Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What Have you Done for You Lately?

Ever notice how men almost never have a problem making sure their needs are met? This is not male bashing as I don't believe in that. I love my husband of 21 years dearly, just as I loved my father before he went to be with the Lord, and other males that have had an influence on my life. But, I think, as women we can learn something if we observe how most men seem not to have a challenge making sure their needs are met. It is not difficult for them to put their needs first. Yet with us it often takes us getting old and bitter before we finally decide ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

I know ...I know....this is just how God made us, right?.....If we weren't the nurturing, caring, give-all-I-got-and-then-some women that we were where would this world be...?..Right?...Hmmm...Where would this world be?....Hmmm.....sounds a little prideful to me.....Hmmm..

Maybe some of us need to stop thinking 'My way is the best way'.
Maybe some of us need to stop doing everything for our children and let them learn how to do things for themselves when age appropriate.
Maybe some of us need to call out sick just one day from our jobs and see if things don't get along just fine without us.
Maybe some of us need to accept the gift of life that God has given us and enjoy it while we can while still serving Him by serving others.

It's O.K. if our sister wants to take us to dinner on a NIGHT WHEN WE FINALLY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO! ISN'T IT?!


We must take the time to receive what we need to be all God has called us to be, i.e. rest, peace, fun, laughter, his presence.

....."Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest......These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you and your joy might be full" (Matthew 11:28, John 15:11)


Exercise is Overrated!

NOT! Exercise is not overrated! I have an idea of how the apostle Paul felt when he said "I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God......" I'M BEGGING YOU! WORK WITH ME HERE! Surely, by now you can appreciate the value of consistent exercise!

But, forget about the gym! Forget about the treadmill in the bedroom! Forget about going to the neighborhood track to walk or jog! Just move more on a daily basis!

There is a great article in the June 2008 issue of Prevention magazine called, "The Real-Life Way to Lose; Research shows that the little stuff you do all day can add up to big weight loss. Five readers put the theory to the test - with "wow" results, by Lauren A. Greene. .....To lose pounds and keep them off, burning calories is key. Not just at the gym; being active throughout the day can add up to big weight loss, too. James Levine, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, has spent a decade studying the role that everyday movement - or NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis), plays in metabolism. His discovery: People who tap their feet, prefer standing to sitting, and generally move a lot burn up to 350 more calories a day than those who sit still." (He must know my son!)

The testers in this research wore calorie counting armbands and burned as many as 500 extra calories a day in a two week period without breaking a sweat! I bet that you 'I think exercise is overrated' folks like the sound of that:.....without breaking sweat!!! Some of the things they did were stand up more, make multiple trips, dance while you dress, walk around your office when waiting for your food to cook in the microwave, crunches in bed before you get up in the morning, laugh more (laughing 10-15 minutes burns 40 calories), and fidget frequently!

What are some other things you think we could do to burn up calories without really exercising?

Monday, May 26, 2008

Evening Eating

One of - and there are several - but, one of my challenges when it comes to eating healthy is evening eating! Between working late, and evening commitments with family and others, it is often difficult to eat a healthy dinner. Here are a few strategies that help me:

1. Keep healthy snacks in the car. I wish I did this all of the time...Whenever I do it's very helpful because when I start grabbing I need to at least grab on the right thing! And keeping healthy snacks in the car helps me to purchase gas only at the gas station, not that little treat that I don't need......Yeah...I've got to get back to this strategy.....

2. Keep healthy snacks at home!...same as above...When I start grabbing, I need to be able to grab the right thing!

3. Eat dinner as soon I as feel hungry. I get into trouble when I say, "I'll eat after the meeting"; or, "I'll eat after his practice." The longer I wait to eat a healthy meal, the more time I have to snack. And healthy snacks or not, a fulfilling meal is better than a bunch of snacks any day.

What are some of your strategies for evening eating? Do share!