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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. 😉