Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The thing about love...

I cannot make anyone love Jesus anymore than I can make anyone love me... but I can love everyone...  because Jesus first loved me... just like He first loved them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Thing About Trials...

2 Corinthians 7:10 "For Godly grief produces a relevance that leads to salvation without regret whereas worldly grief produces death.

I welcome the trial.. the refinement.. because I want everyday to be a shaping and a molding to His glory and will... but as much as I want more and more, I constantly reject it.. because the trial is never what I think it should be.. it comes in forms that I hate... it comes by way of sin... I guess for my ultimate shaping... the deterioration of my pride and the strengthening of my humility.. I feel weak against sin... but he is strong in our weakness...

2 Corinthians 12 "So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

There comes a point almost daily.. when I am too tired to continue running from the God who is chasing me... and because I could never actually outrun Him, immediately I am completely caught up and surrounded by His greatness and kindness... and LOVE. Truly.. truly... everything else in the world PALES in comparison to this great love... 

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Video Game with Never Ending Levels...

Wouldn't that be amazing!!.. I mean, I guess... if you like video games.

What I do like is the love of God, which I've only recently REALLY discovered has never ending levels; each one is more complicated, more difficult to understand, and more rewarding than the one before. I am constantly overwhelmed by our Creator, Savior, Friend who loves us so deeply that He shows us in ways that are just as diverse as we are! Daily I struggle to trust, and daily His response is a love I don't deserve sans Christ. Thankfully, we are not "sans Christ"; we are co-heirs with HIM!

Romans 8:32 (mirror word)
"The gift of his son is the irrefutable evidence of God's heart towards us. He held nothing in reserve; but freely and undeservedly gave everything we could ever wish to have; this is what our joint sonship is all about."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Thing About Waiting On The Lord...

What if... What if?... What if waiting on the Lord is not some grand display of patient anticipation of a greater future, but a walk. Just a walk... With God, where we are willing to go at His pace... Stopping to admire, smell, or wonder at the things He created... A walk where He gently pulls us by the hand to lead us where He wants to go..., a walk where we are willing to go slow in order to enjoy and delight in the things that He enjoys and delights in... not a walk where we are bruised from clearing the path ourselves because we are so certain and in a hurry... Not a walk where we begrudgingly beckon Him to keep up!... and not a walk where we are too many paces ahead to even look back to see Him picking a dandelion, blowing the pedals, and marveling at the way they float through the air before He changes directions, without our hand to hold, and we miss it...

Monday, May 19, 2014

The thing about failure...

Most of us never try because we are convinced that we will fail. This was my belief when I started my journey, but I put it aside because the Lord had taken charge. Somewhere along the way, I became convinced that I couldn't fail, which is just as dangerous. When the normal human mistakes began popping up, I almost lost my mind. "How could this be? What does this mean? Everything is ruined!" Then I became obsessed with my mistakes, turning them into some DaVinci code like puzzle that would give me some secret answers to life. WRONG!! Reality: I'm a human with the natural instinct to sin, and mistakes happen (I wouldn't need a Savior if this wasn't true). Just like there is no secret to eating healthy, and being fit, there is no secret message hidden in my mistakes. Cheers to letting go, and moving forward! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Thing About Pride is...

... Pride is like trying to capture a wild animal: It doesn't belong in your home, and it will continue to attack you until you let it go.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Thing About Social Media...

... is that it gives us the ability to motivate and inspire each other.

Two months ago I posted this picture on my Facebook and Instagram. I tagged The Color Run on Instagram, and two weeks later, they asked if I would like to be a Color Runner Hero. 
After texting everyone I know for their opinion, I agreed.
Right before Christmas, I got an email that said my story would be posted soon and they would keep me updated.
While at work last night, I checked my Facebook, and was sooo surprised when a highschool friend I don't have the chance to talk to very often tagged me in a comment on this post:
The Color Run
The Color Run
I am blown away and so encouraged by all the positive feedback!
Thank you!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Thing About Weight Loss...

... is that the journey is different for everyone.

Different views of different points of my journey start at different times, but losing 125 lbs in 10 months physically started on Dec. 17, 2012. This is the date of my first session with my trainer, Jered. I paid for 3 intro sessions the week before because they were on sale (of course they were, it was right before Christmas). The plan was to save the sessions until the beginning of they year or whenever I was ready, after all, I had six months to use them. For whatever reason, the session got scheduled... 8 days before Christmas. Although I cannot say the first one wasn't miserable, I realized that I was more than capable. Jered told me to come in for 30 minutes of any kind of cardio when we didn't have a session. I think I might have surprised him more than I surprised myself when I showed up the next day and headed for the elliptical. 5 minutes in, and my head was spinning. Physically, I was fine (just super winded), but I did not think I could go any longer. 40 minutes later, I felt so amazing and tired (and sore from the day before), and that was the moment I realized this was different. My body, although in pain, felt more alive than ever and it was strangely craving to be nourished... not fed with whatever junk I usually went for... but actually nourished.

Nutrition can be a difficult thing to wrap your mind around. There are a myriad of different diet plans (some healthy, some not) and choosing which one is right for you is up to you. My advice is to start with the basics, a stable foundation, and build from there. Research everything for your self (the internet provides us with endless resources), try everything for your self (unless it is unsafe), and be aware of what you are doing. Jered gave me nutritional basics the first day, and we didn't talk about it again for several months. When it finally came up, he said he trusted me because he saw the results. The truth is, I took what he told me and added on to it. Every week... every month... I tried something different or new, but the foundation never changed.

The basics that I started with:
1. Calorie Counting (Jered suggested My Fitness Pal, and it has been the love of my life every since) You can use any app that's out there, or if it seems too difficult, just write it down. Recording your nutrition and exercise, at least in the beginning, is probably the most important thing you will do. I look at it like a bank account. If you aren't writing it down, you won't know. There is always a check you forget you wrote and then you are confused when you have negative results.
I personally prefer My Fitness Pal because it not only has a huge calorie database, but it is customized by your personal information and goals. There is also the recipe feature which is my favorite. Put in all the ingredients and how many servings, and it will give you the nutritional value on each one.
2. Start your day off big and end it small. Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it should be one of the biggest. I haven't looked at my meals the same since Jered drew (a version) of this picture for me.
3. Meal Planning (prepping), or as Jered said, "Chill and Grill Day". This is mostly for your own convenience. Even if you don't want to plan and prepare your entire weeks worth of meals, you can bake extra chicken with dinner so tomorrow you'll only have half a meal to plan.
I celebrated the beginning of 2013 (New Year's eve last year) with a dear friend and her family. I had been eating healthier for about 2 1/2 weeks at this point. When she told me they were grilling for dinner; my response was, "Awesome!! Do you mind if I use the grill when we're done?" I stopped at HEB on my way to her house and hijacked the grill at the end of the night. This was my first "meal prep".

This was the beginning of my journey, and I hope it helps you with yours.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Thing About January 1st...

... is it is the first day of the rest of your life!!


Last night was a time for celebration; today was a time for regeneration.

I have had the idea to have a fitness party for a few months now, and there is no better way to start the year!!
Sorry about the poor picture quality, my phone is not so great with them plus I took pictures before I set everything up completely. : )

My fitness party went down like this:
I had everyone bring $5 (and whatever exercise equipment they had) and I provided healthy food, bottled water, and an awesome group workout!!
We prayed, talked, ate, talked, ate, exercised, ate, talked... ate! (Just kidding)

I set up four exercise stations (and one food station of course):
3 exercises at each station, 20 reps of each exercise, lunges between every station.......... 3 times!!

    BANDS: Bands of Death by Bob Harper
    The barbecue pit served as the anchor for the bands.

    Situps (with optional yoga ball)
    Crunch Twist (with optional ball weight)
    Plank (with optional balance pods)

    ARMS: We had a collection of weights ranging from 2lbs to 15lbs.
    Triceps Kickback
    Dumbbell Bent-over Row
    Triceps Press

    Step Ups (with optional ankle weights)
    Jumping Jacks
    Jump Rope

Since not everyone is on the same eating plan, I always try to grab a little variety without compromising health. We had chicken wraps (romaine lettuce or whole wheat tortilla with pulled chicken breast topped with fresh made guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, or one of the greek yogurt dips) On the side, fresh veggies and fruit, berry kabobs, vanilla greek yogurt, string cheese, lara bars, Justin's natural nut butters, almonds, or pretzels.

This was an extremely fun way to kick start the year, and we were all sore for days!