Transformation … but what have I transformed into

Time for my transparent transformation.

Transformation Tuesday.

Transformation Thursday.

Always love seeing the crazy “before and after flood” on my social media feeds Tuesdays and Thursdays every week …

Amazing, inspiring and incredible stories of transformation. I LOVE them don’t get me wrong.

I used to post mine all the time.

And then life happened.

It happened hard.

Stress. Drama. Things that we just have to walk through in life … happened.

And I began my next transformation.

From the woman I was finally wanted to be; strong, unwavering, healthy, joy-filled … to this … 20 lbs heavier, anxious, easily shaken and undone.

But how?

Why?

What had changed?

Nothing drastic.

Just a slow shift.

A shift from my purpose-filled, intentional, focused lifestyle to the one I am trying to transform out of again.

It is so humbling to have to post this type of “before and after” … where my before should be my after and vice versa.

The beauty in this though …

Realness.

Transparency.

And the understanding that it isn’t about what WE do that matters but WHI WE TRUST.

I began to trust myself, my OWN thinking, my OWN logic … and where did it get me?

Slowly shifted off course in so many ways.

Sleeping in.

Eating poorly.

Not working out.

Not flooding my thoughts DAILY with Truth.

Believing too many lies again and yielding to them.

Well this is not the end friends, this is only another opportunity to show how my faith in Christ (yet again) brings me out of the pit (I created for myself) and back into fullness of life and abundant living.

I am ready to get up “wash my face” and finish the last 90 days of the year stronger than I started!!!

Who’s with me?!?

I have found that having a tribe of like-minded women gives me the encouragement, accountability and motivation I need to become all that God has created me to be.

Message me if you are ready to end stronger than you started, I know I am.

Veggie Waffles?!?

I know right?!? Veggies in waffles … gross!

If I have learned anything on my health journey the last two years is that healthy alternatives are available for all my unhealthy favorites.

I’ll admit I was skeptical but figured I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try.

After all, I tell my kids to try new things all the time, you never know.

Well, let me tell you …

These are amazing! Savory, filling, satisfying AND veggies and protein!!!

Hope you give them a try and let me know what you think!!!

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 head cauliflower, riced*

• 3 eggs

• 3oz organic deli-sliced ham (about 4 slices)

• 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

• 1 green onion, chopped

• ½ teaspoon garlic powder

• ½ teaspoon sea salt

• Pinch black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Lay riced cauliflower on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Remove to cool slightly.

Add to a tea towel and squeeze out all liquid.

Add the dried cauliflower and remaining ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine.

Heat up a waffle iron.

Coat with cooking spray.

Spoon ½ of the mixture into the waffle iron and cook for about 5 minutes.

Repeat with remaining batter.

*To rice cauliflower, simply add florets to a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice, or use a cheese grater. If you can buy frozen riced cauliflower, you can skip step one and go right to step two. Just thaw the cauliflower and squeeze.

To make this recipe extra flavorful you may add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the batter and/or ¼ cup cheddar cheese. Top each waffle with ½ of a small avocado. This will increase the fat by 14-20 grams.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring!!

Can’t wait to make these savory treats for my kids this weekend!

If you love this recipe and want more healthy alternatives to some of your favorites do t hesitate to contact me!!

Thanks for stopping by ❤️

No such thing as a quick fix

I continue to seek them out.

I am tempted to say YES to them.

“I will take any quick fix you have please! Auto ship? You bet!” 🤦🏻‍♀️

I am always hopeful that THIS will be the solution for my current struggle.

No matter the struggles I face; health, relationship, financial, situational …

I just want a “quick fix”.

However, the longer I live, the more I experience, and the more I seek God … the more I recognize there are no quick fixes.

I have found that the most lasting transformation comes when I do the “hard stuff”, for long periods of time.

Quick fixes don’t last.

My health journey is a perfect example.

I am an “all or nothing” kind of girl.

I go all in and then quickly realize that I am overwhelmed, under-qualified, and weak.

I don’t see the beauty of my own weakness as a way for God to work.

I just use it as another way to beat myself up, tell myself lies, and eat another bag of chips!!!

The most successful time I have had on my journey is when I recognize my own weakness and remember that God is my ONLY SOURCE of strength and comfort.

When I start seeking to understand the WHY behind why I want the bag of chips … I get to the deeper issue.I am trying to fill a God-shaped hole with food, approval, and stuff … but nothing else fits.

Only God fits.

I discovered a simple truth … I am more than just a body.

I am a body, soul and spirit. What I like to call a triple threat.

A threat to the enemy of our souls, when I allow myself to be used by God.

In order for me to best be used by God I must submit all 3 main areas of my life to Christ and His ways.

If any of these three areas isn’t healthy it quickly infects the other two.

Here’s reality …

Over the past few months I have gained 20 lbs. YES! 20 lbs. which is hard to admit as a health and fitness coach. But here is the reality, if I lose focus and do not fully submit every area of my life to Christ I begin down the slippery slope.

My spirit; I stopped waking up early during the summer and was not in the Word daily. I wasn’t renewing my mind with the truth about who I am, who God is and what His plans and purposes are for my life.

I instead became deceived by the lies of the world about who I am, who God is, and what His plans and purposes are for my life.

It became more about me and my comfort and less about what God was doing.

My soul/mind started to feel despair, hopelessness and discouragement … then my flesh/body became effected.

The bag of chips, the chocolate bar, the wine, the cigarettes all appeared to be my only source of comfort … and I will admit they comforted me, for a moment. Then I was left feeling empty and more upset with myself for giving into silly temptations.

My triple threat had faded.

All of this to say … there are no quick fixes.

There are only simple truths, that we must flood our days with over and over again.

One small choice at a time.

I choose to wake up early and read the Word.

I choose to eat clean, whole foods that heal my body.

I choose to strengthen my body by working out.

I choose to become all God has created me to be.

A triple threat warrior for the King of Kings.

Fighting against the enemy of lies and his schemes to keep me from all God has created me to be!!!

Fight on ladies and remember who you are and that there are no quick fixes, just small intentional steps to get you where God wants you to be.

Strong.

Empowered.

Unshakeable.

Ready to do the work He has created you to do.

My Unplugged Summer

So I am “back”.

It sounds so silly to say I am back when I haven’t gone anywhere, but in today’s Social Media age it feels like I have been in a cave for 3 months.

When I unplugged from all social media platforms 3 months ago I honestly didn’t know what to expect.

What’s funny is I am not sure how I ever had time for social media.

Our summer was filled with amazing family adventures making many new memories.

I was able to show my family the beauty of a Midwest summer and what “real water” is like. Sorry Colorado friends but there really is no water in Colorado. Lake life is amazing!

I was able to be intentional with my children; we playing games, crafting, baking and creating with them all summer long. Something, sadly, I think I didn’t do enough of before because I was “too busy”.

Busy has taken on a new meaning to me this summer. Yes we were busy, but not in a stressed out, frazzled, annoyed kind of way (okay maybe a couple times – traveling with a family can do that at times 🤪). But I have to say we were busy living, laughing and just enjoying every day.

“Coming back” to social media is going to look different for me now.

I love the ability to catch up with old friends and family I can’t seem to see in person often enough … new babies, graduations, weddings, celebrations are so great to be able to feel “connected”. I have learned deeper connection comes through face-to-face communication and hearing my loved ones voices over the phone.

So therein lies the reason for this new blog;

I want to create a place for me to reflect, share, connect and hopefully inspire others to live their best life and not get sucked into the scrolling and comparison trap I was so entangled in before. Social media is so good for so many reasons but for me it is a slippery slope and one I do not want to slip back into.

My word for the year is INTENTIONAL; I want to continue to live intentionally for Christ, my family, and my community … and I know I can’t do this effectively hiding behind a screen.

Not sure exactly how the Lord is planning to use this blog but my hope is it becomes a place where I can share my life, my journey, and my faith.

Until next time I hope you all enjoy this “recap” of our Intentionally Unplugged Summer – SO excited to catch up with all of you!

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Intentionally Unplugged

I’m getting ready to do something I’ve never done before.

I’m unplugging from social media for three months.

For some people, this kind of ‘unplugging’ would not be a big deal. But because I have shared my health journey and have a business partly through connections on social media, I’ve gotten some questions about why I’m doing this. Here are the answers to a few of those questions.

What does this mean?

Well sadly it means I have been distracted. I have been distracted by the lure of the comfort, inspiration and connection I receive from social media. These are inherently good things. Yet, I have allowed these good things to distract me from the best things.

I have been given an amazing gift as a wife and mother and have been distracted by the good. I have put off the great things the Lord has for me.

So I am obeying the conviction to unplug and plug into the people right in front of me.

Why now?

Because all pathways are leading me to do it NOW. Not to delay. Summer is always a wonderful time with my family. Filled with traditions, fun, laughter and reconnecting. But the Lord is calling me deeper this summer. To take hard look at some of the things about myself I have been ignoring for too long.

Habits aren’t created in the big moments but rather in the small, mundane choices we make over and over, little by little. It has been a “slow fade”. A fade away from what is most important to me. My marriage and my family. My legacy. My legacy needs me now, so now is when I am doing it.

What’s the point?

God is doing a work in me and I am eager to dig deep … to get still and quiet with Him to see what He is calling me into.

I cannot do this when I am distracted.

I cannot do this when I am stressed out.

I cannot do this without Him.

The point? Glory.

For you all to see God at work in a real-life scenario. For when we obey His Word and chase after His purposes He is glorified in a real and tangible way.

The point? To glorify God in what He will do in me and my family this summer.

Don’t you know you run your business through social media?

Yes I do.

But if this is the only platform in which I can serve and help others become the best version of themselves then I have no business in this business.

For this isn’t about selling products, making money or even helping people lose weight … those are all good, don’t get me wrong. But my only job here on earth is to help others know the love Jesus has for them.

Through this knowledge of Christ’s love for us we have a new level of care for ourselves and a new level of self-discipline. For when we fully know who we are in Christ we chase after the plans He has for us and whatever business He has for me is where I want to be.

And for this season it is not on social media.

I am so excited to become more intentional with not only my family but the amazing community of people the Lord has blessed me with, the community that is right in front of me, on the other side of the screen.

So I am going all in.

June 1st through September 1st I am unplugging from social media.

I am deleting my Facebook app, my Instagram app and my Messenger app from all my devices.

And this blog?

Well this blog is going to become my daily journal.

My journal where I sure what the Lord is doing.

The experiences we are having.

The traditions, trips, adventures and summer memories we are building.

However, I will be keeping this journal in draft mode until September 2nd when I will “release” the story of what the Lord has done during our Summer to Remember.

Excited to see u all again September 2nd!

So if you get engaged, go off to college, get married, have a baby, lose a precious family member, need prayer, need encouragement or want to celebrate with me please don’t be a stranger come find me at church, at the grocery store or in my backyard for some “Yard Yoga” … I want to hug you in person, pray for you face to face, encourage you as I hold your hand … don’t want to just “like or heart” your status update.

We are all created for community and I am excited to see how mine is strengthened through intentional effort.