Thursday, June 30, 2011

Recipe for Weight Loss:

~A Recipe for Weight Loss~

Ingredients:

- Written goals
- Accountablity
- A plan.
- Drink water.
- Eat clean & often.
- Exercise 4-5 times/week.
-Calculate your BMR & burn more calories than you consume.


Preparation:

Once you have decided to make your lifestyle change simply write down your specific goals. Be sure to date them. Once you have completed this step share your goals with others to hold you accountable. Now that you know what you are after write out what steps you will take to change your daily schedule. Don't forget your water! Drink a minimum of half your weight in ounces of water. This will keep you properly hydrated. Eat clean foods by staying on the outside aisles of the grocery store & staying away from processed foods. This will help keep your blood sugar levels down & burn more fat. Exercise 4-5 times a week at high intensity levels or if you enjoy running keep your cross training a priority.  Be sure to push yourself. Pain equals gain in exercise. Slow & steady aerobic workouts will not burn as many calories as interval training. Muscle confusion is what you should be looking for at this point. Caloric intake is key in weight loss. You must burn more than you consume. Click here to calculate your daily calorie needs. There are multiple apps & websites to log your calories each day. I will post these at the bottom of this page. The last thing you need to be sure to have before making a lifestyle change is a determined attitude. A no excuse kind of mindset. Remember this isn't one of those 30 minute recipes that Rachael Ray shares... more of a week per pound (or 2) recipe. Stay focused. Don't let satan attack you. He only pours out lies. Pour yourself into Christ.  Remember you are fearfully & wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). The best part of the recipe is coming to realization at the end of each day that no matter what the scale says you are beautiful. Keep pressing on toward the goal & you will master the recipe for a healthy weight.

Enjoy!


Resources I like to use:


Try something new today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Limitations.




So today I had planned a whole post about weight loss.... Then my heart changed after my run today. Funny how I always think I know what I want to write about until my quiet time with God & it completely changes. Maybe I will save that post for another day. Here is an extension from a few points in yesterday's post.

Mediocrity:
Of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate.

I do not want to be mediocre. I don't want to just show up everyday. I want to show up ready to take action with enthusiasm.


Do you set limitations for yourself? Growing up I remember everyone telling me: you can be anything you want to be when you grow up. I am sorry to tell you this but this is not true. If it was true then I would be able to belt out a beautiful song like my friend Katrina. Not everyone will sing in Nashville, perform on Broadway, make it to the Majors, or play in the NFL. I DO believe you can be anything God has called you to be & to do... but you must take action. Maybe those things are what you are called to be or maybe not. He can use your gifts to do great things but you must seek it & go after it. You must give it your all everyday. There will be days when you fail but you have to press on toward the goal that God has given you. 

"You cannot walk towards your greatness, you can only walk away from it." 
-Keith Kochner

I have developed a passion for ministry in a few different areas & honestly when God first revealed these to me I immediately set limitations on myself. "No way God, not me. I can't do that. I am just not qualified.  I'm not good enough. Are you sure?" I began setting limitations before even considering what he had in store for me. Each day he peels back another piece of insecurity off of me & replaces it with faith & confidence in Him. 

Not only do I choose to stop setting limitations on my passion of ministry but I choose to stop limiting my ability to be a runner. I CAN run a marathon. I CAN qualify for Boston. I CAN eat healthy. I choose to not take my health lightly & I choose to neglect mediocrity. I choose to give it my full effort everyday in all that I do so I can say no matter what the result today I glorified my God with my full effort. I will not let lies hold me back from seeking my full potential. This can be a broad range of things: Running, Motherhood, Marriage, Career, Friendships, Health, Serving, etc.

I was talking to a friend last night who swam in the Olympics & now she is her son's swimming coach. We talked about how we hope our boys learn that no matter what you are doing in life you must give it your all. It doesn't mean you will always win but it does mean you will be able to say you gave it everything you had. “We live in this world of people getting trophies just for showing up,” Martin Dugard (author & cross country coach) says in his new book. This is so true. If this was the case in motherhood then what happens when Jace has a dirty diaper & I go into change it but simply never remove it? (lol) What happens in marriage when I go out on a date with my husband but am silent the entire time? What happens when I show up at the gym but never step foot on a machine? We must do more than just show up everyday.  We must not only show up but show up ready to give our full effort... enthusiastically.

Are you just showing up expecting results or are you showing up ready to put yourself in action & give it your all regardless of result?

 I remember back in college I had an assistant coach tell me how I wasn't near as athletic compared to my teammates & remember how much that has affected me even still to this day. I remember immediately setting limitations for myself because of it & I truly believe that held me back from a lot of things. I pray that you will not let others define you. I learned the hard way but each day I've rebuilt my foundation on Him. God will give you all the tools you need in order to pursue the things he has laid on your heart.... even if it doesn't seem possible right now. He has big plans for you... what are you waiting for? Take action. 



I have been humbled the past few days if you haven't already noticed. I will continue to fail daily as we all do, however, I will give God my best. I can't wait to see what kind of runner/mother/wife/sister/friend/daughter I can be when I give it my all! We might say we aren't good enough or capable but God says all things are possible with Him. (Luke 18:27) We will never know our full potential until we try.

Today's Tip: If you are a momma to boys this is a great book about raising healthy boys! I downloaded it on my new kindle today! Go check it out!
Click here to read more!

To read more about Martin Dugard's new book click here.


23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters...
Colossians 3:23

Take action! Go about your day...enthusiastically!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Mix it up.


All you can do is all you can do. 


I can be my biggest critic. Thankfully, I have a husband that puts things in to perspective for me. After listening to a conference call about cross training & feeling convicted to put more effort into it my attitude changed after a text I got from Jeremy. 

Yesterday, we were suppose to be at the field by 6:45 to take pictures with Jeremy. Somehow the day got away from me & let's just say I was running late. I was so looking forward to getting good pictures of us with Jeremy. I texted him to let him know we were running late but will be there as soon as we can. Jeremy simply texted me back: All you can do is all you can do (w/a smiley face). I am so glad we have each other to hold accountable & that he doesn't let me get too dramatic.

As I was driving to the field I started to think about what he said to me. We use that quote a lot & really believe in it. We know we can't do everything but we can do something. We  are only one person, one family, but we are one person, one family that can do all we can do to make a difference. I started to realize that I can't control what I have done in the past for cross training but I can only control what I do from now on. Today I choose to make more of an effort in my cross training days. I use to take my cross training days lightly... not anymore. I have goals I am working to reach & the cross training days play a huge factor into my preparation. 

I am excited to start using my pass to the pool to swim laps (I use to love swimming in college), get my Asylum dvds, & to put more of my own knowledge along with my husbands into practice on my cross training days. 

My Goal: to run the full marathon in 3:50 but today I want to change my goal. I want to run the full marathon in 3:45. Yes, 3:45. Why not??

All I can do is all I can do & today I will choose to do ALL I can do to reach my goals!
I choose not to worry about what is out of my control. Isn't it great to know we have the opportunity to CHOOSE??

What are you doing today to reach your goals? Don't dwell on yesterday just do what you need to do today & keep pressing on!

Today's Tip: On your cross training days be sure to mix it up. Try not to do the same thing over & over. In order for your body to change you need to have muscle confusion. Go do something out of the ordinary. Not only will you have a good cross training workout but it will be fun to get out of your comfort zone! 

Not only am I going to mix up my workouts but I am mixing up my playlists on my Ipod. Gets me pumped up & excited to hear new music... sometimes listening to the same thing over & over gets old. Today I listened to my husband's playlist & surprisingly enjoyed every minute of it!

*Click here to listen to the call I joined in on yesterday & hear how my friend qualified for the Boston Marathon. She talks about what a huge impact her cross training made in her race. Her part starts around minute 24. So inspiring.

Today's Run: 3 on, 2 off (3x) 4 miles means 3 minutes race pace, 2 minutes below 5K pace then repeat 3 times.... see here

Mix it up this week! Happy Monday!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Life Lesson.

Taken while running June 25, 2011 @ 6:00 a.m.

Lesson Learned Learning: 

I am going to be brutally honest with you again today. I find myself very impatient sometimes... more than I'd like to be. I can't even sit down & do a Crossword puzzle with my husband for very long because if I get stuck on a word I can't stand it. It makes me all jittery inside & I have to just walk away. It's something that I have always dealt with... I think it's why I have never been a good test taker. Running long distances has & continues to be a tool God has used to teach me patience. 

When running my mind gets so wrapped around the result & finish line I can't seem to slow down enough to enjoy the scenery around me. I couldn't tell you anything about the scenery of my past races. I hope to next time. Although, this can be a good thing if I was talking about keeping my eye on the prize but thats for another day.  I think I have nailed that lesson on the nose.... God wants me to slow down. I have been studying about the story of Martha & Mary when Jesus visited their home. Martha got distracted by all the things she had to do around the house but Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus & just listen. I think too many times I can be like Martha & have good intentions but totally miss the point. Through my long runs I have learned to slow down, pace myself, & soak up the now.

 God is really showing me a lot & I have started looking forward to my quiet time with him on the road. I hope you too will slow down today & soak up the now. Be still & listen for the Holy Spirit to guide you. He wants to show you something today.

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42

*Are you so caught up in doing for Jesus that you aren't spending any time with Him? This was humbling for me.

Favorite Food of the Week: Mixed Berry Smoothy
My sister-in-law shared with me a simple recipe for a smoothie & it is yummy. I love that Jace & I will sit in the chair together to share one as if it's a bowl of ice cream. 
Recipe: 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries,  1/4 cup Frozen Raspberries, 1 banana, 1/2 serving Almonds (i use sliced almonds),  8 oz. Juice, & 1 cup of ice. All you have to is blend :)
250 Calories! Enjoy!

Today's Tip: Ever grab a Gatorade thinking it's a healthier choice? Although, Gatorade is a good rehydrating drink during physical activity it is loaded with sugar that we should avoid otherwise. Grab a green tea or even a G2 instead! 

Make it a great day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fitness Friday!

I am going to take time each Friday & make it something we can all share: Fitness Friday! On Fitness Friday we will be sharing photos from our week full of running/workouts along with a piece of encouragement or description of our photo! I think this will be a great way to inspire one another & come together as "athletes". I love that there is really no stereotype for health & fitness: simply you.
Enjoy! 

Megan Armstrong:
"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."

Stacey Myers:
You're missing out on the beauty within nature if you never lace up your shoes. :) 

 Chris Kelly:
When I first started P90X, I really didn't want to do the yoga. Then, when I sucked it up and started it, I came to this pose...pigeon. I laughed out loud and chuckled something about not even being able to do this inelementary school! Instead of listening to my head, I let my body do the talking, and three weeks later I can now hold this position for 15 excruciating seconds! BRING IT!

 Sarah Hefner:
I listened to  a lot of Hillsong this week during my run. Puts the rest of my day into perspective. 

 Running has inspired in more ways than one:
Motherhood, God's beauty, Prayer, & of course the competitiveness in me! I love how all 3 pictures above summed up my thoughts! Thank you for sharing!!

If you would like to join in on Fitness Fridays please email me. I will get with you asap :) 
Happy Weekend!!!!

Today's workout here.

Be inspired today!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Comfort Zones.

(source)

I picked this photo because I love how she put this outfit together. Something I would wear as my husband would say.

If you know me well you know that I have a thing for cardigans. They are like an extra accessory for me. If I could have one in every design & color I would. My husband teases me by calling them my "Pam sweaters" because Pam on The Office always has a cardigan. Anyway, I love cardigans. However, what most people might not know is what got me into liking them so much (besides the fact they are cute). I don't necessarily like my arms. Weird, I know.

I have never enjoyed wearing sleeveless tops & it's just that one thing I have always disliked. I would rather cover my shoulders & feel comfortable then go around in a tank top. I think everyone has their thing they say this to & it's not something I am proud of either. I have been battling this insecurity for a long time.

Well, because I know this is an insecurity of mine that I shouldn't have & need to work on I decided to push myself to get out of my comfort zone. I wore a sleeveless tank top to the baseball game last night with NO cardigan! Yes, it is way too hot here in AZ for a cardigan anyway so maybe that is God trying to show me I can get over this silly insecurity?? I think so. I made it the whole time without worrying about my arms showing & enjoyed keeping somewhat cool in the desert. My husband is so sweet. He told me I looked great & it made my day. He tells me he thinks I look great in anything I wear & I appreciate him so much.

This might sound silly to some of you & to some of you, you might be able to completely relate. Maybe your insecurity isn't your arms showing but maybe you have something you critique. This is something us women need to not ignore. We must remember that we are beautifully & wonderfully made by our Creator. 

Today I wanted to be real with you & tell you one of my insecurities. We all have them & yesterday, I overcame one of mine. What is yours? Are you believing it or overcoming it?

PRAYER
Father, forgive me for not agreeing with You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Forgive me for believing the lies that I have to be somebody other than who I am. Help me to come into agreement with Your love for me and not despise all my imperfections. The fact that You love me and accept me is more important than the love and acceptance from anyone else. I am thankful that I am Your child, and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made! I know that full well. In the name of Your beloved Son Jesus I pray, Amen.

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
(NIV Bible)

Today's Tip: Stand up a little straighter today & smile because you are beautiful.

Get up & overcome your insecurity today. It's only an insecurity, not the truth!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Simplicity.


As a woman I have found that "over analyzing" is something I am really good at... about almost everything. Trust me, my husband would agree. However, I think sometimes we can over analyze the wrongs things & forget it's best just to keep it simple. Maybe that's why there are thousands of different types of diets & exercise programs made just for women? You don't need a fancy gym membership or the next best equipment. You simply need you, a determined attitude, & approx. 45 minutes. We women can make things so complicated, myself included!

KISS: Keep It Simple Sister! 
(I know, I made up my own!)

Yesterday's workout was a cross training day filled with simple things like:
Jumping Jacks, Jump ropes, Burpees, Lunges, Push-ups, Planks, & Abs.
What I love about this is that I simply did it in the living room floor while my son was finishing his dinner. I didn't need any special equipment or any top ranked trainer to do it. Simply stuck to the basics. Guess what, you can do this too! Don't make working out harder than it is... Because believe me it was hard enough!

This also brought my attention to another topic as I was running this morning. I finished the book Heaven is for Real yesterday. It is about a little boy who experienced heaven at the age of 4. His simplicity in this book amazes me. How many times do we complicate what being a Christian means? It is simply through Jesus Christ that we are saved... not by anything we do or come up with. I am always humbled by this when I am reminded. He kept telling his daddy that Jesus wanted him to know He loves the children. How awesome is that?!


I hope you are inspired today to keep it simple!

Today's Tip: Find 4-5 key exercises & put them together to make a circuit & repeat it 2-3 times(don't forget to stretch). Push your coffee table out of the way & get after it! You will be so glad you did!

Yesterday's workout: Click here.

Keep it simple sister! (KISS)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Going Solo.


Going solo.


For the past 8 days I have been pushing Jace (who weighs almost 25 pounds) in his jogging stroller during each of my runs because my husband has been gone on a road trip. I have to say that it's much harder pushing him but I enjoy being active with my son. He keeps me moving & motivates me not to stop throughout the run. He yells "woooow" throughout the run & it causes me to run with a smile on my face. He holds me accountable without even trying. I love that little booger so much. 

This evening my sweet friend Molly kept Jace so I could run my 5 miles solo. I was shocked with my results. I have been trying to stay semi mellow with my pace but today I seemed to take off without my hand on a stroller. Once I figured out my pace I was set. I felt like the energy I had been putting into pushing Jace I was able to put in into my stride. It was encouraging to look down at my watch & be excited with the results. 

I owe my strength training these past 8 days to my son, Jace. Thank you little mister for pushing your momma to get stronger. You are such a great little buddy!

Don't let your kids be your excuse to not get out there! They hold you accountable in more ways than one! Instead, make it a time to bond!

Random Thought: I have noticed people in Arizona do not run against traffic. It blows my mind & honestly makes me a little nervous for them too. Always run against the traffic, especially if you run with your ipod.

Today's Tip: If you are taking your kids out for a run with you be sure to pack these items: Juice, Ipod, & keys (he likes to play w/my keys). Jace can't go without them! ha!

See my solo run here. Excited to have more of those this week while Jeremy is home :) Happy to have my husband back too!!

Get your little crew moving! If you don't have one then just get moving! :)



Making Adjustments.


Wish it was that easy.

I am pretty good about sticking with a workout program. I enjoy taking my marker to my calendar & feeling the accomplishment as I check off each day. You can call me weird or obsessed but it brings such a gratifying feeling to know I accomplished a task I set out to do daily. Although, I am pretty good about doing this there are still those days where I struggle to get it done & sometimes its simply out of my control. It's called: life.

A few days ago I had a sick little boy with a tummy ache. When your baby boy needs you everything else goes to the back burner & that means my cross training day did not happen. I started to beat myself up about it then looked at the little boy curled up on my lap & realized just how much more important he was at that specific moment. It's called: motherhood. 

Today my day seemed to get away from me. Jeremy pitched an early game & Jace's naps were off from him being drained from being sick. We spent the day working on Father's Day stuff with friends & running just seemed like the last thing I needed to worry about, however, I kept reminding myself I HAD to get out there tonight. Well, we got out there but I had to stick to only 4 miles instead of my original 5 because we lost daylight. I simply ran Monday's scheduled run & Monday I will run my 5 miles. It's called: adjusting.

Sometimes there will be the days you simply can't control, however, as my husband says, "it's not about the result but how you respond to it" This is so true. So I say, "It's not about my circumstances but how I respond to them. How can I make the most of it?" I might have to make adjustments but that doesn't mean if I miss one day I have to give up completely. I simply roll with the punches & get it done.... whatever it takes. Don't beat yourself up about having to make adjustments in your schedule. Jesus wants us to be flexible for Him & that could even mean our workout schedules get adjusted. 

I hope to always put my family first & keep my life balanced: God, Family, Health.

Today's Tip: Click here to read about 20 simple workout snacks! They are delicious!

See last night's run in some crazy winds here!

Adjust to your day & keep going!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Glimpse into Dad's world: Hef

Happy Father's Day!

In honor of Father's Day I want to share with you my wonderful husband: Jeremy Hefner (aka-Hef). As most of you know, Jeremy plays professional baseball with the San Diego Padres organization. Jeremy & I met 5 years ago while he was playing at the JUCO where my dad coached college softball & where I ended up playing as well. The rest is history :) 

We both have a passion to promote a healthy lifestyle in all areas of life. Although, we know that there will be times when we mess up we still strive each day to glorify God in all that we do. 

Jeremy has taught me so much over the past 5 years. I look up to him more than he probably notices & I hope you are inspired by him! I want to give you a glimpse into Jeremy's side of things today. Here are a few questions we put together for you guys (& girls) out there! Enjoy!

-As a husband, father & professional athlete what is one key thing do you do in order to take care of your body on a daily basis in order to keep up with your busy schedule?

For me I think one of the biggest keys to taking care of my body is rest! I always feel so much better, reguardless of my diet, the next day if I got a solid 7-10 hours if sleep. I know for a lot of people this is extremely hard. Kids, work, or favorite tv shows among other things sometimes gets in the way of good rest. Exhaust all effort to getting in bed. You will feel so much better for it!

-How has becoming a father influenced your eating habits & exercise routine?

If you have kids you know what a life changing experience it is & how much joy they bring us! With that joy comes a lot of responsibility. Responsibility of safety, happiness, discipline, and among others health. Your habits will most likely become your kids. With this in mind Sarah & I really try hard to eat well in front of Jace so that one day when he has to make decisions about what he eats he will have the knowledge to do so. This doesn't mean we don't like to enjoy a big bowl of ice cream... because we do!

-What motivates you to give it 100% everyday?

This seems like a simple straightforward question, but it's not. There are so many things that have contributed to the way I am, the way I live my life, the way I work at my job, & the way I love my family. I am not perfect and I will be the first one to tell you that. I can't control outcomes in life. I can only control my effort. My motivation comes from a number of things. First and foremost to glorify God & from my family. Sarah and Jace are the reason I work so hard at life! Sarah inspires me to do things (like write on blogs and try sushi) that normally I wouldn't. She is fearless, God loving, and the best mom/wife a man could ask for. I would be doing her a disservice if I didn't give 100%. Jace motivates me everyday because my dad motivated me and I hope to do the same for Jace. I hope to be the dad to him that my dad was to me! 

-How do you respond to the days when you give it your full effort & the results don't turn out like you'd hoped?

 In my line of working failing is the norm. Baseball is a game of failure. Like I said in a previous question I CAN'T control the outcomes of my game or in life for that matter. I try to give it my full effort everyday and most days I do not see a lot of positive results. Our season is like a marathon, it's not a sprint. Consistency is the main key. There are going to be ups and downs, and wins & losses. If I keep my consistent approach then at the end of the day I can keep my head held high! Just like in weight loss, strength training, or running somedays you will feel tired and sore, but if you stick with it you will see the results!

-If you could give one piece of advice to the readers about having a healthy balanced lifestyle what would that be?

Push yourself. Whatever it is you're doing in your life you can push yourself to your full effort. Push yourself to run a little farther. Push yourself to do one more rep. Push yourself to be a better mother/father. Push yourself to be the best at your job. Push your self to help others. Push yourself to love others. Push yourself to open your Bible & seek God. Push yourself to encourage. Push yourself to consistently get out of your comfort zone & results will follow.  I could go on and on. I try to do these things and my challenge is that you will, too!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

-What is a piece of advice you would give all the young boys out there who have the desire to pursue baseball as a career someday?

Play the game with enthusiasm! Have fun when you play! It is a pressure filled game. Sometimes I let that get the best of me instead of enjoying the game I have grown to love. You're going to give up homeruns and strikeout, but it's how you respond. Keeping your head up and trying your best next time is the key! Have fun while you're doing it!

(You can read more about Jeremy's baseball here.)

*side note: I took Saturday off & will run my long run on Sunday. I had a sick little boy yesterday :(

I hope you are inspired by the words of my husband today. 
Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!

Today's Tip: I encourage you to take the time to tell your husbands/dads just how special they are to you today! 

Would LOVE for you to comment & share something about your dad! Maybe a special memory or how he has influenced your life!

Thank you Jeremy for sharing on my blog today. I couldn't ask for a better best friend, husband, & father to our son! We love you!

Hug the men in your life!



Shake it up w/Shakeology!

My new obsession: Shakeology.


Read about what Shakeology does here.
70 healthy ingredients- 140 calories
It helps:
-Lose weight
-Feel energized
-Improve digestion & regularity
-Lower cholesterol

Shakeology was introduced to me a few weeks ago along with a CD with a list of Doctors bragging about this product. Let me tell you,... I have tried everything & this is by far one of the best products out there. I am in love with it! It's loaded with nutritional value.  

I have been struggling with my evening meal because of my husband's baseball games & I try not to eat "baseball food" so therefore it's usually a struggle to make our menu creative. This has solved the problem & it's even cheaper than a starbucks! I feel almost guilty drinking it because it tastes so good. There are a lot of different recipes to try here.  I have only tried a few different ones but will start using this product on more of a daily basis very soon. 

Here is what I had last week:
(putting your cup in the freezer makes it taste that much better!)
Chocolate Shakeology packet-
Natural Peanut Butter-
Skim Milk-
Ice-
(blended)
It tasted like I was drinking a Reeses Cup! Yum!

If you would like to try a Shakeology sample please comment or email me. I will get it to you asap. 

Read here about my friend Rhonda who's life changed after using Shakeology! What an inspiration she is to me!

Today's Tip: Always research a product before taking it... it never hurts to do a little research! The few products I do take I believe in! 
(arbonne, advocare, & shakeology to name a few)

See last nights light run here.
Come back tomorrow to hear from my husband: Jeremy Hefner!

Let me know if you want to try a taste of yumminess! (is there such word?!)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Turn It Around.


Carefully guard your thoughts 

because they are the source 

of true life. 

Proverbs 4:23


Instead of saying:
I'm too tired.
My legs are KILLING me.
I want to just stop running, I think I might get sick.
I feel like all I do is change dirty diapers.
It's not worth it.
I can't go on.
It's impossible.
I hate when my husband goes on a trip for work.
My house is a mess.
I feel alone.
Nobody really loves me.
I just can't do it.


SAY:
At least I am not bored! He will give me rest. (Claim it: Matt 11:28-30)
It feels good to be sore & know my body is changing for the GOOD!
I might get sick working hard but at least I got off the couch today!
I am so glad I don't have to pay someone to change my son's diapers!!
It WILL be worth it. (Claim it: Romans 8:28)
I CAN go on. His grace is sufficient. (Claim it: 2 Corin 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
I am so thankful my husband has a job to support our family!
All things are impossible with God. (Claim it: Luke 18:27)
My house might be messy but so thankful we have a place we call home.
God says He will never leave me nor forsake me. (Claim it: Hebrews 13:5)
God says, "I love you." (Claim it: John 3:34)
You can do ALL things. (Claim it: Phil 4:13)


Today's Tip: Have a negative thought? Challenge yourself to learn how to turn it around! Write it down, memorize it, & it will become apart of you!

*See last night's run here

You ARE worth it today!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gone Green.

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Gone Green: the healthy way.

Today I have decided to link up with Gussy's Inspiration Workshop & taking my own twist on today's prompt: Green.

A few days ago I asked you to join with me in taking the challenge to drink HALF your weight in ounces of water the month of July, everyday. To join in on the challenge you must print off a July calendar & simply highlight everyday you accomplish the task. See the challenge post here. When the month is over send me your calendar via email or mail & this will enter you into an EXTRA GIVE-A-WAY for the month of August! 

Because today's prompt was green I decided to go with a green filtered water bottle. It's not only a green water bottle but also says "go green" by it having it's own filter to save on having to buy multiple plastic water bottles. It is a great way to help you meet your challenge! 

See yesterday's run here.

Today's Tip: Start your day by drinking a glass of water first thing when you wake up. This will help you not only reach your water intake for the day but also help with your appetite!

Go green today in more ways than one! 
Hope you are inspired to rise to the challenge!