Faith Fitness and Laughter

ABC’s of Me

Hey there!  Just wanted to pop in for a quick hello and to leave with this really cool survey I found on Danica’s blog It’s Progression.  The ABC’s of me….


Here ya go!



Addictions:   That’s easy, almond butter.  I can eat that stuff on just about anything.


Bed Size:     Double


Chore you hate:   Ugh, I really don’t like taking out the trash.  I will do it and even contribute to it, but taking it out….. yack!



Dogs or Cats?     Either really, I love animals and will just about wreck a car to miss a squirrel.  I am partial to this guy though….




Essential start of your day?   That’s easy, quiet time and breakfast.  Without these two, I don’t know what I would do. 


Favorite color:    blue


Gold or Silver:    Probably silver if I had to pick between these two, but I like white gold too.


Height:       5’4 and a quarter.  Never forget the quarter!


Instruments you play:        Besides playing the recorder in like the fourth grade, there isn’t any instrument playing in my future.  I love to listen to the piano though.



Job titles you’ve had:    Currently it’s Assistant Manager, but it’s been teller and a car-hop



Kids:     None at this moment



Live:     Central Arkansas



Mom’s name:              Janice


Nicknames:    For some reason one of my friends called me Brana when we were in school….but did have a co-worker that called me Bubbles.



Overnight hospital stays:      Zero



Pet Peeve:    Just plain ole rudeness and no follow-thru.



Quote from a move:   That’s easy, this one:  From Lord of the Rings…


So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.



Right hand or left hand:    Right


Siblings:    One, Jason





Time you wake up:     Usually around 4:15 or 4:30.  I really try hard to sleep in on the weekends, but can’t sleep past 6:30.  I have the past few days trying to get some rest from being sick.



Underwear:         Yes


Vegetables you dislike:     Hmmm, probably asparagus, but I will eat it.  I like to roast them and get them really crunchy.. Smile



What makes you run late:     Normally it’s nothing, unless I am depending on someone else to get there.  So I would say other people…



X-rays you’ve had done:      I once had pneumonia so I had to get an x-ray of my lungs.



Yummy food you make:     



Chicken pot pie from scratch!


And these…






Zoo Animal:    Probably the elephants….I just love them!  They are very protective of their young and the babies are just so darn cute!




Ok, that’s it!   Hope you enjoy and have a great night! 


Birthday Week Comes to an End.

Hey guys!   How are you this Sunday??   I hope that you have had a great weekend!   So, it’s my birthday and I have fallen ill.  I have been fighting this stupid cold since last weekend and this past Friday it took a turn.  I feel like my  head is stuck in this barrel and I have cotton stuck in my ears.  Sore throat.  Headache.  Zero appetite. 


Sickness is the worst.


Doctor on Monday.




This week I really wanted to just celebrate being alive and doing simple things… I think that I have done that with the exception of staying in bed today that is.  I did manage a new recipe yesterday…..if you have been following me for a while now, you know that I love to bake. 



Peanut Butter/Banana/Chocolate chip bread.  Recipe can be found here.  The only thing that I changed was this:  I used 1 cup of white and 1 cup of whole wheat, regular milk instead of butter milk (I didn’t have any of the latter), and I only used two bananas instead of three.

It really bakes up big!  And even with the changes, turned out pretty good. 



Yesterday we had pictures at my church and I was able to see this beautiful little girl…


I love my niece and nephew so very much! 



For You formed my inward parts; You wove me I my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me O God!


I find so much comfort in this passage from Psalm 139:13-17.  Even before the earth was a thought in God’s head, He was thinking of me.  What I would be like, my heart, my passions, everything.  He even knew what I would struggle with and I know He has compassion toward me. 



I hope you guys have a great rest of the day….Smile


Birthday Week

Morning Saturday!   So my birthday is Sunday and I have been celebrating it all week.  Little things here, little things there.  There were burpees, there was an outdoor run, there were gifts from the girls a work……It’s been a good week.   There were also cupcakes, but I didn’t partake in them.  It’s also been a good week for eats and zero sugar cravings.  I mean zero sugar cravings are reason enough to celebrate the week! 







There was also a gift card to one of my favorite places in the entire world….. 




I really do work with some great girls!   I can’t tell you how great it’s been working with them and actually enjoying coming into work. 



Hunter, Dona, Sarah, and Bianca  Smile




Made To Crave:


I really really love that we can include so many things to help us along our journeys in life.  Some things that will actually help us and there are some things that might sabotage us later.  It’s really important to be able to discern what will  help and what will not help.  I truly believe that this is a process.  Going into something that might help us, might not in the long run.  I wanted to share some other thoughts from the book that I am reading.  I also wanted to share that not all books are helpful and I am not into all of the “self-help” books, but this one is different.  Lysa really does want you to go through your own journey, not hers.  She just wanted to share hers with us.


  • “This journey will require you to make some tough sacrifices, but I’ve come to look at this process as embracing healthy choices rather than denying myself.”
  • “Think it over.”  I wonder how many bad choices and severe consequences could have been averted if that three-word statement had been applied.
  • In other words, when what is lacking in life goes from being an  annoyance to an anxiety we run the risk of compromising in ways we never thought we would.
  • You see, when we determine to get healthy, we will have to give up certain things and change our habits.
  • We were made for victory
  • I was made to be set free, holy, new, loved, and confident.  Because of this, I can’t allow myself to partake in anything that negates my true identity.
  • The real reason for grounding ourselves in the truth that we are made for me is “so that you may know him better.” 
  • We were made for more than excuses and vicious cycles
  • We can taste success
  • We can experience truth
  • We can choose to stay on path of hard work and perseverance
  • We can keep “made for more” at the top of our minds and on the tips of our tongues
  • And our eating habits can be totally transformed as we keep asking, embrace our true identity, find the deeper reason for claiming that identity, and operate in the hope and power that’s like no other.


People often face situations where we lose a part of our identity or that identity is challenged.  I’m a sister, a daughter, a friend.  Many other things, such as; wife, father, son, husband.  You can also define your identity to your job, surroundings, and accomplishments.

I come from a very loving family whom without I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.  But my family doesn’t define me.  I love them very much, but I can’t define my life by how their lives are.  I can strive to do the right thing by watching them, but in the end my identity comes from God. 


An identity wrapped up in anything other than Christ has the ability to collapse right in front of us.  (from the Every life is Beautiful bible study)






Since we last spoke here’s what my workouts have looked like!  Smile


Invisible Fran

21-15-9 Air squats and push-ups:

21 air squats/21 push-ups

15 air squats/15 push-ups

9 air squats/ 9 push-ups

*this workout came from Katrina Runs for Food*


There was a rest day in there!


Yesterday’s workout looked like this:

3 mile run followed up by 50 sit-ups, 100 jump ropes, 50 leg flutters, 100 jump ropes



So today is going to be pretty busy…  I have a coffee date with a girlfriend that I haven’t seen in a while!  Can’t wait to catch up!  After that, I’ll be headed to church to get my picture take for a scrap book and then one that will be used for our church directory.   Once that is finished, I am not sure what I will be doing.  I have had a sinus infection for about a week now and it’s reared it’s ugly head yesterday.  The entire right side of my face hurts!!  Head, eyes, ear, mouth…..everything.  My head feels like it’s in this big balloon.  Not that I have ever had my head in a balloon, but you get the picture.  Winking smile





Have you ever had a White Grapefruit??    You should!  I really like it! 






I also found this great Tabata style workout yesterday! 



I am off to get ready for the day!  I hope that you have a great one! 


Burpees Must Die!

Good Morning my friends!   I hope your week is going great!   It’s Wednesday!   Wednesday means that I get to meet with some really awesome ladies tonight at my church.  Smile   We are continuing our bible study on how Every Life is Beautiful.  Good stuff.


Thank you so much for the lovely comments on the most recent post Made to Crave.  I appreciate you guys more than you will ever know.  I really hoped that it didn’t come across as too forward or that I had this horrible attitude toward my cravings.  I actually want to celebrate my cravings!!   I just can’t do it with a bag of dark chocolate….that if left alone, could eat the entire bag.  Some can just eat a few bites of the brownie.  If left alone, I could eat the entire pan.  You see where this is going.  Winking smile   I do want to celebrate my cravings, but I also want to be smart about them.  Right now, I am craving life!  Healthy, both physically and spiritually, life! 






oatmeal with some almond butter










Spaghetti with spaghetti squash and 3 cut up meatballs and some delicious strawberries.





Still nursing a sore throat, so this hit the spot






chicken breast, Brussels sprouts, a few potatoes, and half an apple. 







This one was a tough one!!


10 rounds of:


10 burpees

10 sit-ups



Holy cow!  I really thought these burpees were going to kill me!  I did have to modify a couple of sets, but I was ever so happy to be finished with that last one!  




PV Body came!!




I was so excited when I saw this pink package laying on my bed yesterday!!  I immediately took a picture….I mean who wouldn’t do that first right??   Anyway, I got it opened and wanted to try it on.  Fail.  I mean not in a too terribly bad way.  The top was perfect…..   the pants, not so much.  I loved the style and the length, but lets be honest here I don’t have super tiny skinny legs and that is what they were made for.  I swear it was funny trying them on. 

Thankfully the nice ladies at PV body explained how that would work if they didn’t fit. 


This also came!



The challenge that I am participating in had a giveaway the first week that we started!  And guess who’s name got picked!!!  That’s right….  Smile    Karen C.L. Anderson is the one that came up with the Mirror Exercise, but she has also written a book about her ups and downs with weight loss.  I can’t wait to get started on this book!

Thanks Ellen!! 




31 Days of Gratitude:


So this weeks exercise is all about Acceptance.  Not necessarily giving in or admitting to some sort of failure in life.  But acceptance in this very moment of who you are.  Looking really hard at yourself and accepting even the flaws.  When in reality, flaws are not really flaws. They are what makes each of us beautiful.   It’s about stopping in this very moment and accepting yourself for who you are at that moment.  Hear me out, I don’t mean stop growing or stop wanting more.  I just mean stop the comparison!  Stop feeling like you want to change the person that you are and were created to be.  Love yourself, no matter what. 

This is something that has always been difficult for me.  Even growing up in a loving home and always having close friends.  Sometimes that can be stripped away from you and all you have is you.  The journey of accepting myself is also about allowing God to lead me.  Following Him with abandon, even if I don’t understand.  I am precious to Him and so are you. 




I will accept my flaws with open arms

I will accept my body, even at it’s very state

I will accept that I can’t control everything

I will accept that we are all different

I will accept that my journey isn’t over



Question:  What is it that you truly accept about yourself?


Made to Crave

Morning my friends!   It’s Monday and it’s a national holiday… Ahhh, thank goodness for bankers hours.    For some reason I woke up at 4:00 this morning.  I mean just straight up!  The last couple of days my routine has gotten off a bit due to feeling sickly.  Everyone at my work has had some sort of crud.  Sinus infections, colds, the flu.  I thought I had managed to avoid it, but for the last couple of days I have been fighting fever and sore throat.  I don’t think it’s the flu, but just a good ole fashion cold. 

I feel better today than I did yesterday, but my throat feels a bit funny.  Kind of like I have swallowed a capsule and it has gotten stuck in my throat.  Yeck!


As you can imagine, resting is the number one thing that I have been doing.  Aside from your normal 4:00 wake-up calls!  This has allowed me to fuel my addiction to MidSomer Murders and read.  I picked up this book called Made to Crave when it first came out in 2010, but only read till about chapter 5.  Do you ever do that?  Pick up a book, start to read it, and then shortly realize that it just isn’t the right time for you to read it??  I hope I am not alone here.. Smile 

Anyway, I picked it up again and started to make my way through it.


Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment?  Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen.  Author Lysa Terkeurst personally understands the battle women face.  In Made to Crave, she will help you:

  • Break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday.”  and feel good about yourself today.
  • Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with you body.
  • Replace rationalizations that lead to failure with wisdom that leads to victory.
  • Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process.

This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose—a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.


Lysa also is the President of the Proverbs 31 Ministries.



I am a few chapters in and I just wanted to share some of the things that have resonated with me:


  1. I do think our struggles with food are important to God  (pg 17)
  2. my weight is a direct reflection of my choices and the state of my health   (pg 17)
  3. we are made for more than compromise.  We were made for God’s promises in every area of our lives.  (pg 18)
  4. “I was amazed that I ever desired to satisfy my taste buds over satisfying my desire to break free from all the guilt, all the destruction, all the defeat.”  (pg 18)
  5. We crave what we eat  (pg 19)
  6. Simply telling me to eat healthier foods that will help me feel full longer doesn’t address the heart of the matter.  I can feel full after a meal and still crave chocolate pie for dessert.  (pg 20)
  7. When we feel deprived and frustrated and consumed with wanting unhealthy choices, we too can rely on God’s Word to help us.  (pg 24)
  8. “Maybe today will be the day the scale will be my friend and not reveal my secrets.  Maybe somehow overnight the molecular structure of my body shifted and today I will magically weigh less”  (pg 27)
  9. I thought about, craved, and arranged my life too much around food  (pg 28)
  10. “I had to get honest enough to admit it:  I relied on food more than I relied on God.  I craved food more than I craved God.  Food was my comfort.  Food was my reward.  Food was my joy.  Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness.”  (pg 29)
  11. Despite exercising, my food choices caught up with me and my changing body revealed all my secrets.  (pg 38)



I really could go on and that is only from the first three chapters.  Really??!  As I was reading all of these statements and quotes, I was just setting there thinking that I have done the same exact things.  Lets be clear, not everyone will struggle with their weight and people may struggle in different ways.  Someone could actually struggle keeping weight on, but none the less, it’s all a struggle and we let food hold the power when we are the ones that hold the power.  We just don’t know it and don’t know how to tap into it.


Honestly……I don’t make the best food choices and I am a creature of habit. 

Honestly……I don’t post everything that I eat on here.

Honestly……I have eaten something that I am not supposed to and then an hour later exercise.

Honestly……I have great ideas in my head, but sometimes that is where they stay.

Honestly……I cheat myself when I do the above

Honestly……I know I am cheating myself and still do it anyway 

Honestly…..I can’t keep things in the house that tempt me…..because it will win.  Every time.



Here’s the deal.  I am made to crave things.  When God formed the foundations of the world with just His breath, he was thinking of me.  He knew exactly what my struggles were going to be.  He created me to crave a closer relationship with Him.  Not food.  Not this cycle of thinking. 


I am made to crave life

I am made to crave beauty

I am made to crave serving

I am made to crave love

I am made to crave joy

I am made to crave happiness

I am made to crave being loved



I also wanted to add that we are all different.  We all struggle with different things and if it’s the same, it will always be in different ways.  Make sense?  No two are alike.  Similar, yes, but not exact.  I say this to say you may not agree with anything that I have said so far on this post, but that is ok.  I believe that in itself is a hidden struggle.


I am off to enjoy the day!  It’s supposed to be cold here today!   Smile


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