Monthly archive for March 2020

Why First Place?

Why First Place?

Ever wonder where the name “First Place” came from? It started with the faithful folks at Houston’s First Baptist coming together to create a Christ centered weight loss program. They wanted a scripture verse to represent the biblical precepts of the program. The scripture from Matthew 6:33 fits perfectly. Jesus was sharing with his disciples on a hillside on the edge of the Sea of Galilee, probably near Capernaum. Those folks were worried about so many things like what they would eat, how they would clothe their families, and provide shelter. Jesus knew this, and Jesus said, “seek first” the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things would be added to you as well. We worry about some of the very same things. Food can be thought consuming and worrisome. Jesus said seeking Him first would be the way to successfully navigate through life. His promises are

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Restoration – Are You Ready?

Restoration - Are You Ready?

When I attended my first freedom retreat, I began in earnest to inspect the situations and actions of my past. I discovered the various barriers that I had created to protect myself. Unfortunately—or, perhaps, fortunately—these same barriers were obstructing my relationship with God, so eradicating them would mean a new freedom that I had no idea existed. During the retreat, I inventoried my life. In doing so, I had two valuable realizations. First, memories of drug and alcohol abuse within my birth family bounced back into the forefront of my thoughts. I was ashamed and embarrassed by my dad. Second, onlookers of my life might say that I’ve had great success in my career, my marriage, as a mother, daughter, and sister. Yet, my dad’s perfectionist expectations and the withholding of praise and affection still caused me to feel like I could never measure up, particularly to his vision for

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How’s Your Face?

How's Your Face?

I am a strong woman. There is no getting around it. I know that there are times that I am intimidating and (dare I say) loud and sometimes come across as pushy and demanding. In my 20s and 30s, I really fought against this and so wanted to be different. To be meek. To be mild-mannered. To be gentle. I did not like the skin I was in (and, to be honest, I am not sure if many folks around me liked it either.) But in myself, I could not be different. I couldn’t change. I couldn’t stop being my selfish, rebellious, strong-willed woman. That all changed in 1992 when I came to the end of myself and cried out to God. I bowed my knees to the one true God and received Him as my Lord and Savior and the gift of His Spirit living in me. Now, because

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Sherry Leggett

Sherry Leggett

Sherry Leggett In her role as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Certified Angus Beef LLC, Sherry Leggett is actively involved in nurturing the heart of the company’s business – its people, who assist customers in marketing beef from Angus cattle farms to restaurants and grocery stores around the world. Sherry joined the staff in 2013 as the wellness and medical benefits manager, providing nearly 150 employees with wellness coaching to build on the healthy, positive, balanced and productive workplace. With more than 18 years of wellness experience, Sherry enjoys helping the employees through designing individual integrative programs and coordinating the company’s onsite physician, psychologist, lawyer, dietitian and financial wellness coach. Sherry has a true passion for helping people achieve a well-balanced life one interaction at a time, and in 2014, she was named a Top 100 Wellness Professionals in America by the Wellness Council of America. During her wellness

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Three Weeks to a Healthier You – Monday Nights

FREE ONLINE CLASS Are you ready to get started with a healthier you? Are you new to First Place For Health? We are here to help you kick off a healthier you with three weekly virtual group meetings. Mondays • 7:00 – 8:00 PM Central Time August 10th    •    August 17th    •    August 24th First Place for Health is about community and supporting one another. Our meetings will encourage and inspire you as we learn strategies for success. We’ll talk about food, scripture, exercise, prayer, and a whole lot more. IMPORTANT NOTE: This class is for new members only.  

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Creamy Avocado and White Bean Wrap

2 tbsp. cider vinegar 1 tbsp. canola oil 2 tsp. finely chopped canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce ¼ tsp. salt 2 cups shredded red cabbage 1 medium carrot, shredded ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed 1 ripe avocado ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 2 tbsp. minced red onion 4 8-10-inch whole-wheat wraps or tortillas Whisk vinegar, oil, chipotle chile and salt in a medium bowl. Add cabbage, carrot and cilantro; toss to combine. Mash beans and avocado in another medium bowl with a potato masher or fork. Stir in cheese and onion. To assemble the wraps, spread about 1/2 cup of the bean-avocado mixture onto a wrap (or tortilla) and top with about 2/3 cup of the cabbage-carrot slaw. Roll up. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut the wraps in half to serve, if desired. Serves 4. Nutritional Information: 346 calories; 17 g total

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Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

1/3 cup oats ½ cup milk 1 tsp. chia seeds ½ tbsp. maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tbsp. slivered almonds ½ medium banana, sliced 1/3 cup blueberries In an airtight container, mix oats, milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla. Seal the container and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir oats and top with slivered almonds, sliced banana, and blueberries. Serves 1. Nutritional Information: 341 Calories; 9g Fat; 97mg Sodium; 54g Car­bohydrates; 9g Protein Live It Tracker: 1 oz.-eq. protein, 1 oz.-eq. grain, 1 cup fruit, 1 tsp. healthy oil

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One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

2 tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. chicken thighs boneless and skinless, sliced into strips 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes drained of oil, chopped 1 lb. asparagus trimmed and cut in half 1/4 cup basil pesto 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved Heat a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 tbsp. olive oil, sliced chicken thighs. Season chicken generously with salt. Add half of chopped sun-dried tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, turning a couple of times, until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove the chicken and sun-dried tomatoes from the skillet, leaving oil. Add asparagus, sea­soned with salt and remaining half of sun-dried tomatoes. Cook on me­dium heat for 5-10 minutes until the asparagus is cooked through. Remove asparagus to serving plate. Add chicken back to the skillet. Add pesto and stir to coat on low-medium heat until chicken is reheated, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from

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Keep Your Class Going

  Dear friends, Like you, we’ve been watching the current events surrounding COVID-19. We love our FP4H community and want everybody to be safe, but connected. One of the most important parts of our FP4H classes is that support and connection with our friends in our class. As our movements become more restricted and we become more isolated, we wanted to offer a few ideas for leaders and members to keep that contact and support going. We need it more than ever! SET UP A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR YOUR CLASS.  Use it to share your encouragement, exercise tips, recipes, lesson plans, etc. HAVE YOUR CLASS MEET ONLINE USING ZOOM (zoom.us).  Zoom allows you to see each other as you meet each week. You can create a schedule that mirrors your regular class days and times. Keeping to that regular routine will ease minds, plus make it easier to come back

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Help When You Need It

Help When You Need It

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. GALATIANS 5:13 I will never forget the day when I was driving with Vicki Heath to look at a conference center where we planned to have a Wellness Retreat. The conference center was about halfway between Charleston, South Carolina, where Vicki lives, and Savannah, Georgia. Vicki was driving when my cell phone rang. The call was from our precious daughter-in-love (law), Lisa, telling me that her dad, George Gerdes, had died. George was only 71 years old. He had died from an abdominal aneurysm. We were all in shock; George had not been sick, and he was driving home from work when the aneurysm struck. I flew home immediately, and we all pitched in to help plan the service and the dinner afterward at the

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