Monthly archive for December 2016

Set Yourself Up for Success

Set Yourself Up for Success

Are you sabotaging your efforts or setting yourself up for success?  Behaviors that are related to weight loss and weight management range from preparing dinner at home most nights of the week to cutting your food in half at restaurants and packing up half of it to go. Some behaviors will be easier to adopt than others. But all of these suggestions will make your physical and social settings, as well as your personal attitudes and beliefs, conducive to whatever behaviors you need to adopt. Clear Out “Toxic” Foods from Your Immediate Physical Environment.  Clean out your refrigerator, your pantry, your desk drawer, your closet, your car—wherever you find the wrong edibles! Don’t wait for the food to disappear later in the week—clear out the junk today. This includes high-fat, high-calorie and nutritionally empty foods and beverages. Eating some of these in moderation is one thing, but a food environment

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All Things New

All Things New

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Psalm 40:3 “New.” The word brings images of all kinds of exciting things, doesn’t it? New job, new car, new friend, new clothes, New Year, new beginnings! Back in January 2002, I began a new journey. I became a leader of First Place 4 Health in my church. It was a new program, and no one was familiar with it where I live. In October of that same year, I made the commitment to be the First Place 4 Health Networking Leader for Wisconsin. It was an exciting time, and a bit scary stepping into all that newness. I began new relationships as I met other leaders in various cities. It was a new experience planning meetings and events held in various churches around the state. I belong to a small church, so I gained

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Honor Thy Health

Honor Thy Health

Hey friends, here is my New Year’s Question:  Why are you doing the same thing you did last year that didn’t work? Year after year people make the same commitments to “really lose the weight this time” and nothing changes. I’m not judging. I know about that.  Why not let God help, and stop this thing once and for all. This is how it can happen. The conference was over and I was boxing up my table. The crowd was rushing by on their way to lunch. She hung on to my table like a life preserver. “Do you think this program would work for me?” As I looked into her face, I saw a beautiful obese woman who had lost all hope of ever losing weight.  Not knowing a thing about her other than what I could see in her eyes, I quickly answered “yes”. There was not much

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Jump Start the New Year

These simple steps will kick start your weight loss.  Do all eight for 14 days and you’ll find yourself back on track.  We can do anything for 14 days!  If you are just beginning your journey with First Place 4 Health, this is an easy way to begin as you familiarize yourself with all aspects of First Place 4 Health. Pray before you eat anything.  Ask God to help you make healthy choices.  You can’t do it alone and you don’t have to. Weigh yourself.   Weigh now—and again at the same time each week.  Only weigh once per week.  Weighing more often can lead to discouragement when you don’t see a change quickly. Write down everything you eat.   Don’t worry about counting it on your FP4H Tracker.  Just get it on paper. Don’t eat any fried foods.  None.  Zero.  No excuses. Eat only low-fat dairy and meat products.  Reduced-fat cheeses are easy to find and

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Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 TIMOTHY  4:7 “You must eat a grapefruit with every meal,” a well-meaning friend instructed, as she nodded knowingly. “This is supposed to really work. I read about it in a magazine.” Another magazine article spouting advice, I thought, from yet another so-called expert wanting to sell books providing a quick fix to rapid weight loss. I’d seen it all and, unfortunately, tried it all before. Grapefruits all day. Ice cream only. Liquids for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every time I turned on the TV or stood in line at the checkout stand, I would find myself bombarded with the next great diet and health program. Some had tidbits of truth; others, well—let’s just say I found myself wanting for a new program or plan. This constant seeking and searching for the ultimate

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