Update on the Russells

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Wow, sometimes life throws you some zingers and you just have to keep on marching.  As most of my readers know, I was diagnosed with diabetes about 5 weeks ago.  My doc and I agreed that the BEST course of action would be to try dietary changes and exercise to get my blood sugar under control without medication or insulin.

That week, I joined weight watchers and committed to a fitness plan that I have been following faithfully since that day.

I have lost weight (11.6 pounds to be precise) (16.6 as of Friday, May 1) (35.6 pounds lost as of Friday, August 8)  and have been exercising several days a week.  Since the day I started this diet and started monitoring my blood sugars, I have had perfect tests every time.  This is a blessing.  It means I can probably continue to control my blood sugar levels this way for at least awhile.  This would certainly be my preference.

However, all the extra time and energy I have devoted to exercise and researching and adjusting my diet is time I previously had devoted to working on this web ministry.  I realize that there are lots of great resources still here and that we have many visitors daily coming and gleaning what they can from the pages of my website.  But, with a blog folks like info to be fresh and new. Lately, I have had to draw back and take care of this personal business before I could devote energy to the site.

Those of you who have been following our site for some time know that I am serious when I say to set your priorities according the those the Lord has given you, and to let the rest of the things go.

I am glad to say that I am feeling terrific.  The workouts have given me a great boost of energy and stamina.  I feel myself getting stronger each day.  As my weight has dropped, clothing is more comfortable, or even a tad “baggy.”  I have enjoyed that as well.

It has been an adjustment.  I am not used to telling my kids “I am working out and cannot take care of your needs until I am finished with this exercise video.”  But, that is something we have all had to learn to accept as normal.

Other things going on this month:

Anne Mary was baptised.  Sarah turned 11.  Easter.  Church.  A seder meal.  I settled all our giveaway prize winners from March.  I have taught two classes to MOPS groups. I went on an unexpected trip to Michigan to help my mother recovering from surgery. Whew!  I have been busy, but a  good busy.

Now that I have adjusted to my new schedule of exercise, I will be revamping our schedule to include time back at work at the computer.  I will answer all your emails and questions (thanks for your patience!).  I will get back to telling my facebook friends happy birthday, and I will get back to posting fun things we are doing in our home to inspire you in yours.

For those of you who have been praying for us, please know I appreciate each and every prayer said on our behalf.  It is a continuous struggle to eat just what I am supposed to eat, and nothing more.  I know this is a spiritual battle and I feel a little battered by it at times.   Also, I am considering our schedule for the upcoming summer and next school year, and am considering some changes.  Please pray that the Lord will speak clearly to me and help us discern His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Happy Homemaking, friends!


  1. Melinda

    Bless you Malia! I’m doing the WW thing too. It has been quite an adjustment and battle. But God is victorious! I hadn’t realized how “out-of-sinc” I had gotten with my health. Hang in there – bring that body back into subjection! We’re all cheering you on!

  2. JoJo Tabares

    Sounds like you are doing well! So happy to hear!

  3. Beth

    Congratulations on keeping the blood sugars under control! Doing that with diet and exercises is definitely the best plan. Congrats on the weight loss, too! 🙂

  4. Rhonda

    What good news! It’s amazing how God can take a seemingly tragic situation and turn it completely around for our good and His glory.

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