Monthly archive for March 2015

My Hope for You

My Hope for You

Spring is awesome on Edisto Island. I woke up this morning to the birds outside my window shouting “Get up!” “Spring is here!”  And that means Easter. The memories come flooding back to Easters when I was growing up. Imagine a crazy, strong, wacky family doing life without church. I cannot recall even one Easter going to church as a family. We colored eggs, ate the ears off chocolate bunnies, and marshmallow peeps. There was one Easter Sunday I remember that was different. I knew in my heart there was something very significant about Easter. I was about eight years old when I got up early and went outside by myself. It was still dark. I felt compelled to tell God thank you for Easter in some way, even though I did not really understand what it all meant. I had a small red New Testament with Psalms that had

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Grocery Store Strategies

Grocery Store Strategies

Even savvy shoppers can be overwhelmed in the grocery store.  So many choices, labels and buzzwords, plus little time to spend deciphering all of it.  Here are a few strategies that might make your shopping trip a little easier Bring a list.  And stick to it! Healthy decisions start before you even walk through the doors of the store. Planning ahead can not only keep you from throwing in unnecessary items (hello, cookies!) but can also save you time and money. Have everyone in your family help contribute on the list as well. Kids are more willing to try new foods when they help pick them. Start with the Perimeter.   Do the majority of your shopping in the perimeter of the grocery store where the fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish reside. Aim for meat or fish items that are 95 percent lean or higher, low-fat dairy and a variety of fruits and vegetables. While

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Finding What Works for You

Finding What Works for You

The key to exercising regularly is finding something that works for you.  Bob & Dee Matthews found what works for them is riding bikes.  They began riding in 2009, cancelled their gym membership and found success in reaching their fitness goals.  See Bob’s story on the First Place 4 Health YouTube channel here:   https://youtu.be/H7p6IZpvDWo

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Daily Blessings

Daily Blessings

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. ECCLESIASTES 7:8   I am drinking from my “saucer” because my cup has overflowed, and I want to share with you what has caused this joy in my whole being. About eight years ago, I was at a point that I wanted to make a change in my spiritual life. A co-worker told me about a program called First Place 4 Health, so I checked online, researched the program and showed up at the next meeting. The ladies in the class were so welcoming and kind to me from the very beginning. They had no idea of the baggage I had lugged in with me, as I was dealing with marital and family issues at that time. I got settled into this Bible study, which helped to open my eyes to God’s grace and

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Signing On for Another 20 Years

Signing On for Another 20 Years

This year marks my 20th anniversary with First Place 4 Health. I was a young mom with four children and just turning 40 (Yes, I consider that still young!), when I discovered First Place. I started a group with seven women. Every one of us lost weight, but what we found was so much more. I really got spiritually organized for the first time ever, and learned to consistently have a quiet time that has changed my life. I am now turning 60, and I still choose First Place 4 Health. I have seen dozens of wellness programs and weight-loss programs come and go, but FP4H remains constant. As I am leading my class here on Edisto, I am reminded why I love this program. First, it cares for the whole person. We meet on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and even though my class is small this session, I am

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Stop a Craving in Its Tracks

Stop a Craving in Its Tracks

Giving in to a food craving is the ultimate diet double-whammy: Not only will that bag of chips or box of chocolates wreck your best plans, but the subsequent guilty feeling has a good chance of leading you to eat even more chips, chocolate, or other diet downfalls.   To stop an unhealthy urge in its tracks, try one of these tips. Start your day with oats.  Two new studies present a pretty compelling case to make oatmeal your go-to breakfast. Research from Lund University in Sweden found that the healthy fats in oats trigger the production of hormones in the body that make you feel satisfied, helping prevent cravings for up to 7 hours. Another recent study, published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, found that people who ate oatmeal for breakfast took in 31% fewer calories at lunch than people who skipped breakfast or had a bowl of corn flakes. Avoid your craving

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Fit Tip ~ Exercising with Baby

Fit Tip ~ Exercising with Baby

Are you a new mom with no time to exercise?  Do you know a new mom with no time to exercise?  Check out these three new videos that demonstrate exercises you can do with you baby.  They are all less than a minute.  You can find these and other great videos on the First Place 4 Health YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/FirstPlace4Health

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Redeeming Our Bad Choices

Redeeming Our Bad Choices

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 As a college student, I asked the Lord into my life. Then after being out of church for 10 years, the Lord used a Christian counselor and a post-abortion Bible study to draw me back to church. It was at that time that I recommitted my life to the Lord. My first Easter as a “new” Christian, I attended a Last Supper service. The Children’s Chapel was dimly lit; there were seven goblets on the altar alongside the bread. Families came in, shared communion together and left as I sat alone. The church pianist asked me to come to the altar with her family. As she prayed for me, she spoke this verse into my life. At that very moment, I couldn’t comprehend why

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