Category Archives: guidance

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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Comments from you make my day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t quit again. You can do it!

I’ll never win this battle with food!

I hate what the bathroom scale reads!

I’ve failed so many times before; it seems silly to try again.

STOP THE LIES, MY FRIEND!

You can get healthy and lose some weight! Little lifestyle changes work!

Don’t give up!

Every little step makes a difference!

You can do this!

Here’s a little of my journey up the Mountain of Health and Well Being. I know your struggles my friend because they’re mine too.

I’m five feet tall with a petite frame and I gain weight easily. I’ve tried lots of diets and programs. I remember the low carbohydrate diet. I lost weight on it, but I craved bread all the time. I thought about the smell of toast in the morning and that first delicious bite of warm crunchy yumminess. One morning I couldn’t resist the temptation and that diet was over. I slowly went back to my old habits and the weight came back.

Then I had children and my body changed in so many ways. During those early child-rearing days I struggled with finding balance between caring for everyone and finding time to take care of me. Everyone else’s needs always came first.

From Weight Watchers I learned the importance of portion size. No wonder I couldn’t lose weight. I was eating way too much food for a petite lady!

I came to realize that I have a close relationship with food. I eat when I’m stressed and sad, to reward myself and to celebrate with others.

(can you relate?)

Authors Lysa TerKeurst and Danna Demetre both impacted my health and faith journey. I learned that I had and have many negative thoughts and how these negative thoughts impacted me. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I realized that He cared about my health. I went to Jesus with my struggles. His love and power made a big difference.

Eventually I lost 20% of my body weight, and I have kept it off for five years! I share my story with you today my friend so that you will be encouraged. If I can do it then so can you!

Little lifestyle changes are what this is about, girlfriend.

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You can make these 4 little changes to your lifestyle.

  1. Switch to a smaller plate at each meal or snack.

  2. Move your body for 10 minutes everyday.

  3. Repeat this healthy self-talk statement. ‘I am a beautiful beloved daughter of the King. I am making small changes to be healthy. Taking care of me is important.’

  4. Pray and ask Jesus for help. Memorize a verse from the Bible. Here’s a really good one!

    “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 get tired of making these small changes.

    You will see results don’t get discouraged!

    TODAY’S little STEP: Keep taking little steps.  These little steps make a difference.

    Remember every mountain is climbed one step at a time!  Check out my older posts for more information, or post a comment.  I’d love to encourage you on your journey.

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DIET FREE FOREVER! MAKE THESE 4 UNIQUE CHANGES INSTEAD

I’m either on or off a diet. I give up all my favorite foods and treats. Then one day I feel too deprived, too stressed and I give in. Another diet is over, I’ve quit again and I feel like a failure. Can you relate? Don’t be discouraged, Girlfriend.

Our focus is on making little changes. We make little adjustments to our lives that we can keep doing. Come take some little steps with me up the Mountain of Health and Well-Being.

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Together we climbed from Base Camp to Camp #2. Today we hike to Camp #3. Here’s your sneak peak.

Nutrition – Add 1 serving of vegetables to 1 meal. Continue using a smaller plate at each meal or snack. Drink water as your main beverage.

Exercise – Add 5 minutes of exercise for a total of 20 minutes per day. You can divide it into 2-10 minute sessions.

Mental – Identify a lie you believe, (those nasty self-talk statements) and replace it with a truth statement.

Spiritual – Pray and access Jesus’ power. Choose a verse to memorize. Here is a good one. “Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power”. Ephesians 6:10

That’s it Girlfriend! Just 4 little steps that we can all do!

No diet, no deprivation, no disappointment!

Over the next month information for each component will be provided.

TODAY’S little STEP: Start Camp #3! Take these little steps everyday.

Every little step makes a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one step at a time!

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WHAT EVERYONE OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF EXERCISE!

Could just 10 minutes of exercise make a difference in your health?

YES IT CAN!

A new study by Dr. Timothy Church,

at Louisiana State University

found that even 10 minutes of exercise a day can improve your health.

We have so many excuses why we can’t exercise.

It’s too hard. I’m out of shape.

I’m not coordinated. I hate the gym scene.

I have no discipline. I hate sports.

I don’t see any results.

The biggest excuse we use is I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME!

BUT NOT ANYMORE, MY FRIEND!

Today’s piece of climbing equipment is your hiking boots!

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Put on those boots and let’s walk and talk about the importance of

even little bits of exercise.

Dr. Timothy Church, director of Preventive Medicine Research at Louisiana State   stated that, “It was surprising to us, the idea that as little as 10 to 15 minutes of exercise a day could provide benefit in terms of fitness.”

“The research found that when overweight or obese,sedentary women  started to exercise an average of 72 minutes a week,( 10 minutes a day)they increased their peak oxygen consumption- a measure of cardiovascular      fitness – by 4.2 percent compared to women who stayed on the sidelines.”  As reported by the Washington Post May 15, 2007

Dr. Church stated that the women in the study walked at a low-speed,

comparable to a stroll in the Mall.

We can do that my friend!

“Physical activity is clearly beneficial for your health.This study shows that any activity is good, and more is better,” said Dr. I-Min Lee,an associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, both in Boston.

Please be encouraged my friend,

every little step does really make a difference!

We CAN find 10 minutes everyday to exercise!

Talk to your Doctor if there is any reason why you should not exercise and get permission first.

If walking is difficult, then try some chair exercises.  I recommend Anne Burnell. Her programs improve strength, flexibility, energy and coordination and are all done in a chair.

Click on this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7zCDiiTBTk. This video is about 8 minutes long.

Remember if you are new to exercise to just do 5 minutes and then later in the day do another 5 minutes.

Think about an activity that you like to do and do it for 10 minutes everyday.

I really like to walk outside. It helps me cope with stress and it’s fun. My husband Don also likes to walk so we walk and talk.

However, I live in Northern Ontario Canada and we have some nasty winter weather. When the weather prevents a walk, I do a walk DVD.

I highly recommend Leslie Sansone and her walking DVDs. There are no crazy dance steps, just walking and no skinny scantily clad women either.

Leslie is fun, chatty, in her forties and a great encourager. Click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndVjwkaLGDk for a beginner 1 mile walk that is 15 minutes long.

Remember if you are new to exercise to do 5 minutes and then another 5 minutes later in your day.

If you are physically active already then go ahead and do 10 minutes, you may even do the whole mile with Leslie.

Be intentional about exercising as it needs to be a priority! 

You’ll feel better, more in control and you’ll never be sorry you did it.

    TODAY’S little STEP: If you are not currently physically active you need to move your body in an enjoyable way for 10 minutes everyday. If you are active it’s still 10 minutes of intentional exercise everyday. You choose what works for you!

      Here’s a verse for us, let’s claim the power that is available to us.  Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

See you next time for another piece of climbing equipment, your backpack!