Decide to improve YOU!

“People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are often unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” — James Allen

It usually is not enough for us to simply “will ourselves” to change behavior.   We must have a motive for change or we will find ourselves back in the same old patterns.  One of the greatest lessons in life is that of taking responsibility for our own actions.               Let’s be clear, it is no one else’s responsibility to manage our health! 

When are the times that we have had the tendency to put blame on others?  How can we take more responsibility of our overall health?

Elbert Hubbard says it does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.

Remember that successful people in life don’t just do stuff.  They have the desire to do great things coupled with the focus to stay on course. Take 10 minutes to focus on the things that are that matter most to you concerning your health, then write them down.  Things that get written down get done.

Make the decision right now to improve YOU, and your circumstances will soon follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now is the time to change! 

Over the course of the next several weeks I will give some short motivational blogs that can be covered in a minute or two.  Each will begin with a quote, coupled with a some healthy thoughts, and followed by a challenge to apply it to your every day routine.  Short and concise, but with the power to change your life!

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!”  Goethe’s Couplets

The truth is, we must be able to get our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay.

Let’s get a visual of what we want our strong, healthy and energetic body to look like.  Take a deep breath and still yourself for a few minutes.  Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.

Describe, in detail, what the image in your mind looks like.  Now that it’s etched in your mind, like the scupltor start shaping your health for the future.  Each day decide to be a little healthier than the day before.

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Taking charge of your health and wellbeing

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“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life.  Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.”   Quentin Regestein

Going to the doctor is okay as we need to seek medical attention to treat sickness.  But that is merely a “reactive” approach to when we encounter a problem with our health.

The World Health Organization says that we are to embrace a proactive, not a reactive solution to being healthy.   They call it, “Preventive, curative and palliative interventions.”  This means it is not just our doctor’s job to make us healthy.

Bottom line, it is our personal responsibility to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  It is high time for us to realize that it’s not the job of our spouse, friend, or neighbor to motivate us toward health.   The responsibility lies with each of us to learn how to take care of the body that is given to us.  It is ours to manage for a lifetime.

Where to begin?  Let’s start by getting our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay.  We can do the same with changes that we want to make.

Take a deep breath and be still for a few minutes.  Begin to get that visual in your mind of what you want your strong, healthy and energetic body to look like.  Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.

Begin to make a list of 5 goals that are important to you, and begin to think about some baby steps toward those goals.

Remember, we will change our body when we change our mind; and not until then.

*For help with getting a plan together check out the FIT FOREVER book series here

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“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” Arabian Proverb

preventive health

There are some “Do’s” that are important to embracing health.

Do maintain a positive attitude.

Do eat three meals a day.

Do make meals last more than 15 minutes.

Do eat only in designated areas of the house.

Do stay away from cigarettes and second-hand smoke.

Do avoid and reduce stress as much as possible.

Do exercise moderately and regularly.

Do eat plenty of fiber to maintain regularity.

Do practice portion control.

Do plan snacks.

Do realize that you get one body for a lifetime and it is up to you to maintain it.

The promise of a better life is within your reach. Fueling your body with healthier habits will improve your quality of life, and your example will help create a healthier, happier world.  To see more about our Fit Forever journey check this out: http://wp.me/PGpee-94

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What keeps me up at night…

unhealthySome time ago a pastor asked me some questions relating to passion and making a difference in this world.  It invigorated me when  he asked the following:  “What drives you to do what you do? What is your “inward discontent” that keeps you up at night?  Better yet, what are you doing every day to make a difference in that area?”

Well, here is my “inward discontent:”  The sobering fact is that the majority of Americans are at a great health risk because they are overweight (dangerously so). That troubles me for sure.  But what keeps me even more troubled is that  Christians, and in particular pastors, have higher obesity rates and poorer health than the average American.                                         

Studies say that the average pastor’s health is significantly worse than others on the planet.  At a recent annual leadership meeting of ministers in a mainline denomination free health screenings were administered. Of those screened more than 73 percent were found to be overweight or obese. If you are keeping track, that is a much higher percentage than those outside the church.  On average, a pastor’s health risk is more than a 10% higher than the average person.

What really pains me is that I have had to help bury way too many of my colleagues who died an early death due to not taking care of themselves and poor health habits.  The tragedy?  Most of these were 100 per cent preventable.

There is something wrong about that. So I know that I have to take my share of responsibility for setting the right example.  I need to show people that God can help us in every aspect of life, including our health.  If I refuse to take care of my body, I set a poor example as a leader of God’s church.

As pastors and leaders this means that you have a responsibility to help train your family and your church to take care of their bodies. Let’s be a good example!

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” 1 Peter 5:2-4

You can be an example that food is given to us by God to be enjoyed–not to be abused.  As Christians we can’t be telling people on one hand that we are all about the glory of God, and then kill ourselves with the food we are stuffing in our body.

Maybe it would be a good idea to re-think our prayers before our meals asking for God’s wisdom and discipline to manage what we eat, as opposed to just blessing what we are about to eat.  In our gratefulness we should thank God for providing the food and then remind ourselves to enjoy our food, not to worship it.

Bottom line is we need to take care of ourselves!  According to Leadership Journal, a pastor works on average 55-60 hours a week and is so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs that they often neglect their own, especially their health.  Nationwide, an estimated 1,500 pastors leave their assignments each month because of poor health and ministry-related stress.

Chances are very high that your effectiveness in ministry will be limited if you are unhealthy and overweight. You will not be able to maximize your ability to shepherd, study, teach, preach and care as you should.

This is the way that I see it: If you are a minister then you are leader. That means God daily gives you the opportunity to set the example that God cares about every aspect of our life, including and especially our health.  Not only that, you have an incredible opportunity to show your people the way to balance mind, body and spirit in a healthy way.  With God’s help you can do it!

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Ephesians 6:10  NIV

Back to the first part of this blog that asked, “What is your “inward discontent and what are you doing every day to make a difference in that area?” My goal is to partner with pastors to give them the tools and resources to take care of themselves, their families, and their churches.  I am committed to do what I can to help turn the tide.  I have lost too many friends to heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Through this healthy FIT FOREVER blog, my workshops, and a new book called “FIT (Not Fat) FOREVER” coming out I am determined to make a difference to help as many people as I can.  Feel free to “Follow” this blog for up to date blogs and daily motivations.

The time has come to commit ourselves to taking care of this body that God has given us. We must remember that we will only receive one body in the span of our life, and it’s up to us to do all that we can to take care of it.  Here are some healthy tips to get us started: http://wp.me/pGpee-2W

 

 

 

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Valentines Day Tip: Think Dark Chocolate!

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Okay, you love birds.  Here’s a healthy tip I bet you didn’t know.

Believe it or not, dark chocolate is good for your heart…okay, I’m not talking about eating the entire box of Chocolates in one sitting! But some people don’t realize that dark chocolate with 80% cacao has antioxidants that protect the body from aging caused by free radicals.  It has nearly 8 times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries!

Dark Chocolate actually helps keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well.   It is known to reduce blood pressure, and lower cholesterol by up to 10 percent.  It also stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure; and contains serotonin, which helps with moods and sleep patterns as well as increased memory and learning.  So there you go, guys. Something sweet for her and it aids in better memory for you to remember the next anniversary or special day!

 

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It’s time to take charge of your body

prevention

“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life.  Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.”   Quentin Regestein

Going to the doctor is okay as we need to seek medical attention to treat sickness.  But that is merely a “reactive” approach to when we encounter a problem with our health.

The World Health Organization says that we are to embrace a proactive, not a reactive solution to being healthy.   They call it, “Preventive, curative and palliative interventions.”  This means it is not just our doctor’s job to make us healthy.

Bottom line, it is our personal responsibility to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  It is high time for us to realize that it’s not the job of our spouse, friend, or neighbor to motivate us toward health.   The responsibility lies with each of us to learn how to take care of the body that is given to us.  It is ours to manage for a lifetime.

Where to begin?  Let’s start by getting our minds around the kind of changes we want to attain with our bodies. The sculptor creates his work of art in his mind before even touching the workable clay.  We can do the same with changes that we want to make in the course of this year.

Take a deep breath and be still for a few minutes.  Begin to get that visual in your mind of what you want your strong, healthy and energetic body to look like.  Close your eyes and keep them closed until you have the clear, attainable picture in your mind.

Begin to make a list of 5 goals that are important to you, and begin to think about some baby steps toward those goals.

Remember, we will change our body when we change our mind; and not until then.

*For help with getting a plan together check out the FIT FOREVER book series here

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