My Goal for this week

So one of my goals this year is to work on my nutrition.  I don’t want to go on some diet.  I don’t want to count calories, macros, micros, carbs, bleh, bleh, bleh!  I have no interest in it!

My goal is to seek the Lord and be obedient to what HE wants me to do.   I want to make lasting changes.  I want the Lord to guide me not the world.  There is so much stuff out there – eat this, don’t eat that, avoid all of this certain food group, etc.  I am just not into that.  I feel like those extremes will set you up for failure.

But I know the Lord wants me to make better choices, to be a good steward of the body He has given me.  I will probably never have a six-pack and you know what — I don’t care!  My goal is not to have 2% body fat (or whatever number you can insert here).  My goal is to be fit for His calling on my life.  To be the mom, wife, employee, Bible teacher, etc He wants me to be.  And you know what,that is all that matters.  When I stand before the Lord, He is not going to ask me if I had 2 % body fat, ate 100% clean, had nothing processed, etc.  What He will ask is was I obedient to His call on my life.  And I want to be able to say yes.

That being said, God has been working on me to set small realistic goals.  Nothing extreme but small realistic goals.

So this week my goal has to do with:

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Yep – you guessed it —-  COFFEE.  More specifically, having an afternoon cup of coffee.  You see I have gotten into a bad habit of having a cup of coffee in the afternoon at work.  I don’t do this on the weekends, just at work.  So I end up having 3 cups of coffee a day during the work week, instead of my normal 2 that I used to have.

So this week I am dropping the afternoon cup of joe at work.  I survived yesterday.  And to be honest, I did it more out of a habit than a need for an extra jolt of caffeine.

How I go about setting these goals is during the week before, I pray and ask God what do I need to set as my goal for the upcoming week.  Oh I could come up with a million ideas but I want the Lord to guide me.  I believe that is where true success lies.  So I ask Him and wait for what He lays on my heart.  Then I add it to my weekly spreadsheet I have.  I have a spreadsheet to list all of these goals for this year so in December, I can look back and see what the Lord has done in my life.

It won’t be fast.  It will be slow.  But I would rather be slow and steady, making lasting lifestyle changes than go to some extreme, burn out, and be frustrated at failing yet again.

The time is going to pass either way.  I would rather see a pattern of small successes than a pattern of extremes, frustration, disappointment, and failure.

How do you go about setting goals for your nutrition?  Do you set small goals or do an overhaul on how you eat?  I would really love to know.

I’m Back!

Hello Everyone!  I know it has been way too long since I have posted but I needed to break away from my blog for a little while.  But now I am back and I wanted to take some time to re-introduce myself to you.

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So I will start with telling you 10 things about myself:

1.  I am Texan through and through.  I don’t want to live in another state but if I did have to live somewhere else, it would have to be somewhere in the South.  I do love South Carolina.

2.  I love interior decorating.  My father was an Interior Designer so I get that from him.  But if you where in my house right now, you would not be able to tell that I love it.  We live in a rent house right now and I have just not been in the decorating groove here.  Probably because I know this house is just temporary.  But really any place we live is temporary until we go to be with the Lord.

3.  I love fitness.  You will see me post a lot here about fitness and what I am doing.

4.  I hate diets.  I do.  I don’t believe they work.  I hate tracking my food.  (gasp!)  I hate calorie counting.  I hate the extremes you see in the health and fitness world.  I believe in making small changes that you will keep.  This year I am making one small nutrition change a week.  It will be a slow process but I would rather do it that way and develop long-term healthy habits than be on a dumb diet roller coaster.

5.  I believe the health and fitness world is going about the obesity problem all wrong.  I believe the root to the obesity problem is a spiritual one.  Being overweight is a symptom of a deeper issue.  My desire it to help women seek the Lord and discover His great love for them and all Him to change them from the inside out.  God is more concerned about the inside that what is on the outside.  He is working on me through this and I want to help others as well.

6.  I LOVE to teach the Word.  I just love it!

7.  I just discovered the HGTV show Fixer Upper and I love it.  It makes me want to move to Waco, buy a fixer upper and Chip and Joanna Gaines fix it up for us!  I just love their style.  I would totally want to be their friend.  :)

8.  I love New Orleans.  I have been able to go there every year for the past 5 years for my birthday and I just love it.  I hate Bourbon but I love everything else.  NOLA is so much more than Bourbon Street.  When we went last month, we went to Preservation Hall for the first time and it was awesome.  When you walk in and see this set up, you know it is going to be good!

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9.  God made me to be a boymom!  I have a 5 year old adorable son and I just adore being his Momma!  I love playing cars, good guys/bad guys, superheros, building Lego sets, and everything else that comes with being a boy mom.  My house is full of toys and I don’t care.  As long as I have toys in the house, it will never be totally clean.  Sometimes all the toys gets a little crazy but I know that this time is a sweet time and it won’t be here very much longer.

10.  Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible.  I love the encouragement that Paul gives in this book.

So there you have it.  10 things.  I was going to do more.  Maybe later.

I would love to hear from you!  Tell me what is one thing that you love to do!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups!

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I love Peanut Butter and Chocolate.  But I am pretty picky when it comes to taste.  Some peanut butter is sub or below par and just ruins the combination.  My favorite ice cream is Baskin Robbins Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream.  I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

So when I kept seeing recipes for making Peanut Butter Cups with Chocolate Shakeology, I finally gave it a try.  I had made Chocolate Shakeology Protein Balls that were so yummy and those had peanut butter or almond butter in them.  So a couple of weeks ago I gave it a go.

And oh my word, I fell in love!  Seriously y’all these are so yummy and what is so great about them is they are healthy!  Granted you can’t haul out and eat 3 or 4 of them at a time.  But I guarantee, eating just one gives you the satisfaction of having a little sweet with your day without the guilt.

So here is the recipe:

  • Mix 6 Tbs of vegan chocolate or regular shakeology with 4 Tbs MELTED coconut oil
  • Fill mini cupcake liners (I would start out with 6) 1/2 with mixture.
  • Freeze for 1 min.
  • Add about a tsp of peanut butter (you can use any nut butter, I used almond butter) to eat cup
  • Cover with more shakeo/coconut oil mixture
  • Freeze for 1-2 min.
  • ENJOY!

Please tell me if you tried this recipe and what you thought of it.

If you would like to know more about Shakeology, please leave me your email address or go to my fb page and leave me a message.

How To Stay Motivated

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I get a daily devotional in my email from Christine Caine.  She is the author of Undaunted.

On Saturday her devotional was the top 10 things she does to stay motivated and I thought they were absolutely fabulous so I wanted to share them with you.

Here they are:

1. I choose to stir up the gift of faith God has given me.
2. I choose to believe the Truth of God’s Word over the facts of my circumstances.
3. I choose to believe that God is good and God does good.
4. I choose to believe that God is on my side.
5. I choose to expect that miracles are just waiting to be discovered each day.
6. I choose to forgive quickly.
7. I choose to work out regularly.
8. I choose to mostly eat healthily.
9. I choose to not watch much TV.
10. I choose to not listen to negativity, fear and doubt.

Aren’t those great?

I just love them.

So I made a printable that you may use.

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I hope it blesses you.

God Can Do Anything!

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I have been reading about Joshua off and on for a while now. I love Joshua.  I love his faith. I love how God uses him.

This morning I was reading in Joshua 2 and 3.  The story of Rahab the prostitute and the crossing of the Jordan.  And as I was reading the last part of Chapter 3, I was struck that God can really do anything.

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13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenantwent ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

The Jordan is at flood stage and the moment the priests set foot in the Jordan, the waters flowing downstream were cut off and stood up in a heap.  Can you imagine how big that heap was??  And the heap was at the town of Adam (I don’t think that was a coincidence – have to do some research on that).  Can you imagine what was going on in the minds of the people of that town?  The priests stood firm on DRY ground.  It wasn’t wet, sinking sand they stood on.  And all of Israel crossed on DRY ground.  God took care of EVERY detail.

So what is your Jordan river that is at flood stage?  What is the obstacle or mountain that is in front of you?  Do you believe that God will take care of you?  Do you believe He cares about every detail?  I am not saying He will remove the obstacle, He may not. But what I am saying is He is with you and He will get you through that obstacle.  He will do amazing things but you have to hold His hand and walk through that flood stage Jordan with Him.

Before Joshua lead the people to the Jordan, he told them this:

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Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Whatever your struggle, whatever that obstacle, whatever that mountain is you are facing, believe that God is with you and He will do amazing things!  If He can lead the people over DRY land through the flood stage Jordan, He can do anything!

Tell me below what you are believing God to do – I would love to know and also pray for you as well.

Happy Sunday friends!