Sunday, March 11, 2012

Do over

7 update- we're just gonna pretend yesterday never happened. God forgives.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

where does the time go? Blogging, I guess :)

Been feeling inspired lately to sew. Like taking old clothes & turning them into something new. Haven't had much time to work on anything yet, though. I'm really hoping to have something to post about soon! Gotta work on something before the inspiration is gone. I'd love to have some stuff to put on Etsy. Which reminds me that I also have a ton of stuff to post on Etsy and I haven't yet. Plus I have to work on taxes for my in-laws and for us. Not to mention the non-stop cooking and cleaning required for a family of 9. And oh, how I would LOVE to squeeze in a bubble bath somewhere....maybe after hauling kids to dance, soccer, and baseball, preparing & eating dinner, and before washing dishes and folding laundry. Nope, I have to put the kids in bed during that time. Okay, I'm totally free at 11:30pm, unless of course, I'd like to get some decent sleep before waking up at 5:30 with Leif and then again at 6:45 to get the kids off to school. Is it dangerous to sleep in a bubble bath? Just wondering...I love to multi-task :)

7 update - okay, so i needed some calcium since I'm still weening Leif, so I swapped out the chicken for yogurt. (not to mention, it's sweet - feeling a little like I'm getting away with something)

I had 2 really easy days, but then this morning I battled hard against creamer in my coffee and chocolate chip waffles. Proud to say I won!

It's really amazing how little we truly NEED. I'm feeling pretty great now that the sugar withdrawals are subsiding, and eating so much less. Weight loss is a beautiful side effect! I am going to start buying mostly fruits & veggies for kids to snack on - please pray for peace in my house. They will not hesitate to make me miserable over it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

On the brink of destruction

Okay, I'm not gonna lie - the past two days have been really hard! I must be an addict. I'm actually enjoying all of the foods that I've chosen (not tired of them yet) but not having sugar is killing me! I've nearly cried three times today because I couldn't eat something sweet. Some people may think that apples are sweet. Well, they're wrong. For a candy-holic like me, they may as well be a raw potato! And I've been eating some delicious apples; they just don't give me my fix.
I also almost ate a piece of cheese today. ALMOST! Don't judge me!

Okay. that's it. Just needed to get that off my chest.

In case you're curious, my 7 foods are
Sweet potatoes
Whole wheat bread

That just reminded me that I haven't even eaten any avocados because mine are not ripe yet! I refuse to subject myself to the torture of a grocery store just to find some ripe avocados, so alas, I have only eaten 6 foods for the last two days. Is gonna be a long month, people. Pray for me please!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

and so it begins

I have not talked about this with anyone, really, except the group and Jack. Today Jack and I are beginning a mutiny against excess. I have read the book "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker (happens to be my pastor's wife) and was compelled to go on this journey the minute I started reading it. I am in the wealthiest 1% of the world. I complain that I don't have enough money for the things I want (i.e. shoes, nice vacations around the world, clothes, paying for every activity I want to force my kids to participate in, date nights with the hubby). I am rich and I tell myself I'm poor. I have everything I need, and still want more. And where is God in any of this? It's all about me & having more. Well no more! NO MORE!
Month 1 - Food. Jack & I have each chosen 7 foods that we will consume exclusively for the next 30 days. Most of the world eats this way - having a few staples that make up every meal, and if they're lucky, it's more than one meal a day. As I battle my desires to eat everything delicious, I pray that God would show me my part in serving the least. God put us here with our big, beautiful house, amazing jobs, kitchen full of food. I don't feel guilty about having these blessings from God. It is part of His plan. But I doubt He has blessed us so generously so we can hoard it all for ourselves and waste it on frivolous things while every 5 seconds a child dies due to hunger related causes. That's not the Jesus I follow.
God, use this fast (of sorts) to open my eyes. Give me your heart; give me your mind; give me your strength. Amen
If anyone wants to join me, the book & e-book are available at and I'm more than happy to support you.