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July 2011 Archives

The “Dirty Spot” Law

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Why would the church deacons look under my bed? Why did my dinner guests troop into the bathroom to examine the tub? There was no logical reason,  unless you factor in the dirty spot law. This law is more certain […]

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Four Personality Types Losing Weight — The Sparkler

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Some folks can turn anything into a party. We’re looking at the four personality types in this series, because WHO you are makes a big difference in HOW you can be successful in losing weight and getting fit.  Today we’re […]

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Four Personality Types Losing Weight – The Leader

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What are you like?  Knowing who you are is a big help in finding a plan to help you succeed in your weight loss/healthy living goals. We are going to look at the four basic personality types. See if you […]

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Little Steps to the Goal

posted by sbrown

We talked about Blitzers in yesterday’s post — those folks who are happiest when they are doing over-the-top diet and exercise plans.  The rest of you probably think they are nuts.  You are not Blitzers, but  Baby-steppers. Baby-Steppers do not […]

Celebrate!

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Celebrate the victories! When we look at the long-term goal, we can get discouraged. When the weight loss is slow, or comes to a standstill, we want to give up. But if we celebrate every victory, we are encouraged to […]

Are You a Blitzer?

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For a plan to work, it has to work for YOU.  Your personality plays a big part in whether you stay the course or abandon it.  We’ll take a wide view and then talk about more specific personality types to […]

Let’s Find YOU Then Find You a Plan

posted by sbrown

Why is it so hard for you to stick to a plan when your friends seem to be having all kinds of success without much drama at all?  Chances are it isn’t in your genes, but in your personality. Personality?  […]

Angels with Crowbars

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For my special Sunday message I’m bringing back another of the articles I wrote several years ago.  I hope it will be a blessing to you! Angels with Crowbars When I stepped into the elevator, everyone smiled. These folks are […]

Help and Deliverance

posted by sbrown

And the Lord shall help them and deliver them.  Psalm 37:40 I’ve been there, too, folks. I’ve felt like I was in bondage to food and that my body was my ball and chain.  Here it is — the Dieter’s […]

Recipe Today — Fresh Fruit Parfait

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Woo-hoo!  I have a functioning kitchen again. It’s small (we live in a travel trailer) but the refrigerator now works after weeks and weeks of waiting for a replacement part.  We have been able to reconnect the propane so the […]

Not Begging for Bread

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I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.   Psalm 37:25 Well, I’ve seen folks begging for bread — but not because they were starving and actually […]

Making Hunger Go Away

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We used to say our stomachs “shrank” when we dieted. I always imagined that the poor starved thing withered down to a smaller size so that it was full with less food. That’s not really what happens when we lose […]

A Soft Fall

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Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.  Psalm 37: 24 Whoops!  Three-year-old Henry slipped on the wet pavement and plopped to the ground. Good thing Grandma was holding his […]

Supporting the Good Guys

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“I can’t help being overweight,” a friend told me. “My hormones are out of whack.” And she is exactly right.  I could tell without a peek at her blood work or a word with her doctor.  I’ve heard that same […]

Help in Time of Famine

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The Lord knoweth the days of the upright….and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.  Psalm 37: 18a and 19b Having a tough day?  The Lord knows all about it and gives a special promise. He will satisfy […]

Take Your Time

posted by sbrown

You’ve been doing so well.  Why is that stupid scale not moving?  We’ve looked at many different reasons — but it all boils down to one simple fact.  It takes time and effort to lose weight permanently.  If you put […]

The Giant Rat Parade

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We’ve been enjoying three of our grandsons while their parents are away, celebrating their anniversary with a trip to Colorado.  Staying in their home and keeping up with young children has reminded me of what my life used to be […]

Better than Riches of Beauty

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A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  Ps. 37:16 Well, we’re not really talking about money in our blog — but this verse applies to us, anyway.  Aren’t  we  always tempted to […]

Give it a Rest — and Be Patient

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Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.  Psalm 37: 7a We folks who are goal-oriented have trouble with this verse!  We want to be doing something and we want results NOW.  We’re the ones who will do killer […]

Something Missing?

posted by sbrown

Another reason the pounds might be clinging to your hips instead of leaving as directed?  Maybe you are missing something.  In your food, that is. I just heard a lecture by Dr. Gil Kaats, a presenter for Proevity, a company […]

A Prayer and a Promise

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Commit thy way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5 I looked in my tiny, dorm-sized refrigerator and sighed. No matter how often I looked in there, nothing tasty and low […]

Failed Intentions — Crumpled Prayers

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A crumpled check is still good money, if the signature is on it. So is a crumpled prayer, if Jesus name is really on it. -J. Piper Not sure how to pray for your weight loss?  Not sure your motives […]

The Path to Peace

posted by sbrown

But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  Psalm. 37:11 I unclenched my teeth. Again.  The stress of the situation had me grinding my molars which gave me a headache.  Again. The […]

Dwelling in the Land Beyond Gorgeous

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Trust in the Lord and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.   Psalm 37:3 Does it seem sometimes that the “land beyond gorgeous” is a foreign country to you? That you […]

The Easiest Day to Change

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Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow. ~Yiddish Proverb The longer you do keep on with poor eating habits, the harder it will be to break them and form new ones.  Think it’s too late to start a […]

When You Can’t Keep Stepping

posted by sbrown

We’ve talked about adding steps to your day by doing easy things like being the one who gets up and does the fetching instead of asking others to do it for you.  Then we added a daily walk and talked […]

Celebrate Independence!

posted by sbrown

Happy Independence Day!  Today we celebrate our country’s freedom and think of the price our forefathers paid to acquire it.  Let’s also think of our personal freedom.  We don’t have to be the slaves of our appetites anymore. “For sin […]

When You Begin to Fizzle Out….

posted by sbrown

Trust  ye in the Lord forever,  for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:4 It happened again.  You ran out of steam.  You were doing well, going strong on your healthy living plan — and now you don’t […]

Keep Walking — and Talking

posted by sbrown

Yes, God is really there, with you, all the time — but sometimes, because we can’t see Him, we forget.  Practicing His presence is a good way to focus on the reality of our living God.    That’s why we […]

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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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