Obese America

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  • 36.5% of Americans are obese (this is obese only – it does not include those who are overweight).

  • 97 million Americans are effected by obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. These diseases constitute the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

  • $147 billion is the estimated yearly total of obesity-related medical costs in our country.

  • 1 is the number of people it takes to encourage and walk alongside someone in his or her pursuit to change from an unhealthy diet and seditray lifestyle to one of healthy eating and consistent exercise. My prayer is that we can each be that cheerleader for someone or, if we are the one in need of that change, to seek out someone to be that person for us.

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Sand Circuit

Our beach day earlier this week turned into a mini-circuit workout for me. I didn’t get my normal morning workout in, and my schedule was a bit frazzled, so I took advantage of the kids’ beach time to squeeze in some exercise. I did a series of 5 full push-ups followed by 20 walking lunges in the soft sand. I ended up with 20 push-ups and 60 lunges and then joined the kids in their sand castle building fun. That ended up with me being a moat digger, therefore I got in a little extra arm workout 😉 So when you don’t think you can get exercise into your day, stay active and keep these things in mind:

  • Take advantage of where you are

  • Take advantage of the time you have

  • Act like a kid

 

Motivational Tools for a True Lifestyle Change

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With the start of the year just ahead, many are setting goals, and many of those goals are focused on better health. Here are a few excellent online resources that are geared towards helping people incorporate healthy habits into each and every day so they can transform their lifestyles from that of mediocrity to that of thriving with stronger bodies and minds!

  • Revelation Wellness is offering a 30-day online Challenge called “The Little Way” for a tax-deductible donation. With an emphasis on growing your faith, you will also be encouraged in the areas of food and fitness. These 30 days will help you establish healthy habits that will become part of your daily life.

  • Wendi Pett’s Get Visibly Fit is a 7 week program to guide you and coach you to establish healthy habits and to break free of unhealthy ones.

  • Faithful Workouts has a free 31-day Health Challenge that allows you to click on the date and then a daily verse, food advice/wisdom, and a workout video will pop up for you. 

May you find the encouragement to continue in your health journey or to start your very own journey into a healthier and stronger you!

Pilates Certified Instructor…Coming SOON!!!

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Guess what I did?! I just signed up to receive my Pilates certification! Last week at the RecSpo conference, God spoke to my heart, continued to speak, and confirmed today that this is what He wanted me to do. My certification course via Oklahoma Baptist University will be completed in mid-December, and I will be ready to start classes after the first of the year (and there will be one class every week that will be FREE!) Stay tuned for more details…

Our Travels, Our Food, Our Mission

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen prepping, cooking, and baking. This ensures that my family is being well-fed AND that we are saving money. My reward for all this work is knowing that when we go out to eat, we can do it well. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be fresh and real. So, on our 2 day excursion to Asheville, we took advantage of our time there. We love to eat, and the following pictures show it.Our favorite spot to visit is Sunny Point Cafe. They specialize in breakfast, but have some great main dishes too. They also grow a number of their veggies in the garden that sits alongside of the cafe (that’s where my “bee on the flower” photo was shot). Scott loves their carrot pancakes (that I did a “remake” of at home), and I love their Ahi tuna burger and their bean and veggie burger. And their local grits with local goat cheese also tops my list.
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Ahi Tuna Burger from Sunny Point Cafe
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Shrimp Ceviche from Tupelo Honey Cafe
We also headed to Tupelo Honey Cafe where I ordered shrimp ceviche – excellent flavor and very filling. On our last night there, we tried a new spot for us – Carmel’s. The salad I ordered was loaded with fresh berries, almonds, and goat cheese (there are a lot of goat farms around which is fine with me!). We all know how easy it is to overcook a chicken breast, but this one was super moist. I ate every bite of the entire salad 🙂 After our 6 mile hike, we went to Neo Burrito and I ordered the Spinach Cotija Burrito – rice, black beans, mushrooms, spinach, pesto, cotija cheese, and salsa. Did I mention a salsa bar for all your salsa needs? 20140918-184842.jpg
The Berry Salad with Blackened Chicken from Carmel’s – blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries galore!
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Spinach Cotija Burrito from Neo Burrito
Our final destination was Spartanburg for the RecSpo Conference. This event took place in the new Star Center which hosts Upwards Sports. What an awesome facility! The purpose of Upwards is to teach students the skills and sportsmanship of various sports while teaching them about the love of Jesus. And that is in part why we were there. While this began as a trip to earn credit for Scott’s seminary degree, it soon became an event we looked forward to attending since fitness and sports are highly valued by us. And even more importantly, we knew we would be learning how to reach people for Jesus through sports. Our hearts were blessed, contacts made, and prayers begun as we seek to see what God is calling us to do through the recreational activities we are involved in. While I know God has something specific He is calling me to do, and I am seeking Him on this, the one thing He did reveal to me while I was there is that I must be intentional about sharing Jesus with others where He currently has me – schools, ballet, football, grocery stores, and with friends and family. Please pray for me as I head forward with this truth and with whatever it is God is directly calling me to do. I am humbled and excited to see what’s in store for me (and my family)!20140918-184904.jpg
The BRAND NEW Star Center for Upwards Sports

 

The Best Things in Life Are Free Part 2 of 2

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From the veggie/flower garden of our favorite Asheville restaurant- Sunny Point Cafe

Yes, the best thing in life are free. My husband and I had the opportunity to get away for the week. We spent a couple of days in Asheville and then headed over to Spartanburg for the RecSpo Conference in the new Upwards Facility. This was part of his seminary degree, and I had the chance to attend as well. For two people that have a heart for fitness/sports and ministry, this was SWEET! Now to reflect and hear what God is leading us to do…

While on our trip we were able to take a hike through Graveyard Fields outside of Asheville. We were supposed to do a 3 mile hike, but we missed a turn and doubled it- oops! That’s okay because it made our post-hike burritos taste that much better. The sights, smells, cooler air, and heart-pumping walk were free…and wonderful!

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The beginning of our hike of Graveyard Fields

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From the top of Graveyard Fields

At our conference, legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden gave a great talk to all the attendees. I plopped myself outside the upper room where I knew he was and waited patiently for him to emerge. I asked for a photo because “I’m an FSU alumni” I told him, and he gave me a GREAT, BIG squeeze. (I think that’s a  smile on my face!) Yes that was free too – and a memory I will hold onto forever!20140918-184603.jpg

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The BRAND NEW Upwards fields where Scott was playing ultimate Frisbee

Then there is this photo of the soccer field. Scott was able to get out on a gorgeous afternoon and play some ultimate Frisbee while I was jiving with the ReFit Revolution ladies. There is something incredibly refreshing when you can move and feel alive! Yep. That’s free too.

The Best Thing in life is Jesus. He’s free. And the other best things in life – family, friends, creation, and simply enjoying life- are free too, so celebrate all things free this weekend!

Eat Like the Koala

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Did you know the Koala means “no drink”? Koalas rarely drink water because they stay hydrated from eating the eucalyptus plant. These little guys serve as a great reminder to us to eat our water from God’s creation! Replacing all the processed foods you find here in the States with real food, help you to stay hydrated, refreshed, and energized. Here is an excellent visual for which fruits and vegetables contain the most water:

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A Healthy Body by Aleyah

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Here is a post by Aleyah, my 9 yr old daughter. These are her tips for living the healthy lifestyle both physically and spiritually. 🙂

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Aleyah D. Terry

Psalm 84:1  

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!!

God does not want your dwelling place (your body) unclean, so why not keep it clean?!

  • Drink 7-8 glasses of water

  • Get 8-9 hours of sleep

  • Do 1 hour of exercise or more

  • Eat right

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

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

~3 John 1:2

Use It or Lose It – Physically AND Mentally

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Upon returning yesterday to ballet (cast and all) after just 2 1/2 weeks off, I am feeling a bit sore today. Which reminds me that if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! While we know that is true of us physically, Ohi0 State University researchers found that lack of exercise also leads to mental/cognitive loss. In research done on COPD patients, those that maintained their doctor-prescribed exercise routine scored higher than those who became sedative after their initial 10 week workout program. Building muscle power means building brain power!      

Dietary Aids Lead to Increased Liver Damage

keepcalm Dietary aids, such as green tea extract and other “fat burning” supplements, have recently been under scrutiny as new data emerges from the nation’s hospitals. Here is an excerpt from the NY Times article. Read the whole article here, and keep the weight off with these two good ol’ stand-bys: Healthy eating and exercise!

“Dietary supplements account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from 7 percent a decade ago, according to an analysis by a national network of liver specialists. The research included only the most severe cases of liver damage referred to a representative group of hospitals around the country, and the investigators said they were undercounting the actual number of cases.” – ANAHAD O’CONNOR, NY Times