I can’t tell you what a joy it was to post last week and receive such a lot of wonderful input and enthusiasm! I think as home schooling mums we are in an ideal position to help and encourage each other.
The thread which seemed to pass through most of the comments was a focus on increased health. Lucinda shared her desire to walk more and has been having huge success, using a pedometer to count up towards 17000 steps a day. It inspired me to go and look for mine, although I think I’ll be aiming for slightly less! I loved Leah’s idea of simply moving more in her home, at the same time as getting more housework done too! One of my goals next week is to not ask one of my children to quickly fetch something from the upstairs but to jolly well do it myself! Hopefully this will all add up on the pedometer and I’ll be fit as a fiddle in no time (with a cleaner house to show for my effort). Jo is also focusing on walking more regardless of the cold weather she is experiencing at the moment. Both Audria and Phyllis have written wibbly wobbly posts, with Audria losing 1Ib last week and declaring that everything is awesome (love it Audria!) whilst Phyllis shared her extensive knowledge about her research into food which prevent a fluctuating blood sugar (this is such a good informative post and well worth the read).
Many of us are focusing on thinking more positively towards ourselves and our bodies, with Francis sharing a wonderful video on just this subject. Parts of the video show many beautiful women passing negative judgement on their bodies, and yet at the end a woman confined to wheel chair, when asked what she thought of her body, stated that it was soft and luscious. It brought tears to my eyes. Ladies, this is the answer we should all be giving in response to that question. Take a look for yourself:
There have been many victories with Deidre losing 2Ib, and Christy celebrating not putting on any weight despite a tough week. Lovely Ticia is also joining us and celebrating not snacking as much, whilst my good friend Donna is taking small but determined steps towards better health. I am incredibly happy to say that my husband Gary is also joining us and has been to the gym twice this week and played badminton with our older three children. He has noticeably lost weight over the past couple of weeks, totalling 4Ibs. Well done to you all!
Thank you all so much for contributing. I find I am thinking of you throughout the week and willing you all on in your pursuit of a healthier life. As for me, I have walked the hour back from the leisure centre four times this week, tried skimmed milk (yuk, never again!) and eating my lunch a bit later to negate the need for a snack before my walk. I have also been drinking stacks of water which has led to a phenomenal decrease in my appetite. I am currently learning to differentiate between thirst and hunger! I have lost 2 and 1/4 Ibs which brings my total to 14 and 1/4 Ibs. I have not noticed any difference at all to my size (!) even though I have lost over 14 of these:
I wanted to include this, because a 1 Ib weight loss is A LOT!!
The reason I am unable to notice it, I think, is because I have exactly 100 of those handfuls to lose! Actually, I now have 85 and 3/4 of them to lose….
We can do this!!
So over to you, how have you all done this week? What are your victories? -Big or small, I’d love to hear them and would be honoured to pray for you this week.