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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust The Process!

Processa continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner.

Trust the process the article on muscle gain tells me. Although this was an article on strength training and muscle gain it got me to thinking and applying this principle with trusting the process to more than just my workout. I’ve come a long way since I started the adventure of strength training at the first of this year. I’ve gone from a broken-hearted, gaunt and bony girl who used to cry herself to sleep at night to a bold and confident girl who feels stronger in more ways than just physically!

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God continues to amaze me at just how He can bring such strength, growth and healing through the things in our lives that bring us pain. When you are walking through hurt it’s hard to see the possibility of how the shrapnel pieces of your broken heart could ever heal but God does and he too simply whispers in our ears to say”Trust the process”. Easy to do? NO! Worth it? You bet!

Throughout life we are always going to be called on to trust the process and it’s not always going to be easy but I believe you have to make a resolve with yourself and say I will press through, I will look forward and not look back, and I will not give up! When you make those proclamations to yourself there is nothing you can not accomplish and you will see the fruits of your labor even if it is simply gaining muscle definition you never had. 😉

I’m trusting the process and proceeding to all the great things that God has planned for me!

I couldn’t leave you without sharing something I created in the process 😉 of preparing my lunch for tomorrow.

If you continue to follow my blog I must warn you I turn into this mad scientist or at least this crazy blond with nerdy glasses who goes into her kitchen often with the hopes of creating a food masterpiece or at least something edible.

Thinking hard on what to create!

Thinking hard on what to create!

The challenge……Eggplant!

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The creation…. Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Salad

Approx. 2 cups sliced eggplant

1 small sliced zucchini

1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn

1/4 cup chopped scallions

2 crushed rice cakes (you could do bread crumbs I’m just on a no bread thing at the moment)

3 -4 Tbsp marinara sauce ( Your choice I used Bertolli)

A variety of italian seasoning ( garlic salt, oregano, basil,etc)

1- 2 Tbsp Olive oil

1/4 cup chopped basil

Spinach

Drizzle olive oil and seasonings over veggies and spread onto baking sheet.

I roasted the eggplant, zucchini, corn and scallions at 425 for 35 minutes turning over half way through.

Remove from oven and mix veggies with crushed rice cakes, and marinara sauce and spoon over chopped spinach and basil.

Garnish with black olives and fresh tomatoes if desired!

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Now I can’t wait until lunch tomorrow!

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This crazy blond with nerdy glasses is signing off for now but remember keep going, keep dreaming, keep trying, keep making healthy choices and Trust The Process!

 

 

 

 

Excuses Or Results?

Well excuuuuussse me!

Yea we all have those things called excuses for everything we don’t want to really do. I know I’m most certainly guilty and in any given day I can find in my mind’s eye a perfectly logical excuse for a number of things. I think unfortunately its human nature to give excuses for every selfish thing we do. For example ….you catch me eating straight out of the ice cream carton with the largest spoon that exists in the utensil drawer and my excuse would be that I had a bad day at work or you ask me if I worked out today and I said no because my legs were sore or my favorite workout socks were dirty!!! I could go on and on but the thing with excuses are they never get you anywhere they only keep you going in circles and then you find yourself dizzy from all that spinning around.

Before I decided to commit to doing Chalean Extreme this year I asked myself was I going to offer up a bunch of crazy excuses as to why I couldn’t do it or was I going to be passionate and determined enough that I wanted to see results? My decision was to see results and I got them! IMG_4165

I don’t think I have ever had muscle definition in my arms EVER! The process of all this has not been easy for this girl who has struggled with disordered eating for most of her life. The concept of building muscle where puny flabby skin once just hung on bones and the fact that I’ve had to start eating beyond  my comfort zone to be able to nourish and refuel my body throughout this program has sometimes thrown me into a panic but having the mindset of NO EXCUSES I decided to push through! It’s been very rewarding!

The Beachbody community has helped and encouraged me so much through their support and their products that it has stirred this new-found passion for not only myself but having the desire to pass it on to others. I did not enter into this program as a get rich scheme, to push products, or to come across as some know it all when it comes to health and fitness. My desire is to help people taste and see how health and fitness can change your life from the inside out! I believe that once you get motivated and you decide to commit to it that it’s like lighting up one of those sparklers you see so much this time of the year. It’s contagious and I’ve decided that excuses are just not going to work for me because I would rather see the results!

I believe we make-weight loss and getting healthier so much more complicated than it really is and that’s’ why last week I started my own personal challenge with a friend who I shall call Guinea. Yes she volunteered to be my guinea pig and she wanted to remain anonymous so I’ve affectionately given her that name.

Last Monday I had Guinea take her before pics and measurements and she then started her journey to a healthy lifestyle.

The challenge I laid before her was this…..

  • 1 Shakeology shake a day
  • 2 other meals plus a snack a day…her choice as long as they were healthy choices!
  • Doing Chalean Extreme (strength portion only )with me 3 days a week
  • Finding some kind of cardio she enjoyed  at least 2 days a week ( she informed she did not like traditional cardio like running, treadmill or the like so I let her choose her own)

Not a hard challenge at all so she put away the excuses and accepted!

Although we are not weighing in every week she wanted to just get a glimpse of her progress and I’m proud to report…….

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I’m so proud of her and can’t wait to see all the changes that are going to take place in her the next 90 days.

Getting fit does not mean you have to spend 8 hours a day in a gym, spend an insane amount of money on equipment or give up every food you love but it does mean you have to ditch the excuses and decide you want to commit to seeing the results!

I remind myself of this verse every time I want to give into excuses……

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; 20 he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.

To be continued…….. 😉 ……..Let’s cheer Guinea on!!!

Challenge And Accountability!

I don’t know about you but I’m the type of person who loves a challenge. There is just something about someone setting a challenge before me that makes me want to give it all I’ve got and to nail it! I’m not a competitive person unless it’s with myself and I find it easier as do most people to have accountability in reaching a goal. There is strength in the number 2.

I’ve been raving in my earlier posts about my love for Shakeology and  I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and to present a challenge to a willing participant. I’ve found her and she has willing gave me permission to log her progress. I’m going to be doing this challenge right along with her and I’m so excited to see all the transformations that are going to take place in her life both physically and emotionally.

What’s the challenge you ask? I’m investing in her a months supply of Shakeology and we will be doing the strength portion of Chalean Extreme 3 days a week for the next 90 days. She is not one who loves traditional cardio and doesn’t like a lot of bouncing around so I made her deal and asked her to  replace one meal a day with Shakeology and to do strength 3 times a week along with her choice of cardio the other 2 days a week.

Check out all the amazing benefits of Shakeology! Click the link!

I believe in the Beachbody programs and products so much that I was willing to fit the bill to get her started. My desire and passion is to get people to want to take responsibility for them selves to get healthy! My goal is to at least get you to taste what health feels like and then I believe the rest will fall into place.

I am not any kind of professional in the matters of health and fitness but I do know that I love how eating healthy and staying active has helped me so much in my own journey to health and overcoming disordered eating. I only want the same for everyone else. I can’t diagnose you or even prescribe you anything but my heart is to steer you in the right way with a big dose of encouragement along the way!

I’ll be offering challenges like this and others along the way and if you think you may be interested visit my coach page to get more info or like my Facebook page for updates! You be my Daniel San and I’ll be your Mr. Myagi….kind of..sorta..you get my drift! 😉

Let the Challenge begin!

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