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October 17, 2019

October 7-11 my husband and I had the joy of backpacking the Grand Canyon. We had so much fun and cannot wait to do it again some day. Here is a video of some of the pictures we took on our trip. I will eventually do a longer post with more details but for now, enjoy the video and feel free to ask any questions. 

July 19, 2019

I enjoy the feeling of strength.

I am filled with such pride in myself when my son’s ball starts to roll into the road and I burst into a full-out sprint and save the day. I like being able to carry almost all of the groceries in the house in one trip just to falsely prove to myself that I could probably, on any given day enter a strong man competition and place.

I enjoy challenging myself with daily tasks to work on my physical strength.

Spaghetti squash is like a naturally grown medicine ball…til I snap back to reality after realizing ball slams with the yellow veggie aren’t ideal.

Just kidding.

Being strong makes me feel confidence, control, and power. Those are good feelings. You know what I don’t like though?

Weakness.

I don’t like the inability to accomplish something in my daily routine because I’m not strong enough physically.

What about the other areas of life? The soul, the mind and the spirit? When I’m weak in those areas it is much the same feeling. I don’t like that feeling of pow...

June 21, 2019

Summer vacation is here and that probably means more traveling and days spent out and about. For our family, this also means planning ahead and making sure that we have healthy and nutritious foods available to either grab easily or keep in the car. 

Let me ask you a question: When are you most likely to make unhealthy food choices? 

A) When you have tasty snacks pre-packed 

or...

B) When you are extremely hungry and desperate to eat anything you can get your hands on? 

I would assume that most of you probably answered B to this question. Often times, we make those less then ideal food choices because we are desperately hungry. In these moments we are also more likely to overeat. 

According to Clark (2014), "snacks prevent not only hunger sensations but also cravings for sweets... eat before you get too hungry. When you are ravenous, you tend to crave sweets (and fat) and overeat." 

My goal today is to help equip you with a few on-the-go options so that you can hopefully avoid these types of...

June 3, 2019

The topic of discussion for today's post is post exercise nutrition/fuel. I have also written a post all on pre-exercise nutrition if you are concerned about what you should be consuming pre-workout. 

Are you new to exercising and not quite certain what you should be eating after a workout? Or maybe you are an avid exerciser looking to improve your performance. Today’s post is for both of you! 

People talk about the importance of pre-exercise food and nutrient timing post exercise like it is a life or death situation. Does it leave you dazed and confused? Maybe even feeling like you shouldn’t exercise because you don’t know how to maximize your efforts? Do Not Worry! This is simply not the case.

After a workout, your top dietary priority should be to replace fluids lost from sweating so that your body can get back to water balance. You can calculate your sweat rate if you need to but the goal is to drink throughout the activity so you do not lose more then 2% of your body weight.

Once...

May 25, 2019

Take a moment and read over Joshua 4

Seriously, go read Joshua 4 right now.

I want you to take a moment and write down specific parts of the story that stood out to you. It can be anything.

Here are some of the things that stood out to me when reading Joshua 4:

After crossing the Jordan river with the priests standing in the center of the river holding up the ark of the covenant, Joshua appointed 12 men to go back to the middle (where the ark was) and retrieve 12 stones that would be used as a memorial in Gilgal. These stones would signify proof of God’s miracle and also serve as a reminder for future generations.

This miracle signifies three principles about God that the Israelites needed to remember and teach to their children so that they were not forgotten.

  1. God’s power

  2. God’s presence

  3. God’s protection

In order for the Israelites to cross the waters and collect the 12 stones from the center of the Jordan, the water had to be separated and stay still. This was direct evidenc...

May 13, 2019

Weather you are looking to take your workout on the road or simply trying to avoid buying expensive equipment, these resistance band exercises can be made into a full body workout! 

Exercise #1 Plank Push-up

Exercise #2 Banded Squat

Exercise #3 Lateral Walk

Exercise #4 Crab Walk

Exercise #5 Monster Walk

Exercise #6 Sprint

Exercise #7 Lateral Sprint

Exercise #8 Clam Shells 

Exercise #9 Squat w/abduction

Exercise #10 Plank Leg raise

Exercise #11 Standing Hip Extension

Exercise #12 Shoulder External Rotation

Exercise #13 Lateral raise

Exercise #14 Tricep Kickback

Exercise #15 One Arm Chest Fly

Exercise #16 Bicep Curl

Exercise #17 Over Head Pull Down

Exercise #18 Bridge 

Exercise #19 Single Leg Bridge

Exercise #20 Seated Row 

Now that you are an expert on resistance band exercises, here is a great workout that you can do at home or take with you anywhere! 

 Share this workout, give it a try, and be on the lookout for more in the future!! 

Let us know if you did it and tag us on Social Media. 

April 26, 2019

You all have asked so here it is! This whole post is all about meal planning a month at a time and how I do it. It is a bit lengthy but if you are really looking to try it, I recommend watching the whole video. I will include the "cliff notes" version at the end with the printable resources that I promised.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit down and learn all about how I meal plan for a month at a time. 

1) Look at your calendar and mark out important dates or times that might be hard to make a meal

2) Mark out the days of the week on a piece of paper. Use one line per day so you can mark down both breakfast and dinner

3) Find different categories for specific days of the week (Taco Tuesday, crockpot on Thursday, Meatless Monday...) 

4) Go through your pantry/freezer/fridge and mark down if there is anything you want to use and then search through pinterest or cookbooks for recipes to fit into these categories or use specific ingredients. 

5) As you write down what you will be eating...

April 21, 2019

The Resurrection

Read Matthew 28 

As Mary and Mary walked toward the tomb their intent was to tend to the body of Jesus but what they found instead was beyond their greatest hopes. Instead of being met with opposition from the soldiers as they approached the tomb of Jesus, the ladies were greeted by an angel with the same words that were spoken to the soldiers on the night of Jesus' birth, "Do not be afraid!"  Rather then bearing news of the long awaited birth of the Savior, the angel was there to announce that Jesus was no longer in the grave. He had risen from the dead just as He said He would. 

When Jesus rose from the dead, He conquered sin and death.

When Jesus came back to life, it also brought to life God's new creation kingdom into this fallen world and one day it will all be restored! (Rev 21:3-4)

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himsel...

April 20, 2019

The Burial

Read Matthew 27: 57-66 

In this passage of scripture we see the continuation of the story after Jesus has passed on the cross. We see that a wealthy man from Arimathea named Joseph went to Pilot to request the body of Christ. This act was one of sheer boldness as this identified Joseph as a follower of Jesus and also indicated that he still thought that Christ was the Messiah. Joseph stood in the gap and played a vital role in truly showing that Christ was the Messiah and that He did raise from the dead. After properly dressing Christ's body, Joseph had a large stone placed at the entrance of the tomb.v. 60 

 But the question is raised, if Joseph was a follower of Jesus, why didn't he speak up before Christ was crucified? Where was his boldness then? What gave him the boldness now? Joseph took the risk and presented himself before Pilot and requested the body of Jesus. Surprisingly, Pilot granted this request. So Joseph went about the task of properly caring for the deceas...

With Easter just days away, we want to take a few moments to bring you back to the cross to recount what happened leading up to the crucifixion, death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus. But we don't want the journey to end there. We want to examine how these events in history not only impacted the people in Jesus' time but how it continues to change lives today. Join us over the next four days as we unpack the journey to the cross and beyond. 

The Crucifixion

Read: Mark 15:1-41 

When we read Mark 15, we read about Jesus being delivered to Pilot, the people's decision to crucify an innocent man (Jesus), the crucifixion, death of Jesus, and his burial. We read of the mockery, torture, and pain of a perfect and innocent man. The  son of God was treated as though He was a criminal. This is not how He deserved to be treated. The people should have been honoring Him as king and falling on their knees in worship. If we look back at Isaiah 11:1-9, we see that Jesus was promised as a Savior. He w...

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