Motivation Monday!

 Motivation Monday!

Happy Memorial Day!!!!!!  It’s Motivation Monday!

What is your motivation for getting healthy? My motivations span a wide range, from silly little things to some pretty big stuff. Here’s a list, in no particular order, of some of my motivations to exercise and eat healthily:

  • To look super cute in my summer clothes
  • To take preventative action against the diabetes and heart disease that’s rampant in my family
  • To have more energy and focus
  • To get rid of brain fog
  • To get toned abs, arms, and legs
  • To have healthy lifestyle habits I can pass on to my children
  • To have increased confidence and comfort in the body God’s given me
  • To learn self-discipline
  • To have improved moods and attitudes
  • To wear be able to wear those pants again that are a bit too tight
  • To have victory over self-image issues I’ve had my whole life
  • To be stronger and have more physical endurance

All of these are really good motivations, and good reasons to get fit. But honestly, there are some days where absolutely none of them cut it. Some days, the present reality of delicious looking ice cream is a whole lot more appealing than the future possibility of getting diabetes. Some days, the cupcake seems worth the brain fog. Some days, watching Netflix instead of doing my work-out is way more motivational to me than looking good this summer.

So how do we motivate ourselves when all our best motivations fall short?

I’m starting to learn that on days like that, my motivation doesn’t work if I’m doing it for myself. You see, I don’t really want to do what’s best for myself a lot of the time. Maybe this is because I have no real understanding of how truly valuable I am.

The only motivation that works for me on days like that is to do it for God. When we are tempted to compromise our healthy eating or our exercise, it’s usually because deep down we don’t feel valuable enough to be worth the effort. So when that happens, I have to look to God. Because He’s infinitely valuable, and He’s worth the effort. He deserves my self-discipline, even if I don’t feel like I’m worth it.

When I switch my motivation from trying to do something for myself to doing something to honor God, it frees me from a huge weight. It makes me realize that He cares about my health and fitness infinitely more than I do. It also lifts my perspective, helping me see myself the way God sees me. Instead of feeling like I’m not really worth all this work and discipline and discomfort, I remember that I have a divine destiny. God made me in His image and put me on this earth to do something for His glory that only I can do. He has given me skills, gifts, and resources that are uniquely mine, and He desires to do something greater than I can imagine in and through me.

I love this! When our motivation becomes honoring God, He steps in and helps us honor ourselves. He reminds us that He loves us and that we are precious and valuable to Him. It also takes the pressure off when I realize that this fitness journey isn’t about me as much as I think it is. It’s really about Jesus. It’s about Jesus making me more like Himself to shine His light to the world.

Now I’m not saying it’s bad to have those motivations I listed at the beginning. Those are all great things. But they will all fail eventually if they’re my only motivations because they’re all based around me and my own strength. The only way to make it on this journey is on God’s strength. So He must be our true motivation!

Today, list out your motivations for getting fit. Then pray and ask God to help you find a solid, lasting rock of motivation in Jesus.

 

“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

How can I WORK-OUT when I’m going to BREAK-DOWN??

 How can I WORK OUT when Im going to BREAK DOWN??

I’m sure you all can relate… The alarm goes off and I roll over in bed. Everything within me is screaming, “Hit snooze!!!!! I need sleep!!!!!!!!” But I know that if I don’t get out of bed RIGHT NOW, I will not have enough time to do my work-out. Thinking about not having enough time makes me think about everything else I need to do today, of the bills I don’t know how I’m going to pay, of the relationships I don’t know how to fix… This makes me want to cry. I’m defeated before I can even move my arm towards that darn alarm clock… I’m on the verge of an emotional break-down and I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet. Might as well pull the covers over my head and call it quits.

Has anyone else been there?? Well, my loves, I just wanted to share something that God has been putting on my heart recently. In the mornings when the world rushes at me with all these thoughts, “You don’t have what it takes,” “You can’t handle this,” “You’re never going to change, so why even try?” I have a choice. I know it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. But I have a choice to either believe those voices or to fight.

Before I can even think about getting my body to work-out, I have some mental exercises to do first. The battle for our physical health does not begin in our bodies. It begins in our minds and in our hearts!

Victory starts with a recognition and then a choice. First I have to recognize that my mind is under attack. I have to recognize that all the thoughts I’m thinking are not from God, and they’re sent to steal my joy, my passion, and my confidence that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I have to draw a line in my heart and in my mind and say, those thoughts are not from me and they’re not from God, and I refuse to give in to them! After I recognize that my mind is under attack, then I have to make the choice to fight those thoughts with the right thoughts.

And what are the right thoughts? The right thoughts are the things that God says to me and promises me:

God, You strengthen me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being and Jesus lives in my heart through faith. I’m rooted and grounded in love, which gives me the strength to comprehend how wide and long and high and deep is Jesus’ love for me. It’s so great it defies understanding! In Him I am filled with all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:16-19)

My weapons for this battle are not physical weapons. They are spiritual weapons that have divine power to destroy strongholds! I destroy every argument and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and I take every single one of my thoughts captive to obey Christ! (2 Corinthias 10:4-5)

God, You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of POWER and LOVE and SELF-CONTROL! (2 Timothy 1:7)

Who’s tired of letting negative thoughts defeat your mind and cause you to break-down before you work-out? Who’s tired of feeling defeated before you even plan your first meal, so you just go ahead and eat junk because you believe the lies telling you that you are junk? I know I am. So I’m making the choice to recognize and fight the battle in my mind FIRST!!! Because after I start believing the right voice, God’s voice, everything else is easy in comparison! When I truly believe I am blessed and beloved and favored by my heavenly Father, then realize I already have the victory over my work-out and over my eating. Now I just have to claim it!

Who’s with me?? Let’s start the work-out in our minds first, the minute we wake up in the morning. Because once we realize there’s an attack on our minds, it makes it so much easier to fight! We are assured of the victory because Jesus has already won!

I love you all! I believe in you. God made you and He loves you, and you can do this!!!

 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2

I Can Do All Things Through Christ

 i can do all things through christ I Can Do All Things Through Christ

Happy Thursday love! I want to talk to you today about something God put on my heart.

Have you ever felt like you were living in bondage in one or multiple areas of your life? That was ME for most all of my life!

Then when I started becoming closer to The Lord this last year, He has guided me to true freedom & provided wisdom in every area.

People ask me a lot, “how are you so strong?” or “how do you do everything you do, even when you don’t feel like it?”

My strength comes from The Lord, the maker of heaven & earth. I run to him when I’m weary, He gives me rest, & most importantly I’ve learned to not obey what my flesh wants.

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Phil. 4:13

Although I do have my moments (like the other night after my sushi date, me & my girl Meg totally had too much chocolate). But it’s all about progress & just giving it all over to The Lord.

The Lord can help you break those chains & give you the kind of life you’ve never imagined. I’m blessed that He has allowed me to mentor others to do the same. Because THAT is even better than doing it myself. Watching others break through & have freedom is why I do what I do every day, even when I don’t feel like it.

Remember, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

And you can do it, too. I would love to support you & guide you. Just comment below or email me at jpbaum87@gmail.com if you need prayer or guidance.

As always, don’t forget to  love yourself!

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Xoxo,

Jess <3

Quick Confidence – How to Boost Self Esteem

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Today I felt in my heart to share a topic with ya’ll that I struggle with myself in hopes that it’ll help others. After being overweight half my life, self confidence is something that I have battled with. I am my own worst enemy & own worst critic. I guess that’s what we do as females! But today, I wanted to give you some tips on quick confidence – how to boost self esteem.

  1. Sit up straight. Slouchers tend to not have as positive of thoughts.
  2. Smell pretty. Research shows that women who wear perfume feel more confident.
  3. Be superstitious. Weird right? Good luck charms can actually help you perform better!
  4. Nod your head. When you are listening to someone, nod. It heightens your belief in what you’re hearing.
  5. Flirt. Smile, laugh, & engage with others.
  6. Pump yourself up. Shake your body & move around!
  7. Strike a pose. You’ll have more confidence than standing with your arms crossed.
  8. Focus on your breathe. Just for 10 minutes. It helps with self acceptance.
  9. Grab a cup of coffee. It increases alertness, energy, & confidence.
  10. Get a workout in! Just 20 minutes will boost your mood. You can even walk!
  11. Put together a toolbox. Include reminders or photos of proof that you can be bold, a photo of those closest to you, a token of improvement, just to name a few.

I really hope these suggestions help you with develop quick confidence – how to boost self esteem!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

where the spirit of the lord is there is freedom Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

 

Happy Monday ! I actually got inspired to write this post while listening to the song “Freedom Reigns” by Jesus Culture. I began to really think about the phrase & about the sermon at church from over the weekend. I know a lot of you know my story, but I just wanted to share the POWER of how the Lord can truly give you freedom in your life. I’ve been going through many trials the past few months, but would you have known that about me if I didn’t tell you? Because of the Lord I am able to stay joyful through it all. Let me tell you how the Lord has changed my life because where the spirit of the lord is there is freedom.

Here is just a list of all the things I was struggling with only a few years ago:

  • I was overweight. I was an emotional eater. I ate horrible foods.
  • I drank a lot of alcohol. I was drunk every night.
  • I smoked cigarettes. A pack a day if I had a day not drinking (which was unlikely). Days that I drank I probably smoked two packs.
  • My happiness depended on my boyfriend. Without him around I was miserable.
  • I had no self confidence. I had poor self body image. I didn’t believe in myself. I spoke negatively to myself daily. I didn’t believe my dreams would ever come true or were possible.
  • I was shy. I was afraid to talk to people I didn’t know. I was afraid to share about myself when I did meet people.
  • I was at a job that was draining me emotionally. I wasn’t treated fairly.
  • I didn’t have many meaningful relationships or friendships. I would just hang out with the people who would drink with me.
  • I was far away from God. I had no idea what having a relationship with Him was about.

Now to counter all of these things, let me tell you how my life looks today:

  • I lost 60 lbs. Yes, I’ve gained a few because of muscle. But, my eating is under control. I eat delicious nutritious foods that give me energy & help me stay healthy.
  • I rarely drink alcohol. It just ruins my goals & progress.
  • I quit smoking. It disgusts me now to be quite honest.
  • I’ve been single for  two years & couldn’t be happier. I found myself again, have been growing myself, & my relationship with God.
  • I am way more self confident. My body image is improving. (It’s a process for me.) I believe in myself & KNOW that all my dreams will come true & that they are possible. Because anything is possible through Christ.
  • I LOVE being social & being around people. I love making new friends. I’m an open book! Anything I can share, I will, in hopes it’ll help others.
  • I now get to do what I LOVE & am passionate about. I would do it for free. My business is filled with a bunch of amazing people & I am so blessed.
  • I’ve become friends with so many great people & formed so many meaningful relationships. People that are like minded that also dream big & love God.
  • I found God again & Jesus is my #1 homie! I love my devotion time, being in the word, my church, my life group, & doing anything I can to help further His kingdom.

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Do you see now that where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom? I would have not been able to do any of these things without God. Once I found Him again, He helped morph me in to the person I am today. I used to worry so much about every little detail. I used to want to control every situation. It’s still hard for me to not have control (it’s my personality), but I know that everything happens in His time (even if I don’t like it) & that He has a plan. There is no need for me to worry because I know God is by my side. I feel like I have broken the chains of bondage. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

Please RT or share with anyone this may help!

As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Restore Your Relationship with God

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Have you ever felt like you’re on an emotional roller coaster that just won’t stop? You’re not alone. I’ve felt that way the past month or so since moving to a brand new city & state. I was seriously having emotional breakdowns several times a week & thought that things just wouldn’t get better. After talking to several of my close friends, going on a road trip, & praying a lot I’ve finally figured out what was going on. I realized that I need to restore my relationship with God. Today I want to share with you how you can help calm down your emotions even when you’re going through some really tough times.

I’ve been battling a lot emotionally due to being in a new place, feeling lonely at times, binging due to being on a restrictive diet, & some financial things as well. I continued praying, but felt like nothing was changing. Then I realized something huge – I was not putting my relationship with God first. You CAN restore your relationship with God just as I have done recently. So here is what I started thinking & doing that I thought would help y’all out as well:

  • Don’t worry about things out of your control. Do everything you can to improve it & give the rest to God.
  • Don’t let a bad day turn in to a bad week or year. Things won’t always be a struggle.
  • Keep your friends close & don’t spend too much time alone when you’re going through hard times.
  • When you feel like it’s too hard to stand, get on your knees & pray.
  • Remember the good things that you have that going on & be thankful for them. Just don’t think about the bad.

Those were just things that helped me out mentally. I also started doing new things in my daily routine that have helped me out with restoring my relationship with God:

  • Listen to worship music first thing in the morning & spend an hour with God & in prayer.
  • Go outside & be active. Take a walk. Do some jumping jacks.
  • Call a friend. Skype a friend. Hang out with a friend. (Don’t be alone when you’re down!)
  • Listen to Elevation sermons & get plugged in to other similar resources.
  • Cook something fun that makes me happy.
  • Read more. Read personal development. Read books for fun. Read books about God.
  • Listen to worship music at night while falling asleep. Spend time with God during the day.

Worship God Restore Your Relationship with God

Doing these things the past couple of weeks have truly helped my mental stability & my emotions lately. I feel so much happier than I did a few weeks ago & I feel comforted by God. I’m no longer worried about all of the things I was a few weeks ago. I realized I needed to stop trying to control everything & run to God & let Him know how much I need Him. I know I cannot do anything without Him & I don’t know what I was thinking before!

So I really hope you know if your relationship with God has faded like mine did for a bit, it is possible to restore your relationship with God. He will be waiting for you with open arms icon smile Restore Your Relationship with God

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Why the Scale Lies

The Scale Lies Why the Scale Lies

Did you step on the scale this morning? I bet most of you did. Did that number that flashed upset you? It did me. But, then I reminded myself that the scale is NOT an accurate description of how healthy I am. So let me tell you today why the scale lies.

If you’ve been following me for the past few months, you know that I’ve lost 60 lbs a couple years ago, the scale has been a mental battle for me. I’ve always known that muscle would make me weigh more & always wanted to be toned, but I didn’t want that scale to budge so I was literally living so unhealthy. I was eating 1200 calories a day & doing nothing but cardio workouts. I was still in the “weight loss mentality” & it became very dangerous. This is why the scale lies – because I was so unhealthy a few months ago.

Then one day one of my close friends told me that I needed to get over this & stop being unhealthy. So he helped me realize that I needed to start eating 1800 calories a day. I became so tired of having cellulite & flab, so I knew I had to accept this & just do it. So, I started doing Chalean Extreme to lift heavy weights. I discovered what clean eating was all about & started fueling my body with proper nutrition. This is what I looked like prior to starting my hybrid of Chalean Extreme & Brazil Butt Lift & then also my after.

Chalean Extreme Why the Scale Lies

So this is why the scale lies – I weigh more in the picture on the right. I’m not sure if you saw my post a couple weeks ago, but right now I weigh 160. That is 20 more pounds than I weighed before I started lifting heavy weights, eating 1800 calories a day, & eating clean. I looked at my old pictures from college at the last time I weighed 160. Let me show you the difference – again – this is why the scale lies!

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Okay so seriously, have you gotten the point yet? icon smile Why the Scale Lies The scale lies! Your weight can fluctuate for so many different reasons including water retention, too much sodium, menstrual cycles, etc. So don’t let that number on the scale define your happiness! Too many times (even today) I let it get me down, but then I remember that I need to go based on how my clothes fit, how I feel, & focus on being the best me for God’s kingdom! So this is why the scale lies!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3