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So I have officially survived low carb week number two!!  Woo-hoo!!  As you know, the source of my joy from last week was bacon (you can read about it here) and I have also found a wonderful recipe for low carb crispy cheese crackers! (and yes, they are AMAZING!!)

However, I have also found a few of the pounds that I lost from week one, which is certainly a bummer, but pleasantly surprised when I compared pictures…

and from the front:

It’s so interesting how our mind plays tricks on us.  I have been disappointed in the number on the scale this week, like I said I gained back 3 of the 10 I lost, and although I knew my clothes were fitting better, I felt gross.  I believed the lies running through my head telling me:

“What’s the point?”
“Why bother?”
“Just quit now, stop this silliness and eat whatever you want!”

“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.”   1 John 3:18-20

The Bible tells us that not to trust our feelings.  Our hearts are home in this world, the world in which the enemy tries to convince us that we are to live for ourselves, no one else and especially not God!!

The devil wants us distracted and focused on insignificant things instead of things God would want us doing; how tight our jeans are instead of how God sees us, how great frosting tastes instead of treating our bodies well, how wonderful the warm bed feels instead of getting up early to pray, spending money on eating out instead of placing our 10% in the plate, what we might miss on facebook instead of spending time reading His Word, watching that one tv show instead of spending time with our kids or spouse.

We are so easily swayed by our feelings and emotions and that’s exactly what the evil one wants.

“Remember how fun it was?” he whispers.
“Remember how wonderful it tastes?”  he sneers.
“Remember how good it feels?” he jabs

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”   Proverbs 14:12



Stop listening to the lies.  We have a God who wants the best for us, has the best planned for us, and all we have to do is choose Him!

“and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them.”   Jeremiah 32:39


Related posts/articles:
Praise God for bacon!!
Feelings are deceiving   (http://inkitblog.blogspot.com/)
Freedom From Our Feelings   (http://incitefaith.com/)

So it’s been one week…one VERY LONG week, without carbs.

As I told you in my other post: Diet change, I am going low carb which is what I do normally when I’m watching my weight, but this time I’m following a much more strict low carb diet plan called Keto or The Ketogenic Diet

I have struggled a bit but over the last week I have lost 9 (it was 10 but somehow I gained 1 last night.  Bugger.) pounds!!  SHOCK OF THE DECADE, I TELL YOU!!  But what I noticed the most was my belly…

Nope, no sucking in here (I seriously wanted to!!) you got it all hanging out, sorry!  But what a nice little change in one week, huh?!!

I also started a Couch to 5k running program with my daughter Syd, which shouldn’t have been too hard for me…I have remained active a couple times a week at least.  However, the problem I have quite literally run into is that I am EXHAUSTED and barely able to do the running each day.  The Keto plan warns you of the “Keto-flu” and apparently I’ve got it.

Whew.  Not sure how to get over this, but have heard it will go away when my body begins to make new enzymes that burn fat for fuel instead of carbs, so looking forward to that.  🙂

Syd did a great job last week and her legs hurt a bit after the first day but otherwise she looked and felt fine.  She has a beautiful running cadence and looks very comfortable while she runs, and as the week progressed she moved up from her 4.5mph to 5mph, which concerns me a bit because come race day she is going to KICK MY BUTT!!

She was eager to get going today, starting week 2 of training:

Week 2:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
Alternating 90 second jog/2 minute walk for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

Although the 10 year old MACHINE struggled a bit today (it was nice that she was actually human and not enjoying running for a change), she did GREAT!!  It seemed the added 30 seconds of running hit her pretty hard.  She even said “can’t we go back??”

My sweet girl on the DREADmill!!

But she got done, a few tears were shed just like during her Mama’s run this morning…so we’ll see how this goes.  She said she still wants to do the race, and understands (I think) that 3 miles is actually going to take a while to run so I hope this training program helps.

I haven’t changed her diet much except trying to help her make good food choices when she’s hungry.  She is not on the low carb diet that I am trying but she’s more aware of what she’s placing in her body to fuel it and she even lost a pound since last week!!

So as for me, I do miss carbs and have found that EVERYTHING has carbs in it!!  Whoa.  Plus, I need to learn to not watch Cake Boss because that just makes me want frosting.  But I have found that there is one thing that makes me very happy on this diet and I can have lots of it, because how many carbs does it have??  ZERO!!!

The best food in the world.  The “meat candy.”  The bomb:

Mmm … bacon.

“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”   1 Corinthians 9:25


Related posts/articles:

Diet Change: no more carbs…

Everything About Keto   (http://www.reddit.com/r/keto)
Low Carb Food List Blog   (http://elowcarbfoodlist.org/)
The Ketogenic Diet   (http://www.theketogenicdiet.org/)
Linda’s Low Carb Menus & Recipes   (http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/)

My daughter Sydney and I are now in training.  We are planning on running a 5k race in December called the Santa Hustle. When I register for a race, I am not ashamed to say that I am bribe motivated.  I choose the race and compete, typically, for what the finisher receives: a cute t-shirt or medal.

Cole’s medals…so far 🙂

I haven’t been extremely motivated recently until God worked through a few people to get my attention.

First a friend of mine, who I used to work out with about a year and a half ago, started really watching her food intake and lost a significant amount of weight (with no exercise)!!  It is very interesting how another person’s results can either motivate or discourage.  Lisa’s weight loss did both quite frankly.

You see, I’ve been exercising for several years now after losing a bunch of weight at the end of 2006, however after I checked the run-a-half-marathon box off my bucket list last October, I sort of…well, I sat down and am now experiencing the too-tight-wardrobe phenomenon because of it.

Second, I happened upon the Milwaukee Santa Hustle website and saw the sweet race shirts and gear they give out for the runners and knew I had to do it:

Running with a beard?  Oh I am IN, BABY!!

Third, another friend of mine told me that she is done being overweight, done being miserable and was starting the couch to 5k program in order to be ready for the Berbee Derby on Thanksgiving Day.  My sweet friend inspired me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back out there.  I know I can do it and if she is motivated, I will get motivated.

Last, my daughter.  My second born daughter, Sydney, was very active as a little girl.  She loved running around, riding her bike, playing soccer and other sports and we found she was good at them.  I was thrilled that I would have another runner in the family when she got older, but what happened was I introduced her to my downfall, my addiction: CARBS.  She, like me, loves carbs, sweets and anything NOT healthy and also like me, she sat down.

I was a heavy 10, 11, 12+ year old who was quickly approaching obesity and now I see so much of myself in Syd.  She struggles fitting into her clothes, prefers to just sit around and is very self-conscious.  I get that, I know EXACTLY where she’s at and it’s a horrible place to be … especially when you’re facing those lovely middle school years and have an older sister who is tall, thin and beautiful.  Yup, I get it.

But I also know Syd; she is a leader, she does very well when a goal is set before her and can be quite headstrong and focused, so I showed her the Santa Hustle website.  She, like me, loved the idea and a new runner is born.

I meant to start training a couple weeks ago, but with birthdays and celebrations getting in the way… I know, nice excuse – cake and ice cream.  Syd and I have started (along with a new lo-carb eating plan – by the way, anyone know anything about the Keto diet?!!) the couch to 5k (Coolrunning C25K) running plan.

Measurements and “before” pictures have been taken…bacon has been purchased and we are on our way.

Syd did great her first day; she walked at a 3.5mph and ran at a 4.5mph!!

Week 1:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
Alternating 60 second jog/90 second walk for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

We’ll see how she feels tomorrow and more importantly on Wednesday when her second run is scheduled!  🙂

Do any of you struggle with your weight or food?  Do you struggle with exercise or staying motivated?

I know there are women who feel the same way and I would love to hear from you!!

What has helped?  What do you struggle with?

What’s your excuse?!

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”   1 Corinthians 9:24

Please check out my other posts relating to my weight loss battles:
Lacking Motivation
My Motivation
Skinny Jeans
184. Now it’s personal.

When we got home from church today we walked up the stairs and across the porch like we had thousands of times before.

Nothing was amiss, nothing was different, it was the same ‘ole same ‘ole.

We tried to figure out what we were having for lunch…

“How bout Mac & Cheese and hotdogs?” Jax asked, which irritated me a bit.

“Well, we can only make what we have!”  I snapped back.

We’ve been struggling with finances and lack of food the past few weeks and I’ve been getting tired of hearing, “We have no food!” and “The fridge is so empty!” and quite frankly, I’m tired of eating popcorn.

I’ve been counting the days until the food pantry is open and we can go again, but it’s not for another couple weeks.  Thankfully Jax gets paid this coming Friday!

I asked Jax if we had any cash at all because Syd had an appointment in a couple hours for a hair cut at JC Penney (only because they have a special this month for free kids’ haircuts!  Woo-hoo!)  But I can’t possibly go without a tip for the stylist!

“Yeah,” Jax thought about it, “I guess I’ll have to transfer from our bill payment account because checking has $.07 in it.”

“At least it’s not negative!” I said jokingly.

He gave me a look that almost said, “Yeah, but for how much longer?!!”

As I poured the last of the milk jug into the Mac & Cheese and handed the empty jug to Sam, she walked outside to the recycling bin just off the front porch to throw it away.

“Ugh, now we need more milk!” I thought sourly.

As she opened the front door, she found a white envelope taped to the recently empty porch with ‘Jax & Nicole’ scrawled across the front.  Nothing else was written on the envelope and no other note accompanied it, but what we found inside was a crisp $100 bill.

“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”   Matthew 6:8

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.”   Psalm 38:9

And just guess what song was playing on the radio at that exact moment??

Mmm-hmmm, we serve a great God.

Praise Him!!



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