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Reflections from a brand new empty nester!

Our nest is empty. But my heart and mind are full.

Full of memories.

Full of laughter and tears.

Full of God’s goodness and grace.

Full of hopes and dreams.

Here are some reflections of a brand new empty nester.

For the last month Katie has been sorting through all her stuff. We’ve been making lists, shopping and packing. I loved being part of that process. It reminded me of the ‘nesting’ feeling I had when I was pregnant. I wanted Katie’s new nest to be well set up.

She packed the car and we made a couple of quick trips to her new place to clean and get organized.

Then she and her Dad packed the trailer.

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Our nest was looking pretty empty.

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On April 2 we moved her into a 3-bedroom main floor apartment in a house.

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I did the Mom things I wanted to do. I cleaned and organized cupboards and set up the kitchen. I ironed and hung curtains. A house looks lived in when there are curtains on the windows.

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Katie and her Dad moved furniture, fixed some things and hung pictures. She even set up a fun music room.

Now she can play those drums as loud as she wants!

There was a lovely welcome sign crafted by Katie’s 5-year-old neighbor and a basket of treats, all from the Camp Director and his family.

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After some kind words of thanks from Katie and two long lingering hugs – we were on our way.

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We’ve dropped Katie off at Galilean dozens of times but this one was different.

This was her new home.

We were leaving her.

The little chickie had a new nest!

 

It was a quiet ride home, each of us with our own reflective thoughts. We were emotionally fragile.

There were lots of long sighs.

Tears were very near the surface and some did break the surface.

Yet at the same time there was a sense of accomplishment!

For the last 28 years we had deferred to the needs, wants, and schedules of our two children.

We were done with day-to-day parenting.

By God’s grace we had raised two children who were making good choices in life.

What a blessing from God!

The first week of the empty nest we didn’t feel like celebrating.

There was a mix of emotions. We let the sad feelings come.

I guess we did some letting go of the old way of life. It’s too big of a change to not acknowledge it.

At the same time there were feelings of excitement too, Don and I are on our own again.

We feel like honeymooners, but with years of experience loving each other! That’s a very good thing!

This second week of the empty nest we feel more like celebrating. We’re planning a special dinner date.

We are anticipating lots of time at our cottage.

We are setting some new goals and dreaming about this new stage of life!

As I hugged Katie goodbye I said,

‘we are both at a new stage of life. We are ready for adventure and excited to see how our Great God uses us in His ministry.’

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TODAY’S little STEP: Embrace every stage of life. Everyday is a gift from God. Live with no regret!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to access God’s promises, presence and power!

I’ve tried to change. I can’t complete or follow through with anything permanently.

Can you relate to that statement?

There’s hope!

Accessing God’s power is the most important change we need to make on our health journey.

The God of the universe cares about you!

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God wants to be involved in helping you become healthy. It’s important to Him.

I let my imagination go for this blog post.

I imagined what Jesus might say to us about our health journey. Remember this is imaginary but based on the character of Jesus Christ the Son of the one True God.

“Introductions are not necessary. I know everything about you, your successes, your struggles, and your stresses.

I know the details of your thoughts and dreams.

I know your secret heartaches.

“I love you more than you can imagine.

My love is not dependent on your behavior. It is a love that will never end.

“I am delighted with your commitment to get healthy.

“You are tired of failing. But, you can do this! Trust Me!

“I want you to claim My promises, My presence and My power.

“Claim My promises. I always keep my promises. ‘So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be discouraged.

I offer you My strength when you are weak. I am holding you with my right hand.

“When you pray, remind Me of these promises, and claim them.

“My presence is always with you.

When you became my child, by accepting my gift of salvation, your body became the home of my Holy Spirit.

‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?’ 1 Corinthians 6:19

Cry out to me, day or night. I’m with you.

“When you feel alone, remember that I made a promise to you. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b

“As the Son of God I offer you My power.

Power to fight temptations and struggles.

I know when you are weak and tired and I can help you.

Call out to Me. ‘No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it’. 1 Corinthians 10:13

“I say, ’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness’. 2 Corinthians 12: 9,10. Claim My power especially when you feel weak!

“As your Guide, I want you to know that together we make this journey to health and well-being.

I am holding you with my right hand.

Rest in MY promises, MY presence and MY power.

Read my Word, the Bible and I will speak to your heart through it. Learn to listen. Trust Me because I love you.”

TODAY’S little STEP: Read this imagined talk from our Guide regularly throughout this next month. We need to be reminded of His love for us and His promises, His presence and His power! Find other verses that speak to your life and your heart.

I’d love to hear how you are claiming God’s promises.

 

 

 

Lifestyle advice from my Mom!

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Hey friends I’ve had a busy week.

Too busy.

Felt overwhelmed with too many tasks.

Got some good advice from my Mom.

No one loves me like my Mom!

She said slow down and take it easy!

So I listened to her wise advice.

I cancelled a few events.

I spent extra time with God.

Read for fun.

Ate nutrient rich food and got extra sleep!

All components for a healthy restored Dixie!

Some great lifestyle advice from my Mom!

Talk to you next week!

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!

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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

Overcoming the disturbing power of perfectionism!

Does perfectionism stop you from starting?

I think perfectionism sabotages us all the time!

Can’t clean the entire basement? We don’t start.

Can’t organize all the closets? We don’t start.

Can’t exercise for ½ an hour? We don’t start.

Can’t commit to a healthy eating program? We don’t start.

I’ve learned that a really structured program stops the perfectionist from starting.

A structured program also sets us up to be discouraged when we can’t do all the steps.

A structured program also sets us up to feel like we failed again.

I sure don’t want any of those things for you or me!

I’m revamping my blog and my focus.

Instead of a structured program with climbing Camps and required steps for completion, I invite you to walk with me.

Come walk with me

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Just walk with me on the path of health and well-being.

Each week I will encourage you to take one healthy step.

That’s all. Just one little step.

As part of our journey we will embrace ‘imperfect progress’.

Imperfect progress is a mix of good days, when most choices are healthy, and bad days when there are more unhealthy choices. That’s what real life is like!

Now say these statements with me!

We don’t let the bad days be an excuse to quit, because everybody has bad days.

We won’t beat ourselves up for a bad choice with nasty self-talk.

We will take the next step of imperfect progress and make the next choice a good one.

Imperfect progress is still progress!

Remember our core 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

TODAY’S little STEP:  Let go of perfectionism!  Embrace imperfect progress and take one little step to be healthy!

Check out these posts for healthy little steps. 15 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR WATER HATERS

Don’t let a number define you!  Your mother was wrong! Snacking is good for you!

1 sneaky trick to lose weight

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.

My secret strategy? A daily food budget.

I’m not on a diet!

But I spend my calories carefully.

I have a daily food budget!

It’s part of the lifestyle I have that really helps me eat healthy and keep the weight off.

One of the best things I learned from my time with Weight Watchers was the point system.

I was given 18 points that I could spend on food throughout my day.

I treated myself to a carrot muffin and medium coffee with double cream like I usually did.

Then I looked it up in my little book. It cost me 12 points! Not a good choice! I didn’t do that again!

I learned from Weight Watchers to make smart choices. I now have a food budget that I keep in mind. It’s something I have been working on for a few years.

When I stay within my budget I maintain my current weight.

Remember it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

We want to spend our food budget calories well! We want to make the best choices throughout our day.

We want to choose nutrient rich foods with a mix of low and high calories.

Here’s how my food budget gets spent throughout my day.

I’m really hungry at breakfast time so I spend more calories then. I have ½ cup each of blueberries and raspberries topped with ¼ cup of homemade granola, with milk or Greek yogurt. Then I also have ½ cup of Fibre 1 bran cereal that I like to eat dry. Weird I know. But it stays crunchy, and milk just turns it to mush. Blah.

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Doesn’t that look delicious?

Lunch is easy for me to have nutrient rich foods with lower calories. I have a full plate of fresh cut up veggies with hummus and crackers and cheese.

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The other thing I avoid that really helps…. I don’t drink high calorie beverages, like pop and sweetened coffee. It’s not worth it for me. I want to chew my calories.

I drink lots of water, which helps to fill me up and keeps me well hydrated.

I try to have fruit for my snacks.

Then I can eat a regular dinner with meat, veggies and potatoes or rice, but on the smaller luncheon plate. I usually have a small dessert after dinner with a cup of tea.

When I know I am going out for ice cream with the kids I cut back on my calorie-spending at dinner. I save some of my calories to spend on the ice cream.

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I will have a bigger salad and regular portion of protein and very little of the carbohydrate.

Every once in awhile I have a really high calorie-spending day, like when I go out to eat twice in one day. Or when we celebrate my birthday and my daughter’s, which are 2 days apart. Those days do happen. Remember it’s a lifestyle not a diet!

For the next 2 days I try to make lots of high nutrient and low calorie food choices, lots of vegetables, fruit and protein.

That’s how my food budget works.

So how can you create your own food budget?

For a few days write down everything you put in your mouth. Then check out the calories and the nutrients of the foods you regularly eat.

I suggest you check out some sites that list the calories and nutrients of the foods you may eat.

Some of these sites also give you an idea of how many calories you should eat based on your current weight.

I leave that up to you to decide. Use that number to help you understand how many calories you should spend but don’t get caught up in the diet mode again. It’s only to give you an idea of what your food budget should be.

Then look over your list and see which foods you should add or remove from your daily food budget. Trade some empty high calorie foods for nutrient rich low calorie foods. Like me, you will probably be surprised at how much some of your favorite treats cost.

TODAY’S little STEP: Give the food budget idea a try! It works for me.

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