Monday, February 19, 2018

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved - Review

I got this book yesterday and finished reading it today. I think what grabbed me was how similar it was to a story in my family.

It’s a story of cancer. A story where it comes suddenly. It appears at Stage IV and has spread to the liver and who knows where else. Maybe life can be prolonged but there will be no cure.
So where is God in all of this?

You may think it would be a sad book and not one that you would want to read. I understand that. Of course, there has to be sadness in a terrible story like this but there is also so much that can be learned when you are given an intimate window into the life of the one who is afflicted.

So where is God in all of this? That’s what the book is about. And you will be surprised at all of the twists and turns there are in thinking about that.

It’s also a book that can help us who are on the outside to better know what helps and what doesn’t.

I can’t recommend it enough!

Find more about the book here:

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Problem With Weight Loss

Me - before and after.
The problem with weight loss is: What will you do once you reach your goal? Many people decide that they will celebrate with all of the foods they have deprived themselves of. Most have no idea as they have never thought about it, somehow thinking that things will magically change once the pounds are gone.

The common thing is for people to go back to the same eating habits and before long they have regained all the weight they lost and usually more.

That is the problem with most diets. The way you eat on them is not something you can or want to continue to do.

Losing weight is hard. I know. It was over 7 years ago that I began a weight loss journey. In 9 months I lost 70 pounds. I have not gained it back. Statistically I am in a very small percentage of people.

We want a fast and easy way to lose weight that doesn’t require us to change anything long-term. The result is the long-term works against us.

In the last 7 years I have been saddened over and over to see so many friends try one fad diet after another. I think the lack of success finally convinces them that it is impossible and they might as well get used to being overweight and unhealthy.

Do you know that if you reduce your daily calorie intake by just 500 calories you can lose a pound a week? Of course that requires knowing how many calories you should have each day. You also have to track the calories of what goes into your mouth. It’s actually a lot easier that you might think.

A bunch of small steps will lead to great progress. Slow and steady wins this race.

The path I followed and the one I live by is not easy but it’s not all that hard either. It sure beats being winded by just walking up the stairs from the basement. A life change is what we need. Yes, change is hard but after a while it becomes normal and that normal can be so liberating.

I invite you to read about my journey. Your path may be a little different but I think you will find it to be a commonsense and doable way of life. Nothing for sale and no fads. Follow this link to get started: My Weight Loss Journey - 70 pounds gone. 

The problem with losing weight is that most people find it again. Don't let that be you,

Here’s to a better you!