Monday, March 7, 2016

45 by 45

Today I start a new journey...one I've put off for WAY too long.

To eat clean.

This is a constant struggle for me. I love chips and salsa, cheesecake, Doritos and the like, but these things sure don't love me. And every single time I indulge - I feel terrible afterwards (I know, I know what should I expect --- garbage in, garbage out right?). The thing is, though, that when I have eaten clean, my palate actually changed and I began craving real food. My desire is to get there and stay there.

So today, I start anew. And it all begins with 100 days of Real Food. To see the plan I'm following, you can click here or visit Lisa Leake's blog, 100daysofrealfood.com.

I love her blog for a number of reasons:

  • She shares her story --- the journey her family took to eat clean.
  • The plan is clear and for those who aren't ready to make the 100-day commitment, there are many shorter challenges to get you started.
  • She has SO many recipes and meal plan ideas.
  • But most of all I know it's doable (especially after doing the Whole30 this past October).


All that to say....I'm turning 45 this year (how'd that happen?) and I'd love to lose 45 lbs. by then. I know I can do it. And so can you!

To jump start the challenge, I took a walk after dinner. Here's the beautiful sunset I was able to enjoy.

So I'm throwing the challenge out there. Who's with me? What are your health and fitness goals? I'd love to hear about them --- drop me a line in the comments!




So long for now ~
Vanessa

Saturday, January 9, 2016

One Word - INTENTIONAL

A few years ago, as I was contemplating what New Year's Resolutions I would set for myself, I came across an article that talked about why the writer didn't make New Year's Resolutions and what she does instead....hmmm...my curiosity was peaked. {You can read all about her idea here.}

Not being one who can keep does a good job of keeping a New Year's Resolution beyond 3 weeks, I thought "Now this I can do!"


With New Year's Eve fast approaching, I began to pray and ask what would my One Word for 2016 would be. 


INTENTIONAL.

Intentional with my time. Intentional with my finances. Intentional in parenting. Intentional in my relationships. Intentional in diet and exercise.

And it all starts with....


"...you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him and cling to Him." Deuteronomy 13:3-4


Doesn't it all begin with loving HIM first? Putting HIM first? Doesn't every part of our existence, all that we see and know, start and end with Him? 


After all.....


"For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:16-17


So what's your One Word?