Monthly archive for June 2017

Can Freedom Be For Real?

Can Freedom Be For Real?

What does freedom mean to you? Freedom means different things to different people. For some, being out from under the burden of debt and financial worry is their definition of freedom. Being released from an abusive relation could be the definition of freedom for some. According to my 15-year-old granddaughter freedom, is “getting to do what you want, when you want.”  Yep, I get that. I was 15 once.   My pastor husband, “the ability to do what you want without undue restraint” – I love the undue restraint. Very clergy-like.   Young gen X’er, “the ability to do that which you most desire to do.”  (Quoting Augustine…I think.)   An 18-year-old young man: “the American flag.”  Now that is serious. Google Definition: Freedom (noun) The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.

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Freedom From Food Obsession

In the past, food was my primary strategy to cope with life. Each time I ran to food, I strengthened its connection to my emotions and weakened my ability to break free. In order to reverse the damaging connection, I needed to address the situations in my life and the source of my obsessions. First, I stopped numbing myself with food. I embraced the Live It food tracker and committed to write it down. In 2010, when I reached my healthy weight goal, I’d lost 116 pounds and thought I understood my eating habits. A deeper look at my tracker revealed I still obsessed about food and needed freedom. Second, I recognized food was still my go to for comfort. I retreated to the pantry and gazed at the shelves searching for a soothing treat. Instead of asking God for help, I chose food. Convicted when watching the Emotions and Eating DVD, I

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Ten Fun Summer Activities that Burn 50 Calories

Ten Fun Summer Activities that Burn 50 Calories

Summer is here!  Summer sparks our interest in getting outdoors.  Whether it’s a simple walk, or a bike ride to the park for a picnic, this season seems to motivate us to get out there and move.  Quick bursts of activity that we may not consider exercise can be fun ways to get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and squeeze in some exercise time in the process. Here is a list of 10 ways to burn around 50 calories (based on a 150-pound person). Combining a few a day can add up! Go For A Bike Ride. It’s the perfect outdoor activity, and fun for the whole family!  Play Frisbee. A quick six-minute game with friends will improve your hand-eye coordination. Wash Your Car . Just 15 minutes of scrubbing will do it! Play With Your Kids. Fooling around with your little ones is more of a workout than you might think. Twelve minutes of

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Pint-sized Meal Planners

Pint-sized Meal Planners

Summer is a great time for involving children in food shopping and preparation.  Our schedules can be more relaxed and allow the extra time to include them.  Their involvement will help develop positive attitudes about food and prepare them for independence as they get older. Take the kids grocery shopping and ask them to help you choose what to buy. For example, ask them to pick three fruits and three vegetables they would like to eat during the week. Ask each child to help plan the family meal on a designated night.  Let him or her even handle the details. For example, stop at a party supply store and let the planner select special paper napkins. Remind kids that tastes can change.  Encourage them to try at least one bite of everything- call it a “no, thank you” bite. Remember that it takes children a while to try new things,

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In Step with My Personal Trainer

In Step with My Personal Trainer

Many years ago I was a mess! I was huffing and puffing going up stairs, my weight was out of control, and I had to take painkillers to get to sleep. The worst moment was when my knee gave way as I walked down my back- yard steps.  I knew I needed to do something about my weight, but I also knew I needed to spend more time in prayer.  As I picked myself up that day, I decided I would get up about fifteen minutes earlier the next morning and walk—and I would pray. The next morning The List whispered to me: You are so tired. You deserve to sleep in a bit more. Besides, it’s really dark out there! Nonetheless, I would not listen to my own excuses anymore. What I really deserved was to get healthy so I could be my best self for my four kids,

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Sizzling Summer Workout – Just 15 Minutes

Sizzling Summer Workout - Just 15 Minutes

This is a great workout you can do just about anywhere and does not take much time.  If you work at about 80% of your capacity, you should burn approximately the same amount of calories as a 30-minute walk, maybe even more! It’s called the 5-4-3-2-1. We will do five exercises, for one minute each, alternating cardio and strength exercises. After you have completed the first set of five exercises take about a one-minute break to hydrate and review what’s next. Proceed with the four exercises, three exercises, two and then one, all for one minute each. If you have time and want to make the workout longer you can work back up the pyramid using the same exercises, finishing with the five. You will need: A set of weights – five pounds should do nicely Workout mat Stop watch or IPhone to time the exercises Printed copy of this

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Persistance, Not Perfection

Persistance, Not Perfection

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  HEBREWS 10:24 Years ago, in my first session of First Place 4 Health, my leader, Joy Huber, spoke a word of encouragement to our group that has ministered to me ever since. She told us that our First Place 4 Health journey was about “persistence, not perfection.” She would continue to speak that encouragement over us that entire session. My heart’s desire was to learn everything I could about the program and follow it without fail. But in my struggles along the way, Joy’s encouraging words echoed in my mind—it’s persistence, not perfection. I am so thankful to the Lord for using Joy in such a practical way that continues to minister to me as well as to our First Place 4 Health group. Temptation will rise, faulty thinking can make us feel entrapped, discouragement

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