Thrift stores have proved a treasure-trove of resources for books to add to my “fitness library”. Averaging around a tenth of what these tomes would cost new, I’ve come across some great reads. If memory serves me right, Mark Twain said, “I am a part of all that I have met”, and this holds true for my gleaning info from these well-written books.
From some sources, perhaps just a few thoughts might be what I’ve imprinted on my mind, while others have dozens of dog-eared pages I peruse from time-to-time. The First Place 4 Health materials, Thoroughly Fit, Bod 4 God, Never Say Diet, and Winning the Food Fight are written from a Christian perspective, and the others are secular reads.
All these (please see my updated “Resource Faves” at the top of my page) have an important place on my book shelf, as they’ve helped keep me focused on my weight-loss journey, which I’ve discovered has no end! Indeed, my healthy eating plan isn’t a diet… something I “get on” and plan to “get off” at some time when my scale hits the number I’m seeking. It’s a lifestyle I plan (and pray) to continue as long as I have the physical and mental abilities to do so.
Yes, these resources are “part of all that I have met”, and I’m thankful that they’ve found their way into my possession! Since this is my hundredth blog as Slimvictory, I thought this would be a good topic for this milestone!
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My favorite place to find “new” resources for my library!
This Saturday, I’m planning to participate (with three others from our community) in a statewide First Place 4 Health leadership training seminar. This incredibly-successful program (www.firstplace4health.com ) focuses on the four components of a person’s life: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
The program materials assume that those who consider taking part in the 12-week group sessions accept (or are open to) the fact that they are the creation of a loving God. With this knowledge, they can run the gamut from being passionate to just a bit curious about discovering how that truth plays out in their lives, and how to apply it to their weight-loss journey.
Make no mistake – First Place 4 Health (FP4H) is not just a Bible study. The nutrition plans are well-researched, thorough, sound and widely accepted as a healthy way to eat that one can live with the rest of his/her life. A member’s kit contains resources covering scores of topics (from time management to developing a healthy self-image to making wise choices with meal planning), DVDs (including one about emotional eating), and a hardback book chronicling FP4H from its beginning in 1981 to the present, and sharing numerous success stories of men and women. And another vital part of the program is the encouragement and support members receive from being part of a like-minded group.
Back to the four-sided person: the FP4H premise of looking at these four components recognizes that weight-loss success isn’t just about controlling the appetite. There is often emotional baggage one must deal with before habits can be permanently overcome and changed. Some may just not have the nutritional know-how to make wise choices. And others may come to realize a spiritual void in their lives, and journey toward wholeness in that area.
It’s easy to prioritize the physical aspects of weight management, but countless individuals have seen lasting success by focusing on the whole person. I hope you will consider the FP4H program in your healthy lifestyle quest!
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- Adding a spiritual focus to your weight-loss efforts can improve chances of success. (Photo by Ann Maniscalco)
Hubby and I celebrated a milestone yesterday. When we weighed in on the scale at a nearby hospital, we found we’d reached a joint weight loss of 50.5 pounds! (I’ve lost 23, and he’s gotten rid of 27.5.)
Even though I’m within a couple of pounds of my goal, I know this is not just a “diet” to get off of…I’ll have to stay vigilant with maintenance, eating pretty much like I’ve learned to do over these past months.
Since one of my goals is to have a good balance in the four areas of my life (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), I’m considering beginning a First Place 4 Health (Christian weight loss program) in my area, as there are none nearby. As many people have discovered, there is within each of us an intense longing for something more, and food is just one way people try to fill the void that only God can satisfy. After focusing so much on the physical side these past months, I now want to spend more of my time on the spiritual aspect. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
Yes, I’m looking forward to a rich feasting on God’s word…and no calories to count! For more info on the First Place program, log on to www.firstplace4health.com – you can find such things as program details, resources, success stories, their current newsletter, recipes, and how to locate a group near you.
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