Monthly Archives: December 2011
You know that lady who is behind you in a long line who complains the whole time about how some other lady cut her off and she was so ticked that she almost “dumped my whole caret on her!”?
You know the family who is already complaining and bickering to you about how someone else in the family did whatever insignificante thing that of course was some sort of personal attack and you, of course, are the one who gets to hear it all?
You know the family member (or members) who make you feel like you have to get them something for Chrass yet you know when it comes time to open gifts they won’t give you anything? Oh, and then later that same weekend, or trip or whatever, they also comment about how “Oh, I always buy for you.” HUH?
You know that family who doesn’t show up to the family Christmas because it takes the kids so long to open presents in the morning and then they want to play with their toys…so they’re not coming?
You know that college student who spends their savings (Haha! What’s that for a student?!) to travel back home only to feel like it was only to be greeted with stress?
I am not sure what it is this year, but more so than any other Christmas I’ve had in the past, I have not seen our community with extra smiles on their faces, kind gestures, and an overall sence of giving and love.
I have seen greed, selfishness, anger even, and for those who celebrate the true root of Christmas (or any holiday around this time of year) is really all about.
Isn’t Christmas supposed to be a time for Christians to remeber what truly happened that night long ago?
How would you react if you had a dream in which God spoke to you (that alone is enough to freak anyone out, if you ask me) and shared that YOU would be the mother of HIS child?
What about if your girlfriend ended up pregnant all of a sudden yet still claims her virginity? Would you stick by her side? And if you did, would you believe that the little boy she gives birth to is actually the Son of God?
Would listen (even just listen) to an angel to tells you that the Son of God will be born of a virgin tonight? Would you follow that agel as she sets out in the correct direction, turning into a star to follow? Would you too stop and gather gifts, believing that what the scripture says is indeed finally coming to be, that Christ, the prophet who has been promised has finally arrived? Would you then set out, traveling miles to see this baby that and angel shared waould be born tonight? Would you trust one single, bright star, to lead you exactly where you needed to be? When you finally arrived and found Mary, who claims to be a virgin, has just given birth to a little boy that this baby is indeed the one who would change our world forever?
What if you were Mary? How would you raise this child, this Son of God?
What would you do if you were born the son or daughter of God? Do you think Christ knew who He was before He was born? When did He know?
Isn’t Christmas about believing that what happened that night, the experiences of each of these holy people was indeed a reality. Isn’t it a time to think about and remember the life Christ lived and what we now have because He was born?
More than anything, I hate that I have to ask…. what happened to the Christ in Christmas?
Life just keeps getting better and better. I went with a friend to UND’s Winter WUNDerland event on Friday, it was a lot of fun. I had a vegetarian mean and calorie wise even with eating half of the chocolate mousse dessert I stayed under 1800 calories for the day. Education, moderation, and choices: that’s what it’s all about.
I went to my doctor on Friday and he had weighed me in October and I was 223 pounds. I told him I had lost more weight and he asked how much? I said last night I weighed in at 206 pounds. He said no way, let’s see. We went to his scale and it was 206 pounds! He smiled and said you deserve a treat, go home and eat a donut. His way of saying good job! It’s back to our society again. The last thing I need to reward myself with is a donut! So I celebrated by going home and cleaned the cat box instead. That may seem weird but believe me, both my cat and myself were very happy with my choice.
I saw my personal trainer on Thursday and she gave me exercises that I can do anywhere just with my body! I am going to start working on my core. Getting strong from the inside out, so to speak. I am sad because I only have one more session with her. I had unexpected medical expenses and can’t afford her fee. She has been worth every penny I’ve invested in my health and wellness. Something to add, I’m frugal and can make a dollar stretch. By no means is that easy either, especially on a pre-school teacher’s salary, but I do! I feel blessed to have my health once again, supportive people in my life, goals and accomplishments to look forward to.
Hint for the upcoming weeks before the big Christmas day: moderation. If you can maintain your current weight, GREAT JOB. The average person gains 7 pounds during this time, WOW! But remember, 1 pound is equal 3,500 calories. Think of the cookies, rum soaked cakes, fat laden things everywhere. Temptation everywhere. And being “North Dakota Nice” you don’t want to offend people by not eating their hard work and offerings. I’ve solved that problem. I take a little of my favorite food, rave to the host/hostess at how beautiful everything looks and if I had a camera I would take a picture so I could remember it better. Works for me. And believe me, I am sincere. That table laden with coconut cream pies, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pies, pumpkin/ginger cream cheese rolls, etc. is beautiful and all the hard work and love to make these homemade goodies! My, my makes me think of the groaning table so laden with delicious foods that the table groans with delight.
Have a great holiday season, stay well, eat well, become fit, and DON’T beat yourself up if you gain weight. Enjoy every bite then do something about it. Walk! -Veronica
It was pointed out to me that diverse populations carry and lose weight differently than the average white Anglo person. They questioned whether this program would work for them I don’t have that answer and since I am not diabetic now I don’t know a lot about carb counting etc. I weighed in at the Prevent Diabetes group and was 206 pounds! I’ve lost 20 pounds in the two months that I’ve been in this educational and supportive group. The facilitator made me feel proud of my accomplishment and I hope that I can be of support, help, and encouragement to others. This is no easy task. Because I weigh less no, my fat gram goal went from 50 to 42, the price to pay for getting thinner! It’s like a treasure hunt to find good foods that have the nutrition (and low fat and calories) that my body needs.
Take care of you! Eat well, read labels, get support, and reap the benefits of your choices and hard work.