Law and Life

This week the Auditors were at our office.  My boss, the CFO, gets rattled and a little anxious.  I am in charge of the majority of the Receivables, so the beginning of the week was nerve wracking.  We all get through this.

I realized that as a Christian we live by the Law of our culture, jobs, and family expectations.  The Lord has been showing me not to live by the letter of the Law.  He came to free us of all bondage.  Some things we do in our life becomes Law not Life.

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Blessed By God

Today’s word is “blessed.” I don’t know about you, but I feel truly blessed.  I am beginning to realize that I can really have fun at the gym.  I can even look forward to going to the gym to work out.  It was a gloomy day and I was not very enthusiastic about completing a 5 K on the treadmill this afternoon.  There was only one treadmill available.  It was right next to the YMCA staff member who teaches the “Couch to 5K” class.  I felt intimidated, but I had no choice in the matter.  When I glanced at her treadmill, she was running at 7.0 mph.  I warmed up and then I “ran” at my pace – 4.0 mph.  She was running effortlessly during the minutes that I struggled between 4.0 mph and 5.0 mph.  Although she far “outran” me, I felt blessed that I finished my 5K in 42 minutes and 18 seconds.  After she was finished, I asked her how long she had been running.  She replied, “Oh, about 4 years.” I thought to myself, “I have been running less than 3 months.  I wondered, “How fast will I be running in January 2016 when we gather to encourage a new group of Rob’s Biggest Losers?” Just the thought of looking forward to the changes that will take place in the remainder of 2014 made me feel even more blessed.  I pray that the words of Numbers 6:24-26 will remind us how blessed we all are because God loves us so: “May the Lord Bless you and keep you.  May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.” Blessings, Linda

Cardio is not overrated

Yesterday and today I got up early in the morning to hit the gym before I went to work.  Today was a close call.  I got to work just in time.  I wanted to add another cardio because I see the results being made with the people that can go in the morning, afternoon and evening.  Unfortunately since I have a full-time job mornings and evenings are my only option. I’ve noticed that adding another 1/2 hour of cardio a day has made a big difference.  I can’t do strength training every day like some  because my body just can’t handle it, but I am sooo happy from the results I’ve seen in myself from just adding that extra cardio.  I am feeling better than I have in a long time and I love it!!

Dont Take This Chance For Granit….

Hello Losers,

I have been home with my issues and really been thinking a lot. I have been stop and start with health issues. Are you healthy sitting on the couch? Think about it….   We were given such a great opportunity to get started on a new way of life.  So if you have just given up and are not even eating right.  You only have 3 weeks to make a change.  So many people signed up for this chance.  Rob Dempsey gave us the spots.  He has been talked about, told he was hated, Some have given up on His Radio, etc..  A lot of ugly things we do not even know about.  So we need to really take this opportunity and use it.  Because there are so many who are wishing they had it.  Think about it.  If you are not using it how they could have used it.  How they could of had a New Start On A New Healthy Life!   GET UP AND GO FOR THE LAST 3 WEEKS AND WE WILL SEE YOU AT THE RUN ON APRIL 18TH.  If I can do it anyone can.  COME ON AND MAKE THE CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE IN THE LAT 3 WEEKS..  1…….2…….3…….  GO….  Message me and let me know how well you did in the last 3 weeks.

Fluid On Joints..


Hope everyone is doing well and eating good and working out.

In my case right now I am eating good and no work out!  I was thought to have a fractured elbow. Air cast for a week. :(   Well then my other arm begin to do the same thing.  So now they are saying fluid on my joints.  But do not know why.  I did not go into this full speed a head.  Billy worked with me and we were building up my program inches at a time.  I did a lot of water areobics.  So I am stunned at why things have been so stop and go for me.  :(  I mean such a great chance to go to YMCA and have so much support and accountability.  It has gotten me in a slump of depression.  But I am not going back to eating that bad stuff.  NO WAY!  Not after this chance I was given.  This has changed my life.  I just wish I could do the full workout…  But again thankful to have been able to do what I did and enough to make me see a difference in ME.

If anyone is experiencing Fluid on your joints.  Please reply and let me know what your doctor has said.  I am waiting on blood work.  People keep saying to much Y to fast. But that is not it!  As I mentioned I took it slow.  .

  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

life situations aren’t setbacks

This Monday, my 5 month old was in the hospital.  I did get a workout in at the ymca on Monday before we got the call that she would be admitted.  I thought for sure that this week would be a huge setback for me and that I would lose everything I had worked so hard to accomplish this last nine weeks.  I did have a few moments where I did not eat the healthiest things.  Some of it was stress eating, some of it just out of necessity that I needed food and I had to choose what was readily available.  The cafeteria did have lots of healthy options, but many of them were out of my price budget.  After the first day, I found out that there was a refrigerator on the pediatric floor that I could keep food in so that’s what I did and it was much easier (and cheaper) to eat right after that.

I did even manage to get a few walks in.  There was actually quite a bit I could to to keep moving.  While it may not have been the high intensity workouts I had been doing, I found several things that I could do right in the room while the baby was sleeping, like lunges, squats, crunches, etc.  I also learned that while I may not be able to be gone for an hour at a time, I could slip away for 15 minutes at a time and take a little walk or even walk the stairs instead of elevator.

We are home now and I am so thankful for that one because my baby is feeling better but also that I learned that having something in life that keeps you from doing a full scale workout you can still do a few small things and it still work.  I actually lost a few pounds.  I also learned that eating some of the junk I did while at the hospital causes havoc to my body now.  My stomach started cramping up within just a few mintues of eating and really didn’t taste good at all anymore.  I actually started craving my carrots, salad and yogurt that eat on a daily basis now.  It was also a reminder of what my sedentary lifestyle was like.  I use to be able to sit for hours, but I found myself not being able to sit for long periods of time.  I had to get up and move.  So, yeah, what feared so much about having a bad week, ended up being a really good one because I found that being healthy makes me feel so much better.


Okay so, today has been long and exhausting to begin with and then it became time for group workout! I get there, already feeling tired, and try to give it my all. Usually, I don’t do TOO awfully bad but this time it was kicking my butt! I actually got shaky, heart was pounding so hard I thought it would beat right out of my chest, and I could not breathe!!! I think I was taking too short of breaths so I got to where I was doing more and more and still not catching my breath and I was in the middle of an exercise and felt like I was just about to pass out and was actually getting a little worried about myself and to make matters worse, we were doing a group team thing so I really felt like I was letting my team down! However, I have the most amazing team and coaches! They were cheering me on and also telling me to take my time and go as I could go! As I am down there trying to push myself back up, about in tears, I could hear their encouragement, right there next to me to help me along. That is an AMAZING feeling. I have an AWESOME team!! I kept pushing through because of them! You don’t even know what that meant to me! Can never thank them enough!!!!! Go Caine Halter!!! You guys ROCK!!! :)

Independent Or Dependent On God?

Today’s word is “independence.” I was curious when I saw this word on the wall of the YMCA in Texas.  As I have time to think about this word, I believe that when someone is healthy and fit, they begin to feel “independent” and confident that they can achieve their wellness goals even if they do not have help from someone else.  However, this is a falsehood.  This journey has convinced me, more than ever, that I am totally dependent on God for the desire to be healthy and the ability to sustain a healthy lifestyle.  A synonym of “independence” is “self-sufficiency.” The world view tries to convince us that we can be self-determined and self-sufficient to live our lives apart from God.  Today, I am thankful that God has shown me that He is the key to my success on this journey.  Anything and everything that I am able to do is because God lives in me.  2 Corinthians 3:5 affirms this truth: “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”   I pray that we will realize that God is our strength and that we need to totally rely on Him for every victory.  Blessings, Linda

Feeling good.

Today one of the aerobic instructors told me she could tell I had lost weight, especially around the neck and face.  That made me feel so good.  I had been stressing because I didn’t think I looked like I had lost weight so that made me feel sooo good.  I had a great time working out today with my teammates Annette and Natalia, and one of our home workout members Serena.  It’s so good to have the support of my friends.  Now to get my work done, take a shower and get to bed.  Good night and God bless.