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No More “If Onlys”

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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 […]

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Lose the Fat — Not Your Friends

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There was that look again.  My friend’s eyes began to glaze over — and I realized I had been talking too much about my weight loss plan. It happens. We talk about the things that concern us, the things going […]

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Lose the Fat — Save the Muscle!

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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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Lose the Fat — Save the Bones

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There are things you don’t want to lose when you are losing weight. In fact, it would be smarter to think in different terms — not losing weight, but reorganizing it.  Let’s take another peek inside and see what our […]

Motive Matters

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Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Psalm 37:4 The skinny woman on the commercial zips up her size two pants and looks in the mirror with pride.  Then we see […]

Maybe Your Problem is in Your Glass

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You are doing your best — even going above and beyond the call of duty. So why are those pounds not leaving?  We’ve looked at a couple of reasons.  Maybe you are underestimating your calories, or you need to step […]

Free Weight Loss Drink

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We’ve looked at a couple of reasons why your weight loss may have hit a plateau.  Here’s reason number three:  Maybe you aren’t drinking enough water. Let’s take a look inside at what is happening to your body as you […]

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 […]

Maybe It’s the Timing

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You have been faithfully keeping to the plan and stepping up the exercise.  Why is the scale not moving? Yesterday we talked about how too many calories — even the right kind of calories — can stall out your weight […]

Cure for Boredom Eating

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The next time you open the pantry door and scout out something to munch on — stop.  Ask yourself, “Why am I here?” No, I’m not exactly suggesting you contemplate the meaning of your existence –although that might not be […]

Pesky Calories — How to Control Them Forever

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coffee for Weight Loss?

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We’re always looking for it — that magic pill that will make the fat melt off our bodies.  A new study shows surprising evidence that the magic pill might have appeared.  A study published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Down-Sizing Secret

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“Would you like to downsize those fries?”  It’s not too likely that we will be hearing that from fast food places anytime soon. However, a recent study by scientists at Duke University explored what would happen if a smaller portion […]

Hunger Secrets — How to Use Hunger to Stay Thin

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I stopped in front of a storefront at the mall. “Oh, look!” I said. “They’ve put in one of those ice cream places we’ve seen advertised.  Let’s try it.” “I’ll get you something if you want,” my naturally-thin husband, Paul, […]

Will a “SMART” Mouth Make You Lose Weight?

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Mom always told you to slow down, take smaller bites, and chew your food.  Now there is a “smart” device to make you do just that. It started with a woman who has a physical condition that causes growths on […]

How to Make — and Keep — Resolutions

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A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.  Anonymous Making resolutions is easy. Keeping them sometimes seem hopeless.  But it’s not impossible!  You can reach your goals, if you do some preparation ahead […]

Avoid Lingering “Goodbyes” to Goodies

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Don’t make lingering goodbyes.  We’ve talked about that before, but this is the season of “goodbyes” to goodies.  People say, “I’m going to start a diet the first of the year, so today I’ll eat fudge.  This is my last […]

Calories — Can’t Quite Ignore Them

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We think of them as the enemy — and we jump with glee at the thought of any diet plan that doesn’t require us to count them.  Those pesky calories. The good news is that on a low glycemic eating […]

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 […]

You Snooze, You Lose

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Sometimes you gain weight when you lose sleep.  Will sleeping more help you drop the pounds? Maybe.  First there is the relationship between the hunger hormone ghrelin and the fullness hormone leptin that we looked at yesterday.  When you are […]

Pesky Calories — How to Control Them Forever

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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 […]

Surprise — A Fruit That Helps Control Blood Sugar

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An apple a day may keep the calories at bay.  This budget-friendly fruit has some unexpected weight loss, as well as health, benefits.  A recent study showed that when the participants ate one medium-sized apple approximately 15 minutes before 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 […]

“Low Fat” Doesn’t Mean “Healthy”

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Eating to lose weight and to be healthy, doesn’t have to be expensive. We talked about giving the 100 calorie pre-packed snacks a miss.  You can also pass up the fat-free goodies.  They won’t help you, and could hurt your […]

Healthy Eating on a Budget

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“I’d like to be at a healthier weight,” a friend told me. “But we just don’t have the money to buy expensive diet foods and there isn’t enough in the budget to join a gym.  I’m stuck!” Many folks feel […]

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, […]

What’s In That Hole?

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The numbers on the scale don’t measure the distance between you and God.  They just tell how much gravity is pulling on you.  Don’t lose sight of that! But, it is true that food can become an idol and an […]

What the Scale DOESN’T Measure

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I picked up the dog-eared old book from the pile I was sorting.  I hadn’t read it in years, but I remembered it well. It made me feel miserable. It was all about how fat was a spiritual problem and […]

Sugar — Are You An Addict?

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Are you finding it tough to get off the sugar and the carbs that turn into sugar in your bloodstream?  Maybe you do okay for a while and then find yourself in the middle of a binge. And you ask, […]

Never Say Goodbye

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“Hey, I thought you were going on a diet?” Paul said. “I am,” I answered around a mouthful of Oreos.  “On Monday. These are my ‘goodbye’ cookies. I’m eating the things I won’t be seeing for a long time.” And […]

Surprising Way to Get Off the Plateau

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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!

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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 […]

Where Are Those Calories Coming From?

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Maybe too many of us have heeded that advice, “Eat dessert first.”  It may be true that you sometimes miss out on good things by saving them until it is too late to enjoy them.  When we are talking about […]

Jazz Up That Boring Salad

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Who wants to eat a boring old salad?  Nobody. So make an interesting salad that you will actually enjoy eating.  How do you jazz up a salad to make it tasty? Start out with the greens.  Use different ones — […]

Chew Your Way to Weight Loss?

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Well, here’s a new weight loss tip: chew your food.  Really.  According to a new study from Harbin Medical University in China, published in the July 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who chew their food 40 times instead […]

The Fourth Personality Types Losing Weight — The Supporter

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We’ve met the leader, the sparkler and the analyst.  Have you recognized yourself yet?  If not, today must be your day. The fourth personality type is the supporter, or server.  These baby-steppers are usually people-pleasers. They honestly care about others, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Stay Out of That Trap!

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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 […]

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 […]

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

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