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2017 Reading Challenge: Overview

This year, a couple of friends and I are attempting to read one book per week on average. Some weeks may be just a few chapters of two or three different books, and other weeks may be finishing multiple books, but by the end of the year, the goal is to have read 52 books! I was inspired by Tim Challies’ 2017 Christian Reading Challenge (pictured below), so I thought I’d give it a try. And I’m going to attempt to do at least a mini review of the books as I go. I tend to have at least one theology book, one fiction book, and one either self-help or other genre going at any given time anyway, so this just motivates me to finish the books I start (unless they’re really not worth reading by chapter 3), branch out into new topics and authors, and watch TV less. 😉 Who’s with me?!reading-challenge-2017copy

You’re Invited: Women’s Ministry Meeting @HBCGreer, 7PM, Tuesday, April 5th!

Next Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, there will be a Ladies Only fellowship at my church, Heritage Bible Church, in Greer, SC. The event starts at 7pm (they usually last about 90 minutes).

Our church holds these special functions quarterly for ladies only! It’s a night to get out, enjoy fellowship with other women, learn, and have fun. Next week’s theme is Health & Wellness! The evening will begin with a personal testimony and challenge by Katie Gerdt (I’ve shared a few of her devotionals on my blog before). Then we’ll have a break with healthful snacks. And we’ll conclude the evening with a panel discussion (yes, you can submit questions). They’ve asked me to sit on the panel as the “Fitness” side of things. I am humbled by this opportunity and very excited to share what the Lord has taught me in my journey over the past few years. Other panelists, Lord-willing, will be a Registered Dietician, a Healthy Mom with young kids, a Healthy Mom with teens (who happens to have a Bachelors in Physical Education), and maybe a woman who is in a later stage of life who has learned to cope with various physical challenges.

Here’s a list of resources I submitted to the event coordinator. I hope you find them helpful:

The Holy Bible, first and foremost resource for EVERY aspect of life, including health and fitness.
  • The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Thomas M. Campbell II.
  • Food, Fitness, and Faith for Women: A 21 Day Journey to a New You, by Freeman-Smith.
  • Good Carbs, Bad Carbs, Johanna Burani, M.S., R.D., C.S.E.
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan.
  • Organizing Your Private World, by George MacDonald.
  • Reasonably Thin: The Spiritual Aspects of Over and Undereating, by Jesse Dillinger.
  • Will Medicine Stop the Pain? by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dr. Laura Hendrickson.
  • Women’s Health Total Fitness 2010 (there’s one for each year, they also have one for Men’s Health).
  • Yoga Daily Exercises: A 7-day Program to Harmonize the Body and Soul, published by Parragon Books Ltd.
  • Betty Crocker’s Healthy New Choices.
  • Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal, and Local Ingredients, by Jesse Ziff Cool.
Blogs by HBC Ladies:
Other Blogs/Websites:
  • Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine
  • Fitness Magazine
  • GO Magazine – available for free in several coffee shops downtown
  • Natural Awakenings – available for free in many grocery stores
  • Prevention Magazine
  • Self Magazine
  • Shape magazine
  • Women’s Health (Men’s Health also available)
  • Yoga Journal
  • 50 Ways to Work Out on the Ball, by Elizabeth Gillies – deck of 50 cards
  • free weights (5#, 10#, 15#) or bands (light, medium, heavy) for resistance training
  • jump rope
  • kettlebell
  • Pilates Box, by Antje Korte & Barbara Marckhgott – 40 exercise cards + book with training programs
  • Pilates with Workout Circle DVD (comes with workout circle and book), by Dina Matty & Keft Burdell
  • tennis shoes – save up and spend the money – I like New Balance
  • The Biggest Loser Workout DVDs: Cardio MaxWeight Loss YogaBoot Camp, etc.
  • workout/yoga mat
  • workout ball
Obviously, I don’t endorse everything from any one resource (except the Bible), but these are some things that have been helpful in my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
Hope to see you there! ~Melissa

Meatless May

With all these fresh fruits and vegetables in season, I’m going to try something. As it is May 1st, I figured it’d be a good time to start. I’m going to try going without meat for one month. I’m allowing myself fish and dairy for May. I tried tofu stirfry for lunch. The vegetables were delicious. The tofu, on the other hand, was not my style. I found this resource on How to Go Vegetarian here: http://www.wholeliving.com/article/vegging-out-a-strategy-guide?page=2.

Here’s an excerpt:

“For vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy (lacto-ovo vegetarians)

  • 1 percent milk (1 c.): 8 g
  • Yogurt (6 oz.): 6 g
  • Large boiled egg: 7.5 g
  • Cheddar cheese (1 oz.): 7 g

“For strict vegetarians who eat no animal by-products (vegans)

  • Lentils (1 c. cooked): 18 g
  • Black beans (1 c. cooked): 15 g
  • Veggie burger: about 13 g
  • Chickpeas (1 c. cooked): 12 g
  • Quinoa (1 c. cooked): 8 g
  • Peanut butter (2 Tbsp.): 8 g
  • Almonds (1 oz.): 6 g
  • Soy milk (1 c.): 8 g
  • Bulgur (1 c. cooked): 5.5 g
  • Wheat bread (2 slices): 7 g
  • Cooked spinach (1 c.): 5 g
  • Cooked broccoli (1 c.): 4 g
  • Tempeh (4 oz.): 41 g
  • Seitan (3 oz.): 31 g”

Why am I doing this? Partly as a personal challenge, and partly to see if there’s any value to what some of my vegetarian/vegan friends say. They talk about losing weight and having more energy. And they talk about our bodies having a hard time digesting meat, comparing our digestive systems to those of bovines. Hopefully it will be a good cleanse and maybe even help me lose a few extra pounds.

Maybe for June I’ll try to live without dairy. I have a feeling it would help me feel better overall (not that I feel bad, but I’m pretty sure no dairy would make me feel great). And I have too much cheese in the house that needs to be eaten (and I will have a really hard time giving up my morning Greek yogurt). So, for May, it’s sans meat. I think they call it a pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian, which isn’t really a vegetarian, but anyway, we’ll see if it lasts the whole month. It’s definitely going to take some thought. Wish me luck!