Week 7: April 16 - 22, 2017

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Heading back across the desert

As we retrace our steps back to Egypt, we remember these holy days and rejoice in the good news and the Resurrection.  As Spring is showing us the beauty of nature, we rejoice in the abundance and fullness of life around us. 



I will not die but live and declare the deeds of our God.Ps 118:17

Has there ever been a time in your life when you were afraid... fearful...fearful of the unknown around you... fearful of losing everything...? The psalmist has seen God's steadfast love, strength, wonder and awe. Have we? Are we looking at the empty tomb and seeing only burial cloths? ... Let us see the burial cloths and believe!

Let us look toward the possibility, the abundance and to the transformation to which Jesus calls us. With eyes open, spirit attentive and sleeves rolled up...let us follow this God of LIFE!

Art: "Into the Light" by Pat Willems, CSJ.

Text excerpts from the Easter reflection by Karen Salsberry, CSJ


Many of you may have a goal of weight loss in addition to fitness.  Both cardio and weight training play important roles in improving our physical well-being. Nicole R. Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, an exercise physiologist and research scientist at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, states. “Pairing them together is ultimately the best way to get stronger and fitter. It's essential to make time for both cardio and strength training if weight loss is your goal and you want to focus on burning maximum calories—though, each type of training burns calories in a slightly different way.”  In the moment, cardio burns more calories. But weight training keeps the burn going for longer.  Weight or resistance training builds muscle, and muscle burns calories.  The more muscle you have, the more calories it needs (and therefore, burns) every day.

No matter how many calories you're burning, you need to also limit your caloric intake if you want to lose weight.  You should watch your caloric intake, which may mean eating fewer calories than normal. This also means being aware that burning calories during a workout doesn't buy you extra calories. "People are giving themselves permission to eat more because they work out," Keith says. If you're just eating back what you burned (or then some), then you're not going to see changes. Even if you're not exercising, you need to eat less if you want to lose weight. Just make sure you're cutting calories safely. Get help from your doctor or a nutrition therapist.

Information from Fitness Pal.com – a great app to track your calories and monitor nutritional intake.


“Every moment is a chance to start anew, a chance to turn it all around.”   Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

Click on this link to hear Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic’s Easter Message:

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