Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Waiting on God...

I don't have a lot of patience... I dare not pray for patience, but I think that this year has been one of learning for me. If you read back through my blog archives, you will see that in July, I got sick, very sick. I had terrible abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, and no appetite. This lasted for quite some time. At the ER, I was diagnosed with Colitis and referred to a gastroenterologist. We prayed, long and hard, and I finally decided to visit the GI doc in August. Not because I was told to, but because I was still having stomach troubles. After the GI doc checked out my bloodwork and CT scan he decided that a colonoscopy was not necessary, and diagnosed me with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Fast forward to mid-September. I woke up one morning with a stiffness and pain in my wrist and ankle that I could not explain. I attributed it to poor form during exercise, but that wasn't the case. The pain started spreading from joint to joint and got worse with each passing day. Eventually I was swollen, in pain, and covered in red knots. I visited two different doctors who both mentioned that these problems were most likely related to my stomach issues. And they were right. After a visit, again, with the GI doc and a colonoscopy I was diagnosed with moderately active Ulcerative Colitis. The weirdest thing happened once I received this diagnosis. I was happy. I finally knew what the "monster" was that had made my life practically unlivable for almost 4 months. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ...

During my first visit to the ER I remember my sister asking me if I had prayed for patience. I replied no, but, as the time went on and the sickness progressed, I learned a lot about patience. I have always been a right here, right now kind of person. An impatient person. And more times than not, that attitude gets me frustrated or aggravated when things don't happen right away. Was that adding to my stress? Yes. Was it something I could have controlled? Probably. Have I learned something this year? Definitely. God has his own way of doing things, and His way is perfect! No matter if we think He should hurry, or if we think He is behind, God is always on time. You know the saying, "Three days late, but right on time."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Success!! Roasted Garbanzos

After seeing many tweets about roasted garbanzo beans, I decided to pick up a can and try my hand at it! I love trying new things, especially if it is quick and easy!

So here we go...

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees.

First of all, I used canned garbanzo beans. I drained them, and set them aside. I sprayed the pan with olive oil and tossed in the beans. I shook them around a bit to cover them in olive oil.
I chose to use Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder and Mrs. Dash for my seasoning but I would think you could use just about whatever you wanted! Shake the beans around a bit to distribute the seasoning. (Don't be afraid to use lots of seasoning! I wish I had added much more to mine!)

Put them in the oven and shake the pan every 15 minutes or so for about 40 minutes. While your waiting, you could enjoy a nice cup of Peach Ginger White Tea that an awesome friend who just happens to be one of the newest Mamavation Moms sent ya! ;)

And when they're done, let them cool a bit and enjoy! If you have extra, store them in a plastic bowl with a lid! Mmmm, yummy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

#Mamavation Monday - I got a new job!!

 Hi ladies! Hope you all had a wonderful, productive week! Here's my vlog!

Weight: 264.6 (+2lbs) Grr.

Congrats to our sista of the week, April, @GAFlyGirl!

Our sponsor this week is once again, the awesome Subway! I am loving reading about Jared's training for the marathon and the #CommitToFit campaign! I was contacted by Subway to set up my interview with Jared, and I will be interviewing him after the marathon! Subway is offering a $50 gift card from Lulu Lemon, a green Gaiam gym bag and a yoga mat for our giveaway!

Make sure to stop in and see Tracey Mallet as our guest speaker on MamavationTV! I am SO excited!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

#Mamavation Monday - Move it & Lose it!!

Hi everyone! I am so psyched for the Twitter Party and the beginning of a new campaign! I am also super excited to be a participant in the Move it and Lose it challenge! 
Here is my vlog for this week!

I realize I mentioned the colonoscopy but never told what the diagnosis was. The doc says I have Ulcerative Colitis, which is a better diagnosis than we were expecting! Thank God! There is not a cure, yet, for Ulcerative Colitis but I will be able to manage it with meds and diet.

Move it & Lose it Challenge Stats
Beginning - October 18, 2010


11/ 29/10



L Thigh

R Thigh

L Arm

R Arm


Weight: 262.6

Sunday, October 10, 2010

When God's plans are different from yours... #Mamavation Monday

Hi everyone! I am getting ready to head off to church, so I will get to the point...

Here's the vlog...

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I go to have a Colonoscopy on Tuesday!

Here's my weight... (Ouch.)
262.4 (+4)

And here's what's happening Monday night!

Our Special Guest this week will be: The Mamavation Finalists

Congratulations to Amanda @beeacutie2 for being the Sista of the Week! 

This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Subway. They are giving away a green iPod Shuffle and a $10 iTunes gift card to one lucky winner. Don't forget to use the  Commit to Fit Campaign hashtag on twitter! #commit2fit

Saturday, October 2, 2010

#Mamavation Monday - Teething is Tough

Hi sistas!! I vlogged this week's post, so... See below!!

I am now weighing myself on a digital scale so I can take a pic with my toes on the scale. It seems to line up okay with my Wii Fit Weight, only 1.1 lbs off! I lost a ton of water weight this week, I dehydrated and retaining like crazy! So last week's weight was, 263.7, this week is...
(Loss of 5.3 lbs for a total of 19.4 since joining the Sistahood in July!)
Just for reference here's my Wii Fit weight

Watch my official Mamavation Mom application here!
Don't forget to tweet for me! 
"Hey @bookieboo! I want @christlikemommy to be the next #Mamavation Mom. She totally has my support! http://bit.ly/zqUxa"

I participated in today's (Saturday) 5Kday which was created by Steph, @fitmomtraining. Here is my pic of myself getting active... I promise, I was walking! lol

Congrats to our SOTW, and a close sista of mine, Shelley, @momma_oz! Way to go lady!

I am supa dupa excited about our blogging carnival this week, which is sponsored by Subway!! @subwayfreshbuzz You will often see me in a Subway store ordering a footlong Turkey Breast sub on wheat bread with lots of veggies! (Sometimes I add a little cheese!) Their breakfast menu is awesome and I love it as well!

Have a great week y'all!