Careful with the Hot Eggs

I got up early this morning despite going to bed late. That ALWAYS happens to me.  Ugh.  I guess I just am not meant to sleep in anymore! 😦

I decided to go do some cardio so threw on the gym clothes and headed to the gym for the elliptical machine.  I did about 44 mins and burned about 418 calories.  It felt good but I truly wasn’t feeling it.  You know some mornings you have all this energy and are ready to jump into your workout and other mornings it’s a total drag. This morning, it was a drag!

I headed back home and decided to do two slices of Ezekiel bread and egg whites.  It was SO good, HOWEVER I was so hungry I dug right in.  Well apparently the eggs were too hot (of course I guess, I started chomping ’em pretty much right out of the pan)!  So, I burn the roof of my mouth!  I hate that.  I mean I’m taking the kind of burn where you can feel that lil’ fragile skin dangling down with your tongue.  EWW!!!

Fortunately or unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped me from coming to Starbucks and drinking my hot coffee.  But every time I take a sip that tender lil’ area is not feeling to good.  Ugh.  Oh well.  Thank goodness our bodies heal!

Prayer

Speaking of healing, I am hearing some pretty disheartening news lately from friends regarding “junk” that’s going on in their marriages.  It is so sad to me. I mean these are great people.  You know they got something special and you don’t want to see them throw that away.   I feel like the spiritual warfare surrounding marriages is huge right now. Of course, Satan wants to tear down the first institution God created and wreak havoc on the family.

So, if you are a believer (and I hope you are) would you join me in prayer for marriages and families in general?  Thanks!

It’s so tough…the culture we are up against.  But we gotta keep fighting the good fight.  It’s worth it!

(Source)

Well…I’m off to church now!  Enjoy your Sunday everyone!  BE BLESSED!

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Kale Chips

The guy at Panera just gave me a free coffee!  How nice of him!  🙂

I don’t know why I torture myself by coming to Panera.  The aroma of fresh baked bread and cookies is killing me right now!

How was your weekend?

Trail Walk

Last night I enjoyed a nice trail walk with my dad.  I love living in a spot where I can walk right from home to a walking trail.  My dad came by, and we hoofed it. We “speed walked” for about 55 minutes at about 4.5 mph!  It was a lil’ windy and cool, but highly enjoyable.

My dad is a great walking partner.  I really love our deep conversations about the bible.  Last night we were talking a lot about the connections between the Old and the New Testament.  Amazing, just amazing.  And it just blows my mind how detailed God is – in everything!

For example, we talked about how Jesus was born and wrapped in swaddling clothes.  Well, swaddling clothes of course is what they would bury the dead in.  It’s what Jesus was wrapped in when buried in the tomb. SO, what a connection  showing all again, He was “born to die.”  He was wrapped in swaddling clothes (clothes for the dead) as a little newborn baby.

God is just so amazing how He connects all the details. Wow…

Along our journey, we marveled at God’s creation.  We kept running into bunnies.  They were so cute.  This lil’ guy was like the sixth one we saw!

Kale Chips

After our walk, I went home and jumped into my “comfys” and settled in the kitchen to make some kale chips.  My friend had given me some earlier in the day, and gosh they were delicious!  I cannot believe how simple to make either.  Perhaps you all have tried them and I am way behind the “kale craze,” however if you haven’t, give them a try!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh organic kale
  • Olive Oil (in spritzer)
  • Seasoning salt
  • Sea salt

Directions:

Rinse the kale and dry off.  Break apart from the stem.  Lay out the “leaves” on a cookie sheet.  Spray/spritz with some olive oil.  Sprinkle with sea salt and seasoning salt.

Ta Da!  Nice crispy kale chips! 🙂

So delicious!

I put them in a bowl with my 94% fat free microwave popcorn and had a yummy evening snack!

Totally satisfied my salt cravings! 🙂

Off to do some reading before boot camp.  Picked up a new book from the Library – Inbound Marketing (New Rules of Social Media Series).  Anyone read it?  I’ll let ya know how it is…

A Ticket and a Fender Bender

I’m gonna say Happy Saturday!

Although, my Saturday has not been too “happy” thus far.

I got into a minor “fender bender” this morning. I actually rear-ended a friend who was starting to turn then stopped when he decided to let a car go and “wait for me.” Last I knew, he had turned and so I was looking at traffic to my left (for my turn) and inching my way out when BAM! It was a kind gesture for him to wait, no doubt, it just did not end well. 😦 Thankfully, we are both fine and it was minor. But I JUST got my car back from the transmission repair, and now this.

Not to mention, last night I got a I got ticket for running a red light. The light turned yellow, and I felt like I couldn’t slam on my breaks fast enough. I noticed it was red as I went under, and then sure enough, there came the flashing lights behind me.

Do you ever just feel like it is not your weekend? I mean, seriously… when things rain, they pour.

The ticket, I deserved. What’s funny is, I was on my way home from a wonderful Good Friday service. I heard an awesome message on the law, and how Christ fulfilled the requirements of the law when He died on the cross. The temple curtain, which separated the Holy of Holies, the most HOLY Place, from the rest of the temple was torn. All of the sacrifices that were required to cover for sin have been completed. We no longer need to offer blood of animals as sacrifice for our sin.

After hearing such an awesome message on the forgiveness of our sins, as I was waiting for the officer to come back to my car, I thought will this officer have mercy on me and not give me a ticket? I deserved it, it’s true. I ran the red light. I cannot deny that. But would he offer me grace, give me a warning, let me go on my way? No, he did not. He chose to give me the correct “punishment” for my actions.

You know, how gracious and loving is the Lord. That He decided to “cover” the penalty of our sin. Instead of giving us what we deserve, He put ALL of our sin (lies, murder, theft, lust, anger etc) onto His son, and crucified Him on the cross so that we could be free from our sin. We no longer have to pay the price.

I was am not happy about the ticket; but honestly, it made me even more grateful this Easter weekend for a Savior, who unlike the officer, has shown me undeserved mercy and grace.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

Workout

This morning I did 50 minutes on the elliptical machine. I didn’t obviously make it to boot camp, so I’m glad I worked out extra hard on the elliptical. It said I burned 525 calories – Nice!

It’s probably good I didn’t do boot camp this morning anyway, after yesterday’s Body Blade class.

Let me tell you, we all were expecting to “get off easy” yesterday morning with Body Blade. We are used to boot camp. I mean come on, that is the HARD stuff right? Wiggling around a lil blade, that’s easy! UM… No!

He had us whipping these blades, out to the side, up over our heads, behind our backs, on our stomachs, in squat position… WHILE DOING SIT UPS!!! It was crazy (I think he’s crazy) 😉

Seriously though, it was a GREAT workout! I definitely feel it in my shoulders, back, arms, etc.; exactly where I need it. I loved it! In fact, most of us in the class did. SO… they will be adding Body Blade class to the weekly schedule! Yay!

I am all for mixing up the workouts! This is gonna be great!

First Body Blade class

Good Friday and Good Coffee

Matthew 27:28-37 KJV

“And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

I am SO thankful for the cross of Christ. My heart is overflowing with Joy this morning, that the GOD of this Universe, the creator of ALL things, sent His son, to die on a cross, as punishment for MY sin, so that I can be SAVED!!!

I don’t know about you, but that brings me tremendous PEACE today. No matter what you are going through (in this life, you will have trouble) remember this is not the end. Life on earth is not the “end all” and death does not have the victory. You know why? Because Jesus dying on the cross is not the end of the story… in THREE days, He ROSE from the dead! He returned to Heaven to be with the Father, but because of Him… we too do not have to face death without hope. He promises in His word that if we put our trust in Him, we too will have EVERLASTING life!

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Do you believe that today? If you don’t, I encourage you to seek Him out. He says, “if you seek me, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

One thing is for sure in this life… we will ALL die. You can eat right, exercise, take your vitamins 😉 … etc, BUT we all will have a day when our time will end. Our hearts will take their final beat. In that moment, you will stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. At that time, He will determine your fate. Did you know Him? Did you trust in Him for the forgiveness of your sins?

It is a FREE gift, you don’t have to DO anything. Just put your hope and trust in Him. IT is simple!

Will you invest in your eternal future? Will you be sure of your eternity? I pray that you will know Him today!

Workout

I got up at 4:45 this morning (even though I didn’t have to; I didn’t even set my alarm – I am off work today). I headed to the fitness center and did 50 minutes on the elliptical. I got 8 miles in and burned 470 calories. It felt awesome! 🙂

I enjoyed a special treat this morning with my oats. COFFEE! But not just any coffee… heathy, organic coffee!

Organo Gold

As I’ve mentioned before, I was told by the cardiologist that I have to go “Caffeine Free.” I’ve been doing decaf for a little over a year now. I’m always looking to try some great tasting varieties of coffee.

A kind reader offered to send me a sample of some organic Gandoerma coffee. This coffee is actually made from the Gandoerma mushroom.

The website states:

  • Ganoderma Lucidum is believed to provide the following health benefits:
  • Increases energy & vigour
  • Boosts stamina
  • Oxygenates the body
  • Acts as a natural detoxifier
  • Increases mental focus
  • Supports the immune system
  • Provides over 150 all natural antioxidants to fight free radicals

… and much more!

Wow, sounds like some awesome health benefits to me! If that’s really what it does, I’ll take it!

As I opened the little packet and poured it into my cup, I noticed the aroma. Smelled pretty good I thought. I added the hot water, and watched it bubble a bit (I like bubbles in my coffee). I stirred it up and took a sip. Not bad!

I noticed right away it had the “dark roast” flavor. I could tell it was a little more than “just coffee” in my cup, but not in a bad way. There was a slight bitterness to the taste, but not any more than a dark roast coffee would typically have.

I’ve been purposely drinking my coffee black lately (as to avoid extra calories with cream and sugar) and so I didn’t add a thing to this.

Overall I would say it does have a pretty unique taste, but was ultimately enjoyable. I am looking forward to trying my second cup, and seeing if this is something I might be interested in.

I will put its claims of “boosting stamina” to the test in about an hour when I hit up my first Body Blade class. 😉

If you are interested checking this healthy coffee for yourself, visit at www.wisecoffee.ca.

Have a great morning, I am off to Body Blade!

Orthodontist

My alarm went off at 4:30 this morning and I was all set to head to the fitness center. I put on my workout garb, and was ready to go out the door when I felt the Lord saying, “don’t’ go.” I was like huh? I woke up this early to go, and now I’m not gonna go? I really felt the Lord telling me to skip the morning workout and spend time with Him.

SO, I did. I got out my bible, sat at my table and spent some good time in the Word.

I am reading through a series of scripture that our Pastor gave us to read though for “Passion Week.” One of my favorite things I read this morning was this…

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you; I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.”
– John 14:1-3

He’s Coming Back Folks!!! Now that got my heart pumped up even more that some morning exercise! 😉

Orthodontist

Today I have an appointment with an orthodontist.

I have already done a round of Invisalign about a year and a half ago, and for some reason I have two stubborn teeth that still want to stick behind. I’m not completely convinced that Invisalign is the way to go when you want to straighten your teeth.

Perhaps it’s because I went through a dentist and not an orthodontist, but I feel like I did not get the attention to detail that one would want when they are in the process of straightening their teeth.

I will say that having the clear aligners and not a “metal mouth” was nice, especially being in your thirties, and also overall they did do a good job at moving my teeth to where they should almost be.

It is quite a difference from where I started…

BEFORE

AFTER

SO… I will see what the say. If it’s a quick and not super expensive fix to get those teeth where they ought to be, then I may do it. If they want to rearrange my whole mouth for a year-plus and charge me almost 6-grand (like the quote I got from a different ortho last week) forget it!

Questions of the day:

Big or small, has the Lord given you a “change of plans” lately, and if so, in what way?

Have you ever had braces? What was your experience?

Passover Seder

How was your weekend?

Mine was great. It was very busy, and flew by super fast. I am looking forward to the short work week! 🙂

Morning

This morning I woke up around 4 a.m., prior to my alarm going off. I felt wiped, so not sure why I woke up so early. I laid there and debated getting out of bed to go to the fitness center or just chilling in bed for the next hour. Finally, I decided I better get up and go get some cardio in since I will be missing boot camp tonight.

I got out of bed a little later then I normally like when I’m going to work out before work (it was just so comfy and cozy this morning), so I had to book it pretty fast to the fittnes center in order to have time to get a full 30 minutes in.

I jumped on the elliptical, set the time and level (level 3), and got to moving. I’ve found that watching the morning news while working out actually makes the time go by a little faster than listening to music. Before I knew it, it was time to head back and eat some breakfast.

I had my overnight oats waiting for me (Yay! – love them) and just had to whip up my Shakeology & Spinach smoothie. Both things hit the spot this morning!

Seder

Last night was a wonderful experience; I attended a Jewish Seder dinner that my church had hosted. It was such a great way to begin the “Holy Week” leading up to Easter Sunday.

We were able to partake in the ritual feast which marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Matzah ("the poor person's bread")

Maror (bitter herbs which symbolize the bitterness of slavery)

Hillel Sandwich (matzah & maror)

The sandwich consisted of matzah and bitter herbs (maror). Matzah is the thin bread that represents the freedom the Israelites have been granted, as opposed to being slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt. Inside the two pieces of matzah is the bitter herbs, symbolizing life’s hardships.

The Seder is based on the Biblical verse which commands Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt: “You shall tell your child on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’” (Exodus 13:8)

We were reminded of God’s faithfulness, and His plan for salvation.

Not only did He save the Israelites by the blood of a lamb during Passover (the blood on the doorposts of their home caused the death angel to “pass over”), He has provided the blood of a lamb, The Messiah, to save all who believe from their sin and death, offering eternal life to both Jews and Gentiles alike.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16