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Breathing God In

12 Nov

Today I decided to post something maybe not so typical of “freshfitnhealthy”. Sometimes, I like to just share my thoughts, feelings, and journey through life as I experience it.

Have you ever heard a song over 100 times, yet when hearing it at just the right moment and truly listening to the lyrics of it,  it resonates so much inside of you or evokes strong emotions?

On my run last night, I was listening to my christian worship songs I have on my iPhone, and this song’s lyrics just hit me…

“Taking hold, breaking in
The pressures all need to circulate
Mesmerized and taken in
Moving slow, so it resonates
It’s time to rest, not to sleep away
My thoughts alone, try to complicate
I’ll do my best, to seek you out
And be myself, and not impersonate

[Chorus:]
I tried so hard to not walk away
And when things don’t go my way
I’ll still carry on and on just the same
I’ve always been strong
But can’t make this happen
‘Cause I need to breathe, I want to breathe you in
The fear of becoming
I’m so tired of running
‘Cause I need to breathe, I want to breath you in
I want to breathe you in”

(Breathe You In by Thousand Foot Krutch)

Some of the lyrics I’ve bolded are what specifically resonated inside of me last night. In a world that is constantly screaming in your ear to do this and do that, sometimes (almost always) I’ve realized I forget that I need rest. Not just physical rest at night as I sleep (even though I have been lacking in that category as well up here on the college schedule), but just mental rest.

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“It’s time to rest, not sleep away”. Wow. How often do I find myself either so extremely busy that I’m never resting and enjoying the little things God has provided for me as enjoyment? Or the other extreme, that I am going at such a pace, that I’m just “sleeping away” through the motions of my day to day schedule of “things to do”, and not truly living on purpose.

What do I mean by living on purpose? I mean that I believe God has created us for a purpose, and that each day He places things in our lives, either things that will grow us, or things that allow us to better others or the atmosphere we are in. But when I allow myself to get so busy in the world’s day to day chaos (which is so hard not to), I truly feel like I miss out on so many of those things.

Like I always wonder, how many times has God placed someone in my path on a certain day, that truly needed some words of encouragement or just someone to talk to…yet my mind is so set on the next thing I have to do, that I just say a passing by “hi! how are you?” Not really allowing for a genuine conversation to begin.

And then more of the lyrics stood out as the song continued to play. “Not try to impersonate”. This world is constantly screaming in our ears to be “normal”, to fall into the “perfect girl” mold that society has made up in their mind. Good looks, the newest, trendiest outfit, straight A’s, very involved, successful career…the list goes on and on.

But again, I believe God has made each and every one of us unique. Each with a specific purpose. Like Psalm 137 says, we are each “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Yet sometimes I find myself just “trying to fit in” to what the world tells me I should be.

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My purpose in writing this? Just to share where my heart has been. For me, I need to take a step back and simply rest. Truly quiet myself, and breathe God in. I need to not try to impersonate others around me, but be myself. I want to quiet those complicating thoughts inside of me, constantly thinking of the next thing I need to do or the next thing that may stress me out, and live on purpose. Simply put, I want to live FOR God. Breathing Him in each and every moment.

Have you allowed yourself true rest? Are you striving aimlessly to be like those around you, or are you allowing your unique growth and character to develop so that you can become God’s perfect YOU?

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Fun Survey and E-Book Release!

4 Aug

I am so excited to finally announce that my friend Amy and I’s E-Book, Healthy Eats: All Day. Every Day. is finally done! It is now available to buy for just 8.99 right on here under the “Buy Ebook” tab! We have worked so hard in creating some deliciously amazing recipes that have been not been posted anywhere before. It was so fun to be in the kitchen almost every single day, experimenting with recipe and recipe! This book includes 35 recipes, from breakfast, snacks and drinks to appetizers, entrees, and desserts! Look under the buy ebook tab for some sneak peaks of the recipes included within!

 

On another note, I found this fun survey from Tina over at Carrot’s n Cake, and decided to take it! Maybe you can get to know me a little bit through it as well :)

 

 

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

My Pumpkin Pie Shake! Such a delicious and quick option, and just the flavor puts me in such a happy mood as I think to the holiday season :)

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2. How much water do you drink a day?

I’m actually really bad about staying hydrated, but I’ve tried to be a lot better! I at least get in 8 cups, but I know it should be way more than that! I also always have a coconut water each day and start my mornings with my delicious green juice most of the time!

 

3. What is your current favorite workout?

After running miles upon miles for the past 5 years as a competitive runner, I have been loving to just 1 to 2 miles runs of alternating comfortable and fast pace. I’ve also turned my focus to more strength work lately. My favorite most definitely is my spur of the moment, made up on the spot, quick 20-30 minute workouts after a little 2 mile run!

 

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Thankfully I have experienced complete freedom from counting calories, so I really don’t know! I know I listen to my body and eat what my body needs :) I most certainly eat tons of calories in healthy fats like nut butters and avocados (I literally go through a homemade jar a week!)

 

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

I love my snacks. I feel like I am always snacking. Usually its fresh fruits and veggies with some kind of dip like yogurt and cottage cheese for fruit and nut butters and hummus for veggies! Here are some of my favorite dips:

 

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

It depends what my body is craving. I just listen to it! If I know I’ll be away from my house, I usually pack a turkey sandwich on Ezekial or Paleo bread, with hummus, avocado, and lots of veggies, along with some snacks on the side. If I’m home, the sky is the limit of possibilities. Sometimes I am craving a salad, sometimes I am craving breakfast foods like pancakes, and sometimes, I just want a little bit of everything :)

 

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

Legs and abs. I tone my arms, but never do just arm-focused workouts really. I love doing tons of squats, lunges, and other free weight exercises—nothing like that “I can’t even stand” feeling the day after a great leg workout!

 

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Arms. No, I don’t believe that if I do arm workouts I will look like a crazy body builder and that is the reason I don’t work them often. But I never feel too accomplished when just doing arms, so when I do them, I incorporate those type of exercises into a total body workout

 

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Chocolate and ice cream all the way. I love my chocolate, which killed me on my sugar detox that I just finished up (over a month of no sugar or sweeteners!).  I also can never pass up stopping at one of those delicious frozen yogurt self-serve places where you get to create your own! I really don’t enjoy those typically loved greasy foods, or any fast food, so those don’t even tempt me. I’ve learned to listen to my body, and my body does NOT like the feeling after eating those foods.

 

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Most Certainly! I take my raw women’s multi vitamin, probiotics, fish oil, and sometimes even my delicious gummy vitamins just because I like them :)

11. How often do you eat out?

Not very often. When I’m up at college, I eat at my sorority house every lunch and dinner. I don’t know what that would be considered, but there are always healthy options!

 

12. Do you eat fast food?

Not the typical fast food that offers all that yucky, greasy stuff. I do occasionally like Chick Fil A when I’m out with friends, and I am totally obsessed with Panera Bread!

 

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

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 God is certainly my number one supporter. The one who never fails me. But my other two would be my mom and my boyfriend. My mom has been there from day one and I know I can always come to her about anything; she was my best friend for a lot of my low times throughout high school. My boyfriend couldn’t support or encourage me more! He is absolutely amazing and I consider myself blessed to have him up at college with me, I don’t know what I would do without his love and support. At the very end of a long, hard day, I love knowing I can just come lay, cry, or laugh in his arms.

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14. Do you have a gym membership?

Nope! But when I’m at college we have a huge, very nice gym that is free to us.

 

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Unfortunately usually only like 6-7 hours. My body would love more, but with all that I’m involved in along with school and time spent with my friends and boyfriend, I rarely get much more! I really don’t like sleeping in though even when I can, I just feel like I’m wasting my day away :p

 

16. Do you have a “cheat”day?

I hate that word. I eat what I want, when I want it. I probably cheat every day when it comes down to it. But hey, I eat mostly healthy, and when I want something that could be considered “cheating”, I enjoy it to its fullest!

 

17. Do you drink alcohol?

 

 I do not! Yes I am only 20, but even when I’m 21, I will rarely have a drink. Not because of nutritious reasons, but because I am a firm believer that nothing truly good comes out of it.  Do I think one drink with yours good friends or family is bad? Definitely not. But in the college atmosphere, I desire to live a life that can be a light for Christ, and because of that I have chosen not to drink in that environment J

 

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

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I have a friend that comes with me a couple times, but we usually aren’t too productive together :) My boyfriend comes with me a lot, but we do our separate things! I wish I did though because I feel like I don’t push myself as hard as I could most of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

The best thing that has changed is turning my commitment to a healthy lifestyle into a passion and hobby. God has given me such a love for being in the kitchen, coming up with unique and tasty recipes that make eating nutritious yet still delicious! Whether blogging about it, creating it, or sharing it with friends and family, healthy food has become a great part of my life. I love how I am able to influence others to live a healthy lifestyle as well through sharing my own journey<3

 

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I started off my morning like every other, reading God’s word with my cup of coffee. That is by far the healthiest thing for my life. Living a healthy life doesn’t always have to do with food, but the Bible is called my “daily bread” for a reason :)

 

What is Unconditional Love?

27 Jul

Do I even know the true definition of this anymore?

Everything of this world is constantly promising me love, yet is also constantly letting me down. Whether it is physical things I turn to in search for some sense of security, or the closest of my relationships, they all fail me.

But there is great news. There is something that will never fail us. A friend that does exemplify the true meaning of unconditional love. His name is Jesus.

When I hit an all time low, when I am running away from everything, when I am in the darkest of places, Jesus stays right by my side. When I feel like everyone else has forgotten me, or has run the opposite way in hopes to avoid me, Jesus is calling out my name. When I fall and cannot get back up, Jesus reaches out his hand to raise me up once again. Even when I am looking in every other place for comfort and security except for Him, when I disobey and blow him off, He remains the same. He continually loves me. That, is the definition of unconditional love.

“I loved you at your darkest” Romans 5:8

Jesus has a sense of humor I’ve realized. Sometimes He speaks to me through church services, and praise music..but then sometimes He speaks to me in humorous ways.

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There is no perfect example of unconditional love except Jesus, but He has provided me this gem as a reminded of what it looks like. See, no matter what I do, how many times I scream at her, how many times I forget to take her out because I’m “too busy”, or how many times I simply just ignore her presence because I have too much to do, she still loves me.

Last summer when I was still competitively running each day, I was injured during a run and was stuck laying and sitting for two weeks straight with over 30 stitches in my knee (I’ll spare you a picture of the actual battle wound, my coach said it looked like a shark bite). I was feeling so low, as I couldn’t run anymore, couldn’t even go outside much, or do the simple things I once took for granted. I felt like a lot of my friends didn’t understand what I was going through, and didn’t reach out to me in a time of need. But one thing exemplified love still (ignore my lovely just-got-done-crying-for-hours self).

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It was the cutest thing. She is usually very rough, but she knew. And she slowly one leg at a time came into my lap as I sat at the computer chair with my leg elevated. It was like she knew she needed to be gentle, but she knew I needed some love right then and there.

Then the other day Jesus reminded me once again of His unconditional love through this amazing little pup of mine. I was “too busy” to give her any attention, and unfortunately, my stress got the best of me and I screamed at her when she began whining to go out. I didn’t have “time to waste” on her when I had organic chemistry that needed to be done (even though I made time to lay out and go in my pool). But even after screaming at her and striving to ignore her the best I could, she still showed me nothing but love. Even while sitting in my chair doing homework..

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Whether it be through diving into His word today, or through something as silly as a pet, I hope God shows you the meaning of unconditional love today, as you realize just how special the gift He has to offer is<3

I’ll leave off with my prayer for all of you today..

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
 to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love
of Christ..” Ephesians 3:17-18

**If you’d like to talk more about this unconditional love, or have never heard of God’s great gift He has to offer, please feel free to contact me <3.

Forgetting Your First Love

10 Jun

This post is going to be a little different than most. This is a little more personal.

I am starting to go through the book of Revelations in the Bible during my quiet times in the morning. Before you write off this post completely, whether you believe in the Bible or have a personal relationship with Christ of not, I found this so applicable in many areas, and you may as well. I couldn’t help but to pause and really meditate on a few verses I came across..

4 “However, I have this against you: You have forgotten your first love. Remember how far you have fallen. Return to me and change the way you think and act, and do what you did at first.” (Revelations 2:4-5)

It got me asking myself, have I forgotten my first love? In so many areas…sadly, I feel like the question is yes. This world screams at us for constant attention, it tells us we have to do this and this and that. It tells us that when you have free time, go busy yourself some more. It tells you that only your grades, your career, your acclamations are what is important. It tells you that once you’ve reached one height, that you are now only at the bottom of another mountain to climb.  And sometimes, when we begin to give in to the world’s screams, that constant voice that surrounds us in our daily lives,  we neglect those that deserve our love the most. Sometimes, those we once showed unconditional, constant love for, we put on the side burner, only under the assumption that they know we still love them. That we don’t have to show it. That we don’t have to put our energy or our time into them. That we don’t have to do all those “little things” that we use to in order to illustrate out love. And slowly, our love begins to fade. We wonder why we don’t “feel it”.

This was God telling a specific church that they had forgotten their first love. No, they were not some wicked church that had fallen off the deep end. God even commended them in the prior verses, saying “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance..”. But he then continued on with that hard to swallow statement, “You have forgotten your first love”. He cried out for them to remember the past, to remember how they use to act, and to return to those ways.

This was very hard for me to read even though coming across it before. When I think back of the first time I truly met Christ and fell into a love relationship with him, I had so much passion, so much vigor, and so much love. I wanted to scream to the world of his goodness. And I still do. But lately, with the chaos and busyness that all of college brings, I think sometimes I forget to show him that love: to talk to him throughout my every day, to praise him continuously, to show him just how much I appreciate all He has done for me through simple acts of love and thanks. The world fights for every minute of our attention and energy, and sometimes, I find myself giving in, as I get so stressed out and anxious about the things around me, that I start to focus more on my “to-do list”, about those things I can’t control, then to focus on my relationships of love.

Not only in my relationship with the Lord, but with some of those closest to me I feel this has affected. I feel that all those “little things” I use to do to show my love, have somewhat been put on the back burner. Those I love, have in some ways been taken for granted. And that is not how it should be at all.

Whether you have a personal relationship with Christ or not, have you ever felt that you have “forgotten your first love” in some area of your life? Forgotten and forsaken the actions of love you use to show someone close to you? This isn’t me giving you a life lesson. This is me sharing my personal life journey, and hoping that maybe you can take something from it as well. If you realize you are somewhat in a place like this, there is hope. If feeling this in your relationship with Christ, He is always forgiving and merciful, ready to pick up right where you left off, growing an even more flourishing relationship. And if you are feeling this way about someone close, it’s never too late to change. Tomorrow is a new day. A chance for a change. What are you going to do? I know some changes I need to make, and it is all going to begin with prayer. With communication. And with acts of love I have lately forsaken<3

P.S. If you want to know more about a relationship with Christ, please feel free to email me. I would absolutely love to just talk to you, even if you just have questions. FreshFitnHealthy@gmail.com :)