Category Archives: Interesting Tidbits

Help, They’re Taking my Excuses

The BBC is out to get me. Out to get me healthy, that is. They keep publishing news about studies that show there is no wrong way to exercise. First researchers set the exercise bar at 150 minutes per week. That’s two and a half hours, which sounds like a lot, but if you break it up into 30 minutes a day, five days a week, it becomes very doable.

Unless…

bbc-vacuumExcuse #1: I can’t make it to the gym five days a week this week because my kid is sick, my other kid has a dentist appointment, it’s snowing, my car’s in the shop, there’s a Downton Abbey marathon on TV, my sneakers don’t match my only clean t-shirt, and no one wants to sweat on a Friday. May as well give up.

BBC: Your exercise doesn’t have to be done in a gym and doesn’t have to be 30 minutes in a row. Every little bit of exercise adds up, so five minutes of walking because you parked at the back of the parking lot, or ten minutes vacuuming the house, or 7 minutes pulling weeds in the garden, or 20 minutes shoveling snow all add up. No excuses.

Unless…

bbc-bikeExcuse #2: I have a sedentary job and a busy schedule driving here and there and the only time I can do any real exercising is on the weekends. But going for a hike or playing tennis or taking a long bike ride doesn’t count, right? I mean, if most of my exercise is all in one day, it doesn’t do any good, does it?

BBC: Actually, it does; it does a lot of good. It does almost as much good as spreading the exercise out over five days. Again, moving your body for 150 minutes per week is what’s important, not how those minutes are grouped together.

So…

There’s no wrong way to exercise? Every little bit counts and every a lot bit counts and all of it adds up to reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and type two diabetes, not to mention looking and feeling fantastic?

BBC: Yes.

Then I’d better get moving. No excuses. BBC, can you please publish an article on how eating chocolate burns fat?

BBC: When a scientific study proves it, sure.

Sticking with the non-fiction, then, are you? Fair enough.

 

“For in him we live and move and have our being.”  Acts 17:28a

 

Weekend exercise alone ‘has significant health benefits’ http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38560616

Could Vacuuming Save the Nation? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3670523.stm

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Happy 40th

Happy 40th birthday to ME!

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Me in 2012

I clearly remember being 33 and wanting to lose weight but not wanting to put in the work that I knew weight loss would take. I remember thinking “Do I still want to look and feel like this when I’m 40?” That was one of the deciding factors for me that motivated me to lose weight NOW. What do I want to be like when I’m 40? If I keep doing what I’m doing today, where will I be in ten years? Am I okay with that?

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Me in 2018

I am so incredibly glad I took the time and made the effort to struggle, to fail, to try again, and to succeed in getting healthier and thinner. I remember what it felt like to be very overweight and I prefer how I feel now. It was worth it. Now I’m 40 and I’m reaping the benefits of 33 year old me’s determination.

Way to go younger me! Happy birthday!

Do you have any milestones approaching? What are your dreams for that milestone?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Bible, Water, and Weight Loss

2015 sibling visit 275The Bible mentions water over 600 times for everything from washing, drinking, and baptism to flooding the Earth and Jesus taking a moonlit sea-top stroll during a storm. The common thread of all those verses is that water is necessary for life. (That’s also the main idea of chapter two of most elementary biology textbooks.)

We’re going to focus on the necessity of water consumption (i.e. drinking it) because that’s where our weight loss connection lies. Water is necessary for life and health, yet we tend to take for granted that it’s available and clean and ready to chug any time. (I’m assuming that if you have enough caloric intake to want to lose weight, you live in a part of the world with easy access to clean water.) We have so many alternative beverages that we pass by the Genesis original.

Our bodies are composed of 60% water and use water for everything from aiding digestion to protecting our brains to maintaining good circulation. It’s also one of the easiest healthy habits to start today. You can probably drink 8 ounces of water before you finish reading one of the links below.

Need some inspiration to chug some fantastic H2O?

Take a Water Quiz.

Try the amazing new product Visible Water ™

Visit the Hydration pharmacy

 

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have give you living water”.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water’. ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’.

Rev 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.

Oh Danny Greens

To the tune of Oh Danny Boy, lift your fork and belt this out with me:

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Oh eat your greens, the greens, the greens are calling

From head to toe they do a body good.

The vitamins and nutrients are flowing.

Tis you, tis you, must eat and I must too.

 

But come ye back for more greens on your plate.

Some mustard greens, spinach, kale, and chard.

Cholesterol goes down, they help my arteries.

Oh leafy greens, Oh leafy greens, I love you so.

 

And if you eat your greens with all that fiber,

They help your colon clean out all the junk.

Greens help your bones because they’re full of calcium,

So kneel and thank our God for making greens.

 

And I shall eat my greens for their B vitamins

That turn to glucose; gives me energy.

Greens boost my vision health. Oh, greens are wonderful.

I’ll simply eat my greens until you come to me.

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

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