Before my husband (finally) accepted his call to ministry, his background was in broadcasting. Things like marketing, knowing your audience, catchy phrases and slogans still stick with him at times. One in particular is 43×43.
Karl set a goal of losing 43 pounds by his 43rd birthday, today. He made this goal back in January and the catchy 43×43 became his hashtag on Twitter and a constant reminder of what he was working toward. I’m more than proud and thrilled to say – he met and slightly surpassed his goal! Hallelujah!!
Happy birthday to him, but a gift for me. I’ve been concerned for some time regarding my husband’s health, for a variety of reasons. I’ve spoken with him about my concerns and spent many hours in prayer over it. He’s tried several things, but the 43×43 finally worked! Intermittent fasting, counting calories, God’s guidance and a bigger dose of fresh fruits and veggies were all a part of this success. For me, it is an answer to prayer. I know my husband is healthier and more physically active now and that gives me security.
As a wife and mother, I want my husband around for as long as possible. I have no desires to be a widow with three children. So Karl taking his healthy more seriously and losing the weight – that is truly a gift to me. It says he is committed to doing his part to be around as long as possible for his family. My gift, his birthday. I am blessed and so grateful. Praise the Lord!
My husband’s birthday comes in the middle of May – otherwise known as Strawberry season. For years he has loved a special treat for his birthday – strawberry shortcake. Not surprising that our youngest son, born in late November, had a strong affinity for Pumpkin pies, because they were always around in late November.
It has been such a tradition for Karl and for our family, that we don’t want to lose it at all. But when I mentioned trying to find a slightly healthier recipe for shortcake, Karl was actually thrilled! He is so excited about losing more than 30 pounds in less than six months and he doesn’t want to go backwards. This isn’t a diet, for him it is a new lifestyle.
Can there be a mix here? Absolutely! I intend to find a delicious and healthier version of strawberry shortcake and enjoy it with him on his birthday. If anyone has some great recipes – I’m open!!
I saw a clip from Dove’s campaign on real beauty sketches. When it became clear that women were being asked to describe their features to a sketch artist – I knew what would happen. For some reason we women like to pick out our worst features and dwell on them as if we are some horrible beastly representations of humanity.
I had a huge gap between my two front teeth. Once in high school a guy told me he could stick a pencil between my two front teeth, so I’m not exaggerating here. But at church one day, I got a letter from a woman who was visiting for a few weeks and only spoke Spanish. She had someone help her write the letter and she basically said she knew we couldn’t talk to each other, but each week she looked forward to my smile. She said I always treated her with a smile and friendliness even though we couldn’t speak each others’ language. I still had a huge gap between my two front teeth, but this woman saw the real me.
I’ll admit, my own mother has a hard time seeing her inner and outer beauty. Is she a fashion model? No, she doesn’t airbrush herself. Does she wear a business suit? No, she comes in casual clothes, like the ones she wore to clean the private school my kids attended – to help pay their tuition. She has warm welcoming eyes so you know she means it when she says come on in. Her smile can sometimes be mischievous, so you know that she isn’t afraid to have fun. She has an ample bosom to comfort even the most fussy child – she has held the babies of complete strangers who needed a hand and mom quickly volunteered. That’s who she is.
My mom is beautiful!
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Think choices and lifestyles are unimportant? Think again. Especially, think about the choices your grandparents made. The science of epigenetics is fascinating. The YouTube link below explains it best.
I love this acronym. HALT is not so much about making decisions, but your surroundings when you make them. Here is the advice: Don’t make important decisions when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired (HALT).
What should I eat? Not a good decision when you are already hungry as impulse will most certainly take over. I know for a fact that fatigue gets me and I don’t have full use of my thought processes, so not making important decisions when I’m tired is a no brainer. I can see the wisdom in checking yourself and decisions made when you are angry or lonely.
Take a moment to make sure you are making good decisions, at a good time. Remember to HALT!
There is a program called Creation Health. I like their approach to the various aspects of health when the C in Creation Health stands for Choice. That’s right – choice is a part of your health.
I have a relative by marriage that just had surgery to remove a diseased eye. This eye became diseased due to several factors, including smoking. After the surgery, I’m sad to say, this relative is still choosing to smoke. But it is their choice.
Do our choices have an impact on others? Absolutely! What choices are you making?
Greta had her one year follow up regarding her ADEM. It seems we learn more about this disease each time we see her specialists – actually we learn more about how it is affecting Greta. Her MRI looked great, no new lesions and shrinkage of most of the original ones. There is one spot on her brain that isn’t going away. The doctors said that since it is one year out now, most likely she will have that spot for the rest of her life. This will make things interesting for her. If she ever has an MRI of the brain in the future for any reason besides the ADEM, she’ll have to let them know ahead of time that she has a spot on her brain, from a childhood illness.
We learned that there are four friends that hang out together after brain injury/trauma/lesions. They are perseveration, decreased math skills, memory oddities and being very literal. And yes, Greta is textbook with these issues. She latches on to things and won’t let go, like a honey badger. She’s been taken down a grade level in math and we never know when her memory is going to take a brief hiatus. What about being literal? Don’t even think about using a figure of speech unless you are prepared to spend 10 minutes explaining it to Greta.
The literal issue is probably one of the biggest. Most everyone has run across someone who has no concept of boundaries or sharing/taking turns. So the latching on to things of perseveration won’t hinder her throughout life. Many people hate math. Greta will have many sympathizers. Who knows what is memory and what is not? Half of our lives are spent connected to some sort of electronic device to prompt us of important things anyway. But being very literal – it could lead to all kinds of trouble.
I remember saying something like, “It’s got your name written all over it Greta.” She did indeed look for her name and then got very angry that I had lied to her because obviously her name wasn’t on it. She had no concept of the figure of speech. This is one of many incidents she has gone through. So I will start praying now that there will always be at least one person in the group (Greta loves being with friends) that will help her get past this literal hurdle. For now, it is her family. I pray she finds friends to help her overcome these setbacks in college and eventually the workplace.
Perhaps this is why the Bible tells us to confess our faults to one another. It doesn’t say sins. It says faults. If we open up and share with each other our struggles, the hope is that your friends will pick up the slack where you need it most. But this requires vulnerability. This requires risk. What if I share my struggle with someone and they just laugh at me? What if they use it against me and keep me from getting that promotion I was set for? We can start by being a good example. You probably already know an issue that one of your friends struggles with. Go out of your way to be a true friend and pick up some slack. Be intentional about helping your friends and family. It matters.