Oklahoma where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain!

I am in Oklahoma this week, decided to hang out here after coming down Sunday night to watch my sister and my Dad go skydiving Monday. It was always her dream to go with him and for his sixtieth birthday she made it happen. I was really proud of both of them, and they had a great time.

When I decided to come here I had mixed emotions. Taking any kind of trip away from home makes me a little nervous these days. I have a routine at home, my job is to eat right, exercise, take care of the kids, and hopefully get a few loads of laundry done and cook a few meals. Leaving that umbrella of security I worry that I won’t be able to stay on plan. Luckily, my sister is doing Body by Vi so she’s also in the zone which is extremely helpful to me. I also know that this is good practice for me, life will always go on, and vacations and getaways can’t always be an excuse to go off on a self-depreciating food binge…doesn’t make sense anymore.

Why it ever made sense is a conundrum. The worst part of food addiction is that it’s unrelenting. The biblical terms that come to mind are, “a continual lust for more.” Ephesians 4:19
That’s one of the reasons I don’t want to even dip my foot in the waters of chips and chocolate, I know that kind of food does not nourish. I am still very much aware that I am not out of the water, I am going to have to keep sharp, eyes open, head in the game.

My goal is threefold and I have made it to the first milestone. I weigh about two hundred and nineteen pounds. I weighed two hundred and fifty-eight pounds this time last year. That’s almost forty pounds, and I am very proud of how far I’ve come. I would like to lose sixty more, I have two goal dates, August and November, I am running a 5k in July and I am biking regularly. I am excited and scared at the same time, but I am taking it one day at a time.

Since I’ve been here I’ve ran, and I’ve cycled. I set out and biked seventeen miles of uncharted Ponca City terrain Monday, it was awesome, I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow. I rode the new Dolce Compact Sport and it was so much better than the hybrid. I rode past some amazing homes, they had to be at least a half a million dollars, but remember this is Oklahoma, and you better believe there was a pick-up truck parked at every one of them, cracked me up.

So the rest of this week has lots of fun in the sun in store, movie nights with my sis, a glass or three of wine, and lots of reflection. There are no piles of laundry taunting me, no floors that need mopping and no weeds staring up at me begging to be pulled, well at least not any that are on my property, haha, my sister does’t read this.

Have a great week everyone, get out there and sweat a little, eat a few veggies, and start loving yourself, you deserve it.

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What’s Your Ultimate Goal?

Today is my first day off a 3 day detox/cleanse. Call what you will, but I lean toward calling it CRAP! It’s supposed to be a time for weaning off sugar, caffeine, and bad foods, but all I could do was think about sugar, caffeine, and junk. Oh well, it’s over and I can’t begin to describe the ecstasy found in a simple piece of peanut butter toast and coffee this morning. I’ve never tasted its like. Right now I have a burning desire for Red Robin, the whisky river bbq burger (add bacon) to be exact and don’t forget the steak fries with a side of ranch. Doesn’t that sound like the epitome of the American slacker diet? Yeah? Well, it’s my favorite, in the burger genre. In the mexican genre it would be queso and huevos con chorizo, unless you meant like chain mexican semi-healhty fare, then that would be Chipotle. As for Chinese it’s probably Hongs, and that includes the Mongolian grill, which is not including Thai, not Chinese, so I would say Tasty Thai and the massaman curry would be my favorite there. As for good ol’ American I tend to like Chili’s, seafood, McCormick’s and Shmicks. But my favorite burger…Red Robin.

pleas·ure  (plzhr) The Free Dictionary n.

1. The state or feeling of being pleased or gratified.
2. A source of enjoyment or delight: The graceful skaters were a pleasure to watch.
3. Amusement, diversion, or worldly enjoyment: “Pleasure . . . is a safer guide than either right or duty” (Samuel Butler).
4. Sensual gratification or indulgence.
5. One’s preference or wish: What is your pleasure?

 

I listened to Ravi Zacharias this morning and the particular message I listened to was called, “The problem of pleasure.” The title intrigued me. Why would someone even speak about a problem with pleasure? Do we as people have a problem and why would it be harmful? There is one statement that Ravi makes that really hits home in my heart, and here it is:

“Anything that refreshes you without distracting from, diminishing or destroying your ultimate goal is a legitimate pleasure.” 

I guess the next question would be, what’s my ultimate goal? In this life, what is our ultimate goal? I guess that depends on a lot of things, how you were raised, weather or not you have a religious teaching that you follow, what makes you tick? Twitter users can usually find out what their final goal is on their profile page, here’s mine:

Thirty-something, wifey, mama, nurse, who really just wants two things in life: a low rider minivan & an unshakable dedication to the lover of my soul…Jesus.

I’m not sure I have been completely dedicated to my final goal, and I think my two things are changing, while I would still love to own a low rider mini van, this bad boy would satisfy me quite well…

Ah hem, but I digress. Pleasure. “An unshakeable dedication to the lover of my soul…Jesus.”  I am wondering how many pleasures are put before that self-professed ultimate goal, I dare say, too many. While I think it is very important to find time for leisure and relaxation, I truly believe that I can find my God and momentum in every moment, it’s the looking for him that counts. I feel like life is getting shorter and shorter by the day. Days saunter by me unscathed, not batting an eye, it waits for me to seize it. I think if I were honest with myself I would start to examine my choice of pleasures, and if they are in fact, refreshing me without distracting, diminishing, or destroying my final goal in life, to cultivate a relationship with the Almighty God, to let him draw me unto Him, and to bask in His love forever. Sounds pretty deep, but I’m so glad that he loves to give blessings to His children…just hoping He reads this and pays particular attention to the aforementioned vehicle:)

So, before I make a beeline to Red Robin, I’ll mull it over a bit, I’ll decide if it’s something I need right now, and if it’s just a simple pleasure that I can leave at the doors when I go, or if my heart is seeking fulfillment that it shouldn’t from it. By the way, I’ve lost 17lb. on this journey so far. Only 12 to go to meet my first goal and see my dear friend get married. Good day my friends.

If you’re interested in listening to Ravi’s “The problem with pleasure,” for yourself, click here.