Lifestyle

Eat Healthy and Exercise as a Way to Honor God

Have you ever been frustrated in years past because you cannot seem to stay motivated long enough to consistently exercise and eat healthy? Do you feel like you have the discipline for a short time, but then fall back into old habits and quit caring because it feels useless. As we begin the New Year by setting new goals, here is a new perspective that I believe can keep you on track.

How might things change for if you decided to eat healthy and exercise as a way to honor God?

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, there is no doubt that there are things in your life you have decided to give to Him such as your finances, time, resources, marriage, children, work, etc. Why then, as women, do we sometimes try and take on the battle of our health and fitness within our own strength, discipline and power?

Here are a couple of common scenarios.

1. You have good intentions to get up in the morning to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise, but you cannot seem to find the motivation or desire to do it consistently.

2. You have had a stressful day, tired and frustrated and you think you have earned the right to over indulge with “comfort foods”. Do either of those sound familiar?

How do you think you may might handle the situation different, if you paused and asked yourself, “what is the best way I could honor and bring worship to God with body right now?”

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever, you do, do all to the Glory of God.”

Last week, Adrienne challenged us in her blog to ask if the health and goals we are setting is a way to bring honor to self or the Lord. I have to be honest; I have not always had it right. My motives to eat healthy and be fit have not always been pure and frankly, somewhat selfish. However, I have discovered my motivation is stronger when I take out the “me” factor and do it as unto the Lord as a blessing to Him. God wants us to worship Him with what with our body. Deciding not to over indulge, eat out of emotions and taking time to care for your body through physical activity can bring Him honor.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through HIM who strengthens me.”

God does now want or expect us to “try” harder on our own. He will give us strength to face the big things and the small things. Our health is just as important to Him as it is to us. Why not ask Him for strength that is not of our own.

I do believe this year can be different. If you would like to learn how to eat healthy as a way to Honor God, I would love for you to join me in my free telephone seminar, Thursday January 21, 2016 at 12:00pm -12:45pm Central time.

During our time, I will share,

• How to make healthy eating a part of your lifestyle in place of yo-yo dieting.

• How to manage triggers such as time and emotions that can lead to overeating.

• How to honor God in all you do including your time and food.

To reserve your spot, email crystal@yourfitnessdesigner.com or text 409-550-7606. Let 2016 start off with the right heart and attitude to make healthy living a part of your lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising as a way to honor God

Single mothers sticking together

Any girl, regardless of age,  would say friends are essential for the ups and downs of life, but I would say friends that can relate to you or vice versa during the ups and downs of life is gold.
 
Before I became a single mother, I had the liberty to go and come as I pleased with any one of my friends, but as my life changed into the new role of being a single mother, it wasn't that simple anymore. Most all my friends at the time  were single with no children and although they all cared dearly for my daughter and I and would do anything for us, my life style had completely changed and I no longer could keep up with them. A simple night out with the girls became more and more difficult as my duties of a mother grew and grew. Even my two sisters that I am very close with couldn't relate to all the stuff I was going through, because they both were married with families. They would never know what it means to be a single mother.
 
It was then that I decided to venture out and meet other young single mothers that I could be-friend, and I did. I can honestly say that aside from the satisfaction I had in life again that I could only get from Christ, having friends that were also single mothers helped me stay humble and grounded. Just knowing that someone else out there truly and genuinely could understand all of the emotions I felt, was priceless.  I no longer found myself trying to keep up the the lifestyle I once had and instead I learned to embraced my new life with the help of seeing other women go through the same exact thing.  
 
Now, I am not saying to dump all your friends that are not single mothers, just remember to love the life you have now been blessed with, and God will truly honor you for it.
 
Life was never meant for us to go through it alone. If that was the case, then we would never be able to move on.
 
Keepin' it real!
 
Helen

Hairstyle vs. Lifestyle

Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.

Hubert de Givenchy

In the documentary Good Hair, Chris Rock investigates the marvel of African American women and their hair. He attempts to sell African American hair, only to hear vendors tell him it’s not Good Hair. He interviews women who pay $1000+ for hair pieces and sacrifice family necessities to have Good Hair.

In 1993, Dr. Jo Anne Cornwell, Associate Professor at San Diego State University launched Sisterlocks, a trademark company dedicated to empowering women to embrace their cultural roots by rejecting chemicals and processes that negate the natural state of their hair. Sisterlocks is a natural hair management system which allows women with tightly textured hair to take advantage of a wide range of today’s hair styles without having to alter the natural texture of their hair. Rather than processing the hair  to straighten it, Sisterlocks maximizes the natural characteristics of the hair.

Vivianne Pearson, Round Rock, Texas, noticed a co-worker's hair about two years ago. She was impressed with what looked like tiny braids in a uniformed pattern, only to find out they were not braids but Sisterlocks. She recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia where she attended a four-day training to become a Certified Sisterlocks Consultant. Not only is she enjoying a life free from chemicals, but celebrates the money she is saving. I love educating African American women about how to embrace their natural beauty.

Sisterlocks is not about a hairstyle, it's about a lifestyle.

-Sisterlocks

For information about Sisterlocks, contact Vivianne at lockcouture.com or 803-719-2632.