sometimes injuries and burdens are a blessing and time for rest

I found the passage below to really affirm how I have felt lately. Sometimes I forget why we should be understanding of the fact that God calls us to suffer at times. As christians still alive on earth, we too have to share in the cross and suffering of the passion of Christ. Life is not always serene, but being loving and compassionate to others when they are suffering is a perfect way to show our love to each other. False friends will leave you in bad times, but if you love someone you will be there to help them in tough times. I have had some personal difficulties lately, and I am quick to learn who has my back, and who only wants to be around when I am at my best. I look into my own heart and reflect upon the times when I have supported others in tough times, and the moments when I have abandoned people in their difficulty. I learned that the people I love will always be a priority to me in good and bad times. I often pray for my friends and family to have every opportunity to reach all of their goals and dreams in this life. Lord give them safe passage on their journey and walk with them and lift them up when I cannot be there to help them or walk beside them. Also please work on the hearts of our enemies, so that you can cause a change in them and keep us safe from any evil spirits working in them.

As far as training goes, I injured my ankle in a basketball game. And then only like 2 weeks later bruised my knee really badly when I fell on some wooden stairs. I was wearing an ankle brace, and on crutches. It was a difficult to get around, and it cut into my exercise regimen. It forced me to rest and find other things to concentrate on. The reading and writing, and rest I was able to get while recuperating has been helpful to me in many ways that are still revealing themselves to me now.

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The mystery of the Cross will overshadow every Christian’s life. Much as we may consider the gift of peace the mark of strong faith, and be tempted to think that such peace will render us impervious to ‘the slings and arrows of fortune’, yet the following of Christ will bring us inevitably to share in some manner in his Passion. ‘If any of you wish to be my disciples’, Jesus said, ‘let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’ (Matthew 16:24). Naturally, we can recoil at such a prospect. And Peter, who had confessed his faith in Jesus, nevertheless was taken aback when Jesus subsequently spoke about his future suffering in Jerusalem. But, to continue to accompany someone on their journey, and stay with them in their troubles, is the mark of love. And the sufferings that come our way in life, leading to anguish and darkness, will not be in vain if we appreciate that through those sufferings we are sharing in the Cross of the Lord. For the Cross is also the mystery of divine love, poured out to the end, for the world’s redeeming. In our own tribulations, small or great, we are mysteriously joined to that great love, and are part of it for the healing and uplifting of humanity. In the Cross is our own redemption and eternal hope, and also that of the whole world. Nothing we suffer is in vain, therefore, but is made fruitful, in the fruitfulness of Christ’s offering and eternal love.


I wanted to share this nutrition article…

Top 10 nutrition tips!

1.  Eat More Calories
Now that I have your attention, listen up!  Low calorie diets (below 1200 a day) do more harm than good, with that said, there are a ton of hidden calories out there, so beware not to go crazy. My point is, starving yourself to loss weight will back fire on you. Low caloric intake only slows your metabolic rate and forces your body to store calories in the form of fat.  A good range of calories for an adult female is 1200-2200 and 1800-2800 for men.  Find a good ratio of protein, fats and carbs, so you are not hungry, and are achieving you goals.  Keep in mind the scale does not show water weight, muscle gain, or anything else for that matter!  Go by how you clothes fit, measurements, and if you can, get a body composition test done.

2.  Slash Fat Calories
Calories from fat are easily stored as body fat, whereas calories from other foods have to be converted to fat, a process that burns calories.  Stick to low fat and nonfat choices, and watch for hidden fat.  Fat is added to crackers, cookies, breads, and rolls.  Your body does need some fat.  Fats keep your joints, skin, and internal organs in good working order.  Everyone is different, but I find for most women, 20-25% of total calories should come from fat.  Where your fat comes from also makes a difference.  The body more readily stores saturated fats, such as animal fats. Unsaturated fats such as olive oil are much better.  Read food labels, consider where the fat is coming from.  Avoid saturated fats.


3.  Concentrate on Natural foods
Natural, unprocessed foods are used more efficiently by the body and are less likely to be stored as body fat.  Choose fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, and other complex carbs as the mainstays of your diet.  Natural, complex carbs are needed to make and replenish muscle glycogen, the carb stored in the muscles and liver and used to supply energy for exercise and activity.  Foods like refined pasta and bread products are less effective in a fat loss program.  If you limit them to a few times a week you will notice a huge difference in your shape and definition.


4.  Moderate carbohydrate intake
As energy foods, carbs are totally essential for exercisers and must be included in your diet.  But, if you want to speed up your fat loss, change your carb intake slightly.  When you reduce carbs, you body has less glycogen to run on and is forced to burn fat instead.  This is tough, I know!  We all love out pasta and bread.  Here is what I suggest.  Eat your pastas and breads before 3pm and only a few times weekly.  Stick to veggies and proteins for late afternoon and dinner.

5.  Limit sugar consumption
If you eat too much sugar at once, the excess can be turned to body fat.  Excess sugar triggers a surge of the hormone insulin, which activates enzymes that promote fat storage.  You would be surprised how many foods contain large amounts of sugar.  Cereal and fat free snacks are full of sugar.  I trained a man who lost 6 inches off his waist, in one month, by cutting coke out of his diet.  Need I say more!

6.  Eat Enough Protein
Protein provides essential amino acids to repair body tissues like muscle.  Without protein you will lose metabolically active muscle and sabotage your fat loss efforts.  Good sources of protein are white meat poultry, fish, lean red meats, skim milk, yogurt, tofu, beans, and cottage cheese.

7.  Drink Plenty of Water
– Fluid retention is alleviated
– Liver functions improve, therefore increasing percent of fat used for energy
– Natural thirst returns
– Appetite decreases
– Metabolic function improves
– Helps body rid metabolic toxins and waste
– Increases energy levels

8.  Eat 4-5 times a day
Eating frequently throughout the day has several fat burning and nutritional advantages:
– Higher calorie burn rate
– More energy
– Better absorption of nutrients
– Less temptation to snack on “bad” foods

Think of your body a fireplace.  If you throw a log on a hot fire it will burn fast.  If you let the fire cool, it will take a long time to burn and possible not completely burn.  So, keep fueling the body every few hours and your metabolism will burn the calories.  If you eat every 6-8 hours, your metabolism will be slow and will be unable to burn the calories before they are stored as body fat.  You may feel like you are always eating, but if you are eating small balanced meals, you will be surprised how well this works.  Oh, and no excuses for people on the run, Tupperware will become your best friend!

9.  Know the right food portions
A nutritious diet includes the right servings and portions of the following food everyday.

4-5 servings of fruits and veggies
Example of one serving: 1 Medium piece of fruit, 1 Cup of raw veggies, or 1 cup cooked veggies

2-3 servings of low fat dairy products
Example 1 cup skim milk, yogurt, or nonfat cottage cheese or 2oz of fat free cheese

4-6 servings of natural complex carbs
Example ½ cup cooked whole grain cereal or rice, 2 tortillas, or 1 medium baked potato

3-4   servings of protein rich foods
Example 2-3 oz of white chicken meat, fish, or lean red meat, ½ cup of cooked beans or legumes, or 2 egg whites

*Fats and oils-use unsaturated and keep to a minimum

10.  Moderate Alcohol Use
Alcoholic beverages are loaded with sugary calories, which are easily converted to fat.  Plus, when there’s alcohol in your system, the liver works overtime to process it and doesn’t have adequate time to burn fat.  Excess alcohol can also cause numerous health threatening conditions.


Written by Kimberly Lyons
Bachelor of Science Degree- Human Development and Nutrition, Colorado State University 1991-995
National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
Master Trainer in Corrective Exercise, Sports Performance, and Prenatal exercise
IASM/AAAI Certification
APEX Certified Nutrition coach


I hope you find this helpful for your fitness goals…

God Bless,

Sensei Ronald Panlilio