I was having cravings, so I was on Facebook trying to distract myself and silence the rationalizations running thru my brain. As I scrolled down my feed, I came upon the video below and I paused to listen to the man in the photo sing. I heard a gentle, beautiful voice singing a rendition of one of my favorite songs, Over the Rainbow. He was able to convey emotion in a quiet, soulful way that made me want to hear more.
Except that he died in 1997--weighing 750 pounds. My cravings left me as I realized that the comfort food came with too high of a cos. I'm really posting this so that every time I want to eat what I ought not, I can come bac here to listen, and be warned.
I dug this song out to post on a friend's blog so, of course, I feel compelled to post it on my own. I know you guys don't pause and listen to music often, but although this song has an odd sound to it, it has the kind of message that encourages one to stand tall and march on with expectations of victory. The scenery reminds me of the many hikes Bill and I have taken both here at home and in the Smokies before the circulation in his leg went bad and before he fell and hurt his back. Before...
You know what? Take a warning from me: You won't be young and healthy forever. Don't waste the health you have on sweets and junk food. If you do, one day this video will have the power to both nourish your soul...and make you weep, too.
I was reading this passage yesterday and, all of a sudden, it occurred to me that this passage spelled out the exact steps needed to follow a weight loss plan. Here's 2 Peter 1:5-7:
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness [some translations have virtue here]; and to goodness, knowledge;6 and to knowledge,self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Faith that trusts God to empower us & bring a good result
Virtue to want what is right & good
Knowledgeto know what plan to develop
Self-control to actually stick to that plan
Perseverance to keep at it
Godliness which is a reverential attitude towards God that makes us wantto do what pleases Him.
And to all of that, I say: Lord, let your Word take root in me!
I've been listening to the song Defying Gravity from the Broadway show Wicked. As I listened, it struck me that it could be interpreted from a Christian point of view, tho I'm pretty sure that was not the author's intent. }
But if you listen to it, not with a defiant or rebellious attitude--and, of course, skipping that whole Wizard of Oz thing-- but listening instead with the attitude of wanting to live your life boldly for Christ, the words take on a whole new meaning.
The world and the enemy would drag our attitudes, behaviors, and heart down, miring ust in what is now an ungodly culture. As I listened, I felt fired up to defy that gravity and walk boldly for Christ. I realize that no one else may hear what I do in this song, but I hear it, nonetheless.
I hear defying the gravity that would keep me bound in obesity and poor health. I hear defying, the gravity that would cause me to be circumspect in what I do or say so that I don't lose favor with others. rather than choosing to soar with the Lord who has shown me the ultimate favor It's about the courage to walk this Christian life true to myself in Jesus, regardless of the cost and raching new spiritual heights in the process. And, of course, there's the Rapture of the church! Some serious defying gravity will go on there. :D
At any rate, since I'm all fired up about my own personal interpretation of this song, and the oomph it's giving me, here it is:
Ohhh, first, for those who'd rather red than listen, here's the lyrics. :}
"Defying Gravity" ("I Stand" album version)
Something has changed within me Something is not the same I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game Too late for second-guessing Too late to go back to sleep It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap!
It's time to try
I think I'll try
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me down
I'm through accepting limits 'cause someone says they're so Some things I cannot change but 'til I try, I'll never know!Too long I've been afraid of losing love I guess I've lost Well, if that's love, it comes at much too high a cost!
I'd sooner buy
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
I think I'll try
And you won't bring me down
Unlimited, My future is unlimited And I've just had a vision. Almost like a prophecy I know it sounds truly crazy And true, the vision's hazy But I swear, someday I'll be...
Flying so high! (defying gravity)
Kiss me goodbye! (defying gravity)
So if you care to find me Look to the western sky! As someone told me lately, "Everyone deserves the chance to fly!"
I'm defying gravity!
And you won't bring me down,
Bring me down,
Bbring me down!
Ah, ah [echo
And I just have to add this little clip from Britain's Got Talent of a most amazing child singing a bit of Defying Gravity. If listening to her doesn't give you goose bumps you're goose bump maker is broken!
I've been messing with my computer. I won't bore you with the details, but at one point I thought I might have to put on the t-shirt* I bought my husband after surgery, and call my son for help. * ( I had to watch him every minute or he'd try to do something he ought not do. Shirt Slogan: In my defense, I was left unsupervised.)
At any rate, in the process I was able to get my pictures back from their black hole confinement. So, here's what my computer desktop looks like now:
Bill (the Hubs) & Billy on a Smoky Mtn Trail in 2013
And here's a closer-up of my two Bills.
I am struck by how much younger we were just 4 years ago. I know that sounds amusing, but I say it with a tinge of wistfulness. We didn't realize how fast physical decline happens once you're 60 years old. Somehow, we went from middle age to old age in that short span of time. (Well. this has taken a depressing turn, hasn't it?!)
While at the hospital, Bill agreed to use the nicotine patch and hasn't smoked since. As we sat on the deck this morning, he talked about how surprised he was that it worked so well. I told him that I needed a patch! We talked about how addiction has such a hold, driving you to indulge in what hurts you, seeming to control you.
Afterwards, I came upstairs t check my email and looked at the above photos, acknowledging how much damage our choices have brought. Then, I sat to read my Bible... and was reminded, once again, that God is aware of me. Here is part of the scheduled portion. I just love it when God drops a Word right when I'm primed to listen.
2 Corinthians 6:12-20 abridged , New American Standard from Bible Gateway.
12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.....19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
I know. These are well-known verses in the weight loss/get in shape world. I recite them to myself often, but...interesting that they turned up today as I was wishing that I had not let food master me had, instead, done what I needed to do to get my body as healthy and as fit as possible.
I'm hearing the melody of the new song I mentioned in my last post. :) A song singing of liberty, of not being mastered by food, of remembering to whom I belong. And those words have just reminded me of this song:
And that's the way it goes,
P.S. My WL group was cancelled for today, so the first week is next week. I'm counting it as a reprieve! I'm still up from my last weigh-in.