June 2019 Fitness/Wellness Update

I have been sharing these updates in order to motivate myself to eat better and exercise more consistently in 2019. In case you missed the other posts in this series here are February, March, April and May.

Taking these pictures each month is not something I look forward to doing. I feel so silly standing in front of my mirror with my camera. But I am so glad that I have this documentation because it is great motivation to see how far I have come since January.


My wavy and high volume hair is thanks to chlorine and dutch braids. We recently purchased an above ground pool for our backyard and have been spending time in it everyday. It has been the best $100 purchase! If you are on the fence of getting one do it. It is so nice to be able to step out in our backyard instead of loading all 4 kids in the car to go to the public pool.

Eating

I have been eating lots of salad. Be sure to check out my mom’s Asian Chicken Salad recipe if you haven’t already, it is a winner. I am really loving the Green Goddess dressing from Tesserae’s.

Josh sampled this powered vitamin at Costco and we have been using it for the last few months and really like it. A scoop in the morning added to my 32 ounce hydraflask gives my water so much flavor that I feel like I am drinking kool-aid.

Workouts

I am still plugging along on my 12 week week weight lifting program. I am on my third and last week of phase two. This phase focuses on muscle fiber growth. Training for pure muscle growth calls for training in a higher rep range of 8-12 reps with a rest period of one to two minutes between sets. 

I really try to shoot for 12 reps on each set if I can. It is so cool to see how my body is adapting and changing to lifting heavier weights. Here is a sample of what a workout looks like.

I am lifting like this three times a week. Because these workouts have been getting longer I have started exercising at night after the kids go to bed. I have found an added benefit to this is that I don’t start getting sore until the next evening right before bedtime and I can sleep it off as my body recovers ;). I still would prefer exercising in the morning just to get it done but night time workouts aren’t so bad.

Wellness

There isn’t much to report on in this category. I am still exercising consistently and eating well. So that is a win for me! My main focus over the next month is to try and drink at least 96 ounces of water a day.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and reading :). Have a great week and a safe 4th of July!

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Egg Free Banana Muffins

I have been making these egg free banana muffins on repeat over the last several months. This is the best banana muffin recipe. Even if I was able to consume eggs without having horrible skin reactions this would still be my go to recipe for muffins.

These are quick and easy to make. It should take you 30 minutes from when you start this recipe to when you are taking them out of the oven. My kids love them too and that also makes it a winner. Be prepared to use a large mixing bowl. This recipe makes a lot of muffins. I usually get 18 large muffins out of this recipe. I fill the tins to just below the top and put a 12 and 6 count muffin pan in the oven at the same time when baking.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas in large bowl and add in the rest of the ingredients. Mix until just combined. Grease muffin tins and fill with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.

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Bible Verses for Grief & Prayers to Pray for Those Grieving

Over the weekend Josh and I attended the memorial service of a young man whose parents greatly helped shape our first years of marriage. There aren’t words that can express my sadness and heartbreak for this family.

Life doesn’t make sense sometimes.

I am so thankful for the hope the bible offers when it says one day grief will be completely eliminated. No more death, sin, disease, or pain. All of our suffering will no longer be present.

If you have not acknowledged your need for a savior, repented, and placed your hope and trust in Jesus, then your grief will just be beginning after you die. You will either pay for your sins or Christ will. If you have never come before the Lord who created the heavens and the earth and begged forgiveness today would be a great day to put your trust and hope in the one who takes away sin.

Below I listed several bible verses on grief and prayers to pray for those who are grieving. I hope that these encourage you and offer comfort. For those of you who are praying for someone who is grieving I hope you find these suggestions helpful. If you found this post because you yourself are grieving I am very sorry for your loss.

Bible Verses for Grief

Here are just a handful of bible verses to offer hope and comfort during seasons of grief.

God will give you rest. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Keep the faith. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

The reason you have nothing to fear. “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

Memorize this for when fear overtakes you. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

God is faithful. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Remember where your strength comes from. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

Express your grief to God. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

God will put death to death. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Prayers to Pray for Those Grieving

I know God wants to hear about and take the hurts we have because he cares for us and over the last week I have found myself praying what I am sharing below.

Pray that the Lord reveals himself. The death of a loved one at anytime is never a welcomed event. Even in death God is working and it might be harder to see his glory so pray that those suffering see God’s hand is still at work. Even in the pain, and even in the heartache.

Pray that God would open hearts to believe the gospel. For anyone who is an unbeliever, pray that God would open their hearts to believe.

Use scripture when you pray. The above verses are perfect to pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved one.

Pray for the family. Pray that those grieving the loss of a loved one will hold on to the hope and truth of God’s word. If a child has passed away ask the Lord to strengthen and unite the parents to himself and each other. For siblings pray for healing and comfort as well as the ability to show and speak love to their parents. Lift up the family unit and pray for extended family as well.

Pray for a community of believers to surround those who are grieving. Community is so important. Pray that there are people who will hug, cry with, and love on those who are grieving. If you aren’t separated by distance be that person for those who are grieving.

Pray for the firsts. As time moves on and as holidays come pray for each first without this loved one present.

When you are at a loss of what to pray read Romans 8:26. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26

We can rest and take comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when our words are few but our tears are heavy.

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