A Wake Up Call

  I’ve shared openly with my struggle to lose weight.  I’ve turned to calling out to God to help me, because I’ve proven that I cannot do this myself.  I’ve tried for too long with no progress to know that I am weak. Yet, I know that I am strong when I lean on God. However, God doesn’t always answer […]

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THE INEXPLICABLE JOY OF LESS (FOOD) by Elizabeth Brickman

Today, I am honored to have Elizabeth Brickman join me with an excerpt from her book, Thin & Blessed.  I’ve shared with you, my reader, how I’ve struggled with my own weight and there are many times I said “ouch” because I could relate and had made the same mistakes and excuses.  I hope this touches you as much as […]

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3 Weight Loss Programs that Are Christ Centered

As I wrap up sharing about my weight loss journey, I would like to share about three weight loss programs that are Christ Centered.  If you’ve been reading my blogs you will have heard me mention all of these before. First Place 4 Health—this program began in the early 1980s at First Baptist in Houston, Texas. The program has since […]

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My Wellness Journey Update

For the past two years I have been sharing my wellness journey on my blog.  Along the way, I’ve shared what I’ve learned about health, fitness and nutrition. Next week will be my last post on this topic, but I wanted to share an update on my journey. Last year, I’d made a lot of progress and lost 45 pounds.  […]

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7 Tips to a Healthier Lifestyle

Last week, I shared the benefits a friend of my had found in working with a nutritionist. However, what if you can’t afford a nutritionist?  I’ve wanted to work with a nutritionist for years, but my finances have not allowed me that opportunity. So, what do you if that’s not an option? How do you move towards living a healthier […]

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9 Benefits of Working with a Nutritionist

I have a friend that has begun to see a nutritionist.  I see the excitement in her eyes as she shares the progress she has made.  She even enjoys going to exercise now. Some of the benefits she has shared about having a nutritionist include: teaching her about eating habits discovering what she should and shouldn’t eat. weighing in monthly […]

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Fitbit Keeps Me On Track

Losing weight is not easy.  A lot of the process means having the mindset to live a healthy lifestyle. I have to admit I have not always had that mindset, but I am striving daily to have this mindset. One thing I’ve discovered that helps me is my Fitbit. My Fitbit keeps me on track. The Fitbit is worn on […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Causes and Treatment for High Blood Pressure

Last week, I shared what high blood pressure is and the symptoms. So what are the causes? Some of the causes for high blood pressure include: Smoking Being overweight Stress Genetics Family history of high blood pressure Too much salt or sodium Too much alcohol consumption Lack of physical activity Sleep apnea Chronic kidney disease Thyroid or adrenal disorders The […]

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Wellness Tuesday: What is High Blood Pressure?

While discussing sodium, I mentioned that it can lead to high blood pressure. However, what is high blood pressure? The American Heart Association defines blood pressure as “the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls.  High blood pressure means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be.”   High blood pressure is also referred to as hypertension. […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Sodium vs. Salt

We’ve been taking a look at sodium the last few weeks, so as we wrap up let’s discuss the difference in sodium and salt. According the FDA, the words salt and sodium are interchangeable and mean the same thing. The Heart.org says Common table salt is sodium chloride, which is approximately 40 percent sodium by weight. About 90 percent of […]

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Wellness Tuesday: How do I cut sodium from my diet?

I’ve been taking you on my journey to learn about sodium.  We’ve discussed what it is, how it affects us and where it is found.   So, now let’s take a look at how to cut it from our diet. Read the nutrition facts—when shopping read the labels on the package. Remember, no more than 2,300 mg of sodium Cooking more […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Where is the Sodium?

According to Heart.org, approximately 75% of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods and restaurant foods. Food labels cannot claim a product is “Healthy” if it has 480mg per labeled serving or more than 600mg per labeled serving dish. According to the FDA as a general rule: 5% DV or less of sodium per serving is low 20% DV […]

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Wellness Tuesday: How do I figure out sodium?

Last week, we began to look at what sodium is. However, there is so much we still don’t know about the substance used to increase the taste of food. So, let’s continue learning more about this substance. How much sodium do I need? According to GBHealthWatch.com the normal blood sodium range is 3.10mg-3.34mg.  We should not ingest more than 2,300 […]

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Wellness Tuesday: What is sodium?

I often have issues with my feet swelling.  This is especially true when I’ve had too much sodium. Often, when I look at the nutrition facts on food packaging I am surprised by the amount of sodium in the dish. We have tried explaining to my grandmother why she has to limit some foods.  Her response when we mention sodium […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Treatment for PCOS

I’ve been sharing a little bit about PCOS {polycystic ovarian syndrome}.  We’ve discussed the symptoms, causes and complications over the last few weeks. So how do you deal with PCOS? Well, first see a medical professional.  The doctor will take your medical history, draw blood work and conduct a physical.  You can then discuss any issues or concerns you may […]

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Wellness Tuesday: PCOS—A Deeper Look

Last week, I shared some of the symptoms of PCOS.  Let’s take a deeper look this week at the causes and complications of PCOS. Medical personnel are unsure of the exact causes of PCOS.  Genetics and hormonal imbalance are the two largest known causes of this syndrome.             Some of the following factors may play a role in PCOS: Excess […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Symptoms of PCOS

Last week, I shared a little bit about my struggle with PCOS.  So what are some of the symptoms found in PCOS? Often signs may be found after the first menstrual cycle in a teen.   However, the symptoms become more noticeable after weight gain. Some of the symptoms that are more common include: Acne Weight gain Trouble losing weight Irregular […]

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Wellness Tuesday: The Weight Loss Catch 22

As a teenager, I dealt with issues that resulted from PCOS {polycystic ovary syndrome}.  After gaining the extra poundage, these issues have only been magnetized. Having PCOS feels like a catch 22.   Why?  Well, losing weight is even hard because of PCOS, yet I know I have to get healthy. So what is PCOS?  PCOS is a problem that occurs […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Praying through the Battle

I’ve shared with you about my First Place 4 Health group and how much I loved them.  However, I moved in the last year and I am too far to join them for regular meetings.  Although, we do stay in contact online.  But, it’s just not the same. I’ve tried finding a FP4H group, but there is not one in […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Is the Spirit Willing?

The other day I was reading a book and stopped when I came across a passage.  I had to go back and re-read that passage a second, third…and even fifth time. The passage said “sometimes the spirit is willing but the body isn’t.”   WOW!!! That really got my attention.  There are so many times when my spirit is willing to […]

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