Saturday, February 28, 2015

~*Morphing Movement and My Menagerie*~

This blog has taken quite the detour away from adoption, crazy big family life, medical procedures, etc. that it started with and moved toward my own personal quest for a healthy lifestyle. 

In the next month I am going to morph the two and see if I can come up with a happy medium. I miss blogging. I miss writing. But I am a very different person than when I started this blog. I've cleaned up many old blog posts, deleted dead content, and plan a few other cleanup phases for this ole blog. 

The new focus will be both family life and healthy lifestyle choices. I hope you stick around for the changes....I will do my best to keep content frequent and relevant.

Has your blog ever had a midlife crisis? 

James 1:7
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

**I change...but its comforting to know HE does not**    

Friday, February 27, 2015

~*Staying Motivated to Move*~


 I have been plagued with Reactive Airway ever since a particularly brutal viral infection hit me hard in January. I would cough for hours on end, wheeze and lose my breath. Running became nearly impossible. It has taken weeks to get close to my previous fitness level...which is novice, to say the least! 

More Mo-Jo:

So, when the snow if flying, the temps are dipping, the wind is howling, and all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a big-o-cuppa something hot how do you get your rear in gear and off that sofa?  

Those non-food rewards are always is the calendar, with three weeks until the first race of the season. Which is less competition and more family fun but a good start to the season!

Matt Frazier, over at No Meat Athlete, suggested that having three standard habits to fall back on when your in a fitness funk (or any other type of funk) can help keep you moving forward even if your brain isn't into it!

What are your go-to *good* habits when you find yourself lacking motivation? 

 1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with *ACTIONS* and in truth.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

~*MyProtein Product Review*~

If y'all remember back to Nov. I was blessed to attend the Refresh Summit: South. It not only refreshed my soul and spirit but it refreshed my body as well; I went on to lose 30+ lbs in Nov/Dec.

At the Summit I was introduced to many brands and products that I wasn't familiar with. We appreciated their sponsorship of the Summit, as their partnership made the Summit's success possible! And, who doesn't love the freebies! 

I was recently contacted by one of the Sponsors to review their products.

MyProtein's go-to guy offered to send me whatever products I was interested in...unfortunately several of the items high on my list were out of stock ~bummer~.

Protein Powder Dietary Supplement 
in Chocolate, of course! 

Initial impression? 
But if you are not in a hurry and can make your shake, let it thicken in the fridge, and then consume it, the taste is so much better!

Honestly, I usually make, shake and drink so having to wait for the flavors to meld and the liquid to thicken was a bit of a downer but to be quite fair the shake was much better when left to sit. I imagine that adding a banana and the shake mix to the blender would greatly improve the taste.

Next up, Instant Oats:
The product in the link is not the item I tried and I cannot find the exact Instant Oats on their website. 

While this product did have the oatmeal texture you'd expect in a shake made of oatmeal it did *not* bother me a bit and actually tasted better than the Hurricane Extreme...this, too, was chocolate, of course! (The link is for unflavored). 

As a shake this was fine as is...but with a banana and run through the blender this would be spot on!

The benefits of protein after a workout are undeniable to replenish thy body. As a vegetarian, that happens to be carb cycling, I appreciate having an instant protein source made of the quality ingredients found in MyProtein.

What I learned: 

Patience is key with MyProtein products
Let 'em meld for a bit for maximum benefit (i.e. taste).

Oatmeal in a smoothie is not a deal breaker
The texture is just different...give it a try!

Trying new protein powders is scary for me....I am so picky about flavor! 

**Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by MyProtein. All opinions are my own**


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

~*Surgery Prep and the Unexpected*~

How prepared can you be for surgery? Honestly, you are not as prepared as you think you are!

 The Plan:
 Spend 24 hours of nearly pain free time in the hospital before coming home to a stocked up pantry and freezer.  The make-life-easy-for-Mama paper plates and poptarts!

The Unplanned:
 Upset tummy when the wee one got home...turns out that the combo of narcotics and anesthesia can cause quite the plumbing backup and once the clog is removed things run much smoother and tummies feel better.

The Completed Unexpected:
Seizures, head injuries, cardiac issues, and additional hospital stays. (True story!)

How to Survive:
 Understand that stress can shut down higher reasoning and cause/effect will be dumb and useless for the entirety of your emergency stay.

Tissues are your will sob like a fool, blubber like a baby, and your face will be red and swollen....guess what? They've seen it before, you are not the first. 

Push! Advocate! If you feel like you are being passed off because one specialist says he cannot find anything wrong then do not let your child (or self) be released until you are comfortable with what they are saying. Even if it means staying longer to get to the bottom of the mystery.

 Eat! In the midst of the stress, the Doctors, Nurses, and Techs in and out you will forget to feed yourself. Eat! It only adds to your fragile emotional state to be hungry and not know it. Proteins and healthy carbs are your best choice but take what you can get. Do not be afraid to ask the nurses for help...either to watch the kiddo while you peruse the vending machine or to secure you with a variety of snacks. 

If you are a vegetarian or vegan or have food allergies it can be extremely challenging to find appropriate food. If someone offers to bring sustenance take them up on it! Also, visiting hours are not hard/fast rules and can be bent on occasion so do not let the clock determine if someone brings you a meal.

We can plan all we want but God sends us the experiences He believes we need. 

 Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

~*I've Gotta Try That!*~

During the many years that I have battled with my weight, and the reasons that I have gotten where I am, I have had several friends that have lost a significant amount of weight. As they relayed to me their success using this, that or the other weight-loss system, product line, or workout program, my heart would pound with excitement and I would inevitably think, "I've gotta try that!". This begs the following question...

In the end, did any of those things work for, me, specifically?

The short answer is no. 

Why didn't their methods work for me?

Because I had to find something that worked for me. For my body. For my situation. For my season of life. As the circumstances change the needs change.

I wasn't ready for the amount of work required to truly change my life. You have to buy into it and until you are ready then, well, you're not ready. 

I wasn't willing to invest in hundreds of dollars every month for various pills, supplements, drops, etc.

What worked for my friends for a short time never seemed to last more than a few months. Initially, I'd see all the excitement about their new found success, the groups they created to sell the products that seemed to have helped them, the posts they shared about others' success, and want to jump on board but something always held me back. Partly cost, partly fear over the crazy things in they put in those products, like the amount of caffeine, and partly because I felt that wasn't the right fit for me.

Weight-loss Envy

I think we all get a bit envious from time to time when someone hits the success we've been after for a long time. Be cautious of jumping on any new fads.

Cheer not fear:
Be their cheerleader; don't feel threatened by their success.

Feeling inferior on the exterior:
You are working hard and sweating it off so don't be put off by someones seemingly overnight success; use it to fuel your own success!  

Finding My Success 

Bobbi McCormick and her rocking {Shreds}!
Vemma Bod*e
Vemma Bod*e App (Apple and Android)
(who knew my body was so sensitive to all those extra carbs)
Chris and Heidi Powell 
Katie, over at Runs for Cookies, had a great post that resonated deeply with me. 

""Why are you dragging this out? Just do it and get it over with."

**Fuel your own success!**

Psalm 118:25
Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

~*Make a VoW*~

Have you ever vowed to do something? 
Did you complete the task that you challenged yourself to do or did your enthusiasm eventually wane?

As a child I memorized Bible verses weekly due to my involvement with the Awana Clubs. I enjoyed filling my heart with Gods Word, yet, eventually the habit ended, although I did keep up with studying and meditating on the Truth. 

Move Forward: 
As I have previously mentioned, 2014 was a rather difficult year for me in so many ways, and I was grateful to see it end. I desperately wanted to change a few habits, create new routines, and move forward.

Hebrews 6:1
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.

Making a VoW:

I have been working my way through the Run 4 God: Devotions book and have been enjoying the weekly bible memory challenge. When I was introduced to a lovely lady named Kijsa, earlier in December 2014, I realized what a great fit her VoW (Verse of the Week) product was with what I wanted to accomplish this year.

I utilized a picture frame I already had and the vinyl VOW decal went on easily. Her instructions are easy to follow and the product quality is top notch! I cannot say enough how much I love looking above my desk and seeing a sweet reminder of my weekly verse. 

Terrible picture....dun dun dun!

You can find Kijsa on {Etsy} 
The Verse of the Week {website}
Her {website}
And, of course, her {blog}!

Who cares what time of the year it is...if you want to consider *real* change in your life then start anytime but only make one change at a time. Diving into the Word of God and memorizing weekly verses will help give you clarity and direction to move forward. 

I am so grateful to Kijsa for the opportunity to review her quality product and make my own VoW!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

~*Not Quite Halfway*~

What does she mean, "Not quite halfway"? We're starting a whole new year!

I've not gone cuckoo on you, I'm simply referring to my weight loss goal. I'm not quite halfway there but I wanted to share anyway!

~*30 pounds*~ 
gone forever

30 pounds in 5 weeks

Praise God for the changes HE is making in me!

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

(Updated pics to come later...recovering from New Years Eve, currently!)