Decision to change

so-if-you-dont-like-your-life-change-it-how-would-you-change-it-you-decide-theres-no-action-without-quote-1Yesterday’s post might have sounded harsh. While that wasn’t my intention, I am convinced that change will not happen until we decide to change. And we can’t decide to change until we start thinking about change.

I wish that I could live the abundant life that Christ gave me without me having to do  anything. It would be much easier if God just snapped his fingers and everything in my life changed. But it doesn’t happen that way. And you know why? Because I would lose my ever-loving mind! And I would always be afraid that I could lose it as quickly as I got it.

Picture this scenario…..

Y27e7a53525958b9a7e53f88bc9804c22ou get ready to go to bed with your life just as it is everyday. You know that tomorrow there will be laundry and dishes waiting for you when you wake up because you are just too tired to tackle them tonight. Your husband is laying in bed beside you watching some stupid television show with the volume turned up to concert levels. You can hear your kids arguing. And all you want is to get some sleep.a-stunning-picket-fencing-with-yellow-and-white-daisy-flower-also-fieldstone-paving-pathways-to-create-humble-atmosphere

You wake up in the next morning suddenly living in your spotless dream home  with the white picket fence. You feel and look like a million bucks. Your husband has suddenly morphed into  Prince Charming. Your children are acting like little angels.

And you don’t know what to do with yourself! The truth is that you can’t even really enjoy it because you know that tomorrow everything can go back to how it used to be.

This is why God allows us to participate in our own spiritual, relational, and physical transformation. He wants us to be able to enjoy the abundant life that Christ has promised. While He won’t snap his fingers and change everything,  we don’t have to do it on our own. God gives us more than enough grace to work through the changes that we need to make. He gives us wisdom to make better decisions and the self-control to follow through. He gives us peace that passes understanding. He gives us patience and perseverance to see it through. And He loves us with a perfect love that casts out all of our fear.

And all of these gifts come with the decision to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a quality of life question….

Are you stealing from yourself?  Are you slowly killing yourself? Are you destroying your own life?

I’m asking these questions because I really want you to take time to think about it. I want you to actually answer the questions instead of just blowing them off.

Jesus tells us,

The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure. John 10:10

I’m sure you know where I’m going with this.

Are you stealing  days, weeks, months or years with your lack of self-control? Are you slowly killing yourself with your knife and fork? Are you destroying your self-confidence every time you look in the mirror?

Have you settled for barely surviving when you could be thriving?

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Let me ask the question another way. Are you living life to it’s fullest or merely surviving until Jesus comes back?

Your best life doesn’t just happen. You make it happen. Or, you don’t.

It’s that simple.

 

 

 

 

Buying time….

I told you yesterday that I have to wait THIRTY minutes before I can have my morning cup of coffee. Usually, I lay in bed and wait for those long minutes to pass. Sometimes I get up, count down the minutes, and sit with Hank while he drinks his coffee.

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Hank and I like to drink our first cup of coffee with Joyce Meyer.

I’ve always enjoyed her practical approach to Christianity and have credited her ministry to most of my inner healing. After Hannah got osony-walkman-cassette-player-350n the big yellow school bus, I’d stuff my Walkman along with an extra tape into my athletic neoprene purple fanny pack and go on my morning run. (Yes. I am that old!)

I still love her practical approach. And every morning, she still challenges me to heal, grow, and do my best to enjoy the life that God has given me!

But I’m rambling. Today she was talking about living life on purpose and not wasting time. She went on to say that at 73 years old, she works out with weights three times a week and walks five miles a day. (I’m impressed!) She said that others might see that as a waste of time but she sees it as buying time!

Buying time!

The National Cancer Institute  once wrote,

“Regular exercise extended the lives in every group that we examined in our study—normal weight, overweight, or obese.”

Buying time to live. Buying time to give. Buying time to grow old without feeling old. Buying time to be with  children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Would you see exercising differently if you thought of it as buying time instead of losing or wasting time? Would you find a way to incorporate some form of exercise in your life if you thought it might give you a few more days, weeks, or years with your family?

According to the National Cancer Institute you could actually buy as much as 4.5 years by incorporating regular exercise into your life!

 

Take your medicine….

78432030_xsThis is my first memory of taking medicine.  My mom would sit on the toilet with the lid down and throw one leg  over me to hold me down. She’d hold my nose and push the teaspoon filled with castor oil into my mouth and absolutely force me to swallow it!  I called her today to find out why in the heck she gave me this horrid liquid and she said it was to “clean me out.

Throughout the years, I’ve taken lots of other medications but none quite so horrible as that! Well, cough syrup is pretty nasty too…..

Although the prescription and dosages have changed, I’ve been taking  thyroid medication since I was 27 years old.

Until recently I did the exact same thing every morning. I’d get up. Swallow a pill with a sip of water. And immediately drink several cups of coffee.

Believe it or not, I had been taking this medication wrong for 26 years! I was supposed to wait for at least 30 minutes before drinking my coffee so that my body would fully absorb the little pill.

When I learned that I had been doing it wrong, I started putting the pill and a glass of water by my bed so that I can take it when I first wake up and then I turn over and go right back to sleep until I can have that hot, steamy, wonderful brown elixir called coffee!

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I’ve also discovered another thing that I’ve been doing wrong. I’ve been taking one large dose of Armour each morning instead of dividing it into several doses each day. (The reason behind dividing the dosage is that our bodies don’t produce all the T4 and T3 that we need only once a day but releases it all day long. Yet, for some reason,  we medicate ourselves as if  we only need one large dose a day.)

Today, I started  dividing my prescription in half and taking it twice a day so that I will not bonk by three but will actually have the stamina and clarity of mind to be productive during the late afternoon and early evening.

But that’s enough about me. What I’m wondering is if you are taking your medications correctly. Maybe it’s time to go back and read those printed papers they staple to your prescription that tell you all about the medication. Or, you might want to ask your doctor if she has any advice about your medication. You may want to research how to get the most from your prescriptions.

I’m just sayin’ that if we are going to take a pill (or two or three or……) then we should be getting the best results possible even if that means changing how we’ve done it all these years.

What do you think?

 

 

Thyroid issues….

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in my mid 20’s. My experience with this disease is that must be monitored and medicated. And throughout the years, I have tried to become more and more knowledgeable about it.

As a result of wanting to know more, I have read medical posts, books, and blogs.

Yet, I tend to read about it like I watch the news. I watch CNN and Fox and then determine that the truth is somewhere in between.

paleothyroidsolution_coverYesterday I read The Paleo Thyroid Solution  by Elle Russe.

I don’t share her opinions of the medical profession. While I have experienced one or two doctors who were not willing to hep me in my struggles with this disease, I have also had many care-givers within the last couple of decades who were more than willing to listen, study, and even do what I was asking simply because I know my body better than anyone else.

I do agree with one thing that she mentions over and over and that is that each individual is responsible for their own well-being. It is our responsibility to study. It is our responsibility to search out medical providers who will really listen to what we have to say. It is our responsibility to feed our bodies with foods that heal. It is our responsibility to find some form of exercise that we will actually do on a regular basis.

Our health and well-being is our responsibility. We must be our greatest advocate!

And while I’m writing about this book, I’d also like to say that I absolutely agree with Russ that diet and nutrition is vital to our well-being. We simply cannot keep feeding our bodies the Standard American Diet and expect to live in good health.

For me, that means eating what I call the Creation Diet and others may call Paleo or Primal. If it can be picked, caught, or killed then that’s what I’m eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh my! How we’ve grown!!!

wsizes-web-history-150-newI told you  that I would share my thoughts on the Time article. And here they are……

I don’t know why the Time article focused on size 8 when….

“The average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18, according to new research from Washington State University.” Tim Gunn

It’s time that we decide to take care of ourselves regardless of what size the tear-a-way label in your pants tells you that you are.

If you hate the way you feel or look then do something about it.

If you know that you are not living your best life because of how much you weigh then do something about it.

If you are not taking care of your body by feeding it nutritious food and getting some exercise then do something about it.

I can’t tell you how many women who have told me that they’ll lose weight when they get sick with diabetes or high blood pressure. Or they’ll start eating better when they can afford it. Or they’ll start exercising when they can find the time. (Really? If you are going to have to lose the weight after being diagnosed with a life-altering disease then why not do it now and prevent it altogether?)

This is the problem with procrastinating. If you don’t do something about it now then you will get bigger and bigger and eventually sicker and sicker. And the industry will attempt to ease the pain of gaining weight by changing the sizing labels all over again.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

I agree with my friend, Cathy, who said that we should love ourselves no matter what our weight. But you know what? Loving yourself also means taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Loving yourself means that you give yourself the best life possible and live this one life that God has given us to the fullest with as little regret as possible.