PERISCOPE CHAT: Fall focused fitness & minding what matters

It was a rainy weekend here and we started catching a glimpse of what me and my kids call ‘feels like football season’ weather. Crispy air that whispers you actually might need a jacket and as the sun begins to set you know without a doubt that summer is gone away.

My favorite part of the season changing is the beautiful colors, boots and pumpkin. Well, Pumpkin is year round in my book but not everyone agrees with me, so I’ll comply and only bring it out once a year. The pancakes make me happy and the oatmeal bars, well I could just eat those all day.

As the weather cools, we get to add on layers of clothes but that doesn’t mean we have to pack on the pounds.

Heart Pumpin’

Trust me, I know how easy & tempting it is to pull back on a fitness regimen because we just don’t want to get outside. I experienced that lagging feeling this past weekend as I rushed to get ready for a class I desperately wanted to take, started backing out of the garage and got smacked with one of those nasty sheets of nagging drizzling rain. You know the kind that just makes you mad because it’s not enough to turn on your wipers but just enough to get your clothes and hair wet if you get caught in it. I literally had to change the radio station and crank up some music to shift my mood into ‘pumped up mode’ &  get in the right frame of mind to make the best of the day and my workout; because seriously ten minutes in that weather made me want to turn right around. I did make it to the class, late; but made it and ROCKED all 45 minutes!!!

Seriously ya’ll if you think about it Fall is the perfect time to join a group fitness class. Especially if the idea of going into a crowded fitness center, classes aren’t as big during the fall so you get a chance to try a class you’ve always wanted to try and more facilities are running specials this time of year so they’re open to you coming to test it out before committing to a membership. You might also want to consider grabbing a few friends for a themed challenge like my October 30/30/30 Challenge which you can do from home or the office fitness center and now with the technology of Periscope you can take a class from anywhere, no matter where you are!

We all know the secret to an AWESOME workout is the music, right,?! So here’s a playlist I use in my HIIT class to help you sweat it out!


This time of year the meals get more comforting and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve been tempted to crank up the crock pot for something comfy and not so nutritionally balanced. I rounded up a few friends who shared their favorite crockpot recipes I’ll be sharing soon so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter to get these recipes!


Until then, here’s my “throw it in the pot and walk away Chicken & rice” recipe!

3 Grilled Chicken Breasts (leftover from Sunday dinner) – preseasoned/marinated with your choice of seasoning or marinated in Kraft Balsamic Vinagrette dressing

1 small bag of Mahatma Brown rice

1 Small container of Free Range Chicken Broth

1 cup of frozen Mirpoix blend chopped veggies (onions, bell peppers, celery)

1 cup of frozen spinach

(optional: 1 can each chick peas, black beans, dark red kidney beans)

Turn crockpot on HIGH for 2-3 hours and allow it to simmer and savor!


Spirit Movin’

Fall is often referred to as Harvest Season. What if we allowed the change of the seasons to set the backdrop for adjusting our focus on minding (harvesting) what matters most.

Recently I’ve been meditating on the words BE STILL AND KNOW; but really asking God why I have such an interesting challenge with those words.

Last year He revealed to me that my idea of being still was physically being FORCED and restrained rather than recognizing the opportunity to rest. “Come to me all who are heavy burdened and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28

But this time, and I’m trusting that He’ll keep bringing the subject back around until I finally get it. In fact I saw an Instagram post that said “IF YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN IT TO A SIX YEAR OLD THEN YOU DON’T GET IT”, perhaps that was a wink from God.

What I am learning is that being still is really a matter of confidence.

As my body is playing teeter totter between healing and hurting; I can’t help but wonder if it’s a manifestation of what’s going on in my mind and spirit.


They’re all connected.

Our body is our truth.

It’s evidence of the decisions and convictions we’ve made.

I wonder if when God said ‘Be Still & Know’; He was saying “be at peace, do not fear, keep calm & trust without being shaken by your circumstances that I am who I say I am”…

(cue Lauren Daigle’s How Can It Be)

When my heart is steady, I cannot be shaken or caught off balance.

When my heart is steady, I am confident that God is God, my circumstances don’t change His character or His promises.

When I move in the direction of His promises, when my faith is in action, it’s proof to myself and the enemy that my trust in is God and God alone.

…you will know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2

There’s a war between guilt and grace and they’re fighting for a sacred space


I’m learning that when I don’t move. That’s when it really hurts.



“I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home…”// Denver Moore, Same Kind of Different as Me


Look at you. There is no sin on your record, no guilt attached to your name. Let there be no doubt in your heart. If God “did not spare his own Son but gave him for us all”, will he not also give you all you need for a Promised Land life (Romans 8). I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Rest in your redemption. The past is the past, the future is bright. God’s Word is sure. His work is finished.// Glory Days by Max Lucado

Praise the Lord!

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!

Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. (‭Psalm‬ ‭112‬:‭1, 4-5, 7-8‬ ESV)

FURTHER STUDY: Read Romans 8:38-39; Colossians 1:13; John 10:28

Refresh Summit Periscope Chat

Hey friends! If you have wondered what Refresh Summit is all about or maybe you are in need of some REFRESHMENT for your soul, then tune into #periscope (starting with @nhershoes) today Monday at 5:30 PST. Bobbi will start the chat and then me (Amia) and Megan will follow, so make sure to follow @inneractivefit and @themegababe. We still have spots left for this years summit on October 30 – November 1st in Franklin, TN and we pray you’ll join us.



Praying today for everyone who needs restored energy, joy, hope, focus, and strength. Those things that weigh you down were never intended to be carried by you. The burdens, the fears, the failed expectations and empty promises; those are all issues that only The Lord is suppose to carry. Cast your cares on Him! He will restore your soul {mind, will, emotions, imagination} and you will see your strength restored. God can take those things that are weighing you down and cause them to be the very thing that anchors you WHEN you give them to Him, ALL OF THEM. ⚓️ those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭31‬ ESV)

Where is God asking you to BE STILL AND KNOW?



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