2018 Kicking and Keeping

2018 Kicking and Keeping

Hello Beauties!

I hope all of you are enjoying your holiday season! We sure are. We kicked things off back in November with the Polar Express and ever since I have been in the Christmas spirit. I think the kids and I have driven around looking at Christmas lights at least ten times now. I have also had my fair share of peanut butter brownie bites and holiday lattes. In fact, I will be getting an eggnog latte as a happy birthday to me on Wednesday! I love them and always like to save them for my birthday.

So as you know, this blog is changing, but one thing that is still the same is my love for new years resolutions. 2017 was probably one of the most lesson filled years of my life so there are many things that I will be taking with me into 2018. But again, the year was full of lessons and realizations so there are several things I will be leaving in the past as well. Here’s my list! And please share the things you will be kicking and keeping in 2018 as well.

 

2018 Kicking and Keeping

Keeping: More Plant Based Eating

If you caught my Viking to Vegan posts earlier this year, you saw that I transitioned from a low carb diet heavy in meat and dairy to a vegan diet! While I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian, I LOVED the vegan diet and still keep a vegetarian diet for most of the week. So while I have no label, there will be many many plant based days in 2018.

Kicking: Food Rules

No. More. Food. Rules! As most of you know, I was a bridesmaid in my beautiful friend Rhonda’s wedding this year (who is already pregnant by the way!). While I loved being her bridesmaid and her wedding was absolutely lovely, the mix of postpartum depression and trying to fit into the bridesmaids dress that was too small when it arrived made for the most anxiety filled year ever. See the recap here. It was after the wedding that I realized some things are just more important than be super disciplined. Things like eating birthday cake with your kids…….and sanity. 2018 may be a more plant based year but one thing that will be left in the past is food rules.

Even Paul know that food rules are for the faithless. Haha!

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. Roman 14:1-2

Keeping: Being Still  

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One thing was for sure in 2017, everywhere I looked God was saying be still. I finally figured out that “being still” isn’t just a season but something God wants us to do all of the time!

Kicking: Anxiety

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This is always a work in progress but I am definitely kicking the thought that my anxiety will just pass. Whether it is postpartum anxiety or just anxiety in general, if you have been dealing with it for several months and can’t seem to get your head out of the dark clouds, it’s time to see a doctor and see if it’s a chemical imbalance and I highly recommend a good therapist as well to help you sort through what is rational worry and what is irrational. God has given us doctors to help us in times of need. Doctors and medication for your brain are a blessing that are to be used and thankful for!

Keeping: Bible Time and Reading

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I have been very open about the fact that I called myself a Christian for many years without even reading the Bible. I finally did and am forever changed. I will definitely keep my morning Bible time just reading from cover to cover again and again. I also want to read more fiction. I love to write and I also love to read! I hate that I haven’t read much fiction in the past several years. I was stuck in self help land which didn’t prove to be very helpful anyway. 😦 Oh well, take what you want and leave the rest right? Anyway, I know for a fact that I am getting a Kindle Fire for Christmas and I have already made a list of books that I will be reading on it! This will also be a much better use of my time than my next 2018 “kick”…..

Kicking: Mindless Social Media Scrolling

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I was SO addicted to social media for the first half of 2017. I then took some time away and it was incredible. I plan to unplug for a lot of 2018. Well, unplugging from social media anyway. All of you are just so darn interesting, I love to see what you are doing! I just need to see what you are doing much less haha.

Keeping: Writing

This is my one actual new years resolution. I began writing a fiction novel before Anna was born and then put it away during my pregnancy and her first year because of my pre and postpartum depression.  I am actually very thankful for that time because now I find I have much more emotion behind my writing. My resolution is to write something at least Monday through Friday every week in 2018.

Kicking: Overexerting

Multitasking, getting up in the wee hours of the morning when you go to bed at 10:30, trying cram a thousand things into one day; All of these things sound great and seem like they would help you to get more done but in my experience, I just end up frazzled, frustrated, and not much further ahead than if I just did one thing at a time well. We are human for a reason. Because God is strong in our weakness! This year, I hope that you and I can be still, be diligent with what is in front of us, and see what good things God has planned in advance for us to do come our way.

Ephesians 2-10

Blessing and peace in 2018! Whether you are a resolutioner or not, be sure to have the happiest new year yet!

Angela

 

 

This Is Healthy

This Is Healthy

Hi Peaches!

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So yes, this blog is changing. It is no longer a personal fitness blog. Honestly, I don’t even know what kind of blog it is. It’s just my blog. In case you missed it, I have just come out and said it that fitness is not my passion. If you want to read the confession, here it is. But just because fitness is not one of my passions in life doesn’t mean that I don’t think eating healthy and taking care of yourself isn’t important. I do! Very much so. And I still eat healthy. I am not working out at the moment. Honestly, I don’t feel the need to. I am active for a large part of the day just living life! I mean, my sweet angel baby is a 24 pound weight that I am constantly lugging around! But besides that, I had gotten to a place with postpartum depression where my body was already so stressed that working out just made me feel worse. I am so thankful for this time of healing. I am really focusing on sleep which has been crucial. Sometimes I sleep 9 hours. I get up around 7am and sure, I don’t have as many hours in my day to get things done but again, this is a time of healing. It’s been great. What better time than at the holidays? I make sure to make a list before I go to bed to make sure that I get all the things done that I need to but besides that, my day is pretty scheduleless (I made that word up). I start the day with Bible time and prayer, then take care of the kids, pets, and house. I write during Anna’s nap. Then I just try to be wife and mom the rest of the day! This is good. If you are out there and feeling guilty for being “just a wife and mom”. Don’t! Either way, working outside of the home or inside the home, we are all working. And yet we are all feeling guilty about it! Let’s not. Let’s just be diligent with the things God has put in front of us and be a blessing the best way we can.

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As for healthy eating, I am still at it because it is not only a habit at this point but also it helps with my PPD recovery to keep a healthy diet. But I have no rules. I’m not low carb, I’m not vegan, I don’t have set meal times, I don’t plan. If you saw my video after the wedding, you know that I said I was DONE with rules and I am still am. I eat healthy and I have Christmas treats. Some days I go the whole day only eating healthy foods and some days I have too many snacks. I like this. I weigh the same as I did before and life is so much more enjoyable. It is fun to bake with your kids. It’s fun to have birthday cake with them on their birthdays. It is nice to have a treat after dinner if you want one just because! And it is wonderful to go through a whole day without thinking of calories or weight one single time.

 

It feels good to eat healthy. It feels good to indulge. It feels good to work hard. It feels good to relax. It feels good to live in the moment. It feels good to make lovely memories.

It feels good to feel good.

This is healthy.

 

 

Things I’m Loving Lately – Christmas Edition

Things I’m Loving Lately – Christmas Edition

Hello!

Many bloggers do weekly “Things I’m Loving” posts. I don’t. This is for a few reasons. I am not affiliated with any companies and I’m also a homebody so I run out of things to share. Then I am a creature of habit so again, I run out of things to share haha. But I do like to do them occasionally when I find new things I enjoy. And the good thing is that because I work with no one, you know that I just really like these things enough to talk about them! Here are a few of the things I am loving as well as some budget friendly finds I’m into this Christmas. Enjoy!

Maple Pumpkin Bars

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I am so obsessed with bars lately! I have one every single morning with my coffee. I loved the maple pumpkin seeds with sea salt Kind bars so much that I was a little apprehensive to even try the Simple Nature brand from Aldi. Exactly the same. Aldi is just always such a win.

Dunkin Donuts Almond Milk Latte

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I can’t stop with the hot almond milk lattes from Dunkin Donuts. This one is not so budget friendly at almost $5 for a medium but I am addicted nonetheless. Ugh, so good. Darn you DD!

Barissimo Holiday Flavors

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Aldi does it again! I fell in love these holiday flavored coffees at Aldi last year and so needless to say when I saw them the other day I stocked up. They are only $3.50 a pound and fantastic! I love flavored coffees at the holidays and I highly recommend the toasted coconut and salted caramel at Aldi if you do too.

Sleepy Time Tea

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Ok yeah so obviously I like the hot drinks at the holiday. But when its late, no more caffeine.  I have this one memory of when I was a kid walking home from my friend Anastasia’s house on a cold day. For whatever reason her mom sent me home with a cup of Sleepytime tea and it was so delicious! I still remember sipping it on that cold day when I drink it now. A delicious tea and a nostalgic one at that!

Asher

Here is a non-beverage. Asher has been such a delightful little addition to our family. No clue what kind of dog he is but he is extremely sweet and fun loving which is all that matters. He is great with the kids and our sweet Anatolian Shepherd Cody. I was nervous about how he would be with Cody…..you may remember our dog adoption fiasco.

Romans

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So around the time Anna was born I got it into my head that I would read the Bible from cover to cover because I had never done that before. I started in Genesis and am now in Romans! Ugh, so good. There are some books that I can read several chapters at once, but then other books I have to take it one chapter at a time and just really meditate on it’s richness. Romans is one of the latter.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Amen!

Hallmark Movies

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No gloom. No doom. Absolutely no surprise as to how they will end. But oh how I love them. Happy happy happy happy.

Writing Writing Writing 

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In this post, I talked about how when God refines you it often reveals things that you didn’t know about yourself. One of those truths is that while I have a lot of knowledge of fitness and nutrition, this knowledge doesn’t come so much from a place of passion as it does a place of bondage! That’s sounds bad. But it’s not! For the past three years I have been writing about my fitness journey and various things in my life. I realize now that it is the writing that I actually enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful that I know how to be healthy and I still believe it is important to do your best when it comes to treating your body as the temple that it is. But as far as a passion, no. I love the Lord and he has given me a desire to write. So that is exactly what I have been doing!

Watching These Guys

Seriously, is there anything more sweet than the wonderment of children at Christmas?

 

Happy Holidays Peaches!

Question:
What are some things you are loving this holiday season? 

 

 

 

How To Be Still

How To Be Still

Happy Sunday Peaches!

The only thing better than the Lord teaching you things is the Lord sending you a friend who He is teaching the same things to at the same time. Caren from Caren’s Corner is that friends for me. We are both in a season where God is teaching us what it means to be still. Today I want to share a little of what God has been teaching me on being still for any of you that may be in this season as well. Psalm 46-10 (3)

Are you in a season where God is without a doubt telling you to be still? Well, you are not alone and you are also not alone if you are thinking to yourself “How do I even do that?”

I thought the same thing. Let me share what I have learned…

1) We Have To Understand What Is Really Going On

The truth is that God is the vine and we are the branches. Not the other way around. God is the one that does all the good and He gives us the honor of being His vessels. If we are telling ourselves that we are setting out to do the will of God, we cannot be surprised when He actually begins to use us to do exactly that! But that is the thing, we have to understand the HE is using US to do HIS will. We are not using Him to do ours. So if we consider ourselves a Christian we must understand Romans 12:1.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

We must sacrifice ourselves daily to Him who sacrificed His son for us!

Caren did a great church before church on this. If you are on Facebook, you can watch it here!

2) “Being Still” Means to Stop Striving

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6

God does all the work. God is the vine, we are the branches. It’s not the other way around!

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

We have to remember that God is using us for one reason, to accomplish HIS purpose. This is easy for Him to do. It is hard for us to do. In fact, the only way way will accomplish His will is when He does it though us. So, God tells us to quit striving and know that He is God for our own good. Why? Because if we add anything to what He is doing through us, we will only tire ourselves out because it has nothing to do with His purpose. The purpose which HE is doing through us. Us, we are doing nothing. Let that sink in. We in our culture of go go go and do do do have to let this really sink in. God is doing it all. We are doing nothing. Nothing. And that is good.

3) Be Obedient With What Is In Front of You

Exodus 14-14

 

I know what you are thinking. But I can’t just sit around and do nothing. I have things to do! Yes you do. You have SO many things to do. How many of those things did God put in front of you? Think about that, PRAY about that. Then set out to do only those things God has put in front of you to do knowing that God will do them through you (Exodus 14:14 above). This may mean stripping some things out of your life that shouldn’t really be there. In fact, it probably does. Be still at the Lord’s feet. Don’t rush this time. Read His word, pray to Him. Ask what are the things in your life that are accomplishing His purpose and what are the things that are just the wrong yoke.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

4) This “Season” is Forever. Welcome To Your New Normal

I hear all the time people saying that they are in the season of God telling them to be still. I have said this too and just said it above in this very post. But what I have realized now is that if God has in his extraordinary grace and mercy released us from the bondage of sin, we are now slaves to Him.

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 6:8

So this season of being still is forever. How amazing is that? God has not only saved us from death and made us alive in Christ but let’s us take His easy yoke and be a vessel for His glory daily.

It can all be summed up in Luke 9:23.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

If God has lead you to a place where you are to “be still”. Be thankful! He has loved you enough to bring you this place! And next, rest at His feet, read his living word, and pray for the good works that He has prepared in advance for you to do.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Be encouraged!

Blessings,
Angela

 

 

The Truth Comes Out

The Truth Comes Out

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Hi Peaches!

I hope you are having a great holiday season so far! We are having a blast and yesterday, the Teal House became seven with this new little guy.

 

We named him Asher because his nose looks like he rubbed it in ash. He is the sweetest pup and loves playing with the kids and our beloved 135 pound Anatolian Shepherd Cody.

This Christmas season, I just have so much to be thankful for. Not only for sweet things like little Asher but believe it or not, for this rollercoaster of a year. Looking back, I know what has been going on.

This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.'” Zechariah 13:9

I was being refined. When this happens, God turns up the heat in your life and it is uncomfortable. But I am so thankful for this because as this verse above states, God says this happens to “My people” and for that I am honored.

In being refined, God reveals to you things about yourself that you didn’t know. The truth comes out. Things that I thought were true about myself were not. They were actually things that I thought were passions but in fact were things that I had actually made a part of my identity out of pride and fear. Does that make sense?

In my last post Remember Your Prayers, The Just Might Be Answered, I listed the verses that I had prayed to God at the beginning of the year and why I had chosen those to pray. The last post was discussing that although I felt blindsided by postpartum depression and was so confused at the time, God was actually bringing me into His word and answering my prayer to let me absorb it!

I have been open about praying for years to be this mystical Proverbs 31 woman. I have just always been in such awe of her. I see now see that God is in fact answering my prayers to this as well. This year, by refining me and revealing what He knew about me and I was blind to see, I realized that what I thought was a passion for health and fitness was actually not a passion, but in fact leftover bondage from my past eating disorders and abusive first marriage which I discussed in these posts…

Discipline Training   Part 1

Discipline Training (Part 2) Part 1 

Discipline Training (Part 2) Part 2 

If you read these posts you know that God has brought me through so much. But as Philippians 1:6 saysHe isn’t going to leave me half finished! He is going to bring me to completion. I thought that being a fitness coach was my calling but He knew that it was bondage. Him revealing this has not only brought me closer to the Lord but has brought indescribable peace and joy! Peace in knowing that He’s got me in His hands and that even when I don’t what is right, He does! And so much joy in this verse….

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How amazing is that? He has prepared GOOD WORKS in advance for us to do! So not only did He know me better than I know myself but he has good works in store for my future. I just find that so comforting.

So now it is fun getting used to the new normal. Just being still and waiting on God to tell me what’s next. Is anyone doing this as well? I have found it to be so fun. When I quit looking to the future all the time it’s amazing the treasures that were right in front of me this whole time to be enjoy. I would love to hear your story of when you stopped striving and were able to be still. Just being awed by His word, being thankful for the day, and thriving with what He has put into my hands.

Praise be to Jesus who was, and is, and is to come!

Blessings,
Angela

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Please share!