Physical

Discovering Personal Celebrations

When I started FP4H I realized that not only was my life out of order, but my thinking was out of order. I had nothing to look forward to except my next meal. Once I began walking around in my “Promised Land,” it was evident that my stale mind was being renewed. Even though I was 275 pounds, once I began a consistent walking program, I began to think differently. I began to feel fit and see myself in a different light. I began to look forward to walking each day, even though it hurt. The Father revealed to me that food and meal time was all that I had been looking forward to for many years. He showed me the importance of placing other things ahead of food to look forward to in my life. It is very important that we have enjoyable moments down our path to work

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Hey, Look At Me!

Each Wednesday morning my Pre-Kindergarten class takes an hour swim in our nice and warm indoor swimming pool. These youngsters love swimming day. They delight in the fact that they could not stand up in the pool last year, but have grown so much they can now stand and walk around in the shallow end of our pool. They are constantly screaming with excitement, “Ms. Beverly, Look at me!” They smile when I tell them they are doing a good job and how proud I am of them. All of my students will ask me to look at them at least five times each during that hour swim. I am only the lifeguard while they are in the pool, and recently, I thought I would turn the tables on them. I said, “Hey, Look at me,” then just stood there with my whistle in hand. They looked at me with

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Fries with That?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could drive up to an order box at a Body Shop and a nice voice would say, “Could I take your order, please,” to which we reply, “I would like to be 50 pounds lighter with a flat tummy and an order of small thighs.” The voice would then say, “ For a dollar more you can super downsize your order, and without hesitation we reply, “Yes.” The voice then gives us the total price of our order and tells us to drive to the pickup window. As we drive to the window and pay our money, our body is dramatically changed into the perfect body we have always wanted. That would be nice; however, in reality there are no “drive-thru breakthroughs.” Biblical principles of sowing and reaping a harvest apply to weight loss and becoming healthy, and there is no way to rush

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Back on Track with our Physical Health

Back on Track with our Physical Health

Several years ago, educators in the United States came to the conclusion that the struggles students across the country were having with math had to do with the way it was being presented in the textbooks as “math problems.” The consensus was if students viewed math as a problem, it placed a negative connotation on the subject. Educators began using wording such as “number sentences” or “math skills,” and over a period of time the test scores in math across the country were significantly higher. Adults could take a lesson from our children and change some of our wording, as well as some of our thinking, where our health is concerned. As a Certified Personal Trainer, I would like to see the words, “weight loss,” “diet,” “exercise,” and “workout,” eliminated from our vocabulary as we look to getting back on track with our physical health. Isaiah 42:10 says, “Sing unto

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Freedom to Play

Do you remember as a child going out to play? From the time we awoke in the morning until we went to bed at night, all of our plans for the entire day revolved around having fun at play. We didn’t have to think about what time we could play or if we could work it into our schedule. As a child, everything was fun and play. Ask yourself this question: At what point in your life did you graduate from the concept of play and having fun? Adults in America have lost the concept of having a good time and going out to play. I see children every day who do not know how to play. Children know how to watch television, play computer games, and some organized sports, but if I put them in a gym and say, “play,” most children do not have the imagination to entertain

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Vacation Destination

Matthew 11:28: “Come to me and I will give you rest all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke.” Summer is here and it is time to make plans for summer vacation. There are many questions and plans to make. Where will you go? What will you take? What hotel will you use, and how long will you stay? Before I began my journey with First Place, I can remember how I planned my entire vacation around food. Gulf Shores, Alabama has great seafood restaurants. I would have my entire week of food planned before I arrived. Food was the highlight and focus of the entire week. I can remember how it would thrill me to drive into town and see new restaurants. Rather than change my plans, I would add extra meals to my day. After all, I was on vacation and I deserved it. I would

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Move in Him

For in Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28 Movement in our society has been branded with a word those of us with weight problems have come to loathe, and that word is EXERCISE. I came to First Place weighing almost 300 lbs. (235 kilos) and when I learned of the nine commitments and signed the Commitment Sheet, I only signed up for eight of those nine commitments. Exercise was the commitment I did not intend to participate in because it was uncomfortable; it hurt, and took up too much of my time. God’s Word says that in Him we “move.” I read this and fell under deep conviction, because as large as I was, I did not move very much at all. I began to seek the Lord and ask Him how I should pray. I knew that exercise would be the key that released

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Ready? No! Set? No! Go anyway!

“…and as they went, they were healed.” Luke 17:14 After speaking at a conference, a woman approached me and began talking about her weight problem. I spoke with her about beginning a walking program and she asked me this question, “When will I FEEL like walking?” I immediately opened my Bible to Luke 17:11-14, and began to tell her about the ten lepers who came to Jesus. In verse 13, they lifted their voices and called unto Him, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” I knew this young woman could relate to the cry of the lepers because she told me she cried to the Lord every day to help her get her weight under control. In Verse 14, Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priest. In the Old Testament there is a long list of tasks a leper must do to be proclaimed “healed or

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