Monthly archive for November 2015

Is it Possible to Have a Fit & Healthy Holiday?

Is it Possible to Have a Fit & Healthy Holiday?

Seriously, how do you stay fit during the holidays?  So much food, so little time! Sound familiar? Let’s rethink it.  Five Tips for a Fit and Healthy Holiday  Be proactive. Say, “I will plan. I will be active. I will eat healthy. I will count my blessings and spend time with God daily.” Sure, it’s easy to say, but how do I do that? Start your day with God. Ask God to guide your heart and mind. Allow him to be in each decision you make. No excuses.We have a habit of justifying our behavior: “I don’t want to offend (insert name) by not eating her special (insert dish).”  It’s tradition. Stop and look around.  Are there other family/church/business traditions? Diabetes? Heart disease? Obesity? Be the one to start a new tradition. Set the new standard. Take in the veggie or fruit tray. Use fresh ingredients. Make a lighter version of a favorite

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Two Degree Shifts Toward Good News

Two Degree Shifts Toward Good News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:10-11 I dearly love good news! Doesn’t everyone? Good news takes many forms: a child’s birth, the birth of a grandchild, an engagement, a long-awaited promotion, a daughter-in-law accepting God’s salvation, a deserved retirement, a disciplined life showing healthy results, observances of spiritual growth in children, and so many more. A piece of good news I learned last summer was about the small steps we make that result in great changes in our lives. It is rarely a lack of desire to change, but the bigness of the changes that discourages us. We become overwhelmed by the magnitude of all that needs to be changed in

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Bring on Christmas!

Five Steps to an Emotionally Healthy Holiday Worry, hurry, traffic, presents, shopping, tree, food, kids, money, food, family, party, food and more food. Are you getting freaked out? Well, don’t! God does not want the celebration of the birth of His Son to be anything but joyful. The craziness of Christmas does not have to consume us. We can experience the true meaning of Christmas with a happy heart and attitude.  Here’s how: Set food boundaries.  The average American will gain three to seven pounds over the holidays. This might be the average, but I think Christians shouldn’t be average. We don’t have to participate in this statistic. Boundaries are just fences or lines that we decide we will not cross, for our own protection and well-being. I have written out my boundaries for the holidays. ©     I will enjoy my favorite foods, but I will not take large portions of

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