Change – October Challenge

Okay so October is almost here! 

I can hardly believe it. It feels like summer just started. 

So there are a few things I keep telling myself I will do 1 day!

  1. Learn to do a front flip
  2. Run an 1/2 and full Marathon
  3. Get my bed room deep clean
  4. Not have clean laundry on my couch- (never going to happen)
  5. Get up every morning at 5:30 to get my studies, paper work, & things I need quite for done. 

So for October I have decided I am going to take at least one of these off my list! 

I have started a challenge group so we can share our 1 goal and hold eachother accountable! Support and motivate eachother! 

If your interested in Joining this Private Challenge Group ūüĒú

  1. Go to my Facebook page and like it! 
  2. Message me and I’ll add you to the private group!

That is it!!!!

Join us and get at least one of your “one day”, Done! ūüėČ 

 

Shut the hell up!

We are on a long family trip. 

So things have not been going as smoothly as I had hoped with the RV. I was on such a high from Mt Rushmore but a series of events where chipping that quickly away. 

 

Mt Rushmore Run

 
Yesterday I prayed for things to be fixed and they where not.  

I came to God with full faith. As His child. What Father would not want to help there child with this true and very real need? 

Yet He said “No” 

I was confused, hurt and thin on hope. 

I had faith?

I believed?

He wants to help?

He is my Father? 

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What had I don’t wrong? What could I have done better? What is wrong with me? 

I was struggling! The Holy Spirit was answering me but I was upset and to be honest didn’t want to hear it. I felt like a rejected child. 

After some time I remember or was reminded that I was allowing Satan a foothold. I was allowing him to ruin my attitude and therefore this trip. I was allowing him to steal the high I had earlier. 

I was giving him power he should not have. 

So I finally told him, “shut the hell up.”  

 Do I understand why God did not answer my prayers? NO! 

But I do know I am loved, not alone and He Will work all things for my good! I am His child. And He will do what is best for me. 

Matcha Tea – why I drink it? Recipes

So I am new to Matcha.

I have quickly fallen in love with it! 

I have always loved black tea.  However, I am not a fan of the flavor of green tea. I like the nutrient benefits of green tea but truly dislike the flavor. 

I recently began drinking coffee and was finally enjoying it only to discover I have reflux and Gerd problemsРso out went coffee! 

I wanted to find a replacement for the enjoyment of the caffeine yet not upset my throat and vocal cords. 

I found Matcha. I think because I love tea. 

I first tried a Matcha Latte using almond milk:

It was really yummy, but right off I noticed it smelled a lot like sea weed. This however,  did not bother me as I eat a fair amount of sea weed and enjoy it.  It will bother some people.

What really got me excited is that I got the health benefits, caffeine and without the jitters or shakes!!!!!!!

Coffee made me very jittery and black tea will always be my favorite but I would like a little more nutrition and well… to be honest caffeine .

Next,  I researched Matcha and which tea to get. I love this site Matcha brand reviews.  This gives a simple & honest review of brands. 

I bought my Matcha and then tried it for the first time made the traditional way. The flavor was powerful. I don’t hate it but I don’t like it. I’m working my way to drinking it like this. I feel it is the¬†healthiest way.¬†

So here is how I am drinking it sometimes , and enjoying it very much!

I do not have the special bamboo brother or an electric frother.  To be honest Matcha was expensive and I will have to buy those another time. So I did what I do best and improvised.

Main Recipe:

  • 2 ounces hot water below 175¬į
  • 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk¬†
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Cerimonial Matcha (depending how strong you want it)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • Shaker bottle
  • Whisk ball

Directions:

Place water and milk in shaker bottle.  Sprinkle Matcha powder on top. Then use same measuring spoon for syrup (saves a dish).

Place lid on tightly and shake shake shake….. shake shake shake….. shake that bottle owe….

Matcha Black Tea Latte- Jennifer Creation

Recipe:

  • 4 oz favorite black tea
  • 2 oz hot water (below 175¬į)
  • 4 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 1 tsp Org Maple Syrup or Raw Honey

Directions:

Make favorite hot tea. 

Place hot tea, water, and milk in shaker bottle. Sprinkle Matcha powder on top. Then use same measuring spoon for syrup (saves a dish).

Place lid on tightly and shake shake shake….. shake shake shake….. shake that bottle owe….

Yummy, warm and has a nice thick froth on top!

 

Why am I so hungry? 

Hungry?

I don’t know about you, but after a workout I’m ready to eat!¬†
However the day after a serious vigorous workout I am STARVING! 

Have you ever wondered why you get so hungry? 

I have! Because the hunger can be crazy. ¬†Crazy enough for me to think¬†‚Äúwhat the heck is wrong with me?”

It’s a daily¬†challenge to control what you eat and portion sizes, but add serious hunger and the first thing you see can be the first thing you eat. ¬†Innocent¬†bystanders beware!

I like this post explaining why! Check it out here! 

Have you ever experienced this hunger? 

Shorts with a Story

Have you ever found a piece of clothing you love?

Something you love but can’t fit into?¬†

This is how I felt about these Goncho Shorts(picture below) when I found them at the thrift store.

I liked them so much but was so not a size 7 at the time. In fact I honestly never thought I would be a size 7. But, I could not let them go! ¬†So I forced them on my daughter. Justified buying them for “her.”

She hated them so they floated around the house. I finally excepted her dislike for them.  And threw them in my garage sale pile. There they sat for over a year.

I completely forgot about them. Started my journey to health. Then decided I better do something with my growing pile of sale clothes.  It had really grown due to the fact that, I was growing strong and losing my fat.

I found them!!!

“Oh I remember you,” I whispered.

I stood there holding these forbidden shorts- going through all the emotions they brought back.

  • “Sure you’ve been working hard but you’ll never fit in them.¬†
  • “If you try and can’t, you’ll only feel worse!”¬†
  • “But what if? I love these. I don’t want someone else to have them. ”¬†
  • Maybe they’ll just be a little tight and I can use them as a goal?!”¬†
  • “I rather know than always wonder!”

So after these throughts and 1000’s more. I finally, took a deep breath. Gulped and unbuttoned and unzipped these coveted shorts. I stood in front of my mirror but facing away. I didn’t want to watch but knew I’d want to size up how much work I’d need to get into them.

My first leg slipped in… then the next. Then‚Ķ

Holy Cow.‚Ķ they slipped over my hips! ¬†I jumped for joy. Hands trimbling I grabbed the buttons and‚Ķ WHAT THE HECK! ¬†They buttoned. They flipping buttoned. Wait‚Ķ wait… look in the mirror. Oh my gosh it is true!!!! ¬†How could they fit? ¬†It honestly felt unreal. Was I dreaming? They where snug- but no muffin top. I didn’t have to lay on the bed. THEY FIT

I was literally on cloud flipping 9! 

Here they ARE! HeHehehe 

Day 2- Doubts Set In

Doubts!

Struggling Mentally Today!

And.… doubts set in!

“Did I bite off more than I chew?”

“It’s probably not even possible!”

“Your going to fail”

“Your going to get board”

Etc. etc. etc.

We all have doubts!

I have them often.  What gets me through my doubts?

  • taking measurements
  • before and after pictures
  • making a list of what I have achieved since I began this journey.
  • looking at the timeline of my journey and specific accomplishments
  • knowing that even through failure I grow. ¬†And I am free to fail because I am a child of God- He works all things for my good! Romans 8

?How do you combat your doubts? 

Lacking Motivation and Mom Tired

Today I’m lacking motivation and to be honest I am pretty emotional!¬†

Last night was a beast! 

In truth part of it was my fault. I stayed up late- really late. A little past mid-night. I was enjoying the time with hubby, watching mindless tv, and  working on my laptop uninterrupted.

However, my sons also decided I needed 5 different wake ups between 1am- 6am.

So this morning I wanted to tap out before the day began. To top it off its cloudy‚ėĀÔłŹ and gray! ¬†I am truly solar powered. ¬†And well, my business in my eyes is not doing well. So add them all up and you have a- tired, grumpy, emotional and annoyed momma! ¬†

This is when I have those thoughts of:

  1. You don’t need to workout. Sleep is important
  2. Your in the last week of your program cheating a little won’t hurt‚Ķ
  3. __________________ fill in the blank.

I told myself last night, “your going to get your workout in.” As I knew I’d be tired.

So how oh how do I get out of this Funk? 

  • First I need to deal with my mental state. I’m already behind in my day. But I need to force my self to get in the word of Christ. ¬†Sit, drink some caffeinated tea, and read at least 1 chapter!
  • I need to force myself into that workout. If I don’t do it – my attitude will only get worse! I’ll only be more upset at myself. ¬† Working out ¬†also burns off the cranky!¬†
  • I need to spend some snugly huggy time on the couch with my 5 kids. Yes- they are the reason I am so very tired. Yes they can be annoying. But I need to Remeber what matters! ¬†They are why I stay home. They are my priority and job! ¬†So if I’m going to be tired who better for?
  • Revisit your goals! ¬†If you did not write your goals down do so! ¬†IF you did place those goals somewhere you can easily see them.
  • Share your struggle with a friend, spouse, or accountability partner. ¬†Don‚Äôt have one?? Join my Team and we are here for you. ¬†We are group of mom‚Äôs and women who struggle just like you. This is why I became a coach! ¬†I started my journey totally alone. ¬†It was hard and I want to be there for you!

So let me ask!

What do you do???

How do you get out of that funk?

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Love Bag

The Love Bag was named by my Son.

As a mother there are many times I feel helpless! 

Especially when one of my babies is sick!  And yes, they will always be my babies.  This bag was created with love for my son.

My son as reciently sick with a sever stomach bug for. Doctors visit confirmed it was a bug but still, I was really worried.

All I could do was hold him, pray and rub his tummy while he struggled. I felt helpless. I felt like I needed to do something more!

I was feeling overwhelmed when a call from my mom encouraged me and inspiring me to think of simple comforts like warmth and tea for my son.

So I decided I could make a rice warmer bag. I wanted something that would warm his tummy and not his ribs. I decided to shape it so it would fit around the neck and pelvis for the most common aches and pains in my family.

Out of Love this bag was created:

pattern below- read to end!

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They became so popular I make them by order only.

They are:

100% Cotton $10.00 + shipping

100% Organic Cotton & rice $15.00 + shipping

You can request a color or pattern.  I use only pure cotton- it’s soft, it heats evenly and holds the heat longer!

When I looked at my finished craft. Placed it on my sons achy body and watched him finally rest and sleep. I realized, “just being here is what matters!”¬†


If I was not here I could not have made this. I could not have comforted my crying boy. These are the moments that matter. I don’t know if he’ll remember? But I’ll know that when my baby was sick I was able to be there for him. And to me that matters!¬†

I just grabbed the material and made up the pattern from some different ones I remember seeing in the past.

It was easy. If I can do it so can you! 

Supplies:

  • Cotton Fabric
  • Sissiors
  • Thread
  • Bobbin
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Marker
  • Ruler something to measure with
  • Rice¬†

I measured with the desire to fit the shoulders of an adult!

I used a lid to create the half circle.  Then I made another half circle an inch smaller so I could hem it.

Sew the boarder, make each compartment (but do not sew off),  then fill each compartment and finished it off!

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With a new bag start with 1 minute in the microwave.  Check bag,  and if more heat is desired  flip bag and add 30 seconds to 1 more minute, until desired temperature  is reached.  Never place directly on skin.  Have cloths between bag and skin.   Better to have it too cool than too hot!

 

Overweight is easy to become and a hard thing to do! 

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I have had this thought a time or 2! 

I have been asked when and how I became so overweight before my journey?

To be honest with you, I can not pin down a certain time or even. I just began to not care much about myself or my health. I remember after baby #3 the weight not coming off easily. I had had real thyroid problems during the pregnancy which continued after I gave birth. Then baby #4 and weight again didn’t come off early and well I never got back to my healthy weight!  I felt discouraged and almost like it was just something I had to except. Then baby #5 same problems but I had given up and it just compounded and compounded. I lost belief in myself and my ability to be a healthy weight. I had forgotten how it felt to be strong and excepted being fatigued and less alive. Oh I was busy. Very busy. But I didn’t take care of myself. I stopped caring about myself. I wasn’t having success so I forgot about myself and told myself, “I’ll just pour all my attention into my kids something I can do and that is considered  heroic!  I can tell someone, “I don’t have time for myself and that’s okay. I am focused on my kids right now. I’ll worry about myself later!”  People would agree and tell me, what a loving of a mother I was. 

But I was so tired and I felt sad.

 I was on the couch one day and I saw something on the floor and the idea of picking it up was a problem. A problem to simply pick up something!!!

 God said to me, “you have a problem. You are not living the life I’ve given you to the fullest. If something happened would you be strong enough and have the endurance to protect your family?  Could you run out after your child and grab them out of possible harm?  Are you a truly involved mom or a spectator?”  Well that shook me!  

That was my wake up call. I was not the woman, wife, mom or person I wanted to be! 

With the Lords help I began my journey. He sustained my drive and desire to overcome the many hurdals I came to!  Those are another post! But I had them and they where many with doctors and more. 

Today I honestly feel better! I am happier, mentally, physically and spiritually. 

This is my motivation to help others!

Family Cheat Day

Your family eats what you Eat & Prepare!

If your the one planning meals, buying the food, & cooking-
your families health is in large your responsibility!

I’m not talking about the fact genetically & environmentally.

What we eat- is either fueling a disease or curing it!

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I was sitting at the table working on my laptop when I looked up to see my littlest man trying to sneak some pizza. ¬†Cute isn’t he!!!!

I snapped a picture because well- I am a mom and it was just too cute not to.  As I looked at the photo, I began thinking more and more about how kids and my husband without question(in general) will eat what ever I put in front of them.  They might whine a little from time to time but I am the one who provides the food they eat.  Thus- I am responsible for their health as far as what they consume.  I don’t know about you but that is a BIG responsibility.  One I am not going to take lightly, either.  However, my goal is to be balanced.  I am not going to be a control freak who never allows for an occasional pizza or a fun desert.  And if I can, I will make it myself with whole grains and soak it, ferment it or sprout it! What we eat is mainly liked from the habits we have formed by providing it.  So choose wisely!