10 Baby Steps Towards Healthier Living

Whether you want to begin living a healthy lifestyle or your doctor has said you need to make changes, these baby steps will give you a jumpstart. This list and future posts in this series are actually reminders to myself of what I’ve learned and to keep my self on track. Or in some cases to get back on track. So please don’t think I have this living healthy thing mastered. I just do the best that I can. Since it’s helped me to feel better and to lose unwanted weight, I figured you may like the info too.  I have provided more in depth information with plenty of links to articles and  videos to view as you have time. {Bookmark this page to reference later. Be sure to sign up for email reminders found in the sidebar or at the end of this post.}

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Disclaimer: I am not an expert. I have learned alot through the years doing my best to be a good steward of this body God has given me. I simply want to share what I’ve learned with you. Remember, these are just baby steps to lead you to the next step of healthy living. For instance in number 3, I suggest you dilute fruit juice. Some experts say to avoid it altogether due to it’s high sugar (albeit natural) content. My belief is that diluted fruit juice is a much better choice than a can of pop. Over time as you dilute, you add more water and less fruit juice. See? Baby steps.

Knowledge is power. Start slow. Take a deep breath. Now, let’s not waste anymore time, let’s get started.


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“Nobody will mourn for me,” Dr. Ryan Stone tells herself. “Nobody will pray for my soul.”

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Listening to In The Market with Janet Parshall, my daughter and I became intrigued with the newly released movie Gravity.

Ms. Parshall and her call-in guests raved over the Sandra Bullock film.

With great curiosity, we decided to check it out for ourselves.

The next evening, my family enjoyed movie night out and saw Gravity.

We chose to watch the budget friendly “regular” version rather than 3D. So glad we did!

My first words when the lights came back on, “If we saw this in 3D, I’m pretty sure I would’ve lost my lunch!”


Lots of suspense! My palms sweaty and my body trembling throughout.

Not giving any spoilers away that aren’t seen in trailers, there was a lot of spinning.


Hence, my losing lunch statement.

This movie fantastic, the acting superb. I was able to step right into the main character.

There were a few chuckles overheard. And tears shed.

The hands-down saddest moment in the film for me was when Dr. Ryan Stone lost all hope.


She muttered the following words to herself:

“I’ve never said a prayer in my life.”

Nobody ever taught me how.

I cried! How many people do I know who are in the same place?

Who have never said a prayer.

Simply because they were never taught.

Do I even want to know?

To know how many people are within my reach and have never been taught to pray.

Dear Reader,

Please know that there is no right nor wrong way to pray. No special words needed. No equipment. You don’t need to close your eyes. You don’t need to kneel. In the beginning it may feel awkward. You may question if anyone is listening. That is ok. The important thing here is that you try. You will find that the more you talk to God, the easier it becomes. Soon you will be talking to Him non-stop throughout your day. 

Speak to Him the same as you do your best friend. You can begin with  ‘Hey God,’ ‘Dear Heavenly Father,’ ‘Lord Jesus,’ ‘Father God’…however you are comfortable. Start out perhaps by thanking Him for your meals before eating. I like to finish up with ‘In Jesus’ name. Amen’

We were created to be in fellowship with God. He wants a relationship with us. He wants us to reach out to Him. Please don’t let another day go by without a conversation with Him. That is what prayer is after-all…a conversation. 

Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. ~Max Lucado

Here is a guide you can use when praying:

P – praise. Praise God for something good that happened in your life.

R – repent. Repent of something wrong that you did. Tell God you’re sorry and will try not to repeat the disobedience to Him.

A – ask. Ask the Lord for something you desire within His will for you.

Y – yield. Submit yourself to do the will of God for your life.

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College Bound~Bless the Letting Go

Bless: to invoke divine care for (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bless)

Today our niece is college bound. Stirs up memories within my soul.

Several years ago we were saying goodbye to our oldest child.

I remember it as if it were yesterday.

The bundle of emotion.

The good. The bad. The scary.

The shopping was exciting. Necessities for dorm life. Food. First Aid kit. School supplies. Clothes. Housekeeping supplies.

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Preparing was such fun!

We had worked towards this day for eighteen years.
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True Joy


October 11

My mother passed away over ten years ago. Where was God you ask?

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Finding Myself

Less than a month and sixeen posts into this blog.

Something is missing.

Already I’m feeling frustrated. It’s not me.

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In the garden

garden sign: my garden my heaven

I miss my garden this time of year.

Somehow in the garden is where I feel most connected to my Creator.

I have curled up in the rows of beans and poured  my heart out to Him many a time.

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That is how life began. Adam. Then Eve. Cain. Then Abel.

Jesus entered the world as a baby creating a family of Mary and Joseph.

Families are the foundation of society. Faith is the the foundation of resilient families.

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