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Making Plans to Succeed

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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 […]

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An Army to the Rescue

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Some days it seems like the cookies are holding us captive.  Temptation surrounds us and we can do nothing but fail.  It seems hopeless. Elijah’s servant certainly felt hopeless and helpless when he looked out in the morning and saw […]

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A God of Yes

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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 […]

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Keep Walking — And Talking

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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 about […]

Walking and Talking With Jesus

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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 […]

Whose Body Is This?

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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 these bodies our own?  When […]

When Size “Large” is a Good Thing

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Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress. Have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.  Ps. 4:1 Do you feel distressed, depressed, and like giving up?  There’s a […]

The One Day Diet Plan

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“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 […]

The Source of True Gladness

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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 […]

My Favorite Weight Loss Scripture for Bad Days

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Yesterday I didn’t do so well sticking to my plan.  In fact, it was the kind of day when I washed out in lots of areas.  Here is one of my favorite verses.  I use it a lot — and […]

Get Ready to LIVE!

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Okay folks, we’ve already been on every diet known to man — or woman. We have done without fat, red meat, sugar, and carbs at various times. We have eaten grapefruit until it was coming out our ears. We have […]

Changes Ahead

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Tomorrow is a new day — and a new year.  What will you do with it?  You have the power to make it the best year of your life.  You can’t control all the circumstances that will happen, but you […]

Beware of Slump Time!

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We all have body rhythms that peak and fall. There are times of day we feel creative and have energy. Larks have them in the morning while owls are at their best in the evening hours. And we all have […]

Hope for Discouraging Days

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Sometimes I find myself thinking of my body as a naughty child who will unpredictably do something mean — like putting on a couple of pounds when I expected better behavior!  We’ve all experienced that phenomenon of mysterious weight gain […]

The Best Investment

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“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley It’s a matter of investment. In what are you investing your time and effort?  If you make your […]

Dreams and Reality

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Some people dream about success… while others wake up and work hard at it. — anonymous I’ve read lots about visualizing success.  Picture yourself as svelte and slim, the articles say, and you will become what you imagine.  There is […]

The Truth About Leftovers

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Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is officially in full swing.  Start making up for the Thanksgiving feasting by walking and working in as many steps as possible. (Tell your spouse that Black Friday shopping is part of your […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to my faithful readers!  I am personally thankful for each of you. Enjoy your friends and family today.  And plan ahead for the temptations that lie ahead.  Maybe you have given yourself permission to take the day off […]

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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It’s almost on us — the most treacherous time of the year for those of us working to live a healthy lifestyle.  It’s THE HOLIDAYS!  What makes you blow your plan?  Stress?  Temptation?  Busyness?  The next six weeks are permeated […]

Getting Your Mind in Gear

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I scowled as I  listened to the “Learn the Thai Language” cd that I found on eBay.  This is one tough language!  You not only have to learn difficult words with tongue-twisting sounds — but the pitch at which you […]

Positive Thinking? Here’s Something Better

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Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.  Prov. 16:3 Everyone tells you to think positive thoughts. I’ve tried to do that when I was down, but it didn’t work.  I knew I was lying!  You […]

A Better Size Large

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Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress. Have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.  Ps. 4:1 Do you feel distressed, depressed, and like giving up?  There’s a […]

The One Day Diet Plan

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“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.”  ~Robert Louis Stevenson How long do you have to […]

Stop Being So Mean!

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“And just exactly what happened to those good intentions?” I asked sternly.  “You were doing well on your plan and even encouraging others along the way. What happened to you?” “W-e-e-l-l,” my uncomfortable counselee whined.  “It’s been really hectic at […]

Right Choices — Automatically

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Wouldn’t you like to automatically resist temptation and make healthy choices without even bothering to think about it?  You can. That’s our topic today. Recognizing the cues that start us on the cycle of bad habits is part of the […]

Cookies? No thanks. I’d Rather Have Life.

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I glanced down the cookie aisle at the grocery store — and felt a sense of loss.  Remember the days when I could pick out cookies — any kind of cookies — and treat myself?  I love reading and snacking […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #3 — Change the Cues

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Habits — they have a powerful hold over us!  How can we break the cycle that keeps us in failure? In our last post we talked about the pattern of cue — routine — reward.  One way to break the […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #1 — Finding the Pattern

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You worked hard, lost the extra weight, and you never felt better.  So why did you go back to snacking on brownies and packing the flab back on? I read an interesting book recently that gave a possible answer — […]

Fat Souls, Not Fat Bodies

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The liberal soul shall be made fat and he that watereth shall be watered himself.  Prov. 11:225 Sometimes I wonder if weight issues don’t go along with hoarding issues — which come down to problem with trust.  If we don’t […]

Ask This — But You May Be Surprised By the Answer!

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We talk a lot about doing healthy things that will give us a longer, more active life.  Why?  Unless you have a reason for living, there isn’t much incentive in stretching it out. That’s why it’s important that you have […]

Don’t Jump Overboard!

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Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  Philippians 4:5 Moderation.  Some of us have lots of problems with that character quality!  I wonder how many of my readers share my inclination to go overboard […]

More Baggage–Shorter Trip

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Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip.  Arnold H. Glasgow Well, our bodies are more than baggage.  They are the place we will live until we die.  There […]

As Long as We Keep Eating We Don’t Have to Wash the Dishes

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“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 […]

You Aren’t A Victim!

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Where did those pounds come from?  Every veteran dieter knows the depression that comes from seeing hard-fought fat reappear like a recurring nightmare.  It takes so long and such diligence to rid ourselves of those unwanted bulges, and it seems […]

No, You Are NOT Hopeless!

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“Ye have not resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”  Hebrews 12:4 “I just can’t help it,” a friend told me. “I’ve tried every diet known to man — or woman — and I’ve always failed. God must want me to […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #3 — Strong Arms and Clean Windows

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Arms flabby but  no time to go to the gym?  Time to get out the window cleaner and start polishing the glass.  Think about your posture — shoulders back and down and stomach in.  Remember to pretend you are clenching […]

Stay Free!

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Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  Gal. 5:1 It’s Independence Day!  On this day my readers who are in the U.S. celebrate our freedom […]

Live Until You Die

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If your focus is on looking good — sorry, but you are bound to be disappointed. There will always be someone more attractive than you are.  You may feel great next to your overweight friends, but suddenly feel like a […]

Plan to Win #6: Plan to Celebrate!

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Plan to celebrate.  In fact, start celebrating now. One trouble with doing healthy things is that we are used to having the bad stuff as “treats.”  If we don’t get them, we feel we are being punished. So don’t punish yourself.  […]

Don’t Quit!

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Even though I had looked every imaginable place for my Fitbit, the snazzy electronic pedometer my daughter gave me for Mother’s Day, it was nowhere to be found.  But I kept looking, even in the same places I had looked […]

Plan to Win # 3 — Watch Where You are Going!

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You know what you will eat and when you will exercise. Is that all they planning you need? No — there are a couple or other things that will help you in your plan to win. Write Out Your Schedule […]

My Favorite Scripture for Bad Days

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Yesterday I didn’t do so well sticking to my plan.  In fact, it was the kind of day when I washed out in lots of areas.  Here is one of my favorite verses.  I use it a lot — and […]

The Source of True Gladness

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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 […]

Get Out the Roadmap

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“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 the Easy Way

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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 […]

The One-Day-at-a-Time Diet Plan

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“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 […]

Metabolism Booster #15 – Vitamins that Rev Up Your Metabolism

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Here’s another tip for revving up your sluggish metabolism:  Make sure you are getting your B vitamins. According to the American Dietetic foundation, several of the B vitamins can give your natural fat-burning powers a boost. Vitamin B2, also known as […]

Here’s How to be Strong — Even When You Feel Weak

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And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  II Cor. 12:9 I sometimes find myself thinking that I have to be strong or that God won’t be pleased with […]

Metabolism Booster #14 — Tea for Two (Sizes Smaller?)

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Here’s one you may have heard about.  Drinking tea — especially green tea– can help prevent belly fat, boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. One way that green tea prevents belly fat is by counteracting cortisol.  You might remember […]

Metabolism Booster #13 — Turn Up Your Internal Thermostat

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Hang onto your taste buds!  Today’s tip for speeding up the metabolism is a scorcher.  Numerous sites hail cayenne pepper as the hottest metabolism booster around. (Okay, sorry for the pun.) Seriously, though, cayenne has been used in traditional medicine […]

Breaking Away from Anger

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How do you feel when you start a weight loss plan? I always felt angry.  I would think about the people who were not satisfied with me as I was and, yes, I resented them!  It just wasn’t fair that […]

How Success Can Hold You Back

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…Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount.  Deut. 1:6 Mountains aren’t bad places to dwell.  Metaphorically speaking, mountains are the high points of our lives.  The trouble only comes when we are stuck on the mountain. The children of […]

Metabolism Booster #5 — Stop the Stress!

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Stress. It’s a part of our lives.  People give us problems.  We have money worries.  Our schedules are too busy.  It’s not pleasant. Now we know from numerous studies that stress not only takes its toll on your nerves. It […]

Metabolism Booster #4 — Put the Pedal to the Metal

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This one is no surprise.  If you want your body to burn calories faster, you have to get up and move. I wish I could just pick the expert with the advice I like the most and give it to […]

Metabolism Booster #3 – Don’t “Eat” Your Muscles

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How do you rev up your sluggish metabolism?  Try packing in the protein.   Numerous studies have shown that eating fewer carbs and emphasizing proteins help with weight loss, blood sugar issues, and cardiovascular health.  Let’s go inside our bodies […]

Knowledge Is Important, but Not a Substitute for This.

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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  James I:22 Don’t fool yourself – knowing what will make you healthy and doing it are two different things!  Many people (and I am one […]

Revving Up Your Metabolism by Eating More

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Want to speed up your dragging metabolism?  How about eating more?  More often, that is. When you skip a meal your autopilot gets worried. “Fuel is running short,” he signals to all your organs. “Everyone slow down and conserve.”  And […]

How to Rev Up Your Metabolism

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“I just can’t lose weight,” a friend moaned. “It’s not my fault. I have a slow metabolism.” How many times have you heard (or said) that?  It’s true that a slow metabolism makes weight loss difficult.  Your metabolism is the […]

Don’t Just Lose Weight — Change It!

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Numbers — I never have liked them!  That comes from being a word person instead of a math person — and also because of a decades-long fight with the numbers on the scale. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.  […]

Making a “Radical” Change — for the Right Reason

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This time it was a motivational speaker who made me take a tumble from the straight path of my healthy living plan.  (Good thing for all of you that I am a real person with actual struggles on my journey […]

Don’t Fall — Compensate!

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You are hurrying along — your mind on the next thing on your to-do list.  Your toe meets the raised edge of the sidewalk, and you trip.  What happens next?  Automatically your body goes into recovery mode.  Every muscle responds […]

No Elevator to Success

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“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.” ~Joe Girard Wouldn’t we love to take the elevator to our goals?  That’s what all the diet pills and magic potions promise.  […]

And Just Why Are You Doing This?

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Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  I Corinthians 10:31 It’s Monday — the day we most need inspiration and direction for the week.  At least, I do!  It’s a […]

When Losing Weight Looks Impossible — A Bagpipe and Unicycle Perspective

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Sometimes staying on a healthy eating and exercise plan seems a lot like this.  It takes a lot of coordinating and skill!  But don’t make it too hard on yourself. I don’t imagine this person took his (her?) first bagpipe […]

Don’t Drown!

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“You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” ~Unknown It’s Monday — the day you are going to get back on track with your exercise and healthy eating plan. Or wait, were you talking about […]

Prevent Belly Fat — By Forgiveness

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I’ve heard it said that when you allow yourself to become bitter against someone, it’s like you are letting them live rent-free in your head.  He may be miles away, but you can still hear his voice, and his actions […]

Hungry? Are You Sure?

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You are starving. Or are you?  We are so disconnected from the messages our bodies are trying to relay that we misinterpret them — a lot! Often we think we are hungry when we actually are getting the “thirsty — […]

Winning the Hunger Wars — Opening Lines of Communication

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How can hunger help us in our journey to a healthier weight?  It can tell you when you need to eat — and what you need to eat. Well, duh.  You would assume that to be obvious.  But is it? […]

Winning the “Hunger Wars” — Don’t Fear Hunger

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Don’t be afraid of hunger.  It isn’t the enemy. It’s just a tool your body has of letting your “conscious pilot” know it is time to refuel. We talked in earlier posts about the “auto-pilot” in your brain who controls […]

Resolutions That Fit YOU

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God didn’t make us with a cookie cutter.  Every single one of us is different.  Your New Year’s resolutions should fit YOU and your personality.  We’ve talked before about ways the different personalities can approach losing weight and getting fit. […]

Preparing for Holiday Parties — A Real Dud Idea

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Kind friends often give me suggestions to include in my blog.  Some of them are great — but every now and then I get a real dud.  Like this one: “When I know that I’m going to be going to […]

No More Anger

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How do you feel when you start a weight loss plan? I always felt angry.  I would think about the people who were not satisfied with me as I was and, yes, I resented them!  It just wasn’t fair that […]

What to do When You Can’t H.A.L.T.

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Sometimes it just happens.  You are rolling along on your new healthy lifestyle and feeling pretty good — and good about yourself.  You are developing a taste for good-for-you low glycemic food and only rarely miss that soda.  Exercise has […]

Stop Being Hateful to Your Body!

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“You can’t hate yourself healthy. You can hate yourself thin, you can hate yourself fat; but healthy is a place you have to get to with love.” (Fit Mama Training) When you love someone you do what is best for […]

Funny Video With a Helpful Message

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Some of have “friends” like this ultimate teaser.  A real friend won’t torment you or try to make your healthy eating plan harder for you.  Some folks tease or place temptation in your path  because they feel more of a […]

Praying 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 Is it okay to pray for help on your weight loss journey?  God […]

Lesson from a Donkey

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Sometimes you feel like you’re being buried — as if the whole world is trying to do you in.  Everything goes wrong, and you want nothing more than to reach for the cookies. I had that kind of day yesterday […]

Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food!

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“They forgot to give me my burger,” I said, peering into the bag from the fast food chain. “You just ate it,” Paul said. “I did?”  Maybe I did.  Here was an empty wrapper and Paul is not one to […]

The Black Bear in the Closet

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“Grandma — There’s a black bear in your closet!” three-year-old Sylvia shrieked.  “Come and see.” I sighed. I was really getting tired of that bear. “There are no bears in my closet,” I said firmly. “But Grandma, I can see […]

How Do You Start? Wade Right In

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You know what you want — to be at a healthy, attractive weight.  But how can you possibly get there?  It seems too hard, if not down-right impossible.  I’ve been reading in the book of Joshua for my devotions lately, […]

Ready to Start Living?

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Okay folks, we’ve already been on every diet known to man — or woman. We have done without fat, red meat, sugar, and carbs at various times. We have eaten grapefruit until it was coming out our ears. We have […]

H.A.L.T. — Don’t Get Too Tired

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Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely — and don’t get too tired.  That’s a hard one if you are a busy person with a lot of responsibilities.  It’s also difficult advice to follow when you have a low […]

H.A.L.T. – Don’t Get Too Lonely

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Don’t get too hungry or too angry. Either one can cause you to abandon ship and ditch your healthy eating plan for a sugar binge.  The sugar and carbs give an immediate rush of comfort, but then it is over.  […]

H.A.L.T. – Don’t Get Too Angry

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H.A.L.T. the sugar addiction!  The little slogan is really good advice for resisting the lure of whatever has taken too big a foothold in our lives.  We discussed the “H” yesterday — don’t get too hungry, because low blood sugar […]

Creating an Addiction-Free Environment

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Some of you may just enjoy food. That’s fine!  Scripture says God has given us all things to enjoy — and that includes the pleasures of the palate.  But what if food has become too important to you?  If your […]

Overcoming Food Addiction

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So you discovered that you don’t just have a sweet tooth — you are seriously addicted to sugar.  It’s your best friend when you are lonely or sad or bored.  You feel you CAN’T give it up.  But you want […]

Better Than Brownies

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Why did I DO that?  We ask ourselves.  I was doing so well on my eating plan.  Why did I mess up and eat that candy bar? We talked yesterday about one reason our good resolves shatter and fail.  Sugar […]

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 […]

Help and Deliverance

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Making Plans to Succeed
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No More "If Onlys"
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