Small steps in faith

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Ok...if you ate anything on the list from my last post, here is a way to burn off the calories and fat

5 Reasons to Walk
Posted by Debbie Rocker

Start walking now. Here are the 5 most important reasons why:

Walking is a cardiovascular exercise - it is good for your heart. Which is enough of a reason to walk in and of itself, but walking is good for your head too. Walking is great for clearing your mind and rejuvenating. Because it is aerobic, it helps condition your heart - you already know this, but it can condition your mind as well since you are releasing endorphins, enjoying nature, and doing something good for yourself. Walk alone one day and just "feel" the experience. Maybe I should have called this reason number 1 and 2 - oh well.

Walking is weight bearing - we build bone strength by carrying weight. Since your body is weight (lest I remind you), walking helps build lower body bone density which helps prevent osteoporosis. Check out my weighted WALKVEST ( to really build bone strength and bone density. And guess what - you need to pay attention to doing exercises that build bone density and prevent osteoporosis sooner than you think. We all begin losing bone density (it's a natural occurrence in us all) in our late 20s or early 30s. Read the stats. The bone loss process begins early - people recognize it (unaware that it has been happening for years) when it is in the later stages and our bones are already brittle. But osteoporosis is preventable - so start walk and do other weight bearing exercises (for your upper and lower body) now.

Walking is cardiovascular - did I say that before? I believe I did. But there are even more aerobic benefits to walking, like the fact that walking helps burn excess calories so you can lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight. Should I have mad this one number 1?

Walking is free. We like that!

Walking is beneficial to everyone. At any age or any fitness level, walking is safe, effective and enjoyable exercise! OK, so this is 5, 6, and 7...just do it, you'll feel better and you'll look better!

Friday, July 28, 2006

A heart attack wating to happen :)

Ok this is totally sick...I'm ready to give up fast food !!

Beware of these 10 high-fat fast-food concoctions.
by Sally Wadyka for MSN Health & Fitness

According to the American Heart Association recommendations, your daily fat intake should not be more than 30 percent of your total calories, with saturated fat contributing no more than 7 percent. For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that means fewer than 600 calories from fat, or less than 66 grams. And within that total, saturated fat should be limited to fewer than 15 grams (if you are worried about high cholesterol or heart disease, that number should be even lower).
McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast is a smorgasbord of bad-for-you foods—including eggs, sausage, pancakes smothered in syrup and margarine, hash browns and a biscuit. In moderation, any of these items could be an OK (if occasional) breakfast, but add them together and you’re looking at a grand total of 1,220 calories, 550 of them from fat, including 17 grams of saturated fat.

Burger King’s Triple Whopper With Cheese is a perfect example of why more is not better. A regular Whopper With Cheese already delivers 760 calories, 47 grams of total fat including 16 grams of saturated fat. But when you triple it up, this meal tips the scales at 1,230 calories and 82 grams of fat including 32 grams of saturated fat. (And that’s before you order a side of fries!)

You might think you’re doing a good thing by ordering the Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad. But don’t let the word “salad” delude you into believing that this meal is healthy. This bowlful of goodies packs 860 calories, 46 grams of total fat, 14 grams of which are saturated fat.

Sure there are thin-crust options at Pizza Hut, but if you dive into a Stuffed Crust Meat Lover’spie, you’d better warn your arteries in advance. Two slices of this will stuff you with 1,000 calories, 82 grams of total fat, 22 grams of it saturated.
Popping into Cinnabon for a Caramel Pecanbon isn’t exactly a breakfast of champions. This gooey pastry packs 1,100 calories and 56 grams of fat, while providing virtually no worthwhile nutrients.

Boston Market is one of the better stops for quick, healthy bites, but you still have to watch what you order. For example, the menu includes a chicken pot pie that contains 750 calories and 46 grams of fat, including 14 grams of the saturated sort.

Subway may have several healthy sandwiches (the ones that helped poster-boy Jared slim down), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few bad choices on offer. Avoid the 6-inch Double Meat Classic Tuna, which, thanks to lots of artery-clogging cheese and mayonnaise, packs 790 calories, 55 grams of fat, including 16 grams of saturated fat.

Domino’s ExtravaganZZa Feast deep-dish pizza is a feast indeed. The pie comes topped with pepperoni, ham, green pepper, onion, black olives, mushrooms, sausage, beef and extra cheese. That might help explain why it also comes with 860 calories, 46 grams of fat and 17 grams of saturated fat in just two slices.

The fried chicken seems like an obviously unhealthy choice at KFC, but it’s actually not the fattiest item on the menu. The Mashed Potato Bowl With Gravy contains 690 calories and 31 grams of fat, nine of them saturated.

On a hot summer day, a stop at Dairy Queen seems like the perfect treat. But watch out that you’re not treating yourself to more than you bargained for. A large serving of its Caramel CheeseQuake Blizzard means spooning up a whopping 1,290 calories, 500 of those calories come from fat, including 39 grams of saturated fat.

Sally Wadyka is a Boulder, Colo.-based freelance writer who writes regularly for Shape, Runner’s World, Real Simple and the New York Times.

"The Great Omission" by Dallas Willard

This will be a great online book discussion on living as a disciple "an active,concrete, 24/7 life with Jesus"
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Thursday, July 27, 2006

What's on your "My Space"

I just finished listening to a message on 722 by Louie Giglio. The message deals with "tattooing" your life with either light or darkness. In the middle of the message Louie brings up "My Space". It seems someone has created a my space page for him. ( He found this out by typing his name in Google) He went to the page and started looking around at what they had on the page. The person who created the page does have a disclaimer that it's not maintained by Louie. When he began to click on the "top 8 friends" section , he noticed something . There were "friends" who put him on their "who I would like to meet" list. They had "Christian" in their profile. When he went to comments they talked about going to 722...but they also talked about going to clubs and getting drunk,they used profanity "wtf" as he put it, they had pictures that he immediately clicked off of . They were creating a blur between the light and the dark. It's very easy to get sucked in to "the world".
I have a my space I initially signed up because I couldn't get on "3rd Place" on my space and make comments without signing up. I looked at my page after I listened to his message. I see nothing wrong with "my space" as long as you're not being drawn into the darkness and instead creating a light.
So what's on your my space? What pictures,what language,what music?

Fears this blog to read my post on fear

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

"You lift us up on wings like eagles"

Everlasting God
Brenton Brown, Ken Riley

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,

we will wait upon the Lord
we will wait upon the Lord (repeat)

Our God You reign for - ev - er

Our hope Our strong de - liv - rer

You are the everlasting God
the everlasting God
You do not faint You won't grow weary

and You're the defender of the weak

You comfort those in need

You lift us up on wings like eagles

I really like this song If you've never heard it listen to 722 worship music for this month

Monday, July 24, 2006 experience with God

The place,the time,the music,the love and hearts of sharing...all for God..there are no words to explain this awesome worship experience last night

Writing down prayer requests ,tying them to a balloon and watching them all float up into the air is something that everyone needs to control to God

Wind(Spirit) is helpful,it can be devastating, it is healing and it is uncontrollable

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Accepting forgiveness

I'm going through a book on Sat am with my friend Tina called "When Wallflowers Dance" by Angela Thomas I told Tina this morning that if this woman lived here I think we could be friends That actually says a lot for me because I don't trust most women ...christian or not so I don't have too many female friendships.
Anyway ..In the chapter we talked about she's dealing with clear conscience and forgiveness and she talks about the role of society

"We live in such a dark society that I think we've come to accept our society's darkness as an unavoidable part of our own. It can begin to feel as if we are required to pull this ball and chain of guilt and private struggle around with us. Besides, it seems everybody else does it. "

My personal thought on this as well is that "religious people" can make us feel this way They like to judge and focus on "imperfections"

"But it does not have to be so. We belong to God, and He has made a way for us to live in the light. We can live with a clear conscience because of the freedom Christ gives us. We can pursue a clean life even if no one else around us wants to go there, and even if others continue to remind us of our mistakes. We do not have to be shackled to guilt and the shame of poor choices for a lifetime. Because of Jesus, we can serve God with a clear conscience."

I think sometimes this is a hard thing to realize because there are those "toxic" people out there who like to remind us over and over again of our imperfections and failures."

"In case you haven't thought about it lately, when the God of heaven and earth forgives there is nothing that can happen to make it less, and there is nothing you can do to make it more. Forgiven in the name of Jesus means your conscience is clear"

Stop beating yourself up, stop listening to those people who remind you of your failures or imperfections. Surround yourself with people who know how to build you up and who know what it means to forgive and to be forgiven.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A light at the end of the dark tunnel

Sometimes it's a journey to get to the light at the end...but it's there

Monday, July 17, 2006

Real love "the Lyle Lovett kind"

"I heard once that real love doesn't ask what is in it for me; it just gives unconditionally. It just tries to take the weight out of somebody else's pack, lessen his load, and if it gets reciprocated, that's great, but that isn't what you did it for. It makes me wonder if real love, not the crap that we trade on the street, but real love, longtime, old-couple love, is another metaphor. I mean, I was thinking about it the other day and I couldn't think of a purpose for love in terms of Darwinian mechanisms. It seems like there is a reason for sex, for lust and all of that, but what about love? How does love, like beauty and light, help the Darwinian process? And I wondered if love itself, the real thing, the Lyle Lovett kind, wasn't another metaphor for God."

Donald Miller "Through Painted Deserts"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Last night our creative arts team met at Starbucks to discuss the next Element service The theme ...wind
As we're talking about wind ..what it is,the effects,what it sounds like...a tornado is touching down near the Dayton Mall...
How powerful it that ?!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Dangerous Wonder

I just finished reading a book called "Dangerous Wonder" by Michael Yaconelli My friend Adam let me borrow it It was a great book to refresh my view of my faith and to make it more like "faith of a child"

"My prayer is not that you will finish reading this book with great new intellectual understanding of the Christian faith; but rather, that somewhere in your reading you will hear the whisper of Jesus."
That's always my hope too that I will read a book and at the end know that God spoke into my ear and straight to my heart.

This book deals with different areas of childhood that describe how our faith should be ..

Dangerous wonder... "To be in the presence of God, frightened and amazed at the same time"

Risky curiosity...Asking questions so that "truth is being worked out, not just listened to" There are no wrong questions

Wild abandon..."Following Jesus" as our focus more than "the rules"

Daring playfulness..."Jesus knew how to play as well as pray, how to laugh as well as cry He plays with our souls.

Wide-eyed listening..listening to the whisper of God.."Savoring ..Immersing ourselves in His presence, hearing Him with all of our senses"

Irresponsible passion....learning to live our lives with the same passion and love that Christ has for us

Happy terror....Loving God but also having that awe and respect for Him...Like a child with a parent..."It's time to become a people whose God is big and holy and frightening and gentle and tender and ours; a God whose love frightens us into His strong and powerful arms where He dares to hold us in His terrifying, loving presence."

Naive grace....This chapter is one of my favorites It deals with grace God's grace being so outside the lines just as children color outside the lines "The grace of God sees beyond the scribbling to the heart of the scribbler"

Childlike faith...Telling God what you are genuinely thinking knowing when to ask for help praying and playing like a child This chapter has my favorite story about the little boy who goes up on stage at a concert and starts banging out chopsticks..And the concert pianist who comes up and plays with him and tells him "Don't stop playing"

This book is definitely at the top of my list of favorites now....

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Losing weight

As I was growing up and even in my 20's and early 30's, the one thing I never had to worry about was gaining weight In fact in my teens I was actually underweight When I got married I weighed 105 lbs...then I had 2 children,ate alot of junk and didn't exercise so now in my 40's I found myself continually adding to my weight. I weigh about 20 lbs more than I want to and I have less energy for the last 2 weeks I have been on a mission to practice what I preach I'm a diabetes educator so I preach meal planning(we hate the word "diet" and exercise Now I'm preaching it to myself I stopped drinking pop and went to water I had to cut back on my candy intake ( I'm addicted to pure sugar candy like Mike and Ikes, gobstoppers, and Sugar Babies), and I increased my walking time to an hour 3-4 times a week It's worked I have lost 5lbs(3 last week and 2 this week)
It's HARD the days I work I don't feel like walking the days I'm off I have to make a conscious effort not to eat between meals Also, I LOVE vanilla lattes at Starbucks and we are there at least 7 times if not more a week That's my "comfort" so I switched to skim milk
I know this is going to get harder but I'm stubborn and determined :)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Sharing faith at the beach

I thought this was such a cool way for someone to share their faith The man creates sand images like these every day in Ocean City , Maryland His name is Chuck Ritchey Sr. Every day he creates a masterpiece and every day the tide washes it away and he starts over again the next day What a gift !

Friday, July 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Sissy

My sister and I are 1 yr and 2wks apart When we were little everyone thought we were twins..we never could figure out why because as you can see from the picture of her (with her son, Marc) she looks nothing like me ...we didn't realize there was such a thing as fraternal twins
We have always been close in age and close in heart Even though she lives 600+ miles away in Vermont, we are still best friends

Happy Birthday Sissy !!!!!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

4th of July

I watched this last year and forgot all about it until I was watching ESPN with Zach and there it was It is totally disgusting to watch but I had to see if this guy could beat his record and he did....54 hot dogs in 12 minutes....UGH!

What's a good way to spend a rainy day? Shopping for bargains There were some good ones out there We went to Guitar Center to look around..nice guitars but I don't really know that much about them ...some are very expensive ie 2000+
Borders is one of my favorite stores.. Bottled water is very cheap at Sam's and Dick's had good discounts..I was able to find my sister's birthday present :)

We spent the evening with the Yosick's ..pray for Dylan..he is in Mexico on a mission trip and is sick (Montezuma's revenge) He had to go to the doctor down there to get some medicine so hopefully he'll start feeling better Even though it rained we were able to grill out and Jeff and Tyler did a fireworks show for us

So... back to work tomorrow :(

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Self preservation vs self sacrifice

Where is your focus?

Is it working to get "things" to make life easier or is working to make a difference in a life somehow?

Is it having friends who can give to you or is having friends that you can give to?

Is it going to church to make yourself feel spiritual or is it going to church to reach out and serve others?

Sometimes it's good to ask yourself these questions and answer honestly

Where is your heart....really?

Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't think only about your own affairs,but be interested in others,too, and what they are doing
Philippians 2: 3,4