Sunday Scripture

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
   God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
   he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
 7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.
 8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”
 11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

 This chapter is such a great meditation piece for me. When so much is going on in our lives, we have the love of God to reflect upon in quite stillness. May you all be blessed and rejoice in the peace that He has given today and this week.
If you are not in tune with my personal beliefs, I encourage you to look to your own religious words or sentimental thoughts for peace and rest.



I think it's that inner-techy in me that wants all the new toys out there to play with. Actually, my wish list at the moment goes something like this:

1. Nikon camera (one of those really nice ones so I can play photographer!) and maybe some "toy" cameras
2. iPod 64 g (because I keep filling my small one up, and I have over 3 days worth of music on my iTunes)
3. Barnes and Nobel Nook (because reading electronically just sounds so cool!)
4. Play Station 3 (because my Wii gaming experience isn't quite complete)

The fifth item on this list was my newly bought Keurig. The funny thing is, I was not (until yesterday) a coffee drinker. But, the idea of having this completely and totally tech-savvy coffee maker was so cool, I just had to have one. Now, I did save money and put money back so I could have this, because I was well aware of how crazy it seems to any sane person on the street that I just had to have not the cheap Keurig (mind you, still 100 dollars), but the platinum version (at a whopping 179.95). I will explain later why the platinum version was an absolute must for me!
I shopped around, and finally found the best deal, which happened to be at a warehouse store (if you want to know, email me or post a comment and I'll reply. I don't want to make this blog a commercial, so one review in one blog is enough).  For $149.99, I found the platinum Keurig, 60 K-cups, and the reusable filter included. With the extras, I saved an estimated 50-100 dollars. I really suggest shopping around if you want to invest in something like this.
That being said, two cups of coffee down, I absolutely love this coffee maker. The platinum is a must for me because it has programmable settings, 4 cup size choices, and a water reservoir tank. It was so nice this morning to wake up to a warm cup of coffee, and the Hazelnut coffee I chose was delicious. Was this completely unnecessary? Yes. However, I knew with my upcoming diet (see yesterday's post), I would have to be drinking coffee on a regular basis, as it was one of the few flavored drinks I could have. I wanted something that made me excited about drinking coffee, and if a $150.00 coffee maker doesn't get you excited about coffee making, I don't know what will!


Okay, so here goes....

Nothing. ^_^

At the end of this month, I will be ordering HCG, and beginning the HCG diet. Now, before anyone gets on their soapbox, let me first get on mine. I know what the reports and retorts on the diet say. I've read the good and the bad. But, I am tired of this thing called diet. I've done life-style changes, I've tried exercising, I've tried everything. Only to (usually) end up gaining weight. Now, part of this is due to setting myself up to failure. Part of this is due to PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). Part of this may be due to my family inherited traits. Part of this, I'm sure, is laziness. But I'm done. I'm done being embarrassed when I look at myself in the mirror, and I'm done being ashamed of my body.  I'm done.
I know this diet sounds crazy to those that hear it for the first time, or those that have researched it. I understand how scary 500 calories a day sounds (believe me, I do!). But, after reading the book, Fat 2 Fab, the science behind this diet somehow makes sense to me (it also explains why the counter-studies that are out there are not true to the original protocol). And, after seeing the results of my friends (a couple who lost over 60 lbs together, and one is a nurse who was recommended this diet by a nurse practitioner!), I am ready to try this. When I start the diet, you may laugh at me, and I promise I won't get mad. If I put this weight back on, I'm okay with that, but nothing else is working, so I might as well try it. And, I give you full reign to laugh at me then too. But, don't tell me that dieting and exercising will work. Because, for me at least, it hasn't and I've lost all hope that it ever will. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Well, my first blog post was on dieting! Never saw that one.