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I’m sure you’re on pins and needles wondering how my weight loss journey has been going, seeing as how I didn’t post any results from week four…

Well, the reason I didn’t is because frankly, I’m embarrassed.

Halloween KILLED my diet and my will power.  (Have you read Return from the chocolate coma?!)  But Halloween was two weeks ago and I’m still using that age old “the devil made me do it” excuse.

“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'”   Genesis 3:12

It has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the fact that I ate all that candy two weeks ago and then this past week made chocolate chip cookies and practically ate all of them.  Or, being the great mommy I am, buying donuts for the kids for breakfast and eating four of them myself.  Yup it was all for them, I swear!!

Uff.  At 380 calories a pop, well…it doesn’t leave much else to eat if you’re counting calories.  Thankfully I had a salad for lunch…at McDonald’s… and finished up the kids’ french fries (well, you can’t leave food on your plate!!  My parents taught me that!  Plus, look at all the starving children…)

Mmm-hmmm, excuses, excuses.

Needless to say, I have gained a few pounds over these last couple weeks.  And so from day 1 to day 28, I have officially lost 10 pounds, and gained back 12, lost an additional few more and gained some of those back.  So since starting this journey, I am now sitting back at the original starting weight of 182.

BUGGER!!!  Although, thankfully because I am running, I can safely say that my pants are fitting a bit better.  Slightly….not a ton….well, some…ok, nevermind.  I much preferred how they felt 10 pounds ago.  😐

Syd and I have continued on the couch to 5k running plan…and just now I finished day 1 of week 5 (which, this is going to be a tough week…yikes!!)


But you know what I’ve found?  When I’m not regularly spending time in the Word or with God in prayer, everything else in my life tends to fall apart.  The way I treat my family, the way I spend money, the things I crave, the things I want to do, the things I eat.

When I am out of control, I have to check my God tank.  Is it empty or full?  Is it that I’m craving Him and the evil one is convincing me I can fill it with things of this world?

So it seems.

“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”   Matthew 26:41


So this week, week three, has proven to be quite difficult.  I blame it entirely upon Halloween and those darn sweet treats!!

I am completely feeling the face of Orange M&M…

I have found that this low carb, high fat, diet thing is not working well for me.  As you know, I do love the bacon and cheese but what I also found is that I crave bacon and cheese.  Great for the diet, terrible for the waist line.  It seems that although you CAN eat bacon and cheese, it is not suggested that you ONLY eat bacon and cheese…hence the rise in numbers on the scale.

So sad I know.

And I won’t even mention the chocolate calling me from my high fat bacon and cheese stupor that may have something to do with the scale incline as well.  It seems Kit Kat and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups have a unique spell over me…

“Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.”   Proverbs 23:3

So although I will continue down the low carb path; instead of high fat I will heighten protein, fruits and veggies.  That has never failed me in the past…so we’ll go back to the old stand by!!

I did continue with the week three training and did well on this week’s plan although now I’ve lost Syd somewhere in the candy dish so we need to dig her out and get her motivated…

The week’s not over yet!

On Monday, Syd came home and announced she wasn’t going to run because she was coming down with a cold.  Sort of a lame excuse, but I’ve been known to do that myself.  I figured she would run Tuesday.  No such luck with Triple Treat at church and then Wednesday was Halloween…

So when she got home today, I told her to get on the treadmill.  We have three days left of this week and three training days so we need to get boogy-ing, and she completely stalled.  She did not want to run and announced that she would start training again next week seeing as how she hasn’t started this week yet.

I knew I just needed to get her moving so I told her to get her shorts on.  She stomped up the stairs, slammed the door, changed, stomped back down the stairs and headed down to the treadmill.  I followed her and got her started.  After the warm up and the first set of running, she smiled at me and said “Sorry…”

I knew, all she needed to do was run, and she would feel better.

Week 3:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
90 second jog/90 second walk
3 minute jog/3 minute walk
90 second jog/90 second walk
3 minute jog/3 minute walk
5 minute cool down

Mission complete.

Isn’t it interesting how we can convince ourselves that the best things are not what we need but when we finally do make the right choice… we always feel better!!

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”   Philippians 4:8

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