Monthly archive for January 2012

New Year New Habits New Goals

New Year New Habits New Goals

Johnny and I have been at the bay for the last few weeks, and while driving into Houston early this morning to work out with my trainer, Donna, I heard a song that pretty much sums up where many of us are at the beginning of 2012.  The song was, “Get Back Up” by TobyMac.  The music was very upbeat, which I loved, but it was the lyrics that grabbed my heart. Here is the key phrase of the song:  We lose our way, we get back up again It’s never too late to get back up again One day you gonna’ shine again You may be knocked down but not out forever. As you know, I never share something with you that I don’t have to walk out first. I had a wonderful fall season and was able to abstain from sugar for our entire fall session.  As you know, sugar is

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This is the Year!

This is the Year!

It’s a new year with promises of opportunities for success – if we make some changes.  We do not want this to be just another year with the same old resolutions that are never resolved.  The last thing I want next year is to say “another year, another resolution without success.” This year can be different, but it will require work on our part.  This is the first in a five-part series on helping you not to quit and FINALLY get fit. Principal Number One Stop believing the lies and focus on the TRUTH: Jesus tells us “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).   Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and the thieves are still trying to steal our joy, deny our value and destroy our ability to experience life

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Ten Steps To Jump Start Your Weight Loss

These simple steps will kick start your weight loss.  Do all ten for 14 days and you’ll find yourself back on track.  We can do anything for 14 days!  If you are just beginning your journey with First Place 4 Health, this is an easy way to begin as you familiarize yourself with all aspects of First Place 4 Health.  Pray before you eat anything. Ask God to help you make healthy choices.  You can’t do it alone and you don’t have to. Weigh yourself.  Weigh now—and again at the same time each week.  Only weigh once per week.  Weighing more often can lead to discouragement when you don’t see a change quickly. Write down everything you eat.  Don’t worry about counting it on your FP4H Tracker.  Just get it on paper. Don’t eat any fried foods. None.  Zero.  No excuses. Eat only low-fat dairy and meat products. Reduced-fat cheeses are easy to find and taste

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It Takes a Little Time Sometimes

It Takes a Little Time Sometimes

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. –John 6:36 I wish I could say that I have followed the First Place for Health program perfectly, but that would not be the truth.  The truth of the matter is I have been on this journey for several years.  The most important part of the journey is that I have never given up on myself and neither has God. There have been times that I was stalled and could not move forward and there have been times that I have even gone backwards.  I see these times as a “big waste” but God sees them as times to pour out his mercy and grace on me. At one point on this journey I felt I could not get turned around.  I knew the direction I needed to go, but I was having a tremendously hard time getting turned around.  God in

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