Faith Fitness and Laughter

Leap Year Day comin to a close…

Well, it’s about to end.  This day will not come for another 4 years.  Happy Birthday to all of those who had one today!! 🙂  Aaaaand I hear this is the day that it’s ok for women to ask the men to marry them.  So, congrats to any ladies that got on one knee today!  🙂


It has been the best day.  The day started kinda foggy, but then the sun came out and it was really nice.  What was for lunch today?  I went to bed last night with Subway on my mind.  😉



I’ll take a Subway grilled chicken with spinach, lettuce, pickles and spicy mustard please! 🙂 


I usually try to get my probiotic supplement in first thing in the morning, but somehow I ended up waiting until after lunch. 

It looks like lemonade, but there is actually no taste at all. 


I worked until 6 tonight, so after work I headed onto church.  From 6 to 7 my church serves a meal, and then from 7 to 8 we have a bible study for all age groups.  Tonight I was able to set down and visit with a special lady in my church.  Gale, if you are reading this, thank you so much for your friendship!

Instead of eating the meal at church, I brought some greek yogurt, granola, and a tangerine.  No picture, but it sure was yummy.  🙂


Alright, its sleepy time.  I have a big day tomorrow!  Have a great night! 



Tips for Binge Eating

Morning!  It’s Hump Day!  I don’t know about you, but I am already ready for the weekend.  I have to work, but it’s no big deal, the time will go by pretty fast. 

The past few weeks I have been getting into bed early and can I just say that I am pretty excited about that.  That was one of the goals that I wanted to make for myself and right now it’s working out.  I don’t know about you, but I like sleep.  🙂  Aaaand it helps me feel more focused.


Grilled pork chop, sweet potato wedges, and some green beans.  Yum!

A few hours later I wanted something sweet, so I made me some Decaf Green Tea and made the last piece of Ener-G toast.  I also added some Dark Chocolate Dreams to it. 😉


Over the last few weeks, I have thought a lot about binge eating.  I have never been formally diagnosed by a Doctor, nor have I have sought help for it.  My thoughts come from years of struggling with food and weight.  I would fall into the binge/closet eater spectrum.  With that said, I wanted to find some tips that would help me focus more on being healthy and not put so much pressure on myself with food and diet.  (and when I say diet, I mean food intake.)

Tips To Avoid Binge Eating:

  1. Don’t eat while watching tv.  I have noticed that if I eat while watching television I have a tendency to eat more.  I don’t even realize that I am even continuing to eat!
  2. Slow down while you are eating.  My very first job was at a fast food joint and we got two 15 minute breaks.  So you can imagine how I would inhale my food.  I did this for five years, so the habit was pretty much formed. 
  3. Are you thirsty or hungry.  Dehydration can sometimes be confused with hunger pains.
  4. Go for a walk or hit a great workout.  When you feel a binge coming on, get up!
  5. Listen to your body.  Learn to tell the difference between hunger and cravings.  A craving is for something specific. 
  6. Keep your stress levels in check.  This is something that I really do struggle with.  I have such a tendency to let others affect my mood, which usually ends up stressing me out.  I have to remember that God is in complete control.  I am only responsible for how I handle a situation, not the other person.
  7. Eat!  Do not skip meals!  Enough said.  🙂
  8. Know your emotional triggers.  I am such an emotional eater.  Happy, sad, mad, glad, tired…you name it.  There are other ways to reward yourself other than food.  Treat yourself to a day drive, go for a hike, or a spa treatment. 
  9. Watch your portions.  I think we fool ourselves into thinking that we need more food than we do. 




For the past week I have been incorporating a probiotic supplement into my diet.  I didn’t think that I had any issues in this area, until I made this change.  It reduces bloating and basically makes the digestion process work the way it’s supposed to. 

Question:  Have you ever tried a probiotic supplement?   and What are your own tips for avoiding binge eating?

I hope you guys have a great day!!  It’s Day Three in the Ripped in 30 Challenge!!


Day 2 Ripped in 30 Challenge

Hello hello!   How’s Tuesday treatin you?  I hope it’s been a good day for you. 🙂    It was a fairly busy day at work, but I had a  half day, so it was nice to leave at noon.  Yay!


The Challenge is going really well.  I got up early this morning, but chose to enjoy the morning and take my time eating my breakfast.  It was nice. 🙂    There were mornings that if I didn’t get my workout in I would feel guilty about it.  That is something that will change.  I don’t want to feel guilt when it comes to my workouts.  You know?  🙂  Anyway, back to my breakfast.



I am down to one slice of the Ener-G bread.  Overall, I have really liked the bread.  When it comes to nutrition it basically ranks right up there with the English Muffins that I was eating. 



I seem to be the queen of random lunches, but I really do like this lunch and it really fills me up!  Dannon Key Lime Greek Yogurt, gluten-free granola (yum!), and 1 tangerine.

I also had a dark chocolate adora disk.  Calcium!



I wanted to give you a break down of the workout that I am doing this week. Level 1 on Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 goes like this:

The basis of the workout is the 3, 2, 1 system.  3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs.  She starts the workout with about a 3 to 4 minute warm-up, then you move into the workout, and finally she ends it with a short cool-down.  Three circuits make up the 34 minute workout.  Some of the moves that you will do are: push-ups, fast feet, skaters, squat press, and single arm rows.  Trust me, you will be drenched after you finish.  🙂


Post workout snack:

Banana/blueberry smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp of PB2
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of Coconut milk



On the menu:  grilled pork chop, sweet potato wedges and something green. 


I am off!  Have a great afternoon! 🙂


Day 1 of the 30 Day Challenge

Happy Monday! 🙂   How’s your Monday going so far?  It’s just about over.  Have you had a good day?


It was so beautiful here today.  The sun was shining and the temperature was in the high 60’s.  It was down right gorgeous!



This morning started my 30 Challenge!  I was really excited to get up this morning and start this challenge.  I am sticking with Level 1 on Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30.  I really tried to concentrate on my form and my breathing during the workout.  The workout takes about 34 minutes.  Who doesn’t have 34 minutes?? 

During this challenge I am also going to lay off the sugar.  No specialty coffee’s or candy.  None.  Nada.  To recap, here is what my plan is:

  • Have some quiet time each day
  • Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 Monday thru Friday
  • Saturday and Sunday will be active rest days
  • no specialty coffee
  • no candy


I can do this!



Ener-G bread with a banana, dark chocolate peanut butter and chia seeds.  A cup of joe on the side…:)


Making this plan and setting this goal/challenge has really brought my focus back in line.  I feel rejuvenated!



Very random

Dannon Strawberry Greek yogurt and an orange (not pictured)




Whole wheat hot dog bun, lite/no sugar added spaghetti sauce, meatball sub.  This was SO good!  I think I will have it again.  🙂


I have a half-day tomorrow!  Love those days!  🙂  Have a great night!!


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30 Day Challenge

It’s hard to believe that the weekend is really coming to an end.  Sad face.  😦   Oh well, I am a creature of habit and actually like having a regular routine.  🙂  

Yesterday afternoon I hung out with Angey and her daughter Brianna.  We went to the Good Will Store that is nearby and also hit up a couple of shoe places to find these shoes called Tom’s.  Not sure, but it’s what all the cool kids are wearing these days.  They look like house shoes to me. 😉

While we were at the Good Will store, Angey and I shortly discussed how women size each other up.  Even without trying to do it.  Crazy right?!  Have you ever done it?  We immediately start wishing we looked a certain way, or start cutting ourselves down.  Am I alone?  Hope not.  Anyway, I am proud of where I have been and that I have accomplished the weight loss, but I don’t think I have truly excepted my curves.  I don’t want to simply reach for a particular size pair of jeans.  I want to be healthy.  Don’t you? 

So how do we get there?  What kind of plan do we need?  Here are my own thoughts.  I think that part of becoming healthy is starting with the inside and being honest with ourselves.  Over that last few years I have battled anxiety.  It started slowly, but over the months and years it’s morphed into wanting to be in control of everything and a perfectionist.  If I could pinpoint a time or place that it started, I would have to say it started with my weight issues way back when I was a teen.  Once I was in my very first relationship and it ending in a way that told me I wasn’t good enough, the anxiety hit a new level.  No one really wants to admit that they need help, or even that they might need medication, but sometimes it is what needs to happen.  I don’t advocate anti-depression meds, or anxiety medication every person is different, but I don’t think they are a bad thing.  Some people can just turn it off like a switch, but others can’t do that. 

About 9 months ago I went to my “lady” doctor and explained to him some of the things that I had been feeling.  

  1. anger
  2. sadness
  3. confusion
  4. frustration
  5. not sleeping
  6. horrible eating habits
  7. did  I mention anger?


There were tons of other things that I was dealing with, but these pretty much narrow it down.  I told him that I felt like I was coming out of my skin.  I looked at him and said, “am I going crazy?”  He told me no of course, but I am here to tell  you that crazy is what I felt like.  He prescribed some medication and after a couple of weeks I felt much better.  It was easier to put a thought together and things seemed to not bother me as much. 

Here we are and it’s 9 months later.  A few weeks ago I started to notice some of my symptoms coming back.  I felt anxious about everything.  Do you ever worry when you don’t even have anything to worry about?  Crazy I know.  Everything started to bother me again.  I changed some things in my diet and my workouts and nothing seemed to work.  I called my dr. again and explained to him that I felt overwhelmed.  Truth be told, I felt like I had so much on my plate that I couldn’t cram one more thing into my brain.  Work, my Seminary class, church, and trying to balance my healthy lifestyle.  Something had to go. These may not seem like a whole lot, but to me just getting out of bed was becoming difficult.  My Dr. changed my meds, which I wasn’t too thrilled about, but I am trusting him to know it was the right thing to do.  I feel like I am still adjusting to the medication, but overall feel a little better about things.  I have also stopped the Seminary class.  I spoke to my teacher last Monday and explained to him my situation, and that I might not be able to finish the class.  Thank goodness he understood.  He is a pastor first and he really helped me.  Thanks Rusty!

This is why working on the inside of our lives is much more important than the outside.  Loving myself is very hard for me to do.  Crazy when I know that Christ dwells inside of me. 

So this is what I am going to do.  I want to work on getting some quiet time in every day.  Not just for myself, but for those around me as well.  I want to be able to let go of things that cause me anxiety.  It’s not a switch that I can turn off, but I want to be able to tell the difference between real concern and just plain being a worry wart.  That’s the first step and frankly, that’s all I can handle right now.  Quiet time.



Ener-G brown rice bread (gluten-free), a banana, and some dark chocolate peanut butter


Lunch: smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of cherries
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1 cup of 35 Calorie almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of dark chocolate peanut butter


Workout Schedule:

I have tons of Jillian Michael’s DVD’s, but I have never really stuck to her workouts for more than a few weeks.  Or, I have done them for longer, but never how she prescribes.  So, I have decided to do the Ripped in 30 DVD for a solid 30 days.  I will workout Monday thru Friday with the DVD and Saturday and Sunday will be used as active rest days.

Monday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Tuesday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Wednesday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Thursday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Friday: Ripped in 30 Level 1

Saturday: active rest day

Sunday: active rest day


So there you have it.  All of my dirty laundry and all.  I really questioned whether or not to share as much as I did, but I am glad that I did.  Remember, everyone is different.  What works for me, may not work for everyone else.  I am not a doctor, a licensed trainer, or a dietician.  These are just my opinions. 


I hope you have a wonderful afternoon!!


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