The Home Stretch

Last week I had an interesting connection between my mom’s study group meeting and our challenge. We’ve been going through the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. It is a wonderful resource for moms as she walks you through different topics of prayer for your children. We went over two chapters last week: Enjoying a Life of Health and Healing and Having the Motivation for Proper Body Care. What great topics considering our challenge this month. Who doesn’t want their child to grow up experiencing health, healing and a desire to take care of their body?!

It was interesting to discuss our own struggles to be motivated to take care of our bodies along with the fact that doing so is an act of “ministry to God” as Stormie so eloquently explains. The practice of living a healthy lifestyle requires flexing a great deal of self-discipline. It hasn’t gone perfectly for me but in this, the last week, I’m feeling good about how we’ve been able to say “no.” I feel like my sugar cravings have finally broken. Donuts still look appealing but I don’t feel miserable about saying “no” at this point. I know I don’t really want one. I’ve even had to cut back on the sugar alcohols (xylitol and erythritol) because they were bothering my digestive system so fruit has been my main treat and I’m pretty satisfied with that. Fruit is delicious!

I hope that this journey has been eye-opening for you. Maybe it brought up some other issues you realize you need to address like time management, being over-scheduled, emotional trauma causing you to stress eat, healthy boundaries, self-discipline etcetera. Those can issues can be surprising and overwhelming but my prayer for you is that you feel empowered as Jesus comes alongside you in whatever area you need His presence. You’re not alone and you were created to walk in victory.

At the very least, I hope that it has helped you reset your taste buds a bit and recognize sugar for the drug it is.

Meal wise…

The weather has been lovely here so we grilled out hamburgers for dinner yesterday. I used to think burgers without a bun were so bland but adding some seasoning to the meat makes that simply not true. (Smoked paprika ,salt and pepper is grand!) My in-laws brought over a mouth-watering tomato-avocado-mozzarella salad drizzled in balsamic. So delish that I didn’t even mind cooking instead of eating out which is our usual Saturday evening treat.

This week we’re having crock pot chicken parmesan and thai curry stir fry for dinner. Chris is having enchiladas for lunches and I’m having tuna on cucumber and almond crackers. I’ve been trying to find a very simple smoothie recipe that I actually enjoy I and I finally perfected one that is Advanced Plan friendly and still yummy:

  • 1 scoop Max Greens (forget having those chunky pieces of greens! I’m a texture girl, what can I say.)
  • 1/2 to 1 full scoop Maximized Living Protein (vanilla works well)
  • 10 oz unsweetened, organic almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen, organic blueberries

Add the ingredients to your blender in the order above. Blend slowly at first allowing the frozen berries to disperse. Leave on medium-high speed (7-8 on a Vitamix) for 30-60 seconds to ensure a creamy consistency. Mmm. Satisfying and delicious! Since I’ve actually maintained my three workouts a week (gasp!) this has been a necessary after-workout boost. Hope you enjoy! Happy Advanced Planning and may you finish strong!



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