Category Archive Health & Exercise

ByAngie

Scriptures To Encourage Healthy Living (With Free Printable)

I’ve been trying really hard the last few months to get in shape. With the help of Plexus, I have lost 54 lbs since the last week of April. ¬†I also have less pain (MUCH less) from my joints/fibromyalgia issues. Since losing all that weight, I am feeling more inspired to embark on other paths to becoming healthier. I’m trying to get in an exercise routine, drink more water, and take better care of myself in other ways as well.

Now, in no way do I claim to be doing everything I can (though I would like to), but I am trying. I decided to put some scriptures to encourage healthy living up around the house in strategic places to remind me of the changes I am making. Since I was typing these up for myself, I thought maybe someone else would like to have a copy too.

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The reason I chose Galatians 5:22-23 is pretty self-explanatory, especially since I have self-control in a larger font than any of the other words. I am placing this passage on my refrigerator and inside the cabinet for our pantry. With this scripture in my face every time I feel like snacking, I can stop and think about what and why I am reaching for something to eat. Am I really hungry, or am I bored, thirsty, emotional, etc? Should I really be getting chips? Because occasionally that is okay, but maybe I should be cutting up some veggies instead. If I am reminded to use self-control with my eating, a lot of good can be done instead of “just this once” turning into “just this time every day at the exact minute”.

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Ecclesiastes 10:18 is going above my tv, and maybe inside my Kindle case. There are many times that I could be doing something active, but would rather do something else that does not use a single muscle. Now, as I stated above, I do have joint issues and fibromyalgia. However, that does not give me a free pass to never work out at all. There is also a kind of funny/embarrassing aspect to why I chose this scripture: I need to be reminded to do kegels. I don’t want my house leaking… I don’t think anyone else wants my house leaking either. In fact, it’s pretty frowned upon. ūüėČ No reason a few¬†can’t be done every time I sit down in the living room, right?

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I am always beating myself up for my appearance. Saying that I lack self-esteem is an understatement. But I know deep down in my heart that I am beautiful in God’s sight. Proverbs 31:30 is going to be taped to the mirror on my vanity, so that when I am preparing to leave the house I will read those words and not walk out the door in a foul mood. It will also make me sing “That Kinda Girl” by DC Talk. Who doesn’t love a little memory from the Free At Last album in their day? If that doesn’t put me in a good mood, well, something must be really wrong that day.

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Can you guess where I will be taping John 7:38? If you guessed inside the fridge, you guessed right. This is for a couple of reasons: to drink more water and to remember who the life-giver is… and if I want to be healthy in this life I need to take care of His temple. I have always hated water. The taste, the way my stomach feels after drinking it, just everything. I don’t know why. But if I add a few flavor drops or infuse it with water, I handle it fine. Whatever it takes, I need to have more of it for many reasons.

 

Soon I may add more scriptures to encourage healthy living to my decor, but for now these are the 4 I am going to focus on. I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Like how I through Philippians 4:13 in there? Did you see my post about that on our Facebook page yesterday? Maybe next I will put up some scriptures to encourage housework…)

 

To learn more about Plexus, click the blog button below or go directly to Alicia’s Plexus site by clicking here. I truly tried every route my doctor suggested for a few years without any success. This has been the only thing that has worked for me so far. An answer to prayer!

Click here or the image below to download your Scriptures To Encourage Healthy Living free printable.

Scriptures To Encourage Healthy Living - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

 

And just for fun…

Do you have any scriptures that encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle? I’d love to know what they are! Please share in the comments.

ByEmily

Emily’s Week 8 Final Update (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

 

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

 

I loved Kasey’s honesty on her final ‘Recapturing Your Beautiful’ blog at walkingredeemed.org.

 

Some of it felt like it was written from my point of view! Like Kasey, I struggled with only being moderately active verses being intentionally active. Unlike Kasey, however, I didn’t have very good excuses! :/

 

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That being said, I absolutely loved participating in this challenge and I’m so glad that I did. Truth- I could’ve done a LOT better than what I did. But I don’t care. If it wasn’t for this challenge, I wouldn’t have done anything. I would’ve just kept going on as usual. So thanks to this challenge, I actually DID. Yes, I could’ve/should’ve done more, but I’m thrilled that I can say that I did what I did.

 

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And I know I’ve said this over and over, but I’m not stopping here! I’m going to keep at it and continue to challenge myself even more. How about you? If you participated in this challenge, how did it go? Please let us know!

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 7 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

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Fitness Update Week 7

 

During week 7, I didn’t do too many normal work outs, but I made up for it by working out in other ways. “Like how?” you may ask. Well, like moving furniture (heavy stuff: couches), for instance. It wasn’t normal, but I felt it!

Being that I’m coming up on the last week of the challenge, I’m determined to give it my all. I’ve slacked off in week 7 and that made me sad at myself. My plan is to finish out the challenge with a bang, and as previously stated, to keep going even when it’s over.

 

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Would you pray for me this week? I would love to be able to give you a week 8 update that tells how awesome I did. Lol! However, I know that to be able to do so will require much discipline and self-control on my part. Will you please pray that I have strength to persevere? I certainly appreciate it!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 6 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

Fitness Update Week 6

I didn’t do very well during week 6 at all. This week, however, it wasn’t due to lack of motivation or anything like that. It was due to such a busy week that there really wasn’t time to squeeze in any workouts. Early mornings, late nights, hectic schedule. Most nights, by the time I got home, I was completely exhausted. One day I went to take a shower and realized that I never took one the day before and I had no idea! Yes, it was that crazy!

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It’s not an excuse. It is truly true. And I must say, I actually missed my work outs. Week 7 should be a much slower and calmer week, so I hope to play catch up. Especially with just two weeks left of the challenge.

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As stated before, I plan on keeping it up even when the eight weeks are over. I never thought I’d enjoy exercising, but I do. I think it’s because I’m not a bossy monster about it. I’m not holding myself to such high standards that I’m not meeting my expectations and as I’ve mentioned several times already, I understand that life happens. Sticking to a routine is not easy. It’s not like television shows. Actual reality is involved. But, I’m gonna keep going, even when I have terrible (or almost nonexistent) workout weeks like Week 6. ūüôā

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 5 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful?¬†Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

Fitness Update Week 5

Okay, I’m not gonna lie. I’m pretty sure that instead of doing more each week, I’ve been doing less. And I’ve definitely come no where near to meeting the goals I had laid out for me each week.

 

Again, I’m not gonna lie…I’m only a little disappointed at this. I’m not as disappointed as I think I should be. Why?

 

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Because although I’m not doing as well as I thought I should be, I’m still doing something. Before this challenge, I wasn’t doing anything! I may not be doing as many workouts/sit ups/push ups/et c as I had planned for myself, and I may not be doing as many as I could be, but I’m doing something. I am much more active than before and I have started drinking a lot more water than before.

 

So I’m not as fit as an aerobics instructor. So I’m not as fit as an athlete. So I still have a long way to go. So what! I’m a busy mom who hasn’t given up and don’t plan to. Not even when this 8 week challenge is over.

 

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It’s week 5. Don’t worry if you aren’t where you think should be. Just be glad you aren’t where you were. ūüėČ

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 4 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful?¬†Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

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I have made it halfway!!!!!!! Yes, that deserves an overabundance of exclamation points! If you’re participating in this fitness challenge with me, then I’m sure you understand.

Week 4 has been my worst week. Not hardest, worst. I was busy, not feeling well, tired, no energy, etc… was just glad to get in what I could.

To be honest, it hasn’t been extremely hard or anything. The outline I chose is not hard for me at all. In fact, I’m actually enjoying it and hoping that I stick to it for more than the 8 weeks of the challenge. Not hard, but challenging (I guess that’s why it’s called a fitness challenge, huh?). It’s a challenge to find the time to stick to it. It’s a challenge to decide I’m going to throw this work out in even though I have a headache or even though I just want to fall onto my bed and crash into sleep.

 

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Yes, it’s a challenge. And yes, this challenge is halfway over. But I am not giving up! I’ve finally realized that it’s not about doing more or meeting the goals I’ve set, or topping last week, but it’s about actually doing something. I am actually putting forth an effort verses never even trying. I may not be where I thought I’d be or doing all I thought I’d be during this challenge, but at least I’m doing it and I’m still in it.

What about you? Are you struggling to stick with the challenge? Let us know how it’s going. And please make sure you are checking in every Monday at walkingredeemed.org. The spiritual is even more important than the physical, and it will definitely help you make it through!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 3 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful?¬†Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right. Starting The Year Off Right

I wrote a sweet little limerick…it’s called “Ode to Week 3.” It goes like this,

Week three

Week three

Oh, how I hateth thee

¬† Isn’t it lovely? Okay, now for the truth. It’s not so much that I hated the week, but more that I’m very unhappy with how poorly I did. I allow myself a little grace, but I know that I honestly could’ve done much better. ¬† Recapturing Your Beautiful ¬† ¬† That being said, I finally got my rear end in gear on Friday. Pretty late in the game? Tell me about it! However, I was determined to step it up a notch to try to make up for the beginning of the week. By the end of my Friday work outs, I was feeling a mixture of guilt and pride. Proud of myself for all that I was able to accomplish, and guilty for not working that hard before. ¬† My goal for next week is definitely to be more consistent. ¬† How about you? If you’re participating in the “Recapturing Your Beautiful” 8 week fitness challenge, let us know how it’s going. We’d love to hear from you! ¬†

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Updates For Weeks 1 & 2 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With WalkingRedeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

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Week 1

To be honest, I had some great days and some blah days.

I started Monday and did everything my outline required except the sit ups and push ups. And considering I woke up not feeling great Monday, I was glad I got through what I did. Then Tuesday morning rolled around and I did good to get through one work-out. I started to feel worse than on Monday, not to mention my extremely sore muscles from my Monday work outs. Yep, I told you I was out of shape!

 

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Wednesday was a complete bust and I didn’t even care cause I still wasn’t feeling too well, so thank God for today—Terrific Thursday! Thursday has been my best day yet and while I’m thrilled that I did a tad above and beyond to make up for the blah days, I know I’m going to pay for it tomorrow!

 

Thursday was the first day I incorporated my sit ups and push ups, but I did even more than double my week 1 daily requirement AND I drank double for my water intake. Like I mentioned in the beginning, my customized outline is probably considered pretty easy peasy. Yet for me, it’s great and challenging. It’s great because I can do a little here and there throughout the day (I never try to cram it all in at once). It’s challenging because although it seems like super simple stuff, I had no fitness routine/regiment prior to joining ‘Recapturing Your Beautiful.’ I’m starting from scratch and making it work. These are giant steps for me!

 

I’m enjoying the progress I’ve made so far and not beating myself up for doing less than 100%. It’s only Week 1 and I’m definitely a beginner. Overall, I give myself a B-, BUT…the week isn’t over! ūüėČ

 

Wanna know what keeps me motivated?
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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

 

Week 2

I have once again surprised myself.

 

I think having an accountability partner, weekly check-ins, and promised weekly updates for you all really pays off. And I am very okay with that. :o)

 

As for Sundays, I plan to keep it simple and take a small break, as I did this week. I start my workouts back up on Monday and after getting through weeks 1 and 2, I’ve noticed three things.

 

¬†1. It’s okay to have a day that doesn’t work out (and I’m not counting my Sunday breaks). Sometimes there’s a day where I can’t seem to muster any extra strength, I have run and run and there’s no extra time, or I’ve had a major headache and exercise is out of the question, etc. Don’t stress! Life happens. You don’t quit because of one day. You just start again the next day.

 
2. Thursday is my power day! Well, at least this has proved to be true so far. I’m not sure why, but this is something else I’m very okay with. Maybe it’s because it took me all week to get motivated! ūüėČ Who knows? I just hope this pattern continues.

 
3. If children are anywhere around, then you can forget the possibility of doing ¬†any kind of exercising alone (at least this is true for me and my two daughters). ¬†And let me tell you, they will for sure motivate if not irritate you into getting in your workout for the day. “Aren’t you gonna do your exercising, Mom? Aren’t you gonna do it?” They see you reaching for the remote or walking towards the tv, ¬†“Are you getting ready to do your exercise dance, Mom? Let’s do it! Oh you’re not doing it right now? Can I do it then????” or “Hey, Mom, is it time to do our dancing? Can I turn our music on now so we can dance? We can play freeze dance, too! Let’s do it!”¬† (There is only about 2% of exaggeration here.)

 

Other observations? I have done above and beyond my requirements of drinking one cup of water a day. It’s amazing what you can do if you just. do. it. Remember,

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

 

Are you participating in the “Recapturing Your Beautiful” 8 week fitness challenge? If so, please chime in and let us know how it’s going so far. I’d love to hear from you!¬†

ByAngie

How I Manage To Homeschool With A Chronic Illness

I absolutely love homeschooling. I get to spend more time with my kids, watch the light bulb turn on in their head when they learn a new concept, protect them from worldly influences, and more. But I’ll be honest, it does have challenges. Having a chronic illness brings even more hurdles.

6 tips for homeschooling with a chronic illness

It took a little bit of time, but I eventually figured out some ways to homeschool with a chronic illness and keep our family thriving. Is it a perfect system? Not a chance. But it works. My kids are learning, I’m not bringing on more pain, and everything flows.

Today I’m guest posting over at Homeschool Encouragement with 6 Tips For Homeschooling With A Chronic Illness. I would love for you to come over there and visit with me! If you know someone that homeschools with a chronic illness, be sure to send them the link to Homeschool Encouragement as well. I’d love to chat with them.

See you there!

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Happy Tuesday!

Tommy, 2 years ago, "helping" me exercise.

Well, here we are. Another Tuesday. Another opportunity to enjoy the gift of life that our Lord has given us.

I don’t have much on the agenda today. A little homeschool with Tommy, make a few lap books, and hopefully finish up a sewing project I’ve been working on the last few months.

Oh, and yeah, I’m starting back to my diet today. Thankfully, I only gained 2lbs since I took my break a few weeks ago.

Last night I laid in bed tossing and turning. All I could think of was how much I miss exercising. I haven’t made a true effort to stick to a regular work out routine in some time. I miss the endorphins, the soreness, the awareness that I was doing something good for myself. So, another goal for today is to get everything in place to start back right away. This will include setting up our forgotten DVD player for my workout DVDs (Richard Simmons’ “Sweatin’ To The Oldies” & Lindsay Brin’s “Postnatal Bootcamp”), putting batteries in my Wii balance board, and finding all my workout clothes and putting them in one place. I’m so excited!

As a result, I couldn’t get this good ol’ song from Saved By The Bell out of my head:

Put your mind to it, go for it. Get down and break a sweat… Rock n Roll… You ain’t seen nothing yet!

Is it in your head too now? Good. Because that was my goal.

Thankfully, God put a new song in my heart this morning. “Our God Reigns”! Hallelujah!

How lovely are the mountains at the feet of Him

Who brings good news, Good news!

Something to shout about!

Time to go teach my little guy about community helpers. Preschool is just too much fun, no?