September 30, 2011 – Took a hydrocodone before I went to bed. Leg pain was about all I could handle. Slept good. Got up a couple of times to pee, had to let the dog out at 1:30. Woke up this morning with a headache on the left side (my migraine side). I am hoping that I am either dehydrated from peeing so dang much or lack of caffeine. But I may be wrong. I did feel it coming on last night. I am thinking migraine. But that’s OK. I do have one migraine pill left.
I am so glad it is Friday! Today I’ve got to sit down and figure out what bills to pay (besides rent) and whether or not we can afford for me to renew my real estate license ($100). I’m not using it but hate to throw away the work I put into getting it.
Tomorrow we are supposed to go to Savannah and see the movie “Courageous” with Mom. I’m looking forward to it.
Wow! Talk about amazing grace! The next two things that happened was God alone and to Him be the glory, honor and praise!!
I went to run some errands today at lunch and was praying about whether or not to keep my license and God spoke to my heart, “why do you like real estate?” Um…ok, not for the sales or the money (or lack thereof) or the freedom to come and go as you please. Believe it or not, it was because I like knowing what’s going on in that area. That’s it? Not worth it. So I made the decision not to renew. Freedom!!
After work, I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up a few items and was dreading the painful limp across the store. Two items were at one end and the rest were at the other. OK, here we go. I grabbed a buggy and started at one end, paused a few moments while an elderly gentleman tried to use the computer generated “choose your windshield wiper” machine. I was going to get some for mine but as I stood there, I heard this loud, obnoxious black lady tell her child (and I’m sure that half of the store heard her) “I ain’t got no F*****ing money, NO!” She continued to talk to that child in an angry manner and I heard the little boy go, “Momma, why you fightin’ me?” Wow…how sad. In the meantime, I’m still standing and I think, “Well, I can wait for wipers. It’s not going to rain this week anyway.” So I moved on to get the produce and head out the door. As I’m walking to my van, it hit me, “NO PAIN!!” I didn’t limp. It didn’t hurt. I was practically shouting inside. Thank you, LORD!!!
I found what I enjoy drinking now, too. Water with lemon and Stevia. Perfect! I made some unsweet tea, too, just to have something different to drink. Got the idea from going to the Rusty Pig for bar-b-que and I got some un-sweet tea there that could walk on its own. Super strong! I put two packets of Stevia in it and it was still potent.
I wanted to see what else was available in video download Bible studies from Lifeway because I was getting close to running out of Beth Moore. I found Priscilla Shirer (Pastor Tony Evans’ daughter—love hearing him preach on the radio. He’s got fire!) and, boy, let me tell you I have a hard time saying her name! It’s a tongue twister to me. But she’s got one about Jonah. It’s called “Jonah, Life Interrupted.” I watched a 30 second promo and if they have it at the store tomorrow, I’m going to do that one. My life has been interrupted a lot.
We went to bed around 11, since we were going to be getting up earlier to head to Savannah. I brought my hydrocodone in the room with me in case I needed it so I wouldn’t have to fight with the dog (who wants to sleep with me in a twin bed).
October 1, 2011 — I woke up this morning. No pain. Hallelujah!!! Praise YOU LORD! I slept great last night. No pain. I vacuumed this morning and my hip caught a couple of times but it was a quick catch and went away just as quickly. I am sitting OK now as I type. I am so grateful!
I started this past week on a “No-grain diet.” My body responds better to protein. I eat eggs each morning and they help sustain me until lunch. No crashes, no hunger. Even after lunch, I don’t have the “I gotta have a nap” feeling. I don’t really get hungry until time to eat dinner. I try to get before 7pm and I am good until the next morning.
Dr. Mercola’s book, “the no-grain diet” is great. I’ve downloaded the iBook and am going through it. I am trying to buy organic or as healthy as I can. I am praying as I go so the Lord will bless my effort. My main prayer is to lose this excess hundred pounds and that my skin will shrink with it. I am not going through plastic surgery. I am not doing what man says will work. I am trusting in God alone to get me through this. I do not want to have the skin from my stomach hanging down to my thighs afterward. ONLY GOD can fix that.
The movies are going to be at 12:30. I’m going to be hungry. Gotta figure something out.
So I took a sandwich baggie with bar-b-que in it and ate some before the movie. The hour ride there was ok. Walking down the ramp then up the steps and sitting for 2 hours didn’t do me much good. I got up a couple of times to go to the bathroom and was really stiff by the time it was over. It was a great movie! Emotional rollercoaster for sure. Went to Lifeway afterwards, then Pooler and walked the strip mall while I was there to stretch my legs. The hour long trip home was the kicker. Limping a little this afternoon. But thankful that the Lord gave me the strength to make it.
The last video of Beth Moore’s video Bible Study (Living Beyond Yourself) on self-control was exactly what I needed. She talked about self-control in the area of eating. It really helped me with what I’ve been reading and studying and trying to do with God as my guide.