Fill ‘Er Up!

Drinking water is a principle factor in your desire to achieve and maintain a healthy body. Our bodies are around 70 to 75% water. Every cell in your body needs it. Are you wondering how much water you need to drink? Try drinking half of your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 150 lbs., divide this by 2 and you get 75 lbs. You would drink 75 ounces of water per day. If this sounds like too much water to you – I promise you it’s not. If you don’t like the taste of water, stay tuned for more tips to learn how to increase your water intake and enJOY it!


Losing Is Not An Option

Okay, losing weight is on almost everyone’s to-do list or new year’s resolution list. Have you ever thought about why it stays on people’s list? People lose weight, then they gain weight, they lose weight and then gain weight…you get the picture. I know this scenario all too well…the weight loss rollercoaster. It’s discouraging, demeaning at times and downright disturbing for people who ride it. There are of course many factors that play a role in our ability to reach and maintain a “perfect” weight, size or state of health. I’d like to submit to you that part of the issue is our goal to “lose” weight.

I first saw this idea in an article on the D’herbs website. It really struck a chord with me. I know our words have  power. The bible says that “life and death is in the power of the tongue.” So, let’s look at the word lose. When you lose something what do you automatically want to do? Find it. You lose your car keys and your natural response is to go looking for it. You lose your child in a mall and you frantically search every corner to find him. You lose your money and you search every purse, crevice and pants pocket to find it. Losing creates a natural response to regain what you lost.

The definition for lose according to is:

  • to come to be without (something in one’s possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery

So, think about it…when we lose weight…we want to regain it…to find it again. This happens on a level below our consciousness.

Instead of striving to lose weight, let’s endeavor to RELEASE the weight. When we release things, we let go of them. The definition of release is:

  • to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go

So, when we RELEASE our weight, we are making a conscious and active decision to LET GO of the extra weight, belly fat, etc. It becomes an active not passive action.

There is a scripture (Hebrews 12:1) that says “let us lay aside every weight…” Now this scripture has many more layers and is referring to faith, but the word is the word. And the word is instructing us to “lay aside every weight.” We have to actively let go of our weight, not lose it (which is passive).

So, just try changing your language around your weight release goals and see what it “feels” like for you. Choose to release what you don’t want, what doesn’t belong to you and what is holding you back!

Until next time!

Joy to You!


When I Move You Move

Last week I was watching Pastor Jentzen Franklin on television. He was teaching that God is a motion-sensitive God. He gave various examples from the word of God that substantiated his position that when we move, then God moves. I was so inspired by the message. It encouraged me to be a more action-oriented person. It also got me thinking about health and fitness and moving (physically). I believe it is true that when we begin moving our bodies, we set all types of things in motion (internally). So, hopefully you will be inspired to move more. It seems that whenever I am doing a physical activity, especially outside, like walking or jogging or even dancing, I always get some type of message from God.

Last year I was struggling with getting started exercising again. I knew that I was supposed to be jogging or at least walking. One day a friend of mine called me and told me that I needed to start jogging. I knew it was true but the truth is that I was being lazy. Not long after the call I decided to get up and go to the track and walk. It was amazing! I got an entire download from the Lord on how I needed to train my body and assurance on what I was capable of achieving. I knew that God was saying that if I moved, then He could move in me. If I could trust in Him to take the step (my first move), then he would continue to guide me, lead me and give me strategy (He moved). It was exhilarating to progress so quickly from no exercise (outside of my dance rehearsals) to running 12.5 miles. AMAZING!!! I did not do it with a running club (although I think they are great), the Holy Spirit was my personal trainer. For real!

Look, I know that you may not be interested in running a marathon. You may just want to become more active. Well, you HAVE to make the first MOVE! Ludacris, the rapper, has a song called “When I Move, You Move.” The hook from the song, “When I move you move…just like that,” has been ringing in my ears ever since I saw Pastor Jentzen Franklin speak last week. I know it’s the Lord telling me to get moving (in multiple areas of my life). We were created to move. We are living, breathing beings! God did not create us to be sedentary, stationary beings. Living things flow and move or they become stagnated, heavy, toxic, and become a breeding ground for organisms that thrive in dead environments. Think about a body of water in which sewage and garbage have been dumped and the water has nowhere to flow? This is what happens to our bodies when we don’t move. Movement helps to clear the lymphatic system, oxygenate the body, increase circulation, release hormones like serotonin (helps us feel better), strengthens us, and I can go on and on and on. Have you noticed that the more you sit and do nothing the stiffer you feel and the older you feel? Well, moving helps keep you young, vibrant and healthy.

I do have a lot to say on this subject. But I am honestly, just sharing my heart right now. I’ll get in to more juicy and  joyous facts as this blog develops.

For right now, I just want to encourage you to do something. Walk, jog, turn on your ipod or your radio and dance, go swimming, just DO SOMETHING! I promise that when you move, God will move in your body and will give you strategy on what will work best for your body. Don’t limit Him. You may get an inkling to get a trainer, or check out a certain website or look for a certain book, or He may send people to encourage you in the midst of your movement. Once I started walking and jogging, God used the people at the track to encourage me to keep pressing forward.

You WILL feel better, look better, sleep better, have more energy, meet new people, and have an overall better state of mind.

When I move, you move…just like that…

The “just like that” phrase in the hook of the song hit me because God is such a suddenly God. Think about it…when you move, He (God) moves  and just like that your purpose, your destiny begins to unfold. We take the first step and BAM!, the thing we’ve been desiring is there…a new job, healthier and happy relationships, a better body, clearer breathing, better sleep and the list goes on and on. We have to take action to see RESULTS!!! I’m talking to myself too. So, if I want slimmer, more toned thighs, or if I want to blast belly fat or if I want to become more flexible, I have to MOVE!!! When God tells us (verbally, audibly, an unction, through another person or sign) to MOVE we have to move. The blessing is in the obedience. Obedience is a verb. It means that an ACTION is taken based on the FAITH that we will see or achieve a particular RESULT.

I know this message has so many layers to it that have nothing to do with physical exercise, but I had to start somewhere. I will tell you that moving has a direct effect on every part of our lives, which ultimately affects our physical bodies and our overall health.

Your action step: MOVE!!!

Do something fun and that you will enJOY.  Here are some ideas:

• Walk around your neighborhood
• Go to the track at your local high school                                                                 
• Dance in your house
• Take a dance class
• Check out your local recreation center (they are usually very affordable)
• Do a bootcamp class
• Take a martial arts class
• Take a series of ballroom or Latin dancing classes
• Jump rope

Just MOVE!!! Keep me posted and let me know what move you decide to make.

The First Step

So, you are on a quest to feel better, look better, sleep better, love better, and you are not sure where to start. You’ve tried everything or you may have tried nothing. You just know that you have to DO something!  There are so many diets, health books, exercise dvds, advice from friends, personal trainers and everyone else. Sometimes you feel like either SCREAMING and/or just laying down on the sofa with a pint of ice cream and cookies (or your favorite savory snack)…ugggghhhh!!!!  Or you might be a person who really just hasn’t given your body much thought. You’ve been too busy working your career, taking care of your family, and wading through all of the church services, community meetings, and whatever else you may going on in your life. All you know is that your body (on the inside) doesn’t feel the same, your energy level isn’t what it used to be and you see the inevitable (or so people say) signs of aging. One day you look in the mirror or walk up a flight of stairs and realize things just aren’t the same…So, what do you do, where do you start? What is your FIRST STEP?

I’m a book junkie. I love to read! I love all types of books and information. In my quest to lose weight, to find the latest secrets to longevity, and to figure this health thing out, I have read so many books, articles, websites, you name it. Honestly, it can get overwhelming, because everyone’s saying different things and everyone has a theory. How are you supposed to know which one will work best for you? Of course, you can try them all. I’ve tried plenty in my lifetime. I can honestly say that my greatest success with achieving my health goals has come when I wasn’t actually looking for it. And here’s the real secret…

My biggest success has come when I’ve been seeking the Lord, in general, and He lays a strategy on my heart. I can say with certainty that it was established based on biblical principles. I truly believe that the Bible has an answer for everything. I believe that you can gauge and guide every area of your life based on biblical principals, this includes our health and wellness. The Bible is spiritual, but it is also practical.

I also believe that because we have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, we have access to all wisdom and truth – in every area of our life – including our health.

Proverbs 4:5-6 says,

Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.

This is an awesome scripture about the power of WISDOM and her ability to keep us and preserve us if we attain her, dwell with her and love her.

Now I know that from a physical standpoint we all want to be kept and preserved (think anti-aging). Yes, I do believe the Lord desires us to live long and strong.

But I’m moving a little ahead of myself (more on this in a later post). I just want to implore you that the Holy Spirit leads us into all TRUTH and ultimately WISDOM! So seek Him, talk to Him and listen for His voice.

So, what I’m saying is that seeking the Lord and listening for His voice and being led by the Spirit is THE FIRST STEP to achieving a healthy, whole and joyous life! He will never steer you wrong. No one knows you or your body like the Lord. He will tell you what to eat, when to eat, what exercise schedule you need to be on and He will even lead you to resources to help you in your endeavors.

So, hopefully as this blog unfolds and grows, we will become a resource that will help you gain more wisdom and understanding on the spiritual, practical and just down right common sense things you can do live a life in which you are JOYOUSLY FIT!!!

Until next time!


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