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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love At First Sight…Not Really!

Are you one of those that believe in love at first sight? I have to admit that I’ve fallen victim to this at various times in my life and learned rather quickly that a second look is always pretty much-needed before you decide that it is indeed love and not just emotion. Then there are those times that what is the absolute best for you is right under your nose but you are oblivious to just what a treasure you have until suddenly upon second review you realize it’s LOVE!

This happened to me. Let me tell you a little love story………

It was just about a year ago when a friend of mine started talking in a foreign language entitled Shakeology. I had never heard of this stuff that seemed to be a cross of an apparent shake with the “ology” tagged on the end to make it seem much smarter than it really was. I’ve never confessed this to her but I honestly thought to myself that this was just another Slim Fast deal. I was having flashbacks of drinking those chalky fake tasting shakes and already had my mind made up that I was not falling for yet another shaky gimmick.

My friend would constantly rant and rave about her smoothie concoctions and other recipes she would create with this so-called “Healthiest Meal Of The Day” stuff and I admit they looked and sounded great but my mind was just not open to it. She even went as far to have the nerve to give me samples! 🙂 Okay now I had no excuse to not at least try it  so I tried it but my skeptical mind was so shut off to another shake thing that I politely placed in my pantry and forgot about it.

Like I stated in the above …..I’ve never confessed this to her so now I’ve either made my friend gasp with such disbelief that I thought such things or if I know her like I know I do she is giggling and smiling at me!  😉 We all live and learn and some of us learn the hard way!

Just goes to show you that you can have the greatest thing right under your nose but unless you are willing to open yourself up to taking a little risk and trying something new you will never come to realize the treasure that you have.

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In December of 2012 I decided to invest in a strength training program by Chalene Johnson. It was her Chalean Extreme program and I’m ashamed to say it took me until February of this year to finally get it out of the box. I’ve loved everything about it and it has given me a love for strength training I have never had and if you follow any of the  Beachbody programs you will hear all about Shakeology. Yes, there that stuff showed up again!

Okay I’m listening now!

It wasn’t long into it that I had fallen in love with this new program so that led to looking into more programs and before you know it I was signed up to become an Independent  Beachbody Coach! I received my challenge pack along with my Shakeology and made the decision that I was going to put it to the test before I told anyone about it or started singing its praises.

Now let me just tell you……I absolutely am sold on this stuff and I don’t know how I’ve lived without it! It lives up to everything it promises. My day is just not complete without it and now I really am singing its praises!

The energy that this stuff gives you is incredible and it is not that jittery I’ve had 8 cups of coffee energy. I’m getting my daily dose of vitamins, minerals, fruits, veggies and so much more, and my hair and nails are growing like a weed!  It promises to curb cravings and curb your appetite and coming from someone who is a bottomless pit on most days I have found  that if I drink this for my breakfast that I can easily go until lunch and be just fine.

The beauty about Shakeology is that you can mix it up a thousand ways and always come up with something new and delicious so you are never bored with the same old thing everyday. You can be as simple with it or you can get more creative by adding extras to it but either way you are always honestly getting the healthiest meal of your day!

My smoothie this morning was made with the Tropical Shakeology, almond milk, water, ice, frozen cherries and a little cocoa powder. It tasted like a chocolate covered cherry! Yum! A fabulous way to start Monday!

 

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Don’t believe me yet? That’s okay because I didn’t believe it at first either but I love this stuff so much that I’ve even rounded myself up a little Guinea pig who is going to take my challenge to try Shakeology for 3 months along with doing some strength training with me and she’s allowing me to blog her progress so STAY TUNED!

Love at first sight may or may not actually happen but I’m learning regardless that it is always wise to take a second look! 😉

If you think you may be interested in knowing more about Shakeology just click the link of my “About” page! 😉