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Wellness Wednesday–Men’s Health Month


June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. It’s a time where community health groups encourage men to tend to their health and for the women in their lives to help them. Clearly, men not making their health a priority is a problem if a month has to be set aside to increase awareness.

I can personally attest to this problem. In the five years that I was dating my husband, he never went to the doctor until he began experiencing symptoms he couldn’t ignore. My dad, though he was always a fitness enthusiast, bike riding, jogging, etc., he, too didn’t go to the doctor regularly until he developed a condition which required him to. And even with that, he still avoids going until an incident forces his hand.

It really makes life hard for a woman to have to put that on her plate along with everything else. But this post is not a griping session. Our men need our help. Whether it’s making appointments I do for my husband or dropping reminders about needed follow up to my dad, or letting them know about local health fairs which may be less intimidating for them, it could be just the bit of encouragement they need.

I urge you to find out what’s going on in your community to support this initiative and let the men in your life know. Make a date of it. 

Naturally Yours,

L.A.

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Spiritually Speaking–An Expected Gift

img_0810For the last few weeks, maybe more, I’ve been participating in this Victory Prayer Line conference call on Sunday mornings. One of my sorority sister’s is the event moderator and had been posting it on her FB page. Finally one day I told her that I wanted to join but kept forgetting when the morning came. She was kind and enterprising enough to schedule a reminder text and automatic phone call for me a few minutes before the calls. Talk about no more excuses.  The first call I joined I was in serious need of prayer. If memory serves me correctly, my husband and I had had an issue and I asked for prayer for him and our marriage. I’ve been joining since then with a missed call once or twice in between.

The calls are different than what I expected. I thought it was going to be an hour of prayer. That’s how the intercessory prayer line at my church operates. These calls, however, include 30 minutes of teaching followed by 30 minutes of intercessory prayer. The ministerial staff alternate teaching and any of them volunteer to pray for whatever was requested on the call.

Like I said, I’ve missed a call or two. I would have missed more but the Holy Spirit interceded. Each time that happened, the teaching that went forth was exactly what I needed. One time the teaching was on forgiveness and the day before I was hurt and disappointed with my sister and was struggling with wanting to hold on to anger. The next time it was about overcoming fear and walking in God’s purpose.

It happened again this morning. I was so tired from not getting enough sleep last night and tossing and turning worried about my hair which I’d just gotten done that morning. My phone was somewhere under the covers. I knew that phone call was coming in a minute and I debated if I wanted to join. At 7:58 the call came in.

I’m not feeling it this morning, I groaned in my head but reached for the phone anyway and answered.

The prophetess teaching this morning stating that the Lord put it on her heart to teach about the gift of speaking in tongues. And how the gift is for any of God’s children who want it because the Holy Spirit already belongs to His children.

I would have fell off the bed if I was close enough to the edge, my spirit was so moved. This was nothing but the Lord confirming my desire. I have been wanting the gift of tongues for quite some time but I haven’t been steadfast in pursuing that desire. Part of the reason is that I rationalize that I hadn’t received the gift because God didn’t intend for me to have it. I Cor 12: 7-11 goes through the gifts of the Spirit explaining that everyone doesn’t have the same gifts. I took that to mean that having the gift of speaking in the Spirit (tongues) wasn’t something that I needed. Nevertheless, I’ve always known that power exists in speaking in the Spirit and I want that power in my prayer life.

The teaching was awesome and just what I needed. For a minute I was scared because she said at the end of  the call she wanted everyone on the call to speak in tongues. And I was thinking, “Oh Lord. Did you hear what she said? Are you down with that?”

Nervous, tuned into the teaching, familiar with all the verses of scripture that she referenced. While she taught and as prayer went forth at the end of the teaching session, I prayed for God to remove the fear and any other inclination preventing the manifestation of this gift within my Spirit. I am guilty of wondering how others will view me, specifically my kids and my husband, even my church members. “Lord, help me”, I said throughout the call.

Before the end of the call, another prophetess solicited for anyone who wanted that gift to speak up so that prayer could be given over them and I did. Admittedly, I was scared to speak up. Scared to openly admit that I was lacking something that I wanted and they all had it. Plus, I feared them trying to force it but they didn’t. They prayed over my desire for it, declared that it would be in the name of Jesus, and shared their experiences for being where I am. I appreciated it.  My assignment for net week’s call is to positive report on my testimony of receiving the manifestation of the gift that already resides in me. So for the rest of the week, I’ll be praying, fasting, and opening my mouth for that gift to pour out.

What are you expecting from God in the immediate future? Share in the comments below.

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Wellness Wednesday–Putting the Brakes on Insanity

Doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results is one of the definitions of insanity, right?

So I guess I can’t expect to keep dabbling in such treats as these and think I’m going to see results of the exercises I’ve been engaging in with my Fit at Work project.

I’ll be honest. I added three of these treats to my breakfast of a hard boiled egg and fruit bowl this morning. These other two were intended to be an afternoon snack. Normally, I’d convince myself that, “It’s only two. And they’re mini cinnamon rolls, for heavens sake!”

This time, though, another thought occurred to me. “You’ve been rationalizing like this all of your adult life. But forty-one year old you can’t keep this up and keep this weight from piling on.” With that in mind, I dumped these little delectable delights in the garbage can!

Yay me! Gotta start somewhere, right?

What changes are you making to live a healthier lifestyle? Lose weight?

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Wellness Wednesday–Year End Weight Loss Update #4

Either I’m dreaming or crusty sleep is blurring my vision. It must be one of those because this scale couldn’t possibly be reading a 3 lb decrease from last week.

Don’t get me wrong…I’ll take it like a passing a test that you didn’t study for.

Besides  one or two times hula hooping at work and walking down a flight of stairs or two, I didn’t spend any significant time exercising. To my credit, I didn’t have any delectable deserts in my kitchen either.  That was probably my biggest advantage. Thank God, Christmas is about giving and not eating.

Speaking of Christmas…OMG! Two days away! I can’t believe it. Seems like it was just a week ago that I was talking about the weight I’d gained from Thanksgiving. And now I’ve got less than 24 hours to get the rest of my Christmas stuff, including dinner items.

Stressed? Not at all. My son couldn’t have made this Christmas easier for me. Twelve years old, he didn’t want much that wasn’t related to his video game or cell phone. One stop at Game Stop and any place that sells iTunes gift cards and I’ll be finished with him and my four nephews.

That’ll be easy enough.

I hope your last 30 or so hours before Christmas are easy too. Stress isn’t good for anybody.

Happy Shopping!

Naturally L.A.

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Wellness Wednesday–Year End Weight Loss Update #3

I guess weight loss and homemade chocolate chip cookies don’t go together.

It’s Monday morning. A snow day in the Midwest. No school for my son. He’s happily sleeping in. My husband, the night owl, is just now sleeping as I’m awake at my normal time of 7 am.

It’s the day to check my weight. Though I didn’t over indulge in my delicious cookies, I suspected that they would still effect my efforts for the week.  But not this much!

+3 lbs !

If I gave in to the spirit of depression, I’d definitely would be depressed today. I am beyond aggravated though.

Clearly I’m a glutton for punishment. How many times have I lost two pounds one week then gained them right back the next? All three times that I tried the Weight Watchers program. By the end of the 12 weeks, I’d have lost only 5lbs because of the yo-yo effect.

I only have myself to blame. No matter how much I exercise, I can’t get this food thing together.  My environment and level of willpower can’t seem to coexist.

I mean, seriously, on Thursday when my husband ordered pizza, pasta, and breadsticks from Pizza Hut, how was I supposed to NOT eat that? Well…I didn’t eat the pizza but the pasta and breadsticks were obviously enough.

Now the question is how will I move on from here? Will I buckle down this week, lose a couple pounds, and then mess up the next? If history is any indication, that’s exactly what will happen.

Or do I throw the scale out the window (not literally, of course) and keep doing my best?

I’m open to your suggestions. Leave them in the comments below.

 

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Wellness Wednesday: End of Year Weight Loss Journey Update #1

Dum dum da dum…

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It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and I have…news to report. Can’t quite call it good or bad news. More like smack dab in the middle news.

The week before the holiday I sent out an SOS of sorts to my neighbor friend to buddy up with me on exercising. She jumped at the offer. Within minutes of my text, she responded with, “Sure, do you want to start tomorrow?”

No, I thought to myself, but I texted back. “Sure!”

We’ve been on it ever since. That first day we did 20 mins of Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. Whew! Hadn’t done that in about 15 yrs. But I had to make it through. Couldn’t let my neighbor, who is at least 10 years my senior show me up.

For the rest of that week we walked a lap around our apartment complex and increased it to two laps the next week.

According to my analog scale, I dropped 1-2 lbs. That’s the good news!

Then came the holiday: dressing, crescent rolls, and the cake. Really, it was the cake that did me in.

The Saturday after the holiday I decided to check out the damage. If not for the walking that I did with my neighbor over that weekend, I would have surely gained more than the few pounds that I’d lost the previous week.

That’s the bad news. I’m right back to where I started two weeks ago.

Could be worse, though. Right?

What’s awesome is that today is Monday–me and my neighbor’s regular walking day. I’m looking forward to walking those 2 laps (maybe 3) around the complex.

What’s even BETTER??? There’s no more cake!

First shot at pineapple layered cake 


My perfect cream cheese pound cake.
P.S. I need some healthy desert alternatives. Please post ideas in the comments below.

Til Next time…

Naturally Yours,

L.A. 
 

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Wellness Wednesday: Fed up With Failure


Tired of being tired?
I know I am.

Tired of  mornings following a night of regretful eating. Last night it was an eight count of chocolate covered donuts. Damn my husband for bringing the devil disguised by chocolate in our home!

Okay, truth moment. It’s not his fault. I’m the one who stuffed—actually, enjoyed small pieces to savor every bite—the donuts into my mouth. All the while knowing I was going to feel terrible in the morning after. I’m no stranger to this psychotic cycle of regretful eating.

BUT enough of the problem. Now, we move to the solution.

From now until the last Wednesday of 2016, I will be replacing my general Wellness Wednesday posts with my personal journal of my journey to lose at least 15 of the 25 lbs that I was supposed to lose this year.

One important fact that I learned this year is that no goal is accomplished alone. So I’m creating a team of important people. My goal-oriented obsessed daughter will encourage me with talks about her own weight loss journey. My friend Joyce, recently diagnosed with diabetes, will help me with sample means she receives from her nutritionist. My neighbor, LaNita, a woman 10 yrs my senior whose commitment to lifelong fitness shows will be my workout buddy. And my co-worker, who eats healthy every day but could care less about exercising,  will serve as my daily example of meal planning for the day.

If you have a weight loss goal to attain by 12/31/2016, join me. We can do it together!

I plan to post weekly progress via this blog and daily posts on Facebook. Follow me @charmie2420@yahoo.com