Gods “LOVE” never fails……..

Love

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails……”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

This is one of my favorite bible verses.   I read this and wonder how can I “LOVE” like the GOD above?  I pray that GOD continually shows me how to “Love” my children, my husband, and everyone unconditionally, even myself.  His call to us is that above all we love one another.  “And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13.

As I started this journey in my life to getting healthy and fit, both spiritually and physically I quickly realized how much of my life I spent not loving the body that God made and created for me.  I based the love for myself on what I saw in the mirror.  Through all of this God has shown me that it’s not about how you look on the outside, but what fills your heart!  When I truly accepted God’s love; my heart was filled with his spirit and everything else fell into place.  He helped me with food.  He helped me want to exercise even when the voice in the back of my head was telling me not too.   It was not until he showed me that when I made him a priority, he helped me accomplish more than I could ever imagined on my own.

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, I have to share an AMAZING Gluten-Free brownie recipe I recently made for my family!  I found these on one of my favorite websites and I have to say this is the best brownie I have made to date that follows all of my dietary needs.  Everyone loved them and I guarantee they would be a hit to show your family some homemade “LOVE” this weekend!!   Here is a picture of how they turned out!

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Love, Becca XXOO

Go to Deliciously Organic for the original recipe!.

Fudgy Brownie Recipe (Grain-Free, Paleo)

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Butter an 8-inch glass square pan. Place butter and chocolate in the bowl of a double boiler. Melt over low heat. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and whisk in sugar, sea salt, and vanilla extract. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Whisk in tapioca flour and coconut flour. Let batter sit for 5 minutes (this allows the coconut flour to absorb some of the moisture). Pour batter into the buttered baking dish and smooth into an even layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are just pulling away from the sides and middle is still just a touch moist. Cool and then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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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21 Days–That’s it?!!

Here is what I’ve learned in 11 days on the 21 Day Fix and drinking Shakeology!

#1  I USED TO EAT WAY TOO MUCH FOOD!

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Here is what came in the mail- little containers, did I say little? It also came with an eating plan to follow and the Shakeology (I got the challenge pack which you can see here) .  The good news it allows you to eat all the foods I already eat, the bad news is the portions are cut in half Surprised smile!!  I looked at each meal before I ate it and said to myself “I am going to die, I will be starving”….I ate my meal….walked away…..and miracle of all miracles….I’m fine!!

Not starving, not dying but feeling really good Surprised smile !!!

Ready for the next shocker, I still kinda don’t believe it myself!!!

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look at the middle picture- see how the bottom screen says 11 days – that is what I weighed 11 days ago (early morning weight)  and the top weight is what it said this morning Surprised smile seriously, just like that I get rid of excess food and my body drops the excess weight?  Too good to be true but here are the other numbers TOP LEFT is BMI,  TOP RIGHT is my body’s age, BOTTOM LEFT is my body fat and BOTTOM RIGHT is my muscle mass (percentage of my body that is muscle).  I would never share my scale shots with the world but this is so impressive and unbelievable to me that I had to share so that anyone can get going on this ASAP!!!

Roughly lost 7lbs, 2% body fat, kept my muscle, and decreased my BMI and body’s age.  I’m sure some of this has to do with water retention but I don’t ever see the 130’s.

#2 YOU CAN KEEP GETTING BETTER!!

I wasn’t trying to lose weight, honestly I am so happy and thankful for where God has put me!  I tried this program truly just to help others, not realizing that it would also help me.  I run a boot camp in Perkasie and I wanted to give everyone the tools they needed to really feel their best and I was searching for a simple nutrition plan.  I don’t believe in crazy diets that cut healthy food out just for the sake of calories or lose weight quick scams.  I want people to learn to eat for life, and include all the food groups to feel the best you can and that is what this plan is!

The Shakeology has been the biggest shocker for me because I was a skeptic.  I saw the videos of how amazing it is for you and all the wonderful benefits but again at $129.00 a bag I wasn’t sold.

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Sold – It cost $4 a day for a meal that curbs my cravings, gives me energy, and helps me to not feel hungry ALL day long (which in turn saves me a TON of money on extra food my body doesn’t need).  The best part is the whole family loves them.  My husband has been doing the shake and nutrition plan (started 2 days after me and ate like a horse on the 4th of July) and he is down 8 lbs Smile with tongue out men stink.  My beautiful Taylor is 6, she hates vegetables, and is always hungry like her momma.  She loves the shakes, and she now gets all her veggies in a half scoop and she is NOT as hungry!!!!  Getting all your nutrients for the day in one drink does change the rest of your day!

#3 THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THEN HELPING OTHERS FEEL THEIR BEST!!!

I am so excited that so many have already joined me on this journey to be and feel their best and I can’t wait to share their story’s as well!!

I want to help anyone who is ready to stop the weight battle forever whether you have 5 or 100 pounds to lose.  With God and the right tools I know that anything is possible.  Dream Big, don’t give up, and be the amazing person God created you to be!!!

contact me at shannonclelli@gmail.com to get started!!

What are you waiting for?

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I spent YEARS yo-yo dieting, here was my mental state….one minute……”I don’t care”…..next minute……”I’m so fat”…..”I will start Monday”…..”maybe this new diet will work.”   Until God showed me that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Relying on Him to help me with my struggle changed everything. When things are hard and I lean on Him with all my might He gives me joy in the midst.  When I lean on my own strength I am a mess….full of stress, worry, and fear.  I’ve learned that I’m God’s girl and nothing is going to stop me!

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This is me today; I’ve managed to stay within 5 pounds of my transformation which was a year and a half ago.  I’ve had moments of being focused and driven.  I’ve cut out everything from my diet with Whole30 and experimented with different recipes and eating styles such as Paleo.  I’ve also had weak moments of not wanting to think about food at all and I’ve fallen off the wagon into a pit of ice cream but I haven’t given up!

I get bored easily so I’ve challenged myself (and Becca) with different workouts.  I’ve taken crossfit classes, trx, spinning, and even tried some lap swimming.  I also just went for my first bike ride of the season and I still try to go for a run here and there.  I believe fitness should be fun and when it’s not you’ve got to try something new.  I even tried resting…haha.

The best part of this journey God has put me on is that He has used me to inspire others.  Life is short and everyone should get the chance to love their body and see it’s full potential.  It took me 34 years but I know it can happen at any age, and any fitness level.  We were all created perfect, in God’s image and it is up to us to seek Him in being all He designed us to be!

I started a new journey for a few reasons #1 I want everyone to experience what they are capable of and love the body God gave them #2 I want them to inspire others #3 If it could be their job that would be amazing!!!

I own a successful smoothie franchise that I have had for 12 years.  I love my smoothie shop and hope I have it forever but I also love helping others with their fitness goals!  I could be a personal trainer? Go into nutrition? or join an amazing organization with a product I know works and give people the opportunity to make a great income, while helping others from the comfort of their own home!

That’s right

Beachbody!

I’m sure you have heard of the company, the makers of P90X, Insanity, and Shakeology.  If you haven’t heard of them their programs are exactly what I preach – clean eating (with occasional treats), muscle and cardio combined for the most effective workout in the shortest amount of time and a smoothie to replace one of your meals!! I am running my first challenge group over the month of July.  The program is the 21Day Fix Challenge pack.  You get a simple eating plan with proper portion containers, it comes with great workouts, and a 30 day supply of Shakeology (your protein smoothie that curbs appetite, gives you energy, and all the nutrients you need for the day)! Here is what comes in the mail!

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My husband is doing it with me and he already lost 7 pounds, so not fair!

The BEST PART of doing this program with me is that I can be your PERSONAL COACH for FREE (if you want accountability)! I want you to SUCCEED and for you to see your full POTENTIAL!!

If you want any information about the company, why I’m doing it, and how you can join me, please don’t hesitate to contact me at shannonclelli@gmail.com

So what are you waiting for?

With Love,
Shannon

Defrosting

A perfect way to describe my winter was FROZEN.  Physically, emotionally, and spiritually FROZEN!  It was a rotten winter, this is what our backyard looked like for 3 months.winter2014

What I learned this winter –#1 I dislike winter more every year, #2 I like to eat comfort food in large quantities when I’m cold, #3 waking up at 5am to exercise when it’s zero degrees outside is miserable, and #4 that God still loves me when I’m a mess!

The good news is I’m defrosting (finally)!  Spiritually I’ve been digging in my bible and God has been shaking the ice off me. I’m in a great bible study with an amazing group of women called Stuck by Jennie Allen and also a study through the bible with my cousins going from Genesis to Revelation seeing God’s great plan and promises!  Physically I’m back on point with my eating, I’ve gotten strict and I’ve been eating Whole30 to get all the junk out of my system.  Remember I don’t believe in diets or fads but in trusting God with what to eat and you can find a little about that at my food diary.  Emotionally balance is hard for me and if I’m not seeking God in all that I do I am an utter disaster and completely out of balance!  Emotionally this sums me up.ladder

One day I’m on top of a mountain and the next in the valley with a box of cookies.  I thank God that He never gives up on me and continues to call me higher and gives me new challenges and even though I fall He picks me up.

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

It’s funny that this blog has helped me so much, just reading my struggles, my victories, and how God has carried me is so amazing and the reason I started it.  For me and my children to know my heart and my journey and if it helps one person know the love of God and how he cares for every detail of our lives then it was all worth it!

I have so many food favorites right now that it would take me all day to share but I will leave you with a quick treat that is Whole30 approved Winking smile

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How was your winter? Have you defrosted yet?

Don’t Rely On Your Strength!

I used to always complain of a lack of self control, and a lack of motivation.  In reality this only happens when I’m living in my flesh, when I’m thinking about myself and not God.  Because when my focus is God I have an abundance of self control, and a motivation that is not of this world, even towards doing the laundry!  bible verse Isaiah 41:28-31 (I did use this verse before but it’s a good one Winking smile)

If you aren’t stretched in your daily life, and you don’t NEED God you are missing out.  How can God be glorified if you do what you can do?  Only when we do what we can’t, God get’s all the glory. 

Running is something I never thought I could do.  I was the chubby girl who had to walk the mile during the middle school fitness test (lot’s of scares from those stupid tests).  Today running has become a place that God speaks to me and often because I don’t think I can run without Him because “I’m not a runner”.  So what does someone who’s not a runner do? Signs up for a half marathon?  Actually, Becca signed us up and we would love for you to join us here. Yesterday was the first time we went for an extended run since the fall (because we aren’t fans of the treadmill).  Becca says, “Let’s just do 5 miles”, I’m like “sure” thinking to myself, I’m going to die.  God carried me through it and reminded me that running is a wonderful time to spend with Him.  So here we go, my first half marathon trainingSmile

Keep taking those steps towards F.R.E.E.D.O.M. Relying on God to teach you how to take care of the amazing body you have been given!

I will leave you with a simple fruit dip that kids and adults will love, good for a snack or dessert!

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Have a great day!!

Love, Shannon