Focusing on what is good

Day 70:

“Fix Your Mind On What Is Good”

~With so much going on these days and with all the challenges that I face, today’s devotion was everything!

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8–9”

“In the struggles and the busyness of everyday life, staying focused on the Lord is certainly a challenge. Be disciplined to make time every day to pray and reflect on God and His goodness. This is the work of the heart and the path to true recovery and freedom. Today, I encourage you to take your eyes off of food, the scale, the diets, and the insane weight goals. Then, fix your mind on what is true and honorable, right and pure, lovely and admirable.

If you really want to live in peace, start focusing on the health of your soul. Don’t be caught up in the insanity and busyness of the world, and don’t be overwhelmed by discouragement when it comes your way. Fixing your thoughts on the heart of God is a choice you have to keep making. I hope you will put one foot in front of the other today: Practice, practice, and practice some more, and you will find your piece.”

Excerpt From


Dr. Rhona Epstein

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Michael’s Fundraisers for The Play Brigade

Michael’s Fundraisers for The Play Brigade

My husband, Michael, is blind, and he is raising money to run the Boston Marathon in 2019 for inclusion of kids with disabilities in play, recreation and sports for The Play Brigade. All profits will go towards Michael’s goal. Please share and support as much as you can. Thank you!

Michael’s Play Brigade Fundraiser page. An organization that empowers with inclusion.

Play Brigade Info:

Braille Run 🏃🏽 🏃🏿‍♀️ T-shirts! Available for a limited time.

Get your braille/print “run” unisex t-shirt in various colors. All profits will go to Michael Besson’s Boston Marathon Run for The Play Brigade, supporting inclusion.

Please share with your networks to support The Play Brigade. Thank you!

Kids’ tees:

Adult Tees:

Nalida’s Etsy Shop for braille “run” Jewelry

Run Your OWN Race: “Run And Not Be Weary”

Run Your OWN Race: “Run And Not Be Weary”

I started the virtual 2019 The Bible Series runs by doing the “Run and not be weary” 3.1 miles/5K. My husband also participated and as he’s training for the Boston Marathon, he did 11 miles yesterday with his guides and teammates. I’m much slower. They are much faster. They are increasing their mileage each week but with the vigorous running schedule and training they are doing, they also are getting faster and more efficient.

I finished in 49 minutes and 37 seconds and I am not concerned with speed and a time. I have a full-time job outside the home and a full-time job inside the home as a mom of three great kids who happen to have several disabilities and chronic health conditions. I’m not training for anything in particular. l’m exercising for my mental and physical health. And I’m supporting my husband in every way I can as he takes the many hours needed weekly to train for the marathon. I took care of my kids, got lunch prepped for when my husband got back from his long run, and started walking with several intervals of running. I ran and walked also to support a charity that receives part of the proceeds for each run and that helps hungry children globally. And I got a COOL eagle metal with the Isaiah 40:31 scripture on it.

So walk or run your own race. It’s not a competition with what other people are doing. The focus is on improving ourselves and nourishing our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible Series


Transformation—Big Changes, Big Results

Happy New Year!

And here’s some healthy inspiration for the beginning of the year and #TransformationTuesday!

Before Michael and I met over 20 years ago, he was morbidly obese at about 500 pounds. His heart kept “jumping.” He went to what was then called Boston City Hospital with a friend and said all the nurses and doctors were dismayed. The doctor told him that each time his heart “jumped,” he should thank God that he was alive because that was his heart wanting to stop with his weight reaching 496 pounds that day. His waist was 54 inches. His lifestyle included eating an entire large bucket of fried chicken and a 2-liter coke by himself for one meal. Soon after that doctor’s visit, Michael made the decision to throw out all the meat in his freezer and become pescatarian (including seafood but not other meat). He lost over 200 pounds!

When we met, he was around 280 pounds. About 7 years ago, we both lost about 20 pounds just by stopping soda and most juices. Then in July 2013 I went from a junk food vegetarian to a nutrient-rich WFPB eater after praying, having an epiphany and reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat To Live. That launched my health journey and I’ve learned so much since then. Michael supported me and ate what I cooked at home but didn’t make a big change. He lost about 20 more pounds “tagging along” with me and got to a 44-inch waist.

In 2017 Big Change The Film came to film me and my family in their upcoming documentary. I wanted to do it because I thought it would help people. I’m forever grateful to them because the first person it helped was my husband! Having the Kaufman’s (of visit us and knowing of the other remarkable people in the film really did something for Michael. It sparked something in him and he started to research more on his own. Around that time his blood pressure got to 184/111 (June 2017) and he got on meds and that was AFTER he had cleaned up his diet and went 100% Nutritarian WFPB and was feeling better so God knows what it was before. That summer we went to New Jersey to hear Dr. Fuhrman speak and also visited with friends Anthony Masiello and his family (Anthony was in the 2nd Edition of Eat To Live). Michael really related to Anthony who had lost a substantial amount of weight and was no longer hypertensive. AND he’s kept the weight off for over a decade. I joke that Michael must have finally realized that my journey wasn’t just a fluke.

Michael is now less than 180 pounds and wears a loose size 34 waist pants and medium t-shirt. (He’s around 5’9/10”). He was able to get off the blood pressure medication two months after starting it (got off it completely on 8/27/2017) because of the Big Change he made in his diet and lifestyle. Now he is training to run the 2019 Boston Marathon for a great organization called The Play Brigade that supports inclusion in play, recreation and sports for people of all abilities!



New Year, New You?

Since late Fall, I’ve personally been focusing on the spiritual work related to food addiction. The free app by Barb Raveling is very helpful. It’s called “I Deserve a Donut and Other Lies That Make You Eat.” Her other Bible study books about overeating and food addiction are also great. I recently started a 90 Day devotional to food freedom by Dr. Rhona Epstein to be completed on my birthday, March 21st. It is a Game Changer!! I really want to dig deep and embrace truth. I don’t want ANY food to be a stronghold—even an apple. I don’t want any lies or excuses for myself and overeating on “compliant” food because even IF I didn’t gain an ounce doing it (but we know certain healthy foods can still make us gain), that still shows a disordered relationship with food and food being a stronghold.

It’s more than just being slim or thin or staying my current size 6 for me. It’s a spiritual battle to be won with God’s strength helping me and by His grace. That’s where I am, humbly learning more, making deeper commitments, and hopefully getting in better spiritual as well as physical and mental shape.

I’ve had a very challenging and depressing year with an additional chronic illness for one of my kids who already has significant disabilities. So I’m grateful to still be here and leaning on God’s strength now instead of trying to still rely on my own and failing. Everything feels “lighter” and calmer even amidst the challenges life throws my way daily so my goal is to keep moving in that direction. New year, new spiritual you to finally change the mental and physical you to your best and fullest potential by God’s grace. That’s the new year, new you *I* want!