Putting Power in your Story

by Amanda

Re-post from Thrivefittlife.com — view the original here.

Do you believe that EVERYTHING that happens in your life happens for a reason? Even what we see as bad? I do.

Here’s why.

In a month I am blessed to be going to China to present with Ken Weichert and Stephanie Weichert, which was one of my original goals when I began my journey in the fitness industry. But, I want you to look at the series of events that got me here…

In college, my focus area GPA of my studies was too low to continue in the education major and so I switched my major to Exercise Science and a minor in biology. (Which I considered a FAILURE and haven’t told many people… EVER.)

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What Is Contentment?

Today is the start of a week-long YouTube series all on the questions you have emailed me or commented on my YouTube videos! (I’m. So. Excited.😍) Here is today’s video — all about contentment, singleness, and relationships!

What else would you add to this conversation? I would love to hear!! (You can comment just below.😍)

The Battle of “No”

by Kimmie

My one and a half year old son’s favorite word is “no.” Raise your hand if you are the least bit surprised. No one? Shocker.

Sometimes it’s a subdued “nah” when I ask him if he wants to finish his dinner. Hey, at least he’s polite about it. Other times, it’s straight out of a scene from Jurassic Park. You know, the one where the Tyrannosaurus Rex chases after the Jeep? Except I’m being chased by an insane toddler who is SO mad that I won’t allow him to play with the broom (#meanestmomever). While I appreciate your desire to sweep, child, you are making a bigger mess and I’m going to have to wrestle this out of your hands later and then you’re going to throw the most epic tantrum ever, thankyouverymuch.

But I digress…

It’s interesting how easy it is for a young child to say no.

It’s black and white; either they want to do something or they do not. And you would think that it should be just as black and white for the rest of us…but it’s not. In fact, there are so many gray areas that cloud what could be a simple black and white moment.

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Summer Eating

by Alyssa

I don’t know about you, but as the weather warms up, I’m not a fan of turning on the oven to cook. Also, my appetite is just not the same and I tend to want things like smoothies and fresh fruit as opposed to a steak and potatoes dinner. So here are a few recipes I like to use during those warm summer months:

  • Overnight Peanut Butter Chocolate Oats
  • Classic Oatmeal
  • Fresh Mango with Basil
  • Yogurt Parfait
  • Peanut Butter Smoothie
  • Flatbread Pizza
  • Kale & Quinoa Salad

Keep reading for the recipes!

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Five Fitness Tips I wish I knew when I Played HS Sports

by Amanda

When I was in high school, I HATED running. I couldn’t believe some people just ran because they liked it. In my mind, unless you were chasing something (or being chased), there was no reason to run. Ever.

Now that I am all grown up, I love to run. I run for fun. I coach kids who run for their sport. And I wish that I had appreciated it more when I was growing up.

With that in mind, I want to pass along 5 fitness tips that I wish I knew when I was a young athlete playing sports. Take heart! Establish good habits now- you won’t regret it!!

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Do you know what ship never sinks?

by Julia

Well, do you know what ship doesn’t sink?

No, the answer is not battleships — sinking each other is the whole point of that game!

No, it is not a cruise ship (although we sure hope those don’t sink).

The answer is: FRIENDSHIP!

I was sitting in church one day when the pastor was talking about relationships. No I am not here to talk about boys (even though I love that conversation); I am here to talk about something even greater than boy relationships: friendships. Anyways, back to the church sermon. The pastor was talking about how sometimes as Christ followers we can focus solely on a vertical relationship (between the Father and ourselves) that we forget to pour into our horizontal relationships (between other people on earth and ourselves). 

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How to Eat Your Way Beautiful

by Janna Neitzel

We’ve all heard how important it is to eat out fruits and vegetables (for most of us, from nagging/loving parents). But did you know produce is also good for your skin? Indeed, studies have shown that eating enough fruits and veggies over eight weeks can lead to healthier skin, fight wrinkles and other signs of aging! (Om nom nom, “no way!”)

Seriously though, and it’s all thanks to the effect of lycopene (a plant nutrient especially high in tomatoes) and polyphenols (a type of plant nutrient found in grapes, peanuts, tea and even wine). These mighty food compounds may boost your arteries’ elasticity and your skin’s health.

So how do we go about eating our way to a more vibrant self? Here are a few tips:

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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!! ❤️