“Pray About It” – This seems so cliche, but God reminds us, “”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NIV). Prayer gives you hope, direction, and confidence.
“Push Back from the Table” – By no means starve yourself. Eating a balanced diet is key. Too much of anything is a bad thing. Vegetables without protein, protein without carbohydrates, or a diet without fat can all be bad for you. However, we have to be honest in practicing self control. Greed is not a characteristic that God wants us to have. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)
“Drink Water” – Did you know that if you didn’t drink enough water you will actually retain it? Your kidneys block filtration to ensure you do not totally dehydrate, this is no fun. My rule for drinking water is to drink half your weight (then make it ounces) of water each day, not to exceed 70 oz. For example, if you weigh 120lbs, drink 60 oz of water daily. If you weigh 200lbs, 100 would be half, but to not over work your kidneys, drink 70 oz. Exercise will determine if you need to increase or decrease your water intake. Check with your doctor to be accurate for your needs. Also check out: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
“Get off of Your Butt” – Activity is crucial to healthy living and weightloss. You need exercise for proper blood circulation, hormone function, vital control (Blood Pressure and Blood sugar), and it keeps your joints lubricated. Activity makes you “feel” better. Keep your body healthy by keeping it active. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” (I Corinthians 6:19)
1. Eat often: eating small meals keeps your blood sugar constant and increase metabolism.
2. Set small goals: For every 5lbs I lost, I would treat myself with a non-food treat. (Nail polish, hair cut, shoes, etc.) The more I loss, the bigger my treats were!
3. Team up: It’s always fun to exercise with a friend.
4. Cook: Cooking at home helps you control your eating, sometimes. Try to lighten up your favorite dish. (Check out http://www.skinnytaste.com)
5. Love Yourself: Loving who you are on the inside helps you deal with the outside, you can make changes if you need to.
6. Speak positive: Make up a chant or mantra! “I think I can, I know I can…I did!”
7. Don’t over do it: Don’t over do changing your eating or exercise. Slow and steady wins the race!!!
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