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 For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV


The posts on this website are for informational purposes only. Please, check with your health care provider before trying any new exercise or weight loss program. You will find articles about health, nutrition, exercise, relationships, Christian wellness, self-image, the Bible, and hazards of the New Age movement prevalent in the general health, fitness, and wellness communities. My hope is to encourage you on your journey to total health as you live out your Christian faith.

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Spiritual Discipline: Bible Study

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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I forgot to share with you, before I started this series, what Spiritual Disciplines are. When I was in Bible school and seminary classes, the Spiritual Formation class taught spiritual disciplines as an important part of the curriculum. Spiritual disciplines are not a way to salvation or a means to keep our salvation. Rather, it is po...

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What's the Big Deal About Heart Health?

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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The Effects of Having a Heart Attack

Back in March, I had a heart attack. I was healthy. I ate healthy. I exercised regularly. My cholesterol and triglyceride numbers were great. Heart attack wasn’t on my health concern radar. But I still had a heart attack. Mine was not the typical reason for a heart atta...

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Spiritual Discipline: Fasting

Posted on February 15, 2018 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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This is an encore post I wrote for Totally Fit 4 Life's website in 2014. Since this is a time of Lent, I thought I would bring it back for our study of spiritual disciplines. 

Caution: Please, if you have health issues, consult your doctor before you begin fasting.


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6 Ways to Keep your Food Intake on Track with Your Goals

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1)

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One of the biggest complaints my clients make about losing weight is portion control. Some of them can’t resist “tasting” as they cook. Others struggle with certain foods beckoning them from the grocery shelves, "Take me home. Eat me, I’m yours!” While a few of them struggle with eating out bec...

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The Spiritual Discipline of Prayer

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)


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Note: This encore post originally appeared on Totally Fit 4 Life’s website in 2014.It is based on the study, Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster. This is the second internal spiritual discipline, while meditation is the first. I fully bel...

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Yes! You Can! Getting Back on Your Journey to Total Health

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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Note: These thoughts are strictly my own observations working in health and fitness.


I don’t know about you, but I feel like a failure sometimes. I’m back in the clothing size I wore before my first husband died. One size larger, 10 pounds heavier. Hmmph. It’s not because I’m not trying no...

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Lectio Divina: Christian Meditation

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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This encore post originally appeared on Totally Fit 4 Life's website in 2014. Since it is my own work, I can use it as I wish. I've updated and expanded it for greater benefit. I will be reposting the Spiritual Disciplines series in light of the New Age pressures in our society. God has somet...

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Taking Rest: The Value of Taking a Break from the Ordinary

Posted on February 1, 2018 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

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Good morning, or evening if you are reading this late in your day. If you missed the posts last week not knowing what happened, I can assure you all is well. My hubby and I disappeared on our winter vacation to Florida for a week. We explored the beaches, enjoyed some great citrus fruit, and discovered a new bike trail just opened near Ocala, the

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Encore Post: It Begins with the One To Whom We Belong

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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This encore post has been updated and re-titled. It appeared on Totally Fit 4 Life's website blog in 2015. The original blog post I wrote as Sensei Charlaine Engelhardt, 3rd Dan from Faith Fighters for Christ appeared in 1998. I decided to revise and repost it due to a conversation I was involved in a Facebook closed group to support t...

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Re-Imagine Yourself

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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Note: The opinions shared here are my own.

If you are anything like me, your confidence took some heavy hits really young. It shows in how we stand, sit, walk, and talk with others. As I’ve travelled, one big difference I’ve noticed among people groups is this: how we present ourselves to others. I...

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