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Getting a Clue?

Now and then, it seems like some restaurants are getting a clue…  perhaps they’re actually listening to some of what is being said.

I know I hear more people paying attention to what they’re ordering, or being utterly shocked at how many calories are in (what they THOUGHT) was a “healthy salad”…

But oh my… we still have a LONG way to go to continue being educated.  We certainly can’t let the restaurants do the math, and assume they have our best interests at heart.  No, we have to consider what their objective is – for us to buy whatever it is they sell.  It’s not ultimately for us to be healthy.

But I’ll give them credit where it’s due, they’re at least TRYING.

One of our kid’s favorite places to eat when we’re traveling (and if they’re in the area), is Culver’s.  “Home of the Butterburgers”….  You can imagine how this sits with me.  I used to LOVE their Wisconsin patty melts.  (When I ate rye bread, slathered in butter… swiss cheese all melty and stuff.)  Some days I even ordered a “double”… 616 calories and 35 g. carbs.  Ouch on the calories especially.  Now I just get a double butter burger with lettuce and mustard only – and eat it (without the bun of course).  Sometimes I have a salad with it – no cheese, croutons or dressing of course…  it fits the bill for A LOT fewer calories and carbs.  Not the best choice – but much better for me.

I was a little surprised that with their “Mindful Choices” options, they failed to offer something less of a 4″ white-bread bun!  That’s 160 calories RIGHT THERE of no nutrition… Remember: Think! WHY am I eating this?  What’s the point?

Culver's "Mindful Choices" selections

Online Culver’s even has a “Nutritional Meal Builder” to give you the 4-1-1 on what you’re going to stuff on in, and pray it processes.  They also have an allergen “grid” for their products.  Very nice.  I think while their product offering is mostly of the “fast food” sort – they are trying to make better options available for their customers.  That’s more that I can say for a lot of other companies!  Just be more aware of what you’re eating.  Don’t just 500 calories is what YOU should be eating at a meal just because that is their smallest offering.  Most people need LESS than that.

“Share in suffering as  a good soldier of Christ Jesus.   No soldier  gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”  2 Timothy 2:3-4


Excuses! Excuses!!!

It’s too late!

I don’t have enough time!

It’s too early!

The kids are sick!

The DVD player isn’t working right!!!!

I don’t feel like it!

We all have them – excuses.  We can always come up with some great excuse on why we don’t want to work out.  But that doesn’t make them valid, or excusable.

My favorite one used to be the time factor one, before I reprioritized my life around working out once a day.  It didn’t have to be for an hour, it didn’t have to look the same everyday – but making purposeful movement was the goal… and God allowed me to make that happen when I set my eyes on Him.

Sure I still have days I really would just like to sit, and sometimes I do (we all need a day of rest sometimes!) … but God fills me with a craving that next day to get after it harder than before!  (Thanks be to Him!)

This week my husband is working more than normal, so caring for feverish and vomiting children has been a bit more challenging.  It would be easy to say “forget it” on the working out… the thought HAS crossed my mind…

If only… God didn’t have ahold of my heart.

You see, when I look to Him for my strength, I’m reminded of how much worse other people might have it… how I have a lot to be grateful for, and it gives me the perspective I need to press on.  (…and it keeps me from falling into a pity-party trap!)  I’m reminded I have two legs, I’m healthy, and I’m alive.  I really don’t need more reason than that – but there are countless others!!

So even though it took me 45 minutes to get my sound to work on my TV last night, and I didn’t get started until 10:30pm – I was SO glad I could move, and did!  (Not to mention I was excited to try out a new workout DVD!)  But I didn’t get frustrated – I knew if the DVD play wasn’t working I could walk, or do hand weights … or SOMETHING.  I could MOVE!  That commitment keeps me going when I’d like to give up… just like in parenting, our marriages etc.  If we keep moving, even when we don’t “feel” like it – we are SO glad we put in the effort!

Jillian's new "Killer Buns & Thighs" - I tried out level II and it was great!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord,  who made heaven and earth.”  – Psalm 121:1-2

Time To Be Sick?

Wow, school has started for us and activities and life are in full force!  BUT that doesn’t mean it’s time to let off of the gas of exercise and being healthy for HIM!

In fact, it’s probably MORE important to be making my health a priority…  so I don’t get SICK!

Speaking of which, for the most part, we’re a pretty healthy family.  Last year was like most, we got our flu shots, got the occasional cold…

and then my husband went on his weekend business trip, with little sleep and lots of work – and brought us back Influenza A.

Thanks honey.

I drink a little of this each day. Some people don't like the taste - but this is my favorite flavor - combined with some TRUE orange (natural water flavor)

First my 8-year-old got it, and then *I* got it, and by the next day… the rest of the kids had it too.

You know how kids bounce back relatively easily?  We adults…. not. so. much.  He was so sick for over a week.  It took me a few days to get coughed on, but eventually I got it too.

Thankfully I was able to drag myself to the Dr. and he was pro-IV fluids to get me rehydrated.  He said that while I wasn’t DEhydrated that would give me the boost I needed to get over it more quickly.

I’d say so!  A few hours in the hospital, and the next day…. I felt like new.  Which was a lot different from how my husband felt for a good week.  I give the IV fluids credit… but I also think being in shape, good rest, and being in good health also played a big part as well.

When I was pregnant with diabetes, I got every cold or flu bug the kids had – and several I’m sure I spread…  That’s really common with diabetes, and I can see why.  Your immunities are way down as your body is struggling to function!   Honestly for the past several years I had been the one to drop first – while my husband stayed strong.  Ironically, this past year has been my BEST year of health since college!  Praise God!

I know a lot of it has to do with eating right, being in shape AND… being properly hydrated…  So if you’re struggling with your health.  Take a look at what you’re feeding your body!!  Consider ways you can be healthy for Him!

* You’ve probably heard of Airborne drink tablets for keeping your immunities boosted.  You mix them with water, and drink up!  I tried that after my husband got sick with Influenza A.  I felt like I was going to throw up.  Someone then mentioned Emergen-C to me.  I figured I could try that…  Emergen-C works like Airborne BUT (in my opinion) is a lot easier to drink, especially in Tangerine or Super Orange flavoring!  I often split it into two drinks  (half a packet) per 32 oz, and then 2 of my True packets per 32oz.  YUM – for something different… Great after exercising!  It’s definitely cut down how long my colds have lasted!!

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–

all things have been created through Him and for Him.” – Colossians 1:16

Can I Still Have My Coffee?

I think college is what sparked my interest in coffee.

As a child, I always enjoyed the smell of coffee…  but I couldn’t, for the LIFE of me, figure out why people drank it.

It tasted AWFUL.

Coffee can actually be GOOD before a work out? Yes! (photo via The Fitness Chronicle)

Then came short nights, and long days… and before I knew it, coffee didn’t taste “so bad”.

It was a slow transition.  I think at first I started drinking some gas station version of a “latte”, which was pretty much a sugary warm drink with a HINT of coffee flavor.  It was like cocoa with a “kick” at that point in my life.  This humors me now, as I can’t stand “flavor” or any additions in my coffee.

I like it BLACK.

I can drink a latte now and then.  Tall, Decaf, Skinny… but please – NO flavor!  For the sake of what we’re talking about – we’ll stick with plain, black coffee.

So the question is often asked… “What about my coffee, do I have to give it up to be healthy?”

Well, one thing is for sure, when it comes to health talk… opinions abound!

One article may something is “bad” for you, another may state clearly that same thing can be GOOD for you…  Even doctors vary on this topic!   Both ends of the arguments can be very convincing, and you’re just not sure what to believe!

It can be quite confusing, can’t it?

My husband’s uncle is a Dr. and he gave up coffee entirely for a while to see what would it would do as far as health benefits.  After several months of study, he shared with me what I had read:

Drinking 8 oz of coffee a day can be good for your mental clarity and health.  It can be recommended 30 minutes before a workout to boost your energy level and maximize your fat loss (Unless you’re trying to gain bulk, it doesn’t help with that – just muscle definition).  While other studies said drinking any type of caffeine will throw off your blood sugars by messing with your heart rate, metabolism and nervous system!  So… you have to realize and figure out what it does to you and the type you’re consuming.  Remember how we talked about God designing us all differently?  Basically, it affects different people differently, depending on your chemical make up.  Some reactions are going to be more drastic than others… and obviously things like flavored coffees can make the calories add up QUICKLY.  Try to stick with a black coffee, and something from a whole foods store is best.

I can enjoy a cup now and then, and I’m ok with it.  If it’s a vice to you (if you drink coffee after coffee all day long), than maybe you should consider getting rid of it.  It’s definitely worth talking to God about, and praying about it.  Pop used to be for me, how coffee is for some people… I thought I needed it to function after having 4 children.  This is when something can become a stumbling block or even an idol.  Consuming regular pop was a “helper” (*if you can call it that) in my whole gestational diabetes venture.  Nine teaspoons of sugar in my “drink” was running my system a muck!

I switched to diet pop after child #6…   I told myself I couldn’t “give it up”… So of course, I believed that lie.

Do some reading on diet pop, and it will become way less appealing quickly… at the very least, you’ll begin considering if those “good” feelings out weigh the bad.

Once I decided I was going to take a break from pop and cut it back to one, once a week… I realized many weeks I didn’t even want the “one” I gave myself permission to have.  It lost it’s luster, and I lost the desire to “have to have” it.  Although I never experienced things like weight gain from it, I knew that it wasn’t God’s best for me to drink it in the amounts I had come to embrace daily.  I’ve actually stopped drinking it for 6-9 months only to return to it when my babies were little.  It’s much easier to give things up when you’re getting proper REST.

The more you wean yourself off of caffeine, the easier it is to live without it.  That “high” you get from it … is also followed by a LOW.  It’s actually much lower than when you started feeling “tired” to begin with…. so often people then drink MORE caffeine for more of an energy high or to suppress their appetite.  Hmm… almost sounds like a drug??  Only it’s legal.

Just some drink for thought.  The Bible isn’t always specific about things like coffee or caffeine consumption… and obviously drinks can be mis-used as a meal replacement (instead of eating), an energy replacement (instead of sleep)… and that’s a no-brainer.  Those aren’t the best choices for our bodies, or being healthy for Him.

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8

Please. Drink Responsibly….

My "Hydracoach bottle" is a water coach that keeps me on task with drinking my H2O!

Water that is.

I’m not sure where you live – but it’s kinda warm out lately.

Scratch that.  It’s CRAZY hot out.

The hotter it is, the more we sweat… even when we’re not trying to sweat, we need that water to flush our systems.  In July, in Kansas, I can almost look out the window and bead up!  Normally I refer to my sweating as “glistening”… as I’m usually not a person who sweats a lot.  However… lately I have been sweating a ton.

How about you?  Are you drinking enough water?  Add in a workout or other external factors, nursing, pregnant, sick, climate, altitude (and if you’re drinking other things like alcoholic or other diuretic drinks) you need even MORE water for your body to stay hydrated.

Your body is 60% water.  So what do you think affects the scale the most day-to-day?  Do you think you really lose and gain pounds of FAT that quickly?  It’s more likely the shift of water in your system.

Did you know that when you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated of the water its needing?  Sometimes people even mistake thinking they’re hungry, for their body actually being thirsty.  This is ONE of the reasons drinking more water will help you lose weight!!

I’m thankful we live in a country where access to clean water isn’t an issue!  We really don’t have good excuses.

I’ve often heard other people say they “don’t like” water or forget to drink it enough.  They fill the void with other drinks that will dehydrate their bodies and contain, sugar, chemicals, caf­feine, and alcohol.

We can do the same thing with God.  We can just “forget” to spend time with Him… and slack off thinking it’s really not that big of a deal.  Just like we can drink the wrong things…  we can often fill our lives with things that pull us away from the very One who we need most.

We need to be purposeful in drinking our water and stay committed, as we continue growing in Him, through His Word.

I drink about 20-30 ounces of water with breakfast, the same for lunch and dinner.  I drink some before I work out, while I workout and before bed.  My goal is about 80-100 ounces of water for my body size, and external factors.

A thoughtful friend even got me a “HYDRACOACH” water bottle for my birthday to help me track how much water I was needing each day.  It’s pretty fun because you program it with your weight, and it tracks the percentage of what you’ve had… to help you get a handle on it and monitor that you’re not falling behind!  The children love letting me know what my “percentage” is for the day.

Share some of the ways you remember to drink H2O throughout the day!  How’s the Truth Pack coming along??  Nope… I’m not letting it go that easy!

“As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.”

Psalm 42:1

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