April 1, 2011

I Love A Good Challenge | And LOTS of Other Things...

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:
"Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” " - 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:

For just shipping ($4.99 for 25 packets worth $75!), Seeds of Change is giving away Millions of Organic SEEDS! (YAY!) I just ordered mine yesterday.  I would check this out quickly, even a million isn't as much as we'd think!  

Just until April 10, use code SEVCLEAN to get 15% off, plus subscribe and save (which you can cancel as soon as your order has shipped) gives another 15% off!  If you haven't heard of Amazon Mom yet and you buy any baby products (you don't have to be a mom!), check it out!  You get free 2-day Prime Shipping and 30% off all diapers and wipes (woot)!

My Freebies!!

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)

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