Health Living Tech Tribe Update #1: My Fitness Pals

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Ten days ago, I came here to the blog and publicly shared that I needed your help. In the years since my breast cancer treatment wreaked havoc on my metabolism, I think I gave up hope. That’s an unusual thing for me since I’m a committed optimist. But I resigned myself to the fact that “at a certain age” and having tried various means of losing weight, I was stuck. I told myself that numbers on the scale didn’t matter and that as long as I felt strong and healthy, all was well.

And then I received blood tests confirming high cholesterol and pre-diabetic blood sugar levels. For me, those numbers (more than a number on the scale) were a wake up call. My dress size doesn’t really matter. But unhealthful blood test results just couldn’t be ignored. So after going through a short “pity party”, I turned to you for your prayers and support. I invited your companionship.

I know from your private emails to me and your comments that many of you are walking this journey with me. And I can’t tell you how much that support has buoyed me in the last week when things got challenging. I hope you know that as often as I pray for myself, I keep you intentionally in those “Please God, help us…” conversations that seem rampant these days.

I’ve committed to checking in regularly here and so I thought I’d share a few simple things I learned this week:

  • I LOVE The app works so well for me. My focus has been on nutrients and “macros” (the percentage of fat, protein and carbs in my daily intake) more so than calories. But my favorite thing there is the small amount of conversation that’s happening and the support I’m finding. If you’re using this great tool, please “friend” me by finding me at my profile at
  • I MUST plan ahead. With all of my travel, I can’t leave finding healthy choices to chance. I experienced this on the way home from my trip to Atlanta. The Dallas airport seemed largely devoid of anything that could be easily found. The resulting migraine on my second flight (something that never happens to me) was a brilliant reminder that I have to pack food along with me on travel days.
  • I need experts and accountability. This nutritional thing is new to me. And one of the confusing things is that for every four “experts” you consult, you will get four different sets of advice. But one positive step I took this week was to meet with a trainer at my gym. I have three complimentary sessions included in my membership (I never knew that!). We set out a food plan that was somewhat different from what I’d been doing and will meet next week to develop a light weightlifting routine. I’m strangely scared and excited.

A bible verse for this week: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

A prayer for this week: “Lord, you have blessed me so abundantly. Help me to stay strong against sinful temptations to sloth and gluttony this week. May any tiny suffering I experience be united with the pain of those around the world who know constant hunger and thirst. I am yours.”

A question for you: How was your week with respect to healthy living? What did you learn this week? What pitfalls did you encounter?


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Lisa, I love this. I had fallen into not doing with respect to my health. Accountability and consistency are the number one and two to being healthy. I will join you. Starting at 162. Need to get down for sugars and cholesterol. –I have the same issues.

  2. Kudos to you for the steps you’ve taken and for engaging in a community to support you (and for your support of us!). I started the Atkins diet right about the same time you started your new regimen. I had done it 15 years ago and it worked well. I did it because I did not feel well, being plagued with brain fog and fatigue. With Atkins I gave up all starches and processed sugar and right away the fog cleared. I’ve lost a few pounds but mainly it’s about feeling healthy. It has really changed how I greet each day and my sense of peace has returned because I am finally doing what God has been asking me to do. I see this obedience not as “no” to favorite foods but “yes” to feeling good again.

  3. oh Lisa, I’m so sorry that is happening to you! I read your message just before I went to mass so I offered prayers for you today at mass and especially during the consecration for the right combination of foods that will make you the most healthy. I also lifted up everybody else was involved with this effort. I’ve also asked Saint Anthony to help you find out what it is your body doesn’t like with regards to your new diet. I hope you do better soon, Brain fog is no fun!

  4. I think planning ahead is key even when you’re NOT traveling. I do much better when I have a plan in mind.
    This week I cleaned out my stash of treats that was in my desk drawer (and I had NO IDEA how much was in there! YIKES!) I am not eating at my desk. Period. If I want to eat I have to get up and go somewhere else to get it.
    I look for snacks while I’m making dinner, a lot of times, so I am trying to pour myself a little cup of mixed nuts to nibble on while I cook. Healthy protein rather than pure sugar!
    Wishing you and everyone else who is participating in this challenge a great week!

    • You are absolutely right. For the first time since the boys left home for college, I find myself thinking about what I’ll cook for dinner almost first thing in the morning (and not dreading it). Your describing your moving the stash away from the desk makes me think of my personal rule that I have to log my food in my app before eating it. That one step of intentionality has been very helpful in warding off mindless snacking.

  5. Ditto Lisa, I do the same thing. Atkins also has an app and it makes it really helpful for planning meals and making sure I’m getting the carbs that I am supposed to get plus the other nutrients. It’s a great way to modify behavior.

  6. With my autoimmune disease, I am experiencing a tremendous amount of inflammation in my body. Thankfully, I finally found a doctor who is willing to help me figure this out. One thing, though, is that he wants me to eat a fairly strict diet. It is not the norm: high fat, low carb, grain free. No sugar (not even fruit for 2 weeks); no processed foods; no legumes … I guess it’s similar to a Whole30. Anyway, I do well for a few days, and then I lose steam. It takes a lot of effort to plan well for healthy eating, and I don’t always have a lot of energy … Then, my family has movie night, and I feel left out. So, I cave. I love Susan’s comments: “… I am finally doing what God has been asking me to do. I see this obedience not as “no” to favorite foods but “yes” to feeling good again.” I think I may have to write that on a Post-It and stick it on my cupboard. I realize that if I want this doctor to help me, I also have to do my part in helping myself.

  7. Sarah, I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you how much I have enjoyed your meditations in As Morning Breaks.

    I can relate to feeling “left out” when it comes to food and functions. My husband and I are going out to eat for our wedding anniversary on Thursday to one of our favorite restaurants and I have to do a lot of work ahead of time to make sure I don’t blow my diet. Kind of takes the fun out of going out to eat! Usually I will look up the menu online and make my choice, looking up the nutritional facts to make sure my choice will work; this restaurant is updating their menu and doesn’t have it online. Meh. My Atkins regimen sounds like yours – high fat, low carb, grain free and no sugar. Luckily Italian menus will have sausages and antipasto so that ought to work.

    With you all …

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