You know you’re getting old when you start complaining about your aching back. It was last summer when it hit me—my back wasn’t hurting any more. I have had mid and lower back pain forever. I was constantly twisting around, trying to pop my back, hoping that one of the little cracking noises would offer more than a moment of relief. It was easy to blame my back pain on my sorry little temporary twin mattress. But despite no changes to my mattress, my back felt great! For me, I typically get lower, lower back pain just before my period. It’s about the only PMS symptom I’ve consistently had. Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
For the past few months, our family has taken on the challenge of consciously weeding out more and more of the processed foods we have become accustomed to and working our way towards a more whole food based diet. There is a lot of talk about the benefits of eating whole foods but the reality of doing that, especially with a large family, can be overwhelming. Why Eat Whole Foods? Essentially whole foods, whether rice from the fields or tomatoes fresh from the vine, were created to nourish us with vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes to help us digest it all. Processing foods by cutting, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NKJV) We've all heard about good intentions, and people often talk about living intentionally. What does that mean, exactly? I fully intended to eat healthy today. With a crazy work schedule, I know that I also function better when I eat healthy food, and I crash and burn when I succumb to the ease of the drive-thru diet. However, I did not back up my intentions with actions that would help me to achieve my desired end-state. I shopped for healthy Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
"My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him." Psalm 62:5 There are major physiological obstacles to weight loss that no one ever wants to talk about. Why? Because it's uncomfortable. Ladies, can we get real about our bodies for a moment? I love watching The Biggest Loser. It's extreme weight loss, to be sure. But it underscores the principal that diet, exercise, and concerted effort are all you need to lose weight. The show features both men and women, and without fail, the men always lose more weight more quickly than do the women. No biggie. Men's bodies are just Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Okay, today is the day. Today is the day that I am going to start eating right. Well, I am going to start with eating just meat and I will exercise five days a week. Forget the fact that I am 100 pounds overweight and I have rheumatoid arthritis. I am going to do this. Oh yeah, I have to find away around this anemia, too. Regardless, today is the day. So what should I eat for breakfast? I will start my day off with some bacon and eggs, because eggs are considered a meat, right? Oh, I don’t have either one of those; well, I will just eat some tuna then. Oh wait, I haven’t been to the Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 1:2 (NKJV) Wouldn't it be great if the Lord could forgive us our calories as easily as He forgives us of our sins? Oh, if I only had a magic wand and could wake up tomorrow with no cellulite on my thighs, no stretch marks on my belly, and arms that don't double as a back-up mainsail. But there is no magic wand. There isn't even a magic pill, shake, powder, bar, or beverage that will effortlessly convert you into a fit person overnight. My dad has always pointed out that all those Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When my little YMCA in Southern Oregon first started offering yoga classes, I was repulsed. It was my job to make fliers for the sessions, and I felt that even in doing that I was sinning. I didn't know anything about yoga, except that it had something to do with Eastern religions. I didn't exactly know what that meant, but I knew it was evil. Fast forward more years than I care to admit, and I found out that a very Godly woman whom I admired, regularly did a Christian yoga DVD at home. She loved it. I was confused. Fortunately, I found a book, Yoga for Christians, by Susan Bordenkircher. Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Many live life with no thought to this. As Christians we focus on serving, obeying, loving, and praising God. We read the Word and work daily to apply it to our lives. We study the Word and share it with others (verbally and by example). In this process, however, many of us forget to take care of the vessel that carries out these Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I have been overweight for most of my adult life now. It started out slowly and I really didn't seem to notice it much. But then I had my first baby and managed to gain 54 lbs with her. Yes - I said 54 lbs! I definitely had the mindset that I was eating for two - grown men apparently! I lost most of the weight soon after and was pretty happy with myself. Then came a very difficult time in our family's lives financially, and many, many moves from state - to state - to state. And I ate - and ate - and ate! Five years later baby #2 came and I truly did so much better - I only gained 27 Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I used to be the girl who didn’t like to exercise in any way, shape or form (unless you count dancing). It was so bad when I was a kid that even though I have a pretty competitive personality, when the teacher said a race was going to happen or they were going to time us running a mile I would think, “Whatever!” I always walked the mile and came in last and I didn’t care that I was last. And those Presidential Fitness tests, forget about it, I wasn’t even going to try and climb the rope. When I was a newlywed I worked as a server in a 3 story restaurant for years and that job naturally kept Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.