If you’re feeling tired and ready to quit right now, I have a word for you…
You have more in you!
You are stronger than you think!
You can win if you don’t quit.
You see, what life has taught me is….
Being tired is not the enemy.
I dare you not to quit!
I challenge you to keep going, to keep pushing…
As this powerful video illustrates, champions are made in the tough moments.
So, don’t quit when you’re tired. Quit when you’re done.
Keep pressing forward,
I have come to realize something about people. At some point or another, we all struggle with the idea of doing hard things.
Many people are not willing to do the hard work that makes...
Pick your passion - A fulfilling marriage, a booming business, a skyrocketing career, an impactful ministry, a powerful prayer life, a big bank account, or a banging body - It doesn't matter what word you insert, the reality is still the same: IT WILL BE HARD BEFORE IT GETS EASY.
BUT there is good news...
Isaiah 41:10 AMPBC: Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
If you are struggling with your health and wellness journey, press through the pressure. Keep going even though it is hard.
You can do hard!
Until next time,
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I have a simple question for you today…do you know why you are here? If your answer is "no" or "I’m not sure", I want you to listen up and listen up good.
You are not here by accident!
You do have a purpose!
You were created for greatness!
You, yes YOU, are the answer to someone’s prayer!
You are not meant to wander aimlessly. There IS a purpose for you being here and if you follow the plan, there is an awesome future ahead of you!
How do I know? Because scripture tells me so…
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
1. Do you know what His purpose is for you?
2. Are you striving every day to fulfill it?
If your answer is no to either of these questions, I want to let you in on a little secret…
This is the little secret that the weight loss gurus are not talking about. The reason we overeat has very little to do with food!
This is precisely why getting a new diet plan or food tracking app is not enough to right the ship. It’s going to take more because it is the lack of more – more excitement, more passion, more purpose, that is holding you back!
So, before you sign up for that smoothie challenge your girlfriend told you about or that new gym membership, I challenge you to get clear on what you want out of life because if you don’t know exactly where you want to go, chances are you will end up somewhere else!
What does the life you want look, feel, sound, and smell like? More importantly what type of person do you need to be to obtain and maintain that kind of life? It's one thing to get there, it is something altogether different to stay there. Winston Churchill says: "The empires of the future are empires of the mind." In Proverbs 28:18, the bible says without a vision the people perish. Both are right.
Nearly four months of 2018 are gone. You can't get them back. But Lord willing, you still have 8 months left. Let’s make ‘em count.
Until next time,
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1. Never wait more than four hours between eating a small snack or a meal.
No matter who you are, it is nearly impossible to keep portions in control when you are hungry. If you tend to get caught up in activities and forget to eat, set an alarm on your phone to remind you.
2. Make sure your meals are a combination of protein and fiber.
Both keep blood sugar levels stable and aid in satiety to fight off that ravenous feeling that leads to overeating. Black beans, lima beans, peas, broccoli, blackberries, and avocado are all good sources of fiber. Pair them with grilled, baked, or roasted chicken, turkey, and on occasion, lean beef.
3. Drink water throughout the day.
It is all too easy to confuse feelings of thirst for hunger. You end up consuming too much food when you really just need to hydrate. If you find it a challenge to sip on water, add a splash of lemon or lime with a touch of Stevia.
4. Fill up on fiber—especially veggies.
When you are feeling full, you are a lot less likely to overeat. Veggies are packed with fiber and are low in calories, so load up on them.
In addition to these four tips, check out our top portion-control strategies and see what works best for you. FYI—many of these work great for us!
5. Cut your food into very small, bite-size pieces.
Do this with everything—salad, burritos, pasta, apples, cookies, etc. Researchers are trying to figure out exactly why this works, but they theorize that cutting up foods into multiple, bite-sized pieces may perceptually look like more food and, therefore, elicit greater satiation than a single-piece food portion.
6. Use salad plates.
They are smaller than traditional plates and if you tend to overfill your plate, you will do less damage with a salad plate.
7. Slow down.
It takes 20 minutes for the brain to receive the signal that the body has received food. We all tend to eat quickly when we are hungry and it is easy to overeat before you even get close to 20 minutes!
8. Plan in advance what you will and will not eat.
For example, if you go to your meal knowing that you are having a salad for an appetizer and eating only half of your entrée, you will not overeat your main course simply because it is in front of you. Instead, you will be conscious and have a plan as to when you will stop eating.
I will be the first to stay that consistent application of these tips is not always easy but it is possible. When the going gets tough, the believer gets going with prayer!
Here is a scripture to stand on:
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] ~Philippians 4:13 (Amplified)
Amen and Amen!
Until next time,
Say that you and your best friend are both on a 1,600 calorie per day diet.
You built your 1,600 calorie diet using mostly lean protein, veggies, fruit, and little healthy fat.
Your friend chose LOTS of sugar, rice, bread, pasta, crackers etc., but the calories still add up to 1,600 at the end of the day.
Would you lose weight at the same rate? Would you both look lean and toned?
Calories in, calories out, right?
The truth is our bodies treat protein, fat, and carbohydrate calories very differently so you and friend will look very different 6 months from now. YOU will be a lot leaner than your friend.
Bread, pasta, crackers, and even some sugars are NOT the enemy but too much of a good thing is...well...too much of a good thing!
So if you are putting in the work, stay the course. Staying "on point" WILL maximize your results. The types of foods you eat and the portion sizes DO matter. So aim to stay on track 80%-90% of the time.
Until next time,
How hard are you willing to work for your dream of being healthy and fit? It's going to require pain. It's going to require sacrifice. And yes, sometimes you will fail.
The question is not will life happen, but rather what will YOU do when it does? Will you believe in yourself? In the God in you? Will you have patience with yourself? Will you fight for it? Will you be stronger than your excuses?
I love this video because it reminds us that there will be dark days but if we stay focused, we will WIN and step into the greatness God has for us!
It's not easy, but it's worth it.
Let's go get it today!
Tam’s Thoughts: Dieting
It is often said that diets don’t work. The truth is that some diets do work. It is not the diet methodology that is always the problem. The real problem is human nature.
Human nature will only put up with self-denial for so long. When its limit has been reached, it rears its ugly head, demands what it craves, and expects there to be no consequences. Human nature constantly screams about the sacrifices it has made – no matter how small or how inconsistent – and ignores its shortcomings. It always wants to receive the full reward while doing only a part of the work.
Diets are not always the issue. Often the real issue is the MINDSET that we bring to the table when we start a new diet regimen. If we view dieting (which is really a decision to eat healthy foods more often and eat them in the right portions), as torture and something we can do haphazardly, we will continue to see the on-again-off-again cycle repeat itself. Again, it is not the diet that is at fault. It is the mindset of the person attempting to diet that is to blame.
If you really want to lose weight and keep it off, don’t waste time searching for the diet that will give you the fastest result. Don’t think that you can get by with only making changes for a few weeks, go back to your old habits, and still stay the same size. It will not work.
Instead, invest your time and energy in developing the mindset that creates consistent results. Buy into the idea of a lifestyle change hook, line, and sinker. Why? Because if we really think about it, the lifestyle we are living right now is responsible for the life we currently have. It only stands to reason that if we want a different result this time, we must change the way we do life!
Until you change the way you think – about food, exercise, yourself, and your priorities - nothing really changes.
Dieting DOES work when you have the right mindset.
Until next time,
This week I challenge you to remember two things:
1. Your Why.
2. Your Where.
Why did you start this journey towards health and wholeness in the first place? Go back to that moment that triggered the “enough is enough.” Feel that emotion and let it inspire you to keep fighting.
Where do you want to go? I know sometimes it seems like the distance from point A to point B is an eternity away but today I don’t want you to concentrate on the pain; I challenge you to focus on the promise. The promise of a new day and of a new life.
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.” ~Unknown
The choices you make (or don’t make) today ARE important. Choose wisely.
In what ONE area could you make different choices and get better results?
Let’s have a great week!
"You will never rise above your level of belief and self-esteem."
I want you to be successful. I want you to have everything in life you are supposed to have so today, I am going to share with you one of my own personal success secrets. If you apply it consistently for the next 7 days, you will position yourself for great things.
The Power of the Morning Mantra
For as long as I can remember, I've been taught "you have what you say." It's an age old biblical principle that has made its way into modern culture and for good reason.
"It's not so important what others say about you, it's what YOU
say about you that really counts."
What have YOU been saying about you up until this point? Have you been encouraging yourself? Challenging yourself? Motivating yourself? If the answer is no or if you haven't settled into a rhythm of doing this consistently, I want to help you get your mind right by sharing my "morning mantra" with you.
Click here to access my Morning Mantra.
Repeat after me every day for the next 7 days and watch how your attitude changes!
Seriously, it takes less than 1 minute to say the morning mantra so say it with me daily okay? You'll be glad you did.
Keep pushing FORWARD!
No one is perfect; we all veer from our chosen path on occasion. But what if it's more than an occasional issue? What if it happens again and again? And as hard as you try, you seem to keep finding yourself in the same situation over and over again?
I've been that person. On a mission to change my life one moment and completely off course the next. I wanted things to be different, but like the driver of an out-of-control car, I didn't know how to regain control. I was all over the place. One minute I was trying Weight Watchers and hitting the gym. The next minute I was undoing everything I'd worked so hard for by consistently making bad food choices. When I saw a Mrs. Fields Cookies in the mall, I couldn't seem to pass them up. When I had a bad day at work, I skipped the gym and went home. Things seemed so out of balance, so far off course, that I wasn't even sure I could gain control again. So, I gave up. I quit. I threw in the towel. It looked and felt like an impossible situation, so I figured, "why try?”
Have you been having “why try” moments?
If your answer is "yes", you owe it to yourself to click here for this week's Monday Motivation from someone who knows a thing or two about ups and downs.
Be encouraged and NEVER give up,
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