You are a Masterpiece!
This is my beloved Bryan, my reason to choose better health. What’s yours? You are a masterpiece! Maybe you forgot that. God woke me up the other night with this idea, WRITE A LOVE LETTER TO YOURSELF FROM GOD. Seriously! I had been praying about what to share to help those I invited on this journey with me to lose weight and better health. I know many are in a funk like I was and don’t know where to start to get out. A great starting point is your love letter! We beat ourselves up enough, we need love and encouragement. Sometimes our families around us don’t know how to be that encouragement. My family has been great to help me with this, but God knows things deeper than they do. I know how hard it is to get motivated to loose weight or to just eat healthy. Somewhere, somehow, we just have to find our boot straps and give a good pull up! I have found, without God, I can’t grab on to those stupid boot straps! Just venting, as this is not an easy process, it wasn’t for me anyway, and the words, “Just Do It” are not so easy to follow. God knows what will help you, so first and foremost, pray and ask for His help. I am sharing what God has shown me with hopes He can use it to give courage to someone else.
Our heart is a big part of why, when, what and how we eat! So our heart is the first thing that needs healing. The food, once we make healthy adjustments, will do the healing to our bodies, because God put what our bodies need in the food. But our hearts, when beaten down, find it hard to make the right choices. Sometimes, honestly, to the point we don’t want to take care of our self, knowingly or unknowingly.
So, back to the your love letter, write one as soon as possible. Take out a piece of paper and pen and get alone somewhere you will not be interrupted and you can pour your heart out to God. Talk to Him and tell him what has been on your mind and heart lately, what hurts. He knows everything, so don’t be shy, tell him like it really is. Cry, vent, yell, whatever you need to do, get it all out. This is for you, to get it out of your heart and out there in the open where God can help you deal with it. After you are all done, pouring your heart out. Take out your piece of paper. Pray to God and ask Him to write a love letter to you, pray you only hear His voice…begin to write…make sure in the right tense, start off with something like, “My beloved daughter, (or My son, ) so you remember you are writing as though God is talking to you. Only one thing to remember before you start writing, God is love. He is not going to judge you, just love, so start your writing remembering that. Listen to God’s heart for you and you will begin to hear more clearly. Make sure to write all you hear. Don’t hurry, if there is a pause, gently listen and write.
Don’t read further than here. Go write the letter and then come back.
No peeking past here!!!! lol. After you have written the letter, make sure you are alone, then read the letter back to yourself out loud. That letter is your bootstrap. God is going to help you! If you were waiting for a good day to start on a health journey to lose weight or to just be more healthy, today is a good day!
Everyday, you can turn to Him for help. Talk to Him and get the pains you may have out, and listen to Him for love and healing. You matter, and your heart matters to Him. Your life matters to Him.
We have to get our heart healing and look to Him to help us keep it healing. Then we can address how we look at food and what to eat or not to eat! Heart first!!!
God put beautiful food here on earth just for you! We can paint our bodies healthy, so to speak, from the inside out! We know we should eat better, but In our hustle and bustle world, we sometimes get so busy we end up grabbing food from a box, or as in my case, get so busy we forget to eat. Depression can also cause us to eat foods to help us feel better but they don’t help our health. We miss all the wonderful stuff God put in fruits and vegetables that will make us healthy. Some foods can even cure certain diseases. Certain types of food actually help us to lose weight. Think of food painting you beautiful from the inside out! Think of your Masterpiece!
TODAY’S EASY TIP: Put Black Pepper on your food! Did you know it helps with your digestion? Not only that, it helps you with weight loss. It has a substance called Piperine that can stop the formation of new fat cells. Plus Black Pepper has antibacterial and and antioxidant effects, and even helps with gas! Shake on that pepper, it’s healthy!!!!
If you missed last blog’s tip, take a peek. Each blog I will be sharing one or more tips that help health and/or weight loss. I hope this was a help to someone one! I am going to keep sharing with you until I have lost the 50 lbs. I have to lose! For more tips you can also checkout my Pinterest health board. I will be sharing some of them here soon, I have lots there on Pinterest, but have not researched them all. I will only be sharing stuff here on my blog that I know works. Here is Pinterest link, just find the health board. There are also neat art and recipe boards if you are interested. www.pinterest.com/JFYPropheticArt/
I would love to hear how you are doing and how your love letter from God touched your heart, if you would like to share.
Painting/picture on this post is my Beloved Son Bryan. He is my reason for wanting to take care of my health. He needs me. You can read his story here, www.pamherrick.com/inspirational-prophetic-art-and-story.html That is a plate of my food (eggs, avacodos, tomatoes and onions) I sat on his tummy. I feed him like this to keep him healthy, but would forget to feed myself! He eats really well! I have to puree it up to put in his tummy tube. The doctors said I couldn’t. It was too hard and too much work. And I would not know what to feed him. I have fed my boy all my life, I know how to feed my kid, just as you know how to feed yours! And on that note, my son has not been to the hospital even once since since around 2010 when he got aspiration pneumonia from chocking on the formula the doctors wanted him to have. He gets all real food now, there is no chocking on formula any more (that used to happen when he was on a feeding pump with formula). Patients in Bryan’s condition have multiple hospital visits all the time, I think if they ate real food they would do better! With that said, FOOD MATTERS! And for us, it matters! Eat as healthy as you can!!!
God bless you!!!!
Bryan’s Mom (Pam)
Blog of prophetic art paintings and inspirational stories by Pam Herrick, artist at Just For You Prophetic Art.
Art and health, real beauty is inside you!
Real Beauty comes from the inside! Depression makes us forget our worth. I know, I have fought depression and by the grace of God, won. I am embarking upon a journey of healing and health I want to share with you. Art has been healing for my soul, but my body has been neglected. I thank God the Holy Ghost gave me gumption to do something about it. It is as though the enemy had been attacking me through my health since he could not reach my joy. Well, no more.
I have 50lbs. to loose. I just want a healthy weight, not my skinny killing myself driven weight. From years of heavy bodybuilding, I am pretty muscular and there is no skinny to ever be found in me again! All those muscles help me pull Bryan up in bed though! Thank the Lord! I’m a beast, lol! But an overly chubby one who feels the damage from years of stress since Bryan’s accident. God restores us, and He is my hope.
Day one was fourth of July for me by the way. I usually eat one meal a day, maybe two…really bad idea, I know better, I just forget. I am sure the enemy plotted against me through that to undermine my health and well being. Well, enough! I’m taking back my health and not only that, I’m going to help others take theirs back! I hope what I have to share will help someone! I had been in a deep dark hole with this. I don’t even know how I got there and I didn’t know how to get out… But God has given me courage to get going and conquer this mountain that has been crushing me!
If you have felt crushed, come on this journey with me! Let’s encourage one another! I am going to gather up info I have known for years to share and also new stuff I found on Pinterest for health, of which I have saved many and not done any!!! Lol, well, I am now! I will share the smart ones that actually help you. I have personal stuff I have learned over the years through experience of losing weight and when I was a personal trainer. So you can know me a little, to know I won’t stir you wrong, I used to have people ask me all the time for diet plans and workout programs. The programs worked.
I AM SO EXCITED! Gonna take the Land! ….oh, back to fourth of July being day one, I Ate breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks,…and got sick! Not used to eating so much so my tummy hurt. That is how out of shape I am in. My body has been in starvation survival mode. It did not know what to do with all that healthy food! ….like the Chia seeds my daughter fed me! She is helping me eat by actually making breakfast and lunch for me, because she knows I won’t. She is my Angel from God right now. I need help relearning how to live and take care of myself. I just lost my way in regards to health.
Today was day 3 and I did a workout called not your Momma’s Yoga. I had purchased videos before but did not stick with it. I am old so lots I can not do and I have a broken back, so I modify. That’s OK, I am proud of what I can do and you should be, too. So if you have an exercise video of any kind, do what you can and be proud of that. You don’t need a video though. Mainly, just incorporate some working out through out your day if you are too busy for a scheduled routine, which is my plan to do personally to make sure I get it done! You can do a little at a time even if you are busy!
STRATEGY: My main exercise strategy is to just move a lot. To do walking in place, side to side stepping, swinging arms up, out, dancing, wiggling, moving… while I am watching TV and through out the day when I think about it. Nothing fancy, just walk in place, move and dance for at least for five minutes at a time. All through out the day, that will add up! Also, for weight bearing exercise, when I notice I am grabbing milk or cans of food or anything with a wee bit of weight to it, I will do arm bicep curls, triceps kick backs, shoulder lifts, shrugs, etc. While doing dishes, I will remember to take a break to do some squats while holding on to the counter and also doing tippy toe exercises for my calves and working my adductor and abductors (inner and outer thigh muscles) by just lifting my leg out to the side and squeezing legs together to get the inner thigh. How easy is that?! Just do it when you do dishes and then it is done! While making dinner, you can move the food you are carrying or pots and pans, empty one, lol, no accidents! What ever you get your hands on can be used for easy weight lifting exercises. …easy and done!
HUGE TIP: Drink an 8 ounce glass of water as soon as you get up. This one thing will help you lose weight and jump start your metabolism. The rest of the day, drink 7 more glasses. Your body needs it and did you know, if you don’t have enough water intake, your body can not burn fat? Make sure to eat breakfast! I wait for a half hour after I drink that water before eating. And, well this might not be the best thing, but since I skipped breakfast because I hit the ground running taking care of Bryan, I started making a cup of instant coffee with milk instead of water. Well, it was better than nothing! I plan to still do that. …only try to remember within two hours of that to eat something! I will remember that now. I have worked out a schedule to do so.
I will Write more soon and I will learn how to not be so wordy. Just want to get a post out tonight. I have not shared one in awhile. I was wrestling that depression! I WON! Thank you JESUS! I will be sharing blog post on my Facebook Art page where you can be notified when I share a new one by selecting get notifications from the like button. Since Facebook only shows to 6 to 10% of fans, this will make sure you actually get the chance to see the post. I will be sharing more art as well, so you will get to see new paintings when I make them. Here is the link, https://www.facebook.com/Propheticartjustforyou
Thanks for looking!
Love, blessings and hugs!
I pray my Art and stories are a blessing! More added all the time. Please tell your friends about my art and Bryan’s story. You can also follow me on Facebook to know what I post new art or stores at https://www.facebook.com/Propheticartjustforyou (select get notifications from like button) or on Pinterest for cool ideas and artsy stuff at https://www.pinterest.com/JFYPropheticArt/ Or Instagram at www.instagram.com/just_for_you_prophetic_art/Thank you so much! Feel free to copy and share my pics (just include my name and web address if possible) All prints are made on high quality archival photo paper. Watermark will not be on print. I hope my art is a blessing to you! Thanks for looking!
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