Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Top 5 Tips To Stay Fit Without a Gym!

It's Fun Friday and I'm sharing some great workout tips.  Fortunately I've never struggled with working out (it's the good eating that always throws me for a loop).  I've always enjoyed going to the gym. So you can imagine when I moved to my rural community I was stressed with the fact that there wasn't a gym nearby.  Needless to say, I had to get creative on staying fit.  My business travel schedule, community and church obligations didn't make finding time to work out any easier.  I realized that my creative juices would have to flow on a alternative way to stay fit.  Here are some of my fun, no gym needed workouts:

  • Walk/run intervals through the neighborhood
    • Cardiovascular exercise is the foundation of most of my work- outs.  The light posts in my neighborhood provide a great way to walk & run in equal distance from the back to the front of the subdivision.  I will normally walk, jog, or sprint in intervals between each light post.

  • Jumping jacks
    • The distance from the front to the back of my neighborhood is about one mile.  There are 20 light posts along the path.  I will complete 10-20 jumping jacks at each light post followed by a brisk walk or light jog in between each post.

  • Stair climbing
    • I have a two story home and I try to use my stairs as much as possible.  For example, I will separate our laundry upstairs which forces me to climb the stairs every time I need to place in a new load of laundry.

  • Playground toning
My three year old loves the playground.  I had to find creative ways to work out and take him outside.  Fortunately our playground area is fenced.  I will run around the fenced area for about 5-10 minutes.  This provides a great warm up.  After running, I will use the benches for tricep dips, push ups, squats, lunges, and ab work.  I am worn out after completing about 3-5 sets of 10 with each outing.

  • Sit down
    • Every time you sit down and get up, you work your leg muscles.  While watching your favorite show, sit down and stand up about 100-150 times.  You are guaranteed to feel the burn.
Whether you visit a gym or use the great outdoors for your workout, just keep moving! (Posted by Renee)

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Innumerable Thoughts!

I matter for my BOYS!

Have you ever thought about how much you matter?  
Do you really believe that you are important?  
Do you truly know that you were created for purpose? 
Do you just think that purpose is for other people?

I have wrestled with all of the above questions.  I made the mistake of trying to please others and find my worth in them.  We all see people on the main stage of life who've made great impact.  I often think about the wonderful contributions of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks.  I also think about Steve Jobs that changed the entire face of technology.  But what about you and me?

Leadership and influence seems to come so easy for some.  They have eloquent speech, can build a school for impoverished youth or go on a missions trip without any hesitation.  But what about the young girl or boy just trying to be accepted in middle school.  The mom who wants desperately to fit into her new social network.  The college student who has to struggle to make friends in a new environment.

Seriously-Do you really matter?  

If you are like me you like to play it safe just to stay "under the radar"? You don't want to make any bold or risky moves in life because the thought of failing scares you. 

I've learned over the years that life matters.  Not just for me but for ALL people.  We were all created for a greater purpose than just work and school.  In each of our everyday settings, we have influence.  It doesn't matter how old we are.  We have the ability to influence our kids, local communities and also our co-workers.  We might not think we are leaving an impact like Rosa Parks but we are. 

"How precious are your thoughts about me, O God!  I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!" (Psalm 139:17-18)

The thoughts God has towards you are more than the amount of sand on the beach.  I've always preferred the pool simply because the sand on the beach goes everywhere.  No matter how much you rinse off the sand is in your bathing suit, hair, feet and car.  God thinks about you more than all that sand.  Let that statement soak in.  YOU matter to GOD!

The boyfriend that just broke up with you might not think so, but God does.  You are apart of His every thought.  When you have moments of doubt, remind yourself that God's thoughts towards you are plentiful and precious.  (Posted by Roslyn)

"I will NOT forget you.  See, I have written your name on my hand." (Isaiah 49:15-16)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fun Friday-Silly Day

Have you ever had a silly day?  

A day when you are giddy and carefree.  You don't have a care in the world.  You skip through rain puddles or jump over high bushes.  Maybe you succeed in playing a game of hopscotch with your kids.  I am inspired by my two boys (ages 7 and 12) who will spend all day giggling, playing and rough housing each other.  They always ask me, "Mom, why are you so serious?"

Roslyn on her silly day!
A recent trip to the beach with my boys turned into one of those days.  Carefree hair, wet shoes and most of all tons of laughter with those most precious to me.  As we head into the weekend try it.  

Maybe you can't sacrifice an entire day to be silly like me.  Even if it is just one hour, live life as if no one is looking.  Stop being so serious!

Leave us a comment and let us know what you did on your silly day. (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Protected By Nature-Mountain Post #2

Wildflowers in Clingman's Dome

We are continuing our series entitled, Mountain Post.  This inspiring series are life lessons learned while visiting the Smoky Mountains.  If you missed the first part of this series here it is:

Observation Tower-Clingman's Dome
Today's hike took us to Clingman's Dome. It is the highest point in Tennessee and a favorite tourist destination spot in the Smoky Mountains. We drove up to a 6,500 feet elevation. Your ears pop as you drive along the winding road. The weather changes drastically. We left our cabin and the temperature was a sunny 86 degrees. By the time we made it to Clingman's Dome it was 61 degrees.  The outside conditions  were raining, foggy, windy and cold. A bad storm was blowing through but we still climbed by foot to the observation tower to see the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee. 

The greatest feeling from our hike was the realization that everything in the Smoky Mountain National Park is protected. The vegetation, foliage, animals, even the annoying insects that fly around you constantly. I want to complain about those nagging bugs (that somehow elude my deep woods bug spray). But the park rangers reminds me how ALL living life is precious. I've learned that we are ALL responsible to make our world more sustainable. 

As you hike through the forest you can see the effects of years of abuse by people. People wanting to make money off the land instead of living in harmony with the land. 

Which one are you? Do you live to protect all living species? 

We protect our World for our children!
Maybe you just live for today without thinking about the consequences of not recycling or polluting the air with smoke. We are all needed to protect nature. 

The very first settlers here, the Cherokee Indians, lived to be in harmony with the land. As I leave the Smoky Mountains I want achieve a lifelong goal-protecting nature. I want to see the dance of the hummingbird, as I did today, for years to come. The hummingbird moves so quickly to collect it's nectar.  It is a rare sight at the top of the Smokies. The place where the clouds touch Earth. 

Small choices today lead to big rewards tomorrow. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Natural Beauty-Mountain Posts (#1)

Natural Beauty
When you find yourself on vacation in the mountains, the majority of your time can be spent outdoors enjoying nature.  Whether it's hiking, swimming, or sight seeing, there's really not a need to get "dolled" up to greet the day.  With some days reaching over 90 degrees, sweat can wash away the best of hairstyles and make up.  So why even brush it on or style your hair?

This aspect of vacation was completely out of my comfort zone because I am that woman who loves her MAC makeup and most times when I'm in a pool, try desperately not to get my hair wet because that would automatically mean a visit to my stylist (I try to never wash my own hair).

Well, I let it all go for the sake of enjoying my vacation to a degree I had not in the past.  You would probably think I was lying when I honestly tell you that I haven't washed my own hair since 2007. That is when my husband and I decided to get baptized together as part of our 10th anniversary celebration.  I am just that girl.  The one who will wear make up to the grocery store because you never know who you might see in the store or wear perfume to bed because you never know where your dreams will take you.  I hope this helps you understand that spending 5+ days on vacation with no makeup, no flat irons, and no hair styling was, let's just say, different.

The opportunity to go "free" was exhilerating.  I didn't care if rain fell on us during our hikes or if the kids splashed too much when they kicked in the pool.  My beauty was not tied to a comb, brush or lip gloss.  It didn't take me long to realize that I was still beautiful because the essence of any woman is her inner beauty.  It is given as a gift from God to captivate the heart of those around us. 

Why do you think women are normally nurturing and easy to connect with?

During vacation I finished reading Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.  In their book, they eloquently share that beauty is powerful!  Even better, beauty,

  • speaks
  • invites
  • nourishes
  • comforts
  • and inspires

Beauty draws us to God! 
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.  1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)

This vacation was different than others in year's past.  I walked away with a greater appreciation for myself and the inner magnificence that resides within.  For once in a very long time, my body, soul and spirit were at rest.  My relaxed soul found beauty, not only within, but in every aspect of God's stunning glory exquisitely displayed throughout nature.

Stasi Eldredge states it best in her book by sharing:

A woman of true beauty is a woman who in the depths of her soul is at rest, trusting God because she has come to know Him to be worthy of her trust.

Thank God I left the mountains more beautiful than ever before!  (Posted by Renee)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mountain Posts

Laurel Falls in Tennessee

For nearly a week we both went without make-up, heels, and flat irons.  We had the time of our lives and we can't wait to share it with you over the next few weeks.  Sometimes we laughed so hard we cried.  In the midst of our fun, we learned some great life lessons.

Bumper car fun!

You can't afford to miss Monday's post from our series called, Mountain Posts.  Have a great weekend!

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