Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

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Here’s Lucy at a recent BBQ.  She found a watering can and it became a quick favorite.

Who needs toys when you have a watering can?

Last night, I had trouble sleeping.  I wasn’t particularly stressed or upset, but as I laid on my bed, my mind was spinning.

I forgot to call that lady back. 

What day should I take the kids to Legoland?

I have a lot of work to do on my website. 

I wonder what night my book party should be. 

I know you’ve been there.  Swirling thoughts.  Stress that you didn’t even know you had suddenly weighs down on you.

I did what I told my friend to do that exact same day.

I thought about Philippians 4:6-7:

Do not be anxious about anything.  But in everything, through prayer and petition, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Earlier in the day, I gave this verse to my friend who was asking about what to do with worry.  Just hours later, I needed this verse myself.

It brought me comfort and calmed my mind while I just laid there in bed.  Before long, I was asleep.

Back to Lucy’s watering can.  Whenever we need to be filled up again, we can turn to the Bible.  In it, is everything we need for life.

Let the Bible be a favorite go-to item in your life.  Just like how Lucy loved playing with that watering can!

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I’ve discovered a new class at my 24-Hour Fitness:  Boot Camp.

Goodbye boring workout.  Hello soreness, sweating, and sleep deprivation.

I was invited to the class by a couple probably in their 60s that I met in the gym.  I think that’s a pretty cool way to get invited to boot camp.  Talk about persuasive!

The class is at 6:00 am which means I have to wake up at 5:25 am.  I don’t get up before the sun rises.  It is honestly painful to me to uncurl myself and stumble into the bathroom.  I rationalize with myself for a good five minutes every time the alarm clock rings.

I could go next time.  I could go to the gym later and just workout myself.  I can do a DVD with the kids this evening.

But every time I have peeled myself out of bed and went, I have loved it.

I love the camaraderie of the 10-20 people who show up.  I’ve learned more names in 2 weeks at the gym in this class than I have in one year of going to workout on my own.  The trainer gets more out of me than I would ever be able to crank out at 6:00 am if I was by myself.

She starts with “quick feet” which means you step on and off a block as fast as you can for 30 seconds.  Then she leads us through different drills.  The hour flies by.

Is there something new in your gym that you can try to give yourself a new challenge?

Maybe you exercise at home.  Get a timer and set it for 30 seconds.  Pick four activities like:

  1. Running in place with high knees
  2. Push ups
  3. Sit ups
  4. Bicep curls with a weight

Do the activities in order with 30 seconds for each.  Take a brief rest in between.  When you finish the four activities, take a water break and then start again.

Keep stringing more activities together, creating more circuits, and you’ve got your own home boot camp in the making.  Crank up the tunes and have fun!

I was talking to a friend who is turning the big 5-0.  She was considering a half-marathon to celebrate.

I am not a runner so this didn’t have any appeal to me, but I thought, “How cool to make such a great goal and memory to commemorate a birthday.”

Instead of sitting on her lazy boy and eating chips, my friend is thinking of training to run…and run…and run.  To push her body to do something she did years ago.  Is it possible to get stronger as you get older?

I think the answer is yes.

When I turned 40 last year, I wore a blue wig and wore my cheerleading outfit from high school.  I worked hard to fit into that outfit.  Sure, the skirt didn’t exactly zip up all the way but I made it work.  I am more health conscious today than I was at 18.

Have you ever done anything special to mark a birthday?  To turn back the hands of time?

When it’s time to celebrate a big birthday, why not do something athletic, different, silly, or childlike?

Create that birthday milestone and look forward to the passing of time.  Growing older is a part of God’s plan for us.

Our 10 day Daniel fast has come to an end.  Eating was fun today and so was drinking a cup of coffee!

My son Ethan was so conscious during our fast saying things like “Mom, you can’t eat that pasta.”

So when I told him last night, “We’re having daddy’s special french toast for breakfast tomorrow,” he said, “Aren’t you guys still fasting?”

Our 10 days are done of eating fruits, veggies, nuts and beans!  A whole new world has opened up!

The good thing is I didn’t go too crazy today and actually craved eating a vegetable in the afternoon.  I chose celery with PEANUT BUTTER which I missed very much.  I suppose that is a nut…

I stopped at my parents’ house for lunch and they served me delicious salmon and stir fry.  Loved my afternoon cup of coffee and pita bread and hummus.  Ate ravioli, broccoli, and the last bit of my taro porridge (added brown sugar this time, boy that helped!).

God is good.  Life is yummy.

Wahoo!  It’s wonderful to be on Day 9 of eating only veggies, fruits, nuts and beans.  We’ve drank a lot of green this past week.

After the fast is over, will my family continue juicing?

James thinks juicing is overrated and a whole lot of effort.  Why not just eat the fruit and vegetables?  Sure you can juice up a whole more than you can actually eat, but how much fiber do we lose in the pulp you don’t drink?  (not sure of the answer there).  So we may be sticking with smoothies for our day to day life – less clean up and you can still stick broccoli into a strawberry smoothie and it tastes just fine.

You can tell your kids that the green specks are confetti.

The other thing I made yesterday was taro porridge.  I bought taro that was peeled and ready to cook from the Filipino supermarket.  I’m sure any Asian market will have taro.  Then I just boiled it in water for about 3 hours.  Stir occasionally.  It will start to break up and then look like a porridge.

If you want it to taste better, you put some brown sugar in, but for my purposes, I added raisins.  The bites with the raisins taste good, and the other bites…well, I am on a fast!  It’s nice for something hot and really simple to make.

I am looking forward to the fast ending on Tuesday.  James and I will have to hold back from gorging ourselves on food that day!

Things I want to eat:  eggs and toast and coffee and crackers and…

Ahhh, it’s just a day away!

Here’s a typical meal during the Daniel fast.  Veggies and brown rice, kale chips (I’ll tell you how to make these) and fresh juice.

There have been many wonderful things that have happened in my life during this Daniel fast so far.  Here are two:

When praying with my Moms in Prayer group this Wednesday (formerly Moms in Touch), the prayers seems to have extra power.  We were praying over my son Ethan and my prayer partner prayed verses over his life that gave me goose bumps.  I’m sure the power of the Holy Spirit is always available to us but fasting amplifies God’s leading in your life.

Our kids have watched us and learned that (1) fasting is a normal thing that Christians can do and (2) eating healthy foods takes effort but it’s important.

Unfortunately, I haven’t lost much weight doing the Daniel fast.  I thought I would lose more since forsaking chocolate and crackers and bread.  I think I’m juicing and eating too many carbs.  Oh well.  It is teaching my palette and stomach to crave healthy foods and it’s bringing to light my weakness towards cookies, cupcakes and chocolate.  Help me Lord!

I do crave CRUNCHY so I found a recipe for baked kale chips and find it to be delicious!!!  I actually crave them.  I have never used kale in my life so this was also a good new thing to try.

All you do is cut the kale in pieces (only the leafy parts), wash and dry in a salad spinner, drizzle with olive oil and a little salt, and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

The kale becomes crispy and it tastes best right out of the oven.  My girls who like eating seaweed already munched it all up.  James didn’t like it at first but then ended up eating half the batch.

You can watch a video on how to make it on All Recipes – that’s how I learned about it.

I highly recommend doing a Daniel fast (eating fruits, veggies, beans, nuts) and coupling that with seeking God for something specific in your life.  Jesus says to his disciples, “When you fast…”  He doesn’t say “If you fast…”

Fasting isn’t something you see practiced a lot by the church in America.  I think it’s time to enjoy this discipline, feasting on God’s presence instead of food from time to time.

When we decided to juice more veggies and fruits, we considered buying a juicer.  Our garage sale treasure from 13 years ago – the Champion juicer with the killer engine – was inconvenient to use.  It has a small spout so you have to cut all your fruits and veggies before putting it in.  Not convenient.

The answer?  Go to Costco of course.

James came home with the Jack La Lanne juicer.  We are definitely not juicer experts (after 3 days) but we have enjoyed this juicer.  You can fit the whole apple in the chute and press it down.  No cutting and everything works really well.  Of course it is time consuming to wash all the parts so I have been doing all my juicing at the same time, making a lot of juice to last all day.  So once a day I have to clean all these parts:

Not too bad.  The Jack La Lanne juicer is easy to use and comes with a scrub brush.  You definitely want to clean it right away or else you will have the nightmare of caked on fruits and veggies to clean.

PROS:  The big spout.  So easy to put in the fruits and vegetables for juicing.

CONS:  A few times, the juicer has jammed.  You’ll put in a fruit and nothing will come out.  Before you know it, the juicer is leaking from the bottom.  What happens is the spout gets clogged by pulp and it stops the flow of juice.  The solution is frustrating and time consuming – pull it apart to unclog it and then continue.

Well – I also want to let you know what we did the night BEFORE we started the Daniel fast:

Yup, we’re human and not veggie eating robots naturally!


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