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Oh hey, it’s Monday! 😊 Are you ready for another week because I’ve got a good one for you!
Highlights from Classes Last Week
In case you missed it – We welcomed back Sid from India on Saturday! It was such a beautiful and exciting moment to see him walk into class Saturday morning while fumbling with my phone cord to start the warm up song 🎶 Can you believe he brought treats for everyone to celebrate 🎉?
More news from our classes last week: We continued to unwrap Lesson 12 in WARRIOR Rhythm with the oscillating cobra and a new 🔥HIIT , ( this week we add a new Booty/Core at the end of class)! In WARRIOR Strength we hit the shoulders hard and brought back the burpee star. In Cycle/WARRIOR Revolution we opened up a new ride 🚲 and tried a beast of a flow to Metallica. In Turbo Kick we added some tuck jump fun to Round 63, and we wobbled in chest/triceps (and legs) after our virtual upper body strength + cycle class this past Thursday 😂 . Grab a class pass or catch one of my virtual recordings on Demand style.
So we’ve all done it…come up with a goal only to forget it in a few days, talk yourself out of it, make excuses, change it, etc. I know I’m guilty. 🙋♀️
But what’s the point of setting a goal if you don’t intend to actually reach it?! 🤔 I mean we might as well not even bother setting it in the first place if we’re not serious about it. And I think that’s usually where the problem lies. The problem isn’t YOU or your ability, the problem is with the actual goal itself. 💡
Because in order to have the best chance to reach your goals, you have to start with setting a good goal in the first place. So that’s what we’re focusing on today!
You’ve probably hear of the SMART acronym…
S – Specific, so you know exactly what you’re reaching for
M – Measurable, so you can actually evaluate progress and completion
A – Attainable, it’s something you can reasonably accomplish
R – Relevant to your values and long term vision
T – Time-based, meaning it has a realistic deadline
Now those are great and I highly recommend starting there. But there’s more to it than that…
Write down your goal(s). Like, everywhere. On post-its, on your phone screen, your daily planner or journal. You need to see it daily to keep going for it.
Share your goal(s). Tell your spouse, trusted friend or family member or co-worker about your goal(s). Sharing it with someone else makes it more real and gives you more accountability to follow through.
Incentivize your goal(s). Sometimes reaching a goal is a reward itself, if it’s earning money for a new car or going on vacation. But make sure you always have some way to celebrate the goal. So if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you could reward yourself with a shopping spree to get new clothes that you feel amazing in. Or you can just dig deep into what the goal means to you and what a reward it will be to your life to reach it. (More to come on that later)!
Now that you know how to set a good goal, we’re going to go all out with different areas of your overall health and wellness! Stay tuned all week to my #ALLOUTAugust challenge by following my Instagram/Facebook pages throughout the week, and right here on my blog every Monday 😊
ALL OUT AUGUST: Meal Prep Monday
I hope you got some rest and self care time this weekend, spending time with loved ones, and recharging your batteries for a new week. 💕
The very best way to ensure you’re ready to go ALL OUT for the week is to take some time now to prepare. If Mondays don’t work for you, maybe make this a Sunday habit starting this week! 🙌
This week let’s focus on one thing that most people know is important to do but really struggle with actually doing it. Meal prep. 🍽
I know, I know. It can be a pain to schedule it into an already busy weekend. And you may think it’s easier to just deal with it as you need to. But I am here to tell you I’ve done it both ways, and taking the time upfront to plan and prep your food for the week is a life saver!! 👏
It creates one big mess all at once. Which is obviously a bummer. But you know what’s an even bigger bummer? Having to do a bunch of dishes and kitchen clean up every single night after a long busy day. 😭
And it’s so much easier to stick to your nutrition program or plan when you have everything all ready to go. Grab your ready-made lunch or snacks in the morning to take with you. And have supper all prepped and ready to cook as soon you’re home instead of grabbing drive thru on the way. 🚗
So get ready to go all out with your meal prep this week. Crank some tunes or your favorite podcast or audiobook and get after it!
✔️pick out meals and snacks you want to make for the week
✔️make a grocery list (or online order) for the things you need
✔️stick to the list!
✔️wash and cut all fresh fruits and veggies
✔️pre-cook anything you can (I have a hack for this I’m sharing today in my IG stories)
✔️prep and portion any sides or salads or snacks
Do you meal prep? If so, share your ways in the comments below!
ALL OUT AUGUST: Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway
We really got right into it on IG/FB and in all my classes with pushing outside our comfort zones.
I’m excited to push you a bit further each week by addressing a common fear most people have, and challenging you to stomp it out by confronting it head on! 👠 I mean we’re going ALL OUT right, so what better way to do that then conquer those fears and feel like your absolute best, most confident self! You ready?! 🙌
First up is…the fear of change.
Some of us deal with change a lot better than others. But I think it’s safe to say that everyone is at least a little hesitant about any kind of change. Others are just totally and completely freaked out at the thought of changing anything. 😜
Which is understandable. Change can definitely be scary. It’s going into the unknown and unfamiliar. It’s uncomfortable and uncertain. But it can also be so good for us. 😊 It can lead to bigger and better things for our lives. So don’t play small just because you’re afraid of change! Going all out in life means going for it and making positive changes even when it seems scary.
So my challenge for you today is to make a change that you have been afraid to make. Whether it’s big or small, just go for it! 👏 Or at least take one step towards it to stomp out that fear. 👢
💛 Search job openings if you feel stuck at work.
💜 Look for a new place to live if you’re not happy where you’re at.
♥️ Try out a new church if the current one doesn’t feel right.
💚 Start cutting out some animal products if you want to go plant-based.
💙 Go shopping if your current wardrobe isn’t making you feel amazing.
🧡 Become a WARRIOR Instructor by attending one of my upcoming certification trainings if you want to start teaching!
Feel the fear, and make the change anyway! ❤️
Meet The WARRIORS at SCW Dallas Mania
Would you like to meet the Creator of WARRIOR Rhythm and WARRIOR Strength, Ellen De Werd?! How about the chance to workout with Ellen, me, and the WARRIOR Team ?!
Then join us at SCW Dallas Mania August 26th-28th !!! Register for a 1 Day, 2 Say, or 3 Day Pass (use the coupon code GO to save $60) here !! During registration process you’ll be asked to select sessions. There are several each day – some fitness, some nutrition, some business. Make a point to look for and select these WARRIOR sessions so you can workout with us:
Friday: WARRIOR Rhythm
Saturday & Sunday: WARRIOR Strength
We would also love to see you at the expo! Be sure to stop by our WARRIOR Booth to shop tops, learn how to get certified, and win a prize!
That’s it for this weeks blog post! Continue to go ALL OUT August with me by following (and commenting) on my social media posts (Facebook and Instagram or even Twitter and LinkedIn), and by participating in my local and virtual classes!
“ALL OUT” August Living Life Fit Faith & Fitness Focus
Have you fallen a bit behind or lost some motivation this summer?! Could you use some re-direction to get back in the game with your health and wellness? Well then, this August is for you, because we’re going ALL OUT to end summer strong! We’ll talk overcoming plateaus, getting out of a rut, doing the scary things we’ve been avoiding, and getting out of that comfort zone! It’s time to say goodbye to who we were and hello to the best version of ourselves! If you’re ready to give it all you’ve got and go after your goals, then get ready because we’re Going ALL OUT!
Participate by commenting on my posts each day!
Week one is all about Challenging Our Comfort Zone by pushing ourselves to do more with our fitness routine and feel better than ever as a result. 💪
Then in week two we’re Going All Out On All Our Goals! We’ll talk how to set and work toward goals for every area of your health and wellness.
For week three, Dialing It All In On Nutrition, we’ll be tightening things up in the kitchen to feel our very best by fueling our bodies properly. 🍽
Week four we’re Going From Rut To Results because it’s all about overcoming plateaus with your progress and results.
Finally in week five we’re Wrapping Up All Our Wins by celebrating ourselves and others!
And can’t forget about the weekends! On Stomping Out Fears Saturdays we’ll have challenges to overcome fears in different areas of your life and All Set And Ready Sundays will be all about how to get set up for a great week! 📆
If you’re ready to give it all you’ve got and go after your goals, then get ready because we’re Going ALL OUT!
I seriously cannot wait to have an awesome month with you! Are you ready to go ALL OUT with me? Comment below 😉
Here are 3 Signs It’s TIME to Challenge Yourself and GO ALL OUT in your workouts:
“There is no almost in giving your all.” – Wes Fesler
This month, I’m challenging you all to push yourself AND each other (in class and on social media, even in the comments section of this blog post), and that starts today with Challenging Our Comfort Zone with our fitness!
This first week is all about pushing your mind and body past your own limiting thoughts and beliefs to give all out 100% effort. 💯 But how do you know whether you’re already giving it 100% or whether it’s time to push it? Well, we will get to that. But first, a brief disclaimer about what I mean by going ‘all out’ this month…
A new month is the perfect opportunity to go all out on your health and fitness! I’m so glad you are here and ready to do that with us. By joining this group you have committed to yourself and your goals, and we’re going to hold you to it! That’s what we’re here for. 😉
We’re also here to challenge and push each other, and that starts today with Challenging Our Comfort Zone with our fitness! This first week is all about pushing your mind and body past your own limiting thoughts and beliefs to give all out 100% effort. 💯 But how do you know whether you’re already giving it 100% or whether it’s time to push it? Well, we will get to that. But first, a brief disclaimer about what I mean by going ‘all out’ this month…
🚨When I talk about pushing it, challenging yourself or giving it your all – I simply want you to be giving it YOUR best effort. And that won’t look the same as other people going all out. And it won’t even look the same as you going all out in a different season of your life. I just ask that you challenge yourself to give YOUR best every day.
Ok and so how do you know when it’s time to challenge and push yourself in your workouts?
Your workout feels easy. If you don’t feel like you gave it everything you had or feel that invigorating rush at the end of your workout 😅, then it’s time to push it harder to get out of that comfort zone. On those last few reps or those last few minutes or seconds of cardio, if you don’t feel like you are ready to totally tap out, then it’s too easy. (*Unless you have restrictions or injuries)
You aren’t sore. I’m sure we’ve all felt that muscle soreness a day or two after a good workout or after getting back into things. It’s impossible to use stairs, sit down or wash your hair. 😫 But it’s pretty satisfying to know that you worked THAT hard that your muscles are literally tearing apart and rebuilding themselves. 💪 And while you don’t want to be so sore that you can’t even function, a bit of soreness in different muscles indicates that you are continually pushing yourself to become stronger. 👌
Your workouts are comfortable. You should feel excited to do your workout but also a bit apprehensive or nervous about it because you know it will challenge you. If doing your workout doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable, it’s not challenging you. 👎 And if your body is not being challenged, it’s not going to change. So don’t waste your effort. Get uncomfortable to get those results!
If you just realized that you haven’t been challenging yourself in your workouts, then don’t fret, because the rest of this week I’m posting all about what we can do to push past that comfort zone!
WARRIORS at IDEA World Fitness Convention
What a magical and exhilerating week it was with our WARRIOR Instructors team for IDEA World Fitness Convention in Vegas last week! The WARRIORS presented both WARRIOR Rhythm and WARRIOR Strength at IDEA, and the energy was phenomenal! Instructors and Group Fitness Directors fell in love and want to bring WARRIOR to their gyms — just like we knew they would! Beyond that, my favorite part was connecting with so many WARRIOR teammates that I’d never met in person before (we were born during the pandemic, so most of us have only ever known each other virtually through zoom and facebook/insta)! Check out some of these amazing team photos and highlights from the conference experience:
Next stop? DALLAS!!! Stay tuned because the WARRIOR Team is hitting the SCW Dallas Mania scene for the very first time ever this month, August 26th-28th!! Are you a fit pro and want to meet us there? Register today!
Hey, y’all! How’s your week been treating you? Have you been showing up and glowing up all month long with me? Let’s keep glowing together, then. This weekend on the blog and on social, I’m talking about Feeling your Feelings, foods for glowy skin + healthy dose of energy, my booty day workout, a Stretchy new WARRIOR Rhythm flow I’m head over heels for, and what’s happening NEXT week! Read on!
Class Calendar Week of July 18th-24th
Screenshot my class calendars for both online and in person classes by clicking here!
Note: I’ll be traveling and presenting for WARRIOR in July and August, so make sure you check my updates at the bottom of my LIVE CLASSES calendar page hereeach week for a complete list of which dates I will be out of town. All classes will have sub instructors names and formats listed, so you can go prepared and don’t miss any of your favorite classes!
Booty Day Workout
Grab your bands and dumbbells for Booty Day!
I was needing a quick & effective glute workout, and this one fit the bill. Wanna try some of the moves with me? Perform each move for 30sec each, repeat for 2-4 rounds depending on your time! Go heavy on the dumbbells, if you like.
Get more Booty Day workouts in my fitness library of recorded and LIVE virtual classes here or a full supply of on demand workouts from my affiliate sister company here
Foods for Glowing Skin
It’s been so much fun talking about Glowing from the Inside Out on my social pages (Insta & FB) this week and I am SO EXCITED to share with you a bit more about food and how it affects both our insides and outsides! 🤩
Today we’re going to focus on foods that give us HEALTHY SKIN! It’s the largest organ in our body so let’s make it look fantastic! 😍
Some foods to eat for healthy skin are:
🩹 Walnuts contain a lot of zinc which aids in healing wounds in the skin as well as lessening inflammation.
🍠 Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene which help protect your skin from sun exposure.
🍇 In a few studies, red grapes have been shown to reduce the production of free radicals which damage skin cells and cause signs of aging.
🥑 And avocados are full of healthy fats which keeps skin flexible and moisturized!
Feeling a little post-week energy slump? Next we’ll be talking about food for more energy – so keep reading!
Foods for Energy
Ever think, “God, I’m real tired, can you please add just one more hour to the day so I can get some more sleep?”
Teaching multiple classes every day, members often ask me where my energy comes from. First and foremost, it’s an energy and attitude of excellence that springs up from my soul (like from a deep well that God somehow dug out and then filled up within me)!! Not showing up isn’t an option – so I tap in and pull what I need .
But of course, I also have to refuel, once my actual body is depleted, to keep going. If you seem to always hit a wall in the afternoon, I got you covered!
While I do have nutrition supplements I love, I share my preworkout supp and cold tea fiber/focused energy supp nearly everyday in my IG & FB stories. So, today I’ve got a different tip for Glowing from the Inside Out: we’re talking food to give you ENERGY!
One of my go-to foods for an energy pick me up is eating some oatmeal! It’s full of fiber and takes a long time to digest which means energy for way longer than some sugary cereal that gives you a boost and then leaves you with a sugar crash.
Beans are rich in magnesium which is a mineral that actually helps the cells MAKE energy! I do have a sensitivity to beans, so I keep it to a single portion (about 2/3 cup). Black beans or kidney beans are my favorite.
Spinach is high in iron and iron is what transports oxygen around the body – part of the process that gives us energy! Our weekly grocery run usually includes a leafy salad mix with spinach, or a bag of frozen spinach for my smoothies.
Soybeans are high in copper and phosphorous which are involved in the process of converting food into energy. Not a daily food for me, but a new regular plant protein staple since focusing more on variety of foods for gut health .
Both strawberries and oranges are full of vitamin C which prevents fatigue before it starts – not so weird I crave these post workout then?.
And don’t forget water! Getting dehydrated can definitely cause low energy!
On Instagram and Facebook I’m talking more about foods for #guthealththis weekend – so make sure you check the social media pages you follow me on!
New WARRIOR Rhythm Lesson 12 Flow is sooooo Stretchy, YUMMY, & balance-y!!!
Don’t you just LOOOVE a good stretch? Ever wish you had more flexibility and balance?
Then mark your calendars for all the WARRIOR Rhythm classes you can get with me SOON because I just introduced Lesson 12 in my LIVE classes (online & in person), and our new flow is sooooo stretchy, yummy, balance-y!
But it’s not just limited to the flow… it’s drizzled in deliciously and strategically, from Warm Up to Cool Down, like pure maple syrup over a mountain of hot french toast! Just SOME of the stretches you’ll experience target: Thighs, hips, hamstrings & IT band, middle & lower back, obliques, calves… and oh so much more! But while we stretchthroughout the whole flow, we also strengthen with a beautiful balance challenge in the second half (glory to the glutes & calves burn)!
Click here (or click the image above) to watch a sneak peek at some of our Lesson 12 moves we introduced this week , and I’ll see you in class so we can keep adding to the magic together, once I get back from IDEA World Fitness Convention ;-). If you’re a Wednesday night regular, Kelle Farmer is subbing for me and giving you a taste of Lesson 12 while I’m traveling! 🧳 Go support her and love on her and thank her for bringing Rhythm in my absence!!! See more about my subs and classes here
GLOW UP & SHOW UP CHALLENGE on Instagram ! Next Week’s Topic: Growing in Confidence
“If you can just be yourself, then you have to be original because there’s no one like you.” – Marc Newsom
If you’ve been patently waiting for the week where we talk about being your most confident, most authentic, most amazing version of yourself – the time is here! 🤩 Let’s start our Make Your Spirit Sparkle Confidence growing content together on Monday (perfect timing to share all the tips while I travel and have to show up on an even higher level with all my WARRIORsisters at IDEA)!
FEEL YOUR FEELINGS
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee
When talking about how to Show Up for You this month, we need to mention showing up for ourselves by feeling our feelings!
Ever been told “don’t cry?” 🙅♀️ or “it’s nothing to be mad about?” Well those phrases aren’t helpful at all. 👎
If you’re feeling something– happiness, sadness 😭, anger – it’s so much. better to let yourself feel the feelings than to avoid them. When you avoid them, when you stop yourself from crying, when you tamp down your anger 😤, you’re simply putting off the emotions– not getting rid of them. The feelings are still there, and they’re still going to come out at some point.
It’s so much healthier to just let yourself feel the feelings. Cry it out. Scream into a pillow. Talk it out 💬. Write it out, but don’t hold it in. It may be difficult in the moment, but it’s so much healthier in the long run to feel safe feeling your feelings. (That was a confusing sentence. 😅)
Our bodies aren’t designed to hold negative feelings in forever, and we live in such a time that we are tempted to numb it out through Netflix and Disney+, tune it out through YouTube and TikTok, stuff it down with sugar and drown it out with alcohol. You name it… I’ve done it. I’m not perfect. I have a past, too! Food was my go-to for dealing with stress . I wasn’t actually DEALING with it, though. I needed to bring it to God, but I was stuffing it down deeper and covering it up, pushing through , scared of facing it.
It is SAFE to feel your feelings, mama. ❤️ God will meet you where you are. Don’t hold them in. Bring them to Him.
That’s all I got for you this week! Til next time… Keep Living Life Fit mamas…
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🌞 Summer can be such a magical season of late nights full of laughter and lazy days of sun and fun 🕶 ☀️ so let’s talk about some simple joys of summer such as camping (glampers here ⛺️ ✨) and weekend getaways!
Getting outside during the summer can be an amazing reset for your mind and body. When you’re camping 🏕, you can remove distractions, get away from screens, connect with nature 🍃, marvel at the beauty of God’s creation, and leave behind all the stressors of your everyday life. It’s a great time to reflect on what’s important in your life, what you want more of, what you want less of, and how you want to LIVE. And eat s’mores of course!
And road trips/ weekend getaways are one of the best ways to see the world God created and make memories with friends and family! You get to see new things 👀, eat different food than what your city has to offer, talk to new people, connect with a whole different side of the world around you!
Getting outside in nature, outside our city, outside our comfort zone is a great way to have fun, experience personal growth, and enjoy the joys of summer! . Where are you going off to this summer?! 🌲 🚗 🛳
Face Mask Recipe:
So far this week on my IG & FB, we’ve talked a lot about the bad things that can happen to our skin this summer. 👎 Sorry to be a downer but I want everyone to have healthy shiny skin! 😍 One way to do that is to keep your skin well moisturized! Here’s some ways to keep your skin super soft all summer long!
🔎 Find a facial moisturizer with SPF and reapply as often as you would sunscreen. Consider getting two ✌️ of the same moisturizer – one for home and one to keep with you when you’re about so you don’t risk skin damage. (Get 15% off my favorite here)!
🙅♀️ Avoid using cleansers with alcohol, heavy fragrances, or antibacterial detergents as these ingredients can dry out the skin. (Again, I use Fre skincare – click link for discount- It’s formulated for skin that sweats)!
🔒 Apply a moisturizer to your skin after bathing to lock in hydration. (Fre again)!
And to add some extra sparkle to your skin – and give a few minutes of deep relaxation – here’s a simple moisturizing face mask you can make at home!
1/4 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon rolled oats
1 tablespoon honey
In a small bowl, mash the avocado until smooth.
Add the oats and honey, then mix ingredients until they are blended together.
Apply the mask for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
What home remedy tips do you use? Share below!
God Knows We Need People
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
What’s your favorite part of summer? 😎
For a lot of us, it’s staying up late, being with friends outside, maybe around a fire pit or a bonfire 🔥, telling stories, laughing, connecting with others.
The Word says “how good it is when brothers live together in unity” because God created us for one another, for community, for a brotherhood and sisterhood. He knows that we need people. 🤝
These summer moments are so special and memorable to us because we all so deeply crave connection 😍. We want to know there are people out there who “get” us. Who respect us. Who think we’re funny or smart or a good friend 🤗.
We want to know that we matter, that we’re seen, that people get our jokes 😂 and love our stories. When we know there are people out there who love us, care about us, want what’s best for us, it helps us feel safe when the world gets crazy and can give us the confidence to go after what we want.
So this summer, invite some people over for dinner, or a game night, or to simply hang out in your backyard until the moon is glowing bright 🌕 and everyone starts to yawn. Create connections and make memories this summer!
No matter where you’re planning to travel this summer, I want you to satisfy your cravings with your superfood bestie on hand. I have gathered a couple of my favorite shake recipes for my Shakeo friends to “Shake Up” my summer recipe log + hope you love them as much as I do!
My first recipe of the month is Italian inspired! If you’re traveling to Italy this summer, please let me know so I can live vicariously through you 😍
There is no easier way in the meal prepping world to make your mark than to be on your meal prep game at the start of the week. Having recipes on hand that you already know are meal plan approved and approved by your family? Such a win, win! I think this recipe is going to be winners for you, and your family for sure.
Banana Pancake Bites
Servings: 12 (2 bites each)
1½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
3 large ripe bananas
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1 large egg
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. Coat mini-muffin tin with cooking spray. Set side.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside. 4. Place bananas, coconut oil, egg, maple syrup, and extract in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
5. Add dry mix to blender; cover. Blend until smooth and lumps are gone.
6. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, rotating once halfway through, until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.
8. Serve immediately, or store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Portion Fix Containers: 1 yellow, 1 tsp.
2B Mindset Plate It!: A great occasional treat or addition to a protein-packed breakfast!
This is a great recipe to double up for the week or bag and store in the freezer! Do you have a favorite meal prep tip?
I have one more mini recipe for you to enjoy! This one brings the deliciousness and childhood joy of taking a spoon to some cookie dough, without any unwanted judgment 😆 There’s a secret ingredient in there that I’m not sure you would guess, and I can’t wait to taste test to see if this one is too good to be true!
Cookie Dough Bites
Servings: 4 (3 bites each)
1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
¼ cup peanut butter powder
3 Tbsp. dry rolled oats
2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 tsp. liquid monk fruit sweetener (or 1 to 2 packets powdered stevia)
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
3 Tbsp. cacao nibs
1. Add chickpeas, peanut butter powder, oats, almond milk, extract, sweetener, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor; blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
2. Transfer to a small mixing bowl. Add cacao nibs; stir to combine.
3. Roll into 12 balls, approx. 1½ inches each. Enjoy immediately, or store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Portion Fix Containers: 1 yellow, 1 tsp.
2B Mindset Plate It!: A FFC or a great occasional treat! Be sure to track it!
“If you understand… act like it.” That’s basically what started me looking at my own life and making the changes I saw necessary for health, fitness, wellness, wholeness. He directed. I followed. And it’s a never ending journey. 🙏
We have to learn to love ourselves better in through fitness and nutrition and wellness habits , so we can love others as He has called us to. .
Before I could make any real LONG-TERM progress, I had to meet my body right where it was… and forgive myself for the years I spent binge eating because I hated it AND I hated feeling unloveable because of it. I wanted my thighs, my belly, my lips, my boobs, my hips, my (you name it) to look like everyone else waltzing around social media and zoomed in on in magazines . (We don’t want to say it out loud but if we’re thinking it every day our mind doesn’t know the difference and we’re beating ourselves up from the inside out.) .
Once my relationship with this body God designed for me changed… everything else did, too. ❤️️❤️️❤️️
I no longer wanted to live the same ole same ole. I also didn’t want to beat myself up anymore. I wanted to be my body’s best friend. I wanted to invite Jesus into my inner dialogue and decisions concerning my body, too. .
I wanted to allow my heart & thoughts to change, so that my body could finally be free and strong enough to change, too. .
I’m always open to share more about my story & my journey! Just drop a comment or shoot over a message! .
Have you ever felt like He’s leading you to do something new?
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18 ESV
I don’t just workout for outer strength and ability, but for inner strength and clarity.
There’s something to be said for the mental focus and therapeutic release exercise brings for the anxious, the depressed, the crushed in spirit, the heartbroken parts of our lives we so often keep hidden as we attempt to just keep on living.
There have been seasons of life that as I’m swinging the dumbbells on the outside, I’m crying out to God on the inside. I’m mentally and emotionally working through the uncontrollable, unpredictable , unwelcome distresses in my life with purposeful movement, intentional focus, and disciplined release. I’m willing myself to “cast my cares onto the Lord” because I know I’m not built to carry it all on my own.
Mama, if you’re also swinging dumbbells or pounding pavement for that inner work and not just the outer, I’m praying with you this morning to know He sees your broken heart, and He is near you, ready to save. You are not alone in your fight. Keep swinging. Keep showing up. Keep moving forward.
How can you make every day count? How can you have a bigger impact and be content when you go to sleep every night? You’re invited to “Make Your Mark” – a 4-week challenge to feel more active, accomplished, and aligned each day.
“But, I already have such a busy day! You’re really going to add MORE to my plate?”
The short answer is YES, we are! The longer answer is… do the “to-dos” you have to do each day serve you? Are you being intentional with your time or just used to the feeling of “busy”? I want to talk about making our mark in small ways; ways that will give us more energy and joy in the long run!
Here are some topics I’m excited to cover this month:
❌ How can we make our mark each day? What actions can we do that are small, but intentional to serve God well through life/health/people/fitness and give back to others?
❌ What is blocking the flow of our days? How can we adjust our schedules to make more time for us so we can better serve others?
❌ Are you bored with your routine? What workout, recipe, and personal development shifts can we make to fire up our day-to-day?
Sound like exactly what you need to make a difference this May?