Faith Fitness and Laughter

Be Brave

Good Morning!  How are you this morning?   Holy cow, I am so glad that this week is o.v.e.r.  It’s been such a long one.  Workouts off, lack of sleep, wrestling with some decisions, eating habits jacked up.  These factors do not make a great combination. 

That is over.

Back on track.

 

Yeah, it’s not Monday, but that doesn’t matter.

 

I am not really big on setting goals when it comes to healthy eating and exercising.  I know, I know, that sounds horrible, but my thoughts are that I just want to live healthy and make good decisions with no restrictions.

So with that said here are some of the things that I am going to get back on track.

 

1)    Sleep.  My sleeping isn’t off that much, but it’s off enough.  I love to be in bed by 9:30 and out by 10, but this hasn’t been happening lately.  I get to sleep, but I toss a bit and I don’t wake up rested at all.  This my friends makes for a long day. 

2)    Water.  This is something that usually isn’t very hard for me, but yet again….lately…. I’m not getting enough water in.  Overall, this has an affect on all of the things that I am struggling with: sleep, eating, workouts.

3)    Eating.  It’s one extreme to the next right now.  I’m either not taking in enough, or I feel like I am starving to death and just eat everything that I touch! 

4)    Workouts.  To be honest, I have actually enjoyed not putting so much stress on my body however, getting back on a normal workout routine is something that I want to do. 

5)    Stress.  Letting things go is not a strong suit of mine.  It’s almost like I enjoy swimming around in my thoughts and struggles, instead of giving them over to God and letting them go.  Why in the world do we do that??  Life happens and yet we try to fix it ourselves when this will ultimately bring undue stress and heartache.  Don’t get me wrong, I think that we are capable of doing so much, but my goal is to remember that I can’t do anything by myself.  I can do all things through Him. 

 

Well, there you have it.  It’s not much, but overall when these things get off or out of balance, it can have a huge negative impact on your life. 

One of the main reasons I wanted to share this with you is that I too struggle with things and don’t have it all together.  Especially when it comes to food and exercise.  I have ups and downs but the important thing to remember when it comes to healthy living is that getting back on track really can be done.

So

Don’t give up.  Keep moving forward.

 

 

Here is a rundown of my day today:

 

  • get a workout in before the day starts
  • check out my nephew and niece’s soccer games
  • look into purchasing some new sheets

 

 

 

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I hope you have a great day!

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Nothing like a good workout

Morning!  How is your week going so far?  The weather here in Arkansas has been amazing!  Yesterday was no exception…..I wanted to stay outside and play all day!  Today is Thursday and then there is Friday and then there is a day off!  I am going to meet my sister-n-law and check out my nieces soccer game that day and I can’t wait… 

 

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Aren’t they the coolest?  My niece is also getting baptized this Sunday and I can’t wait to see that! 

 

I really wanted to thank you guys for your kinds words and texts from my last post.  It’s amazing how He works….  I kind of feel like a weight has been lifted and I know things will work out.  Church is very important to me, it just may not be with the current church that I attend.  God moves us.  We may not like, but the worry of “what if” is far more uncomfortable than not being apart of His will.  And that is what I want. 

 

 

As I said in my last post, I haven’t had too many workouts lately.  I have really just wanted to catch up on some rest and let my shoulder heal and so far I have enjoyed the down time.  Yesterday however, I thought that I would get in a good workout.

Lol….Let me tell ya, my legs were like Jell-o!   It was kind of funny actually.  The entire time my legs were shaky and at the end I thought I was going to fall!  Yes, it’s been that long since I have had a good, hard workout. 

Oops.

 

This morning I popped up out of bed and did my 20 minute ab routine and will run when I get home from work. 

 

 

Devotion:

 

I currently follow the She Reads Truth devotion plan on Daniel and it’s been really cool seeing how God works in this set of scripture.  This morning’s scripture comes from Daniel 3:1-23.  Three guys, who follow God, get thrown into the flames of a pretty hot fire! 

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

 

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

 

Here’s the thing.  We’re all going to worship something.  We’re all going to serve something.  My desire is to be so close to Christ that even in the midst of a fire, even if I say “but even if He does not”, I will still not bow down to something false.  Something that isn’t good for me.  Something that doesn’t bring me closer to Him.

With everything that is going on at work, I want to be able to say that.  I know that it will all work out the way that it is supposed to.  I was talking to my friend Jesse this morning and he was telling me that if the worst possible thing happens, take this opportunity to do something that you really want to do.  (working with obese children) 

“even if He does not”

 

 

 

Welp gang, it’s off to get a shower and head out to work.  I hope you have an amazing day my friends!!

 

P.S.  I found some really cool bloggers that live in Arkansas!!

Check out Bree’s blog at:  Running Breezy  You won’t be disappointed! 

 

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Life is just plain busy.

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Morning my friends….I hope you had a wonderful weekend… Sorry for the disappearance, but I took a much needed break.  It’s been kind of a whirlwind of ups and downs lately and just plain busyness.  Still going through a merger where I work and it’s been kind of tense in the work place.  It’s the fear of the unknown is what it boils down to.

Will I still have a job to go to?

Will they close the branch that I work at?

Will some of my close friends lose their jobs?

When will all of the changes take place?

Is it business as usual?

 

Things like that.

 

I also haven’t felt all that great.  Since we spoke last I have been sick and fighting a yanked muscle in my shoulder.  The sickness was just a end of the summer cold and is now gone, but the yanked muscle is unfortunately still there.

I am really not sure what I did, but I think it has something to do with the workouts that I do and the fact that I upped my weights.  That’s what you’re supposed to do right?? Smile   I had upped my weights long before I started feeling this pain, but add in a bit of tiredness and stress and this doesn’t make a great combination. 

It’s much better, but I am still taking it easy. 

I was off Saturday and sleeping in was so amazing!  The weather was perfect and so I went for a 3.2 mile run and called it good.  Running in zero humidity is the best thing ever.

 

So there is work and muscles.  But there is also another struggle that is weighing on me…

My church.

 

I love my church.  I was raised in my church.  I have friends in my church.  My family attends my church.  Lately however, I have really struggled as to continuing to attend.  Have you ever felt burned out on church?  It’s not something that I even like typing out and makes me feel so guilty for doing so, but I just do.  To go from being apart of so much and enjoying it, to really just wanting to take a step back and just be. 

It breaks my heart beyond what I can comprehend to leave my church, but I just don’t know what else to do.

One of the joys that I have at my church is teaching Sunday School…. I love it, but lately it’s just felt like a job.  So I have decided to take a step back and take a break.  This makes me so so sad, mainly because I just feel like I am giving up and just hate that.

 

Please understand that I know it will all work out, but I just wanted to be real with you.  My faith has sustained my through many things and this will be no different, but it just hurts. 

 

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I did finally book my flight to see my friend Diahann in Ohio…. Smile  I will fly out October 11th and I can’t wait to see her!

 

I do hope that you have a wonderful day my sweet friends. 

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Pumpkin Bread!

Happy Monday!  As I set here typing this up, drinking my coffee, I feel so blessed to be alive.  My body feels its age this morning, but it’s going to be an amazing day. 

 

I wanted to share a recipe with you this morning!

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins:  (Quick Bread)

 

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • pinch of salt, optional and to taste

 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (other milks may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons of mild or medium molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wisk all dry ingredients and set aside
  3. Mix sugars, pumpkin, coconut oil, almond milk, molasses and vanilla with a wisk
  4. Combine all ingredients and mix well. 
  5. add semi-sweet chocolate chips

You can make muffins out by dividing the batter equally in a prepared pan, but I made it into a quick bread and it turned out just as great!

 

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The first time that I made this it did not turn out.  Not due to this amazing recipe from Averie Cooks, but because I was running behind and if I had actually waited, I would have been late for work!  This time?  It turned out great!  This is a really rich recipe and I love the molasses and pumpkin combined together. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think!  And, head on over to Averie Cooks for some more amazing recipes!

 

Workouts:

This week I am not sure what I am going to do.  This morning I am actually just going to walk…I am still feeling a bit under the weather.  Better yet, I might even just rest today.  Other than working Saturday, I stayed in this past weekend and just did some major laying up. 

 

 

I hope that you have an amazing Monday! 

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Grace

Morning guys….I hope you have had a great weekend and that you are gearing up for Monday!    I’m still feeling a bit under the weather, but really wanted to share this with you this morning. 

 

This morning I wanted to talk about grace.  No, not the kind that you say before you eat a meal.  No, not the kind that when you enter a room, you seem flawless.  Grace.

 

I’m talking about the kind of grace that when He looks upon us, He sees this human being that He created and loves, no matter what.  That’s grace.  Unmerited favor.  In the midst of a messy life, grace looks past that and sees beauty.

It’s not something that I can earn.  Nor is there anyone really deserving.  It’s given out of love.

 

A letter to Grace.

 

 

Hey, it’s me.  Oh I’m alright, a little weary sometimes, but better than most.  Can I talk to you for a minute?  Where do I start??  Life just seems crazy doesn’t it.  I feel busy all of the time and most days I can’t remember if I have even talk to You.  This throws my balance off. 

It’s been crazy at work, tense almost. 

Friendships have come and gone.

Relationships have started and ended.

Dreams have been squashed.

Thoughts have come and gone.

Focus has been lost.

Getting older seems to be……um….difficult.

The world is dark.

What does it all mean? 

And then it hits me.  Am I supposed to love it here?  Is it supposed to be easy?  No and no. 

Some of the things that I desire I may never see come to pass.  Will I be a wife?  Will I be a good help-mate?  Will I be a mother?  How have I affected people? 

I long for a good, meaningful relationship and yet here I am, alone. 

This is when Grace steps in.  Grace that reminds me that I am loved and that I am wanted.  Grace that says, “Brandi, I know your dreams.  I know how crazy life is.  I know that your focus gets off track.  I know that you long for a strong man that will lead you.  I know that you have been hurt.  I know everything about you and love you to the ends of the earth.” 

Grace that says no matter how messed up you think that you are, I think that you are worth dying for. 

Grace that reminds me of how blessed I am, in spite of what I think that I don’t have.

Grace.

Unmerited favor.

 

 

 

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I hope you have an amazing day!

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