Faith Fitness and Laughter

A Little bit of change goes a long way

Wow!  This day went by fast!  I could swear I was just getting up and getting ready for work.  Busy days are actually good things.  There is no time to set idle and twiddle your thumbs.  🙂  We have recently made some changes where I work at and it requires us to do things somewhat different.  Not too much though.  It’s taking a little getting used to, but I really do like the change.  🙂


I didn’t take one picture today.  Honestly, I didn’t have time and mainly because I wanted to see what it felt like to not take a picture of my food. 😉  Not that I don’t like it, I love taking pictures of my food.


For a while now, I have wanted to make some changes to my eating and food intake.  I love to read other blogs and get great ideas, but what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you.  I made a list today of things that I want to work on and things that I want to continue. 

Here goes:

  1. Continue to drink 60-80 ounces of water
  2. Work out only 5 days a week with two active rest days
  3. NO sweets
  4. NO specialty coffee
  5. More greens
  6. More lean meat


As I made this list, I really wondered if this was possible.  Of course it is, but I really wondered if I could commit to this list.  I have done it before, but am I in a good place right now to cut things from my life.  Let’s look at them one by one shall we?:



This one has been easy so far.  For the last month I have kept this going and I am so glad that this finally stuck.


Workout only 5 days a week, with two active rest days:

This one, I can’t wait to do!  Sometimes I think that I workout too much.  I have a bad habit of wearing my body out and that doesn’t do me any good.  Having a worn out body can affect your entire life.  This one I will relish in.


NO Sweets:

Ok, I am just gonna say it out loud.  I am a huge fan of sweets.! I can make an entire meal on chocolate, starburst, and thin mints.  Seriously.  It doesn’t bother me to have something every day, but I am starting to see and feel the results of that.  Eating sugar, or any sugar substitute, makes your body crave it more.  This one will be really hard for me.  I may mourn this one. 🙂


NO specialty Coffee:

Again, this one will be difficult.  Now that it’s summer, or close to it, maybe not as hard as I think.  Having a hot cup in the morning seems to be enough for me.  I do indulge in iced coffee from McDonalds….No sugar syrup.


More Greens:

This is just simply forcing myself to cook them and plan out my meals.  Working till 6 a lot of days and then getting in a workout, causes me to reach for something quick.  Even if its healthy, there isn’t any greens or veggies in there.  Lets face it, everybody is busy, but planning out these things can save a person’s life.


More Lean meat:

Same as the greens.  Planning will be key to reach these last two.  I love chicken, but I want to add salmon, tilapia, and any other lean meats that I can to this.  I eat them periodically, but I want to have a certain amount per week, at least twice a week.



Are these doable?  Most definitely!!  This list is something that I am going to pray over everyday.  I don’t want to make decisions about my health for vain reasons.  I want to do them to glorify God and to be able to do what He has called me to do, and be the person He wants me to be.



Meal plan for 4/6/2012:

Breakfast:  2 hard-boiled eggs, and 1/2 cup of roasted sweet potatoes

Snack:  one Mandarin orange

Lunch:  Salad/chicken/cottage cheese/raisins/and 1/2 an apple

Snack:  24 baked chips (Special K)

Dinner:  Chicken, quinoa, grilled veggies

Snack:  17 green grapes


Remember, these are just my thoughts and I am in no way telling anyone to follow this plan.  I am going to implement these things into my life and see if that makes a change.  It’s all a process.


Missing!!  Oh my goodness!!  If you don’t watch this show, you should!


Have a great night!  🙂


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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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Drinking my calories

So, today I noticed something.  I have actually noticed it for a while now, but didn’t really want to admit it, or even say it out loud.  I think (I know) that I might be drinking some of my calories.  It’s not something that I even want to think about giving up, but I really believe that I need to.  At least lower the intake.

If you knew me personally, you would know that giving up some of the beverages I drink is going to be very difficult for me.  I love coffee.  I love Starbucks.  I even love McDonald’s mocha’s and iced coffee’s.  I could drink them all day, everyday.  There have been days that I have had two specialty coffee’s.  Two!!  Now, I go for the non-fat, and I make modifications here and there, but I truly believe that if I was to reduce the intake of my favorite beverages, specifically, coffee, I would feel a lot better.  I found a couple of websites that talked about “drinking your calories” and found it really interesting.  The first one that I found was Rethink Your Drink, from the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  The second was, How to not drink your Calories.   Soda’s are not an issue for me, but I still think that I could use some of the ideas and apply it to drinking the specialty coffees.  Let’s be clear, when I say specialty coffee’s, I mean; Peppermint Mocha’s, White Chocolate Mocha’s, Latte’s, etc….  Things I love..;)

Like this.

Yesterday afternoon I made one of the best smoothies.  In the mix: 1 frozen banana, frozen cherries, 2 tbls of peanut butter, 1 tsp of chia seeds, 1 tbls of flax, and 2 % milk.  Holy moly it was good!  And it made quite a lot too…:)

I thought that I would try regular milk instead of almond milk.  It really didn’t change the taste at all.  Super filling!

Breakfast this morning was the usual, and as usual, it hit the spot.

I thought that I would show you some of the items that I use as “additions”.  Organic Wild Blueberry jam on my English Muffin and some Truvia in my coffee.  I normally use like half a tsp of the Truvia.  It doesn’t take much.  🙂

I woke up today with very sore joints.  Not really sure why, but maybe it’s the weather.  Lower back, knees, ankles, wrists, and shoulders were killing me.  I thought about staying in bed for more sleep, but got up anyway and hit the workout.  It helped somewhat, but the joints still ached.  It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow, so it could be the front coming in.

Lunch today was very random.

Half a piece of chicken, strawberry Dannon greek yogurt with some rice chex, fresh strawberries with some 70% dark chocolate drizzled over them.  A lite lunch!

Once I left work tonight (at 6:00) I headed to the track for a run.  It’s been rainy today as well, so the track was wet.  Um, it was cold too.  I geared up and put my hood over my head, put some gloves on, and took off.  2.61 miles, with a 9.04 average pace!  I am really enjoying this whole running outside thing.  🙂

Here’s another picture from Kazakhstan

Tomorrow I am going to give you a list of some of my favorite books!  I hope that you have had a great day and that you have an even better night!!


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