God Before Goodies: The Final Weigh In

Daily Bible Reading: Luke 17:11-19

Well, ladies. Here we are. It’s a bittersweet day! It’s our last weigh in, our last set of measurements, our last devotional, but we get to see how far you’ve come in 4 weeks! 🙂

Before we get too far into the weight and measurement part, I want to talk about these verses. This is probably one of those stories you’ve heard a thousand times. Jesus heals 10 lepers, but only one comes back to thank Him.

Any progress you have made in this group is because of HIM. Please don’t forget to thank Him!

I can’t ever seem to get past verses 17 and 18 where Jesus Himself says, “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”

I’m sure Jesus noticed the one guy who was lying on his face at His feet thanking Him, but all Jesus wanted to know was where the other nine men were. How could they not come back and give glory to God?

How many times do we forget to give glory where glory is due? Our blessings in life, our joys, even our trials that He brings us through, they are ALL for His glory. We should be careful to always thank Him.

Whether you have lost .2 pounds or 10, 1/2 an inch or 15 inches, it doesn’t matter. Give Him the glory and praise Him. Even if you didn’t lose anything, but you’ve seen your relationship with Him grow stronger, give Him the praise. He loves you, and He deserves to hear a “thank you, Lord” from each of us now and then.

I also want to thank each one of you for being a part of this study. It has been SO special to me, and I am blessed to have been a part of it. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time here and have gotten a blessing as well.

Ok, hit the scales and take your measurements. Check in with the questions below.


Daily Questions:

1. What did the scale say? What’s the total amount of weight you’ve lost since Day 1?

2. How about your measurements? Has there been a change from Day 1?

3. And what about your Spiritual life? Are you seeing a difference from Day 1?

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God Before Goodies: Day 28

Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31

We all know this passage pretty well, I’m sure. It’s the story of the virtuous woman. Notice: She’s not a woman of fame, face, figure, or finances, but a virtuous woman. A “morally excellent” woman.

Did you notice when reading this passage, it doesn’t talk about how much she weighs, or what size garments she wears? Why do you think that is? I’m thinking it’s because that’s not what really matters here. What is being said about her all has to do with her entire being – her work ethic, her heart, her love, her strength, and her family. She shows love toward others, she works hard in all that she does, her husband can trust her, she fulfills his needs and she cares deeply for her children.

She is loved and praised by her family and her children. She is blessed. And not because she’s a size 4 and super skinny, but because of who she is.

Ladies, never lose sight of the woman God wants you to be. I know our time is drawing to a close with our last weigh in being tomorrow, but I don’t ever want you to forget the importance of being a woman of God. Look at verse 30: “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Does that mean we should live our lives in yoga pants and ratty t-shirts because “beauty is vain”? Absolutely not. I think we should strive to be our best in everything we do. Sure, we’ll all have our yoga pants and ratty t-shirt moments, but we should also make sure we take time to spruce ourselves up a bit before going out. When we look good, we feel good. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with putting on a little lipstick to brighten up our face. 😉

But even more than lipstick, even more than what we wear, we need to be a woman who fears the Lord. Women who will stand for what is right, and honor God with ALL of our choices. In the end, that’s what matters. The person we are right now is the legacy we will leave behind.

What does your legacy say about you?


Daily Questions:

1. What is your favorite characteristic of the Virtuous Woman? Do you see that characteristic in yourself?

2. What type of legacy do you want to leave behind?

Today’s Task:

Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.

To print out today’s copy of the God Before Goodies Challenge, click here.

Achieving Weight Loss with Green Coffee Beans

Losing weight is not easy. As a result, people have turned to supplements to make the process easier. Currently, among the most popular weight loss supplements worldwide is green coffee bean extract, which is obtained from unroasted coffee beans. These beans have chlorogenic acid, which is known for its weight loss effects.

What the research says about weight loss effects of green coffee beans

In general, research indicates that there are indeed weight loss benefits of green coffee bean extract. A 2006 study published in BMC Contemporary and Alternative Medicine looked into the reduction of weight gain and fat accumulation in mice which were given green coffee bean extract.

Researchers found that the mice exhibited lowered body weight and visceral fat content. Therefore, the researcher concluded that green coffee bean extract may prove effective in protecting against fat accumulation and weight gain by activating metabolism of fat in the liver and preventing absorption of fat.

Furthermore, Gastroenterology Research and Practice released a meta-analysis of five studies in 2011. The study carefully looked into the effectiveness of green coffee bean extract as a supplement used for weight loss.

The researchers noted that more research was required. Nonetheless, they did come to the conclusion that the aggregate data demonstrated a substantial difference between the body weight of subjects of those subjects who had taken green coffee bean extracts and those subjects who had taken the placebo. Evidence pointed to the fact that the supplement promoted weight loss.

This conclusion is consistent with an early 2012 study that was published in The Diabetes Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal. The study closely monitored a group of 16 patients who used green coffee bean extract for 12 weeks without altering their diet. The results were astonishing.

In this period, the patients lost an average of 16% of body fat and 10.5% of body weight. Moreover, they did not exhibit any adverse side effects.

In short, here are the 4 ways for how green bean coffee works for weight loss.

  1. One of the bioactive compounds in green coffee beans is caffeine. A number of studies have demonstrated that caffeine does indeed increase your body’s metabolism significantly.
  2. The primary bioactive compound in green coffee beans is chlorogenic acid. Some of the studies done on humans suggest that the acid can inhibit carbohydrate absorption in the digestive system. This in turn reduces blood sugar as well as spikes in insulin. If this is the case, then using green coffee beans is almost like having a slightly lower-carb diet.
  3. Other studies – in mice and rats – have demonstrated that chlorogenic acid brings down your body weight, reduces absorption of fat from your diet, lessens the fat stored in your liver, and enhances the action of adiponectin (the fat burning hormone).
  4. Additionally, chrologenic acid has been shown to lead to a drastic increase in the levels of triglyceride and cholesterol levels in rats. These two elements are critical risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Green coffee beans have a significant effect on the metabolism of your body. In this article, you can see that the bioactive compounds contained in the green coffee beans can help you in losing weight as here are the 4 ways for how green bean coffee works for weight loss.

Protecting Your Health with Skinny Tea for Detox

Among the healthiest beverages on earth is green tea. Also referred to as skinny tea for detox, it has a number of benefits. It contains a number of nutrients and antioxidants that have powerful effects on the body. Its uses include lowering the risk of cancer, fat loss, and improvement of brain function. Below we look at some of the benefits of skinny tea for detoxing.

  1. Skinny tea has bioactive elements that improve overall health.

It’s not just green liquid. The bioactive compounds in green tea are contained in every sip you take. These include catechins and flavonoids that serve as powerful antioxidants. These substances protect cells from damage by curbing the formation of free radicals in your body. It is these free radicals that case aging and various diseases.

  1. Skinny tea will make you smarter

Green tea contains compounds that improve brain functions and keep you alert. It doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee, but it has enough for you to enjoy the benefits of caffeine without the nasty side effects such as jitters. Brain functions improved by skinny tea detox are memory, reaction time, vigilance, and mood among others.

  1. Green tea improves physical performance and enhances burning of fat

If you check the ingredients of any supplement that burns fat, green tea is likely to be on the list. This is because, in addition to boosting your metabolism, green tea is also known for enhancing fat burning in some people. Also, studies have demonstrated that the caffeine in skinny tea for detox treatment 28 days boosts physical performance.

  1. Reduced risk of cancer

Thanks to the antioxidants in green tea, your risks of getting various types of cancer will be significantly lowered. Cancer, one of the planet’s leading causes of death, results when growth of cells is out of control. It is a fact that oxidative damage leads to cancer. It therefore follows that the powerful antioxidants found in skinny tea can have a protective effect, reducing your risk of cancer.

  1. Lowered risk of dementia

In old age, green tea may protect your brain from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The most common neurodegenerative disease in humans is Alzheimer’s, which is the leading cause of dementia. The second most common is Parkinson’s. The catechin compounds in green tea can protect neurons in your brain, significantly lowering your risk of dementia.

  1. Improved dental health

You may enjoy lowered risk of dental infections and overall improvement of dental health thanks to green tea, which can kill bacteria. Additionally, catechins in skinny tea have been known to inhibit the influenza virus among others, thereby lowering your risk of nasty infections. A number of studies also show that green tea reduces bad breath.

  1. Other benefits

The above are but a few of the numerous benefits of skinny tea detoxing treatment. Other benefits include lowered risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Skinny tea for detox treatment 28 days will help you feel better, both physically and mentally. You stand a lowered risk of getting a number of diseases, such as cancer, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease by regularly taking green tea.

#Spon: Can Toys for 2 Year Olds Increase Learning? And a Diapers.com #Giveaway!

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Toys for two year olds

I know we’ve all heard the phrase, “terrible twos,” right? But, if I’m being honest, two is my absolute favorite age! My 8th little one is now 2 years old, and I want to treasure every minute of it. This age is so much fun because they learn and grow so much during the course of this year. He still snuggles and needs his mommy, but he gains more and more independence every single day.

I am always looking for the best toys for 2 year olds and how to help my 2 year old learn more. I’ve always been curious if toys for 2 year olds can actually increase learning, or if there’s any kind of benefit at all from play. I’ve done some research, and I want to share my findings with you.

  • Toddlers Really Do Learn While Playing! Any type of activity will get your child’s brain moving and churning, and that includes play. Their hand-eye coordination improves, and by looking for toys that encourage this, it helps them to continue to blossom and move on to more challenging tasks.
  • Digital Toys Also Increase Learning. There are so many digital toys out there that light up, and help teach 2 year olds their colors, letters, numbers, and more. Look for digital toys that are the appropriate age level for your 2 year old. As they learn more and more, you can increase the learning and move them to the next level. Parenting released a list of the best educational electronic toys that you may find helpful.
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