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

The Fat Cell Cycle – Know It to Stop It

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I love this explanation of the vicious cycle of obesity. Dr. Scott Isaacs is an endocrinologist and weight loss specialist out of Atlanta, GA. You can ‘like’ him on Facebook to receive his frequent tidbits. This particular article was published in Publix’s Family Style Magazine, so pick one up to read the full article. I love finding these educational treasures! Take a few moments to read this article about the correlation between inflammation and disease…very eye-opening!

Fight Cold Season with Exercise

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The American College of Sports Medicine released an article reporting a study that confirms that exercise can decrease the length of the common cold. Here is an excerpt, and you can find the remaining article here.

Can you prevent a cold through regular exercise? When surveyed, people who exercise on a regular basis report fewer colds than their inactive peers. Several exercise training studies with adults support this belief. In these studies, subjects in the exercise groups walked briskly 35-45 minutes, five days a week, for 12-15 weeks during the winter/spring or fall, while the control groups remained physically inactive. The results were in line with the fitness enthusiasts’ claims—walkers experienced about half the days with cold symptoms of the sedentary controls. Several large population studies have also shown that frequent aerobic activity compared to a sedentary lifestyle predicts fewer sick days during the cold season.

 

 

Unfortunately, You Can Outrun Your Child

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In a recent study, researchers discovered that today the average time it takes for a young person (ages 9-17) to run one mile has increased by 90 seconds from their counterparts of 30 years ago.  Why? Only one-third of children over age 6 get the recommended one hour of physical activity a day. Their parents are more sedentary than ever, and so set a poor example. Let’s take this upcoming Thanksgiving break and use it as a time to play with our kids!

  1. Play football.

  2. Play soccer.

  3. Shoot some hoops.

  4. Walk on the beach (I love Florida!)

  5. Have a hula hoop contest.

  6. Throw the Frisbee.

  7. Dance to Christmas carols.

  8. Take the dog to the park.

  9. Play “peg the peanut” (tag with a ball- no aiming at the head!)

  10. Fly a kite on a windy day.

Your Choice

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5 Habits to Staying Slim and Healthy

unhealthy foodBig Mac – 550 Calories and a 5.5 mile run for me to burn it off (if I can make it with the 29 g of fat sitting in my tummy!) No, thanks!

Health.com just published an article titled:

5 Habits of Naturally Slim People You Should Steal

While all five tips are great, my favorite is the 5th and final one: “Forego what’s so-so”. I first started living out this tip by knowing that I burn approximately 100 calories per mile run. If I eat a cookie that’s 150 calories, is it worth a 1.5 mile run, or am I just mindlessly eating it? Eventually, it became something I didn’t have to think through as much. Store-bought, mediocre-tasting, and mystery ingredients are foods I steer clear of. Here is Cynthia Sass’ final tip. Check out the full article here.

Forego what’s so-so

One of the biggest insights many of my clients gain is just how often they eat things they don’t even really like, something naturally slim people rarely do. When you begin to eat more mindfully, the experience of eating something that’s not flavorful, or unsatisfying, is such a let down, it doesn’t make sense to keep eating. And eating something that doesn’t really do it for you often leads to overeating or prolonged eating, in an attempt to become satisfied, which typically results in feeling stuffed–and still unsatisfied. One of my clients recently experienced this while out to dinner with her hubby. They ordered a dessert that looked amazing, but after one bite she realized it was just meh. She put down her spoon, and decided to have a few squares of dark chocolate when she got home instead. This was not a restrictive move, but an it’s-not-worth-it-when-it’s-not-worth-it shift that has changed the way she eats, and resulted in a diet-free body transformation.