I've been delinquent in posting to this fledgling little blog but that will change in the new year. In the meantime, I'm savoring moments with family and creating memories. My prayer is that you are doing the same.
Luke 2:1-20New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.)3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
The first time I had ever heard of Amber Dodzweit was in a blog post by Kerri Olkjer of Fitviews. She reviewed Amber's Built For Her program as part of her efforts to get back in shape post pregnancy. Long story short, she loved it. I started following Amber on Instagram and really liked her positive Christian based message but I knew I was not ready to tackle something as intense as Built For Her. For the most part, her programs seem geared to people already working out and I was looking for something a little closer to "COMA to 5k."
A few months later, Amber created the 2 Week Jumpstart Program for herself as sort of a post wedding boot camp. It was billed as a "no gym needed, quick workout, simple nutrition, lose fat & build lean muscle, detoxify and get back on track program.' I saw it a few days before Thanksgiving and purchased it on the spot. I was ready for something quick, effective, and simple to get myself in gear INSTEAD of falling face fi…
After much anticipation and research, the time is almost here! Whole 30 begins on Monday! I'm really excited to see what kind of changes occur in my body, mind, and spirit throughout the month. Are you ready to get started too?
If you've been toying with the idea of doing a Whole 30, the first of the year is a perfect time. Why? Because the entire world is normally on a diet after the holidays! Everywhere you turn, stores are trying to sell you exercise equipment, diet books, and all the leafy greens! The hype normally only lasts a couple of weeks but it's long enough to get you through the early days of Whole 30 style "kill all the things" sugar withdrawal. Misery loves company, right?
So, if you're ready to make the commitment to 30 days of no sugar, no grains, no legumes, no alcohol, no dairy, no artificial stuff, and no carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.....you still have time to get prepared!
Now is the time to do some research, If you really want …
Throughout my life, fitness has taken on a few different meanings. As a kid, fitness was associated with the Presidential Fitness Challenge. You remember those, right? My kids still do them at school and the mere thought gives me flashbacks. I've always been flexible so the sit and reach was my jam! Pullups.... nope, couldn't do one. Climbing that rope with the bell? Absolutely not.
As I got older and started to take an interest in fashion, fitness meant more about "fittin" into skinny leg Guess jeans. Then it was about fitting into business attire as a young professional. Now, as midlife approaches, I find myself fitting mostly into stretchy pants because kids, life, wine, tacos, and dang it.... they're cozy. The thing is, getting cozy and complacent has me feeling achy and bloated. Dietary errors that used to roll off my back now roll around my middle.
So, here in midlife, I'm attempting to get back in shape. What exactly do I mean by that?…