Please take a moment to read the following passage before I share what’s been on my heart.

Mark 2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.

6-7 Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, “He can’t talk that way! That’s blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins.”

8-12 Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, “Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . .” (he looked now at the paraplegic), “Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home.” And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”

Can you imagine if something like this happened in your neighborhood? People would be talking about it for years to come. That house would always be known as the house that Jesus was in, the house Jesus healed that guy, or the house that Jesus showed those religious guys up. The stories about that house would outlast the people who lived there, wouldn’t they?

I’m thinking that the same things should be said about us! They should walk by our houses, our churches, and our desks saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”

By now you know that I’m passionate about wellness and physical fitness. I want people to be talking about just how darn healthy and strong I am! I want them to them to recognize that this body that carries the Holy Spirit around is quite impressive. As the girl at the gym said today, “I want to represent.”

What about you? What do you want people to say about you?


Back to the basics…..

Back+To+BasicsAs I’ve mentioned in the past, I attend Woodstock Baptist Church/PCB on Sunday mornings. During each and every service, they bring us back to the basics by asking these questions:

  • Do you need to give your heart to Jesus today?
  • Do you need to recommit your life to Jesus today?

Before I try to bring us back to the basics of weight loss, please take a moment to answer the questions above…..

Now….. one of the reasons I stayed in PCB was to really focus on losing the weight that I wanted to lose and developing the body that I’ve always wanted to have. As my son-in-law would say, I wanted to work at this like it was my job!

And to accomplish my goals, I’ve had to go back to the basics. I began counting calories by weighing and measuring everything that goes into my mouth. I bought serving size measuring spoons and picked up a Biggest Loser food scale from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

And I kept a food and exercise journal using MyNetDiary.

But I ran into one complication. I wasn’t losing as much weight as I thought I should be. (Haven’t we all been there?) I’d log the calories burned by using the numbers on MyNetDiary or the numbers on the cardio equipment at the gym.  At the end of each day, I’d read something like this on MyNetDiary:

Your target of losing remaining —-lbs in — days requires losing —- calories from personalized DRI 2001 calories on 08/15/14. You consumed ——– and burned ——-calories. You are on target and your daily calorie loss of——– calories exceeds the required calorie loss by —– calories.

At this rate you will be losing about 4¾oz daily, or about 2lb each week, or about 8.5lb monthly.
But that wasn’t happening. And I was growing very frustrated. You’ve been there. It’s that frustration that says this isn’t working so why not give up and eat everything in sight!!! 
Rather than getting caught up in that cycle again, I talked with one of the trainers at the gym and she suggested that I get a Heart Monitor that will give me accurate numbers for calories burned.  Using the new monitor,  I’ve discovered that my numbers are far lower than the numbers on MyNetDiary or the cardio equipment. They do not know that I am a 50 year old, menopausal woman who has dealt with more than 25 years of hypothyroidism.
Now that I’ve gotten back to the basics and am using accurate information, I am losing those 4 ounces a day…
Whether it’s by not keeping an accurate food journal or getting the wrong numbers on the cardio equipment, it’s easy for us to lie to ourselves about what we are really doing on our weight loss journey. Getting back to the basics of weighing, measuring, and keeping a food journal along with knowing exactly how many calories we burn during exercise is ultimately about no longer lying to ourselves……


you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

PS: Here’s a link to the heart rate monitor I bought.


Squeezing in a workout….

While watching your favorite television show. Like most Americans I love to watch television. My favorite channels are the Food Network and HGTV. I also like murder mysteries and anything to do with weight loss. I think I may have found  a way to watch my favorite shows without becoming a couch potato.

201208011606Now let’s see if I actually do this…. and if Hank makes fun of me when I do!

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wall-sit-with-breakAs I was walking towards my spinning class I noticed a lady doing a wall sit and, of course, I had to say hello to her. Here is a brief synopsis of our conversation:

Me: It’s amazing how such a simple move can seem so difficult, isn’t it?

Ms. Linda: This is my modification during the strength training class. Due to past injuries, I’ve found that doing squats hurts but doing a wall sit doesn’t. I’ve been here almost 2 minutes.

Me: I think you’re wise in that you’ve learned how to modify your workouts to prevent future injuries.

6151434579_c491e9b6bd_zMs. Linda: At my age, I’ve had to modify quite a bit. I’ve always been active but there are things that I can’t do at 74 that  I could do in my youth.

Ms. Linda went on to tell me that she participates in the strength classes, the Tabata classes, the RAW classes, and sometimes even goes to Boot Camp! She also told me that she teaches water aerobics two or three times a week.

And then, together, we walked to our spinning class.

I’m sharing this conversation with you because she’s learned the secret to continued fitness and that is modification! So many people say that they can’t go to a class, do a certain workout, or even go on a bike ride because they can’t keep up. Ms. Linda would tell you that is ridiculous and that you should stop comparing yourself to other people and get out and do what you can to the best of your ability.

Like Ms. Linda or myself, you may not be able to do everything your instructor can do. You may not be able to run as fast or as long as the person on the next treadmill. And you may not be able to shake your booty like the Zumba instructor. But please don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do!

Now, go out there and find something that you can do!

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 2:12 

Please be sure to let me know if this post encourages you…….

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weight_loss_plateauWe often hear of people reaching a plateau in their weight loss journey. You know it as that time when you’re doing everything that you should be doing (and I mean really doing it!) but nothing is happening. The scale doesn’t seem to be moving in any direction much less the right direction and your waistline is not getting looser. You’ve reached a plateau!

And what are you supposed to do? Usually, the answer is to take it to the next level by making some dietary changes and increasing the intensity of your workout.

During this morning service at Woodstock Baptist/PCB, Pastor Johnny Hunt asked if any of us had reached a plateau in our faith walk.

A plateau in your faith walk could easily be explained as those times when it seems as if heaven is shut, prayers are not answered, you’re not interested in seeking God, you’re not involved in your local church, etc….

If you’ve hit a plateau in your faith walk then it’s time to do the same thing that you’d do in your weight loss journey and TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL! It’s that time when you repent and seek God, push beyond your comfort zone in worship, dig deep in the scriptures so that you can find that Word that you’re needing, and volunteer at church so that you are committed and have to be there every Sunday!

Determine today that you’ll push past these plateaus…. and then do the hard work necessary to do so!


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