9 days left!!

Ok, let me try writing this silly blog again without losing it and quitting.  If it doesn’t make sense, it’s because I hate typing on laptops–my thumb always skims across the finger pad/mouse thingy and then my cursor skips around, the backspace is in the wrong place, and I lose things.  If it happens this time, I’m just gonna give up.  You’ve been advised.  Call me if you want to know the rest of the story.

Ok, today is day 12 of the Ultimate Reset.  Last night I wanted to quit.  Today I’m excited again.  I’m a woman.  I have the right to change my mind.  Sue me.

What I love about the Ultimate Reset

1.  My husband is into it.  This totally surprises me.  He journals about it every day.  He won’t tell me his weight every morning but makes me go look while he sits smugly at the table with his breakfast.  (We write our morning weight on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker).  He has met and exceeded his first goal weight of 169.9.  He has quit talking about Whataburger.

2.  I walked into the kitchen and found him reading Clean Eating magazine.  I told you he’s taking this seriously!

3.  After his goodbye hug on his way to work he proudly lifted up his shirt and showed me the gap in the waist of his new jeans.  This same man wouldn’t take off his shirt at Schlitterbahn last year. 

4.  He updated his Beachbody profile and is talking about starting P90X.  Gotta be a product of the product!

What a difference the Ultimate Reset has made so far!

5.  My poor son broke down in tears and begged me to cook normal food again.  Insert evil laugh here.

6.  I have not eaten out since Saturday July 14!  That’s 13 days, people!  Even better–it’s not killing me!!

7.  I have talked about eating clean but really had no idea what that really meant.  Now I do.  I’ve tried a lot of new foods, some I will keep, some I won’t, but I now appreciate removing processed foods from my diet. 

Overall, a great experience so far and I’d recommend it to everyone.  It does take some extra time to prepare your meals but so worth it!


A week worth of learning

I have officially survived 7 days of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset!  Thought I’d take the time to reflect on what I’ve learned so far.

I had already made some basic exchanges in the kitchen:  turkey for ground beef, whole wheat bread and pasta for white….okay, that’s two changes not some.  I discovered there’s more to vegetables than buttered corn and mashed potatoes.  I started cooking one new vegetable at a time until I liked it.  At first, my goal was to just eat one and then when I could tolerate one bite I’d go for two, etc., until I could eat a whole serving.  In the processed I discovered I love brussels sprouts.  Secret  Nearly any vegetable is good if you roast it with olive oil and seasonings.  All this, I thought, meant I was eating clean.  Hee-hee, I have a lot to learn and I got a crash course in it this week!  The first week of the Reset gradually removes red meat and dairy from your diet.  Not so gradually, actually–there has not been red meat a single day!  We did, howevv


Why I’m doing the Ultimate Reset

“If you lose 30 pounds we’ll have to put concrete in your shoes to keep you on the ground.”  This is what one friend told me when I first started talking about doing Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset, and I agree–losing weight is not what I’m going for.  So, why am I doing the Reset?

1.  I am in bondage to restaurant food.  I love, love, LOVE eating out.  About every 2 days I start asking myself  “When was the last time I ate out?” and then start planning my next out to eat trip.  Usually I am disheartened when I ask that question and the answer is “Yesterday” or “The day before yesterday”.  It’s a problem.  It’s a problem for my body, it’s a problem for my finances, and it’s a problem that I’m teaching my children.  I want to break free from this addiction to eating out.  I want to reclaim my appetite.  I want to restore my finances.  I want to teach my children to be content with what they have.   “There destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.  Their mind is on earthly things. “~ Philippians 3:19

2.  Because of my restaurant eating habit, I have more belly fat than I should.  I know, I know, some of you are rolling your eyes and saying “Spare me”, but there is such a thing as skinny-fat and I am it.  It is also a matter of self control.  My physical/vanity goal is to lose 1-2 inches in my waist and hips.  I have some shorts from last summer that are a little snug and I would like to fit in those again.   “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”  ~ Proverbs 25:28

3.  I had my cholesterol levels checked and although they are good I would like to raise my good cholesterol (LDL).  It’s below the number that is recommended for optimal heart health.  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

4.  More than resetting my body, I want to reset my life.  I want to take care of myself.  I want to sleep better.  I want to put my attention more on the important things and less on the trivial things.  I want to limit my time on Facebook.  I want to spend more time with my kids and LISTEN when they are talking to me.  I want to be present in the present.  I want to be where I am at.  (I also want clean bathrooms.  Seriously, I have seen cleaner bathrooms in gas stations.  This is not ok.)  “Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”~Psalm 90:12

5.  I want to appreciate food.  Oh, I DO appreciate Chick Fil A combo #1 no pickle and a large Dr. Pepper, but I want to appreciate REAL food.  This week I have bought a garlic press, learned how to chop fresh parsley, tried something new (kale–it’s not just for garnish), and made 2 homemade salad dressings from scratch.   Learning to cook is kinda fun!  Sorry, kids, no more Tuna Helper!  (Just kidding, we don’t eat Tuna Helper.  Anymore.  We used to though.)  “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with royal food and wine….At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food” ~ Daniel 1:8, 15

6.  I want to help/encourage/serve others.  A friend told me “I’m fat and I can’t cook.”  This saddens me so much because it doesn’t have to be that way!  You can change your outlook!  You can change your body!  You can change your health!  You can change your eating habits!  I know because I’m doing it too!  I’m not judging you, I promise.  We all start somewhere and all it takes is one step in a different direction.  If I can help you, I want to!  I don’t know what that means for you because we are all individuals, but please, if I can help you, let me.  “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, as you are doing.”~1 Thessalonians 5:11

So out of my 6 goals for the Ultimate Reset only 1 could be considered vanity.  I’m okay with that.  I’m not perfect but hopefully I’m a better me today than I was yesterday.  What about you?  You can watch me from the sidelines or you can get in the game.    “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17

Confessions of a disobedient mom

I’m at a peculiar stage in raising my sons.  My oldest, who will be 16 next month, has suddenly and surprisingly become very responsible and obedient.  Yes, I have prayed for this for many, many years but now am caught off guard and find myself doing things I told him not to do!  This one is on a 2-week mission trip to Mexico, driving from Texas to Baja by bus.  I told him when he left to turn off his cell phone when he crossed the border so that his dad and I would not receive an outrageous phone bill with lots of international text charges.  Last time I heard from him was last Tuesday, “somewhere in California”. And then silence.  I texted, “Where are you?”, “Are you in Mexico?”, “Are you ok?”, “Why won’t you text me?”, “Please text me and let me know you’re alright so I can get some sleep!”  Days and days of silence had me wondering if he had run into a drug cartel and been “drug” away.  Finally, on Saturday I receive the long awaited message–“You told me to turn off my cell phone when we got to Mexico so I did.”  Oh, that’s right.

I’m a mom of 3 boys, ages 12, 14, and soon to be 16.  We started homeschooling last year and I’m finally catching my breath over that decision.  (Actually, it was the BEST decision for our family and we love it!)  My husband is the IT Director for one of the largest youth ministries in the US, and I am a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and Beachbody Coach.  Ever heard of P90X, Insanity, or Turbo Fire?  BEACHBODY!  I love fitness (this is a new love, one that I discovered as an adult, so don’t give up on yourself too soon!) and I am learning to love good nutrition.  If you need help getting healthy, I’ve got your fitness + nutrition + support at http://www.TeamBeachbody.com/Power31.


You don’t have to be who you think you are

When you look into your mirror what do you see?   Are you ready for change but don’t know where to start?  Knowing you need to do something is one thing and finding your Want-To is another, but I promise you one step leads to another which leads to another.  I have met so many women in the last couple of weeks who have told me their stories of losing 50-100+ pounds through nutrition and exercise.  It didn’t come off overnight, just like it didn’t go on overnight, but each positive step built on the one before it until change occurred.   They didn’t see the results when they first began either.  In our society, we want instant results, but real results come after the action.  Consistently do the thing, see the result, simple as that, but it takes some patience and discipline not to quit too soon.

One of my favorite books is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.  This book should be required reading for everyone alive, it is THAT good.  “For things to change, you’ve got to change.  For things to get better, you’ve got to get better.  It’s easy to do.  But it’s easy not to do, too.”  (The Slight Edge, page 68)  And therein lies the problem.  It’s easy NOT to do.  It’s easy to stop at Sonic Happy Hour for a Route 44 Dr. Pepper.  It’s easy to finish off that pan of brownies.  It’s easy to sleep a little longer instead of starting your day with a workout.  But it’s also easy to bring an extra water bottle when you know you’re gonna be out between 2-4.  It’s easy to make Shakeology no bake cookies for something sweet instead of a batch of brownies. It’s easy to set your workout clothes out the night before (or sleep in them as my friend Jessica does).    It’s easy to do, it’s easy not to do…

So my question was, When you look into your mirror, what do you see?  “If you don’t tell the truth about where you really are in your life–right now–then you’re cheating yourself out of an extraordinary opportunity.  Because right now, this very minute, can be the time you look back on as the moment your life changed for the better–forever!” (The Slight Edge, page 75)

Why Power31?

Anyone ever checked out the requirements of the Proverb 31 woman?  She’s the model woman of wisdom, temperance, love, compassion, and beauty.  And strength.  Yes, Strength.  Proverbs 31:17 says “Her arms are strong for her tasks.”  If I understand that correctly, I think it is saying that God intends for his daughters to be strong.  At first I viewed physical fitness as vanity and something to be avoided, but now I realize that it is what is expected of me and I am called to it.  I have to guard myself against vanity for sure, but being a strong woman *physically* equips me for the tasks I am called to, whether it is doing physical work around the house, carrying my 90-lb son into the doctor when he had a leg injury, or prayer walking 8 hours a day through Las Vegas neighborhoods in September desert heat on mission.  A godly woman is a strong woman and she is physically equipped for the work the Lord has prepared for her.

You may be familiar with this verse from Mark 12:30-31:  “The most important commandment is this:  You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.  The second is equally important:  Love your neighbor as yourself.   No other commandment is greater than these.”    As women, we are REALLY good at loving our neighbor.  If love is an action word, I want you to envision your love in action (or how you serve):  We love our husbands, we love our children, we love our family, we love our friends, we love our church, we love our schools, we love our community, we love at our jobs.  We love/serve, love/serve, love/serve all day long, but how much do we love/serve ourselves?  How often do you take the time to do something for YOU?  There are 168 hours in a week.  How many of them do you use to take care of YOU?    I’m talking about you loving your husband’s wife, your kids’ mom, your mother’s daughter.  Do you think if you had an opportunity to replenish yourself, to restore yourself, to love yourself, to take care of yourself, you might actually be better able to love/serve your neighbor?  This isn’t a selfish thing, ladies.  This is following the 2nd greatest commandment:  Love your neighbor as you love YOURSELF.  If you aren’t loving yourself and taking care of yourself, are you kinda missing the point?  Give yourself permission to take a few hours a week (ideally, 1 hour a day) to take care of your body, to build it up, so that you can be better equipped to love/serve those in your life that have your affection.  You want to be healthy for them.  You want to live long for them.  You want to enjoy every moment you spend with them.  Take care of your body so that you can.

Hello, Turbokick! Where have you been all my life?!

One day I decided to make a new choice and went to group fitness.  I had no idea what was going on.  I was still uncoordinated and couldn’t stay on beat.  I’m sure all the people on the treadmills were laughing at me.  But I found a spot on the back row left side at Lady of America and that’s where I stayed for 2 years.  Until one day I took a spot on the front row and became a front row diva.  Oh yes, I had found my soul mate workout and I was in love!  A word of advice, if you can’t stand working out, you haven’t found your soul mate workout yet.  Keep looking–it’s out there!  Some people won’t miss a run, even with sore hips and asthma (Jessica).   Some will Zumba where ever they go (Leigh, Bea, Laura, Heather, and Tanya).  Some people are all about the weights (Brooke and Leslie).  Some are Insaniacs (Sheryl, Miranda, and Danielle).  Find what you like to do and you will be sad if you don’t do it.

Turbo Kick + Rebecca = Together Forever.