Blend Baby Blend!

I have to share a little secret with you…..I have a blender in my bathroom! Now before you get completely disgusted with me let me explain.

Two years ago during my divorce I moved in with my younger sister and although we are pretty much like ships that pass in the night with our schedules and lifestyles I can not blend my smoothies in the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her!

Why you ask?

This is not just a blender  it’s a BlendTec which will pulverize anything into pure smoothie deliciousness but while it’s doing its special smoothie thing it is extremely LOUD! Yes this is the culprit …….guilty as charged! blender2 I’ve always enjoyed smoothies and love love love to make frozen bananas into soft serve ice cream but as I’ve mentioned before Shakeology is the new love in my life and to go without it just won’t do so it’s to the bathroom I go to blend baby blend! Shakeology_Choco_GreenAre you drinking this stuff yet? If not you don’t know what you are missing! IMG_4235 I dare you…no I triple dog dare you……..—–> Shakeology

Putting all that secretive blender saga to the side I wanted to share something that happened to me this morning. Yesterday happened to be a bit of a trying day. Between my own frustration with life, the air conditioning on the blitz at work in this 90 plus degree weather and trying earnestly to know how my passions fit into Gods perfect will for my life I truly was a frazzled puddle of tears by the time I got home. My cry to God went something like this….God WHY me? …WHY  does it have to be this way?… WHY?! ….sobbing….God  would you please help me?!?!?

Of course the enemy was loving this all the while screaming his accusations and lies in my ears….”You can’t do that” ….”You’re not strong enough”….”That is never going to happen”…”This is the way it will be for the rest of your life”! Yes I was completely down in a pit of despair but God is faithful in the fact that He hears every one of our cries and is eager to speak to our frantic hearts. My  last prayer before bed last night was God please give me a picture of how you see me in all of this confusion!

One of my favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17…..The  Lord  your God is in your midst,  a mighty one who will save;  he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. All I can say is that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He indeed was whispering and singing over me last night because my picture came to  me this morning in the form a Facebook friends status. I did not get his permission to use this but honestly don’t think he would mind…. IMG_4234What a perfect picture of just how our heavenly Father loves to see us live out our passions! He’s not some big ogre in the sky ready to stomp on our dreams but He delights to see us use our gifts and talents that He gave us! He wants us to dream and to dream BIG!  This just served to remind me that the fact I’m so passionate about health, fitness, cooking and a multitude of other things is that He’s the one that put those things in my heart for me to live out to bring Him glory! So you will have to excuse me if my eyes light up when going through the produce section at the grocery store, when I stumble over my words when talking about working out and Shakeology or I get misty eyed watching my two sisters getting into exercise and wanting to eat healthier! These things are what are near and dear to my heart. It’s my passion to help people want to live out happy and healthier lives and after reading this simple status update this morning I know my Father in heaven smiles at me and it warms His heart seeing me doing what I love to do!

Don’t ever dismiss those dreams and those things that you hold dear to your heart because they were put there for a reason !

Let’s DREAM BIG!

By the way Guinea is down another pound and feeling cool as a cucumber! 🙂 IMG_4237

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! 😉