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Regina, Give Yourself Away

Last week, I examined my 2011 goals for the new year.  Ahem, I was successful in some ways and well……let’s just say….. if anyone lost a pound last year, I found it. Right here around my middle, posterior, thighs and my chin.



Mark and I sat down and budgeted.  We discovered something.  Or at least I did.  I have been over indulging in many areas.  Numbers don’t lie.



Ezekiel 18:31 haunted me.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit.



Ahem…..treat your body as a temple.  Ouch….. do not conform to this world.



Romans 12:1 seeped into my thoughts.  So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. 

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

He gives.

He helps.

He loves.

Embrace it.

The tune, “Give yourself away” echoed and stalked me.  I heard it on the radio constantly.





Give. Help. Love.

Embrace it.

Prayer found a solution….. or a resolution, you might say.  A year, in which, I give myself away.

Give Myself Away Weight-loss Challenge

My jeans do not lie.  The dryer has been on the fritz so I can not blame all of the shrinkage on it.  Like I said before, I have discovered a whole lot of extra on me.  I needed accountability and a goal.  So, I am going to give myself away…..literally. One pound at a time.

Here’s how……

Our church has a food pantry.  Lately, the amount of food needed to supply to meet the needs of our community has doubled, tripled, and possibly quadrupled over the past year.  I have decided to embrace giving and helping.  For each pound I lose, I will donate 1 pound of food to our church’s pantry.  For accountability, I went to my Sunday School class and presented my idea.  For every pound I lose each week, three couples will match the food donation. One couple even said they would consider joining in on the weight-loss challenge.

Tears filled my eyes.  Not that I was touched……( I was ) but because, I have to put the plan in action.  They expect a number each week.  Ahem…. numbers don’t lie.  That scares the living daylights out of me.  Accountability!

So today, I climbed on the scale.  Shock.  Disappointment. The Truth.  Numbers don’t lie.





Give Yourself Away Exercise Program

I am not stupid.  I know in order to lose pounds, exercise must become the norm.  Again, accountability comes into play.  This time, I have enlisted three drill Sargents accountability partners: Mark and the kids.  Together as a family we are going to “Walk Across America.”

Please understand, I have not lost my mind.  We won’t actually be walking across this great nation.  We will tally our mileage on pedometers.  At the end of the week we will see how far along our plotted map route we have gone.  According to Wikipedia, the greatest distance between any two points within the contiguous 48 states is from West Quoddy Head, Maine to Point Arena, California at 2,892 miles as the crow flies ….. that would be 3,385 walking miles.

On the last day of the month, we will look on our route and find the closest destination city, town, or community.  Team Dettra will research a charity, church, or organization in that area and make a $10 donation.




And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  I will be sharing other ideas in the near future.  Oh, by the way, yesterday, Team Dettra walked over 8 miles.  Yay!!

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

Oh, May God bless you today.  Embrace, my dear friends.  Embrace what God does for you.




Each evening and morning, I have been spending time reading and studying Proverbs.  God has opened my eyes on two different levels during my quiet time in His Word.  First, He is providing great material for the book I am currently writing.   And secondly, He has pointed a few things out involving my present lifestyle and the quest I am taking to find balance and ultimately total contentment.

Several topics like finances, work ethics, and attitude have bruised me while reading Proverbs.  But nothing like the topics of laziness and being a sluggard.  I came to the realization that my busyness isn’t always productive and there are times.. as much as I hate to admit it…. that I am… I don’t know if I can say it without cringing from the honesty..that I am..Lazy.  Not to imagine me sitting in front of the TV all day eating bon-bons, but I never complete projects and goals.  I grow tired and quite frankly lazy before I finish something.

Before 2010 started, I made the decision to become a healthier me.  Ahem…  At least the decision was made.  I thought I would continue the vegan approach after experiencing it for 6 weeks for Lent.  Ahem.. well, the thought crossed my mind.  I prefer napping over exercising.  I would rather sunbathe than swim.  I enjoy AC more than the Arkansas heat.  I love to read rather than listen to books on tape while walking.  Get the lazy picture?

When I began the quest, I listed items that I needed to add to my day to create a sense of balance.  One thing was exercise.  So, yesterday, I called the kids to the living room and asked them what the word, “sluggard” meant.  They had no idea.  I told them it was someone who was lazy…like me.  And I needed them to help me with exercising.  I explained they were to be my personal trainers… my own personal Jillian and Bob from the Biggest Loser.  I told them to look back at what their coaches do in PE and to create a “workout” for me.  I encouraged them to not let me “give up” nor to say “I can’t.”  I gave them permission to cheer me on and to add penalties if I was to complain.  I told them that I wanted to sweat and to feel it the next day.  I knew that in the back of my mind I would do whatever because I want to be a better example not a lazy example.

Boy did they make me sweat!  They had me running, jumping, doing abs work, Wii Fit, and crab crawls (thanks to my 8yo).  For 30 minutes they had me doing things I didn’t think I could ever do…ahem… I would never do those things on my own.  I thought I was going to drop dead afterwards… even at one point, I had to stop and catch my breath; but my 13yo was quick to point out that Jillian would not have that kind of attitude.  She was right.. but I couldn’t breathe!!  I caught my breath and took off for more.. especially when I was threatened with 5 more laps!

This morning, I could hardly get up I was so sore.  What can I say…Bob and Jillian worked me over!!

God Bless..