Monthly Archives: December 2010

The #1 New Years Hangover Remedy

Anyone remember the movie “Liar, Liar” with Jim Carrey? Particularly the famous scene where he takes himself to the restroom and beats himself up, and when asked what he is doing, he answers and says, “I’m kicking my a _ _” As funny as it sounds, it reminds me of all the times I rang in the New Year (and many other occasions) by drinking way too much! With all of the horrible symptoms that are associated with over drinking, the hangover is much like that famous Jim Carrey scene.  “One of the most common symptoms of a hangover is the excruciating headache, which believe it or not, is a result of dehydration of the brain. “Alcohol acts as a diuretic, so the more you drink, the more water your body will need to dilute the toxin. This water is then expelled from the body in the form of urine. The water needs to come from somewhere, so if you don’t drink water while drinking alcohol, your body will start depriving other organs in your body from water, including your brain. The headaches you experience are a result of dehydration of the brain.” Article: “Symptoms of a Hangover ” by:Drinkfocus.com
Another common symptom of drinking include your body’s inability to get a “Good” nights rest, even though one may be passed out on the couch! Truth is “Symptoms of a Hangover” also says, “When you go to sleep with a high amount of alcohol in your system, your brain is unable to enter the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. Without the REM stage of sleep, your brain is unable to dream and achieve the relaxation it needs. So while you may end up sleeping the whole night and half the day away, your brain did not get the rest it so desperately needs.”

Oh, and let’s not forget the multiple visits to the porcelain throne! As awful as it sounds it actually helps to get rid of the alcohol in your system. Plus let’s not forget the dizziness, nausea, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea and loss of appetite that come with it as well.

You may be thinking, “OK, so what’s the #1 New Years Hangover Remedy? I’m glad you asked.  Don’t drink! Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up on New Years Day and feel GREAT! Wake-up without the headaches, dizziness, vomiting, loss of much-needed rest and body aches? Or the unbelievable thirst that greets you when you roll out of bed? I made that decision many years ago.  “Yea, you’re a Christian that’s why you don’t get drunk” that’s partially true.  Yes, I am a Christian and I have chosen by my own will to avoid the above! I had years of it and I finally woke up one day and said, “That’s it, why punish myself and my body for doing something really stupid!” Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I will have an occasional glass of wine, and even then, I almost never finish it.  But I choose not to over do it because of the repercussions that come along with it, it’s NOT worth it!

Long after I became a follower of Jesus I saw in the scriptures what I was experiencing:
29
Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?
Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?
Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,
trying out new drinks.
31 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,
how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;
it stings like a viper. (the hangover)
33 You will see hallucinations,
and you will say crazy things.
34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea,
clinging to a swaying mast.
35 And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.
I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When will I wake up
so I can look for another drink?” Proverbs 23:32-35

Why not consider making a New Years resolution now…ring in 2011 by treating yourself to things that do not harm your body.  You want to be happy, really happy? Take a look at all the blessings in your life. Host a New Years Eve dinner in your home and spend it with family and friends that find life meaningful. Look at what’s important. Make a list of things you’d like to change in your life…Look to God for your support, He loves you and cares about you more than you’ll ever know.

May God richly bless you all this New Year!

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Making 2011 Resolutions Stick

What are your goals for 2011? Are they to lose weight, fall in love, or spend more time with your family? Whatever your ambitions are you can make them a reality!

Let’s start with the Top 10 2011 list of New Year resolutions:
1) Lose weight
2) Get organized
3) Spend less-Save more
4) Enjoy life-Follow God
5) Staying fit and healthy
6) Learn something exciting
7) Quit smoking
8 Helping others achieve their dreams
9) Fall in Love
10) Spend more time with family

Since statistics say that less than half of those with New Year resolutions will actually succeed, how do we beat the odds and reach our goals? Susan Solovic who appeared on Fox Morning Show says the following:
1) Keep it REALISTIC: Don’t overwhelm yourself will all the things you’d like to change or improve on.
2) Start small: Pick one that is of most importance to you right now
3) Be SPECIFIC: If you are looking to incorporate more exercise in your daily regime make a decision such as “I would like to exercise 30 minutes a day 3 days a week” once you achieve that goal, increase the duration and/or days per week.
4) Write it down: This helps to make us more accountable. Post your goals where you can see them.  I usually place a sticky note on my bathroom mirror for a reminder.
5) Tell Someone: Let a friend or loved one that is optimistic know your goals, someone you can trust to support you.
6) Get a buddy: Find a friend or a work colleague that shares the same interest as you so that you can support one another in your goals. http://www.fox2now.com/news/morningshow/ktvi-susan-solovic-new-years-resolutions-success-122710,0,2913401.story

It all starts in your mind. Success and failure all begin with our thoughts first! Take a look at your own life: Your accomplishments, what was/is it that drives you to succeed? If you trace back to the beginning you will find that it all began with a thought. For example, “I’m going to go to college and be a…” Or “I’m going to start my own business.” Whatever it is, it all began with a thought.  The second is true as well, things that you have failed at (just because we fail at something does not mean we are a failure…remember that!) you may have thought “I would really like to take some classes to be a…” and then finished with this thought, “BUT….I don’t have enough money” Or “I’m not smart enough.”

Maybe you have been wanting to become healthier by losing some weight, some of the most sabotaging thoughts are “I’ve tried it before and it doesn’t work” Or “I never succeed at anything.” Whatever it is, we get exactly what we’re thinking about.  Why? Because before we accomplish or fail at anything it always begins with a thought first.  Julie Fischer contributor of ezinearticles.com says in her article “How to Keep Your New Years Resolutions-5 Steps to Success”The longer I ponder it, the more I believe that “mindset is everything”. You can have the best-laid plans and even take action on them, but if your mindset isn’t in alignment with your goals, you won’t reach them. Using the weight loss example again, if you are holding on to thoughts, beliefs, or feelings that negate your ability to lose weight (e.g. “I’m just not disciplined enough to stick to a diet”), you are sabotaging your success. Upgrade your mindset to increase your odds of success.” You can contact Julie @ http://www.discoverycoaching.info

Where did the whole “thought process” originate from? The Bible says, “Whatsoever a man thinketh in his heart so is he” Your thoughts whether good or bad determine your future. Jesus says to “cast down” or get rid of negative thoughts, why? Because they will stop you from achieving God‘s best for your life. He says his plans for you are for “good and not evil…to give you a hope and a future”  So if you’re looking to make improvements in your life begin by thinking positive thoughts about your situation and surround yourself with people who support your dreams, visions and goals in life and you will accomplish all that is in your heart to do!

Happy New Year!
For more information regarding the power of our thoughts, listen to the teachings “What’s On Your Mind” by Rick Tidwell


Don’t Get Scrooged

Scrooge

I LOVE Christmas! I enjoy the shopping and giving to others, I especially love that it is one of THE most celebrated times of year where everyone from all walks of life witness Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of the World! What I do not love however is the “bah humbug” mentality that goes along with this merry holiday.  In years past I would find myself looking at the faces of those pushing their carts down the crowded isles and I did not like what I saw: Many with unhappy faces filled with frowns and even anger. Because of this I found myself beginning to dread the thought of participating in one of my personal favorite times of the Christmas season: shopping! As I pondered ways to keep this from happening I had this inspired thought: Don’t look at their faces! This year as we began our Christmas shopping I chose to put it into practice. Now I do my best to focus on those that have a jolly spirit. I have made it a point to turn my attention toward the giggly, joyful child as they look at the abundance of toys on display, or the one singing along to the Christmas jingles as they make their way through the store.  I have also decided this Christmas to not get Scrooged! And most of all to keep my focus on the most meaningful reason for the season, and that Is Jesus, “Unto us is born this day in the City of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”
Merry Christmas Everybody and have a Happy and Safe New Year!
God Bless Us Everyone!


It’s Christmas Time Again!

Christmas

Christmas

Christmas! One of the most celebrated times of the year. Complete with love, excitement, laughter, and don’t forget the Cookies, Cakes and Ginger Bread men.  Not to mention snow falling, fires burning and lights all aglow.  Ah yes, Christmas time is here once again. With the hustle and bustle that the holidays bring…let’s remember to keep it real, simple and stress free!  The following are just a few tips to help preserve the Joy and Peace that Christmas brings:

1) Be Realistic: The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videotapes.

2) Stick to a budget: Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity or adopt a family in need, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange

3) Reach Out: If you feel lonely or isolated, volunteer to help at your church or visit the hurting in hospitals and nursing homes .  Volunteering your time and  helping others also is a great way to lift your spirits.  Jesus says that when we LOVE our neighbor our JOY will be full! John 15

4) Taking time for yourself: Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and look at the stars. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

5) Learn to say No: Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Family, friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity.

6) Forgive Others: Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all your expectations. Forgive any grievances you may have toward loved ones and remember Jesus said, that if we want the Father to forgive us we must forgive those that have wronged us (Mark 11). When we hold grudges toward others we think we’re getting back at them.  The truth is,  we are only hurting ourselves. When we are not forgiving, we are imprisoning ourselves in pain and sorrow and it can affect our emotional and physical health.  My advice would be to ask God to help you forgive…and remember If you want mercy from our heavenly Father then we must extend that same mercy.

7) Remember the Good: Some of us have lost those that are dear to us.  It is OK and normal to be sad at times, especially during the Christmas season.  One way that helps grieving is to “Remember the Good”.  Remember their smiles and their laughter.  Surround yourself around family and friends that are closest to you.

8) Celebrate the Reason for the Season! Remember Christmas is about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Teach your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews about the true meaning of Christmas, that it’s MORE than just packages and bows and focus on God’s Love for he gave us the Greatest Gift of All!  Celebrate Jesus!
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/MH00030/NSECTIONGROUP=2
for more on stress management