Who Cares About the Scale?

“Life is not about body fat and muscle tone.

It’s about where our hearts are at and His grace alone.

It’s not about the mirror or any other measurement,

but in our service to others, reflecting the Son He sent.

We’re called to honor the body,

but not for our praise or reward.

We’re just simple, humble stewards, on a mission for the Lord.

So eat right, train hard, but don’t forget your purpose,

God sees your heart and not what’s on the surface.”

This was quoted from The PrayFit Diet.  I don’t have the book but I get their daily devotional and I love the message they share.  It’s not about diet, it’s not about your size, or what the scale says it’s about honoring God in how we take care of this incredible body He’s knit together.  It’s about seeking Him in every area of our life for His glory to be revealed.  I am just a work in progress, God keeps shaping and molding my life if I let Him one day at a time.  So throw out that scale and live each day to glorify and honor God with all the blessings He has given us!

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Colossians 3:23

10 Weeks to Summer

That’s right ladies summer is just 10 weeks away.  It will be HOT, we will hopefully get to lay by the pool or the beach, and we will surely be outside often either working in the yard, going on hikes, or playing with the kids.  Please don’t let this be a summer that you need to hide under a cover up or feel uncomfortable in your own skin.  We are God’s girls made perfect and beautiful and this could be your summer to be healthy, strong, and fit just as God intended!

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We have 10 little challenges for the next 10 weeks, because we know you can do it!!!

  • Start a Journal Start keeping track of each day- your lessons from God, your food, and your workout.  Make sure to write your victories and failures and learn from them!
  • Sign up and Train for a race – This is not just great for you but usually a charity is involved with this goal.  So find something that gets you motivated.  You can race with Becca and I in the Rugged Maniac in NJ or the Patriot Games at Peace Valley Park in PA (info isn’t out yet for this race but we will keep you postedWinking smile)
  • Lose up to 20 pounds (crazy right, just 2 pounds per week) by tracking your food and keeping exercise a priority you can do it.  Check out our food diaries and workout routine if you need any help or ideas.
  • Find your fitness love Make it your goal to find something you love to do that requires you to break a sweat.  Try Zumba, weight lifting, tennis, running, biking, Spinning, or TRX.  The list goes on and on but try a bunch until you find something that makes you feel great, has you looking forward to your next time, and something you will “love”!  I promise everyone has something they just haven’t found it yetSmile
  • Achieve a fitness goal- complete 100 pushups or 5?  Run 5 miles or 3? do 10 pull ups or 2?  Whatever your goal is see it through, but be sure to set a new one!
  • Find 10 Healthy new meals you love keep trying and experimenting until you find super healthy foods that you don’t just eat to be healthy but because they are delicious and you love them!  Make sure to write the recipes and the meals down because I promise you will forget!  Then be sure to share them with usWinking smile
  • One Day at a time Focus on each day, not 10 weeks.
  • Find a workout buddy start asking friends and family if they would like to workout with you and hopefully in the next 10 weeks you can find someone that will buddy up and hold you accountable.
  • Find Balance – over the next 10 weeks aim for balance.  Do not beat yourself up when you eat something you shouldn’t but pat yourself on the back when you overcome a temptation.  Depriving yourself will never work it is about moderation and balance.
  • Draw closer to God This should be your most important goal because nothing else matters!
    “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 
1Corinthians 9:24-26

Every time I lose focus about why I do what I do I’m a mess. I will be taking on these challenges with all of you over the next 10 weeks and I’m going to run this race to win a crown that will last forever, not in my own strength but God’s, what about you?

Love, Shannon

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

T. G. I. F.

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Who doesn’t love the weekend? For most of us it means extra family time, fun activities, and often extra food!  When you are trusting God in the journey to make good choices it doesn’t mean you are off the hook and you won’t be tempted left and right.  Here are a couple tricks that help keep us on our healthy journey and not ruin all our hard work on the weekend!

#1 Stop, drop, and think – Am I hungry?  Is it worth it?  Can I just have a little and stop?  If you answer yes to all these then move on to step 2. If you answer No to any walk away!!

#2 “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial”  Is what you are about to put in your body going to benefit or harm it?

#3 Lastly, enjoy it! If you honestly ask yourself these questions and you still want what ever it is then enjoy it.  Everything in moderation is the only way to make changes that will last the rest of your life. 

So stop, drop, and think before you eat and stay focused on your goals! 

“if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Snicker’s Won’t Satisfy

Snicker’s won’t satisfy but my 5 Ghiradelli Chocolate pieces with 10 almonds will!!  It’s amazing how this little snack can kick that craving for fat and sugar, just beware to stick with a small serving and walk away!!

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What is your favorite go to sweet treat?