Healthy Eating Go-To Scripts

Hey loves!!! I wanted to share this with you. They’re called Healthy Eating G0-To Scripts, so they’re things you can say to yourself whenever you’re feeling tempted to blow your eating plan. It really helps me when I say these things to myself. I especially like “I can find other ways to celebrate!” and “I’m made for more than being stuck in the vicious cycle of defeat!” Which ones do you like?? Don’t be afraid to even say these things out loud. You may feel like a crazy person, but you’ll be surprised how powerful it can be to speak truth to yourself! You tell that brownie! You tell it that it doesn’t have the power to consume you anymore! icon smile Healthy Eating Go To Scripts

 Healthy Eating Go To Scripts

 

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

I Will Fight

Hey loves! I just wanted to share a super inspirational mp3 with you. It’s called I Will Fight, and it’s from my pastor, Steven Furtick. I have it on my iPod and I listen to it on repeat when I run, especially on days that I’m feeling defeated. Enjoy!

http://getfitjess.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/01-I-Will-Fight.mp3

 

If you want, you can download it and put it on your iPod too!  http://elevationchurch.org/iwillfight

I Get To!

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Hey loves! So what were you doing just 30 seconds ago before you started reading this? Were you checking emails? Were you cleaning? Were you working? Were you exercising? Were you eating lunch? Whatever you were doing, were you enjoying it??

So often I find myself mindlessly or reluctantly going about my daily tasks. I’ll often do things with the mentality, “Here we go again…” Getting dressed feels like a chore. Cooking is like pulling teeth. My routine seems dull and lifeless. But what if I changed my mindset from a “Have To” mindset to a “Get To” mindset?? 

What if instead of saying, “I have to get ready for work,” I said to myself, “I get to get ready for work!”

What if instead of saying, “I have to work-out now,” I said to myself, “I get to work-out now!”

What if instead of saying, “I have to choose healthy food for lunch,” I said to myself, “I get to choose healthy food for lunch!”

Do you see what that does?? It totally transforms my perspective! It shifts me from focusing on the negative in every situation to the blessing in every situation! It shifts me from a heart of entitlement to a heart of thanksgiving!

When I say, “I have to get ready for work,” I am totally taking for granted so many of the amazing blessings God has given me! “I get to get ready for work,” reminds me that God has provided me with an amazing job, that He’s never failed to provide for me, and that He’s given me gifts and abilities that I get to use to help others!

When I say, “I have to work-out now,” I’m only focused on the momentary physical discomfort of exercising. But when I say, “I get to work-out now,” I’m reminded that God has blessed me with a beautiful body with arms and legs that work! I’m reminded that my body is the temple of His Holy Spirit! I’m reminded that every time I exercise, He blesses me with increased energy!

So what were you doing right before reading this? Was it something you felt you had to do? Take a moment right now and transform that “Have To” into a “Get To!” Write down 5 things you always feel like you have to do. Then rewrite them into get to’s and discover the hidden blessings in all your daily tasks!

When you begin to work-out and eat healthily out of a “Get To” mindset, it’s a game-changer!!

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. -Colossians 3:17

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. -John 10:10

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. -James 1:17

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!

And please RT or share with anyone this may help.

Xoxo,

Jess <3

New Years Resolutions

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed an amazing holiday week enjoying Christmas with their families. I had a wonderful time visiting mine for an entire week, it was lovely.

I got back late last night & looked at the calendar today & realized tomorrow is already New Year’s Eve! Time has flown this year!! I wrote my goals out for 2014 a few weeks ago, but I wanted to talk about New Years Resolutions today. So many of us make New Years Resolutions & then end up giving up on them by March. I want to help make 2014 YOUR year & help you achieve everything you’ve ever dreamed of!

The 10 most popular New Years Resolutions are:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Volunteer to Help Others
  3. Quit Smoking/Drink Less Alcohol
  4. Get a Better Education
  5. Get a Better Job
  6. Save Money/Manage Debt
  7. Get Fit
  8. Eat Healthy Food
  9. Manage Stress
  10. Take a Trip

I am so blessed to say that these are all things that I have been able to do through God and becoming a coach last year! My ENTIRE life has transformed & changed. If any of these are your New Years Resolutions, let me encourage you for a minute.

Just a few years ago I was a selfish, dark depressed girl at 200 lbs who drank & smoked & partied, didn’t care about others or my future, & was not responsible with money or anything else. Fast forward to today and I have now lost 60 lbs, help others for a living & LOVE it so much I would do it for free, have the BEST job I’ve ever had making the most money I’ve ever made, am paying off my debt, getting fit, living healthy, stress free, & EARNING free trips! Praise God!!

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I always knew I wanted to change (for half my life), but I didn’t know how. Then one day I woke up & realized that it’s never too late! And YOU deserve to live a life of happiness & a chance to start over. I would love to help you with your New Years Resolutions. Maybe becoming a coach is something you’re ready to do or maybe you’re ready to take a step to becoming a healthier version of you. Either way, contact me & I would LOVE to help you make 2014 YOUR best year yet!

Please RT or share with anyone this may help!

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.

freedom Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

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