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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Move Your Body!!

If you don’t exercise, you don’t like to exercise, or you wish you had more motivation when you exercise this is for you!

Here are some tips and tricks to get excited to move your body!

#1 Make a realistic plan– get a journal, here is mine.

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It’s tattered and torn but it has workouts (4 good workouts shown), bible verses, meal plans, and water and food stains throughout.  I right down moves, reps, and even what muscles were sore the next day.  Having a plan and setting goals gives you something to achieve and work towards. Not to mention it shows you how far you’ve come!  My old workout that I called “Insane Workout” is a walk in the park now!

#2 Get a friend – or 2 or 3 when Becca and I started working out it was just the two of us. It gives you accountability, encouragement, and a little competition pushes you to do more then you would on your own.

#3 No Excuses – Everyone can come up with reasons not to exercise.  I will give you 1,000 reasons why you need to but here are my top reasons.  #1 God gave you an amazing body (same as an Olympic athlete) and if you don’t use it you lose it!   #2 the benefits are endless- more energy, better brain function, you feel good, look good, which rolls over into being a better mom, wife, friend, and employee #3 God cares about how we take care of our body and if you don’t believe me just pray “Lord please give me the motivation to exercise” and look out!  #4 It’s Fun – when you find activities you love, people you love, and keep trying something new it really becomes fun!

swim workout This morning a few of my amazing friends did a swim workout (Melissa and Amy the girls in the back both swam in college so they couldn’t wait to kick my butt in the pool).  It was something new and scary (because I sink better than I swim) but it was fun and they got us special pink swim caps for the occasion!!

#4 Just Do It – Don’t over think it and just move every day!  Try some of my 2 minute challenges at Shannonclelli on Instagram or on our You Tube Channel linked above!  Before long exercise will be a great habit, like brushing your teeth!

On your mark, get set, go!!!

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

New Discoveries

I had some new discoveries this past week…..
I finally walked on my hands….to some this is not exciting but for me it has been something I have wanted to do for so long.  Set small goals, take baby steps, never give up and you can do anything!!! (Next goal is to walk around the room:)

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You can watch my small victory here:)http://youtu.be/dHLbrbKOUJg

I also learned I can’t live without my shake.  I went off Shakeology for almost two weeks to see how I would feel.  Well I wanted to eat my house all day every day.  My skin got breakouts and I really didn’t feel good.  Last Monday I went back to having my shake for breakfast and I’m a new women.  Energy without coffee all day, no cravings (that is just crazy for me), not hungry (which is crazier) because I am always hungry.   So my experiment proved that my body responds so well to all the nutrition in the shake and helps me to be satisfied!!! Here was the shake I had all week, it’s new favorite!

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This last discovery wasn’t and isn’t fun but God’s overwhelming lesson this past week is that He makes ALL thing beautiful!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 which says, “God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”
No matter how terrible a season of life is He promises to use it for good and Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Back when I went to church, prayed and read my bible speratically I was a mess in my regular life.  I was filled with stress, worry, and no peace.  When life got hairy in the past I turned to food to ease my stress. I would get angry and depressed and eat, which in turn made me more angry and depressed.
This week God has carried me through a rough season of life and I am humbled by what an amazing God we have.  He wants us to know Him, to follow Him, and give Him everything so He can give us something more beautiful then we could dream or imagine for ourselves.
When I met God on the side of the road at 29 years old, I gave Him my life.  I said “take me, mold me, shape me into who you created me to be and use it for your glory!”   This time I meant it. I had said those words before but I was still holding on to my plans and my ideas. It wasn’t until I truly gave Him my life that I saw His power and who He really is!
#1 Our God is big…bigger then everything in your life, bigger then your small plans, bigger then your greatest fear.  He is so big!!
#2. He’s got it all figured out…you can try, you can plan, you can worry yourself to death…but it won’t change a thing! He has great plans for those who trust Him.
#3 He loves us soooo much!!! He wants us to trust Him, to know Him, and to love Him more then anything in this life!  He says when you seek me you will find me.
#4 It won’t always be easy but He promises to make all things beautiful!

As I start a new week especially the week of Thanksgiving I am thankful for everything God has done in my life.  Every new discovery is shaping me into who He has called me to be, and I’m thankful for everyday that I get another chance at discovering all He has in store!!

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I don’t and won’t ever get everything right but as long as I keep my heart and eyes on Him I know everything will be ok!!!
With love,
Shannon

What Is Your Struggle?

Obviously food and body image has been a life long struggle for me!  I started this blog with my cousin (who had a similar struggle) because for the first time in my life I felt FREE and I want everyone to have the same victory!!!

Six years ago God woke me up to who He is, why I’m here, and He has taught me to trust Him with every aspect of life.  I never realized what a problem my relationship with food was until God showed me.  I love food and eating, but it can ruin me.  Eat healthy for a day, binge the next,  start Monday, maybe next week all while I’d beat myself up every time I’d get dressed and the cycle went on since I was at least 13.  I’ve said before I’ve tried every diet only to gain the weight back!

So what changed?  It started with my boo tcamp , I invited friends to workout together and it got huge (it was so God’s doing).  At the time I  was still over weight and insecure with myself.  Then God gave me an idea to do a bible study with my boot campers and we did Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst here is a great interview with her and what it’s all about!

CBN TV – Lysa TerKeurst: Made to Crave.

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That bible study gave me a whole new perspective and really opened my eyes to how Satan uses food as the number one drug to destroy God’s people.

(The problem is bigger then drugs and sex combined)

With God I was able to not get skinny but get in the best shape of my life, both mentally and physically.  Now he has put me in the position to help others with the same battle and no words can say how amazing that it!!!

Step 1 – get with God!!!

Step 2 – I can give you the tools and knowledge, just reach out to me at shannonclelli@gmail.com

Step 3 – be encouraged,  find a friend or friends to go through this journey with you and if you want me to help you I will be your greatest cheerleader 🙂

The holiday’s are coming, arm yourself with the tools to not allow food to control or destroy you but fuel you in to who God designed you to be!

My mom shared this with me and I know it’s true

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13