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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 :)

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Leg and Ab Workout

15 May

For those of you looking for a good workout routine to do at your gym, look no farther! Here I have it all laid out as to how to go about getting a good strength workout in.

I ran the 10 minutes to my gym on campus, but if running on the treadmill works better for you once there, that works too! Just do anything for 5-10 minutes to warm up your muscles.

This workout really targets your legs and abdominal muscles. Sneaking in 25 reps of ab exercises throughout your leg exercises adds up! And before you know it, you’ll be struggling to do that last set of 25 reps! Its a good one for sure :)

After getting home, I wanted to quickly refuel while making my meal, so I took one of my chocolate chip cookie protein pancakes out of the freezer that were leftover, dabbed some leftover chocolate mousse, and ate that baby up so quickly!

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P.S. My “hip lowers standing on a box”, are basically just single leg squats on a box! :)

Cinnamon Coconut Protein Bread

23 Mar

You know that not so great taste of distinct protein powder you can usually taste in high protein breads and bars? Not present in this recipe!

I love experimenting with protein powder in recipes. Since I was a competitive athlete all the way up until my first year in college, as a soccer player and a cross country runner, I was really into any kind of protein shake, bar or bread. I love to just throw together ingredients that I think may make a great bar, and see if it turns out. So many failures, yet, that’s what makes those few successes so great! Many times I’ve created a recipe, and then cut some up for my family and I to try, only to get looks of disgust across their faces..that’s when I know it’s one of those labeled, “failure”. Haha, but that’s why I love baking so much, that’s where all the fun in it is!

Thankfully, this recipe came out as a success though.  Don’t worry, I wouldn’t mislead you and give you a recipe to one of my “failure” labeled creations! No protein taste. Actually has good flavor to it. Sweet enough, but not too sweet. You can enjoy it sweet with some agave on top, or savory with some nut butter or regular butter. I was pleased :)

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Cinnamon Coconut Protein Bread
– 1/2 cup coconut flour
-1 scoop raw vanilla protein powder
-1/2 cup greek yogurt
-1/2 cup almond milk
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
-2 T ground flaxseed
-1/4-1/2 cup agave/honey (more for a sweet bread/cake taste)
-1 T cinnamon
-1 tsp each of vanilla and coconut extract
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 cup egg whites
-pinch of cream of tartar (or can use a tad bit of vinegar)

Directions: Mix all ingredients up through baking powder together. In separate bowl, whip egg whites until frothy with electric beater. Add cream of tartar (or vinegar), beat some more until white and slightly stiff. Fold egg whites into other ingredients gently, just until thoroughly combined. Bake in an 8×8 pan at 350 degrees until done! (about 30-40 minutes)

My “All Around Campus” Workout

12 Mar

Bored with your normal workout routine? Tired of being cooped up in the gym? Having a hard time staying motivated up at college to workout? Well keep reading, because I think I may have a solution for you..

A few weeks ago I got up in the morning, put my shoes on, and head out the door in planning to run the half a mile to our stadium at the University of Florida to do stadiums (I’ll post some or those workouts soon!). But, as I got up to the stadium, the gates were locked. I was frustrated and thought, ‘well great, now what am I going to do?’, I didn’t want to just do a boring monotonous run; I wanted to get in some strength work too. And that was when my mind decided to create this workout :)

Trying to think of how I could sub in the effect of doing stadiums, I started my run back up, and decided that whenever I came to a classroom building with stairs outside, I would run up them, and then continue on my run. But then I cam to a picnic bench, and thought, ‘hey, this would be a good way to do step ups!’ So then throughout my run any time I came to a bench I would stop as well, do about 20 step ups, and continue on my run. And lastly, I came to a medium ledge, and thought once again, what a great way to do squat jumps! So, I did about 10 squat jumps, and continued on ym way until I came to another set of stairs, a picnic bench, or a ledge. And then finished on my back patio with some abs..

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This collage sums up my workout that morning :) And yes, I’m a college student on a college campus, but that doesn’t mean those that aren’t at one can’t do this same thing in the area around them! What started out as a frustrated morning of thinking my plan was ruined, turned into one of my most spontaneous and fun workouts yet! See, there’s no need to go to a gym all the time to get in a workout. Not saying the gym is bad, because I do go for weights, but you get what I’m saying. You make do with what you have (even though I do warn you that you may get some weird stares every once in awhile). But you’ll have the satisfaction of a great, fun workout that those staring at you will not have had!