FEELINGFITERIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FEELINGFITERIN FEELINGFITERIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Current Workout and Eating Plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846050 I have a huge collection of workout DVDs (I'm slightly addicted <em>211</em> ) and love to make up new plans for myself... Currently I'm using Cathe Friederich's XTrain workouts, which is mainly strength training. I'm in the middle of week 3 (I've done the whole program once before). I am subbing out some of the cardio workouts for Insanity, T25, or Peak 10 cardio workouts. I'm also adding PiYo once or twice a week for some flexibility training. Loving the plan so far! After these 12... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:55:35 EST Happy 2015 and time-savers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842577 2014 was a great year... I'm ready to see what 2015 has to bring! The end of 2014 brought some big changes when I got my new job. Going from part-time to full-time was quite an adjustment (I'm used to having a day or two off during the week to get errands done or stuff around the house done). Overall, I feel like I've adjusted pretty well. The first challenge was getting dinner on the table at a reasonable time after I got home from work. The first week it was around 7:30 by the time we... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:49:23 EST First Half-Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671592 I completed my first half-marathon today! I did the Gazelle Girl in Grand Rapids, MI. The money raised went to support 4 different charities, one being Girls on the Run. I thought it would be cool to have my first half-marathon be a women-only race. <BR> <BR> I used the Hal Higdon Novice 2 training program (tweaking a few things~ like flipping a couple days around due to my work schedule, and a couple weeks I took out the 3 mile run so that I could get in some extra yoga, which saved my... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:01:10 EST It's almost here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664619 I can't believe how quickly my half-marathon training has went! It's next Sunday! I *think* I'm ready. I ran 12.15 miles last week and did pretty well. I did stop twice to stretch my hamstrings. They were feeling tight. I don't think I had enough water the day before. Tomorrow is my last "long run"- running 8 miles with a friend. Then next week I only have a 2, 3, and 2 mile run. <BR> <BR> I'm already thinking about what I want to do differently next time. This time I used Hal Higd... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:26:53 EST Half-Marathon Training Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649165 My first half-marathon is one month from today! My training has been going pretty well... I've had the "normal" aches and pains that come with training... But I am pushing through it. Motrin and ice have become my best friends, lol! It's funny how one area heals then another sore area pops up <em>24</em> . <BR> <BR> I did my first 10 mile run the other day. It was pretty tough. I had a few things "going against me" but didn't let them stop me. My left IT band was really tight at f... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:47:09 EST Running Group at Church! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612885 My husband and I started a new running group at church. It's for ALL levels, a great way to introduce people to the LOVE of running and for them to meet new friends. Yesterday was our first group meeting. We weren't sure how many would sign since it was snowing pretty good, but we had about 25-26 runners! We have all different levels. Some have never ran a day in their life, others have done marathons. We made 3 "teams": beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The intermediate did a wal... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:58:10 EST Half-MarathonTraining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603685 This is the "official" first week of my half-marathon training! I am using the Hal Higdon "Novice 2" training plan. I was going to use "Novice 1" but it didn't have very much running, and it only goes up to 10 miles for a long run. Since I am running by myself and won't have anyone to push me that last 3.1 miles, I figured I better train a little closer to the mileage of the race! <BR> <BR> Wouldn't you know that once I signed up (and paid, lol) to run the 1/2 that it ends up being the co... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:17:21 EST New Challenge Sign Up for Total Fitness Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589577 I am starting a new challenge for the ladies in the "Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul" group. This group is for women who want to grow stronger physically and spiritually. We want to take care of our bodies as the Temple of God! <BR> <BR> Here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Daily Bible reading <BR> 2. Track food (write it down, myfitnesspal, sparkpeople, etc~ whichever works for you!) <BR> 3. Exercise at least 4 days a week <BR> 4. Read 1 non-fiction book/month (leaders are readers... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:32:17 EST *Now* signed up for 2 Half-Marathons for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580793 I posted a blog the other day about running my first half-marathon this April. Well, I am now signed up for TWO. How'd that happen?!?! <em>40</em> My husband did the Detroit Free Press Marathon last year and was wanting to do it again this year. He said this time he wasn't sure if he wanted to take the kids, so I said "Maybe I'll do the half then." Later, he was looking up pricing and saw that the fees were much cheaper to sign up this week than to do it later (the cost goes up the clo... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:27:19 EST Happy New Year! Welcome 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1057990706.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! I love New Year's~ it reminds me of the new beginnings and fresh starts that God gives us every day! Kind of like a "do-over" ;-) When the boys were little and were acting up, we'd tell them to push their "do-over" button (they usually pushed on their foreheads, lol) and it was amazing that it really did work. They started acting more obedient. I'm sure God feels the same way about us! He doe... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:26:38 EST Half-Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576150 After over a year and a half of not running due to a hip injury, I have finally been able to run <em>312</em> again without pain (yay!) I'm running about 4 miles, 2-3 days a week (starting slow so that I don't re-injure myself!) I found a link on Facebook about a month ago for a women-only half marathon <em>366</em> that is on April 13th. I decided to sign up for it! Instead of a medal, they give out a sterling silver charm that says "Gazelle Girl Half Marathon." At first I was kin... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:47:41 EST Come "LIKE" my Facebook page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554428 I created a Facebook "like" page the other day. I already had a group on there called "Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul" but I wanted to make a page where I could share articles, diets, workouts, etc that would be public. I am hoping that it will also be a good way to start Health Coaching! Come visit my page on Facebook when you have time (and send me a message to let my know you're from Sparkpeople!) <link>www.facebook.com/totalfitnessmindbod<BR>yandsoul </link> and share it with yo... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:47:09 EST Turkey Trot 2013 (with pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553726 This was our first year doing a 5K as a family, and we figured what better race than a Turkey Trot! We found one in Ann Arbor, MI (my husband's favorite city, he's a HUGE UofM fan!) We decided that my husband would run with our youngest son (Josh) and I would run with our oldest (Adam). Adam has juvenile arthritis, so we were unsure how much he would be running for it. I was just praying that we would finish the race (even if it was by walking most of the race!) <BR> <BR> We headed to An... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:41:58 EST Cathe Friedrich's XTrain DVD set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543337 I started Cathe Friedrich's DVD program: XTrain. I got a great deal on Amazon for $74 for 9 DVDs! It's about $100 on her site. I'm a week and a half into it and am loving it! It's very strength-training focused. There are some cardio workouts, but only a couple times a week. Mainly it's focused on weights. There are a couple bi's and tri's workouts, a couple chest/back/shoulders, two core workouts... You can do a 30 or 90 day program. I decided to do the 90 day program. I'm already... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:09:39 EST Life Coaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532486 Yesterday my husband was telling me that as he's been praying he feels that we are on the verge of something big, that there is something more in store for us. He said he wasn't sure what it was yet... <BR> <BR> I brought up my desire to start my own business helping women become healthier (physically and spiritually). Whenever I have brought this up in the past, he either changes the subject, doesn't say anything, or says that it will take too much time... So lately I haven't mentioned ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 23:48:05 EST Weight Watchers Week 2 and Work Stuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530057 My plan was to go to Weight Watchers this past Wednesday to weigh in, but my youngest was home sick that day so it didn't work out... I ended up going on Thursday. I almost didn't go that day since it was my husband's day off and I had to work on Friday (his other day off) but he said he didn't mind. I "lost" 1.2 pounds, however I don't think it was an actual "loss." The week before I had a full glass of water and worked out, and this time I went on an empty stomach and hadn't worked out ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 12:53:52 EST Weight Watchers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526915 Lately I've been noticing my weight going up and down a few pounds... However the last few weeks, it's been stuck in the "up" position... It's been worrying me since the holidays are coming, and I've just felt like the extra pounds wouldn't budge. I've been a "lifetime member" of Weight Watchers for 3.5 years. I stopped attending the monthly meetings and weigh ins a little over a year ago. At the time, I wasn't counting points (they had recently switched their points system and I was so ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:42:12 EST Mackinaw Women's Conference & Met Lysa TerKuerst! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525046 Last week I went to a Christian Women's Conference on Mackinac Island with some friends. We went up on Wednesday evening to stay in a hotel in Mackinaw City since it's a 4.5 hour drive from here. The next morning, we got up early and took the ferry over to Mackinac Island for the conference! The conference was at the Grand Hotel, which is usually VERY expensive, but they run a really good rate for the conference. It was $170/person (if you stayed 4 in a room) which included the conference... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:49:02 EST Teacher Trouble.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511715 My youngest son Josh is 11 years old. I know I'm biased, but he is one of the sweetest boys you'll ever meet. Smart, funny, caring and kind. He's always gotten all "4's" in elementary (they score 1-4 instead of grades, a 4 is the equivalent of an "A" and means that they are "above grade level." This is his first year in Middle School (5th grade). <BR> <BR> He had made some comments about not liking one of his teachers (who teaches two of his classes) but I just kind of blew the comment... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:04:14 EST You are awesome... You are a daughter of the King! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497631 This morning as I as getting around for the day I was flipping through Facebook and saw a post for a video that someone had shared. I don't always click on videos, but for some reason today I did. It was a man speaking affirmations over women. As I was first listening to it, I thought "Ok, that's nice...." However, as it went on, the speech became more powerful. I sat down and *really* listend to the words he was saying. <BR> <BR> At one point, he said "You are more than the number o... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:52:05 EST Adam's 13th Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490665 My oldest son Adam turns 13 this Sunday. We have a HUGE church picnic that day that my husband is in charge of (and I am in charge of all of the decorating). We're thinking it could be anywhere from 600-800 people (we have almost 1300 people in the church). Anyways, since we are going to be SO busy with that, we decided to celebrate Adam's birthday as a family today (I work till 11pm tomorrow). <BR> <BR> We had a few ideas of what to get Adam, but what he REALLY wanted was a Macbook compu... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:46:54 EST Work hours update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478273 Yesterday I made a whole "pro's and con's list" of the possibility of the new hours at work (9am-5:30pm instead of the 10:30am-11pm shift that I work now). I was praying and I felt that God was telling me to quit being fearful, to take a leap of faith and put my trust in HIM, not in a piece of paper that says I have "paid vacation leave." During that prayer, He made it clear to me what my answer would be if I was offered the job. <BR> <BR> Today my manager came up to me and said "The pos... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 01:09:27 EST Prayers needed for a possible change in hours at work... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475245 As some of you know, I'm a recovery room nurse. I currently work 2 12-hour shifts a week (10:30am-11:00pm) along with doing about 64 hours of call a month. Call can be so hit or miss. You might be there the whole time, or on a rare occasion not get called in at all. <BR> <BR> When I first started in the recovery room, I worked 7:30am-8:00pm, 3 days a week (plus call). I worked every Monday, Thursday, and Friday. When my husband became a pastor about a year and a half ago, his days off... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 00:59:45 EST Meeting Sheri Rose Shepherd (author of Fit for My King) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399676 Had a neat thing happen this past week... I went to the Gull Lake "Ladies Days" conference and was able to meet one of my favorite authors (Sheri Rose Shepherd, author of "Fit for My King"). I briefly told her the first night how her book impacted the way that I eat and how I see myself. I had a horrible body image before and saw myself at least 20-30# heavier than I actually was. <BR> <BR> After hearing her message on the first night, I felt God telling me to give her a copy of the booklet... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:39:36 EST Blog from "The Time-warp Wife" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382245 I follow a Christian blog called "The Time-Warp Wife" and receive her daily emails. Today's really spoke to me. She talked about being too busy and spreading yourself so thin that you can't do the things that God has called you to do... I have a tendency to pack my schedule so full of things (guess I have the Martha spirit at times) that it clouds out things that I NEED to do and removes room for growth. I used to always yes "Yes" to anything people would ask me to do, even if it meant ca... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:19:07 EST Josh's 11th Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373006 My youngest son Josh turned 11 a couple weeks ago. Where did the time go? I remember when he was born, he was so cuddly. He had the cutest little dimples (still does!) Such a sweet boy... We had a fun weekend celebrating his birthday, so I thought I'd share some pictures with all of you. <BR> <BR> Josh has always been hard to buy for. Even when he was little, we would ask him what he would want for a gift, and he would say, "Anything you want me to have." That makes present buying ver... Thu, 30 May 2013 21:44:59 EST Pursing dreams and Sheri Rose Shepherd email http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365818 As I was looking through old emails and cleaning out my inbox, I found this email from Sheri Rose Shepherd (author of "Fit for My King.") This is such a great reminder for all of us. I have been contemplating whether to pursue something bigger with my passion for fitness and nutrition. I'm still in the "research" part of it. I know that I'm helping several women through my Facebook page/group, but I always wonder if I should be doing MORE. Is that enough? Can I make a business out of it... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:14:54 EST Fitness Nursing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358636 I have been trying to find a way to incorporate my passion for fitness and nutrition into a career. I have my Bachelors in Nursing, so I am thinking that I could use that and be able to help others become healthier. I would like to create workout programs, nutrition plans, monitor clients as they become healthier using a holistic approach, and also help to guide them spiritually in their relationship with Christ. The problem? I haven't figured out exactly what to do with it, and I don't w... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:41:00 EST CrossFit Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327753 A guy from my church just opened his own CrossFit gym here in town. He used to teach it at another place, but it was "temporarily shut down" (I'm thinking something to do with the building, but not really sure...) My friend has been going faithfully and invited me to with her. The only thing is that it's at 5:25AM, Mon-Fri. The only day that I can really go is on Thursdays, since it's my husband's rest day from the gym, so he is able to get our oldest son up for school. I felt kind of ba... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:34:36 EST Isaiah 55:2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321922 The other day as I was reading my Bible, a verse that I had never noticed before stuck out to me: <BR> <BR> Isaiah 55:2 "Why spend money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food." <BR> <BR> Now, I know that part of that is talking about spiritual nourishment, but it can be taken for physical nourishment, as well! Why do we spend money on junk food that does nothing for our b... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:11:37 EST Gym, Spinning, Swimsuits, and Day Trips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307822 I received a free one-week pass to the Y-Center from my work. I decided to use it this week since the boys are on spring break, thinking that maybe they would like to go and use the treadmills or swim. This morning there was a spinning class that I wanted to try. In all the years that I had belonged to the Y, I had never tried spinning! For some reason, I was always too intimidated! Anyways, I decided to take the plunge and try it out. One of my old trainers was the instructor. She's r... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:50:18 EST Bible reading and journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298128 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172435548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have always been taught to make your Bible "yours." Highlight, underline, take notes in it, write out prayers, etc. I love to journal my prayers and notes while reading my Bible, but some days coming up with the extra time can be a challenge when I need to get out the door for work. So, my next best option for me: write little notes right inside the Bible. It's a great reference later when I am searching for... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:01:00 EST "Remember who you are" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289172 The other day I was thinking about what Lysa TerKeurst said in her book "Made to Crave." She said she always told her kids "remember who you are." Then she tells the reader to "remember who you are" and that you are a "Jesus Girl." I love that. It's so important. People are constantly judging us as Christians, and even though it might not seem fair, it's just how it is. We need to remember who we are (and Who we belong to!) It's easy to lash back at someone who isn't treating you right... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:09:07 EST New Peak313 Challenge starts March 10th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275023 The new Peak313 "Healthy Living God's Way" 8 week challenge starts this Sunday March 10th and go through June 1st (Just in time for summer!) We had a fun time with our last 8 week challenge, so we've decided to do it again! We are focusing on spiritual growth as well as physical growth. <BR> <BR> Here are the "rules": <BR> <BR> 1. Read at least 2 chapters in the Bible daily. Do some form of journaling at least 2 times a week from what you have read. This can be as simple or elaborat... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 21:53:48 EST Time for Tea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271077 My husband is a huge fan of tea (he also likes coffee though, which I can't stand, ugh!) Our pastor's wife was telling us about a neat tea place about 25 minutes from here called ChocolaTea. She said that they have tons of different kinds of tea and let you sample any flavor you want. They also have tons of little chocolates to choose from. We decided to give it a try on our date day this past Thursday. <BR> <BR> I was glad that she told us where it was, because we could have easily miss... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:24:15 EST Snow, snow, snow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267508 I am a summer-time girl. I love beaches, sunshine, and warmth. <em>67</em> So needless to say, all of this snow here in Michigan is getting "old." Last year we had the craziest March ever. On St Patricks day, it was about 75-80 degrees out and and I was laying out in the sun in my backyard in a bikini reading while my kids were at school. This year... I have a feeling I will be shoveling snow. Ok, not really, since my husband is sweet enough to always do it, but still, I might be ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:58:30 EST Some notes of what I shared at tonight's Women's Healthy Living class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257997 These are the notes I shared at my women's healthy living class for anyone interested. It is all from Dr. Don Colbert's book "The Seven Pillars of Health" and correlated with what we read from Joyce Meyer's book "Look Great, Feel Great." <BR> <BR> WATER: <BR> Water is the single most important nutrient for our bodies. <BR> You can live 5-7 weeks without food, but not more than 5 days without water <BR> <BR> Body is 70% water <BR> Muscles are 75% water <BR> Brain cells- 85% water <BR> Blood... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:19:17 EST Recipe for Peanut Butter Power Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257971 I made these protein bars today (I have made them before, but it was a long time ago). They are so good! Wanted to share the recipe <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1/2 cup brown sugar <BR> 1/4 cup light peanut butter <BR> 1/4 cup milk <BR> 1/4 cup honey <BR> 2 T canola oil <BR> 1 tsp vanilla <BR> 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour <BR> 3/4 cup oats <BR> pinch of salt <BR> 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberry <BR> 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I actually used less) <BR> 1/4 cup sliced almonds an... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:58:47 EST Week 4 of Women's Healthy Living Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257145 Wow, I can't believe that after tonight my women's healthy living class will be half over. Where does time go?!?! It's been a great class. I have met a lot of new women (in a church of 1200, it can be hard to meet new women if you don't purposely go out to do so! It's easy to just "hang" with the same people, reaching out takes a little more work- but so worth it!) <BR> <BR> Last week I brought in several examples of foods that I use at home (I had two bags of the reusable grocery bags f... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:11:42 EST Healthy Living Group: Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240357 Tonight is week 2 of the Healthy Living God's Way group that I am leading at church. We are reading Joyce Meyer's book: "Look Great, Feel Great." Last week we talked about the importance of tracking and their homework was to track all of their food for the week. Tonight's focus is how to eat healthy on a budget! That was one of the "complaints" that kept popping up last week when we were talking: healthy foods are too expensive. So I am on a "Mission to prove them wrong" lol <em>100<... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:30:08 EST Boot Camp Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235058 I've been going to some boot camp classes here in town for a few weeks now. The lady that teaches them teaches 1 free class a week at the hospital that I work at (for hospital employees). I went to that one first and really liked it, but it's hard because it's in the evenings (5:30-6:30pm) so it interrupts family time. She also teaches a boot camp/butts and guts class on Saturday mornings from 10:30am-12:00pm. I've been to those a couple times. It was funny because last week she had me s... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:59:27 EST Another essay that I wrote for church... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234701 Here's another essay that I wrote for church that I wanted to share with all of you. It's about how I do my quiet time/prayer/Bible reading... <BR> <BR> Sword of the Spirit <BR> I love to journal my prayers. I get my Bible out, a favorite notebook, a pen and start reading God’s Word. A few years ago, I discovered a new way of journaling my prayers that I still use today. It is called the “S.O.A.P.” method. It stands for: Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. In my journal, ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:47:21 EST Essay Entry for Church http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218859 Our senior pastor is putting a booklet out for the church and asked each pastor and his wife to write an essay. He had a list of topics to choose from. The theme is called "Bootcamp" and my topic was "the breastplate of righteousness." I was supposed to describe how Christ has given me a new identity. I wrote and turned mine in, but wanted to share it here, too: <BR> <BR> I’m one of those crazy people who love to workout. So when I hear the word “bootcamp” I get a little excited.... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:00:16 EST Peak10 Week 6 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196861 I am in my 6th week of the Peak10 workout series. Still LOVING it! My weight hasn't changed a whole lot, but I am definitely noticing more muscle definition and my jeans feel loose. <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I recommend this workout to anyone looking for a DVD program that includes everything you need: cardio, strength, cardio/strength, flexibility training, and core work. The workouts are fun, Michelle Dozios (the instructor) is very motivating, and the time goes pretty ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:43:20 EST Sundays: Prep Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193301 Sundays have always been my "prep day" for the upcoming week. I do laundry, ironing, cut up any fruits/veggies in the fridge, make sure my work bag is set (I always take a bag with me to work that has snacks, magazines, books, Ibuprofen, gum, etc since I am there for at least 12 hours. I like to have extra stuff "just in case"- it's become kind of a joke at work that I bring so much stuff, but you never know! LOL!) Since I work every Monday, I make sure to make an extra meal (or something... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:58:38 EST Day 1 of Peak313 New Years Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181434 Today was day 1 of the Peak313 Spark Team Challenge. I am still getting over being sick, but doing WAY better than yesterday. I was actually able to cook lunch AND dinner for my family. The boys had been eating things like pizza rolls, which they were more than happy to eat, but I wanted them to have something with a little more nutrition <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Even with being sick, I have stayed within my calories (actually less than normal). I track my food on the myfitnesspal app.... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:42:01 EST Peak10 Update (Week 4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177886 Just wanted to post a quick update on my Peak10 workouts. I still LOVE it! I'm halfway through week 4. Although the scale has "only" changed by 2.5 lbs, I can tell that I am getting tighter since all of my jeans are now too big. The only downfall to that is that I HATE jean shopping, lol! But still a good thing, so I guess I will just need to schedule a day to go do a little shopping. Until then: BELTS. <BR> <BR> Michelle Dozios (instructor of Peak10) is very energetic and encouragin... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:01:01 EST SMART Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177871 I saw this in the new book "The Oxygen Diet Solution" and wanted to share with everyone. As the New Year approaches, many of us are setting new goals and resolutions. Here are some tips on how to reach those goals using the "SMART" acronym: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632139718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> S: Specific <BR> M: Measurable <BR> A: Attainable <BR> R: Realistic <BR> T: Timely <BR> <BR> Be as specific as possible (Ex: I want to lose 5 lbs, not just "... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:44:08 EST Peak Jan/Feb Challenge!!! A little PRIZE PACKAGE too ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176916 I am the leader of the Peak313.com: Healthy Living God's Way sparkteam (feel free to join us- it's a great group of Godly women!!) I have created a challenge for the members in the group for Jan and Feb. I wanted to post this as a blog too, so that others who want to join in have the opportunity! Let me know if you have questions! You can find the link to the team on my Sparkpage! <BR> <BR> With the start of the NEW YEAR, I want to create a new challenge for us! There will be a small pr... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:36:03 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176183 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857026492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Today was supposed to be my rest day from working out (not really by the schedule, but I had told myself I would take the day off). However, my dog woke me up at 5am and I would have been sitting out in the living room for 2-3 more hours before the rest of my family woke up, so I went ahead and did my scheduled workout. I did Peak10 Cardio Strength 2. Love that on... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 22:42:44 EST