CRAVE, BINGE, GAIN, STRESS, CRAVE,… What’s really going on here?
Do you ever step on the scale and beat yourself up?
Do you ever feel guilty about food choices?
Do you ever stress about the food that will be at an outing and if you can trust yourself to stay away?
Do you ever think you must be missing something or something must be wrong with you because you can’t lose weight?
Do you maybe even have health problems but still can’t say no to food?
Do you see food more as comfort or stress reliever?
Do you exercise to lose weight, or to be healthy?
Comment below YES if any of these sound familiar to you!
So… what gives? We are putting all the pieces together! craving+emotions+solutions!
As an online virtual health and fitness coach, emotional eater overcomer, fitness instructor, ministry-hearted mom who’s just living faith first and always inspired more by the other women I have the honor to serve and mentor, I am opening the doors to my next online accountability early for those who want to reserve one of the 5 exclusive spots for one on one coaching and group support.
I am looking for women who:
Are willing to take 30 minutes a day to push play at home with a fitness program we select together.
Will purchase Lysa Teurkeurst’s Made to Crave and participate in a weekly online book club. *early enrollment participants will receive their copy for FREE if enrolled by April 4th.
Will follow a simple meal plan filled with family friendly and healthy summer treats.
Will replace one meal or snack with nutrient dense Shakeology.
Want to kick some of the bad habits such as- negative self talk to the curb.
Want to FEEL CONFIDENT in their skin.
Are interested in a POSITIVE TALK Environment to deal with cravings for real.
Can dedicate 4 weeks to checking in with the virtual accountability group, and 10 minutes a day reading the life changing book, Made to Crave by Lysa Teurkerst
The group opens for early enrollment this week. Please complete the application to learn more.
Registration deadline for March group has ended, but my April Group is now open. Space will be limited.
Register with purchase by April 14 to enter for $20 Target Gift Card and free copy of the book!
*If you miss the deadline and would like to be considered for our next group, please complete the application so that I may provide you with upcoming details.
Our newest program, 30 Day Breakaway, is going to get you out of the house and into the great outdoors! This has never been done on Beachbody on Demand before, and I am so excited to get stronger, learn new running techniques, and just get outside and run!
Super Trainer Idalis Velazquez (creator of Mes de Más & a D1 Track & Field athlete)
30 day program culminating in a 5k!
Running and strength training workouts
Multiple calendars for beginning runners, advanced runners, and those who are short on time
Audio or video running workouts so that you are guided through the whole run
Who is Idalis Velazquez?
Idalis is a wife, proud mom of three girls, and an internationally recognized Elite Trainer who specializes in fast, efficient and effective at-home programs that help busy women and men get the results they want with the time they have. She is a Beachbody Super Trainer, a bilingual Fitness Influencer, and Fitness and Wellness content creator. She was a Division I Track & Field star and ranked nationally in Puerto Rico!
As an Elite Trainer Idalis has created and has been part of the following: First Latina Super Trainer for Beachbody.
Creator of Mes de Más Program – “Month of More,” the first program filmed in Spanish to support the Latino community
Creator of Total Body Pregnancy workout Series for Beachbody – filmed both in English & Spanish.
You can find her on Instagram @ivfitness
When Can I Start?
September 14th – Sample workout available
October 5th – Coaches and VIP customers can unlock 30 Day Breakaway on BOD
October 19th – Customers can unlock 30 Day Breakaway on BOD
November 21 – 29th – Virtual 5k run with the entire network
Spring 2021 – 30 Day Breakaway on BOD for all customers
What equipment is required?
Light, medium, and heavy dumbbells
Resistance Loops (to increase intensity)
A good pair of running shoes.
What is the nutrition plan like?
All 30 Day Breakaway Challenge and Completion packs include BOTH Ultimate Portion Fix and 2B Mindset – our incredible premium nutrition plans – so we will be able to focus on the nutrition program that works best for you. This combination of nutrition and fitness is amazing! Learning how to fuel your body will also fuel your runs!
What support will I have?
My test groups are so much fun with a new theme every month and such an amazing way to stick to your plan, answer questions, stay motivated and connect with other people doing the same program! These groups are what have kept me on track – they hold me accountable and keep me motivated!
What packages are there?
For New Customers:
For Existing BOD Members:
I always recommend the Deluxe packages – especially with a program like this where you will be sore. Starting a new type of exercise uses so many different muscles! Having Recover will help you function the next day and allow you to give your next workout or run 100%. And Energize will give you the power to really crush your workout.
Look at the value in the Completion Pack vs the Accessory Bundle!
My favorite add ons:
I am so excited to do this program with you! Make sure that you have filled out this interest form to be kept up to date!
If you KNOW that you want to do this program with me, and you are READY to choose your package from the options above, fill out the “ORDER” form HEREand I will be in touch! Remember, filling out the form above just tells me you’re “interested”!
In the order form, if you select you want to become a VIP Customer or Coach on my team and I will send you a follow up email so you can purchase on October 5th. If you select you want to join me as a regular customer, you will receive an email from me so that you can order on October 19th!
A lot of people are surprised when they first learn this about me….
𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁.
Like… a moment of panic or fear would hit me, and 𝒎𝒚 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒕 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒊𝒅𝒆 in the bathroom or somewhere while stuffing chocolate anything in abundance into my mouth and focus more on the food than the feelings I was trying to avoid feeling. Until, of course, I feel physically ill and sick to my stomach from the sweet, and even “full” physically… but still wouldn’t stop. Instead, I’d then switch to something salty like pickles or chips… until that got to be too much and I’d switch back to sweet again. If I got too miserable, then binging tv would be my next plan of action for 🅽🆄🅼🅱🅸🅽🅶 🅾🆄🆃 the stress swirling in my brain and twisting up my gut.
Why does this surprise people?? Because, well, ya know – I’m in fitness. I’m an instructor, a coach… I HELP people with eating probs, right? Besides, I’m also usually smiling when they see me (and so they’d never guess I have struggled with handling stress healthfully).
But y’all… I’m SO HUMAN. I have a flawed past and I have flaws now. And 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏 I have a passion for fitness & helping others establishing healthy lifestyle habits 𝗡𝗢𝗪 is 𝗕𝗘𝗖𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗘 𝗢𝗙 my previous OVERWHELMING struggles with food and using it as a coping mechanism for all of life’s stresses and undealt with trauma.
I have dysfunctional habits that ran my life for years, just like we all do. And I’m still not perfect, but well… I had to FACE them to overcome them.
And the hard truth is… In order to face them, 𝑰 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒖𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒚 𝑪𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒊𝒆𝒔.
I also had to do practical, physical things. 𝑩𝑬𝑭𝑶𝑹𝑬 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒉𝒊𝒕 𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓, I had to put strategies in place that set me up for making wise nutrition decisions and making them habits… so that WHEN stress did come, I had already put things in place that 🅸🅽🆃🅴🆁🆁🆄🅿🆃🅴🅳 the old patterns and the old ways of binging/stress eating.
Once I took the tools and strategies I was learning from my nutrition program and put them in place, it was no longer as convenient for me to just fall into the old cycle of stuffing sweets in secret… which gave me “space” of time and effort 🅱🅴🆃🆆🅴🅴🅽 the “feeling” of stress and the sudden “urgency to eat” and the actual stress eating itself.
And this is what would start to happen – It was taking so much EXTRA time for me to scrounge around, trying to find SOMETHING rich and sweet to binge on… and my thoughts/feelings would start to come to the surface 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒆𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓 what they were saying, giving me opportunity 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 to God and help me 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 before just stuffing them down like I was used to.
My life. my health. my relationship with food. It all changed.
Not all at once, but one stress eating episode at a time.
And isn’t it 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝑮𝒐𝒅 to take something meant to destroy us, and turn it into something we are called to help others with?
I haven’t seriously attempted running since my car wreck in 2012 when I abrumptly and regretfully had to give it up – But I’m about to brave a new RUNNING + RESISTANCE training program that has me so hopeful with the possibility of breaking away from the house, the gym, the car and the laptop … and walking/running outside again!
I could not be more excited (and nervous) about our next program coming out – 30 Day Breakaway. Y’all know I am usually either teaching in the gym – or working out from home – but I have always wanted to feel the mental/physical destressing of a good run outside under the sky again. It’s definitely an exercise that our bodies were made to do and so I am going to challenge myself to not only train to run a 5k in 30 days, but improve hip mobility/stability, ankle & core strength, and new lean muscle all over along the way to the 5K!.
What is the the 30 Day Breakaway?
30 Day Breakaway is a running-meets-resistance training program designed to get you fitter and faster. You’ll learn to train smarter – first, by lifting to build lean muscle and then by hitting the road (or treadmill) for a run. At the end of the 30 days, you’ll take on the challenge of a 5k … even if you haven’t run since junior high gym class! Super Trainer Idalis Velazquez will be with you every step of the way, as you build your confidence to cross that finish line!
For the 30 Day Breakaway workouts, it is recommended to have light, medium, and heavy dumbbells, Resistance Loops (to increase intensity), and a good pair of running shoes. (Side note: If you purchase the full program, all our bundled packs will come with a set of loops and a super cool running belt, so you have a place for your phone)!
Idalis, the trainer (who was a D1 Track and Field Star!) talks you through the entire run. She talks about RPE – rate of perceived exertion – so this program can literally be done by anyone… because you take it at your own pace! How fast you run is completely up to you!Because Idalis leads you through the run, it definitely goes by faster. She is there to guide you visually and/or audibly the whole time from your phone app!
Here is a little sneak peek preview of the program, if you’re curious:
See what I mean? There is no time to think about how much you can’t breathe or want to go home. You’re guided and motivated through every step. I am seriously excited for this. I have tried Couch to 5K in the past, but the whole time all I thought about was… how much longer?! LOL I probably looked at my watch 200 times. This is a much more focused and inspiring run experience!
Interested? Unsure? The free sample workout to this program dropped Monday and is available for all my current & new customers to try right NOW! This workout has two components – a strength/lifting component – because good runners are strong runners – and then the running portion.
What is fall without pumpkins?! There will be plenty of pumpkins popping up soon and a great way to make use of pumpkin seeds is to roast them for an easy, healthy snack! So, don’t throw ‘em out!
First, how do you get the strings off pumpkin seeds?! When you first scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin, it seems like it will be impossible to separate the sticky, clingy strings from the seeds. But all you have to do is rinse the mass of seeds and strings under cold water and the seeds will separate easily.
Ok, now what?
Measure pumpkin seeds. Place in a medium saucepan. Add 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to the pan for every half cup of pumpkin seeds. Bring the salted water and pumpkin seeds to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes; remove from heat and drain.
Preheat oven to 400° F. Coat the bottom of a roasting pan or thick baking sheet with olive oil, about a teaspoon. Spread the seeds out in a single later and toss to coat them with oil.
Bake on the top rack until the seeds begin to brown, 5-20 minutes depending on the size of the seeds.
When lightly browned, remove pan from oven and let cool!
Will you try this recipe and let me know what you think? What’s your go-to healthy snack choice?
Place oats in the food processor and pulse for 20 seconds. Add nut butter, pumpkin, and honey. Pulse until blended.
Add nuts, Shakeology, and ground ginger and pulse until blended.
Remove the blade from the food processor. Fold in the crystallized ginger and mix well.
Shape the mixture into 18 energy balls, approximately 1 tbsp each.
Serve immediately or you can store them in a container in the fridge for up to 5 days!
If you follow my Fix container program: ½ Yellow, 1½ tsp.
If you follow my 2B Mindset program: enjoy this as an occasional snack or treat – be sure to track!
Want more information on my premium nutrition plans or pumpkin spice superfoods? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and say “NUTRITION PLANS” or “PUMPKIN SPICE” in the email subject line… I am happy to help!
If you’re getting tired of baking banana bread – is that still a pandemic phenomenon?! – you have to try this Pumpkin Bread recipe! As we get closer to the end of summer, I just want all the pumpkin spice things… and I hear Starbucks is featuring the PSL way sooner this year, but I do try to save those as a special treat This recipe is made with simple ingredients and I can feel free to nibble on it as a snack with my midday coffee (SO yum) or encourage my kids to have a slice with their morning eggs. Try it out and let me know how you like it!
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
¾ cup pumpkin puree (not canned pumpkin pie filling!)
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; mix well and set aside.
Combine the eggs and oil in a large bowl; mix well. Add the maple syrup and pumpkin; mix well.
Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture; mix until just blended.
Place batter in a small loaf pan that has been lightly coated with spray.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
My heart passion is helping mamas live their life fit, healthful, purposeful (3 John 2)! If you’ve been following me for awhile, and you’re ready to start working together, I’d love to invite you to my next online Fit Club accountability group for fitness & nutrition coaching, or to sign up to attend my Life Fit Studios virtual fitness classes. See you soon! In Sweat & Faith, Angel
I am SO excited for the launch of our newest program – #mbf- Muscle Burns Fat! And the most exciting part… it’s really two programs in one – #mbfa (Muscle Burns Fat Advanced) is designed to be completed right after! I cannot wait for 6 full weeks of new workouts!
What is #mbf?
Here’s a little teaser video to get a feel for the program:
Super Trainer Megan Davies (winner of The 20s and creator of Clean Week)
Two 3 week programs designed to be done back to back
25-45 minute workouts
Set to music so you can push your pace, find your rhythm, and let the music help drive you to burn maximum calories.
7 days a week: M/W/F- Strength training, T/H- Cardio, Saturday- EMOMs (every minute on the minute), Sunday- Recovery
#mbf is made up of two 3-week programs—#mbf Muscle Burns Fat and #mbfa Muscle Burns Fat Advanced—designed to be done back-to-back. #mbf is perfect for beginners and will lead you right into #mbfa. Led by Super Trainer Megan Davies, these 25- to 45-minute strength-training and cardio workouts will help you tone, tighten and scorch calories!
Who is Megan Davies?
Super Trainer Megan Davies is the creator of #mbf – Muscle Burns Fat. Megan began her career as a personal trainer in college. She then spent years training clients and expanding her skills, earning certifications from the NSCA and the Fitness Institute International, and opening her own gym. After winning the Beachbody fitness reality show, THE 20s (which you can watch on BOD!), Megan was chosen as the next Beachbody Super Trainer to create her first program, Clean Week. I am so excited for you to get to know her – she is so upbeat and her attitude helps me power through my workouts!
When Can I Start?
Starting now: Customers can purchase, get my prep guide
August 10th: We will Start MBF workouts as my group or you can start on your own
Upon completion of MBF program: #mbfa (next level: muscle burns fat advanced) workouts start or you can complete another round of #mbf and begin #mbfa when you’re ready
What equipment is required?
Light, medium and heavy dumbbells
BOD Rope – our new weighted indoor jump rope!
What is the nutrition plan like?
All #mbf Challenge and Completion packs include BOTH UPF and 2B Mindset – our AMAZING premium nutrition plans – so we will be able to focus on the nutrition program that works best for you. This combination of nutrition and fitness is amazing!
What support will I have?
My test groups are so much fun and such an amazing way to stick to your plan, answer questions, stay motivated and connect with other people doing the same program! These groups are what have kept me on track – they hold me accountable and keep me motivated!
I always recommend the Deluxe packages – especially with a program like this where you will be SORE. Having Recover will help you function the next day and allow you to give your next workout 100%. And Energize will give you the power to really crush your workout.
My favorite add ons:
I am so excited to do this program with you! Make sure that you have filled out this form(click here) to ask for more info about my challenge group experience and get my recommendations. I would love to hear more about you, your goals, what you’re hoping to accomplish with this program or if you’re looking for something a little different.
Don’t forget to sign up for my email alerts here – I will be enrolling everyone this week for our next round together, so we can begin workouts ASAP!
Cannot wait to rock this with you!
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Who doesn’t love every chance they can get to eat some good Tacos?! And the smell of ground cumin alone makes me hungry!!
My family pretty consistently has a taco night at least once every 2 weeks even if it’s not on a Tuesday – and last night my hubby totally got daggers from me for not bringing home some Taco Bueno (some of the best)!
ANyway — when we make it ourselves, it’s that much more fun and rewarding to chow down.
Ditch the seasoning packets (they’re usually high in sodium and contain artificial flavors) with this super-easy spice blend. You can even add in additional spices, like cayenne for some heat!
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp dried oregano
Combine chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano in a small bowl; mix well! Use in all your favorite taco recipes!
Want to know a secret? I am honestly a laughable mess in the kitchen. Seriously, I’m not trying to be humble- it’s true! I really enjoy home cooked meals (not so much the clean up after) , and I know the value of making meals at home vs eating out every night, not just in dollar but in my family’s overall nutrition. Plus, I like to think of meal times at home as a way of getting everyone in the family social with one another! Talking over prepping, giggling over messes, encouraging the kids’ efforts, and celebrating our successful dishes around the table. More times than not, the family working together helps save me from making every single meal a disaster LOL…. My husband is better at baking, my youngest really picks out some great recipes, my son is the resident chopper/dicer, and my oldest… well… she takes after me HAHA. What can I say, I just don’t have a chef’s touch! But I like to prepare meals for my fam anyway! How are you in the kitchen? Share your favorite dish in the comments below!
This week, we cooked up some pretty great dishes so far, and I’m sharing them with you in today’s blog post.
Every week, I share my family’s dinner plan and a meal planning tip. Here’s this week’s! We chose some from our BOD library, and some from our fit club weekly meal plan (which I put together for my clients each week to coincide with their nutrition plan & fitness program).
Pssst…. Side note before you read this. Are you in my monthly Fit Club already?? If yes, go grab this week’s FULL meal plan uploaded for you in the group’s files. If no, check it out – you get access to our FULL meal plans every week for the entire year when you join. Every meal plan includes customizable recipes and a complimentary grocery list!
Keep reading for this week’s meal planning tips below!
My Meal Planning Tip of the Week
This week’s tip is about remembering your favorites! When planning meals for your family, especially if you have a few picky eaters, it can be super helpful to keep new-found as well as all-time favorites in rotation. Any time my hubby tastes something we cooked for dinner and says something like “oh wow – this is really good” with his eyebrows raised up in pleasant surprise… I’m saving that puppy!! And when BOTH hubs and kids all are looking to make sure there are still leftovers the next day? Oh that’s also a sign in my book!
This week I rotated back in a combination of a new family favorite from last month’s meal plan. We’ve made a honey and chicken pineapple skewer recipe a few times before and really enjoyed it, but we usually make it with red onion and bell peppers and a rosemary thyme marinade. When we tried the skewers with jamaican jerk seasoning – holy taste buds, batman! We LIKED! So, this week I revisited this dish with a couple of swaps to keep it fun –
We used the Jamaican Jerk seasoning blend again on pork instead of chicken
We used Mango instead of Pineapple (this was sooo yummy to me)!
We skipped the onion and just did bell peppers (red, yellow, orange).
We served the skewers with buttered brown rice which complimented the sweet mango and seasoning of the pork so so nicely!
Where can you do the same this week for your family? If you’re wondering where I get all my nutrition advice, recipes, and know-how from, go check out my top 2 nutrition programs I recommend to my clients here and here, or just get the best of both nutrition AND fitness solutions for each of these programs along with my free coaching when you sign up here or here.
Faith for Life Fit Talk
We can start off strong JUST focusing on workouts and food… but when real life hits, we get thrown hard , realize we’ve not built up the INNER muscle for less than perfect times and circumstances. Which – HELLO – that’s LIFE. So when we’re trying to “make it a LIFE-STYLE” what do we do to stick it out thru the roughness, the inconvenience, and make our new desired habits stay for a LIFE-TIME no matter what’s going on around us ? Keep Reading
Muscle Burns Fat Fitness & Nutrition Program Enrollment now open for new & existing customers!
Stop saying that your “real life” will start when you’ve lost 20 or 100 pounds, when you fit back into those summer shorts or a size 2, or when you finally reach those far away goals.
Life is happening right now. You don’t need perfect abs to start living it.
If you’re ready to work on your wellness while actually still enjoying your life, my next virtual fit club starts soon. Whatever your goals, I’ll help you find balance, joy, and the healthiest you. No making yourself miserable this summer in the quest to be skinny, ok? We’re going to be fit for life.
Want more info? Comment below and I’ll send you all the details!
🥰so… I have a little news that I’ve been waiting on to FINALLY share. 🥰.
I have an exciting muscle burns fat fitness & nutrition program I’ve been testing and it’s awesome!!! AND NOW… It’s available to YOU!!!!.. Cool, right? Would you be interested in hearing more about it ? Email me email@example.com Subject: MBF group
Quick info about the full program:
🔥The FULL program is being released EARLY on July 7th TUESDAY for my test group participants!! All others must wait til winter 2020. 🔥 My clients receive a nutritional support program OF THEIR choice 🔥 It’s an at home program that can be done in 25-30 minutes a day. 🔥 It includes over 42 workouts filmed in real time so there’s no getting bored. 🔥 A tracker app for accountability 🔥 Daily coaching from me
Y’all know I love these programs, combined with the community support and nutrition plans that give me amazing results and have helped me make fit a lifestyle, but if you follow me or know my HEART…
You also know I have always taught that health comes from the inside out – which means inside my fit club groups we work on more than just squats and crunches. We work on-
✨ building and maintaining health habits ✨ Rewriting our internal dialogue and learning to see ourselves through God’s eyes. ✨ How we FEEL is greater indicator to our progress than how much we weigh ✨ Faith infused motivation and mindset tips to create confidence, cut through the chaos and confusion of breaking habits that hold us back
If you want to learn more about my group and this upcoming fat burn & metabolism building workout & nutrition program test group..: fill out the interest form below and you will receive a message from me on how to get registered.
**everyone who tests out the workout program & provides feedback for our test group will be entered for a chance to win prizes!
**FILL OUT THIS INTEREST FORM BELOW 🔥 and I will get you the details within 24 hours.
Excited to rock another week with you, Life Fit Collective!! 🧘🏻♀️ ☀️ 🌴 Here are our free Virtual Classes offered this week…check out the new ones!! All class times and Zoom IDs are listed weekly inside our Facebook group here.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Gal 5:22-23.
❤️…A verse I love that I keep coming back to. It’s said often in health and fitness circles that the hard part isn’t getting your body in shape, The hard part is getting your mind in shape, and I can see some truth in that. . We can start off strong JUST focusing on workouts and food… but when real life hits, we get thrown hard , realize we’ve not built up the INNER muscle for less than perfect times and circumstances. Which – HELLO – that’s LIFE. So when we’re trying to “make it a LIFE-STYLE” what do we do to stick it out thru the roughness, the inconvenience, and make our new desired habits stay for a LIFE-TIME no matter what’s going on around us ? .
What I see this scripture reminding us is that when we are mindful to CARE FOR the Inner parts of life … we will experience an OUTPOURING of results in all the outer parts of life (including disciplining the body and our appetites). . Go with me here – The fruit (growth) of the Spirit (inner life). . LOVE. Loving myself better through my food, sleep, training, self coping choices… . JOY. Celebrating and appreciating my body, my victories, my struggles for how they make me stronger (not a discouragement and reason to quit) . PEACE. His peace He gives me. Peace with my uniqueness, my body shape. I could list about 10 more. . KINDNESS. GOODNESS. GENTLENESS. Not just by how I treat my body by what I put in my mouth for my cells and organs to thrive on… goodness & kindness in how I speak and think of myself. Not punishing my body for what I did or didn’t do/eat. . SELF CONTROL. FORBEARANCE. FAITHFULNESS. Making it through the tough stuff. Tough times. With patience and discipline. Sticking to my promises to God and myself for this body He says is His temple. No going back . . When I just try training the body I’m doing it the HARDER WAY! It’s NOT ENOUGH ALONE! So the answer mama- the answer is train and grow them BOTH. Not just the outside. But the Inside at the same time. . What do you think? I’d love to hear from you!