Monday, July 22, 2013

Motivational Monday

Just Because We CAN Do Something Doesn't Mean We Should....

I have been having the BEST time this summer, 
how about you?

 I wanted to share with you about my new opportunity to serve my church.

I was asked to teach a Cross Fitness class on our church campus every Wednesday night and 
I am absolutely having a blast! 
Since my usual speaking/teaching ministry during the year is through the school year, 
and my summer is free, I thought I would say "Yes" to this.

The first night was great- there were about 12 or so people who showed up and then the following week, it was about the same.
This week we had a large group, very mixed, FUN group!
Thank you all for coming!
Here are some pics-

Fitness seems to be the new buzzword and people are becoming so much more aware of their health!

Many of us are getting fit in the area by taking some of the classes at Saddleback,
shoot, they offer something everyday- 
Yoga on Mondays and Wednesday mornings,
 Zumba on Tuesday nights, 
MY CLASS "The Cross Fitness" class on Wednesday nights, 
Cardio Kick-boxing on Thursday nights 
and I''m not sure what is on Fridays, 
but on Saturday mornings there is another Boot Camp taught by Tony Lattimore- 

Anyhow, this week I was thinking about The Cross Fitness Class and how hard we all worked,
 and that if we only work out and don't change our eating, 
we may get stronger and have more endurance,
 but it is the food that is the BIG game changer.

I've also had a couple of the gals ask me about food /snacks and there are so many ideas in my head about where to start, that I decided to make a list of flat out "NO's".
Absolute NO's.....

If you want to change your body, you will have to change what you feed it- 

To change what you feed it, 
your desire to change must outweigh your desire to stay the same, 
or the desire for comfort-

I get it- 
we eat what we like, 
but IF you want to make some changes and to want lose some of the reason you may have high blood pressure, or shortness of breath, or get taken off some of that medication, or you just want to lose some body fat, you have got to make a decision that you are going to say "NO!"
You will have to say, "NO"  to some of the things you used to say "yes" to.

And the funny thing- 
 I wonder why there has to be a LAW to have people wear a seat belt.
Why wouldn't you if you know it would potentially save your life if you were in an accident?
Why would you smoke if you know it causes lung cancer not only in you, 
but in anyone that breathes your smoke?

Why do I eat fried food when the oil and fat outweigh any benefit to eating that food?
Because WE want to, and we CAN, and we have NO reason NOT to.....
No one is going to stop you from buying that "ka-ka", 
it is all about money.
You eat poorly, you keep the fast food restaurants, doctors and pharmacies in business.
I hope this makes you mad,
mad enough to do something about it-
I got that mad.

I care about my body, my children's bodies, my husband's body, 
so I decided to make some adjustments to what I provide in my home. 
 I am responsible for 99% of what my family eats and so are you- so think about that.....
if your child is overweight,
 think about what is in your cupboards. 

What YOU have put in YOUR cupboards and YOUR family are feeding themselves with....
There is a battle going on!

Enough of my mini-rant-  

1. High Fructose Corn Syrup - this is bad stuff
2. Fried Foods- they make them taste good with all the bad stuff
3. Sugar-white sugar is so bad- all candy, etc.
4. Corn- yes- look into it- corn turns into some kind of poison in your body!
5. Soda- ALL soda, diet, too.
6.White Flour- anything that has flour in it!( breads, cakes, pastries, donuts, crackers)
7. Hydrogenated oil- use coconut oil
8. Margarine 
9.Fatty beef- go for lean turkey or chicken
10. Ice Cream- change it for a Skinny Cow or Non-fat chocolate pudding w/whipped cream!
11. Potato chips (or corn chips)- too much salt, and yes, I DO know how good these bad boys taste!
12. GMO's - genetically manufactured organisms, it even sounds gross. Yes, they are added into so many foods that what we are eating today is drastically different than the food we used to eat.

Here are some things you should say "YES" To:

1. Blueberries- ALL berries!!

2. ALL green leafies- letttuce, romaine, kale,  not too much dressing but enough to make them edible!
4. Nuts (almonds & walnuts are the best) in moderation
5. Water, lots and lots- add lemon, orange to add to the enjoyment!
6. Chia seed or Flax seed 
7. Wheat flour
8. Brown rice or even better, Quinoa - soooo good!
9.Protein Bars- always have one in your purse of bag in case of an emergency
10. Greek Yogurt- yum! It has protein in it, too!
11. Oatmeal- I eat this with Chia/blueberries EVERY morning!
12. Protein shakes- I drink a shake every morning and after every workout! (feeds your muscles!)
13. Pop chips, Rice chips as an alternative to potato chips/corn chips

I'm doing a study on Nehemiah and in the chapter we are studying, Nehemiah had a job that provided food and drink that the King was accessible to - but because his people were having to suffer so the King could have all he had, 
Nehemiah decided he wouldn't eat the food the King ate or drink what the King drank. 
He would eat what his people were eating.
Just because he COULD indulge didn't mean he HAD TO.

We eat so much that we don't NEED- I'll be the first to admit it.
A box of Hot Tamales is $1.00, not a lot of money for something that gives me pleasure. 
But as  got to thinking about that- I realized that the pleasure I receive is temporary- 
it provides me with no real nutritional value and cost me a dollar. 
Do I NEED my Hot Tamales? 
Maybe once a month I can justify it (during that time), but really, no, I don't.  
So I reaaaaaallllly try to only eat them when someone gives them to me, 
which is usually a gift.

So what about you? 
What do you think you might need to say "NO" to today- 
just one item on this list will get you started.
 Stick with that for a week and see what happens.
Then add another- this is a list that my family sticks to pretty good,
 but I am by all means NOT a legalist when it comes to life. 

When we are at a party, the kids can drink soda, but it is not an everyday thing- 
fried foods maybe once every two weeks, if that.

If I can do it- so can you.
I grew up in a home where there were chips in the cupboard and snacks all around!

I've had to change what I put into my cupboards so that I can change what goes into the mouths of the people I love!

Here is my prayer for you:
Father God,
Thank you for this reader and friend!
Thank you for his/her body, mind and spirit.
we come to you today to ask for your wisdom, for your power and your spirit of discipline that you freely share with us when we believe.
I ask that this reader would feel convicted today to "give up" something that he/she has been eating 
that is not edifying to the body you have given him/her.
I pray that your Sprit would move him/her to release the selfish desire to fill him/herself with something that is not healthy or beneficial to his/her body,
but would choose to feed his/her body with
only foods that are nutritious and beneficial to his/her body.
I ask this in Jesus' Holy name!

Think about it-

What will you give up this week?
What can you really live without?
Is God prompting you to give up something you don't need?

Would love to hear your thoughts!
Have a blessed day!


  1. Hey, good for you about the class! I have always thought that you would make a great fitness trainer. Get those OC soft bodies into shape!!

    NO HOT TAMALES??? Seriously?

    The hardest thing for me to give up is salty stuff, like Pringle's potato chips. And chocolate stuff, like Oreo's. However, with our bodies it really is all about garbage in, garbage out - and good stuff in, healthy out. Right?

    I really can't live without my coffee. But there are healthier ways to make it at home.


  2. Sharon- you are such an encourager!
    Let's just say, "Minimal" Hot Tamales! Ha! Why else work out, right?

    What is it that you add to your coffee? That's the stuff you might want to look at- coffee isn't bad, it's the stuff we add!
    I found something called, "So Delicious" that uses coconut milk- not as milky as creamer, but pretty good tasting and good for you!
    Keep at it, Sharon!
    Miss you!!

    1. I add Almond milk, and a spoonful (or two!) of powdered Peppermint Mocha creamer. The creamer probably isn't the best thing - but I'm loving the Almond milk! I'll have to look into that "So Delicious" - and see if it is!!

      Miss you, too!

      GOD BLESS!


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