Showing posts with label #weight loss. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #weight loss. Show all posts

Friday, December 30, 2016

DIVINE DINING WORKBOOK

A companion to the Life-changing devotional to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness
 
 

Add the workbook for 2017



Are you feeling discouraged and fat? Has life escalated your eating and your low self esteem? Starting a new program to eat healthy is important. That takes care of the physical, but any compulsive action requires healing of also the mental and spiritual. It isn't enough to give up fattening foods. We  must fill the vacuum with Christ.
 
 
The workbook covers fourteen new classes.
 
 
 
VICTORY THROUGH JESUS 
 
 
Many have read the daily devotions in Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.. Now, add to it the NEW WORKBOOK for Divine Dining. Try meeting at church or your home and each of you follow the class. If you don't have others that desire to join a group, follow the workbook at home by yourself; a perfect combination.
 
 
Read the devotion each day
 As many of you know, I do little right now because of my health. If you need new information on the new workbook, contact me best through my Facebook link, or preorder the book through Pen-L Publishing (See above).

You may leave a comment here.  God bless your 2017.
 


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tug of War

Have you ever played a game of tug-of-war? If your opponent is stronger than you, you will never win. Even tugging on a sock in the mouth of a frisky puppy can leave us falling to the floor or letting the sock slip through our fingers.


Weight loss can be like a tug-of-war game.


We must let go and let God.


Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
                                    Proverbs 19:21 ESV


The more we yank on the rope or the sock, striving for complete control to do it our way, the more frustration develops, and when frustration consumes us, our grip on the rope lessens. One emotion that drives me to eat more food or sweeter food is frustration.

One help I recommend to help you follow God's way each day is to read a short devotion. I recommend Divine Dining.



Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
                                                              2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV


 
Surrender to God's control brings recovery.
Recovery isn't easy, but it's worth it because it brings freedom.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SOUP DAY

Here in North Texas, the temperatures have run in the upper nineties through most of September. Saturday evening, God sent six inches of rain on Wichita Falls, ushering in a cold front. Yesterday, our high was 75 degrees. It felt wonderful.

For one who works at keeping my weight under control, the cooler temperature offered two special advantages.

1. It was cool enough to take a nice neighborhood walk in the afternoon.

 All summer, I only had two options for exercise: a)swimming in our backyard pool, or b) doing inside exercises such as DVDs, line dancing class, or riding my stationery bike. Those are good. Those are profitable. Those are beneficial. However, I love a nice walk in the neighborhood, or the walkway of Lucy Park (a big city park), or a hike around a small in-city lake (Sikes Lake between a museum and our university).

Thank you, Lord, for a cooler day. Though it warms back up today, I hear we're in for another cooler day this weekend. I love autumn.

2. Cool weather makes us hungry for a soup day.

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? Luke 12:24


“….our sufficiency is of God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

 When God placed man in the garden, He provided good food and great beauty. When we awake to our need to lose weight, God doesn't require we give up all good-tasting food. He supplies our sustenance and makes it desirable. When it's turning cooler, I love soup. Everywhere I go I find pumpkin-flavored ice cream, muffins, waffles, or other options. Fall is the time for pumpkin.
 
How about pumpkin in soup? Here's a pumpkin-flavored soup that is easy to make, low-calorie, and tasty. Pen-L Publishing will be releasing my Divine Dining Weight Controllers Workbook  the end of this year. This recipe is included in the upcoming workbook.
 
 
 
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to
Guide You to Healthier Weight and
Abundant Wellness
 
 
1 lb. chicken breast
Vegetable spray
3 cans fat free chicken broth
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup white or yellow onion
3 small cans of green enchilada sauce
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 can whole kernel corn
 
Spray bottom of Dutch oven or 5 qt. pot with vegetable spray
Chop chicken in small bites.
Add chopped onion.
Brown in the pan until chicken is no longer pink and onion is browned.
 
Add broth and celery and bring to a boil.
Turn down burner and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add enchilada sauce and pumpkin and simmer for 10-15 more minutes.
 
Optional: Serve with 1 T. shredded 2% Mexican cheese and 15 baked tortilla chips.
 
Makes 4 servings of 1 ½ cups each.
 
Watch for the release of the workbook. Plan to start your own weight loss class or work your program at home by yourself. 
 
Let me know if you try this recipe for a SOUP DAY!
 
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Need a New Recipe?

Do you need a couple of new ideas of something good but low-fat to serve at a summer meal?
 
 
 
3 Ingredient Pancakes

 
 
 
1 serving = 3 Weight Watcher Points
 
1 mashed banana
1/4 c flour
1/8 c egg whites
 
 
Mix all together and cook in a hot skillet sprayed with vegetable oil spray.
 
Top with Smart Spread and sugar free syrup
 
 

 

Baked "fried" okra
 

 
2 servings = 3 WW points per serving
 
1 cup fresh or frozen plain okra
1/4 cup egg whites
1/2 cup corn meal
 
Dip okra in egg whites and then over into corn meal.
Spread across oven-safe cookie sheet.
Broil in oven until browned and crispy.
 
 
 
 
When you make them, let me know what you think?
 
 







Don't forget to journal your day. Writing helps weight loss the Divine Dining way.
 


Saturday, June 4, 2016

6 New Tips for Weight Loss

For those of us, trying to keep down our weight or lose weight, I wanted to give a few extra tips. Little changes add up to big life turns.


1. Just a few bites or a little dab of something might trigger a binge. 
Looks promising for success
a. Make a list of your trigger foods and beware.
b.A good friend of mine struggles most with potato chips.
c.One doughnut to me is like one drink to an alcoholic.

 

2. Plan ahead for potluck dinners or barbecues.
a.Bring a dish that will help you.
b.Take a chair or stand away from the food spread.
c.Put the emphasis on visiting.
d.Don't go there hungry.

 

3. Watch out for deceptive packaging.
a.Low fat means more sugar, and sugar free could mean more fat.
b.Read the label. If sugar or fat is in the first three ingredients, stay away.
c. Low calorie or low fat doesn't mean you can eat an extra big portion.
d. Danger terms: trans fat, saturated fat, corn syrup, high in carbohydrates, any word ending in ose, ie sucrose.
e. Sometimes, a small portion of the real thing is better for you than the "diet" food.

4. Time with Jesus should be like your vitamin of the day.
a. Read God's Word.
b. Pray
c. Meditate
d Read excerpt from inspirational material on weight such as Divine Dining: 365 Guidelines to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 

5. Insomnia can cause weight gain. Make sure you get adequate rest and relaxation.
 
6. Scales aren't the only indicator of success or failure. There are many others.
a. your energy level
b. medical test numbers, such as decreased blood sugar or blood pressure
c. your increased stamina for exercise
d. the way clothes fit
 
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill
 
I pray these six tips help your weight loss efforts this summer.
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How Can God Help With Weight Loss?

Many Christians fight weight. In fact, those in the congregations of protestant churches fail at weight watching more than the general public. Our pews are full of overweight people.

Why? Have we forgotten?

My before picture


For with God nothing shall be impossible.    Luke 1:37

I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

But, what does that look like? How can God help with weight loss?


1. God has the power  to cause you to lose weight..

A compulsive overeater like myself is powerless over certain foods. I can't leave them alone. I can't fix things in my life. What a relief to roll the responsibility on the Lord's strong shoulders!

The moment we admit we can't do it is the moment we gain God's power. The lack of overeating relates exactly to our spiritual condition.

My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness  II Corinthians 12:9


For years, I prayed, "Lord, take away the compulsion to overeat, take away my cravings, take away my yearning for sweets." It never happened. Why?

After praying that prayer, I went about doing it my way, starting a new diet, joining a new club, finding the latest fad and relying on my will power to lose weight.

God showed me I was doing it backwards. Instead, put God on the throne. Bow to what He wants.  Give up your strong willpower that's causing you to fail.

Read God's Word, pray, and meditate daily. That's the source of positive power.

For an extra tip for getting in exercise to help with weight loss, go to http://www.janetkbrown.com/2016/02/the-best-tool-for-writing-exercising.html




2. God gives the desire for you to lose weight.

When our desires runs contrary to what God wants for us, God can rekindle the want-to. In Mark 9, a man brought his demon-possessed son to be healed. This seemed like an impossible situation. Even the disciples could not help them. Only Jesus. The father said to Jesus, "I believe. Help Thou my unbelief."

Have you ever prayed for desire? for more belief? for greater trust. Even the faith to be saved comes as a gift from God. Jesus said that even a small amount (the size of a mustard seed) allows us to move a mountain.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God   Ephesians 2:8

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
                                                                                  Matthew 17:20


A mustard-size portion of faith can move a mountain of weight

It took me two and a half years to lose ninety-five pounds. Later, I lost another five.  I prayed like Jesus prayed.

Not my will, but Thine be done. Luke 22:42


For more information on why we succumb to overeating, go to http://www.janetkbrown.com/2016/01/12-reasons-we-succumb-to-overeating.html



3. God gives the wisdom for us to lose weight.


When I was losing weight, God ordered my steps. He provided insight into how to handle difficult eating situations. We eat out 2-3 times a week, more when we're out of town. God taught me the value of sharing a meal, bringing half home, or ordering an appetizer instead of an entrée.

For more information on dining out while you lose weight, check out http://www.janetkbrown.com/2015/11/10-tips-for-dining-out-during-weight.html


I tried new vegetables and prayed to find ways to eat them. God would guide me to a book, an encouraging word, or a recipe that helped.


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”                                                                 Corrie ten Boom

God made your body. He will direct you to the answer day by day.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
                                                              Proverbs 3:5-6



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Today I live an active life. I'm healthier than I was twenty years ago. With God, there is hope. I'm living proof.









Contact me if I can give you any other ideas or helps. God has done so much for me. I long to give back.

Only through God. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

12 Tools for Weight Loss

1.     Pray before each meal. God has the power over our eating when we don't. 

Our back yard rose bush gives big, beautiful blooms.


2.     Drink a glass of water when you’re hungry. Dehydration often masks as hunger.

3.     Wait twenty minutes to see if the hunger or craving passes.

 

     

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

                                   Psalm 27:14

 

4.     Leave the kitchen. Do a new activity. Read a devotion from Divine Dining.


5.     Be prepared with acceptable snacks if it’s not mealtime.

6.     Be prepared for meals by keeping a grocery list and planning meals.

7.     If you’re going to a restaurant, google options and make your selection before looking at the menu.

8.     Call a friend or accountability partner when you're craving something you'd rather leave alone.

9.     Concentrate on family and friends instead of food during meals.

10.Try new recipes. Explore new vegetables and fruits.

11.Go for a walk at a new place. Try a new exercise. Ask a friend to go with you.

12.Finish something that you’ve been putting off. The lift in your attitude will diminish your hunger.

 
Do you have another tool?
 

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.

 

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, January 2, 2016

GOALS

Don't you just love new beginnings?
 
 
In His wisdom, God ordained new beginnings for us all.
 
 
From condemnation, through Jesus, comes salvation. We become new creations with a transformed view of the world, ourselves, and others.
 
 
A spring bouquet I received.
Through the cold winter with brown grass, leafless tress, and little color, I spot a green sprout in our front flower bed; a jonquil, and I know it's nearly spring with new life soon to ignite the cold, dark earth.
 
 
The day I buried my mother, my heart was heavy. My then ten month old granddaughter climbed into my lap. I clung to her like a life raft, feeling the joy of a  young start to life.
 
 
Today, no matter what happened in 2015, we have a new beginning, a new year, and hopefully new goals.
 
 
As you determine your goals for 2016, I wish to point out three requirements for a good goal.
 
 
1. A goal should be specific.
 
No: I will lose weight this year.
Yes: I will lose 20 lbs. by March 15, 2016.
 
No: I will write a book this year.
Yes: I will write, edit, and submit one book by July 1, 2016.
 
No: I will pray more this year.
Yes: I will sit in my blue chair and have quiet time with the Lord every day before I begin the day's activities.
 
2. A goal should be written.
 
It's not enough to have your goal in your mind, but write it down. Involving your senses plants the goal firmly in your subconscious. Writing it down uses touch, sight, and hearing if you put your note on your bathroom mirror and read it every day.
 
3. A goal should be forgivable.
 
If you set a goal to lose 20 lbs by March 15, and you only lose 15, praise God for the 15 and forgive yourself for not being perfect.
 
If it takes until Sept. 1 to get your book ready, be thankful.
 
If you pray early five days a week this year, forgive yourself for skipping two days.
 
I leave you with an excerpt, an acrostic, from the December 31 devotion of Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 
     Decide if you’re ready to submit to God
     Read this daily devotion book in the new year and everything else that will help, especially the Bible
     Energize through leaving off sugars and fats that drain your vitality.
     Admit your powerlessness and Ask God to take over your life.
     Mentor others as you receive your day-by-day healing.
 
 
Set goals for 2016.
Follow these 3 rules.
Have a wonderful new year.
God bless all my viewers. I appreciate you.
 
 


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How Do You Compare to the Israelites?

In the Old Testament, God chose the Israelite nation to be His children. He protected them, fought for them, and blessed them, yet time after time, they turned away from their God. How could they be so bad?
Do you see through a glass darkly?


Then again ...
How do we measure up or compare against the Israelites' failures?


Stiff-necked – That’s what Moses calls the Israelites in his prayer.

Are we stiff-necked? I am.

 

Wants their own way – The Israelites were unsatisfied with manna and quail. They wanted the choices they had in Egypt.

Do we complain and want our own way? Do we want to eat our pie, and still lose weight?

 

Impatient – They couldn’t wait for Moses to come down from the mountain. Out of impatience, they set up a golden calf to worship instead.

      I want weight loss every week. I want a two pound loss, not a quarter of a pound. I want to lose a hundred pounds in two months. If I don't, I complain that God is no help with weight loss? Am I alone? 


 

They believed their way was best. – They took things in their own hands, fought battles their way, and lost.

Through the years, I tried everything, but I continually regained weight plus gained even more.

 

Sin in their lives – They lost the battle of Ai because of sin in the camp. When the sin was cleansed, they won.

We harbor unforgivness, resentments, anger, and dishonesty and wonder why God doesn’t give us the desires of our hearts.

 
As you begin your new year, think about your walk with Christ. Have you really submitted to Him in the realm of eating? What about other areas? Is there parts you cling to, or refuse to let go, so that God can heal it? Are you comfortable in your small arena of failure? Have you put God on the throne of your life in everything?


If a daily devotion book would help you with weight loss, consider checking out my book Divine Dining. Find it to the right of this page. Pen-L Publishing will sell it with FREE SHIPPING through January 1. http://www.pen-l.com/DivineDining.html


If you're beginning a weight loss class at your church or in your home to support each other, watch for the Divine Dining Weight Controller Curriculum  book due out soon.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

12 Weapons against Post Thanksgiving Eating Blues

So, you ate everything in sight on Thanksgiving Day and grazed on all the leftovers yesterday? Don't spend next week in a pity party. Today, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, follow these 12 simple rules to ditch the I-ate-it-all blues.

1. Declare today as the day of new beginnings. Thanksgiving is over, and there's lots of good healthy eating days ahead. Change your mindset now even with pecan pie still on the counter.

2. Begin your day with prayer and meditation.

3. Clean out all the leftover temptations.

     a. If you can handle it, leave it for your skinny soulmate or your children with a high metabolism.
     b. If the temptation is too great, get rid of it.
           Take it to a shut-in.
           Send it home with family.
           Or, throw it into the trash.
             (No, it's not a sin.)

4. Find a new recipe for a healthy dish and make it tonight.

     a. Search Hungry Girl online.
     b. Find it under Daniel Fast recipes.
     c. Call a friend that has the same problem and ask for one of their recipes.
     d. Comment here with your e-mail, and I'll send you a new recipe.

5. Do something for exercise today. Try something different.

     a. If it's pleasant weather, take a brisk walk in a park or nice neighborhood.
     b. If, like me in Wichita Falls, TX., it's pouring rain and cold, put on a CD you like or set your phone to a favorite song and dance. It doesn't matter if it's pretty. Just move.
     c. How about taking the clothes off the rack that used to be a treadmill or an exercise bike, and go to work?
     d. Invest in a mini-trampoline and jog during a Net Flix show.
     e. Go sign up for that gym you've been thinking about. No, you shouldn't wait until January. Do it now.

6. Call someone or, better yet, go visit someone who's in the hospital, sick at home, or just lonely. Focusing on others reminds us that it's not all about us.

7. Remember again what you are thankful for, and dwell on it.

8. Today, drink eight glasses of water.

9. Today, eat five fruits or vegetables.

10. If you have a weight support group, attend it. If not, join one online.

11. Write out how you feel about what you ate, whether happy or sad.
If there was a family squabble over the holiday, write about that angry scene and tear up what you wrote.

12. Let go and let God. He's got the power. You don't.

God bless you. Let me know if I can be of any help. I've been where you are.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

10 Tips for Dining Out During Weight Loss

Though difficult, losing weight doesn't eliminate dining out.

We go to restaurants for social time with family and friends. Dining out remains a fun activity. We use this for meeting places, business planning times, and just for talk.

Dining out does require judgement and God-control.


Here's my top ten tips for dining out during weight loss:


1.     Order exactly what you want the way you want it cooked or fixed. Don’t be intimidated.

2.     Portion control is the biggest problem. Plan on sharing an entrée or taking half home. You might even ask if they can prepare a half order.

3.     If everyone has an appetizer, order a shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit, or a cup of broth-based soup.

4.     Google the menu before you go, or ask the server for the nutritional info on their entrees.

5.     Take your own dressing if considering a salad, and leave off the croutons.

6.     Keep a visual in mind. What does 4 ounces of meat look like? (a deck of cards) How about a half cup of pasta? (one scoop of ice cream)

7.     Have water with your meal and drink a sip between every couple bites.

8.     Ditch the soda or sugar-laden drinks.

9.     Savor the conversation more than the food.

10.        Try for more color. Add red peppers slices, carrots sticks, or broccoli floweret’s to have with your meat or even a sandwich.

P. S. Terms to beware of when eating out:

Stuffed, breaded, friend, sautéed, parmigiana (with cheese), eggplant (one vegetable that really soaks up the fat), béarnaise, cream or creamy sauce, refried beans, taco salad with the shell, or salad with dressing already added.

 You can do it.
Enjoy!
Eat out!
Lose weight!
 
If you have other tips, I'd love to hear them.
 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to prepare for Divine Dining Weight Control

Are you ready to begin losing weight the Divine Dining way?



 
Of course, my first suggestion is to purchase the book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. The weight controlling program follows the same principles, and reading a devotion of this type each day strengthens, encourages, and improves your mindset.


Here's the link for purchase if you don't own a copy.
http://pen-l.com/DivineDining.html




Here's the 4S motto for Divine Dining Weight Controllers.

Strive toward a decision to follow Christ in all things.

Stretch toward God’s excellence, not man’s approval.

Surrender to God’s will, not ours.

Succeed in keeping communication lines open with God for healthier living.
 
 
 
Prepare to fight weight on three levels: physically, mentally, and spiritually.
 
 
 
Here are three guides to preparing for the practical, physical side of weight loss:
 
 
1.     Plan your meals with God’s guidance day by day.
 
Visualize possible changes in your day and how you’ll handle them. Be constantly in prayer.
 
 
2.     Purchase foods that work for your lifestyle.
 
What must you keep around to stay on target?
    With me, I must have fruits & low-fat yogurt.
 
3.     Decide on some activity, and do it five times a week.
 
Remember, activity doesn't have to be calisthenics. It might be, but it might be sweeping and mopping the house or even moving the yard.
 
What works for you?
 
 
 
If you've committed to beginning a Divine Dining Weight Controlling regimen, leave me a comment or e-mail me at Janet.hope@att.net
 
I would love to hear of your progress. God bless you. Thanks for reading my blog posts.