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How many times have we heard people say that they want to get better at eating healthy or working out, even reading the Bible, or reading at all?  How many times do we hear the words, “I just don’t have time”, “I am just so tired”, “I don’t have the energy”?  Oh my gosh!!!  I get sick of seeing and hearing of people say they want, want, want but they never do, do, do!!  (Yes, I said do-do, hahahaha).

Wasn’t Newton’s law discovered many, many, many years ago!!  Things that are in motion, tend to stay in motion.  Things that are still, remain so.

How many people have not figured this out?

If we get up each morning and set our mind to the fact that we are NOT tired, we WILL do what we set out to do, and we WILL achieve our goals then we are defeating half the battle.

Each morning, I awake and I have the option to roll over and sleep more, which I have done before (I am NOT perfect) or I can get up and begin my day.  That is the first step.  If you are so tired that you have to sleep, then maybe the television or the electronic device needs to be turned off earlier.  Pick up a BOOK!!! Read for a few minutes before bed, and that will relax your mind and allow you to fall asleep quicker.  The stimulation of television is proven to make it harder for people to fall asleep.  On those tired mornings, get up anyway.  Make yourself roll out of bed and begin your routine!

How about the choice to workout or not?  That is a big one!  Each day, we can chose to sit our fat butts down in front of a television, computer, or anything else we like or we can get moving!  If you are using a treadmill at home, prop up an electronic device and stream your shows (we all do it anyway).  Walk until the episode is over, then you have completed a good walk.  Or if you are real good, you can read while on the treadmill.  Deny yourself 30  minutes of sleep so that you can add years on to your life. By the way, the workout from the morning, if 30 minutes of cardio is done, will burn calories for up to 4 hours after completion.  It will also tire your body so that you get sleepy earlier in the evening.

What about reading the Bible?  This is a commandment, but I will NOT harp on it as I have recently within the last year read my Bible daily.  Before that, it was almost never!  So, this is also something that can be combined with a workout or the morning routine you currently have.  If you listen to podcasts while working out, find a sermon.  If you  listen to music, play Christian Music.  If you watch television, turn on a reputable sermon or download some to your device.  Start with this and then journal after the time, for 5 minutes at least.  Pray while you do your workout, asking God to help you remain on this path and stay focused.


So, are you going to stay in motion or are you going to give in to the devil and allow him to defeat you?

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Quiet Much?

There are so many mornings I awake and I just have no idea what I am going to write about.  I don’t know what God has planned for the expression on this page.  So, I wait.  I simply sit in the cool breeze around me listening to the birds and dogs speak to the squirrels and await God’s direction.

Then, BAM!!! Out of nowhere it comes to me.  It can be a song, a verse that read yesterday or this morning, it could be a feeling I had, or it could just be something I see while waiting on Him.

Today, I come with the word; Quiet.  What does quiet mean?  What does it mean to actually experience “the quiet”?  What does your quiet look like when compared to mine?  Are they the same or are that complete opposites? defines it in the verb sense as: verb (used with object) to make quiet, to make tranquil or peaceful; pacify:,to quiet a crying baby, to calm mentally, as a person, to allay (tumult, doubt, fear, etc.), to silence.  These are all the action parts of quiet.  This is how we react or control the quiet.  Does your quiet come close to any of these? also defines it as a adjective as making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound:, quiet neighbors, free, or comparatively free, from noise, a quiet street, silent, Be quiet!, restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little, a quiet person.,free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful:,a quiet life, being at rest, refraining or free from activity, especially busy or vigorous activity, a quiet Sunday afternoon.  This sounds more like what I want to speak on today.

How much do we say the word quiet?  Are we telling ourselves to quiet the noise in our heads or telling the children or family to quiet the noises going on around us?  Do we ever actually GET QUIET?  Do we ever allow our minds to rest?  Do we allow our bodies to enjoy the quiet?  Or are we just starting the next thing and the next thing, and so on?  Are we getting hooked on things that are unholy or ungodly to the life we strive to live?  Are we spending more time playing the games on our phones and watching the television shows we shouldn’t be watching than we simply stop and listen to God in the quiet?  Are we even trying?

I challenge you to walk away from the television, turn off the games and computers, close the door to the light of technology and noise that clutters your mind.Just be still and quiet and listen.  Listen for Christ.  Listen for the Word of God to reign down from heaven and provide you with love, encouragement, and direction for your life.  Give Him the quiet time that He so rightly deserves.

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Midlife Crisis?

This is SO GOOD that I had to share it, as another friend had shared it.

”I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:
I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.
Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.
Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.”

~ Brené Brown
Wow, how many of us can relate? Who can say that they read this and mentally examined their life and thought, “Holy Macaroni, did she just read my journal?”

Well, I did. This stage in my life has been full of tough decisions regarding moving my family thousands of miles from the home we knew for twenty years into a territory that was all but odd to us.  We have changes schools for our daughter twice. I am back in school so that I feel accomplished in my career.  Our son is gonna ng to college back in our hometown and that kills me. I hate having my family so far apart!

So decisions and life changes are part of God melding and molding us into what He wants us to become so that we can perform His deeds. Our lives take us in and out of different territories and moments that can make and break our hearts. Our tears fill jars on the shelves of Christ’s study.  Our laughter becomes the music on His never ceasing playlist.

What are your life-changing decisions going on? What has you baffled or guarded? What is stopping you from letting God take the reins?  Are you going to continue to hold on to that childish mentality or are you going to mature in the Word of God?


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Energy Is LOW

Have you ever awaken from your slumber and thought, “I just closed my eyes!  Why am I awake already?”  Well, today I felt that way.  It felt like I tossed and turned, flipped and flopped, and laid awake most of the night last night.  This is one of those days that I would prefer to crawl back in bed and wrap up in my cover and sleep!

We don’t have that option though, do we?  We have to keep moving and praying for more energy from God so we can make it through the day.  Especially, when we know it is a late evening.  We know we have to rush home from work, prepare dinner, and get to an event or activity and then rush home to go through the bedtime routines and fall into bed.  So today, my friend will be coffee this morning, energy tea this afternoon, and a non-sugar filled energy drink now.  I just pray that God will give me the energy necessary!IMG_3749

I pray that each of you feels the energy from Christ to be and have a successful day!  I feel lead to say that walking and working out helps a lot with boosting energy so, keep moving!  Also, don’t run to sweets and sugary foods or drinks to get that rush of energy.  Seek the healthy foods that provide energy such as; herbal teas, oatmeal, salmon, apples, and almonds.

energy food

Eat your way to healthy energy!

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Day 5 Daniel Plan Journey


How have the last 4 days been for you?  Are taking them slowly and at your own pace?  If not, DO NOT RUSH IT!!  We did not get where we are overnight!  We did not gain the weight or lose the healthy lifestyle overnight.  It was gradual.  So, the change must be gradual as well.   Take it daily and pray.  Pray from morning until night.  Pray about everything and think it through.  Give God time to respond to what you say and ask.  Listen for HIM!

Day 5

Continue Reading Chapter 3

Daniel Plan Devotion Day 5

New Taste: Smoothie-2 c. unsweetened almond milk, 2 tablespoons flax seeds, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 c. spinach, 1/2 c. frozen berries, 1/2 c. crushed ice.

Send me your responses to the flavor of your smoothie.  Show me that taste!chubby guy working out sexy

“Turn BAD days into GOOD Data!”

Workout: Take a 20-30 minute walk. While watching tv or at work, raise hands high above the hand (Thank God for His blessings), Lower them while you breathe in.  Place your hand in a locking grip behind you, stretch them up while bending down release all your worries to Christ and allow him to take them from you. Repeat 5 times or more!

Journal: write down any thoughts that may be discouraging to you and pray over them.  Think about the things that you HAVE accomplished in the last few days, and write them down.  No matter how big or small, be happy about the change.  Be happy about the small steps so that you can be OVERJOYOUS about the BIG steps.  Enjoy your time within your walks.  Play some Christian music, motivational speakers, or podcasts of church services.  Anything with positive words and things that FILL you.


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Day 4 Daniel Plan Journey


Hey there peeps!!  How are you doing this fine week?  I hope that you are all well.  So, tell me how is your Daniel Plan coming?  How has the change helped you, if at all?  What are you most happy about?  What are you most worried about?  Tell me what obstacles you feel are most terrifying?  Be honest to yourself and to God, most of all.  Remember, He already knows.  He will help you to achieve your goals!! Lean on Christ.

Day 4

Read Chapter 3: Faith

Daniel Plan Devotion Day 4

Name 3 things you are grateful for!

Enter your Measurements, Goals in each category (Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, Friends)

Workout: Take a 20-30 minute walk. While watching tv or at work, raise hands high above the hand (Thank God for His blessings), Lower them while you breathe in.  Place your hand in a locking grip behind you, stretch them up while bending down release all your worries to Christ and allow him to take them from you. Repeat 5 times or more!

Journal: share one journal entry with the group on facebook.  Write down your favorite response from the group regarding that post. Request me to add you to our group and I will happily add you!

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Day 3 Daniel Plan Journey



It is a new day!! What are you gonna do differently for yourself?  What are you going to do in order to make yourself feel good?  Get up and do it!workout with smile

Day 3

Continue Reading Chapter 2

Daniel Plan Devotion Day 3

New taste: Protein Shake-1/3 c. frozen berries, 1 c. coconut milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 1/4 c. greek yogurt, 1/2 c. crushed ice.  (you can add fish oils, hemp seeds, or any other add-ons that you enjoy)

Enter your Profile Information on the App

Workout: Taka a 20-30 minute walk. While watching tv or at work, raise hands high above the hand (Thank God for His blessings), Lower them while you breathe in.  Place your hand in a locking grip behind you, stretch them up while bending down release all your worries to Christ and allow him to take them from you. Repeat 5 times or more!

Journal: ask the person from yesterday to join us Saturday and write down their response and how it made you feel.  Write how you feel you are doing thus far on this journey.

This may be your first time ever working out on a routine, but you just have to stick with it.  Stay on the path and Christ will do the rest.  Send me a comment or a question, even a prayer request.  I pray for each of you before I sleep and ask for you to follow His path in your life.  May God bless you on your journey!

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Day 2 Daniel Plan Journey


Who joined me on this journey yesterday?  Who is joining me today?  If you are just starting, that’s okay, start at the beginning and just keep going.  Send me a comment and let me know what you think of the actions suggested here.

Who feels like this guy here?  Who asks themselves, WHY?  Why do I keep trying?  Why am I working so hard but feel as though I accomplish so little?

Day 2chubby workout

Read Chapter 2: The Essentials

Daniel Plan Devotion day 2

Name 3 things you are grateful for!

Download the Daniel Plan Appdaniel plan app

Workout: raise hand high above the hand (Thank God for His blessings), Lower them while you breathe in.  Place your hand in a locking grip behind you, stretch them up while bending down release all your worries to Christ and allow him to take them from you. Repeat 5 times or more!

Journal: Write down someone you can pray for that this may be something beneficial to their life.  Pray for the guidance to invite them down this journey with you.

Set your workout and just do it! chub on beach


Wow!!  Can you believe it?  It is May 1st.  Who is ready for some SUMMER FUN!

I know I am.

What are your summer plans?  Are you going on a vacation? Are you going to the lake? Do you go to the beach?  Do you go to amusement parks?  Do you just veg out on the couch?  Or, are you like the majority of adults, and go to work each morning wishing you could have a few moments to yourself?

DO IT!!  Take time and just be alone.  Sit in a quiet space and listen.  Listen to what God has planned for you and your family.  See what GREAT PLAN He has in store for you.  You know it’s BIG, He is GOD, what else could He have planned?

Take time no less than one day a week and just go for a walk, alone.  Think, pray, and listen.  Take no less than 30 minutes per day to speak to Him and tell him your deepest desires.  Jesus loves you and wants to make you smile and fulfill His potential through you.  He wants you to be the one he designed.

Do you hear Him now?  Are you telling Him no?  Are you pretending it’s not really Him you hear?  If it follows the Bible, it’s Him.  He wants you to be fulfilled and lead others to Him.

Is He telling you to change something within you, about you, or to just do something more?  Is He asking you to stand up for Him, and be the different fish in the sea?  Is He pointing you in the direction of love and you are running to fun?  Get down on your knees and listen.  Close your eyes and see.  Stop talking and He will speak.  Cry out to Him and He will come.

Be Still and Know that he is with you…ALWAYS!

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How can we eat healthy when it is so expensive?


Eating well has a price. Eating cheaper, less healthy foods may result in significant medical costs and consequences down the road. However, following The Daniel Plan can increase your short-term spending by choosing fresh, organic foods and free-range poultry and wild fish and other nuts, legumes, herbs and spices. So we’ve asked both Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Daniel Amen, and volunteer “Smart Shoppers” to give us these cost-effective tips to eating well.

From Dr. Mark Hyman

Track your spending for a week. How much is being spent on low priority items or high-priced choices? Stop spending on sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Search out cheaper — bulk — sources of fresh, whole foods in your neighborhood.

Think about joining your local food co-op. Co-ops are community-based organizations that support local farmers and businesses and allow you to order foods and products in bulk at just slightly over the wholesale price.

Develop repertoire of a few cheap, easy-to-prepare meals such as these:

Almond Butter on Wholegrain Rye Bread with Fruit Spread

Take a slice of rye bread, add a bit of almond butter, and top it with sliced fruit for a delicious snack. You can even dip bananas or apple slices right in the tub of almond butter — which is cheaper to buy in bulk at a food co-op.

Hummus with Celery Sticks or Carrots

In just five minutes, you can take chickpeas (canned or cooked yourself in advance), sesame paste, lemon juice, water, garlic, cumin powder, salt, and pepper, mix them in a food processor and have fresh hummus on your table. It lasts a week in the fridge and is a great source of protein, fiber, essential oils, calcium, minerals, and vitamins. Want to save even more time? You can also buy hummus already made.

Sardines in Lemon Juice

These fish are cheap and an excellent source of protein and the best source of omega-3 fats. Just open a can and squirt them with lemon juice. I keep a can in my office at all times in case of emergency — and sometimes give them to my patients instead of drug samples! Yes, I know what you are thinking “sardines, gross!”, but just give it a try, you might be surprised.

My Favorite 5-minute Dinner

I keep a large container of cooked brown rice — which you can make in advance or at night while you are watching TV – in the fridge. I also keep greens — like collards, kale, or spinach — in the fridge. And I always have canned sardines or salmon in my cupboard. These foods mix together to make a great 5-minute dinner for those nights when I’m just too tired — or too lazy – to make anything else!

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Heat about 1/2 to 1 cup of the pre-cooked brown rice in a pan with a little olive oil. If I’m really, really lazy, I heat it up in the microwave. Put the rice in a bowl.
  2. To the same pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and some crushed garlic, which you can buy by the jar. Heat for 1 minute, until the pan is warm but not smoking.
  3. Add the spinach or chopped greens, which just need a quick rinse beforehand. Add salt and pepper and stir. Cook just until the greens begin to wilt; about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Put the greens in a big bowl on top of the rice, and top with a can of sardines or salmon.
  5. Season with hot sauce — and enjoy!

From Dr. Daniel Amen

Go for Grains (Oatmeal or pearled barley) At about $3 for a big canister that provides 30 servings, a single bowl of oatmeal is a bargain at about 10 cents. Pearl barley runs about 89 cents to $1.50 for a bag with 18 servings. Pearl barley is one of the healthiest foods most people aren’t familiar with.

Buy Vitamin-Rich Vegetables Frozen and Save Stock up on frozen vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and carrots. Yes, the freezing process does remove some of the vitamin content, but frozen vegetables are still a great source of brain-boosting, anti-aging, disease-fighting nutrients.

Boost Antioxidants With Apples, Oranges, and Bananas Eating fruit is one of the keys to good brain and body health. Apples, oranges, and bananas are full of vitamins and antioxidants that promote heart health, reduce the risk for cancer, and boost brain performance.

Pump Up Protein With Affordable Eggs Eggs, which can be as low as $1 a dozen, are a great source of protein. If you have high cholesterol, toss the yolks and just eat the egg whites. At less than 10 cents a piece, eggs are an affordable option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Fill Up on High-Fiber, Low-Cost Beans Loaded with fiber and high in protein, beans should be a staple in any household that is on a lean budget. To be extra economical, choose uncooked black beans, red beans, lima beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, or any other variety rather than canned beans. For example, a 1-pound bag of black beans costs less than $2, and gives you 12 servings for less than 16 cents each.

Stock Up on Canned Tuna Eating fish like tuna is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve heart health, reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, reduce depression, and lower blood pressure. You can get a three-pack of tuna for about $2.50, which means for about 83 cents a can.

Drink to Your Brain Health With Water Water is one of the best things for your brain and body health. With a $15-$20 water filter that fits on your kitchen faucet, you can drink from the tap and get healthy, filtered water that will keep your brain and body hydrated for optimal performance. For a more flavorful beverage, fill up a jug with filtered water, add a few orange slices, and keep it in the refrigerator for easy access.

Spice Up Your Meals With just a few spices in your cupboard, you can enhance the flavor of any dish without using a lot of unhealthy butter, cream, or salt. You can find spices for a few dollars each — they’re even cheaper if you can buy them loose where you scoop the spices into bags rather than buying them in a bottle.

Become a Savvy Shopper Knowing which foods are the best nutritional bargains is only half the battle to eating right on a strict budget. You also have to learn to be a smart shopper. You can save a bundle if you buy items that have a long shelf life — like canned tuna, beans, oatmeal, barley, and frozen vegetables — in bulk. Look for sales and specials, use coupons, and buy generic brands when possible. You can even shop online for many food items or look for coupons online from local stores to find the best deals.

From Volunteer “Smart Shopper” Chaundel Holladay

The Daniel Plan asked Pastor Tom’s wife, Chaundel Holladay for tips for cost-effective tips to eat healthy.

  • Buy what’s in season
  • Buy what’s on sale – stock up – even consider freezing, like berries: Build your menus around what’s on sale but also keep things on hand that you often use in recipes – like canned black beans, canned tomatoes, canned tuna. Write out healthy meal and snack menus and then watch for the items in that menu to go on sale.
  • Learn where to buy what and when – compare prices on the things you use all the time.

For example, shopping your local grocery store:

  • Most stores have weekly sale items. Look for what is on sale and build your menu around those items.
  • Check your store’s weekly ads and take advantage of coupons and deals that overlap from one week to the next.
  • Look for Bulk items – organic rolled oats, etc. – Stock up when they go on sale.
  • Chicken breast/tenders – no antibiotics or hormones – Look for sales! Use fresh and buy a package for the freezer
  • Buy whatever vegetables are on sale that week.


  • Organic spinach
  • Organic frozen blueberries
  • Organic whole milk
  • Cage free eggs
  • Agave (natural sweetener)

Farmers’ Markets:  – Farmers’ markets aren’t necessarily cheaper but offer fresh, quality produce.

Coupons: While there aren’t a lot of manufacturers coupons for fresh produce if you cut coupons to save on health and beauty items, paper products, cleaning supplies and other non-food items then you have more “grocery money” available for healthy foods.

Use them at a store that doubles coupons (up to 50 cents) or use on an “extra bucks” item at CVS or Rite Aid and sometimes they will be paying YOU to buy the item.

From Volunteer “Smart Shopper” Kim Moeller

The Daniel Plan received cost-effective tips to feed a family from volunteer Smart Shopper Kim Moeller.

  1. Replace diet or soda drinks, buy sparkling water. Add a lemon or lime to it. You can also buy flavored Stevia sweetener bottles. One of the flavors is root beer, and it’s delicious. You just add about 8-10 drops to the water, and the taste is similar to root beer soda.
  2. Invest in an “immersion blender.” This tool is a handheld blender the kids can use to make their own smoothies. Just add the fruit, almond milk, or protein powder and put the blender in a cup. It blends a single serving without having to get out the entire blender.
  3. Grill more chicken than you need on a Sunday evening. Eat the chicken for Sunday dinner and then use the extra chicken throughout the week for soup, salads or panini’s on whole wheat bread.
  4. Invest in a Panini maker and the kids can quickly make a healthy snack after school, with grilled veggies, grilled chicken and a little cheese.
  5. Save money on your produce or veggies by shopping early morning or late afternoon. Ask your produce manager when they discount the various items in the produce department. Often, I will see the veggie trays, salads, sometimes packages of strawberries marked at 75% off provided. I arrive around 9 a.m. at my local grocery store.
  6. Be a part of a co-op. I pay $20 a week and I receive a bag of fresh veggies and fruits. Sometimes, the bag also includes eggs, fresh lunchmeats, and fresh chicken breasts. Every time I go and pick up my food, I bring a reusable grocery bag. Read here to learn more about co-ops in your area.

    Every co-op is a little different. I pick up my food, some deliver. One of my favorite perks of being a part of the co-op is the weekly email with a healthy recipe. Most of the ingredients are contained in that week’s bag. Whatever else I will need is listed separately in the email along with the complete list of co-op items for the week.

  7. Buy big tubs of greek yogurt (low sugar) at Costco. It’s a lot cheaper and a great snack when mixed with fruit for the kids.
  8. Finally, a quick recipe to save you money and time. The kids love it!

(I usually purchase all of the ingredients at Trader Joe’s)


  • 2 boxes of chicken broth
  • 1 can of tomato paste
    1 bag of fresh spinach
  • 1 bag of turkey meatballs
  • 1 bag of bowtie pasta uncooked (can use whole wheat pasta as well)
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Fresh parmesan cheese


Pour the chicken broth into the crock pot with one cup of water. Add a generous tablespoon of tomato paste, and 3-4 shakes of the cayenne pepper. Add the bag of frozen meatballs. Let simmer for 2-3 hours. About 20 minutes before serving, add the bag of uncooked pasta and the spinach to the crock pot. Do not over cook. Once the pasta is ready, serve in bowls with fresh parmesan cheese and whole wheat rolls or a gluten-free bread on the side.