Local Bible Study

MadetoCraveBook_largeCalling all LOCAL LADIES!  For all you beautiful women in my area,   we are starting a 6 week DVD Bible Study on Lysa TerKeurst’s book Made to Crave.  Starting next Tuesday, FEBRUARY 18 at 7 pm!

Lysa is the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Two years ago I had the privilege of hearing her speak…just amazing.  I’ve read the book more than once and it really hits home.

This is from the website:

Craving isn’t a bad thing.

Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? Made To Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author, Lysa TerKeurst, personally understands the battle that women face. In Made To Crave, she will help you:

  • Break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday,” and feel good about yourself today.
  • Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body.
  • Replace rationalization that lead to diet failure with wisdom that leads to victory.
  • Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process.

This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan, Made To Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose-a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes. Join Lysa and experience all that you were made to crave!

I would sum up the book as directing us to go to God when we crave…because that’s what we’re really craving. Comment or email me for more information at trytrytryathlete@gmail.com.

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How do you Fly?

Are you ready to fly?  Do you want to SOAR?!  I know I do.  I’m ready to take off.  To soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint (Is 40:31).

Doesn’t that sound awesome?  But there’s a problem.  Most days I feel like I have lead feet.  Heavy, leaded, dragging feet.

How do I FLY?!  Lord, tell me!  The beginning of the above verse says,

“those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength”

Man, I need me some renewed strength!

Do you know what’s in close relationship with hope?  LOVE.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

That’s I Corinthians 13:13.

Flylady has an acronym for FLY that I find to be full of truth.  Finally Loving Yourself.

I really wasn’t raised that way.  To love myself.  Others first, right?  Loving yourself is dangerous because it could cause you to put yourself first.  To trample on others’ needs.  We need to be humble.

It wasn’t until I read a book by Rick Warren with this quote that I understood true humility.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.  -C.S. Lewis

What did I learn? That it’s ok to love myself.  In fact, dare I say God expects us to love ourselves?  The gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell us that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors (others) as we love ourselves.  Actually, the Gospels simply recorded it.  Jesus said it.  We tend to focus on the “neighbors” part–and it’s extremely important, I’m not trying to diminish it–and ignore the “ourselves” part.

God loved us enough to send His Son to DIE a horrible death for us.  The Bible is full of passages that describe how much He loves us.  He created us.  He LOVES us.  So…if we don’t love ourselves, are we telling God He’s wrong?

Ouch.

Honestly, we don’t have the energy to love others if we don’t love ourselves, too.

Let’s FLY together, shall we?

Take care of yourselves, friends.  Show yourself love.

Kids and Health

I’ve been struggling lately with the “right” way to help my kids make healthy choices.  Especially my 12 and 15 year old girls.

Growing up I was taught some unhealthy eating habits by people who meant well (that’s another post).  Coupled with my natural tendencies I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food.

Of course most parents want better for their kids.  So I set out with that in mind.

I don’t use food as a comfort item.  As in, don’t distract them with a cookie after they skin their knee.

I don’t use food as a reward.  Oh, wait.  I do that.  Sometimes. Not on purpose, but yes I do.  The dentist office has a McDonalds close by with a play center.  So where do we go after the dentist?  And if we need shots?  Ice cream as a treat afterwards.

But I try, I really do.  I imagine you do as well.  I encourage them to eat healthy.  I don’t keep sweets from them but don’t always have them around (to their dismay).  I don’t talk about fat/skinny.  I talk about being healthy.

Lately I’ve been noticing some bad habits, especially with the older girls who are a bit more independent.  So the struggle continues.  How do you teach your kids to make healthy choices, without putting too much emphasis on food?

My husband and I decided to have the older girls do the Challenge with us.  My oldest is 15 and old enough to join the whole group.  So she can check up with the Challenge Facebook group, and with a friend or two also participating.  My 12 year olds are not in the large group, but are doing it at home.

To up the ante and give motivation, we’ve established cash rewards for the girls and myself.  An at-home challenge of our own, if you will.

The prizes are:  $100 for first, $50 for second, $30 for third, and $10 for fourth.  We gave a prize for last so no one would just give up if they were running last.

Those are fairly high dollar amounts, but I was pretty certain if I worked hard I could take the first prize.

Uhm….they are kicking my butt!!

My twelve year olds each had a perfect week last week!!!  If you’re doing the Challenge with us be thankful they aren’t in the big group! My 15 year old is a close second.  If I’m not careful I will be LAST!

I am quite amazed.  Two girls had praise team practice this morning.  I asked them if they needed breakfast or had it provided at practice.  They said they would eat at home because they were having donuts there.

What?!?  You’re skipping donuts?!?  Wow.

I went shopping with my eldest a couple nights ago.  Of course when you’re shopping it’s hard to eat supper before 8.  At least for us.  So we lost those points.  Not wanting to lose more points she jumped on the treadmill when we got home at 9:30 pm.  Wow.

I don’t imagine they can keep this up for all 6 weeks.  Honestly, I don’t want them to. I don’t want them to burn out.  We’re striving for a healthy lifestyle. Lifelong habits. Perfection is not attainable day after day even in one area of life.  I want them to make good choices.  Like my oldest deciding to forgo sugar points for a piece of Daddy’s birthday cake.  A conscious decision.  And she enjoyed every bite.

But I’m so very proud of them.  And it is my prayer that many of these habits will stick.

Would love your feedback or ideas on how to hand down health to the next generation.

Get Back Up Again

Ever had a bad day?  Of course, everyone has.  Ever have a bad week?  Yep, those too.  Bad month…or year even.

Disclaimer:  This post is primarily for those on the Challenge, but everyone can benefit.  So read on!

I’ve been asked if people have to lose points for circumstances out of their control.

What about the nasty 24 hour bug?  Lying in bed all day.  Can’t eat…so no veggies and fruits.  Can’t exercise.  Can’t even drink water or contact someone else on the Challenge.

Is that fair?  Should a person lose points?

Fair?  Uhm, nope.  But is life fair?

Just ask my kids, they’ll tell you.  Life’s not fair.

More than likely it will happen to someone else on the Challenge too.  No, probably not everyone.  But most.  Someone else will have a child who’s sick all night long.  Or a family emergency.  Maybe a work emergency.  The list could go on and on.

So, yes, you’ll lose points.

What about the person who gets influenza or pneumonia and is out for a week?  They lose so many points, should they just give up?

Granted, this is a contest of sorts.  But if you’re in it for the prizes you’re gonna be disappointed!  Not that I won’t do my best.  But at this point my website isn’t making a dime.  I’m not doing it for the money, so that’s ok.  But…that means there is no trip to Jamaica for the grand prize winner!

So what are YOU in it for?  Health, I hope.  And life long habits.  Cuz a prize, or the glory of a win is just momentary.  But healthy habits?  Those can change you for a lifetime.

So if you find you’re losing points for a day, or even a week, what do you do?  You get back up, baby!  This is your life!  Grab hold and don’t let go.

Practice What You Preach

Ahh…finally sitting down to the computer.  It’s been a stressful night.  Homework, homework, homework.   And guess what?  I’m not even in school!

I wanted to go to Yoga tonight.  I haven’t gone in a looooong time and wanted to get back at it.  It’s great strength training and at the same time restful.  BUT, many kiddos’ homework and my husband having a prior commitment nixed that.  Even though the yoga would have been beneficial, I was very glad I had gone for a walk/run this morning.

This morning laundry was waiting.  In piles the size of mountains.  Dishes were waiting (they still are). Clothes piled in the living room were begging me to mark them for our upcoming garage sale.

And yet…I worked out.  I knew it was going to be a long day and I would need it.  I was hoping I would have time to go to Yoga tonight.  I considered heeding the call of all things waiting and trusting that Yoga would come later.  So glad I practiced what I preached and took care of myself first!

As I coach women, I often tell them how important it is to take care of themselves.  “If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others.”  What is it they say on an airplane?  Put your own oxygen mask on FIRST, then take care of the person next to you.  Why?  You can’t help someone else if you aren’t breathing!

The same is so very true with living healthy.  I can only imagine how much more stressed out about homework I would have been tonight had I not had those lovely endorphins pulsing through me earlier in the day.

How often do moms tell their kids to eat healthy?  Or… “Just eat one cookie.  No, I’m serious, one cookie is plenty.”

And then, turn around and sneak a second cookie for yourself.  Or dare I say a third?

Guilty as charged.

Or…don’t forget to take your vitamins!  Drink more water!  Finish your milk!

I take better care of my kids than I do myself.  (Although you’d better believe they are catching you eat those extra cookies and they are learning from that, too.  But that’s another post).

Because that’s what we do as women, right?  We are caretakers.  We don’t “have time” to take care of ourselves because we’re taking care of so many other things (men I don’t mean to exclude you, you may be in this category, too, I just have a better perspective on women, you know, being as I am one).

Ken Davis’ doctor told him that you can’t put into a pill what exercise will do for you.

So, practice what you preach!!  Make exercise a priority.  Eat more fruits and veggies, less junk.  Take those vitamins.  Drink  your water.  Get enough calcium.

Let’s hold each other accountable, shall we?