Esto Perpetua (Latin: Let it be forever)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Learn From It....

"For the majority of us, the past is a regret, the future an experiment."
Mark Twain

"The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live for it."

Have you ever had someone reveal something to you that you really wish they hadn't? Well, that very thing happened to me Sunday. It wasn't anything earth shattering or something like that but, it was definitely disappointing. It made me want to shake the person and say "WHAT were you thinking!? Please let me into that brain and help me to understand!!" but instead I rolled my eyes and asked "What!?". The person knew this would be my reaction apparently as they hung their head and put their hands to their cheeks as they told me. I seriously don't get people sometimes. No particular age group in particular, just people in general. I don't understand the thought processes that they go through before they arrive at a conclusion. It's always been a desire to understand why people do and think what they do and to know the intimate details of why they thought they should do things a certain way. It made me think of my own similar youthful indiscretions. Fortunately mine were different circumstances and I lived in a good family so I didn't suffer the same fate I fear is coming for the person I shall call "Shannon" for conversations sake. I fear she is going to end up ruining her life and not even realize it. I'm so thankful that God spared me from what could have been very very bad decisions in my life. I'm so thankful that I was spared from making what seemed like minute decisions at the time but in retrospect could have tainted the rest of my life. I know for a fact I am living an amazing God blessed life thanks to the diligence of my parents and Godly influences. I'm so thankful that I was taught my own worth and even though I didn't feel that way a lot of the time I knew in my heart that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. That I deserved a lot better than what I was being given. I am so thankful that I don't have anything that I have to look back on with too much regret. I hope that Shannon will understand these things too and I can be a Godly influence on her, but, I see a headstrong young girl who already has her mind made up about what she's going to do. I won't give up on her though. Because nothing is final until God says it's over. So please keep "Shannon" in your prayers. Other than that Char's been acting like she's trying to teethe and being super cranky and ultra sleepy, so, who knows! Just keep praying for me and the situation. It's weird but I want to be used if God wants to use me.

"We cannot let our past cloud our perception of the future."

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I've Forgotten My Address...

"Skinny people tick me off!!! Especially when they say things like, "You know sometimes I forget to eat." Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name, and my car keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!"
Siouxsie Q

"Handy dandy dieting tip: Carrot cake counts as a serving of vegetables"

Ha ha, these quotes were really funny to me because I've actually had people tell me the same thing as at the top and almost the same thing at the bottom :) I was told in the course of casual conversation that "Potato chips count as a serving of vegetables because they're made of potatoes!" I was shocked and did make sure to ask if they really thought that statement was true, they said they did and I was amused to the point of silence. Do people really have this skewed vision of the foods they're allowed to healthfully consume? Then it makes me think about my own unhealthy eating habits. I have to say I am a sucker for anything cake-like, mmmmm cake! Oops, sorry I've been sugar free for about two and a half weeks now with absolutely no cheating at all! I'm so proud of that! Then there's the bread addiction. I could eat bread at every single meal and as a snack in between. Thanks to the Atkins diet I am doing what I knew I needed to do. As ridiculous as it sounds limiting myself to eating habits within a diets guidelines is strangely working this time. I don't know if it was teenage rebellion before or what but this time I wanted a layed out plan of what I could and couldn't do and it's working. As shown by my weigh loss ticker I'm down 9.5lbs! I'm so excited! I'm never hungry and you don't have to limit fat or count calories, that in and of itself makes the diet worth it's weight in gold! With a little baby running around, a husband to take care of, and a household to run I don't have time to obsess about the calories I'm eating. But the greatest encouragement is just the plain fact that it works without me having to do anything other than eat better than I was. I'm eating tons of fresh veggies and meat that I normally wouldn't allow myself to eat. I mean, what diet says you can eat ribs!? I mean, seriously, Yum!! Now, the last time I did Atkins it was the older version where hot dogs and cheese and eggs were the main stays of the diet. I nearly wanted to die on it! Now, veggies are recommended even with breakfast. I usually scramble some onions and green bell peppers to go with my sunny side up eggs and bacon. Come on, tell me a more classic yet delicious breakfast than that? So, while I definitely miss my delicious, sweet, succulent, wonderful cake and doughy bread it's totally worth not eating them for the energy boost and self image boost from eating healthier and better things for me. So, here's to ongoing weight loss and being healthier! Once again thanks to Shauna for pushing me :)

"Never, never, never, never give up."
Winston Churchill