#goodtidings

mental health

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Thinking gets in the way. Did I want to think about being up way past my bedtime this morning as I was sleepily pulling on my running shoes? Yes. Sure did – but, I asked God to shut out those thoughts and I just… did.

Sometimes, we get in our own way of making our biggest triumphs happen. Don’t let that happen to you. You decide what thoughts get to live in that head of yours. This morning, I chose to think about that blissful after-workout soreness that reminds you that you just did something really good for your body and state of mind. I chose to say “Well done. Keep it up.” You can too!

When I want to give up, I go here:

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

#goodtidings

fitness

discipline

For that morning workout, that’s only your second one, but goodness were you in a deep sleep, and my did you want to stay there so bad … BUT YOU DIDN’T. You got up and kick butt, and now you get the pleasure of that gentle soreness reminding you – YOU DID IT TODAY and that’s what counts.

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Base Training Begins

fitness

fitness

Base training is the safe and injury-free way of beginning to train for a race. For me – it’s starting from scratch and building up to a place where I can comfortable put the miles in for a marathon I plan on running in November of 2016. It will be my second marathon and I plan on killing it. But, I need to arrive to the starting line with weight lost, my fitness right, and God on my side.

The base training I’ve chosen was found on competitor.com

Thankful So Much

mental health

thankful

Today is Thanksgiving, and a day that I haven’t focused on what I’m actually thankful for, for too long.

I’m thankful for my marriage. And that it’s more work than I ever thought it would be, but way more full of love than I could’ve ever imagined.

I’m thankful for my family, way down in Florida. I’m thankful that my mom is only a phone call away, and how happy she gets from a simple talk.

The Storm After The Calm

creativity

seasons

With 2015 upon me, one resolution I’ve decided upon (no, it’s not a weight loss resolution!) is to consistently write for my blog. With that, I was blessed with my first topic for the new year – Seasons.

I’ve been going through one of the longest most grueling seasons of my life. It all started with a decision, made mutually with God, to move towards change, healing, and forgiving. This season of mine has felt like a long, winding, dense wilderness full of images of past regrets, hurt, loneliness, anger, and frustration. Don’t get me wrong – God shows me glimpses of the meadow beyond the wilderness – so my hope lives on.

Don’t Let a Whole30 Get You Down

food

w30

Ladies (and guys), I’m here to tell you, you CAN be on a Whole30 (if you and Whole30 haven’t met yet, find out everything and some here. Go. Introduce yourself) and still have an awesome ladies’ night out. I speak from experience, after just getting back from one. It was a great night of love, laughter, God, and theater – and yes we went OUT to eat. In fact, we went to Chili’s and I’m proof you can eat whole, out.

In it’s basic form, a Whole30 is 30 days of eating whole, unprocessed food. And this girl is on a whopping DAY 20. I ain’t giving up now, nor am I letting go of a great evening with some of my favorite ladies. So, here’s how we got along, the Whole30 and I.