Monthly archive for May 2012

Ready or Not, Here I Come!

Ready or Not, Here I Come!

“Tag, you’re it!”  When was the last time you heard that? Or how about “Red rover, red rover, send Betty right over,” “London bridge is falling down, falling down …”  On a recent airplane trip, I was once again forced to reach for the most advanced, well-researched, cutting-edge piece of journalism out there—the seat pocket sky magazine.  An article byline said, “Our bodies know it.  Our brains know it.  Now science has proven it: adults and kids both need stupid, pointless fun.  It’s called play!” I love it when science catches up with what we are teaching in FP4H. I played “hide and seek” with my grandkids the other day (our house has a ton of great hiding places!) and I was surprised by three things. First, how fun it was, how exhausting it was, and that I was not too old to play! I know the days are ticking

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Stunt Dieting

Stunt Dieting

Yesterday was a gorgeous day at the bay.  I couldn’t stand to stay inside, so I headed down to the pier with my Bible, pen and Bible study.   Getting settled in on the porch swing to work on my Bible study took a while.  I removed a cushion from one of the chaise lounges and placed it on the swing so I could sit sideways comfortably.  After making my “nest,” I opened my Bible study and was immediately aware of the drone of a plane overhead.  After a few minutes, I realized that I was still hearing the plane so I looked up. Right in front of my eyes was a stunt plane putting on a show.  This plane was steeply climbing and then diving straight down.  As it leveled out, it began turning over and over.  My stomach was churning and I wasn’t even in the plane!  I was

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Tips for a Skinny Kitchen

Tips for a Skinny Kitchen

Some things in your kitchen can be triggers that make you eat when you’re not really hungry.  The typical kitchen is loaded with things that lead to mindless eating.  These strategies can help. Adjust your kitchen lighting.  Bright lights can cause you to race through meals and dim light can mask feelings of fullness.  Best:  60-75 watt bulbs and eat slowly so you can recognize feelings of fullness.  Turning off the light can also signal that mealtime is over. TV Trouble.  Distractions like the television and music can lead you to take in 100 additional calories each meal. Decorate with flowers.  Choose varieties with strong aromas that contrast with foods.  Fragrances that are similar to food smells can lead you to eat more. Keep it covered.  Treats in see-through containers tempt you to indulge.  Hide goodies in opaque containers instead of displaying them in clear ones.  Also, wrap leftovers in

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United We Stand

United We Stand

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. –1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 Each summer, First Place for Health has their annual Summit event in Houston, Texas. People from all over the country and Canada make the trek to Houston for two days of motivation, information and fun! It’s a wonderful time of fellowship, training, inspiration and fun. Attendance has ranged from 42 in 2003 to 309 in 2008. It’s a huge undertaking that involves many details. This event is one-of-a-kind and empowers leaders to go out and “lead loud” for Christ and First Place 4 Health. Because of that, we’ve learned to expect attacks from Satan every year. When crazy things start to go wrong, we just look at each

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suggested putting together a bag of goodies

One of our members suggested putting together a bag of goodies, rewarding the person who lost the most weight during the week. Each one of us bring in an appropriate food, a dollar or a small gift to add to the bag. Our leader, Jackie, says she thinks the bag has motivated the members because more people are losing more weight than ever!

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