Hello Friday!!

Today has been a great day! I was so glad it was Friday. I went to the store after work and got a few things. I found these amazing Angus beef roast for $3.49 and they were a little over 2 lbs each. I came home and cooked me up one and paired it with a side salad. It was amazing. There is half of it left so I figured I could make something with it tomorrow.

It’s day 3 on my food diary and I think i’m getting the hang of it again. I forgot to charge my fitbit last night, so I went all day not knowing my steps or my active mins. The last two days have been pretty good. On Wed I had 30 active mins. I guess going on that field trip helped me out there. I also reached my step goal. I’m sure I would have today as well since I was super busy getting things ready for Dr. Seuss week. We have tons of fun things planned.

I’m so glad the weekend is finally here ! My goal for tomorrow is to have a family house cleaning day since it’s in desperate need. Baseball season is in full swing and Eli has had two games this week. It’s so hard to keep things together when we spend so much time at the ball park. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

I think I will relax the rest of the night. Maybe watch a movie or read some of my book. I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Be Blessed!

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Continuing My Journey

You guys i’m so excited to share with you something amazing that has happened to me!! The last week has been kind of rough. I ran out of my meds last Monday, and when I called the pharmacy to have them refilled, like I do every month, they told me that my script had expired and that I was required to go see my doctor to get them refilled.

A little back story : Last August I changed Doctors. My old doctor, who was the one that put me on the meds to start with got to where every time I would go see him would ask ME why I was on these particular meds. Duh…because you put me on them!! He never acted like he really cared about what I had to say, he just wanted the appointment over with.

A friend of mine told me about a woman doctor that she went to that she loved. She is around my age and a woman so I figured she would be a good match. My first appointment back in August I just knew I was going to love her. She came in and acted truly interested in what was going on in my life. I didn’t feel like just a number to her.

So back to my craziness. I had forgotten that at my old doctor that I had to go to him every January. He would fill my scrips for the whole year. Yea that’s how much he cared about my well being. So come this January I didn’t have them refilled. The kicker was that my new doctor didn’t have an available appointment until yesterday…..9 days later. So needless to say I have not been a very happy camper.

But I survived.

I learned my lesson.

I have good news though.

At my appointment yesterday I was shocked to discover that I had gained 21 pounds since August. Lets just say that I was pretty upset with myself. As she came in I guess she could tell and wanted to know right away what was going on in my life. I got the courage to open up to her about my life long battle with obesity. I told her all about the many times I have “dieted” and all the times I have failed. We talked about my struggle to love myself and my body just the way it is. She reminded me that it was only up to me to change this. I was the only one who had the power to make it happen. But….I had to choose to do it for me and only me. No one else. We talked about things that had worked for me. Low Carb has been the one that I have been the most successful on for the longest. So she made a goal for me. She wanted me to come back in two weeks. In these next two weeks I am to keep a food diary. That is something that I always struggle with because I always get so obsessed and carried away. Some times I feel like it adds anxiety to my anxiety. But, I promised her I would do it. Next she is going to do a whole blood work work up on me to determine if there is any underlying reason why I can’t keep the weight off. If all of that comes back normal, and I show her i’m committed to doing this change, then she is going to look into getting me some help with medications. They will help boost my metabolism and give me the energy I need to live a happy productive life.

Today I feel hopeful. She told me that since I’ve always struggled with these same issues that I may just need a little help along the way. God I pray it works. I pray I can make myself proud and content in my own body. I know I will never really love me the way I am now. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up my self love battle. It will just be so much more fierce. She also mentioned that maybe I should not tell a whole bunch of people that I know, which is what I’ve always done in the past, because that can add unneeded stress on my mind. For me this is a mind game. It’s all about my mental health. Please Pray me up WordPress peeps!!! Be Blessed

This is Why

Today is my baby boy’s 13th Birthday. That is so hard to say. To make things even more ironic I went yesterday to visit a friend that just had a beautiful baby girl, in the same room I delivered Eli in. It was so surreal to think that 13 years ago I was in this exact same place about to start the biggest journey of my life.

Being this boy’s Momma has not always been easy, it hasn’t always been fun, but it has been worth it. I love the little person he is. He seems to be able to read me like a book. He knows when im not feeling his silliness and when I am not playing. Sometimes I feel like I could sell him on the black market, but not for real.

Eli’s whole life people have told me that I need to have another child. They have said that having another child would build his character and it wasn’t fair to make him be so alone in the world. My response has always been the same. I have been determined that I was going to raise him to love, show kindness, and serve the Lord and that God would take care of the rest. Well today my philosophy was proved true to form.

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li decided that he was going to spend his birthday at DNOW. It’s an event that our church holds each year where the teens and preteens have a two night, three day slumber party, complete with church and today they did community service. Being that he wasn’t going to be here on his birthday, the Mommy in me took it to heart. I was proud that he make such a selfless choice, but I sure missed waking him up on his birthday. Low and behold I had nothing to worry about bc God did take care of the rest. A sweet lady at church knew how sad I was that I would not get to spend his birthday with him, so she organized a little birthday party for him during DNOW. It was such a sweet thing!! She sent me a video but I couldn’t get it to load on here so Ill just share these cute pics with you guys! I am so blessed to call this child my son!! I Love you!!!

Praying For My Husband’s Head

This is my husband, Tj and I. He is the love of my life. There are so many things I could tell you about him. Good and bad. But today I choose to focus on how I can be a better help mate for him. Sometimes we can’t fix things that we think need lots of attention. So, instead of nagging and fussing and holding resentful feelings toward him, i’m going to start lifting him up in Prayer more specifically and much more often.

A good friend of mine gave me a little cheat sheet on what it looks like to Pray for your husband from the top of his head, to the bottom of his feet. As simple a concept as that sounds, it can be challenging on some days. So here goes part 1 of Praying For Tj. I hope it inspires some of you to pray for your mate more intentionally. Feel free to take some notes, and make this about your husband/wife. Most of this is paraphrased and I just added Tj’s name where is generically had the word Husband. Make it as personal as you feel comfortable doing.

May the God of peace Himself make my husband entirely pure and devoted to God; and may His spirit, soul, and body be kept strong and blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back again. (1 Thes. 5:23)

Lord, I pray these scripture based prayers will challenge me and help me in my most important duty as a wife, praying for Tj. Because I understand that I am one flesh with him, no one else stands in as strong a position in my prayers for him as I do. Help me to make Tj my prayer priority. Show me how to pray diligently every day for him. I plead for your mercy on him. I thank you for all you are doing for him.

Thank you Father for giving me Tj. You are his head. Help me to allow him to be my head., as you are head of the church. Thank you for being head over all Your perfect plans for our home. We love you so much!!

Love, LaBranda

The closer we are to Jesus, the closer we will be to each other.

Summing it up!

It has for sure been a very busy last few days on my home front. Saturday I went and helped some old bosses of mine do a ministry out reach for some of the foster families in our area. These two ladies are onto something big. They are working on putting together a retreat called Hope Ranch which will be a place where foster children of Houston County can go and enjoy some free time. More on this development later.

Sunday I cleaned my house and worked on laundry. That night we went to a friend’s house and watched that boring Super Bowl. 😴

Monday was definitely a manic Monday!! My class was wild and we got very little accomplished as a group.

Some of my little cuties!!!

Tuesday was our 100th day of school!! Some of the kids dressed up like they were 100 years old. We celebrated by making 100 pink and red construction paper links, which we hung around the classroom. They will be used as decorations for our Valentine’s party next week. 💟 We also made 100 days of schools crowns and had 100 fruit loops for snack. The best thing is that means we only have 87 more school days left!! YES!! I can see the light! FYI we have 38 more work days till Spring Break!!!

Notice my twins??????

Today might has well been a Monday. I woke up some time in the middle of the night to discover that my FitBit arm band had broken. I quickly ordered me a new one but ive felt so naked all day. Thankfully it should be here by Friday. This time I ordered a set of three different ones. I am so glad that didn’t happen during the day or I would have lost the whole thing and been so sad.

On top of that, the screen on my phone has been messing up and today it finally bit the dust. So ive been frustrated about that as well.

My soon to be 13 year old has had problems with getting his chores done around the house lately. I don’t know if its bc baseball season has started again or what but last night I had had enough. For the past 3 weeks I have paid him $10 if he completes his chore chart by Friday night. Last week I gave him until Sunday night since he didnt feel well on Friday or Saturday. Sunday he was here all day and played around and only got a few things marked off of his list. So guess who hasn’t gotten paid? Well last night I cooked a nice dinner even though I was exhausted. I asked him 4 times before I went to bed to please wash up those few dishes in the sink before he went to bed. He kept telling me he would. Low and behold I wake up this morning and nothing I asked him to do was done. So I informed him as he was walking to the bathroom when he first woke up that bc he failed to do his job that he was grounded and that he need not even worry about taking his phone to school today. No tv, no game and no phone until he can start showing me he is ready for that responsibility. I really don’t know what kind of mother he thinks I am. Some days I feel like i’m too hard on him. He is an only child but at the same time I want to teach him responsibility and how to take care of himself. I don’t want him to ever have to rely on ANYONE to take care of him. He honestly would not have survived in my childhood days!!

Well I’m about to have dinner, (he cooked), lol and relax the rest of the night. I am so ready for Friday!!!!

Love, LaBranda

All DONE

I finally finished all of my conferences today!! It was a very busy and productive Monday. I’m so glad to have those things behind me. Yet, i’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to do them. My lead teacher is planning on retiring in the next four years. Therefore she is teaching me all these things that i’ll need to know in order to take over the class. I am excited about learning the ropes!

Look at all this walking I did today! These across campus meetings are good for something I guess. This is probably the best daily stats i’ve had in a long time. I’m really going to try and be more intentional about being more active.

I even came home, cooked and nice dinner for my family and folded two loads of clothes. Who is this Manic Monday lady? I hope all of your Mondays were just as good as mine. Be Blessed!

💙 LaBranda