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Saturday, September 1, 2018

South Beach Diet Plan

During the past 20 years, I have been trying to lose 20 pounds.  I could make the first 10 go away, but the second 10 refused to budge, no matter what plan I tried. So my weight was up and down within the first 10 lb area.
The last of July, I went to the doctor for physical problems and he advised me to do the South Beach diet plan. I had heard of it, but thought it was some fancy diet for rich people. It was actually started by a doctor in Florida concerned for his heart / diabetic patients.
August 1, 2018, I started the South Beach diet plan.
We went straight to the library from the doctor's office and checked out the cook book with an introduction to the program at the beginning. The librarian ordered the SB book from another library for me, also.
I did the Phase 1 for 14 days. I lost about 4-5 pounds. But, more importantly, I could tell I was slimmer around my mid section of my body. I had to take up some of my pants to make them slimmer.
But, most importantly, is what I cannot see, and that is how it is helping me with my symptoms. I had blood work done after the 2 weeks, and my levels were better than they were 6 months ago.
After going onto Phase 2, I gained back part of the weight, but am keeping off the inches, for now. I am being careful not to eat too much, but eat enough to get the nutrients I need. And eat the right foods that are on the list and avoid the other ones. And exercise, at least 30 min a day.
Well, that is so far on the South Beach diet plan. I plan to continue it and see what happens monthly and for my blood work a year from now. Yes, the doctor said I could go a year this time! Yea.
So …. Time will tell.

Update: What allergy?

Now, for a much glad-for bonus. I am coughing less. Even less than I was by coming off gluten for the last 3 years. With that, I was coughing about half as much. Now, even less! 
So, my question is what else that I came off the first week was causing my cough? Was it other grain than wheat/gluten? Rice was ok. Quinoa seemed to be ok. I was off all grains. But the second phase I added back in those two and seemed fine. Then for a day I tried oats and another day, corn. I still did not cough all the time, but was a bit congested in my chest. I will have to check that out over time, because it could also been other factors (smells, animals etc). 
Someone suggested milk. I thought about that, but I had milk products during that time. However, I did decide to stay off milk products this week and see what happens as I try the oats and corn again.
I was also off sugar, honey, raisins, figs, pineapple, potatoes and starchy veggies. 
I am using a little bit of honey when needed right now and it seems ok. 
I was at someone’s house with a dog Sunday, so now I am congested, and am delaying the tries until I don’t feel congested. Maybe tomorrow.

We went to Pizza Inn yesterday. I ate without worrying about it just to see. However, I did watch how much I ate. This morning I am more congested. Now, was it the milk products … or the wheat … or both?  ~~ sigh ~~

PRAISE - I have lost a couple more pounds!! It has been 6 weeks now.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Zucchini Pizza Crust; veggie style

Recently, I saw several post for Zucchini Pizza crust. Since, I am on a no-grain eating schedule right now, I decided to give it a try. I also recently discovered garbanzo flour so I was able to use that as the 1/4 c. flour one of the recipes called for.  I started with several recipes from online and came up with what I could eat. I made it a veggie pizza, also so I had my carb, protein and veggies.  It was so good I wanted to eat it all! But, got full after 4 pieces. So, now I have something for one of those snacks I am supposed to have during the day tomorrow and the next day!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Flutter By Fan Blade

Flutter By Fan Blade

We took down a ceiling fan last week. Had to replace it with a new one because it was making a noise. While looking at the blades laying on the counter, I thought … hummm … what can I do with it.

So, this is what I came up with. Stickers at my favorite hobby store at 40% off along with a ribbon and buttons from my sewing supply and ta-da!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Psalms 119

Psalms 119

 I really like this psalm. Enough, that I wrote a booklet of devotions using that chapter.

A few months ago, I realized that if I listen to it on my Bible app while I am walking, it takes me about 7/8 of a mile. Neat, huh?! So, my goal is to walk to those words once a week. I don’t always do so, but then a goal is just that, whether we reach it or not.
 Here is the introduction that is in the front of my devotional booklet.

 This chapter in Psalms is so long, many people don't want to read it. I challenge you to not only read it, but learn to look forward to reading it time and again!

There are eight different words used for the Scriptures in this psalm. The psalm is an acrostic poem with twenty-two stanzas. Each verse of each section begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Most verses use one of these eight words in reference to the Scriptures. Verses; 3, 37, 90, 122, 132 do not. But, six other verses; 16, 43, 48, 160, 168, 172 each contain two mentions of those words.

 My booklet is not meant to be a complete study of Psalms 119. I am not qualified to do so. My goal was to write a devotion for each of the twenty-two sections. Each section has many wonderful thoughts. I focused on one thought for each section. I have written these short devotions, not as an in-depth Bible study, but so you can read them on-the-go and spark your interest to study this wonderful chapter more on your own. I thank all who came before me to write studies on this book and chapter for me to learn from!

Throughout the book are prayers using the verses in the devotion. It is a blessing to be able to read God's Word and to pray those words to Him!

So, I want to urge you to read Psalm 119!!!   Whether you get my book or not is not important. I encourage you to open your Bible to that psalm and let God speak to your heart!

I won't even promise

Wow, I really need to post to this blog more often! Sorry I have been remiss. Whew! Life just gets in the way, but then that is what I am supposed to be writing about, isn't it. Life. I won't even promise I will be better. But, I did think of something to write today, so see the next post for that thought!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Psalm 119:10-11

As I worked on these verses this month, I focused on the first one for I already knew the second one. We have taught Psalm 119:11 during the years to our Sunday school classes, both for hearing and deaf children. It has been neat explaining it to them and seeing them learn it. Hopefully, those children (adults, now) still have it in their heart and other verses, also, by obeying the meaning of that verse.

As, I studied the first verse and meditated on it, I couldn’t help but think of the song, COME, THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING by Ro­bert Ro­bin­son, written in 1758. In the 4th verse, he says’

“O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.”

When I first heard this song, I was going through a tough patch in my Christian life. I was disappointed with people who claimed to serve God, but didn’t do as I thought we had been taught. I loved God, but felt like I could have left the church. When we’d sing this song, each time, I sing this verse as a heart-felt prayer. It still has a special place in my heart and soul, because God did keep me from wandering.

We must completely depend on God, not on ourselves, to keep us on the right way as we follow God’s Word, not to keep our salvation, for that is secure. But, so we not only can live joyfully in the presence of God one day in Heaven, but also here on earth … and to be a witness to other people.

If you are not familiar with this song, here it a link to it.

Notes from the Defender’s Bible by Dr. Henry M. Morris -

PSALM 119:10

not wander.  With less self-confidence than before his cleansing through the Word the young man realizes his deep dependence on the Lord, on prayer, and on the Word, calling out for strength not to “wander” away from God’s written will.

PSALM 119:11

hid in mine heart.  How vitally important it is to memorize Scripture, hiding God’s Word in both heart and mind, if we are to have daily victory over sin in our lives. Here the “young man” uses the eighth and final word for the Scriptures in this psalm, Hebrew  again translated simply by “Word,” thus emphasizing not just a concept or thought but the very words of God.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My 3 devotional booklets.

I have written 3 devotional Books. Today, I want to talk about the one on Psalm 119. When I was younger and would read the Psalms, a chapter a day, I was overwhelmed when I got to this psalm. It was sooooo long! But, it has become one of my most favorite chapters in the Bible.
I did a study on the psalm using several books, and came up with this book of devotions.

The devotional booklet can be purchased at: Psalm 119 Devotional

Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Sale and signing

Come if you can!

Number 36 best seller! :)

Thank you to all who made the last four days exciting! All the likes and shares and support were amazing! 63 people downloaded the free eBook. That makes this author so happy!
At the last of the event, Satilla Secrets was listed as #36 in the 100 best sellers for Christian Historical Fiction free eBooks.
I guess that means I can count it as a 'best seller' now, Ha!
After you read the book, if you have time and want to, please leave a review on my Amazon page.
God bless you and have a great day

Monday, April 17, 2017

FREE eBook 3 more days!

Celebrating a year having Satilla Secrets in publication. From April 17-20, you can get the eBook FREE!! Don't miss this chance to get this eBook FREE!!

Satilla Secrets

Many secrets were kept during the years as our ancestors settled this land. Satilla Secrets tells of one kept by the Smith family as they settled in the southeast area of Georgia. Read how they
survive in the untamed land of outlaws and Indian attacks and help bring a longed-for town into a reality. Included in the back of the book is a timeline of that period of Pierce County history.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Making Our Words Sweeter

1 Corinthians 2:5  "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."

I have read this verse during the month and then read the verses around it. I haven’t focused on any one thought or received a touching devotion. Until today. And now two thoughts are bouncing around in my head.

# 1 - I am a no-nonsense person when it comes to talking to someone, especially on the phone.  I say what I want to say and the conversation is over! That is my tendency, anyway. I keep trying to change that and learn to use ‘small talk and pleasantries’ to …I guess to extend the conversation and get to know people better. Many times I fall short.

# 2 - I remember when preachers used to preach ‘hell fire and brimstone’ sermons, at least on Sunday mornings. They told people of their great sin and a Saviour who could forgive that sin. I also remember, almost to the moment, when the sermons changed to be more teaching than preaching.  I miss the hard preaching. I not only learned from it, but felt God leading me more. We also saw lots of people walking the aisles at church and getting saved, then living for God!

I wonder if Paul was being like that, preaching hard, expounding their sin, then decided he needed to use a sweeter tone to his approach. They say a little sweetness added to your words go along way. Just wondering here, for as I said, God didn’t give me a devotion from it this time.

So, back to the verse of the month. As we trust God to lead us in what to say to people, we can have the faith that the words that are used are not from our own wisdom, but the power of God will bless them to bring about His will.

 Belinda Jo

Monday, February 27, 2017

Memory Verse Challenge

This month I had a challenge to memorize and meditate on a Bible verse. My husband and I both learned it.

It is Psalm 27:1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

To me, this is a special verse, because God is the light that leads me to my salvation through Him. He then leads me each day and gives me strength to take one step at a time throughout my life until I meet Him. With that guidance and assurance there is nothing I should fear!

Here it is with a photo I put it on.
The body of water is Banks Lake close to Valdosta, Georgia.