Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

My girls are technology freaks!  As are most other children in this day and age.  I get it.  I’m a little obsessed with the internet and Twitter and Facebook and the list goes on.  One of my pastor’s described TV and Computers as amusement, which requires no thinking just enjoying.  Who wouldn’t like that?!? My girls could sit in front of the TV or computer all day long if I would let them.

But at the same time, they need exercise to keep them healthy and fit.  They need to get up off of their bohunkus’ and move around some.  Go climb a tree or ride a bike.  I guess they are getting to the ages when climbing trees and riding bikes aren’t their favorite things to do.  Snapper will go to her room and play with her dolls or pet-shops sometimes, but that doesn’t include any exercise.

I needed a compromise! I need them to move and they want to sit.  So here is my deal with them: FOR EVERY MINUTE THEY SPEND EXERCISING ON THE ELLIPTICAL OR SOME OTHER WAY, THEY GET A MINUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

We have been working on this for about 5 days now and so far so good.  They usually get an average of 30 minutes.  I guess it will take time for them to build up the muscles and endurance to last longer during exercise.

In addition to their earned tech-time, we usually watch a family movie together at night before bed.  It’s a bonus for them!

The Milk Maid


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It seems as the New Year rolls around and I’m feeling especially plump from all the holiday goodies, I get on a dieting kick.   I feel like those commercials that show people wearing their morning donut on their hips.  By now, I have figured out that the No Carb, Low Carb diets work like a charm for me.   Carbs are my weakness and they go straight to my tummy!  And why not diet?  I can loose 5 pounds in two weeks just by cutting my carb intake (majorly).  It satisfies the instant gratification that we all enjoy.

Sunday, at church, a wonderful lady made the comment about gaining a little weight and wondered if she should loose any.  Then she said, “But does the Lord want me to loose weight?”.  Wow!  What a thought provoking statement.

Do we diet for our own vanity or for our health?  I’ve done a little Biblical research and this is what I’ve concluded:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

So you are to take care of your body because it is where the Holy Spirit resides.  Simply put!

Galations 5:26

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

When we diet to look thinner and compare our waist-lines to others, we are being vain.  God certainly is not getting the glory in it.

Proverbs 23:2

Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

Dieting is a temporary change in eating habits.  We indulge our selves in all the wonderful food that is available to us, then find we are unhappy with our reflection in the mirror.  We think to our selves, “I’ll cut back for a couple of week, drop a few pounds, then back to my old ways of eating”.    We as a nation are guilty of gluttony.  We over indulge in our eating habits.  It all comes down to self-control which is a fruit of the spirit (Galations 5:22).  We must learn to control our eating.

Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

So I guess my conclusion is that before you make the decision that you need to loose weight by dieting, you should look at the heart of your reason.  Are you doing it to stay healthy and take care of your body?  Is it an eating life style change or a temporary reprieve from your usual indulgence?  Who will get the glory?  You or God?

1 Samuel 16:7

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

The views listed above are my own thoughts and are in no way considered a standard by which anyone should base their beliefs. As on all things, you should prayerfully consider God’s will for you.  I would love to hear your thoughts and revelations on this subject.

Prayerfully and Thoughtfully,

The Milk Maid

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