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Okay, so I didn’t stay away very long did I? I still haven’t had time for pics or interesting meals for that matter, but wanted to give a quick update on my P90X journey. In short, it’s over–for now at least. I’m pretty bummed about it but I wanted to explain why the sudden halt. In two words–STREP THROAT!! I have been sick for the last 4-5 days and have been glued to my couch for the past 3! I don’t know which is worse, working my fingers to the bone or being couch ridden for days!

I felt that it was important for me to share something I have learned over the last few days. Actually, this is NOT a new lesson for me, I just don’t always remember lessons learned. So, what is this profound lesson? PUSHING TOO HARD LEADS TO ILLNESS!! I’m not saying it is that way for everybody, but for MY BODY I need to remember my ‘limits’.

When I saw the Dr. the other day, he asked me how my gluten free diet was going and I had to be honest and tell him–not so good. I ate poorly on vacation and just sort of continued that pattern after returning home. On top of poor diet, I began intense exercise and was also working more than usual. All this put together spells disaster for me! This is the first time I have had strep since being diagnosed with Celiac several years ago. Before my diagnoses, I had strep over and over! Eating bad=very bad immune system!

I have also had to re-examine my motives in starting something as intense as P90x when I have struggled so much with being well and staying well. I have been asking myself over the last few days if looking a certain way is worth it and my answer is a BIG NO!! I will admit that I have been struggling with contentment with the body God gave me and I have been figuring out ways to change my body at the expense of good health.

Where do I go from here? I plan on really paying attention to eating foods that give me life and health and staying away from those that bring illness to my body. I also plan on getting back to what I LOVEwalking in the country and Yoga! If I do any P90X at all, it will only be a workout every now and then–for instance to focus on abs, legs etc.  I will also STOP counting calories, carbs, fat etc. That alone has been enough to drive me bananas!

I am totally aware of the fact that I can not do any of this without the grace of God, but I also know that He loves to lavish His children with plenty of grace. 😉 I learned in my Bible study today that we are to do ALL things to the glory of God. If I am just wanting to look a certain way, eat a certain way, or exercise a certain way to bring glory to myself, then my motives are really screwed up.

I need LOTS of prayer to be able to:

1-STOP counting everything I eat

2-Eat foods that bring health and life to my body

3-Stay away from foods that harm my body

4-Do the exercise that I love because I love it!

I love walks in the country

AND

YOGA:)

“So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Is there anything in your life that you need to step back and re-examine your motives? Why do you eat a certain way or exercise a certain way?

I know this was a little long and maybe boring, but I would love feedback. I’m hoping to post often about how I’m doing with  my new goals, so please stop back by 😉

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I mentioned in my last post that I was going to give P90X a try starting on Monday. Just in case you’re wondering WHY I’m doing this–it is NOT to lose weight! I want to be STRONG, NOT skinny fat! Anyway, I was so excited about it, that I started on Sat.(the 7th). Today was Day 4 (86 more) and I am LOVING it!! One thing I love about it is that I don’t have to try to decide what to do on my own. I just get up, push play and GO! I think this is great for people like me that have NO idea what they are doing when it comes to strength training etc. I also really appreciate how Tony Horton makes you feel okay if you can’t do it all. I have been careful not to push so hard that I can’t move the next day. I have been sore, but not to the extreme that I can’t sit on the toilet–lol 🙂 Today was yoga and it was tough but felt wonderful! 

As for the food plan for P90X, well I didn’t even try to stick to Phase 1 which is pretty low carb. One thing I have learned over the last couple of years is, if I restrict any food group too much–I AM GOING TO BINGE eventually!! I am trying to stick to the Phase 2 plan as much as I can though. It is a 40-40-20 ratio (carbs, prot. and fat). 

Here are my eats from yesterday: 

best bowl of oats I ever did eat!!

You may have noticed they are a little on the green side–but it is NOT from my long lost friend spinach! I used this new protein powder that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! 

YUMMY stuff!

I had been using pure Spirulina in my smoothies and was pleased to find a protein powder that included it. There are LOTS of other goodies in this powder, but I won’t bore you with the details. I also got the Acai protein powder, but haven’t tried it yet. 

OMG! I almost forgot my yummy topping on my oats: 

put 1/2 Tbs. of this and 1/2 banana on my oats

For lunch, I packed this to take to the pool with me:) 

salad w/ venison roast, beans and lots of other yummies--dressing on the side

About three hours later, I had a peanut butter Think Thin bar–not pictured. 

When I got home, I was hungry again but not quiet ready for dinner so I had some plain unsweetened soy yogurt with 1/2 scoop of this protein powder–also not pictured. 

For dinner, I had a gluten free burrito with some chicken on the side topped with soy cheese–hit the spot! 

gluten/dairy free burrito w/ side of chicken and soycheese:)

 That picture doesn’t do this meal justice. Too bad I’m out of burritos. Oh well, I guess a trip to the health food store is in order 😉 

So there ya have it– a day in the life of a P90X convert. 

Better run now. I’m trying to be productive at home today. Cleaning other people’s houses for a living REALLY puts a damper on motivation to clean my own, but the dust bunnies are calling! Hope you are having a great week so far! 

Anything exciting in your neck of the woods this week?  

We are having my son’s (belated) 18th birthday party this coming weekend!!  Should be loads of fun! 8)

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While we were in Florida last week, my hubby ordered something that I was VERY skeptical about. I told him I don’t know how many times that he probably shouldn’t have ordered it, but the deed was already done. I was thinking there is NO WAY I would use what he ordered–until today. What I am referring to is the P90X system! Now, before you say I’m stupid let me just say that after watching a couple of the workouts, I am pleasantly surprised! Before watching, I was thinking this is going to be WAY too hard core for me. Also, how would I get my love of yoga in, and what if I couldn’t do it or if I push too hard. Well, from what I watched it IS pretty hard core, BUT Tony Horton stresses to do what you can and that’s enough! I like him better already 🙂 One of the things I am MOST excited about is he uses A LOT of YOGA–YEEESSS!!!! Even in the Cardio x, there were sun salutations. 

Another reason I am willing to give this a shot is to have something my hubby and I can work towards together. AND, honestly, I have been in an exercise rut lately. We are hoping to start on Monday, so if you don’t hear anything from me after that–you’ll know I died–lol!!

Changing the subject now, have you ever woke up starving but NOTHING sounded good? That happened to me this morning! I went to the fridge about a dozen times trying to see if anything seemed like it would hit the spot and–nothing. I finally just decided to go with a regular breakfast of eggs and yogurt even though I wasn’t really feeling it.

eggs, soy yogurt w/ sunbutter, 1/2 apple

That was all fine and good but about two hours later I needed 2nd breakfast.

green smoothie minus the greens:)

Since I am not doing spinach any more due to oxalates, I have been making green smoothies with pure spirulina powder. My life without spinach isn’t so bad afterall 🙂 I usually use water, 1 cup fruit, 1 Tbs. ground flax, sunflower seeds, maca powder, spirulina and raw stevia–yummy, and holds me for hours–usually. I have been drinking this and lots of fresh veggie juice since I have been home from vacation and it is really good for my tummy.

Oh, and look what I found at the health food store yesterday–SO excited!

Gluten/Dairy Free Burrito!

I know, it doesn’t take much to excite me! Sometimes I just crave a good burrito! This didn’t stay together very well when I cooked it, but it hit the spot!

see what I mean?--falling apart but oh so tasty!

I was also excited to find these little goodies:

Mini Raw Revolution Bars--how cute is that?!

I LOVE the Raw Revlolution bars but it takes me days to eat one. The mini ones are perfect!

Last but not least, I’ll leave you with a new ADORABLE picture of the babies 🙂 They are growing so fast! I could just sit and watch them forever. TOO CUTE!!

Aren't they the cutest?!

This is the BIGGEST one! Looks just like the mama:)

 Hope everybody has a GREAT FRIDAY!!! I’m SO glad my work week is over and now I have the next FIVE days off–Hallelujah 😉

Have you ever attempted P90X? If so, what were your thoughts?

Any new food finds lately?

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3 new babies:)

My cat Lyla had her babies while we were in Florida! She had three little cuties and she is being such a good mama 🙂 Now time to schedule a spaying!

I have had a VERY hard time getting back to real life since arriving home on Sunday afternoon–hence the no blogging. I want to say ‘THANK YOU’ for the supportive comments on my last post.

My vacation was total bliss but my tummy ended up a WRECK!! We ate out way more than I anticipated and even though I tried to eat ‘safe’ foods, you just never know what you are truly getting when eating out. I did however find a really cool place called Cosimos that had a full gluten free menu. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Look what I got:

and this: gluten free carrot cake

Gluten Free carrot cake!

This was by far the best meal I had while on vacation! I really splurged here with grains and dairy, but by this point, my gut was rebelling against everything I ate. So, I figured why not enjoy it 8) Hubby and I ate the leftover pizza for lunch the next day before hitting the road.

Here are some random pics of the week:

We watched the sunset almost every evening–breath taking!!

watched the sunset almost every evening-breath taking!

20 YEARS and counting:)

Twenty years and counting!!

 We really had such a great time and I am SO thankful we had the opportunity to go. But, back to real life means back to work so I better scoot.

Ephesians 5:31 ” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

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I got up this morning really dragging! I went out to sit on the deck to just chill for a bit. While I was sitting out there, I kept thinking things like “I really should go for my walk, I really should get ready to go to town, I really should do some house work” etc. etc.!! Then the thought occured to me-“WHO SAYS that I have to exercise in the morning instead the afternoon or evening, and WHO SAYS that I have to be in town by a certain time, and WHO SAYS that I have to spend my day off cleaning when that is what I do all week as my job”? So, I ended up talking on the phone with my mom for a while and just chillin’. It felt good to not pressure myself for a change!

I eventually came inside for breakfast but couldn’t decide if I wanted eggs or a smoothie. Well, WHO SAYS I can’t have both?! I fixed some eggs and this yummy spinach smoothie:

strawberry spinach smoothie

I have learned that I don’t do real well with bananas, so I usually use strawberries in my smoothies. I have also learned that strawberries aren’t quite sweet enough to take the green taste away. So, I have been sweetening with this:

strawberry stevia

I only have to use about an 1/8 of a tsp. and my smoothie taste like a strawberry shake. WHO SAYS I can’t have a shake for breakfast? 🙂 I used 1-1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 Tbs. hemp seeds, stevia and gobs of spinach.

For lunch, I really wanted a sandwich. I found some all natural turkey that I think I’m in love with. I had seen on Greek Yogurt’s blog some buckwheat pancakes and the thought occured to me to use that for my ‘bread’. WHO SAYS I can’t have a sandwich on pancakes?

turkey and lettuce sandwich w/ broccoli and toffuti sour cream

And for dessert (you know I HAVE to have dessert:)

1/4 piece of bread w/ smidgen of sunbutter and all fruit preserves

I then ended up having to take Samson to the vet which was VERY traumatic for him! He is okay–on antibiotics and deworming meds. He also has a boo-boo on his head that she had to shave and clean up a bit. The visit cost me an arm and a leg, but hey, at least I know he’s okay 🙂

I don't think he likes my camera!

 He wouldn’t let me get a good picture and the ones I got turned out too dark.

I finally got around to exercising! WHO SAYS yoga can’t make ya break a sweat?! I did this yoga circuit workout and it always kicks my tail!! When I first found this workout online, I thought it looked pretty easy–well, the first time I did it, I was VERY sore the next day!! Depending on what kind of yoga you do, it can be just as good a workout as weights or anything else. And the advantge of doing yoga–you get to lay on the floor when you’re all done 😉

What are some ways that you tend to pressure yourself to do things a certain way–ex. exercise at a certain time etc.? Can anyone else relate to me on the WHO SAYS revelation?

The Bible says that we are accepted because of Christ-NOT because we do things a certain way!

Eph. 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast.”

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Holy Yoga!

I am SO excited at the moment! I recently saw on Polly’s blog that she was going to the Holy Yoga teacher training and was very intrigued. I’m not going to teacher training, but I did look at the Holy Yoga web-site and found that there is a Holy Yoga instructor about 30 minutes from where I live!! I am so happy! It has been my desire to keep yoga as Christ centered as possible and some of the classes I have been to have been a little –well, weird.

 I also found another Christian yoga class about 20 minutes from home that meets once a week. I’m going to check it out tomorrow night. I really want to deepen my yoga practice and keep my focus on Christ while doing that. I would love to go to Holy Yoga teacher training one of these days and offer yoga at my own church. We’ll see what God works out in that department later 😉

I mentioned in this post that I was considering doing the P90X series. After some thought, I have decided that it would not be something I would enjoy. I don’t know why I always feel like I have to kill myself to feel like I’m getting a good workout! I know yoga works for me and it helps me feel very balanced and relaxed but worked at the same time. Things like the P90X and even the FIRM make me feel keyed up and competative. I don’t come away from doing the FIRM feeling balanced! Don’t get me wrong, I have NOTHING against those workouts. They just aren’t what I’m looking for right now. I also know yoga is working my muscles because I did a FIRM workout the other day that used to make me so sore I could not walk the next day. This time when I did it, I was not sore at all!! That means my legs are stronger than they used to be 😀

I had a great day today that included lunch with a friend from church. I didn’t take any pictures. We just enjoyed catching up! I hope your week has started off good!

TaTa for now 🙂

P.S. Polly, if you read this–I just want to thank you for mentioning Holy Yoga on your blog so that I too could enjoy it:) Your blog is a real blessing to me!! I love the way you radiate Christ!!

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I am home alone this afternoon! I think a nap and some yoga are in my near future. I just had to get on here and share what  a GREAT sermon we had at church today. The message was about abiding in Christ (John 15:1-5). I came away feeling very encouraged because I don’t have to strive and struggle in my life! Whew! I just need to abide in HIM and I WILL bear much good fruit 😉

I do have a couple of meals to share with you, but will keep it short and simple.

First, I made (almond flour) sugar free chocolate chip scones yesterday that were to die for!

I started out planning to make cranberry scones by adapting a recipe from ‘The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook’ by Elana Amsterdam. Somehow, they turned into sugar free chocolate chip scones–I have no idea how that happened, but they sure were tasty.

Then for dinner last night (and lunch today) I found a new favorite!

This is spaghetti squash with green onions, red pepper, diced chicken breast and a teeny bit of montery jack cheese. I don’t normally eat cheese, but I think I’m okay with a couple of tablespoons 😉

Okay, so maybe I have two new favorites! I have been eating this salad a lot latey too!

Spinach, romaine, broccoli, red peppers, green onions, organic canned chicken with avocado. I usually also have a few baby carrots on the side. Makes a perfect quick, simple lunch!

I’m still in awe at how well the ear staples are working for me. I’m not craving sugar and am feeling better than I have in ages!! I guess if God can use a donkey(Numbers 22:21-32), he can use ear staples 🙂

I’m off to take that nap now!

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