Emotional

Floodlight for the Soul

Floodlight for the Soul

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 11:34-36 (NLT) At different stages of my life, the Lord’s light radiated from my face; other times it glowed, sometimes it glimmered, and if I’m honest, my light flickered when I sank into the dark corner. Thankfully, Jesus is always ready to illuminate our souls. The challenge for me is recognizing the darkness crowding out the light. Are you like me and need a floodlight into your soul? Are you ready for a healthy eye, with your whole body filled with light? Removing the darkness and

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The Frump Factor

The Frump Factor

Frumpiness is born out of our attempts to be comfortable, and it develops slowly in our closet over time.  One client called and described her clothes as being “The 3-Ds:” Drab, Dull, and Dowdy   After surveying her closet, we realized that the frumpage had taken root in her casual wear, and was beginning to spread to her “out and about” wardrobe.  She confessed that it all started with a couple of extra pounds around her midsection, and the discovery that her husband’s jeans fit her and were more comfortable than her own. So she tried them on to prove her point. While they looked pretty good from the front, they sagged and bagged from behind, and too often we women tend to overlook that part of our appearance.   As we sorted through the rest of her closet, most of the clothes were oversized for her body and past

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De-Stress

De-Stress

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress (I Timothy 4:15). Hitting my first weight-loss milestone underwhelmed me. I lost 25 pounds, 10-percent body weight reduction. Who cares? I still had 91 pounds to go; I’d been there before. Big deal! This time, though, was different. My FP4H materials challenged me to identify a non-food related reward that I could gift to myself. I settled on treating myself to a luxurious full body massage. During this massage, I relaxed fully and thanked God for the weight loss. I enjoyed this indulgence so much that I decided I would get a massage each time I hit a 10-pounder goal—one at 228, 218, 208, 198 and so on all the way to 158. As the masseuse kneaded my body, I begged the Lord to continue my physical restoration. I learned to praise my

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What First Place 4 Health Has Meant to Me

What First Place 4 Health Has Meant to Me

I joined First Place in 1981 because I had once again gained back the 20 pounds I lost the last time I dieted.  The program was offered at my church and I thought it was a great idea to be in a group with friends from church. Little did I know that this program would be used by God to radically change my life in every area: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical.  I have learned what it means to live a balanced life in every area through the truths written into First Place 4 Health materials.  It didn’t happen quickly; it has taken years to learn the lessons I needed to learn and to change from the inside out.  Here are some of the highlights of what the program means to me. Spiritual.  I learned how to pray when I began writing in a prayer journal in 1990.  My journals were

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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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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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Feel Right

Feel Right

I started this journey in 2006, and more than a decade later I’m faced with the same questions I answered when I started this journey. WHAT – Initially, I desired weight loss. Now I treasure sustained health and wellness for my lifetime. WHY – Before, I longed to look great, feel great, and enjoy a great life. Now I choose wellness to honor God, which allows me to serve Him for as long as He has me on earth. WILL YOU – For decades I responded, “No, I won’t. I can’t. I’ve already tried.” Then I recognized God’s unimaginable love for me and responded “yes” when prompted to embrace my body as the temple of His Holy Spirit. HOW – I surrendered to God’s supernatural power. In obedience I relinquished my time and desires as I changed to a healthier lifestyle one day at a time and one pound at a time. I relied

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Think Right

Think Right

Our Annual Summit weekend is one of my favorite FP4H events of the year.  Summit this year will be July 21-22 in beautiful Atlanta, Ga.  I can’t wait to meet new friends and see many of my longtime friends to catch up on life.  All of us need refreshing and refueling and this is the perfect place to get it.  There are great speakers, testimonies and seminars that always help us leave rejuvenated and ready to continue our quest to live a balanced life. I have personally heard our keynote speaker, Gwen Smith, and you are going to love her. This year’s theme, Best Life Ever, is one that has the potential to motivate us to new heights and to live every day to the fullest.  I am more than a little excited about my seminar this year.  I will be sharing the Seven Everyday Power Strategies I have learned

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35 Years of Memories

35 Years of Memories

Thirty-five years!  How can it be?  I’ll never forget how I came into the First Place 4 Health program.  It was January 1981, and I met up with a long-time friend at a baby shower.  Kay Taylor had lost a lot of weight and I said, “Kay, how could you do this and not tell me?”  Our parents were friends before Kay and I were born and we had grown up together at Houston’s First Baptist Church.  Kay looked at me and said, “Carole, you know we are going to be 40 next year; do you want to be fat and 40?” Shortly thereafter the First Place 4 Health program was offered at my church, so I enlisted my mom and my dear friend Pat Lewis to join with me.  The three of us were in the first group that began the First Place program in March, 1981. There have

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The More You Were Meant For

The More You Were Meant For

It was a photo of a waffle iron. Her status update on social media said seven simple words about the picture. I want these two buttons for life: RESTART and A BIT MORE.  There – in stainless steel simplicity – was the longings of a friend with complicated challenges. I understood right away and I share in her longings for a restart… and a bit more.  Because life is full of pain that stirs our hunger for something better. Something more. Something miraculous and full of promise. We want the hurts to stop and the healing to start. Now. IF ONLY we could overcome our trials by pushing a few buttons.  We do try, though. Don’t we? With wine, men, shopping, status, service, food, or even with working out… none of which point us in the direction to the more we long for.  The pressure drives us low, and burdens

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