Monthly archive for February 2013

I am RESOLVED

I am RESOLVED

How can we Live Life Right Here, Right Now this year.  This is the only 2013 we will experience so let’s make it the best year we have ever had.  The year 2012 was to be my year and in many ways it was a great year, but weight-wise it was not what I had hoped. In January 2012, my trainer, Donna Roberts, issued a challenge to all her clients to fast from desserts for 12 weeks.  Our goal was to put $5 in a jar each week and at the end of 12 weeks, match the $60 in our jar, resulting in each client donating $120 to As Our Own, a ministry that rescues girls from the sex slave trade.  I signed up, but I was not wholehearted in my endeavor.  On the other hand, my friend Diane Hawkins signed up, gave up desserts and faithfully put her $5 in

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Healthy Foods that Aren’t So Healthy

Things aren’t always as good as they appear in the American supermarket and restaurant.  Here’s ten food items that don’t always deserve their healthy reputation: Yogurt. Yes, plain yogurt is a great high-calcium food, but it tastes like sour milk. And that’s because it is sour milk. So the food manufacturers add “fruit on the bottom,” which is really more like fruit preserves or jelly than real fruit. That gives you a food that often has 5-10 teaspoons of sugar per serving. What I do is buy one large container of plain non-fat yogurt and mix it with one large container of non-fat vanilla yogurt. That cuts the sugar per serving significantly from the “fruit added” kind but still gives you a product that tastes good. Fish. Yes, fish is a great food for our health, but not fast food fish. Not only is it deep-fried but as a result, it can contain those

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Don’t Skip the Stretch

Don't Skip the Stretch

Has the winter weather got you climbing the walls?  I have been known to climb a few walls in my time. Power of the Plus While I was attending Weigh to Wellness Week at Sandy Cove Ministries retreat center, I had my opportunity. With both excitement and a little fear, I took on the challenge of climbing the rock wall. I can tell you right now it is way harder than it looks!  I started out pretty strong and made my way up about 15 feet, when I started to get really tired.  I felt as though I had used every muscle group just to make the first 15 feet. I had about 20 more feet to go before the top. Pushing on, I came to a spot where I just could not find a handhold. Every hold I tried was just a little out of reach for me. I

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Stuck in a Running/Walking Rut?

Start a walking book club.  Each month (or however often you decide), choose a book to read and discuss during your walks.  The miles will fly by as you dissect every chapter.   Reverse your route.  It’s amazing how different everything looks from the opposite direction.   Meet your partner/group at a favorite breakfast spot.  Start and end your run or walk there.  The new scenery will boost your motivation and the good food at the end doesn’t hurt!   Pray during your run!  The time will fly by.

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A True Valentine Heart

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. –John 13:14 Every Valentine’s Day since our marriage more than 30 years ago, my husband and I have done something special to celebrate. But Valentine’s Day of 2006 proved to be very different. My father-in-law had come to live with us because of dementia with sundowner’s syndrome. Due to his sundowning, he would wander around the house all night. We had to watch over him 24 hours a day. My husband worked from our home and was able to watch over him during the night, and I watched over him during the day. His living with us changed our entire lives. It was our privilege to care for him, but it was very stressful as well. We found ourselves trying to figure out a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that was in keeping

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