For the month of June, I had begun reading Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, as a part of the Booking It series, but I couldn’t get through it. I think it is because I just finished a few years of “required reading” for school, and Pilgrim’s Progress is a meaningful book that needs significant thought and I don’t have the patience for it right now. Hopefully I’ll read it later on, as I have heard wonderful things about it.
Fulda is very real about her 192 pound weight loss journey. There were a few events that led to her realizing she needed to lose weight (you’ll have to read the book to find out the specifics). Her family members were also overweight and it was something they never spoke about. She mentions she wasn’t one of those girls whose mother constantly nagged her about weight. She purposely wouldn’t tell the readers what weight loss method she used, as it wasn’t just one specific thing she did to lose the weight of a whole person.
I appreciated that she addressed the fact that successful weight loss only occurs when you consistently practice good eating and health habits. Three years ago this month, in a department store fitting room, I saw the cold reality that I had gained a lot of weight. I had tried to lose weight before, but my motivation to keep healthy habits would quickly wane. I could stay on a diet for a few weeks, maybe a month or two, but then got burned out and would gain the weight back. This time though, it was different. I was really bothered with how I had so easily “let myself go”. Unlike, Fulda who said she had never tried a diet, I had and it was shocking how fast I was a plumper version.
Fulda wrote about the emotional, psychological, and physiological effects weight loss had on her. I could relate with what she said, because I had experienced, on a smaller scale-no pun intended :-), what she described. Choosing a parking spot further away from a store’s door added physical activity to Fulda’s day. Learning how to cook, instead of using the microwave or fast-food driveways, enabled her to lose even more weight. One of my favorite points she made was that she would only do something she could sustain. Taking the stairs at her office was a starting point to increasing daily exercise. She wrote that baby steps mattered and they added up to bigger things.
Whether or not you have struggled with your weight, Fulda’s writing will give you a picture of a successful weight loss journey. It is an entertaining read and there were points I laughed and cried because of her sincerity. I hope this post has given you more of a desire to read the book, I definitely think you will like it.
This post is overdue as I got a teensy bit busy finishing up my Master’s degree and doing two jobs at work! As part of my reading plan for 2011, I wanted to read “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning. I finished this book a few weeks ago and I think I will want to re-read it a few times over my lifetime to actually understand the depth Manning discussed. Our friend, PC who blogs at Ragamuffin Ramblings recommended this book. Here are my personal highlights:
The chapter titled, Freedom From Fear (pp. 145-162), was was one of the most impacting chapters of the book for me
Have you read “The Ragamuffin Gospel”? What things did Manning write that stood out to you?
This month, I had planned on reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (my reading plan), however it was much too complex for me in this stage of life. Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am taking my last class for my Master’s Degree in Special Education. Maybe I will pick up Mansfield Park later on, but for this month, I read the book, “Living Free in Christ: The Truth About Who You Are and How Christ Can Meet Your Deepest Needs” by Neil T. Anderson.
“Living Free in Christ” has 36 short chapters, each one with a prayer regarding the chapter’s contents. I didn’t really pay attention for the prayers since I wasn’t reading it as a devotional. Last year, I read his book, “Victory Over the Darkness” and loved the truths spoken, but I found some of the stories very similiar and hard to re-read them.
The main things I took away from this book were the following quotes:
A lot of good things to contemplate. I am really looking forward to starting my next book, “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning. It has come highly recommended by one of our friends, PC, so much so that he named his blog and twitter account after it (@ragamuffinpc). I know Manning speaks on the topic of grace and I am extactic about that!
Until then, I leave you with this quote from Anderson’s book.
The most important belief we possess is a true knowledge of who God is. The second most important belief is who we are as children of God, because we cannot consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with how we perceive ourselves. And if we do not see ourselves as God sees us, then to that degree we suffer from a wrong identity and a poor image of who we we really are.
It is not what we do that determines who we are. It is who we are that determines what we do… (page 11)
Thanks for reading!
Today, I finished reading the second book for my online book club, “The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Rubin. There are a number of things I am excited about having just finished this book:
Here are some of them:
Overall, I really liked this book. I would like to start my own “Happiness Project,” but I’m not sure when I will start or how it will look. One thing I was reminded of so eloquently in the book was the things we do every day matter more than the things we do once in a while. Thanks, Gretchen, for a wonderful book.
Today I finished the first book of my reading plan for 2011. I have joined an online book club. The book I completed was “Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me about Debt” by Jon Acuff. I was very excited to read this book as my husband (Anthony Price) and I are HUGE fans of Dave Ramsey and enjoy Jon’s writings/blog. One thing I really liked was how fast of a read this book was. Another reason I enjoyed this book was that I found myself laughing very frequently—out loud even. Some of the topics (The Nerd/Free Spirit test, Baby Proofing Your Home from your 27 year old, Weddings, Baby Showers, and House Warming Parties) were so original, and I had thought of some of those things in the past.
One theme I found throughout the book was that of life after Financial Peace University, something I have begun to experience! In a conversation with a person (who shall remain anonymous), I said, “Well, that’s not what…” The other person said, “Let me guess, you were going to say, not what Dave Ramsey says.” I replied, “Yes, Dave Ramsey doesn’t think of tax refunds as windfall money or a backward way of saving, rather they are an interest-free loan to the government.” I find myself frequently wanting to share the wisdom I’ve gained from Dave by reciting his 7 Baby Steps and quoting his many one-liners.
Thank you Jon for writing this easy-to-read book and Dave for giving us the tools to end enslavement to debt!