“No thank you, I’m allergic to cake. It makes my butt swell,” I sighed…
Well, here is just another reason to drop those pounds around the middle. According to a study published in Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least five percent of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation!
The researchers measured levels of C-Reactive protein, serum amyloid A, interleukin-6, leukocyte, and neutrophil in 439 women. Women who lost at least five percent of their body weight had the most significant reduction in the above measured categories. (via)
So what’s a big gal to do? Here are a few tips:
Move more: As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and do strength training exercises at least twice a week.
Eat Less: Opt for fruits, more vegetables and whole grains. Remember lean portions of protein.
Grab a friend: Exercising with a friend or just surrounding yourself with a support group can help you stay committed.
Just say no: It’s not easy, but be firm. Don’t look the cake in the eye.
Eat protein prior: Have some protein prior to the hoopla so it will be easier to walk away.
Keep in mind when temptation strikes, try to decipher if you are really hungry or if you are bored, thirsty or even feeling a bit down.
Sometimes we wonder, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’ Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.’
‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers.
‘Yuck’ says her daughter.
‘How about a couple raw eggs?’ ‘Gross, Mom!’
‘Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?’
‘Mom, those are all yucky!’
To which the mother replies: ‘Yes , all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ‘
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart. (Thanks again, Rea!!!)