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Flat Belly Diet

21 Apr

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God —
this is your spiritual act of worship.
Romans 12:1

 

Mimi and Cole ~ April 2011

I have never been overweight.  I’ve often classified myself as petite instead of the usual adjectives that people come up with, such as skinny, little, tiny, and of course, I can’t leave out short.  My height and my weight have always gone hand in hand.  Petite.  That’s me, that is, until I began to reach the underlying shadows of turning 50 years old.  I began to notice that I couldn’t eat just anything (and everything) I wanted and still remain in the same vicinity on the scales.   Portion control became my new rule as I filled my plate with delicious meals during our former life at Higher Ground.  Thinking the slight chub around the middle would immediately disappear once we moved away from all the tasty temptations, I found it to only increase.  Tim and I now have time to spend together in the kitchen preparing new recipes and enjoying them.  We decide to go out to eat more often now, looking for hole-in-the-wall places that usually serve exceptional food.  We snack in the evenings as we watch TV … and we gifted ourselves with a meat smoker for Christmas, so we frequently enjoy scrumptious pulled pork and cornbread.  As the scales continue to tip past the point where the needle stood underneath my pregnant form so many years ago, it’s time to call HALT!!   When the day comes that our Kim is once again with child and her bulging baby tummy is the topic of her young toddler, I’m afraid that Cole will look over at his grandma and pat MY tummy and say “Mimi’s Baby?”   

So, for the first time in my life, I am on a diet.  I don’t need to lose a lot of weight.  Only 10 -15 pounds.  Inches are more of my target, knowing that clothing will fit better, and I will be healthier.   To keep from sounding like I’m whining, I will simply say that I have felt miserable, extremely unhealthy, and even concerned that my middle girth was getting the best of me.  I know it is time to become mature, responsible, and loving toward my own body and health. 

Having an excellent recommendation from my daughter who found this diet plan to be a great success, I officially began on Monday.  I am currently on Day 4 out of 32.  I spent several days reading through the book, however, before implementing its plan.  Two gals from Prevention Magazine are the minds behind this concept, explaining the health concerns of having too much fat around our bellies and offering great encouragement and hands-on tools to get our bodies back under control.  As I read through the book, I jotted down a few notes that I felt were important to cheer me on my new adventure. . .

Diet is a contract between me and myself.

I am special.  I deserve the time, the energy, and the effort that’s equal to
everything else in my life.

 

So, here I am.  Embracing special me … muffin top and all.  Excited to be nearly finished with the 4 day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart and to go forward for the next 28 days, anticipating better health, better habits, and hopefully, better fit.  In exchange for unhealthy, I’m learning about MUFAs, Sassy Water, Visceral Fat, Waist to Hip Ratio and BMI.

 As Easter Sunday approaches and we gather in worship to celebrate our risen Savior, let us also keep in mind that true disciples of Christ worship Him every day.  We worship Him in all that we do…our relationships, our work, our playtime, our activities, and even our eating.  Jesus gave His life for me … the least I can do is to give Him all of me in return, and that includes my best at giving Him a healthy me.  A special and healthy me.  Won’t you join me in giving our best to Jesus?

Until next time,
Debbie

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Romans 12:1-2  (The Message)

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Sassy Water

15 Mar

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a
spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:13-14

  

Just one week before we board and set sail for the Bahamas, I thought I would attempt a last-minute ditch effort at thinning, trimming, toning and stretching this body of mine.  My borrowed time with Denise Austin ran out all too quickly, so while she is already back on that bottom shelf at the library, I have been doing my own assortment of exercises.  To accompany my activities, I am also drinking Sassy Water. 

For those of you up on the latest and greatest of diet books, you might have heard of the Flat Belly Diet.  I do not own this fine piece of literature, full of healthy and helpful routines and recipes, but I know someone who does.  She has become quite the fan, celebrating success of lost inches and pounds.  One intriguing portion of her regime is to drink what the book refers to as Sassy Water … water that is the result of several ingredients soaking or marinating in water over night.  Drinking 2 liters daily of this blended brew for 4 days is suppose to de-bloat (such an odd word!) and give a jump start toward a leaner and flatter belly.

12 fresh mint leaves
1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced very thinly
1 medium lemon, sliced very thinly
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
2 liters of water  

Just in case more means better, I bought enough supplies for the next 7 days.  Not having the book or the recipes inside that have given success to many, I am simply hoping that the Sassy Water by itself will make a difference for me.  I will continue to stretch and exercise, watch the portions of food that I eat, and drink this tasty brew.  I understand that there will be food and lots of it on this trip … therefore, the next step after the jump start toward a leaner and flatter belly will be lost somewhere between the buffet lines and the late night snacks, compliments of Norwegian Cruise Lines. 

In the midst of the busyness of the next few days, I intend to prepare and drink the Sassy Water, but once Tim and I walk on board that great ship a week from today, there will be no more of the blended beverage to enjoy.  However, …

As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
Psalm 42:1-2

Whether I am working or at home in my daily routine, anticipating an upcoming vacation, or basking in the warm sunshine on an island beach, my soul will forever long for the One who gives a spring of water welling up to eternal life.  Please join me in my quest to thirst only for Him.

Till next time,
Debbie