Can’t Stop Crying On My Birthday!!

It’s only 8:30am on my 38th birthday and I can’t stop the tears from flowing!!!

I’m overwhelmed with the love of everyone around me, I’m overwhelmed by what God has done in my life, and I’m overwhelmed by how I don’t deserve any of it!!!

I’m actually not a fan of birthday’s, I do love celebrating other people but not my own!  I would be happy for it to just slip past and no one notice. For me it’s better to have zero expectations and then I’m never disappointed.

I had zero expectations for this day and I am already in disbelief and overwhelmed with love!!

I’m so thankful for over 40 women singing Happy Birthday to me at 6 o’clock in the morning.  I’m so thankful for the amazing women in my life who brought a birthday breakfast and even coffee to my morning bootcamp.  I’m so thankful for my 4 kids and husband loving on me with joy and cards that made me cry!  I’m thankful for the love of my staff (at my smoothie shop) who just mean the world to me!   I’m thankful for parents and family who love and encourage all my craziness!  Over everything, I’m so thankful to God who has put all this in my life…. all of which is so overwhelming!!

I’m just a girl, who loves God with all her heart, I take one day at a time and just do what He asks me to do and nothing describes my life better then this promise in the bible!

” Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”
Ephesians 3:20
He has done exceedingly, abundantly beyond all I could ask or think and I’m just beyond words thankful and overwhelmed!
So it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to;)
Thank you and love you,
Shannon

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For the “Love” of Food

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I would definitely say that I am a full fledged foodie at heart, always have and always will be. I remember 4 years ago, when I started having health issues, I thought I could never go without gluten, sugar and dairy! It’s crazy how hard it is to have to limit myself, everyone just wants what they want when they want it. I’ve been reading the book of Acts and I look at all of the pain and suffering that Paul endured to spread the good news “that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:23. Paul had one care and it was to share all that God had done, by sending his only son so we could be saved. His pain and suffering is more than I could ever imagine and definitely makes me realize that my health issues are very trivial in terms of Paul’s life and the pain Jesus endured on the cross so we could be saved.

Having said that I still had to find a healthy way to eliminate these foods from my diet and make it a lifestyle where I did not feel I was missing out all the time. I believe God uses these things in our lives to show us that through him all things are possible and through Christ who strengthens us we can do all things!!

So I quickly developed a passion for taking my favorite foods and making them fit into my new lifestyle. Every week my husband and I find new recipes to try. He is the master chef and I alter the ingredients to make them healthy for our whole family!

I’m going to start with one of my favorite foods, homemade chocolate chip cookies, in particular the “Tollhouse Recipe” on the bag!! I think we finally nailed it this past weekend. Believe it or not we only substituted 3 ingredients, sugar, white flour and chocolate chips with honey, spelt flour and “Enjoy Life” Chocolate Chips.

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I tested them out at our Bible Study this past weekend and everyone including the kids kept coming back for seconds. Check out the pictures below and the recipe! Simple, easy, and definitely a healthier, clean version of one of my favorite foods!!! Send me your favorite food and I would love to create a healthy version for you!!

Love, Becca. 🙂

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups of Spelt Flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup of honey
2 sticks of organic butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 bag of “Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips”
1 cup walnuts

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How Awesome Is God?

The first post on our new blog would have to start with FAITH!
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As snow is falling out my window I can’t help but be humbled by how amazing God is.
“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding He says to the snow fall on the earth, and to the rain shower be a mighty down pour.
So that all men He has made may know His work,
He stops all man from his labor.”
Job 37:14
In the book of Job, God goes on to question Job about all the incredible things in nature that we don’t have a clue about. “Have you entered the storehouse of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail?” Job 38:22
“can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the bear with its cubs?” Job 38:32.
It’s so humbling to think of how powerful and awesome God is and how small and weak I am but how beautiful that is!
Jesus said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9 If you keep on reading you hear Paul’s conclusion, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I’ve learned that nothing good happens for me in my own strength. I come up with ideas, I make good plans but when it’s not God’s will all I have is a big mess. When my head and heart are humble knowing how weak I really am that is when God does things I could never dream or imagine in my life.
So in light of God’s glory being displayed as He opens the store house of the snow my prayer is that we STOP!
STOP laboring, stop stressing, stop wondering and start trusting and seeking the King who has this all figured out!

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Ask to join our private Facebook group to inspire and encourage one another to live this life the best we can!
With love,
Shannon

“Burying Our Talents”

I woke up this morning and opened my Bible to this devotional!!! Feeling tired and kind of like an overstuffed turkey from all of the amazing food I’ve consumed over the past 2 days, I needed to hear this today!! The one line that hit me was “God holds us responsible for our lives and what we do with them.” It made me start thinking about my life, I can think of several times where I said that’s just not my gift! I even remember in high school having to do those Presidential Fitness tests and I could not hold my head over the bar for more than 10 seconds let alone do a pull-up! Now at 38 years old, thanks to Shannon’s boot camps I can actually do a man pull-up,even a few in a row!!! My prayer this morning is to not only set new fitness goals and challenges physically (possibly walking on my hands 🙂 ), but spiritually as well, for God to help me cultivate new gifts and talents so I can bless others through them!!

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So the road to recovery for me the rest of this Thanksgiving weekend is making sure that I eat appropriate portions and making sure I have healthy options to fuel this body so that I can be full of the Holy Spirit instead of 3000++++ calories!!!

Healthy Leftover Lunch Option

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Kale topped with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, clementines, red onion and a few pecans with your favorite light dressing!!!

Healthy Cranberry Sauce Recipe
1 Bag of Fresh Cranberries
Coconut Sugar
Orange Zest
Pistachios

Boil cranberries with 1 cup of water, 1/2 C of coconut sugar and zest from 1 orange. Once boiling, cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until cranberries are soft. Let cool and sprinkle with pistachios or your favorite nut.

 

-Becca

Fabulous Friday’s!!

I’m sure some are wondering is this really 2 Chicks Get Fit and does Becca really exist????  Well, not sure why its taken me this long and I can’t even begin to make a list of excuses, but since Shannon kicked off the week with “Marvelous Monday”, I thought it would be great to end the week with Fabulous Friday!!  I truly love Friday’s, after a busy week of work and running the kids to and from school I truly cannot wait to take a breather on the weekends!  So if you have forgotten what I look like, here is a quick “Selfie” of me and the family!!!  (Charlie never looks at the camera, ever!)

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Last weekend, we decided to take a much-needed “Family Trip” up to Westchester County in NY.  There is so much to do in the Hudson Valley area, awesome Farmer’s Markets and amazing restaurants always top my list, however the highlight of the weekend was traveling to the “Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture” with the girls!  We had the opportunity to take a family tour of the farm to see how they grow all of their vegetables and raise their animals in the most picturesque setting!  What I loved the most is the fact that my girls were actually eating spinach and kale right from the garden.  There is truly no better way to get your kids to eat healthy foods then to show them where they come from!!

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Gracie with the most AMAZING Kale!

Gracie with the most AMAZING Kale!

We came home on Sunday night after an amazing weekend together as a family and read our Daily Devotional as we sat down for dinner.   The scripture was “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.”  Luke 12:22   It was definitely God speaking to our entire family in that one moment, Gracie looked at me and smiled as a read this scripture.  I started thinking how often do I worry about what to wear, how I look and even worrying about the foods that we eat as a family.  Yes, we need to eat healthy and yes I want my kids to eat healthy, but my main goal in my life is to teach my children to lead their lives for God and in all that we do keep him the center of our priority and the rest will fall into place!  It’s about finding that balance in your life with God at that center and I pray continually that in all that I do I don’t forget the one most important thing and that’s resting in the presence of the Lord each and every day and asking him to help me accomplish all of the things he has for me that day.  Whether it’s getting to the gym at 5:30 am to meet my crazy cousin(Shannon) for a killer work-out, rushing the kids out the door for school and then putting a full day of work in, without him I will walk in the dark and when I’m with him, his light shines through me!!!  I need this as a constant reminder that we get one life, one journey, all to share his glory, I pray that I continue to keep him my priority each and every day to make not just Fabulous Friday’s, but every day filled with his GRACE, LOVE and JOY!!!!  Have a fabulous start to your weekend!!!!

“Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 4:6

Favorite Fall Recipe:

Roasted Chicken with Autumn Veggies

Chicken Dinner

Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Green Onions
  • Any other of your Favorite Veggies
  • Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil

Instructions:

Roast 1 Whole Chicken – Drizzle the chicken with olive oil, season with salt and pepper before roasting and follow roasting instructions on the package.  Chop up all of your veggies into a large bowl, toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Halfway through roasting the chicken, throw all of your  veggies in the bottom of the roasting pan around the chicken.  We use sweet potatoes, radishes, carrots, green onions and Brussel sprouts, but you can add any others you like as well.  Finish roasting your chicken the rest of the way.  Once done, remove from the oven, squeeze with a fresh lemon and sprinkle with chopped fresh dill!!  Simple, Fast and Delicious, especially this time of year!!!!!!!!

Becca’s Transformation Story

Everyone has a story; I’m only sharing mine in hopes that it will help someone going through similar struggles with their weight, faith and starting a family.

So here is my family now, that I truly thank God for everyday, but it took a while for us to all get here…..

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Here are my before and after pictures, but once again, I am a work in progress and it took battling through a few road blocks to get here…..

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My Story………………

You could say my life started being surrounded by food. My dad ran a restaurant with his brother that my Great Grandparents started back in the late 1940’s that served good “Old Fashioned” Pennsylvania Dutch food. When I hit the teenage years, I was always concerned about my weight; I played sports and was always active, but was never thin. When I went off to college I had no idea what I wanted to do and being that I “LOVED” food, grew up in the restaurant business and was always trying to figure out how to lose weight, I thought that majoring in Nutrition would finally help me get on track. After 4 years at WVU I graduated with a BS in Human Nutrition & Food! Wow you would have thought, that after studying the human body and how food affects it, I would have been able to figure out how to lose weight, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. After college I spent 6 crazy years working at my family’s restaurant.  While making work my main priority it completely put my life out of balance. I now weighed close to 175lbs and was struggling with food, exercise and my faith was non-existent.

My mom was the most amazing Christian women you could ever imagine. She made “God” a huge part of our lives. When we were younger, I remember vividly reciting bible verses with her from memory in our kitchen. Although I always considered myself a “Christian” I relied on my mom’s faith and didn’t have my own relationship with God.

Over the next couple of years I continued to struggle with my weight.  I went on and off diets, I would start to exercise and lose some weight, but it always came back. Fast forward several years, I got married to my college sweetheart at 26 and after 5 years of marriage we welcomed our first daughter into the world. Eight months after the birth of my first daughter I developed random hives, severe joint pain and swelling and found out that I had a positive ANA. After several trips to different specialists, no one could figure out why I had hives. The only suggestion that each physician had was to take a daily allergy medication and if the hives were really bad, steroids.

For the next year or so, I just lived with the hives and joint pain and accepted it for what it was. However, when we started trying for our second child, things changed. I became pregnant right away, only to find out at 14 weeks, the baby did not have a heartbeat. This is when God began to work on me, one of many times in my life but now I was “almost” ready to listen. About 8 months after my first miscarriage, we were so excited to find out we were pregnant again, only to have another miscarriage at 7 weeks. OK, I knew the saying that “God is never going to give you more than you can handle”, but this was truly devastating. I continued to pray and trust that God did have a plan for us, but it was difficult.

I needed to know what was going on so I started doing some research on-line in regards to my diet and ended up going to a holistic nutritionist. She gave me amazing nutrition advice that helped me tremendously. I completely changed my diet, cut out all of the things I grew up loving, like Gluten, Sugar and Dairy!!! It sounds terrible, but it was amazing how instantly things started to change. My hives had started getting better and my joint pain was completely gone. The bonus was I started to lose weight and I was feeling great. The only problems was the nutritionist had put me on 25 different supplements and I was putting all my faith and trust in her to help heal my ailments rather than God.

I woke up on New Year’s Day of 2011 and picked up my bible and said Lord, I need your help, please give me peace about this situation and help me through this journey, because it’s consuming my entire life. That day I read this verse, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8. I could not believe what I was reading; it was definitely a message from God saying “Becca, Trust Me, stop taking everything and just trust me!” I stopped every supplement and gave the whole thing to God, knowing His plans are better than my own. Whether I ever had another child or not I was giving it to God although it was hardest thing I ever did. Exactly 2 years later from our first miscarriage we welcomed our second beautiful baby girl!! Every time I see her it’s a reminder of how much God has truly blessed us!

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Now with God’s help it was time to finally conquer the life-long weight battle. I started back on my Gluten-Free diet and running intermittently.  In addition, my cousin Shannon started dragging me to the gym with her at 5:30am, which I never thought I could do at the beginning, but now look forward to. Needless to say, after 7 months of crazy training, spiritual growing and back to my healthy eating I’ve lost over 55lbs and am happy to report I feel amazing. My hives and joint point are completely non-existent.  I give all of the credit to God, for giving me the strength to take care of my body and teaching me through my hardships how to fully trust him and not this world!! I also thank God for putting Shannon in my life and helping me stick with a regular exercise program.

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When we listen to our bodies and eat the proper foods, it’s amazing how your body can truly transform, heal itself and stay healthy and fit not just for you but your family and God! My hope is that “Our Story” will help women find their “Inner Strength” in God, because through him all things are possible.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

-Becca

Shannon’s Transformation Story

My name is Shannon and here is my story……

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This is my family, a wonderful husband and 4 incredible kids!

Here is the reason for this blog…….

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I can’t believe I am sharing this photo!

  I have NEVER worn a bikini and I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life!  I have lived a life of NEVER being comfortable in my own skin, always being chubby since elementary school.  I never understood how some kids were so skinny and why I was cursed with this horrible body.  I was teased and tortured by my weight and thought I could never be healthy and fit.

I considered myself a Christian for a long time but I had no idea how much I was missing!  God woke me up about 5 years ago that life isn’t about going to church on Sunday and living your life your way.  He showed me that “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Mathew 16:25.  I knew I was a mess and wanted God to take my life and use it for His glory!  I began reading my bible and found a hunger for God that I have never know.  He began teaching me and transforming me in EVERY aspect of my life.

In February 2012 we had a wonderful surprise born on Valentine’s Day and this is when God began to deal with my struggle with food and my weight.  Food has always controlled me, eating too much, craving all the wrong things, and the feeling of guilt and disgust over my choices. I have said, “I will start on Monday” more then 1,000 times. I’ve been on EVERY diet, and exercise regime possible, but it was a roller coaster! This was just my issue and had nothing to do with God, or so I thought.

This is what God has shown me #1 He loves us more then we could ever dream or imagine!  His heart breaks when we struggle and He wants us to find our comfort in Him and nothing else, especially food.  #2 Satan has used food since day 1 to take us away from who God calls us to be, “Oh Eve, I get it!”  #3  Everyone struggles with something that takes them away from who God wants them to be, mine just happens to be food.  #4 God can do anything!!  When you are a child of God you have the Holy Spirit living inside you and there is NOTHING more powerful! As long as I seek God daily, stay in His will, and I’m guided by the Holy Spirit I can move mountains!!

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I will forever be on this journey of trusting God for my daily choices because I am a disaster without Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5

I hope my journey inspires you to lean not on your own understanding, and let God make you the best you can be!

For more info you can check out my food diary.

Shannon’s Food Diary