Monthly archive for February 2017

I’ll Never Give Up…

I'll Never Give Up...

At the beginning of my weight-loss journey I boldly said to my class, “I will never give up Half & Half.” Although the coffee seemed a necessary requirement for daily survival, the added condiments racked up calories. In 2008, my pastor challenged us: “Give up a luxury for forty days.” The forty days has spiritual significance; it symbolizes following the temptation of Christ who denied himself during His time spent in the desert. My church focus provided the holy motivation needed as others joined in giving upsomething too. I gave up my precious four cups of caffeinated goodness.  No coincidence that around the same time I learned consuming low-fat dairy products helped with weight loss. When the forty days ended, I savored my cup of coffee with one-half cup of steamed skim milk instead of Half & Half. The Lord blessed me with a bonus. I cut the fat from my diet

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I Give Up

Okay, you started out in January with a bang, slowed down a little in February and now you’ve quit. What’s Next? Get the magnet!  I love our FP4H magnet that says, “Setbacks are temporary but quitting is permanent.” It happens to all of us. You do not want to stay stuck in the feeling of failure. Every time you give up on your wellness  journey, you have two choices: keep walking backwards, which will place you even farther away from your goal (If you chose this option, says my husband, Rob, “Make sure your insurance is paid up because you are going to need it!”), or you can take the steps necessary to begin again. What steps do I need to take to start again? Let go of the slipup.  Joyce Meyer says, “We will all fail in life, but nobody has to be a failure. Failing at a thing doesn’t make you

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Obedience School

Obedience School

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  HEBREWS 10:25 My pug puppy Stella Rose is doing great in puppy obedience school. She’s my fifth pug, but the first I’ve had to take to school. My wild child has learned how to behave and even shine around other dogs and the teacher/trainer. We’ve both had fun getting to know people “owned” by a varied mix of breeds. Stella Rose and I watched the tiny, shy poodle finally come out of her shell. We were thrilled when the boxer mix eventually developed control of his incessant bark. Everyone was proud and relieved when the huge Irish wolfhound stopped jumping up on people. All the dogs had “issues,” and we will never know why or how they developed them. What we

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Seven Reasons to Keep Tracking

Seven Reasons to Keep Tracking

Of all the habits I’ve formed in the last eleven years of my wellness journey, completing my Live It Tracker has never changed.  If I track, I succeed. If I stop tracking, my weight rises. My tracker guides me and doesn’t condemn me. If I have a higher calorie meal or snack, I’m able to compensate during the next meal or the next day. When I fill out a tracker honestly and completely, it’s a great day. My tracker sheds light on the hidden calories.  If I can’t figure out how to track it, it probably has hidden calories.  I look at the nutritional information and determine how to track. If I can’t figure out how to track it, I’ll make a different choice. My tracker gives me greater success when I eat out.  At a restaurant, I ask the server questions and then do a quick Internet search for

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Seven Healthy Snacks

Seven Healthy Snacks

A snack should be small—something to give you energy and prevent you from getting too hungry before your next meal.  It’s important to have a balanced snack with a little protein and some carbs, so that you stay fueled and focused on your day.  Here are seven healthy snacks that fit the bill: Cut an apple into bite-sized pieces and add them to one-half cup low-fat cottage cheese. Sprinkle one tablespoon chopped walnuts or pecans (and a little honey if you like it a little sweeter). Slice a whole grain pita into wedges and serve with hummus and a handful of fresh berries on the side. Combine one cup plain low-fat yogurt with one-half cup berries, and one-quarter cup chopped nuts. Add honey, if desired. Serve olives and marinated red peppers with a piece of warm whole grain bread. Sliced tomato with a sprinkle of feta and olive oil. Peanut

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Seven Brilliant Ideas I Tried to Lose Weight

Seven Brilliant Ideas I Tried to Lose Weight

Seeing all of this diet craziness on Facebook takes me back to the old days. I probably tried just about every diet out there. I tried the blood pledge with my sister; we pricked our fingers and vowed to lose weight. We didn’t! I ate cabbage every day for a week, alternating the next week with bananas. I did not lose weight; I only ended up hating cabbage. I know people are desperate to lose weight, but there is no magic trick. Even  the things we thought, for so long, would work, don’t work at all. Here is my list of things I thought would work — Will Power – I know people with the strongest will power ever known, and they still cannot lose weight. It’s so much more complicated than that. Our willpower is not limitless.  Eventually, it runs out. We have to have a power source much larger

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God Uprooting the Heart

God Uprooting the Heart

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2 As a professional counselor, I have visited the hearts and minds of countless individuals. It’s important for me to know how a person feels and thinks before I can identify, with help from God, the root or source of the person’s wounds and then help him or her heal. In the same way, the Lord desires to uproot the areas of our hearts and minds that bear rotten or painful fruit—or perhaps no fruit at all. Our God is passionate for us to have a thriving garden in our hearts and minds. If our minds are focused on our problems, our failures, our weaknesses or our inabilities, we will produce the fruit of doubt

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