Transformation from Teen to Adulthood

Today I found these pictures of me from 1988. I was just a kid really (still a teen) but had already been obese for several years by then and would remain so for decades until I made a big change in 2013. Now, 30 years later, and well over 120 pounds lighter, I feel better than I’ve EVER felt. I’m so grateful for this awesome journey. Praise God!

#TransformationTuesday

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Great to run again!

Nini and I got up extra early and went back in the yard today for a run/walk. Then I did some weight lifting/strength training indoors. While outside, Nini said wasn’t it great to be running again! She was so happy. It helped our mood and we are planning for more consistent workouts like this.

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Is Food Addiction Getting in the way of The Lord’s work for you?

Part of last year’s reading but always relevant and great for us to revisit. Let’s not let unhealthy eating habits and other addictions stand in the way of the work and ministries the Lord has set before us.

“ARE WE “DIGGING our own graves with forks and knives,” as a leading doctor claims?1 A new study “reveals that obesity is linked to very high rates of chronic illnesses— higher than living in poverty, and much higher than smoking or drinking.”2 Have we adequately considered the health risks of obesity, not to mention the spiritual side of obesity?”

“I do not want to lay a guilt trip on anyone, and if you are overweight or aware that your diet is unhealthy, you probably feel bad enough already. So the last thing I want to do is make you feel even worse. Instead, I want to talk with you heart-to-heart, encouraging you to consider whether there might be a serious spiritual dimension to unhealthy eating.”

“Do you have food addictions? If so, what are they? Confess them to the Lord as sinful and destructive.”

Excerpts From

Breaking the Stronghold of Food

Michael L. Brown

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/breaking-the-stronghold-of-food/id1190164389?mt=11

This material may be protected by copyright. Dr. Joel Fuhrman is doctor referred to.

Healthy Neighborhood Block Party

Getting ready for the Let’s Get Moving Healthy Neighborhood Block Party starting at 12:30 today! Looking forward to sharing two of my healthy Sugar-Oil-Salt free whole food plant based recipes—my Sweet Potato Pie Pudding recipe featured in my book as well as my creamy Sunflower Sour Cream Dip/Dressing (not in book)AND doing a cooking demo for them. If you don’t have the book but want the recipes and live in my community, come on over to Elmhurst Park from 12:30 to 3:30 today! I will try to go live with the cooking demos for the recipes from the Plant Based, God’s Grace FB page.

Bonus: I’m going to offer a free copy (or two) of my book for participants who visit my table. Will have samples from the cooking demos, free recipes, and “PBGG Tips and Resources For Health, & Eating For Sustained Weight Loss and Maintenance.”

There will be many other participants as well offering information and free services and resources.

But first I’m going to do my full body strength training workout!

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Warrior

Nini and I met up with our Daughters of the Dust GirlTrek walking group today. Nini is ALWAYS happy about going and has been asking since last night if we’re going to walk. She got up extra early on her own and was already dressed to go before I was even up! She had her oatmeal with fruit and waited for me to get ready.

When our walk leader texted the group and I told them Nini was already dressed and ready, we all got motivated to get going. So Nini got the Warrior Poster of Harriet Tubman for inspiring us today and she was so proud of that! Harriet Tubman walked countless miles freeing enslaved black people and we all want to be warriors like she was.

#WalkingWarriors

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What do you have to lose–or gain?

I posted these words and pictures two years ago today on my public Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/plantbasedgodsgrace. I’m grateful for this nutrient-rich, whole food plant based lifestyle that have allowed me to maintain my health gains and weight loss without medication since I began my journey in 2013! I had nothing to lose when I started–eating a lot more delicious fruits, vegetables, and beans certainly couldn’t hurt. And if it was good enough for Adam and Eve, it was good enough for me.

What do you have to lose–or gain? What’s your why? Do you want to be able to live well and pursue your God-given vocations and the ministries He has set in your heart to pursue? Is your poor health stopping you due to a nutrient-poor diet of processed foods and junk foods? Why not just start today? Don’t put it off. Don’t wait on working to improve your health. Start today on this lifelong journey. You are worth it and so is your family and community. Do it for yourself and them.

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My son had his 9th birthday party today. After my older daughter took this picture of me and the birthday boy, I thought back to the year I started my health journey and how my son inspired me to change and live healthy. After coming back from vacation in July 2013 (first picture) I was so sick and everywhere on and in my body hurt. I was so afraid and when I looked into my son’s sweet face, I knew I wanted to live as long as I could without causing my own demise so that I could be there for my son, daughters, and husband for as long as God permitted me. He inspired me to “eat to live” and pick up Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book of that name and follow it. Each year I have steadily improved and continue to stay on this journey, by God’s grace. Today at the bowling place I thought, I feel so great!! I’m so grateful.

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This one was in April 2018. I’m the same size but Michael Jr. is taller. 🙂