All things are Possible

I am so excited to introduce to you a beautiful young lady who has become a dear friend to me. She is not only gorgeous, but a wonderful Godly woman and a great example of hard work and motivation! Her friendship has blessed me in many ways! I hope this encourages you as much as it has me! Without further due here is my Very first Guest Blogger!

My name is Jannete, I am 26 years old, a wife to my husband of almost 6 years , and a mom to an almost 4 year old little princess.

I decided to make a change on may 18th 2017 . It had been a few days since I had visited a zoo with my daughter and my little sister. There was an exhibit about condors and it shows you how far its wings spread. I snapped a picture of my sister with her arms spread out and then she insisted that I take one too .. I was not very fond of pictures, but I didn’t want to make her feel bad so I took the picture. I didn’t look at it right away but when I got home and saw it I just cried.

I did not understand how I got there. I had done so many things in the past all sorts of diets and meal plans and I was considering weight loss surgery by this point and working on getting my family on board.

About 2 months before that horrific picture my best friend had mentioned to me that the doctor of one of her close friends had put her on a special diet and that it had been about a year and she had gotten her self healthy . She proceeded to tell me a little about it since she didn’t now a whole lot . Basically she said you eat fat to lose weight ,I remember thinking that she lost her mind , but I promised that I would look into it . I did and I found it. Keto ! I remember reading things like fad diet and ketoacidosis and hair loss, but I also things like starves cancer , reverses meds, epeliplsy treatment, so I continued to search. I spent about a month researching and reading. And I was convinced it was a good thing but it seemed so hard to do . You see it wasn’t a diet it was a life style change , and that’s not something I wanted to do, and not only that but I would have to cut down to 20 carbs a day!!! That seemed all but impossible! So I left it at that but after that picture I told my self I had to try it . The worst that could happen is that I wouldn’t lose weight and nothing would change.

May 22nd 2017 was the day I started. That first day was terrible, I was starving and wanted sugar!I was also to scared to weigh my self so I didn’t. About the third day in I told my brother that didn’t know if it was worth it . Then I weighed in 325lbs I couldn’t believe it that made me so sad, but it made me push forward. By the end of that first week my body had adjusted and I had more energy and mental clarity than I’d had in a while and the scale had moved down to 311lbs . Here I am a year later having lost over 100 lbs (since I’m not sure what my starting weight was). I am currently 219lbs and still losing. I have the energy for a full day and to run around with my 3 year old daughter . I no longer hate what I see in the mirror or in pictures and it just the best I’ve felt in a really long time. In no way does it mean that I dont have bad days, I’d love to know someone that doesnt , but this way of eating literally gave me my life back. I no longer feel like a stranger in my body and I love it! I’m comfortable in my skin most days and I no longer care if clothes makes me look bigger than I am. I remember the day my husband was in our restroom brushing his teeth and i slipped past him to start the shower , he stopped and looked at me , and I just smiled. You see normally I would have to ask him to move because I didn’t fit in the space to be able to slip by him. And so many more non scale victories.

Its definitely been a hard process but it’s been worth it. I just stop to think if I hadn’t done this where would I be today ? Would I be alive? What quality of life would I have ? And would the people I love suffer because of it ? It’s your decision to make a change or not to buy your decisions have a direct impact on the people closest to you. Anyway I still have a lot of work to do but this has been an amazing start!

-Jannete-

Thanks for reading today! If you have any question for Jannete or how this blog encouraged you comment us! God loves you so much, have a great week! 😊

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Can I Just Just Be Honest?

As I sat down and reflected on the past few months I’m so thankful for honesty and being able to be transparent with others. There is something so freeing about it. Sometimes admitting what your hidden struggles are, aren’t so easy. Not that I go around sharing my junk with everyone, but there’s special moments and opportunities to be able to. Sometimes I just need people to listen, to pray for me, give me some wisdom and insight, truth,  or encouragement

In November of last year I had to let Crossfit go. As hard as that was for me, financially I knew I had to. Leaving meant that I wouldn’t have as much accountability I had and I was going to have to step up my game and help myself continue this journey. But it was also a reminder of all I have learned and take that and use it. Recently I was remembering a conversation I had had with a a former gym friend when I first started crossfit. He had come up to me and told me he wanted to share something with me. He was telling me about his journey of losing weight and where he started. The pics he showed me encouraged me so much. I couldn’t believe how far he had come. As we talked he just told me to keep going and not give up. That it’s hard but it’s worth it. We shared our struggles and insecurities we have had as over weight people. I’ve never really had the opportunity or wanted to share such a personal struggle of being in public through out the years of being an over weight person.

His warm kind listening ears made me feel safe and that I wasn’t being judged. At the end of the day it’s my decision to make the right choices for myself. And even as a believer being obedient to take care of the body God has given me.

I literally have started from scratch. I haven’t don’t much lifting yet but I have been running 2 miles a day with an incredible support system. They probably have no idea how much they mean to me. Today we start 3 miles. The food part which is definitely important, I am still working on! My heart is overwhelmed by the people who are in my life who continue to bless me with just a listening ear, encouragement, truth, and love me unconditionally. That’s a powerful thing!

I pray you have people in your life that can love and encourage you as well!

Jesus loves you! Have a blessed week!!

My challenge to myself this week: what in my current diet can I let go of that holds me back from getting to where I need to be?

Never Forget


I am forever grateful for all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for this country and fought for the freedom we are blessed to have. I continue to pray for those who are currrently serving. 

This Memorial Day weekend I had the honor of participating in a Crossfit tradition in honor of Lieutenant Michael P Murphy. “Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan.”while we honored Liuetenant Murphy we also remembered all the other brave men and women who gave their all for this Country. The Murph consists of : 1 mile, 100 Pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 Air squats, and finish with a 1 mile. Most people wear a 20 lb vest as well. I however haven’t worked my way to that yet! Though that may never be close to what they really experience, it was amazing to honor them this way! So incredible to see a community come together! I love my Crossfit OD family! 

My brother and Sister in law also participated in the Murph Challenge. They have been incredible accountability partners! Love my support team!! 

Jesus loves you so much! Have a great week! 

Me vs. Me

I enjoy most super hero movies. With every superhero there is a villain. The person who tries to destroy the heroic acts of the hero. They want to see them fail, create obstacles, take away everything that they love, expose their true identity and so on. me-versus-me

I can be my own worst enemy, my own villain in sabotaging myself from succeeding in certain areas of my life. There are a lot of rough areas over the years that God has helped me smooth out and there are current ones He is helping me work on! I believe there are the things in our lives that the enemy strategically plans to try and keep us from being free from the things we struggle with. He would love nothing more than to get us confused about our idenity in Christ and watch us fail.  I also believe that God can bring victory over those plans as well. In those battles our flesh and our spirit are at war with one another. Matthew 26:41 “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Growing up  I struggled with different kinds of fear. Wether it was as small as fearing the dark, cacroaches, to fear  of people and what they might think of me(insecurity goes with that), and fear of failing, fear of death, and prob a few others. As I grew in my faith and even now as I grow I see that the more power I give those fears the more they keep me worried, doubting, and afraid to move forward. I don’t know about you, but sometimes my mind can be a mine field. Setting off all kinds of thoughts that can keep me from focusing on Christ and His truths. For years I was so afraid to lose weight because I didn’t want it to change who I was inside, I didn’t just want guys to notice me because I was thinner. So through that fear I allowed myself to stay stuck, to stay in the mindset of being fearful so I didn’t act on making healthier eating choices. Excuses kept coming, but my health was suffering. There is a guy I talked to a few months ago in Crossfit, his health journey is awesome! I remember him sharing his story with me, and I shared some of my fears and the one of being afraid of changing, I explained I didn’t want who I was to change but just to get healthy. And He so sweetly said “Valerie you don’t have to let that change you, you can control that. Have a good balance.” And there so much truth in that. I feel my confidence rising but it’s not so much with being obessed about how good I may be looking, but about how much better my health is getting, the energy I have. My confidence doesn’t come from myself, but in who God is and who He has created me to be. Every person is different. Your struggle may be different than mine, but God has given us the power to overcome them. It’s a process. I don’t want to hold myself back,or be my own enemy anymore!  I want to live in the fullness of Gods joy and embrace all He has! To be fearless and be faithful! To experience all the wonderful and maybe challenging adventures ahead! It’s worth it! One day at a time! 

◄ 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”


Jesus loves you so much! Have a great rest of the week! 

Update!


It has been almost 2 months since I have been doing Crossfit. It has been a bit of a rough road to stay consistent with work, and getting sick, but I sure am glad for people who keep me accountable! Especially my brother Jake and my sister-in-love Cristina! I joke and say I wasn’t really serious about them actually keeping me accountable! But seriously I am grateful! The nutrition part I’m still working on. My other sister-in-love encouraged me to do the Open for Crossfit games. I was not interested. It felt intimidating, but I am glad I decided to sign up. The 17.1 workout consisted of 10 barbell cleans, 15 burpee box jumps, and increasing your barbell cleans each round and the round of burpee box jumps stays the same. I had the best cheerers in the world! (My nephews). I made it through two and a half rounds! Longer than I thought. 


I have seen myself push harder than I ever have and conquer my fears of trying new things! My confidence in how I workout is slowly improving and I am breaking off the insecurities of how I might look when I workout in front of others. The trainors and athletes at the box are unbelievably amazing! I have been trying not to focus on how much weight I’m losing but being more faithful in the process and not being impatient with myself! These things take time. As I’ve said before I want this to be a lifestyle change and continue this journey for the rest of my life! 

15lbs down and 2 inches lost! You might not be able to tell, but that’s ok! I’ll take it! Step by step! 

Have a great weekend! 

Jesus Loves you so much! 🤗

Master Piece

Have  you ever seen a gorgeous piece of art work and stood in awe of how beautiful it was? When I was in High school my Tia (Aunt) took me to an art museum in Los Angeles, CA. As you walked through different rooms with tons of different artwork by different Artists it was amazing to see not one painting was alike. All of them had such detail, creativity, character. There was so much history, every painting told a story. So did every sculpture. There were some that I may not have thought were so significant, but to the painter and sculptor I’m sure it had a special meaning. There were even pieces that I thought were mistakes weren’t, they were apart of the sculpture. I always wondered why wouldn’t they want to remove it? I am no artist that is for sure, but I sure can admire a beautiful masterpiece. There is so much beauty all around us. For every creation there is a creator. 

As I spent time this week to really chew on this verse, Ephesians 2:10, I got stuck on that part, “You are God’s masterpiece.” Usually someone who calls their work a masterpiece is proud of what they have created. It’s their best piece of work. I work with young children and  I love to watch them build or create something and say “Teacher look at what I made!” They show it off so proudly. They want everyone to see it. Sure it’s not perfect, but they spent so much time making it and in their eyes it’s amazing. Everything created serves a purpose. In Genesis 1:27 God says, “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” I am made in the image of Christ. He thoughtfully created me, He took time to create and design me. , (personally I think he did a good job! Lol). I hadn’t always felt that way. It took a long time to embrace every part of me, curves, flaws, my snort when I laugh, imperfections and all. The things I wish God would just completely remove from my life I think sometimes He allowes them so I always rely on Him and not myself. God can use it all, even the things we may not think He can. I have learned to be comfortable in my own skin, but I am still working on the insecurities that come and especially the ones that try and sneak in. Let’s just keep it real, I know every single one us has felt insecure or didn’t quite like something about our bodies at one point or another. 

Psalm 139: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”

Another beautiful description of how we were created.I have to be honest lately through this journey there are times I just feel so ginormous! It’s easy to get discouraged,and just want to give up! I do not want to take the easy way! I want to encourage you and myself that when you look in the mirror you don’t focus on the negative but remind yourself whose you are and who you are in Christ Jesus! We were created for great things! Take time to step back and admire the beauty all around you, in people, nature, at work, and in yourself! 

Jesus loves you so much!! 

Have a great week! 

Can I Get a Woop Woop

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As of Tuesday, January 3,2017 I became an official member of Crossfit OD. Last week was my  trial to see how I liked things. This is how amazing God is! I was blessed to have a whole year paid for me! Yes you read that right! I still tear up just thinking about it! Like I mentioned earlier my Older brother and sis in law had invited me to try out. Everyone made me feel so welcome and they continue to encourage me as I keep showing up. Coach Carrie is so amazing, though I am still getting to know her she makes me feel motivated! What I am loving about crossfit so far is the challenge and watching myself learn new techniques. I never in a thousand years thought I would love wall balls, to be honest I always hated them, but this past week every wall ball I had to do felt like I was accomplishing so much.

One of the toughest things for myself is getting past my own insecurities and fears of perusing this life changing commitment to healthiness. Reminding myself to take it one day at a time has helped me be patient. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the pounds just melted off right away? Only in  a perfect world, which we do not live in. Not just that, then we would never learn self-control or discipline. I used to be so frustrated with this struggle I have with food, because I was afraid of people seeing my weaknesses. Now I just hope that this journey will encourage someone who has the same struggle as me and know that they can do it. No matter how heavy you  are, just start somewhere. Don’t give up. God has a plan for you and I. Changes are not always easy, but I believe it is worth the journey.

Having my siblings (my sister in laws are included as my siblings, they are awesome!) there with me at Crossfit has given me so much motivation everyday to continue this journey. I seriously feel beyond blessed to have the support system I do behind me. I feel like it is so crucial to have people who will encourage you, pray for you, motivate you, keep it real with you, and help  you stay accountable not just in a fitness journey, but in everyday life. God is faithful, and my prayer is that I will continue to be also in all ways.

 

Jesus loves you so much! Have a great rest of the week!

Sincerely,

Val

 

 

 

Beauty In The Soreness

I know what you’re thinking, how can sore be beautiful? 

The past few months of my life I have been struggling again going back and forth with my weight issues and eating the right foods.  However, I promised myself I wouldn’t be negative, but keep moving forward. I hesitated how much to share on here. I started this blog as accountability, so here it goes. It has been six months since I’ve been off the wagon! I have gained just about every pound back I had lost! (Gasp) I know im heart broken too. I have been prayerfully asking the Lord for strength to keep pushing through and break through this bondage! I understand that results don’t happen over night and that a fit body can’t just be handed to me. I have to work for it. I can’t give up. 

I’ve had to sit down and reevaluate my priorities and come up with another battle plan. Just like soldiers have a strategy to fight against their enemies, so do I need a realistic battle plan for my health journey.

 Stepping back I see  where I’m slipping through the cracks. I started a new job so my schedule is busy and I notice when my life gets busy I tend to go for convienient and fast instead of healthy and taking time to prep.And  when you’ve had a long busy day with children on your feet the last thing I want to do is exercise!   And I’ve allowed my love for soda to take a driver seat and I realize it doesn’t love my body back. A love hate relationship I like to call it. For me personally I do have a relationship with Jesus Christ and I notice when I allow my flesh to give in to what it wants it creates a barrier between me and the Lord. I do know his loving kindness and grace, but I do also know He desires for me to not have anything have a hold of me except for Him. He doesn’t expect perfection because only He is. And I know when my physical body is out of alignment, it can effect my spiritual life. 

On Christmas Day my older brother invited me to crossfit. Now I have been before(it’s tough, but I like the challenge) it had been about 6 months since I’ve had any kind of exercise so I was hesitant! He and my sister in law are very active in crossfit and compete in little comepetions here in town locally. My younger brother and his wife just recently started going to that same Box as them. So I agreed to go to a class where I would have one of the trainers be there with me. I started to feel anxious and nervous and self conscious all at once. As I pulled up I saw my brother there. I didn’t expect him  to be there. And then  I saw my sister in law walk  in and then my other brother and his wife come in. We all got to be in the same class that evening. As we finished our last timed workout I began to feel emotional and had to fight back the tears. My emotions were everywhere. I thought to myself, “how could I let myself get back to this place, how could I just give up.” My legs were so done. When we were finished my siblings and sister in laws came and encouraged me and my heart felt so full and so blessed to have a super awesome support team. 

The next morning I woke up and my whole body felt like I had fallen and was bruised! I sat up on my bed and thought wow I never thought I could see beauty in how this pain feels, but it’s a reminder of a fresh start and a new beginning. Sure the soreness will be here for a while and is temporary , but the beauty is that it will only get better from here if I keep on pursuing it. Beauty in the strength God gives me even when I feel weak. I’m thankful for this season. May you see the beauty in any season you find yourself! 

Jesus loves you! Have a great week! 

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Dusting off the Keyboard! 

I have not written anything in a long time. I’m sure you are all wondering how progress is doing! We’ll progress is still slow, but good! I have been stuck again, but still moving forward! I was reading this devotional today and wanted to share! I did not write this. I got this devotional from the Bible app. 
“Where the Battle is Won or Lost”

Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle with it alone before God, and I must resolve to go through the hell of renunciation or rejection before Him. Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there.

I should never say, “I will wait until I get into difficult circumstances and then I’ll put God to the test.” Trying to do that will not work. I must first get the issue settled between God and myself in the secret places of my soul, where no one else can interfere. Then I can go ahead, knowing with certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity, disaster, and defeat before the world are as sure as the laws of God. The reason the battle is lost is that I fight it first in the external world. Get alone with God, do battle before Him, and settle the matter once and for all.
In dealing with other people, our stance should always be to drive them toward making a decision of their will. That is how surrendering to God begins. Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point— a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory.

Have a blessed week! Jesus loves you where you are! 

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