Beyond Gorgeous

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 pay for memberships but never show up to work out,” she said jokingly.

“Yes,” the owner replied.  “We call them ‘profits.’”

I’ve been there — and you probably have, too.   “I MUST get in shape,” we think.  We join a gym and the first day  work out enthusiastically on all the equipment. Or we buy a killer dvd that guarantees to make us svelte in 30 days if  we undergo their brand of exercise torture.  Or we buy an expensive machine and give it a thorough workout as soon as it arrives.

Then we cannot move for three days. Our muscles scream with pain and we feel like joining the chorus.  We had the best intentions, but  already are on the road to giving up.

So let’s not go there anymore. Let’s do something easy.  It’s inexpensive, painless, won’t take up space in your bedroom, and you DO have time to work it into your schedule.  You just need three things:

A pair of shoes.

A pair of feet.

A pedometer.

Here’s how it works:

Get a good pedometer and wear it throughout the day from the time you get up until you go to bed at night.  Write down the number of steps you took that day. Do that for three days in a row, then take the average of the number.  You may be surprised.I thought I was ‘active’ but found out instead that I was practically comatose!

Suppose you have an average of 3,200 steps.  This week, make it your goal to add 200 steps.  Every day you will make sure  you walk at least 3,400 steps.  Next week you will add 200 more, so you take at least 3,600 steps — and so on.  Eventually you will work up to 10,000 steps or more.

Is it hard to add 200 steps?  Not at all!  Just take a walk through your house or out in your yard.

Will it do any good?  Yes.  It will get you out of your chair and moving.  It will be painless and doable, so this is one plan you can do forever.  We’ll talk more about benefits and strategies for adding steps in later posts.

So in our easy, Beyond Gorgeous, fitness plan we will:

You can do that — for the rest of your life!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



“If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.”  Dr. Neecie Moore in Encouragement for Your Journey.

You’ve probably never been permanently at a  healthy weight — or you wouldn’t be reading my blog.  We’ll be learning new info and incorporating new things into our lives.  We’ll talk about doing things differently so we can get to that healthy weight and state of vibrant health — and stay there.  We’ll be adding a little every day to our knowledge.  Put into practice what we have learned so far.  Tomorrow we will take another step. Let’s do this together and fulfill that desire for what we’ve never had!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



Our servant, not our master!

I know, I know.  Nobody wants to talk about calories.  We’ve come to think of them like ants — annoying little things that won’t stay out of our lives. We would like to put out a “calorie hotel” and rid ourselves of the critters.

Actually, they are only units of energy and, while we can’t exterminate them,  there is a way to manage calories to make the weight stay gone forever.  Painlessly.  Are you ready to hear it?

So here’s what you do.  Decide on a reasonable weight — not necessarily what you weighed at 18.  You are not required to fit into your old wedding dress.  It’s only if you can’t fit into your old maternity clothes that you need to worry.

Suppose you know you would feel healthiest and at your best at a weight of 140 lbs.  (We aren’t going for pencil-thin, remember?)  Multiply your goal weight by 10 to get the number of calories that will sustain you at that weight.  If you are doing other things right — namely the low glycemic eating plan — you would sustain 140 lbs. by eating 1400 calories.  There’s room for lots of eating in 1400 calories, especially if you make wise choices.

Start now eating 1400 calories a day and  you will lose weight.  You will lose weight until you get to around 140 lbs.  Then keep on doing what you are doing and you will stay there forever.

By that time you will have established a habit and it will be natural to you.  Simple.

Why didn’t we figure this out already?  Mainly because of the stupid mindset that we have in our culture. We want to be thin, but at the same time, we want to indulge ourselves. So we think, “I’ll do this for a while and then I can go back to eating like I want.”

Which is why 95% of the people who lose weight gain it back again.   Temporary “fixes” don’t work.  You have a higher goal now. You want more than to look good for a while. You want to feel great and be able to be strong and active for the rest of your life.

Pray about it and ask the Lord what He would have you weigh.  Agree to cooperate with Him to eat within the calories that would take you there and keep you there.  You don’t have to do it perfectly, but if you keep in that range, you will be going the right direction.  And, as you make this part of your lifestyle, you will learn the best choices that make it easiest for you.

One final caution — don’t overdo it!  If you are an obsessive person like I am, you will set an unrealistic low number.  It should NOT be less than 1200.  If you have lots of weight to lose and are used to eating many more calories than that, you might do better making incremental changes.  If you are sustaining 300+ lbs., you should set a goal, say of 200 lbs., with that amount of calories. As you reach the goal, you can adjust the calories downward.

You can also adjust the calories upward if you can’t handle the restrictions.  If you are too hungry with 1400 calories — maybe you don’t need to weigh 140 lbs.  Maybe 160 lbs. would be okay and the extra 200 calories would make the plan doable for you.  You are  unique, and we will work together to find the plan that is right for you.

Also, keep in mind that not all calories are the same.  Calories from high glycemic foods will give you a blood sugar spike, a big insulin dump, and the message to your body to store up fat.  You can, in fact, lose weight by concentrating on low glycemic foods — but if overeating has been a long-established habit with you, we’ll have to take on the calorie challenge.  You need to know how much you should eat — and know that you can stick to it forever.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown











 What is God really like?  He isn’t what we make Him, or decide He should be.  He is.  What does He look like to you?

Is he a kindly grandfather in the sky?  A Santa Claus – type, watching out to see who has been naughty and nice so He will know who should get the best goodies?  Perhaps the most well known picture is that of a helpless God, knocking and pleading for entrance into your heart’s door.

That’s an appealing picture, because it makes you bigger than God.  If He is standing outside and begging helplessly for you to notice him, that means you are really the one in charge — not God.  And that’s a pretty good definition of sin.  Satan fell from heaven, because he wanted to be “like God.” (Is.14:12-14) He tempted Eve to eat the fruit because then she would be “like God.”  (Gen. 3:5)

And if you think you are the one holding the strings to your life and that you have God on hold,  you are making the same mistake.  You are not the God.

I challenge you to look in the Bible for a glimpse of a bigger God. Don’t gloss over the parts of the Bible that don’t fit your picture of God, but look in the Scripture to find Him.  He paints the picture for us.

And it’s a beautiful picture!  We see a perfect, holy God who can’t bear the stench of sin.  He is so clean and right and wonderful that soiled and filthy people can’t come near him.  (Psalm 5:4-5)

We see that God looks at a spoiled world, a ruined people.  All of us are like stupid sheep who insist on going the wrong way, hopelessly willful and selfish. (Isaiah 53:6)

And we see love that endured hell itself to bring forgiveness.

When we think about the horrible things Christ endured in his last days on earth — the betrayals, the beatings, the horrible painful death — we catch just a glimpse of His love for His people.  But the horrible pain wasn’t the worst part.  There on the cross, Jesus became sin for us. (Romans 5:8 and II Cor. 5:21)

Have you ever felt guilty? Ashamed?  Think of what it was like for Christ to take the guilt and shame for all His people.  Sin separates from God, and there on the cross the Father turned His back on his own Son. (Matt. 27:46) Jesus hung there in agony, burdened with the guilt of the sins of those He came to save — dying alone.

That’s the worst of hell. It’s a place where there is no God, made for those who say, “No God for me!” (Ps. 14:1)

Jesus overcame hell and death and rose from the dead. And He isn’t spending his time now begging for people to notice Him. He’s calling his own to himself. (John 6:37-40) No one comes to God because he is smarter than others or more spiritual. He comes because God calls him. (John 6:44-45) Those of us who are saved were dead people, called to life by Christ. (Eph. 2:1)

We have forgiveness, not because we prayed a prayer or did good works, but because we believe that Jesus did it for us.  We trust Him and surrender in obedience to Him. (Acts 13:38-39)

If you have a desire for God, it comes from Him.  If you want Him, it’s because He wants you and is calling you.  He is a good God — and He is the one who can give you true peace and joy.  (John 6:35, 37)  I know that for sure, because He has done it for me!

Don’t take my word for it, but check these things out in the Bible. And let me know if you have questions or if I can help you in any way.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown