it's the journey

it's the journey

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, I know I'm over a month early. But my heart is full; I'm sitting here on the beach today, with the man I love. Two years ago, give or take a day, we "restarted," our life together in Tennessee. Back then, a day like this seemed like an impossible fantasy. We've weathered some major storms in the past few years and there were days I wondered how we would ever overcome some of the obstacles we faced. The truth is, we couldn't. Only God could bring us to where we are today. Trust me, there are many more mountains to climb, but when I look back at the overwhelming circumstances from which he provided a way of escape, I'm amazed. 

Right now, there are some big decisions looming, some uncertainties ahead. Lately I’ve given in and let fear tighten its noose. Why do I let myself worry after all He’s done for me? So today, as I sit warmed by the sunlight, looking out into the endless horizon, I am thankful.  Today, I'm putting it in black and white as a reminder to myself. Thank You God for all you’ve done. Thank You for hope, for provision, for Your faithfulness--even when I’m faithless. Thank You for Your perfect love that casts out every fear. 1 John 4:18

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lightening the Load

When January 2014 rolled around, Michael and I ONCE AGAIN decided we needed to make a change in our lifestyle. The longer we've been together (31 years) the higher the numbers on the scales have risen. And no, I am not sharing those numbers.

For a while, we tried a radical low carb approach, which I knew had been very successful for others. We were good as gold--no cheating--and a month later had only lost about a pound or two. So, we decided to go old school and count calories. We've based our "count," on a formula for our ages, weights and rate of desired progress. There are charts all over the internet that can help with that. 

We've been at it a little over a month and have lost about 15 collectively. Along with the calorie counting, we've been making somewhat regular trips to the Y, consciously trying to up our daily steps and resisting the urge to eat less than 3 hours before bedtime. We've even managed to work in a couple of nights out for my kryptonite, MEXICAN FOOD! 

This new approach seems to be working because we're looking at it with new eyes. We are considering this a new adventure in eating, not a temporary trip to the gastronomical penalty box. 

I've spent hours and hours poring over Pinterest, healthy eating blogs, and Food Network's healthy eating section. It's been really fun and exciting experimenting with new tastes and techniques. Michael has proved a handy sous chef and we're eating at home most nights. As an added bonus, eating at home saves $$! 

I decided to go public with our little adventure in order to be more accountable--nothing like a healthy dose of peer pressure--and to share some of our recipes. Yes, I have noticed a few of you fellow chubbies struggling along out there on the Interweb. :)

Tonight, we're enjoying Ryan's cornbread pot pies. I discovered this delicious recipe on The Chew. They hosted a Weight Watchers chef competition a few weeks ago and Ryan Hutmacher prepared this yummy comfort food which Mario Batali pronounced his favorite new dish of the year. With praise like that, not surprisingly, Ryan went on to win the competition. I can't wait to try some of his other recipes. 

Anywho, here's a link to the recipe which is listed as 7 WW points. It's a bit labor intensive, but well worth it.  A couple of disclaimers here: I was only able to squeeze out 6 servings, not 8. I had to add about another 1/4 cup of cornbread mix to make the topping work AND, I highly recommend spraying Pam on the wax paper before rolling out the cornbread topping. To the best of my calculations each pot pie comes to about 275 calories, if you're counting. I haven't a clue about the breakdown otherwise; you're on your own there. 

If any of you are making a similar journey, I'd love to hear from you. Let us know what's working for you. After all,  life's a lot easier when we make the journey together. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Friends, here's the unvarnished truth.  Unless you grow all your own food, pharmaceuticals, lumber, coffee beans, make your own clothes, then write, record, perform, film, score, edit your own entertainment, build your own car, powered by your own home grown fuel source of course--and so on, and so on-- you're going to end up supporting someone whose religious, social or political ideals are repugnant to you.  You might also want to forgo paying federal taxes.  This also means you don't shop at any store; they collect local and state taxes, GOD only knows what they'll do with those. 

It's surprising to me that when I post something out of a heart of thankfulness, I am shamed by my, "brothers and sisters."  I unwittingly chose my CAR INSURANCE from a company who is heavily invested in by someone with a liberal political agenda.  FYI, George Soros is HEAVILY invested in FedEx, United/Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, International Paper, oh and you probably need to sign off your computer now because he owns lots of Apple--and Microsoft.  Speaking of computers, who are your internet provider and cable TV provider? Are they in business with The Playboy Channel and other purveyors of salacious material?  

This excavation of our consumer process is endless.  What about the clothes and trinkets sold at Walmart, Target, Old Navy and other retailers that are made by children working in deplorable conditions in Third World Countries?

It always surprises me, but really shouldn't at my age,  how some people always go straight to the negative.  What is the motivation of a person who wants to turn someone else's thankfulness into guilt and remorse?  Somehow, I don't think this embodies the love of Jesus.  

I do think we need to make conscientious decisions about where to spend our money.  I contribute to causes that I know are making a difference in this world.  My family also gives of their time, serving alongside those who are doing good in our community.   I pay it forward when I have the opportunity.  Besides,  my family has probably spent more on waffle fries at Chick-fil-than we ever will on car insurance...

If you disagree with me, and the error of my ways, I can accept that.  I love you anyway, and I hope you still love me too. 

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8