Putting Power in your Story

This blog is a re-post from Thrivefittlife.com — you can view the original here. This post is all about how Amanda’s failures led her to exactly where God wanted her. (Namely, traveling to China to give a presentation…WHAT?!)

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.

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The Battle of “No”

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.

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Summer Eating

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

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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How to Eat Your Way Beautiful

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.

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Find an ACCOUNTABILIBUDDY

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

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How To Skip the Drama In High School

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!!!!

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