Covers

“Mama, covers!” I heard startling me from my sleep. My eyes blinked in the darkness as I tried to bring myself to consciousness.

“Mama, covers!” rang through the baby monitor just a few seconds later.

I mustered up the energy to go take care of our little girl, and sure enough, she simply needed her covers and couldn’t find them in the dark.

As I crawled back into my own bed, under the warmth of my own covers, my mind went to the idea of God’s covering over us as His children.He will cover you

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalm 91:4, NLT

What comfort we have as believers knowing that we have covers!

25 Weeks Pregnant and How I am Increasing my Exercise?

KINDLE_CAMERA_142286560600025 weeks! What?? This is going by really quickly, guys. I’m not anywhere near ready for this little girl to make her appearance.

However, I can confidently say that I feel better last week and this week after making a few tweaks to my exercise and eating plan.

What did I change?

Well, I had been a little freaked out before about doing exercises that weren’t “pregnancy safe”, and had slacked back in a sense from what my body was used to. That was NOT a good decision for my body (you may be different, and that’s OKAY!) I was noticing this particularly with core/ab exercises, which are so difficult to do when you’re sporting a bump and your abs are literally splitting apart from a tiny human making themselves comfy. All of a sudden my lower back was killing me! Well, hello…your lower back is part of your entire core that holds everything together-go look at a diagram of your muscles. It’s pretty awesome the way it works!

When I did a little more research, and found that I could in fact do more than what I was doing, and just began listening to my body and the cues it was giving me, I stepped it back up. I mixed up some workouts (I’m combining some #21DayFix exercise routines with #PiYo), suddenly my lower back stopped aching and my hip/sciatic that flares up from time to time is back to it’s mostly happy self.

All that to encourage my other preggo momma friends, take your dr’s advice, and you also have to listen to what your body is telling you.
When it says REST (and it will), do what you need to give your body some rest.
When it says, BE ACTIVE (and it will), give it some blood pumping, sweat-inducing movement!

As far as my eating plan, I’m only eating maybe a couple hundred calories more than what I would normally eat to maintain my goal weight range. I have in fact, added a good bit of weight to the number on the scale, but I’m going much less by numbers these days and much more by how I feel and my energy level. I’m still using the 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix guidelines, and when I add in those extra calories I start with additional veggies, then protein, and fruits (really have to discipline myself here-I could eat a TON of fruit)! I also don’t necessarily “count” my additional healthy fat teaspoons, but toss it in on a salad for dressing or in my Shakeology.

If you are curious about what I do as a Health Coach, check out our Square One Coaching site.

If you are looking for a program that you can customize for whatever season of life you my be in, contact me! I can help you find something that works for you and that suits your goals.

Steps of Faith to Square One

God has been stirring something in Mason and I for a few years now, and we are finally nearing a point of launching it. I’m still feeling a little chicken about putting ourselves out there, but I’m going to embrace fear and do it anyway. So, if you will, check out our new website: Square One Coaching. I’d love to have your feedback, or just test the links for us and let me know what might have a kink or two. ;-)

As I was having some quiet time reflecting and praying last week, I read Acts 2 (the “launch” in a sense of the first church). God used this passage to remind me that He placed this dream of Square One in our hearts, and that He is ultimately going to go before us, bless us, provide for us, etc. Our actions really don’t have much to do with it other than just being faithful and working as unto Him!

When God desires for a movement to happen,

  • He will do the supernatural.
  • All I have to do is show up.
  • Nothing can stop God’s plans.

When God MOVES...It’s time to step out in faith, and trust His plan.

It’s time to just show up. Just take that step, and see what He does.

It’s time to watch Him work, and see His plans unfold.

Recipe: Raspberry Rainbow Smoothie

Do you know what flavor ice cream I used to ALWAYS choose as a kid? No, not chocolate. I preferred something more fruity and fun, and since Baskin Robbins was the main ice cream source in Korea we were able to access some pretty standard flavors. The meld of Rainbow Sherbet’s essential three flavors still have the ability to instantly transport me back to my kindergarten years! That’s what I found when I made this smoothie, and I found it so good I had to share!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Strawberry or Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology to test this blend. I also find that Shakeology has the most dense nutrients and health benefits!)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 large banana (ripe or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, frozen (though I’m sure fresh would be amazing also!)
  • 1 squeeze of fresh lime juice (or more to your liking)
  • Ice, one handful (or more to your liking)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth!

Note: if you want this to be more creamy (and add even more protein) add 1/2-3/4 cup of yogurt!

Let me know how you like this recipe, or what adaptations you make to it. I’d love to try out something new!

If you are interested in trying Shakeology, message me.

Booklook Review: Psalm 23 by Richard Jesse Watson

Summary:

Psalm 23 by Richard Jesse Watson, brings to life the famous Psalm by King David. By taking the original Scriptures, he illustrates the imagery of the Psalm in a Narnia-like manner. The illustrations are full of color and texture, truly capturing the depth of the words of truth. Watson directly quotes the King James Version in a way that is memorable and impacting for the youngest of readers. Since Psalm 23 is a board book, it is appropriate for younger aged toddlers or preschoolers.

My Thoughts:

As the words of this book are directly from Scripture, the truth is crystal clear, and brings to the surface a passage that is most familiar. What I enjoyed about this particular book, was the illustrations that so well depicted the deeper personal message for every individual Believer. The images in this book were well above the “expected” for a young children’s reader. I would highly recommend this book either for your own children or as a baby shower gift for new parents. It’s a wonderful tool to introduce the youngest of readers to God’s Word!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Recipe: Cocoa-Nutty Power Smoothie

Whether I need a quick fix post-exercise or I’m headed out to the grocery store and don’t want to be tempted to kill my budget with extras, this is my go-to quick meal, because I can get greens, protein, and some other dense nutrients in a matter of minutes. Add to that, it tastes great and I keep returning to this recipe over and over!

Cocoa-Nutty Power SmoothieCocoa-Nutty

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I use Chocolate Shakeology for the most dense nutrients, but use whatever you can get your hands on!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1-2 tsp Nut butter (your preference-almond, peanut, etc)
  • 1/2 large banana (ripe or frozen)
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • Ice, one handful (or more to your liking)

Directions:

  1. Pack the spinach into the bottom of the blender and add water and almond milk. Blend to liquefied state.
  2. Add in scoop of powder, nut butter, banana and ice. Blend until smooth!

Let me know how you like this recipe, or what adaptations you make to it. I’d love to try out something new!

If you are interested in trying Shakeology, message me for additional information.

Open Hands

This morning I could feel the tension as I approached my Bible and journal.

It gripped my heart as I felt the Lord whispering, “relax”.

As I wrote, read, and reflected, I realized that I have had a death grip on life…once again.

This is a constant struggle for me!

I have been living with a scarcity mindset, which is easy to fall into when the budget is beyond tight, life is a constant time crunch, and of course I’m 5 months pregnant.

This mindset has been girded with fear of the unknown.

As God is prompting Mason and I to step out in faith, I am confident we are headed in the right direction.

Yet, I have been grasping at the straws of life that I *think* I can control or keep hold of.

However, this morning as the Holy Spirit whispered to me, I listened.

I relaxed.

I pictured myself with open hands, ready to receive whatever vision God has for me in the next month, weeks, and year.

I desire to live a full and blessed life that only God could design, but that requires me holding loosely to what life looks like right now!

hold lightly corrie ten boom quoteHow do you remind yourself to hold loosely to things in life?

QUOTED

Mason surprised me with a book not even on my “wishlist” for Christmas, and I have been diving into it between my review titles. Here’s a snippet from “Chasing God” by Angie Smith.

“We try to fill in the gray instead of living in the black and white. We shape theology to suit our taste, our times, our situations, and our desires. It’s the mess we’ve made by desiring to understand Him more than we want to know Him, and we’re growing more exhausted than inspired every day.”

-pg.2

Yeah, that was on page 2. Let’s just say I have huge chunks marked up already, and I adore the honesty with which Angie delivers her experience and message. She is speaking to my heart and challenging me to stare at my Savior in an effort to know Him, and not try to fit Him within my limited pocket of understanding. Because that gets me nowhere every time!

21 Day Fix Extreme GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY!!! (see the end of my post to enter)

As much as I have grown to love some other workouts and exercise programs (like PiYo or Les Mills Pump), I think 21 Day Fix will always be a favorite for me because it was a main tool that sparked such a change in my eating and entire understanding of how to take care of my body.

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And now they are doing it again-only this time Autumn Calabrese is taking it to the next level!!

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Bring it on! I may have to wait until post-baby though…I think I would have to modify the modifier right now. :)
Go here: http://buff.ly/1JBDdP4 and enter to win your own 21 Day Fix Extreme program! It will be out in a little over 1 week!

If you want to be part of my February Challenge Group, get in touch with me ASAP to reserve your spot and I’ll make sure you have everything you need to see the best results possible!

Gaining Confidence

I know that I haven’t written about Maddy in a while, but this event required a mini-update.

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This is a look of accomplishment and confidence!

Maddy is learning to do more and more independently. Last week I told her to pick out her pjs and bring them to me so that I could help her change for bed. When she brought them in, she sat down to change her pants saying, “I do it by myself, Mama!” I gave her minimal assistance getting her dirty shirt off, but she managed the rest on her own. It’s pretty amazing to watch her develop skills and learn to solve problems creatively (her shirt got a little twisted, and she calmly worked through it). This moment was a great reminder of my calling as her mother-to raise her as an independent thinking God-follower. She won’t be with us forever, nor will she be dependent on us. God has big things for her. Some days in this full-time training phase are really difficult, but I find great joy in these moments of progress!

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