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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Though excited, we worry that all those pounds will return. At best, keeping up our weight loss is impossible. Why, we can't even expect to maintain, can we?
Yes, you can.
Without giving up all the fun.
And, have the vacation of your life.
Here's 10 suggestions:
1. Where's the action?
Going to the beach? Plan on swimming, snorkeling, or running along the beach. Running in that sand gives resistance and burns lots more calories. Swimming will use up twice the amount of calories walking on land will do. How about organizing a sand volleyball game or joining in with someone else?
Like mountains? Bike. Hike. Plan a new route each day, some shorter, some longer. Buy that pretty suncatcher as your reward for finishing the longest trail. Join the kids in horsebackriding. Don't just watch them. And, when they beg to do the super water slide, say, "sure," then join in.
Is cities your thing? In Boston, do the walking historical tour. Trudge over the areas where our forefathers fought. In New York City, hike from the Empire State Building to Central Park. In San Francisco, hike from Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf. Walk the full length of the riverwalk in downtown San Antonio and then hop on over to the Hemisphere Tower.
Our minds play tricks. Once fat, always fat. When we see ourselves as fat, what difference does it make to eat and gain a little more? Why take our loss so seriously?
If you've lost five pounds, lift a 5 lb. sack of sugar. If you've lost twenty pounds, pick up a 20 lb sack of dog food. If you've lost a hundred pounds, balance a small woman or larger child on your back, and see how far you can walk. See how hard it is to climb stairs. This can keep a picture in your mind of how important it is even when you're not thinking lose weight.
3. What's your goal?
If your goal is to stay the same, make it a real goal with an exact number and exact date. Never leave thinking I'm going to eat whatever I want. If you do, you might return several pounds heavier, get discouraged, and give up.
A goal motivates. Our mind keeps working even when we're not consciously dieting.
Goals should be specific (weigh 1 lb less three days after returning home), be written, (Yes, it's important), and be forgiveable (In case you miss it by a bit).
4. Keep a Log.
Journal. Play like you're a travel writer and will need to remember the details. Plan on sharing experiences with someone when you get home. What did you feel while standing looking out over the vast ocean? What was your favorite restaurant? What was their specialty? How did you make it lighter?
5. Take your first-aid kit.
Pack lots of fruit, veggies, cheese sticks, and if you have a cooler, take some yogurt or cool your watermelon.
6. Stay hydrated.
No matter where you go, drink lots of water. Sometimes, a bottle of water knocks the munchies better than anything. Sip instead of bite.
7. Set ground rules.
Tell your family or friend that's going with you that you expect for you all to get lots of exercise.
8. Watch the salads.
Our solution to eating healthy is usually get salad. Have you ever looked at how big lots of salad-eaters are? Let me tell you, it's not the lettuce. It's the dressing, the croutons, the nuts, the pasta. Sometimes, a small hamburger is really your best choice. Think about it.
9. Don't be a loner.
Put your focus on the people you vacation with. Use the time to have a real heart-to-heart talk with you mate. Find out what's troubling your child. Listen to your friend. Fellowship, not food, should be the priority for eating.
10. When is it time for a treat?
Food addicts have favorite dishes and places to eat wherever we go. What's yours? the best ribs in the west, all the catfish you can eat, their famous blackberry cobbler, peanut butter fudge? Decide when you will have that. Don't skimp. Don't deny yourself. But, have it only once. Make it a real treat.
Any other tips? Leave a comment and let me know. Or, let me know if you've tried any of mine.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Okay, I admit I’m a sugarholic. Anything sweet, especially chocolate, calls to me. I also admit that I’ve never had a weight or overeating problem. I try to eat healthy foods, except for the sugar, of course. So why does this book appeal to me? First, the author starts each day’s[devotion with a scripture. These verses from the Bible apply to all aspects of our lives, not just what we eat. For instance, we read on June 15, John 15:6 “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” Next, the author tells a short story relating to this verse and how she applies it to her life. She closes with a prayer. She does each day of the year this way, with stories and her experiences. And there’s something there for everyone.
I could go on with other great examples, but you’ll enjoy DIVINE DINING more if you read it for yourself. I think you may see similarities to your life in some of the stories. I have. This would make a great gift for friends and family, especially those struggling with a difficult issue in their lives. The book will help them realize they’re not alone and with God’s help they will succeed in achieving their goals. Why not pick up a copy for your local library and your church library, as well as for your own?
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Thanks, Beverly Stowe McClure, and many others for all the reviews and comments about this devotion book.
Watch for September. #Divine Dining will be on Smashwords with freebies.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
When you are called to write, you can’t escape it. I like to think I’m a receptive student of the craft. As long as God allows, I will write.
I definitely wanted to encourage my readers. That’s another intent of my writing. In the South we have a saying--Living in High Cotton. We can all live in high cotton if we feel our lives matter. For me, high cotton is feeling a sense of inner wealth, not financial wealth or luck. Our significance is not dependent on what we do. In our frailty and weakness, we are the strongest because the light of Christ can shine through fractured lives.
Kathi Macias assembled a team of writers for the Summer in Sweetland series and invited me to participate. Kathi and her coeditor Anne Baxter Campbell are interested in mentoring writers like me. Helping Hands Press is the publisher for this endeavor.
The volumes in the Summer in Sweetland series are 8,000 words. I am learning to adjust my storytelling to varied word counts and not sacrifice the essence of the tale. Believable, multilayered characters is the challenge with shorter word counts.
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Can the unlikely trio of Virginia, Bernie, and Geraldine find the culprit or is there bigger fish to fry?
Volume 2 gives us a bird’s eye view of Sweetland and neighboring New Beckton. Characters you come to love are right over the backyard fence in Sweetland, and after the summer’s dance, life is never the same.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
“Churches are filled with hypocrites.” Dad stomped out of the house to go back to work.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
To make them special?
To disrupt or change normal life?
To taste dishes from other places?
I submit the real reason is that our why isn't big enough, strong enough, or important enough to us.
What is your why?
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Cor. 3:16, 17
|Enjoy different flowers on your trip|
Why do you want to live healthy, lose weight, exercise?
The need to lose weight isn't a laughing matter though many treat it as such. Bible-based churches attract with food more often than prayer. I'm not suggesting that having a pot luck or dinner at church is wrong, but I'm saying that shouldn't be our emphasis. Any compulsion, whether it's to overeat or stick a needle in a vein, defiles the body (God's temple).
When was the last time the church offered a class on gossip or a study on how to gamble? Yet, we trot out our richest cakes and most luscious pies. We offer donuts to an overweight evangelist when he or she is trying to please God with healthy eating.
This may be where I lose a lot of you. Please if you fall on the other side of this controversy, let me know. I want to hear from you.
I can only tell my own experience. Losing weight is a problem requiring physical, mental, and spiritual changes.
|Look for strange sights to get your mind off food|
A diet focuses on the physical, what we eat, how much we exercise, what foods we avoid.
Visualizing, goal-setting, and support groups take care of our need for mental growth.
How do we fix the spiritual element?
Only God can fix us spiritually.Our job is to keep the lines of communication open.
Back to my original question. If the Lord is guiding us into healthier choices to keep His temple clean and useful for His purposes, why should that effort be suspended for vacation.
1. Find other ways to make trips special. Tours, friends, intimacy with loved ones, or even a one time treat of food.
2. Normal life is already suspended. Nothing you're doing on a trip is the same. Using this premise could mean we should also stop being a Christian because that's our normal life.
3. By all means, try out different dishes from other states or countries. An occasional few bites of baklava will not end our weight loss. It's the constant overeating compulsion that throws us off track.
4. Pray more than usual for guidance. Spend quiet time in the mountains or on the beach drawing nigh unto Your Creator.
5. Add extra exercise to your "out of the ordinary" routine.
6. Remember, God loves you. You are special. Take care of you.
|Meet new friends. Use your mouth for talking.|
Because God reigns. He controls you. You are His.
If that's your why, then overeating on vacation sounds ridiculous.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
When asked to supply a devotion, I found June "instant in season and out of season." She gave no less than three devotions to peruse. I enjoyed them all, but the one below goes along with Foster's latest release, Ryan's Father.
Ryan Reid is a first-grade teacher and a Christian with a heart for neglected kids, but a chance encounter during an earthquake with Sandy Arrington, a beautiful young nurse, rocks Ryan’s carefully guarded world and unearths the secret he has held deep in his heart. Though Sandy falls in love with him, Ryan’s forbidden affections lie elsewhere, and he must depend on the Lord to see him through a battle he always hoped he’d never have to face.