Monthly archive for October 2011

Grace Giver

Grace Giver

I subscribe to Google alerts and received one today that was a blog from a FP4H member.  I have no idea where this group meets, but thought her post was worth a discussion in our E-Newsletter.  This group is doing the FP4H Bible Study Walking in Grace and this member did a study on the word “grace,” which then initiated her post: I returned to the First Place 4 Health Bible study and support group after having been absent for over a year. The core group of women was still present, as well as several new enrollees. While listening to several of the core members, I realized one was still discussing the same issue—how to keep from going to Starbucks for mocha lattes. For the three years she had been with us in the group, she was still struggling with mocha lattes.  She had lost no weight over the course of the three

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Give Thanks

Give Thanks

But give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 Developing an attitude of gratitude is a learned skill.  Some people are by nature more optimistic than others and these people always see the glass as half full, while the people with the more pessimistic nature see it as half empty.  Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic by nature, you can still develop an attitude of thankfulness.  Being thankful is nothing more than realizing that God created everything and everyone, and thanking Him when we see or experience something or someone He created. In the last three days I have been thankful for quite a few small things.  On Monday I had two conference calls and since we are at the bay, I walked down to the end of our pier to do the calls.  While on the calls, I thanked God for the beautiful sunshine, the

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Please Don’t Quit

Please Don't Quit

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered mandisplays folly.   –Proverbs 14:29 One of the most common reasons people give up on exercise is a lack of immediate results. It takes time for change to take place in our bodies. Developing patience with and proficiency in the area of exercise may be one of the biggest challenges for us, but it is well worth the effort. I recall one dear lady in my class in Charleston, South Carolina, who had decided she was going to work diligently at her commitment to exercise. She walked faithfully every day for one week, and when she got on the scale to see how much weight she had shed, she had stayed the same. She immediately began to cry and said, “It’s no use—I am just going to quit. I won’t be back next week.” We all have had the same experience.

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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Fall is one of the best times to get outdoors and do something active. The heat of summer is gone; humidity is down and there are no more excuses for putting off exercise in the Great Outdoors! You don’t need a lot of equipment when you step outside to enjoy God’s beautiful autumn world. Just put on some good walking shoes and head out the door with eyes to see the beauty of the fall leaves. Start by adding daily walks in the morning, lunchtime or evening. Breathe deeply, relax, and take time to pray and count your blessings while you walk. Start by thanking God for all he has done for you, and all he has in store for you in the days to come. Plan a Fall Fitness Trip On weekends, plan something with family or friends—maybe a hiking trip to a nearby scenic spot or a bike

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October 2001

October 2001

After three years of trying to lose weight, I found that I had actually gained weight by climbing to over 300 pounds. My last year before college, I decided that was enough, things had to change. Between Thanksgiving 1999 and Thanksgiving 2000, I lost 130 pounds on the First Place program. What a reason to give thanks! Thank you God, for showing me how too have the life I’ve always wanted. Billy Shaw Tennessee Temple University Chattanooga, Tennessee ———————————————————————————————– Jump-Start The New Year For The Women in Your Church! Live Via Satellite! Saturday, February 2, 2002 Featuring: Carole Lewis, National Director of First Place Ed Silvoso, author of Women: God’s Secret Weapon Valerie Bell, author of A Well-Tended Soul During this four-hour event, women will be challenged to set godly priorities, make positive life changes, go deeper with God and keep Christ first in 2002. To find out how you

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