Day 15—30/30 Challenge

March 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Oh my goodness!!

This challenge has been rough for me.  I have not been able to blog daily as I had originally thought but I’m trying!  The reason I like to blog often is because it keeps me accountable.   I think this is a really important thing for those of us who tend to fall off the back of that wagon easily!! Whether it’s blogging or journaling–finding a way to document progress and stay accountable is super important!


1. CrockPot challenge

Today’s meal was sausage and sauerkraut.  I had never had this before and I was a bit unsure about it but I gave it a whirl because it doesn’t get much easier than dumping a jar of sauerkraut in a crockpot with sliced up sausage!  That is literally all I did.   I do know that both of these items are totally right on track for my food plan because they are low in carbs and sugar.  It was pretty good! I still didn’t care much for the sauerkraut myself but I can never go too wrong with sausage.





2. 30 Minutes of Walking/Jogging for 30 Days

This is going extremely well.  I was having a hard time getting myself back in the groove before I started doing this challenge.  I had managed to get back to the gym and back on the treadmill but I was struggling to keep myself interested in staying on!!  Now that I have a few goals I am working on, things are going really well.   It has also helped that my friend, Krystal, is coming to the gym with me.   Here we are today



This reminds me of why my brother often would say that moving towards group fitness can be key in helping you to be successful.  There is something about being with a group of people (or even just one person) that spurs you on and keeps you going.

The truth is that not everyone has that though.  In the beginning, I did not workout with anyone but myself.  My companion or supporter was usually whatever music or podcast I was listening to!!  I think it’s good to have someone live and in person if possible but regardless we can get there!

Today’s workout was:

3o minutes on the treadmill alternating jogging/walking

11 minutes on the elliptical (I have been increasing this about 30 seconds-1 minute every day or every other day)

6 minutes on the arc trainer (Increasing this 30 seconds at a time also but not every day.  This is a tough one for me!)


3.  30 Minutes of Bible Study for 30 Days

Today I used a devotional from In Touch Ministries titled “Lord, Why Can’t I Change?”

It talked about how many times we fall into habits that we can’t seem to break.

We vow to change.

And as soon as we set out in a new direction, we find ourselves right back where we started

A pattern of habitually doing the same wrong thing over and over again

I know this pattern all too well in my life and it’s highly frustrating

It would be one thing not to care!

It would be one thing to just give up and give in to wherever the downward spiral takes us!

But to WANT to be different

To STRIVE to be different

And then still fail again and again

Words cannot express what this does to our hearts

How it leaves us feeling defeated when we find ourselves once again face to face with that empty donut box

Or whatever bad habit we promised ourselves would never entrap us again

How many times have I asked God this very question

“If I WANT to be different and if you (God) want me to be different….then why am I still this way???”

I mean look….we’re both in agreement, God, that I need to change

And we are both in agreement that I cannot do it in my own power

Then why are you not laying down some thunder and zapping me straight?!



That’s how I have felt more times than I can count

Like God and I are on the same page but He is refusing to take over the situation

Instead I’m left to drown in my own sad situation wondering when he will hear my SOS

Here are the facts

God says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation! The old is gone and the new has come!

Well alrighty then, God….why do I still want a Big Mac?

Why do I still crave things that I know are not good for me?!

Why do certain bad patterns crop back up regardless of how badly I want them to stop?

Well today’s Bible study reminded me that as a Christian, two things take place

Sure we are saved

Like someone being pulled out of quicksand is immediately relieved

But now you have to look in the mirror and realize that while you’re out of the quicksand

You’re still covered in it

It’s still dripping off of you

The remnants are still there

Sanctification is a process and it doesn’t happen overnight

We’re even told that we have to walk it out and sometimes with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12)

Because it takes time

Just because we want to be different doesn’t mean our mind isn’t still filled with old patterns and a thought life that took years to be programmed in its destructive mindset

The way out of our old life is to transform our mind (Romans 12:2)

We have to literally delete old tapes and replace them with new ones

My devotional today said this:

So, what triggers negative thought patterns?  We experience a sight, sound, smell, flavor, or touch that gives us momentary pleasure and we begin to think, What would it be like if I…? This begins the downward spiral—our senses trigger thoughts, which elicit destructive patterns of behavior.

James 1:14-15 explains, “Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.”  It is why we are told to be renewed in the spirit of our minds—Eph. 4:22-24).


I can’t tell you how many times I have lusted after some Krispy Kreme!!!

I also can’t tell you how many times I have been pulled away and led down a wrong path in regards to bad habits

I know what works and it’s so true what they say….it all starts in your head

Now don’t get me wrong

I know that things like sugar and alcohol are physically addictive

So getting off THAT will have a lot to do with the physical as well

But the way to conquer it truly starts in the mind

Sometimes I forget just how important it really is for me to constantly fill my mind with right thoughts instead of wrong ones

I can never underestimate the power of that

When I let my guard down and become unaware of what is getting in my head

I always fall

This is why we should align ourselves with people who can fill our minds with truth when all we hear playing is lies!

I still struggle at times with not feeling like I can ever live up to the goals I have set

I often feel depressed or like I am the biggest Loser in LOSERVILLE!

I hear that inner voice telling me “You can’t do this! You can never change!”

And when I screw up, I often feel that my behavior defines me

I recently had a bad day and ended up talking with my good friend, John, from the Let’s Reverse Obesity podcast

He reminded me of something VERY important and it’s this



While I was busy recounting several mistakes I had made

And telling him what a loser I was

He was reminding me that we are not what we DO

Yes what we do will affect us

But we are NOT losers because we screw up

I once heard Joyce Meyer say that we have to learn to see our WHO and our DO as different entities

We may not do everything right all the time

But that doesn’t affect who we are

We are loved

We are trying

We are making efforts

We may still make mistakes in life

But we are NOT our mistakes

If you believe that you ARE the mistakes that you make

Then you will develop a shame based nature

And shame based natures lead to depression, anxiety and all types of disordered thinking

So we MUST make a point to fill our mind with the right thoughts

Thoughts about who we ARE

Not what we DO

And once we believe that we ARE loved

We ARE worthy

We ARE special

Then our “Do” will catch up with our “who”

Because then we will believe deep down that we have it within us to make things happen!


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30 Minutes of House Cleaning!

I’m trying!! I have not done very well with my 40 bags in 40 days challenge though.  I guess I had less to get rid of than I thought.  So that’s a good thing!


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Anneli March 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm

You are an amazing person!! I just love your Bible reflections. And I’m proud of you for using saurkraut! I have German heritage–saurkraut is essential (so is mustard). 🙂
Keep on, keep on!!!!
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Melanie March 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

You continue to inspire me! I’ve had some fails; but more successes and every day is a new day!
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Paula March 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I am happy that you keep plugging in there.. glad the walking is working.. on the sauerkraut and sausage thing, just eat less sauerkraut.. it makes it more palatable with a bite of sausage.

Exercise… having problems here… two toes still torn up from Epcot 9 days ago.. who would have thunk…. I am getting lots of exercise 3 or so days a week from the twins… and lots of good laughter therapy; seriously, they crack me up!

Much of my Bible study ends up about thinking and praying for more tolerance for Mom… she has lived with us for a long while, and her alzheimers is getting worse. She gets on a topic and then perseverates.. every 30 minutes the same thing.. today it is about taking aspirin, which her Doc doesn’t want her taking. I feel evil because I wish she could live somewhere else… I will be 60 in May, and mom will be 79 in August… I didn’t plan on spending my golden years this way.. sigh.. rambling..

Today’s goal is to endure… some days is is to be victorious but today it is to endure, even if I have to go to my room and just shut the door to have a private time out…


LHA March 19, 2014 at 2:53 am

You are doing a very hard job in taking care of your mother. My mother had Alzheimer’s and came to live with me when I had a new baby and three other children. That was years ago and just reading your words brought a wave of sympathy for you. No one knows how hard it is unless they have lived this life! Do take any time out you can get, accept any help that is offered, and be as kind to yourself as possible. It is a long, lonely road you are walking. If you can find a support group for caregivers, even online, it might help. Hang in there!


Holly from 300 Pounds Down April 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I know it has to be frustrating with the issues your Mom is going through. Do you get to attend a caregiver support group? I have heard they are very helpful. You are doing a wonderful thing!!!


Beth March 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Totally with you on blogging. If I haven’t posted in a while, chances are high that I’m somewhere off the rails. 🙂 I have really enjoyed reading about your 30/30.
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Dagny Kight March 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Cravings you experience may never be gone though as the years go by and your new habits are solidly established, you’ll find it easier to deal with them. Just as some people don’t care much for food, some of us have brains that love to think about food and we’ll find our thoughts connecting just about everything in our lives to a context of food. It’s in our nature.

You’ll drive yourself crazy if you stress over why you think about food. Thoughts you may not want will come into your mind. Instead of battling with them, focus on your response to those thoughts and over time you will be ready to deal with them.
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Susan March 23, 2014 at 1:39 am

Susan’s Day 10 to 15 of 30 Day Challenge

Start 3/8/14 welcome
Enjoyed a peek at your work out routine. You and Krystal are doing great. Last Saturday was beautiful weather here. I stayed outside all day. I felt like a kid at play. I toted all the fallen limbs to the curb for pickup, watched the birds, pet the dogs, and read under my tree in the back yard. The neighbors were out plowing and planted sweet potatoes. Only trouble is… Sweet potatoes are the skunks’ favorite food. Hope they miss this patch next door!

We are halfway through the 30 day challenge. It has really helped me stay on plan. Especially stopping my food intake by 8:30. I go to bed by 11:00. The food logging has also been good for me. I’ve lost 5 pounds so far.

Drink a minimum of 30 ounces water every day – done x5
Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes every day – done x5
Love myself where I am and plan to meet my challenge – done x5
Clean house for 30 minutes each day – done. X3 (I hate housework)
Overcome my craving to eat before bed – done x5 (great victory for me)
Use MyFitnessPal everyday to log my food – done x5 (met goals 14 of the last 15)
Eat more whole unprocessed foods – done x5


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