Food, Fitness, and Faith on Friday

Really what I should say is:  FAITH…then food…then fitness…:)

I recently was listening and reading about how our food, our nutrition, is 80% of what we see in the mirror and our fitness is only 20%.  What does that mean?  It means  we truly are what we eat!  If a person has aesthetic goals than spinning their wheels on the treadmill for hours and hours at a time each day is not going to accomplish the physical look and goal they are trying to obtain.  A person MUST evaluate how they eat, why they eat, and what they eat.

The 20% of fitness truly can be just 3-4 hours a week or even less when a person focuses on strength as their primary goal rather than aesthetics.  Then, the looks just fall into place if that is a person’s goal.  A routine as simple as walking for 20-30 minutes each day, lifting weights 2-3 times a week for 20-30 minutes, and one sprint or metcon kind of workout a week is truly all that is needed.  This is basically what I do.  My walking may be outside or on my mini trampoline but it is nothing that makes me huff and puff to get my cortisol dumping bad hormones into my body and creating havoc on my insulin and thus adrenals….etc.

BUT I challenge us to look at our food and fitness outside of the box.

What if we put FAITH FIRST. Revolve our every day, our every thought, every action, and our every craving on our FAITH?

What if we gave our FAITH 100%?

Wouldn’t the food of 80% and fitness of 20% become easier?  Less of a chore? More balanced? A better perspective?

I remember once hearing how a marriage isn’t a 50/50 relationship.  That each spouse MUST give 100%  in order to truly experience the beauty and blessings of a marriage.

Thus, I challenge that our relationship with our FAITH, FOOD, AND FITNESS is the the same, in that we must give GOD 100% in order for us to understand and balance the 80% Food and 20% Fitness!

This doesn’t mean we don’t work on what needs to be done to be healthy.  Instead it gives us a better focus on why to be healthy.

A focus on living a longer and healthier life to go out and do amazing works for HIM!!!

Now that is better than any visual in the mirror in my book!

***But….you also won’t be disappointed with what you see in the mirror when GOD/FAITH is the first 100%…..TRUST ME ON THIS!!! 🙂

Blessings and hugs,
~K 🙂

Many Many Many thoughts on Monday!

Okay so my mind is swirling with a million thoughts I want to share with everyone, anyone on this Monday!  Therefore….this journal…blog…thought entry might just be all over the place….so beware!

1st:
The discovery of scheduling a posting was quite interesting last night…thus the 8 am posting to see if it really went out when I was writing and researching at midnight last night :)….I know I know I know I should have been asleep but at least I actually respected my need for sleep and didn’t get up until 8 am!

2nd:
I was listening to the podcast of Balanced Bites #102….and I loved the advice given to a post partum woman who was trying to loose her pregnancy weight.  How she was being basically too hard on herself.  One of the ladies quoted another ladies posting on her blog/site about how she strives to work with her body.  And what she eats she makes a conscience decision.  Thus eliminating any emotional baggage.  If she eats a piece of cake she says: I am going to eat this cake and know that it may make me feel not so great…or I know it has no value but I will enjoy this with my child.  But if she thinks she is going to turn to it because of an emotional thought or whatever, then she does not eat it.  She doesn’t eat or do anything that is going to create guilt or emotional baggage.

I LOVE THAT!  Mostly because that is how I strive to live….even more so this last 3 years since I have found my wonderful new lifestyle!

Here is a very real in time example….I enjoyed watching a movie yesterday with my wonderful daughter.  She wanted popcorn….I love popcorn.  I have wonderful organic popcorn that I can pop for her fresh and put coconut oil on it…sea salt…and she loves it that way!   BUT it is a grain….I made a conscience decision that I would eat some of it with her….

Did I pay for it?  Oh yes…I within 30-45 minutes felt the gas swell my belly….it hurt soooo bad…..and today my knees are swollen and really really really hurt….but I don’t do it often….was it worth it?  Yes and No!  Worth knowing that my daughter felt joy and fellowship…no cause I hurt…..but I also know I will get it out of my system with patience…..BUT it did actually encourage me to search for other Paleo’s who may have some alternative suggestions for popcorn lovers!  (This is probably the only grain that I really love and miss!)

I found some really fun recipe ideas with cauliflower….you must do a pintrest search!

3rd:
I love homeschooling….I love unschooling….I love Charlotte Mason….I love the phases and ideas and concepts behind the Classical style of education….I LOVE LEARNING with my daughter!

We had such a wonderful day of learning!  It got me to thinking….why do we think everything has to be separating?  Subjects?  Life?  It is so funny because it is probably why I lean more toward Charlotte Mason and Unschooling styles because I don’t see Math as just 1+1=2…..I see:  if you buy this for this amount and that for that amount then you spend xyz….and that leaves you with “abc”  from your budget….where do we want to put the remainder?  In this fund, that savings, this toy…???   Or what about how did this historical event relate to our faith time line, and how about lets write this bible scripture to then edit…critique and work on our Language Arts!

It all is related….it all works together rather than separate!

Which brings me to…

4th:
Why I think it is impossible to separate our FAITH…FOOD…FITNESS….AND EVEN OUR FINANCES…OH AND WHAT ABOUT FUN….oh yeah and FAMILY!!!

It’s impossible….because each affect (yes affect…influence) each other….

I love how if I am truly thinking about what God would want me to do than I am going to take care of my body physically and mentally….and that means not going to any extremes.  I will not be lazy with it and allow it to become unhealthy….but on the flip I will not become so obsessive and legalistic that I strive for vanity and appearance….which then in turn becomes about our finances….in how much are we willing to spend to make sure we are healthy (with balance) and thus turning to real food….not quick fixes….or processed gunk!

5th:
I LOVE WHERE I AM AT IN LIFE!

I have such an interesting life story….mine isn’t necessarily any more special or scary or sad or horrific than the next person. But it is mine.  Some of it is worse than someone else’s and better than another persons.  BUT it is my story….and it is what formed me….it is how I am who I am today….AND I LOVE IT!

I love being able to see God do amazing things in my life and not get frustrated or angry at Him because of the bumps, challenges, learning lessons!

In the last 3 years I have challenged myself in more ways than I have ever in the past…and even had myself be my own lab rat to see how some things may react in my body and with my mind.

From how can IF (intermittent fasting) fit in with my paleo lifestyle… and to what extent….to supplementation….thus leading me to learn even more about quality of supplements….to if I even need supplements…to training a specific way to see if I can achieve a certain goal…to restricting calories and how does it make me feel….to losing and/or gaining 5 -10 lbs to see how it may or may not affect my run, my sleep, my mental health….

Which has all lead me to….

6th:
I love myself!

I love exactly where I am in life!  I love being healthy.  I love being aware and making conscience decisions about my entire health: mind, body and soul!  I love knowing that I am okay with being Paleo…not eating bread, sugar, dairy, gunk….and drinking a glass of wine most nights the week!

I am way ok with having some softness around my hips and legs…I am okay with the wonderful laugh lines between my eyes and around my lips.

I am okay with not worrying about what is suppose to happen next week or even tomorrow.

I am okay with if someone wants to be angry or upset or even frustrated with me.

I was listening to a podcast (again from BalancedBites…hehe…and from Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness)…and I love how they encourage people (especially women) to love themselves!  To quit critiquing those little minuscule flaws that  no one else sees!  To not be afraid of having some body fat….to not be afraid of having curves…to not be afraid of food….real food!  To not put your adrenal glands through the ringer….and to possibly evaluate if you are under eating!

This topic is so dear to me because I see it over and over….throughout the years….

Even at my heaviest with all my health issues I actually really loved myself during that time in my life!  I knew I was a child of God…I knew I probably needed to figure some things out with my health but I knew I was active….and taking care of myself to the best of my ability at that time.  And I have learned so much…..

So no matter what I may be going through in life….whether it is challenging myself physically, mentally, spiritually I know God loves me thus I MUST LOVE MYSELF!

This brings me to my final random thought….

7th:
I have enjoyed the discipline of not allowing myself to get on FB during the week last week other than Sunday because I accomplished soo sooo much more in the morning than I probably ever have….

It is so easy to justify that I am posting on one of my private groups…I am helping spread good ripples…plant seeds….learn from others….be informed…stay in touch…..

But it can easily become one of those habits that you think your must post and share cause otherwise how are they going to know….or….what if I don’t read that one post then I won’t know….or that person will be mad at me if I am not on FB checking to see what they said or sent me…..

Have I missed being on FB?  YES AND NO!   I love the discipline of saying I’m not going there today….but I miss when I have an idea I want to share that I have to keep it to myself….but maybe that is the point?!  Maybe not every thought we have is meant to be broadcast-ed.

SOOO….what is a girl to do who really actually is an introvert at heart….but feels God calling her to share things….to be open…honest…vulnerable….in hopes of helping others who may feel like they are the only one feeling what they are feeling or someone who really needs to hear or know something!?

BALANCE!!!  That is what it is all about!  BALANCE!!!

Blessings….hugs…prayers!!!

Sensational Satuday!

It is interesting to me how technology can do so much for us yet it can also limit us.    

What happen to sitting down with a good book? Now we have kindles and Nooks and iPads.   We have so many choices on our devices that we easily get distracted by all our choices.   Therefore we never take the time to just be still with that one book.  
Or what about writing?   We post all over the place…
Facebook…..google+….twitter…our blogs :-)….
We forget to just grab a notebook and pencil so we can write and doodle!
Heck here I am posting on my blog from my phone!
I realized there was an app for it and I wanted to try it.   
I think the key to all of this is finding…striking a balance.   And that is my goal for my September challenge.   
….creating peace…remembering the simple things….and focusing on the things that really matter….
Faith….family…fun!!!!!

BEING GRATEFUL FOR THE MAN HE IS!

We can all use a little “slap” of cold water in the face from time to time.  

How I view my marriage and the relationship with my husband probably needed serious ice thrown on me!  


I would like to think I have been a good wife: attentive, compassionate, and supportive!  YET…there is always room for growth.  


I picked up a book just randomly about a month ago.  When I saw it at a thrift shop, my thought was it was worth just taking a look at it, skimming it, for a few coins out of my wallet.  


I figured as I was reading it, I would feel confirmed I am a good wife.  The last couple of years I have become more aware of being an attentive, respectful and obedient wife (yes…obedient…it IS important!).   I have learned  to continually reflect on our relationship and how to approach things, topics and situations with love, compassion and mercy.


Yes, I have found some really great confirming information, but I have also found some really convicting stuff as well.  Things I realized I do need to work on.  Things I realized that being a proper helpmate to my husband needs continual attention in order to not get caught up in how today’s society views on how we as women/wife’s should act with and/or treat our husbands.


Thus far (as I’m about halfway through the book) this is what I have really felt was important to focus on: 


1.    Being grateful for the man he is.

2.    Thanking God for him and remembering specific qualities. 
3.    Be a blessing to him not a a burden.
4.    Look for ways to understand him.
5.    Be pleasing. 
6.    Be aware of hormonal changes.  Do not give into those emotions.  Keep my mouth shut during those times. 
7.   Don’t allow tv, books, and/or magazines to be a bad influence and effect my attitude toward my husband. 
8.   Don’t over commit myself and then gripe at him for not being able to help me out.
9.   Have positive friends who are a good influence when it comes to how we treat our husbands. 
10. Remember what my ultimate calling and job is as a wife and helpmate. 


Finally, as I was reflecting this morning:  I LOVE BEING A WIFE!  


Why do so many of us spend so much time and energy grumbling about it?

Why do we feel we have to gripe, complain, and stir a pot of murkiness into our lives?
Do we want to hold a stone or putty in our hands?  

As a wife, we have a great amount of power.  We need to respect it. nurture it, and enjoy every minute of being a WIFE!!!


Dry Spells

Do many of you wonder why there are moments in our life that we are just going through the motions?

Not that life isn’t good or peaceful but it may just feel blah or stale?
I have been having a sort of writers block. It’s not like words and thoughts aren’t swirling in my head but when I go to write them down…well nothing! Ugh…
Yet, I wonder if the point of a blah or stale moment is to remind us sometimes we need to stay still to reassess, refocus, reexamine where God is calling us to in our life. Yes, He wants us to be doers but He also wants us to stay still long enough to hear Him and be guided by Him.
So I am here Lord waiting and listening!

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