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And now you know

Why Is It So Hard to Believe I’m Amazing?

That’s the title of Chapter 3 You’re Already Amazing

But the question, quite honestly keeps dissecting in my mind, creating 3 separate questions…and yet each individual question is multilevel with questions within the big question.

WHY? why would anyone think/say/believe I am…what makes me amazing?

IS IT SO HARD? I mean, is it really something I need to be convinced of, consistently? And is it a question or more of a declaration I’m screaming at the world & God with a slight plea with tear filled eyes of GIVE ME GRACE!

I’M AMAZING? again asking with uncertainty looking for confirmation…

Proverbs 13:10 NLT
“Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.”

On every page of Chapter 3, Holley has poured out her heart and addresses the heart of women who quite often can be heard muttering words of “self-confidence” hidden under other forms of insecurity such as social status & celebrity. Sometimes that status we strive for is simply asking am I enough.

I think she nailed it.

We all have lies we carry around inside us. Usually they’re so familiar we don’t even pay attention to them…the accusations and lies in our lives come in different ways. Some are completely undeserved…insensitive parents; insecure peers who tear us down to build themselves up; poor choices of our own create lingering lies long after we’ve been forgiven.

Whatever the source, God’s intent remains the same: to replace those lies with truth.

This chapter was hard.

Confession: as I read through the lies my heart began to weep, knowing I have reached a point in my own life that Christ has drawn the line in the sand and those stones cannot be thrown at me, yet others are still in the process of being exchanged with the Truth of Gods Word. I know some things, other things I KNOW.

1 corinthians 8:1 (HCSB) Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up. If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know it as he ought to know it. But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

(one version says knowledge Puffeth up… “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know”.) Lord help me to never cause myself, to make myself “puffeth”-ed up.

As this year comes to a close the days are seeming longer for me, I’m convinced God is allowing me space & time to do the things He’s asked me to do & has whispered in my ear “you KNOW you’re fully qualified”

I remember a radio show I used to listen to as a kid that would highlight quirky stories or headlines some quite kitschy others were thought-provoking. The gist of every one was to show you that everything has a beginning, middle and end. That we should never take what it looks like and make any assumptions of C’est La Vie…he closed every show with “now you know, the REST of the story”

My life…is so far from where it began, yet it’s nowhere near the end (Jeremiah 29:11) but right here where I am, right there where you are… let’s declare…I AM AMAZING! (side bar: no puffeth)

For further “knowing” especially regarding the freedom from that annoying lie called “ENOUGH” have a conversation with God using these questions which Holley discusses/uncovers regarding the lies we’re so easily trapped by.

1 Corinthians 8 is a great ‘freedom’ scripture regarding freedom from food lies.

1. I have to be perfect? What does a god want you to pursue instead of perfection? (Hebrews 10:14)

2. I need to be more like her? Who do you tend to compare yourself to? What helps you focus on who you are in Christ instead?

3. Won’t being confident make me prideful and selfish? What’s the difference between insecurity and humility?

4. Write a short prayer asking God to continue revealing any lies in your life and to lead you into the truth about who you really are in him.

God wants to remove all those lies we keep recalling, He wants to help us KNOW that we KNOW that we KNOW (1 Corinthians 3) In the words of the late radio show host Paul Harvey, “and now you know the rest of the story, good day”.


Holiday Body Challenge: Wordless Wednesday Christmas preparations

Focusing on Christmas
Finally lookin’ like Christmas
Tastes like Christmas
The smell of Christmas
Finishing 2012 Strong
Preparing for 2013, knowing is half the battle

Holiday Body Challenge: Fiber keeps you movin’

Wanna get flatter abs? Wanna feel fuller longer? Wanna lower your cholestoral and control diabetes?


“Fiber makes me sad”. I love that line from the FiberOne commercial!

It’s hilarious because most people have that same feeling when they hear the word or when someone suggests that they get more of it in their daily diet. When I think fiber I think chalky, blekh, spoonful of gunk stirred in a cup. NOT MY IDEA OF FUN TIMES.

But seriously. I do want flatter abs, to stay fuller longer, NOT EVER have diabetes OR high cholesterol and I know that can only happen IF/WHEN I’m eating what I should be eating! And this time of year we know that can be a challenge. OR IS IT?

I love finding ways to get healthier, finding food & recipes taste fantastic and that doesn’t ‘seem’ like it’s healthy. We’ve locked in our minds that healthy food looks crazy and tastes like cardboard but it doesn’t.  There are tons of ways to fill up for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacks in between without giving up taste or your waist line. Fiber is one of those ways.

But why do we really need it?

Fiber improves digestion, promotes regularity, and can even lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the absorption of dietary cholesterol and other toxins into the bloodstream.* It also slows the absorption of glucose—thereby preventing sugar spikes—and makes you feel full faster and longer, so you eat less! Not getting enough fiber can lead to constipation, hemorrhoids, obesity, coronary heart disease, diabetes, gall stones, and possibly even colon cancer. -SOURCE: (WebMD, ACE fitness,

How much fiber do you need? Women need 25 grams per day and men should get 38 grams per day, according to an Institute of Medicine formula based on getting 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories.

Are you getting your daily dose? Check out this fun Fiber-o-meter 

There are so many great sources of fiber to keep you movin’. Adding fruits and veggies to every meal can increase your fiber intake, including snacks like adding granola to yogurt.

Fiber acts like a sponge in your belly so it absorbs the nutrients you need which keeps you fuller longer, and it helps with elimination. Yup. I said it keeps you movin’.

“Experts are quick to point out that fiber alone won’t peel off the pounds. You still need to eat a healthy, calorie-controlled diet and get regular physical activity. But controlling or maintaining your weight is easier with a diet rich in fiber.”

Did you know people are a great source of fiber? Yeah, seriously, I’m not saying eat people silly. I’m talking about people being a source of ‘cleansing’. Elisa Morgan says it best in her book Naked Fruit.

Cover of "Naked Fruit: Getting Honest abo...
Cover via Amazon

(Excerpt from Naked Fruit by Elisa Morgan)
A craisin is a dried cranberry. Actually, its not even that. A craisin is really the dried remains of a cranberry after all the juice has been extracted- the outer shell after the inner meat has been discarded. It carries few nutrients but it’s a good source of fiber.

Are there craisins in your life?

Craisin days have a way of creating craisin lives. Dried up. Few nutrients. Good for little but fiber to flush away waste.

Could you use a little more fiber in your day?

Add more fiber to your diet with Shakeology BOOST: The Fiber 

What makes The Fiber better than other fiber products

    • Contains no additives, colors, or preservatives.
    • The unique formula is derived from 5 different sources of fiber. Together they not only promote better digestion but have other health benefits, such as prebiotic properties, aiding in weight management, and lowering cholesterol levels.*
  • It also contains L-glutamine, an amino acid important for preventing muscle loss and boosting immunity from overtraining. Those who work out regularly can actually use an extra dose of it every day.


My Favorites

Morning Boost

1 banana, handful spinach, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 cup cold water, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 pack greenberry Shakeology

****OK Y’all know I got a real problem with pumpkin so this might require some intervention between October & November after that it’s pure heart-healthy, belly flattening fiber yumminess!

Pumpkin Pie Shakeology®

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup rice, soy, almond, or low-fat milk (plain or vanilla)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin, unsweetened
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Ice (optional)

Fall Eggnog

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup low-fat eggnog
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
Ice to taste

Fill up on fiber information compliments of WebMD:

Types of Fiber/Benefits

Wordless Wednesday: MyinneractiveCORE – the perfect tool!

Wordless Wednesday: Kid friendly Summer Eats & Summer Treats

Summer recipes, simple crowd pleasing snacks, and breakfasts that make it worth gettin’ up a little early!

Kraft SizzlinSalads Tuscan Chicken (Grilled boneless skinless chicken breast with Penne pasta and cranberry almond greens salad)
Multigrain pancakes made with Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, blueberries & Dannon Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt. We also swapped blueberries for mini chocolate chips. These make great snacks/treats for kids as well!
I’m a snacker. Usually craving salt/crunchy. Baked Kale chips sprinkled with kosher salt and garlic powder or ‘kickin chickin’ seasoning are FANTASTIC!!!
Another Kraft SizzlinSalads chicken recipe! Grilled chicken breast in pesto sauce, layed on whole wheat flat bread topped with grilled portabello mushrooms, pico de gallo & avocado. The white sauce on the flatbread is a spinach dip from Publix (local grocery store).
Mid-day/Post workout snack! YUM!
Breakfast! Greenberry Shakeology w/Blue Diamond unsweetened vanilla almond breeze & Peanut Butter banana toast!
Oatmeal! Add in, cranberries, peppitas, almonds, walnuts, greek yogurt
Foil packets are awesome quick meal, quick clean up for summer. Baked Cod fish (or Tilapia) with black beans, corn, tomatoes
Fruit trays. The bright array of color and choice becomes an invitation to ‘taste test’. Greek vanilla yogurt as a fruit dip makes it fun for kids! Occasionally I’ll include pound cake 🙂 !
Keeping the refrigerator stocked with color & options has made my kids WANT to try different fruits & veggies as their snack options. Clementines, Strawberries, blueberries, grapes and bananas have become favorites. I’m thinking their size and ‘pick-ability’ (yes that’s a word) make them novelty and fun!
Grilled veggie wraps! Any kind of wrap becomes a ‘fun’ food for kids. Turkey breast, cheese, raw spinach, cheese simple, quick and filling.
Summer Smoothie. Raw spinach, carrots, pineapple, blueberries, avocado & Bolthouse Farms vanilla chai protein! Cleansing, refreshing and invigorating. (KID FRIENDLY TOO)!

What are some of your favorite kid friendly summer recipes?