Showing posts with label #exercise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #exercise. Show all posts

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My All Time Top 4 Blog Posts

I write devotions, weight loss helps, and welcome guests 2-3 times a month. During Weird Wednesdays for awhile, I posted ghost stories. I went through all my posts during the years and found the four that have been viewed most often. Today, feel free to view them, and give me your vote on the best.


Seek the True Expert (A devotion)

http://www.janetkbrown.com/2013/08/ask-true-expert.html


11 Ways to Exercise on Vacation (Weight loss tops)


http://www.janetkbrown.com/2012/10/11-ways-to-increase-exercise-on-vacation.html

Haunted Jed Johnson Lake  (ghost story)

http://www.janetkbrown.com/2015/03/haunted-jed-johnson-lake-oklahoma.html


Guest post came from Fay Lamb

http://www.janetkbrown.com/2012/12/bitterness-by-guest-blogger-fay-lamb.html


Leave a comment and vote for the one that helped you most.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

What's the Magic Exercise?

Overeaters search for the perfect eating plan or the magic exercise to aide in weight loss.

Well, I have the magic exercise.

 

For me, it’s dancing.


 
For my Weight Watcher friend, Kay, it’s walking on a nearby high school track.

 

For my Bible study friends, Diane and Tara, it's Crossfit and marathons, respectively.

 

For an online friend, Penny, it’s sumo squats.

 

In other words, it’s whatever you enjoy and will continue to do because you like it and like the people you do it with.

 

Does that mean you won’t have moments of failure? No, you probably will. It’s then that your attitude will make the difference.

 
Timely tips: 

Don’t give up.

Look at your stumble as a new dance step.

Find the humor.

Count only what you did right.
 
Reward yourself for small goals. (Like dancing to fast songs picked out by someone fifty years younger than yourself. Ha!)

 

At Red River, NM. Hey, I tried!
 
Any exercise that you enjoy will be magical, and the right attitude works wonders.

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Best Tool for Writing & Exercising

     A writer, as well as other careers, plasters our bottoms in the chair and our hands on the keyboard. (BICHOK is a shortcut reminder for writers.) It's a lonely, sedentary existence, but how else might our words mount up on the page?

     Recently, I found that my most useful tool for time management while I write is a simple kitchen timer.


     Allow only thirty minutes to check social media before going to writing; set the timer to alert you.
     Promise an hour of writing before checking social media; set the timer for an hour and write away.


     The timer turned out to be my best tool for time management. I can get two pages finished by turning off the world, setting the timer for the half hour before my husband comes in for lunch, and write. I love it.
    



 
     If you're a frequent follower of Writing with God's Hope blog, you know I'm a recovering food addict. Twenty years ago, I lost a hundred pounds and have maintained it to this day. I teach classes and workshops on permanent weight loss, and post here about hints that help me, in the hope it helps others. Well, guess what?

     The same tool that increases my writing and manages my promotion time, also helps my weight maintenance. Keeping down our weight is a combination of eating less calories and expending more calories in our activities.

     My kitchen/writing timer above helps my activity level on a heavy writing day.

     1. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     2. Write with abandon. Keep your head in the story.
     3. When it goes off, get up and do eight jumping jacks.
     4. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     5. Write away. Think of nothing else but your story.
     6. When the timer dings, get up, do five frontward kicks, five backward kicks, and five sideways kicks on each leg.
     7. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     8. Plot, edit, whatever your writing needs.
     9. When you hear the ding, get up and do eight squats.
     10. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     11. Repeat the cycle again.

     You can't imagine how much activity and writing you will accomplish in a five hour afternoon.

     That's my newest tip. Do you have any for me?

 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What Can You Do This Weekend to Help Your Weight?

A journey begins with the first step. So, does weight loss. It's not about "going cold turkey" with many drastic changes.

Looking to Christ to guide you, add one block to another until your entire lifestyle appears to be different. On the potter's wheel, God rubs off the pointed edges, making us a work unto Him.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
                                    2 Corinthians 5:17

We overeaters established destructive, defeating habits over time, often through our teens, into our twenties, and some during thirties, or more. We defeat each bad habit with one good habit. The journey isn't a day trip. It's a prolonged excursion.

Think of this weekend as your first step. What three things might you do to begin your jaunt?


Drink more water?

3 days of walking?

Leave 3 bites on a plate of something you like?

Eat fish twice in three days?

Talk to the Lord about it three days in a row?

Read the Bible?

Have 2 vegetables each of the 3 days?

Read labels at the grocery store and choose the lower fat version?

3 days of leaving off after dinner snacks?



What can you do this weekend to help your weight?

Here's my 3 things:

I'm going to a banquet tonight and plan to only eat half my dessert.
I will add 15 minutes on my mini trampoline each of the 3 days.
I will have no after dinner snack all 3 days.

What's your 3 things?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

What Does Food Do For You? How Do You Replace It?

When you take away the food, you can be thrown into depression or
chaos unless you fill that void with something else, As
a Christian, that voice is best filled with the Lord.


Whenever you falter, turn to God's Word. Pray, meditate, keep
a prayer journal. According to Jesus, the main command of God is to "love Him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all
your strength."

 
The second command is "love your neighbor as yourself." So, I would suggest, when cravings hit (as they surely will), call a friend, visit an elderly or disabled person, write a letter or communicate encouragement online. When we turn the focus on others, we learn that it's not all about me.
 
Though we start a weight loss program with drawing close to God, we must also hit the problem on mental and physical fronts.

Excess or fattening foods give us something, or else we wouldn’t turn to them. Examine your life. What does food do for you?
 
Comfort?
Stress relief?
Cessation of boredom?
Celebration?
 
To start:
 
1. If you haven’t already, decide on a food plan that works for you, one that provides a balanced, healthy way of eating and includes food you like and goes along with your lifestyle. If you can't eat that way forever with minor changes, you won't stay with it.
 
2. Purchase foods that work for your plan.
 
What must you keep around to stay on target?
    With me, I must have fruits and low-fat yogurt.
 
3. Decide on some activity.
 
Walking, running, gym, DVDs at home, dancing, water aerobics, swimming? What do you like?

 
     How can you incorporate your daily chores into exercise?
 
Suggestions
    Sit with small children & do toe touches or kicks?
    Go up and down steps at work every day?
    Break up sitting with 10-15 minutes of stretching or jogging in place?
     Housework
     Mowing lawn
     Knee bends while on telephone
 
Common sense tells us less in, more moving, equals weight loss, so on a practical level, we must do a combination of these two things.
Related Blogs:
 
 
Any questions or suggestions?
 


Saturday, August 8, 2015

What's My Best Tip for Permanent Weight Loss?

Permanent weight loss appeared to be an impossible dream to me twenty years ago. I learned compulsive overeating takes healing physically, mentally, and spiritually. Many good plans out there incorporate great ideas for the physical and mental, but I found I must also apply salve to the spiritual side of my life.

I've posted my favorite ten tips to weight loss. Trimming it to ten was difficult. Today, God sparked my mind to list the one thing that probably, more than anything, this time produced success.

Can you guess?

My biggest tip here is to keep this big boy in his cage at the Amarillo, TX. zoo.










What is it?

Is it learning to eat more veggies?
   That really helped because I didn't like them. At times, I could handle green beans. I ate my hamburgers with no veggies. I didn't like salads. My veggies consisted of eating more carbohydrates like with potatoes, corn, and sweet potatoes.


But, that wasn't most important.


Maybe it was becoming more active.
    For sure, activity is imperative for keeping off the weight. Sometimes, I've done nothing right except exercise. When I began with ninety-five extra pounds on my body, I was a couch potato. My job was done sitting. I plopped as soon as I could at night. Walking would give me a stitch in my side.


That isn't number one.


I know you've by now guessed going to your support group.
    I have Weight Watcher friends who fear missing even one meeting. I began weekly Divine Dining Christian Weight Controllers classes at my church because I feel the support and encouragement of a group is important.


Yet, I would put that at about number four or five on my tip list.


I believe my one best tip, the thing that made the most difference to heal my thinking and helping me lose weight and maintain that loss for eighteen years is:

Ta-da`


Daily Writing.



For me, as a writer, keeping a journal comes natural. For some, it's hard, but I can only tell the difference it made for me. Perhaps, it will ignite in you a writing frenzy.

Here's the benefits:

1. On paper, I verbalized to God what I needed that day.

    Lord, I'm feeling frustrated and overwhelmed with all I have to do today. Please give me an extra measure of Your peace. Make me focused, alert, and productive.

   Communion with God can make a difference in the day you have.

2. Writing out angry words enables me to "let go and let God."

     Lord, my husband made me feel worthless when he talked about my writing income not covering my expenses. I did make some money, Lord, and I work hard. I'm really mad at him. Would you take the anger away, so it won't make me overeat.

Anger and resentment are the biggest causes of overeating. They're right up there with frustration and boredom. We must allow God to remove it, but that's not easy. Once I write it in my journal, it seems to disappear. Try it.

I've even written a whole letter to someone that has hurt my feelings. I tell them they acted hatefully. Sometimes, then, I throw it away, but it gets it out of my heart where it will fester.

3. I draw closer to God.

     Using more than one sense causes us to more effectively learn. That's why it helps to write down a new person's name. We use two senses, hearing it and seeing it. Writing out praise to God uses two senses, hearing our words and seeing it in print. The closer we draw to the Lord, the less we overeat.



My best tip to my husband, grandson, & me is not step back off the ledge at Palo Dura Canyon near Canyon, TX.



That's my number one tip to permanent weight loss.

Do you agree?

Why?  Why not?

What's your number one tip?