Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31

Proverbs 10:25
When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

When the group began, there were sixteen people involved. They all made a contract to lose twenty pounds by spring. Spring was less than two weeks away, and the group was down to seven members. As Jean walked along the sidewalk toward the building where her group met, she noticed some small saplings bending in the stiff March breeze. Some had broken off, but a few determined little plants held on for dear life. 'I'm like that,' Jean thought. 'Most of the others have given up, but I'm going to hang in there, no matter how stiff the challenge.' Perseverance is a huge part of a successful diet. Continually ask God for commitment to your cause. He is good to give it.

Today's Thought:  I'm determined to make it, no matter what!

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Today's Tip:  To reduce the amount of fat you consume, use skim milk as opposed to whole. One cup of whole milk contains 8 g of fat and 150 calories. The same amount of skim milk has only trace amounts of fat and 86 calories. If you absolutely can't stand skim milk, then try to work your way down by using low-fat milk, such as 1%, which contains 3 g of fat and 102 calories per cup. This advice does not apply to children, since their nutritional requirements are different.

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Chutney Cheese Sandwich

2 slices whole grain bread
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. Major Grey chutney

Spread a slice of bread with chutney, then cover with cheese. Top with other slice of bread. Place sandwich in a nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Toast on each side until cheese melts. Open sandwich and tuck in fresh spinach leaves or watercress sprigs.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30

Colossians 3:23
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.

Alice was right: Doug had been doing his diet halfway. His heart hadn't really been in it, and Alice asked him why he was even doing it at all. Now, he felt he was ready. Alice had offered the challenge, and he aimed to take her up on it. No more halfway measures: he was going to throw all his energy and commitment into losing some weight. God wants us to mean what we say. Our yes must mean yes, and our no must mean no. Whatever we choose to do, we ought to do it fully, for God wants children with commitment and resolve, not indecision and insincerity.

Today's Thought:  My diet is an all-or-nothing proposition!

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Today's Tip:  Add More Activity

Find ways to build more activity into each day - take the stairs rather than the elevator. Park in the far corner of the parking lot rather than near the door. Put on music and dance through chores or just for fun.

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Fruit-Filled Breakfast Wontons

8 square wonton skins
1/4 c golden raisins
4 large walnut halves, cut in half
1 tbs packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Bring a large pot of water to a simmer.  Brush edges of wonton skins with water to moisten.  Place raisins and walnuts in the centers of the wonton skins; fold in half on the diagonal, pressing the edges to seal tightly.  Place the wontons in the simmering water about 1 minute.  With a slotted spoon, transfer the wontons
to paper towels to drain; place them on the baking sheet.  In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the wontons.  Bake until lightly browned and crisp, 8-10 min.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29

Ephesians 4:1
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.

Rodney let himself go completely. His friends were uncomfortable when he was around. He ate constantly, and he seemed to grow larger by the day. No one knew how to talk to him about it, so they let it slide. Finally, Barb took him aside and asked him why he was destroying himself. She told him that people were losing their respect for him and couldn't understand it. In anger, Rodney told Barb it was none of her business and stormed off. As Christians, it is other people's business when we follow paths that are not worthy of Jesus Christ. He has called us to be living examples of Himself. To be less than that is a sin. Let us try to live life in a body fit for Christ.

Today's thought: Do people see Christ when they look at me?


Today's Tip:  Reduce calories

Reduce your calories by a further 200 per day, but do not go below 1000 calories per day unless you are on a medically supervised program. Tactics would be cutting portions and eliminating fattier food, substituting fruits and vegetables for other snacks. If you begin to lose more than 1.5 pounds a week, add back in those 200 calories.


Spicy Cilantro Salsa

• 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
• 3 large fresh tomatoes, diced
• 1 red onion, diced
• 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
• 2 tomatillos, diced
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 1 teaspoon hot chili sauce (such as Sriracha)
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seed
• Salt, to taste

Mix together the cilantro, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, tomatillos, lime juice, hot chili sauce and cumin seed in a large bowl. Season with salt to taste.

Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving to blend flavors. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28

2 Timothy 2:6 - NLT
Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Wendy thought she was dieting for her husband and family. She kept telling herself she was doing it for them, anyway. As the pounds melted away, however, Wendy realized something very important. No matter who she said she was doing it for, she came out the big winner. She looked better, she felt better, and she loved every minute of it. She knew she was doing something really right. She put forth a lot of sweat and tears, and she was reaping the big benefits. Not only was she dieting for her family, but she was doing it for herself, and that was a good thing. She was worth it.

Today's Thought: My diet is a really great decision on my part!


Today's Tip: Walk More

Your walking program should build up progressively, increasing your total mileage by no more than 10% a week in order to avoid injury. Look at your walking progress and increase your mileage according to that schedule. As you lose weight, you burn fewer calories per mile, so in order to have the same calories burned, you will need to steadily increase the distance that you walk.


Cereal Crunch Recipe

1 cup unsalted pretzel twists
1 1/2 cup cheerios
1 1/2 cup crispix cereal
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl or jar for a snack mix.

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27

Romans 10:9 - NLT
For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Why do so many people believe that God has absolute power over life and death but doubt whether He can do anything to help them transform a small part of their own lives? Why should a few pounds of flesh be a more insurmountable obstacle than a mountain or a stone that sealed a tomb? True faith reminds us that our Lord is the Lord of the impossible. He enables us to rise above our limitations through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our God must be the Lord of the diet, too. The Lord who resurrected Jesus Christ on Easter morning will faithfully resurrect us from a tomb of obesity and flesh. Trust in God's power, for by it we are saved.

Today's Thought: I need Jesus to save me from me!


Today's Tip:

Problem: Lowering your calories too much
Fact: It takes calories to burn calories.

Solution: Keep your calories slightly below your maintenance calories so that your energy and metabolism remain high. A deficit greater than 500-700 calories makes it much more difficult to maintain your lean body mass.


Weight Watchers Sweet Brown Bread

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. grated orange or lemon zest
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp.s alt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 egg
3 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 375*; spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a med. bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, orange zest, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, molasses and brown sugar. Pour over the flour mixture, mixing quickly to blend (do not overmix).

Transfer to the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes
out clean, 35-40 min. Cool completely on a rack.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 26

Philippians 1:23-24 - NLT
I am torn between two desires:  Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ.  That would be far better for me, but it is better for you that I live.

Paul questioned why God had put him on Earth in the first place. Being fat seemed like unnecessary torture. The diets were killers, and they didn't seem to do any good, anyway. What was the use of trying and failing over and over again? Better to never have been born. Despair and frustration are a part of dieting. Often it seems so hopeless. Still, God has given us life as a gift. We prepare ourselves in this life for eternal life in God's presence. Now is the time we need to learn self-discipline and control. Now is the time to strive to be everything we are meant to be. Our life in the flesh is necessary, and it is up to us to make sure we take proper care of ourselves.

Today's Thought: I'll try my hardest to lose weight today, because I may not get another chance!


Today's Tip:  When it comes to working out, many of us are creatures of habit. We do what we know. We stick with what's familiar and comfortable. The catch is that if you always do the same thing the same way, your body will adapt and your results will grind to a halt. This is especially true of strength training, where you need to keep your body guessing if you want to keep seeing results.


Oven Barbecued Chicken

6 skinless chicken breasts
3/4 c tomato sauce
2 tbs. honey
2 tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
1/2 tsp. red pepper sauce

Heat oven to 375. Place chicken in a single layer in an ungreased baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush sauce over chicken pieces. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Spoon remaining sauce over chicken prior to serving.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 25

Galatians 5:16 - NLT
So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit.  Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.

Dan made a resolution to use his breakfast and lunch times for prayer and reflection. He would eat something light, then spend the rest of the time in quiet time with God. It got him through some really tough periods of hunger and temptation. Refreshed by the time with God, Dan then no longer felt the desire to stuff himself. God strengthened him, gave him courage, and filled him with resistance enough to persevere. God will fill the emptiness we feel in our bellies. He will fill us with His own Holy Spirit and lead us away from temptation. Rely on God. His strength is offered to all who will but receive it.

Today's Thought: I would rather be Spirit-filled instead of calorie-filled!


Today's Tip: Refined starches, such as the white flour used for white bread and most crackers, are complex carbohydrates that have been stripped of their fiber and nutritious germ.  Whole grains, fruits and vegetables provide complex carbs, along with fiber, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and health-protective phytochemicals.


Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

1 c warm water
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 c whole-wheat flour
2 tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine water, yeast, and all-purpose flour in a large bowl. Mix well. Add whole-wheat flour, oil, and salt. With hands or large wooden spoon, work the ingredients together until the dough holds its shape.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic. If the dough becomes sticky while you are kneading it, sprinkle a bit more all-purpose flour over it.  Let dough rest until it doubled in size, 1 hour.

Place on a lightly floured surface, divide into two parts; roll into balls. Cover with a towel and let rest for 15 to 20 min. It is now ready to be shaped, topped and cooked.

Friday, July 24, 2015

July 24

Psalm 32:8
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Terry had been a savior. It was so nice to find someone who had gone through a long, hard diet before. God had really brought them together. At the time Lisa needed someone most, Terry had miraculously showed up. Lisa wondered whether Terry wasn't an angel in disguise. She had been such a great help. God often answers our prayers through the people He sends into our lives at key times. It is good to seek out the support of others who can relate to what we're going through. Pray that God will lead you to such people, so they might accompany you through the tough times.

Today's Thought:  Help me remember that I'm not alone!

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Today's Tip:  Watermelon. This delicious summertime treat is low in calories (80 calories for 2 generous cups); high in potassium; low in sodium; high in vitamins A and C; and has small amounts of calcium, iron, and fiber. The red varieties of watermelon also contain lycopene, the antioxidant also found in tomatoes that has been shown to
reduce the incidence of certain types of cancer.

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Low-Fat Rocky Road Brownies - 3 pts

4                    egg whites
1/2  cup           sugar
1      tbsp          vanilla
1/2  cup           cocoa powder -- sifted
1/2  tsp           baking powder
1/4  tsp           salt
1/2  cup           flour
1      cup           marshmallow cream

Preheat oven to 325º. Prepare a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and flour. In a mixing bowl, combine baking powder, cocoa/carob powder, salt and flour. In another mixing bowl, combine egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and marshmallow cream. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Bake for 18 mins.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 23

2 Thessalonians 1:4
. . .we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure.

Ed was on a severely restricted diet by order of his doctor. There were more foods he couldn't have than there were that he could. Almost everyone felt sorry for him, because they knew how much Ed loved his food. The only person who didn't seem to feel sorry for Ed was Ed. He accepted his fate with a smile and a shrug. His ability to adjust was a testimony to his faith and character. Many people found comfort in Ed's ability to take his diet in stride. His perseverance showed many people that it could be done. Through something so simple, God managed to touch the lives of many.

Today's Thought:  My diet is only as big a deal as I make it!

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Today's Tip:  Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it's calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that you take in. You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity.

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Easy Crock Pot Meatball Soup

16 oz. bag frozen fully cooked meatballs OR one batch Easy Meatballs
2 (14 oz.) cans condensed beef broth
1 cup water
2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with herbs, undrained
16 oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/8 tsp. pepper

Combine frozen meatballs, broth, water, and tomatoes in a 3-4 quart crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meatballs are tender when pierced with a fork. Stir in the frozen vegetables, thyme, and pepper and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 22

1 Corinthians 9:4
Have we not power to eat and to drink?

Kevin blamed the diets. Kevin blamed his friends. Kevin blamed a bad childhood, glands, communists, and a government plot. Kevin blamed
everyone but Kevin. Kevin tried and Kevin failed, but he never learned to take responsibility for his obesity. We can never hope to get anywhere unless we are willing to take ownership of our own
problems. God has given us freedom of choice. We have the ability to abuse that privilege if we so desire. It is our choice, however, and we control our own destiny. Dieting is nothing more than learning to tame a freedom that has degenerated into gluttony. God will help us tame that beast.

Today's Thought:  I'm in control of my life; my stomach isn't.

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This is one of the most powerful tools to help you stay on track or get back on track. Your journal can help you see where you are perhaps going over or under on your number of points for the day, or
aren't getting in the Guidelines for Healthy Living requirements.

Use your journal as a detective tool: Had a good week? Look over it at the end of the week and try and see what you think contributed to that success. Had a not so good week? Again, look over your journal to see what may have contributed to you playing a little looser with the program. Look at last week's journal for clues too, sometimes it takes a full week before the effects of a blown week show up.

Using the journal on a consistent basis is the best way to make sure that you're really eating the amount of food that you think you're eating, which can be two different things sometimes.

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Fruit Kabobs & Yogurt Dip

3 cups cut or small whole mixed fruit
8 skewers
3 cups aspartame-sweetened fat-free yogurt

Thread the fruit onto the skewers, alternating different types of fruit.  Serve 2 skewers to each person, along with 3/4 cup of yogurt for dunking.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 21

Colossians 4:2 - NLT
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Jane couldn't believe how much harder it was to diet now that Dottie had moved away. The strength and support of having someone to diet with had been immense. Just having someone to talk to had helped a lot. Now there was no one close by to say, 'No!' The only thing that was saving Jane was her reliance on God. Whenever she found herself tempted and wishing for Dottie's support, she closed her eyes and talked to God. His presence assured Jane, and she was able to withstand temptation. It was good to have God as close as a prayer. For that she was eternally grateful.

Today's Thought: Help in time of temptation is just one prayer away!



10. TEA


Almond Peach Smoothie

1 cup skim milk
1 cup sliced peaches
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup fat-free frozen vanilla yogurt

Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth and creamy. This makes a great breakfast.

Calories 173* Fat 1g* Fiber 1g *Cholesterol 2mg Carbohydrate 34g * Sodium 123mg

Weight Watcher Points - 3 points

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20

Philippians 3:14 - NLT
I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us up to heaven.

Stan lived to please people. He served his church, his job, and his family with total devotion. He was continually asking what he could do for others. There was nothing Stan would not do in order to please someone else. Stan had never worried about his weight until one Sunday when the pastor read that his body was the Lord's temple. From that day forward, Stan worked to make it a fit and healthy temple. Not only was God pleased at Stan's desire to improve himself, but He was also pleased by the example Stan set for others.

Today's Thought: I can actually glorify God just by losing weight!


Today's Tip:  How Do I Spot a Fad Diet?

  • Recommendations that promise a quick fix
  • Dire warnings of dangers from a single product or regimen claims that sound too good to be true
  • Simplistic conclusions drawn from a complex or single study dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations lists of "good" and "bad" foods 
  • Recommendations made to help sell a product
  • Recommendations based on studies published without review by other researchers
  • Recommendations from studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups
  • Eliminated one or more of the five food groups


1 c. soy sauce
1/3 c. sugar
4 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. five spice powder
2 bunches green onion
16 chicken tenders (approx. 2 lbs.)

Blend soy sauce, sugar, oil, ginger and five spice powder in a large bowl until the sugar dissolves. Stir in green onions. Add chicken tenders to marinade. Turn to coat. Cover chicken and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chicken RESERVING MARINADE. Arrange chicken in dish and bake until brown and tender, while basting occasionally with marinade.

Three tenders = 2 points.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 19

2 Timothy 4:7 - NLT
I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

Bonnie took a good look in the mirror. Amazing. She never thought she'd look this good again in her life. All the pain and torture and sacrifice was well worth it. She still couldn't believe it. She had dreamed of the day she would feel really good about her dieting, and that day had arrived. What a great feeling! If we will persevere, the day of triumph will indeed come. Like Paul, we need to fight the good fight, keep the faith, and complete the course. God promises to reward those who remain steadfast. Hold on to your dream and God will bless you richly.

Today's Thought: I am closer to my goal with each passing day!


Today's Tip: Questions to ask before choosing an exercise video:

Am I familiar with the instructor? Is the instructor certified? Before I buy it, does a friend own the same one or can I rent the video? Do they make any outlandish claims? (Lose 20 pounds in two weeks, or Firm up in only five minutes a day.)
Does it suit my specific needs? Do I have enough room to do the workout safely? Do I need special equipment or props (steps, barbells, stretch rope, chair)? How do I begin? Make sure you watch the video all the way through at least once before you attempt the workout so that you are well prepared.


2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
3 tbsp. dry minced onion
3 tbsp. Italian seasoning
Pinch of garlic powder
1/2 c. pre-cooked ground beef
2 to 3 oz. dry spaghetti

In crock pot, mix first 5 ingredients. Cook on low for all day, high for half a day. (NOTE: Raw beef can be used, but sauce will be "fattier".) No more than an hour before serving, boil spaghetti according to package directions, drain and rinse. Mix into spaghetti sauce. NOTE: The spaghetti will absorb the sauce and swell over time. It will still taste good!  Serves 3 people, 5 points per serving.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

July 18

1 Corinthians 9:12 - NLT
If you support others who preach to you, shouldn't we have an even greater right to be supported?  Yet we have never used this right.  We would rather put up with anything than put an obstacle in the way of the Good News about Christ.

Betty got so annoyed with Sarah. Sarah had lost so much weight, but whenever anyone asked her how she did it, she told them she couldn't have done it without God's help. That got old really fast. Why didn't she just take credit and let it go at that? Everything had to be a big spiritual production for Sarah! It's hard for some people to actually realize the power that Christians find in Jesus Christ. They can't understand our gratitude and thankfulness. We are partakers in a great and wonderful power, and it is right for us to acknowledge the source of that power. Christ saves lives, and He liberates us from things like obesity that threaten to make life less than it was meant to be.

Today's Thought: I will give thanks to God for His help in my diet!


Today's Tip:  Eating enough calories while you lose weight gives you "staying power."  It makes sense. It's much harder to stay on a very low calorie diet long enough to lose all of the weight you want. Being hungry is OK, feeling deprived and starved is not. Plus, very low calorie diets are
associated with binge eating, not something you want to face yourself


Vegetable Pizza Squares

8 oz. package refrigerated reduced fat crescent rolls
8 oz. package fat free cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. Ranch-style dressing mix
2 carrots, finely chopped
1/2 c. chopped red bell peppers
1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper
1/2 c. fresh broccoli, chopped
1/2 c. chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 375. Roll out crescent rolls into a single rectangle on a large non-stick baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 min. or until golden brown.  Mix cream cheese with ranch dressing mix and spread over cooled dough.  arrange veggies & chill.

Friday, July 17, 2015

July 17

2 Timothy 2:5 - NLT
And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules.

Susan lay looking up at the ceiling in her hospital room. She
couldn't believe everything had turned out as it did. Jill had
promised the pills were safe and that she would lose weight fast.
All the pills had done were to make her violently ill and land her
in the hospital. Shortcuts are not the answer. God has given us
willpower and a miraculous body that repairs itself if we give it
the chance. Dieting doesn't require chemicals or radical exercising.
Dieting requires mastery over our base desires and our selfish
natures. Rely on God. We need nothing else.

Today's Thought:  God can do more to help me than anything else I could find!

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Today's Tip:  Some frozen yogurts -- especially fat-free varieties -- are lower in calories and fat than some ice creams (they average about 200
calories and 0 grams of fat per cup). But remember, some low-fat and
fat-free no-sugar-added ice creams are just as waistline-friendly as
yogurts when it comes to saving calories.

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Garden Pasta Salad

1/2 lb. mostaccioli or small tube pasta
2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 zucchini, trimmed and thinly sliced
3 ounces black olives, pitted and sliced
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1/2 cup fat-free Italian dressing

Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al-dente. Drain and
transfer to a salad bowl. Add remaining ingredients and salt and
pepper to taste to pasta. Toss and let sit 30 minutes for flavors to

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 16

1 Thessalonians 3:4
For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should
suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Why don't diets get any easier? Chocolate cake is just as tempting a
month or two after you start dieting as it is the day after you
start. Time doesn't heal the cravings that go along with diets.
There is suffering in dieting. For that reason, a good attitude and
strong state of mind are essential for a productive, long-lasting
diet. God gives us strength of character and determination. There is
no tribulation, even dieting, that God can't get us through. Diets
may not ever get easy, but they do get manageable when we add God's
strength and perseverance to our own.

Today's Thought:  What seems impossible, God makes possible!

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Today's Tip:  Check Your Skin

Skin cancer is the number one cause of cancer in the United
States. Although most skin cancers can be cured if treated
in time, thousands of Americans die from it every year. It
is therefore very important to thoroughly examine your body
regularly for any lumps, bumps, growths, rashes, or other
abnormalities. Have somebody help examine you or use a
mirror so that you don't miss any areas. Show any findings
to your physician, who should also be examining your skin

- M. Ellman

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Iced Creme Caramel Soda

2 tbl dry milk powder
1 cup A&W diet cream soda
2 tbl caramel syrup
6-7 ice cubes.

Blender smooth dry milk powder, cream soda, caramel syrup, ice
cubes. Serve this wonderful treat in a tall, ice cream soda glass.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 15

Colossians 1:29 - NLT
That's why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ's mighty power that works within me.

Gail couldn't belive how much her life was changing. All through
college, Gail hadn't even set foot in a church. The only social
situation she had been comfortable in was where food was involved.
College had been lonely and unfulfilling, not to mention fattening.
Just recently she had attended church with her new neighbor, and it
was like coming home. She felt comfortable and accepted. Her
new-found relationship with Jesus Christ gave her a different
perspective on her life. She suddenly found a deep concern for her
appearance and health. As God became more and more a part of her
life, Gail vowed to become the best person she could possibly be.

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God's might is greater than my appetite!

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Today's Tip:  Signs of Dehydration

It is essential that you are aware of the warning signs of
dehydration and heat stress.

Early signs include:
-appetite loss
-dark urine with a strong odor
-flushed skin
-heat intolerance

Severe signs include:
-difficulty swallowing
-sunken eyes and dim vision
-painful urination
-numb skin
-shriveled skin
-muscle spasms

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1 Point Dessert

1 box of Fat Free Angel Food Cake (2 pts for the whole box)
1 box Sugar Free Black Cherry Jello (1 pt whole thing)
1/4 on 8 oz tub of Fat Free Whip Cream (not sure but is 0 for 2 tblsp
so I made it 1 pt in my book)

Mixed the cake, 1 1/4 cup water, and the pkg of jello mix well about 1 min tops.  Place in pan in over for 40 min 350 remove cool a few hrs.  Cool upside down in the pan.  Frost with 2 oz of the whipped cream.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 14

Philippians 1:6 - NLT
And God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.

Ron was one of the best contractors in the business. Every job he'd ever started, he'd completed to the client's satisfaction. He never left anything undone. His reputation was beyond reproach. No one ever had to worry when they had Ron working for them. When we rely on God to help us with our dieting, we can rest assured that He will stick with us throughout the entire process. God does not give up. When He begins a job, He finishes it. We can have complete confidence in God. He will help us realize our goal.

Today's Thought: With God's help, I can see this thing through to the end!


Today's Tip:  A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.



6 medium baking potatoes
1 tbl. olive oil
1 tbl. paprika
3 tsps. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper

1. Cut potatoes into wedges or slices and lightly spray a baking sheet with fat-free oil.
2. Place potato wedges or slices in a plastic bag with spices and half of the oil, then toss to cover all.
3. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes turning and brushing often with the remaining oil.
4. Broil about 5 minutes turning after 3 minutes.

Servings: 4. Fat 4 g, Calories 185, Fiber 4.3g

3 points per serving

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13

Ephesians 2:10 -- NLT
For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Randy couldn't believe how tough Bob's dad was on Bob. What was even more amazing was that Bob didn't seem to mind. Randy would have gone crazy if his own father demanded so much from him. Bob told him that his father was really a wonderful person and that he only wanted him to be the best person he could possibly be. Randy found it hard to believe, but one thing he did know: He sure wished he had as close a relationship with his own father as Bob had with his. Our heavenly Father expects a lot from us. He wants us to be everything we can be. Though He's tough on us at times, He will always stand beside us to help us when we try to improve.

Today's thought: When we aren't tough enough on ourselves, God will be as tough as we need Him to be!


Today's Tip:  Skip the Butter
Cooking with canola or olive oil may reduce heart disease risk. Just remember that even these "good" fats are loaded with calories, so use them in moderation


Tortilla Roll-Ups

1 flour tortilla - (8")
1 tbsp Miracle Whip Free nonfat dressing
1 tbsp Taco Bell Home Originals thick 'n chunky salsa
2 lettuce leaves
1 Kraft 2% milk singles process cheese food with added calcium
3 slice Oscar Mayer Free oven-roasted
turkey breast

Spread tortilla with dressing and salsa. top with lettuce, Kraft 2% milk
singles and turkey.

Roll up; secure with toothpick.

For a hot roll-up, prepare as directed except omit lettuce. Wrap tortilla
in paper towel. Microwave tortilla on High 1 minute and 15 seconds or
until thoroughly heated.

This recipe yields 1 serving -- 5 points.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

July 12

Galatians 1:10 - NLT
Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser!  No, I am triyng to please God.  If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant.

Granny wanted Ellen to lose weight. She used to offer her bribes all the time, to encourage her. The problem was, no matter how much weight Ellen lost, her grandmother wanted her to lose more. There was just no pleasing her. Instead of helping Ellen lose weight, Granny just made her more frustrated and discouraged. It wasn't until Ellen decided she wanted to lose weight for herself that it really worked for her. She prayed for God's help, and He delivered. Doing it for Granny wasn't enough, doing it for God and herself made it all worthwhile.

Today's thought: The more I care, the less I weigh!


Today's Tip:  A tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.


Cheesy Chips

10 small wonton wrappers
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Diagonally cut each wonton wrapper in half, forming two triangles.  Place in single layer on prepared baking sheet.

Combine cheese, oil and garlic powder in small bowl.  Sprinkle over wonton triangles.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.  Remove from oven.  Cool completely.  Makes 4 servings--2 points per serving.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 11

1 Corinthians 7:17 - NLT
You must accept whatever situation the Lord has put you in, and continue on as you were when God first called you . . .

Karen got so angry. Her friend Angie had started her diet at the same time Karen began. They had shopped together, eaten to-gether, exercised together, but Angie had lost seven pounds more. It wasn't fair. What was the use of dieting when she couldn't lose weight as fast as her friend? She put forth the same effort, but got less reward. God has made each of His children differently. No two are exactly alike. We are called by God to do our best with what we are given. We may not have the same results on our diet that others have on theirs, but that's okay. God will bless us for what we do and that's what really counts.

Today's thought: God will help me lose my weight without losing my mind!


Today's Tip:  Top 10 Weight Watchers Tips

Tip #1: Check Out Message Board for Recipes
Tip #2: Eat the Low Point Snack "Pirate's Booty"
Tip #3: Have a Cow, Man
Tip #4: What can Brown do for you?
Tip #5: Journals get to the point.
Tip #6: Out you go
Tip #7: Another Side of You
Tip #8: Fancy meeting you here
Tip #9: Remember Your Spouse When You're Cooking
Tip #10: You are Beautiful - Diet with a Smile


"Fit to Eat" Grilled Cheese Sandwich

2 slices whole grain bread
2 slices 1% milk-fat cheese

Sandwich 2 slices of cheese between 2 slices of unbuttered bread.  Brown each side lightly over medium heat, in a nonstick skillet coated with butter-flavored cooking spray, until cheese is melted.

Weight Watchers Point value depends on the type of bread and cheese you use.

Friday, July 10, 2015

July 10

Romans 8:18 - NLT
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

Jimmy was fascinated by the cocoon. He watched the caterpillar work on its new home for hours. Everyday he came in to look at the cocoon. When the monarch butterfly finally emerged, Jimmy was delighted. God works some amazing miracles in nature. It shouldn't be so hard to believe that He will work such miracles in the lives of His people. Losing weight might not seem like a miracle, but for those who struggle with their weight, it often feels as if only a miracle will suffice. If God can transform a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, He certainly can help us when all we want is to lose weight.

Today's Thought:  I am one of God's miracles, and He will help me be my best!

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Today's Tip:  Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

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Red, White and Blueberry Crisp

2 c blueberries
2 tbsp sugar
2 c strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 c uncooked old-fashioned oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp reduced-calorie margarine, melted
1/2 c lite whipped topping

Toss blueberries with 1 tbsp sugar; set aside. Toss
strawberries with 1 tbsp sugar; set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together oats, brown sugar and
margarine; spread mixture on a sheet pan and bake, stirring
occasionally, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Spread blueberries and strawberries in an 8 x 8-inch glass dish, alternating to create stripes. Sprinkle with oat topping, decorate with whipped topping and serve. Yields about 1/2 cup per serving.

Serves | 8
POINTS per serving | 2

Thursday, July 9, 2015

July 9

2 Peter 1:10 - NLT
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.

Beverly never let her Bible get very far away from her. At the first tiny pang of hunger, she grabbed it and immersed herself in the Gospels. Feeding on the word of God was much better for her than feeding her face, and it always took her mind off her hunger. God wouldn't let her fail. He gave her strength and commitment when she needed it the most. Her diet had helped make her a much stronger person, spiritually. She had seen God's power to help her lose weight, and it had given her even more confidence in His power to do other things. Beverly knew that her diligence and perseverance came from God and nowhere else.

Today's Thought:  I am keeping God between me and the refrigerator!

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Today's Tip:  A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

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Banana and Peach Chips

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 medium banana, sliced 1/4" thick
2 medium peaches, pitted and sliced 1/4" thick
Ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 175oF. Line large baking sheet with foil; spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl, combine lemon and lime juice. Dip banana and peach slices into juice; arrange in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Bake 2-3 hours, until golden. Store in airtight container.  Serves 4

WW Points: 1 point

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July 8

James 5:11 - NLT
We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

Gretchen wanted the job so badly. The doctor had told her she had to lose twenty pounds in order to pass the physical. Tina and Ann also had to lose weight to join the company. After a couple of weeks, Tina gave up. One week later, Ann folded, too. They both told Gretchen she was wasting her time. Gretchen didn't care. She held on, got her position, and never once regretted all she had to do to get it. She thanked the Lord that she had the strength to hold on when her friends had given up. Without His help, she never would have made it.

Today's Thought:  Job lost everything, and God blessed him greatly for what he suffered. If Job can endure, so can I!

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Today's Tip:  Are You Nuts for "Diet" Peanut Butter?
Well, the truth is, the reduced-fat variety is really not all that
different nutritionally from the regular kind. According to Jif, a
two-tablespoon serving of their regular creamy peanut butter is
comprised of 16 grams of fat and 190 calories. The reduced-fat version of creamy Jif: You're getting four less grams of fat for the same size serving -- 12 grams of fat for those two tablespoons -- but guess what? It has the same amountof calories as the regular kind, 190!

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Chocolate Cream Pie

In a bowl combine:
1/4 cup smooth Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
2 cups rice cereal
1 package sugar & fat free chocolate pudding
2 cups skim milk

Spray 9 inch pie plate and press mixture into plate. Freeze 1/2
hour. Prepare 1 envelope (serves 4) sugar free Chocolate Pudding Mix according to directions. Allow to cool. Pour into pie plate.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

8 slices of pie with 3 points per slice

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 7

Hebrews 11:6 - NLT
So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Tim always said that God really didn't help him much. The trouble was, Tim never did much for God, either. He rarely prayed, hardly went to church, and didn't even own a Bible. When someone suggested that Tim might go on a diet, he said dieting didn't do any good. Tim pursued a diet about as apathetically as he pursued God. We will never succeed in anything unless we dedicate ourselves-body, mind, and soul-to achieving our goal. A deep and driving faith can be the perfect model for our diets. If we will strive to lose weight as much as we strive after God, He will bless our effort.

Today's thought: I'm giving everything I've got to losing weight!


Today's Tip:

Do you have a tendency to taste everything while you're cooking a meal?  Try brushing your teeth before you begin preparing the meal.


Mock Ice Cream Sandwiches

1 box chocolate graham crackers
1 tub Lite Cool Whip

Break a rectangle chocolate graham cracker into two squares.  Squish a tablespoon of the Cool Whip between the two squares.  Wrap in Saran Wrap and freeze.  Repeat with all the graham crackers.

When they freeze, the graham cracker softens slightly and it's almost like an ice cream sandwich.

Weight Watchers:  1 point each

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6

Galatians 6:9 - NLT
So don't get tired of doing what is good.  Don't get discouraged and give up, for we reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

Janet was tired of dieting. She had been at it for almost six months. She looked better, and knew that she was doing the right thing. Taking the pounds off had been hard, but sometimes Janet felt that keeping them off was even harder. Thin people didn't understand that dieting wasn't just something to do to lose weight. For a person with weight problems, it had to be a way of life. God knows that dieting is hard. He knows dieting can be a bore. More than that, He knows we need help to diet. Rely on God. He won't let you down.

Today's thought: I will take dieting one day at a time, one pound at a time!


Today's Tip:

Healthier Fast Food.
Eating healthy doesn't mean you can never eat fast food again. The key is understanding what you're ordering. Grilled chicken sandwiches and salads with low-fat dressing are good choices to keep calories in check.


Tomato Basil Salad

1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon basil
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
2 tablespoons low-fat Parmesan cheese, grated
8 Roma tomatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Mix all ingredients (except green onion) in a medium bowl.  Marinate for one hour.  Serve topped with green onion.

Make 4 portions, 1 point each.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 5

Romans 5:3-4 - NLT
We can rejoice, too, when  we run into problems and trials, for we know they are good for us--they help us learn to endure.  And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.

The first week had been the toughest. Perry had paced back and forth past the refrigerator a thousand times. His hunger was so intense that it made him feel ill. He stuck with it a week, but he didn't lose much weight. He decided that he would diet at least one more week. Then it happened. A few pounds came off. Perry felt better. He felt more hopeful. The longer he dieted, the easier it got; especially when he could see some results. Dieting is tough. It takes a lot of patience to wait for the first few results, but when they finally come, they offer us the hope we need to stick with it.

Today's thought: God gives us hope in order to cope!


Today's Tip:  People who lose large amounts of weight and keep it off for a long time have four things in common: They follow a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, eat breakfast just about every day, monitor their weight closely and get a lot of exercise.


Crunchy Vegetable Wrap

1/4 cup tub-style fat-free cream cheese
4 (10 inch) fat-free flour tortillas
4 curly leaf lettuce leaves
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons finely diced red onion

Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese over each tortilla; top each with a lettuce leaf. Divide sprouts and remaining ingredients evenly among tortillas; roll up. Cut each rolled wrap in half diagonally.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4

James 1:12 - NLT
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Christ allows us to declare a special kind of independence from the prison of obesity. Prisoners endure their captivity because they believe that they will one day find release. Through perseverance we earn the right to declare our independence from fat. God will stand with us as we fight for a healthier, more slender body. His Holy Spirit will help us withstand the temptations of rich, fattening foods, and He promises to bless our efforts to do what is right and good. Let us celebrate the freedom from flesh that God will help us achieve.

Today's Thought:  Faith in Christ can lead to freedom from fat!

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Today's Tip:  Do you know you eat a lot more if you eat fast? Slow down your eating and give your brain a chance to realize you're full.

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Summer Smoothie

1 ripe banana
1/4 ripe cantaloupe, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup nonfat or low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place unpeeled banana in the freezer overnight (or for up to 3 months). Remove banana from the freezer and let it sit until the skin begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Remove the skin with a paring knife. (Don't worry if a little fiber remains.) Cut the banana into chunks; combine in a blender or food processor with cantaloupe, yogurt, dry milk, orange juice, honey and vanilla. Cover and blend until smooth.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 3

Matthew 10:22 - NLT
And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.

Christ has a powerful lesson for those who choose to diet. Dieting makes us different, and it is never easy to be different. Being Christians made the disciples different, and they had to suffer many things for their difference. People who are different are often excluded by others. Sometimes they are even abused and persecuted for their differences. There was only one reason the disciples were able to persevere in their faith, and that was the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. That same Spirit can give us the power to be different and the strength to persevere, even through a tough diet.

Today's Thought:  Christ helps those who choose to be different!

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Today's Tip:  The best diet strategy for Fourth of July? Pack a picnic and manage your day by being well-prepared. Eat light and frequently throughout the day, picking up fresh fruit, salads with low-fat dressing, grilled vegetable wraps, or even some marinated chicken on the grill.

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Strawberry Yogurt Breakfast Split
A delicious and easy breakfast treat.

1 banana
4 oz. (1 C.) fresh strawberries
4 oz. (1/2 C.) vanilla yogurt
1 T. chopped, toasted almonds

1.. Peel and split banana.
2.. Place banana halves in serving bowl.
3.. Top with strawberries, yogurt and almonds.

YIELD: 1 serving

NUTRITION ANALYSIS PER SERVING: Calories, 312; Fat, 7 grams; Cholesterol, 5 milligrams; Fiber, 5 grams; Sodium, 75 milligrams; Calories from fat, 19 percent.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2

Luke 21:19  - NLT
By standing firm, you will win your souls.

Arlene asked the Lord for just a little more patience. She looked at the clock. She had eaten lunch just three hours before, and now her stomach was telling her to eat again. She knew she really couldn't need food again so soon. She concentrated all her attention on the project she was working on and repeated again and again that she wasn't hungry. Before she knew it, she was finishing the project, her hunger had died down, and it was almost five o'clock. Quickly, Arlene thanked God for helping her hang on awhile. It wasn't nearly as hard to get by with God giving her strength and support.

Today's thought: Decide to control your stomach instead of letting it control you!


Today's Tip:  Yogurt used to be thought of as health food. Now it lines the grocery shelves in a variety of forms. It's portable, convenient, full of nutrients like calcium and protein, and it makes an excellent snack or mini-meal. Low-fat yogurt is filling and nutritious, but keep in mind that it can be loaded with sugar. So read labels to make the best choice.


Artichoke Quiche

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 cups (8 ounces)  light or Fat free shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped

In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, oregano, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Stir in cheese, artichokes and onion mixture. Pour into a greased 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 350° for 22-26 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Yield: 6 servings.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1

JULY is on: Perseverance

It is so difficult to be tested. We desire to please God and to
succeed in our endeavors, but sometimes our test seem to hard. It is easy to lose courage and enthusiasm. God understands how hard it is for us to do the things we know we ought to. He also understands that tough experiences are necessary in order for us to mature and develop in our faith. With God's help we can make it through anything. He gives us the strength to persevere. He encourages us when everything seems dark and hopeless. He promises that we will find great reward when we fight to hang on and not give up.  Perseverance is truly a gift from God. It is given to us in order that we might exist in this world and one day overcome it. We please the Lord when we fight the good fight and strive to be the best people we can be. That includes taking care of the body we have been given, and nothing requires perseverance like dieting does.

July 1

Proverbs 2:10-11, 20 -- NIV
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Thus you will walk in the ways of good men
and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Knowing what is right and doing what is right are completely different matters. Jessica knew she should lose weight, and she knew the way to do that was to cut back on what she was eating. The problem was that she didn't want to give up any of the foods she loved. She just wasn't committed enough. A friend of hers told her that she had all the knowledge she needed in her head, but none of it was in her heart. The reason she couldn't stick to her diet was that she didn't want to lose weight badly enough. When we find ourselves lacking the proper desire, we need to turn to the Lord, to ask His strength for doing what we know to be right.

Today's thought: Dieting is more than a matter of the mind. It's a matter of the heart!

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Today's Tip:  If you eat pasta made of refined flours, be sure to balance your pasta meals with fiber. This means eating plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and legumes.

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Cinnamon-Sugar Knots

2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
11 oz refrigerated bread stick dough
Enough cooking spray to coat dough

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with
cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.

3. Unroll breadsticks and cut each in half lengthwise (to
make a total of 24 pieces). Arrange pieces on prepared baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon-sugar mixture over each piece. Tie each piece into a knot (pulling dough gently if necessary). Sprinkle remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture over knots.

4. Bake until puffed up and golden brown, about 15 min.

Serves | 12
POINTS per serving | 2