A Peek Into My Craziness:)

Since you’ve seen me in a bikini I might as well show you a peek into my craziness!  I know everyone is crazy, running faster then the speed of light with not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  I can sympathize with all of you, that is why I meet with God at 5am every morning #1 It’s quiet, #2 No distractions and the most important #3 I’m a train wreck without Him!

Something He is teaching me right now is “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Ephesians: 4 22-24  Isn’t that awesome to know that if we don’t put off our old self we will continue to be corrupted by our deceitful desires but if we put on our “new self” that we are created to be like God.  This is exactly what happens to me when I don’t have time to read my bible or just have a quiet time with God, I easily fall back to my former way of life.

After God teaches me something new and I pray for motivation to move my body I give 100% to my workout (most of the time).  For me it’s not about being the strongest or fittest but being the best I can be.  Here is a peek at our craziness at the gym!  Just jump over something, the bigger the betterSmile

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When I get home at 7am I wash the gym germs off my hands and it is breakfast for the troops and getting my husband off to work.  My breakfast has been the same for a while because I LOVE it!!!

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You can read the details here!family

Then it’s on to home schooling my crew!     It’s a long story about how I ended up home schooling but we love it!  I won’t bore you with all the details but just know it’s a little crazy!

Time for lunch!  Food is constant in my house between prepping, cooking, cleaning, and eating it’s a full time job.  So the only way we eat healthy and I don’t lose my mind is making a ton of food at once.  Monday is usually our big cooking day, this week we grilled up 4lbs of homemade turkey burgers, 5lbs of chicken, tons roasted veggies, a rice cooker full of brown rice and a couple cups of Quinoa.  It sounds like a lot, but it makes the rest of our week so much easier and it’s nice having all those healthfridgey options just waiting for us!

You’ve seen me in a bikini, now I’m showing you my fridge. Here it is, stocked up for the week, packed to the brim and in just a few days it will be close to empty. One of my favorite things to have on hand that everyone loves including Paige is our veggie filled turkey burger courtesy of my sister in California.  Paige and I eat our turkey burgers mashed up in brown rice or Quinoa with a bunch of cooked veggies thrown in, it’s a microwave meal in minutes!  My husband takes them to work and my kids love them on a bun with ketchup!

This is the recipe and on a side note when I shred my veggies I do half coarse (or larger) and half finely shredded.

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I’m tired and I only got to lunch, so later this week I’ll give you a peek at the second half of my crazinessSmile

Don’t try and be perfect just be the best you can be!

Love, Shannon

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

The Road To Success

Everyone gets discouraged. When the scale doesn’t move, you aren’t seeing any changes, and a moment of eating the wrong things and missing a workout can throw off your whole week, but don’t let it!!!  When you start to feel discourage, or doubt slips into your mind, stop and counter those thoughts with trladderuth.  The truth is, every day you make a positive choice you are better then you were yesterday, and every step up the ladder of success you get closer.  Stop looking at the end result as the goal and start looking at every positive choice as something you’ve conquered.  Don’t aim for perfection but “Be the Best You Can Be”.  One day at a time and one choice at a time.

I (Shannon) will be posting my story in the next couple days and I’ve got to tell you this could be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.  I spent my life discouraged A LOT over my weight and it goes way back!  The issues were deeper then I even knew and sharing my journey, as hard as it is will hopefully help someone. I know now that it isn’t about wearing a size 2, and it’s not about winning a race, this is about being the best version of me I can be.  I limited what I was capable of and more importantly what God is capable of !

One of my first mountains on this journey was vegetables.  I honestly didn’t like them unless they were smothered in cheese or covered in butter.  I started by adding shredded zucchini into things like chili and pasta sauce and using spinach in my salads (hiding them like a little kid).  One of my favorite veggie sides is mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Now I really LOVE cauliflower (honestly I can’t even believe I just typed that)  Here are some ways I love my veggies!

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If you have any delicious ways you eat your veggies we would love to hear them!  Also, I want to know what some of your mountains have been on your journey to success!

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

Who’s Ready for an Amazing Week?

Are you ready?  We’re ready, let’s motivate each other and all those around us to make God proud!

We have a great quick video for you that puts everything into perspective.  We don’t exercise and eat well to be super models but to bring glory and honor to God.  He gives us one amazing body to use for this short time on earth and He tells us, “  19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Let the focus of the week be on making God proud with our choices!

We love Francis Chan!!

It’s hard to follow that amazing teaching but now it’s time to move our bodies!!  I have a simple challenge for you 100 burpees, 100 push ups, and 100 sit-ups you can break it up however you need to but DON’T take a shower before you do thisWinking smile

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Becca and I both love our plain Greek yogurt. Please don’t buy the sugar loaded version, just add your own sweetener and fruit or make our recipe below!!  These ingredients are always in my house so I have no excuse not to grab something healthy when I’m hungry.  This also travels well just keep the cereal on the side!

Yogurt Crunch!

1 cup of Plain Greek yogurt

Any fruit – strawberries, bananas, and blueberries are my favorite

1/4 cup of Kashi Go lean crunch

any sweetener of your choice

and the secret ingredient is Chia seeds, if you haven’t tried these wonderful little seeds you must!  There are so many reasons you will love them, go here for the health benefits of the chia seed.  Try Chia seeds in your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, even pancake batter (your kids will never know).

Go out today and make God ProudSmile

Love, Shannon

Going through the Motions or Living the Life God intended us to have????

Every morning we all wake up and pretty much have our routine and day all planned out.  For me on most days my alarm goes off at 4:45am, I hit snooze 2x’s and get out of bed at 5am.  I go to the gym, hope that I’m motivated to actually work out, come home, shower and get ready for work.  My 2 girls wake up, I get them ready and make my “On the Go Breakfast”, (my favorite is pictured below, tons of protein, great antioxidants & of course a little bit of carbs since I grew up eating bagels), & the day goes on.  Well the past 2 days between working 13 hour days and still making time for the gym, I realized I missed the most important thing that I was supposed to be doing, spending time with God!  By the time I got through my routine I sat on the couch and fell asleep at 9:15pm.  I was just going through the motions.  Again, I woke up to my routine this morning thinking there has to be a better way to slow down and on my way home it hit me.  I’ve recently read the book of Ecclesiastes and was trying to figure out what it all meant and after several days and weeks of just going through the motions it clicked.

“To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge & happiness, but to the sinner he gives the talk of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.  This to is meaningless and chasing the wind.” Ecclesiastes 2:26

I realized that I don’t just want to gather and store, go through the motions and chase wind, I want to please God so he gives me wisdom, knowledge & happiness.  The moral of my story is that we choose what we do every day, I’m still working on this, but take time to read the bible and spend time with God because everything else, as the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us is meaningless.  Give glory to God and your days will not only be meaningful they will truly be blessed. Love, Becca

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“On the Go Breakfast”

1/2 Ezekiel English Muffin with Almond Butter or a little Organic Unsalted Butter

Fage Plain Greek Yogurt topped with your favorite berries.

1 Cup of Coffee of Coconut Creamer for Dairy-Free

The Most Dangerous Time of the Day

I’m great in the morning, I eat clean and feel good!  Lunch comes and I usually have something planned and I’m good.  Afternoon snack comes and I have wonderful healthy choices, I eat and I’m still hungryAnnoyed DANGER ZONE!!!

This is the time in the past that I could eat my whole kitchen and if I’m being totally honest I still do sometimes but I have learned a trick that has saved me MANY, MANY TIMES!food8

Lots of veggies and my new favorite dressing is my secret weapon.  Classic Ranch by Bolthouse Farms has only 45 calories for 2Tablespoons I’m in ranch heaven!  I sometimes just dip my veggies or make a big salad and I consider this my appetizer. I continue eating veggies all the way to dinnerWinking smile

Do you have a dangerous time of the day and what do you do to keep from ruining all your hard work with one hour of lost control?

 

 

 
Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Fitting Greens Into Your Breakfast!!

Green leafy vegetables are packed with tons of fiber, vitamins, minerals and plant-based substances that can help protect you from so many diseases!  It’s hard to make sure we are getting enough of these “Power House” foods throughout the day!  One easy way to add Greens to your diet is in your breakfast.  Try this amazing recipe, its great for a weekend change-up of your typical eggs and taste so amazing!!

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Green Eggs & Ham

1 Ezekiel English Muffin

2 Slices of Pancetta

2 Organic Farm Fresh Poached Light Eggs

1 Simply Organic Pesto Sauce Packet – Prepare as listed on instructions

Organic Arugula tossed in light Olive Oil & Sea Salt

Prep Time:  15 Minutes

Toast English Muffin, top with grilled pancetta, poach 2 eggs and place on top of pancetta, drizzle with pesto sauce and finish with a nice helping of arugula!!

“Commit to the Lord what you do, and your plans will succeed.”   Proverbs 16:3