How To Make Any Resolution Stick

Today is the day millions of people around the world will be making New Year’s Resolutions.  Most will be last a few days, maybe a week, and a few rare will last a month.  However, very few actually make a lasting impression.  Why is that?? Why do we go through the trouble of self-examination, decide what we don’t like about our current life, and decide to make a change, but do little to actually accomplish that goal.  I always thought it was those with stronger will power that could make the actually change, or those who had a better support group around them could do it.  Which I think all those things help, however, I had an “ah-ah” moment the other day when I was reading a parenting book.  Yes, parenting seems to relate to all aspects of our life!!  Weird how that happens!

Anyways, the book, Loving Your Kids On Purpose, was talking about the importance of having a heart relationship with your children.  Where you care so much about how your decision will effect their heart, and they care so much about how their actions will effect your heart.  It really is an eye opening concept, that your hearts are connected and you care so much about each other that you make decisions that honor that relationship.  The book talks about how God desires that same relationship with Him.  That we are connected to His heart and our decisions are made out of that connection.

That’s when the light bulb went on!! It matters how our hearts are connected to the choices we make! When we make a resolution, are we making that resolution out of guilt or self image.  Or, are we making that resolution because we are connected to our Father’s heart and His heart is compelling us to make a change!  God cares about us! He cares about our physical health, spiritual health, mental health, relationship health, financial health, etc.  You name it, He cares about it!

In my own health journey, I can see this heart connection at work. I always thought that I ate fairly healthy and that I was doing a good job taking care of the my body.  See, I believe that it is important to take care of our bodies because we are God’s temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

I thought I was doing a good job, but as I got older I had gained some unwanted weight and my biggest problem was that I was exhausted all the time.  I had no energy to do anything. I lived for a nap! So, I decided to start cutting calories and running.  However, I didn’t see any results and quickly fell off the bandwagon.  The reason I decided to make a change was for my own self image and desires.  I thought I was eating fairly well, I just had to tighten the reigns a bit, so I had no disconnect with my Father’s heart.

However, that all changed in August of 2013.  I had picked up a book called Maximized Living Nutrition Plans.  In that book, I learned so much about our food. How sugar effects the body, how processed foods effect the body, how a lack of nutrition is stealing my energy, etc.  My eyes were open to the truth that even though I cooked our meals at home, they were far from healthy.  In reality, I wasn’t actually taking care of my body like I thought I was.  For the first time, my heart hurt over the condition of my health.  Not out of guilt or condemnation, but out of my love for God and our heart connection.  I wanted to honor God through honoring my body and I realized I was not doing that.  September 2013 our family changed our diet and we have never looked back!  It1913737_10153316218136699_8469736932350339264_n didn’t take an accountability group to keep us motivated, it didn’t take a strong will, all it took was a heart connection with the Father!! In the health world, you will hear many times that it is a lifestyle not a diet and it is so true.  Yes, we lost weight and I can happily say I am a recovered napper! However, we will keep eating health and using super foods to nourish our body, not because we are afraid to gain weight, but because we want to nourish our bodies and honor the temple of God!

I believe this heart connection with God is so key to every resolution you make.  Tonight, as you count down to a New Year and you think of all the things to come, ask yourself what does God feel about the next year and what actions should I take that would honor our heart relationship!

Blessing to you and your family!!

Christmas Give Away Week 5: 3 Fat Burning At Home Workouts

Tis the season for New Year Resolutions!!  So, I thought it would be perfect to give you a gift of at home workouts!!  These workouts are only 12 mins!! Yes! 12 mins!  Anyone can find time for 12 mins.

Before you write these workout off already because of the time, believe me, when you are done you will feel like you worked out 30 mins!  Why is that you ask?….. It is all in how you do the work out!  These are called HIIT workouts High Intensity Interval Training.  Here is how it works: You do 6 exercises for 3 reps.  You do your 1st exercise for 20 secs as hard as you can, then rest for 20sec.  You do that exercise 3 times, and then do the next one.  Tabatatimer.com is a great timer system to set up your workout!  When you do these short burst of exercise at high intensity you send burst of oxygen through your body and this oxygen is what helps your body burn fat for 24 to 48 hrs!!

Work Out 1

Work Out 2

Work Out 3

BOOM!!!

That is the kind of workout I am talking about!!!

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Clean Christmas Cookie Exchange

On Wednesday night, a few ladies and I had a Clean Christmas Cookie Exchange!  It was a great time!!  There is just something about getting together with other like minded woman! We talked about our recipes and our oops!  Including my dog eating 4 doz of my cookies:((  We talked about what we were doing nutrition wise to stay healthy through the holidays.  We encouraged each other and lifted each other up! It really was a great time!

You see, I believe we need nights like that to stay encouraged in our health journey!  There is so many temptations and opportunities to not eat healthy we need time of building each other up and encouraging each opower hourther!! However, I don’t just want that once a year at a cookie exchange!! So, I decided for the month of January to meet weekly with whoever wants to meet, to talk nutrition, work on meal plans and of course workout!!  Who wants to join me??? If you are seriously interested comment below or shoot me an email!!

Anyways….

After our exchange of course I posted a picture on Facebook of all our wonderful goodies!  Many of you were asking for the recipes, so I thought the easiest way was to put them all on here in this blog!!  So enjoy and don’t eat them all at once!!

Homemade Chocolate Truffle

  • 1 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (the cream from the top of an unsweetened can of coconut milk)

Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Cover and place in the freezer for 15-20 mins or until firm.  Pour a little cocoa, or shredded coconut, or chopped nuts into a shallow bowl for the coating.

Scoop out a small spoonful, gently roll it in your hands and drop it in the bowl with coating!

Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients: Makes 24 minis

 

  • 2/3 cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ cup organic cocoa powder
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp natural peanut butter

Directions:

Melt coconut oil on low heat and add cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir until smooth.

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of the mixture into mini muffin papers.

Freeze for 10 minutes.

Take ½ teaspoon of peanut butter and flatten onto chocolate cups.

Pour a thin layer of the chocolate mixture on top of the peanut to cover.

Freeze for another 10 minutes.

Remove and enjoy!

Cream Cheese Bites

  • 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, soften
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp of xylitol
  • Dash of vanilla
  • 3/4 batch of Skinny Chocolate cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (all-natural and no sugar)

Combine cream cheese, sweetner and vanilla with mixer until fluffy (2-4mins).  Add chocolate bits and peanut butter.  Gently swirl together.  Place bite size drops onto wax paper lined cookie sheets.  Freeze. Enjoy! (recipe from Trim Healthy Mama)

Skinny Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • sweetener of choice

combine all ingredients and pour into plastic plated lined with foil or wax paper.  Freeze. Enjoy

Trim Healthy Mama Peanut Butter Cookie

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup xylitol
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 heaping Tbsp of ground flax seed

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients together. Let sit for a couple minutes. Place small balls on parchment line pan. Press down with fork.  Bake 8-10 mins.

Peppermint Patties

  • 1 c. of shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 12 drops of YL Peppermint Oil
  • 1 c. of chocolate chips

Directions:
1. In a food processor, process the shredded coconut about 30 seconds until very fine. Add the coconut oil, honey, and peppermint oil. Process until smooth paste has formed.
2. Shape the paste into about 1.5 inch size rounds and place on cookie sheet. Place the rounds in the freezer for 10 minutes.
3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on medium power or oven over a double boiler. Remove the shaped patties form the freezer and coat in chocolate. Pop into fridge or freezer until ready to serve.
4. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

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Christmas Giveaway Week 2: Peace and Joy!!

With Christmas season in full swing, we can often find ourselves caught up in gift buying and party planning that we put ourselves on the back burner.  To get it all done we are burning the candle at both ends!!  We often find ourselves in a state of worry over getting everything done and trying to make everything perfect!  When the Christmas season is over, we wonder where it went!  We never take time to enjoy the season or even the reason for the season!! So for this weeks giveaway, I wanted to give you something that nourished your soul!

About a month ago, I spoke at a woman’s retreat and on Saturday morning I felt God lead me to speak about anxiety, worry, and, about our rights as children of God.  I thought, this teaching would be a perfect gift to you this Christmas!! I was able to record my teaching on my phone while I spoke, so sound quality is not the greatest.  However, the message is loud and clear and I pray that this recording helps restore the Peace and Joy that God has given you!!

Here is the link to the song Who I Am by Blanca

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Scandinavian Thumbprint Cookies-Yum!!

On Sunday, after I created the 5 clean cookie giveaway it got me in the cookie mood!!  So, on Monday my daughter, Mercy, and I decided to make a batch of Scandinavian Thumbprint Cookies!  They were a hit!! In fact, I wanted to take a pic to post on here, but they were gone too fast!!  With 5 kiddos, they don’t last long!!

We followed the recipe almost to a T, however, I didn’t have applesauce, so I added 2 eggs instead. Since, we took out the applesauce that adds a little bit of sweetness we also added 1 dropper of liquid stevia.  One thing, that would be nice to add on to it is a glaze when it gets out of the oven.  I am still working on that, if anyone has a clean recipe for almond glaze let me know!

Scandinavian Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Add to bowl
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, liquid
  • 3Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 apple sauce
  • 1Tbsp chia seed meal (I grind my own seeds in a coffee grinder or miller 1tbsp meal is equal to about 1/2 tbsp seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

2. Beat with electric mixer

3. Add

  • 1/3 arrowroot flour
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

4.Beat with mixer

5.Roll into little balls and place on parchement paper lined cookie sheets

6.Use your fingers to create an indentation and fill with raspberry or strawberry jam.  Make sure you use one with no added sugar or artificial sugar.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 mins

Makes 15-20 cookies

 

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Blessing to you and your family this Christmas!!