Eat, Drink and be Merry and Get Healthy

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I love food – every kind!  You could say it is my hobby…I eat when I am happy, stressed, mad, for enjoyment,well,  for every possible reason.  I love cooking, eating out, tasting new recipes, cooking family recipes…let’s facing…I am a foodaholic!! I have struggled over the years with eating right, working out and just getting healthy.  I have dieted, exercised and just can’t seem to stick with anything.  Last year I lost 43 lbs. and then stopped losing – no matter what I tried – I gave up…I gained it all back…why can’t I do this?  I am not a failure.  I am sure so many of you feel the same way – it’s yo-yo time!  Up and down with dieting, healthy living and exercise.  Usually we are so committed at first and then somehow we don’t have time, we don’t make time, we let other things come between us and taking care of ourselves – all good reasons we think – but if we are not around long enough – we will not be able to take care of these things.  I learned that it is ok to pray for yourself, to take care of yourself, to make time for exercise – you are not being selfish – you are trying to make sure you are going to be there for others for a much longer time!  

So once again, I tried to start about 4 weeks ago and I am eating so much better and I have lost 10 pounds.  I wanted to lose more and I wish it was coming off much faster but this time – I am having fun with it!  I have been craving Fried Chicken – one of my favorite foods.  Well – not exactly a healthy choice but today – I must say – I am very impressed with the best tasting “fried chicken” that I ever made.  I took some chicken breasts and flattened them and rolled them in crushed pistachios and drizzled them with honey and put some olive oil in a baking dish and baked them.  Not only were they beautiful – they tasted amazing!  I have found fabulous recipes and am being creative with our meals.  Why can’t eating healthy be fun?

I am praying and preparing to begin the Daniel Plan (from the Saddleback Church – Rick Warren’s church) for Lent beginning March 5 through April 17.  40 days to a Healthier Life.  Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends – sounds like a winning combination for me.  I hope you will think about joining me in this plan.  I am studying Daniel and looking at videos so that I can be ready when I start.  Pray for me that I can be completely committed during this 40 day period.  Let me know if you need my prayers and if you will join me.

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1 Corinthians 10:31  Amplified Bible – So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.

Connecting with you,

Leigh

 

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A God Thing

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Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite Bible Verse ever!  Just to think that God has plans for little ole me!  That is pretty exciting!  Sometimes I wish I knew what his plans were – I often think he wants me to go into some type of ministry, then other times I think he just wants me to make a difference and be an example, and other times – I really just think that he may have forgotten me.  Well, even when times seem like they are at the lowest point – that is when God starts working those miracles and opening doors that you are not expecting!  I think he laughs at me because it seems I just fall through the doors he opens for me and stumble so often.  God just picks me back up and gives me courage to face another day.  I wish God talked in a voice to me but that is not how it is for me.  I hear a song, get a feeling, think about a certain word or phrase and it just seems like it is a sign from God.  I have prayed so much about what I should do with my life and thought God wanted me to begin a Christian ministry but then lots of doors from another direction just opened…that seemed to be where God was sending me for now.  I think he may have bigger plans for my future but now he wants me to experience my life and the direction it has taken.  I am sure that I will grow and learn so many new things and I am excited about the direction that I am going.  I always say that when something happens and I get confirmation over and over again that it is “A God Thing”.  It always is – he has every minute of my life planned and I know that he will always be there to help me succeed.  I hope that I always have the courage to follow his directions.  I pray for you to find your path that God is leading you….I am sure it is something beautiful and truly “A God Thing”.

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Connecting with you,

Leigh

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

ImageWe have all heard the saying, “Actions Speaks Louder Than Words”, but what does it really mean?  It means that just because you say something doesn’t mean you understand or mean it.  The way that you act or treat others makes the most substantial impact.  Often when we discuss with our children to do something, like cleaning their room, they say OK and make promises to keep it clean in the future. Well, the next week comes around and there are towels in the floor, candy wrappers laying around, Qtips on the counter…I think you see the picture.  Promises are broken and sometimes, even forgotten they were made.  I know this is typical for most kids, but adults do the same thing. Friends make you promises and then don’t take time to follow through.  Why is that? 

In the Bible, Jesus says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18NIV  

Jesus always backed up his words with his actions….Oh to be like him.  I strive everyday to be kind, generous, make good decisions but it just seems like I fail to often.  Action on our part is required to help out those in need and to demonstrate our love.  Maybe we take chicken noodle soup to a sick friend or we help someone move or we offer ride to church to kids that don’t have a way – these are all actions that speak volumes about who you are. When love is characterized by sacrificial giving of time, prayers, money or otherwise; this is when action really does speak loudly.  Saying the right thing but not doing anything to back it up – is empty, without impact.  You may have really lost someone’s trust when this happens.  So think about what you say, what you promise and make sure you plan to act on it.  Show me…don’t just tell me!

 

It is always good to provide kind and encouraging words to help a friend or family member; even a stranger. Sometimes all one needs in a time of trouble are the right words of encouragement. So, we, at little expense to ourselves, can just make a habit of simply being nice. That is a good rule of thumb to start putting into practice. Take time to just be nice and go out of your way to make a difference.  Little things are often big things to others!   Seems obvious enough that we should not even have to mention it. When caught up in our everyday busy routines, it becomes easy to turn ourselves off to much of what is going on around us. Which might cause us, for instance, to ignore an elderly person using a walker struggling to get groceries into their car. Who knows, they might also have a hard time driving, perhaps may even live in your neighborhood. All it would take is for us to walk over, help load the groceries and find out. Check in on them often, offer to help!  So much could happen, just because we sometimes decide to act like the God we claim to worship and believe in.Good things always seems to happen to people who do things for others.  They get blessed even more than the people they are blessing.  So I encourage you to go do something for someone today.  It can make a difference!

 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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Jesus shares about this very issue in Matthew 21:28-32 ESV version. “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

Jesus was saying – we make mistakes – but ask for forgiveness and make things right!  People can change.  Make sure you actions are speaking what you want them to say!

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Connecting with you,

Leigh