Following to Freedom

June 12, 2011: I'm a 47 yo mother of 9. I'm not going to look like a 20 year old. However, I have YOUNG kids and plan to be around awhile. I need to be healthy. I believe God has a purpose for my life and I want to be as fit as I can, for as long as I can, to be as useful as I can for His kingdom.

The SAD (Standard American Diet) isn't going to produce the results I need.  In the past I charted a course following the advice of Deb (Dietitian) and a trainer from Goodfellow AFB.  I was also influenced by the "Traditional Diet" and Dr. Rex Russell. I summarize Deb, the dietitian here and the trainer on exercise here.  I still believe this could be a health lifestyle for most people.  I lost 40 lbs....then had a miscarriage, a "thyroid storm," and extended pcs....gained it all I'm starting of June 12, 2010.

Update - October 2012: Since writing the above, I've realized I need to deal with some root issues (you can read about that in Why Vegan). Even on the healthy regime listed above, and  doubling cholesterol meds, my cholesterol continued to rise, migraines were frequent, my blood pressure was rising and I hadn't lost weight. God impressed on me that Jesus is the WAY for every situation in my life and I was to "Follow Him to Freedom."  This led to a 6 week Daniel Fast....the results were amazing (again you can read Why Vegan for more details) and the doctor told me to stay with this plan. He thinks I can be off meds, except thyroid. I'm learning many things - some of which I'm blogging. I'll try to remember to link below or label with healthy living. Since August and this "drastic" change, I've lost 31 42 pounds.  I've no clue what my "goal weight" is any longer...I am about 5 lbs from a healthy BMI  at a healthy BMI but Dr. Fuhrman recommends a 22 so I have a bit more to go, and am working towards reducing meds  I went off meds in February 2013.  I haven't had to take a thing for migraines since August.

 My motto had been:  Lookin Great and Feelin Great by 48! It changed to Nifty by Fifty ! These days, while I would still love to be "Nifty by Fifty," by focus  has become,"Follow Him to Freedom." This puts the focus on an obedient journey and not a number.

Past Posts dealing with a "Healthy Lifestyle"
What the Bible Says About Healthy Living - Rex Russell, MD - book review
Seven Pillars of Health - Don Colbert MD - book review
Never Say Diet - Chantel Hobbs - book review
Things that Make me go about workout and heart rates
The Thyroid Diet - Book review
Jared's Thoughts on the day we went organic.  ::snort::
Staying Well Why the Good Life is so bad for your Health - book review
What About Protein - Feb 26, 2011

Following  Him to Freedom
Why Vegan - Sept 19, 2012
Healthy Journey Part 2 - Oct 3, 2012
More on that Food Thang - Dec 8, 2012
Eat to Live (Dr. Fuhrman) - Reviewed Dec 2, 2012
Every Body Matters (Gary Thomas) Reviewed Mar 17, 2013
Made to Crave (Lysa Terkeurst) Reviewed Mar 17, 2013
My Sugary Idol - April 1, 2013

And now....I'm going to do something I've never done - post photos and WEIGHT. LOL

May 2010 - 180 lbs - not o.k. My heaviest - months of neglecting self care

Nov 2011 160 lbs - Springfield OR

Maintained and didn't lose more for a year and then.....gained 6 lbs during Dec trip and more in March...

Apr 16 , 2012 - 165.2 lbs (lost 2 1/2 lbs this week - heading down....)

Through a spring of wackiness, I discovered my eating compulsions had not left me and I gained 13 lbs from April to July 30.  I began to "Follow Him to Freedom" on August 1, 2012 weighing 178. 
Sept. 3, 2012 at Sea of Japan - 158 lbs

Oct 20, 2012 - 147 lbs
November 14, 2012 - 138 lbs; 42 lbs lost. 

I really don't see a huge difference when I look at photos....and so I made a before and now and photo...yep.