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Fitness Friday: 21 Day Fix Week 1

21 Day Fix

I decided that is was time to get back in shape. I’ve had too many rough months suffering with migraines that had kept me from doing very much. When we were able to get out and explore, I found myself fatigued all too quickly. I started off by doing some workout routines through the XBox 360, but I realized that if I was going to get in shape by May, I needed to have some sort of set routine. I wanted something a little different that didn’t take up a huge amount of time each day. After some research, I settled on the 21 Day Fix program.

Last week, I started the 21 Day Fix program. Since I wasn’t going into the program to utilize it as a weight loss method, I decided to continue eating clean with a few treats here and there. I roughly followed the guidelines laid out in the program as it made me aware that I needed more protein in my diet. I made a few adjustments on portion sizes to fall more in line with the program. Ultimately, my goal was to get in shape, strengthen my core, and turn some fat into muscle.

This was the first time that I’ve done a program that involved exercising 7 days a week. I found myself tired and sore. In the past, I may or may not have completed the entire routine for the day, but this time, I was intent on completing the entire program. It meant that I, at times, did the modified version or had to do exercises more slowly, but I made it through each day.

I’ve now made it through the first week of the 21 day program. As is normal for me, I gained some weight before it returned to my normal weight. Week 1 – no weight loss. I did not tape prior to starting this, so I’m not sure if I lost any inches. While I didn’t originally plan on taping, I may go ahead and tape going into this week. We’ll see. I do feel like I’m getting stronger, and the soreness and stiffness isn’t lasting as long now. I still struggle with the cardio days due to my asthma. I’m hoping that will get better with time.

So far, I’m enjoying the program even if there are days it really kicks my butt. I look forward to seeing how I feel during and after week 2 since it will be my second time doing each of the routines.

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Whatever the Cost by David and Jason Benham

Whatever the Cost

Special thanks to the publisher through Book Look Bloggers for providing a review copy of this book. This post may contain affiliate links.

I first heard about twin brothers David and Jason Benham when HGTV cancelled their new series before it was even aired. I was impressed with how they handled all of the craziness that followed the process. Their love of Christ, and their Christian values were quite evident in the words and actions.

Whatever the Cost chronicles the lives of David and Jason from a young age to present day. It’s written in a fun, casual manner than includes some friendly sibling jabs at each other.

This book is a reminder at how important it is to make sure they we lay the proper foundation for our kids when they are young. We need to impress on them the importance of not only having faith in God but also trusting in Him to do what we need and not always what we want. It shows how difficult it can be to die to a dream and place total trust in God in even the rockiest of times. It also displays how critical it is to let the Lord’s love shine through us while standing on the principles and guidelines given in scripture. We must put our faith into action in a way that doesn’t compromise our beliefs and in a way the portrays the love of Christ to other. Actions speak much louder than words.

Whatever the Cost Book Description:

This book follows the story of highly motivated and entrepreneurial twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, from their formative years and ventures into professional baseball to their rise as owners of a multi-million dollar business empire and securing an HGTV reality series. It’s a journey where the brothers learned how they must die to their dreams not just once, but twice as they walked away from baseball before being called up to the Big Show and later as their TV series was stripped away from them just before airing when the network succumbed to media pressures surrounding their faith. These experiences only helped them realize that the key to powerful living is found when you die to your dreams and face your fears, and choose to live powerfully through it all. The biblical principles they implemented to guide their work and families are revealed in practical terms to apply to our daily lives and give us courage to stand for what is right. The book will expand on principles such as:

  • Show that You are Faithful in Little
  • Be a Fountain to Others and not a Drain
  • Produce More in Value than You Receive
  • Work to Your Ability and not Your Pay
  • Breathe Life into All Situations
  • Remember that You are Human Beings, not Human Doings
  • Hold to a Standard of Disciplined Living
  • Don’t Swing at Every Pitch
  • Find Your Greatest Blessings on the Other Side of Your Greatest Fears

About the Authors:

After retiring from professional baseball in 2002, David and Jason Benham, twin brothers and acclaimed entrepreneurs, began building their business empire, growing it to 7 companies spanning 35 states. Their first venture, the Benham Real Estate Group, exploded to 100 locations and was named by Inc. as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. The brothers are happily married to Lori and Tori, with a combined 9 children live on the same street in Charlotte.

Scott Lamb is director of research for the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has pastored churches in Alabama and Missouri. He writes articles for Christian newspapers and magazines, and blogs for World magazine and the “Civil Religion” forum of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He and his wife, Pearl, have five children.

Book Details:

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718032993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718032999
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Retail Price: $22.99
  • Digital and Audio versions also available
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Organic India Moringa

Moringa Powder and Capsules

Special thanks to Organic India for providing a sample of their products through Moms Meet.

I first heard of Moringa when we moved to California. The health foods stores talked about this nutrient dense food that had over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and loads of minerals. It’s a concentrated superfood  that is both alkalizing and energizing, and it’s abundant in vitamins, minerals, and complex amino acids. People used it to help restore imbalances in their system and increase overall well-being.

The Organic India brand of Moringa products are USDA certified organic, non-gmo project verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten free, and vegan. They have a wide variety of products from teas to powers to capsules to help with your overall health.

The capsules are an easy way to add moringa to your diet. You take 4 capsules with food and water once a day. A bottle of 90 capsules will last less than a month and retails for $19.99. The capsules are pretty large, so some people may have difficulty swallowing them. While the capsules are convenient, I personally prefer the powder. The powder comes in a 8 oz. canister for $22.99.

You can add the Moringa Leaf Powder to pretty much anything, but I liked putting it into smoothies. It doesn’t changed the flavor of the smoothie, but you can the added punch of nutrients from the Moringa. It would be fairly easy to hide the powder in a large number of foods if your child is a picky eater.

You can follow Organic India on Facebook and Twitter.

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Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Special thanks to Storey Publishing for providing a review copy of this book.

Have you ever kept a nature journal? Made sketches of what you have viewed in your yard or on a hike? As a photographer, I tend to take pictures. It is my way of journaling. Munchkin, on the other hand, enjoys sketching and drawing. Sometimes she’ll take a picture, so she can sketch the image later. Other times, she’ll use a live object for her sketches. Whether sketching or taking pictures, the act of observation makes you slow down and enjoy the little things in life.

Beetles are the most diverse group of organisms in the world. About 1 out of 4 creatures on Earth is a type of beetle.

Nature Anatomy reminds me of a nature journal. It’s like glimpsing into Julia Rothman’s view of the natural world around her. Unlike a traditional nature journal, this book is broken down into sections, so it flows a little better as a book.

The sections include:

  • Common Ground – a look at the earth, minerals, and landforms.
  • What’s Up? – a look at the atmosphere, weather, sky, and moon.
  • Come Close – a look at flowers, insects, and plants.
  • Take a Hike – a look at trees, leaves, mushrooms, and the forest.
  • Creature Feature – a look at animals of all shapes and sizes.
  • A Little Bird Told Me – a look at birds, feathers, eggs, and nests.
  • Head above Water – a look at bodies of water, water critters, and the seashore.

Birds clean, realign, protect, repair, and waterproof their feathers by preening. Birds may preen several hours a day.

The book isn’t limited to nature sketches and normal nature facts. It has fun odd tidbits as well as different activities. It even includes some crafts and recipes.

If you enjoy nature and want a different kind of nature book with interesting full-color sketches, then you may want to check out this book.

Nature Anatomy Description:

In her new visual guidebook, Nature Anatomy, noted illustrator Julia Rothman invites readers to share in her delight at the small wonders of the natural world. With more than 700 original full-color drawings, this book is chock full of irresistible images accompanied by intriguing facts. From the shapes and names of mysterious mosses to the anatomy of a mushroom, the phases of the moon, and the interior of a beaver lodge, Rothman’s illustrations are sure to awaken the natural curiosity of people of all ages.

About the Author:

Julia Rothman is the author of Farm Anatomy and Hello NY. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers, and she designs a line of stationary and wallpaper. Her favorite place to explore nature is Prospect Park, near her home in Brooklyn, New York.

Nature Anatomy Details:

  • Author: Julia Rothman
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, January 2015
  • 224 Pages; 6 1/2″ x 9″
  • Full-color; illustrations throughout
  • $16.95
  • Paper with flaps
  • ISBN: 978-1-61212-231-1
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Final Chapter of Homeschooling

Munchkin's New Glasses

It’s hard to believe that we’re in our final chapter of homeschooling. In a little less than two months, Munchkin will be walking across the stage to receive her high school diploma. Where has the time gone? Earlier this week, we received the information on the graduation ceremony, and her diploma was ordered.

As we wrap up her final high school classes, we look to the future and what it may hold. Preparations are being made for college, and decisions are being explored for different career paths. My little girl is blossoming into a beautiful young lady both inside and out.

We’re enjoying the final days of our homeschool journey and treasuring the time together. The past years have been in preparation for this moment in time. We started out doing everything together, and now, she is pretty much independent in her schooling except for the grading and help here and there. The transition to college will be interesting for all of us.

Homeschooling, while challenging at times, has been a blessing for our family, and I am thankful for this wonderful journey.

For I know the plans I have for you.

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