Monthly archive for September 2003

September 2003

The railroad came to the central Texas town of Brownwood in 1885. The train brought people, cotton, supplies, and vitality to this pioneer town. The proud Santa Fe Depot stood as a symbol of the strength of the community until the automobile and airplane caused it to close its doors in the summer of 1968. With various failed attempts to bring it to life, it decayed and was lost in a neighborhood of neglect. Through the efforts of concerned citizens in 1998, the once neglected depot was renovated as a community center and it became the catalyst for restoration of the historic downtown area. No one wanted the Depot to deteriorate, but lack of purpose, a plan and regular maintenance allowed it to quietly slip into disrepair. It doesn’t take much neglect to undo a lot of excellent work. The sooner the decline is stopped, the sooner the restoration can

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Fries with That?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could drive up to an order box at a Body Shop and a nice voice would say, “Could I take your order, please,” to which we reply, “I would like to be 50 pounds lighter with a flat tummy and an order of small thighs.” The voice would then say, “ For a dollar more you can super downsize your order, and without hesitation we reply, “Yes.” The voice then gives us the total price of our order and tells us to drive to the pickup window. As we drive to the window and pay our money, our body is dramatically changed into the perfect body we have always wanted. That would be nice; however, in reality there are no “drive-thru breakthroughs.” Biblical principles of sowing and reaping a harvest apply to weight loss and becoming healthy, and there is no way to rush

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Back on Track with our Physical Health

Back on Track with our Physical Health

Several years ago, educators in the United States came to the conclusion that the struggles students across the country were having with math had to do with the way it was being presented in the textbooks as “math problems.” The consensus was if students viewed math as a problem, it placed a negative connotation on the subject. Educators began using wording such as “number sentences” or “math skills,” and over a period of time the test scores in math across the country were significantly higher. Adults could take a lesson from our children and change some of our wording, as well as some of our thinking, where our health is concerned. As a Certified Personal Trainer, I would like to see the words, “weight loss,” “diet,” “exercise,” and “workout,” eliminated from our vocabulary as we look to getting back on track with our physical health. Isaiah 42:10 says, “Sing unto

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Messages from First Place Members

Dear Carole, I just received my copy of “Back on Track” yesterday and I have read most of it already. I LOVE IT! Carole, I have read more books on weight loss and diet than I can count – both Christian and non-Christian. This is absolutely the VERY BEST I have ever read. You have perfectly described the diet war and struggle all of us have been through. This book will speak to both non-believers and believers. You and God have outdone yourselves with this one! It is your best book ever! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. Love you, Janet Kirkhart First Place Networking Leader Ohio ———————————————————————————————– NOTE: June Chapko wrote to Carole after attending the Leadership Summit July 31-Aug 2. The Triple Dare is an inflatable raft that attaches to the back of a boat and was the inspiration for Carole’s Triple Dare Challenge.

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