Saturday, February 21, 2009


Every New Year I feel like God gives me a theme for my life for the upcoming year. This year the two words that kept coming to mind were "community" and "health." I didn't make any resolutions, but have determined in my mind to be healthier in 2009, and actively pursue community with people.

One thing I am doing to pursue community is to invite more people over to the house for dinner, despite the stress and worry I go through. I also have decided to get together each week with 2 other girls from my church for prayer and sharing. The past few years I've realized that although I am surrounded by people at church, pursuing relationship with them is a whole other matter, and I need them in my life more than once a week. Last week I met with one of the women and I felt so incredibly blessed and touched. This is heading in the right direction.

For health, ahhhh... I have tried and failed so many, many times before. My entire life this has been a struggle for me. I have a love-affair with food, especially sugar, and have tried to break my addiction many times. But what helped me this time was not focusing so much on my weight (and I have 30+ pounds to lose), but focusing more on my health. I started reading the book "You: On a Diet" after a friend recommended it on her blog. I also started a food log every single day and am keeping track of my calories. But this time, I don't feel like it's a diet for some reason! I feel like I can have anything I want, as long as it is within my daily calorie allotment. Yet the book is teaching me to make really wise decisions so that I don't get hungry and fail miserably. I am walking 30 minutes a day and actually DOING it this time!

Here's the funny part - it's only Day 4. But I have been doing this off and on since January 1st; this is just the first time I'm really keeping track of everything. I have already lost 3 1/2 pounds in 4 days just by cutting out all the junk food. So, I'm off to a good start and feeling hopeful. It also helps that I have so many friends around me who are working SO hard to do the same thing, and I'm watching the weight just FALL off of them. They inspire me!

So there you have it. Now that I admitted it to the whole world I know I am accountable now! I'm going to post a weekly update. AAAHHH!! That scares me! :)


  1. Woohoo! That's great success Jaimie :) I have that book, read some of it a year ago . . . really need to pick it up again! thanks for the reminder :) And building that community with other moms is great!

  2. That is funny because that is part of my change for this year. I have always made sure that my girls eat the most balanced meals and healthy foods. But for me I just grab whatever junk is around and wait until I am starving to eat. So glad that I have a partner in this. :)