Monthly archive for September 2011

health member in Leverett Massachusetts

I am a first place for health member in Leverett Massachusetts. I went for a walk with a friend the other day and was elated how much easier it was to walk up that hill, having lost ten pounds in this wonderful program.I am grateful to God..and I look forward to doing the next right thing..and continuing in this program.

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Taking the Challenge

Taking the Challenge

At our 2011 Summit the end of July, I issued the following challenge to the participants: We are Better Together and with God’s help this next year, I will dedicate myself to do whatever it takes to reach my goal weight and become healthy and fit spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.  Then, and only then, will I be able to walk into my dream.  I took this challenge with the Summit participants and on Tuesday morning after the Summit, I told my trainer, Donna Roberts, that I was ready to be accountable to her in the area of my food intake. Donna and I have been training together for almost two years and I have resisted having her look at my food log. I knew when I told her this that I better be serious and I was. Donna said she wanted me to join www.myfitnesspal.com and to add her as my friend

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

When everyone heads back to school in the fall, it always feels like a new beginning to me. First, I was a student, then I became a school teacher, and later I started Body & Soul and we coordinated our fall fitness class schedule with school starting.  Each September became a time of making wise choices for the coming year. In the fall, churches everywhere start up new Bible studies and Sunday school classes ramp up in conjunction with a new school year. Kids are signing for sports, and music lessons and Moms are getting in gear for the carpools that are needed for all these things.  It is a time of new beginnings and a time for reassessing our priorities. Priorities! With these new beginnings, each year we get a chance to step back, assess what is most important and make choices about what we commit to. Let me

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God & You ~ Better Together

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. –1 Peter 3:12 What is better together—milk and cookies, mom and dad, praise and worship or . . . ? My choice for “better together” is Google and Round Top Retreat Center.  Bet you are saying, “strange,” but allow me a moment to explain.  It was late summer and I was praying about my yearly week away for spiritual growth, so I went to my trusty friend Google and entered “spiritual retreat centers.”  Up came Round Top Retreat Center, so I clicked on it and started reading what it offered. Partway down the page under “events” was something called Wellness Retreat, with a link to First Place 4 Health, which described it as “a week away that would minster to

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September 2001

I received my First Place Group Starter Kit yesterday. Today I have spent a lot of time watching all 3 videos and reviewing the other materials. I am very pleased and excited about all the new materials. They are just great! I have been involved in First Place for three years and it has changed my life. The nine commitments have become a way of life for me. The first six months after joining First Place I lost 35 pounds. Almost 30 years ago my weight had reached 214 pounds. At that time I lost 80 pounds. Even though I never gained all that back, every two to three years I needed to lose about 20 pounds! Since losing the weight through First Place, I have maintained at my weight at 135-138 pounds for the last 2-1/2 years. I have led the First Place group in my church, New Hope

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