Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Update on Faithful Workouts December 23, 2017

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Now that I have been doing Faithful Workouts for about 23 weeks (I have lost track) I thought I would give you an update.

I am at a point where I am maintaining my weight, which is where I want to be. I don’t think I really need to lose anymore. I have lost between 20-25 pounds, depending on the day 🙂

I will be honest. I only use the Faithful Workouts website for the videos now. I am not overly impressed with the menu anymore. But it was a great place to start and got me pointed in the right direction so I know what I should be eating. Now I find most of my recipes on Pinterest, and I have found some great ones (and not so great). But without Faithful Workouts I wouldn’t know how to pick the meals and snacks I eat now.

My sister gave it a try. She has been working out regularly for years and she didn’t find the workouts very challenging. So I would say if you aren’t someone who workouts (that was me) this is a good place to start, it obviously worked for me. And this is a great place to maintain your weight. But you are someone who already works out then these exercises might not be for you. I still enjoy them and they are enough of a challenge for me.

After doing Faithful Workouts for 23 weeks would I pay for a year subscription? For me, no, I now do what I need to do and enjoy seeking out new and healthy recipes. But if you are someone who needs the structure of a menu and you know you won’t seek out healthy options on your own, then this is perfect for you. You know your habits. I am a pretty driven person and once I put my mind to something I won’t stop. If you know you lack follow through and motivation (be honest) the menus will be great for you. It’s a one stop shop!

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

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Has It Really Been Fourteen Weeks? October 27, 2017

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So I went back to my last post I did on my health journey and I can’t believe I am finishing week fourteen. Wow.

I shouldn’t be surprised, the results have shown themselves for me. Faithful Workouts works, no doubt about it.

The crazy part is I weigh only about five pounds less than I did a couple of years ago but I am down 2-3 sizes (depending on the style). That has to be because of working out and how it is reshaping my body. I haven’t been this size since early in my marriage.

The thing I am still loving about Faithful Workouts is the fact that I have a daily reminder to keep this focused on God and Him getting the glory, not me.

Here is the thing I am discovering: this isn’t just something I’m doing until I get to a certain weight, I am about where I want to be. No. This is about a new lifestyle. When people ask about a diet I say, “This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.” My husband makes fun of me for this…all in love, of course.

If it isn’t something I can maintain for the rest of my life then I will slowly put the weight back on. What I am doing I can do forever. I don’t feel deprived, I feel revived. I am putting good things into my body and it feels good. Things God created for us to enjoy. Yes, it takes A LOT more time and effort to cook and there are days I wish I could open a box of something frozen and throw it in the oven, but in the long run it is worth it.

And yes, I still eat bad once in a while. I would say once a week I eat a meal or a snack that is totally bad for me. But I don’t care because I know the rest of the days of the week I am making wise choices.

If you haven’t taken a look at the website yet I encourage you to do so. Click here.

A free membership was given to me by Faithful Workouts. All opinions are my own. 

 

Finishing Week Nine of Healthy Living September 22, 2017

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It’s been a few weeks since I have blogged about Faithful Workouts. Life has been a crazy whirlwind of back to work and running kids where they need to be.

Things are still going well. This week I wasn’t as “faithful” with my workouts. I had a bad cold so I slept in one morning and today I overslept a bit so I had to cut my workout short.  But eating is going well.

The key, I have found, is planning ahead. For example, if I know I am going to be somewhere during a time I will get hungry I pack something healthy to eat. Tuesday my daughter had a volleyball game almost an hour away. This ran right into dinner. I toyed with the idea of stopping at McDonald’s but ended up packing some pecans to eat on the way home so I could then eat supper later. Thinking ahead has saved me a lot of cheating. However, I totally did get McDonald’s a couple of weeks ago after a different volleyball game. But I believe as long as this isn’t a regular occurrence it is totally fine.

What do I think of Faithful Workouts still?

I like it. But I have found a lot of repeats of the menu and my family would not be okay with that. I was disappointed in the September menu as it was pretty much the same at the July and there are many repeated meals in the same month. I like variety. Thankfully, I have learned the “rules” to better eating and have been finding my own recipes on Pinterest and started some boards so I can plan out my menus using that as well.

Overall, the plan is working for me.  I am still losing weight but I bit more slowly. I won’t know about my cholesterol for a year but I have to think that is getting better as well.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Week Three To Better Health and Giveaway August 11, 2017

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I wanted to remind everyone that there is a giveaway going on for a one-year free membership to Faithful Workouts. Leave a comment by August 18th for your chance to win. Or you can do a 30-day free trial by going here.

My week went pretty good. I am finding I am less hungry between meals and can even resist things that I typically caved to (like getting a milkshake and Steak ‘n Shake yesterday when my hubby wanted one — I totally appreciate that they list the calories, that really put things in perspective for me, I got an iced tea instead).

I have exercised everyday this week (except weekends), however today was tough.

First I had trouble falling asleep last night even though I was so tired and then I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep. I didn’t feel like exercising but I got up anyway. My computer was moving crazy slow and when it did work the video froze. This was my computers fault because every program was running slow.

So I got out my iPad and that worked good until I got a page that said there was an error and had to reload. Ugh.

Funny thing is the message that Michelle talks about this week is that the enemy will do anything to discourage us from doing this. I had to say it was working pretty well this morning. My husband walked in while she was talking and I was grumpy and he said I was listening to the lies. And I was.

I will keep on pressing on. Just got groceries again so I have a bunch of new recipes to try for the next couple of weeks. I also discovered a new-to-me grocery store that had amazing produce that I will pop into when what I currently have it gone. My kids loved it!!!

Remember leave a comment for your chance to win a one-year membership to Faithful Workouts. It doesn’t hurt to try (except maybe your muscles 🙂 

 

Two Weeks On My Journey To Health (and a giveaway) August 4, 2017

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Hey, everyone. I had every intention of writing last Friday after I did my fifth workout that week but I woke up with a horrible case of vertigo and could barely move without the world spinning so that didn’t happen.

But now I am writing…

Two weeks ago I did the workouts only, I did them Monday-Thursday (I did end up walking with some friends Friday night). The Faithful Workouts are fun. I feel almost like Michelle is becoming my friend. She is definitely someone I would hangout with.

The cool thing about the workouts is you can do them at your level of ability. In each video there is someone doing it high impact, low impact and even someone sitting in a chair if you need to begin there or go there at any point during the workout. In education we call this differentiated instruction 🙂

During the workouts Christian music is playing and Michelle will share what God is revealing to her. It’s just a great way to start your day.

Week two I started the meal plan. Can I say WOW? I have been so impressed with the recipes, they are GOOD!! I love food, I am a meat and potatoes girl, but I am learning the God created these other awesome foods that I don’t eat and I need to and they are fuel for my body. Our God sure is creative when it comes to flavors. We need to taste and see that He is good.

Everyday she gives you each meal and two snacks. I have to say I have leftovers often and don’t do the next days lunch and will eat the leftovers instead, which means I am spending less money at the grocery store. Speaking of that, my grocery bill was no more than it typically is, I was worried about this, but what I noticed was I spent most of my money in produce instead of the frozen food section, I was walking right past all of that stuff. It felt good.

Have I cheated this week on the meal plan? Yep. I have. Twice.

One night I was planning on following the meal plan and made salmon. I’m not a big fish eater but everything I had tried from the meal plan was so good I thought let’s try this recipe. Yeah, I still don’t like salmon, too fishy. Unfortunately, the kids were having mini corn dogs and fries so I ended up eating some. But I didn’t beat myself up about it.

Then last night I took the kids out for supper to celebrate finishing painting my son’s room in three days. We worked hard. I could have gotten a salad that would have gone right in with the things I know I SHOULD eat. But I got a turkey bacon wrap instead and I drank a Coke. But I don’t feel bad about it. I am making progress and working out five days a week, this is a huge improvement for me.

Even today, I am camping and I can’t do the workouts in the camper, so I went for a walk then I came back and did strength and core exercises (videos on the website) in the camper since I’m not jumping around. So I can make this work no matter what.

Overall I have a lot of energy and just feel very positive about the changes I am making. I need to remind myself that my goal is better health, not weight loss, this is a new way of thinking for me.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!

Michelle is offering you a gift if you’re interested. She will be giving away a 1-year membership of her f4 plan (which is what I am doing) to one person.

Leave a comment by Friday, August 18th to be entered in the drawing. 

FREE STUFF FOR YOU!!!!!

Michelle is also offering everyone a free 30-day trail if you want to just try it out right away (or if you don’t win the drawing). Click here for that. 

Knowing that I am blogging about my progress helps me stay on track so I am grateful for you all who read this and follow (or join) me on this journey.

Remember, leave a comment to be entered to win a 1-year membership. Here’s the website if you want to take a look: https://www.faithfulworkouts.com/