Category Archives: guidance

Take a U turn and have victory!

Are you so far off track that you’ve given up?

Ever taken a wrong turn on a road trip? Or maybe you came across construction and got lost following the detour signs. Would you say this? “Oh well I’ve made one bad turn. I might as well keep going until the end of the day. I’ll turn around tomorrow.”

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But that’s what we do on our journey to be healthy and well.

We overeat at a BBQ or have a huge piece of cake at a Birthday Party and we keep overeating for the rest of the day.

Come on admit it. We’ve all done it!

For some dumb reason we believe the lie that if we overeat at one meal or snack we might as well overeat for the whole day.

That’s like driving the wrong direction on your road trip and deciding to keep going for the rest of the day.

Something we would never do!

We need to take a U turn right away and get back on track.

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I just came back from a nice long vacation at the cottage and I’m struggling. I want to have a fun little snack every few hours and have an ice cream cone every evening. But I’ve worked too hard to get to this weight and health.

I took a U turn. I popped a piece of gum in my mouth, got out of the house and went for a walk.  I had victory with just a few little choices!

Please don’t be discouraged! Don’t beat yourself up for a few wrong turns!

Get back on track and make that U turn right now!

Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.

Don’t give up!

TODAY’S little STEP: If you have gotten off track this summer, take a U turn.  Make your next snack or meal a healthy one. Find a fun way to move your body. Every little step makes a difference!

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Rest much, talk often, and laugh regularly.

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Afraid in the storms of life?

Are you afraid?

What’s happening in your life that is keeping you awake a night? What’s that situation or that relationship that is always at the forefront of your mind?

What’s happening that makes your pulse race?

What’s happening that makes you feel unsure, insecure, alone and worried?

I saw fear recently, fear that caused my little dog Bristol to shake uncontrollably, pace, pant and drool.

The thunder rolled and boomed and Bristol was terrified.

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I wrapped her in a towel and offered her the security of my lap with my arms wrapped around her.

I felt her little heart racing.

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The safest place for her was in my arms.

But she took none of the comfort offered.

She squirmed and wiggled and struggled until I had no alternative but to put her down.

She decided that the best place to wait out the storm was in the bathroom behind the toilet!

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She felt safer there than in my arms.  Silly dog!

It struck me that we are just like Bristol. When a storm comes into our lives we get frightened sometimes even terrified.

The storm is real and loud and we’re afraid.

We try to find ways to cope with the storm.

We get advice from everyone we know.

We read everything we can about the problem.

We try to forget the storm by eating.

We may escape with sleep, drugs or alcohol.

Just like Bristol we decide where to wait out the storm.

 

All the time God’s arms are available and welcoming.

It’s the best place to be during any storm.

 

What storm are you facing; unemployment, poor health, money troubles, relationship problems or parenting issues?

Maybe your storm is so loud and so strong that you aren’t sure you are going to survive?

I have good news! God knows all about your storm.

He’s right there beside you offering the security of His arms.

 

God says…

Do not be afraid for I am with you.

I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

I will hold you with my righteous right hand.

I am with you.

I take great delight in you.

I will quiet you with my love.

I rejoice over you with singing.

When the righteous cry out, I hear them.

I deliver them from all their troubles.

I give strength to my people,

I bless them with peace.

I go before you and will be with you.

I will never leave you.

Do not be afraid.

Do not be discouraged.

I will watch over your coming and your going

Both now and forever!

Isaiah 41:10, Zephaniah 3:17

Psalm 34:17, Psalm 29:11

Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 121: 8

God offers rest, hope, power, grace, mercy and so much more. It’s my hope and prayer that you find comfort in His good words and rest in the security of His arms.

 

TODAY’S little STEP: When life sends a storm your way. Claim God’s good words and His promises. Near God is the best place in a storm.

 

 

Empower success with these 3 little words!

Want to feel empowered not deprived; change 3 little words and affirm your will power.

Switch from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I don’t’.

Sounds too simple to make much of a difference, but there is research to back it up!

According to James Clear words can make us feel like a victim or empower us.

He states the phrase, ‘I can’t’ indicates, “you’re forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do”.

It also sounds like the power is some one else’s

and that we have no control.

The diet mentality says, “I can’t have that.  It’s not on my diet plan.”

‘I don’t’ puts the power and control in our hands. It’s a decision that we have already made before the temptation comes.

 

A recent study concluded that when participants used the words ‘I don’t’ they made better choices and were able to keep up the healthy lifestyle.

 

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Let’s try it out in a few tempting scenarios.

GROCERY STORE

‘I don’t’ buy potato chips. I don’t have them in my house to tempt me’.

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‘I don’t’ order French fries; they aren’t worth all those calories. I don’t order dessert unless I share it with a friend’.

FRIEND’S HOME FOR DINNER

‘I don’t’ overeat; I try a small bit of everything. I hate that over full feeling’.

BIRTHDAY PARTY

‘I don’t’ eat big pieces of cake. I’m satisfied with a small piece’.

YOUR OWN KITCHEN

‘I don’t’ eat as I cook. I don’t eat late at night’.

EXERCISE TIME

‘I don’t’ miss my daily walk. I always find a way to fit it in’.

QUIET TIME

‘I don’t’ miss my Bible reading and prayer time, that time is always worth it.

TODAY’S little STEP: Substitute ‘I don’t’ for ‘I can’t’! Be empowered before the temptation hits!

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Crazy life? 7 tips to be energized

Is your life crazy busy? I love spring. It’s my favorite time of year. The snow is finally gone. The weather is beautiful and I feel so energized. But spring is also a really busy time of year. Church programs are winding down with special evenings. There are graduations, weddings, and anniversaries to celebrate. For our American friends there are Open Houses to plan and attend for High School graduates.

 

With all the fun activities we can have a tendency to keep running on empty.

How do we get recharged and refocused?

When my life is crazy I have learned that there are some

important things I need to do to cope.

 

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Get enough sleep. When life is busy it’s easy to stay up late and get more done. But then I start running on steam and even fun things seem like a chore.

I need to slow down in the evening and get to bed before 11!

If I’m short on sleep I want to eat.

It’s like my body says, “O.K. if you aren’t going to give me enough sleep then give me more food!”

We’ll have a blog post about that sometime in the future.

Eat good healthy food. As much as my emotions shout for junk food, especially chocolate, I know I need fruit, vegetables and protein.

Walk outside. Sometimes my walk is more like a stomp! It clears my brain and helps me deal with stress.  The beauty of God’s creation touches my spirit.

Stay away from caffeine. I’m tempted to stop at Starbucks for a hot tall dark roast coffee to give me the energy to tackle my to-do list, but not anymore. The caffeine makes me jittery and then I don’t sleep well that night. I’ve switched to sweetened decaffeinated tea.

Quiet. No radio, no TV, no background noise. It’s amazing how much silence can refresh me.

A good chat with a girlfriend! There’s nothing like a phone chat with a good friend to vent my worries and frustrations. She doesn’t try to fix it like a man does. She listens, encourages and challenges me when my thinking is way off the mark.

SPEND TIME WITH GOD! It’s the most important thing I can do! He resets my priorities.

When I spend time praying, reading the Bible and good devotional books, I remember that God is on His throne.

I can rest because He is in control, not me!

 

TODAY’S little STEP: When life feels crazy take one or all of these 7 little steps to be energized and restored!  But remember it’s not about doing every little step perfectly!  It’s about imperfect progress!

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I need help only you can give!

Hi friend! It’s so nice to see you again today. I know that time is one of our most valued commodities, thanks for taking some of your precious time to read this.

Yesterday at Church I was challenged by this statement, “there are things that need to change for us to move forward”. This statement really spoke to my heart regarding my Blog. I feel like I am at a pivotal point with my Blog.

I want to be the friend who speaks words of truth, encouragement and wisdom to you. A friend that challenges. A friend that supports. A friend that points you to God.

I need your help to best know how to meet your needs.

Could you please answer a couple of questions for me?

  1. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to getting healthy?

  2. What kind of posts do you like best? A) nutrition/recipes B) exercise ideas C) power of our thoughts D) devotional – spiritual growth E) everyday fashion/color choices

  3. What Camp are you currently at? A) Base Camp B) Camp #2 C) Camp #3 D) Camp #4 E) no camp, but enjoy reading

  4. How do you prefer to learn? A) watching B) listening C) reading d) doing

  5. Would you watch videos if available? Yes/No

  6. If I were to offer a product like a 10 $ EBook, would you buy it? Yes/No

  7. Do you have an accountability partner? Yes/No

  8. What topics would you like to learn about?

You can answer on Facebook. Or click at the top left, where it says  leave a reply and it will take you to a box that says, ‘join the conversation please’. You can enter your answers there. Or if that doesn’t work you can email me at don.dixie@icloud.com.

This blog exists to encourage you in your quest to get healthy and well.

Let’s work together to empower and equip you to climb the Mountain of Health and Well-Being!

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For all of you who respond your names will be entered into a draw for one of Danna Demetre’s Healthy Self Talk CDs. The CD is grounded in Biblical truth and set to music. It will help transform your thinking dramatically. 

In a few weeks I will announce the winner!

TODAY’S little STEP:   Please give Dixie feedback and answer the questions! Your input matters! Thanks in advance for your help.

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Make this your best fall ever!

Do you feel like September is your New Year?

I do.

I guess it’s because school begins and lots of programs start in my Church and community.

It’s the time of year that I make decisions about the upcoming year.

I have also learned that the routines that I start in the first few weeks are the ones that I usually continue to follow.

So setting those new routines requires careful thought, as they will quickly become habit.

I know because in the summer I created a few new routines. I had 2 cups of coffee (way too much creamer!) every morning. I ate a late night snack as I made lunches, alone in the kitchen. These routines became poor habits in no time.

I want to intentionally make some new routines this September/New Year, which will eventually become good habits.

A short strength training session before breakfast is a good new routine that I would like to do this year. If I do it first thing in the morning then I know it won’t get missed.

My other new routine is to make lunches right after dinner. I won’t be tempted to sample and I can get out of the kitchen for the evening. My friend shuts the light off to signal that the kitchen is closed.

I like that idea.

So what about you, friend? What are your new routines going to be this year? Be careful and intentional when starting those new routines.

Little choices soon become habits.

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Maybe your new routine will be more sleep? Research seems to indicate that lack of sleep increases our cravings for food – more information on that later.

Or maybe you are going to find a new routine to move your body more. Maybe you’ll sign up for an exercise class or plan an early evening walk.

If you need some ideas check out Base Camp and Camps 1,2 and 3 in the word cloud (just click on those words to the right and you will get to a previous post).

There are a number of little steps you can take.

You need to make a firm commitment this fall.

Little choices soon become habits.

TODAY’S little STEP: Pick  one step or routine from the camps that you will incorporate into your life this fall. Or pick your own idea and share it with the group. Every little step makes a difference!

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Don’t let a number define you!

What if I told you that for a mere 35 dollars there is an electronic device that you can buy at Wal-Mart that will define your self-esteem? Would you carefully scan the shelves for that device and proudly take it home to use regularly? Would you excitedly check it everyday?

It sounds rather ridiculous but that’s what a huge percentage of the women in North America do.

It goes like this…. I take a deep breath and step on the device and then look down. If I like a number that I see, I do a little happy dance! The number on the device tells me that I am valuable and my self-esteem is good for the whole day.

The next day I check the device again. But this time I don’t like the number. I stomp on the device, hang my head and say, “why bother….I’m done!” My self-esteem hits rock bottom in an instant and stays that way for the day.

Why do we let a stupid number on that device, the bathroom scale, have so much power? Yes, I said stupid! All that number does is tell you how much your body weighs at that moment.

That number does not reflect much about your true health. It doesn’t say anything about the little steps you are taking to be healthy.

*The scale doesn’t observe other changes in your health: that you are sleeping better, have more energy, are less moody, feel stronger and have fewer cravings.

*The scale doesn’t reveal that you are exercising everyday and have a healthier heart and more endurance.

*The scale doesn’t take into account that you ate a meal the night before that contained a lot of salt and you are retaining water.

*The scale doesn’t recognize that you are a woman and that your monthly cycle affects the number.

*The scale doesn’t identify that you have lost fat and replaced it with muscle.

*The scale can’t detect that your clothes are looser because you have lost inches.

*The scale doesn’t perceive that your body is well hydrated and nourished.

*The scale doesn’t know that you are walking closer to God and strongholds are losing their power.

*The scale doesn’t know that you are smart, creative, loving, nurturing, fun, attractive and sexy!

 

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Instead of using the bathroom scale to define our progress on our health journey, let’s use other tools.

Get out your measuring tape once a week. Record your chest, waist, hips and thigh measurements. Keep a record over a few weeks and watch for the changes.

Another idea is to use a pair of non-stretch jeans as your guide; ones that fit well and you wear regularly. Try them on once a week and check the fit. If they feel just right then keep up the good work. A little snug, then make some little changes. Can’t do the zipper up, it’s probably hormonal, try again in a few days.

TODAY’S little STEP: Put the scale away! It’s a tool that we won’t use for a while.   We don’t need the roller coaster of emotions that accompany each weigh in.  Choose to use the measurements or the jeans as the tool that will assess our progress.

Remember you are a beautiful beloved daughter of the King and He establishes your value!

How do you feel about giving up the bathroom scale?

Why are we so connected to that stupid number?

How do you feel without the regular weigh in?

I’d love to hear what you think, my friend!