Lock It In!

At the beginning of this year I started strength training  and I purchased a set of those multi functional weights that you click the little dial and lock it in to the pound of weight you want to lift. They have proven to be a great buy and I love the fact that don’t take up a lot of space…. very convenient!

IMG_4981Now, I am not entering any body building competitions anytime in the near or even the distant future  but I do feel like a bad A** while lifting these babies! 😆

As I was in a session the other night and clicking that little dial away the thought occurred to me that everyday I get up I’m either allowing the thoughts of the enemy, what others say about me or listening to what God says about me determine my mood for the day. This can be tricky in listening to the right words because we as humans are so good at allowing those sneaky and invading thoughts from the enemy trick us into believing them about ourselves. I’m sick of him and all his wiles of getting me to doubt myself and God!

The truth is that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and as long as I have breath in my lungs that I’m here for a reason and have a purpose to fulfill! I’ve discovered that I have to consciously aware of the thoughts I think. I have to be purposeful in choosing to dial and lock in to the truth and lift those weights with strength and know that greater is He that is in me than he who is in this world.

IMG_4983It’s not always easy to lock into these things especially when I find myself throwing pity parties or choosing to love those that are not easy to love in my life but everyday I must choose these things in order to truly grow and develop those spiritual muscles that are more important than any physical muscle I may gain.

So I will thank God daily that He made me just as He has with all my introverted, silly, fun-loving, optimistic, witty and most definitely blonde self I am! Case in point…. I went for an early run on Saturday while having a lot of errands to run afterwards so what does one do when you’ve run and produced a good sweat and wanting to get all your errands ran by X amount of time? Well you turn on those creative survival skills and blow dry your hair by car!

IMG_4976Push those lying thoughts to the side that say you are not enough, you won’t, you can’t, it’s not possible, be afraid and the multitude of other negative thoughts  that hold you back from being all He created you to be because trust me He has proven to me over the last two years that I am stronger and braver than I ever thought was possible!  He is taking this silly introverted blonde to places that I never thought!

Nothing is too hard for HIm nor is there anything impossible! The word impossible in fact says that I’m Possible!! 😉

Keep hoping, keep trusting, keep loving, keep forgiving and keep moving forward because when you practice lifting these spiritual weights you will see some muscle soon and find that these weights are not heavy at all!

Dial it up and Lock it in!

Here’s to a great week at being YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perspective

Pray ….. Do you ever get stuck in a rut or feel like everyday seems to be just like the one before? I know lately I’ve been feeling this way. I wake up, have my coffee, do my morning workout, feed the dogs, go to work and well you know blah, blah, blah!

Those feelings of blah can really suck the life right out of you and before you know it you find yourself frustrated, agitated and somehow in this funk of whoa is me!

I’m going to be honest with you …I was there this past week and it wasn’t pretty!! 😯 but after throwing myself at Gods feet and asking for help, grace and mercy I began to see things in a different perspective all thanks to my dogs.

Most of my friends have children and I constantly hear them saying that they learn so many life lessons from them and I’ve always loved how children can take a seemingly complex adult problem and give you the brutally honest answer in the simplest form that leaves you thinking well….Duh!

Now my “kids” can’t talk except in the form of a bark, whimper or growl but I do learn from them everyday. In this case they helped me gain some perspective in how God wants me to see each day.

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Let me introduce you to Buck (black) and Chuck (Red) . They are as different as night and day but they have one thing in common….they love me!

Stinkers they are but they are my little buddies.

The God lesson I walked away learning from these two is this….

Chuck has taught me that even though his day is pretty  much the exact same thing everyday it doesn’t matter. You wake up wagging your tail ferociously and eagerly ready to start the day by lavishing your master with kisses, high fives and joyous jumping around! It doesn’t matter that his day is going to be pretty much like the day before he’s just ecstatic that it’s a new day and he gets to share it with me come what may!

Buck being the senior and a lot more laid back has taught me that like me he’s a little too content in being swaddled underneath his blankets and actually needs some coaxing to come out and face the day but once he emerges he becomes my little shadow. I think the sweetest thing I learn from him is that he doesn’t even care about eating he just wants to be with me and he even has to make sure I’m watching him eat before he will even start!

Such sweet fur babies and here is my take on this perspective….

Unlike the pressures I place on myself God simply wants me to get up excited everyday to just be in His presence and to be eager to face a brand new day. He also wants me to follow Him so close that I desire His attention more than I want anything else…even if it is food.

Perspective is essential and it doesn’t take much to make you realize how blessed you are and how we should cherish and seize everyday before us knowing He loves us and wants the best for us!

Eat…. It’s August…It’s HOT and well all I really want to eat right now are salads. Salads in my opinion are just the perfect Summer time staple. I know most people tire of them but I don’t think I do. The beauty of salads are you can you throw just about anything in them you want and with all the fabulous freshness of Summer you can go wild!!

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What’s your favorite salad combo?

Love….. What am I loving lately? That one is  gonna have to be a tie because you just can’t make me choose!!!!

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1011548_10151746303933879_2090230351_nI have been devouring these gems but who could resist?

Laugh…. I spend way too much time on Pinterest looking under the “Humor” section but this pic caught my eye and every time I see I laugh.

561849_10151769356423879_1237083905_n It serves to remind that no matter how much I talk up vegetables, fruit and fitness that deep down inside this little girl still lives on the inside and wants out from time to time! Bwhahahahahaha 😉

Sweat…. If I’m honest and I’m gonna be here I don’t wake up every morning , throw the blankets back and jump up ready to get sweaty. This is how it actually is most mornings….

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Right now I’m having a love hate relationship with Shaun T. 😯 He’s a great motivator and I’m loving this program.

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The results are showing and the greatest thing is that you get it done in 25 minutes! Who doesn’t want that? If you’ve not checked it out yet or interested send me a message or just click the Beachbody link on my page. It’s on SALE so it would be a great time to give it a try!

It’s almost the weekend! Hang in there!

P.S My little friend Guinea is still doing great with Chalean Extreme! We do measurements and total weight loss tomorrow so stay tuned…………

How do you like your eggs?

Don’t you just love new things? It doesn’t have to be a big something or an expensive something but just new! In the past two and half years I have walked through some new things and not all of them have been planed, welcomed or even fun but I’ve turned the page and now am in a brand new chapter of my life. It’s new, it’s constantly unfolding and I’m going to be honest with you….It’s exciting to see  Jeremiah 29:11 coming into play with every step I take. We’ve all heard of the performer formally known as Prince. Now you are reading this from the blogger formally known as Faithfullfoodiefashionista! Why the change? I’ve held onto that name for the last 4 or 5 years and after doing some looking back and reflecting I decided that those years were definitely years that I was searching and trying to find who I was and in letting go of that name I also am letting go of some dead and heavy weights that I no longer carry in my life. Did I learn from them? You bet I did but I’m now moving forward and not looking back! If you stay around awhile and read my blog you will find that I reference a lot to the things I have learned through movies. I believe that pretty much all movies have light and insight in them and they can teach us so much about ourselves and life in general.   Runaway-Bride The movie that comes to mind while writing this post is Run Away Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. In the movie Maggie (Julia Roberts) seems to have a problem with making a final commitment to marry the various loves of her life and just at the moment she is ready to say “I do” she then finds herself running away. Then enters Ike (Richard Gere) who is a big city reporter who comes to write-up a story on Maryland residing Maggie Carpenter, who is known as the “Runaway Bride” since she has been engaged multiple times, but always leaves her betrothed standing at the altar. When all is said and done the two actually fall in love but what is discovered is that Maggie really doesn’t have a commitment issue but rather she doesn’t know who she is. She found herself liking, doing or even eating certain things just to please the man she was with at the time.

How did she really like them? Eggs Benedict! I think we can all have a little Maggie  in us at times. We try to please others just to fit in or to get them to like us a little better. I know that’s how I have been over the past 5 years. I’ve gone from eating and blogging vegetarian, vegan and raw but now that I know me so much better how do I like to eat? The real answer is ……I eat clean, I eat healthy, I eat meat, I eat cheese and yes I still eat my chocolate! All in moderation with a side of some good ole exercise!

Oh and I like my eggs scrambled! I’m starting a new journey with a brand new blog. In this blog you will find my passion for health, wellness, my faith, everything Beachbody, and all their great products! I’m not here to preach but to bring encouragement and hopefully some inspiration! I believe once you actually taste health you become addicted to it and in return want to share it with others. That’s my goal! You matter and my desire is to see you live out the happy, healthy and abundant life you were created to have! So my question for you today is…..How do you like your eggs?