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!! ❤️

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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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!! 😀
 

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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#RealTalk – I Also Hate Scales

by Amanda Mercer

Before I write this post, I would like to clarify a few things:

1. This post is meant to be an encouragement and inspiration, it is NOT to toot my own horn.

2. I’m not bashing weekly weigh-ins or denying that a scale can be a good tool.

3. I’m not looking for a million compliments or haters.

Ok… now that you have some guidelines…

Sometimes I think that people believe that trainers are above the daily fitness and self-image struggles that seem to plague the rest of the world.

My trainer never wants/eats/craves junk food. FALSE. 

My trainer never gets tired. ABSOLUTELY FALSE. 

My trainer must love his or her body all the time. A COMPLETE LIE.

Show me a trainer who has never once struggled with body image and I will gladly invest in some training sessions with them. I could use that kind of mental resiliency.

But the truth is we struggle. We doubt. We criticize ourselves. We roll our eyes. We sigh. We avoid mirrors. We obsess about the scale.

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4 Tips to Keep Your Heart Happy

by Amanda Mercer

It seems that pink and red hearts are popping up all over the place. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the stores seem to be filling with thoughts of chocolate, stuffed animals, and little note cards saying, “Be Mine.”

Aside from being the month of love, February is also Heart Health Awareness Month.

Cardiac disease is the number one killer of women. Fortunately, there are SO many things you can do to help prevent cardiac disease and reduce your risk of heart problems. I’m going to give you four things to help keep your heart beating strong.

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