List of current resources

My friend asked me to create a list of all the websites, apps, podcasts, and instagram accounts I follow that are most helpful for me. Maybe these people can also inspire you!    CHRISTIAN LIFE   Reunion Oakland: Planting a church here in Oakland  https://reunionoak.com/  Pastor Andy and Sarah are awesome in the ministry of God.   Cornerstone Fellowship:  http://cornerstoneweb.org/  my current Church home (sermons and small group discussions are available on the site). On their YouTube Channel, the Pastors talk explain and expand on this week’s message.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChTysViDda9Wkidqqxdt9ng    The Bible Girl Podcast:  https://www.jessilrobinson.com/   Jessica is currently undergoing cancer treatment but there are many podcasts you can listen to about how to study the Bible. She also has monthly Scripture writing plans that I use daily. A wonderful tool.     TheBibleProject  https://thebibleproject.com/  They have a wonderful YouTube channel, podcast and teaching materials (including an app called “ReadingTheScripture” for reading the complete Bible). EXCELLENT resource for understanding the Bible   First 5 app  https://first5.org/  from Proverbs 21. They offer in depth drives into the books of the Bible.   Kelly O Stanley does wonderful monthly prayer prompt calendar  https://kellyostanley.com/    TheResetGirl  https://www.theresetgirl.com/  Cori is a planner girl, Christian and crafty gal. She also has a podcast  https://thefirstloveclub.podbean.com/     Illustratedfaith is also a Christian crafty gal’s dream. https://www.illustratedfaith.com/    Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross. Even though I am not Catholic, I find so much value in this daily devotional.  https://www.ivpress.com/living-the-christian-year     TheRockChurch San Diego  https://www.sdrock.com/  I use the sermons, sermon notes and they do have a daily app (which I don’t use). They are currently doing a 21 day fast with daily emails. In the past they have had daily prayer meetings via facebook.    INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS  Amy Hale https://www.instagram.com/amyhale/  APP for Christian Mediation: ABIDE     GOAL SETTING and LIFESTYLE   Cultivate what matters PowerSheets is so helpful in identifying and following through on your goals.  https://cultivatewhatmatters.com/collections/2019-powersheets-and-accessories    https://www.instagram.com/cultivatewhatmatters/   Simplified  https://www.instagram.com/simplified/      FITNESS   Blogilates has a great workout calendar and challenges  https://www.instagram.com/blogilates/    https://www.blogilates.com/   The Domestic Geek  https://inspiredentertainment.com/inspired-eats/    I hope this new year bring joy and happiness to all!

My friend asked me to create a list of all the websites, apps, podcasts, and instagram accounts I follow that are most helpful for me. Maybe these people can also inspire you!


CHRISTIAN LIFE

Reunion Oakland: Planting a church here in Oakland https://reunionoak.com/ Pastor Andy and Sarah are awesome in the ministry of God.


Cornerstone Fellowship: http://cornerstoneweb.org/ my current Church home (sermons and small group discussions are available on the site). On their YouTube Channel, the Pastors talk explain and expand on this week’s message. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChTysViDda9Wkidqqxdt9ng


The Bible Girl Podcast: https://www.jessilrobinson.com/

Jessica is currently undergoing cancer treatment but there are many podcasts you can listen to about how to study the Bible. She also has monthly Scripture writing plans that I use daily. A wonderful tool.

TheBibleProject https://thebibleproject.com/ They have a wonderful YouTube channel, podcast and teaching materials (including an app called “ReadingTheScripture” for reading the complete Bible). EXCELLENT resource for understanding the Bible


First 5 app https://first5.org/ from Proverbs 21. They offer in depth drives into the books of the Bible.


Kelly O Stanley does wonderful monthly prayer prompt calendar https://kellyostanley.com/


TheResetGirl https://www.theresetgirl.com/ Cori is a planner girl, Christian and crafty gal. She also has a podcast https://thefirstloveclub.podbean.com/

Illustratedfaith is also a Christian crafty gal’s dream. https://www.illustratedfaith.com/

Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross. Even though I am not Catholic, I find so much value in this daily devotional. https://www.ivpress.com/living-the-christian-year

TheRockChurch San Diego https://www.sdrock.com/ I use the sermons, sermon notes and they do have a daily app (which I don’t use). They are currently doing a 21 day fast with daily emails. In the past they have had daily prayer meetings via facebook.

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

Amy Hale https://www.instagram.com/amyhale/

APP for Christian Mediation: ABIDE

GOAL SETTING and LIFESTYLE

Cultivate what matters PowerSheets is so helpful in identifying and following through on your goals. https://cultivatewhatmatters.com/collections/2019-powersheets-and-accessories

https://www.instagram.com/cultivatewhatmatters/

Simplified https://www.instagram.com/simplified/

FITNESS

Blogilates has a great workout calendar and challenges https://www.instagram.com/blogilates/

https://www.blogilates.com/

The Domestic Geek https://inspiredentertainment.com/inspired-eats/


I hope this new year bring joy and happiness to all!

Follow up to fasting

The 21 day fast crept by like a slug across a bridge.  Not having candy wasn’t really that hard for me. Coke on the other hand was a constant battle!  I woke up every morning wanting to crack open that Mexican Coke. When I was tired or just needed to a pick me up, I wanted a Coke.  I realize that I also use Coke to replace a meal. So, what now?    As a habit I am trying to break or at least decrease, I am going to start there.  I will start with one Coke per morning with the goal of 2 per month or special occasions.  I don’t want to tell myself NO I can’t have it, but I also don’t want it to be a daily habit. Over the next month I will be working on this goal.    Candy, not as big of a deal.  I will bring a snack pack to work or something to eat.  I will also find substitutes. Since it’s summer, I will hit up the farmers markets once a week for cherries, strawberries and peaches.  If I have the fruit cut and ready, I will eat them.     UPDATED PLAN     1. Meal plan on Tuesdays (allowing for some meals that just need warming up)    2. Only one Coke each morning for a week    3. Continue to incorporate tea and water in daily.  Get all 64oz in each day.    4. Track all FOOD and water!    5. Attend weekly farmers markets with a list    6. Plan for snacks    I think this plan with help me bridge the gap between where I am and where I am going.  I will journal what I am feeling each evening.       Note, there is no exercise because I had a procedure on my leg that doesn’t allow me to swim or work up a sweat for 2 weeks.  I will get up and walk as much as I can though. Monitoring my steps daily and including the information in my daily journal.     Where are you in your health journey?  What tips or tricks do you use to stay motivated?        

The 21 day fast crept by like a slug across a bridge.  Not having candy wasn’t really that hard for me. Coke on the other hand was a constant battle!  I woke up every morning wanting to crack open that Mexican Coke. When I was tired or just needed to a pick me up, I wanted a Coke.  I realize that I also use Coke to replace a meal. So, what now?

As a habit I am trying to break or at least decrease, I am going to start there.  I will start with one Coke per morning with the goal of 2 per month or special occasions.  I don’t want to tell myself NO I can’t have it, but I also don’t want it to be a daily habit. Over the next month I will be working on this goal.

Candy, not as big of a deal.  I will bring a snack pack to work or something to eat.  I will also find substitutes. Since it’s summer, I will hit up the farmers markets once a week for cherries, strawberries and peaches.  If I have the fruit cut and ready, I will eat them.

UPDATED PLAN

1. Meal plan on Tuesdays (allowing for some meals that just need warming up)

2. Only one Coke each morning for a week

3. Continue to incorporate tea and water in daily.  Get all 64oz in each day.

4. Track all FOOD and water!

5. Attend weekly farmers markets with a list

6. Plan for snacks

I think this plan with help me bridge the gap between where I am and where I am going.  I will journal what I am feeling each evening.   

Note, there is no exercise because I had a procedure on my leg that doesn’t allow me to swim or work up a sweat for 2 weeks.  I will get up and walk as much as I can though. Monitoring my steps daily and including the information in my daily journal.

Where are you in your health journey?  What tips or tricks do you use to stay motivated?   

 

Fasting

Fasting seems to be all the fad lately.  But from the Bible we know that it has been around for thousands of years.  In the Bible, fasting was a way to get God to notice us or come closer to Him.  I knew God was trying to say something to me when two of the two sermons that I watched (one at my church and the other I watched online) both implored God’s people to fast as a way to enter God’s presence and ask Him to hear our cries.       http://cornerstoneweb.org/sermon/the-making-of-a-leader-week-4/      https://www.sdrock.com/messages/2018-06-03/     I am going to fast for 21 days.  There are many ways to do this. Or things you can fast from.  My fast is going to focus on coke and candy. I drink more coke than water or tea or ANY other thing I put in my mouth.  Because it is also a difficult thing for me to give up, I will need God to lean on and help me break the bonds of my dependence.       13 Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14     What God is telling me, is that I can drink and drink and drink cokes forever, but I will still be unfulfilled.  If I drink the water that Jesus provides, I won’t be thirsty. Thirsty for emotional support and comfort. The way Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, changed her entire life.  He wants to do the same with me. He wants me to know that it’s ok to make scary choices. God will be with me forever. He wants to show me respect and love, as He did with the Samaritan woman.  I just need to receive it.     It is also a reminder that I need to provide my body with the physical water Jesus provides to keep it healthy.    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675  This article summarizes how important water is to our bodies for weight loss and maintenance.  Don’t ignore this very important step in fasting and weight loss.     Ways to incorporate more water:    1. Get a new water bottle.  Pick one that speaks to you so you love using it.    2. Get a water filter if you need one.    3. Add fruits and vegetables to water if you want variety.    4. Tea is a great way to push water.  Don’t add sugar or milk. As I am trying to break a sugar habit, I won’t add honey.     5. Reach out to two friends that will support your fast.  Text them daily, for a quick update or word of encouragement.     6. Take a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE you go!    7. Find a scripture to use this week for added support.  Here is mine.      5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  1 Corinthians 7:5     This verse reminds us that without self-control, we leave ourselves wide open for the devil to jump right in.  We need to close that door by handing over control to Jesus. I need to give the keys to my heart, mind and soul to Jesus.  Only He can provide the missing pieces in my life. He can’t do it alone. Without fasting and praying, I don’t give Jesus that “in” that He needs to change me.  Fasting and prayer go hand in hand. Do not do one without the other. My mind staying on Jesus will remind me of my goals and give me the resolve to make each day better than the one before.  

Fasting seems to be all the fad lately.  But from the Bible we know that it has been around for thousands of years.  In the Bible, fasting was a way to get God to notice us or come closer to Him.  I knew God was trying to say something to me when two of the two sermons that I watched (one at my church and the other I watched online) both implored God’s people to fast as a way to enter God’s presence and ask Him to hear our cries.  

http://cornerstoneweb.org/sermon/the-making-of-a-leader-week-4/

https://www.sdrock.com/messages/2018-06-03/

I am going to fast for 21 days.  There are many ways to do this. Or things you can fast from.  My fast is going to focus on coke and candy. I drink more coke than water or tea or ANY other thing I put in my mouth.  Because it is also a difficult thing for me to give up, I will need God to lean on and help me break the bonds of my dependence.  

13 Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

What God is telling me, is that I can drink and drink and drink cokes forever, but I will still be unfulfilled.  If I drink the water that Jesus provides, I won’t be thirsty. Thirsty for emotional support and comfort. The way Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, changed her entire life.  He wants to do the same with me. He wants me to know that it’s ok to make scary choices. God will be with me forever. He wants to show me respect and love, as He did with the Samaritan woman.  I just need to receive it.

It is also a reminder that I need to provide my body with the physical water Jesus provides to keep it healthy.   https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675 This article summarizes how important water is to our bodies for weight loss and maintenance.  Don’t ignore this very important step in fasting and weight loss.

Ways to incorporate more water:

1. Get a new water bottle.  Pick one that speaks to you so you love using it.

2. Get a water filter if you need one.

3. Add fruits and vegetables to water if you want variety.

4. Tea is a great way to push water.  Don’t add sugar or milk. As I am trying to break a sugar habit, I won’t add honey.

5. Reach out to two friends that will support your fast.  Text them daily, for a quick update or word of encouragement.

6. Take a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE you go!

7. Find a scripture to use this week for added support.  Here is mine.

5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  1 Corinthians 7:5

This verse reminds us that without self-control, we leave ourselves wide open for the devil to jump right in.  We need to close that door by handing over control to Jesus. I need to give the keys to my heart, mind and soul to Jesus.  Only He can provide the missing pieces in my life. He can’t do it alone. Without fasting and praying, I don’t give Jesus that “in” that He needs to change me.  Fasting and prayer go hand in hand. Do not do one without the other. My mind staying on Jesus will remind me of my goals and give me the resolve to make each day better than the one before.  

Day Three

Day 3    February 10    Breakfast: 2 eggs with 2oz ham, handful of fresh spinach, 1 Tbsp of shredded mexican cheese, raisin bread with 1 tsp of butter, a Mexican coke    Lunch: leftover chicken and veggie stir fry with 1 tsp of sweet chili sauce    Dinner: one slice of cheese pizza with green bell peppers and carrots    Snacks: air popped popcorn, one Izzy grapefruit beverage, coke zero (12oz)    Water: 68oz    Sleep (Feb 9-10) 8 hours    I don’t mind eating leftovers so you can see that I am repeating meals so they are not wasted. But I am done with the stir fry finally.  I am looking at an 10 hour work day today so I am bulking up breakfast and then bringing a sandwich to work with some fruits and veggies.  I really like the snack packs with cheese, pretzels, carrots and grapes.      Workout: 23 mins pilates (blogilates day 2), steps 13,244 flights of stairs: 56     Total calories burned: 675    Feeling: stressed emotionally but positive    Have a blessed day!       

Day 3

February 10

Breakfast: 2 eggs with 2oz ham, handful of fresh spinach, 1 Tbsp of shredded mexican cheese, raisin bread with 1 tsp of butter, a Mexican coke

Lunch: leftover chicken and veggie stir fry with 1 tsp of sweet chili sauce

Dinner: one slice of cheese pizza with green bell peppers and carrots

Snacks: air popped popcorn, one Izzy grapefruit beverage, coke zero (12oz)

Water: 68oz

Sleep (Feb 9-10) 8 hours

I don’t mind eating leftovers so you can see that I am repeating meals so they are not wasted. But I am done with the stir fry finally.  I am looking at an 10 hour work day today so I am bulking up breakfast and then bringing a sandwich to work with some fruits and veggies.  I really like the snack packs with cheese, pretzels, carrots and grapes.  

Workout: 23 mins pilates (blogilates day 2), steps 13,244 flights of stairs: 56

Total calories burned: 675

Feeling: stressed emotionally but positive

Have a blessed day!

 

 

Day Two

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Day Two

Yesterday I started my first official workout with the blogilates day one on the beginner’s calendar.  I exercise before I eat.  According to this study, you burn more fat when you don’t eat first.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20837645  I have seen this work for me in the past so I will continue this routine now.  

Just a note, on this blog, I will not be doing fasting, or juicing or any other fad diet.  In fact, I won’t be doing what is now popular, to remove sugar, gluten, alcohol, and dairy out of your diet for the first month then slowly add them back in.  I have found this just to be harmful to me.  Removing these foods will make your stomach and body really upset when you reintroduce them back into your diet.  Just like red meat, if you don’t eat it for awhile, it will upset your stomach when you start consuming it again.  This blog is about healthy lifestyle changes and eating “real” food.  Not a lot of processed food.  However,  I do have an addiction to coke that you will see that I allow myself one daily and a coke zero daily.  That’s just my thing and I am not ready to give it up right now.  

Yesterday’s meals:

Breakfast: 2 organic free range eggs with 2oz of ham steak (cubed) and 1 Tbsp of lite mexican shredded cheese.  I used spray oil to coat the pan before cooking.  One piece of raisin toast with 1 tsp of butter (yes, real butter).  One Mexican Coke.

Lunch: large portion of stir fry veggie with chicken tenders in Trader Joe's sweet chili sauce (see picture) sauteed in sesame oil (1tsp) for 3 minutes.  

Snacks: air popped popcorn, apples, pear, and orange

Dinner: 2 slices of raisin toast with 2 tsp of butter, coke zero with lemon(dinner was on the road on my way to work so I need to plan for these meals better in the future)

Water: 60oz

I feel good this morning.  Already did my workout and I am about to make breakfast.  I do have a fear about next week being a little difficult since I will be traveling to visit my mom.  I do tend to eat out a lot while visiting (good food and less expensive from the San Francisco area) and exercise less.  But I think I will just preplan what to order in restaurants and walk more.  Maybe try and get a quick workout in before I go to the airport.  

I hope this helps you rediscover what your weight loss journey looks like.  I hope you find that your life doesn’t have to be all carrots and celery.  Be blessed.

RESTART

Sometimes in life, you just fall off.  My weight loss journey is now restarting.  I will be posting a little every day to show what happened the day before.  I weighed in yesterday at 205lbs.  My goal weight is 157 lbs.  I got discouraged with the business not taking off.  My regular job has been very stressful for me.  Excuses, excuses.  No more excuses.    Yesterday I ate:    2 Flour taco (ground beef, refried beans, cheese), a Mexican Coke, apples, ¼ cup of trail mix, 1 cup of simply balanced organic sea salt popcorn, coke zero, water and more apples.    Steps: 18,442 Flights of Stairs: 82 and 988 calories burned  (according to my apple watch3)    Looking back on this day I didn’t have enough fruits and vegetables.  Today I will adjust this to a lunch and dinner of chicken tender with stirfry vegetables.  Also, I started my strength training with blogilates beginners calendar ( https://www.blogilates.com/new-beginners-calendar-2-0-for-2015/ ).      Use each day as a new day!  A new beginning.  On the days that I have a crazy schedule, I will add a relaxing yoga video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C-gxOE0j7s&t=17s  or  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI9upn4t9n8  ).  Sunday will be crazy (off work at 2:30am and back at 12:30pm) so I won’t be able to do a regular routine and I will be tired!      Do you need some help in getting your life restarted?   Follow me and let’s do it together!  Be blessed.      

Sometimes in life, you just fall off.  My weight loss journey is now restarting.  I will be posting a little every day to show what happened the day before.  I weighed in yesterday at 205lbs.  My goal weight is 157 lbs.  I got discouraged with the business not taking off.  My regular job has been very stressful for me.  Excuses, excuses.  No more excuses.

Yesterday I ate:

2 Flour taco (ground beef, refried beans, cheese), a Mexican Coke, apples, ¼ cup of trail mix, 1 cup of simply balanced organic sea salt popcorn, coke zero, water and more apples.

Steps: 18,442 Flights of Stairs: 82 and 988 calories burned  (according to my apple watch3)

Looking back on this day I didn’t have enough fruits and vegetables.  Today I will adjust this to a lunch and dinner of chicken tender with stirfry vegetables.  Also, I started my strength training with blogilates beginners calendar (https://www.blogilates.com/new-beginners-calendar-2-0-for-2015/).  

Use each day as a new day!  A new beginning.  On the days that I have a crazy schedule, I will add a relaxing yoga video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C-gxOE0j7s&t=17s or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI9upn4t9n8 ).  Sunday will be crazy (off work at 2:30am and back at 12:30pm) so I won’t be able to do a regular routine and I will be tired!  

Do you need some help in getting your life restarted?   Follow me and let’s do it together!  Be blessed.  

 

Getting in my summer workouts

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I am so blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area because of the weather.  We get super weather 95% of the year.  This allows me to create a workout schedule that I can usually stick to most of the year.  But there are those to can’t possibly swim in a lake in the winter or hike in a forest in the dead of winter.  So today I would encourage you to get out there before the summer weather turns chilly.

This is what I did the last couple of weeks.  

CAMPING TRIP!  Oh yeah, we had a family reunion camping trip in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in the Sierra Mountains of California.  It was three days of family, food and beautiful weather.  Here a picture of my site outside the trailer (my dad gave me his trailer for the trip).  Seeing this beauty, TOTALLY relaxed me!

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This is the sunset in the forest that looks like the trees are on fire.

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And the lake I swam in…

 

I can not tell you how relaxing this was for me!  I came back to the Bay Area positive, recharged and my spirit was filled.

Yesterday I took a hike in a local park and found this cool monument in a local park (Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland).  I just stumbled upon it. COOL!

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And this is the view!


 

Soak up this beautiful summer and walk on the wild side!  What have you been doing this summer to improve your wellness both physically and emotionally?