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A Glimpse Inside

A glimpse inside the upcoming January – February edition of LiveLiving eMagazine:

The Daniel Fast: Restricted Diet or Fast? by Kara Davis, M.D.

Fasting: Physical Means of Attaining Spirituality by Anthony Bass

21 Things NOT to Do While Fasting by Elizabeth Grimes, Blynthia Hall and Paula Wynn

A Path to Wellness by Antoinette Bellman

A Meatless Fast: Spiritually and Environmentally Beneficial by Ben DeVries

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December 30, 2009 at 2:52 am Leave a comment

New Year’s Resolution

Yes it is the time of year where everyone is making their New Year’s Resolutions! You begin to look back over the year past and wonder where the time has gone. Time seems to wait on no one. This is the time of year where you been to reflect on where you are in comparison to your goals, or you may just begin to reflect where you are because you have not set any goals for yourself. As I am looking back over the year I have come to a very real knowledge that I took very little time throughout this year to take care of myself. I feel that one of the best ways to healing is through confession and I am confessing that I did not do a very well “job” of taking care of my temple. Over the past 2 weeks, and a lot of self reflection, and not to mention some very wise words of a wonderful friend, my eyes were open to how little care and thought I had put into my growth: physical, spiritual, and emotional. I found periods where I had worked on one only to neglect the other two, but never all three at the same time. How could this be, after-all, it is not like I don’t know that they affect each other and need to be worked on as a whole because we are whole and do not operate in parts. We were called one body and for the body to function properly we need all the parts to be working together in unison.

I would like to begin your weekly exercise by asking you to ask yourself one question:

How can you take care of anyone else if you are not healthy to take care of yourself?

As a new year’s resolution I encourage you to place value on yourself EACH DAY and find something each day you can do to feed yourself physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Exercise HOW TO:
1. Set goals: weekly, monthly, and yearly, for your growth physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Be specific in this area, make your goals measurable. How will you ever be able to see your success and your failures if you never set measurable goals. (Yes! I did say failures because we are not perfect, only Jesus is, and you will encounter them, the achievement is how you handle them when they occur.) Pray and submit your will to God and allow him to guide you in setting your goals.

2. Develop a plan to meet each goal you set. Each short term goal should always be working toward your long term goals.

3. Assess your progression: weekly, monthly, and yearly! If you are consistently monitoring your progression or regression towards your goals then you can modify your plan in order to keep you moving towards your destination.

4. Finally, make yourself a priority each day! It is at this point I am reminded of the serenity prayer: Dear God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living ONE DAY AT A TIME; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen. (By:Reinhold Neibuhr-1926)

It is my prayer that God will bless each person reading this blog, and gives you the strength and wisdom to follow through with the plans that you set for your physical, spiritual, and emotional growth in your New Year 2010. I pray that you will be full of the joy and peace of God. Amen!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

December 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

December 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

Pull Up a Chair: Tricep Dips

Dips are an advanced exercise targeting the triceps. The good thing about training them is that you can make the exercises as challenging or as easy as you would like depending on the intensity of your workout. This exercise only requires a chair which makes it a great exercise to perform anywhere. You can increase the intensity of this move by walking your feet out or by propping them on a bench or another chair.

Here is how:

1. Sit on a bench or chair.
2. Begin with the hands next to or slightly under the hips.
3. Lift up onto the hands and bring the hips forward.
4. Bend the elbows (no lower than 90 degrees) and lower the hips down, keeping them very close to the chair. Keep the shoulders down. Keep your elbows pointed backwards.
5. Push back up without locking the elbows and repeat for 10-16 reps.

Tips:
• Keep the shoulders down and away from the ears to protect them from injury.
• Keep the hips close to the bench or chair to keep the focus on the triceps and not the shoulders.
• To make it easier, move the feet closer in. To make it harder, walk the feet out or elevate them on another chair or bench.
• If you have shoulder problems, you may want to avoid this exercise.

December 21, 2009 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Let Him Move

Don’t subdue Him. Don’t grieve Him. Don’t smother Him.

Release Him. It takes faith to do it, but release Him and watch Him work.

Let the Holy Spirit move!

“God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.” (Acts 17:27-28)

December 18, 2009 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Rosewood Oil

Balancing effect on the central nervous system, antidepressant, headaches, stretch marks….read more about rosewood oil in LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness eMagazine, p28.

December 16, 2009 at 4:05 am Leave a comment

Inner Thigh Lifts

This exercise is a great way to target the inner thigh. When performing this exercise properly you will feel it tone the inner thigh and also work the abdominals. The key to getting the most out of this exercise is to set up properly and use your core muscles to maintain your alignment throughout the exercise.

Here’s How:

1. Set Up

• Lie on your side in one long line. Move your legs a few inches ahead of you so that you are in a banana shape.
• Lift your ribs and prop your head up on your hand. Be sure that you keep your back and neck in good alignment. (Beginners and those with neck issues will want to lay their head down on an outstretched arm.)
• Bring the foot of your top leg up to rest in front of your hips on the floor.
• Place your top hand around your ankle to hold your foot in place or if your foot is stable on the floor with your heel against your thigh then you can place your hand on the floor in front of your chest for more stability.

2. Inhale: Keeping the bottom leg straight, lift the bottom leg up off the floor. Use your inner thigh. Do not bend your knee.

3. Exhale: Maintain that sense of length as you lower the leg back down.

4. Repeat: Do 10-15 sets on each side.

Increase the challenge: Bring the leg up and hold for a few beats, then slowly lower.

Tips: Make sure that you work from your core. Keep the hips stacked one on top of the other. Don’t allow the top hip to roll back or front.

December 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

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