In Step Winter by Kevin Chamlee

kevin-chamlee-2Disclaimer: The content of this article is not medical advice and does not supplement or circumvent the need for individuals to seek consultation from a doctor prior to beginning any weight loss regimen, exercise plan, or diet. Contact your doctor prior making any changes in diet or physical activity level.

Each New Year has something magical about it. At the first of January a brand new year lies ahead of us, it is always a bit like “starting all over”. With January right around the corner, everyone is thinking New Year’s Resolutions.   A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.  The most common New Year’s resolution is weight loss.  So how do we go about winning this fight?

Fighting Weight Gain

It’s easy to become overweight in America.  Everyday we are confronted with an abundance of food that is easily accessible.  That’s one reason why so many Americans gain one or two pounds over the holidays, the equivalent of eating 100 to 200 extra daily calories.  So what can we do to make the upcoming year a success.  Let’s look at three different strategies that will help us win the battle of the bulge.

Strategy #1 Increase your calcium intake.

During the 80’s researchers were astonished by the results of a study that looked at the effect calcium had on blood pressure.  Not only did two cups of yogurt decrease blood pressure, but also 11 pounds of fat loss in 12 months- even though the subjects had been told to try to maintain weight.  As result of these findings we have the following:

–          a high calcium diet turns more calories to heat than to body fat

–          calcium-rich diets contribute to fat loss in the stomach area

–          calcium-rich diets can help minimize midlife fat gain

–          calcium within the cell regulates fat storage

More and more evidence is suggesting that consuming calcium-rich dairy foods three to four times a day equates to the burning of about 100 more calories of body fat a day.  By burning 100 calories a day will translate into dropping 10 pounds in a year.  If you can’t stomach the dairy, remember that broccoli, calcium-enriched orange juice, and supplements could be a viable option.  Given that calcium-rich diets are helpful for not only weight loss but also for preventing osteoporosis and regulating blood pressure.

Strategy #2 Eat breakfast.

Around 40 % of Americans skip breakfast at least four times a week.  Although skipping breakfast may seem like a logical way to decrease the amount of calories one consumes, breakfast skippers tend to be heavier than breakfast eaters.  If an individual eats a larger than normal breakfast they will almost eat 100 fewer calories by the end of the day, an amount that can curb creeping obesity.  Eating breakfast also causes one’s metabolism to jump start.  In a group of dieters who have lost and kept off more than 30 pounds, 97 percent are now committed breakfast eaters.

Strategy # 3 Eat more fiber and whole grain fibers.

On average, North Americans consume less than 50% of the dietary fiber levels required for good health. Foods that fill you up (satiety) are rich in protein or fiber.  The problem with protein is it often comes along with unhealthy saturated fat and unwanted calories.  Therefore, the wise option is to consume foods that are fiber-rich.  Fiber-rich foods also tend to be bulky; bulk helps promote satiety.  According to Barbara Rolls, author of The Volumetrics Weight Control Plan, consuming bulky foods with high fiber and water content can help you eat fewer calories.  Here is a list of fiber rich foods:

–          Fruit

–          Vegetables

–          Soup

–          Beans

–          Legumes

–          Bran cereal

–          Whole grain cereals

As a result of the great amount of food that is available to America, we all need skills to manage the food environment.  This means eating breakfast and consuming more calcium, fiber, and whole grains.

Small Steps

Take Small Steps Today!

  1. Walk during lunch hour
  2. Drink water before a meal.
  3. Take a family walk after dinner.
  4. Join Boot Camp.
  5. Drink diet soda.
  6. Park further from the store and walk.
  7. If you find it hard to be active after classes, try it before.
  8. Take the stairs instead of the escalator.
  9. When eating out, choose a small or medium portion.
  10. Drink water.

Stewardship and Oneness – John 17:3

            I love the little couplet that is humorous yet so descriptive of how believers live together:  “To live above with saints we love, that will be bliss and glory but to live below with saints we know, that’s quite another story.”

            We don’t want to miss out on the fact that, for all of the teaching and work of Jesus toward redemption, He was constantly in the process of creating a new people of God—Kingdom people whose values and actions reflected those of Heaven.  When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He included this very important aspect:  “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  He meant for Kingdom life here to be lived out amongst and between His own.

            The term Jesus used over and over in His prayer was “oneness.”  Lord, make them one as we are one.  Give them oneness between each other.  Oneness will be the quality that both reflects the glory of God and draws others into the Kingdom.

            What is this oneness of which Jesus speaks?  It is not ethereal, only to be realized in Heaven.  It is however a heavenly quality brought to earth.  It is the appreciation of the roles, gifts, and make-up of other believers and the understanding that we each have been given Kingdom purpose.   It is that which allows us to cover our brothers’ weakness and elevate his strength.  It is reciprocal in nature, circular as expressed in the Godhead toward each other.  It is the understanding that we have all been marred and that each of us is a work in process, needing the continual grace of God in our lives.  It perhaps is best expressed in the 1st Corinthians passage on love, for agape love brings an oneness quality to life.

            The truth is, it is easier to read about, to dissect, to debate, or to discuss oneness, than it is to live it out.  The only possible hope we have for oneness is the abiding presence of the Spirit in our lives reaching out to others and from others to ourselves.  Love or oneness can never be legislated but rather gained as gift and goal as we walk with Jesus.

            The constant direction of Jesus’ last words was that His departure is the only way possible for the Spirit to come to dwell with us and in us, making this new Kingdom on earth a reality.  It is still the only way the Kingdom will be on earth as it is in heaven until Jesus returns for us.  During this month’s consideration of stewardship, let’s pray together that oneness will be reflected in our relationships in this great Army as it is reflected in Heaven.  Let Oneness be the calling card for the generation we are shaping and for which we have the responsibility of stewarding.

Book Review: Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest

BOOK REVIEW JAN-2014“No question that beliefs and attitudes need to change, but unless there is also a shift in governance—namely how we distribute power and privilege and the control of money—the efforts will be more cosmetic than enduring.” –Peter Block

Peter Block’s, Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, is a compelling call for those in power to revisit the way they choose to govern. Block calls for radical reform in the way institutions are organized, the way they distribute power, and how they compensate employees.

Block says true service is clouded by self-interest and that many institutions never reach their full potential because the individuals that govern the organization often seek to fulfill their own self-gratifying natures. He goes on to say that authentic service is only experienced when there is a balance of power, a commitment to the greater good, buy-in in organizational purpose, and a fair and balanced reward system.

The book is broken down into three parts. Part I: “Trading Your Kingdom for a Horse,” explores the basic concepts of stewardship and restrictions on leaders; Part II: “The Redistribution of Power, Purpose and Wealth,” discusses this leadership model in greater detail; and Part III: “The Triumph of Hope Over Experience,” is the practical application portion and discusses in greater detail how to implement the model.

Block also discusses institutions that have already applied the stewardship organization model and details some of the successes they have had working in an effort to move from self-serving work to greater stewardship.

Mission Mover Newsletter – January 2014

D Hinson

We don’t have to look very far or very hard to see the effects of sin on this hurting and dark world.  God has called us to shine a light into the dark corners of the world.  I pray that as you develop as a leader you prepare yourself for this warfare. Be vigilant in seeking opportunities to touch lives with which you come into contact with the power of the proclaimed Good News of Jesus Christ and by meeting human need in His name without discrimination.

We follow the one who said, “The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost!”  (Luke 19:10)

Major Dean Hinson
Evangeline Booth College President &
School for Officer Training Principal