MCDONALD’S DAY

TL 4-15 IS MCDONALD'S DAYMcDonald’s was founded on April 15, 1955 by Ray Kroc.  They began by making their own French fries and selling hamburgers for 10 cents a piece.  They’ve always made great shakes, and according to my diabetic educator, McDonald’s has the best ice cream for low-fat and low-sugar because they use ice milk.

Kroc tried many jobs before he found success.  He was an ambulance driver in the First World War and was later a Multi-mixer milkshake machine salesman.  If we learn anything from this success story, it’s that we should never give up!

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.  – Ray Kroc

 Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.
  In 1974, McDonald’s helped open the first Ronald McDonald House — a “home-away-from-home” just steps away from a hospital for families with sick children. To this day, they stand by RMHC in their mission to provide children with support, stability, and the best medicine of all — their families. Each year, McDonald’s proudly helps RMHC impact the lives of nearly 9 million children — both in your community and around the world.  

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Did you know that 1 in 8 American workers has been employed by McDonald’s at some time in their life?

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Fast food joints come, and fast food joints go…  but somehow McDonald’s just rides the economical wave and is constantly reinventing itself for upcoming generations.  They are one of the few places that make a shake especially for St. Patrick’s Day – the famous Shamrock Shake!  Unlike the regular vanilla shake, the Shamrock Shake packs a calorie, fat and cholesterol punch.

When you’re green you’re growing, and when you’re ripe you start to rot.   – Ray Kroc

When a cup of Joe went from coffee to cafe’ ole…  well wouldn’t you know that McDonald’s would come up with their own brew?

McDonald’s has sold well over 100 billion hamburgers.  

My memories of McDonald’s relate to the old commercials.  I remember when the Big Mac was introduced with the greatest jingle ever:  TWO ALL BEEF PATTIES, SPECIAL SAUCE, LETTUCE, CHEESE, PICKLES, ONIONS ON A SESAME SEED BUN!

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Back then we didn’t think about the calories in it or the 29 grams of fat and who knows how much saturated fat?  Back then we were in blissful denial of all that stuff.  McDonald’s was FUN…  it was a treat we indulged in once in a blue moon when mama didn’t feel like cooking.  I know that sounds like an excuse…  believe me – I know – but trust me, the 1970’s were a very different time.

In 1975 the first McDonald’s drive-thru was created near an Arizona military base to serve soldiers who were not allowed to get out of their cars while wearing fatigues.  From that time, other fast food places followed suit all over the country.  It seems that McDonald’s has led the way with all the really great ideas.  In 2005, they added salad to their menu with a variety of low-fat dressing choices.  Eventually, other fast food restaurants did the same.  Although a McDonald’s spokesperson admits that the sales of salads counts for only 2-3% of total sales, it’s nice that the option is available.

As America gets smarter, we make better choices.  It looks like McDonald’s will be there to serve us a more healthy diet in the future.  I’ve enjoyed their new healthy foods, including the new oatmeal for breakfast and the new fresh salads, which are much better than the ones they first introduced.  I’m glad they are offering a more diverse menu these days.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH MONTH

TL APRIL IS NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH MONTHIt’s a meal we usually enjoy in front of the fire as snow flies outside – but yes, April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month.  I must say, my husband makes the most delicious ones in the world!  Oh, so good!

Here’s a traditional recipe – one that most of us are familiar with.

WW MINI GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES WITH TOMATO SOUP (makes 4 servings – 6 points each)

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbs. reduced calorie vegetable oil butter spread

4 slices reduced-calorie whole wheat bread

4 slices WW American cheese

14 1/2 oz. cream of tomato soup

DIRECTIONS:

Spread 1-1/2 tsp. vegetable oil & yogurt spread on each slice of bread. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lay 2 slices of bread, dry side up, in skillet. Place 2 slices Reduced Fat American Pasteurized Process Cheese Product Singles on each slice of bread. Top each with the remaining 2 bread slices, spread side up. Cook until sandwich is golden brown on each side.

Remove from pan and cut each sandwich into 4 squares. Arrange 4 grilled cheese sandwich squares onto a skewer; repeat. Serve 1 grilled cheese skewer with 1 cup prepared soup.

I ran across the most interesting recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich – but hang on…  it’s really different – but in a good way.  😉

WW GRILLED SWISS CHEESE SANDWICHES (makes 4 sandwiches – 6 points each)

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 c. light mayonnaise

4 tsp. Dijon mustard

8 slices reduced calorie rye bread

8 slices WW reduced fat Swiss cheese slices

cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:

In small bowl, combine mayonnaise & mustard.  Spread 1/2 Tbs. on each piece of bread.  Top 4 pieces of bread with 2 slices of cheese each; cover with remaining bread, mayonnaise side down.

Coat skillet with cooking spray.  Heat over medium heat.  Grill sandwiches, pressing down lightly with a spatula, until lightly toasted & cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes.

If you’re looking for something to break the monotony, give this a try – it’s really pretty good!  If you have the points to spare, you can even have a little pouch of Goldfish crackers for 3 points!  Put them in your soup or just eat them on the side – either way they are so good!  🙂

UNDIAGNOSED CHILDREN’S AWARENESS DAY

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cropped-GEE_0012Wear pink or blue today to support this special day in the U.K.

Of course, when I think of a disease that goes undiagnosed, my mind immediately goes to type one diabetes.  It goes undiagnosed, or more commonly, it is misdiagnosed.  Reegan comes to mind.

Reegan Karice Oxendine was a toddler when she died in September 2013 from undiagnosed type one diabetes.  She was sick from the age of 14 months, so her parents took her to the doctor many times.  She was misdiagnosed with acid reflux disease and put on a prescription to treat it.  It didn’t work and her condition worsened.  She was finally taken to the emergency room where they checked her blood glucose.  The test came back with a reading of over 1,000 mg/dL- !  She was air-lifted to the Children’s Hospital at UNC in Chapel Hill.  Come to find out, her blood sugar levels had been at near fatal levels for at least 3 months – she died 2 months later.

It’s sad that this is still going on today. If more Dr.’s made a simple blood test part of the routine check up, maybe they would be able to catch it sooner, and could prevent them ending up in the hospital.  – John Manganiello

The truth is, as Americans we like to think our medical community is on top of these things, but I’ve read account after account where young children succumb to type one diabetes.  They don’t get diagnosed and begin treatment in time.  Why does this happen?

There should be a law in place that says doctors MUST perform a simple blood test as part of the routine check up!  It’s not pleasant to think of a blood draw, but it’s surely better than the alternative, isn’t it?

Today’s post is a reminder that there are children who go undiagnosed with not only type one diabetes, but many diseases that lead to horrific consequences down the line.  It’s such a shame that there are not laws in place – not state by state, but from coast to coast here in America, that protect our children!

It’s my hope and prayer that these children will not be INVISIBLE and forgotten anymore.  A case like Reegan’s should never happen!  It’s unfathomable that she went undiagnosed for such a long time.  Rest in Peace, sweet baby.

How many children have to fall through the proverbial cracks before we get smarter about the diagnosis process?  Seriously – if laws need to be passed, let the passing begin because, it IS our future we’re talkin’ about here.  If we really value life like we say we do…  let’s FIX this!  Jus’ sayin’…  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

WALK ON YOUR WILD SIDE DAY

TL 4-12 WALK ON YOUR WILD SIDE DAY

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Define WILD…  well, skunks are wild animals.  They are cute and furry, but don’t get them riled or they will leave you with a lasting impression.  Don’t hit them with your car or you will be sorry.  There are not enough tomatoes in the world to deal with the consequences.  Is that the kind of wild you want to be today???  I don’t think so.  Don’t be that kind of wild, brothers and sisters.  That just stinks and God won’t be happy with you.  It’s better to just be good to begin with and not have to ask forgiveness for being stinky.skunk-1239764_1280Is it wrong for Christians to have a little wild streak?  Can wild be used for God’s glory?  Well of course it can!  Have you ever watched wild mountain goats?  They live in those mountains and maneuver through them like it’s just no big deal.  Is there a mountain you need to climb?  Pray for strength from God and go for it today!  Accomplish that task that you have been too afraid to begin – because you know that with God ALL things are possible!  Even if you try and fail, it’s way better than not trying at all.mountain-goats-1156056_1920

Whales are so large and majestic!  You could live like a whale today.  Did you know that only 1/2 of their brain sleeps at a time?  They have to rise to the surface often to breathe, so their brains cannot be all the way asleep.  Talk about multi-tasking!  Maybe today you will be a whale of a go-getter and multi-task like crazy – how wild is that?whale-1149826_1920

Wild geese are so disciplined!  They eat a high protein diet and are very lightweight.  Coincidence?  I think not.  They also have those great waterproof wings that keep them dry and happy.  Maybe today is the day you begin to eat a more healthy diet, lose weight, don’t let things get to you so you can fly high!  wild-geese-1148899_1920Walking on your wild side is not just about changing your outward appearance!  Of course, that can certainly be a part of it – it shows you have a sense of confidence and a new positive attitude toward your life.  But the real changes – the real walk – happens on the inside!  Let God show you how life can be so much better than ever before!  Let Him break chains of addiction and lead you in a direction that brings the glory and honor to Him.  🙂

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

TL - APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTHGentlemen, if you really want to do something special for your lady, take her to the park, sit on a bench together and start reciting poetry to her.  Okay, I see you rolling your eyes at me – hey, I tried!

April is National Poetry Month, so of course this blog has to celebrate!

I love a poem that says what my heart feels.  It puts into words all the thoughts and feelings I have.  This poem fills the bill:

When I say, “I am a Christian”

by Carol Wimmer

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost!
That’s why I chose this way”.

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
Needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
Asking humbly to be taught.

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are all too visible
But God believes I’m worth it.

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache,
Which is why I seek His name.

When I say, “I am a Christian”

I do not wish to judge
I have no authority…
I only know I’m loved

Lucinda Berry Hill has written poetry that connects with people.  She writes from the heart and is so open and honest.  Have you ever wondered what her first poem was???  It so happens I have it – right here….  yep – you saw it HERE first!  😉  She wrote this in the summer of 1976 after making a traumatic move from her home state of New York, leaving family  and friends at 12 years old – to Pennsylvania.  APRIL IS POETRY MONTH - THIS IS LBH'S FIRST POEM. I HOPE WE MEET AGAIN

BLESSINGS FROM PAIN

MY PEN-PALGLORY TO MY PARTNERShe also wrote 2 poems that were created using titles from both her books, “Coffee with Jesus” and “A Second Cup with Jesus”.BE BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE GOD'S CHOICE

FINDING HOME WITH A GOD OF ALWAYS

Poetry describes a situation you find yourself in and will hopefully spark something in others that makes them say, “Oh, I’ve been there too” or “That was surely a GOD thing!”  I wrote a poem that did just that a few years ago.  Hope you relate to this:

CONVERSATION ABOUT HEAVENApparently, I’m not the only one who has experienced this!  The first time I posted this on facebook, it got close to 100 LIKES and several shares – it blew me away!  🙂

NATIONAL PECAN MONTH

NATIONAL PECAN MONTHWhen I think of pecans, my mind goes to our Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS.  There’s one building in particular that smells positively divine from the moment you enter – with the scent of warm candied pecans!  To be honest, that is my favorite way to eat pecans!

To me pecans taste like childhood,
They fell from the family tree.
Sticky leaves, crackling branch wood
Hulling and cracking, we three—
Siblings, nuts in varied degree.
– Terri Guillemets

Pecans pack a punch with dense calories and high fat, but as we all know by now, it’s the good kind of fat.  Just one ounce is a hefty 104 calories!  That’s a point and a half if you’re counting points like me.

The apples and pears in the grocery store look especially good right now.  This recipe for Apple-Pear Crisp is a real crowd pleaser at potluck dinners.  I leave the peel on the fruit, but you can peel it if you want to.  🙂

Apple-Pear Crisp (makes 9 servings, 5 points per serving)

Ingredients: filling

Cooking spray

1 lb. Granny Smith apples, cored, cut into 1″ thick slices

1 lb. Bartlett pears, cored, cut into 1″ thick slices

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

4 Tbs. Splenda brown sugar

Ingredients: topping

1 large egg

6 Tbs. Splenda brown sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 c. uncooked rolled oats

6 Tbs. butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat a 9×9 glass baking dish with cooking spray.  Place fruit slices in medium bowl.  Toss with lemon juice and Splenda.  Set aside.

To make topping – in another medium bowl, beat egg.  Add Splenda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix to combine.  Add oats and mix well.

Spoon fruit into prepared baking dish and evenly sprinkle oat mix on top; drizzle with melted butter.  Bake until fruit starts to bubble and topping starts to brown, about 45-50 minutes.

Allow crisp to cool for a minimum of 2 hours.  Cut into 9 pieces.

Enjoy!  🙂

 

TYPE 2 DIABETES TIPS FOR SUCCESS

TL TYPE 2 DIABETES

GOD DOES RESEARCH WITH ME

Have you ever had a NERVE CONDUCTION TEST (NCT)???  There’s a reason they keep a box of tissues in that office…  those things HURT!!!  Basically, the test didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know – oh, and I’ll never have another one – ever.

I did my research.  My neuropathy from type 2 diabetes was so severe that I was barely able to walk – and then with a cane to lean on.  I already have sciatica, but add the neuropathy to that, and it’s a recipe for major pain and difficulty walking.

Did you know that a side effect of Metformin, the most popular medication for type 2 diabetes, when taken for the long-term, is vitamin B12 deficiency???  Yep – and here’s the interesting part.  Vitamin B12 is what keeps your nerves healthy and happy!  So, maybe it’s not diabetes that is really causing neuropathy, but the medication we take for it.  Seriously?

I gotta tell ya…  I’m very excited because reversing the pain and numbness in my leg was as simple as taking a vitamin B12 pill every day!  I’ve been on Metformin since I was diagnosed in 1994, but did not realize that those 4 pills a day were depleting my B12.  Since I added a B12 pill, the pain and numbness has gotten so much better and I can walk without a cane.

Because of the sciatica I still have shooting pain down my leg, but with exercises I’m able to manage it.

I hope the information I share helps you.  Hey – give vitamin B12 a try.  It’s sure better than nerve damage and inability to walk without a cane.

My next appointment is April 13th to have my A1c checked.  I’ve really been watching my diet closely, drinking water and exercising.  I’m also taking my medicine, of course.  The goal is to ultimately get my weight where it needs to be so I can inch my way off of all diabetes medication.  I’m workin’ on it.  Doin’ the best I can!  🙂

HOLY HUMOR MONTH

APRIL IS HOLY HUMOR MONTH

We need to realize that, above everything, we Christians have the greatest reason to be joyful.  – Dr. Karl R. Kraft

Yee-Haw!  April is Holy Humor Month!!!  In case you think that Christians get baptized in lemon juice and are instantly left with no sense of humor…  I’m here to say yeah, we know how to laugh.  We’re more picky about what we think is funny, but we definitely know how to laugh!

These are from Lucinda Berry Hill:

Neal’s Story (May 7, 1979)

One night when I was putting my little brother to bed, I stood by and quietly listened while he was saying his bedtime prayers.  He said the regular prayer of “Now I lay me down to sleep…God bless Mommy and Daddy…”  Then he added, “Thank you for this day Jesus, and thank you for the mirror.”

I patiently waited until he completed his prayers, then curiously asked, “Neal, why did you say,  ‘Thank you for the mirror’?”
“Well,” he said with great sincerity, “when I look in the mirror I see me!”

Probably my most favorite joke is:

What did the 0 say to the 8?
Nice Belt!
Oh I laugh every time I think about it.  Especially because it was told to me by my 8 year old nephew and I didn’t get it at first.  Once I did I couldn’t stop laughing.
I was at a funeral for a dear old friend.  I took my 8 year old daughter with me because she was her friend too.  During the service I handed her a piece of paper and a pencil.  She soon handed it back to me with a note, “I’m not bored.”
A little boy was going home from his great grandmother’s funeral.  “Mommy,” he said, “If Heaven is up in the sky, why did they put grandma great in the ground?”
“Well,” his mother said, “they bury people in the ground but their spirit goes up to Heaven.”
He accepted that  answer very well.  A few minutes later he said, “I made a decision,” he spoke sincerely.  “When I die, my spirit’s not going anywhere without my bones.!”
We love Lucinda’s poetry, but this back story is too cute!

Reaching in a pan for a brownie, my hand came back empty.  Since there was only two of us in the house I complained to my 4 year old, ” Charlotte, you ate the last brownie!”  And she exclaimed, “But mommy they’re too much good!”  And so a poem was born and it became Week 18 of devotional “Coffee with Jesus.” OUR GOD OF TOO MUCH

HOLY HUMOR
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Did you know there were rules on Noah’s Ark???  Neither did I – let’s take a look:

INSTRUCTIONS ON THE ARK

– Alligators….stop nibbling on fellow passengers.
– Flies….quit pestering the horses.
– Elephants…..shovel up your own mess, it blocks the hallways.
– Pigeons….the lions are not statues.
– Mosquitoes and bats….quit biting the other passengers.
– Myna birds….stop repeating everything you hear.
– Cows….fly swatting is prohibited.
– Lightning bugs….remember lights out at 9 PM.
– Pigs…..clean up your room.
– Raccoons….stop your midnight raids.
– Hyenas….stop laughing at the other passengers.
– Lions….quit stalking everyone.
– Vultures….stop hovering.
– Bugs….stay out of the pantry.
– Snakes….pick up your own skins and throw them away.
– Ants….bring your own picnic lunch next time.
– Hoofed animals….please tiptoe after midnight.
– Camels….no spitting at the other passengers.
– Squirrels….quit hiding nuts in the bathtub drains.
– Night Owls….keep your hooting down, it keeps the Morning Doves awake.
– Turtles….your dinners are getting cold, start for the dining hall earlier.
– All passengers…. be careful what you say around the parrots if you don’t want it repeated.

Signed,
Noah

And what of Rex???  Did he miss the boat?  Awe…  no room!76348131d21059ff9d216e16ef1d3a13

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True story.  My husband was on patrol one day and clocked a speeder.  He stopped the young man and asked if he knew how fast he was going.  The quick-thinking gentleman said, “Officer, you’re not going to believe this, but I hit a skunk a few miles back and I’m trying to outrun the smell.”  He got off with a warning and my husband had a great story that he told time and again.  I don’t recommend using this story – it doesn’t always work.  LOL!

If you must speed on the highway, sing these hymns loudly:

5 mph over the limit: “God Will Take Care of Me”

10 mph over: “Guide me, O Great Jehovah”

15 mph over: “Nearer My God to Thee”

20 mph over: “Nearer Still Nearer”

25 mph over: “This World is Not My Home”

30 mph over: “Lord, I’m Coming Home”

35 mph over: “Precious Memories”

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I’m not Catholic, but as I was looking through posts on Pinterest, I spotted some outright funny stuff that even a Protestant can understand…4e139852a0da43b788476c4e29bdbd9a1e2d99737f7421763dc682454a7e67a4b9df032075f0c3718fe17970fc072c7dThis is my favorite – we should ALL be the one who makes others feel special…  sweet!fab723a436d018ea8e6ea8290fdb25c8

OH…  surely not.  Is there an initiation ceremony???

The longer I live, the more convinced I am that making a joyful noise unto the LORD is less about singing and more about laughter!  I believe God inhabits the praises of His people, but He inclines His ear to our laughter and laughs with us!  Have a wonderful joy-filled day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

EMOTIONAL OVEREATING AWARENESS MONTH

TL APRIL IS EMOTIONAL OVEREATING AWARENESS MONTHLife is not easy.  There are no guarantees and nothing says that every dream we have will come true.  How many coping mechanisms are available to us when we hit a speed bump in life?  Alcohol, drugs, sex, exercise (yes, it’s an addiction for some) and food.  Of all the things I’ve listed, how many of them are ACCEPTABLE by the church?  See where this is going?  Sure you do…  we all have to EAT, don’t we?  In church, food is practically a requirement to join.  We bond around it, laugh around it, listen to speeches and lectures around it and at funeral dinners, we mourn around it.

Is it any WONDER that people use food to soothe them in their lonely moments of solitude?  The struggle is real, folks – and the church condones it.  They practically encourage it.  I’m not blaming the church, rather I’m making it aware of the problem so that it might help members who may well be suffering.

I couldn’t afford counseling, but I went to Overeaters Anonymous meetings (at a church, ironically) for about a year.  I learned to identify triggers that make me want to use food for comfort instead of fuel.  I learned that in church, it is praise and prayer and focus on Christ that matters more than the fellowship around the potluck table.  Food does nothing except fuel this earthly body.  It does nothing to bring me closer to the Lord.  I get that eating around the table helps people bond – but that’s through conversation and laughter and the like.  How much food and what types of food I have on my plate is still my responsibility.

If sister Suzy fixes her famous hummingbird cake, it shouldn’t make me feel obligated to have a piece if I know that it will send my blood sugar into orbit!  That kind of psychological pressure is almost too much to bear.  People mean well – I know they do…  but you can’t wrap up a piece of cake for me to take home and eat.  It will be thrown down the garbage disposal because my health is more important than me making sister Suzy feel good.  How I wish folks understood how damaging this behavior is to one prone to emotional overeating.

There was a time when I would have taken the cake and eaten it in the privacy of my room with a tall glass of milk.  What is the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.  Eating cake because someone could not accept the answer NO THANK YOU…  it’s insane.  I may love sister Suzy…  but she needs to respect me enough to accept the answer NO.  Leave it and don’t wrap it up and send it home with me.  It’s cruel and devastating to my health.

The most wonderful bonding experience I ever had with a church group was when we went on a bike ride.  It sounds silly, but it had nothing to do with food whatsoever – it was just fun.  We were talking and laughing and pedaling along together down the bike path.  I remember thinking, “This is so cool.”  It was – it really was.

I know why there are potlucks.  You’re not going to get people of all ages together for a bike ride.  Potlucks are a way of getting everyone in the same fellowship center – and the fact is, we all do need to eat.  I just want people to be aware of the fact that some folks are trying to avoid emotional overeating, and pushing bad foods on them is not helpful.  But I’m not as weak as I used to be.  I’m not the people pleaser I used to be.  Through those meetings and with God’s help, I’ve learned that it is ultimately my responsibility to deal with the situation.  Sister Suzy, thank you so much for this piece of cake.  What happens with it from that moment on…  that’s on me, and with God’s help, it won’t end up IN me!

Amen???

Folks…  emotional overeating is real.  It takes a long time to learn that love does not equal food.  It takes a long time to learn that eating food is not going to make anything better.  Only reading God’s Word and prayer will move mountains!  Hummingbird cake…  not so much.  🙂

NATIONAL WALKING DAY

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WALKING

The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages us to get out and walk today!  They hope that this will begin a good habit that will last while we have good weather.

Whether you are a seasoned walker or tend to waddle like me, today is the day to get out and motivate those feet – one in front of the other – for thirty minutes.  Some can do that all at once and some like me will have to do either two fifteen minute walks or three ten minute walks.  I was so happy to read that the results are the same regardless – isn’t that great?

Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.  – Gene Tunney

There are obvious benefits when you walk.  It strengthens your heart and lungs as your breathing increases, but it is good for your legs and helps define your muscles.  There are mental benefits that are almost immediate – a sense of well-being and accomplishment help you feel more positive about yourself and about other projects you tackle.  The human body was not created to sit around all the time.  You are worth a half hour of exercise every day – YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Some folks walk at our local mall every day.  I’d rather get outside to walk, but whatever helps you get started – do it!  Taking that first step in a very literal way is what matters.  It’s nice to get together with other walkers for support.  The time goes so much faster when you’re engaged in conversation along with jokes and laughter.  It’s possible to exercise alone, but it’s not as much fun.

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.   Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.  – Raymond Inmon

As you walk along, it’s amazing how many threads of inspiration are weaved together as you keep moving.  Most of my scathingly brilliant ideas come to me as I’m walking.  Some days I’m bombarded with creative notions just waiting to be launched.

Sometimes I take a camera with me on a walk, but that can slow me down if my goal is to realize health benefits.  A camera usually goes with me when I’m more interested in mental benefits and a little stroll.  Every bit of it helps.  Just get out and enjoy God’s creation.  It will make you feel better!  😉