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Friday, January 12, 2018

Looking For The Healthy Me

©2018 Cizon Sauceda

LOOKING FOR 

THE HEALTHY ME

Where Did She Go? This is me in 1986.
Hello, my name is Cizon, I'm on a mission to find the healthy me.  At first I almost titled this "Looking For The Skinny Me" but lets be honest, the only way this is going to work is long term focus on a healthy body.  Does that include a desire to be skinny, well honestly, YES!  But skinny to me is getting down to a size 4 or 6 or hopefully a size B bra cup or more realistically not being in as much pain from my low back and knees and other aches and pains associated with rheumatoid arthritis.  Hopefully in the process I will also be reducing the high blood pressure and eliminating any chance of contacting diabetes as some of my family has acquired via lifestyle choices.

I've tried South Beach and had success.  I've tried diet and excise and found success.  I also found I love food and that living a renewed lifestyle will be hard work.  My family is supportive.  In fact my daughter is also working on her goals as well for a healthy, lower weight, lifestyle.  We have been a team so far and she has been supportive of my LCHF choices and just last night said this is more of a lifestyle change for eating healthy than a diet.  She is absolutely correct!  She is such a smart cookie!

I joined MyFitness Pal several years ago and have used it infrequently but I am now making it my go to each day to take advantage of its offerings.  I'm using a low carb, somewhat Keto, approach to this new life I'm leading.  I'm feeling full.  I'm hopeful.  Follow my journey by checking out Cizon's MyFitnessPal Diary each day!

Getting into shape would go a long way to easing the daily pain from arthritis and injuries to my neck and back.  Reducing the weight will help me to feel and look healthier.  I am a petite 5'1" and I've always wanted to reduce my figure so that I can wear size 4/6 so hopefully I can find that number at some point on this journey.

Reasons Why I Want To Find The Healthy Me:

  • I need a new wardrobe.
  • I want to feel fit and healthy so I can stand or sit without being in pain.
  • I want inspire my diabetic spouse to rethink his diet and lifestyle
  • I want to be able to live and enjoy life until at least I am 122!
  • To create a better Temple for the Holy Spirit to reside!

What are your reasons for seeking a healthy lifestyle and how are you doing it?



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seasons

Summer is here!  I don't know about you but it's hotter than hades in my neck of the woods!  Just yesterday my car registered a temp of 127 *F after sitting in the sun and only cooled down to 123 *F once I had the A/C running and car moving. I don't know about you but I'll gladly pay my electric bill to keep my house cooled to 70 *F and run the A/C in my car with frequent gas fills to keep my car cool!  I am already singing the 'I wish it were Fall Blues' and quietly wait for the change of seasons only 3 days into Summer!

With the change of seasons I have decided to take a long-term Facebook hiatus so that I can spend that time updating this blog, writing, more time in Bible study as well as time with friends and family. If you're looking for me these days you'll find me here or on Twitter.  Tweet me @cizon_sauceda or follow me to keep in touch.

Looking forward to a wonderfully sunny season of hope, inspiration, and joy as I share with you what God puts on my heart.  Have a beautiful summer!

I leave you with delightful words of wisdom from life's learning manual:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NABRE)

There is an appointed time for everything,
    and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
    a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
    a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
    a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
    a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
    a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
    a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
    a time of war, and a time of peace.


(From www.biblegateway.com)




Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How Do You Communicate With God?

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Pursue and Cry Out - You Are My Glorious God!

I LOVE MUSIC, I love music!  Hymns, southern gospel, praise and worship, classical, classic rock and little bit of good old country (from back when it was western/country).

Music is communication.  It speaks to the depths of my soul.  God and I converse a lot when music abounds - and music is always around, even as I sing and hum old favorites.

I've wondered in the past, as others have I'm sure, why we can't just stick to hymns in church or older praise melodies.  I'm guilty.  It's not a new issue as I learned today.

Back in 1948, A.W. Tozer's thoughts were along the same line.  I'm currently reading his book, "The Pursuit of God", and it is inspiring, instructive and uplifting.

The following caused my heart to ponder this afternoon (from the book):  "'His track I see and I'll pursue,' sang our fathers only a short generation ago, but that song is heard no more in the great congregation.  How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers.  Everything is made to center upon the initial act of 'accepting' Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls.  We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him."

A few sentences later he goes on with: "In the midst of this great chill there are some, I rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic.  They will admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with tears to hunt some lonely place and pray,'O God, show me thy glory.'  They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God."

As I am pursuing my saviour and treasuring this study I want to encourage you to cry out and pray "Oh God, show me thy glory."  What joy to learn that there are still hymns and melodies I have yet hear.  Poetry so refined.  I have older hymnals but these hymns predate my treasures.

Blessings to you my friends.

Share your thoughts with me.  I would love to hear from you.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lent 2015: Hope

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HOPE

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As I prepared to read Wednesday, the first day of Lent 2015, my iPad Bible was opened to 1st Peter ~ Chapter 1 and so this is where I begin my journey.  Hope is paramount in my mind as I read this scripture.  Back when my children were young I had a cassette tape (remember those?) that had music / song set to scripture.  I loved this tape.  One of the verses / songs that I enjoyed and remember most was 1st Peter 1:3 and part of 4 (NIV): 
'Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade...'

Isn't this great news!  GREAT NEWS!!!! 

It's our hope, it's my hope.  

The Cross is My Hope.  

The Empty Tomb is My Hope.  

Christ is My Hope.

1st Peter 1:13 (NIV) advises that '...with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.'

It is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the child ~ Immanuel, born and foretold of in the scriptures in Isaiah, announced in Luke and crucified in John who is my risen King as described in John and who ascended into Heaven as we are told in Acts.  This Hope.  This Grace.  It anoints my soul and encourages my spirit.

This season of Lent begins a journey to Easter as we celebrate with hope and anticipation of the coming of Christ.  Yes, it is a joyful celebration.  My Saviour Lives!  I am a child of the King.

As I digested scripture this first day of Lent I was impressed to research what there is regarding the days leading to the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension unto Heaven through the eyes of Peter.  I will share what I learn as I glean.

I share this HOPE with you:  

He Is Risen...He Is Risen Indeed

Do you know my blessed Saviour?


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent 2015: New Beginning

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Lent 2015 begins my journey to focus on growing closer to God, Christ my King and allowing the Holy Spirit to fully work in my life.  This season will draw me nearer to Jesus and open my heart so that it hears the still small voice, strengthen my mind so that it understands and grows in knowledge and wisdom plus this season I will take steps that allow my body to become the temple that will glorify God in all I am and do.  In this hope and period of growth I am eliminating FaceBook and Netflix from my routine as these take away from life producing opportunities. This will be a period of prayer, communion, praise, worship, thanksgiving and study.  My best friend, Jesus, and I have some much needed one on one time to share.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keeping It Real: I'm Working On It!

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Keeping It Real:  I'm Working On It!

Yesterday, 1/26/15, I finally did it.  I kept my carbs at 10% of the days calories.  Now today was a different story however.  It is a delicate line to walk to get the appropriate nutrients and balance of carbs, fat and protein.  It's a tight rope I walk but one I will continue to try.  I fell off the rope today but that makes me stronger for tomorrow because in less than an hour its a new day with a clean slate and a chance to try to make my mark again!  


Goals for Keeping It Real for the next week:

  • Daily:   1500 calories;  10% carbs = 38 g;   25% protein = 94g;   65% fat = 108 g
  • Wednesday - 1/28/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine
  • Thursday - 1/29/15:  weigh-in day; Aqua Aerobics hour and 1 hour water jogging
  • Friday - 1/30/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine
  • Saturday - 1/31/15:  1 hour water jogging
  • Sunday - 2/1/15:  1 hour water jogging
  • Monday - 2/2/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine
  • Tuesday - 2/3/15:  call Phillip for his birthday; Aqua Aerobics hour and 1 hour water jogging
  • Wednesday - 2/4/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine