So...what's the point of trying to get healthy? Why bother?

Consider this: Whether you're a teacher, a nurse, an artist, a construction worker, a public speaker, a stay-at-home parent, an attorney, or whatever your calling is, wouldn't you be more effective at it if your physical health were not a barrier? What if you had the power to make a change? You do!

There's no "magic bullet" to being healthy, but it can be done with small changes and consistency. You can do it, and you are worth the investment! 

 

Allow me to ask:

  • Do you feel hopeless to change your health for the better?
  • Are you carrying more weight than you'd like?
  • Does it seem there aren't enough hours in a day to do everything on your schedule?
  • Have you made efforts to take better care of yourself, but to no avail?
  • Would you like some ideas on how to start a journey producing long-lasting results? 

 

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, I invite you to check out my new book, H.E.A.L.T.H.: It's Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me). In it, I share how I came to develop a PRACTICAL plan for success in my journey to better overall health by using small, attainable goals to achieve LONG-LASTING results.

In addition, it received the honor of being an Award-Winning Finalist (Health: General category) in the 2018 International Book Awards. http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2018awardannouncement.html

 

H.E.A.L.T.H.: It's Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me) was honored to be a finalist (Health: General  category) in the 2018 International Book Awards!

H.E.A.L.T.H.: It's Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me) was honored to be a finalist (Health: General category) in the 2018 International Book Awards!

H.E.A.L.T.H.: It's Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me) received the honor of being nominated for a 2018 Christian Literary Award Sports & Fitness category)!

H.E.A.L.T.H.: It's Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me) received the honor of being nominated for a 2018 Christian Literary Award Sports & Fitness category)!

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Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Dennis Nixon 



DENNIS NIXON

Dennis Nixon was born on February 16, 1964, and raised in Amityville New York. Under the guidance of his parents Cecil and Sara Nixon, Dennis began playing sports, singing, dancing, as well as modeling, at the age of four years old. 


By the age of eight, Dennis sang at the Apollo Theater with his brother Richard. This gave Dennis the opportunity to act and sing in plays all across NY City, such as Lil Abner, Bubbling Brown Sugar, and The Wiz.

While excelling in his academics, he completed a 2-year undefeated record in wrestling, as well as becoming Amityville's quarterback in the junior high. While performing in the Amityville Day Parade, his performance caught the eye of Ja'net Dubois which opened the door to go to LA to continue in show business. Dennis played in major motion pictures such as "Coming To America",
"Dr. Detroit", and "In And Out". This catapulted his career to also play in "The Patti Labelle Show", "The Control" video with Janet Jackson, and a play called "Scissors Cut The Devil Loose".
 


Dennis found an interest in the automobile industry where he acquired a vast amount of training with Memory Masters Institute, Dynamic Enterprise International, and the General Motors University of Automotive Management. Life was going well but suddenly took a turn. While the business was at its low point, Dennis lost four of his siblings, consecutively.

Trying to deal with the death of his siblings, Dennis turned to drugs which lead him to jails, institutions, and death. Dennis turned his life around and started transitioning a new way of life to become a Praise and Worship Leader, as well as raising two wonderful sons.



Through this experience, Dennis also became a minister that took him to different cities, states, and countries, becoming an international speaker and ministering through song.


At the end of 2017, Dennis's beautiful mother went home to be with the Lord. Her passing inspired him to release his new album called "Kingdom Project", touching lives all over the world. The songs on the album are a testament to his life, as well as giving inspiration and joy. Stay tuned for future ministry coming your way from Dennis Nixon.



























Contact Information:

Dennis Nixon
P.O. Box 1032
Medford, NY 11763
Phone: 516-848-2373
Email: ministerdnixon@gmail.com
Website: www.ministerdnixon.com
Instagram @DNixon216
Facebook @DennisNixon
Twitter @DennisNixon16
Facebook @HeavensDensaiahinc
Dennis Nixon Kingdom Project

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Humbly Yours by Val Crawford 



No More Generational Excuses 

“… Put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 


Joshua 24:14-15 King James Version (KJV) 

ABBA FATHER – Thank YOU for another opportunity to speak to YOUR children and those YOU want to adopt. Speak LORD! YOUR servant daughter is listening! Allow these words to minister to us and as they do, bring the Glory, the Honor, and the Praise to YOU because It belongs to YOU! In JESUS Mighty Name!

I recently saw the following post on Facebook and was so moved by it, I had to repost it:

It ran in your family until it ran into you. GOD says, ‘You have been anointed to break the cycle. Generational curses stop with you’ …”

I love that! THAT is Good News! That is a wonderful reminder that our habits do not have victory over us. ‘We got that V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!!’ (Thanks to Anthony Brown & Group Therapy!)

A few weeks ago, I was graced with a D.C. snow day and found myself engrossed in day-time court shows. One show stood out…Divorce Court. When the judge asked the defendant if he wanted help with his drinking problem, he said something that broke my heart: “No – it’s in me. It’s generational.”

That made me so sad because he seems to have chosen to embrace the bad habit. That single statement was one filled with forfeit, surrender, and defeat. I wanted to scream to him, “Nooo!! Don’t let that thing own you! You don’t have to stay there!”

Several years ago, different ministries began teachings on “generational curses.” They referenced Deuteronomy 5:9, which cautioned on the curse that could fall as the result of disobedience - not only on the disobedient person but also on his (or her) children and their children's children.

Now - I have a couple of issues - not with the teacher and certainly not with the scripture. I take issue - with us. So often, I notice that we seem to stop at the curse. We embrace it! We quickly latch onto the worst part of the passage and hug the sins that fell on Daddy or GranPa … or Uncle Charlie. After all, “a child will live what he sees, quicker than what he is taught…” Right? We’ve all heard it said to someone (if not to ourselves): 
“You look just like your triflin’ daddy
and you act like him, too!” 

And if GranPa drank ‘shine and Daddy smoked weed… then no one is surprised, sadly, when BaeBae … is a crackhead. After all, “he is just like …”

But … let’s look a little deeper. We should recognize that the Bible specifies that the curse would fall on ‘those who hate’ GOD. The Message translation says it this way:

“…I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God. I hold parents responsible for any sins they pass on to their children to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation. But I’m lovingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments....`

Deuteronomy 5:9-10 Msg 

If Baebae and then NaeNae become crackheads, GOD will hold Pop responsible first because the pattern started when BaeBae was watching him drink.

And that would be so sad too… BUT (there’s that conjunction that negates everything that was said before it!) … But GOD says that HE will show Lovingkindness to the thousands that love HIM and keep HIS commandments!

Wow! What a Promise! Somehow, though, we’ve opted to skip right past that. If we decide to show GOD Love and strive daily to keep HIS commandments, HE PROMISES to be lovingly loyal to us. And GOD never makes a promise HE doesn’t keep.

When I was three years old, my paternal grandmother died at the age of 42, from kidney failure. Growing up, I always heard, “Val, you look so much like Ms. Mahala.” One day, my sons found a picture and even asked, “Mom, who is this man in this picture with you?” “That isn’t me. Those are your great-grandparents.
 So, I hope it isn’t surprising when I share that, for a little while, the closer I got to 42, I held a secret fear of birthday time. I mean, I looked like MaMa, was built like MaMa and had MaMa's DNA in me. But I hadn't seen the poster yet! The poster that assures me: “Yeah – it DID run in your family …. UNTIL … it ran into you!

I am happy to report that 42 came and went and now I KNOW! I know the extent, I know the height, I know the depth and I know the width of GOD’s Loving Loyalty toward Me! And because I know all that, it’s why I wanted to scream to Mr. Court Show, “Nooo! Don’t stay there!”

As I watched him, I couldn’t help feeling like someone, at some point in his life, had planted the “you’re just like … seed” in his life. And he did what we all do when something is planted. He watered it; he fertilized it, and he gave it sunlight. We all have. Then we look around and wonder where all these weeds of confusion and hurt and pain came from? How did all these ‘little g’ gods get in our lives? And HOW did they get so strong?

When he said, “It’s generational…” My heart filled with tears and I thought, “He has a stronghold in his life.” One definition I found for stronghold is:
“a hotbed; a bunker; an environment promoting the growth of something, especially something unwelcome…”

Believe it or not, THAT definition gave me hope! Because IF the ‘something’ is UN-welcome, that means we can EVICT it! Yes – I know that the current environment may be promoting something's negative influence, BUT we do NOT have to CONTINUE to fertilize it, water it or give it any more sunlight! I have decided, and I hope this helps someone else to decide to do what Joshua urged in chapter 24:14-15:

LISTEN! I KNOW we were 400 years a slave! But we aren't in Egypt any more! Put away alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual promiscuity, gambling - WHATEVER your ‘little g’ god may be – and serve the LORD Today! And if you think it’s too hard to serve GOD, choose what you want, – the addiction, prison, wayward lifestyle – do you. BUT as for me and everybody in my house – we WILL serve the LORD!

The Valerie translation 

I decided to embrace the Promises of GOD my FATHER! When I did, that’s when HE reminded me of HIS “BUT Promise” in my life! His Loving Loyalty toward me! That’s when HE put my fear of birthdays to rest! Because my maternal Great-Grandfather Fortune Haskell founded the Tabernacle Church in Eutawville, South Carolina! My Grandfather, Frank Haskell and my uncles Henry Haskell and Fortune C. Haskell all pastored Tabernacle after him! They chose who they would serve and that filtered into my life! I am blessed! My sons are blessed! My grandchildren - not yet formed in their mothers’ wombs - are B-L-E-S-S-E-D! And you are, too!!! We ARE the Head and NOT the tail! We are Above and NOT beneath!

Are you currently afflicted with a concern, issue or habit? Hold on Baby! Do NOT feed or water that! Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NASB) that this:

“… momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison…”,

Let us listen to Joshua and to Paul put down those habits and behaviors and traditions. Stop feeding and watering those weeds! We are more than conquerors through CHRIST JESUS! We are a Royal Priesthood and a Chosen Generation! And there WILL be Glory, a Praise, and a Testimony! GOD Promised!!


Val Crawford
Contributing Writer

Model P31 Fit by Bridget McCray 



Options 

You’ve written your S.M.A.R.T, goals, as we discussed in the last couple of articles, and you have been doing well for the first few weeks. You’ve been mindful of what you’re eating, and you’ve deliberately made time to exercise at least three times a week.

Then, a co-worker picks up a couple of boxes of doughnuts to surprise everyone, and they’re your favorite. Uh oh! After thanking your co-worker for being so thoughtful, you eat not one, not two, but three of those sweet treats. Now, you’re beating yourself up for having indulged. Does that sound about right?

Perhaps, you’d carved out time in your already-tight schedule to walk in the park with a friend four days that week, not knowing that “Mother Nature” would not cooperate. There were thunderstorms on two of those days, and you missed that time to get your body moving. You felt frustrated because you didn’t have any other available time in your calendar for physical activity. You prefer being outdoors, but your available times to exercise don’t always coincide with nice weather. Do you ask yourself, “What’s the use?” and give up on working out?

Our emotions are powerful and play an important part in our lives, even in our efforts to adapt a healthier lifestyle. Things happen that we don’t always foresee. That’s life. We don’t have to beat ourselves up. We don’t have to give up. We can learn how to make adjustments. We do have options.

To the person who indulged in the doughnuts, that can’t be undone. Own it. However, she can make a better choice at the next meal. She could also choose to eat a good breakfast, and/or maybe drink a bottle of water to feel full, where there’d be less room for temptation. There are options.

The one whose workouts were curtailed by the storms could perhaps invite a friend to join her to powerwalk in the mall, go to a fitness class, or even follow an online video or a DVD to move her body until the weather improves. There are options.

As we’re learning how to make adjustments, it’s a good idea to have at least one loved one on whom we can depend for encouragement and accountability.

When you beat yourself up for making an impulsive food choice, that friend will remind you that your habits are changing for the better and that the one choice does not have to define your journey. In other words, he offers encouragement.

When you get bothered and want to pass on working out, because inclement weather wrecked your plans, that family member will remind you that your health is too important for you to skip it. In other words, she offers accountability.

You can have long-term success on your wellness journey. You can learn to make adjustments. Remember that there are options. Here’s to a healthier you!

Bridget McCray
Contributing Writer


Author, H.E.A.L.T.H.: It’s Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me)

Available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com in both paperback and eBook formats!

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Model P31 Fit by Bridget McCray 



Do You Have A Plan
for Your Health?

We make plans for lots of things, don’t we? Where we want to live, how much money we’d like to make, where our children will go to school…the list goes on. Yet, for many, there is no plan for their health.

We often go through our daily lives of busyness, giving little thought to what we’re putting into these amazingly complex bodies in which we live. We have the tendency to forget that we only have one while we’re on this earth. Maybe, it’s just me.

Actually, it used to be me…until I had a health scare. Once I was faced with that very real challenge, I knew my perspective about food would definitely need to change. It was imperative that I learned how to start making better choices.

As my husband explained at the time, food is fuel for our bodies. Just as we would not put regular unleaded gas into a vehicle that requires premium unleaded, we should take care to put the best possible “fuel” into our bodies, which are worth much more than any automobile.

So…your mind is made up, and you’re ready to make some changes. Great! You may be asking yourself, “Now what?? Where in the world do I begin??”

Consider drafting a simple plan, then making it S.M.A.R.T, as we discussed last month. For example:

General goal: “I am going to eat less salt.”

S.M.A.R.T. goal: “I’m going to decrease my sodium intake by only eating fast food for lunch two days a week, instead of five, and by accurately tracking it via my favorite health app, in order to lower my elevated blood pressure by the end of this month.”

Breakdown
Specific: decrease sodium intake with only two days of fast food

Meaningful: “lower my elevated blood pressure”

Action-oriented: eating fast food for just two days; accurately tracking sodium intake using an app

Realistic: fast food lunch for two days, instead of five

Timely: “by the end of this month”

If we don’t decide to take our health seriously, who will? Truthfully, no one can do that for us; it is our responsibility. We can pray until the proverbial cows come home, but we still have our part to do. Faith without works is dead. (James 2:20)

Again, consider creating a simple plan, and make it S.M.A.R.T. Remember, we crawl before we walk, so be encouraged. You likely won’t reach your goals overnight, but consistent effort (not “perfection”) will get you there sooner than you may think!

There are family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who love us and depend on us. Why not do all we can do to have the best quality of life possible to share with those whom we love and who love us?

If you’d like to hear more about how I was able to turn my own health around, by the grace of God, without gimmicks and with long-lasting results, I invite you to check out my book, H.E.A.L.T.H.: It’s Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me), for more encouragement and motivation.

Until next time, don’t forget to work your plan!

Author, H.E.A.L.T.H.: It’s Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me)

Available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com in both paperback and eBook formats!



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Bridget McCray
Contributing Writer

Model P31 Fit by Bridget McCray 



Get S.M.A.R.T
with Your Goals 

So…it’s a new year. What are most of us inclined to do in January? Make a plethora of resolutions!

* “I’m going to lose 15 pounds this week!”
* “I’m going to drink a gallon of water a day!”
* “I’m going to go to the gym twice a day every day!”
* “I’m going to cut out all the salt in my diet!”


Do any of these declarations sound familiar? Of course, they do. Most of us have said one of these things, or at least, something similar. Right?

Then, what happens when:
* … we gain two pounds that week, instead of losing 15?
* … we end up barely drinking a bottle of water a day?
(You get the idea.)

We tend to give up, don’t we? What if we took a different approach, creating goals that set us up for success, instead of for failure? We can do just that by using S.M.A.R.T. goals!




(Image credit: www.envisionexperience.com)


Let’s take one of the resolutions I mentioned earlier and turn it into a S.M.A.R.T. goal as described in the image:

Resolution: “I’m going to lose 15 pounds this week!”

This statement is specific (“15 pounds”), but there is no mention of its meaningfulness. There are no planned action steps stated, and it is not realistic (“15 pounds in one week”) though, it is timely (“this week”).

Side note: One pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories. In order to lose a pound, one could cut 500 calories a day from his or her diet, burn 500 calories a day with exercise, or do a combination of the two in order to achieve a safe and healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories or 1 pound)

After some necessary adjustments, let’s look at it again:


S.M.A.R.T. goal: “I’m going to lose one pound per week this month by creating a 500-calorie per day deficit through diet (decreasing by 200) and exercise (burning at least 300) in order to help lower my slightly-elevated blood pressure.”

This now meets the criteria of being a S.M.A.R.T. goal. It is:

Specific: “lose one pound per week this month”
Meaningful: “to help lower my slightly-elevated blood pressure”
Action-oriented: “creating a 500-calorie per day deficit”
Realistic: “lose one pound per week”
Timely: “lose one pound per week this month”

I hope that seeing this example helps you to understand how to turn your resolutions into something that helps you move toward success. I have been on my own wellness journey for almost five years and have used these beneficial principles. However, over the last couple of years, admittedly, I have lost my focus in a couple of areas.

That being said, I’m going to share a resolution of my own, in order to hold myself accountable to you, the reader: “I’m going to increase my stamina.” In my next article, I will show how I turned that into a S.M.A.R.T. goal.

I invite you to join me in this challenge. Will you revise your resolutions to make them S.M.A.R.T. goals? Just pick one, and go for it!



Bridget McCray
Contributing Writer

Author, H.E.A.L.T.H.: It’s Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me)
Available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com in both paperback and eBook formats!




Booking Information
Please visit www.bridgetmccray.com.

Here is a clip of an interview done July 16, 2018 with Joy & Company. Take a listen!