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"Do not ask God...."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet."

Some people pray to God for change or guidance. Others just want change or guidance. Either
way, there is always one very important question that needs to be asked: "What are you prepared to do?"

While we might desire, yearn or wish for change, if we aren't prepared to be an active participant then we should not expect much. Being open to change is an important first step, meeting change half-way with action is the next.

How active have you been in pursuing change? Make sure your actions are equal to, or exceed, your desire.

source: brook noel


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-CHERYL- 10/9/2010 11:05PM

    Love it!!! thanks for sharing

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TYEASLEY 9/19/2010 1:33PM

    emoticon Be purposeful in your intentions and deliberate in your actions. emoticon emoticon

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AYAMMAYA 9/18/2010 12:02AM

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SHANNONSTILLS 9/16/2010 12:30PM

  Yes!!! Thank you

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JAE_HENNINGTON 9/16/2010 9:12AM

  liked your blog.. I smile when people say to me.. if God is willing I will lose this weight.. God is more than willing, he is waiting on us to do our part...

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RSSSLHB 9/16/2010 8:52AM

    Amen emoticonfor posting

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    Amen! And if He wants change in you and you are unwilling, He will find a way to get it done. And more than likely, you won't enjoy the process!

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2NDCHANCES 8/27/2010 1:36PM

    emoticon blog, baby! And I LOVE what IAMSLEEPER had to say! Right on!! So true...

xx me

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DANEDA 8/27/2010 1:03PM

    You remind me of my Dad, who used to say "Don't pray for help when in a canoe on a lake during a lightening storm unless you're willing to paddle."

I always loved that.

Thanks for the reminder, and the memory.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/27/2010 12:26PM

    For the most part, I believe, God walks with us. He doesn't carry us. Good blog.

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IAMPREACHER 8/27/2010 10:01AM

    Change is equal to the amount of time and effort you put into it to affect it! Most people are so comfortable being familiar with who they think they are, they resist change like a plague. Some people are afraid of change b/c they don't know who they will be if they do change. Most people are afraid to trust their Creator to make the changes b/c they fear God in a sense that "He's angry and just waiting to get me" kind of fear. Little do these people realize that change comes from God through the very circumstances we either complain about instead of accepting, or avoid them at all cost.

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Giving your best...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself."

Often when we get frustrated with someone in our life, whether it be a colleague, a friend or a family member, we begin focusing on "what's wrong," or use it as an excuse not to go the extra mile.

However, like attracts like, and when we behave like this we then attract "half-hearted efforts" from those around us. The cycle continues until we find ourselves with a weight on our shoulders and a heaviness in our hearts.

When we give the best of ourselves, regardless of anyone's behavior, we enjoy a richer life. Likewise, we set an example for our children, friends and all we come into contact with. We encourage others to be at their best. When we live by the creed of always doing and giving our best, we know a personal peace that can't be found through any quick-fix method. We know a personal peace that is lasting.

Take a moment today to release any negativity you have been holding toward another person. Take the energy you have been focusing on their behavior, and redirect it to focus on doing and giving your best.

Your Affirmation, I focus all of my energies on what is productive, helpful and makes a difference.

Source: Brook Noel


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TYEASLEY 7/25/2010 8:38PM

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2NDCHANCES 7/25/2010 2:08PM

    This was a GREAT blog, baby! And so true!! Thank you for sharing it. :)

I love you!
xx me

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RUNRAYRUN 7/25/2010 10:08AM

    Thank you so much for posting this!!! Have a great day!

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KAKIPOPUP 7/25/2010 6:15AM

    LOML says that 5% of people are positive; 5% of people are negative, and the other 90% are mirrors - I think he is on to something.

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Desire can move mountains...

Monday, June 14, 2010

"In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it."
~Jane Smiley~

Desire can move mountains, help us stand after falling for the hundredth time, it can perform miracles and get us through the darkness. When we truly desire something with our body, mind and soul, there is no indecision or moments of inaction--every step becomes a part of the journey toward our goal.

Life doesn't offer us a smooth path. Instead it offers us mountains and valleys, cold and warm phases... life "seasons" us. Yet, heart-born desire propels us forward through all of life's seasons and allows us to move with purpose.

What fills you with the type of desire that can move mountains? Devote more of your time to this desire and passion and nurture it.

source: Brook Noel


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IAMPREACHER 8/27/2010 10:18AM

    As an older adult (seasoned?) I've learned that thinks we want to change doesn't always fit into God's plan. But what is impossible with man is possible with God and all things are possible to those who believe. Faith is the generator of change. If the generator isn't working properly, nothing will work right!

Mountains can be moved with faith. I want that kind of mountain-moving faith!

Comment edited on: 8/27/2010 10:19:04 AM

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MITCHNVA46 7/21/2010 10:22AM

    Amen...brother...powerful words!!!
thank you!!! emoticon

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LACIEBARBER 7/21/2010 12:42AM

    You write somewhat like I do - unfortunately, I haven't posted all my writings. Empowering words!!! Thank you for sharing...

Interesting to know more about this p90x... I see it all over.

Take care and keep in touch!

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TYEASLEY 6/16/2010 11:17PM

    Thanks for this reminder. emoticon

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MYNANAPAM 6/15/2010 8:09AM

    Good luck on your desires and goals.

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SUNNY238 6/14/2010 10:09PM

    I'm still on a hunt for my desires. Not sure where they disappeared to, lol. Actually one of my desires is to be a stay at home mom and homeschool my kids. Sadly, at the rate we're going financially....the kids will be grown before I can do so, lol. I'll keep working towards this goal though!! Wish me luck!! Great blog topic, I love it!

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LILPAT3 6/14/2010 10:09PM

    Thank you for the reminder. I think I am doing okay with this...I hope. emoticon

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4 C's

Sunday, June 06, 2010

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
~Walt Disney~

How I would have loved to have known or met Walt Disney. Every time I visit Orlando, I walk through the exhibit on his life and the story of his parks. For those who don't know, Mickey Mouse was born on a notepad while Walt was on a train from Manhattan to Hollywood. It was at a time when his business ventures were at their lowest ebb ever. Mickey Mouse became the catalyst for many great things in the life of Disney. Yet time and time again, Walt Disney would risk security for growth. He would "bet it all" on the faith he had in his vision--he would bet a lot on a mouse. He also said,

"Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably."

He walked his talk, living the 4c's time and time again. As we pursue our own dreams, let us remember the importance of:

Curiosity - Ask questions, push the envelope, dream big
Confidence - Believe in yourself and your vision, no matter what others think Courage - Work through fear instead of being blocked by it
Constancy - Get up each day and do it again

By living these 4c's we can echo another of my favorite Disney quotes, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

Write down these 4c's on a note-card or sticky-note and put it where you will see it daily. Work on applying these principles to your dreams on a daily basis.

Your affirmation:
I engage my dreams with curiosity, confidence, courage and constancy.

Source: Brook Noel

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PLAINJANE11 6/14/2010 8:09AM

    Thanks for the reminder to continue to be curious!

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2NDCHANCES 6/6/2010 6:39PM

    Good one, baby! I mostly like the line "When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably." GREAT line! Thanks for sharing. :)

my love...
xx me

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One way to calculate your caloric needs...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Determining your caloric needs "The Harris-Benedict formula"
(BMR based on total body weight) "

Here are a couple acronyms that are commonly used:

(BMR)basal metabolic rate: amount of energy (number of calories) you burn at rest just to
maintain normal body functions such as breathing, circulation, digestion, etc.

(TDEE) total daily energy expenditure (also known as your maintenance level): total number of calories your body burns in 24 hours, including basal metabolic rate and all activities.

(LBM) Lean Body Mass: total weight of all your body tissues excluding fat. This includes
not only muscle, but also bone and other fat-free tissues. Since muscle is the largest
component of the lean body mass, then keeping track of your LBM can tell you if you've
lost or gained muscle. Tracking your LBM is one of the most useful and important purposes
of body fat testing.

The Harris-Benedict formula uses the factors of height, weight, age, and sex to
determine basal metabolic rate (BMR). This makes it more accurate than determining
calorie needs based on total bodyweight alone. The only variable it doesn’t take into
consideration is lean body mass.

This equation will be very accurate in all but the extremely muscular (will underestimate
caloric needs) and the extremely overfat (will overestimate caloric needs).

Men: BMR = 66 + (13.7 X wt in kg) + (5 X ht in cm) - (6.8 X age in years)
Women: BMR = 655 + (9.6 X wt in kg) + (1.8 X ht in cm) - (4.7 X age in years)

Note: 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
1 kilogram = 2.2 lbs.

You are male
You are 30 yrs old
You are 5' 8 " tall (172.7 cm)
You weigh 172 lbs. (78 kilos)
Your BMR = 66 + 1068 + 863.6 - 204 = 1793 calories/day

Activity factor
Sedentary = BMR X 1.2 (little or no exercise, desk job)
Lightly active = BMR X 1.375 (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk)
Mod. active = BMR X 1.55 (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk)
Very active = BMR X 1.725 (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk)
Extr. Active = BMR X 1.9 (hard daily exercise/sports & physical job or 2 X day training,
marathon, football camp, contest, etc.)

Continuing with the previous example:
Your BMR is 1793 calories per day
Your activity level is moderately active (work out 3-4 times per week)
Your activity factor is 1.55
Your TDEE = 1.55 X 1793 = 2779 calories/day

Once you know your BMR, you can calculate TDEE by multiplying your BMR by the
following activity factor.

One step closer to a healthier AMERICA!


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KEWLENJO 1/29/2011 1:57AM

    This info was exactly what I was looking for but I have one question about life style factor. In my case, I'd say I am sedentary except the work I do is not sedentary. I do housekeeping 3-5 hours a day, at least 3 days a week. So, is this a sedentary lifestyle. If I have started to workout 2x/day 6 days a week....along with my housekeeping 3x/wk...what lifestyle factor should I use???

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IAMPREACHER 8/27/2010 10:13AM

    I agree with Celest. Don't they have some kind of chart with all the math figured out already? I tried to do this on a calculator and couldn't figure it out!!!!

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    I love these reminders of recalculating. I need to update.

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STEPHY_ELLE 5/18/2010 4:33PM

    Math is not my forte, but I appreciate this information! ;) THANKS!!!

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CELEST 4/26/2010 4:35PM

    I tried to read this late at night........think I'll have to read it tomorrow again, my brains just not taking it in emoticon Maybe when I've emoticon I'll be able to do the maths.
Thanks anyway it looks pretty informative.

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