Encouragement to Persevere

Encouragement to Persevere

Encouragement to Persevere http://ruthlsnyder.com

This is week 5 in our Made to Crave Action Plan study.

Here are some great quotes from Lysa Terkeurst:

“Our goal is not a number on the scale. Our goal is to be absolutely at peace—emotionally, physicallyand spiritually.”

“Our scale can measure what our body weighs, but it can never measure our worth as a woman.”

“Between every trial and every blessing that comes from that trial is a path that we must walk. . .and the path is perseverance.”

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:2-5 NIV from http://www.biblegateway.com)

6 Summary Tips from Dr. Ski Chilton:

“Food was made to nourish us . . . when we come to manipulate it, it comes to destroy us.”

  1. Calories in; Calories out – Start your day with 16 oz of water. (This will help you reduce the number of calories you eat throughout the day by as much as 20%.)
  2. Fiber (25 grams/day for women or 30 grams/day for men) will help you feel full.
  3. Exercise to lose inches, not weight (30 minutes 5 days/week).
  4. Omega 3’s will reduce risk of heart attacks and decrease the speed of aging. The ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in our diet should be 2:1.
  5. Eating 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables (To reap the benefits of Polyphenols)
  6. Have a positive attitude!

For more details, check out The 7 Ingredients for Healthy Weight Loss

I find the item I struggle with the most is eating 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables. Some ways I’ve found that help are:

  • Add a piece of fruit to breakfast
  • Add a salad at lunch time
  • Eat wraps instead of sandwiches, especially when you’re eating out. However, you have to be careful. Tim Horton’s snack wraps only have 190 calories, but Swiss Chalet wraps have 710 calories!
  • Have an apple or banana for a snack
  • Have a salad and two or three other vegetables with your dinner entree

What tips do you have to share?


  1. HI Ruth,
    I notice that you don’t mention protein. Protein helps to do something – can’t remember what – but it balances out your system somehow.

    • Janis, you’re right. They didn’t highlight protein in the Made to Crave, which they should. Protein keeps our blood sugar stable because our body digests it slowly. Healthy fats weren’t focused on either. They provide fuel for our bodies and also help to keep our blood sugar stable.

  2. Avatar Melissa says:

    I am sitting here reading the blogs and drinking my morning bottle of water.
    🙂 Thanks for the reminder of the healthy tips.

  3. You depicted all those great tips and love how you did it. I am finding I can get many of my fruit and veggies in a morning shake a few mornings a week. And I am adding a little oatmeal and chia seeds and almonds to it each morning. Thanks for sharing. Debbie W. (OBS Blog Hop Team)

  4. Debbie,
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing what’s working for you. The picture was a lot of fun to make 🙂

  5. I really struggle getting 5 fruits and veggies a day too. Smoothies help tremendously but I’m usually too lazy to make them. I’m bad about quick, processed food. I love Lysa’s quotes you shared. There are so many great ones in her books! I have been wanting to list Dr. Chilton’s tips and post them in my kitchen. Thanks for the reminder :)!

  6. Avatar Lori K, OBS Group Leader says:

    I also struggle with getting my 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables. My daughter told me about Naked Juice and it’s one way for me to get my servings in throughout the week. Love your picture. Blessings, Lori (Group 39)

    • Lori,
      We can all cheer each other on to eat our fruits and vegetables. I haven’t been introduced to Naked Juice – I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me 🙂


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