Focus on the triumph, not the trials.

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I’ve had a bit of a discouraging week where weight loss is concerned.  I have lost several pounds (only about 5 more pounds to get to my first goal, which was to lose 15 lbs), but have still lost NO inches from my waist which is frustrating because for health reasons, that is where I need to lose weight the most.

On top of that, anxiety has reared its ugly head with the exercise thing.  I have random bruises on my calves and legs.  I haven’t hit them on anything, and I’ve been reading online that intense working out can cause brusing to the legs, but I haven’t been running or anything, so that kind of stresses me out, because it can also be a sign of more serious health issues involving the heart and circulation.  My legs have been hurting a lot lately, and I’ve been extremely tired, but hopefully it’s just my body getting used to working out so often.

I got a blessing in disguise this week.  I posted a prayer request about these issues in what I thought was a closed/private prayer group for my church.  Apparently it wasn’t and my post was public on my timeline.  I used to be able to edit whether or not things showed up on my timeline, but it wouldn’t let me edit this, I could only delete it so I just left it.

Anyway, after that, TWO women who I really don’t even know that incredibly well…sent me messages through facebook of encouragement and offers to pray for me!  God knows what we need!  I feel like for the past year I have been begging everyone around me, anyone to listen to me and just care about what I’m going through, and people are either too busy, or don’t take the issues seriously.  But, this week, two people who aren’t even that close to me went out of their way to care.  I was really touched by that, and it was a huge encouragement to me, just to know that someone cares.  I know that may sound silly to some people, but I believe God was working in that.

Looking forward to a better week this week, and trying to focus on the triumph of victory and not the trials in getting there.  In the past, discouragement and anxiety have led me to give up.  This time is going to be different.  I’m putting my faith, not in myself and my ability to stick with it, but in MY GOD, who is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” In my own power, I would get discouraged and give up.  Through Christ there is victory, and I am going to see it through!

Pounds Lost: 10
Pounds to go to first goal: 5
Pounds to go to final goal (Healthy weight!):  55

(also check out: Weight Loss WednesdayWalk with Him Wednesday , Women in the Word)


  1. says

    Amen! Through Christ there is victory!

    Praying you see some resolution to the issue w/your legs. I’m sure that is scary. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.

    Hope you have a great week! I am sure you will see a decrease in your waist soon. Just keep up the good work. You’ll get there. You can do this my friend! Remember…quitting is not an option.

    Thanks for being a part of the WLWed community!

  2. asimpleprincess says

    I hope you find answers regarding your legs soon.
    Love the verse…there is victory with Him on our side!
    Blessings this week

  3. says

    Congrats on your 10 pounds lost! Woo hoo! Will be praying. As a personal trainer, I have to ask what exercises you are doing. Some modifications or cross training may need to be taken to help you out. Also, make sure you are getting adequate rest. That’s going to help your body recover and muscles rebuild. As far as cramps and leg pain, I use my AdvoCare Rehydrate and that helps me considerably! Keep up the good work.

    • Crystal says

      Chelle, thank you so much for taking the time to be concerned for me! It’s one of the things I love most about the online world of blogging. I’m always amazed at how people with such full lives can make time to help and encourage someone they’ve never even met!

    • Crystal says

      Charity, I’m so sorry to hear that you struggle with anxiety as well. It can be such a huge burden to deal with, and one that most people don’t understand. I will add you to my prayer list as well!

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