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I had a bit of a rough day today. I can’t really explain it all, but it was just an ‘off’ kind of day. I started out the day with an hour of yoga from Yoga Today. It was a lovely practice and it was FREE 🙂 I like FREE!! After that, it seemed like everything went downhill. My eating was ‘off’ and my mood was ‘off’. Why is it when you are having an ‘off’ day, everything seems to be out of whack?

Oh well, life is not always easy and that’s okay. One thing that was really bothering me today was the fact that I put much more effort into working out, yoga, diet etc. than I do my spiritual life. Then a friend of mine told me about a really cool challenge she saw. I think it started with the blog Raising Olives. We are so quick to take on physical challenges (at least I am), but what do we (I) do to grow spiritually? This challenge is to read through the entire Bible in 90 days! Yes, it can be done! No, I have never done it! You can see the schedule here if you would like to join in. I’m not trying to talk anyone into doing it, but if you are interested, it’s available to you 😉 Of course, I will be a little behind since it started on Jan. 1st, but I’m sure God isn’t watching the calendar.

Why am I doing this? I want to give God a chance to work in my heart, I want to know Him better and I want get my focus in the right place. God will not love me any more than He already does if I do this, but I will hopefully learn to love Him more!! There is nothing wrong with eating right and exercising and I will continue doing yoga etc., but that shouldn’t be my main priority.

I read a really thought provoking quote yesterday. This quote is talking about how we as humans view God.

“The problem is that many folks try to grasp some sense of who I (talking about God) am by taking the best version of themselves, projecting that to the nth degree, factoring in all the goodness they can perceive, which often isn’t much, and then call THAT God. And while it may seem like a noble effort, the truth is that it falls pitifully short of who I (God) really am. I’m not merely the best version of you that you can think of. I am far more than that, above and beyond all that you can ask or think.” from ‘The Shack’ by William Young

Feel free to join me in this if you would like and maybe ask yourself–How do you view God? Is He just a ‘bigger’ version of you?

Off to go read now 🙂



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Okay, that has got to be the dumbest post title EVER! BUT, they all pertain to my day so far. I’ll start with the ‘spit’ because I know that one had to have gotten your attention 😉

As many of you know, I have been struggling with chronic yeast problems for the last year (at least). I was doing some reading online yesterday about Candida and read about a spit test. I had seen this before but never gave it much thought. I did my first spit test yesterday afternoon and it wasn’t looking good. They say that you get better results first thing in the morning, but mine was pretty bad in the afternoon! So, I decided to do it again this morning and see what happened. I’m sure you will be glad to know that I did NOT take pictures of my spit in a glass 🙂 Anyway, this morning’s spit was REALLY bad!! Was I surprised? NO! I’m guessing my Candida is worse than I thought. I also sent off a test that the ND had me do and should hear the results of that soon.  I think I am a walking yeast molecule!! ( Just for the record, my daughter thought this was pretty cool and did it herself. I think she’s fine though as far as yeast goes.)

So, after my science experiment this morning, I proceeded to do my devotion. I am reading through the Book of Mark and still praying about a particular Bible study. Then I did a glorious 75 minutes of yoga on my own. I really like Yogadownload and going to classes when I can, but I think my favorite is just doing what my body feels like doing all on my own. This makes me very happy and content 😀 I was looking at a yoga book this morning and found this quote that I liked:

“If your practice doesn’t increase the joy in your life, it is the wrong practice for you.”

For my eats today, I had eggs and grain free bread for breakfast–no picture. How interesting can eggs and bread be anyway? For lunch, I had my heart set on some poached salmon that I made for dinner last night. My tummy was feeling pretty out of whack last night, so I skipped the salmon thinking I would just eat it for lunch today. Well, what happens when there are three teens and a hungry hubby in the house? They ate ALL the salmon–and roasted asparagus!! I ended up having chicken salad -hold the mayo- with raw veggies.

I used organic gluten free canned chicken and added green onions, red peppers, 1 tsp. olive oil and salt and pepper.

I have an appointment with the ND this Friday that should be pretty interesting so stay tuned 🙂

Now, I know all of you want to go spit in a glass, right?

Added note: After more research, I just wanted to say that I would not use the spit test for an official diagnoses for Candida. I mainly did it for fun and out of curiosity. It is important to note that I have a gazillion other symptoms and am having an actual lab test done to see where I stand with candida. So, if you go spit in a glass and it looks all funky but you have no other symptoms–no worries 😉

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Hello Everyone! Well, we finally got a snow worth having. My kids have been having a blast. All the snow we’ve had until now has been just enough to make the ground messy and ugly. This snow is beautiful! I meant to get a pretty picture but haven’t been motivated enough to get outside. I like getting out in snow but it has been a bit windy and I’m just not fond of wind.

I know New Years was like 2 months ago, but I have just recently been thinking more about my goals for this year. I have never really been into making New Year’s Resolutions. Not that I’m against them, I just don’t like setting myself up for failure. The last couple of times I posted, I have been sharing about my new experience with jogging and strength training. I will be turning 40 this November! One of my goals is to be fit and healthy by that time. I am working hard to take care of my fragile bones and trying to eat healthy along with exercise. I’ve said before that so far this is making a dramatic impact in my life. I have less depression and anxiety. My appetite is good and I am gravitating towards healthy food more often than not. But, as good as all of this, I have to be careful. It would be too easy for me to replace my previous eating disorder with obsessive exercise. I don’t want to do that. I want to be able to take care of myself and not go overboard. I started realizing these last couple of weeks how much time I was spending thinking about or reading about fitness and nutrition.

I read a good devotion a couple of weeks ago that got my attention. Part of it said that we can have all of God that we want! Well, I thought about that and was ashamed to admit that I don’t naturally want to work on my relationship with God. I can put so much time and effort into worldly things and neglect my time with God without thinking twice about it. Thankfully, God doesn’t let me stay there long before He grips my heart and draws me back to Him. Yes, I want to be physically fit, but being spiritually fit is far more important. There are all kinds of things in my life that I can go overboard with–whether it’s weight loss, working out, entertainment etc. I am happy to know that God is the one ‘thing’ I can NEVER have too much of! I don’t ever have to worry about being overly obsessed with Him!

So, I guess my main goal is to be spiritually fit. I have decided that it would work better if I move my exercise to later in the day so that I can spend time with God in the mornings. I will still keep plugging along with my exercising and eating healthy, but the Bible says to seek His Kingdom FIRST and everything else will be added:) I have been learning a lot lately about having healthy balance in all areas of my life. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be fit and healthy unless is gets out of balance. How do you stay balanced in the midst of such a busy world?

Hope everyone is having an awesome week so far!:)


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