Before I share this little moment of clarity in my life, please understand it’s not my intention to label anyone or cause them to feel bad. I’m just venting my personal frustration. We all have unique paths to cross and as a result view things differently. So here goes….
I have never been what you would say “obese.” As I’m 5”7’’ I can weigh a bit much before I start looking pudgy. When women get older though, we slow down and the weight speeds up. My fear was that one day the extra pounds would catch me and squash me!
I found myself being 145 lbs. I know…. Nevertheless, you have to understand other than being pregnant; I haven’t weighed that before. So naturally, I became a little concerned. Maybe, I panicked… Ok. Everybody thought I was nuts!
A woman at church couldn’t understand my concern; saying,
“Oh Mary, for heaven’s sake, I wish I only weighed 145 lbs.”
What’s a girl to do when she is the only one who sees the big picture-this year 145 lbs, next year maybe 165 lbs? How many years did I have before I hit 200 lbs?
So as a writer the first thought that hit me was, research. I knew from experience of juggling extra pounds that diets are NOT the way to go. Oh, they all sound good, but every one of them have flaws. I tried the Kellogg’s Special K diet. Yes, it’s easy and yes; it does work-providing that when dinner time comes you can stop yourself from eating the refrigerator. The only problem I found with that diet is a bowl of cereal 2 times a day with a little fruit in between wasn’t real. By dinner time any normal woman is starved or at least thinks she is.
On with the search, there has to be a better way. My investigation led me to find out that the FDA reports that women only need 1200 calories a day to be healthy and maintain a normal weight.
Hum… I though. How many calories do I consume if I’m not paying attention?
Ladies, don’t- I repeat— do not; count the calories that you normally stuff in your mouth unless you have swallowed a nerve pill and sitting down.
Does anyone know how many calories are in a McDonald’s Mushroom and Swish Burger? (My favorite) Well, those scrumptious sandwiches have 820 calories, not counting fries. That’s over half of the total calorie amounts that a woman needs.
OK, let’s end this because I could go on and on. We could discuss Pizza, (around 550 calories per two slices) which I have to fight tooth and nail not to eat more than two pieces.
I finally joined a web site called “My Fitness Pal.com.” It’s easy. You log what you eat every day, and the program counts the calories. When you reach the total calorie consumption, you stop eating. So, off I go.
One note about “My Fitness Pal.com” the amount of calories you have each day is determined by your weight and height. As you work with the program the amount of calories you can eat will drop with the pounds. So you may not have to start at 1200 it could be a higher total, but the overall number will eventually drop to 1200 if you stick with the plan and lose the pounds.
So every day, I log in what I eat. The food packages have calorie serving guides to tell you how much to eat and how many calories you’re getting. The Internet helps with the caloric account of other foods. Sure, they’re days you may over eat but try to be diligent. Sometimes, I fall off the wagon. I try not to, at least-not very often. This weight loss site has really helped keep me on track. Outside of the Fitness Pal, I have also cut my sugar and bread intake. No, I’m not a phonic about staying away from them, but I have curbed the amount I eat. I now use Stevia to sweeten my tea. Stevia Extract is a natural sweetener; it doesn’t have chemicals like some of the other products.
Final results with my struggle (yes, it’s a struggle at first.) I have lost down to 125 lbs. With this program, you don’t have to exercise, even though it’s smart to have a daily fitness routine (I’ve been called a lot of things- smart isn’t on the list). The key is to decide that once you have eaten the 1200 calories you will quit for the day. If you want a bowl of ice cream (130 calories in a ½ cup serving) and don’t have 130 extra calories-then promise yourself you will eat it tomorrow. Believe me, you won’t starve. How many times did I go to bed longing for that bowl of ice-cream? Don’t ask! now though I’m glad I stuck it out. After a while, you get used to counting calories so it gets easier.
Honestly, they're times when I splurge and get my Mushroom and Swiss, but for the most I stick close to the required 1200 calories. I have been logging in my calories at “My Fitness Pal.com for almost eight months now, so watching my calories has become second nature to me. When I’m out at a function, I find myself mentally tallying food before I eat, so I can stick close to the FDA regulated caloric intake.
The fun has been shopping. I still have trouble believing I can now wear a size eight when I once wore a twelve. I like it, and I’ll stick to it. With the Lord’s help, will find the strength to accomplish the possible.
Jesus said unto him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. Mark 9:23(KJV)
Have you heard that old saying, looking through rose-colored glasses?" We all see things through different perspectives as we watch the world. I know when I first started going to The Randolph Writers, a local writing group. I was a bit taken back by the all-around differences in our writing. Each person in the group has their own distinctive style and is fueled by a desire to inscribe stories; they feel a passion for.
As I read the other blogs I subscribe to-I’m at awe of them. My blog endowments lack the pizzazz that most blogs have. Oh, don’t misunderstand; I appreciate the ability that one has to create a great-looking blog. I’m glad that they’re out there. A beautiful blog is like a bowl or ice-cream, good to look at, great tasting, and has ingredients inside that can be helpful.
In my years, I have been down a few roads and found that everyone's talent works together for all. (If-we let them.)
The blogs of my fellow writers and others are packed with inspiration. They provide a short break, one we all need in our hectic days. Those words from a blogger can enlighten, encourage or just make you think about things.
Anyway, I do my best to fit in with the blogging community, but I accept the fact that my short-coming is blogging; often my blog is an accident waiting to happen! I don’t follow any set of “blogging rules,” Nor, do I have a strict subject I write about. The pleasure that I get from writing comes about because I let my mind wander. My only exception is when I submit a manuscript or an article to a publisher, that’s when the rules must be adhered to.
I am excited to be tagged by a very talented author Lynette Sofras to take part in “The next Big Thing.” It’s all about digging into the heads of us authors and finding out what the up-coming novel is all about. This week it’s my turn to answer a few questions, then “The Next Big Thing” travels on.
What is the working title of your book?
It’s been several things, “The Ring of Secrets,” “The Ring,” and finally –“The Ring of Fate.” Of course, the final title is up to my publisher. I’m like Lynn; one of my biggest struggles is the title.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It stems from the popularity of novels about magic and paranormal. I, being an Inspirational fiction writer pondered over the idea of showing the world a different kind of power that’s shaped in the belief of a divine intervention by God. This novel shows how a symbol used to represent faith can strengthen lives and create a desire for change. Sometimes our mind can initiate havoc in our lives, especially if there is a longing deep inside for something different.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s an Inspirational Mystery with a bit of suspense. The suspense is more of a human nature’s kind and not life threatening.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I could never figure out that one. I don’t really watch a lot of new movies, so I’m not up to date with the upcoming actors. Hey, I’m still holding on to “You’ve Got Mail” as my favorite movie.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
There are those who’ve been blessed over the centuries because of a tiny gold band, a mysterious object that will transform lives-sometimes forever.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I have submitted it to my current publisher, Prism Book Group. I’m hoping it will be accepted.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Eight months, but I have a hectic life and must choose my times to write. I make lots of notes so that when I can get to the computer for a few straight hours, I can put it together.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I usually find myself torn by this question. As an avid reader I believe that every author’s story is unique. Even if the premise is similar, it will turn out different, “The Ring of Fate” touches on the spiritual aspect of the supernatural.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The readers of preternatural novels got me to think about the fascination of the unexplained. I want to bring a light on the faith that often works mysteriously in people lives.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Situations aren’t always as simple as they look. A life can change suddenly and not necessarily for monitory gains. Sometimes, things we need the most are hidden, deep down, inside of us and long to be dug up to the surface.
Follow the links below Wednesday Oct 17, where you can pick the minds of:
Debbie Alferio, at http://www.debbiealferio.blogspot.com/
Bonnie McCune at http://bonniemccune.com/
Susan Whitfield at- http://www.susanwhitfield.blogspot.com/
Lynn C. Willis at- http://www.lynncwillis.blogspot.com/
I enjoyed answering these questions and look forward to reading the responses from the other authors next week. :-)
I don’t claim to be a blogger of any sort. Actually, I think my short coming
lies in a blog. With that said, I only want to somehow enlighten someone or share a few tidbits.
Counting down the days!
It's that time of the year, the season when hubby and I go to the coast for our anniversary. I can't wait to spend a few days away. Sometimes, we woman can fill pulled by all the responsibilities we have; a little R&R is defiantly needed. I plan on fishing, shopping and searching out inspiration for my writing. Although, I can't use any of the muse for my next novel- I'll take pictures and notes for the WIP's to come. They're all in my head-just waiting to emerge.
When I return I have a great blog tag that will be taking place. Come check out my response to a few questions posed to me about my up-coming novel "The Ring of Fate." Also, you can tag the links included to get inside the heads of some other great authors as they answer the questions about their newest release or soon to be works.
Psalm 46:1 (KJV) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
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