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Anchored to Succeed

Marietta Daily Journal Feb 24, 2013
Marietta Daily Journal Feb 24, 2013

Question from one of my fitness/business mentors:
“Do you mind sharing what you did to make this happen”:

My response (from my heart):
“I just truly stopped trying to be someone else. I’ve been praying hard about who I am and living so that my truest self shows up, no matter where I am. I’m learning that I’m not one person as a fitness instructor and another person in my ‘personal life’. I am who I am. I can’t turn something on for one group of people then claim to ‘turn it off’ for another. I stopped trying to please people and focused on pleasing God.

At the beginning of the year I decided I was putting First Things First; that meant God first, everything else was second…including my plans. I figured if God wants it in my life, He’ll see to it that it happens. And here we are!

Thanks to my fitness/business mentors for the push! {Jenn Hall, Christine Dwyer, Chalene Johnson, Kelly Olexa}

I soooo appreciate my Pastor for holding us accountable! We’ve gotta hold each other accountable on EVERYTHING (spirit, soul, body, finances & relationships) my pastor calls those the arenas of life.  Arena-because that’s where battles are fought! And won!”

When you put your faith in God, raise your expectation!

God First

What’s first in your life? How are your goals coming?

Finish what you started with the same eagerness 2 Corinthians 8:9

-Keep movin’



I’m going somewhere

Your GPS (God Positioning System) is going to get you exactly where you need to go. And he promises to be with you every step of the way. -“You’re Already Amazing” by Holley Gerth (ch 5 pg. 79)

I was having a conversation with a few friends regarding fitness, spiritual balance and finding our own levels of accomplishments in the goals we’ve set over the past year and where we’re headed in the next year. Our conversation, I believe is the conversation most women are having either with trusted friends or among themselves for fear of being found vulnerable realizing we don’t yet have it together.  I’m sharing this raw, unedited conversation with you because all to often we get trapped in this belief that we are the only ones who need help, lack strength, experience or flat out don’t know what happened to our ‘perfect plan’ and sometimes we don’t know how to move on.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails”

(Proverbs 19:21)

CHRISTIE:   have you or anyone you knew prayed verses or prayers through out the workout?

ME: yup  I have, still do. And I know several women who do it when they run/workout

That’s why I chose some of the music I choose because the lyrics are usually straight from scripture

CHRISTIE: yeah ok, my thought is if you stay focused on word rather than just doing it or to any other music it will be more… motivation and… be retraining your mind as well


ME: Everyone finds their own level of motivation. Sometimes I find myself just praising in the middle of my teaching. In the spirit I’m fighting battles, praising victories or just honoring God but I’m still talking to my class.

THAT is exactly what inneractive IS  Ephesians 3:16-22

CHRISTIE: awesome if that is not my focus, i won’t be able to continue

ME: see sometimes we get so super spiritual and we’re quoting scripture and we say we are spiritually “strong” yet on the outside we are all sorts of out of shape But here’s the thing the enemy does. He knows he can’t mess with you on the spiritual stuff. right…

So he keeps attacking you on the outside

CHRISTIE: yep i believe that was what happened to me

cause i was praising,praying,professing & believing & doing and bam!

but then again i did not heed the warning the lord gave me

ME: He puts you in front of the mirror, someone you’ve been trying to prove yourself to or you’ve been subconsciously measuring yourself against and he starts to whisper lies

Trust me. I know it well he tries to get me all the time. sometimes I fall for it

CHRISTIE:  we all do,i had to realize i am not you,you are far advanced than i even though it is a challenge & even though i received a set back,i am not a loser i just need to persistently keep movin

i was trying to prove i could with out paying attention to my body”s signs

ME: You aren’t me. You aren’t susie works-out-a-lot, you aren’t betty excuse-maker, you’re Christie!

God will only allow YOUR body to get in the shape IT needs to be in for the task YOU need to accomplish and YOU can only do what YOUR body will do

CHRISTIE: Learning to be a steward of my body,mind & spirit

it tells me what i need & what i need to focus on & adjust

ps 23: he is my shepherd/coach


If you’ve just joined our book discussion, this week we’re reviewing chapters 5 & 6 of You’re Already Amazing, in chapter 5 “Where Am I Going?” Holley Gerth helps us navigate the path we’re currently on. For some that path is twisting and seems like a bunch of zigzagging. For others it’s a long country corn field road that seems to go on forever with no scenery worth taking in, just straight ahead. Been there? I certainly have. What about the lonely road? The one you’re driving on, you keep checking your GPS to make sure you haven’t lost the signal cuz you’re the only car on the road? Did you miss the detour, the BRIDGE OUT sign…

God has a journey for your life. It looks different than anyone else’s. the road he’s carved out for you is yours alone. It’s always the road less traveled because you’re the only one who is ever going to walk it. (p.79)


ME: Why do you say you’re tired. I don’t like those words “I’m just tired”

those words are more emotional/spiritual than physical

FRIEND: I don’t like saying them

ME: you’re not allowed to stop fighting

but you are allowed to stop TRYING

there’s a difference

You know the scripture that says “pick up my yoke, it’s easy”…

FRIEND: I have been struggling spiritually also. I know, I know. I am so UNBALANCED now. I feel lost.


when we TRY that pretty much means we’ve decided to carry everything on our own shoulders and back, with hardly enough endurance to keep movin’…we say that we are letting God do it for us, when in fact we’re just barely lifting up our eyes toward the sky to make sure the sky hasn’t fallen on us. LOL the weights we carry around become so heavy that it literally pushes our head down to the point that we can’t even lift it. All we can do is lift our eyes

FRIEND: It ends today. I can’t continue to feel this way. I want to blame it on Lupus, on my job- it ends today!

ME: BUT THE WORD SAYS…I will lift my eyes to the hills where my help comes from.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates (cutting between)/dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges (exposes) the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (innermost thoughts and desires). Hebrews 4:12 (NIV/NLT)

Most of us are rekindling “best of” memories from the year, hashing over the “how-on-earth-did-I-survive-that” mind blowing moments and doing our best to lay out realistic intentions/commitments/resolutions for the coming year. Whatever you find yourself doing in these few countdown days & hours, always remember that God will never leave you or forsake you.

“When we’re in the ‘middle’ of life, we can take comfort in knowing we’re right in the center of God’s hands too.” (Holley Gerth)

” May I ” have a mani, pedi and a tighter tummy

Health (Photo credit: 401K)

I overheard two girls in the nail salon complaining about the cost of Solar nails vs acrylic nails and how they refused to pay ‘that much money’ for their nails. Then something quite odd happened, their conversation flipped to exchanging the contact information of a doctor who performs a tummy tuck procedure.

HUH? Seriously? I heard the exchange of amounts in the upwards of $1800 dollars.

I think I stopped breathing just so i could catch my breath from their madness.

It just reminds me of the countless times I’ve offered to assist someone with their ‘gotta live better’ efforts. It continues to blow my mind the amount of money people drop for frivolous and/or pampering things but the moment I suggest ‘taking care of’ themselves or making changes toward living healthy, the first words from their mouth is “HOW MUCH DOES IT COST”.

In the spirit of the warm greeting my nail salon never hesitates to express  “MAY I help you”, we’ve kicked off a theme this month called “MAY I”.

The “MAY I”  theme is actually an acrostic:

M> Motivation, Myths, Meals

A> Accountability, Application, Attitude

Y>YOU! ultimately it boils down to you and your responsibility

I>Affirming what you are fully capable of.

This week’s focus: M (Motivation, Myths, Meals)

Ok, so the girls at the salon happened to ask what type of nails I was wearing and I totally snagged it as an opportunity to piggy back on their tummy tuck conversation! Oh, by the way I was rockin’ my Dirty Girl Mud Run T-Shirt, fresh off the course so, yeah I went there!

By the end of the conversation I had dropped a subliminal message that these nails were just that, nails and they come a dime a dozen – literally, but my body and my health were much more worth the ‘cost’. They just smiled and as I walked out of the salon cordially said to me “Bye dirty girl”.

Here’s your Motivation, Myth, Meals for the day, thanks to Daniela at Power-gy

Favorite Belly Flattening Foods For A Tight Core

We all know that summer is just around the corner. A bikini is just the inspiration us women need to get our bellies nice and flat! If anyone likes a 6 pack, it’s yours truly. But more importantly, if we can get our core nice and strong, every other body part will be strong as well. Unfortunately, exercising your core is simply not enough! Consuming belly-flattening foods, following your normal workout workout routine is key.

Below is a list of my Favorite Belly Flattening Foods For A Tight Core. Enjoy!

Here’s To Your Health!

Daniela Rosa Bycoffe

R.Y.T, L.M.P


#1 Oatmeal

Consuming oatmeal first thing in the morning is the best thing you can do for your belly. Oatmeal tends to stay in your stomach for hours, steering you clear of grabbing for those pastries, bagels, or donuts.

*Make sure to get sugar-free oatmeal. I highly suggest plain oatmeal with a handful of your fav fresh berries to add some sweetness.

#2 Almonds & Nuts

Nuts are the best! They slim your belly because they hang out inside for long periods of time. I recommend 24 nuts or almonds per day to satisfy your snack pains.

*Go salt-less! Too much sodium raises blood sugar.

#3 Protein Powder

Protein powder is not only for muscle head gym rats! The protein powder that we make contains amino acids that burn fat while building muscle. I know we’re not the only ones out there! Try blending protein powder with your favorite milk (I love Almond), a tablespoon of peanut butter, and ice.

*Yummy Tip! Combine protein powder with a handful of fruit or fresh berries for a deee-li-cious shake (it’s healthy too).

#4 Olive Oil

All fat is not bad fat. Fat controls hunger, so that’s why I am a huge advocate of Olive Oil. When used it will keep your appetite under control, as well as cravings.

*Steer clear of hydrogenated vegetable oils. They’re LOADED with unhealthy trans fat.

#5 Berries!

Do you know how much fiber is in a tiny little berry? Mucho!! Just one cup of raspberries is loaded with 6 grams of fiber.

*Jelly does not count! Stay farrrr away from jelly as it’s loaded with refined sugar.

#6 Eggs

Vitamin B12 is found in eggs, which is exactly what your body needs in order to metabolize fat.

*Consult with your Doc to find out how high your cholesterol is.

Wordless Wednesday: Dirty Girl Mud Run

OH THE FUN!!!! Enjoy this recap of the most amazingly awesome, fitfluential-est, heart pumpin, spirit movin -est, experience EVER!!!!! MAJOR Shout out to my FitFluential family who got dirty, and to the organizers of the Dirty Girl Mud Run!!!!

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Takin’ it all in!!! Let’s Get Dirty!

“Make me”

“Dirty Girls…in the making”