Day 23- 30/30 Challenge

March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Crockpot Challenge

WHEW!  This challenge has been a lot harder than I anticipated.

The first thing I will say is that I am OVER the crockpot!! LOL

My kids are over it too!!  They are ready to get back to a mix of meals and not just the crockpot every day.

I still love the crockpot and find it to be very helpful in a lot of ways.

At the same time, one of the things that has been key in my success to losing weight is LESS variety and NOT more.

I know this seems odd because most people say that getting “bored” with their food is what leads to weight gain.

But I am the opposite.

When I get too involved with food….food planning….recipe searching…it leads back to TOO MUCH interest in food

So looking for new recipes every day for  30 days was probably not the smartest thing for me to do!!

It stirs up a lot of interest again in food!!

I do a lot better with a standard set of meals that keep it simple.

I’m glad I have found new meals BUT I have to be careful that I don’t get too MANY new things thrown into my plan

Too much variety for me is actually not a good thing.

SO today…I am not using the crockpot.


Bible Study

Today I read something that really made me stop and think

It said the following:

” An addiction is more than just a behavior.  There is a thought behind the choice that is driving it.  The addiction is the hook, but the bait came before in the form of some deceit and trickery.  Perhaps a person has come to believe that no one will ever love them, and so they debase themselves with those who use them.    In order to get over an addiction by God’s grace, we need to ultimately uncover the bait that we have sunk our teeth into.  Until we forsake that, we will never get off the addictive hook.”Relevant Bible Teaching

This article went on to say that we often must pray for God to change what we desire.

Some of us truly struggle with loving things that are destructive to us.

After all, if we didn’t get something desirable out of it…we wouldn’t do it!!

I have felt a LOVE for food in my life that could rival some of the greatest love stories out there!

I have struggled with alcohol too after giving up food.  Like someone who simply goes from one bad relationship to another.

I’ve even struggled with the attention I get from men.  As if the opinion of my physical appearance is somehow going to fill a need?!

What is this BAIT?

What is this HOOK?

Like the article states, the problem is not the “addiction”.

The addiction is just what happens AFTER the bait hooks us in!!

We can’t stop the behavior we want to rid ourselves of if we don’t first recognize the bait that is drawing us in.

What is it about the food that makes it so desirable?

What feeling does it give us?

The same could be said of alcohol, attention from others, shopping, or whatever else we struggle with.

Does it give us a feeling of peace? Happiness? Security?

Whatever it is doing for us is drawing us in.  THAT is the bait.

We must find the bait, recognize it and take it OFF that hook!!!

God has promised that He can change  our desires

He can help us want the things for ourselves that are healthy

Instead of desiring those things that are destructive

He has promised to empower us to make better decisions

But we must first decide to go to war!

We must first call it what it is!

Too many times in my life I have been on the fence about whether something is a problem in my life

I have tried to tell myself that I can “handle” it

And you know why I do that??

Because deep down I don’t really want to let it go!

I want to keep it!  I want to hold onto it!

Like someone who won’t break up or leave an abusive lover because a part of them still desires that person in their life!

Instead they convince themselves….”it’s not that bad”….”I’m exaggerating“….”things can get better, right?

So they put their hope in trying to make a destructive relationship better

Instead of running away from it

Acknowledging that it must be put away once and for all!!

This is what I have often done with food

Knowing full well that I can’t handle candy bars

I look for a healthy version of one….hoping I can make what I know is bad for me “less bad”

For me, candy bars lead to more candy bars

I can’t make it better

The answer is to simply stop taking the bait!

For me there is no moderation of certain things

There never will be

The only answer is to STOP….totally and completely

And that is when we must decide to declare war

Resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7).

That is a promise of God to us.

But we have to first decide to fight!

We must first decide to declare war on those things in our life that are destructive.

And that means not going back to the bait

Not going back “just this time

Just this once

This has been a problem for me as well

Once I feel like I’m back in control

I think….”Wow see!! I CAN handle this!”

And before long I’ve convinced myself that I can go back for a visit

That I can hold hands once again with the very thing that has been threatening to take me down!!



House Cleaning

This has gone amazingly well!!  I just had about 20 bags hauled out of my garage as well as the old pool out back that really needed to go!

In addition to that, we did MOUNDS of laundry this weekend and got totally caught up!

I can’t even tell you how exciting it is to not have tons of laundry waiting for me!

Now that things are getting more organized it will be much easier to keep it straight!


Working Out

This is going extremely well!!  I am now back into the routine of going daily to the gym.

I am continuing to do 30 minutes on the treadmill alternating walking and jogging.

I started using the Zombie Run app and it is really fun!

I had no idea things like this existed.  It tells a full story for you to listen to in between the times you must run

Here was my first crack at it



I wonder if there are other apps like this because it is really great !!

I’m also continuing to add 30 seconds every day or every other day to the Elliptical

I’m now up to 13 minutes and 30 seconds

Overall things have been going well aside from the fact that I haven’t been great at blogging!!!

I’ve had a lot of thing happening in the past week or so like science fair projects for the kids and some other things which have kept me busy!


Now….how are YOU?


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Leah March 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I am back. Took two weeks off- life got to be a little much. But I am back and for me that’s what’s important. Back to doing Herbalife. Did about 80 minutes of a Zumbathon Sunday. Went last night to learn about becoming a Herbalife wellness coach.
The devil is a liar- God will always emerge victorious. I just need to focus.


Melanie March 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I’m struggling with the mornings of my challenge 🙁 BUT I know that though I may fail on any given day, tomorrow is a new day for me to succeed! Loved your Bible study today, been thinking on that alot and trying to figure out what my “bait” is. The Zombie Run app looks cool, I think I may need to try that once I am back on the treadmill. Had some issues last week with my knees and was “wobbling” so went back to just the bike for a bit. Hoping to add it back in next week.
I totally agree with you about the food thing, life is so much easier for me as well when I just eat a few meals and don’t have to think too much about them. Luckily for me, my hubby doesn’t mind eating the same stuff all the time, so I pretty much make one major thing on Sunday and we eat that for most of the week, throwing in a few easy meals in between. I’m definitely not as creative food wise as I used to be, but I know that leads to some serious temptation for me and I try (&fail) to resist that.
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Anneli March 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

I love the concept of bait. I need to think more about this. For me, I absorbed way too much responsibility waaay too young before I realized that it wasn’t up to me to fix my family. By the time I was old enough that I might have been of real help to my sisters, it was too late–I believed that nothing I could do would make a difference–it was better to run away from painful things. And food? ESCAPE!!! I treat food like a literal vacation—I don’t have to deal with whatever just now, because I’m eating. And if I am working on something I don’t particuarly want to do–then food soothes me and makes that thing easier. I misuse food in a lot of other ways too, but I think escape is primary for me. Thank you for helping me to realize this a little better.
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tb March 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Wow, I cannot get over how good you are, and on top of it you have to take care of four kids! It is amazing how much you get done. Me, I am kind of a slacker I guess. I admire your bible study. You seem so good at it. This was a good blog entry, a good read.


Christine March 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

If something isn’t working it’s good to recognize that and change it. Now you know. I do better with fewer choices too. That’s great about getting the house cleaned up. I always feel more positive about life in a neat clean environment.
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Teri Carter March 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

My church offers a program called Addiction Recovery Program. I have been struggling with Alcohol and of course my weight. This program is for ANY addiction not just alcohol. I would love to send you a free copy of the book if you would like. It is a LDS program but really just a way to focus God into your goals, it doesn’t throw the religion at you.

I just finished making my to-do list for tonight and through the weekend. I am so excited to get some things done that have needed to be done but I have been so busy drowning my problems with alcohol that I haven’t kept up on the “piles” of things that need to be done.


Beth March 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Zombie Run app??? I’m totally going to check that out.
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Kim March 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Took your advice with the Atkin’s shakes to help with a sugar detox. Three days with no bread, pasta, rice or sweets. It was rough at first but worth it. Going to stick with the low/no carb diet. Im down 8 pounds in 6 days and feel great. Thanks for being an inspiration.


robin April 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

having a very hard time with bingeing, finally getting better. Had family issues where I have no control and this is what happens


Holly from 300 Pounds Down April 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I understand. I find the best way out of a binge phase is to give myself simple tasks to do that I can accomplish. Usually exercising in some way no matter how minor gives me something I can do which makes me feel accomplished. After a few days in a row that usually helps boost my mental strength/hope to break out of the pattern


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