Saturday, November 28, 2009

Diet-Free, Guilt-Free Weight Loss? YES!



I just finished this book and loved it! It is a health novel, an inspiring story of diet-free, guilt-free weight loss written by Nutritionist Zonya Foca, America's Nutrition Leader and Stephen Moss, America's Health Novelist. Here's what it says on the back of the book:

"Introducing A New Genre: The Health Novel!"

"60 Extra pounds. An Unhappy marriage. Food for comfort. Karen's life is falling apart. Then she meets an unlikely neighbor who reveals how a series of simple choices have the power to shape the life we have - into the life we want."

"Karen's story of weight loss and personal transformation will touch your heart and open your eyes! It will reveal how eight powerful, core habits, when mastered one at a time, create an invisible force that will literally-change your life."

"What do you get when you cross a nutritionist with a novelist? A health novel! Where nutrition, health and weight-loss information are woven into the story. Each challenge the characters face not only teaches you what to do - it inspires you to actually do it."

"Zonya Foco, America's Nutrition Leader, and Stephen Moss, America's Health Novelist, have joined forces to create this exciting new genre. Stephen's compelling story will keep you turning the pages while Zonya's surprisingly simple approach to mastering weight control is revealed."

"You'll discover that this is not another fad diet book. In fact, it's not a diet book at all. There is no diet mentality. Nothing to calculate. And never a reason to feel guilty!"

Take my word for it, this book is sooooo good! I read it in only a few days. I couldn't put it down! It teaches you how to eat well, gain health, and lose weight. You will LOVE this book, learn a LOT about proper nutrition, and lose weight too. I highly recommend it.

If you buy this book and read it, let me know what you thought about it, and your success stories. I am planning on putting the eight habits into practice. I am hoping to have a success story of my own based on this book soon! Let's pray and encourage each other!




This is Zonya Falco's counter-top coach Cookbook! This cookbook and many of the recipes are mentioned in the book "Water With Lemon." You're mouth will water reading about them! Yum!

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"Try one of the many easy, delicious and nutritous recipes from Lickety-Split Meals!"



Zonya Falco's counter-top coach cookbook for those who have Diabetes or a loved one with Diabetes.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Thoughts On Waiting, Waiting, and Waiting Some More....

I feel like I've been waiting, hoping, and praying for a long time for a miracle (Do you know that when I was single and praying the rosary for a good husband, I was also praying to be blessed with children after marriage? It's true! I prayed this prayer for several years!)! This month I thought maybe, just maybe, my waiting was over. You see, my cycle didn't arrive. However I didn't have any other symptoms. I talked with my Mom and she didn't have any symptoms either when she was pregnant with me - just the missed period. Well yesterday I finally bought a pregnancy test, prayed for God's will to be done, and guess what? Negative!

I feel like I've been waiting forever. It is so difficult to wait for something you want so much and to continue praying, hoping, and trusting. Especially at my age, which is forty three, when I had some aches and pains in my left ovary around Halloween, had spotting for several days around that time, and it seems my fertility is diminishing even more.

What more can I do to be able to get pregnant? How much more can I pray? Is there a child out there waiting for a good home? Someone who maybe needs a good Mother like me?

It just makes me feel so sad and I feel so discouraged sometimes. But I keep praying, hoping, and trying to trust!

I really hope and pray that God has a baby (or child) out there for us somewhere! I fear I will never have a positive pregnancy test!

Thank you so much for your prayers! Please know I'm praying for everyone and their intentions in my daily rosary and 7 Sorrows Rosary. You can always count on my prayers for you!

I feel like I would almost give anything to be able to have a baby and be a Mommy...almost anything!!

Waiting is so hard, isn't it? Especially when you want to be a Mommy and have a baby so much, yes?

In the meantime, while my waiting continues, I will go pick up my rosary! Praying the rosary helps give me the patience (?!) to continue waiting for my miracle. Praying the rosary helps give me the peace and comfort I need.

May God Bless you!
Maria

Feel Sad? Discouraged? Pray the Seven Sorrows Rosary!


The Promises of the Seven Sorrows Rosary

To St. Bridget Of Sweden (1303-1373)

1. I will grant peace to their families.

2. They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.

3. I will console them in their pains and I will acompany them in their work.

4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the santification of their souls.

5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.

6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death - they will see the face of their mother.

7. I have obtained this grace from my Divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolars will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation & joy.

To Marie Claire of Kibeho, Rwanda (1961-1994)

*With the recitation of Seven Sorrows Rosary, the hardest hearts shall change, if you pray it for yourself or for others.

*By the recitation of the Seven Sorrows Rosary, you shall be freed from obsessions and addictions.

*This rosary when said from the heart, it will win us true repentance of our sins and free our souls from guilt and remorse.

*Those who say it often, especially as recommended by Our Lady to Marie Claire, on Tuesdays; Fridays, shall obtain clear understanding of their weaknesses and laws causing them to sin and those things we don't like about ourselves and thought were a part of our character, shall change.

*You shall obtain whatever you ask for through this rosary, praying this rosary from the heart.

*More than ever, the world needs the Seven Sorrows Rosary.

Click here to buy Imaculee Ilibigiza's booklet "The Rosary of the 7 Sorrows As Taught by The Blessed Mother in Kebeho, Rwanda with reflections by Immaculee" and a 7 Sorrows Rosary of your own!

Ever since I bought my booklet and the rosary a week ago I've been praying it every day and it's been given me a lot of peace and comfort. Try praying it! It will help you too!

If you have a devotion to the seven sorrows rosary and received special graces from praying it, I would LOVE to hear your stories! Let's pray and encourage one another!

May God Bless you!

Maria

Friday, November 20, 2009

No Period Again - What's Going On?!

Dear Readers,

Isn't a lack of a period usually a sign of pregnancy? You would think so, right?

Well, NOT in my case! At the end of October around Halloween I had a few scary moments when my lower left side was aching and I had spotting for several days. A few weeks later when Aunt Flo didn't show up, I thought for a minute "Hey, maybe I'm pregnant! Finally! At last!" After all, we've been now TTC now for two years.

Today I finally bought a pregnancy test, took it, and guess what? Only one pink line showed up! Except I knew I probably wasn't pregnant. I didn't have any symptoms except a missed period.

So now I have to call my Napro doctor next week, let him know about this lack of period, and see what he recommends. When I didn't get my period after my surgery in April and called him, he told me to take my progesterone suppositories.

That would be fine except every time I take those darn things, they make my asthma worse. The last time I had to take them I needed to go see my asthma specialist and get a shot in the arm. Ouch! It really hurt!

I wonder, is this lack of period related to the lower left pain and spotting I had? Is there any way to correct this besides taking progesterone suppositories? Am I now going through peri-menopause? Also I don't think I'm ovulating on a regular basis anymore either. Do you think the two surgeries and removal of the endometriomas on both the ovaries damaged them? Or is it my age? Or both? I am not very happy about these latest developments and I guess all my worrying is not helping either. But what can I do?

I want to be a Mommy so much and pray all the time to be blessed with a child, but it seems what little fertility I might have is decreasing even more.

Maybe adoption is my only option? But what's so frustrating to me is this: Hubby and I have debt and we can't afford adoption right now. If only I was able to get pregnant and have my own child......well, I will keep praying, continue to try to be faithful, and try to trust but you know what? It's not easy at times! I keep on praying for a child, then get a symptom of maybe being pregnant like the lack of a period, get my hopes up, take a pregnancy test, and again it's negative! I feel like God keeps on saying "No" or "Wait" to me. I don't really understand why. But still I keep hoping and praying.

Do you know what's been helping me a lot lately? And giving me the peace and comfort I need so much about this whole wanting to be a Mommy thing? Praying my 54 day rosary novena and my new Seven Sorrows Rosary! I love praying both of these every day!

More on Imaculee and the Seven Sorrows Rosary soon!

Maybe you could pray for me? Thank you so much!

I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers!

May God Bless you.

Love,
Maria

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Need A Miracle? Pray the 54 Day Rosary Novena! It Really Works!



When I was a single lady, sad, discouraged, and thought I'd never meet a good Catholic gentleman to be my husband I discovered the "54 Day Rosary Novena". I prayed this novena several times over the years. It always gave me the peace and comfort I needed. As a single while praying this novena, I imagined Jesus wiping away my tears and the Blessed Mother whispering in my ear "Don't worry, we have someone just right for you!" And you know what? They did! I credit God, the Blessed Mother, and the rosary for giving me the graces I needed at the time and for helping my husband Ed to find me. We met on the Catholic Singles website catholicmatch. I had been a member on that website for three years and a half. Ed sent me that first email on Dec. 2005, we met in person on March 17th 2006, we became engaged on Sept. 17th 2006, and we received the Sacrament of Matrimony on June 16th 2007, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! When choosing a wedding date, we wanted to pick a Marian Feast Day to thank the Blessed Mother for bringing us together and to share our special day with Her!

Now we are praying the 54 day rosary novena to be blessed with a child either through my womb or through adoption. Even though the doctors tell us we have a low chance of conceiving due to our ages and the endometriosis stage four, I know that with God nothing is impossible! Look at the miracles God performed on St. Anne and St. Elizabeth - both these Saints were given the grace to be able to conceive and bear children in their forties! When the tears start to stream down my face and my heart aches for a child, I pray the rosary and it gives me the peace and comfort I need. I like to picture the Blessed Mother in Heaven hearing my request and bringing it to the throne of her Son Jesus. I know that Jesus and the Blessed Mother knows the desire in my heart to be a Mother, trust that they are hearing my prayers, and trying the best I can in faith to believe that I will receive someday the most precious grace of motherhood!

The rosary is my favorite devotion. This 54 day rosary novena is my favorite novena. If you enjoy praying the rosary, received a special grace from praying the rosary or this 54 day rosary novena, I would really LOVE to hear your story! Your stories will encourage me to keep praying the rosary and increase my faith and trust that my prayers will be answered someday too! Thank you so much! I will be looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully hearing your stories of prayers answered! I can't wait to hear them and really hope you will consider sharing! I am hoping too that my story about praying the 54 day rosary novena will encourage others to try praying this beautiful novena! It really works! My husband and I are proof!

I will remember you and your intentions in my daily rosary.

May God Bless us all!

Love,
Maria