The ramblings of a woman,
wife, & mother, who loves:
Jesus / my man / the three,
learning about parenting /
mamahood / childbirth,
cooking foods healthy /
international / yummy,
pretending to garden /
write / design,
attempting to run /
exercise / lift weights,
enjoying traveling /
camping / adventures,
finding ways to love /
serve / sacrifice for others.

It is not to say she does these things
with style or grace, or even skill.

Happy Anniversary Dear Friend!

September 29, 2007 - 11:22 PM

(This blog post was partially lost in a server error.  My apologies!)

Have you ever tried to loose weight? Get in shape?

Does it happen overnight? Can you wish it into being?  Snap your fingers?  Does the weight just drop off?

If you are honest with yourself you will 100% say, “No.”

I would like to take this opportunity to show tribute to a dear friend of min.  Two years ago, this month of September, my friend started the long hard journey of weight loss, exercise and healthy living.

And, I am sure most of you are thinking, “Two years?” Shouldn’t it only be a few months?

Again, if you are honest with yourself, you know the answer is, “No.”

Anyone who has seriously tackled living healthier knows that it is not something they do and then can stop It is a complete change of lifestyle and focus.

Again, you may think, "Oh that is easy"

Try it. For two years. It is harder than it looks.

Did she do it by some binge diet?  A magic pill? Surgery? Saying she needs to do it and hoping it will happen by osmosis?


She did it the old fashioned way of blood, sweat, tears, trips to the ER and giving it everything she has. This has not been an easy journey by any means. But 2 years ago, she made the decision. By doing this the hard AND right way, she has had to make sacrifice after sacrifice, but the rewards far outweigh them all.

Finding those moments to get to the gym when she could sleep in or go to bed early, she made it a priority. Keeping herself away from the tempting foods or late night snacks with friends, she missed out on those fun times but is building herself a legacy. Eating proper portions and healthier foods, she made it part of her lifestyle.

Whenever I read the verse about Paul, pushing on in the race… "Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. pan>No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”  I picture her. She has beaten her body and made it her slave.

Having watched her go through this these last two years, I can’t help but stand in awe of her faith and determination. I know there have been times when the task felt daunting, overwhelming, but she set her mind on higher things. “Christ, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross.”  She continues to persevere. She has her eyes on the prize, a healthy life, a long life, in service to the Lord.

She has pursued this task with more joy and enthusiasm than I have ever seen. I admire her for making it something that flows from her, like a musician to his instrument, she breathes healthy living In a world of so much excess and indulgence, she stands for restraint and self control It is not of herself that she has persevered, but through the strength of Christ

The benefits are not solely on the outward, but inwardly as well…

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace... (This is where data was lost.  Again, my apologies!  If I can get the original from her, I will type it in!)

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