5 Ways To Gain 5 Pounds in 7 Days

As you know, I try to make good food choices as part of my own progress toward a healthy body. Sometimes, however, I fail miserably.

Last week, we went on a trip to San Antonio, where my husband and I attend an annual convention. I’ve done this trip 16 times now, and yet I still haven’t figured out how to stay on track with eating and exercising.

So here’s what I did to gain what must be at least 5 pounds in the last week (the battery on my digital scale is broken…I don’t know the actual amount of weight gained…just guessing!):

1.) Eat pizza with lots of cheese and a white flour crust.
2.) Don’t take fitness walks.
3.) Eat fried chicken at least twice.
4.) Neglect drinking enough water to stay hydrated.
5.) Put ranch dressing on every salad you eat.

Obviously, this is all tongue-in-cheek. I hope you will choose the OPPOSITE of these 5 things above to help you LOSE weight on your journey toward health and wellness. Good luck as you make progress toward your healthy goals!

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Restaurant Resolution

We don’t get to eat out much any more, since we are still working to get out of debt, but when we do, it is such a treat!  I am always tempted to treat myself to a Coke to drink, an appetizer that promises to fill my tummy while I wait for my entree, and, of course, a tantalizing dessert.

But see, the problem with each of those things is the desire behind them.  The Coke – because I “deserve” it.  The appetizer – because it looks good.  The dessert – probably a combination of “it looks good” and “I deserve it.”  None of those reasons include “it’s necessary for my body to function at its best.”

Since fried foods are a thing of the past, as are Cokes, processed foods, frozen dinners, white breads, pastas, red meats, and poultry, I’ve already made some significant changes to my diet.  What’s one more?  My 2014 restaurant resolution: to order water to drink and salad to eat every time I eat out.

This resolution helps to make progress toward two of my goals this year: to be a better manager of my money, and to eat the foods that will make my body function at its best (AKA: eat right!).

So join me!  When you go out to eat, order water to drink (save money) and a big, gorgeous salad to eat (do what’s right for your body!).  Let me know how it goes!  Good luck as you make progress toward your healthy goals today.

Junk Food Cravings

I am almost ashamed of my body’s cravings for junk food. The weird thing is that they happen when I’m exercising!

It’s like when you are praying and fasting for a spiritual reason – that’s when the devil goes to work on you even harder than he normally does!

Anyway, today while I was working out, I suddenly had this strong urge to eat chocolate ice cream, drink a Dr. Pepper, and eat one of those terrible burritos you get at the gas station. Do you know the ones I’m talking about? The ones that make you feel like you need to go lie down afterward?

Just keep exercising and drinking water until those weird cravings go away.  That’s my remedy.  Happy Friday, all!

One Good Thing

Throughout the process of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, I have been very aware of  my body and what it needs to function in each of those circumstances.  A loved one of mine recently had a scary episode, including a trip to the ER in an ambulance, and I was reminded again of what the human body needs in order to function properly.  In that case, the person was dehydrated after not drinking enough fluids AND from several medications taken in succession.  

Hydration is not something most of us think about, at least not until it’s 100 degrees outside and we can’t think of anything else except a cold glass of water.  In the winter, we have the tendency to drink a warm beverage (read: coffee) to warm up (which actually dehydrates you) and we forget about drinking water, thus we forget about keeping ourselves hydrated.Image

God designed our bodies to require so much water per day for all our systems to work correctly.  From the January 2013 study from U.S. Geological Survey, up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water.  Every day, humans must replace 2.4 litres of water.  Babies are born at about 78% water.  When I became pregnant, one of the first things I noticed was my increased thirst.  Even now that little miss Pride&Joy is almost 4 months old, I still find myself needing to drink lots of water every day.

So my challenge to you is to do one good thing for your body today.  Tomorrow, pick one good thing to do for your body.  The next day, choose one good thing to do for your body.  Pretty soon, you will probably start to notice your body craves good things, and you feel better when you include those good things in your life.  Here are some things I make a conscious effort to include: 

  • drink more glasses of water than you usually do (ideal = eight 8 oz. glasses per day)
  • eat more foods with high fiber contents than you usually do (shoot for 35 grams per day…leave the skins on potatoes and apples, eat whole wheat breads/grains, etc.)
  • exercise 10 minutes more than you usually do
  • drink one less sugary drink than you usually do
  • eat one less piece of junk food than you usually do (that is, if you’re trying to lose weight…pregnant and nursing mothers, consume those calories!)
  • smile twice as much as you usually do
  • laugh more than you usually do
  • cook with less salt/fat/sugar than you usually do
  • stretch before going throughout your day
  • turn off the tv/computer/device an hour before bedtime
  • go to bed an hour earlier than you usually do
  • pray before bedtime
  • pray before breakfast

 By taking better care of your body, I pray that God will bless you exceedingly abundantly more than you could have asked or imagined.  – Eph. 3:20-21