Monthly archive for April 2009

Back to the Basics

Do you need a “basic” fitness program? Do you need to start with something simple and doable, something where you can feel success and make progress one step at a time? Do you want a program where you can feel ‘safe’ and have confidence that you will not be putting yourself at risk for injury? Many fitness facilities these days are realizing that a huge segment of the population is looking for this type of fitness regimen. People have limitations and injuries that they are already dealing with—but they want to keep exercising. They know they need to keep exercising! Make your interest known and ask questions if you are going to check out your local gym. The professionals there will guide you to the best program for you. Look for community fitness programs, too. There may be something at your local recreation center that will be perfect for you.

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How Do I Deal With Temptation?

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 This is Part II in How Do I Deal With Temptation? You can find Part I in the March issue of the First Place 4 Health newsletter. Dear Ones, What is your greatest desire today? Is it for a healthy body, or a healthy marriage? Do you long to see your children following God? Whatever it is, I can promise you there will be temptations on a regular basis in an attempt to keep your desires from becoming realities. I have a good friend who has lost over 100 pounds and she has been struggling recently with her eating. When

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Test Your Nutrition IQ

1. Which of the following are true statements regarding sea salt, kosher salt and table salt? A. Because of its fine grain, a single teaspoon of table salt contains more salt than a tablespoon of kosher or sea salt. B. Sea salt is harvested from evaporated seawater and receives little or no processing, leaving intact the minerals from the water from which it came. C. Kosher salt contains no preservatives and can be derived from either seawater or underground sources. D. All of the above. Answer: D. Taste and texture are the main culinary differences between these three. Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits, and includes a small portion of calcium silicate, an anti-caking agent added to prevent clumping. It possesses very fine crystals and a sharp taste. The minerals in sea salt flavor and color the salt slightly. Sea salts are usually expensive, it is worth keeping

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The Joys of Walking

This is the time of year when the warmer weather draws us outside. We open our front door and we just naturally want to be more active to enjoy God’s beautiful world that is coming alive with springtime. Let’s take advantage of that natural urge to ramp up our fitness, and start with the simple joys of walking! Walking. What a great sport! We can do it anywhere, anytime. We don’t have to pay to walk—no gym membership or class tuition is required. We can wear pretty much any clothing we want when we walk, so there is no money outlay for that. The only equipment we need is a good pair of walking shoes. They are sold everywhere, and these days you can look for good deals and great sales for walking shoes that you will wear not only for fitness walking, but for everyday life when you have

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A Radical Tracker

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord E P H E S I A N S  5 : 1 9  The most challenging thing to me in First Place for Health is the daily food diary on the Live It Tracker. Having to write down everything I eat, whether it’s a half of a banana or an ounce of smoked turkey, requires focus and discipline. However, as difficult as it is, I recognize its inherent value because it helps me see where I am and what changes I must make to get to where I need to be. But what would happen if in addition to keeping a diary of everything we put in our mouths, we had to keep a diary of everything that came out of our mouths – a virtual word diary that would

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