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Come on, keep climbing, you can do it!

Ever feel like you take one step forward and 2 steps back? Ever think that what you do doesn’t make a difference? Ever been so discouraged that you ate to feel better?

As a fellow mountain climber with some experience

stop the negative self-talk!

Don’t believe those lies!

Break free of those old habits!

Whatever step you are on I want to encourage you to keep up the good work. Every little change you make does make a difference.

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Every little step makes a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one step at a time!

Maybe because of the summer you may need to go back down a few steps. There is no condemnation allowed here. Stop that nasty self-talk! emancipation-156066_1280

If we were really climbing a mountain we would climb to a higher camp and then move back and forth between the two. That would allow us time to acclimatize to the new altitude and grow stronger. That’s what I encourage you to do too. Move back and forth between steps until you feel strong enough in your new habits.

Find the step that’s right for you. Start today! Right now! Choose your next snack or meal and make it a healthy one. Find a fun way to move your body for 10 minutes. Take a U turn if you need to.

 Remember our core verse. Let’s claim our verse again! “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: Find the step that seems right for you today and get climbing right now!

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Rest much, talk often, and laugh regularly.

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STOP BELIEVING STUPID LIES AND TAKE A U TURN!

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.

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.

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

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The next snack or meal needs to be healthy.

I just came back from camping 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 kitchen and went for a walk.

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, keep going!

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. Summer is too short!

One year! We did it together!

I wanted to thank you for letting me speak into your life every week.

I consider it an  honour and I do not take it lightly.

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Thank you for your comments.  I still feel like a beginner and your  comments are so encouraging for me!

I started this blog a year ago and it has been an amazing learning experience!  With God’s power I worked through the technology stuff and was able to post every week!  God has been at work!  I had no idea how many people would actually visit and read this blog and God blessed me more than I had hoped!  There have been 1600 visitors to this site!

Before I write and post I think of you.  You, my reader, are in my daily prayers.  I pray that our Great God will be at work in your life.  I pray you will be encouraged as you take little steps to be healthy.  I pray you will access God’s power and feel His love. I pray  God uses my words to encourage you and bring you closer to Him.

  Thanks for climbing the Mountain of Health and Well-being with me!  Let’s keep climbing together and see what our Great God does!

TODAY’S little STEP:

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What she did to triumph and get healthy!

My friend lost 141 pounds and went from a size 24 to 14-16! Cecile, was a faithful member of the support group I led. She also attended Weight Watchers in the summer months. Her health journey has taken over 7 years. Cecile is still on her journey up the Mountain of Health and Well Being.

Cecile has had great success and I’m really excited to interview her.

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  1. When did you realize you needed to make some changes?  I realized I wasn’t taking good care of myself and I didn’t like how I felt about myself. I used to say to myself, “what’s the use? I’m doomed to be fat.”

  2. What do you think led to your weight gain? I never thought I would gain weight. It just happened over the years. Like a lot of women I ate for emotional reasons.

  3. What was your light bulb moment when you decided to lose weight? When I walked my back and hips really hurt. My Mom, (who was very loving and helpful during my life) had Alzheimer’s Disease and needed to be in a wheelchair and I didn’t ever want to be in a wheelchair. I wanted to be able to walk and take care of myself.

  4. Were you part of a support and accountability group? Yes, I had prayed and asked God for a Christian weight loss group. When Dixie invited me to join the group I was very happy. How did it help you? It was good because we exercised together and we studied the Bible, and other good books. We shared our needs and supported each other. When I left the meeting I felt good and ready to keep working.

  5. What were the most important changes you made to be healthier? I have a small plate that I use to help me with my portions.  I am getting better at saying, “no thank you” when dessert is served. I don’t feel bad about saying no.I exercise everyday.If I am hungry in the early evening I eat carrots and celery sticks.I don’t eat anything after 8 o’clock at night; I shut the kitchen light off!I had high cholesterol and so I changed the food I ate and lowered my cholesterol.I realize that God’s grace has brought me to the place I am at today!

  6. What would you say is the most important factor in your weight loss? Changed eating habits? Exercise? Changed thinking? All of them! I eat a lot less food. I like to eat 6 small meals a day. I take snacks with me in the car so I’m not tempted to eat fast food. When I choose food I think about whether it is good for me and my husband teases me because I’m always reading the labels. I exercise everyday. I also changed my thinking- now I have a positive outlook on life. I’m very thankful. There is lots to live for! God helps me everyday to appreciate my life.

  7. What keeps you motivated when you get discouraged or have a slip up? I pick myself up, talk to somebody and I often exercise. I also read my Bible and God encourages me. I have a friend that says, “keep looking up!” I read Dixie’s blog and it encourages me to keep taking little steps.

  8. Are there any foods you outright avoid and do not have in your house? I don’t have any hot chocolate, or ice cream and no chocolate bars!

  9. When it comes to eating well what are your top recommendations?  Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Eat mostly fish and chicken. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.

  10. What is your favourite form of exercise? I like to do exercise DVDs, I have a treadmill, and in the summer I like to walk outside. I like to try new things. This winter I went cross country skiing and skating. I signed up for a Zumba class and I loved it!

  11. Do you include weight training? Yes I use 3 and 5 pound weights and a resistance band. Why? I know that tones my body and helps me lose inches.

  12. What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey? Admitting that I needed to change and get healthy.

  13. How important has your family’s support been? My husband, son and daughter are proud of the healthy changes I have made.  I just attended a family reunion and every one commented on the changes I have made. They were happy for me. It encouraged them that they could make some changes to be healthy too.

  14. Do you have a favourite verse?  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13

Thanks Cecile for sharing some of your health journey. If you were to give some last advice to anyone who is struggling to get healthy what would you say? You are at a very important place in your life. Keep taking little steps. God will never give up on you!

No matter how slow the weight loss is don’t give up! You are worth it. You are special in God’s eyes!

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I hope Cecile’s story encourages you my friend!

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DIET FREE AMAZING CHANGES TO MAKE RIGHT NOW!

Make 2016 the year you get healthy, diet free!

We all know diets work for a little while. But one day we feel too deprived, too stressed and we quit.

Instead of a new diet I want to encourage you to make lifestyle changes.  Little changes that helped  me lose weight and keep it off.

We will make small changes to our food intake, physical activity and to our mental and spiritual well-being.

 

 

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We will make 4 small changes that are easy  and contribute to a healthy life. Once these initial changes have become habits, we will add 4 more little changes. 

We borrow mountain climbing jargon and tools, as getting healthy can feel like climbing a mountain.

Every mountain is climbed

one little step at a time!

If you are already on our mountain climbing team, I’m so glad to see you here today. We’re doing a review.  Please pick the best camp to start climbing from.

This is Base Camp.

 # 1 Nutrition-Backpack – no diet, just use a smaller plate or bowl at each meal or  snack! 1 surprisingly simple secret to losing weight

#2 Physical Activity-Hiking boots – 10 minutes a day of intentional exercise start with 2 five-minute periods if you’re new to exercise.  what everyone needs to know about 10 minutes of exercise

#3 Mental focus-Helmet – repeat this healthy self talk statement daily.  “I am a beautiful beloved daughter of the King! I am making small changes to be healthy.   Taking care of me is important!”  change your mind it’s good for your health

#4 Spiritual focus-Safety ropes – pray and ask Jesus for His help.  Choose a verse to memorize.  Here’s a good one.  “For I am the LORD, your God,who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”Isaiah 41:13 essential steps to access God’s power 

 After 30 days at Base Camp we climb to Camp #2

#1 Backpack-drink water instead of other beverages at meals and snacks.  Continue to use a smaller plate or bowl. water your body’s best friend

#2 Hiking boots-15 minutes of intentional exercise every day.  Start with 3-5 minute periods if you are new to exercise. find a fun physical activity

#3 Helmet-become aware of  negative self-talk. Repeat this healthy self-talk statement daily.  “I am a beautiful beloved daughter of the King!  I am making small changes to be healthy.  Taking care of me is important!” the surprising truth you need to be healthy

#4 Safety ropes-pray and share your concerns with Jesus.  Memorize a verse.  Here’s a good one.  “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths.  My hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4,5b accessing more willpower in one easy step

 

Those are the first 2 camps! If you are just joining us start at Base Camp.

 You can also go back to my PAST LITTLE STEPS to read previous posts.

You can make these small changes, my friend!

It is my hope and prayer that you will have HOPE because of Jesus.  Access His power and might on this journey to health and well-being!  It’s Jesus that makes the difference, not a new diet!

TODAY’S little STEP:  Start climbing the Mountain of Health and Well-being at Base Camp.  Make the 4 little changes to your life.

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Stop the overeating! Get control back!

It’s really hard to go back to my healthy eating plan. Christmas day and the weekend were days when I enjoyed all my favorites.

It’s so easy to just continue overeating because my house is full of all my favorite treats.

I feel my resolve weakening. I could just keep overeating until New Years and then go on a diet. But, I’ve worked too hard to go back to those old bad habits.  Besides I know diets don’t work.  Lifestyle changes work!

“I’m in control of what I eat and I’m the boss over my body!” Say it with me friend!

Go ahead say it out loud, right now! Believe those words!

Let’s go back to BASE CAMP and practice those 4 little steps for the next week. It’s a safe place to weather this storm.

# 1 Backpack – no diet, just use a smaller plate or bowl at each meal or snack!

#2 Hiking boots – 10 minutes a day of intentional exercise

#3 Helmet – repeat this healthy self talk statement daily

I am a beautiful beloved daughter of the King!  I am making small changes to be healthy.  Taking care of me is important!

 

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#4 Safety ropes – pray and ask Jesus for His help.Here’s a good verse to memorize.

“For I am the LORD, your God,who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” “Isaiah 41:13

We can do these 4 little steps to help us through this next week.

We will feel in control of our eating and exercise and we won’t have regrets. We’ll start the New Year feeling in control and the best we have in years!

TODAY’S little STEP: Go back to BASE CAMP for the next week. Practice these 4 little steps.

 

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Keep up the good work!

Hi friend, how are you?

I’m guessing you are crazy busy like me.

Just stopping by to encourage you to keep up the good work!

You’ve made some good little changes to your lifestyle. These little changes have made a difference!

You can keep it up over the Christmas season!

Food is central at every event we attend. However, we are doing some things differently this year! We’ve worked too hard to let one day of overeating begin the slide back to old habits.

We have some strategies; health-tips-to-beat-the-holiday-food-frenzy/.

We have a healthy self-talk statement because we control our actions with our thoughts.

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When our will power falters we can call out to Jesus because accessing His power makes the biggest difference. accessing-more-willpower-in-one-easy-step/

 

We can do it friend!

We can enjoy the Christmas season and start the New Year with no food regrets!

Every little step makes a difference.

Every mountain is climbed one step at a time!

TODAY’S little STEP: Rehearse some healthy self-talk. At each event or meal, practice some little tips to make healthy choices!

 

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