Hi there and WELCOME! This blog merges my 3 loves: my Faith, my Family and Fitness! I'm a fit mom of 3 amazing and active children, who loves God, Family, Fellowship and Fitness! My hope is to encourage and educate all who visit! Thanks for stopping by!
This has been a struggle for me,
Growing up, I never looked like the girls on TV or in the magazines,
and the ones on TV or in the magazines all had blonde or light brown hair
and they were all thin and had long legs.
I always wanted blonde hair.
Somehow, an asian with blonde hair was just so wrong in so many ways!
It has taken me a long, long time to really "get" that I am unique,
How about you?
If I were to ask you right now "Are you beautiful/handsome?" what would you say?
Rather, what would your inner voice say?
Well, she/he is a liar!
I know what your voice is saying because mine says the same thing,
even though I actually DO think I am unique, one-of-a-kind and special gal.
What is it with us?
Why is is so darn difficult to embrace our beauty?
In the Asian culture,
when growing up, my parents just wanted us to fit in.
We would never want to "stand out" in a crowd for any reason.
And beauty showed itself by being more of a timid and shy young lady-
I tried for a long time to embody this picture...
but I'm really more like this.
For many years I wondered what was wrong with me.
I never felt like I fit into my family.
Having a Sanguine personality in a Choleric culture did not rock.
I was never the "Smart One" like my big brother
the "Strong One" like my younger sister-
I was the "Loud One".
No one told me this:
Not only that, my mother never liked the bright colors I liked to wear,
how I would yell out the window if I thought I saw a friend walking down the street,
and she never approved of the RED Miata convertible I bought.
"It's soooooo red", she would say in disapproval.
I had some confidence in school because I was popular and outgoing,
and I always had a boyfriend,
my confidence came from those things.
I went to college, got a teaching job and then my confidence came from my work.
I got married, then my confidence came from my husband.
I had my first child and left my job, my income, and most of my friends,
what I thought my main purpose was-
I lost the bulk of the confidence that I had.....
then I met Jesus.
HE gave me REAL CONFIDENCE.
Confidence in knowing I am loved...no matter how I look, how much I weigh,
how much money I make, what kind of car I drive,
I. am. Loved.
so. are. YOU.
He is not about whether you go to church or not,
He is not about what your background is or was,
He is not about where you live,
what you drive
what size or shape you are
how you look.
He is about LOVE.
He is LOVE.
As I opened my heart to feel His love,
and allowed it in,
I grew in confidence.
I grew in a lot of other areas, too.
I love being fit and healthy
but I'm fabulous
because I have confidence in a Savior,
the one true God.
"Your confidence is in Christ and Christ alone!" Philippians 3:3
It's been two weeks of holding fast to my "resolutions" yet this morning I was on auto-pilot.
Eyes opened, realized I was up late, jumped out of bed, changed, fixed the children breakfast, pulled out their sandwiches from the fridge, cut up some fruit for their lunch, let the dog out to poop, kissed the boys goodbye, drove my high schooler to school
on my way home I suddenly realized that I had already forgotten about my goals and my resolutions.
One I made was to write e v e r y d a y after I read this article by Jeff Goins.
I'll admit that I know why this morning didn't start out how I wanted it to-
I didn't prepare last night.
I didn't set the dang alarm to get me up early to have some quiet time with God and to write.
I messed up.
Yup, that quick. Snap!
I began thinking about how I could still do those things,
that I could go to the gym first,
do my devotional then write,if I had time.
Just then, a green Honda drove by me.
I noticed the license plate of the car and the older blonde driving it.
The license plate had this on in it, " CRE8 APG".
When I read it, ( I LOVE these kinds of things) I said to myself,
"Create a page,
For all I know, she could have meant entirely something else,
but I believe that was the message...
But why did I need that reinforcement?
I need to write everyday because I know it will help me with this craft.
I'm pretty disciplined,
but I'll admit that writing was slowly falling d
my list of priorities for today.
I did not give up on the entire rest of the day!
So, I did what every woman who has to regroup does,
I put my Big Girl Panties on
I got back up!
Thank you, God for that message.
It was a promise I made for myself that You want me to keep.
"Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grown stronger until you have accomplished a purpose- not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember." Ben Stein What about you? Have you given up on any of your resolutions already? ( I'm not judging...)
Give yourself some grace and forgiveness (God does,so why are we often so hard on ourselves?)
and start all over again, and again, and again and again.
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." So, here it is, my one page. When failure knocks you over today, put on your BIG GIRL panties or your BIG BOY undies and get back up!!!
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, [a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Instead of making resolutions for
what about making
resolutions that will add to the
rest of your life?
For some reason,
I was able to see this differently this year.
E X P A N D E D.
As I made my resolutions/goals,
I was able to see how each one of them will benefit my
growth, change and transformation
to the person God wants me to be.
I am able to see my life in a
year to year.
Here are a couple of my goals and how I'm looking at the lifelong benefits:
I yearn to grow in the Lord and learn more about and absorb his word and we (as a family)
will be memorizing more verses.
We will be starting with Ann Voskamp's memory practice sheets for
which meant that people are wanting some " Pinspiration"
regarding fitness for the New Year!
Then, while on Facebook tonight,
I had a semi-conversation on my New Year's Eve pic regarding my arms.
I'm not super buffed, even though one of my friends calls me, "Buff Girl".
I just work hard to stay fit.
And it is,
hard work to stay fit!
I've shared my arms workout many, many times, but there is a catch.
You've got to do it....and keep doing it,
for a long,
And by the way,
you've also got to work out the other parts of your body
while you are working towards those arms!
But, there will be benefits!
I wish it were easy and quick,
but nothing worth working for comes easy.
it is possible-
I'm just like you.
Really, I am.
And, I KNOW
that if I can do it,
you can do it, too!
Here are some things I would suggest before starting any health and nutrition plan:
1. Make sure you are healthy.
When was the last time you got a thorough physical?
You will find out where you are- and what you might have to work on- heart, fat, muscle, strength
2. Realize WHY you want to work out?
What will get you there even when you do not want to go?
I'll be honest. I am vain.
I want to look the best I can possibly look right now.
I want to be happy with who I see in the mirror.
Maybe for you, it's getting off medication, or wanting to feel better, or have more energy?
(do you really think I enjoyed waking up at 4:40 a.m. to get to the gym and shower before work? ) 3. What foods do I need to stop placing into my mouth?
YOU feed yourself- not good or bad- just take responsibility and then decide to stop eating one type of food that you shouldn't be- take one food away for a week, then the next week stop eating something else, etc. You can just tell yourself, "I don't eat that anymore" or "I'm not eating it until I lose "x" amount of weight"
I used to put my Hot Tamales in the freezer, so I knew they were there, but I was simply making a choice to save them for later.
4. Get Support
Who will be your cheerleader outside of ME?
I will cheer you on, for sure, but who else? Who will hold you accountable, encourage you, etc. Research has shown that you will get better results if you are accountable to someone.
Tell a good friend that you want to work on your health this year and I'm sure he/she will support you. 5. Learn how to eat - read/ ask/ research!
Fact: fit/lean people eat differently than overweight, obese people.
I'd be happy to help you- this website can help and there are many more out there!
We learned how/what to eat growing up, and I'll admit that I had to "clean my plate" because "there were starving children in China". I can still clean my plate, but I don't have to have a man-sized serving!
You can also go here for some ideas/recipes....baby steps!
6. Learn about exercise and fitness- read/ask/research!
I'd be happy to help you here, too! Seriously, just ask!
I also get workout ideas from :http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/
What I do is fairly simple,
I've just kept doing it for a long, long time.
I've also had others help me here and there.
An old friend, gave me my arm workout ( called 21's )
which came from Arnold Schwarzenegger's bodybuilding book!
I had other friends at the gym give me tips here and there that have helped.
I've also read, researched and asked others what they do!
Here is the truth-
YOU have to decide that YOU are going to change
your mentality regarding your body
before your body is going to change.
It will NOT happen in one day,
even one month.
You have got to be in this for life-
you may be saving YOURS!
to just keep going!
What is the most difficult part to starting a new health plan for YOU?