Monthly archive for December 2018

Read This if You Don’t Want to Run a 5K

Read This if You Don't Want to Run a 5K

There was a time I could not understand someone wanting to run a race and was determined not to, but the Lord had a different plan. I asked Joyce Ainsworth, author of Food, Freedom and Finish Lines, about racing.  She encouraged me to start with a 5K.  Thanksgiving seemed like a good day to burn off extra calories, so I entered a 5K Turkey Trot.   I survived, I finished and I was thankful.   The Lord sent another encourager, Sherry, who asked to arrive late to a training meeting, because she was competing in a triathlon.  When she arrived at our meeting, we asked about the race.  As she shared, I started thinking, “I swim. I bike.  I run.”  Sherry, a brand new friend, encouraged me, and something happened after I signed up for the Triathlon Sprint. I actually wanted to swim, bike and run.   Not only that, but I looked forward to

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Seven Fitness Partnerships for Success

Seven Fitness Partnerships for Success

Of all God’s blessings in life, the gift of friendship, especially fitness buddies, should not be overlooked.  During an eight-week study, research found that people who exercised with a partner did more exercise during the brief study.  Other research has found that if you find a partner, you will stick with the exercise routine, even six months later. What if you could double your chances for fitness success, and exercise would be more enjoyable, fit into your schedule, and pull you through the fitness rut?  Proverbs 18:24 states, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”  Reliable friends can be the difference between your exercise habit success and failure.  Over the years, I have not limited myself to one fitness partnership—walking and meetings with a colleague, running with a group, or taking a group exercise class.  Here are

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Why I Won’t Give Up

Why I Won't Give Up

What’s your greatest motivation? Are you a natural-born competitor? Are you striving to keep up with your children or grandchildren? Are you working to fit into that special spring outfit this year? Are you hoping to outrun your DNA? Or are you simply trying to live a more healthy life all the way around? What I’m really asking all of us is this: When you want to give up, what stops you? I have a competitive streak that’s pretty wide. My motivation originates in the challenge of being a little bit better (healthier, smarter, kinder) than I was yesterday. For this miraculous growth to occur, I must choose to make one good decision at a time. All of us are one decision away from moving in a positive direction or a negative one. I apply this principle to my physical lifestyle as well as my spiritual life, and I’d like you to consider

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Top Three Secrets for a Better Workout

“May I tell you a secret?” Does this question take you back to the schoolyard where your best friend runs to you at recess to share some sweet morsel of information that’s to be held tightly just between the two of you? Or does it pique your interest because you’re a learner and you want to know and implement the latest health tip so you can get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution? Either way, I’ll share with you my top 3 secrets to a better workout…on two conditions. You must implement these secrets into your fitness program to the best of your ability, and then share them with those you are inspiring to better health. These secrets are too good to keep to yourself! Assuming you agreed to my conditions, read on. STAY BALANCED as it relates to muscle compensation and adaptation. We must fight muscle imbalance by keeping

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Vicki Linstrom

Vicki Linstrom

I began my First Place 4 Health journey in 2012. Our church offered a Christ-centered weight loss program as a small group. I thought it was just what I needed. I had tried to lose weight for years. I started my weight loss journey at the age of 12, when I was 103 lbs. A well-meaning family member told me I was putting on some weight. I had tried so many different diets: low fat, no sugar, one food, specific foods on specific days, and low calories. I even tried some diet aids, one of which was like a caramel that you were supposed to eat and then drink a warm glass of water. I ate the whole box. No matter what the diet, the results were similar–no loss at all or a loss followed by a gain. When the Ridge offered a weight-loss program that was faith-based, I signed

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Twila Tillman

Twila Tillman

“I give God all the glory because without His help, I could never have done it.” Before First Place 4 Health, I had health problems. My mother had adult-onset diabetes, and I did not want to go through what she did. I was over the 40 mark and knew I had to do something. FP4H had formed in my church, and I didn’t join in the beginning. I thought I could lose the weight on my own; however, I had lost weight twice before and it all came back.  I began to see the change in the women’s lives that were in FP4H and decided this was something I wanted to try. After being in the class for almost half a session, I wanted to help—I have been a co-leader since then.  I do the nutrition part. My walk with God is so much closer. I’m now at goal weight.

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Tim Fast

Tim Fast

I have lost 70 pounds and I feel great. I no longer get winded going up stairs; my blood pressure is now in a normal range; my cholesterol is fifty points lower, and my resting heart rate has dropped 12 beats per minute. I am in better shape now than I have been in twenty-five years. It began on a Saturday in April 2005. I was in the kitchen and noticed the church paper was open to the First Place section. My wife had been trying to get me to lose weight for some time, so I jokingly said that if she wanted to join First Place I would join with her. The next day we were at a First Place orientation meeting and signing up to start the next session. I weighed 285 pounds but was in good health, so I did not see the need to lose weight.

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Tammy Mutter

Tammy Mutter

My name is Tammy Mutter and I’m 41 years old. I’m writing you from inside prison in Gatesville, Texas, at the Lane Murray Unit. Here’s my story for the glory of God. I grew up an overweight child; I still remember the feelings of rejection and never fitting in with the rest of the kids.  The fear of rejection and not fitting in followed me into adulthood.  I was in a hurry to grow up; I guess it was to escape the sexual abuse from the male members of my family.  So at the age of 12, I was on my own and making my own choices.  I made a lot of foolish choices and ended up with a horrible addiction to crack-cocaine.  Being on drugs was the only time my body was small and it was only temporary because when I wasn’t using drugs, I always gained the weight

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Tamara Fisher

Tamara Fisher

Weight no longer defines me. In the past, I felt like even if I was a good mother, friend, or sister… I was still the fat mother, fat friend, or fat sister. Now I’m just Tamara. Would you think you could lose 12 dress sizes and 140 pounds in a little over a year? If you answered “no,” then you probably feel the same way I did when I started First Place in January 2004. At that time, I was wearing a size 28 and weighed 290 pounds. I had been overweight my whole life, starting at about the age of 10 and gradually increasing to my highest weight of 320 pounds when I got married. I was skeptical from the beginning, but felt that I was running out of options.  The way I saw it, I could try First Place, undergo surgery, or get even fatter.  I decided to

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Sherry Bell

Sherry Bell

First Place 4 Health literally saved my life at 320 pounds. In my FP4H support group, I was prayed for, held accountable, loved by people struggling just like me… As a prodigal, I was invited to church and read about First Place 4 Health in the Sunday bulletin. I was on an arduous, desperate roller coaster ride for over 20 years. Food was my idol, drug of choice, and my comforter as a food addict and emotional eater. I felt a sense of entitlement to binge. After all, it was my body. Living in the bondage of shackles, shame, and denial, I never in my wildest dreams ever imagined that I could succeed in winning this demonic battle. As a nutrition major, I was a poor example of a health professional, knowing how to purchase and prepare healthy food. However, what I learned most, is that this battle belonged to the Lord, and not to me. First Place 4 Health literally saved my

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