January 16, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday- A New Normal

I have been inspired by Kim, who has invited me into her FB group called Weigh In Wednesday to make different health choices in 2013.

I have only been truly seeking what my New Normal is for one week. If you were to see me you would probably say as many, "You do not need to lose weight."

Me with my girls this summer at Lake Michigan.
While this might be true, my quest in 2013 is not necessarily to lose a lot of weight, but to get strong and healthy. As I mentioned in a post last week I had back surgery in November that has brought me to the word of 2013.......
Psalm 143:8
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
 for I have put my trust in you.
 Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
The way to go for me is so different than before my surgery and at times I can lack confidence that I will ever be strong enough to enjoy the activities I love. I know this is why God gave me the word Trust for 2013. So as I trust him to show me the way I should go, I am discovering my New Normal.
It means choosing to have healthier snacks and meals so I do not gain weight while I am unable to burn calories the way I use to before the surgery.

These are some of my favorite snacks. I also make sure I eat them veggies and lots of Water.

For me this New Normal knits my faith tightly with my health. There are four people who are my biggest fan to get strong again and be able to sled with them, run the beach with them, jump on the trampoline, and just be healthy for what God my choose to bring our way. 

 This is one of my favorite new meals. Mini Turkey meatloaf and roasted veggies.
My New Normal forces me to Trust the Lord when I am only able to burn 100 calories after walking for 30 minutes and try not to long too much for being able to do more intense workouts. Trust begins with being content where God has me. I am Trusting Him to continue to show me my New Normal and am thankful for all the accountability of Weigh in Wednesday.
I am so grateful for how God weaves our triumphs and trials together for His good. Last year my word was JOY and I sought him on how to live with Joy and Spread Joy. I truly believe my verse from last year is so tied to this years word and health struggles. Before I can have complete JOY I have to trust Him.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope..."
Romans 15:13
So my hope is to embrace this New Normal, continue making healthy eating choices, continue being accountable on FB, continue moving on the treadmill slower than I prefer, but thankful I can move.

What are your 2013 health goals or your New Normal.? Tell me in the comments and if you want to join us over at Kim's FB group let me know as well. To my FB friends...good luck and I am cheering you on.
Spreading Joy for Him,



  1. I love that you shared your new normal. Although I want to lose weight (and I have much to lose), being healthy and strong are far more important to me. I know that if I can focus on that, the weight loss will come. May you continue to find grace and strength as you seek Him in this new normal lifestyle!

    1. Thank you Kim. Thank u for all your encouragement with blogging and healthy eating.

    2. Ok Barbie this whole Blogger thing is not my friend tonight. Thanks for your kind words and I would not mind Him including some weight loss as well in my New Normal.

  2. LOVE this post Shari and I'm SO glad you are blogging. I really really love that you are sharing from a perspective of not needing to lose weight, but seeking to get strong and healthy. LOVE the concept of the new normal.... I still can't find mine since having to stop running. Big struggle. So your post spoke to me. The favorite foods you shared are in my fridge right now... LOVE LOVE those extra thin sliced cheese with only 1 ww point per slice. :) Thanks for linking up!

  3. Shari, I love your post and learning more about your situation. Although somewhat different than my own, since I want to lose weight I love your perspective of the New Normal. Thank you for blogging about it! And I'm glad to have 'met' you.

  4. Liane. I have to say if I can shed my extra 10 lbs I have carried into my forties I would love that to be part of my new normal as well. Nice to meet you.

  5. I love that you are not allowing your current condition to be an excuse. LOVE that! And I love your necklace in your profile picture. :)

  6. Jenni..been meaning to tell you that I make the necklace that I am wearing in my profile. We will have to chat about that one day.