Food and Exercise
doesn't need to be
"sheer drudgery," nor difficult, expensive,
or exposing to worldly values."
Walk! Audio Tape: "Walk By Faith" - As
stay-at-home moms with a great deal of responsibility,
it's easy to neglect our own physical fitness. This is not
to lay a burden of guilt on anyone! But being in better
shape will give you more energy for all the demands on your
life. I know, I've been at both ends of the spectrum!
Exercise doesn't need to be "sheer drudgery,"
nor difficult, nor expensive, nor exposing to worldly values.
Walk" audio tapes are the ideal solution! I have used
these for several years and love them! I just pop
one into my walkman and take off for an invigorating walk
around my neighborhood while enjoying and being uplifted
spiritually by the music. I love to praise
and worship the Lord right along with it! (Just a
side note: My "ideal workout," in case you'd like
to know, is 4 or 5 times a week, to go for a one-mile walk
after doing about 10-20 minutes of floor exercise and/or
aerobics of some sort. Like I LOVE exercising to a
favorite music CD, like V*Enna which our daughter, Sharnessa,
did!!! (See the red box at the bottom of this page.)
Here's what it says on the back of the box that the tape
comes in: "For aerobic exercise that's upbeat
and uplifting, it's Praise! Walk. This is a
wonderful way to work out while listening to joyful, Scripture-based
Praise and worship music. It makes walking ~ whether
you already enjoy it or not ~ a totally different experience!!!
(This company produces many different tapes; we just
carry this one ~ which just happens to be my favorite!)
also highly recommend the "Praise Workout Circuit
Training Video" - We are unable to get it, but it should
be available at your Christian bookstore. You do this video right
in your home! It's challenging enough to not be boring after
only five times through, yet easy enough for even the beginner! It
presents three levels of fitness at the same time so you can start
working at the level that's right for you, and then work up from there
as you become more aerobically fit. This is designed as "step aerobics,"
to be done with a "bench" or "step," however, it
can be done just as effectively without a step; just do it on the flat
floor! It ends with
13 minutes of abdominal exercises and stretch and relaxation. The
directions are good and the music is uplifting and energetic.
Weigh Down Diet - by Gwen
Shamblin. The biblical principles taught in this book will revolutionize your
ideas about food and dieting! This is not a "diet" in the
traditional sense of the word, but to the extent that what you eat is
your "diet." It will help you revamp your relationship with
food, and remove it from the "high place" in your heart.
This message is really 90% about your relationship with God, 10% about
food. I have a few thoughts on this
that you might be interested in hearing. Click here:
to read them. To visit the Weigh Down website, click on the book
cover. (To get back here to my website, you'll
need to click on the BACK button on your browser as once you leave to
go there, you'll no longer be at my website, so there will be no links
to get you back here.)
/ 310 pages) $22.95
OK, about the next few resources...
to the double black line.) After having learned a few things along the way, largely in the spiritual arena (which affects
all of life,) there are a few concepts in the realms of
"eating" and "exercise" that I no longer
fully agree with and, therefore, can't just blanketly recommend books
presenting those concepts that I now disagree with "in the spirit."
What I have learned from Weigh Down (and found to be
true by personal experience) somewhat negates or alters things I have learned in some other
areas. Specifically, something that's taught in the following books that I disagree with is that
"The Way" to lose weight is to simply exercise away what you eat or to eat healthy. The main idea of Weigh Down,
on the other hand, is to simply not eat more than you need ~ meaning you wait until you're hungry to eat, and stop when
you're full ~ rather than "atone for your sin" of overindulgence
by exercising it away. So I recommend reading The Weigh Down Diet
first to get a good foundation and perspective, and then read
these others as I feel they contain much insight and help that
Down doesn't cover because its focus is primarily spiritual.
Please see "My humble thoughts on
Losing Weight, Exercise, and Weigh Down" for where
I'm at with all this now.
Fit or Fat by Covert Bailey. This book gave me a fresh, entertaining yet insightful and encouraging look at exercise and fitness. While I do not agree with some of the concepts regarding food (having gone through Weigh Down ), there is still much to learn here that will greatly benefit and free you up in this area! (I used this as part of "Health" for my high schoolers.)
John McDougall. This is the first book I ever read on "health
supporting foods" and it really impacted me. Now that I
have incorporated Weigh Down into my life, does all this
just go out the window? Trying to lose weight through healthful
eating while still overindulging in healthy foods has, but
I still feel we need an awareness of what God made and how
He designed our bodies to optimally function. This book
will show you the benefits of the wonderful foods He created,
and the harmful effects and logical consequences of eating
"foods" that are not good for you. I still eat them, but
in moderation. You can really go "hog wild" with this –
or any – health food program. My (strong) recommendation
is that you use it to increase your awareness of foods and
their effects and ask God to show you what and how much
He wants you to implement into your life.
this one hour session Dave and I share "our
story." It is not so much a "workshop"
as it is a testimony of God's amazing power to work, even when He
has only extremely imperfect clay to work with, and even when the
clay does NOT want to be worked with! We have now been
married for 26 years (as of fall 2001), but ours is NOT a
"they got married and live happily ever after"
story. Of course, very few seem to have stories of that
nature. Several years ago we came very close to divorce,
even being separated for six months. Our story is not
simple, not easy to hear, nor will what happened with us be true
for ~ or work with ~ other couples in similar (sinking)
boats. But we KNOW that nothing is impossible with
God!!!!!!!! And we love to tell what He did to save our
marriage from the brink of hell, and redeem it to the point of not
being able to recognize it from our earlier years. Some will
come away with renewed hope for their own situations, others will
have further insight for how to keep their marriages from drifting
into the "danger zone," and others will come away simply
saying "Wow!!! GOD IS AMAZING!!!" And, of
course, you will know "us" a little (lot) better in the
process. (Kleenex advised.) (1 Tape/ 1
CD $8.00 [coming soon]