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BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more info, call (903) 603-8051.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,   or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email   for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Suicide Survivors Group for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


Change bad habits to find more energy, health
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–In the last article, we established the reason for our failure to maintain a healthy body weight is that we eat too much and move too little.
But why then do we do it, if we know that this behavior is destructive to our health?
There are a thousand answers to this question, but we’ll start with a common one – bad habits.
Eating less and moving more require large and small daily changes.
It would be easy if we could all walk away from our lives and isolate ourselves on a fitness ranch, with nothing but time and the latest fitness tools and expertise at ready, but for most of us, this is just not possible.
For most of us, change must take place in the very environment that helped to create unhealthy habits in the first place.
According to Self-Improvement Mentor, there must be much more than a simple determination to effect change. In order to make a permanent positive change, there must be a strategy.
The website recommends five strategies for effective change:
• Clarity. Identify and write out in detailed and clear description the bad habit that needs to stop, as well as define a positive habit with which to replace the bad habit.
For example, a bad habit: I skip the gym each afternoon so I can get home and watch my favorite television shows. Replace that with I will stop at the gym for that boot camp class on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
• Why? Define why the bad habit is destructive and what positive outcomes will develop once the bad habit is gone.
What are the motivations for changing? Write down these positive images and focus on those.
For example, after I eat a burger, I feel so weighed down and sluggish. Replace the hamburger with a salad for lunch, which will give me more energy.
• What? What causes the bad habit to be necessary, and what positive activity will replace the destructive behavior?
For example, eating too many unhealthy things when stressed. Replace that habit with taking a walk around the building or writing in your journal when you are stressed.
• Winning rules. Brainstorm ways to make it hard for your habit to emerge. If you eat candy when you’re stressed, do not take cash to work for the candy machine.
If you’re not making yourself go to the gym, hire a personal trainer so that you have to go or waste that money.
• Practice. When kicking a bad habit, it’s best just to go cold turkey.
When the temptation arises to fall back into a bad habit, read back through the answers to these questions and find the motivation and visualizations needed to avoid slipping back into old bad habits. Most experts recognize that bad habits can be changed in as few as 21 to 30 days.
• Rewards. Of course, a job well done should be recognized. The trouble with weight loss is we believe the rewards are only apparent in the size of our jeans or the number on the scale.
This may be a good time to change the focus from a simple weight loss motivation to a more complicated, yet more rewarding, “get healthy” motivation.
For instance, exercise is said to lighten the mood and increase energy and stamina, as well as relieve conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Rather than focusing solely on why the numbers on the scale do not change, focus on how it feels to be moving more and eating less. The rest will take care of itself.
E-mail   for more motivating ideas or to share your strategy to change. We’d love to be your support group or learn from your successes!


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