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February Fitness Newsletter
Is Knowlege Enough?

Do you ever hear yourself saying anything like the following statements?
·   “Oh, I know I ought to exercise more, but…”
·   “Well of course I know I need to eat more healthfully, but…”
·   “Yes, it’s true, I know I need to drink more water, but…”
   If you ever hear yourself making statements like the above, chances are, you have enough knowledge on how to live healthfully, but the obstacles that prevent you from making the right choices are stronger than the motivators that lead you to change your actions. A motivator is anything in a person’s life that is strong enough to promote action.
   For instance, a motivator to get out of bed and go to work even on those mornings when ‘we just don’t want to’, for some, may be the need for income from their job to provide for their families. The desire to be a good provider is a strong motivator for many. For others it may be the desire to have a more affluent lifestyle than would be possible if they didn’t work.
 However, when the obstacles that get in the way of a certain action are bigger, or stronger than the motivator, the action doesn’t take place. It doesn’t matter how much you know you need to do something, the obstacle just seems to carry more weight. That’s when you hear, “I know I need to, but…” It’s the “but” at the end of the statement that lets you know there is an obstacle to overcome.
   But how can we overcome the obstacles that prevent us from making changes in our lives? The answer to this question is as varied as the kind of obstacles themselves. However, there are a few basic steps to identifying the motivators and the obstacles.
First, ask yourself, “What do I want my life, my health, my self to look like in 1 year?” If the picture you see is different from where you are right now, ask yourself, “What changes am I ready to make to achieve this new picture of myself?” After you have identified there are, in fact, areas in your life that you want to change, ask yourself, “What benefits will I achieve if I make this change in my life?” Write down all the benefits you can possibly imagine. After you’ve done that, ask yourself, “What things are standing in the way, right now, that are preventing me from making this change?” Again write down all the various things that may be preventing you from achieving your goal. At this point you are ready to become creative. Look at the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be, and decide what small steps you are willing to make toward achieving the big picture. For instance, your new picture of yourself is 25 pounds lighter. One obstacle to achieving this goal is that you travel, and have to eat out much of the time. What you have to do is find some way to overcome this obstacle. Salad bars get old after a while, so what else could you do? Would it be possible to eat at the restaurant you like, but cut the portions in half and move them off your plate before you ever start eating? Then just eat ½ of what you would have normally eaten. 
   Of course, this is just an example, but you can be creative just like this when overcoming your obstacles. It often helps to have a health coach to help you set goals and hold you accountable for achieving the goals you set for yourself each week.
   Before you start making changes, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into the areas that you need to change. If you’ve already been doing that and are ready to move ahead, take the first step with confidence knowing that He will be with you giving you strength and will-power to overcome. When you feel tempted, pray right then for power from heaven to walk away. It also helps to place reminders in strategic places, for we easily forget when we’re dealing with deep set habits.
   So to answer the question, “Is knowledge enough?” No. Knowledge is not enough. Just knowing we need to change is hardly ever motivator enough. We have to want to change. The Holy Spirit can give you that desire, and then give you the will and the creativity to achieve it.

Vegan Molasses Cookies
Surprise your Valentine with these soft, delicious cookies.

 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon and ginger
¼ tsp cloves
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup packed brown sugar
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp molasses
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce-drained
Sparkling sugar crystals for flair

Preheat oven to 325° F. In mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. In a second bowl, mix brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, vanilla, and apple sauce. Add flour mixture to brown sugar mixture and stir until mixed. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop up dough and form nice mounds. Place the mounds aobut 2 ½ inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle tops with sparkling sugar. Bake for 13-16 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to wire rack to cool. Makes 14 cookies.

Cuddling May Be Good for Your Health - Happy Valentine’s Day 

Couples who underwent training in "warm touch enhancement" and practiced the technique at home had higher levels of oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone" and the "cuddle chemical," while their levels of alpha amylase, a stress indicator, were reduced, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, and her colleagues found.
Emotional and social support is key to both mental and physical health, Holt-Lunstad and her team note, while support between spouses may be particularly vital. One important but little-studied way that people express this support, they add, is through "non-sexual, caring physical touch, such as hand-holding, hugs, and sitting or lying 'cuddled up.'"
A four week study was conducted in which 36 married couples participated. Along with the increase in oxytocin and decreased alpha amylase, men in the intervention group showed a reduction in blood pressure after the four weeks.
"Our data suggest that warm partner contact may be particularly cardioprotective for men," the researchers write. They conclude: "These findings may help us better understand the protective mechanisms of positive marital interactions in the prevention of stress-related diseases."
SOURCE: Psychosomatic Medicine, November/December 2008.

Some feel as though they would like to have somebody tell them how much to eat. This is not as it should be. We are to act from a moral and religious standpoint. We are to be temperate in all things, because an incorruptible crown, a heavenly treasure, is before us.
   I wish to say to my brethren and sisters, I would have moral courage to take my position, and govern myself. I would not want to put that on some one else. You eat too much, and then you are sorry; and so you keep thinking of what you eat and drink. Just eat that which is for the best, and go right away, feeling clear in the sight of Heaven, and you need not suffer from remorse of conscience.
   We do not believe in removing temptation entirely away from either children or grown persons. We all have a warfare before us, and must stand in a position to resist the temptations of Satan…
While men and women professing godliness are diseased from the crown of the head to the sole of the feet; while their physical, mental, and moral energies are enfeebled through gratification of depraved appetite and excessive labor, how can they weigh the evidences of truth, and comprehend the requirements of God? If their moral and intellectual faculties are beclouded, they cannot appreciate the value of the atonement or the exalted character of the work of God, nor delight in the study of his word. How can a nervous dyspeptic be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh him, a reason for the hope that is in him, with meekness and fear?
   As a people, with all our profession of health reform, we eat too much. Indulgence of appetite is the greatest cause of physical and mental debility, and lies at the foundation of a large share of the feebleness which is apparent everywhere.
EGW, Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, pg 153

This newsletter is brought to you by
 Patti Mitchell, RN BSES
Southern Union Conference Wellness Coordinator



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