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    These simple steps will kick start your weight loss. Do all ten for 14 days and you’ll find yourself back on track. We can do anything for 14 days! If you are just beginning your journey with First Place 4 Health, this is an easy way to begin as you familiarize yourself with all aspects of First Place 4 Health. Pray before you eat anything. Ask God to help you make healthy choices. You can’t do it alone and you don’t have to. Weigh yourself. Weigh now—and again at the same time each week. Only weigh once per week. Weighing more often can lead to discouragement when you don’t see a change quickly. Write down everything you eat. Don’t worry about counting it on your FP4H Tracker. Just get it on paper. Don’t eat any fried foods. None. Zero. No excuses. Eat only low-fat dairy and meat products. Reduced-fat cheeses are easy to find and taste great. Trim visible fat and skin from meats and choose “choice” cuts of meat. Don’t drink any soft drinks, sweetened coffees or juices. Calorie-heavy soft drinks, coffee drinks and fruit juices pack on pounds if you're not careful. It’s easy to lose track of how many liquid calories you are consuming. Abstain from all of these for the two-week jump start. Continued on Page Two

    Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. From the Heart ~ Carole Lewis ~ Page 3 Go With Me ~ Vicki Heath ~ Page 4 Simple Ideas for Leaders ~ Page 5 Leadership Tips ~ June Chapko ~ Page 6 In Sickness and In Health ~ Debbie Reynolds ~ Page 7 Upcoming Events ~ Page 8 Devotional ~ Page 9 Success Story ~ Page 10 Recipes ~ Page 13

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    Jump Start Your Weight Loss – Continued Eat as many vegetables as you want to eat. None of us gained weight eating vegetables. Eat as many as you want, except potatoes. Drink 8 ounces of water before every meal and snack. It will help you feel full faster. Many times we interpret dehydration as hunger. Sleep at least 8 hours per night. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation promotes weight gain. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times each week. If you can only walk a mile, then only walk a mile. Get serious.

    BETTER TOGETHER SUCCESS KIT

    Back by Popular demand, this Better Together Success Kit will help you on your journey to health and wholeness in all areas.

    The pack contains:

    Better Together Devotional Better Together Bible Study Better Together Inspirational CD Carole Lewis shares the Better Together message

    A retail value of $39.99 for only $24.99

    VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

    FEBRUARY 2014 PAGE TWO

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    If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11).

    In January 2013, the Lord spoke to my heart these words: “I have a gift for you.” I pondered these words during the year, expectantly waiting to discover the gift. Might it be that God would heal my husband, Johnny? That would be a gift of monumental proportions. Sitting here at the

    beginning of 2014, I can say with surety that God gave me three huge gifts in 2013.

    Gift One No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed (Hebrews 12:11-13). Sometimes a gift doesn’t seem like a gift, and the first gift fits that category. I had just spoken at our 2013 First Place 4 Health Summit, when I met a young woman who was sent to check out our program. She was from a mega church who wanted to know more about First Place 4 Health. The Lord used this introduction to get my attention and speak to my heart. I needed to get to my weight goal if for no other reason than to be fully used by God. I began my journey the next day, July 28, 2013, and have not veered much from the path since that day. The first gift seemed like what Patsy Clairmont calls “A whuppin from the Lord,” but in reality it was a precious gift. As I became serious about achieving my weight goal, the Lord came alongside and helped me lose twenty pounds. What a gift!

    Gift Two Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds (Psalm 72:18). The second gift from the Lord came in October 2013, when our publisher, Gospel Light, told us they wanted to bless us and give the rights of the program back to First Place 4 Health. This was a huge gift, as we were given back the publishing rights, all digital files and art work, all DVD’s and rights to all of my books and Vicki Heath’s book. The greatest part of this gift is that now we will know where all of our groups are located and will be better able to serve our First Place 4 Health family.

    Gift Three But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:14-15a). Two years ago on my 70th birthday, I began praying about when the Lord would have me to retire as the director of First Place 4 Health. I did not want to leave too soon, but I also did not want to miss God’s perfect timing for me and for the ministry. On December 2-4, 2013, very important planning meetings were scheduled for the future of the ministry. We met all day December 2nd, and on the drive home the Lord once again spoke to my heart and said, “There could not be a more perfect time for you to retire.” I announced this news the next morning to all in the meeting, and I officially retired on January 1, 2014. I have had perfect peace about the decision, because I know that God knows His plans regarding the First Place 4 Health program. I fully expect the program to explode in growth as it did in 1987, when I became the director. It’s all about His timing and our obedience. I will continue to write books and speak at First Place 4 Health events as the Lord leads. I am thrilled to announce that Vicki Heath, my dear friend and First Place 4 Health Associate, is now the director of the program, and I am confident that the best days are still ahead. God has been the “Director” of the program all these years, and He will continue to do a great work as He works through Vicki for the good of First Place 4 Health and for His glory.

    FEBRUARY 2014 PAGE THREE

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    Vicki Heath vicki.heath@firstplace4health.com

    To say that I am overwhelmed as the new director of First Place 4 Health is an understatement. It’s not the work ahead that is overwhelming, but the honor bestowed on me. Knowing Carole Lewis has been such a blessing in my life. The very thought that I could even start to fill her shoes is impossible to even comprehend. I have watched, listened and learned from her for almost twenty years now. She has placed her hands on me and blessed me with this mantle of leadership. I could lead no other way. I am sure there will be some changes, because I can only be who I am, but I assure you that our core values will remain the same. I commit to you that these core values will be at the heart of all that I do: Truth – Biblical and scientific truth. We will continue to be a faith-based, Christ-centered wellness organization basing our teaching on the Word of God and proven science. Value People - You are the most important part of First Place 4 Health. We will continue to offer excellent customer service and the personal touch through phone calls, emails and events. Integrity (Proverbs 22:1) – We will continue to present to you an honest, authentic approach to wellness and keep our focus on Jesus Christ. Excellence - We will always do the best we can. Balance (Mark 12:30-31) – Our prayer is that we never lose sight of how Jesus instructed us to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.

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