Hi there and WELCOME! This blog merges my 3 loves: my Faith, my Family and Fitness! I'm a fit mom of 3 amazing and active children, who loves God, Family, Fellowship and Fitness! My hope is to encourage and educate all who visit! Thanks for stopping by!
We all know that to lose weight we need to eat better and exercise,
but I think a few things need to happen.
1. You must BELIEVE it is possible!
2.You must have your "WHY", your reason for doing it.
But, bottom line, you have GOT to do it for YOU!
3. You must think about the underlying issues, "what's eating you",
that has you turning to food
to either numb the issue
or comfort you regarding this issue(s). You might even want to journal about the above....
I think what was "eating me" was fear.
My entire life has been spent fear-full.
I still have it,
but as my faith in God has grown, I have become more FEAR-LESS,
I can trust HIM
and not have to turn to food in excess or candy
for the comfort I have needed.
We ALL have to eat.
The tough thing is that you can't "Quit" eating,
but you CAN
feeding into your emotions,
eating unhealthy andbegin giving your body healthy food,
foods that will energize,
There is a difference between feeding your body
feeding your emotions!
Fit Tip of the Day;
Write down everything you eat today and the rest of the week.
Write down what you eat and at what time.
Actually, I'm well into my 40's, fit and feeling fabulous!
Just finished the Long Beach 1/2 Marathon,
my first one!
Once a week I'll be posting some fitness information, inspiration or nutrition education to help anyone who is still on the fitness journey to become just a little stronger, leaner or trying to eat a little cleaner.
I have tried to make this blog more about motherhood and my faith,
but fitness is a large part of my life, too.
I want to thankLynn, who has encouraged me to put this part of me "out here"
and another friend I recently spoke to at the gym who was basically
the straw that broke the camel's back.
Not that this is a negative thing,
I just haven't really had a lot of confidence in this area
even though I have made major transformations in my mind & my body
through fitness and nutrition.
I do have my other blog but it is difficult to keep more than one blog current
so this is an experiment.
I'm no super-model, model, or anything close,
but I have come a heck of a long way,
from a chubby (remember that was the PC word for "Fattie"in the 70's) scared little girl,
What happened as I changed my mentality from hating my body to loving my body,
I changed my BODY IMAGE and in the process,
the IMAGEof my body changed!
Funny how they actually happened at the same time!
No coincidence, for sure.
I hate taking pics of myself but I want you to see that I do work hard!
Anyhow, I will put in a workout or a video of something I have found helpful or educational,
or just add my 2 little cents to whatever you are doing, fitness and health-wise.
Hope you get something out of it!
There are also a ton of great fitness/health blogs out there that inspire me!
I'm in a different season in my life where all 3 of my children are in school full time
and I have time to do some of the things I've dreamed of doing.
I can write and speak and I have time to just....BE,
(In MY dreams! .LOL!)
in between cleaning, washing, cooking,
homework, substitute teaching, bible study,
the gym, their sports activities.....whew!
It is in the BEing, that I meet God.
It is in the BEing,
when this pot is filled and where my cracks have been
patched over by
His Spirit and by His Grace.
Isaiah 64:8 (NIV) says,
"Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are all the work of your hand.
We are the clay,
you are the potter;"
I have made A LOT of mistakes in my life.
In fact, I have made THEM ALL-
Yes, I am one BROKEN and CRACKED pot
The bible says:
"But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed."
I wasn't broken or cracked at first. I was born pretty, clean and wonderful.
Then, as I grew up, I began making some bad choices, mostly from fear, and selfishness,
but also from just not thinking of my consequences.
One of my earliest memories of making a bad choice
was eating an orange fruit candy from a bin at the market.
A piece had sugar all over it and it looked like one wedge from an orange?
Yes, I have always loved candy,
and my selfishness ran me as this 6 year old put her hand in the bin,
took it out,
and ate it in front of her little sister.
Of course she told on me,
mostly because she was mad that I got a piece of candy
and she didn't.
Needless to say,
my mother walked me up to the store manager where I,
in tears and orange sugar dripping from my mouth,
apologized for "stealing" this candy. I was a thief. Stealing......Crack!
Then, as a young college student, I made many mistakes by giving my body away to feel loved.
Selfishness and Fear..........BIG CRRRAAAAACCKKK!
My father dies and my heart opens up, but I try to fill it with the wrongthings.
Lust........Craaaacccckkkk..... God is growing me, filling me, yet I still continue to crack! Comparison............Craaaaaaccckkkk..... Perfectionism.......Crrrraaaaccckkkk.... Jealousy and Hate......Crrrraaaccckkkk......
A TON more selfishness......... Crrackkkkkk a laaaccccckkkk... More growth, and HIS FORGIVENESS, me, forgiving myself.
This goes on and on...
I meet the Lord face to face.
He loves me and embraces me with ALL of my cracks....
He fills each one with GOLD....they are still there and each crack is a lesson learned.
Each crack is a reminder that I am a sinner, I continue to sin, but now that the Lord is in my heart,
HE continues to fill each crack.....
with HIS LOVE.
He heals me, does something with my heart
His forgiveness changes all THAT sin
I'll never be perfect,
but in my imperfection,
I am loved
SO ARE YOU!
Our imperfections make us unique, they give us a story that only we know and we become a work or art!
A one of a kind,
I thank God for the journey called Life,
where I have made mistakes,
have lived! How do you feel about some of your journey? What have you learned through it?
sometimes I need to be reminded
that He ALWAYS loves me.
Do you love me even when I don't listen to what your Word says?
Do you love me even when I'm not thinking of others,
but only of MY needs, MY cares, MY wants?
Do you love me even when I fail you day after day?
Yes, yes and yes.
But Lord, you know I've made many mistakes in my life.
I mean, I won't even mention them here, but you know, I've committed every sin.
Father, EVERY sin.
And, you still....love.....me?
No matter what we have done,
Jesus still loves us.
For this, I am forever grateful.
Why is it so difficult for some of us to accept love?
Why is it so difficult to believe in the unseen? Trust.
What if you were to trust HIM with your life today?
What if you were to trust HIM with ALL of your heart?
you would know, without a doubt, that
My father was a proud man. He was a Marine who served the United States in the Korean War.
Did I say he was proud?
Being proud and being a Marine is redundant.
He allowed God into his heart at the age of 72!
Yes, he was that stubborn!
But you know what?
He was changed because of it.
The last 5 years of his life were the best.
His heart was healed from all the hurt he had given
and taken from this world.
He was softer, more loving and more forgiving
Don't be too proud.
Don't wait too long.
Don't say, "HE doesn't exist" just so you can be "right".
Don't be afraid.
Open your heart to the one who loves us-
who gave His life for us. 35 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:35, 38-39
4 4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
"We think we can manage on our own, so we reject the help
that God readily supplies. We fear that if we let Him be in control, He’ll make
us open up to people, risk ourselves, do scary things,
or let go of the sins we
He wants all of us, all the time, our minds and hearts
deeply engaged with His so we will joyfully follow Him toward every single
adventure He plans for us."
Kay Warren went on "God's Adventure" when her heart broke for children
orphaned by AIDS.
I was afraid of THAT kind of adventure. What about you?
"But Jesus says we’re not to live like every- one else. Our
lives should be different, marked by fearlessness and bold belief.
He asks us to abandon our control so that He can reign in
our lives and grow us. We would rather live a lie than come to the Truth
Personified, Jesus, and let Him show us our hearts.
is to give up our lives, particularly our expectations of how our lives should
be. We need to let go of our presumptions about the life we should have and let
Jesus dream a new dream for us. A dream where others are changed through the
Holy Spirit in us. A dream we can't even fathom." Mary DeMuth
Because of the words in this book, I have released FULL control of my life and ALL of my heart. Yes, ALL.
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it." Mark 8:34-35ESV
Mary gave me a gift, by including me in a group,
that I questioned why I was there every day,
by allowing me to read her book, process it and talk about it with other readers.
I had a lot of time to chew on it and really think about what I was reading
and how it applied to my life.
Thank you, Mary!
God used Mary to truly and deeply bless me
through this book.
I absolutely believe that when you read it,
will think about how it applies to your life,
your heart, in your head and in your hands,
and my prayer to you
is that YOU
will bravely and courageously
look honestly at yourself
you truly have given
And if you have, get ready for your adventure!
Saving faith is not just believing that Jesus lived and died.
Faith that saves is the confident, continuous confession of total dependence on,
and trust in Jesus Christ to meet the requirements on your behalf
to give you entrance into God's Eternal Kingdom.
It's the surrender of your life in complete trust to Him to do what you cannot do.
You're my Everything
Rendered speechless by Your beauty Lord, I'm blown away With everything that's in my heart A million words could never say all there is to say
Chorus 1: You're more than just a song, You're more than just a whim You're more than just a passing fantasy You're my Everyday You're my Every Way You're my Everything
Verse 2: If I could see forever In just one moment I would say These todays are worth tomorrow When I will see You face to face
Chorus 2: I want to be with You I need to be with You I long to be with You, precious King So with every day, Lord, in every way You're my Everything
Bridge: You're my Everything You're my Everything You're my Everything, Oh Jesus You're my Everything
Ending: You're my Everyday You're my Every Way
What do you think it means to give Jesus everything?