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Where Have I Been?

Where have I been? That is a good question. Ive been around, doing a little bit of everything. Not quite doing enough in terms of trying to lose weight and live a healthy, plant based life. Which was the whole point of this blog anyways. What happened? Well there is some bit of juicy gossip behind THAT story but thats for another day. I will say that my past crept up to bite me in the butt and instead of handling it, dealing and moving through the pain, I fell back into my trusty old habits. Yummy habits … but the results didnt get me what I really wanted, they just got me comfort. Stop putting in the work and run to be comforted by the things of the world. Id like to break that. And I know Im not the only one.

So here I am, Weigh in Wednesday at 224.8. Ill be starting WiW back up because having accountability was so effective. Some of the other things I was doing since I last blogged, however, have changed. (Im no longer a BeachBody coach.) But YES I am still a vegetarian. 😉 Always.

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I was reading Hebrews 4 this morning.

Heb 14-16 … Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are,yet without sin.
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 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Amen!

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How to get your homeschooling morning off right?

Tomorrow will be our first day for the 2015-2016 school year. I just spent the past 1.5 hours planning out our week and I feel like my brain has turned to mush. My fingers hurt from writing so much (so then why am I typing this blog, who knows!) Let me just say, Im giving you teachers props times 10,000! To be responsible for a classroom full of little adults, its your job to fill their brains with as much info as you can – in such a short amount of time and then try to impact them in such a way that they develop critical life skills. That’s no easy task. Plus I have teacher friends who talk of dealing with difficult parents and a myriad social issues. I would give you all Starbucks gift cards and a spa weekend if I could. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Last year was a little rough because we added baby no. 3 to the mix. I got a little disorganized (which stressed me out to the max) and so did the school work. The big kid did great but it wasn’t as well executed as I would have liked. The husband and I have talked about how to go about making changes here and there to remedy some of those issues.

How to get your homeschooling morning off right?

As I sat down today to plan out our first week back the very first thing I did was to plan morning bible reading and memory verses for the kids. My home church pastor always says to start your day off with the bible in your lap. No matter what curve ball gets thrown your way – or how our school day might turn out – at least we started on track! Lots of prayer. Lots. Will be how we keep it up.

At first I was just planning on having the kids do it but leading by example is always the best teaching tool. You can tell them what to do but it seems like actually showing them gets them further. I had their verses planned out but then that little voice in my head (re. the Holy Spirit) was like …. Wait! Youre not exempt from learning these too! Plus, I know my son will just love being able to quiz while trying to stump his mom. This will be fun for him. Im thinking of making a game out of it and at the end of the month have a little prize for accomplishing the memory verses. Ill also be posting the week’s verses here for accountability sake, but also I would love for others to join us!

My verse
Prov 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

The big kid’s verse
Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

The tot’s verse
Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another.
(I know in the pic the reference number is wrong, I caught it after I wrote it down.)

My hubby joked and asked me what verse he should try and memorize. Um. Eph 5:25. That’s all. Hahaha.

 

How do you handle hardships?

I know it might sound crazy but I actually have some free time! The hubby took 2/3 of the children to the gym, while the I stayed at home with our napping baby. Honestly I was not feeling like being too productive today! I just spent the past 20 mins coloring. Yes thats right, coloring. Sure there are 50 million other things I could be doing right now but I am choosing to have productive-less free time. (And it feels good!) Im a little apprehensive for this particular post but something is bothering me, and on my mind and I feel this push to put it out there. (Lord, is that you?) It is friday night, after all, so Im betting most people are busy and this wont be read by a lot of people (wishful thinking?).

Earlier this afternoon I had an appointment at the eye doctor where I was examined to determine if I am a candidate for the LASIK procedure. This is something Ive wanted to do for over 10 years now but I had to wait until my vision had stabilized and for me to not be pregnant! Lol. Im hopeful that now is my time because I am blind, my contact rx is -7.5 so pretty much, without correction I see nothing. Everything is fuzzy.

So the point of this post… while the doctor was examining my left eye he noticed that there is a scar. He questioned me to try and figure out where it might have come from: Had ever had an infection. Nope. Had I ever been in an accident? Nope. Had I ever had surgery? Nope. Had my husband ever given me a black eye? (Juuuust kidding!) Nope! … Had I ever had trauma to the eye? … Well that is the question I could not answer and the source of my uneasiness.

I remember very little about my life before 6th grade. I try but it just does not come easy, its mostly snippets like in a photograph. Bits of information that I feel is real but I cant quite say for certain. Ever find yourself in a conversation and in mid-sentence, you forget a word? The word is on the tip of your tongue but you just cant think of it…  Its there – but not there. Thats what my childhood memories are like. Everything is fuzzy.

The trauma that occurred to my eye, the scar that might prevent me from getting this corrective vision procedure that Ive been wanting since I was 18, more then likely was caused sometime during that fuzzy time. For when I was a baby through my early childhood I was abused by my biological mother. Soon after I was born my biological father left and I was in her care, she was a dangerous woman and had no motherly bone in her body. Im not
really sure why or how someone could show anything except love to their child but she did not; I was exposed to physical harm and was abandoned. Thankfully my grandparents (her parents) were aware of her treatment and I came to live with them at 16 months old. My parents did everything they legally could to protect me but she was granted visitation during the weekends; knowing that she would more then likely hurt me in some way they had no choice but to abide by the court and let me go. Finally after -years- of hard evidence from the abuse/mistreatment and from the recommendation of my guardian ad litem, the courts took her rights away and legally stripped her from being my mother! Safe at last, my parents changed my last name and we moved away.

I know the details of what happened only from the memories of my parents and family members who also fought for my well being. I think its for the best that I do not remember most of my childhood and now I don’t really think about my past at all, I prefer the fuzzy memories over the alternative. Today though, it was all thrown into my face.

I was definitely shaken today, I wasn’t expecting to hear that I potentially wouldn’t be able to get LASIK because of the trauma suffered when I was a child. I was upset over the news I got and automatically wanted to vent about it, I came home and tried talking to my hubby but afterwards I still didn’t feel any better. It wasn’t until I realized, wait a minute I haven’t even prayed about this! and actually did pray that I was able to gain the right perspective. We all go through difficult circumstances, we have struggles and hardships. Hopefully we are able to overcome them and move past but even then, they can still creep back up into your life. What’s important is how you deal; Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Lord promises us that He will be our source of comfort, encouragement, and heal our broken hearts.

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Lent… What’s Your Motivation?

Are you hungry? eCookbook

Today is Fat Tuesday, apparently. Which means people are suppose to pig out today and then for the next 40 days fast (or be more mindful of their diets) for Lent, up until Easter. I guess I kept with this theme because I had my weekly cheat meal tonight of some veggie pizza. It was yummy and hit the spot. I do eat healthy for the majority of the week but sometimes a girl has got to have a pizza! Lol.

I dont observe Lent but I do practice eating nutritious foods while still occasionally indulging in some treats. Moderation, not deprivation. However, for those who are observing Lent or who just want to try and eat a more healthy and balanced diet, I wanted to tell you about this awesome cookbook!

I connected with a group of health professionals & fitness fans and from that, recently had the opportunity to partner with one of these ladies, Tiny Little Chef. She is chef (yes a real-life chef, lol, not just a foodie blogger like myself) who has released her own eCookbooks. For her most recent project I contributed to some of the recipes in this eCookbook! Holla!! It is all focused on healthy but delish foods. All of my meal ideas are vegan or vegetarian but there are other recipes that do have meat, for you carnivores.The best part is that a portion of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry and World Help, two organizations that help serve impoverished communities! Click –here, yes here– to go to the eCookbook and enter code 2015 for a 15% discount!

healthy meals

From the last 2.5 years Ive been focused on bettering myself and my health, but what has developed from that is having a heart to help others as well. The things that Ive learned wouldnt mean very much to me if I kept it to myself, which is why I like having this blog! More then seeing changes in my just my life, being able to encourage or impact someone else would be tremendous. Im stoked for this opportunity to share some yummy recipes. ❤ And as I continue to learn and grow I hope to have more opportunities like this.

You have two hands, one to help yourself and the other to help others.

What will help keep me on track?

This week has been pretty spot on, as far as my nutrition and exercise. (I say that now, watch next week be more difficult because I just jinxed myself.) Its not without some challenges, I did the Focus T25 Abs this morning and ShaunT about killed me! I know Im going to be feeling that one tomorrow. I thought jumping was hard. Heh. 25 minutes of ShaunT Abs feels more like 125 mins. That one is no joke … but Ive never ever had definition in my abs before so Im ready to work for them.

However, life happens and things tend to go awry, when it does get super hard to keep with this daily routine what will help keep me on track? … Reminding myself of what lead me to get to this point. Reminding myself of my why. Reminding myself of my future goals.

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Living healthy is more important than losing weight.
Being mindful of portion control, that you can have the brownie but not one the size of Texas!
Being active because its fun, as well as good for your body.
Having a positive body image and feeling good about yourself is far more important than how you LOOK.
Treating others how you yourself want to be treated and having integrity in your daily life will get you far.
Being thankful for the blessings God gives you, while having a humble attitude, because such gifts are never certain.

Healthy body | Healthy mind | Healthy spirit

My biggest goal is to spread the love of Christ while leading a well-rounded lifestyle, inspiring others, and setting a positive example for my children.

What have I been up to?

Im sitting here trying to write a blog post that’s somewhat coherent, while the kids are going crazy in the play room, the baby is squealing “DADADADA” and the other two kids are just .. squealing! Ah. Btw, why is it that the baby’s first “word” (more like sound) is Da-da?! What happened to MAMA! Im the one that carried him for 41 weeks, delivered him, stay up nights nursing him, and am with him during the day. Does he call my name first? Nope. I get to hear his sweet little voice call his father’s name, with no mention of me. That’s ok though, when things get crazy at least I can tell my hubby that the baby is calling for him and not me! Ha!

This week I started the Focus T25 workout series.
25 mins a day. 5 days a week. 90 days total.
My mantra: Hard work. Determination. Focus. Nothing great ever comes easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it!

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I wanted to try something moderately hard that would push my comfort zone … but one that’s kind of short. I just don’t have a lot of time at home to devote 100% of my attention to working out.

Im attempting to wake up before my kids to get it done! So far this has not happened and Ive had to work out while they are roaming around in the early morning. At least, with this workout, they are only 25 minutes long so I can knock it quick enough that they don’t quite need anything from me. They eat breakfast and then some little bribe snacks with ipad time does the trick. Then before I know it, my workout is done, I take a 3 minute shower, and start my mom-duties. So if anyone is looking for a quick burn sesh (you like that vernacular?! I learned it on Instagram from the cool workout peeps.) this might be a great program for you.

Easy, it is not! I will warn you, that so far, there is a lot of jumping. I hate jumping exercises! That’s probably because I suck at them. Im having to do the modified moves because jumping and I do not get along. Im going to keep pushing it until I have the jump moves down and no longer have to do the modifications. WOOP!

The huge thing with this system, yes its only 25 mins, but you just have to push yourself. The guy who leads the videos (Shaun T, who also made INSANITY) talks a lot about Focus! Everything you need for a great burn is there but you have to get your mind ready to go and go hard. Focus on why you’re here, what you want to achieve, and let that drive you to kick some butt!

Want to see something funny? I posted 2 videos of myself doing the moves. Really, this is pretty comical so if you need a chuckle, check it out. Video1 and Video2 (Sorry, I haven’t figured out how to save them from Instagram so you have to click the links.)

Ive take my “before” pics and will continue to update on how its going. Im excited! FocusT25, watch out, here I come!

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