Faith Fitness and Laughter

Being Real

Well it’s Monday!  And I am kinda excited about it!!  I haven’t done a lot of posting about fitness in here for a while now.  Oh I’ve been workout out but it’s not something I wanted to share because the struggle.is.real.

 

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I can’t even explain to you what happens to the brain when you start getting older and you begin to psych yourself out about what you can or can’t do physically.  It’s rather annoying. 

I mean goodness gracious I thought it would be easier than this!

You want to go back to the days of just popping up out of bed and getting to your workout.  But noooooo!  You actually have to warm up for the warm-up!  And even then you can risk pulling muscle.  For the love of Pete!

 

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Can’t we Pre-menopausal women catch a break!?  🙂

 

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So yes it’s March and I’m not really one for making resolutions, but I do want to set some goals.

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This happened this morning!  Day One/Week One of 22 Hard Corps! Cardio 1

Not that I am completely against having a gym membership but I love that I can do my workouts from home.  That’s one of my favorite benefits of getting the programs through Beachbody.  🙂

 

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With all of that said, it’s time to refocus and get serious!

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Keep Going

Happy Sunday to you!!

I just got home from church and I wanted to share something that was on my mind 🙂

 

Let me remind you today my dear friends. 

No matter how dark.

No matter how hard.

No matter how difficult.

No matter how life altering.

No matter how much the sorrow hurts.

 

You can know and cling to the fact that Jesus loves you and He can restore you. 

 

Cling to the promises that are true.

And when you think that you can’t go on.

He will give you just enough strength to keep going….

and keep going

and keep going.

 

This song is life right now….. I love it and just can’t get enough of it. 

Hands That Are Holding Me by Meredith Andrews

 

 

 

 

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This is happening Monday!! 

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Life Happens

How is it that a few weeks could go by and you feel like it was an instant?  A brief moment.  A season. 

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I love this quote.  Mainly because life really does just happen.  There are high moments and there are low moments.  Life can be confusing and it can also be overwhelming.  Lots of times I could be one decision away from wanting to close the doors to my heart and remain in darkness.  To feel the coldness of the dark on my face.  Not speaking.  Not feeling.

But what kind of life is that? 

It’s not one.

No matter how we plan our lives out and what we expect it to look like, God will turn it into something that we couldn’t have even imagined.  Something amazing. 

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Here’s the thing.  God is not surprised when I mess up, nor is He surprised when I do something amazing.  I am His daughter.  He loved me (and you) before the entire world was in form.

We just have to let him work in our lives.  We have to make deliberate choices to smile instead of cry.  Deliberate choices to love each other and ourselves enough to want better instead of darkness.

 

Oh my brothers and sisters how He loves us!  We don’t have to be in darkness, shame and regret for a certain amount of time before He’ll love us again.  There isn’t anything that you or I can do that will take that love away from us. 

God is interested in the finished product.  He’s already seen it.  His eternal purpose is to bring us into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.

He will do anything in His power to tell you;

I love you

I love you

I love you

I love you

 

The best part?

His love never fails. 

 

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This sweet, amazing, beautiful girl turns 11 on the 30th! 

 

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My dad and nephew Dalton

 

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Food and Fitness:

The past few weeks have been up and down when it comes to food and fitness.  Lately, I have found my inner child and have rekindled my love for pop tarts.  Strawberry and blueberry.  Oh the struggle. 

Is very real.

My parents have been home this weekend and my dad so kindly made me some chili to eat on for the coming week.  Meal prep done!!  🙂

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As for fitness, I will be doing a hybrid of weight training, Piyo and Insanity Max 30 (modification only).  With the joint issues and stiffness I am having, I will be listening closely to my body. 

Sleep!!  I will be getting back on a better sleep schedule.  I go to bed early but it’s getting up at 3:30 or 4 to start my day when I really don’t have to, is starting to wear on me.

 

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Please go check out this song! 

 

Happy Sunday my friends. 

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Let’s Talk about Fitness

Lets talk fitness shall we.  This past January I turned 40 and let me just say that fitness at 40 is nothing like fitness at 25.  Gone are the days that I could just pop up out of bed and start my workout.  Gone are the days where if I did a vigorous workout, I didn’t feel it the next day.   And then the next.

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So I have to say that my niece painted that flower free-handed.  I love her.

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To the moon and back.

 

 

Anyway, fitness. 

I really had different thoughts about fitness when I was younger.  I actually didn’t start paying attention to it until I started my weight loss journey.  I was 25.  I would get up early and go to the gym and just walk on the treadmill.  That’s it.  Now?  Oh I still get up early but it’s mainly to get my joints lubricated and get woke up. 

So I’m about to be frank fella’s……  but I think that most of the ones I know reading this wouldn’t expect anything less.

I think that when I noticed my body not reacting the same way to my workouts was a year ago this month.  I had gone to see my parents where they live part-time and um….my….”visitor” was visiting that month and it was a very hard one.  Getting up in the middle of the night.  Twice.  Pain that I had never felt before and just all around different.  This went on for the next couple of months and so I knew that I needed to be seen by my lovely lady doctor.  Oh I knew what was happening and what I am enduring……. pre-menopause. 

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Little did I know how much of an impact it was going to have on my life of health and fitness.

 

I knew that when I started my journey into weight loss and health, I would forever be conscious of what I eat and drink.  Do I always?  No, not always…..I still enjoy life when it comes to food but man can it be exhausting sometimes.  Now, I feel like I need to be more conscious than ever at my age.  At first it felt overwhelming to even think about that part of my life, mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t living right and had other things going on.  But now, other than my relationship with Christ and my family, my health is the most important thing.  I am a firm believer that because I was living an unhealthy lifestyle…..spiritually and physically….these were the main contributors to my depression.  If I’m not careful, I can easily find myself right back there in that very dark place. 

Yeah, gone are those days as I talked about earlier, but I am actually ok with that.  I have my routine and it works for me.  Sometimes I don’t listen to my body very carefully and do something that puts me down for a bit but I have settled it in my heart that I am not 25 and I know what my body can and can’t do. 

 

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I try to follow a Whole 30/Paleo type of lifestyle.  Sometimes it’s 90/10 or 80/20 and depending on the craziness of life, it can be 70/30.

Milk does not like me! 

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That’s why I have to limit these babies….. 🙂

 

I try to listen to my gut (literally) and let it tell me if a certain type of food upsets my tummy. Oh you know what I’m talkin’ about! Poop can tell you eveything you need to know about your gut.  But I promise, if you ever follow either lifestyle (Whole 30 or Paleo) your gut will thank you.  Forever.

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Some of my favorites.

 

 

What are my favorite workouts?

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What it boils down to is this.  I want everything that I do to glorify God and that even means my health.  When I mistreat my body, I am mistreating what God has given me to manage for a time.  I want and need to treat it right. 

Wherever you are right now in your journey or in your Walk and it is including your health and it’s frustrating, stop and take a deep breath and pray. Pray about what you need to do or change in your life that will keep you moving forward. Pray about what foods to eat.  Pray that everything you eat will give you the strength to carry out the plan that He has for you. 

He loves it when we love ourselves enough to do these things.

 

Goodnight my sweet friends. 🙂

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Being Steadfast

Do you every think of the past or past mistakes and it just take over every thought and action of that day?  That week?  I do.  I mean if the Olympics had a games surrounded by that very thing, I would win. 

We all think that right?

 

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Well guess what?

We can decide in an instant to not let that take over our lives!

Those things in our past don’t have to define who we are this very day.  This second. 

There are some big mess ups in my past let me tell ya but I know that when God looks at me, He doesn’t see this screw-up or this mistake.  He sees His daughter and oh how He loves her.

 

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I read something this morning that I wanted to share with you….

 

But this I called to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:21-24

 

 

Simply put every morning that I get up, it’s new.  My thoughts are new.  My actions are new.  My words are new.  Everything. 

 

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Our love for Jesus is deep.

But His love for us is deeper.

His love for us is constant,

whatever season or state we’re in.

He redeems us and refines us because of

this great love, not because

of what we do. 

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Health/Workouts:

So the last few weeks I have cut lots of sweets and extra’s out of my diet and I am starting to see and feel the difference! 

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I have also been doing the InsanityMax30

 

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I am on my third week with this program and it’s my favorite so far. Even sticking to the modifications!

 

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I think that part of the difference this time has been the shoes that I am wearing.  Nike Free and they are perfect for this type of workout. 

 

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As for my meals, I have been really cutting my portions and sticking to my meal plan.  I have a couple of recipes that I want to share with you too!  Coming soon!!  Taco Soup and Paleo Cookies

 

Well, that’s about it for now… I hope you had a wonderful day! 

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