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02/01/15

Permalink 12:49:00 pm, by viewfromthepugh Email , 598 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Author shares secret of extreme weight loss in new book

In the new book, “Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation,” author Teresa Shields Parker shares her personal experience with extreme weight loss, and how it changed her life. Her 2013 weight loss memoir, “Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor,” is still the #1 Christian Weight Loss memoir on Amazon, giving Parker a platform to inspire others and share her secrets.

In addition to her own insights, “Sweet Change,” includes true stories of 17 ordinary individuals on the weight loss journey. One thing all of those featured have in common is they have all had a moment of change. 

I define this as the time you realize you’ve been headed towards an unhealthy lifestyle. In order to get to where you want to go you turn around and go the other way,” Parker says. “It’s really the definition of repentance.”

A self-proclaimed sugar addict, Parker’s recurrent theme in her books is giving up processed sugar. For some featured in “Sweet Change,” it is a lifestyle of abstinence from processed sugar and for others it is learning how to greatly curtail sugar intake.

Sugar is this supposedly innocent substance that makes everything taste better,” notes Parker. “What happens, though, is we allow highly sugar-laden foods to be our comfort. It works for a while until we need more sugar to get the same feeling. Before we know it, we have allowed it to become a stronghold in our lives.”

Parker is very aware that she used certain foods as a substitute for the comfort that only the Holy Spirit can bring. “For years the church has preached against vices such as alcohol and drugs, but for some people certain foods, such as those with processed sugar, have become a deadly stronghold.

Overeating is the last sanctified sin of the church. With two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese, we must realize that this is an epidemic which must be stopped. Will we give up our chance to do Kingdom work because we can’t resist a cookie?”

Since “Sweet Grace” and the companion “Sweet Grace Study Guide” were published in 2013, Parker’s Facebook page is growing and now has over 27,000 followers. To help those on the weight loss journey, she formed Sweet Change Weight Loss Group where she coaches clients through weekly videos, action steps, a live monthly call and support.

Our approach is total health — body, soul and spirit,” Parker explains. “It takes the power of others, another and the Other to help overcome any addiction or stronghold. Others are peers on the journey. Another is a coach who has been successful. And of course, the Other is the power and grace of an almighty God to lead us to victory.”

The theme of total health runs through “Sweet Change,” “Sweet Grace,” “Sweet Grace Study Guide” and Sweet Change Group. “I could not have changed my life and lost weight without God’s power which activated in my life when I gave up what I craved. When I admitted I needed His help and began walking out my journey, His grace gave me strength to go forward.”

Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation,” as well as “Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor,” and “Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Action Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction” are available in paperback and Kindle format at Amazon. Audible versions of “Sweet Grace” are also available at Amazon, and eBook versions of all three books are available at TeresaShieldsParker.com

Go to TeresaShieldsParker.com to contact Teresa for coaching, speaking, to get information regarding Sweet Change Group or to obtain a free chapter of either “Sweet Change” or “Sweet Grace.”

01/31/15

Permalink 05:14:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 633 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Crew SC's community relations and charitable arm evolve as "Give Forward" and the Columbus Crew SC Foundation


COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that the club's community initiatives are being organized under a new platform titled Give Forward. Formerly Dare to Care, the new platform of Give Forward will continue the club's commitment to serving challenged youth, encouraging healthy and positive lifestyles, honoring the military and keeping Columbus beautiful.

Additionally, the club's charitable arm, formerly called the Crew Soccer Foundation, will now be known as the Columbus Crew SC Foundation.

In recognition of the club's efforts in the community, Columbus Crew SC and the Columbus Crew SC Foundation last night earned the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business Magazine. The award honors businesses of all types and sizes that make outstanding contributions to their communities. This is the sixth year that the Pillar Award has been presented, with the judging being conducted by past honorees, sponsors and business leaders within the community.

In 2014, the club was active in the Central Ohio community, with highlights including:
  • More than 350 staff and player community appearances
  • More than 900 total hours spent in the community
  • Special camouflage kits worn on Military Appreciation Night presented by Heartland Bank raising more than $11,000 for area military non-profit organizations
  • Donating more than 3,000 items to various non-profit organizations
  • Participating in the Massive Makeover Project with Habitat for Humanity: Home of Hope as well as the second annual Casting with the Crew event presented by Kroger with the Wounded Warrior Project
  • Engaging in special events with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Operation Buckeye, Faith Mission, Easter Seals and United Way of Central Ohio
  • The Active Bodies Active Minds youth activity and reading program presented by OhioHealth and supported by Kroger reaching more than 3,000 children from Boys & Girls Clubs, Ohio elementary students and Capital Kids
  • The Get a Kick Out of Reading summer reading program having more than 650 participants
  • The first-ever Barson’s Boots campaign, donating new and gently used soccer gear to Columbus children spearheaded by Homegrown defender Chad Barson
  • Homegrown goalkeeper Matt Lampson launching his own non-profit organization, the LampStrong Foundation, Inc.
  • At home and away matches, Matt Lampson welcoming LampStrong Heroes and their families to the stadiums for the matches and a personal meet and greet with them on the field
  • Thanksgiving dinner delivery to eight local families
  • Players and staff holiday volunteer partnership with The Salvation Army
  • Medical Mutual Pillar Award recipient
The mission statement of the Columbus Crew SC Foundation is to change young lives through a passion for soccer with four core areas of focus: soccer field development, providing funds and grants for underserved leagues and clubs, providing Major League Soccer experiences for challenged youth and supporting coach, player and referee development in underserved communities.

Among the Foundation highlights in 2014:
  • The completion of two field development projects at Huy Road Park and Krumm Park as part of a $70,000 initiative to create soccer space and programming in the Central Ohio Community, in partnership with Barbasol, Scotts Miracle-Gro and CheckSmart
  • The awarding of the Linden McKinley Student-Athlete award and $1,000 college scholarship for the tenth year
  • A $50,000 award to Nationwide Children's Hospital through the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund, the largest grant ever awarded from the Foundation
  • The distribution of more than 5,000 Crew SC tickets to child-focused organizations through the Kicks for Kids program, supported by Cardinal Health, CheckSmart, Columbia Gas, Jani King and Medical Mutual
  • The participation of 105 children in the Heroes League, a record for the five-week program offering soccer instruction for challenged youth ages 6-9
  • The participation of more than 100 children in the Foundation's clinic series, designed for children ages 9-14 to enhance basic soccer skills and reinforce the importance of physical activity
  • The assistance of 30 youth in becoming referees through the Foundation's Referee Scholarship program
More information can be found at the new websites for both Give Forward and the Columbus Crew SC Foundation: www.ColumbusCrewSC.com/GiveForward and www.ColumbusCrewSC.com/Foundation.

01/30/15

Permalink 06:30:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 584 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Columbus Crew SC single match tickets on sale this morning

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that single-match tickets for all Black & Gold regular-season home matches in 2015 are set to go on sale to the general public on Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through ColumbusCrewSC.com, by calling a Crew SC ticket representative at 614-447-2739 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Prices for single-match tickets begin at $23, with groups of 20 or more having the opportunity to purchase tickets at $16 per seat. Season Ticket Memberships are still available and offer full season members the lowest pricing, the same seat location, exclusive special events and other privileges throughout the season.

Additionally, Crew SC released its 2015 promotional schedule, which kicks-off with the Black & Gold's Opening Match on Saturday, March 14 against Toronto FC. Crew SC begins its historic 20th campaign on the road on Saturday, March 7, when it visits the Houston Dynamo.

Beyond the Opening Match, Crew SC will host additional matches featuring a special theme or promotion, including the return of the popular Dollar Night at Crew Stadium for three separate dates. In addition, Crew SC is slated to host a home match on July 4 for the first time since 2009 when the New York Red Bulls visit Columbus on Independence Day. The match will be followed by an in-stadium Fireworks Extravaganza.

The framework for Crew SC's 2015 promotional schedule can be found below, with match partners, additional giveaways and promotions to be announced later.

The Black & Gold are also pleased to announce further details for the initiative that provides a free ticket to a Crew SC regular-season match for any 11-year-old child on his or her birthday, originally announced at the #NewCrew Reveal Party last October. Parents/guardians will need to complete a form to register their child(ren) more than 30 days before the match of their choice, provided the match falls within the month of the child's 11th birthday. If the birthday falls in January or February, a March match may be selected. If the birthday falls in November or December, an October match can be chosen. 

The link for the registration form can be found here: 
http://bit.ly/1Bm0vDX.

Following the completion of the form, the Crew SC ticket staff will process the order and have the tickets ready at Will Call. The parent/guardian will need to show a birth certificate for the child(ren) and proof of Ohio residence to pick up the tickets.

Crew SC is currently in preseason in advance of the 2015 Major League Soccer campaign, highlighted by two stays in Florida and an Austin, Texas trip. Over the course of the preseason, the club will also participate in a pair of inaugural tournaments. Full information is available at ColumbusCrewSC.com.

In celebration of the 20th campaign, the club is offering free customization to any fan that pre-orders his or her 2015 jersey. Once the jerseys have been revealed to the public, fans can select either the primary or secondary jersey along with any name and number they wish to add at no additional charge. This offer will be available at the Crew SC Shop at Crew Stadium or CrewSCShop.com. The pre-sale opportunity ends February 28.

COLUMBUS CREW SC PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

Date

Day

Opponent

Time

Theme/Promotion

3/14

Saturday

Toronto FC

7:30 p.m.

Opening Match

4/25

Saturday

Philadelphia

7:30 p.m.

Dollar Night

5/22

Friday

Chicago

8:00 p.m.

After Work Happy Hour

6/24

Wednesday

New England

7:30 p.m.

After Work Happy Hour

7/4

Saturday

New York Red Bulls

7:30 p.m.

Fireworks Extravaganza

7/19

Sunday

Chicago

5:00 p.m.

Sunday Funday

7/25

Saturday

Toronto FC

7:30 p.m.

Dollar Night

8/19

Wednesday

New York City FC

7:30 p.m.

After Work Happy Hour

9/6

Sunday

FC Dallas

7:00 p.m.

Sunday Funday

9/26

Saturday

Portland

7:30 p.m.

FANdemonium/Dollar Night

10/25

Sunday

D.C. United

5:00 p.m.

Sunday Funday

Note: All dates, times and promotions are subject to change.

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