Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

A Plan

“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7 (NASB)

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OUCH!  That is the response I had when I read this verse this morning.  I needed a wake up call.  I feel like I say that a lot but Satan always seems to be sitting outside my door waiting for just a crack to open so he can get in.

I have struggled on my weight maintenance journey.  Tracking has been none existent.  Activity is getting better but still not moving as much as I would like.

Temptations always seem to be there.  Things that never really mattered seem to be calling my name.  The tootsie rolls and caramels that sit on the counter at my part-time job.  The homemade muffins from the little deli on the way to work.  The mindless eating while sitting at home at night. All things that allow sin to enter into my life causing havoc not only in my maintenance journey but also seeping into other areas of my life.

The best way to master temptation is to have a plan to avoid it!  Really?  Like that is a no-brainer.  My problem is my plan has included the temptations.  Some where in my head things got jumbled.  The plan allowed for sin with lots of justifications.

So today starts a new plan for weight maintenance….

  • NO stopping at the deli on the way to work.  I will leave a few minutes later which means no time to stop at the deli
  • NO more packing “just in case” snacks in my thermal for work.
  • Avoid the candy that sits on the counter at work.  This one could be a little tougher since it is for the customers BUT I am going to do it.  I will STOP and count to 10 before I grab a piece.  Hopefully that will be enough time to let the plan to NOT eat it sink in.
  • I will start tracking again TODAY everything I eat… no matter what.

I made a plan about overspending – I cut up ALL my credit cards.  I am working on a budget which isn’t always easy but I know it will pay off in the end.  I catch myself when temptation comes and I STOP!  Why is it so hard to control temptation with food?

When we don’t make a plan to keep out of trouble, the sin that crouches at our door will often be too hard to resist!

I had a plan when I entered into recovery.  It worked – 24 + years later, I am still drug free.  It was a struggle in the beginning when times were tough but I did it.

Just for today, I am going to STOP and ask God for HIS plan to keep me out of trouble and away from temptation.  I will TRUST and BELIEVE that I can do this.

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

What is YOUR one temptation that you need to make a plan to avoid?  Let’s ENCOURAGE each other on this journey.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel



Nutrition is the selection of foods and preparation of foods, and their ingestion to be assimilated by the body.

A nutritionist is a person who advises on matters of food and nutrition impacts on health.

I know you are all wondering what the deal is right?  I LOVE the Weight Watcher program and it is with the help of the leaders and my AWESOME WW family that I was able to loose 108 pounds.  Yes, I hit goal but now I am struggling with maintenance.

I could use a million excuses but the fact is – I stopped tracking.  I stopped tracking when I went gluten free.  See, I had the misconception that gluten free combined with fat free would help me maintain my weight at goal.  WRONG!!!  A few pounds creep up – nothing major but it is time to nip it in the bud.

Hubby calls me “spoiled”, I say that I am blessed to have someone who loves me unconditionally and only wants the best for me.  So, this morning I am heading to a nutritionist.  I asked the doctor for a referral, he gave one and unfortunately  she isn’t in our plan.  Believe it or not, there isn’t a nutritionist in our health care plan UNLESS you are diabetic.  REALLY??  I guess the rest of us should know how to eat healthy, right?

My goal is to loose the 5 pounds that crept up as well as find a healthy balance between being gluten free and vegetarian.  I found out that I am severely anemic too so I guess we need to get some more iron in there while I continue to battle with IBS.  I have to admit, I am a little nervous about all of this.  Is it crazy to be concerned that she may take away artificial sweeteners.  Hubby thinks I use the “poison” way too much and wold love me to go back to sugar or something that is natural.  My response “it doesn’t taste sweet enough”.

I am open to hearing AND trying new things.  I am sure this is not going to be easy.  I really just want a list of eat and don’t eat.  I feel like I gave up gluten and now I overdose on corn products.  UGH!  I am a grazer – picking all day long or not eating most of the day and then grazing at night.  I know the worst thing, right?

If you are gluten free AND a vegetarian, I would love to hear from you. What are YOUR best tips for maintaing your weight?  Today is the day that I get this under control or better yet, turn it over to God because I am sure his plan is much better than mine.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel


Good Morning – I believe that Spring has finally arrived.

I haven’t talked about my weight loss journey since I got that magical piece of paper from the doctor and gave it to my favorite Weight Watcher leaders.  It is always a work in progress but I have to admit “maintenance” might be harder than the weight loss journey.

By definition, maintenance is “the process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained“.  So, at Weight Watchers the six weeks of maintenance AFTER you reach your goal weight is about protecting the weight that you have lost.  Oh, did I mention that they want you to ADD points to your weekly amount that help you do that.  WHAT???  I know over the last 6 years of this journey, the weight loss plan has changed and I have continued to loose or have maintained my current weight but really ADD points.  To me, that was almost like saying “you can stop tracking” or “eat until you are full”.  UGH!  The scale has been a roller coaster since hitting that magical number.

First, I was under which was fine by me.  I was on a high thinking that I might actually reach the Weight Watcher goal weight or would have to get a new script from the doctor.  Then came some stress, crazy busy weeks and the scale has started to creep up.  I missed last week’s weigh in because of an event so that was almost like a free pass.  This past week has been filled with busy hours and not tracking.  The result, I am sure when I get on the scale this AM at Weight Watchers is that I will be UP.  Still within that 2 pound range of goal but up.  Back to tracking and on a mission to find some healthy foods on the nights that I work at WaWa.  Yes, they have salads.  Yes, there are better choices but it seems like I don’t make them.  It is almost like my brain says – you are earning activity points so it doesn’t matter. WOW!  Is that so untrue!!! It definitely does not give me permission to eat a donut at 11pm when I get off work.  YES, they are fresh and taste yummy but they are definitely NOT worth the extra pounds that they could come as a result of continuing to eat them.

I am noticing that I am saying “BUT” a lot in this post.  I remember reading some place that “anything you say after the word “but” is a lie” or is BS.  Excuses, that is what they are; just another excuse to do what I want, when I want.  The truth is, I am not ready to give up everything that I worked for along this 108 pound weight loss journey.  So, maintenance is TOUGH and I believe it is even tougher the original journey.

Today, I will suck it up.  Get back to tracking.  Attend a meeting and weigh in facing all of the ugliness that the scale has to offer me.  Reaching goal weight is AWESOME – maintaining is not as easy as it sounds.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!