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A little bit goes a long way.

2 Apr

So, it’s been a couple days. The Holiday is over. Life is returning to normal. Ish.

Long story short, I’m SO pleased with myself!

DISCLOSURE: I want to make it perfectly honest what I mean when I make statements

like that. LOL…If I’m brutal, let me just say, I was SO low key, activity wise before, that

it’s actually rather embarrassing. When I say I’m pleased with myself, really, it doesn’t take 

much. At all. So, just in case you were feeling lame for ANY reason, whatsoever, don’t. 

I tracked EVERYTHING, EVERYDAY….and I walked a lot more than usual two days. NOT today. Ahem. Let me check my step counter (keeping in mind, I use my iPhone and I don’t carry it around all the time, but TODAY was SUPER LAME on the stepfront.) Um….yeah. 529 steps counted today.

HOWEVER, I DID exercise today…! I did my Restore Core and Back workout. I ROCKED it even better this time! I was less than impressive (YET VERY impressed with myself!) on my first try, even though it was effective and fun…but this time, I did MORE of the moves completely, or at least maintained the simpler moves better, while the more advanced techniques were shown.

I have a muscle. Well, two of them, actually. My upper arms have some SHAPE to them now. Yes, I have the little (um, bigger than ‘little’ actually) flubby flab hanging down from my upper arm….but my biceps…wow. I’M SEEING PROGRESS! It makes me a bit giddy.

My legs, they are starting to FEEL sleek. Not bulging muscles or flabless, but DIFFERENT!

I spent a LOT of time on WHF (World’s Healthiest Foods) today. I LOVE reading about the broken down analysis of the foods I love and want to use for nourishing and healing my body, and supporting it. It truly fascinates me.

My husband told me I should become a nutritionist. Oh, HOW I LONG to do that. It’s one of those secret desires. I hadn’t even told him…more like a whimsical dream. But it made me giggle when he said it.

My hubby is proud of me.

I like that.

I think I’m getting ‘it’, guys. And that makes for a very special 35 days. I ‘restarted’ my path to a healthful lifestyle again, 35 days ago…and I’ve NEVER looked back. I have been TENACIOUS this time. Understanding more about the science of food and my body has been what it took to make it all CLICK for me. I’m so grateful that I’m learning everyday, what to eat, how to eat, why to eat, how to move, THAT I CAN MOVE without pain.

I’ve had chronic pain for years….(not as bad as a lot of people, but enough to really put me off working out and being active.) and not knowing HOW to work my body and knowing there are so many options and keys, I suffered. Suffered in my own inactivity. Clung to the chronic pain, in fear of creating MORE pain. And I’m so THANKFUL I’m able to actually see, I CAN DO THINGS that WORK and not only does it NOT hurt, but it HELPS! OMGoodness!

Thank You, Lord, for helping me see You in this part of my life. It’s such a blessing.

Be blessed, all.

Karla Marie


Ok. Let’s talk about one hot mess….ME!

30 Mar

No, I don’t mean ‘hot’ like, “Ooo la la” (as my son says to me, when he’s giving me the googly eyes, like he’s in love with me.)

More like ‘hot’, blood pressure up, heart racing ever so slightly, stress building…THAT kind of ‘hot’.

Yeah…that ever elusive ‘balance’ I speak of, and long for, OMG…why is it so difficult to attain? I know it can’t be just me.

At least I HOPE it’s not just me….

We all know, Misery loves company….LOL.

So, I just gotta say, I’m recognizing that trying to ‘hit’ a protein goal EVERY MORNING, within 30 minutes of opening my peepers….and trying to get 50-75 grams of the wonderful stuff in me that soon, is kickin’ my tush! The length of my morning meal, the monotonous chewing, the being FULL, it’s getting hard.

Then, I realized this morning, it’s causing me to STRESS!


Ok…deep breath. STRESS is NOT something I need…in any way, whatsoever.

SO, knowing that, I have made my adjustment. It is LESS important to HIT A GOAL, than it is to be wise in my choices, and nourish myself. I WILL NOT OBSESS and I WILL NOT STRESS. NOPE, Nope, nope!

Wow, look at that…I’m already finding balance! And it’s just barely noon!

Then I realized that I was stressing over not loosing anymore weight, nor any inches since I’ve last measured and weighed. I was masking my devastation  La la la…It doesn’t bother me. (WHAT AM I DOING WRONG!?!?!?!?!) la la la…..and so on.

Oh. Wait. Didn’t I just loose 20 pounds in 30 days? WOW! RIGHT? TWENTY POUNDS! IN 30 DAYS! Give myself a break, already, RIGHT?

Ok…balance…I get it…it’s something to work towards, but not something to expect without a lot of INTENTIONAL LIVING and THINKING and ADJUSTING.

I can do this. However, I am grateful for the reminder that Scriptures give me,


2 Corinthians 10:5

King James Version (KJV)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

No, this isn’t bible study, but the reminder to take every thought captive, and measure it with God’s Truth is something I want to do always.

God’s Truth about ME, who I am…to Him. THAT is what’s important.

God’s Truth about FOOD. Being created in such amazing harmony with our DESIGNED bodies….what a beautiful thing! If I remember THAT, I’m not going to obsess over ‘getting enough protein’ to meet some goal. WHY is that so hard to remember?

I’ve got such a legalistic mindset sometimes, it tries to detract from my life. Using information to make informed decisions and choices, that’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s a good thing.

Living my life freely and wisely, THAT brings Glory to my Lord, AND grants me the peace and joy to allow my body to function wholly….healthfully.

Ok…thanks for letting me remind myself.

Have a fabulous day!

Be blessed. 😉

What the day brings.

8 Feb

*Spiritual discussion ALERT*

*Feel free to skip past this, if you’d like…I’ll get to some ‘other’ stuff in a moment… 😉 *

Living life is really a fascinating task. There is so many IMPORTANT tendrils that work their way through our lives and days. Some days I find myself feeling very successful and ready for the adventure, and other days, I really need some support.

It USED to be, other days I just want to stay in bed. LOL But that has thankfully changed. I’ve really began to find the CENTER of WHO I AM…through drawing closer to God and living true to His Word, as best I can, with HIS help, of course. 

I have come to realize that I really can’t do it on my own. My will power isn’t willing enough. My strength isn’t strong enough. My determination isn’t…well, determined enough. Feeling ‘not enough‘ was getting old. Then I finally GOT IT…ALL of ME is ALL He asks. He’s got the rest of it. Hmmmm. Ok. I can do that. . . . No, really, I CAN! 

Once I began living WHOLLY, ‘it’ got EASIER…my all was enough. It was MORE THAN ENOUGH when paired with His completing me. I am really digging this…ENGAGED living

That being said, since ‘it’s’ easier now…I’m really beginning to grasp the journey I’m on. I’m finding balance EVERY DAY when before, balance used to be a fantasy. The point here is, THIS journey of eating to NOURISH my body couldn’t begin until I got to THIS PLACE in my life, where I could LIVE completely engaged, and begin to learn a little about myself, as a person. Why I made the choices I did. Why I ate, what I ate, when I ate it. It was hardly EVER about nourishment. Meals used to revolve around convenience, ease of preparation, and just something that needed to be done. Snacking used to be mindless. Emotional. Comforting. Guilty ‘pleasure’. Secret. Over abundant. Drinking used to be mindless. I really only drank sodas, aside from a TON of water each day. Now that I’m in a place where I can listen to my body, and actually HEAR it…I don’t binge eat anymore. I don’t MINDLESSLY do any eating, actually. And I am quiet pleased with myself.

I find it difficult to separate my experiences with drawing closer to God and my personal ability to really live engaged. I won’t apologize for that, so, pretty much, I’ll just share it. I know we all have different opinions, and different experiences…and when people start talking ‘religion’ it may make some people’s hackles go up. And honestly, I understand. I came from a ‘legalistic’ expression of ‘religion’…so I get how certain things trigger feelings in each of us. 

I’m not interested in debating my beliefs. I’m not interested in being told what I’m doing wrong (according to….whoever.) (Who IS!?) And in the same vein, I’m not imparting in my articles that if you don’t do ‘it’ the way I do ‘it’, you’re WRONG. I am not opposed to having encouraging conversations that stretch my THOUGHTS and test my opinions, and my understanding…however, I just want to be ME here. And pretty much, the center of ME is HIM. Take it. Leave it. Don’t bash it. Click close if it offends. Hang out if you can deal but don’t agree with EVERYTHING I share. It’s up to you. 🙂 I love sharing. I love hearing. I’m not judgemental. I ask the same consideration in return. Thank you, in advance. 

Back  to the POINT of this post…Hmmmm….Maybe THAT was the POINT of this post? LOL 😉

Where was I?

Eating on purpose…that’s it. LIVING on PURPOSE.

It’s amazing what we hear when we stop, ask, and listen.

To our bodies.

To our God.

To our spouses.

To our children.

To our friends.

To ourselves.

When is the last time YOU stopped. Asked….and LISTENED? REALLY LISTENED?

Realizing that life is meant to be LIVED ON PURPOSE and CHOICES are OURS to make…and my avoiding making choices, it’s STILL making a choice. Placing our trust in KFC, or McDonald’s, or Sunkist, or Coke, or Pepsi, or Pillsbury, or General Mills, or Frito Lay, or Keebler, or Krispie Kreme, or Betty Crooker, or Taco Bell….you get the point….we bear the responsibility of those choices everyday. KFC isn’t responsible for ME choosing to eat it’s POISON…I chose to go there, pay them money and ingest their product. I carry the WEIGHT of that choice. Right? In the same way, when we THINK about our choices and sure, GO EAT at KFC…whatever, we can still make other choices that will minimize the effects of eating such and such.

I don’t condone looking at food SOLELY as POISON…but the truth is, food DOES EFFECT our bodies…and if WE’RE NOT SUPPORTING our bodies, and adding insult to injury…what do we really expect the outcome to be?

THAT was the point I was trying to make…LOL…LOL…it worked its way out!

The relationship I have with food is so different. I don’t look at my food as ‘can’t have’…I look at it like, “Ok, body…why do you want this? Have I supported you good today? Do I plan on supporting you good today?” I look at the hot wing and think, Hmmm…that’s delish looking. I have had my POWERHOUSE smoothie…and I’ve had HIGHLY BENEFICIAL FOODS all day long…Ok. I choose to enjoy the hot wing…and really…that’s all it was. ONE HOT WING. Before…it was oh, I’d say, 8-10. Ahem. Any food trackers out there? DON’T tell me what THAT comes to calorie and fat wise…please, keep it to yourself. 😉 HOWEVER, if you’re NOT a food tracker (I am from the past, and I’m NOT anymore, however, TRACKING really established a mindset of THOUGHTFULNESS…try it…it will SHOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!)

When I DECIDE to eat something, I make a point to CHOOSE IT. A couple of friends of mine from church say that all the time, and I think it’s perfect…”CHOICE IT”. I don’t DENY myself anything…not anymore. HOWEVER, because I’m NOURISHING my body, I’m NOT CRAVING ANYTHING!

Where are YOU in your journey? Are you struggling with mindless eating? Emotional eating? Stress or comfort eating? Drinking? Soda, alcohol, empty calories?

What’s up with you?

Be blessed.

Karla Marie


“One Size” does NOT ‘FIT ALL’!

7 Feb

As I spend time reading, learning, searching and DOING nutrition, I’m finding the lie behind, ‘one size fits all’ that is sold to us EVERYDAY, from one article on health to the next…from one clothing brand to the next…from one way to parent to the next…it simply isn’t TRUE.

What works for ONE KID, doesn’t always work for another, in teaching, in learning, in speaking to who they are. We are ALL DIFFERENT! Why would we expect that ONE thing should work for all of us?

Reading through “Eat 4 (for) Your Blood Type, I see how and why that applies to dieting/lifestyle/food choices, as well. And I’m still amazed. I take a very ‘God CREATED the world’ position on life. I am not a person that subscribes to evolution…I see in our world, every day where God has DELIGHTED in US…and honestly, the PURPOSEFUL DESIGN of FOOD and HOW IT WORKS IN OUR BODIES simply fills me with joy.

Scientifically speaking, you can go ahead and disagree with me about ‘God’ and ‘design’…but look at the science of life. The effects REAL food has on our bodies…it’s astounding! Our bodies truly have the ability to HEAL themselves. We have simply forgotten HOW TO LISTEN TO THEM.

I cannot believe how MUCH TRUST I have put into food manufacturers and our government, and all the producers in our country (world) that have seduced us in, with ease of use, lazy living and basically death. Between packaged and processed foods, they’ve STRIPPED the TRUE NUTRITION OUT OF FOOD and REPLACED it with MAN MADE NUTRIENTS (if you can call them that)…and killed our bodies ability to take care of itself…!

I look at my babies formula…and see the first ingredient is corn syrup solids…um….really? WHEN DID THIS BECOME ACCEPTABLE? And when did I stop paying attention?

That won’t happen anymore.

Call me crazy. Go ahead. It IS different. But the truth is, I would rather SUPPORT my body and its immune system and it’s organs and its nervous system, WHOLLY…rather than blindly trust ‘them’ to take care of me and my family. That’s MY job, and quiet honestly, I can do it way better than anyone else…It’s just time I took responsibility and DID IT!

Do you ever just stop and think, “How did this happen?”…? Look around, at your body, at your kids, and your husband…at your friends.

I’ll tell you the most common responses I get when I start talking about VEGETABLES…and green smoothies.

“I could never do that.”

“That’s gross. I hate…(fill in the blank)…”

“I could never give up bacon!!!”

“I love (fill in the blank), I could never stop eating (fill in the blank)!”

“That looks nasty!”

It’s like talking to a bunch of deaf people. And all I’m doing is sharing about what I’M doing…and sharing what a difference it’s made in my life…and I think…Ok…NOW I see how ‘we’ became the way we have…we walked through our worlds ‘field of poppies’, as they did in Oz.  It’s time to MOW THE LAWN and get our capes on! Take charge of WHAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR and TO.

My responses:

“I could never do that.”    

Ok. Don’t.

“That’s gross. I hate…(fill in the blank)…”        

It’s not like (blank) is the only vegetable in the world.

“I could never give up bacon!!!”      

We all have priorities.

“I love (fill in the blank), I could never stop eating (fill in the blank)!”  

It’s called self-discipline. Try it sometime, you might like it.

“That looks nasty!”                                                                                                                

I know, right?! LOL LOL LOL

Those aren’t my ONLY responses…I have a few more…but I’m trying to be sensitive and NOT give the appearance that I know it all, or think “my way is ‘the only way’…”…I don’t think that at all…I just think it’s amazing how we pigeon-hole ourselves into INACTION and INABILITY to DO and CHOOSE different by the words we speak and the way we think.

So, don’t think that I think you have to do what I do…I’m just challenging you, and everyone I meet…(lol) to THINK about what they are DOING…period.


Drink? THINK!

Speak? THINK!


If you don’t know HOW to THINK, ask Someone. 😉

In our home I am CHANGING the way we USED to live, to be PURPOSEFUL…ON PURPOSE! (No, I haven’t read, “Purpose Driven Life”…but I’m sure I should…LOL).

Rather than mindless eating, I am teaching my children to NOURISH their bodies and ENJOY what they eat. Sure, they can have a piece of cake, but ENJOY it. Don’t SCARF (sorry, I have scarfers…gotta get on to the ‘next thing’! boys.) Eat on purpose. If it’s NOT to nourish, it’s to ENJOY. Being MINDFUL is SIMPLE. Not easy, but simple. And I think it’s IMPORTANT

I don’t look at my A Blood Type “AVOID” foods as a loss…I look at them as DODGING A BULLET! I mean, REALLY!? Why WOULD I POISON myself, when I can find a gazillion items on my “HIGHLY BENEFICIAL” list that would SUPPORT my BODY and help me slim down to a healthful weight and NOURISH my whole being? Um…I don’t get why this is a hard thing for people to grasp. Aside from ‘timing’…I know sometimes in life, we’re so busy with TRIAGE and trying to function…that living on purpose seems crazy…or doesn’t even cross our minds. I guess that’s where I was, in my ‘before now’ ness.

Where are you in your life? Are you LEARNING to THINK? and THINKING to LEARN? Or are you in SURVIVAL mode?

Be blessed, drop a note.

Karla Marie


And so it begins…..

4 Feb

Ta da!

Here we are WORLD!

Yes, ANOTHER blog is birthed, into the wild domain of the information superhighway!

I have a gazillion ideas about what to post about…what my ‘theme’ will be, what I can do to engage with others, and I’ve decided to just JUMP IN and START…I figured, ‘Why waste time trying to ‘get my ducks in a row, and name them, and let them grow into full-grown ducks and well, eventually migrate into some realm of ”non-happening”…’….Right?

So, as I enter this arena of blogging, I hope I am joined by new friends and that we can have great times together…!

I will spend the next 5 days narrowing down and finding a focus for my little place in internet space. And in order to do that, I’d like to list my areas of expertise, desire, enjoyments, experiences, and interests, in hopes that SOMEONE (YOU) will respond with input as to what YOU’RE interested in taking the time out of YOUR day to read, see, hear, and learn about. Areas that you may need encouraging in, and just haven’t found ‘IT’ yet….tell me about it. Share.

Here goes, as I just plainly list descriptive terms about me and my interests, just reflect on YOURS as well…and share your thoughts and ideas, as busy people out there

Christ Lover




Educator (homeschool)



Seeking God daily


Engaging with my children, daily

Arts, Crafts and the like




Interior Alaska

Relating to my children

The daily walk as a Believer

The WHOLE enchilada!

There is a small cross-cut of who I am and what I’m interested in and/or desire to become BETTER at…what are YOUR thoughts?

Be blessed,

Karla Marie