Faith Fitness and Laughter

It’s all about Laminin

Morning friends!!  How are you this Sunday morning??  I hope you guys have had a great weekend and that you are going to have a special day! 



This morning I wanted to spend a little time on Laminin.  Have you ever heard of it?  Boy when I did my life was forever changed! 





Laminin is a protein that is part of the extracellular matrix in humans and animals. The extracellular matrix (ECM) lies outside of cells and provides support and attachment for cells inside organs (along with many other functions). Laminin has “arms” that associate with other laminin molecules to form sheets and bind to cells. Laminin and other ECM proteins essentially “glue” the cells (such as those lining the stomach and intestines) to a foundation of connective tissue. This keeps the cells in place and allows them to function properly. The structure of laminin is very important for its function (as is true for all proteins). One type of congenital muscular dystrophy results from defects in laminin.



Basically, Laminin is a cell adhesive protein.  It holds our skin on and it hold our organs into place.  It also works with other cell adhesive proteins in our body to make it function the way that it does! 


Pretty cool huh?


Would you like to see a picture of Laminin? 












I love this video of Loui Giglio explaining Laminin.   If you have just 16 minutes to spare, please watch.  It’s pretty amazing!



Colossians 1:17   “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”



I guess what I want to say this morning is that you are not alone.  Before God created the earth, He was thinking of you.  So when things happen and struggles enter our lives, because He holds us together we can make it through anything.  You are a miracle.  You are amazing in His eyes! 


Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.    Augustine



I know it’s Easter.  And I definitely know what we celebrate this day.  I love the fact that because God loved us SO much He did the coolest thing in the entire world.  He sent his Son.  But because He loves us, He wants us to know that He holds us together.  He will carry us until the end. 







Would you Rather….

Hello my friends!  It’s Saturday!!  I hope you have some amazing things planned today!  I sadly will be working and enjoying the rain and more clouds.  I need sun!!  Well, I need sun when I am actually off to enjoy it!  I kind of feel the need to be outside and enjoy the outdoors.  Hike.  Run. Walk. Picnic.  Things like that Smile   Since Kevin and I don’t live in the same state, that is one of the things that I miss the most.  We can’t go out on dates.  It’s ok though, when he comes home in a few weeks, we will be able to have a couple of dates while he is here!  Happy Dance!

Where he lives is getting some amazing weather, so he is going to be out today enjoying that.  He loves to be able to get out in the outdoors and enjoy some down time.  Something I am going to enjoy doing with him.  I know he will need some “guy” time, but hanging out with him is something that I will enjoy.


My mouth kind of bothered me yesterday….I don’t know if it was the “three day” soreness rule or what, but they hurt.  I was also functioning on 4 hours of sleep too. Winking smile  Kevin and I stayed up pretty late talking the night before last and it was pretty late when we got off the phone.  I don’t regret it at all though….We were able to talk about things and continue moving forward in our relationship.

He really is a pretty amazing guy!



As I said earlier, I have to work today, but when I get off work I think I am going to find a department store….aka JC Penny and get me some new work pants.  Losing nearly 25 pounds has caused me to fall out of my pants!  At first, my hips were able to hold them up, but now there are probably three pair that I can’t even fit anymore.

The last few days I have felt all that great due to the fact that I am living on pudding and Jello.  Kevin suggested last night that I try a protein smoothie until I am able to actually eat normal again.  I will probably pick some of this up today as well.


I found this survey over at Chasing Chels yesterday and I wanted to share it with you!



Would You Rather:


……Run a 5K or a Marathon:   Hmmm, this isn’t a tough question for me, but I have never actually entered a race before so I think that I would want to start out with a 5K if I was to run in a race.  The farthest I have ran before has been seven miles, so I think that I would also like to start with a half marathon, but holy cow how cool would it be to run a marathon!



……Run in the heat of summer, or the icy winter:  Living in Arkansas, running in the heat is not an option.  It can get pretty toasty here and the humidity is preeeetty brutal.  So, I would probably run in the winter.  You just can’t get naked enough in the summer around here!!



……Have new running shoes or a new running outfit???   Oh this one is easy!!!  I so wish that I had a pair of running shoes from every company…I love my Ghost 4’s, but I would love to upgrade to the 5’s!  Brooks, if you are reading this, please contact me!!!  Smile



……Run alone or in a group?   I have only ran with one other person in my running “career” and I really did like it.  I always think that I am going to slow the other person down, but it’s nice to have someone that you can set your pace with or challenge yourself with.  I am pretty excited about running with Kevin.  I would love to try running with a group just to see how that works.



…….Run next to someone in a race who tries to talk to you constantly, or someone who breaths heavily and grunts?   Definitely breaths heavy and grunts!  I’m chatty cathy, so I can’t pretty much chat someone’s ear off, but when it comes to running I like to just zone out and concentrate.  I do like to have some music in me ear though!



…….Run a race because of convenience (location, price, travel), or the swag?   Since I have never really ran a race to experience both, I am not sure.  Probably both, but I think that I would just like to feel great on the run and finish with a big glass of protein!!!  And pizza!!



……Run a race with a group of friends, or by yourself?  I think that I would really enjoy running with a group of friends!  To encourage each other and have a great time running together!  I wish more of my friends ran though!!


……Run a PR but result in an injury, or finish strong and miss the PR?  Hmmm, probably finish strong.  I really don’t like to be injured or change my workout routine because of one.  I would do my best to reach the PR, but in the end I really would want to finish strong!



……Rather eat a big meal the night before, or a big meal after the race?   I think in order to run really great and for my body to perform well, I would need to eat a great meal the night before.  I also think it’s important to refuel right after too!


……Be chased by a swarm of bees or a pack of dogs??  Oh goodness!!  Probably neither!!  You can jump on something to get away from the dogs, but what if there is nothing around??  The bees however, you look like a Kung foo ninja when they start attacking!!



That’s it!



It’s been a long week and it’s going to be a short weekend, but I am glad to be alive and able to enjoy it.  Smile


Health risks of Sodas

Good Friday morning to you!  How’s your weekend look?  Any big plans??  I have to work, but I am still going to find something really cool to do.  Smile  It’s supposed to rain, but the last couple of days have been amazingly beautiful. 

So today I wanted to talk about one of the things that I struggled with when I first started my healthy living journey.  Cokes.  Better yet, sodas.  Ahh, Mt. Dew.  I would probably drink 3 or 4 of these things a day and love every minute of it.  I would just guzzle them!  One after another after another.  Now I’ll be honest, there are days that I could just down one and not take a breath.  They know what they are doing when they make those drinks let me tell ya! 

I wanted to talk about the risks of soda’s….





  • Cardiovascular Health.  According to a news release in 2011 from the American Heart Association, people who drink diet sodas are 61% more likely to develop vascular events than those who do not drink sodas.
  • Metabolic Syndrome.  Regular soda drinkers have been shown to be at higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which is a group of symptoms that indicate a heightened risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.  To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a person must display at least three of the following symptoms; excess fat in the abdominal area, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and high fasting blood sugar.
  • Unwanted calories.   A lot of people wonder why they gain weight when they drink diet sodas.  If you drink 18 ounces of soda a day that is an extra 225 calories.  Over the course of a month that is an extra 7000 calories and about 2 extra pounds of fat.
  • Caffeine.  Too much caffeine can lead to:  insomnia, irregular heart beat, jitters, high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, caffeine headaches.  One major problem that soda drinkers usually have is that they become some what dependent on the drink and have a hard time putting it down or switching to a substitute.
  • Tooth enamel decay.  Soda is hard on tooth enamel, with the sugar and acid being the most problematic ingredients. Diet soda eliminates the sugar, but not the acid content of pop.
  • Bone loss.  Drinking diet soda can also lead to bone loss. This is because the phosphoric acid in the soda causes calcium in your bloodstream to be excreted more quickly than normal through urine. Your bones then give up some of their calcium in order to keep the bloodstream calcium level constant.


Source  Source 



Kind of seems like a lot doesn’t it??   I didn’t want to present this information as a way of throwing a stone at someone who drinks sodas.  I know exactly how hard it was for me to stop drinking them, but it was something that I felt was necessary for me to lead a healthier lifestyle.  Smile



I can’t believe it!  Kevin will be here in 28 days!  Most days I find myself thinking about things that we will do when he gets here.  Just hanging out and having fun together!  Last night, we had the best conversation.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having those conversations that are dripping with sweet talk and make my tummy do summer saults.  But what I really love are those conversations that allow us to see into each others hearts even more.  How you deal with a situation.  How you approach things.  Talking about things that have made us into the person that we are.  Good and bad things.  I appreciate everything that I have been through because it allows me to love Kevin in a way that he deserves.  He and I both deserve to have a healthy, loving, developing relationship that is completely built upon Christ.  It’s something that he and I are both excited about.  It makes us smile.  Smile 

It’s funny, I have met some of his family without him actually introducing me to them.   This kind of takes some of the pressure off when we actually get to be around them together.  Smile


Good luck on your WOD today baby!  13.4! 



I hope you guys have a great day and that you are kind to everyone and yourself. Winking smile


A bit sore and orange sherbert

Morning my friends!   How are you on this Thursday morning?  After taking the day off to head to the oral surgeon for one of the last steps in getting my braces all finished up, it’s back to work today!  Yesterday, I had some teeth extracted so that the braces can do their job.  I’ll be honest, once the teeth came out I was like….”what the heck just happened??”  The teeth were perfectly good teeth, but in order for my teeth to move, they had to come out. 

There is some swelling around the areas and some soreness, but other than that it’s all good.  Of course, my dinner last night was a bowl of orange sherbert.  I mean who can argue with that!  Holy cow it was so good!  I hadn’t had it in such a long time! 


Today I will be sticking to jello, pudding, and soup.  I did get to have coffee this morning!! 





I wanted to say thank you for allowing me to post such a heavy post yesterday.  I really want to stay positive and upbeat around FF&L, but I think that having moments like that are part of life too.  I wanted you guys to know that I struggle with things like that too and how important it is to acknowledge those times.  It’s also important to know that I can’t stay in those moments for very long. 

What’s so great about the blogging community is that you stumble along other people with same struggles…  Danica over at It’s Progression is on a super vacation and had Elizabeth from My Neon Running Shoes do a guest post and it went right along with what I had been struggling with!





Of course with not being able to eat a whole lot and well let’s just say it….. bleeding a bit.  I didn’t workout yesterday.  I am going to get back at it today!  Still sticking to the 30 Day Shred by Jillian…






Not the healthiest, but one egg mixed with some egg whites and some lime jello. 



When I did venture out yesterday to get the above said orange sherbert….  I did see this and was wondering if any of you guys had tried it??





Well that’s about it guys…I hope you have a great day!  I will check ya later! Smile


Feelings of Good

It’s another week.. Smile   It started like any other week.   I got up, had my quiet time, and then relished every savory moment with a cup of coffee.  I also do my normal blog reading in the mornings and I have read some great ones that really got me to thinking.  More specifically, Caitlin’s at Chasing Chels. 


Lately, I feel like this cloud has settled over my head and stayed there.  This past weekend it rained and stayed pretty much cold the entire time and when I started my Monday not even the bright sun could lift the cloud.  I tried to shake it, but no matter what I did it stayed.  Everyone’s journey is different and we experience different things that make us into the person that we are.  I have had some pretty crappy things happen to me in my lifetime, but my goal is to not stay there.  To not let it affect me in a way that cripples me from living.  A very long time ago I would have let it. 

Lately though, I feel those ugly insecurities creeping in.  Those old feelings of not feeling good enough. Not worthy enough.  That little voice that creeps into your thoughts and self doubt starts to sink in.  A lot of what it boils down to is control.  We can all deny it, but we do like to be in control of the things in our lives.  This is an impossible thing.  The one thing that I am in control of is how I react to things.  How I treat people.  Those things, I can control. 


Definition of insecure:   subject to fears; doubt; not self-confident or assured.  Uneasy, anxious.


These are things that I do not want to be, but let rule my life a very long time ago.  These last few months I have had some really great things happen to me.  I was given the opportunity to work with a great group of people.  I spent many many years being slightly unhappy with my work conditions.  Since November (I think), I have worked for the same company, but at a different location.  Yay!  This was such an amazing thing for me.  I really do enjoy going into work and working with the people that I am with. 

My personal life has also changed.  I had all but given up on finding someone and then Kevin entered my life.  Literally.  He just walked into where I work one day and the rest is history.  There are times I still have to pinch myself.  Winking smile  I love being in love.  The thought of living my life out with someone really does make me smile. 


Church.  There were times when I really wanted to give up on this.  The last few years at my church have been really difficult, but mainly because my relationship wasn’t really where it needed to be.  Now?  We have a new pastor and he is pretty great.  I also believe that our church is headed in the right direction to be unified once again.  It’s been neat to see.


With all of this goodness you would think that feeling a bit insecure wouldn’t happen.   It does.  Focusing on the good sounds easy, but then you hear those little voices you heard so long ago that whatever good is in your life you don’t deserve.  Which is silly really, but you hear them.  What’s really crappy is that the voice you are hearing is your own.  I feel it more so when it comes to Kevin.  He is the most amazing man that I have ever met and having him in my life has completely changed my outlook.   And then there is the voice. He deserves someone better.  Not you.  How could he love someone like you?  I fight against those words and want to just shake myself when I feel this way.  It’s be best feeling in the world when someone returns your love.  It really is.  Here’s the thing.  It’s not something that I have to earn.  Let me explain.  I don’t have to jump through hoops to earn Kevin’s love.  I don’t have to buy his love.  I don’t have to be a certain way for him to find worth in me.  I pray that when Kevin sees me and talks to me that he see Christ and that is what we build our relationship on.  This is the safe guard to fighting off those old feelings of not being good enough.  Because here’s the deal, I am good enough.  




God’s really laid it upon my heart to read the book of Esther.  Noticed for her beauty, but remembered for her courage.  Reading this book had been really great the last couple of days… 



















Well, today is the big day.  I am going this morning to get some teeth pulled so that my braces can do their job!  I am a bit anxious, but mainly because I don’t like being put to sleep to do the surgery.   I am sure that I will close my eyes and then it will be time to go it will be that fast!   This is one of two things that I still have to get done before I can just do my regular orthodontics visits.  Yay! 


Anyway, I am off to get ready…  Have a great day!!  


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