Category Archives: Interesting Tidbits

Ebook Stocking Stuffer

The e-book for More Sex Soup and Two Fisted Eating: a Second Helping of Hilarious Weight Loss for Wives is now available! At only $5.99 with full color photographs of the recipes, you can stuff your stocking and treat yourself.

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Warning: May Cause Movement

When I walked into a training session for working with disabled students last week, I didn’t expect it to inspire a blog post. What do wheel chairs have to do with weight loss? But here I am, inspired and blogging.

MOVEWe were trained to get students up and moving, no matter how disabled they are. The training covered techniques, equipment, and research projects that have been done with students who need help to sit, to stand, and/or to take steps. What blew me away was what happened when students who are used to being sedentary all day every day began to get up and move.

It didn’t surprise me that the students gained muscle strength and stamina.

It didn’t surprise me that their caregivers found it easier to care for their physical needs because they could stand with assistance instead of being lifted, and so forth.

What surprised me were the side effects:

Students began to interact more socially.

Their behavior improved.

They were less anxious.

Their bowel movements became more regular and they were able to successfully use a toilet. (I admit my own particular job does not involve diapers, but I was excited for my fellow trainees who spend part of each day toileting students.)

move chairWe know exercise benefits our health but we often think of exercise as something we do at a gym or at least with prolonged effort while wearing sneakers. Let’s not overlook the benefits of movement, even if it’s standing or stretching for a while instead of sitting.

Perhaps sitting less can give us beneficial side effects too. Improve our behavior. Reduce our anxiety. And yes, even regulate our colon.

 

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then … I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27

 

Images courtesy of: moveinternational.org (girl), Maximized Living (chair)

4th of July Challenge

flags-clip-art-RTA6yAGTLHappy 4th of July! I challenge you to eat a red, a white, and a blue healthy food today!

If you attend a BBQ or party whose host uses Pinterest, this will be easy. There will undoubtedly be a tray of fruit with red strawberries, white bananas, and blue blueberries (duh). If your host is a die-hard Pinterest fan, said fruit will be arranged like a flag…until someone comes along (there’s one at every party) who eats all the strawberries.

So scour the fridge or the store for RED tomatoes, beets, raspberries, and radishes (two for one! red and white!), WHITE turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, and parsnips, and BLUE berries, blackberries, eggplant, and purple potatoes (purple is close enough to blue, right? If it bothers you, you can eat them in the dark) and have a wonderful Independence Day!

 

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

 

Flag courtesy of Clipartpanda.com

Father’s Day Fun

elias-birthday-098.jpgIf you have a healthy father in your life, go ahead and take a moment to appreciate that. Let the gratitude ooze out of you. If you’re going to see a father this weekend, try to compliment his healthy habits and participate with him in them.

“Dad, thanks for eating your vegetables. Watching you eat them let me know Mom wasn’t crazy and green plants on my plate won’t kill me.”

“Dad, want to go for a walk with me? It’s good for us and gives us something to do while we catch up.”

“Honey, Let’s play outside with our kids. It’s healthy for them, for us, and it makes them more tired and easier to corral indoors.”

Heavenly Father, thank you for the fathers in my life.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. Proverbs 23:24

A Diet Constant

We don’t always do what we know we should, especially when it comes to eating healthy and exercising regularly. Today’s post is a friendly reminder that God’s love for us doesn’t change with our willpower.

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He loves me cartoon_0001For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Be Your Own Mom

“Mom, can I have a snack?”

“Dinner’s in an hour, so you can have fruit or vegetables.”

With an overly dramatic siiiiiigh, my son slumps his shoulders and goes back to playing with Legos. He’s hungry, but not hungry enough for healthy food. Another son asks me the same snack question, receives the same produce answer, fishes an apple out of the fridge, and sits at the table to munch on it. I open the pantry door in search of spaghetti sauce and come face to face with a bag of chocolate covered almonds. Suddenly I’m hungry.

037newDinner’s in an hour, so you can have fruit or vegetables.

My own words echo in my mind and my hand hesitates, fingers inches away from crunchy chocolate goodness. If I “spoil my dinner”, no one will know. No one will put me in time out or make me skip dessert. Part of me is glad I’m a grown up and part of me wishes my mother was there to give me limits like when I was a child. It’s so much easier to do the right thing when you don’t have a choice.

Then it hits me: maybe I should treat myself like a child sometimes. I need to BMOM: Be My Own Mother.

“Only one cookie, Sweetie. Take smaller bites.”

“You’ve had enough, dear.”

“Go outside and play.”

“Bed time! You need your rest.”

“Get your finger out of your nose!”

A mother takes care of you, reminds you what’s best for you, and implement limits. This Mother’s Day show your mom you love her, then take a little time to BMOM. You can even make yourself breakfast in bed.

 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a [wo]man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

MORE of What You Love

book cover 2What could be better than Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating? MORE Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating! My second book is now available on Amazon. More weight loss, more encouragement, more T-Rexes and Diet Drones, more cartoons, more recipes, more laughing your way to better health. Check it out for yourself or send a copy to someone who needs a smile.

 

Congratulations on finishing March Ab-ness! Total minutes this week: 21. Fishdom level? 426. I sense a new habit here.

 

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39