Spring is here, Happy April! Kick off your shoes, grab a seat and enjoy the coming beauty of this gorgeous (and short for you fellow Texans) season!
For those of you who don't know what SSMT is all about, it is Beth Moore's "Siesta Scripture Memory Team," where women all over the world commit to memorizing 24 scriptures in a year, 1 verse on the 1st and 15th of every month! If you want more info go here, and don't be afraid to join now, "late" is better than never! Today is verse 7!!! I have chosen Numbers 23:19 (NLT):
"God is not a man, so He does not lie.
He is not human, so He does not change His mind.
Has He ever spoken and failed to act?
Has He ever promised and not carried it through?"What I LOVE about SSMT is that it is a challenge of the best kind; a goal to strive towards, with eternal value! I love a good challenge, especially physically (health, fitness, nutrition) and I'll share a few of my current favorites with you, but this is the BEST because...as the Bible says:
" - 1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)So! With that covered, I challenge you to make a greater investment in your eternity than your physicality (double checked to make sure this really is a word). I'm sure that looks different for everyone; for me memorizing scripture is HUGE and a true challenge. I also try to start my day (no matter how early) in conversation with Jesus, reading His Word, praying, worshipping and LISTENING! =) I'm far from perfect, and my greatest hurdle right now is consistency - but I'm SO grateful for God's Grace, because it even covers my perfectionism (and many other flaws)!!!
I do, however, think that "physical training is good!" So, I've mentioned a few things before (Jillian Michaels and more Jillian Michaels); tools that I love to help me get healthier and stronger! Here are a few more:
Tom Ventuo seems to have a REALLY balanced way of looking at health, fitness and nutrition. My favorite chapters of his book The Body Fat Solution (which has made a HUGE impact on how I see and do things), are actually chapters on goal setting and retraining how you think (about yourself, food, etc.)! Really cool stuff! *Disclosure: there is a picture of Tom on his page without a shirt - I guess for a natural bodybuilder it's pretty normal to walk around without a shirt (?), just a heads up!* ;)
Of course, Jillian Michaels videos have been great tools for me (I think I have 7 now), but I don't go much into her products and internet stuff, not that it's not good, just not for me.
Latest find (and great 8 week challenge) is ToneitUp (thanks Rebecca)! I have just barely started searching through their blog and youtube video archives (150+)! I love what I've found so far though. They stick to the same guidelines nutritionally that I've learned with Tom Venuto and style of training as Jillian Michaels. And even cooler, they have recipes, tips, and full workout routines online, free! *Another Disclosure: their whole challenge right now is Bikini Body (getting ready for summer), so lots of workouts with them in bikini's, if that bothers you just skip past this one* ;)
Other Things I Love:
I finally got my Target Beauty Bag in the mail! It was pretty cool, some cute travel size items and coupons! Also great for stocking my future guest-bathroom-goodies-basket. =) Just thought I'd share the excitement with you!
New Hairdo: Fishtail How To Video!
(I am always looking for new fun things to do with my hair)