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Is getting healthy a burden you carry? Throw it away today!

 

Confused about what diet to try next or what new book to buy? Facebook and the Internet are always offering us some magic diet or worse, a magic pill. Don’t be taken in! There is no magic diet or pill. But there’s hope and help!

Instead of focusing on what food to eat or not eat or how long to exercise I encourage us to focus on Jesus!

Jesus wants to help us. He wants to be our Guide on our health journey.

I’m convinced that a personal relationship with our Guide is essential. Jesus Christ is my Saviour and my faithful Friend. I am so blessed to be called His daughter. I can’t imagine life without Him as my Guide.

But, some days I live like I don’t need a Guide. I’ve got things figured out. I like to be the one in control. I don’t need any help!

I look and sound like a wilful two year old. Ah yes that age when we strive for independence but without the skills to achieve it!

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I don’t need any help!

Let’s imagine I am carrying a huge pack up a big hill.

I know that I can carry the pack. I have a plan. I’m strong. I don’t want any help.

The first 15 minutes I walk with confidence. Then I take a look at the hill. It starts to look too hard to climb. I won’t ever make it to the top. I feel like giving up.

I get grumpy. I start to complain about how hard it is to climb with this big pack. No one else has to climb with a pack. My life is harder than anyone else’s.

I’m not watching where I’m walking and I stumble over a root and fall. I fall hard on my hands and knees. I roll back down the hill. I get up and struggle on, grumbling and griping.

All the time my loving Heavenly Father is walking right beside me. He says, ‘Dixie could I carry that pack for you?’ I refuse His offer. I’m strong! I can do this on my own! I don’t need any help!

I’m frustrated and discouraged and feel like I’m not making any progress. In a fit of temper I glare at my Heavenly Father and throw down my pack. I shout, “I can’t take it anymore! It’s not worth it! It’s too hard!”

Then He smiles at me and He picks up my pack. He says, “ I’ve been waiting for you to ask for help.”   We continue the climb side by side. My Heavenly Father carries the huge pack. My steps are lighter.

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Sound familiar? I’ve had different packs or burdens that I tried to carry. I’m guessing you have your burdens too.

Maybe getting healthy is a burden you’ve been trying to carry on your own. Jesus wants to help. Accepting help doesn’t mean you are not strong. It means you know your limits.

I’m getting better a letting Him carry the burden. I pour out my heart to Jesus. I relinquish control! I confess that I need His help. I find a verse from the Bible that encourages me.

The Bible says, “Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Casting means throwing. Throw that burden down! Give it to Jesus and let Him carry it.

Some days I pick up the burden again. I have to keep giving it back to Him throughout the day.

He’s proven Himself over and over again! He is a good and trustworthy Guide.

Jesus wants to have a deep personal relationship with each of us. If you don’t already know Jesus as your Saviour and friend please know that He loves you. I would love to hear from you if you would like to know more about Jesus’ love for you. Leave a comment and I will be in touch. Or click on this link steps to life with Jesus

 

Today’s little step: Call out to Jesus. Throw your burden on Him. He will carry it for you. He wants to help; you just need to ask.

 

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A healthy lifestyle, diet free, learn how!​

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Is this the year you will be diet free?

Will this be the year you walk with me as we create and maintain a healthy lifestyle?

 

 You can stay right where you are in your health journey or you can take one little step.

You can do it!

Today’s the day!

Take just one little step to health.

Create a new lifestyle that cares for your body, mind, and spirit?

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You won’t want to miss any details!

If you are a regular reader stay tuned for lots of fun topics for the New Year.

I’m really excited as I am presenting my Little steps to a group of women on Wednesday!

It is my hope and prayer that many women will be encouraged to take little steps to health.

TODAY’S little STEP:  Check out some of my previous steps.  Here are some links to some of my favorites!

 Overcoming the disturbing power of perfectionism!

Non-food reward ideas!

 What snaps your trigger and send you to food?

Take a U turn and have victory!

Be brazen and kiss the bathroom scale goodbye!

STOP LYING RIGHT NOW AND TELL THE TRUTH

Remember every little step makes a difference!

Why drink water? 7 surprising benefits!

 

What’s the big deal with water? If there are so many fun beverages choices, why should water be first?

 A Slovakian Proverb says, ‘Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine’.

Remember we are working on lifestyle changes that become habits.

The lifestyle change that we are working on for the next few weeks is drinking more water.

Just one little step or sip.

Even a perfectionist can do it!

Here are 7 good reasons we should drink more water. I was surprised by some of them!

Pure water is theworld's firstand foremostmedicine!

Slovakian Proverb

1.  When you’re feeling cranky, have a glass of water! It improves your mood!

Mild dehydration can negatively affect your mood and your ability to think. If a glass of water can improve our mood it’s definitely worth it!

2.  Is your energy level low? When your body is dehydrated, feeling tired is one of the first signs.

Wow! Imagine how much more we can get done, just because of water!

3.  Feel a headache coming on? At the first sign of a headache drink some water.

It won’t take away the stress, but it may ward off a headache. Headaches are often caused by dehydration.

4.  Water helps your body burn calories! Drinking enough water boosts your metabolism and helps the body properly break down food.

It also helps your digestion so your system eliminates properly. I won’t go into details – you can read between the lines.

5.  It aids weight loss! Substitute calorie free water for other high calorie beverages and you are reducing your calories.

Get rid of the pop/soda, which has no nutrients, and replace it with water and save 150 worthless calories.

6.  It flushes out toxins! Drinking water helps your body to get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.

It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stone formation. If you’ve ever seen someone in pain from kidney stones you have the best incentive to drink more water.

7.  Water also helps your skin have a healthy glow. More moisture means less wrinkles!

Those are all great reasons! Go get a glass of water right now!

 

TODAY’S little STEP: Drink one extra glass of water. If you usually drink 2 a day make it 3! Each day drink your new amount and you will have taken one more little step to be healthy!

Make the next choice a healthy one! Every step makes a difference!

Resources used – benefits of drinking water

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.

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’.

RESTAURANT

‘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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