stew and what you think about it.

I served it to three grandlittles over the weekend and they all loved it!