Spring Cleaning: Establishing Day One

Today is DAY ONE!!

 

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No condemnation

 

“My best days are not behind me, wherever my yesterday’s find, me I don’t have to stay there! Every morning mercies are new!!! It’s DAY ONE ” – Matthew West/Day One

Lets do this, better!!

If you’re just joining inneractive FITCLUB for the first time, we’re in DETOX mode and today’s ️FOCUS is establishing Day One.

A while back I posted something concerning getting the opportunity to do over. And you know what’s pretty-wild-stretch-your-mind crazy? Anytime you feel like you need a do-over all you have to do is ask God. And He freely gives it. No strings attached!!!! So let’s take a do – over!!!

So how do we establish DAY ONE?

You just did.

You are here, reading this post either because you signed up for the Spring Cleaning FOCUS challenge or you somehow found this website because you went searching for something (whatever that was) but I don’t doubt for one single solitary moment that you’re here on purpose. Because God has a plan.

If you were to take inventory of those quiet prayers.

I can guarantee He heard them and is day by day answering them. Everything  you’ve written down, posted on instagram, commented on facebook, texted a friend and even just kinda let your mind wander over; yup all of those. He answers.

Might not be the answer you were looking for, but …wait for it. Your help is coming!!!

Here’s your first assignment for the Spring Cleaning FOCUS/challenge:

  1. If you haven’t already officially signed up, GO SIGN UP… If you received this post as an email that means your on the motivation list but YOU ARE NOT OFFICIALLY SIGNED UP YET … You need to officially register!!! GO NOW or you’ll miss out on the key resources for detoxing during this challenge. Things like digging into God’s word to see what He has to say about all of this(eating better, working out, setting goals, etc…). And I KNOW He’s got something to say, He created us and DOES NOT want us living in those cages! Our mind, our body, our spirit, our goals, our families, our friendships, our everyday stuff and the really scary DO LIFE BIG STUFF…
  2. IF YOU ALREADY SIGNED UP/REGISTERED… get ready for 30 days of Detoxing. Decluttering. De-whatever-ING it takes!!! And yes it would be worth you telling that friend you were just thinking would love this challenge. Share it with her!!!
  3. Follow on Instagram using hashtag #SpringFOCUS #getinneractive

 

Y’all ready to get this done?

OOOH If Clean Eating is something you’ve been wanting to include in your life, NOW is the perfect time to start.

DAY ONE RESOURCE: I’m sharing this awesome 30 Day FitFluential #FFSpringClean Clean Eating Challenge.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-8‬ ESV)

FYI: April is stress awareness month – the focus of this month’s challenge is not to strive to do anything perfect, but do everything on purpose!

-keep movin’

Spring Cleaning: getting rid of junk 

  

Last year this time I was under the care of a medical team & neurologist full of pain, unable to walk without my body feeling like it was on fire. 

After months of blood tests & MRIs and finding out that I was ridiculously healthy there was only one solution to this ‘untreatable’ issue. We realized some things can only be dealt with by getting honest with self inventory, prayer and surrendering to allowing God to get rid of the fear, anxiety and other junk (excess weight) I was carrying around; God completely restored my strength!! (Those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength – Isaiah 40:31)

I want you to find that kind of freedom!!!

During the month of April I would love to walk with you through the process. It’s not a get fit quick fix plan. No… it’s all about gettin’ out the clutter and the junk, doing some weeding and seeding and finding your “moment” to recharge your original goals of living healthy.  

We’re gonna figure out why we got stuck in the first place, dig our way out and replant a few seeds that can bloom something fruitful.

How? 

Green smoothies and better nutrition, better physically with effective fitness, de-stressing by decluttering thoughts & getting unstuck… 

Why?

Just a few things I’ve done to stop just feeling better and start living better. How many of y’all know feelings fade but your life is what matters! 

God doesn’t play favorites. If He did it for me, He will certainly do it for you!! 

Change your mind, the rest will follow! 

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Five Minute Fridays: Break

Your most important work needs to be completed. But sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is set yourself up for success in a small way. – Joshua Becker Becoming Minimalist 

If you’re new to the FMF community, everything you need to know can be found right over here. If you’ve been with us forever and pretty much do this in your sleep, then let’s get to it!

This week’s prompt is: BREAK 

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Ready? Go. 

Casting Crowns song Broken Together makes me realize that God never intended for us to just deal. Nor did He ever intend for us to go through this life trying to handle our issues OR victories alone.

Everything in our lives, the highs and the lows, the moments when we realize it kinda sucks; to the moments we realize that God just kinda sorta used us to bless someone in a way that we may never really know but we know something just happened; yeah those moments.

Those are the moments that God just taps us on the shoulder and says “Hey, you; you can take a break for a moment. Stop trying to make this work and stop trying to fit a puzzle piece where it doesn’t belong.”

I’m learning that my broken; or should I say my recognition of my broken, is the beginning of my whole.

We are not merely the parts of a whole.

Pieces of us.

We are parts of the body. Individually on our own sure we play a significant part but together we complete the work. It’s like a puzzle. Each piece has a tiny hint of the puzzle’s formal layout but without each piece placed where it belongs, the picture is incomplete.

We are the body of Christ. Each one playing their part. We are the branches. 

We break away from the vine and we can only survive for a short time.

STOP.

The Break of the Hardest Peace. 

The Hardest Peace

This week we pause to remember the life of Kara Tippetts, wife of Jason and mother of four, who fought the good fight and won. She was 38 years old, author of The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, and was welcomed home on Sunday, March 22nd.

She showed us Jesus.

I had the honor of reviewing this book as a Family Christian Bookstores blogger and can I just say it was healing to my heart and soul. My prayers are with this family and everyone that has lost a loved one in the battle of cancer. I saw a post regarding her legacy…”Cancer lost. Heaven won.”

Nutrition Month: Relationships with food

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Today’s post is inspired by the book You’re Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth. And since we’re on the topic of nutrition & food, I thought it would be a good time to have a little coffee chat regarding the way we feel about food.

I kinda cringe when I hear someone use the words “good foods or bad foods”.

Food for thought: The Food you choose to eat or not eat does not make you good or bad.

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Yes, I know there are foods that may have a zero/negative calorie affect on us or some foods might give us more energy than others. But what I’m talking about is when we begin to demonize foods or put foods in categories where we attach status or rank the foods giving the food negative association. This begins to shift our relationships with the food.

What happens then, we take the adopted “you are what you eat” mindset and it quickly creates a backfiring sabotage boomerang that can trap us in our own choices. Our efforts, even with the best intentions of trying to understand what, how, when, and why to eat can literally send us on a downward spiral of performance and approval. Assuming that if we eat a certain food or follow a certain lifestyle it’s “GOOD” or on the flip side, to allow certain foods might cause others to consider our way wrong. Many of the unhealthy relationships we have with food are connected to circumstances and events in our own lives where food became a temporary healer, the defender, the culprit or the controlled variable in a life of consistent chaos. 

If you’re thinking…wait it’s just food how can we possibly have a relationship with it.

“No matter how developed you are in any other area of your life, no matter what you say you believe, no matter how sophisticated or enlightened you think you are, how you eat tells all. To discover what you really believe, pay attention to the way you act — and to what you do when things don’t go the way you think they should. Pay attention to what you value. Pay attention to how and on what you spend your time. Your money. And pay attention to the way you eat.”
– Geneen Roth Women Food & God

I tease when I say me and Coke Zero have an agreement that for every cup of Coke Zero I enjoy, I will drink 2 full 16oz bottles of of water on top of my daily recommended intake. But all jokes aside, these are the conversations we have with our foods. Although, often times they aren’t as cordial. Since I’m not a clinical eating disorders counselor I tread lightly but I want to offer you a resource if this is an area where you struggle beyond just one or two choices concerning your food. Please take a moment and look into the programs at  FINDINGbalance.

 

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The prompt for today from Holley Gerth’s Coffee for your heart:

Part of getting free from the pressure to be perfect is knowing nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39)

If this book had a soundtrack I think I could list a couple handfuls of Dove Award winning Christian Artists who’s songs might explain the depth of this book and I’d still not cover the full truth and definition of the wisdom Holley Gerth has poured out.

In the chapter “The God Who Loves You More Than You Know” Holley asks the question: “Do you really believe God loves you-not just tolerates you?” She goes on to explain that somehow we’ve somehow gotten the idea that God simply ‘puts up with us’ because He has to.

Romans 8:38-39 (The Living Bible)

38 For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, 39 or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.

Nothing we could EVER do {in error or striving for perfection} could separate us from God’s love because of God’s love.

*The following excerpt gives you an insight into the light Holley Gerth sheds on breaking the mindset that we must be perfect in order for God to love us.

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“At the root of every human quest for perfection is a misunderstanding of God’s love for us. Our hearts are made for love, and if we don’t think we can freely receive it, then we’ll try to earn it. God doesn’t just love you; he IS love. God can’t be unloving. God’s love has not limits. God’s love has no expectations. God’s love has no requirements. God’s love is not dependent on us. God’s love has our ultimate good in mind. God’s love can’t be earned. It can only be received….In the Christian life, our focus is never to be on results. Instead it’s to be on remaining. (John 15:5-9) We remain in God’s love when we refuse to begin striving. We remain in God’s love when we stop trying to be perfect. We remain in God’s love when we simply receive it.”

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Holley Gerth offers a “new perspective that will change your life” not just on the topic of perfection but on the character of God, the issues of our hearts and why the two are inseparable. NOTHING. Not even the choices we make can separate us from God’s love.

Whether food choices, life, relationships, misjudgments concerning our career paths, no matter the decision or outcome God cannot and WILL NOT love us any less.

Heart Pumpin:

Your fitness goal today is 20/20/20 

  • 20 minutes of cardio training – any kind that makes you breath & work with a little more effort that you’re use to using
  • 20 minutes of strength training – you don’t need any fancy equipment. Start with basic squats. Include push ups on your knees or toes, plank holds,  and burpees are a great routine for a head to toe workout
  • 20 minutes of flexibility training – Stretching can help eliminate that nagging tingling down the back of your legs, help relieve lower back pain and headaches and even help you to breath easier. Start with a basic stretch reaching up over head with both arms extended reaching for the ceiling. Reach the right arm higher than the left slowly tipping toward the left side of the room allowing the stretch to move down through the side of the body and repeat on the other side.
  • MORE STRETCHING: Next sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor about hip width apart. Place your hands on the tops of your thighs. Take a big inhale through the nose, as you exhale slowly bend from the hips lowering your chest toward your lap – begin walking your fingers down the legs past the knees and if possible down to the ankles. INHALE through the nose tucking the chin toward the chest crawling the fingers up the legs unrolling your body one vertabra at a time returning back to the seated position.
  • MORE STRETCHING: Sitting up tall in the chair place the right hand on the outside of the left thigh and left hand on the left hip big breath in the nose, slowly allow your eyes to gaze over the left shoulder as you exhale sit up taller, hold the stretch breathing slow deep breaths 2-3 times slowly return to the center and repeat on the other side.

Spirit Movin:

1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 15:58 my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

 

TASTE & SEE: WEEK 4 – Orange & Yellow Foods

Orange foods: One of the most important sets of nutrients in these orange-colored fruits and vegetables are carotenoids. Among the 600 or more carotenoids in foods, beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein are well-known leaders in the fight to reduce the damage from free radicals. Foods high in carotenoids may be effective allies against prostate cancer (beta-carotene), cancers of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum (lycopene); and may help decrease your risk of macular degeneration (lutein). (SOURCE: Nutritiondata.com

My personal Orange favorites are Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and of course Pumpkins; as for yellow, well I could only think of a few that I honestly can say I enjoy on a regular basis those being lemons, bananas, pineapple and yellow squash.

 

One of the best ways to manage your weight is to fuel your body with water, healthy fruits, veggies, and lean proteins—that way you’ll have the oomph to work out, build muscle, and burn calories.

Eating better doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Many lower cost stores offer organics, healthy options and better brands at a lower price. One of my favorite hidden gems is ALDI! Aldi’s Better For You section of their website has a ton of delicious recipes and offers a grocery list of items in their store. Check out the weekly ads online and create a grocery list to print and take with you to the store.

 

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Recipe Round-up

From T25 – (Purchase your T25 home workout & Shakeology challenge pack here)

Tomato – Basil Salmon with Garbanzos (PROTEIN PACKED)

1/3 cup canned crushed tomatoes with basil, with juice

1 tsp. capers

1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 (5oz) raw wild salmon fillet

Non-stick cooking spray

1 pinch sea salt (optional)

Ground Black pepper (to taste; optional)

1/3 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

  • Combine tomatoes, capers, and garlic in a small bowl, set aside.
  • Season both sids of salmon fillet with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Heat medium skillet lightly coated with spray over medium – high heat.
  • Add salmon; cook for 2 minutes on one side. Turn.
  • Layer tomato mixture and chickpeas over salmon in skillet; cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Nutrition information (per serving): Calories: 308  Fat: 10 g  Saturated fat: 2 g  Cholesterol: 78 mg   Sodium: 651 mg  Carbohydrate: 19g  Fiber: 1g  Sugar: 4 g  Protein: 33 g 

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1 serving of Chocolate Shakeology

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup skim milk or almond milk

Cals: 272  Protein: 26g  Carbs: 41g  Sat Fat: <1g  Calories from Fat: 10

Taste & See why my family swears by the superfood nutrition of Shakeology. Taste it for yourself, see the change in your energy, reduced cravings and why is good for your body! Order today in either a 30 day bag, 24 convenient individual packs or 6 pack sampler. ORDER HERE!

Nutrition Month: Feeding Your Spirit 

What if we got ourselves rooted in the fact that we are enough? 

What if? 

How would that shift your FOCUS on “being”? 

We spend so much time doing that we forget to just be. My challenge to you this week is to just be. 

Life is to short to go & go & go & do do do do do do … it passes you by and you can’t even remember how you got there and yet you’re now mad at everyone because certainly it’s somebody’s fault. 

Let’s just pause. 

Yes you do have time. You’re pausing now. ON THIS BLOG . You have time for you. 

Take it. 

Breathe. 

I started this playlist on Spotify that helps me clear my mind. 

Use it. 

I love you. Thank you for letting me talk to you.

I’m a busy mom/wife/woman and my quiet meditation/devotional time has to be intentional & strategic. 

My 3 kids are 2 middle schoolers and a 21 yr old and while that may not include running behind them picking up toys; instead it’s usually a full rundown of their days or me trying to regulate expectations. 

My quiet time is more effective when I’m playing music that sets the atmosphere to welcome the Holy Spirit. 

Here’s my current devotional/reflection time playlist. I hope it blesses you. 

http://open.spotify.com/user/1232424708/playlist/1TGISk50vXUMyc9YWaUYVi