Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Story

dontbeashamed Dont Be Ashamed of Your Story

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! I got in lots of time with friends, some rest, & had an amazing time volunteering at church.

Today I really felt like I should talk about your story & most importantly: don’t be ashamed of your story. A conversation over coffee with a dear friend yesterday made me think how important it was to share this with ya’ll.

First of all, I want to tell you to not be ashamed of what others think or say about you! The Lord sees who you are inside & sees your intentions. No one else but Him knows that. People like to judge based on outward appearance or what they think they know. And a lot of the time it is because of JEALOUSY. It has nothing at all to do with you beautiful one!

I say this from firsthand experience on many occasions. I cannot tell you how many times I have been judged by others for the business I have, the type of clothes I wear, & I could keep on going. But I know now that it has nothing to do with me & everything to do with them. The best I can do is just pray for them. Don’t be ashamed of your story! God is going to use it in a way to minister to & help so many people.

Secondly, don’t be ashamed of the struggles you are going through. I try to be very open with ya’ll about my struggles. We all have them! My biggest struggle is food & my body image & I feel crazy to say that because I mentor others with their fitness & nutrition. But, food has been a stronghold in my life. That’s why I used to weigh 60 more lbs than I do now! And I still struggle with it.

It’s not that I make unhealthy choices very often. I have the tendency to obsess & overanalyze about every piece of food that goes in to my mouth. I have turned in to an obsessive calorie counter. I also look in the mirror & don’t like what I see a lot of days. I feel like I look fat & notice all of the things wrong with me. I KNOW that is not the right mindset to have & I am working on overcoming it. I am in a much better place than I was before. But it is a daily struggle for me!

I also struggle with not valuing myself or my worth. Putting my identity in how successful I am or how thin I feel. Those are worldly things that don’t even matter & I know that, but it’s something I am working on overcoming. I am trying to remind myself daily to see myself how God sees me & not how I feel or am thinking that day.

Lastly a big struggle of mine is negative thinking. I know God can make amazing things happen & He can do anything! But, the enemy still tries to attack my mind that I am doing things wrong or I am not good enough to reach certain goals. I am working on replacing those negative thoughts with God’s Word, but again it’s a daily process.

So I say all this to say, don’t be ashamed of your story! Your story is going to help encourage so many people. I share all of my struggles with you today because I want you to know you are not alone. And you CAN get through it!

If you ever need help or advice in any of these areas, don’t ever hesitate to contact me via email. I am always glad to help <3

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

Embrace the Struggle

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Do you feel like you’ve been in a winter season? Are you going through some tough times with your finances, your relationships, your health? You’re not alone. I want to tell you today why we have to learn to embrace the struggle. We must praise Jesus even when we don’t want to.

Ever since I quit my full-time job last year to follow what God told me He wanted me to do with my life (just my coaching business), it has been the most AWESOME year but also the HARDEST year of my life. When we are following God’s path, the enemy gets PISSED. He does not want to see us spread god’s word, he doesn’t want us to be happy, overcome struggles, or have breakthroughs. And the closer you get to God, the more you are going to struggle because of the enemy. So we HAVE to embrace the struggle!

Whenever you are struggling with something & it gets particularly intense, it’s a sign that your breakthrough is right around the corner. This happens to me all the time. I even experiences struggles right after a breakthrough; which is where I have been recently. My finances and my self image are my two areas of weakness where I struggle with putting my happiness or identity in those areas. I know that I have to put my identity in God & that’s all that matters. So I am learning to embrace the struggle.

Well, PRAISE God that I have had financial breakthroughs & finally a breakthrough with my weight this year. Then as soon as those breakthroughs happen – BAM – I have more struggles. I get discouraged when the scale doesn’t go down or my income doesn’t increase. And that is the ENEMY right there because he knows that I am about to break all the chains & have freedom. So he is taunting me & doing all he can to hold me back. That is why we have to embrace the struggle.

God has been telling me that I am about to have an EPIC breakthrough & I KNOW this is true because He promises me that & He has given me visions for my future. And it is the same for YOU my friend! God has a HUGE plan for your life & He promises you that it will happen. If you are struggling right now, your breakthrough is right around the corner. Don’t let the enemy hold you back – embrace the struggle!

Don’t forget to always love yourself!

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Xoxo,

Jess <3

Weight Loss Solutions for the New Year

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Is it just me or did 2013 & the holidays fly by? I cannot believe it’s already January! I saw a cool quote on Instagram last night, “the bodies we make in the winter are what we will look like in the summer.” So that inspired me to make a post today about what we can do now to work on our weight loss solutions for the new year and make them last throughout the entire year icon smile Weight Loss Solutions for the New Year

Here are a few steps that you can take to make this a lasting change for your weight loss solutions for the new year:

  1. Make peace with your trigger foods. Figure out what foods you crave & come to terms with it. But DO NOT deprive it from your diet completely. That leads to binging (believe me I know). So allow yourself to have them once or twice a week.
  2. Rejoice in the benefits of healthy eating. Instead of thinking how deprived you’re going to be, think about how it’s going to benefit your health & how much longer you’re going to live.
  3. Set a goal. Make a goal that is SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, & trackable. Focus on the changes you can make to get towards losing however many pounds you set as your goal.
  4. Start working out at home. It saves on gym fees & it’s SO MUCH easier! You don’t have to hassle with the traffic & the drive either. Grab a friend to do it with you!
  5. Make some basic changes. Don’t make all the changes to your lifestyle at once, do one at a time. If you aren’t willing to change your lifestyle, you won’t be successful with weight loss.
  6. Have a friend hold you accountable. You are more likely to do something when you have committed to someone else to show up or that you’re going to do it.

Apply these changes to your weight loss solutions for the new year and I promise you will have victory!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

5 Tips to Stay Healthy During Christmas

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I cannot believe it’s Christmas week!! Where has 2013 gone?! I am headed out of town in a little bit to go visit my parents for the holiday. I hope you get to spend the holiday with your loved ones as well celebrating the real reason for this season – JESUS! Today I wanted to just quickly give you a 5 tips to stay healthy during Christmas while still enjoying yourself.

1. Exercise - Don’t forget to get in some movement, even if it’s just a 30 minute walk. Staying active will help you feel better.

2. Relaxation - Don’t allow yourself to get stressed over the business of the season. Remember to take time to rest & take care of yourself.

3. Nutrition -  Try to make healthy choices by getting plenty of whole grains, fruits, & veggies. And when you enjoy your treats, do it in moderation. One cheat day a week is okay though icon smile 5 Tips to Stay Healthy During Christmas

4. Water - Make sure you are staying hydrated. If you are drinking alcohol, be sure to up your water intake a bit so you don’t get that horrid holiday hangover.

5. Sleep - Make sure you are getting enough. 7-8 hours a night is key so that you feel at your best.

And most importantly remember this…

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Merry Christmas to you & your family!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Have Fun Getting Fit

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Before & after I lost 60 pounds icon smile Have Fun Getting Fit

I was overweight half my life & used to think that eating healthy was boring & miserable.

I was wrong.

After losing 60 lbs, I became obsessed with doing too much cardio & eating too little calories, while also calorie counting. Then I realized that eating healthy is AMAZE, super yummy, & it’ll change your life.

I started playing with food . . .and having a blast. I created new recipes – made them and the most fun part . . . taste testing!! Now, I have teamed up with my friend Sarah to bring you the most FUN cookbook!

We’ve been working on yummy & healthy recipes for the past couple of months. And it is ready!!

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My most recent pics! Before Insanity & after Insanity

INTRODUCING: FUN – FIT – FOOD!

Just some of the tasty recipes that are included:

  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
  • Chocolate Coconut Crepes
  • Asian Sesame Salmon
  • Healthified Pizza
  • And so much more.

Seriously eating healthy does NOT have to be boring & it can be delicious!

Start having fun with food. . . get your copy of Fun-Fit-Food now!

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ONLY $20 $10

GET IT NOW!

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Note: Because the purpose of this cookbook is to have fun, calories & macros are NOT included. Just know that if all the ingredients are healthy, the end result is too!

Your Body and Your Image: Seeing Yourself Healthy

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The way you see yourself & your thoughts are literally what creates your life & happiness. I have personally struggled with an unhealthy body image for most of my life. I was overweight for half my life & a few years ago finally lost 60 lbs. Since then I’ve kept it off (gained a few in muscle though), but I continue to view myself as the girl I used to be when I looked in the mirror. Then God & the Pastor at my church started working on me about this topic. There is a way to love yourself & I like to call it your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

It’s all about the thoughts that you let stay in your head – you have to control that ACESSS – those negative thoughts CAN be kicked to the curb! There are going to be so many negative thoughts that pass through your mind each day, but you MUST overcome them with positive thinking & the Word of God. Remember how God views you & just how beautiful & fearless He made you. You DESERVE to be happy! Surround yourself with positivity so that those negative thoughts don’t stand a chance. It’s your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

Here are some more tips that I found, I love this list!!! It’s your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

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I want to encourage you to enjoy the process & be thankful for what you do have! My body has changed A LOT since starting Insanity almost 2 months ago! I’m not exactly where I want to be because I want to continue getting more toned & stronger, but I’m so thankful for how far I’ve come! I’m now able to get through almost all the workouts without stopping, I’ve lost several inches & a few pounds, I have a little mini two pack that comes & goes, my cellulite is basically go on, & my arms are more toned. So I’m sharing that with you to say pick out the GOOD – go write down your list & be thankful for that today! Stop complaining about the rest & thank God for what you do have right now! It’s your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

Please RT or share with anyone this may help!

As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3