Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Superhero Powers

Well, did you know that reading the Book of Mormon in a week means 80 pages a day??? 80 pages a day = 3 1/2 hours per day. I had no idea what I was signing up for. Each morning I wake thinking - again??? Day one was kind of tough, I was stressed but I felt pretty good. Day two, got the idea to listen while running. Running to Isaiah is an unusual experience. Great prophet, bad beat. As the days go on, I am getting creative. I took the kids to the grocery store play land and I sat in the Deli reading. Today we went to a park and then a play land while I listened to my ipod. I have just finished Mosiah and am starting Alma.

I feel like a super hero. The thing is, immersing myself in the scriptures does amazing things. I don't have time for t.v., I spend what was before thoughtless downtime reading. I am hearing promptings better. I am a better mom, youth leader, wife and friend and I am only on day three! This is a challenge, but I am now equipped to do it. Heavenly Father seems to think this is a good idea and is helping me tons.

Once again I can see how much Heavenly Father truly wants to help me. I know that when I wanted to lose weight and included him in my efforts I was successful. I owe it all to Him and prayer. I am grateful for this crazy goal I set. I know that next week I will go back to the same old 1/2 hour to 15 minute study, but I hope it is more intense, more dedicated. I have learned that once again that "I can do hard things" - this is definately hard.

I am glad I posted my goal on this blog, I hear your cheers and I feel supported. I am reminded how much telling people my weight loss goal helped me. People are amazingly supportive, but the very backbone of my success was getting a priesthood blessing and then learning to listen to the still small voice. I will tell you all my snacks and ideas, my tricks and lessons learned, but remember to include prayer: "prayer changes things"

I only feel like a superhero because Heavenly Father gives me wings to fly. "Ye have I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself." (Exodus 19:4)


Lucy said...

The Book of Mormon in a week? Wow. I've often wondered why I don't tackle it like I tackle books. I could totally do this, but it's so scary!

I love how you do hard things. It must be so empowering.

Yvonne said...

Hooray for you!!! That is great. I love reading the scriptures and when I really spend the time, like you, the blessings are incredible.

I am asking for help with my efforts to lose weight, and it is definitely helping.

Thanks for your great example and your great blog.

Heffalump said...

Yay that you are keeping up with it! For me, reading the Book of Mormon always makes me a bit sleepy. My first success reading it quickly was only because with the morning sickness I was sleeping all day, and when I went to read I was just too rested to get tired from reading it.
Keep working at your goal!

Davis family said...

GO! GO! GO!. YAY for you!!
You are awesome. Keep on going!

Tara said...

I know I keep saying this but, you are AMAZING!

Camille McInelly said...

You are such an inspiration to me in so many ways. I'll be listening for that I'm finished shout on Sunday!! I'm sure you'll reach your goal, sick kids and all.

mindyluwho said...

One time I made a goal to read the Book of Mormon 3 times in 90 days. It took me 4 1/2 months to complete it, but I did and it was the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. I can't even describe how my perspective on life changed. I am so excited for you that you are doing this...Go Calamity!

Jennifer said...

I just found your blog. Loved reading it. I think it is great how you are reading the Book of Mormon in one week. You are truly amazing to do and accomplish so many hard things.

Thank you for sharing.

Kristen said...

I knew you could do it. I think the eighty pages would take me a whole lot longer though. I like your idea to focus on a goal for one week. it keeps you determined and adjust things to make it happen. I have that book for you, call me if I don't get it to you before you read this.

Yvonne said...

I have another award for you.