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Every Day is a New Beginning

19 Jun

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Random pic….but I’m loving summer and what the sun/pool is doing to my hair. I’m an accidental blonde, but I’ll take it. Thank you Mr. Sunshine. 🙂

I notice that I have been blogging way too much lately. But what else am I supposed to do while the Irrigation Guy fixes my sprinklers?

Tonight is a big event at the YMCA promoting the new CrossFit gym. I asked the hubs if I could join and got a big fat “NO”….So, I researched to see if there were any other gyms that would let you pay as you go instead of signing a contract. I found  one that is a stone’s throw from my house. I can’t believe I am  JUST finding out about it. Anyways, unlike the Y, they have the first class FREE! So, um, yes, sign me up! I can’t wait to learn proper form from a professional. I have tried to youtube things like “clean and press”, “turkish getups”, and more…but since this type of workout is totally new to me, I need someone telling me if I’m doing it right.

Devotions

*Reading from Romans 7

“The Bible is meant to be our Daily Bread, not our Desert…”  I can’t recall where I read this, but it stuck out to me. If we’re being honest, how many times do we only acknowledge God on Sundays and Holidays? Or when our lives are good?

Or what about when we hear about a tragedy and thank God that it’s not us? Didn’t that last one sound awful?! I’m looking at my own heart today and realizing how greedy and self focused I am. Apostle Paul recognized it in his heart too when he wrote,

We know that (God’s law) is spiritual; but I am unspiritual… I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do….I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry  it out…(Romans 7:15-19)

Can you relate? You want to start each day by setting yourself apart. You might say, “Today I’m going to _________.” But you you don’t.  You miss your goal. Maybe you want to show love to an “enemy”, for God tells us to love our enemies (a lot easier said than done at times). Maybe you want to be more patient? kind hearted? Bold? Everyone has something they want to do to better themselves. It’s in our nature. It’s also in our nature to self sabotage.

For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing….So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s laws; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. what a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God- through Jesus Christ out Lord! (Romans 7:19-25)

What is sin? What is evil? Well, I’m no theologian, but I’ll tell you what I think it is – Anything that separates us from God. That might look different to a lot of people. What blesses one may hinder another. This reminds me of a conversation I had with a girlfriend of mine yesterday. She said “Hey a friend of mine loves this site called bodyrocktv.com, you should check it out.” Now, I know a lot of people who like that site, and I think it’s awesome that they share free workouts and advice. HOWEVER, for me, it is a stumbling block. I start to compare myself to their images, and then it creates poor body image for me. I am not saying it’s “bad” or “evil”, but in my own walk with God, I feel that it is not helpful for me and my relationship with Christ. It makes me compare myself, and fills me with self doubt…God wants me to look to Him to find my identity, not others. I do follow a lot of great bloggers who I feel are modest and encourage healthy body image. But sometimes I’ll come across stuff and I feel that God tells me “not for you”.

I need to listen to that “gut feeling”; that’s how I follow God. He is not an auditory voice in my ear, but a feeling in my heart and my gut. I need to listen to that in order to do what is “good” and to keep myself from doing what  my self seeking human nature wants to do (For example, I WANT to sleep in, eat Oreos, and read all day….but that would do no one any good- especially myself). Paul got it. He knew that he didn’t have the strength or the wisdom by himself to what is good. Our nature will always be self seeking.

Think of a time when you’ve helped someone….Is it really what you wanted to do? Do you ever really want to workout? It’s painful! I’ve had people say to me, “Why are you doing that (helping, serving, etc), what do they do for you?” Or “You’re crazy, why do you give your time, you don’t get anything in return…” But the truth is that I get far more in return than I give.

My heart is so full, and I feel an unnatural sense of joy when I serve others. It is inconvenient…I would rather sleep in on a Sunday than help out at church. If you say you wouldn’t, I would think you were a lair. Deep down I know that I have these selfish desires. But giving and serving is the same as working out. It’s a muscle you build, and over time it gets easier. You think of yourself less, and others more.

But it’s not something I can do on my own. I need to pray that God will give me His eyes to see His people. Because sometimes people just down right make me MAD, and I want to be rude back, and I want to say that last word, and I want to give dirty looks….but I know that since Christ lives in me, that I need to let that selfish side my my heart die. And when someone cuts me off, or says something hurtful….I need to be Jesus to them. I need to have grace, and mercy, and forgiveness. A man once asked Jesus how many times he should forgive his neighbor…the man asked if 7 times was enough….Jesus responded “7 times 77.” which doesn’t literally mean 539 times, but continually, unconditionally. God doesn’t tell us that he will only forgive us “x” amount of times. Thank God! (Now there is something to be said for letting people use you, which is different, you can forgive someone and still decide that they do not need to be a part of your life. Some people are just toxic for us to be around).

I think my point is this: Each day is a new beginning. Each day is a gift, and each day we have the choice to either rely on God and do good, or rely on our selves and give in to our natural self seeking desires. I share this with you NOT because I’m “GOOD”, but because I struggle too. Daily, I struggle, and daily it reminds me that I need to rely on Jesus for my self esteem, and how I treat people…even what I blog about.

Here’s a great video from the Skit Guys that I think relates to this post:

God’s Chisel Remastered Video

Here’s another video….This is why I blog about God and am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in:

God’s Not Dead

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Matter over Mind?

13 Jun

You’ve heard of the mantra “Mind over Matter”, and I can tell you, I totally believe it after running my first marathon back in 09′. However, I have the reverse in mind for today’s post. How many times do we forgo a workout because we are “exhausted” from our daily work? Most of the year I teach 3rd and 4th grade, I have two exceptionally needy dogs, and a husband who would rather starve than cook for himself.  Then in the summer, I tutor, Do hair (have my cosmetology license) and chase after two girls that I nanny; all summer long I have meetings, appointments, and a never ending to-do list. But if I waited for the “right moment” to workout…when my brain wasn’t exhausted…I’d never workout!

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For me, working out is more than reps and steps, and looking good. It is a physiological issue. I really believe those endorphins play a major role in starving off anxiety and depression for me. Therefore, the busier I get, the more I need to workout. And if I don’t, I become resentful, bitter, and hostile. Not a pretty picture. Whenever I am snippy with Ryan, he’ll ask : 1. When’s the last time you ate? and 2: Did you get your workout in today? I know that I need to fuel and treat my body well in order to be my best. You really can’t take care of others if you don’t first take care of yourself.

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Have you seen this on pinterest? It is definitely true for me.

So back to my main point. We are physical beings, and we need to be physical! We can’t live in our brains all the time. I give my students “brain breaks” in between each subject because I know they need to move in order to learn. They’ll jump, do push ups, skip, run, or play ‘Simon Says’- anything that gets them out of their seats and gets them moving. Adults need that too! I took my nieces to the park today and I noticed that CrossFit isn’t all that new…kids have been doing their own variation of CrossFit on the playground for years! Monkey Bars, Gymnast Bars, Pull up rings, Tires- me oh my. I did the monkey bars and tried doing pull ups just for fun with the girls. I’m sore! hah. But we need that. We need that “brain break”, and working out is a grownup version of “play time”. Really. Imagine telling kids they are going to have all school and NO RECESS or gym….

I don’t think we ever stop being kids. I think we keep our childlike selves within us. Think about it…you remember what it’s like to be a kid, right? What it felt like to be little and think simple? Not consumed with jobs, bills, deadlines, and responsibility. We still need to feel that. That’s what working out is. A sliver of time where you can focus on yourself, drown out all the worries around you. Save whatever responsibilities you have until after your workout, quiet your mind, and focus on the simple things…inhale, exhale, push yourself, don’t stop, one more mile, one more rep, you can do it.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when I workout, I feel connected to God. Especially if I’m running in the woods or by the lake. If you follow me with the logic of play, and that adults are still children in some way, then you can relate to what Jesus meant when he said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

Oh, and my fav personal trainer Jess even has a playground/ CrossFit workout! I’m going to do this tomorrow when I take my nieces to the park again!

Ok, now on a lighter note. I want to share an amazing treat with you!

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Best idea ever. I LOVE peanut butter and jelly, but I don’t like how high in sugar, fat, and carbs it is. So, this is my new version of PBJ.

Love in a Cup

1 Cup 80 cal Strawberry Greek Yogurt

2tbs Powdered Peanut Butter (45 cal)

and I even added 1/2 scoop of my banana protein powder (50cal)

The result: A PARTY IN MY MOUTH. So GOOD! And, it was husband approved! It tastes JUST like an ice cream FLURRY! Except without all the calories and sugar high.

Total cal: 175

Protein: 34 grams

Sugar: 10 grams

carbs: 17 grams

Let me know if you try it!

I will leave you with this pic I found on pinterest.com

strong is beautiful

10 Fitness Commandments

23 May

I wanted to share the “The 10 Suggestions” with you. It really resonated with me.

The 10 Suggestions

1.I am only food, and thou shall not

give me more time and attention than

your faith.

2.Thou shall not count calories when

thou could be counting your blessings.

3.Thou should not spend money on

diet programs that could be spent to

feed the hungry.

4.Remember to honor thy body with

good food, exercise, and rest.

5.Thou shall not judge another’s virtue

by their size.

6.Thou shall not believe that girth is a

measure of worth.

7.Thou shall not envy thy neighbor’s

body.

8.Thou shall not binge, or purge, or

feel guilt over the blessings of good food.

9.Thou shall not believe the false

promises of diet books, fads, and pills.

10.Thou shall not honor your mirror

more than your soul.

-Katherine Derengow

This really gets me thinking. I LOVE working out. I mean, it’s “me” time, and a time where I push myself and see what I am capable of. I look forward to my workouts each day, especially in the summer when my workouts head outdoors. But I need to be balanced too. There are things that are WAY more important that working out: 1. God and my Faith. 2. My husband (but working out tends to be out bonding time…) 3. My family and friends.

Ways I keep balanced with working out:

  • Take my dogs on a 3-4mile run (family bonding time).
  • Workout with my Husband- Usually CrossFit style workout where we encourage each other and push ourselves.
  • Run outside and turn my run into prayer/ worship time, thanking God for His beautiful creation.
  • Listen to Christian Music and turn my run into a prayer/ meditation run.

I think it’s important to mention that I don’t do this with all my workouts. Working out and eating healthy definitely beings me closer to God, because I am so thankful for the blessing of good health, and for the time and opportunity to invest in myself. Some workouts are just…workouts. I focus solely on form, or tune out of the world and into Mumford and Sons, or Carrie Underwood, or whatever I happen to have on my playlist at the moment. I’m human, and sometimes I do get obsessed. But I am working on moderation and balance. I know I will never be perfect, and to be honest, I love my imperfections, because I know they can be used for God’s glory…no one wants to learn from someone that does everything perfect…It’s just not realistic. I’m real. I have scars, I fall down, I drink Monsters when I can’t keep my eyes open and still have a TON of work to do. BUT I try everyday to be my best. For God, for myself, and for my husband (Yes, in that order).

That being said, here’s my updated progress for today…Remember it’s all about PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION! Love yourself! And be the best version of yourself….for YOURSELF! 🙂

Workout:Run and Done:

So, a while a go I asked my husband…”How do I become a faster runner?”

His answer, ” Run faster.”

Sure, it’s not rocket science, but sometimes I truly do think we put too much stress certain programs or routines, and forget to follow simple logic!

So, Thanks to Jess From blondeponytail.com, I was able to adapt her workout here

Her workout said to do 7.0 for 3 min, and 9.0 for 30 sec, and repeat until you reach 4 miles. I only did 2 miles. Speed work is new to me, so I am using modifications until I can keep up that intensity for 4 miles. I could run 4miles at 9 min miles (about 6.5) no problem, but bringing my heart rate up and down quickly takes a lot more out of me (and burns MORE FAT!)

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I also did a tabata strength workout out BEFORE my run. I like to do weight related workouts first, then my muscles are less fatigued and I can knock out more reps. A tabata is 20 sec of work, 10 sec of rest, for 8 reps…usually takes 4 min per move

Tabata = ( 20:10 x 8)

So you are doing 4 min of squats, then 4 min of plank, and so on until you cycle through. Again, I took my workout from Blondeponytail.com. Out of respect for Jess, I’m not going to repeat her workout on here, but you can link back to her page and look at it. I’ll just say that the reverse plank – leg lifts were surprisingly the hardest exercise in the whole set! CLICK HERE for my workout of the day from Jess!

My Results so far: I have gone from a size 8 to a size 6 in 1 month of doing Jess’ HIIT strength and running workouts. Everyday I do something new, and I’m really having fun doing it… and I look forward to it! (I’m slightly obsessed with working out at this stage of my life, but it’s a good stress reliever…hey…it’s not that bad of a vice!) I enjoy scanning through her blog and picking out what I am going to do next! She has SOOO many FREE workouts that it makes it really fun to choose everyday…they’re is always something new and challenging!

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Post Workout…Don’t worry, I made sure no one else was in the locker room when I snapped this pic!

I am feeling really lean lately, and strong. I went to Chow Hound today to pick up dog food, and I effortlessly tossed a 40 pound bag of dog food on my shoulder. It’s also helping me be a better help-mate to my husband too, because I am able to do things on my own in the yard and around the house that before I wasn’t strong enough to do.

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