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Do Your Own Thing

I wrote earlier about starting the Keto diet. I started the keto way of eating and realized that for a picky eater, this is not an easy task. I am not the healthiest of eaters and have a real dislike for most fruits (except apples) and most all vegetables. The keto diet requires more vegetables grown above ground and not in ground like potatoes. My favorites are breads, pastas, rice, and of course potatoes. You can see this diet or lifestyle of eating was so hard for me. I think I ate breakfast at almost every meal for 3 weeks. All that and I lost a big 2 pounds.

I was very discouraged and took a few weeks off and tried to regroup from the whole eating dilemma. I started going more regularly to the gym and started using my diet app on my phone once again. The biggest change is now I drink no less than 60 ounces of water a day. I am counting my calories which is a pain for most people. I  have learned to trust my body and know what works for me and what doesn’t.

Do not give up because you are not fitting into the new fad of societal diets. Find your own way and do your own thing. If you want to lose weight, tone muscle, or just feel better, you can only do it when you are committed to it and make the decision you want it.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.”

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Top 5

Sunday’s sermon at church has been stuck in my head non-stop since I left the building. Our pastor talked about John Maxwell and referred to a portion from his book “Intentional Living”.  The message was about finding 5 things you are passionate about and do them every single day.

Insert from sermon: Whatever season you are in right now, it won’t change until you take action and change a little. Commit to doing a handful (5) of things every single day that are, or need to be important to you. #Live2018InFocus

Great advice from Pastor Tom. BUT yes, there is my but to this…I cannot find the 5 things I am passionate about. 3 ok-I got that but 5. It concerns me that after ending last year on a high note from where it started, I am stuck at 3 things I want to focus on.  Here is my confession or commitment, I will focus on those 3 things daily and seek God for what those other passions should be. Learning to be open and listening to His will for my life will no doubt adjust my focus into a clear vision for those top 5 priorities.

Disclosure…these top 5 are not the usual order of significance of how you should put importance on people in your life. That order should still be God, spouse, kids, family/friends, everyone else. Put God first and the rest will line itself up.

Here is to living life on purpose.

 

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New Outlook on a Fast

January always brings around the “new” for so many. Although our lives continue from day to day, there is something about changing to a new year as though it gives you a new beginning- a fresh start to get your life together.

Every year we do a fresh re-start at church as well. We start the new year with a 21 day fast. This year, I wanted to know more about fasting and the spiritual effects it has on our lives so I did some research.

By far the best reason I found in my study was for spiritual strength and discipline. Even Jesus went to the wilderness fasting for 40days to be tempted by the devil. The purpose is not to “get over” on God or use the time to get something you want from God. As fast is a time for you to dedicate yourself to God and put the ways of the world aside learning to be more dependent on God’s will for your life.

Fasting is not always giving up food. It may mean you give up TV an hour a day to read and study in your Bible or spend that hour listening to worship music; you give up something to devote that time to God.

This year, I will go into the new year fasting the 21 days with a new found respect to why I should fast. I will also try to hear more what God has in store for the direction of my life.

James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”

Go make the positive change you want to see in the world.

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2017 to 2018

Wow 2018, where did 2017 go so fast?

Most people have spent the last few days reflecting the past year and setting goals for the new year. My  husband and I were no different. As we traveled home from a New Year’s Eve get a way, we discussed our past year. I will not lie and say it was all roses, because we really struggled. Our year started with what could have been the end to our marriage; yet by year end, we were happier and stronger than ever. Our finances also took some major hits yet we pulled together and with lots of prayer and work, we managed to stay on top of that as well.

I usually pick a word at the beginning of the year and focus my goals around that for the year. Looking at 2017, things started so bad that I never chose that word so in reflection it was “growth”. Growth in my marriage, growth in my faith, and yes even some growth in my finances.

I have not set goals for 2018 and decided not to. Instead, my daily focus will change. I plan to dig deeper into my Bible, work on the book I started writing (hopefully finish it), work on getting healthier, and keep a list of my on-going plans to see how many I accomplish in the year.

Here’s to making every day of 2018 count!

Happy New Year.

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Keto Recipes Tried

Well, it has been 5 days now since I started this crazy diet. I am a picky eater so it is difficult to find those food items that I will actually eat. I found a few recipes and thought I would try them out. One was good the other, well not so much.

First,  I tried a recipe for a KeDough Pizza. It was made with whey protein powder and several cheeses for the dough. I mean this had the absolute best smell ever. I was so excited to try this. I took my first bite and it was not horrible. I thought “okay this is doable”. I took my second bite and begin to doubt my first thought. I ate about 4 bites and that was it. I could not put another bite in my mouth. (I know that’s awful.) I took the cheese and pepperoni from the top and ate it.

Secondly, I found a cracker recipe. Click here for this recipe . I feel in love with these crackers. It reminded me of a breakfast items we used to eat when I was younger called a polish mistake. The recipe calls for adding your own spice so I choose to use crushed red peppers to make them a little spicy. These I will definitely make again.

I decided that I am going to try to make the pizza again but instead of using the whey protein powder, I will substitute the almond flour and see if that is any better.

Good news is, I am down 3 pounds and it is getting easier.

I will continue to update my journey and share more triumphs and failures on recipe trials.

Much love,

Vivian

 

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Keto Diet Shopping

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Preparing for Keto Diet

 

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Diet not A Diet

I decided that I would share my next week with everyone because it holds me accountable for making the changes that I plan to make.   I am a very picky eater, and picky eaters have a hard time choosing the correct fruits and vegetables needed to sustain the proper portion of a good nutritional eating plan. It seems that with this I have found it hard to sustain a comfortable weight that makes me feel good about myself. So today, I start the keto diet. I will be honest that this may or may not be the change that I am looking for but for the next 10 days (10 days because I promised a friend I would do it that long), I will do my very best to keep to the meal plan that was laid out for me.

My struggle with actually telling about the diet (not a diet but lifestyle change) is that many people believe you just try this diet and after 2 or 3 days think “well it didn’t work, so I’m on to something else”. I am not looking for a yo-yo diet. I am looking to make healthy changes in my eating. I read about the changing of taste buds, and the most common number is every 7 years. But according to a scientific study I read, taste buds die off after about a two-week period and become new again. My goal — starting now — is to try more fruits and vegetables and develop a new flavor palette!

I’ll post daily how well it is going, so day 1…. here we go.

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Dreaming and Following

Dreaming and Following. Those two words are so closely related but separated by so much, usually our own thoughts or perceptions. Here’s my reasoning for that statement.

Several years back, I was struggling to make a decision about the path my life should take. Being a Christian in a church which is big on praying with Elders, I went down to be prayed over. It wasn’t the immediate life changing prayer but something did happen. While I was at the alter, another Elder came to me and said he had received a word for me. He told me that I would be writing, he saw my future and writing was involved. I blew that off knowing I was in school and every week I was writing a paper. I just thought that the writing was part of what I needed in order to graduate.

Now, fast forward. I went through a very hard divorce and in counseling was told to journal. Write down what I was feeling, keep up with my life on paper. Writing…again, there was that word. So I did keep that journal for months and stopped. But here I am, after several years, a challenge by my son writing and telling my story. .

My story doesn’t end there. I felt a calling to write a book…so stay tuned. It’s in progress. Writing, that one word that I dismissed was somehow tied to a future I did not know was coming. Keep listening, keep dreaming. This blog is a way of writing so never stop and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Much love

 

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Family Favorite- Corn Casserole

So this is not the healthiest of recipes but I discovered it is one of my family’s favorites for the holidays. (and very easy to make)

 

1 box JIffy cornbread mix

1 can whole corn (mostly drained)

1 can cream style corn

1 small sour cream

1 stick of butter

mix all ingredient well, bake about 45 minutes to one hour – add shredded cheddar cheese to cover top and bake until cheese is melted.

 

It’s that easy and is more like dessert than a side dish.