Monthly archive for August 2012

Live Strong

Live Strong

 so love the words of Jesus in John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Perhaps you desire to live life to the fullest, but you aren’t sure exactly what that means or how to achieve it.  Maybe you have big dreams, but something is holding you back from pursuing them.  Or you possibly find yourself preoccupied with reliving past mistakes—worrying about (or hoping for) what the future holds, rather than being engaged in what is going on in the present.  If you have ever found yourself stuck in this pattern, the good news is that it’s never too late to change your direction in any area of life. Each day gives you an opportunity to start!  Our theme for 2012-2013 is Live Life and the theme was introduced at our 10th annual First Place

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Size It Up

Size It Up

Learning how to eat the right portion sizes can help you achieve successful weight loss more easily.  Take a look at these tips on recognizing correct portions. 1 teaspoon of peanut butter………….one die Cup of fruit……………………………….one baseball Cup of lettuce……………………………four leaves 3 oz. of meat……………………………cassette tape 3 oz. of grilled fish……………………..checkbook 1 oz. of cheese………………………….four dice Average bagel…………………………..hockey puck 1 oz. of snack foods (pretzels, etc.)..large handful Medium potato………………………….computer mouse 1 cup of pasta…………………………..a fist

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Squeeze in Some Exercise

Squeeze in Some Exercise

Calories Burned Per 15 minutes of Activity Stroll through your neighborhood – 50 Wash your car – 50 Walk briskly on a school track – 80 Ride a bike – 130 Jump-rope in the grass – 165 Toss a Frisbee – 50 Swin, slide and climb at a playground – 65 Shoot hoops in your driveway – 75

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My Heart’s Not in It

When I begin to design an exercise program for someone, I consider their overall health and I ask, “How’s your heart?” I want to know so much more than their resting heart rate or blood pressure; I want to know about their whole self. A lifetime of wellness will require a whole-hearted commitment. When we half-heartedly commit to something, it is doomed to fail.  When our “heart is not in it,” do we truly mean it?  Are we really going to follow through?  That is a very important question, because the heart contains our deepest, sincerest feelings and beliefs, as well as the seat of our intellect and imagination. Our hearts need to be kept strong and healthy from the inside out.  Just as there are certain exercises you can do to strengthen your physical heart, there are spiritual exercises you can do to guard and strengthen your spiritual heart. You’ll

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A Friend Stands With You

A Friend Stands With You

Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. –1 THESSALONIANS  5:11  The First Place 4 Health Wellness Retreat in Round Top, Texas, begins with a health assessment that includes a blood pressure check and blood draw. In previous years, I have approached this portion of the retreat with apprehension. My blood pressure always rises temporarily at the prospect of dealing with a needle.  This year was no exception. Two friends attended the week with me and were aware of my nervousness. We three waited together, and when my turn came, Annie and Debbie prayed that I would be calm and trust God. Even though my blood pressure reading was elevated, I felt calm . . . until I went to the station to have blood drawn. Annie mentioned to the nurse that I usually requested a smaller (butterfly) needle, so the nurse prepared

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