Faith Fitness and Laughter

“But that is not for us to decide…

on January 27, 2012

….All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.”  I am not sure if there are any Lord of the Rings fans out there, but it happens to be one of my favorite movies.  After Frodo expresses his thoughts about bearing the One Ring and wishing that none of the bad things they had been experiencing had happened, this is what Gandalf tells him.   The actual scene plays out like this: Frodo:  “I wish the ring had never come to me.  I wish none of this had ever happened.”

Gandalf:  “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for us to decide.  All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Anyway, now that I have completely ruined my super cool reputation…ahem.  🙂   I still think it’s a great quote.  It may not be a ring, but we all have dealt with things, or currently dealing with things that we wish we could just pass onto someone else.  We are only here for a little while.  Why not make the most of each moment that we are given. 


Udi’s Gluten free Cinnamon raisin bread, with almond butter, a banana, and chia seeds. 


Today was a half day for me, so all I packed today was a mid-morning snack, or first lunch as some would say. 🙂

Chobani Black Cherry Greek yogurt and some granola


Today’s list of things to do:

Wash car

wash clothes

de-clutter bedroom

organize bill statements

go to Target for a new sports bra

have three people sing me the happy birthday song




As you can see I still have a few things left on my list to do.  I am getting ready to do the last BodyRock workout in the Challenge.  I can’t wait to see what they have in store next!  I just went to the website to print out the workout and it looks pretty awesome!



When I got home from work today, I wasn’t sure what I wanted for lunch.  I grabbed the tofurky and some black beans and then went for some brown rice…..nothing seemed like it would satisfy me.  So, I remember printing off a smoothie recipe that I found on Peanut Butter Fingers the other day and made it instead.  Boy am I glad that I did!!

Julie’s recipe:

  • 3/4 cup 2 percent milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

What I changed:

  • 1 cup of 35 Calorie unsweetened Almond milk
  • 1 scoop of Whey chocolate protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6-8 frozen cherries (yum!)
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (I’m a freak what can I say)
  • 1 tablespoon of carob powder 
  • handful of spinach

This smoothie was the best I have ever had.  I actually measured all of the ingredients on this one.  I usually just throw everything in there and frankly there is no telling how many calories I was consuming.  So, I measured.  It’s something new that I think I going to do.  😉

This thing was SO chocolatey and SO good!   I am still not hungry!! 🙂

I am off tomorrow and I am so glad.  May actually run to Target tomorrow for the sports bra.  Got a big day planned with the family.  Going to make this homemade pizza and yes, eat real cake.   I can’t wait!

Well, I am off to prepare for my Sunday School lesson.  I teach the 1st thru 3rd and let me tell ya, if you wing it……………….they know.  Of course my niece is in my class and she is brilliant. 

And beautiful. 🙂 

Oh!!!  I forgot to tell you…. I got a message from one of my students that I had while I was in Kazakhstan!  I was super stoked when I saw it and then when I finally read it, it made me tear up.  She has been taking English classes and can now speak better English.  Enough to write and have a conversation!  I was so happy to hear from her!

She is on my right. 


Welp, got to run….have a great afternoon! 🙂







4 responses to ““But that is not for us to decide…

  1. i actually JUST saw the lord of the rings trilogy!! haha…my friends finally forced me to sit thru them all…i have serious issues with not being able to sit thru long movies! 🙂

    breakfast looks yummy…i love cinnamon raisin bread!! looks like ur cutie niece is ready to walk the runway. 🙂

  2. Krystie says:

    Aw thats so sweet about your student 🙂 I love making shakes they’re so filling!

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