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T.H.I.N.K. T.H.I.N. My Pastor's Challenge to our Church

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Listed below are the highlights from Dr. Cosby's Sermon on 5/13/07. He issued a challenge to our 10,000+ member congregation to "get physical."

Message Title: Let's Get Physical~Luke 2: 51-52 (KJV)

Other Scriptures: I Cor 6:19-20 (NCV); Prov 25:27 (NCV); I Cor 10:31 (NCV); Prov 23:20-21 (NCV); Mark 2: 1,13, 23 (NCV); Prov 23:7 (KJV); Dan 1:12,15 (NCV)

T.H.I.N.K. T.H.I.N.
(Challenge Begins After Mother's Day Meal 5/13~Ends Pastor's Birthday 7/15)

THINK of yourself as the person God intended you to be. (Prov 23:7)

HAVE the right motives for losing weight. Physical motives: I'll feel better. I'll look better. I'll live longer. Spiritual motives: God wants to get things done through me.

IDENTIFY the real reasons you overeat. I am frustrated so I overeat and because I overeat I am frustrated.

NETWORK with a support group to keep you accountable. (Dan 1:12,15)

KNOW your situational setups.

TURN your focus to things you should eat.

HAVE a daily exercise plan.

INITIATE this plan immediately.

NEVER give up just because you blow it.

My "Let's Get Physical" Commitment
* I will reduce my daily caloric intake.
* I will exercise an hour daily.
* I will eat healthy foods.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

POCOHANTAZ 6/18/2007 11:54AM

    LOVE this!!!!!!! Thanks Queen!!!! Your the best!!!!

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MSQUAN 6/18/2007 11:52AM

    This is so great! I am going to most def take this to heart and meditate on the scriptures given! Thanks Girly!

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Father's Day #3: Too Blessed to be Depressed!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tomorrow will be the third Father's Day without my Daddy being physically here. BUT I refuse to allow depression to sink in and start sobbing and snacking!!!

Lord knows how much I miss my Daddy!

I do miss joking with him and hearing his laugh. I miss sharing all of my life's personal events with him and I just miss talking to him. But as sad as I sometimes get about him not being physically here, I am so thankful that he is no longer suffering from the cruelness of cancer and I am especially greatful that he was saved and is now home with Jesus. I am also thankful for his memory and that I took advantage of every opportunity to record those memories with pictures of him with the family...they bring me so much comfort now.

In his memory, I am determined to maintain this healthy lifestyle and I know that I am going to meet the challenge that I've set for myself on his birthday (8/26). Daddy was always concerned about my health and was so proud of me when I started losing weight (even when I was yo-yo'ing). Regardless he NEVER made negative comments about my weight. Nor did he allow anyone else to say anything condescending about my weight (my 7th grade Art Teacher had to learn that lesson the hard way~LOL).

How blessed I am to have had a Daddy like mine. He wasn't perfect, but he was perfect for our family and his memory will live forever in my heart!

That's why I've got to remind myself that I'm too blessed to be depressed!

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M3NOMOFAT 6/18/2007 3:20PM

    Sadly I am missing my Dad to but doing it with with joy because he too was a wonderful Father when so many never had one. My Dad joked with us when we would announce that we were dieting by saying I can see that you are losing around the ankles. At the same time, he would promise us a new outfit from hat to shoes when we reached our goals. My Father loved beauty and always saw us as beautiful. He wanted us to have the best of life and he was the best for us. All that from a man who never had a Dad present and whose Mom died when he was 5 years old. He was far from perfect but just as you said, he was perfect for us.

Embrace the memories of your wonderful Father and share them with me whenever you want. I can relate and appreciate them. To GOD be the glory...
Losing and lovin' it!

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PEPCEA 6/17/2007 11:17PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your dad! That is so wonderful! I know he would certainly want you to be healthy and happy so keep up the good work!


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NEWBEIN 6/17/2007 4:41PM

    Pops had a way of making us all feel like the beautiful women that we are...even when we failed to see ourselves that way. Hang in there Auntie..I know he's very proud of you!


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ATR1983 6/17/2007 2:50AM

    Your dad is still wathing you from up above. He sound like a great man. He is still living in your heart. I am sure that he is proud of all you have acomplished.

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CHEZBLEU 6/17/2007 12:40AM

    your daddy sound like he was a wonderful man. Make him proud!

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Thought for the Day 6/12/07

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Self-confidence is either a petty pride in our own narrowness, or the realization of our duty and privilege as God's children.

Phillips Brooks 1835-1893, American Minister, Poet

I have plenty to boast about and would be no fool in doing it, because I would be telling the truth. But I won't do it. I don't want anyone to think more highly of me than what they can actually see in my life and my message,

2 Corinthians 12:6 (New Living)

As the Scriptures say, "The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done."

1 Corinthians 1:31 (New Living)


Just as Jesus encouraged us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11), we should feed on Godís word every day.


Purge to Avoid the Binge

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, LifeScript Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

You probably thought youíd never hear that purging is good for you, but in this case I highly recommend it. If you really want to stick to your diet, you must purge your cupboards, fridge, freezer, and pantry of any foods that are too tempting for you to ignore. Donít be like the person whoís trying to quit smoking but keeps a pack of cigarettes hidden away in the back of a drawer, just in case. Kick the habit of eating junk by not having it around to test your limits. Not only should you purge your home of naughty nibbles, you should always have an abundant stock of healthy foods on hand that you can turn to when temptations run high. Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the store each week and stock your pantry each month with dried fruit, nuts, no-sugar added applesauce, turkey jerky, and other healthy snacks. Just make sure you buy items that you actually enjoy and can be satisfied munching on in place of naughtier items. Having the right foods on hand and the wrong foods out of reach is the perfect formula for long-term dieting success. So donít waste another minute: Purge your cupboards and youíll avoid the binge.


The 5 Things You Should Do After Every Workout

Monday, June 11, 2007

By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, LifeScript Staff Writer
Monday, June 11, 2007

There are five very important things that you should be doing following each and every workout: cooling down, stretching, drinking water, refueling, and resting. A simple five-minute cool down is sufficient to prevent the pooling of blood in your extremities, which can otherwise make you dizzy and increase your risk of fainting. Once your heart rate is slow and steady, stretching your muscles and joints while theyíre still warm helps to prevent tight muscles and stiff joints and improves your flexibility. Drinking plenty of water is important before, during and after your workout, so donít forget to water-proof your exercise. Refueling after exercise is the key to improving strength and fitness, but burning off a lot of calories isnít a valid excuse for eating a double cheeseburger. Instead, fuel up within 30 minutes after exercise by eating a carb-rich snack combined with some lean protein, such as eating an orange and one serving of low-fat yogurt. And finally, to prevent any plateaus, donít forget to include rest days in your fitness plan. You should always give your body 24 hours of rest in between doing specific exercises, like spacing out your weight-lifting days by doing cardio on the days in between. By following these five workout recovery guidelines, youíll ensure that you make the most of your time spent in the gym.


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