Monthly archive for September 2014

Nip It In The Bud

Nip It In The Bud

There is a quaint expression “nip it in the bud.” According to www.EnglishClub.com, it is a metaphorical idiom based on the fact that if you want to stop a plant from growing bigger, you can cut off the new leaf buds or flower buds, or “nip the buds.”  It became popular from Henry Chettle’s romance Piers Plainnes Seaven Yeres Prentiship, in 1596. Chettle said it this way, “Extinguish these fond loues with minds labour, and nip thy affections in the bloome, that they may neuer bee of power to budde.”  In other words, put a stop to something while it is still in its early development. Snip, snip, snip. I once noticed a new (not so healthy) habit developing in my life. The month was packed full of FP4H events. Each event was uniquely successful and brought me great joy to be involved. I returned home late in the evening on two occasions, and

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Brown Bag Inspiration

Eating out at work or school every day can be expensive for your wallet and for your waistline.  Here are some ideas for taking your lunch on the go that are more exciting than the usual sandwich and a piece of fruit. Make Your Own Bento Box – Lots of us eat lunch at our desks, or while we’re reading or doing different things.  A Bento Box can be anything you want it to be.  Fill it with things that can be eaten separately or together that you can pick at or assemble.  Consider fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, olives, cheese, whole-grain crackers or flatbread, hummus or mustard.  Remember the food plan guidelines, such as making half your meal fruits and vegetables, making at least half your grains whole grains and varying your protein choices to add seafood, beans and lean meats.  Special Note:  Get your own FP4H version of

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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. P h i l i p p i a n s   1 : 6  My journey to lose weight began a few years ago, after the birth of my third son. I joined a First Place 4 Health group 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

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