Faith Fitness and Laughter

Oatmeal goodness!

Morning! 🙂   I hope everyone is up and at ’em this morning!  It’s Tuesday!!


I will be honest with you, yesterday was kind of a low day for me.  Do you ever have those days?  I am not sure what it was, or if it was anything in particular.  Sometimes it’s a combination of things that just seem overwhelming.  I have battled depression in my past, and sometimes struggle with thoughts of self-doubt and sadness.  I have so much to be thankful for and I have a lot of people who love me and I love them, so how can I be down? 

This was part of my devotion that I read this morning: “Hope in Me, and you will be protected from depression and self-pity.” 

It also referenced this passage of Scripture. 

Romans 12:12 “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.”

Anyway, I just wanted to share that with you.  🙂


Since I had class last night, dinner was super fast…………..and early.  I did decide to go with the smoothie.  The best thing about smoothies is that you can pack them with nutrients!


  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 tbls carob powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup of 35 cal Almond milk
  • 1 handful of spinach


While in class, my stomach started to grumble, so I grabbed a Larabar that I have been carrying around for about a week now.  (I try to keep at least something in my purse just in case.)


Umm, yeah, I finally found something that I don’t like.  I took one bite and that was it.  I didn’t really care for the texture.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Larabar’s, but this one didn’t overwhelm me at all. 



I woke up wanting some oatmeal this morning! 

In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of 35 cal Almond milk
  • 1/3 + 2 tbls of Gluten free Old Fashion oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbls of Peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of Truvia

This should hold me over until lunch 🙂 


Last night at class we received our first take-home test, so I will be studying this week and getting that taken care of by next Monday.  Which leads me to a question.  How do you study?  Can you study with noise around you or does it have to be quiet? 

For myself, it has to be quiet.  😉


You guys have a great day!!





Having a balanced workout program

Hola people!  I trust you are having a great day!  I work this Saturday, so I was able to leave work at noon today.  Gooo Team!  🙂 


The Firm: Pump, Jump ‘n’ Jab  55 minutes.  This was a combination of cardio and strength training.


With the BodyRock challenge finished, I went back to my trusty Firm DVD’s.  I really, really do like their workouts.  As I was doing this mornings workout however, I really started to consider whether or not I have a balanced workout program.  Do I do the right amount of cardio and strength.  Do I do them on the correct days.  Should I have another rest day?  Needless to say, I missed some of the moves in the DVD I was so distracted!

I think my main concern is figuring out if I should work a particular part of my body more than the other.  Having weighed 250 pounds, you can imagine the damage that has been done to my body.  (Can’t believe I just typed that), oh well.  Anyway, there are areas that I really want to work on more than some.  I just want to do it the right way.  What I have read so far is that High Intensity Interval Training is the best way to drop the pounds.

Here are some things that I have read so far:

  • HIIT trains and conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems. You train your anaerobic system with brief, all-out efforts, like when you have to push to make it up a hill, sprint the last few hundred yards of a distance race, or run and hide from your spouse after saying the wrong thing.
  • HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session and afterward because it increases the length of time it takes your body to recover from each exercise session.
  • HIIT causes metabolic adaptations that enable you to use more fat as fuel under a variety of conditions. This will improve your athletic endurance as well as your fat-burning potential.
  • HIIT appears to limit muscle loss that can occur with weight loss, in comparison to traditional steady-state cardio exercise of longer duration.
  • To get the benefits HIIT, you need to push yourself past the upper end of your aerobic zone and allow your body to replenish your anaerobic energy system during the recovery intervals.


Anaerobic-without oxygen.


Post workout I dug into an English muffin, egg, provolone cheese, and turkey bacon combo.

I haven’t had this one in a while and it was pretty good after my workout…:)

Since I was leaving at noon today, I didn’t have to pack a huge lunch  I love those kind of days.  🙂  I did however, pack at least one snack.

Mid-Morning snack:

Dannon Key Lime Greek Yogurt, with granola and one tangerine.  I have this snack so much I think I need help.  😉 

1:00 p.m. rolled around and I started to get a little bit hungry, but wasn’t sure of what I wanted.  I did know one thing…..I wanted it right then.  Ever have one of those days when you just don’t want to wait for your food to cook??

I love this combo: Whole wheat tortilla, with peanut butter, half of a banana, and some chia seeds.  It hit the spot!

Tonight I have my Seminary class, so I am not sure how dinner will go.  It may be a smoothie.  Monday’s dinner’s are super hard when I have class.  I normally don’t get a chance to eat until after 6, but my class is from 6-9, so getting in a balanced meal is pretty difficult.  I do pack a snack though! 🙂

I hope you have a great day and night!  🙂

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Are your workouts motivating?

I love Sunday’s.  Not only do I try to make them my rest day, but it’s just such a laid back day.  We had a potluck at our church after our morning service, which means lot’s of eating and talking.  I passed on the food that was there, mainly because my breakfast was so filling, but mostly it was just a decision on my part. 


Now you can see why I was so full.  🙂  This is one of my favorite breakfasts.


After church was over, I headed home for a nice chocolate smoothie.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • frozen cherries
  • 1tbls of carob powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 cup of 35 calorie almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tbls of peanut butter
  • handful of spinach

Yum Yum Good!

Today was technically a rest day, but I wanted to share with you some of my tips for staying motivated when it came to working out.

  1. Plan out my workout the night before, or at the beginning of the week.  Doing the BodyRock Challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to be doing.  Now that it’s over, I am going back to laying out my DVD’s the night before.  If I am doing a run or walking outside I will lay out my running gear the night before, so I can just roll out of bed and get a move on.
  2. I choose a workout that I like.  I have done them all.  Taebo, Denise Austen, Turbo Jam, The Firm, Jillian, Bob, the list goes on and on.  I love them all actually, but sometimes I can get bored and then I know it’s time to incorporate something different. 
  3. Know my limits.  If I can’t do a particular workout, then I am not going to risk injury.  Too many times I have done a workout not using the proper form and really hurt myself.  I have also run into comparing myself to others when it comes to fitness.  What works for me, may not work for someone else, even when it comes to food.  We are all made differently and must remember that. 
  4. Remember why you are doing the exercising in the first place.  I know the reasons that I do it, but I can run the risk of doing it for vain reasons.  I don’t want to fall into that trap.  If you have to, write it down.  Make a list of the reasons you want to start or continue an exercise program.  Such as; health, family….you get the picture. 🙂
  5. And last, but certainly not least.  Stick with it.  Don’t allow things to get you down or talk you out of doing a workout.  It takes about 3 weeks to start a habit.  Try to stick with it for 30 days and trust me, you will find a way to work out. 


Dinner was a repeat, as were all of my meals today…:)


Update:  I am a full week of having NO “specialty” coffees!!  If you knew me, you would know that this is HUGE.  I can actually tell a big difference not having that in my system.  🙂

Have any of you seen the movie Super 8??  If you have, let me know your thoughts. 

Have a great night!!  🙂



Cake, GI Joe and Tron

Hello!!  I hope everyone has had a fabulous day!  I sure did!  🙂  Yesterday was my birthday, but I actually celebrated with my family today.  We decided to go a little early to my brother’s house so the kiddo’s could ride on my dad’s new toy.

I am not sure who had more fun…..the kids or my dad. 🙂

I wanted to show you last nights dinner, mainly because it was a little different.  I had purchased a butternut squash that really needed to be cooked, so I split it four ways and roasted it in the oven.  I also had some tofurky and some black beans.

My dad and I also shared a cup of “birthday” coffee. 

This is my cup from Astana, Kazakhstan.  I thought the special moment deserved a special cup.


Lunch today was pretty simple.  I knew that we were going to honk on some pizza and cake later, so I just went with some grapes and a chicken, black bean, spinach, melt.

There was also some provolone cheese in the mix.


So we partied hard at my brothers house…..Well, to be exact we watched GI Joe, ate pizza, ate cake, and then we watched Tron 2.  Have you seen the Tron movie???  I found it very difficult to follow, and my brother was a little annoyed by all of the questions I kept asking.  😉

My neph-cat, Berg.  I swear that cat is giving me the evil eye. 

And then there was the sugar coma’s.  

I haven’t had a tremendous amount of sugar in my diet in a week and after eating the cake, my tummy kinda started to turn.  This is what sugar does to you people!!!    I did enjoy the cake though…;)

Well, I am pretty beat, so am going to go wash my face, brush my teeth and get into bed… Got a busy day at church tomorrow. 

Later folks!



Saturday fun and a meetin with the ladies!

Yay!!!  It’s my birthday plus one!!!   Today I will actually do the celebrating of my birthday with the family… 🙂

But first things first. 


Today was the last day of the BodyRock 2012 Challenge.  I am a little sad, but I have really enjoyed doing this challenge.  It has been something different for me and I have liked the change.  I am excited to see what the BodyRock team is going to do next.  I will, however, be incorporating more things into my weekly workouts. 

Today’s workout was simply the fit test that they started with.  I set my clock on my computer to two rounds of 10/50’s.  Which means I rest for 10 seconds and then push for 50 seconds.

  • Squat jumps
  • push-ups
  • burpees
  • high knees
  • switch jump lunges
  • tuck jumps (my thorn)
  • straight abs

If you are interested, you can go to this website, for the time clock that will help you with the workouts.  Or any Tabata style workouts.

The ladies team at my church is meeting today at 10 am to discuss the interest of Prayer Walking our community.  So, I have to jet, but not before I shower!! 

Sorry for the lack of pictures!!  I know your disappointed, but never fear…..I have my camera with me at all times!


Have a wonderful morning…..and don’t forget to drink water and do some form of exercise today!


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