It was Spring weather this week! One day the snow was falling in big fluffy flakes with birds chirping. I thought they were sadly confused. But they knew something I didn't: warm weather was literally around the corner! I had my first bike ride of the season. It felt great! My hubby and I quickly checked our bikes, pumped up tires, and anxiously took off down the street. We weren't the only ones. A little girl was riding, too. She said, "Isn't it a great day to ride bikes?" People were out walking on the sidewalks and on the trail, too. What did you do on the first warm day of the season? I hope you got to enjoy it.
One thing about our trail: it backs up to the Vlasic Plant. The smell of dill pickles made me hungry! We waited to eat dinner so we could ride in the day light. I forgot about the pickle factory! By the way, this is the original plant after Frank Vlasic moved to America. They expanded this location in 2013 and are a major employer in our area. The nice people of Vlasic were very kind about us taking a picture for this blog post. I promised to put in a positive mention for them!
Now that it's nice out, how about hitting the trails to ride, run, or walk? If you don't know where to find a good trail near you, you can go to Trail Link to find one www.traillink.com.
This month is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month. You can learn more at the AARDA www.aarda.org. There is a great section to help people learn more about specific diseases, helps for patients and their families, and fundraisers to help fund research for treatment and maybe someday a cure.
Sorry the WIFE of Christ was up a bit late this week.I have to say that writing a devotional series takes a lot of time- research and connecting the links.Those are also the most important parts to do! The writing falls into place rather quickly, though. I hope you find this series valuable. If you missed it this week click here The Church: The WIFE of Christ, Part 2.
The Eating Disorders series is finished. I imagine it helped you understand what may be happening with someone you know-- or yourself. Sadly, eating disorders are very common. If you missed the one with bulimia, you can click here Eating Disorders: A Slow Suicide, Part 3.
Food Tip of the Week: Staving off Hunger While Losing Weight
Our bodies need fuel, but you want lose weight. This problem plagues a lot of people. The concern is that you could eat a tree by now you're so hungry! The fix: partner your complex carbs with a plant-based protein. Plant based proteins include nuts, soy, legumes, and quinoa. Proteins regulate the rate of burn for your carbs. They also help you feel satisfied longer. The next time 2:30 pm rolls around and you consider biting a chunk out of your desk, try a snack. Snacks like a handful of almonds with a few low-fat, wholegrain crackers should do the trick!
Exercise Tip of the Week: Do More per Exercise
One difficulty most people losing weight experience is hitting a plateau. It's frustrating, but necessary. The reason is that most people strength train one muscle group at a time. The fix: double up! Instead of just doing a single muscle group, pair it with another exercise. For example: Plank Row (aka. Renegade Row). While you are holding your plank, steady your body by keeping the abs firm, then use a hand weight and do a single arm row. The more muscle fibers you use per exercise, the more calories you burn! Please, if you are unsure of what compound exercises are safe to do, ask a trainer for help to avoid injury. Photo: exercise.com.
By the way, I would love to hear from you! How has God touched your life this week? What fitness tip helped you with your goals? How can we pray for you? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to post here in the comments, if you don't mind it being shared with other readers. May God bless you!