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Lose the Fat — Save the Muscle!

posted by sbrown

We don’t really want to lose weight. We want to lose fat.  Other things, like bones and muscles, we want to save. Unfortunately, when the pounds leave, blubber isn’t the only thing to go.  You lose muscle, too.  Let’s take […]

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Picking Up and Moving On

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It’s so frustrating when you do all the right things, and the scale refuses to budge!  But don’t get discouraged. Maybe it’s simply a matter of needing to do more of the same.  If you have been doing the step […]

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When You Can’t Keep Stepping

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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 […]

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More Walking and Talking with Jesus

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 […]

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 […]

The Best Walking Buddy

posted by sbrown

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 have to […]

Stepping Up the Plan

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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 […]

Another Easy Step Idea

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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 […]

A Fitness Plan You Can Do Forever

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A friend saw that her fitness center membership was about to expire, so she rushed in to renew — even though she hadn’t been inside the place for months. “I bet you have a name for people like me who […]

Young Brains Keep Moving

posted by sbrown

What’s the best thing to do to keep your brain young?  Move it!  I’m not talking about mental exercise (at least, not in THIS post) but about physically moving.  Many sites I visited mentioned clinical studies that show that critters […]

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 […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #8 — The Easiest Way

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How can you get more exercise in your life when you are too busy to go work out? We’ve looked at lots of ways to do that — from doing squats to pick up the laundry to interval housework. Today […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #7 –Do it the Hard Way!

posted by sbrown

We spend a lot of time figuring out how to do our work more efficiently.  That’s fine — unless we are doing it so we have more time to spend on the couch in front of the TV.  Did you […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #5 — Interval Housework

posted by sbrown

Need to get your heart rate up, but no time for the gym?  Try interval housework training. Interval training is a new method of exercise I’ve been reading about. You do any kind of aerobic exercise at a moderate pace […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #4 – Laundry Workout

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Laundry — bleuh!  I know it’s crazy to complain when I can remember my grandma scrubbing her clothes on a washboard in a metal tub out in the yard.  All I have to do is sort them, change from washer […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life #2 – Strengthen Abs the No-Pain Way

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Okay, I know you hate to do stomach crunches.  Here is something more effective that you can do, almost without noticing it, One of the best ways to strengthen your abs is by just holding them in.  You can do […]

Make Exercise Fit Your Life — Top Multi-Purpose Muscle-Builder

posted by sbrown

So, you are too busy to work out?  Some of my readers who are young moms expressed this problem. After a busy day of homeschooling, housework, and just keeping up with kids, there isn’t enough time or energy left to […]

Plan to Win #2 – How to Make Sure You Get Your Exercise

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You are going to work today. Really.  You walk over to your treadmill and unload it.  You hang up all the  clothes and move the pile of papers to another place.  By now you have used up most of your […]

Start Adding Steps the Easy Way

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Just Lose Weight — Change It!

posted by sbrown

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.  […]

Get Up and Go

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 […]

Make Keepable Resolutions!

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“I can never keep my resolutions to lose weight,”  my young hairdresser told me. “I can’t stay on diet, so I’m not trying any more.” She’s off to a bad start — giving up on being a healthy weight before […]

Avoiding the Holiday Pounds — Walk Away

posted by sbrown

How do you escape the holiday weight gain this year? Run.  Well, okay, you can walk.  Get the steps in, though.Exercise is always important, but now more than ever.  I know that you have added more stressful jobs to your […]

More Things to Consider When Choosing a Gym

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You’ve decided that it will be worth your while to join a gym.  How do you determine which one is right for you?  Here are some more things to consider when making your choice. Facilities.  What do you want to […]

Five Tips for Finding the Fitness Center that Works for YOU

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So you’ve decided that you need to join a gym.  What are some things to consider in finding the right place for you? Location.  This is by far the most important factor, because if the gym is inconveniently located, you […]

When Should You Head for the Gym?

posted by sbrown

You don’t have to go to a gym to get fit.  Sometimes, though, a gym is the best option.  Here’s some of those times: When it is convenient. If the gym is across town, there is no parking, and it […]

Free — and Nearly Free — Fitness Options

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Adding extra steps and more activity to your day is the best — and least expensive — way to increase your level of fitness.  But what if you want more?  There are lots of free and nearly free options. Check […]

Free Workout Programs

posted by sbrown

What do you do when you want to get in shape, but you have to stick to a budget?  While there are good options that work well and quickly, there are also ways to manage without spending much money — […]

Surprising Way to Get Off the Plateau

posted by sbrown

Well, that was a surprise! After a difficult four days when life interfered with my diet and exercise program, I stepped on the scale with a feeling of trepidation. How much ground had I lost — er, gained — with […]

It Works — So Keep It Up!

posted by sbrown

Are all those extra steps really doing anything for you?  Yes, according to the research published in January in the BMJ (British Medical Journal). In an Australian study, researchers tested 592 middle-aged adults.  They gave the subjects a pedometer and […]

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 […]

“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 […]

An Easy Way to Add Steps

posted by sbrown

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 ...

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