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Always Ask for Directions

posted by sbrown

I inched along the unfamiliar street, looking from the GPS on my phone to the street signs, trying to figure out where I was.  I sighed.  It happened again. I was lost. I’m famed for losing my way, even on […]

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Walking and Talking with the Lord

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I hope you have been enjoying walking with the Lord.  Click here to read about the best walking buddy. Yesterday we talked about beginning your conversation with some words of appreciation.  Today I have a suggestion for what to talk […]

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A Thankful Walk

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Yesterday we talked about walking with Jesus — picturing Him walking beside you, just outside your range of vision as you follow your exercise route.  So what do you say to Jesus? Most of us start out with our list […]

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Face Up

posted by sbrown

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~James Baldwin One reason why we don’t see results — we haven’t really faced the seriousness of our need.  It’s easy to compare […]

The Best Walking Buddy

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Ready to walk?  Don’t go alone.  This morning, walk with God. You knew already that God is there, with you all the time.  But let’s see if we can make that truth more real to you. Today as you start […]

Where Are You Going?

posted by sbrown

Ready, set — go!  Well, we’re almost ready to go.  On our daily walk, that is.  We talked in yesterday’s blog about deciding when to walk.  If you just plan to do it “sometime” it most likely won’t happen.  You […]

This Scripture verse says it….

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When goods increase, they are increased that eat them. Ecclesiastes 5:11 This Scripture verse probably has a deeper meaning — but it is true for us who are on a quest to live a healthier, more active life and are […]

“Stepping Up” the Plan

posted by sbrown

How are the steps coming?  The plan is to take the average of your steps for three days and then each week start adding 200 daily steps.  This is a small, but doable, change and those who started out with […]

Those Lowly Jobs….

posted by sbrown

“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14 In Bible times folks didn’t get in their cars and run over to the mall.  If they ran anywhere, […]

Go Ahead — Eat the Guacamole!

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The last in our series of surprise low-glycemic foods is another which you probably avoided in other diets.  The avocado has received a bad rap over the years and is listed as an exception in the “eat fruits and vegetables” […]

Whose Body Is It?

posted by sbrown

Ye are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 6:20 We can do what we want with our own bodies, right?   But are those bodies our own?  […]

You Can Say “Yes” to Whipped Cream

posted by sbrown

It’s amazing what  a little whipped cream can do to make a bland dish into a indulgent-feeling dessert.  Yes, I said whipped cream. Like most dairy products, whipped cream has a zero glycemic number and, a  1/4 cup serving has […]

To the Rescue!

posted by sbrown

He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. Psalm 18:16 This is my salvation testimony in one verse.  I was busy going about my way to destruction and He reached down and rescued me. […]

Pasta? Yes, It’s on the Green List

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Here’s another food  you probably thought you could never see again on a healthy eating plan — pasta.  Most pasta, when cooked al dente, is low to low/moderate on the glycemic index.  That doesn’t mean that your whole diet can […]

A Slump Time Prayer

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Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.   Ps. 17:5 Sometimes a healthy eating plan seems like a slippery slope, doesn’t it?  It’s so easy to slide into bad habits and to make poor choices.  […]

Surprise Number Two — Cream Cheese

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Here is another surprise for you — cream cheese.  You probably thought it was the cream cheese on the bagel that was adding the inches to your waistline.  Actually, it was the bagel!  Cream cheese is on the green-for-go list. […]

Look Higher

posted by sbrown

Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2) Can’t stop thinking about food?  Maybe that’s a signal to you that you need to change your focus.  The more you set your sights on the […]

Snickers — No Kidding!

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We’re taking a look this week at some surprising foods that have a low GI number.  They can be a part of your long-term healthy living plan — if used wisely.  I’m afraid this isn’t a candy bar diet plan.  […]

A Tale of Two Marys

posted by sbrown

I met the first “ghost” in the graveyard — a natural enough place to encounter one.  It should have been a dark and stormy night, though, instead of a brilliant spring afternoon.In fact, the graveyard was not spooky at all, just […]

More Power to You

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My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. II Corinthians 12:9b Do you feel too weak to bear the struggles and the temptations in your life?  Good news!  We have all the power of […]

Easy Crockpot Dinner

posted by sbrown

It’s recipe day!  I’m glad to say that this week’s dish was much less hassle than last week’s.  That’s partly because I cooked it in a crockpot.  Out of necessity, I might add, because now my stove and oven do […]

Pick Up Your Weapon!

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For the weapons of our warfare are  not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.  II Corinthians 10:4 Sometimes it seems like we’re in the middle of a war — and we’re losing!  But what “seems” […]

Keep Your Finger Off That Trigger

posted by sbrown

We all have them. They are foods that trigger our appetites and overcome our will power.  They may be fine in moderation — but we aren’t moderate when our taste buds come in contact with our particular nemesis. For me, […]

Stay Out of That Trap!

posted by sbrown

But they, measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  (II Corinthians 10:11b) Don’t get caught in the comparison trap.  You are unique and your business is to be the best “you” possible, for God’s glory.  […]

Finding Your Place

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We talked in a post last week about shrinking our clothing size by increasing the size of our worlds.  Becoming involved in a mission is an excellent way to do that. Click here to read about things that are fulfilling […]

Watch out for the Fishhooks!

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Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it. ~Thomas Jefferson I doubt if Thomas Jefferson ever tried to lose weight — but this quote works for us.  There may be momentary […]

An Easy Way to Add Steps

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How are the steps coming?  Do you need suggestions for working more steps naturally into your day?  Here’s one that changed my numbers dramatically. I used to be frustrated at the amount of time I had to spend on the […]

Just Keep Swimming…..

posted by sbrown

“Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” Dorie the Fish from Finding Nemo “I have more than a hundred pounds to lose,” a friend told me. “It seems hopeless — like I’ll never get there.” How do you eat an elephant?  One […]

What can I eat?

posted by sbrown

So, what does a low glycemic meal look like?  What are you supposed to eat?  Here are some suggestions. What’s for breakfast? *You can have eggs  — scrambled, poached, or in an omelet. Limit fried eggs as they add calories. […]

Sure Cure for Worry and Discontent

posted by sbrown

We’re back from a week at church camp.  It was a great week with no major problems — except for eight-year-old grandson Jeremiah falling off the climbing rope and spraining his ankle. And a personal challenge for me.  When we […]

Not Julia Child — But Thankful to be a Child of God

posted by sbrown

Does it help to know that other people struggle, too?  Just in case you thought I was advising you from the lofty heights of super-human ability, I decided to post this blog, which was not originally for publication. Note:  Those […]

Friday Low Glycemic Recipe — Lemon Cloud Pie

posted by sbrown

It’s Friday — recipe day for the Beyond Gorgeous folks.  Sometimes you just need a treat!  And when there is a potluck or big family get-together, it really helps to have something there you can eat with a clear conscience.  […]

Habit – It Keeps You Going

posted by sbrown

Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.  ~Jim Ryun Why do most people (including me) fail at a healthy eating plan after the first week or so?  Because motivation is waning and habit hasn’t kicked […]

Hopscotch Habits

posted by sbrown

I remember the hopscotch we played at recess in fourth grade.  The school had seen generations of kids come and go — and hopscotch had been a staple game for those many kids.  The board had been drawn in the […]

The Source of True Gladness

posted by sbrown

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  Psalm 4:7 Naturally skinny people can by trying at times.  They can eat what they want and never seem to gain […]

Bigger World — Smaller Clothing Size

posted by sbrown

Perhaps one reason we tend to be sedentary and to focus so much on our food is that our worlds are too small. Getting involved in missions bigger than ourselves will get us out of our lethargy and busy doing […]

Get Out the Roadmap

posted by sbrown

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” Yogi Berra During our low times we sometimes forget where we are going, and why.  That’s when we mess up in our […]

Start Adding Steps — Easily!

posted by sbrown

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. Anonymous It’s called inertia.  Things that are at rest don’t want to start moving.  It affects all of us, and as we get older, it exerts a stronger and stronger […]

How Long Do I Have to Do This?

posted by sbrown

“Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall.  Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day.  Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down.  And this is all life really means.”  ~Robert Louis […]

Does It Help to Skip a Meal?

posted by sbrown

We know it matters what you eat. Does it matter when you eat? Absolutely! When you skip a meal, your autopilot gets the message from the stomach, “Hey, we are out of business here.  Where is the fuel?” “I don’t […]

A God of “Yes”

posted by sbrown

The promises of God in him are yea…. (II Cor. 1:20) I squatted down and looked the annoying, whining child in the eye. “If you are going to stay with me, we need to get something straight,” I told him […]

My Favorite Salad

posted by sbrown

Today is recipe day.  (I know I said I would post them on Saturdays, but I changed my mind!)  Here is one of my favorites. I love to take it to potluck dinners so there is something filling and yummy […]

As Long as We Keep Eating….

posted by sbrown

“As long as we keep eating, we don’t have to wash the dishes.” My Grandma used to quote that old saying. It probably referred to more in life than eating, but it applies to those of us who are moving […]

No Hurry

posted by sbrown

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.  […]

A Tale of Evil Twins

posted by sbrown

They are almost like evil twins. Insulin is “black hat” twin for those who want to lose weight. It’s the hormone that tells our body, “Store up the fat.  Winter is coming.  Slow down and fatten up.”  Too much insulin […]

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Recipe Day -- Good-For-You Chocolate Cake
I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs to make a successful cake with this healthy type of flour, and it takes a much smaller

posted 3:06:20am Mar. 29, 2013 | read full post »

Climbing Into Jesus' Wheelbarrow
Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked the people gathered there. “We believe you can do it!” they shout

posted 3:23:14am Mar. 28, 2013 | read full post »

How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?
“We asked 150 Parisians how they knew they were through with dinner,” food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, said.  “They said, ‘When we’re full.’  When we asked 150 Chicagoans that they said, ‘When the plate is empty.’” * No wonder 2/3 of American adults are overweight and hal

posted 3:54:25am Mar. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Making Plans to Succeed
H.A.L.T. -- Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired.  But how do you do that?  How do you avoid getting in a dangerously tempting position? It takes planning.  Start planning before you even head to the grocery store.  Look over the Green-for-Go low glycemic lists. Click h

posted 3:41:47am Mar. 26, 2013 | read full post »

No More "If Onlys"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.- Carl Bard If only -- If only.  How the “if onlies” plague us! “If I had only kept up that healthy eating and exercise plan I started five years ago I would look terrific now.”

posted 2:36:33am Mar. 25, 2013 | read full post »

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