Showing posts with label #Weight Watchers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Weight Watchers. Show all posts

Saturday, May 28, 2016

An Easy Summertime Meal

In North Texas, it's been hot this week. We're wetter than usual. Praise God! But, when the days reach the upper 80s and lower 90s and the humidity is high with the constant threat of thunderstorms, it's uncomfortable.

With summertime comes the need to keep the oven off if at all possible. We grill outside some, but I'm always looking for meals that cool me, don't heat the house, and that tastes good.

Salads are the perfect answer, but my husband detests salad of any kind except this one. Thank you, Jesus. Charles loves this meal almost as much as I do, and it meets the criteria.

1. Cools me to eat it
2. Doesn't heat the house much
3. Tastes wonderful
and of course,
4. My husband will eat it.
also for a recovering compulsive overeater like myself,
5. It's light and healthy.


Taco Salad
 
 
1 pound ground 93% lean white turkey
My dinner last night
Cooking oil spray
1 packet McCormick mild taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
4-5 jalapeno pepper slices
1 oz. Tostadas multi-grain chips
2 T. shredded 2% pepper jack cheese
2 T. light sour cream
salsa to taste
 
 
Spray a skillet with cooking spray.
Chop up the meat into the skillet and cook until browned.
Stir in seasoning packet and water.
Cook over low heat for 10 minutes to blend flavors.
 
Set out all the other ingredients on the table.
Each person should have a big, open bowl instead of a plate.
Now, each is free to add all or some of the ingredients as they desire.
 
Serves 4
 
If you follow the Weight Watcher plan, this recipe is 11 pointsplus.
 
Changes you can make:
McCormick has a regular and a mild seasoning packet.
 
Why McCormick? It doesn't have to be, but it was the only one I found that listed sugar as the 10th ingredient. Some have it 2nd. Read the label.
 
Lucerne, and other cheese makers, offer Mexican blend cheese, or you might find and prefer a fat free cheese to lower points.
 
Why Tostados multi-grain chips?
I like them. They're only 3 pointsplus for an ounce. If you find others tortilla chips that are comparable, super.
 
If you prefer, lean ground beef can be substituted for turkey.
 
 
Well, this is my easy, healthy, summertime meal. What's yours?



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Have You Found a Kindred Sprit?

My Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness released in December, 2012. It continues to be the best seller of my four books. As of a few days ago, I had still not found another book even similar. Then I discovered a kindred spirit in an author that released her book in 2013, short months after mine, both of us thinking overeaters needed that daily dose of support.

Have you found a kindred spirit in your writing?

When we pitch manuscripts to agents or editors, we often compare our words to other books. To do this, I've sought out like-minded writers. When I pitched Divine Dining, I compared it to “Food for Thought” by Elizabeth L., “Daily Affirmations for the Compulsive Eater by Susan Ward, and “Food for the Hungry Heart” by Cynthia Rowland McClure.

If you've purchased and enjoyed Divine Dining, then I want to recommend another book to you. 

 
When I read the preface of Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers: 365 Days of Encouragement for Dieters  by Kathleen Kurlin, it was almost eerie at the similarities in our background.
 
 
We were both "professional dieters.
Kurlin started her first diet at age fourteen. My mother put me on one at age fourteen.
 
We both reached the lifetime status with Weight Watchers early in our walk.
 
 
We both spent our lives in yo-yo dieting with every plan known to man (or woman).
 
 
We both believe that focusing on the Lord and committing our will to Him is the only lasting answer to the problem of compulsive overeating. As Kurlin put it in one of her nuggets, "Surrender leads to freedom."
 
We both used much of our own journal to fill our devotion book pages. Our formats are similar, using a Scripture verse and a prayer with each thought.
 
 
With full discloser, I've not read all 365 of her days of encouragement since I've only had the book a few days. I spotted it on my Amazon page under, "If you like this book (Divine Dining), you might like this one. Kurlin and I shared copies of our books. 

The pages I've read so far seem to give more practical helps than spiritual applications, while Divine Dining gives more Biblical insights.

For instance, here's a excerpt from today's "diet nugget."

Remember, your stomach is not the boss of you, but if it starts growling at you, maybe you just need to take it out for a drink. A drink of water, that is. Life is short-drink up!

As the deer pants for streams of water,    so my soul pants for you, my God.
                                                                     Psalm 42:1








If you've spent a lifetime struggling with your weight, Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers would make a helpful addition to your library. That is, after you've purchased and read Divine Dining, of course.
  



Yes, I have found a kindred spirit on devotions for dieters. I can't wait to read Kurlin's fiction. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

What's the Magic Exercise?

Overeaters search for the perfect eating plan or the magic exercise to aide in weight loss.

Well, I have the magic exercise.

 

For me, it’s dancing.


 
For my Weight Watcher friend, Kay, it’s walking on a nearby high school track.

 

For my Bible study friends, Diane and Tara, it's Crossfit and marathons, respectively.

 

For an online friend, Penny, it’s sumo squats.

 

In other words, it’s whatever you enjoy and will continue to do because you like it and like the people you do it with.

 

Does that mean you won’t have moments of failure? No, you probably will. It’s then that your attitude will make the difference.

 
Timely tips: 

Don’t give up.

Look at your stumble as a new dance step.

Find the humor.

Count only what you did right.
 
Reward yourself for small goals. (Like dancing to fast songs picked out by someone fifty years younger than yourself. Ha!)

 

At Red River, NM. Hey, I tried!
 
Any exercise that you enjoy will be magical, and the right attitude works wonders.

 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Need a Boost to Your Weight Loss?

     Poet, John Donne, wrote "No man is an island."
     Hillary Clinton told us, "It takes a community to rear a child." 
     The fact is that we need each other for wisdom, encouragement, and strength.

Notice in my post about my 10 best tips for weight loss at


that number 7 on my list is going to the support group of your choice.



My devotion book, Divine Dining, gives 365 days of encouragement and inspiration to the food addict. Losing weight is a lonely road. Many times, no one is there to turn us away from a doughnut. At a dinner or pot luck, everyone there may indulge while we stand alone to withstand the temptations. Support from others, even if only given once a week, strengthens our resolve.

During my recent trip to Colorado, I had the pleasure of meeting two sweet ladies in person, who I had previously met online.

I first met writer, editor, radio interviewer, Patti Shene several years ago when I submitted a short story titled Victoria and the Ghost. Because of her advice, that story became my debut YA novel published by 4RV Publishing Co. out of Edmond, OK.

The other new friend, Dawn Orr, found me on Facebook, and purchased Divine Dining. When Patti interviewed me on her online radio station, Dawn heard the broadcast and explained that she and three other friends were doing a weight loss Bible study using Divine Dining as their guide. Of course, I wanted to meet her. How blessed I was to learn the book God gave me was helping someone else in their walk with the Lord.


Writing friend, Patti Shene on my right, Dawn Orr, who started a Bible study with Divine Dining on my left when we met in Pueblo, Colorado in August, 2015


Weight loss encompasses the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our lives. During my weight loss journey, I've attended many support groups because I realize the need for me to be around others going through the same struggles.

I began this path twenty-two years ago when I attended a church group called "Christian Weight Controllers." When our music minister, who led the group, moved, I took over the leadership. The stress got to me, and I stopped the class. By that time, I had already lost about 65 pounds and had 35 more to go, so I still needed that group strength.

I then rejoined Weight Watchers and lost thirty more pounds. I maintained the 95 lb loss for eighteen years and last year lost another five pounds to make it an even one hundred pound loss.

After I lost the weight, I quit Weight Watchers. I accomplished the physical and much of the mental problems, but I found I constantly regained pounds, moving up and down, again and again. I faltered often. I rejoined Overeaters Anonymous. Some of the groups helped a lot, some, not so much. Once, our church offered a generic 12 step program that helped with any addiction or compulsion, similar to the now popular Celebrate Recovery programs. For a few weeks, I attended a TOPS meeting. For awhile, I went to both OA and WW because I felt the need for help in all three aspects of my life.

My next step was to teach a program through my church that addressed all 3: physical, mental, and physical. My first try ended in disaster. I taught with the wrong attitude, and God did not bless it. Divine Dining released in January, 2013. That September, I began a weight controllers class at my church. We named it for my book. Every September, when we start up new classes throughout the church, I debate whether to continue teaching. Always, I remember the importance of support groups.

Do you need a boost for your weight loss?

I know that I must eat healthy, get exercise, and change my mindset about food, but guess what ...

I STILL NEED MY SUPPORT GROUP.

The devil actively tempts me where I'm weakest: putting food in place of God, running to food instead of the Word, not asking for the Lord's strength when I want to quit.

Is it time you joined a good support group where you live? If there's not one, do you need to start one? If you live in or near Wichita Falls, TX., we would welcome you to the Divine Dining Weight Controllers Class beginning anew on Sept. 15 at 6 pm.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What does Losing Weight God's Way Look Like?

What does day-to-day following Christ in weight loss looks like? What’s the practical aspect of it?

  If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with  success.
                Proverbs 3: 4-6 Life Recovery Bible

This is God’s answer to how we follow Him.


Here's the steps God gave to me:
 

1. Decide on a food plan that works for you.


 
Calories in, calories out. Eat 3500 calories a week (or 500 calories a day) less than your body needs to maintain your present weight. 

Simply, you can lose weight on any good, balanced food plan. The only choice for you depends on your likes, dislikes, and lifestyle. I suggest the American diabetic exchange diet, Weight Watcher plan, Best Life diet by Bob Greene, and Prevention magazine's Flat Belly Diet. There are others. Ask yourself these questions:

Do you often eat out?
Do you prefer having snacks or three squares?
Can you live with eating something every four hours?
How active are you?
Do you prefer rigid plans to follow or loose restriction?
 

2. Purchase foods that work.

 

What must you keep around to stay on target?

    I must have fruits and low-fat yogurt.
    If you follow Flat Belly, buy lots of nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, or avocado.
    If you work best with dumping everything into salads, buy lots of different kinds of fresh vegetables.
    Keep individually frozen chicken patties.
    Stock up with low fat options of cheese, milk, puddings, whatever.
 
    BE PREPARED.

 

3. Decide on some activity.

Me & friends line dancing
Again, like with food plans, any exercise will do.
 
Do what you like?
Vary your routine.
Do something at least five out of seven days.
If you can't move legs, exercise your arms.
If you can't lie on the floor without dizziness, do exercises standing up.
 
I mix several options. Here they are:

     An hour long line dancing class each week.
     Walk at fast clip outside in neighborhood or local park.
     Jog on my mini trampoline.
     Ride my stationary bike with tension.
     Move more with my household chores?
     Inside miles with DVDs: My choices are:
 
               all Leslie Sansone ones
               Dancing with the Stars
               Country line dance party

    
What do you like to do? Play golf? Crossfit? Yard work?
 
Other possibilities:

    Sit with small children and do toe touches or kicks?

    Go up and down steps at work every day?

    Break up sitting with 10-15 minutes of stretching or jogging in place?

 

If we ask according to His will, God will answer.

God longs to make us happy, fulfilled, and at peace just as we want those things for our children.

 
So, the last and most important step of all is:




4: Don't seek weight loss. Seek God.

   Read Psalm 37:4-7
 God wants to give us the desires of our heart. That includes healthy living and weight loss.
 
 
 
Let's break down the above verses.

 
   1.     Take delight in the Lord – put Him first place

2.     Commit everything you do to God (daily)

3.     Trust Him.

4.     Rest in the Lord –allow time for enough rest & sleep

5.     Wait patiently; don’t fret.

 
Day-to-day means starting the day with Christ.