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Shrinking tents, expanding territory & planning War :0)

Hi all !!

It’s Friday afternoon ….  schoolwork is complete (well, Miss 15 is still going, but hey, she NEVER stops working), the weekend is so close I can taste it.   Youth group for the kiddos tonight means DATE NIGHT for me & DH !!  YAY !!

This week, I posted this pic on my FB page, marking having lost 5kgs.

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It’s been quite the head game for me when it comes to numbers.  I fight against the urge to jump on those scales every morning, but I’m getting better and better at sticking to my PTs suggestion of weighing myself only on Day 6 of each month.  I’ve actually not been on the scales since day 6 of last month, so I’m super excited to find out if my very late 5kg lost post was actually quite conservative.

Last time, I was ‘losing weight’, not getting healthy … and that’s the big difference.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I would have been getting fitter in the process, but all I basically did was walk or run, with the weekly bootcamp session thrown in.  I didn’t do much at all in the way of weight training.  So, I got the result I was after, I lost 10kgs in about 4months, but only looked thinner… I had little to no definition.

This time, that number on the scales is going down slower, but I’m not just burning fat, but replacing it with hard core muscle baby !!!!!  I’ve gotta say.. I love the definition I’m getting.  I’ve said it before… toned upper arms is something I really love… and I’m getting closer and closer to being happy with it.  (just in time to cover it up with long sleeves for winter… ha ha)

The weight bench I got for Mother’s Day has been great.  (However sometimes when I’m actually out here I hate it a tiny bit).  I can cover so many different muscle groups in one session, it’s awesome !!  I talk to The Lord a fair bit during longer periods (like rowing) or when I’m struggling to get those last 5 reps in.  I simply DECLARE that I can get them done… and what do you know… I do !  It’s quite interesting finding out what makes you sore the next day, and what doesn’t.  Apparently it’s just about different muscle groups and some hurt more than others, but I can’t help thinking that if I don’t feel it the next day, I didn’t work hard enough.  This is a good mind-set as it just makes me work harder next time.

I’ve already gotten into my first ‘goal dress’, but the funny thing was that once I was in it, I actually didn’t like it much anymore, so onto eBay it goes.  LOL. (Don’t worry, I did wear it out once.)   Isn’t it funny that you get into these ‘goal’ items, but that means you’re ‘growing out’ of those favorite jeans…  I must say, I’m still going the belt route with my fav jeans.. I just can’t give them up yet.  ha ha.

I’m still having fun ‘healthifying’ my tried and true recipes for my family.  A lot of the time it just means swapping out white potato for sweet potato, or pasta for salad etc, but I’ve also had some fun playing with my lasagna recipe.  The idea actually came from my sister, but I used lavash bread in place of the lasagna sheets.. and it was devine !!!  She also gave me the idea of making the Bechamel sauce with a cauliflower base.  I’ve heard from a few people that it’s delicious…. and such a healthier alternative to having all that milk & flour.

My Thermomix, aka Trixie, has churned out some yummy healthy meals too which has been great.  The bolognese sauce for my lasagna was made in Trixie and was made with only healthy ingredients.  I know I said this about my Belini, but it’s amazing how flavoursome the meals are, being cooked with the thermo method.  You actually use few ingredients, and what you do use is completely natural.  I’m able to put so many vegetables in that the kids would normally balk at, like mushrooms, celery & squash.

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I’ve also loved being able to plate up a full healthy meal to my family when the ENTRIE thing… meat, vegetables and a sauce were made in Trixie.. and all simultaneously.  I just LOVE it !! The kids (who are the washer-uppers in our house as our dishwasher died a couple of years ago and we are yet to replace it) love when I cook in Trixie as it’s reduces the amount they have to wash up.

I never thought I’d be a big advocate of the $2.300 kitchen appliance to be honest, which is why I bought the $700 Belini first and then only upgraded after knowing that I loved the thermo cooking method.  But, now having had it for a few weeks and having made loads of things in it, I would seriously highly recommend it. It seriously is true that you’ll save money when you have one, due to reducing the amount of processed items you buy.

AND it can’t be ignored that is has helped me no end as far as serving up healthy dinners.  My Trixie is definitely helping in the process of shrinking my temple.  BUT (Yes, I do love putting words of emphasis in capitals… sorry, not sorry) while my earthly tent is shrinking, I gotta tell you all, my spiritual tent is GROWING !!!!  Remember I blogged about my big fur coat prophecy…  well I’ve continued to ask for expansion, (enlarge my territory.. 1 Chronicles 4:10) and while it’s come with some pain & many tears, I continue to grow in The Lord, loving my time spent with Him, and learning all He has to teach me.

I’m super dooper excited to share with you all that after nearly a year of planning on where my ‘War Room’ would be in my house, I’ve finally done it !!!  I wanted somewhere where I could go regularly, spend time with The Lord where I specifically focus on the needs of my loved ones.  I haven’t gotten to getting my ‘war plan’ up on the wall as yet, but that is on my wknd list for this very wknd.  Can’t wait….. super excited & expectant !!!

OK peeps.  Have a fantastic weekend…. Press in to The Lord… You’ll always be blown away by what he does with your time together.

Blessings xx

Guard your heart. .. and your face

I had my first boxing PT sesh yesturday and it was THEBOMB.COM !! Such a fun way to workout. 

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If you really look closely you can tell I’m laughing in the above pic. .. it was way fun to power out some energy.
What most struck my though was after each jab, hook, or whatever you were doing,  you need to come back to ‘guard’ which is basically protecting your face. 

You’d think it’d be a fairly natural thing to do,  to want to protect your face,  but Mel, my PT, had to keep reminding me.   I kinda had it by the end,  but it got me thinking later about Proverbs 4 :23 Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.

Mel was saying that it’s very common to guard your chest. . And while it makes more sense to guard your face (more breakable things on it I guess.. ha ha), it reminded me of that verse in Proverbs and how it’s probably true that we feel more at risk of a heart hurt than a physical hurt in day to day life. 

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It’s not often we’re gonna cop a jab to the face is it,  but it can be pretty often that our heart is ‘jabbed’.  Whether it be intentional or deliberate, it hurts and does tend to cause us to guard it.  I read something yesturday about how silly that ‘Sticks & stones’ poem is.   Names DO hurt us… and can often cause more lasting wounds than a physical jab.

What I choose to take from this knowledge though is that when you recognize how easily someone’s unkind or thoughtless words and actions can hurt you,  it makes you more aware of your own. 

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 12:18 – There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
This one is a life verse I choose to live by. .. I now recognize & claim the gifting that God has put in my heart. .. to heal the brokenhearted.  It’s a tough gig to be honest as to have a real needs awareness you need to ask to have your heart broken for what breaks His.  This is required for me to best be able to help in the healing process of whoever’s life I’m speaking into,  but can be emotionally taxing.  Clearly these people are always going to be those I care about deeply, so not just the sadness of the situation,  but the heartache of my friend can be gut wrenching. 

This in itself is just another reason why I need to guard my heart, as the enemy does love to swoop in when you’re low and send a nice hot arrow in. If I allow it to penetrate me, it can put me out of action to help others. 

Another element of boxing that parallels into everyday life, as well as spiritual battles, is the correct stance.  It’s important to have the correct stance in order to be stable and have full body movement. .. not only to deliver your punches,  but deflect any blows.  If we don’t take the correct stance, we’ll be unstable & unprepared.

Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

So.. in short… get on the full armor of God… (and maybe some boxing gloves. )

xx

A FitFi update !!

While lying in bed last night feeling terribly sick after my first PT session, I realised that I haven’t blogged about my fitness journey for quite a long time.  Well, let’s just be honest and say that I may have fallen off the wagon a little over Christmas & New Year, but thankfully not too bad of a fall.(kg wise)  I guess in lots of ways, people do tend to relax a little over these times, but the important thing is to pull it all together once those times have passed.  Remembering who we house in the temple is always a great motivator too !!

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I could have continued on my merry way of fairly clean eating and a moderate excersise routine, but I decided a few weeks back that I wasn’t really willing to plod along at such a steady rate… I wanted results faster and I wanted to get fitter quicker.  So, enter Mel, my Personal Trainer.  My sister & niece highly recommended her, so I knew she’d be great before I even had my first consult.

My first offical 30min session was, shall we say, BRUTAL!!!   In the days coming up to my first session, I had been thinking that I’d like them to be an hour and not just 30mins… Well, let’s just say that I was VERY thankful they are only 30mins during the session yesturday.  As it’s turned out, I had a sinus infection upon me so that will have contributed to how awful I felt after, but no fear… lots of water and rest has been my friend overnight and today.

Mel has given me an action plan for the week ahead so that’s exciting to embark on.  I’m very thankful of today’s ‘rest day’ and I say I’ll come to enjoy that rest day every second day.  It’s actually pretty interesting to learn more of the ins and outs of how our body works… how it burns fat, builds & repairs mucsels, etc etc.

I have been enjoying finding different, healthier ways to prepare meals for my family.  I’ve been quite pleased to find loads of different ways to include white potato as part of the meal for DH & the kiddos (coz they love it), while having something else for myself.  Tonight that was a bit of mashed pumpkin and spinach, often I’ll use sweet potato.  I coated my chicken in coconut oil tonight too so that was yummy… coconut oil has loads of great health benefits.

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10 facts about Coconut Oil

1.  All fats are not created equalCoconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a “healthy” form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately converting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

 
2.  Controls weightOne 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women’s consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3.  Eases digestionIf you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4.  Manage type 2 diabetesA recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. MCFA fats are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they’re quickly converted to energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity.

5.  Supports immunityCoconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

6.  Boost metabolismA study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body’s immune system and keep weight off.

7.  Slows fine linesCoconut is not just for your cooking – it’s a wonderfully hydrating treat for skin too. It keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

8.  Cooks in high temperaturesBecause coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. If you’re preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking. Unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

9.  Stops sugar cravingsInstead of reaching for the lollie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less ‘ravenous’. Most of us do not realize but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

10.  Coconut oil is simple to cook withTry this recipe for a nutritious high protein, gluten and dairy free coconut treat.

1 teaspoon of Niugini Organics Coconut Oil (available from health food stores)

1 cup of almonds or walnuts

1 cup of organic dates

3-4 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder

Shredded coconut (check it contains no preservatives)

Place all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

 

Seriously… how easy does that recipe sound !!  I can’t wait to try it… I’ll let you all know how it goes.

What did I learn/was reminded of today – When you don’t work out for a while and then do  a 30min PT sesh… it HURTS a lot the next day.  Note to self – DO NOT FORGET THIS FACT !!

What Scriptures have I been soaking in today

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Phil 4:13

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

OK.. that’s all for now.  For those of you waiting on a Bible College update…  It’ll be up t’row.

Blessings Peeps !!!    xox

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