Monthly archive for September 2012

Stay Strong – Learning to Leave the Past Behind

Stay Strong - Learning to Leave the Past Behind

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past”.  Isaiah 43:18  In Chapter 2 of my new book Live Life Right Here, Right Now, I write about leaving yesterday behind.  The apostle Paul wrote about this same subject when he said to the Philippians, Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”.  Philippians 3:13-14  All of us have a past. For some, our past was glorious and for others, our past was miserable.  Whatever our past looks like, it is just that—our past.  Today is a new day, one where we can begin again and do the next right thing.  What does that look like for you?  It might mean putting

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How To Have a Hundred Healthy Birthdays

How To Have a Hundred Healthy Birthdays

About two weeks ago I had my biggest audience yet. 7500 people. That’s not a typo. Seven thousand five hundred people. 15,000 eyeballs all looking at me! What were they all interested in? How to have a long and healthy life. I presented my keynote entitled “How To Have A Hundred Healthy Birthdays.” Of course, the key word there is healthy. No one wants a lot of years if you can’t enjoy them. Fortunately, more and more people are reaching the century mark and are maintaining good health along the way, too. Researchers that have been studying these folks have found that they share seven surprising characteristics. Traits you might not necessarily guess. By the way, genetics is about 25% of the formula. It’s the biggest single factor, but all the other factors can add up to have an even greater effect. That’s very good news for those of us

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Top Ten Hottest Fitness Trends

Top Ten Hottest Fitness Trends

Every year IDEA (International Dance and Exercise Association) and several other fitness organizations release the newest trends for the past year and what is fast growing on the fitness horizon.   I want to share with you in a two-part series the Top Ten Hottest Fitness Trends in the Industry.    As FP4H members and leaders, we need to be informed on what is culturally relevant in this fast-paced, ever-changing industry.   We do not need to be taken by surprise with new fitness trends. These are the first five of my top ten on what is really popular right now.  Don’t be surprised if you see these trends popping up in your community and classes:  1    Exercising for various reasons other than weight loss. Exercising for brain health seems to be the most popular reason besides weight loss.  Part of the reason for this popularity is that our generation is aging well physically

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A Simple Invitation

A Simple Invitation

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today,so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Lillian has been my hairdresser for 15 years, so you can imagine the conversations that have transpired while I have sat in her chair. We’ve discussed family, world events, books and our own struggles with weight issues. Many years ago, I invited all of her salon staff to an evangelistic Luis Palau ladies luncheon; during that event, Lillian made a personal commitment to Christ. Since then, we’ve talked frequently of faith and church, seeking to mutually encourage one another. This fall, Lillian and her husband, Tom, joined my First Place 4 Health class, even though it meets an hour from their home. The second week, she announced, “At home, I always said these stairs are going to be the death of me! But now that I’m moving more,

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