Beverage Math

037newYou’ve probably seen Beverage Math on just about every weight loss episode of any talk show for the past ten years. An overweight guest stares hopefully at the host as s/he pulls up a power point slide showing that if the overweight guest stops drinking soda (or “pop” or “Coke” if you’re not a nor’easter), s/he will lose ten pounds in a year. I’ve always been envious of those guests and their Soda Math. Stop drinking soda and lose ten pounds?! That would be so easy! Easy for me because I only drink soda a few times a year.

My envy ended when it occurred to me that while I may not have a Soda Math situation going on, I do have Coffee Math: I take my coffee on par with melted coffee ice cream. Whether I add half and half, milk, creamer, sugar, or a combination of them all, each mug for me averages 100 calories apiece. And I drink it like that twice a day. Ready for the Coffee Math?

2014 Aug transformers 043One pounds = 3,500 calories. So 200 calories of coffee per day x 365 days per year = 20.8 pounds. Twenty pounds in one year simply by switching to black coffee. That would be so easy!

But I love creamy coffee. I don’t want to drink it black.

But twenty pounds? I want to lose twenty pounds.

What if I drank creamatose coffee once a day and black coffee once a day? That’s ten pounds in one year and twenty pounds in two. And I can still start my morning with creamy sweet caffeine.

When we drink our calories, we tend to savor them less than the calories we chew. I’m not saying that we should only ever drink water and water-calorie equivalents (black coffee, unsweetened tea, etc); I’m just saying that we should do our own personal Beverage Math. We all have that one drink we’d rather not give up. So don’t give it up. Cut it in half if you need to, but savor every drop.

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”” John 4:13-14

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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

REM Sleep Song

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep is very important for the human body. How important? Sing along with me and find out!

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REM sleep is like a toilet,

Flushing proteins from my head.

REM sleep is like a toilet,

Cleans my brain while I’m in bed.

 

REM sleep is like a good shrink,

Helps me process how I feel.

REM sleep is like a good shrink,

Glad or sad, it helps me deal.

 

REM sleep is like a movie,

Gives me dreams where I’m the star.

REM sleep is like a movie,

Sad or sweet or just bizarre.

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REM sleep is like a Xanax,

Lowers stress and blood pressure.

REM sleep is like a Xanax,

Boosts my mood, yup, that’s for sure.

 

REM sleep is like a Post It,

Replays memories like a flick.

REM sleep is like a Post It,

Makes my short term memory stick.

 

REM sleep is like a tutor,

Helps me retain what I’ve learned.

REM sleep is like a tutor,

Owe it all the A’s I’ve earned.

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REM sleep is like light bulb,

Make connections, mental leap.

REM sleep is like a light bulb,

Solve a problem while I sleep.

 

REM sleep is pretty special,

Make it a priority.

REM sleep is pretty special,

Sing its praises loud with me!

 

If you make a video of yourself singing this song, please send me the link!

 

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7

 

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Sleep, Weight Loss, and the Bible

8Sleep is important. The Bible talks about sleep as a reward for those God loves (Psalm 127:2) and Sleepless nights are on the list of sufferings that Paul endured for the Gospel (2 Corinthians 6:5). Even Jesus, God in the flesh, made time to sleep, most famously during storms (Matthew 8:24). God created our bodies to sleep regularly and therefore sleep has a purpose; it’s a necessity, not a luxury.

Sleep cleans our minds, heals our bodies, resets our mood, and helps our weight loss efforts be more effective. A rested body has more energy to exercise, makes better decisions about food, has more weight-loss-related hormones pumping through it, and lets go of extra weight easier.

Today’s post is short, but I encourage you to click on the links above for a reminder of why sleep is so important. If you have trouble getting to bed on time, don’t forget one powerful resource at your disposal: your husband.

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Bonus material:

One can argue that “sleep” and “rest” are two different things, but I think we modern humans struggle with both and the Bible talks about both, so here is some extra motivation to kick back, conk out, and stop striving.

God set an example: “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:3)

Rest as eternal reward: “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11) 

Rest is good: “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” (Psalm 62:1)