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!!!

Defrosting

A perfect way to describe my winter was FROZEN.  Physically, emotionally, and spiritually FROZEN!  It was a rotten winter, this is what our backyard looked like for 3 months.winter2014

What I learned this winter –#1 I dislike winter more every year, #2 I like to eat comfort food in large quantities when I’m cold, #3 waking up at 5am to exercise when it’s zero degrees outside is miserable, and #4 that God still loves me when I’m a mess!

The good news is I’m defrosting (finally)!  Spiritually I’ve been digging in my bible and God has been shaking the ice off me. I’m in a great bible study with an amazing group of women called Stuck by Jennie Allen and also a study through the bible with my cousins going from Genesis to Revelation seeing God’s great plan and promises!  Physically I’m back on point with my eating, I’ve gotten strict and I’ve been eating Whole30 to get all the junk out of my system.  Remember I don’t believe in diets or fads but in trusting God with what to eat and you can find a little about that at my food diary.  Emotionally balance is hard for me and if I’m not seeking God in all that I do I am an utter disaster and completely out of balance!  Emotionally this sums me up.ladder

One day I’m on top of a mountain and the next in the valley with a box of cookies.  I thank God that He never gives up on me and continues to call me higher and gives me new challenges and even though I fall He picks me up.

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

It’s funny that this blog has helped me so much, just reading my struggles, my victories, and how God has carried me is so amazing and the reason I started it.  For me and my children to know my heart and my journey and if it helps one person know the love of God and how he cares for every detail of our lives then it was all worth it!

I have so many food favorites right now that it would take me all day to share but I will leave you with a quick treat that is Whole30 approved Winking smile

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How was your winter? Have you defrosted yet?

Get Ready for the Adventure!

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What a great message to start 2014!

This is the first day of the Jesus Calling for kids devotional that I read  (almost) every morning with my kids. When we start the day with God’s truth it’s amazing how that can affect our attitude.  My challenge this year is to start every day in God’s presence, quietly seeking Him and His will for my day and my life and letting the noise of the world grow dim.  I know that this is the key to every other struggle in my world – food, money, relationships, wants, desires, frustrations.  Only God can fill and heal all the areas I struggle with and even the area’s I don’t even realize I struggle with.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

Hope you have an amazing 2014!

Here I am

Then I said,“Here I am, I have come- it is written about me in the scroll,  I desire to do your will, O my God;  your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 40:7-8

What if we woke up each morning with prayer on our heart, how different our days would be.  Here I am – that is so strong, it is standing before God saying Here I am. I have come– it’s like telling God you are showing up for work. It is written about me in the scroll – I love this because it is true and reminds us how valuable we are to God. Over and over again in the bible God tells us about the book of life and our name being written in it. I desire to do your will, O my God – it is ultimately what I desire but how often do I do it or even to stay quite long enough to hear it?  Your law is within my heart- This is awesome “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11)

With all this truth in this one little prayer how can we not hang it on our mirror, put it in our car, or glue it to the refrigerator to remind us of the only thing that matters – doing the will of God!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Shannon