For me, my exercise of choice was and is walking. Not only is it cheap, but it also gets me outside when the weather is nice. Right now, its freezing outside, so a trip to the mall is how I get my daily walk in, making a big loop inside, where it’s nice and warm.
One of the presenters on my retreat this weekend mentioned this statue in her talk. It’s of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and it can be found in Guelph, Canada.
As I looked at the image, I couldn’t help but think of the words of St. Paul: “… forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Today, let’s not dwell on our past, but rather, with hopeful expectation, look forward to a brighter future. What’s holding you back?
Have a blessed Monday!
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and before too much more time slipped away, I thought it important to mention it.
If you read my posts regularly, you know that diabetes has become a nationwide epidemic, with 25.8 million people having the disease, and 79 million people having pre-diabetes. These are staggering numbers.
Take Control Of Your Diabetes recently came out with their latest newsletter. You can get it here. They are a great organization, and if you have diabetes or know someone who does, you should try to attend one of their regional conferences held all over the United States. I attended one with two of my family members last year, and it was a wonderful day of learning.
Diabetes is not something to pretend will go away, but with diet, exercise (and sometimes medicine), many people are able to avoid the very serious complications that come with this disease.
If you have a family history of diabetes, be sure your doctor is aware of it. Get yourself tested. You’ll be grateful you did.
A few weeks ago, a couple of my brothers and I attended a conference in San Diego on diabetes.
Overall, we learned a great deal, and I loved one of they key thoughts for the day: “What are the complications of controlled diabetes? Absolutely nothing.” Certainly an important thing to remember if you’re dealing with this disease. Now, on to the gumbo recipe, which was given to us by Bobby Deen, the son of Paula Deen. We all had it for lunch at the conference, and I hope you’ll give it a try. It was fantastic.
While at the Kickstart Intensive Conference I attended last weekend, I tried this delicious rice pudding.
I’m generally not drawn to desserts, but everyone was raving about it, so I decided to try it. Let me just say there wasn’t any left when I was done. The chef who prepared it mentioned that making this dessert is a great way to use up leftover rice. Hope you’ll give it a try 🙂
At the Kickstart Intensive conference I attended over the weekend, one of the first things that was requested of all attendees is that they get some biometric measurements.
Biometrics provides a numerical snapshot of a person’s health, and I joined the line to get my blood pressure, glucose level, weight and cholesterol checked. Before they even started, I knew that my numbers had been creeping up lately.
I just got back from a weekend conference called Kickstart Intensive. Put on by Dr. Neal Barnard, the goal was to help the 125 people from all over the world “Lose Weight. Get Healthy. Test Drive A Vegan Diet.”
I was really happy that I attended the event, and I brought back tons of helpful information that I hope to pass on to you over the next few weeks. For now, I trust you’ll be satisfied with this recipe for the carrot soup we had for lunch today. I know I just posted a similar recipe in the past couple of weeks, but I actually like this one a little better. 🙂 Give it a try.
Do you ever feel like you’ve lost your bearings and have the sense that you’re not where you want/need to be?
I’m busier than ever, with lots of great things going on in my life, but lately I’ve been neglecting my diet and exercise schedule, and my body is telling me that it’s time to pay attention.
Just the other day, a kid in my neighborhood who belongs to my church mentioned “I haven’t been seeing you out walking lately.” Guilty as charged.
The thing that struck me is that I realized how long it’s been. So long in fact, that people have noticed. Ouch.
There are literally millions of people in the United States who have diabetes. Up until the discovery of insulin in the 1920’s, a diagnosis of this disease was a death sentence. Many didn’t survive a year.
Thanks to countless medical advances and improved patient awareness, it’s not abnormal be diabetic and live long, happy and productive lives. The key to success is knowledge. Sadly, many people are ignorant of the many things they can personally do to either reverse this disease or keep it under proper control. It doesn’t have to be that way.