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!!!

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

Thoughts = Power

Think about this “we are what we think”!  If you woke up this morning and said to yourselves “I am God’s girl, made perfect, fully loved and nothing is going to bring me down, and I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!” you are ready to attack the day with truth in your heart.  If you started with complaining, “I can’t get out of bed”, “I hate me job”, “this is going to be the worst day”, these are Satan’s thoughts and I can guarantee your day will be dreadful!

“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

Great ways to keep proper thinking are #1 Read your bible- nothing in the world can replace being taught and nourished by God himself. #2 Subscribe to blogs, devotionals, and videos of trusted believers that feed your soul

Becca is always sending me her David Wilkerson devotionals, funny that I just finally signed up to receive them myself.

Another e-mail I get is Pray Fit Daily, they give you a little spiritual and physical motivation and I love their motto   “In Jesus’ name we train”. 

This next one you might laugh but my husband and I have Joyce Meyer recording in our DVR and I love that instead of watching Snooki and Jwow (guilty) we have a great option that nourishes our soul.  We lay on the couch and rub each others feet and we never fail to learn something!

Francis Chan the author of Crazy Love and other great books never disappoints with his sermons on vimeo and youtube.  This one I listened to while I ran 7 miles on the treadmill (which could be a record for me on that awful thingWinking smile)

 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

Have an amazing day with just the knowledge that God, the maker of the heavens and earth who knit you together in your mother’s womb, loves YOU!!