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Monday, September 19, 2016

Wow!

Summer is over, we are almost through the first six weeks of the new school year. The holidays are right around the corner.

It sounds cliche to say that I blinked and time passed, but as a dear friend reminded me at Church of the Quote by Gretchen Rubin, "The days are long, but the years are short." it's SO true. Especially when you are celebrating your children's 20th and/or 23rd Birthday's... It seems like just yesterday they were babies in my arms.

With the busyness of summer and the beginning of a new school year, I have found that I have just dropped so many things. I stopped blogging, I stopped working on my book, I stopped reading (except for my morning Bible study), I stopped working out, stopped eating healthy. I sit here today feeling BLAH. 

I feel this way when my body and mind are not active. So here I am, climbing back up the activity ladder.  In one day, I am already feeling re-energized. I have my planner out and I'm penciling in time for ME. Time when I can read, write, workout, etc. I can take time for me and still fulfill my duties around the house. In fact, when I take time for me... MORE gets done. 


Our family is working toward another direction in life and all of it's unknowns. We trust the Lord and know that his plan is so much greater then our own is a little bit terrifying (If I'm being honest). It's not world changing, so please don't flood us with needing an explanation, we just have some dreams that we are waiting on His unveiling in our lives. 

Today I take in all the blessings I've been given. I revisit some blogs for inspiration, I go to my knees in prayer for wisdom and guidance. 



My current book is: Love Does, by Bob Goff. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little afraid. Afraid of the quotes I've seen from the book. Afraid of not knowing God's plan, afraid of saying YES and stepping out. Afraid of not over analyzing. Yes, fear is crippling and as I start today anew, I'm going to hold on to his words and have faith to TRUST HIM. 


“...we need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the "do" part of faith.” 
― Bob GoffLove Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spartan Recap

As life would have it, Spartan was a NO GO this year. Due to past injury from the military, my husband had to undergo Rotator Cuff Surgery. Although the timeline was MUCH quicker then what we anticipated, it meant putting aside Spartan. 

I do not see it as a fail, but an opportunity to continue to train for the next one. I'd be lying to say that I didn't cry and wasn't a little upset that "my plan" was not completed, but God's greater plan was to get my husband healed.

It's been busy here and although Spartan will have to wait until next time, I feel blessed that we are all healthy

Busy, busy, busy...

 Getting just 10 days notice before surgery, we took a quick 4 day vacation to the Inn of the Mountain Gods, where my family from California met us. During this trip, our little guy face planted and broke off part of his front (adult) tooth. That has since been repaired beautifully. 

 My family came back to our home with us and 3 days later, hubby was in surgery. I wasn't sure how a house full of family would be post op, but oh was I SO VERY GRATEFUL they were here. Not only did they distract us from how tired we really were, they helped us in ways that Thank you will never express. 

 My family stayed a week with us and  my lack of sleep became comical. Even I was confused about being confused. lol. 

1 week post surgery and I have finally been able to sleep (almost) through the night. Hubby has had 8 hours of sleep in 6 days. So prayers for his ability to sleep and heal. 

We are back to homeschooling over the summer. Trying to get back in the groove and catch up on things. It was so much easier when my family was here helping. ;) 


Monday, April 4, 2016

Spartan Bound, Week 1

This week has been a new one for me. A LOT of new fitness things, more running, and my food has been spot on.

I am sore, but I know that it is bringing about changes, both physically and mentally. 

Day 1: 
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), Army crawl, Bear crawl.
Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Total Body Hammer
Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thrus
Evening workout: 30 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits, 
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot, GF granola (2 TBS.)
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 4 oz. Tuna Salad on lettuce (4 oz. Tuna, mayo, dill, cayenne), Grapefruit.
  • Dinner: Tuna sandwich
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 2:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), 100 yard up hill sprint: repeat for 20 minutes. 3 mile trail run


Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Max Hammer Strength training

Arms: (1 min. each) Shoulder Taps, Tricep dips, Arm circles, wide push ups, Superman

Evening workout: 30 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and Orange replenish  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean PRO w/ionix and PB2
  • Dinner: 4 oz. Grilled steak, 1/4 c. baby red potatoes, 1/2 C. grilled brussel sprouts.
  • Snack: Banana and handful of almonds
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons
Day 3:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 20 burpees (thank you, Jesus), High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), Bear crawl


Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Hammer Power training

Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thrus

Evening workout: 20 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and Orange replenish  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 4 oz. Tuna Salad on lettuce (4 oz. Tuna, mayo, dill, eggs)
  • Dinner: 4 oz. baked chicken breast, 1/4 c. baby red potatoes, 1/2 C. asparagus.
  • Snack: Banana and handful of almonds
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 4: Rest Day


Day 5:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps)


Scheduled WOD: Hammer Conditioning

Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thru


Evening workout: 30 burps, 75 Jumping Jacks

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 3 egg omelet with 1 oz. cheese and salsa
  • Dinner: Ribs, 1/2 baked sweet potato, garden salad w/ 2T. Italian dressing
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 6:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, 

Scheduled WOD: None

Arms: (1 min. each) Shoulder Taps, Tricep dips, Arm circles, wide push ups, Superman


Nutrition:

  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch: Club sandwich wrap (on lettuce), 1 oz. cheese
  • Dinner: IsaLean Pro Chocolate with PB2
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons


Day 7:

Spartan WOD: 3.2 mile run, jumping jacks, backward running, side steps 

Scheduled WOD: None


Nutrition:

  • Am: Coffee,  IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Snack: Almonds and homemade trail mix
  • Dinner: cottage cheese/spinach blend with venison pasta sauce
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sparta!


As nerves and excitement riddle every fiber of my being, I take a bigger step toward my fitness and health goals. I've decided to commit to the Spartan Race. I'm not in this alone, I have a team of others wanting to do it with me. As well as the littles going to participate in the 1/2 mile and 1 mile events. How much fun will THAT be?

So much of this is physical, but even so, it is mental. Can I do this? Will I fail? Where do I begin? Will I ever be strong enough? Am I to old? Blessings have befallen, as Spartan racers are the greatest of support teams. They offer encouragement, support, and tips to get you through. 

So, where do I start? It all starts with my nutrition. I am blessed to already be consuming the best nutrient dense foods on the planet, I'll just begin a stricter eating schedule and adhere to a different carb/protein/fat regimen. As I shred and cut my body, I will be getting leaner and stronger at the same time. 

Next is the physical training. I'm a little concerned about the lack of opportunities to do some of the obstacles (ie: rope climb, bucket haul, etc.) but have come up with some great at home options to get implemented this next week. Also, I found a wonderful trail to run that has may uneven surfaces and hills to climb. That I'll need to conquer at least 4 times a week. and 3 times a week I'll cross train to include pull ups.  Also add in a TON OF BURPEES!!! If you "fail" or skip an obstacle, the penalty is 30 BURPEES.... 30!!! I've been told to start and end my day with 30 Burpees AND for every 15 minutes into my runs, drop and do 30 burpees. 

I'd be excited if more friends joined me on this personal journey, so blessed for the the team mates who have committed.


Things I need to learn to do: 

  • Bear Crawl
  • Crab Walk
  • Monkey bars 
  • Climb a rope 
  • Overcome a fear of jumping over fire!
Since I've committed to the race, Still committed to my nutrition and health, now it's only logical to commit to some all terrain shoes, compression clothing, and some serious tunes to get me through training. 

I promise to do a weekly update post and DEFINITELY will do before and after pictures.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Christmas Cheer 2015: GOAL MET!!!

YOU did it!

Friends, THANK YOU! What does it mean to have over 4,000 orphans and refugees feeling the love of Jesus in Ukraine right now... It's priceless.

4,000+ Women and Children have been gifted because of YOUR love and support in our Christmas Cheer 2015 campaign. So many gave, prayed, and shared the need that with grateful hearts we can share...

CHRISTMAS CHEER 2015 
IS 
FULLY FUNDED!!!

Not a single person we advocated for will go without the blessing of food, medication, heat, and even some little Christmas Gifts and a party this year. YOU MADE THAT HAPPEN!


Words cannot describe the thankfulness our hearts hold, but please know that our hearts overflow with love and gratitude to each of you. As soon as we have updated pictures, we will post them here and on our FB pages.

We look forward to your continued support.

Blessings,