Sunday, April 11, 2010

Strengthening My Body and Faith

As most of you know, I have battled cancer with the Lord as my torch bearer, leading me through each phase of healing.  I am now working on getting my body back in shape.  My goal is to loose 45-50 pounds and turn my flab into muscle. In order to accomplish this goal I am going to have to stretch and strengthen my muscles through pilates, walking, workouts on my gym and swimming.

I plan on doing this with exercise and a healthy eating plan.  I usually walk daily and I accompany that with either working out with my Total Gym or swimming.  I am really lucky that I live in Hawaii where the weather is perfect most of the year.  It isn't easy but I am finding that if I can just develop good habits I will make my goals for fitness.

They say that it takes 21 days to make a habit.  So I figure that if I stick to my plan for 21 days it will be ingrained in me to continue this lifestyle change forever. I use my I-Pod while I walk.  It really makes the time pass quickly and I can get a great devotional time while I am working out.  I like to listen to music that inspires me and sometimes I listen to my favorite preachers like Richard Roberts or Joel Osteen.  They  have Podcasts and I can download and use for my I-Pod.

I am learning that I have to stretch my muscles to make them stronger.  I was thinking that I could do that with my faith muscles as well.  How do you stretch your faith muscles?  Well I stretch mine by tithing.  I am a firm believer in Malachi 3:10  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this "says the Lord Almighty, " and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out such a blessing that you will not have room enough for it.  This is one of the few scriptures where God is actually daring you to take Him at His word.  It works for me every single time.  If you don't have the money to tithe to the Lord, then try giving back with your time or talent.  I am sure that your Pastor could use some help. It will make you feel good and God will bless you because you are giving back.

I can see my body and spirit both getting stronger and I praise the Lord.  I know it isn't going to happen overnight but I will not give up.  I find that determination will get you through almost anything in life.  I find that as I stretch my muscles both faith and body I get greater flexibility, grace and longer strides.     Colossians 2: 6-7 says, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

Tonight I am going to prepare wild salmon with an asian marinade.  Being raised in Seattle I would never eat farmed salmon.  I just don't think that it tastes as good.  I use the recipe that I got from Ina Garten The Barefoot Contessa.  I think hers is the best! I usually double the recipe so that I can make more.  You can also use it on your grill pan in the kitchen. It is in her book entitled Parties.  You can get it at your favorite bookstore or on the Food Network.

Asian Grilled Salmon

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  • Prep Time:5 minInactive Prep Time:20 min
  • Cook Time:9 min
  • Serves:6 servings
  • Directions:


    For the marinade:

    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 3 tablespoons good soy sauce
    • 6 tablespoons good olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
    Light charcoal briquettes in a grill and brush the grilling rack with oil to keep the salmon from sticking.
    While the grill is heating, lay the salmon skin side down on a cutting board and cut it crosswise into 4 equal pieces. Whisk together the mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Drizzle half of the marinade onto the salmon and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
    Place the salmon skin side down on the hot grill; discard the marinade the fish was sitting in. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Turn carefully with a wide spatula and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes. The salmon will be slightly raw in the center, but don't worry; it will keep cooking as it sits.
    Transfer the fish to a flat plate, skin side down, and spoon the reserved marinade on top. Allow the fish to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. I top it with sliced scallions.

    I will serve the salmon with a fresh green salad that is loaded with tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, radishes, red onion and red peppers and a mango vinegarette.  For desert maybe some strawberries with good balsamic vinegar over the to.  Cane we say delicious?!

    I pray God blesses you all this week and remember to be good to yourself!  You cannot be a good friend to others until you are your own best friend!


    I wish you lived in Redding, I would love to start a walking club with you..May God be with you and your faith muscles. BLESSINGS UNLIMITED!! :)

    Thanks Jeanne! I wish you blessings unlimited as well! We can always cheer each other on via the web. Don't be afraid to comment anytime. I really appreciate getting the feedback. Anytime I can help lift a sister up I will!

    God Bless You!!!!!

    Teresa :)

    How do you hear god? do you hear him? does he speak to you? sometimes i think maybe he talks to me but i don't knwo. sometimes i think i am crayzee but i swear i can hear him say im good and that i must not do bad. i'm only 14 so yea. its hard ya kno for us to stay good. i have gurlz i kno whos having sex and stuff and i swear i hear god tell me candice, dont u dare do that!

    is it god ya think or am i crayzee. i get made fun of for lovin jesus but i dont care. i just want to go to heaven someday ya know. wurd.

    Hi Candace,
    I don't think that you are crazy at all. I definitely think that it is God speaking to you. God speaks to me in many different ways. Sometimes it is through His words in the bible and sometimes it is that small little voice inside me. When I was about to have surgery I heard His voice out loud. Read the bible Candace get into a church where you can meet people who believe the same way that you do. They will help to lift you up instead of tearing you down. Stand strong with God and don't give in to peer pressure. Just remember Candace I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Just say that to yourself when times get rough. Talk to Jesus ask Him into your heart as your savior. Tell Him you are sorry for your sins and you want Him to forgive you. In Jesus name, amen. I just know that He will answer you. He will become your best friend like He is mine. He will never leave you. God Bless you Candace! You will be in my prayers.

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