Monthly archive for February 2010

Consider the Benefits of Exercise

Whenever we are considering how to spend our time and our money, we look at benefits. We ask– is this worth it?  Is it worth the time investment?  Is it worth the financial investment?  Well, let me tell you —  exercise is something worth investing in! Consider the following list of “benefits of modest exercise” from the US Surgeon General: Weight loss Lower Blood pressure Stronger bones and decreased risk of osteoporosis Lower total cholesterol levels Decreased levels of the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol Elevated levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol Decreased levels of triglycerides (the other fat in our blood) Increased strength and coordination which leads to decreased falls and injury Enhanced immune system Overall increase in the sense of well-being Improved sensitivity to insulin I don’t know about you, but I would like to be sure that I am experiencing all these things! And when I consider these multiple

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We Are All In This Together

Dear Carole and Staff, I have so much I want to tell you. In my excitement I will try not to ramble. My name is Michelle Butcher. I am a stay at home mother of three, ages 15, 11 & 10. I am married to my High School sweetheart Rodney. We have been married 18 years. I also teach 10th grade girls Sunday school. My FP4H journey started 18 months ago. My mother came to visit me after she had lost over 100 pounds. She had lap-band surgery after battling for years with her weight and poor health issues. She looked wonderful and I decided it was time for me to get my life together as well. Our music director, Chris Malone, at FBC Moore gave his testimony one Sunday morning about how he lost over 100 pounds with your program. He wanted to start a class and I was

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Who Needs Old Bootstraps

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  –2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 How can I be so weak?  How many times do I have to fall before I get it right?  Questions like these plagued me for years—many years.  As a woman who lived a very addictive lifestyle, I was familiar with failure.  In fact, I was so comfortable with it that accepting a gift like God’s incredible favor and grace was difficult for me to comprehend, let alone embrace as truth in my life. When I first read 2 Corinthians 12:9, I was more than a little surprised.  God’s Word said that when I was weak (and I was, often), His power would work best in me.  Wow!  What an

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions!  Some of us like them; most of us loathe them.  In reality, a lot of us make them, and often at the top of our list is weight loss and more exercise.  Recently, I was told that January 17th is the official day when people give up on their New Year’s resolutions.  If this is true, you may have already given up on your resolutions. A lady in my First Place for Health class raised some interesting questions this week.  She said, “What if I really did the Live It program every day this year?  What if I exercised consistently every week this year?  What if I found time to spend alone with God every day this year?”  This woman has quite a bit of weight to lose, but God has done tremendous emotional healing since she joined the program.  I loved her transparency when she asked

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