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

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

All Day Every Day Cookies!

I hope you had a great weekend and even if you didn’t remember there is NO GIVING UP, every day is a new day and a Clean SlateSmile (go to that link to try our laundry basket workout if you haven’t already). We also hope you have a better reason why You Do What You Do  so you stay motivated for all the right reasons.  Now get ready, maybe you should sit down…..that’s right we have an EVERY DAY ALL DAY COOKIE!

Oh to be able to eat cookies all day!!! Well ladies this could be the healthiest cookie EVER!

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Every Day All Day Cookie

1 1/2 cups of chopped carrots (or baby carrots)

1 large zucchini cut in chunks

3 frozen slices of Ezechial Bread

1egg

1tsp of vanilla

1tsp of baking powder

1Tbl of cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or good blender than in a separate bowl mix

1 cup of old fashioned oats

1/8cup of Truvia or sweetner of choice

1/4cup of white chocolate chips chopped good

Mix all together and drop by rounded teaspoon on a sprayed cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 min. depending on how done you would like them!  These are loaded with good stuff and I wouldn’t even call them a cookie but more of a veggie, hope you enjoy!

Who’s Hungry?

Oh how I love food (I say that a lot) so I need to find great recipes that are

 #1 EASY, #2 DELICIOUS, #3FILL ME UP (which isn’t easy to do)

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And the recipe..                       

turkey meatballs

The ways to use them are endless but here are some ideasSmile

Turkey Meatball Parm

A little sauce, mozzarella, on a lightly toasted Joseph’s Pita bread (love them)!

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Turkey Meatball Soup

This is super healthy and an ultimate comfort food, does it get any better?

IMG_99511 Tbl olive oil, 1 onion chopped, 3 celery stalks chopped, 2 garlic cloves – sauté in a large pot

Then add 2- 32 oz. cartons of low sodium chicken stock and bring to a boil

add 1/2 tsp of black pepper, 1 head cabbage chopped, 3 chopped carrots

Simmer 10 min. stirring occasionally

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, drained and diced, and a tsp of italian seasoning and let simmer another 5-10 min. Then add your turkey meatballs!

    Hope you enjoy these recipes and

the rest of your weekend!

Love, Shannon

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

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!

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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