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Going Paleo for 30 Days

I completed the 28 Fast Metabolism Diet and did not cheat at all. It was not the most pleasant experience, dieting never is. But I walked away from it 10 lbs. lighter. So to me, it was worth it.

Oh No, Not Again
I then attempted the maintenance stage. However, the scale started tipping in the wrong direction almost immediately. Grrrr.... What is a woman who still has 30 lbs. to go supposed to do? I can tell you for sure it isn't staying on the FMD long term. I did mention it wasn't the best experience for me, right?

Now What?
So I decided to do some self reflection and think about what has helped me with weight loss in the past. Trust me, I am an experienced dieter. And therein lies the problem. I desperately need to get off the diet train. I have no problem losing weight. I also have no problem gaining it all back, plus some.

But one lifestyle change did help me significantly before and didn't feel like a diet - eating Paleo. I pondered that for a few days, switched to 99% …
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100 Day Healthy Body Mind and Spirit Challenge - Day 9

Praise God! I am still going strong on the challenge.

Keeping it Real
I have had to make some modifications to make sure I can realistically accomplishment my goals. For one, I am not attempting to take 10,000 steps every day. That takes over an hour a day and just isn't feasible at this time in my life. So, I am walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day (roughly 5000 steps)  Monday - Friday; and, I do 30 minutes of cardio - such as step aerobics or Just Dance - on Saturday. Sunday I rest.

Listening to My Body
Healthy eating wise, it was proving very difficult to eat all of the food on the Fast Metabolism Diet (FMD). Since I have started eating whole foods my appetite has actually decreased significantly. So, I am still following the rules as far as what I can eat on which days but I am only eating 3 meals a day and 1 snack. And I am not eating the large portions that the book suggests. And I am OK with that.

Ditching the Daily Readings
The scale hasn't moved much since the first…

100 Day Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit Challenge

I watched a video of a woman who went to the gym for 100 days straight and made a recording every single day for those 100 days. She went from weighing in excess of 350 lbs to under 300 lbs. She also gained a lot of confidence and self esteem during that time. It is a very inspirational story.

That got me contemplating what I could do for 100 days straight. I am already 3 weeks into doing the Fast Metabolism diet. So I figure that I can continue to eat clean for 100 days. But, that only seemed to be a piece of the puzzle of changes that I need to make in my life.

So, I added walking to the mix. I can definitely walk for 100 days. And I need to get moving again.

But what is also desperately missing from my life is reading my Bible on a consistent basis. I looked for a 100 day Bible reading program but only came up with a 90 day one, close enough. I REALLY need to get back in the Word and get back to God in a major way.

In a nutshell here is my 100 Day Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit Cha…

Trying the Fast 5 Diet by Dr. Bert Herring

I have been on a very unhealthy roller coaster ride this past year. I can say in all honesty that I had the worst 12 months of my life - personally, spiritually, and financially. Yes, this past year provided ample opportunities to pray and press in to God. But I focused on my problems way more than I focused on Him. And no doubt, my health suffered as a result.
What!?! Over the course of a year I have gained and lost in excess of 60 lbs, no exxageration. I am happy to report that personally things are turning around for me. I thank God for not giving up on me although there were many days when I did not rely on Him. Instead I turned to food and ballooned up or I completely lost my appetite for weeks on end and lost a crazy amount of weight.
Starting Over About a month ago I stepped off the crazy train. I started caring again how and what I eat. I bought a pair of good sneakers and I have started power walking again, albeit not consistently. Does anyone use the phrase "power walking&q…

Healing Scriptures Online in Audio

Yesterday I started searching online for healing scriptures after hearing a wonderful sermon about feasting on the Word of God. That teaching made me realize that I needed to take stronger action against sickness and infirmities. Thank you God for medicine and for doctors. But the Great Physician already made a way for us to be healed way back at the cross. 
Songs About Healing
Initially, I was looking for free songs that I could stream where someone was singing healing scripture. I didn't quite find that. But I did come across a CD by Keith Moore that contains songs about healing. You can download the entire CD for free. Well, I couldn't on my iPad but hopefully you'll be able to on the device that you're using.  But I did stream some of the songs; and, I have no doubt that listening to those over and over will increase your faith. Healing Scripture Set to Music

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So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, Romans 10:17. Continuall…

Understanding The Vital Parts Of A Healthy Diet

As there seems to be more and more research linking your health to what you eat, Nutrition has become a vital part in most people’s lives that are trying to lead a healthier life. While it may be confusing at first with all the different experts telling what to eat and what not to eat, nutrition does not have to be as complicated as you think. Hopefully these tips will help you get your life back on the healthy track.
Red Meat Limit your consumption of red meat to no more than two to three times a week. Research has shown that a diet high in red meat can clog arteries and potentially lead to high blood pressure. Red meat is also high in saturated fat and cholesterol. This can lead to heart disease.
In contrast to this, red meat is not that bad for you. Well there are benefits to be had if you eat it in moderation. In fact, an average size portion of lean red meat can have the same amount of fat than the same serving size of poultry. The secret is choosing lower-fat varieties of red meat,…