Monthly archive for July 2019

Strength Through Nutrition-Join the Superfoods Fan Club!

Strength Through Nutrition-Join the Superfoods Fan Club!

Do you like superheroes? I don’t collect comic books or anything like that, but I guess I am what my daughter Kayla calls a “fangirl” at heart. I absolutely love to go and see the newest superhero movies, often wearing the corresponding T-shirt as I watch! My heart pounds, my hands grip the arms of the theater seat (and sometimes my husband Tony’s arm), and I gasp when something crashes to the ground or flies at me (3-D, you know). I cheer as I watch them always defeat the bad guys with their daring and powerful moves, coming out seemingly unscathed from the battle! My personal favorites are Captain America and Superman (who will always be Christopher Reeve in my mind and heart), but there are many more that I love to watch as well. What makes superheroes super? They always have extra-special skills or strength, rising up above the

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Strength Through His Divine Power

Strength Through His Divine Power

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 PETER 1:3 I have to giggle each week as we begin our First Place 4 Health class. Everyone steps up to the scale, taking off as much clothing as possible while mumbling over and over under their breath the memory verse they are about to quote. Recently, this verse in 2 Peter 1:3 challenged me, and the Lord had me share this fact with the class. After all, isn’t this why we come together, to be encouraged as we share the good, the bad, and the Godly of our journey to live a balanced life? The verse said, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness,” and immediately a thought came: So why am I not reaching my goals? It surely wasn’t

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Strength Through Community – Your New Best Friend

Strength Through Community - Your New Best Friend

I finish out my fifties in twelve months. Since my grandparents and great-grandparents lived into their late nineties, my goal for the long haul is to remain strong. I realize if I’m not building muscle strength, I’m losing it. I teach a Body & Soul Strength and Flexibility class at my church two days a week. Why? Because I need it. Plus, when I’m working out with others, I’ll show up. In 2010, when I reached my healthy goal, it was just in time for the hormone roller coaster, menopause.  There is a reason the calorie range charts reduce by 200 calories per day for women when they reach age 51 and men age 61.  As our hormones change (men included), our bodies age, and expend less energy.  If we don’t decrease our food intake, increase our activity level, and build muscle mass, you guessed it, we gain weight.  Plus,

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Strength Through Bible Study

Strength Through Bible Study

Vicki Strong! I don’t think so. I am the weakest person I know. I may not be physically or spiritually weak, but definitely an emotional weakling. But really, who can say no to grandkids? And I can barely get through a Hallmark movie without shedding a tear or two. And war movies… I’m a wreck. I’m a total pushover for a stray cat. Where does strength come from? There are all kinds of strength, some healthy and some not so healthy. Being so strong and stoic that you hold back emotion or affection that needs to be shared is not a healthy strength. Being strong enough to carry out the will of the Lord is a healthy strength. But then, some of my most fruitful work for Him has been in a debilitating state of weakness. It’s puzzling, and I admit I still have a lot to learn about what

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Finding Strength Through Prayer

Finding Strength Through Prayer

Years ago, I was a mess physically. I had gained a bunch of weight. I was huffing and puffing as I went upstairs. And I needed painkillers to go to sleep at night. The worst moment was when I walked down our back door and found myself in a crumpled heap because my knee had given way. I knew I needed to do something about my health, but I also knew that for some time, God had been calling me to spend more time with him. I decided I would get up a little bit earlier the next morning and walk. And while I walked, I would pray. The next morning when the alarm went off, The List began whispering to me. You are too tired. You need your rest. It’s dark out there!  Nonetheless, I got up, threw sweats OVER my pajamas, and headed out the door. I walked

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Donnamarie Brown

Donnamarie Brown

  Donnamarie Roberts is a fitness professional with over 25+ years’ experience in personal training and group exercise. She has trained over 1000 women of all ages and fitness levels and has found only one thing to be true for all: “You cannot conquer what conquers you on your own power. You need the power of God.” www.fitabove50.com

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Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown

Debbie is Nationally recognized as a local church Fitness Ministry expert and respected by all know her.  Debbie is the Associate Director of Fitness & Recreation. She has been directing the Fitness Ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church for 20+ years. Currently she leads a Dynamic Fitness Team of 15, and The Fitness and Recreation Center has over 1600 current members. Debbie enjoys seeing people transformed by realizing that exercise can be fun and that they can achieve their goals & connect with God simultaneously. The facility offers Group Exercise Classes, Personal Training, Small Group Training, a Start Smart Program and many outreach opportunities. Debbie’s favorite class to teach is Pilates. Debbie is married to Denny. They have a daughter, Jessica who is 31 and a 8-year old granddaughter, Chloe.

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