Grace Upon Grace: How God Redeemed It All

by Alyssa

Here’s the ugly truth:

I hated myself.

And I wish I could tell you that hatred only lasted a few days, weeks, or even months. But you see, that hatred consumed years of my life. And it was ugly and exhausting.

And here’s what’s even worse: I knew better.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14

“You knit me together.” And I knew that. You see, I knew I had been fearfully and wonderfully created by God. And I knew that by hating myself I was essentially telling him that I hated his Creation (and believe me, that made me feel even worse).

So then, why did I hate myself?

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Why I’m GLAD I Gained 10 Pounds

by Tiffany Dawn

Happy Tuesday Girl Talk, friends!

For too many years, I allowed numbers to dictate my self-worth — the numbers on my scale and on my jeans. The idea of gaining weight sounded like the worst thing that could happen.

And then…just recently…I gained 10 pounds.

At first it was super weird! I didn’t like it at all. But now…I’m actually GLAD I did.

So today, in this video, I share why I’m glad I gained ten pounds, along with a pep talk for swim suit season.

I hope my story can encourage you all!! Much love!! ❤️

Easter: A Celebration of Friendship and Salvation

by Kimmie

I have been thinking a lot about Easter lately.

When I was younger, it was all about the candy and eggs. We would dye our hard-boiled eggs for our Easter baskets the night before. Then, first thing in the morning, we’d be shouting down the staircase at my parents to wake them up.

My poor parents…they had to enforce a “no shouting until 7am” rule because otherwise we would be up before the sun rose.

Once we were allowed downstairs, we’d race through the house searching for the plastic eggs filled with candy. Our Easter baskets would be filled with even more candy, AND we got a small present to open.

I vaguely remember my parents requiring us to dress in our Easter best for church – which was great because I got a new outfit, but ehhhh…church.

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Find an ACCOUNTABILIBUDDY

by Amanda

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” –Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 

I love these verses. Why? Because they describe what we preach in the fitness world all the time.

I am tell anyone who walks in my gym to find a buddy.

  • Find someone who can keep you accountable.
  • Find someone who will keep you in line with your goals when you are tired or sore.
  • Find someone who will help you be your best you.
  • Find someone who can tell you when you need an attitude check.
  • Find your accountabilibuddy. (Note: That is my own word, but I think it fits perfectly.)

So, I have created 4 items you should look for in an accountabilibuddy.

Five things you should look for and use to help you find one who will keep you on track.

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How To Skip the Drama In High School

by Peyton

I’ve been at the same school since kindergarten!!

There have been ups and downs throughout the years, but in middle school, a major down was the drama. I remember being so sick and tired of it I really wanted to leave. I didn’t think the drama would EVER stop! But, since being in high school, the amount of drama I’ve dealt with has gotten substantially smaller. Does that mean there isn’t drama? Absolutely not!!!!

But, I have learned a few ways to avoid unnecessary drama:

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5 Easy, Healthy Meals

This Fitness Friday, we have an awesome video for you, featuring our dietician friend Janna!! She considers herself a healthy eater, but also a lazy eater. 😂❤️ So if you are also a lover of easy, healthy meals, wee hope you enjoy these 5 ideas!!
Also, comment below YOUR favorite easy meal ideas, so we can try them too!! 😀
 

A Servant’s Heart: Carrie Underwood

by Kimmie

True story: I went to church with Carrie Underwood.

It was a warm, sunny Sunday at the end of July 2012. Ryan and I were still dating at the time, and we had traveled down to Nashville, TN, to visit his best friend and his best friend’s wife. They asked us if we wanted to go to GracePointe Church, and I was excited to experience some Nashville worship.

So as I sat there, surveying my surroundings, I noticed a blonde-haired woman sitting directly to my right in the next section over…and she looked awfully familiar. It took me a good minute to realize that I was staring at Carrie Underwood. (Let me tell you, she’s even more beautiful in person.)

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Prayer ADHD: How to Focus While Praying

by Tiffany Dawn

Let me give you a sneak peek into my prayer life: 

“Good morning, God. Thank you for this day; I’m so excited to spend it with you…which reminds me, I need to return that book to the library today. I wonder if there’s anything else I want to get while I’m there. Maybe they have some old seasons of NCIS! I’m so sad DiNozzo is gone now; it’s just not the same without him. Just like my life wouldn’t be the same without James (my hubs). He’s so sweet. I can’t believe he emptied the dish drain for me this morning. That was so kind! …Oh, wait! I was praying! Where was I? Oh yes. Thank you God for this day…”

I like to call this “Prayer ADHD.”

Have you ever experienced it? Let me tell you, it can be a REAL STRUGGLE.

So today I want to share a video of five prayer life hacks that help me focus my mind, and I hope they can help you too! And comment below: What helps you focus while praying? Because I want to hear — and try! — your ideas.

Check out the hacks in this video:

Love, Tiffany

Women, Role Models, & Nutrition

by Janna Neitzel

This month is meant to serve as a reminder of how special, unique, and influential women are. (Additionally, just FYI, March is also National Nutrition Month. Just to give a shameless shoutout to my field of interest.)

As I look back on my career path, I see three key players who helped me find out what I wanted to do with my life. Let me introduce them to you…

First, I have to explain: There are two things I particularly love.

  1. I adore fruits, vegetables, baked potatoes, and anything else I can pull or pluck from a garden and eat without washing. (It’s a habit I still wrestle to break, even though I am now a grown, highly educated adult.)
  2. I. Love. Running.

So when I first became intrigued by nutrition, it was no surprise — and I was primarily looking at it from a sports performance perspective.

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Bloom Where You Are Planted: Why I Admire Joanna Gaines

by Alyssa Kuiken

To say I’m a huge fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper is probably a bit of an understatement.

If you’re ever looking for me on a Tuesday night at 9pm, you will find me sitting in front of a TV watching the latest episode.

I can’t quite pinpoint one thing in specific that drew me to the show.  Instead, I think it was a combination of things:

  1. Joanna’s eye for design
  2. Chip’s antics and Joanna’s patience
  3. How this husband and wife team truly seems to bring out the best in each other
  4. The love Chip and Jo express, not only for their work and for each other, but also for their four kids

As a result, I’ve been a Joanna Gaines fan since the pilot episode aired. I love watching the transformation that takes place with each renovation Chip and Jo tackle together. I love watching how Joanna thoughtfully decorates/stages each home. And, I love watching for new ideas or tips on how to decorate or fix up my own home.

Here’s the thing, I’m kind of a decorating nerd (for lack of a better word). I love hunting through antique stores for hidden treasures to bring home. I think moving furniture around is fun. And I enjoy the challenge of making a space “pretty.” Basically, I love making a house feel like a home.

So, naturally, when Joanna Gaines wrote a book (along with Chip), I wanted to read it. And I did- twice.

And both times I cried.

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