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My life goal is to abide in Christ. Without Him, I can do nothing.

I am learning this applies to EVERY area of my life, including my eating and exercise habits.

Around Christmas 2008, I was searching and praying for help. I was given 2 sets of verses:

Romans 12:1 - "Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship."

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - "Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body."

As I explore these verses and meditate on them, I am learning how to present my body as a living sacrifice and how to glorify God in my body.

I have so much to learn, but as I abide, I find myself being transformed from the inside out.

July 2009:
I was given another related verse:
Luke 12:29 - Don't keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don't be anxious.

The name of the game for me right now is to QUIT STRESSING. I'm to eat and exercise in a way that glorifies God and not sweat it!

Member Since: 3/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 16,245

My Goals:
My goal is to develop life habits in eating and exercise that I practice whatever the circumstances in my life.

I reached my goal weight! 3/26/12. I will stay at 150 pounds.

I will be under 30% body fat.

I incorporate regular cardio and strength training into my routine.

My Program:
In March 2011 I read "Made to Crave" and realized, for me, this is a spiritual journey. I am learning to abide in Christ in a whole new way and be healthy "in every sense of the word."

I started the Medifast 5 & 1 plan on 8/12/11. Medifast was the vehicle that got me to my goal weight.

I read "Refuse to Regain" as I neared my weight goal, and will be following a primal/paleo diet to maintain my weight (meat, fruit, veggies, nuts, some dairy).

Personal Information:
I live in North Alabama, in the small town where I graduated high school.

I am 41 and married for 20 years to my high school sweetheart. We have 2 children, a 15 yr old son and a 13 yr old daughter.

I teach middle school math.

Other Information:
My new favorite book: "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers.

Some of my other favorite books: Gone With the Wind, Mary Higgins Clark's "All Around the Town," the Mitford Series, the Twilight Series

Some of my favorite movies: Gone With the Wind, Phantom of the Opera

Favorite Music: Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Daughtry

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    Hi, I think I saw you on the Daniel Plan team page a while back. I've been mostly paleo for the last year or so and have just started looking into the Keto way of eating. It looks like we have some of the same interests so I just wanted to say "hi" emoticon Have you started on the Keto diet? Did you do the Daniel Plan? I'm thinking about starting on Monday eating Keto, but incorporating the other aspects of the Daniel Plan (Bible study, exercise, etc.). I tried the detox part of the Daniel Plan last week, but it didn't work for me - my body just can't handle the grains they included (rice and quinoa). Anyway, if you're looking for someone to connect with for accountability, encouragement, etc. I'd definitely be interested!
    1498 days ago
    Welcome to Team Keto!!! So glad to have you join us!

    1507 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by! I am also S-L-O-W in the kitchen, and am hanging onto your every time-saving tip and recipe, as well as researching cookbooks from Amazon. After researching paleo, I am more interested in cooking gluten free, but not eliminating dairy, legumes, or gluten free grains since they provide nutrients that are easy to prepare in the kitchen, and I feel well when I eat them... not too much dairy, though. Also, my nutritionist (who has a PhD) in nutrition, tested me and found that I was eating too much protein, like overeating cashew butter and nuts, which set me up for health problems, like osteoporosis, which I have now. She suggested that I get more of my protein from plant sources, such as legumes, since they are more easily digested than meat and dairy... Also, God made legumes and grains along with other vegetables and fruits for us to eat and be healthy, so I am more interested in eating a wider variety of foods than the Paleo diet.

    I am praying that the Lord rewards you for the hard work you are putting into the kitchen, and blesses you with health and energy.

    1541 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon to the Whole30 Team! Good luck with your Paleo/Primal lifestyle. emoticon
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    1543 days ago
    Your mason jar salad sounds great. Do you have a recipe for it you would like to share? You can post it on the recipe thread of our team. emoticon
    1571 days ago
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