sweat and smiles

March 31, 2006

A highlight twice weekly for me has been these staff women in my Jazzercise class. This was our fourth week together, working out after work at the Campus Crusade headquarters.


last class (for 3 weeks): thursday

March 27, 2006

We’re in West Main and will enjoy our last time together until
Monday, April 24th. (I’ll be in Nebraska support raising.) Hope to see
you Thursday!

health tricks

March 24, 2006

That sounds like I’m a contestant on a late-night talk show. Sadly, I’m still 15-minutes-of-fameless.

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips I sent my brother today when he asked how I had such great results for my last diabetic 3-month bloodwork. It’s not been easy. These 8 years as a diabetic have often been a rocky road.

  1. Eating food that I know, with almost certainty, what amount of carbs are in it. For instance, I buy sweet treats prepackaged individually. It’s a little more expensive, but I know what I’m getting–as opposed to eating ice cream out of the container and guessing at what 1/2 c. was and usually shoveling more like 2 cups in my bowl. I have memorized the amount of carbs in the fruits and crackers and such I commonly eat.
  2. I don’t eat 2 hours before I go to bed. That way, my fast-acting insulin is completely out of my body (lasts 2 hours) and I stay steady blood-sugar-wise all night.
  3. I shoot for 4 units of insulin per meal. This causes me to eat more veggies and low-GI foods.
  4. Working out consistently (3 or 4 times a week). Anything with weights seems to help my blood sugars for up to 2 days after.
  5. I set myself up for success with a good breakfast. I starve by 10am, I finally figured out, if I don’t have a good carb and protein for breakfast. Right now what I eat is Kashi vanilla oatmeal (good for cholesterol and whole grains) with 1/2 c. frozen blueberries and string cheese (or cottage cheese or 1 c. milk).
  6. I pack healthy snack options at my desk. Single-serving microwave popcorn, single-serving applesauce, granola bars.
  7. 10am snack is usually yogurt. 3 pm snack is usually 1/4 c. almonds (love them!) and 1 small apple.
  8. A good friend of mine says she only eats food she pays for. It’s challenged me about how often I eat something because it’s offered (free) at the office, at a meeting, etc.

Leave a comment with your best health trick!

Saturday Jazzercise classes

March 23, 2006

If you’d like to get another workout in over the weekend, headquarters ladies, come to the Saturday morning class I help teach at 8:45am!

garbage day

March 21, 2006

I saw this in my neighborhood on my way to work this morning. How sad. They’re a hola-hoop-less household now.

breakfast fave

March 20, 2006

I mentioned this at Jazzercise tonight–my new favorite hot oatmeal. Add 1/4 c. frozen blueberries (love those antioxidants) and you’re set!

March newsletter: “The Da Vinci Code”

March 16, 2006

Mona Lisa Smiles
Mona Lisa intrigues me. She seems wedged between shyness and sworn secrecy.

I wonder what her expression would be if she was alive today, with the buzz surrounding the soon-to-be-released “The Da Vinci Code.”

The movie, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, follows Dan Brown’s worldwide best-selling book by the same title. (The book has sold over 25 million copies and is translated into 44 languages.)

According to The Internet Movie Database, the plot is summarized as: “A murder in the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years –which could shake the foundations of Christianity.”

“Our response to the movie,” Campus Crusade staff member and author Josh McDowell says, “can give us a marvelous opportunity to explain the difference between fact and fiction, truth and imagination, and history and hoax.”

The Staff Web’s Response
About a month ago we launched a Da Vinci Code Special Section on the Staff Web. It’s a marketplace of Da Vinci resources, Web sites and articles—all at the fingertips of our staff members.

This is the kind of thing I get pumped about—helping provide useful tools so that people don’t have to go searching for them or, heaven forbid reinvent them, not knowing they already exist.

That happened a lot within our organization when “The Passion” came out in theaters. It seemed like every Campus Crusade ministry made their own evangelistic Web site because there wasn’t a common ground place to go, like the Staff Web, at the time to go to and see what was available.

We hope this Special Section will provide helpful resources staff members might not even know exist, equipping them for relevant conversations regarding the film.

My Recommendations
Here are a few of the resources that you might consider as you think about the upcoming movie and your response:

  • The Da Vinci Code: A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowell and companion mini-magazine (great for giving to friends to begin conversations)
  • Insightful articles about the the movie’s claims and what is biblically true
  • Jesus and Da Vinci, a Web site clearly explaining how you can have a personal relationship with God. Oh, and this is cool–my brother, Chad, is helping the Campus Crusade staff members working on it. Chad’s putting to use his expertise in how to get Web pages more readership (optimizing key words). Thanks, Chad!