Author Archives: Katie Robles

Professional Sleep

robin lopez yahoo sportsSleep is worth money. That’s what I took away from NPR’s recent story about sleep coaches. Professional sports teams are paying consultants and investing in technology to help their athletes sleep more and sleep better because it improves their performance. Finally, there is one thing I can brag about that I can do just as well as a professional athlete: sleep. I sleep like a pro.

Snuggle under your covers tonight with a smile because if you get your eight hours, you’re ahead of the game.

You can check out the transcript and other articles about sleep at NPR.

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2

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God and Weight Loss (part 2)

2013 August 121Last week I brought up the question: Does God care how much I weigh? I believe the answer is a paradox: NO and YES. Today we’ll talk about YES, God does care about your weight.

Yes: God cares how much you weigh because your weight affects your life. Some may argue that our physical body doesn’t matter because it’s just going to die in the end. “For dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19). There is a Hershey’s Nugget of truth in there, but if you zoom out to look at the whole chocolate bar, you realize that if you’re not dust yet, it’s because God has good works planned for you to do (Ephesians 2:10).

God has good works planned for you, but an overweight body can prevent you from serving him to your full potential. Carrying extra weight slows you down physically. It creates emotional baggage and plays with your self confidence. When you maintain your body at a healthy weight, you’re comfortable in your own skin. Instead of feeling your body’s limitations, you feel free to serve.

He loves me cartoon_0001Like money and time, your health is an asset to be stewarded, not squandered. God doesn’t care about a number on the scale, but he does care about your health. Being overweight often leads to health problems that suck your time, energy, and money, leaving less of each for serving God. Unhealthy habits are like an ill-fitting bra: they are a hindrance that offers no support and should be thrown off like Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 so we can “run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.

There are many things about our bodies that we can’t control like disease and genetics and how coordinated we look doing zumba. But if we do our part to maintain our health, then our body becomes as asset to our walk with God and not a distraction. Today is a good day to take action and start getting healthy. Choose one habit to start with (sleep, exercise, eating vegetables, drinking water, portion control) and set a goal for this week. Just remember that God’s love for you doesn’t go up and down with the scale or your dumbbells. His love for you is constant and complete.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3b

God and Weight Loss (part 1)

Weight loss can be frustrating.  When I first started trying to get healthy, I often prayed and asked God to help me lose weight. One day a thought occurred to me: is my weight something I should pray about? With all the lost souls and suffering in the world, does God care how much I weigh? That question is more loaded than a baked potato with a pound of bacon. I believe the answer is a resounding paradoxical both NO and YES at the same time. Today we’re going to look at the NO side of the answer. Next week we’ll look at the YES.

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No: God doesn’t care how much you weigh. He doesn’t worry about how tall or short you are, how pretty or plain you are, or how your butt looks in those jeans. God makes it very clear in the Bible that he’s concerned with who you are inside, not outside.

Jesus was not handsome; he “had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him” (Isaiah 53:2). King David’s brothers were handsome enough to make you drool, but God chose David because “people look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees for worrying about appearances but not being concerned about their wicked hearts (Matthew 23:25-28). Peter encouraged Christian women to worry more about pleasing God with their attitude and actions than about their hair, clothes, or jewelry (1 Peter 3:3-4). God doesn’t care how much I weigh. He wants me to use Jesus Christ, not a scale, to measure my life and my worth.

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Besides, when we get to Heaven, God is going to give us new bodies that will live forever. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44) The bodies we have now are temporary, so relax! God doesn’t love you more if you’re skinny and less if you’re fat. He loves you as you are right now, no matter weight…I mean what. He won’t love you more if you lose weight and he won’t love you less if you gain. Let that sink in for a minute.

Does God care how much I weigh? NO. Is it okay to pray about my weight? Yes, because God cares about it too. Don’t let that part sink in: paradoxes will mess with your mind.

Are there any verses that have encouraged you with your own weight loss journey? Please share them in the comments below.

 

“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.” 1 Corinthians 15:42

My New Favorite Lunch

20190108_121515Reese’s celery sticks. I think the name says it all: any meal involving “Reese’s” has to be good. I was packing celery sticks with soy butter (my son is allergic to peanuts) for me and Nutella sandwiches for my boys for lunch one day and thought “What if I…? Oh yes, please.” If you use smaller amounts of nut butter and Nutella, it makes a cravable, mostly healthy snack. When I find myself looking forward to celery, I know I’m onto something good.

For other healthy snack ideas check out 100 Calorie Snacks and More 100 Calorie Snacks.

 

“Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.” Genesis 43:11b

Today is the Day

Has the glow of the New Year, New You, New Resolutions faded to “this new year sure feels a lot like the old year”? Good. Let those unrealistic dreams die and let’s get down to reality.

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Me in 2012

Step One in any weight loss journey is a decision, not just to lose weight but to do it now. I was overweight for a decade and had a lot of false starts when I decided to lose weight but never did. But I remember looking at my weight, my health, my age, and thinking “I don’t want to be this big when I turn 35. When I turn 40.” I realized it was going to get harder, not easier, the longer I waited to take action. Why not start now?

You can set a goal or not. If you do, I recommend choosing a goal that’s not a number on the scale. Choose a jean size. Choose a number of miles walked or pushups you can do in a minute. Choose to measure your success by number of vegetable servings consumed each day, but not by the number on the scale. That number is useful, but it is notoriously uncooperative. If you do set a weight goal, give yourself some other goals to shoot for along the way so you can see progress.

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Me in 2018. I blinked, sorry.

The New Year IS a good time to take stock, make a plan, and change your life. But it’s helpful to focus on one change at a time. That’s why I love the way the Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating book is set up: it focuses on one healthy habit at a time. Pick one habit and start today. Go to bed on time, go for a walk, eat something green (like a plant, not an Icee), drink a glass of water, or eat your chips from a little bowl not the big bag.

Start today. Not because it’s a new year but because in six months you’ll be so happy you did.

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live.” Amos 5:14a

Walk a Human this Christmas

Merry Christmas!

people-walkerThis week a 60 second documentary about The People Walker popped up in my Facebook feed and I have to say, I loved it. (The mini doc, not the fact that facebook clutters up my feed.) Chuck McCarthy hires himself out as a walking companion in California. His customers get accountability, exercise, and conversation; they get out and get moving and that’s the part I think is fantastic.

This Christmas you will spend time with people you’re related to but haven’t seen in months. This can feel awkward. Take them out and walk them: it’s easier to have a conversation when you’re walking instead of staring at each other.

Other people you spend time with will be people you see very often, perhaps too often. Take them out and walk them: it gives you a break from the hustle and bustle and clears your head. You can even spend the time together walking silently.

If you’re spending time with mini-people, take them out and walk them. Maybe run them. The more energy they use outside, the less hustle and bustle there will be inside. If the mini-people complain about the cold, tell them to walk faster.

May your Christmas be Christ-filled and Merry! Happy People-walking!

 

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2

Giveaway: 12 Days of Christmas

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Hallee Bridgeman, author extraordinaire of Christian fiction and whole foods cookbooks, is hosting a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway now through Dec 31st. Twelve great prizes are being offered and entering the giveaway is easy. Day 3‘s prize is a gift basket from yours truly, so enter yourself and tell your friends!

hallee 12 days christmasI’m already entered into the drawings and excited: Day 1 is  a Walking Bread cookbook and pan, Day 2 is a detoxifying face mask and perfume,  and Day 4 is a Fifty Shades of Gravy cookbook and gravy boat set. If you sign up for Hallee’s newsletter, you get a free romance e-book. So many ways to treat yourself! A new prize is revealed each day so check back often. Good luck!

 

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2