Monthly archive for July 2014

First Place 4 Health Prayer Week

First Place 4 Health Prayer Week

I must have been in another world when my grocery cart collided with hers. This is a common occurrence in our small island grocery store, but it caught me by surprise that day.  I quickly uttered an apology and tried to move on past.  Something about her stopped me.  I could see from a quick glance that she was middle-age, obese and very worn out.  There was a sense of hopelessness about her. My heart was quickened with compassion, but not enough to start a conversation.  I moved on to finish up my list. I headed to the checkout and, of course, she was right in front of me.  I smiled at her and tried to think of something to say. Blank! She was ready to pay for her groceries and embarrassingly came up short on cash. She pulled out a cashier check and asked if she could use that

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Supersimple Switches When Eating Out

Supersimple Switches When Eating Out

As Americans, we spend nearly half of our food budget on foods prepared away from home and consume about one-third of our calories on those foods.  When we walk into a restaurant, we are faced with menus loaded with high-calorie, high-sodium options.  In addition to sharing an entrée, wrapping up half your meal to take home and just being mindful of how much food is on your plate, you can try these supersimple switches to eat healthier at your favorite restaurant. American Start with a house salad with dressing on the side instead of a Caesar salad. Order grilled instead of fried chicken or fish entrees. Choose a baked potato instead of French fries. Order steamed or sautéed vegetables instead of potatoes in gravy. Order a veggie burger instead of a cheeseburger. Chinese Choose steamed instead of fried dumplings Order steamed brown rice instead of fried rice Order entrees steamed or lightly sautéed, instead of fried. Order

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First Things First

First Things First

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 My journey to lose weight began a few years ago, after the birth of my third son. I joined a First Place group 4 Health at my church. I was ready to conquer my weight issues, but I soon learned that there were others things I needed to address before I lost weight. During the first study, I found out just how broken I was: full of resentment, jealously and a negative attitude. Yes, I was a Christian, but my attitude did not reflect this to others. With each study, God began to peel away these negative attitudes. During the process, God was faithful, because He kept me on track—not losing or gaining weight— while He continued to heal me of these issues. Now

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