Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

Archive for January 2012

If you’re like me you have three kinds of pants.  They all have the same number on the tags but one kind is a little tight, one kind is loose, and another kind are just right. 

Kind of like Goldilocks and her porridge right? 

It’s best to be able to wear those just right pants and to be able to get into those tight pants from time to time.

But if you’re like me and find your “just right” pants are “too tight,” maybe we should go back to Goldilocks and eat more porridge and less chocolate!  🙂

One thing I’m doing around the house is wearing my tight jeans because they are a powerfully visual aid!  When I’m in the kitchen, they tell me to reach for fruit or another healthy snack.

On the other hand, when I wear my loose pants, it sends the message to my brain, “It’s okay to have a piece of chocolate.”  My family is doing a weekly afterschool Sonshine Bible Club for kids which is AWESOME (more about that in my next post), but we have a stash of candy in our house now for the Club.  Good candy.  The chocolate kind, not the lollipop kind. 

That’s why it’s important to keep my tight pants on so I can remember that I have a goal to lose the Christmas pounds.  Here it is almost February and I’m about 3 pounds away.  I want to get there by Valentine’s Day so I can eat chocolate truffles guilt free!

So don’t hate your tight pants…zip ’em up, probably at home only, and let them help you get to your health goals!

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So how are you doing with the pounds you gained at Christmas?

Oh…did you not gain weight during the holidays?

That is fabulous – please share how you did it! 

If you happened to gain a little weight, read on.

I intended to do well with keeping my weight steady over the holidays.  Yet I gained 5 pounds.  I have no one to blame but myself (and my love for dark chocolate – okay, any kind of chocolate.) 

With a steady stream of sweets available from Halloween to New Years, and moving to a new home, I gave into my taste buds and developed some bad habits. 

And now it’s time for reckoning!

Ramped up exercise routine at the gym.  Four times to the gym instead of three, if the schedule with the kids permit.

No eating after 7 p.m.

Focus on eating my vegetables, apples, and munching on seaweed (try Trader Joe’s, it’s a weird snack but good). 

Drinking coffee instead of eating cookies.   

Realizing that hunger is okay – in fact, a sign of progress! 

I was surprised to read this in my journal from January 2008:

During Christmas, I allowed myself to eat a little chocolate every day, desserts at every party, and to let myself have anything I wanted.  After all, I was at my goal weight.  Well it’s a month later and I’m 5 pounds up.  I can fit into some clothes but some are woefully tight.

Hmm…here I am in the same place four years later!

Two lessons here:

1.  The battles we face persist.

2.  There is hope.  I lost the extra weight four years ago and I can lose it again now.

Hope is the necessary ingredient to living healthy and losing weight.  Take heart friends – the Christmas pounds we gained will soon be a thing of the past!

The great Jim Rohn has said you’re the same person you were years ago except for the books you read and the people you meet. 

I don’t want to be the same person ten years from now, so I am committed to reading great books and meeting new people! 

This year, I decided to choose my books to read in advance…here they are: 

Ordering Your Private World by George MacDonald

The Sexual Man by Dr. Archibald Hart

Quitter by Jon Acuff

The Power of a Praying  Parent by Stormie Omartian

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

The Lost Choice by Andy Andrews

Childwise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam

The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager

I’m pretty excited about my list!  It spans marriage, parenting, work, spiritual life, comedy and more.

Want to beat the doldrums? 

Pick up a book that will challenge your mind.  Inspire your dreams.  Equip you for your next task.   

Have you read any of the books on my list?  Any suggestions?


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