Monthly archive for July 2017

Five Best Things about a Fresh Start

Five Best Things about a Fresh Start

My husband calls me the Queen of Starting Over. One thing for sure, we all need a fresh start sometimes. The Bible even says we should approach each new day with a fresh outlook on what God can do. Here are five reasons I am proud to be the Queen of Starting Over: It beats the alternative. The alternative of a fresh start would be a stale stuck. Do you really want things to stay status quo? For things to change you have to change something. And that will never happen if you don’t start afresh. You are smarter this time. It’s true. Every session of FP4H, even though I may not reach all of my goals, I am smarter. God’s word is making me wise beyond my years. Why not keep going? It’s an opportunity to get it right from the beginning. I teach cardio fitness routines choreographed to contemporary Christian music.

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Refreshing Time Away

Refreshing Time Away

When I took time off to get away in the past, I would get off track. The enemy would try and persuade me to take a vacation from my healthy habits. I’ve even heard of people afraid to take time off for fear they will lose control. Bah! The enemy is mean and will do whatever he can to sidetrack us. Consider the following FEAR fighting steps to stay on track as you embrace your time off. FORESIGHT: Anticipate the obstacles. Where are you staying? What food options will be available? How often in your day will you be able to work in physical activity? Who will be the biggest challenge? What types of healthy snacks will you bring? How will you drink your eight glasses of water while you are traveling? Planning ahead reduces the stress of staying on track. EXERCISE: Walking may be the only activity you can squeeze out of a

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A Fresh Pick

A Fresh Pick

When inspecting produce, use your senses. Ask yourself how the item smells, how it feels, and whether it looks appealing. These are good indicators of its freshness. Check out these tips for finding the fresh pick in your fruits and vegetables. FRESH FRUIT The flesh should be firm, but give a little. If your plums, berries, or nectarines are rock hard, they’re not ripe. Citrus fruits that are too firm are likely dry on the inside. Heaviness can indicate how juicy a fruit or melon is, especially with oranges, lemons, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Give the fruit a sniff. You should pick up a light aroma from it. A strong aroma can indicate over-ripeness, and if the fruit smells a bit sour or stinky, you’re probably holding an apple or bag of grapes that’s past its prime. A light, sweet smell is a good indicator that your fruit is fresh and

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Sincere Hearts

Sincere Hearts

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. HEBREWS 3:13   One of the aspects I enjoy the most about a First Place 4 Health Wellness Week is being secluded and shielded from the world for seven days. The absence of electronic devices and newspapers, having freedom to enjoy or decline programmed activities, and seeing the openness of attendees and the authenticity of the staff all combine to encourage me with its atmosphere of love and sincere concern. It is in this setting, among like-minded people, that my broken heart (broken over concern for a fractured family relationship) was healed, my spirit refreshed and my mind renewed. When I arrived at Wellness Week, I wasn’t aware of the need buried deep in the crevices of my heart. But words spoken during the outdoor worship service pricked

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Don’t Give In

Don't Give In

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you ago. Joshua 1:9   All of us know what it feels like to be discouraged; it is an experience that needs little explanation.  Life seems to spin out of control, our inner resources are depleted, and we feel like we’re running on empty.  However, what we often fail to realize when the fog rolls in, stripping us of our zest for life, is that discouragement signals the need for immediate action—for discouragement is always a call to run swiftly to the Word of God.  As much as we may want to give into feelings of defeat during times of discouragement, we must instead muster our courage and take decisive action.  It is essential that we take steps to defuse our discouragement before it turns into depression and

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