To Bant or Not To Bant…

My opinion is that Banting works best for people who have dieted their whole lives and have yoyo’ed up and down the scale from 150kg to 80kg and back up again. They are chronically ill with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes (metabolic syndrome). They have desperately wanted to lose weight but have a massive problem in that they are addicted to sugar and can’t help themselves. They are also insulin resistant, which is when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin, so more insulin has to be released to  get the desired effect. Suddenly they try this lifestyle of getting rid of all the rubbish they’ve been eating and they start eating real food…from fresh veggies to free range meat and dairy. The weight just falls off them, yet they are not hungry. The results have been amazing. Just visit some of the before and after photos on the Banting Facebook pages and you marvel at how effective this way of eating is.

Bonanza Banting BreakfastFor me, who is not more than 4-5kg overweight, Banting is more for health. It helps with psoriasis, leaky gut, skin blemishes, arthritis and joint issues….not that I’ve had all of those issues, but I certainly have had some. I have lost a couple of kilograms but have enjoyed the benefits of not eating sugar, feeling alert and energised.

There are also athletes who also have no weight issues and who embrace Banting because it maintains a stable blood sugar level. There are no massive sugar spikes and awful lows, so while training, they are more stable. And they don’t have to be ridiculous and eat only 25g of carbs a day. They can take it up to 100g per day or even 150g if they are burning a lot of calories.

Everyone has to be responsible for their own health and gauge how they feel and what is best for them. This is your body. You have to take care of it in the best way you know how. No one else can feel what you feel or what works for you.

As with all mankind, you can go to both extremes. Traditional ‘low fat’ eaters can binge through thousands of grammes of carbs per day. Just 4 pieces of break is 100g. Their sugar levels go crazy, insulin spikes and then plunges. Afternoon dips cause sleepiness and energy levels go up and down. This chronic pattern is devastatingly bad and contributes to metabolic syndrome..

Then you get the Banters who achieve ketosis and operate off their fat. I haven’t figured out why yet, but it seems a bit extreme. Maybe someone can let me know what the benefits are.

Then there’s me, who eats as few carbs as I can, but I don’t count them. My biggest issue with Banting has been constipation. And I know I am not alone. People write to me about this. The danger is for it to become chronic constipation. Banters need to pepper their diet with fibre. Veggies, seed crackers, psyllium husks and WATER!  I have bran flakes for breakfast – not a lot – only about 20g which with the dietary fire taken off, leaves about 4.5g carbs. It’s worth adding fibre to ensure you are regular. Banting is there to enhance your life and not make it miserable! If Banting is making you miserable, you need to look again.

Then there’s my husband who does not Bant. He is 75kg and has been for most of our 30 years together!  His metabolism is fine. He eats toast and high sugar milk chocolate and never gains weight. But he also goes several hours sometimes without eating. His blood pressure is text book. He’s fit and healthy and thinks Banting is a bit of a craze. But when I show him the pictures of a poor woman who weighed close to 180kg a year ago and today she is 100kg lighter, he too has to admit that there is something in it.

Don’t judge. Don’t judge the Banters. Don’t judge the Low Fat fans. That’s why I wrote the article on 5 Banting Principles Critics Will Agree On. For Banters there is a middle road and I’m trying to be on it. Low Fat fans can also get on it. My emphasis may swing a little towards more fat than the low fat fans, but the fats I choose will be more avo and coconut based instead of a true Banter who will gnaw through biltong fat and choose the fattiest lamb chop. I’m less into animal fat than the purist! And, I’ve discovered that I do better on less dairy, so I’ve cut back on a lot of dairy products.

Both schools of thought should be ditching sugars and sweeteners as much as they possibly can. My treat lies here…

Lindt 70

Best not to judge. I’ve never been 150kg but I’ve seen the unhappiness in the eyes of those who have. They desperately want the ability to change. Banting gives them a change that they can work with and the results have been phenomenal. Their appreciation knows no bounds. They have been given a new lease on life and it has convinced me that Banting is best.

Matthew 7:2

For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Making Marriage Work – Learn From Others

When our 27 year old daughter, Stacey was about 12, she came home from school one day and told us that only 5 of the children in her class lived with parents who were still married. The remainder of the class of 30 were blended families or with single parents.

Since then the divorce rate has certainly not come down. If anything, it’s gone up. This whole generation of young people are now in adulthood and developing their own permanent relationships. Yet they have no close example to follow.

I came from a broken home, but throughout my teen years and into adulthood, I had a few wonderful friends who were amazing married role models. The couple with whom I had most contact was a dear couple Joe and Wyn Beale. I spent many hours at their home where I observed a long and happy marriage. Married for more than 50 years, they provided the example that I wanted to follow. In fact, “Aunty Wyn” became my main role model in life in general. Her attitude is always positive. An optimist through thick and thin, she led and loved her family with grace and dignity, in good times & bad, in times of plenty and in need. Now in her 90s, she lives in Sydney, Australia, still positive, still looking for opportunities to be of help and encouragement where she can. When I get to 90, I want to be just like her.

Mike too had a major role model outside of his family. Curly & Dianne Cuthbert had a huge influence on his life perspective. Mike once told me he would like to have married into the family, just to be part of it. I’m really pleased he didn’t! When we went to the Cuthbert’s 50th wedding anniversary they also displayed the very characteristics that we aim for. They were soul mates, remained interesting and interested in each other, still laughed together and enjoyed each other’s friendship. It’s worth sitting up and taking note of what has worked in their marriage.

It’s really important to learn from others. Make friends with people who have strong marriages, learn from them and put into practice those healthy techniques they display. Having friends or mentors to emulate is not the only way of learning from others.

From ccc.org

From ccc.org

 

If you have hit a glitch in your married life and need help over a hump, one excellent way to achieve it is to find a mature happily married couple with whom you can chat. Ask them what they did in certain situations. If you are struggling with arguments or raising your children, ask them to suggest ideas that will help you in your situation. Often it helps just to have an outside perspective, to guide you back to being objective about certain issues.

Read about marriage. Make it your special focus and a life-long project. Marriage takes work and reading inspiring books keeps you motivated and energized for when trouble comes. One of the most inspiring books I’ve read recently comes from Dexter Yager and his book entitled: Dynamic People Skills. Our experience dovetails perfectly with what Mr. Yager writes.

He says we all need “Battle Training” and cites three primary sources for it.

1. From Warriors who know how to win. Listen to people who have made it to the place you want to be. They know how to do it. Let their advice guide you and give you wisdom as you deal with the same thing they did.
2. From Battle Reading. Do battle reading in your particular areas of weakness on a regular basis. Read your Bible and positive motivational books…Battle readiness is a mentality, an attitude – plus accurate information.
3. From personal experience. Get out there and practice what you’ve learnt from your mentors. (Pgs 92 – 93)

Books on marriage

If this doesn’t help, you may need further more formal marital counselling. And don’t wait for the situation to escalate to one that is unbearable. If you spot some cracks in the cement, have them seen to as soon as possible.

Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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5 Banting Principles That Critics Will Agree On

 

When it comes to Banting, you want to try and introduce some balance. There are 5 things which every eater can employ. Even the biggest critics of Banting cannot argue with these 5 principles and I think they go a long way to finding the Banting Balance.

1. Cut sugar!

If there is only ONE thing you ever do in your life from now on, let it be this one: cut out as much sugar from your diet as you possibly can. I understand that
Sugar Christmas, Easter and birthdays come around, but let sugar be a HUGE exception to the  rule as to when you eat it. You will not believe how quickly your taste buds adjust to less sugar and you will soon be finding even the smallest amount sickly sweet. No medical critic will argue with this one.

2. Eat less!

Generally, most people reading this, will agree that we all have eaten too much or do eat too much. If this is not the case, obesity would not be a problem in the world…

We all eat too muchWe don’t need the amount of calories that we are used to consuming. Don’t fill your plate so full. Don’t snack. Eat when you are hungry. STOP when you are full. No medical critic will argue with this one.

3. Eat healthy fats/protein.

There are numbers of healthy foods that fit all categories eg.Almondsavocado pear, raw nuts, olives, olive oil,  fish, macadamia oil, free range chicken, ostrich meat.  No medical critic will argue with these. Because you are eating less, you are not eating large quantities of them!

4. Cut out refined carbohydrates and anything with additives in them.

Read the labels of the food you eat and chuck those that have anything added.  It is a known fact that preservatives, corn syrup, chemically derived sugar additives, saturated and transfats, artificial flavouring, colourants and MSG are bad for you and in the long term can cause chronic illness. Every medical practitioner and clinical dietitian will agree with this. Sadly, even the commercially generated bread we eat is refined with sugar added. Cakes, donuts, chocolate bars, sweets, all ‘choc’ full of artificial stuff, that we were not designed to eat.

Read this article for more: –Ten Worst Food Additives and Where They Lurk

5. Know what you eat.

Become informed. Read labels, investigate. The less refined the food, the better it is for you. Pluck it off a tree, pick it off a plant, watch a chicken lay it, catch it in a lake. When you know where it comes from, it is going to be far better for you than if you pour it out a box. No one will argue with this.

Proverbs 15:1

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Ups & Downs of Life – A Different Perspective.

Life certainly does go up and down. It has swings and roundabouts and it has varying seasons. Sometimes we are on the outside looking in. It’s the difference between seeing an aeroplane flying overhead and being in it.

Aeroplane overhead

It’s an amazing sight being right beneath a low flying aircraft and it’s a fun experience being inside one as it takes off. There’s a massive difference between seeing it and experiencing it.

A person may say a single sentence – eg – “I donated blood”. I reply, “Good for you!” and think nothing of it. Yet that person was telling me because donating blood is a brave event. They take 450mls of blood out of your arm, through a very thick needle. No matter how many times I donate blood, I never feel entirely relaxed. What if I pass out? I’ve never passed out before, but there’s a first time for everything. When I donate blood, it’s personal. This is my arm that you are about to plunge a fat needle into. It’s my blood.

“I donated blood.”

To others hearing it, it sounds like a good deed for the day, but it consists of so much more. Yet, if I responded, “Oh my goodness, how brave – you clever girl – wow! You donated blood. Let me see your arm. Are you okay? Can I get you something to drink? ” – it would be a bit of overkill.

Yet for the donor – it was an event. It’s all perspective.

And so it is with all our life events. Pushing out a baby is a very brave thing to do yet millions of mothers do it every day and it’s just expected that it will be done. Yet, the event is burned into the mind of the Mom. I well remember the pain and every detail of my childbirth experiences. They last just about forever. I remember being heavily pregnant with my Stacey and wondering how on earth I was going to get this baby out in the easiest most pain free way. I walked through a busy part of time and in wonder looked at hundreds of people milling about. They all had to be born. Yet it remains a mammoth event in the life of the Mom. It’s HUGE.

There is much pain in the world today and it may make us sad, but God has created us to bear the pain in small increments – individually. We suffer our own unique pain in a way that only we can do. It’s all a journey we each have to walk on our own or with those closest to us. We can console others. We can be empathetic and caring towards them, but we cannot feel the immense broken pain they feel when they are going through a trial.

That pain is reserved for us, for our trial, for the one we have to walk.

That’s how God has made us. To be able to cope with just enough so we can remain healthy and not all be broken simultaneously. Imagine if we took on all the pain of all the people in the world…we would all be broken.

But ultimately that’s what God did for us, when Jesus came to die. He took on all the pain of all the people in the whole world, so that we don’t need to be broken. He will make us whole again, if not now, in eternity.

That’s an amazing perspective.

2 Corinthians 4:18

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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van Breda Murders Latest

It was with quite a lot of shock that I googled the latest on the van Breda murders to find a story released in the press yesterday to say that there was not enough evidence to make an arrest and that the police have no suspect to charge!

No suspects to charge

Huh?

I was pretty speechless. No suspect to charge? As far as I could see from what I’ve read and heard and had been said to me, I could think of one!

But let’s just say there are really no suspects to charge.

Why then did they not get an identikit from Henri van Breda? After all, he saw the intruder and could explain the order in which the attacks took place. He should have got a good look at the attacker.

Why was there not a manhunt after the murders? They were brutal and if a heartless, violent axe murderer could take down 3 adults on his own, surely he is capable of more attacks. The residents of Stellenbosch should be very worried that there is such a person on the loose.

A top lawyer was assigned to Henri – in fact, according to IOL,  the lawyer who represented Shrien Dewani was hired to represent Henri. This would not be for nothing.

Dewani lawyer for Henri

This morning EWN reported that the investigation is ongoing and that the police did not have enough evidence to make an arrest and neither do they have a motive for the murder. According to reports there will be revision of the case next week and it may then be referred for judicial inquest. I certainly hope it is.

This whole thing just makes people angry. In South Africa, a lot of people point at shoddy police work, but across the world there is injustice every day. Murder and violence takes place – the perpetrators get away with it.

But that won’t be forever.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will have read many times that my perspective is an eternal one. You may get away with wrong-doing this side of eternity, but once you have breathed your last, you will be called to account.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Live your life as an open book. Do not have anything to hide.

For the perpetrator of this barbaric crime, he will live this life in chains, even if he walks free. He will always know what he did and he will have to live with himself. Best thing is to ‘fess up and pay the price.

6 months. Martin. Teresa. Rudi. We remember them.

Picture by Mia Lindeque/EWN

Picture by Mia Lindeque/EWN

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga

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Detoxing

For a while I’ve wanted to get off my mini-dependency on coffee. I wanted to be able to not have coffee for a day or two and not get a fat headache. I weaned myself off it. I cut down to 1 cappuccino a day and then had 3/4 a day and eventually was able to skip a day with minimal side effects. With that success, I could do what is a great thing to do once or twice a year and detox. My last solid meal was Friday evening when I had trout and veggies. Since then, it’s been fluids only.

Herbal tea starts the day and then I have the green juice…

Greens juicedSqueezed fresh and daily from my local Food Lovers, it’s packed with greens…

Ingredients and costSaturday (yesterday) was my first day. I felt good. I kept up with fluids throughout the day and hardly felt hungry. In the afternoon, I had the red juice…

Red juice mainly beetrootThis too is packed with healthy raw veggies – the culprit of the colour lies in its beetroot content. I could drink this ALL day. I love it!

Red juiceFor dinner, I had soup.

By this morning, I was feeling very good. No headaches, alert, energised. No problem. Today, I had more soup for lunch and I’ve had a couple of glasses of the juice with water in between. I felt a bit sleepy this afternoon, so went for a 15 minute walk in the beautiful sunshine. It has just been what I have needed.

I have never properly detoxed. Today is Day 2. Tomorrow is day 3 – I’ll see how I feel after that. I may push it to a week.

There’s lots to be seen online about detoxing and three days seems too little to discover the true benefits. Ten days seems it could be a bit more effective. Daniel in the Old Testament was supposed to be eating ‘royal food’. He spoke to the King’s servant and said,

Daniel 1:12-16
12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

It’s a good time to give it a try!

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga :-)

 

 

 

 

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Banting Comfort Food – Biscuit Recipe!

So many wonderful Banting recipes come to the fore on Facebook and when I saw this biscuit recipe, I just couldn’t resist trying it out. It’s just what I feel like on cold wintery days. It’s Banting comfort food for me. The original recipe comes from www.thebantingchef.co.za so head over there for lots more amazing food suggestions.

IngredientsCoconut cookie

Dry:

  • 6 Tablespoons coconut flour (R8*)
  • 2 Tablespoons of xylitol (R4*)

*Based on prices from Faithful to Nature

Wet:

  • 1 egg (R2)
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter -that’s just over 50g if you want to weigh it (R4)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Ingredients for coconut biscuitsInstructions

  • In a bowl, beat the eggs and add the vanilla essence.
  • Melt the butter and add to the egg.
  • Adding melted butter to eggMix the coconut flour with the xylitol and add to the wet ingredients.
  • Mix well until you have a firm dough.
  • This dough can be used to line a pie plate if you want to make a cheese cake or other Banting tart.
  • DoughFor our biscuit purposes, break bits off and roll them into balls.
  • Press down with a fork…and into the oven they go.
  • Bake them in an oven preheated to 180C for 8-10 minutes.
  • Press down with a forkYou want them to come out nicely browned.
  • Allow them to cool on the baking tray.

Bake until brownServe at teatime!

Banting coconut cookiesR18 for 10.

They are a great gift. Make a few batches, pop them in jars and give them away. Christmas is 5 months today, so it’s an idea to put in the back of your mind.

Ecclesiastes 8:15

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.

Enjoy each day.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

 

 

 

 

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Death is a Staggeringly Horrible Thing

There’s nothing, absolutely NOTHING nice about the process of death. It’s cold and final and very depressing. I once watched in despair as a budgie fell sick and died. It was pitiful. I was so helpless. The few days he was sick, I watched him desperately, yet hopelessly cling to life. Eventually, he breathed his last.

I often see Facebook statuses of friends whose pets have died. It’s heartbreaking.

When it comes to your own loved ones, it’s even more devastating. Even when our beloved “Granny” (Mike’s Mom) passed away 18 months ago, it was ugly to watch life ebb out of her body. Thin, bedridden, fed through a syringe, her dying was hard to watch. Yet, all the time with Granny, I knew this is how it is supposed to be. At aged 89, she had lived a good long life. God had blessed her.This was normal. Yet is was still hard.

So when you lose someone close to you who is younger and fitter, the trauma of an early passing is overwhelming.

Yet the death of one of God’s children brings with it one of the great paradoxes of the Bible: Their death is good.

“Can’t be!” you cry!

Today I pondered the profound words in 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. When the death of a loved one looms close, these are words that make sense…

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”

I’m not a huge fan of The Message Bible but sometimes it gives a unique perspective – of verse 12 it says….

“While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!”

That’s the truth. While we, the family are struggling with our loved one’s imminent departure and going through the worst time of our lives, he/she is in the position of ‘getting in on the best.’ After all, isn’t this the aim of our lives as Christ-followers on earth? That one day we cross the finish line and are embraced by Jesus Himself welcoming us to His eternal Kingdom?

Butterfly death quote

What we think is that we are living and they are dying, but the truth is that we are dying in a fallen world, while they are embracing life in an eternal kingdom.

While I enjoy good health today, I feel like saying “Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep.”

LIFE after death is a spectacular gift – and while I don’t look forward to the process of dying – I am grateful that the arrival will far surpass the dark sadness of the journey.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx

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Making Marriage Work – Allow Each Other To Grow

Men and women enter marriage at different stages of personal growth and it is important for each to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually without being hindered by the other.

This was never so valid as in my marriage to Mike. As I’ve mentioned before, I was 21 when I walked down the aisle. Mike was already 35.  When I had prayed for my husband as a young teenager, apart from his age (which I didn’t stipulate!) Mike filled all the criteria I had prayed about. I wanted someone who is intelligent, a quiet strong leader with a close relationship with God and a good sense of humour. I wouldn’t turn good looks away either. That was basically the list of my requirements for a husband. After 29 years of marriage, I can say that Mike remains all of that and oh so much more.

When we married, I was young and naive. Mike was mature and had some life experience. I had left school, completed a diploma in nursing and midwifery and married Mike. I wallowed in the maturity of my husband. Everything Mike said went. I believed every word he said and he could do no wrong! And so our first year of marriage passed. But as our life together progressed, with the arrival of our first born and with an increase in maturity, the glow of my husband’s perfection began to fade a little. I realized I had a mind & will of my own!

And it was at this time that Mike’s strength of character really stood out.  Whether it was a conscious decision or it simply just came naturally, I’m not quite sure, but Mike never held me back. He encouraged my every endeavour. From making cushions for sale at flea markets (I know it’s hard to believe!); to being an unsuccessful Tupperware agent; to successfully completing a (fully paid by Mike) degree; to selling first aid products; to be an advertising executive and finally to being the Morning Drive Show Host on radio, he has been there by my side. I know that at times he’s thought the strange ventures I tackled were a little crazy and probably would not succeed, but he has never voiced any negative opinion he may have had.

What an example!

Mike has without a doubt, had to allow me to mature personally far more than I have had to allow him. He too has launched into some ventures that have been both time consuming and at times burdensome, yet I like to think that I have encouraged him in his endeavours and been beside him all the way. I was after all, his labourer when he broke down a wall in the kitchen. I carried wheelbarrow loads of bricks outside, endured TONNES of dust, learnt very quickly what an angle grinder is and lived in a half built bedroom for more than a year. It was a wonderful experience. We had no cupboards and had all our clothes hung on a pole across the corner of the room. I would wake up and say “what can I wear today?” Priceless memories that I will always cherish. Aside from the inconvenience of doing the building work ourselves, we saved a lot of money and avoided the scourge of increasing our mortgage.

Marriage is a partnership and we need to nurture each other. It’s not a competition, it’s a life-long collaboration during which we are both winners.  If you are struggling with a spouse who just seems to clash all the time with you, who seems to just not do things your way, keep reminding yourself that there’s only one person in this relationship who you can control and that’s NOT your partner. Perhaps it’s time you did things their way for a change.

Mike and Helga 28th wedding anniversary

Allowing each other to grow means:

  • Being patient.
  • Unconditional love.
  • Ongoing support and encouragement.
  • No criticism.
  • Being a soft place to land.
  • Advising when asked.
  • Acceptance in the face of failure.
  • Picking up the pieces when things don’t work out.
  • Never saying “I told you so.”
  • Being your spouse’s biggest fan.

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.

Keep the smile going and the fire glowing!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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Beating Mid-Winter Procrastination

It was cold, wet and windy when Mike drove off to work this morning. I returned to bed and went through my usual routine. Truffles, the cat snuggled down a little deeper and purred a little louder…

Truffles

 

Ah, the life of a cat!

One of the things I had to do this Cape Town winter’s day was get to gym. It was the hardest thing to do. To get out of my warm bed, where I can get quite a  lot of work done on my laptop, get changed into gym gear and go and face the chilly wind was not appealing. But you do today what others won’t so you can do tomorrow what others can’t. So off I went. It was surprising that within 5 minutes of being there, I found myself taking off the 2nd layer of sleeves, leaving me exercising sleevelessly. By the time the hour was up, the endorphins were flowing liberally through my veins, giving me a great sense of well-being and achievement.

Isn’t this the case with most things? We have just got to get started. The toughest part of most jobs that I procrastinate over is taking the first step. If I have to weed the garden, pulling out that first weed inevitably leads to 100 more. Sorting out paper work! Oh boy! That’s a big one, but picking up the first piece and starting to create order out of chaos becomes more and more attractive.

The best part of course, is when it’s done. The sense of accomplishment is very satisfying. If I have to think up 3 thoughts to stop procrastinating I would come up with a couple of pithy sayings that go on in my head. One I’ve already used.

  • “Do today what others won’t so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.”
  • “If it is to be, it is up to me!”
  • “Just do it.”

There are always going to be the so-called horrible jobs. They will never go away. Once you get started the satisfaction supersedes the displeasure.

It all begins with taking the first step. After all, we don’t know what our life will be like tomorrow!

James 4:14

“Yet, you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes”.

The brevity of life sure is evident in our lives today. I think of my Dad who, had he continued with is earthly life, would have turned 83 today. heart

So it’s time for me to get my to-do list written and get on with all the jobs I’ve been procrastinating over. After all, there’s no better day to do them than a fine winter’s day!

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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