Faith Fitness and Laughter

Good Morning Sunday!

I just have a few minutes before I have to start getting ready for church……and you bloggers know that getting in a post in a “few minutes” is really a laugh right!?

I wanted to pop in and say “Good Morning!” and that I hope you have a great day!





“Green” Banana Mango Protein Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen Mango
  • 2 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of coconut nut butter
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 very large handful of spinach


This was a new recipe, so I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to like it.  Yum!



I’ll see you guys later!!




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Personal Trainers??

Hey hey!  How was your Thursday!?  I hope it was a good one.  🙂  My day started at 5:50 am.  Odd, I know.  I turned off my alarm and caught a few more zzzz’s.  I enjoyed my breakfast at a nice slow pace and looked at some of my new Sweat Pink Ambassador Sisters blogs.  I still can’t believe that I am apart of such an awesome group of women.

Today was actually an early day for me…..Well, 4:30 anyway.  It was so nice not to work 10 hours and still have some of the day left when I got home.  I received a couple of new workout DVD’s in the mail today and was able to try one!  Jessica Smith’s 10 Pounds Down Weight Loss Cardio Mix.  Whew!  I really like this one.  A lot.  There is a 40 minute cardio session, a 10 minute all over toning, and then an 8 minute abs session.  Killer!




(recycled photo) Overnight Oats!


Breakfast kept me pretty full, so I didn’t have a mid-morning snack.




Very random: Strawberries, half an apple, 4 chicken nuggets, cottage cheese and walnuts.


A little later…..


Afternoon Snack:


Strawberries and vanilla Greek Yogurt.  Holy yum! This was good!  This will definitely be a repeat.




Banana/Blueberry Smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 cup of  35 Calorie Almond milk
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1 tbsp of Barney Almond butter
  • A HUGE handful of Spinach!



Personal Trainers:

So here’s the deal.  I was wondering what your thoughts were about seeking out a personal trainer.  Good? Bad?  Have you ever used one?  Is the money spent worth it?  I would love to have at least one session, maybe two, with someone who is personally trained in the fitness/health field.  Any tips before I seek someone out??


Isn’t that cool??  Go Hogs!!


So I have been wanting to try this recipe for a while now…I found it on Stuft Mama’s blog and just knew it was going to be good!

Here is a link to the recipe:  Fudgy STUFT Protein Cookie Dough   



This made….


Let me just say this stuff was and is amazing! 🙂


Got to go wash my face!  Have a great night!! 🙂




Morning workout and body image

Hey hey!  Let’s just say that when I got up this morning I was determined to get in a morning workout.  I mean for the love of Pete!!  I used to get up at 4:30, go to the gym, work out, go to work, come home and work out again!!  Not having any momentum to get up early enough to get one in was starting to bug me.

After I finished this morning, I realized something.  That was like 10 years ago!!  Don’t get me wrong, I love getting my sweat on first thing in the morning, but I am going to stop letting it bother me when I don’t.  🙂  Ahhh 🙂




10 pounds down Jessica Smith 20 minute arms.  I really do love this workout.  Light weight, lots of reps.  I usually go with my 5 pound dumbbells and this really does the trick.






1 slice of Gluten-free toast, 1 slice of turkey bacon, and 1 organic egg with some spinach.



Mid-morning Snack:






Cottage cheese with almonds, Salad with a few crackers on the side.  I forgot my raisins! :/



Afternoon Snack:


Mini-Clif chocolate chip bar





Banana/Cherry Protein Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1/4 cup of Almond milk (I am out!!)
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of  chocolate whey protein powder
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach

I have yet to have my nightly snack, but I think that I might go with some grapes.  One of my goals was to eat more veggies and I feel like I have a pretty good start.  I think I could incorporate some more to my salad.  Any suggestions??



I wore a new outfit and some new shoes today, but didn’t realize that it was going to be a bit nippy today.


Goofy picture, I know!  The dress was like not wearing anything it was that thin!!



Body Image:

Is it positive or negative.  When you look at yourself in the mirror what do you think?  When you enter a room, do you automatically think negative thoughts about your appearance or are you confident and positive?  Do you cut yourself down, out loud or in your head?

Why is it that we go right to the negative instead of being the confident women that we are?  I speak mainly to women, because I am one.  🙂  Sometimes I can be to conscious of my body image that all of these thoughts go thru my head and I don’t like it.  Even if I never lose another pound, I have to be happy with myself.  I think there is a difference between settling and content.

Psalm 139:14 says that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Jeremiah 29:11 says that “He knows the plans that He has for us.”   Just in those two verses alone tells me that we have purpose.   That you have purpose.

If you are struggling with your weight or even your body image, remember that taking that first step to make a change is a beautiful thing.



I hope you have great night!  I am off to clean my face and look at some new blogs!!  Hey Pink Team!


Saturday Cartoons and an update!

Morning sunshine!  I slept so good last night!  One of the goals that I had was, getting into bed early and getting enough sleep.  So far so good! 


Right now, my nephew and I are watching Saturday cartoons.  When I was little, some of my favorites were: Scooby Doo, The Smurfs, The Littles, Strawberry Shortcake, Transformers, Heman… get the picture.  Saturdays were a big deal for my brother and I.  We would watch them, and then reenact them.  Ahhhh, good times.  🙂



Last night’s dinner:

I opted for a protein filled breakfast themed dinner.  Thomas English muffin, spinach, Canadian bacon, 1 slice of provolone cheese, and 1 egg. 




Instead of getting up and getting my workout in, I had this little guy wake me up and want to cuddle.  Um, it was like 5:58 when this took place.  🙂

Love this little guy.  I will skip out on a workout anytime for this little guy.  🙂



I have to work today, but then I am going to head to the track and meet Angey for a walk.  I can’t wait!  Do you have a best friend?  Someone that you can tell anything to and they don’t throw stones?  Angey is that person for me. 




I wanted something really quick this morning, so I opted for a smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2+ cup frozen blueberries (I finished the bag)
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 cup of 35 Calorie Vanilla Almond milk
  • 2 tbsp of PB2
  • 1 large handful of spinach


What do you have planned today?  Relaxing?  Chilling out?  Planning a yard sale?  Taking a road trip? 



I wanted to give you an update on some of the goals that I set last week

  • Having some quiet time each day.  This is something that is keeping me sane and something that I really did miss.  So far so good.
  • Ripped in 30 Challenge.  My goal was to work out to this M-F and have two active rest days. Unfortunately it’s been a really busy week and I had to adjust my schedule.  No problem!  I have done the workout, but just not it’s scheduled day.  Looks like I will have to do it today and tomorrow.  Next week will be level two and my goal will be to get up before work to get it in.
  • No specialty coffee.  I didn’t do so hot with this one.  I had 3 last week. 
  • No candy.  Again, not so hot.  More specifically, Thursday.  One of the girls at work had a bag of Reese’s dropped off and we all indulged.  Stupid candy.

My goal this coming week is to really stick to a lean and green diet.  Doable, very much so.


Well, I have to hit the shower, but I hope that you guys have a great day!


Special note:  To all of the families that have been and are currently being effected by the storms this week.  My prayers are with you.   



New BodyRock Challenge!

After having so much rain here in Arkansas, today’s weather was a nice change.  It was a bit cool, but really nice.  My Seminary class was canceled tonight, so I have a little extra time to blog and then get in some studying.  If I want college credit for the classes, I have to write a paper, to be turned in at the end of the semester.  I have to pick two topics from the Ethics book and write a combined paper on each, discussing points and then giving a biblical outlook of each.  Sounds easy right?  🙂


Jillian’s Killer Buns and Thighs! 



Overnight Oats and a lovely cup joe.  🙂

In the oats:

  • 1/3 cup of old fashion oats
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbs of peanut butter
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of Almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of Kashi oats



Tuna melt sandwich, with provolone cheese, 1 hard-boiled egg, and some strawberries.  This was a nice change! (the tuna is under there I promise!)



Something new!  One Clementine and some Stonyfield lemon yogurt.  So so good!  🙂


Now onto the title of my post!  Remember the Bodyrock Challenge that I just recently finished?   Well, they are starting another one today!  I really like the other challenge a lot and saw a big difference in my upper body strength.  So, with that said I am setting here in my workout clothes waiting for them to post the new workout on their website.  Did I mention that it’s free??  Well, it is.  You simply just watch the video and do the workout.  The best thing is that they break the workouts down for you and give you modifications, which I take advantage of! 🙂  Want to join me??  If you do, go to the website and read the intro for the new Challenge.  You can also “like” them on Facebook and get the workouts there and get some other tips for the challenge. 


I hope that you have a great rest of the night! 

Question: What’s the best workout that you have ever done and works really well for you??


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