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A Thankful Heart and Heavenly Blessings!

I’m an optimist.  I’m a person that prefers to live on the sunny side of the street.  Does that mean that everything always goes well for me?  No.  I choose to have a good attitude.  If your mindset is negative, think about what you’re thinking about and if it’s not something good, stop thinking  about it!  Switch gears and think about what IS good in your life.  How is the Lord blessing you today?  I’m guilty of it too.  I get tired, I get weary, I get stressed.  However, after my pity party I always come back to how the Lord is blessing me.  When I think about the goodness of Jesus and all He’s done for me, I can’t stay in that negative place.  I have to pray and tell God I’m sorry for letting my faith wain even for one minute.  I have to remember that we walk by faith not by sight!!!!!

I have to remind myself that “all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose”.  That means ALL things!  The good and bad is working for me.  Our mindsets have a lot to do with our attitudes toward life.  Positive mindsets produce positive outcomes, just as negative mindsets produce negative results.  The goal is to strive to keep a faith filled heart attitude and positive mindset as much as possible.  Of course it’s not always easy.  As circumstances begin to mount our faith can wain.  But did you know you can have a positive mindset even in the midst of unpleasant circumstances?  Don’t let the circumstances intimidate you the Bible says “As a man thinketh so is he!”  Proverbs 23:7.

I promise myself to be strong so that nothing disturbs my peace of mind.  To talk health, happiness and prosperity to everyone I meet. To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.  To look at the sunny side of everything, and see my optimism come true.  To think only of the best.  To work for only the best and to expect only the best.  To be just as enthusiastic about others success as I am about my own.  To forget the mistakes of the past and press on toward a new future.

I strive to wear a cheerful expression and give a smile to those I come in contact with.  To give so much time to improving myself, that I have no time to criticize others.  To be too large for worry, too noble to anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.  And to think well of myself and project that to the world, through image and good deeds.  And to live in faith knowing God is on my side and I’m true to the best that is in me.

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Fit and Lean in 2018

The New year brings with it a fresh start.  A new opportunity to get in the shape you want to be.  Good health is not about starving yourself and being stick thin.  It’s about being a healthy body weight for your particular body type, and your heart being healthy enough to function properly without strain.  In order to know if you’re a healthy weight or overweight you need to determine your BMI.  What is BMI? It’s Body Mass Index.  A Good indicator of how much fat your body carries is the Body Mass index.  So how can I tell if I’m overweight?  Use the tool below to calculate your BMI.

Height and Weight Chart

Height Weight
Normal Overweight Obese
4′ 10″ 91 to 118 lbs. 119 to 142 lbs. 143 to 186 lbs.
4′ 11″ 94 to 123 lbs. 124 to 147 lbs. 148 to 193 lbs.
5′ 97 to 127 lbs. 128 to 152 lbs. 153 to 199 lbs.
5′ 1″ 100 to 131 lbs. 132 to 157 lbs. 158 to 206 lbs.
5′ 2″ 104 to 135 lbs. 136 to 163 lbs. 164 to 213 lbs.
5′ 3″ 107 to 140 lbs. 141 to 168 lbs. 169 to 220 lbs.
5′ 4″ 110 to 144 lbs. 145 to 173 lbs. 174 to 227 lbs.
5′ 5″ 114 to 149 lbs. 150 to 179 lbs. 180 to 234 lbs.
5′ 6″ 118 to 154 lbs. 155 to 185 lbs. 186 to 241 lbs.
5′ 7″ 121 to 158 lbs. 159 to 190 lbs. 191 to 249 lbs.
5′ 8″ 125 to 163 lbs. 164 to 196 lbs. 197 to 256 lbs.
5′ 9″ 128 to 168 lbs. 169 to 202 lbs. 203 to 263 lbs.
5′ 10″ 132 to 173 lbs. 174 to 208 lbs. 209 to 271 lbs.
5′ 11″ 136 to 178 lbs. 179 to 214 lbs. 215 to 279 lbs.
6′ 140 to 183 lbs. 184 to 220 lbs. 221 to 287 lbs.
6′ 1″ 144 to 188 lbs. 189 to 226 lbs. 227 to 295 lbs.
6′ 2″ 148 to 193 lbs. 194 to 232 lbs. 233 to 303 lbs.
6′ 3″ 152 to 199 lbs. 200 to 239 lbs. 240 to 311 lbs.
6′ 4″ 156 to 204 lbs. 205 to 245 lbs. 246 to 320 lbs.
BMI 19 to 24 25 to 29 30 to 39

Those of you with toddlers and newborns, I understand it may be harder for you to get out and go to the gym.  No worries!  You can tone at home!  We feel better when we feel like we’re doing something to improve ourselves, or simply doing something for ourselves.  Especially women because we are caregivers for the whole family.  For me exercising is my “me time” I prefer to do it alone, it’s what works for me.  What are you doing to care for yourself?  Get started today!

If you do have the time I strongly encourage joining the gym or an exercise class and getting out amongst other like minded people.  It will help you to feel like you’re not alone.  It might produce a healthy dose of competition.  If you see someone whom you admire, it may push you to work harder. However go at your own pace, consistency is the key!

 

  • Squats- To firm and shape your backside

  • Fit at any age

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Weekend Read: Cultivating Good Spending Habits & Nurturing the Nurturer

The Holidays are on the way!  And it’s a great time to take control over unhealthy spending habits!  This is the time of the year when we spend the most money shopping.  Women are big shoppers anyway even without a holiday.  We shop for ourselves, we do the shopping for the household and we shop for our children and families.  It’s a blessing, to be able to shop.  That being said, what causes spending habits to be unhealthy?

Spending habits are unhealthy when it causes you to have stress and anxiety about paying your bills.  For me it kinda takes the fun out of it if I’m worried about finances.  So what can you do?  Remove the stress in your life by not overextending yourself.  This is something you can get control of with time, patience and consistency.  This season let your focus be your family and the blessings of the Lord instead of stressing about the ton of bills that the new year will bring with it.

  1. Maxing out your limit and paying the minimum on credit cards.  It costs you the most interest and lowers your credit score.  You’re almost guaranteeing yourself that you will never be out of debt.  The goal is to build credit by paying bills on time, before time and keeping the balance due down.

  2.  Shopping without a plan.  You go to the mall armed with credit cards or lots of cash, or both,  and no plan.  Just you and your money being tossed to and fro never keeping account and spending like there’s no tomorrow.  Make a list of what you intend to purchase at what store.  You know what you’re going out to buy.  Stick to the plan.

  3. Avoid last-minute purchases that make for impulsive shopping.  If it’s last-minute you don’t have time to think it through or shop for deals.  So you want to avoid impulsive shopping.

  4. There’s always another sale.  Buy now!  Shop before it’s too late.  Lies!  Don’t buy into the lie that you’ll never see a sale like this again.  Especially at holiday time.  There are store marketers who stay up nights putting together the perfect sales to get you into the store.

  • Be Smart.  Make a list monthly of what is coming in and how much has to go out.  After expenses what you have left is what you keep.  Each month will be different because of life’s unexpected incidences … a child may get sick, car repairs, etc…  Your knowledge of your situation is most important because how can you control your spending if you’re not keeping account of what you have.  Also it’s biblical to be good stewards of the resources God gives us.  If you want God to increase you, you have to do well with what you have.  Luke 16:10, Amplified Version: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”   My husband is very good at this, he’s a very good money manager.  It’s great because it’s his job as head of the house. “Listen up independent ladies”  It doesn’t matter how much money I make it does not change his “position” as head of the house.  God has placed him in leadership!  I love a man in charge!

 

  • Start Saving!  If you already are great!  Keep it up!  If not get started.  If you’re constantly removing and never putting anything back it will result in a deficit.  You should be saving now right up until retirement.  Checking and savings go hand in hand.  Checking account is for expenses.  Savings account is money you keep.  Start small and build.  If people in the depression can save so
    can we!
  • Make a realistic budget and live within your means.  You can’t just always spend more than you have and hope that things will work out.  Make a promise to yourself that you will no longer set yourself up for disaster.  Create a budget that has breathing room for fun.  Fun doesn’t have to mean something big and expensive.  Whether you have a family or are single there has to be some recreation.  Maybe on the weekends the family likes to go bowling for instance.  Or you’re single and you treat yourself to a movie at the mall and some window shopping.  Write the vision and make it plain, Habakkuk 2:2

 

Mom is an awesome resource!  She’s a resource of love, caring, understanding, and wisdom.  God created her to be a resource to her family.  In the modern world we live in, mom’s role often extends outside the home to career and community.  It’s a lot of different hats to wear and can get very tiresome trying to be all things for everyone.  At the same time it’s extremely fulfilling and rewarding for those that relish being a mom!

One of the drawbacks is that you can be so focused on others that you often neglect yourselves.  The result of that is a mom who is exhausted and resentful.  Can’t have that!  Mom’s need nurturing and caring too.  Moms must treat themselves well as a lifestyle.  There needs to be time that is set aside just for you.  Non guilty, uninterrupted time.  Location or finances is not important.  It can be time to yourself in your own home.  But you need mom downtime to regenerate, otherwise you’ll just be burned out.  We want mom happy, we want mom healthy, beautiful, and radiant!  Let’s learn the art of relaxation for Mom!

If you are able to get away to the spa at least once a month for a complete day that’s awesome, I highly recommend it.  They have various treatments and massages to relax and pamper you.  This is of course aside from your regular pedicures and manicures.  A woman has a lot of maintenance and when a woman takes care of herself it shows.

DIY home spa.  Spa atmosphere is about creating a mood to relax you.  That means peace and quiet and time for yourself for whatever block of time you allow.  If it’s just an hour or two.  It’s not relaxing if the kids are banging on the door.  So this time alone thing will take some planning but be well worth it. You can give yourself a pedicure at home with the foot spa.  They are only about $20 or $30.  I think it’s great to have a foot spa at home anyway to take care of your own feet between salon visits.

Get a facial.  Facials are great, they clean and replenish the skin removing dead cells and revealing a fresher layer of skin.

Catch up on your sleep. Sleep deprivation causes premature aging.

A mom at peace and relaxed is a better mom.

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Mind, Body and Spirit

We are a three-part being.  1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We are spirit, we live in a body, and we have a soul, which is  made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions.  We are a spirit just as God is a spirit.  God is the Master Spirit.  The Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.  The “natural man” (unsaved),  is governed only by his soul and bodily appetites because he is spiritually dead. (1 Cor 2:14)  If you are saved today, you are a new creature in Christ Jesus.

However we still have some work to do.  We as born again Christians, have been made spiritually alive and we are supposed to be governed and controlled by the Holy Spirit and our own born again Spirit, the Bible calls it “the new regenerated self”.  So we have “put off our old ways”.  Old ways of thinking, old ways of doing and being.  While our spirits are saved, our minds are still being renewed.  This means we must deal with our thought life and emotions.  Part of the battle is the battlefield of the mind!

The enemy comes against our minds.  We must be careful what we put before our eyes and what we allow into our minds and emotions.  That’s why we are told to “take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  Our soul includes our emotions which are unreliable!  We can’t trust it nor can we let our emotions be the final authority over us.  Our minds have to constantly be renewed.  Make up in your mind that you will ask God to renew your mind daily.  To be renewed means to have a fresh mental attitude.  Cast down every high thing that exalts itself  against God.

God’s Word must be the final authority!!  Is it easy?  No!  It’s the toughest fight of your life, but God didn’t promise it would be.   He said He’ll be with us!!!!  The scariest thing for me was being out of the will of God.  I don’t want to ever be out of the will of God!  I’ve been there and trust me, “being covered” by God is much better.  I love this scripture, Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which can kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell!”

Do you know what He’s saying?  He’s saying instead of being worried about “people” living to please them, what you better be worried about is ME! (The Lord God Almighty).  Guard yourselves with all diligence, take care of your body, mind, and spirit.  Feed your spirit the Word of God.  Read to build up your mind!  Exercise to build your body and eat nutritious meals to stay healthy.

 

Healthy Habits for mind Body and Spirit

 

  • Eat real Food – Processed foods are a major contributor to obesity and illnesses.  Real foods and a healthy balanced diet are keys s to good health!

  • Move your Body – You don’t have to have a gym membership. Start right where you are, get moving by walking, biking, going up and down stairs, swimming, exercising at home, the point is to use or lose it!

  • Prioritize your sleep – When we are low on sleep it affects our metabolism, makes us irritable, low on energy, unable to think clearly.  A good night sleep regenerates us!

  • Learning something new – Expands our mind and thought processes and keeps us moving forward in life.  When the mind has been expanded it cannot go back.

  •  Avoid the negative – Negative people, places, TV shows, thoughts, concerns.

  • Focus on the Good and Positive – The Bible says whatsoever is true and of good report think on these things.

  •  Let yourself have fun – Laughter keeps us young!

  • Retreat to calm the mind and the body.

  • Show love to God, yourself and others –  You show love Love to God by reading his Word, obeying, his Word, aligning your life up with his Word.  Show love to yourself by taking care of yourself, show love to others by showing them you care.

  • Reach out and help someone else. We help heal ourselves by reaching out to others.

  • Pray without ceasing

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Summer Meals in 30 minutes or Less

It’s Summer in the kitchen!  Time to  use the oven less and prepare lighter, healthier, tasty summer dishes.  It’s the time of year to prepare meals in the crock pot, wok, and stove top.  Temperatures outside are warm and who wants to slave over a hot oven for hours.  So whether you are vegan or a meat lover, you’re sure to find something on SCW’s list of delicious summer meals that you and your family will love and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

10  Delicious Summer Meals

  • Meals Prepared in a Wok

Beef and broccoli stir fry – Delicious and tasty you can use either rice or noodles

Chicken stir fry

Vegetable stir fry

Spaghetti

Italian Pasta Salad

Chicken  Caesar salad w/Parmesan cheese

Wedge Salad

Baked Talapia or a light pan fried coating

Pan fried lamb chops- olive oil, coat and brown on each side

Grilled barbecue chicken

  •  Keep plenty of fresh fruit around wherever possible

Delicious Summer drink

Coconut Penna desert drink

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Summer Inspiration & Safety travel tips 2017

  • Summer is a time for fun, food, relaxation, travel, outdoor activities, and vacation.  Being smart means a summer safety checklist that will ensure you keep your family safe.  Following these simple effective tips will take the worry out of your summer adventures.  With the 4th of July holiday coming up millions of people will hit the road.  So whether you’re hosting guests, traveling by car, plane, or train make sure safety is first for a stress free summer travel.
  • Smart safety tip of the day:  Do not announce on Facebook or any other social media platform that you will be on vacation and will not be at home!!!

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Spring Break Fitness

Make your new spring 2017 body your best yet!  Healthy and fit in mind, body and spirit!  Below are some simple effective workouts that can be done at home or in the gym.  The warm up is on the way so do get out into the fresh air and be active!

Core and Pelvis exercise

Thigh, hips and legs exercise

Wall squat

Medicine ball squat

Light weights for arms

Heart and lower body Elliptical

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