Faith Fitness and Laughter

Working out is a must

I get a lot of questions as to how to stay motivated when it comes working out. First, let me say that I am in no way a personal trainer, or am I educated in the Fitness world enough to give advice.

When it comes to trying to trim up or even just staying healthy, doing some sort of exercise comes along with the program.  My main motivation is that I am a workout junkie and I just love it.  Second, there is a history of heart problems in my family and I want to start now at making wise decisions.  With that said, here is a list of reasons why I love working out:

  • It lowers your risk of high blood pressure
  • boosts the metabolism
  • helps you sleep better
  • lowers your risk of heart disease
  • helps maintain weight
  • makes you feel good
  • self-esteem

God’s word says that our bodies are a temple and we are to treat it as such.  When I put things in my body that are not good or I make unwise eating choices this damages my it.  This one is probably the main reason I love to workout so much.

There are many other reasons as to why I like to workout, but these are the major ones.  🙂

Before dinner last night I was feeling a little hungry so I grabbed a palm full of some Winter Spiced nuts.  They were pretty good. 🙂

I loved last nights dinner!

Salmon, whole wheat penne pasta, and some roasted broccoli.    I usually make my salmon really dry, but it turned out really great and it was really pretty.  I thought it was anyway….;)

Well, a cold has landed on my face.  :/  I have been around a few people who have had similar symptoms, so I was waiting for it to land.  It has.  I went to bed last night at 8:35 p.m. and didn’t get up this morning until 8:30!  I haven’t slept that long in forever!

For breakfast, I wanted something really warm, so I went with some oats…….and coffee. 🙂

I am going to finish up here and finish my cup of coffee and then decide whether or not to workout.  I try to at least workout 6 days a week and I have already had a “rest” day this week, so in my mind I think I should, but what do you think?  Work out or rest?  Do you work out when you are sick? Listening to my body is something that I am still learning to do.

I hope that you have a great day and check ya later!!


I’m gonna need a nap

Hopefully not, but 4:00 a.m. seems like a long time ago.  😉  I am not sure what woke me, but something did, and I just couldn’t go back to sleep.  I blogged, I worked out, I ate breakfast, now I am blogging again.  🙂  The cool part?  The day hasn’t really even started yet!

I didn’t post last nights dinner, but this is what it ended up being.

I used a Flatout Flat flax bread, with lite pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, cheddar cheese (all I had), and some spinach.   It was pretty yummy!

It’s consumed me.  🙂

Since I was up so early this morning, I thought I would get my workout in and over with.  This one was 60 minutes of cardio and strength.  The Firm of course.  😉  I think the reason I haven’t gotten tired of the DVD’s is because there are so many different kinds of workouts to choose from.

Post workout I was starving, so after a cool down and a shower, I made a pancake that was pretty much perfect.

I got the recipe from  Carrot’s ‘N’ Cake and it is really good!  On top I added some Almond nut butter, chia seeds, and sugar-free syrup.  It made one large pancake and it was just the right size.  I was satisfied, but not stuffed.

Plenty of this to be had 🙂  My second cup was even better than the first.

I hope that your day has started off on a positive note and that you enjoy the rest of it!

Going to organize a messy closet.  :/

Question:  What in your life needs to be organized?


Goals for 2012

I have never really been big on “New Years Resolutions”, but I do like to set goals.  The only problem in doing so is that I never really write them down.  Ok, I don’t ever write them down.  I am not sure why, I have just never done it, more specifically, when it comes to healthy changes that I want to accomplish.  I just do them.

On most of the blogs that I follow they had compiled a list for 2011 and have gone back to revisit them.  I am not going to have that, but there were some goals that I wanted to reach.  This time last year I was a completely different person emotionally and that was something that had to change, so my goals for 2011 mainly deal with that.

  1. Accept me for me/Like myself
  2. Stop comparing myself to everyone else
  3. put one foot in front of the other
  4. take a seminary class

Not one “health” related goal.  I wasn’t sure where my life was going at the beginning of 2011 and eating healthy wasn’t at the top of my list.  Oh sure, I ate alright, but not in a way that I really wanted to devote time too.  If that makes sense?  I have been changing my health habits for about 11 years now, but this year I just felt sad.  My age??  Was I depressed??  I didn’t really know.  I had been in a relationship for a couple of years that had ended, but I had already checked out of it before it actually “ended.”   Maybe I was detached from life??  Whatever the issue was, I just felt off.

So what did I do?  I prayed.  This may seem simple to you, but it frankly was the only thing that I knew to do.  I didn’t want to be in the same place that I was. I was so messed up that I didn’t even know how to start my prayer.  God knows when we are messed up, so I really didn’t even need to speak.  He knew exactly what I wanted to say.  He heard me anyway.

At the beginning of 2011 a Seminary Extension class “fell” into my lap.  I say that because it really did!  Little did I know these classes were offered through the Southern Baptist Convention, something that my church is a part of.  So, I signed up!  Mentally it changed me so much.  As funny as it sounds, I didn’t think that I could still learn stuff :).  The History of Christianity was the first class, which dealt a lot with the First Century Church.  I can remember reading the book of Acts after taking this class and it was liking reading it through a new pair of eyes.  Weird?   I don’t think so.  Super cool is what I think!

So there are things on the above list that I am able to check off.  There are things that I am still working on, but that is ok too.  I am now able to add other things that I want to work on.

For instance:

  1. Run a 5K race (scheduled for March of 2012)
  2. Run a 10K race (I’ve done this, but on a treadmill)
  3. Run a half Marathon
  4. lower my sugar intake
  5. drink less coffee (I think I need a class for this one)
  6. volunteer more
  7. have more devotion/quiet time

I know there are lots more that I could add to the list and frankly probably will.  🙂

So how about you?  What goals are you working on right now?  Have you even set any?  Do you think it’s important to set goals?

This picture was taken in December of 2010 and I would definitely say that I am a different person from the one that is in the picture.  My beautiful sister in Christ Lauren went and stayed in a cabin for a weekend with me, for a time of reflection, and I am so glad that I had her with me to do that.

I hope that you have a great day!  It’s really early so I think that I will go back to sleep, or I will just get up and do a workout.  Probably sleep.  😉


Let’s go to the movies!

Hello!!   I really do love having days off, but sometimes it can throw a schedule off.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved not having the pressure to get out of bed and that I got to take my time with breakfast, but having a job where I work 40 hours a week puts me on a sometimes rigid schedule.  Where do I start????   How about a workout!

Still stuck on my Firm DVD’s, which I am still loving.  It gets the job done because I am drenched when I am finished!  My legs are sore from yesterdays workout!

Post workout, I dug into some oats that included; old fashion oats, chia seeds, flax, Peanut butter, molasses, water and almond milk.  There’s a banana in the picture, but I was super full after the oats so I didn’t eat it.

I had to make a flying trip to the vets office this morning for some medicine for this little guy…

Um, how shall I put it delicately.  He is spraying things in the  house.  He has done this before and the vet said that it’s brought on by stress, poor little guy.  Thank goodness the medicine isn’t oral.  You just plug it in the wall and let it do its job.  It works and is human friendly.

My brother and I went to see The War Horse today.  You must go see this movie.  It’s directed by Steven Spielberg and he does not disappoint.   Bring tissues!  I am moving to England to raise horses first thing in the morning!  lol! 🙂


My brother and I had a normal childhood.  You know, we played, we fought, we played some more.  As we got older however, it turned into a great friendship.  I love that we can hang out with each other and cut up.  Good times. 🙂

When I dropped my brother off at his house I had to get some love from this little guy…

He told my sister-n-law, “I need to talk to her by myself.”  He leaned in and said, “I will miss you.”  I feel a sleepover coming on soon.  😉

It’s dinner time, but I have no idea what to eat.  Since the whole tummy thing I haven’t had much of an appetite.

So tomorrow is Friday, and another day off.  What to do??  I have nothing planned, but don’t want to stay in the house all day.  I want to go hiking, but really don’t think it would be safe to go alone.  Hmmm??

Going to spend the rest of the night reading and reading some more….:)  Have a great night!!





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Today is my Friday!

So I have been counting the days down to this Wednesday.  This Wednesday was my Friday!  I am off until the 3rd and I am going to try to enjoy myself until then.  🙂  Work started off kind of bumpy, but soon settled down.

My lunch breaks are now going to be consumed by reading the new Nicholas Sparks book; The Best of Me.  I can’t put it down.  When you start a book, do you get sucked in by the characters?  I am really getting attached to these characters and their growth…..which means something bad or tragic is going to happen to one of them and I will end the book by crying like a baby.

This is what I saw on my lunch break….

Since I didn’t have to be at work until 10:00 a.m. today I relished the idea of sleeping in a little, but once I got up I went right to the DVD player to start my workout.  Again, lay your clothes out and put the DVD in the player so there are NO excuses.  🙂  Just do it! As Nike would say.   I am still doing The Firm DVD’s, but come January 1st I am going to start running again.  I gave myself one month to let the muscle in my stomach heal, so we will see what happens.

I am still on my Dannon Greek yogurt kick…..the one difference today???  I added an orange to the mix.  It wasn’t all that sweet, but it was a nice addition to the yogurt.

Have you seen the movie Abduction with Taylor Lautner yet?  I am not a huge fan of the Twilight series so I wasn’t sure if I would like it.  I had some issues with the satellite network that I use and for my time they gave me a couple of free PPV movie passes.  I wasn’t quite sure what to rent, but ended up renting Abduction.  It was pretty good.  Better than I thought it was going to be actually.

Remember the mission trip to Kazakhstan?  Well here is another picture or two.  🙂  The missionaries we stayed with were awesome!  Mrs. Diane (the wife) made some tea one afternoon and we had our own little tea party.  It was lots of fun and very sweet!

While I was there I had a translator and she was a God send.  It’s funny, there were times when her English was better than mine!  I miss you Nastia!

Welp, this is what I will be looking at for the rest of the night…

Have a great night!  Sleep, eat well, and drink lots of water!


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