Don’t be bullied by the scale!

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For 2-3 months I have been struggling with duh duh duhhh “The scale” Isn’t that worst???
I love these pictures:

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Just makes me laugh, LOL!! But I’ll say for me there is some truth in it.
See weight has been a struggle for me off and on, especially with the health issues I have. I have Hashimotos thyroid disease, adrenal insufficiency (they don’t make enough cortisol) and growth hormone deficiency (my pituitary doesn’t produce enough) “Well isn’t that special?” Insert humor, LOL. Sometimes you just have to laugh because all you want to do is cry.

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See sometimes no matter what I do, eat right, exercise, do all the right things and the scale doesn’t budge, and sometimes it even goes up! Like seriously overnight I can gain 5-10 lbs. I can usually tell when my thyroid or adrenals are off but it doesn’t make me feel any better when I step on the scale.
It can be incredibly discouraging.
Sometimes people gain weight because they are not eating properly, or over eating but there are also times when it’s health issues and you can’t control it and it may take time to fix. My thyroid has a mind of its own, lol. Have you had this struggle or something like it? How has it affected you? I’ll be honest sometimes I get angry and it is very difficult but I’m learning God loves me regardless of what the scale says, and He loves you too. The number on the scale or your size doesn’t define you. God calls you beautiful, you are the apple of His eye, He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Some strategies that might help are:
1. Keep my eyes focused on Jesus, and not the scale or a size. This goes for any problem we might have.
2. Keep doing the next right thing. Just keep on exercising and eating healthy. Don’t give up just because you “temporarily” don’t see progress. This is where perseverance comes in. The  enemy wants us to give in and go back to our old ways. So DON’T GIVE UP!!! “Old things have passed away, ALL THINGS, NOT SOME ALL things have become new.
3. Pray, pray, pray, AND PRAY SOME MORE! Call those things that be not as tho they are.
4. Don’t be led by your emotions. They are so fickle. We must learn to be consistent and stable.
5. Know upfront there will be setbacks, but your setback is a set up for your comeback. Press on, and never give up!

Discouragement will come, we can’t stop it but getting in the Word will help you to get through those times. You can do ALL things thru Christ who strengthens me.

But you might still be thinking “Nicole, you don’t understand, I hate my stomach it’s too flabby” but let me just say that stomach you hate also gave you your beautiful children, so in reality it’s not so bad. But you say “My arms are fat and flabby ” Well your arms hold your loved ones every day, they help you get groceries that you need and put them away. Your arms are beautiful and strong and help you do what you need to do. Then you might say “I hate my legs they’re full of dimples.” Well your legs are strong and beautiful and help  you walk around and do what you need to do to get through your day. You’re able to go on a walk to the park or around the neighborhood, walk your dog, or bend down to pick something up. They are strong and beautiful. See it’s all about perspective. You are fearfully and wonderfully made sweet one❤️

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Be FEARLESS!

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Is fear and doubt holding you back? Is your lack of trust and confidence in God hindering your breakthrough? Sometimes I think we believe God will Bring healing or freedom or restoration in a relationship for other people but do we believe that He will do it for us? God is not a respecter of persons, what he does for one he will do for you.

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His word says in Matthew 17:20Amplified Bible (AMP)
He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, [a]if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Fear is why we fail and why we don’t reach our highest potential. I love this poem:

Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson

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So the question is, why do we shrink back in fear? Why do we not reach our highest potential? Sometimes we have to do some real soul-searching to figure out the answer. But you need to know what God says about you. You are a child of the King!! You are destined for GREATNESS!! He created YOU to SHINE!! There was a time in my life when I allowed others to dim the light inside of me. Have you ever done that? Precious one, you were born to SHINE, to be a Light in this dark world. Don’t let others hold you down or let there opinion of you dim your light. I’ve been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, lol. It’s a very depressing place to be. I can remember a time when I shared with someone what God had put in my heart and was acting on it and this person was like “Maybe you should do this or that before you try it” I’m sure they meant well but it was someone special to me and I began questioning myself and God and it set me into a depression for like 3-4 months. NEVER let someone’s opinion of you or their opinion of what God has called you to do determine your worth and value!! You know what God spoke to your heart. Your worth and value are in Him and furthermore if He called you to it, He’ll bring you through it NO MATTER WHAT SOMEONE ELSE THINKS!! Never give up!!

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Sometimes we have to do it afraid and take a giant leap of faith. Remember all we have to have is faith as small as a mustard seed. We walk by faith and not by sight. So you speak to your mountains. Your mountain could be an addiction, or a broken relationship, a financial need, or healing in your body. Whatever it is having faith as small as a mustard seed is all it takes. God’s promises are true and they are for YOU, so have faith and believe. Sometimes we must take action for our mountains to move. Maybe something we are doing or not doing is hindering our breakthrough. For example in our health, part of our healing is taking responsibility of our health and doing our part. Like getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, eating the right foods, and getting exercise. I’m not saying that these things will heal you but what I am saying is that we have a part to do in our health and our healing. And so often in this busy life we are eating on the go and not eating the right foods, not drinking enough water, definitely not getting enough sleep, and we don’t have time to exercise and then we are begging God to heal us, that doesn’t even make sense. “You need to heal me Lord But I’m going to live a riotous life and not worry about the consequences it may have.” You might not say those words out loud but that’s what our actions show. He’s Word says your body is the temple, but how are you taking care of it? Sometimes we believe we’re waiting on God but actually he’s waiting on us to do our part. So get busy doing your part so God can get busy doing His.

Don’t continue to let fear and doubt hold you back, RISE to GREATNESS, and have FEARLESS FAITH!! The battle is ALREADY WON! Walk in that knowledge, speak LIFE, do your part, believe God’s promises are for you and BE FEARLESS!!

Much love,

Nicole❤️

Egg Roll in a bowl

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Egg Roll in a Bowl……Very yummy! 🙂 Gluten free and Low Carb.

Ingredients:
1 roll of Jimmy Dean sausage- I prefer spicy
1 package coleslaw mix
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2.5 teaspoons mined garlic
1 teaspoon ginger- optional
3-4 Tablespoons GF Soy Sauce- I use Braggs Amino Acids
1-2 teaspoons rice vinegar

Directions:
Cook the ground sausage until done, remove from the pan, leave the drippings.
Add onions, garlic to pan and sauté.
Add coleslaw mix and cook for about 15 mins, then mix in sausage.
Add ginger, GF Soy Sauce OR Braggs, and rice vinegar.

Optional: Scramble 1 egg, add at the end and mix in.
Cook another 5-10 mins and ENJOY! 🙂

Thought for the day:

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Blessings,

Nicole💗

Beautifully & Wonderfully Made

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Not to long ago, I went to my physical therapist Pilates Reformer class. Only 4 ppl in there….no biggie right? My first time! Keeping in mind the health issues I’ve had, she is trying to get me stronger more stable. Strong core means strong back. So if you haven’t ever tried it it’s pretty tough….Ahhhh And rough lol, about halfway thru I’m dying of sweat (as we all were) and of course I’m the newbie and with “all my issues”mine is modified but I’m trying my best to hang. But that committee going in my mind says “Look around, your not like these other ladies, they are soooo skinny and can do all this. Your fat! Not good enough.” Etc…etc. This was just playing over and over in my mind. I was sinking FAST!!! Amazing how quickly this can happen right? (This is where renewing the mind comes in) Then After a few minutes of this I was like NO devil you are a LIAR!! Precious one you gotta talk to yourself!! Or in this case sing, I started singing the lyrics to Blanca’s new song “Who I am”

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“I am strong, beautiful. I am good enough, I belong after all cus of what You’ve done. This is real what I feel, no one made it up, I am loved. I am sure I am Yours, I know who I am. I am sure I am Yours. Fearfully, Wonderfully, Perfectly, You have made me❤️”
Not sure exactly why I had these crazy thoughts today, whether I’m a size 6, 8,10 or 20 doesn’t matter it’s just a number. My size doesn’t define my worth. My weight doesn’t doesn’t determine my value. What job I have or don’t have or how much money I make, none of that determines my worth or value. So why in that moment had my insecurities shown their ugly head??? I personally thought I had dealt with a lot of that junk but I guess it just shows it’s still there even just a little bit. It’s amazing how loud and quickly we can hear the lies of the enemy and just jump right on board if we are not careful. See I was that woman who couldn’t even watch tv without getting upset if I saw a beautiful woman on tv. I was constantly comparing myself, telling myself I’m not good enough. I hated myself! I do think women deal with this junk A LOT, maybe not to the degree I did but there was so much brokenness in me. Maybe you find yourself there today? God wants to set you free from that!!

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Honestly if what happened to me that day had happened to me a few years ago I would have gotten sooo stinkin depressed and I would have NEVER gone back to another class but instead I reminded the devil that he’s a liar and told him just EXACTLY WHO I AM!! Yep I’m a daughter of the King!! Yep I’m beautifully and wonderfully made!! Yep God says I’m worthy. He’s says all those things and more abt me (and you) but not becus of anything I’ve done, it’s because of what He did. That same power that raised Christ from the dead, lives on the inside me (and you) God doesn’t make any junk and He certainly doesn’t make mistakes!! So today I can say I’m not perfect but I like my curves, I’m on a journey of getting better, healthier, and stronger I’m not where I wanna be but I’m not where I use to be either. God is perfecting that which concerns me and he will do the same for you❤️

Dream Big & Shine On

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Tonight I sit and ponder how we go thru seasons of life and for half my life I’ve been a mom and wife. That was my job, sometimes thankless, sometimes really hard, but the rewards definitely out way the tough times. In the last 8 months I’ve been pushed into a season that I was dreading, scared, and certainly NOT READY FOR!! But funny how times goes on, our kids grow up, leave the nest……Some might say NOW WHAT LORD???

image.I know that was me for sure!! Tears will be shed and I mean A LOT!! Cus letting go of ours babies is painful but seeing them grow up into precious godly young women warms my heart and I couldn’t be more proud of our 3 beautiful girls.
I was at loss with what to do with my self but God puts dreams and visions in our hearts, sometimes life and circumstances dim them so I encourage you, kids home or not, DREAM AGAIN!! God is NOT done with you! “Empty Nester parents”, God is not done with you. “Stay at home moms” who feel like if I see one more dirty diaper!!! Or if they don’t pick up there toys or stop arguing I may explode!!!😱

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I remember those days so well. But just know these are seasons and parenting is THE HARDEST JOB OUT THERE!! Also the MOST IMPORTANT and REWARDING! But know matter wherever you are on this journey God is NOT done with you yet. It may feel like but I promise you He’s not!! You have gifts and talents in you that need to be birthed. I won’t lie the birthing process is painful, much like birthing a child. What are your dreams? Desires? Is there something you’ve been wanting to do it start? I believe God is stirring in folks, don’t resist or shrink back in fear. Press on precious one!! Do what you were born to do. You were born for such a time is this.

Much love💗 and SHINE ON!! ✨✨

Nicole💗

 

PLOW NEW GROUND FOR YOURSELVES

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Hosea 10:12 says “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and bring righteousness up on you.”

The expression “break up your fallow ground means, “Do not sow your seed among thorns”, break off all you’re evil habits; clear your hearts of weeds, in order that they may be prepared for the seed of righteousness.”

So I guess the question is,do we have any seeds among thorns in our life? Or do we have any bad habits? Are there weeds popping up in our lives or in our hearts? Each one of these points us in the direction to seek the Lord. When we break up fallow ground we bring our hearts and minds to Him so we can receive the healing power of the Word of God into our lives and circumstances. In this day and age our hearts can get so matted down and heavy, they can become hardened and dry that’s when we know we need to break up the fallow ground.

 

To break up fallow ground in our hearts and minds, we must begin to look inward and examine our hearts. We need to understand exactly where we are. This requires work on our part. We need to take a good hard look at our lives, our habits, the things that we’ve allowed to sneak in. Are we complaining too much? Do we gossip? Not spending time with the Lord regularly? Do we have some kind of addiction or bad habit?

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In first Peter 1:13 it says “So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift coming when Jesus arrives.” That means we have a part to do. We have to dig in, roll our sleeves up, put our mind in gear, and do our part. Then we will be ready to receive everything He has for us. I think so often we want God to fix everything that is wrong in our lives when sometimes some of the things are our doing and we need to do our part to fix it. He’s not a genie in a bottle, and He’s NOT going to do what we can do. Sometimes we think were waiting on the Lord, when in actuality He is waiting on us. So dig in precious one, roll your sleeves up, get your mind in gear and get busy plowing your fallow ground because God is waiting to pour out blessings on your life.

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Love,
Nicole❤️

Hosea 10:12 says “plow new ground for yourself, plant righteousness, and reap the blessings that your devotion to me will produce. It is time for you to turn to me, your Lord, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you.”

ARE YOU LIVING TO EAT OR EATING TO LIVE?

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First off I believe we need to change our view of food. Food can definitely be an addiction and hard to overcome especially when we look to the world for an image that says I’m acceptable. You were created in the image if God and  He has made us all different and your version of healthy may look different than someone else’s. Our bodies are different and we need to embrace that. Your size 6, 8, 10, 14, or whatever it is WILL BE DIFFERENT than someone else because of our body size and shape. All that God wants is for “YOU TO BE YOU” and for you to embrace where you’re at as He takes you on your journey of health and restoration. If you are not your best YOU, you cannot fulfill your purpose and your purpose is NOT TO BE SOMEONE ELSE OR LOOK LIKE THEM! Being healthy as we’ve talked about isn’t just losing weight its abt feeling healthy, strong, and looking YOUR best.

We need to have the mindset of “eating to live” and NOT “living to eat” Food is meant to nourish and heal our bodies but when we are “living to eat” we can be out of control and we are basically eating and drinking whatever we want without thinking about the consequence of what the impact might be. For instance, eating too much sugar or drinking too much soda, what does it do to your body and immune system? I love sugar and sodas just like the next person but it’s so bad for our bodies. It’s extremely addictive, even to the point where its compared to a cocaine addiction. Our bodies get a rush, a fix if you will when we consume it, leaving us wanting more and more. So what exactly does sugar do? Well the obvious, it packs on the pounds making us gain weight. It also makes you more hungry. For example when you’re hungry you decide to eat a doughnut, chips, cookies instead of something nutritious, well your body is still screaming at you saying “Hey I need something nutritious to keep going, You feed me junk!” It’s still craving the vitamins and nutrition that it needs, but you’ve fed it empty calories, and it’s not satisfied and now you need MORE! Sugar also suppresses your immune system, it also upsets the mineral activity in your body. Example to much sugar depletes your magnesium level which can cause you to not sleep well, cause muscle cramps, etc. Sugar also causes anxiety, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, as well as causes us to be irritable. And the list goes on and on and on.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 10:23 NIV says “Everything is permissible–but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible–but not everything is constructive.”

We are all permitted to eat what we want, Jesus’s death on the cross released us from the old law. But does that mean EVERYTHING is beneficial? Or profitable? Of course not! We need wisdom and guidance, and to pay attention to our bodies. Our bodies are the temple so we need to honor it and take of it.

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I believe we have to go through a retraining process for our minds and hearts. And before you ask……YES ITS PAINFULL! But in His word we are called to crucify our flesh so we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. It is hard but wouldn’t you rather have the pain of CHANGING into something good or the pain of STAYING THE SAME, going around the SAME stupid mountain over and over again! It’s pain either way. Wouldn’t you rather press through to the other side to a life of VICTORY? It’s important as we walk this new journey, this new lifestyle that we are gentle with ourselves especially when we make mistakes. This is a process, NOT something that just happens overnight. Be patient and take it one day at time.

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One thing that helps is the acronym H.A.L.T. So ask yourself “Am I Hungry? Am I Angry? Am I Lonely? Am I Tired? All 4 of these are physical and emotional conditions and we MUST keep them in check. I think it’s about getting to know ourselves and our bodies on a deeper level and then letting God work through that and bring healing to our body, hearts, and minds. So asking ourselves these questions and one more “Is this going to be beneficial to my body or hurt it?” It really brings a different perspective and opens up our hearts and mind to think about what we’re doing and if it will benefit us or hurt us. So the last and final question we should ask ourselves is “Are we living to eat or eating to live?”

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Disclaimer- I am not a doctor, or nutritionist just someone who has had quite a health journey and learned A LOT along the way, and even failed some but I keep pressing on to the prize He has set before me. As always before starting anything new, visit your doctor and make sure its ok for you. Somethings to consider if your still having trouble losing weight, having your hormones checked, thyroid levels, adrenals, and pituitary, etc.

Praying for you always precious ones!

Love,

Nicole 🙂

Habits that change your life.

imageOne of the things  we talked abt durning class on Wednesday is implementing one simple change starting this week. It’s all the little changes that add up to big ones and healthy living. They say it takes 30 days to create a habit. So while some ppl can do several changes at a time and do fine, others can’t and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. So what does that look like? Well you might not drink any water at all right now, they say you should drink half your body weight of water every day. Well that might seem overwhelming, so start by drinking 2 cups and just increase over time. Or you might eat a lot of fast food and processes food, so you might start by cutting back to a certain day where you eat out. Or you might not exercise at all just start 15 mins 3 -4 times a week, it might not sound like a lot but what your doing is being consistent and hey at least you’ve started and your heading in the right direction and that’s what matters, right? Don’t be so hard on yourself, we are all different. What we are looking for is lasting changes not temporary changes. So what if it takes you 6 months to a year to change 4-6 healthy habits……WOW! Look what you have accomplished. You are NOT where you were. Consistency is the name of the game. Never give up! When you fall off the wagon, extend grace to yourself and keep moving forward. You are not a failure because you failed at something, only when you don’t keep going forward. Every time you fail you are getting closer to succeeding and overcoming. Like the song says “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.” No shame, no guilt…..JUST GRACE!image

His Word say “Put off the old you and put on the new you!!” You were created in God’s image. God calls you beautiful, holy and righteous (not that you do everything right but it means you are in RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD)

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Embrace where your at and if you need to analyze what went wrong and make a plan to avoid those mistakes again. YOU CAN DO THIS!! I believe in you and God does too! He calls YOU OVERCOMER precious one!! Keep moving forward❤️

Ephesians 4:22-24 To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Song “Moving Forward by Israel Houghton

“I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead
Here to declare to You my past is over in You
All things are made new, surrendered my life to Christ
I’m moving, moving forward”

New beginnings

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I am so excited to be on this health journey with you. It has been one of ups and downs for me healthwise but WOW have I learned A LOT and grown!! Healthy living is more than just what you weigh, I think it’s a combination of things. But in today’s society its focused on what we look like and what we weigh, just watch tv for a bit and you’ll see and if your not secure in who you are in Christ you might even feel bad abt yourself or feel not good enough. If you are getting your validation by the world, what you see in the mirror or what you have or don’t have, I can promise you, you will continue to be broken and unfulfilled. Only God can truly heal you and give you meaning and LIFE ABUNDANT. While growing up I had a very misguided view of how I should look and be which carried over into adulthood. I was EXTREMELY INSECURE! I was always small growing up and then when I began having children, I also started having health issues, and so began my journey. This was really difficult becus at the time I was getting my worth in what I looked like and it didn’t match what I saw or had in mind.  It truly had gotten so bad (and this is embarrassing to say but unfortunately true) that would avoid going to certain places and I couldn’t even watch tv without comparing myself to what I saw. I began to hate myself, I felt as if I never measured up. I seriously would have to leave the room because I would get angry and cry…..NOW THATS SAD! I don’t know if anyone can relate to that or not but that’s just how bad I felt abt myself. But I learned that God loves me and created you and me and He didn’t make a mistake or any junk. He calls you (me) beautiful, chosen and holy. You have purpose!! And it’s more than what you see in the mirror or what you weigh. A healthy life IS eating good and exercising, our body is the temple and must be taken care of but a healthy life is also renewing our mind and getting in agreement with God’s word. It’s amazing to me at my SMALLEST I hated myself and I was soooo unhappy. Today I’m not where I wanna be but I’m happy, joyful and enjoying the journey. Might sound funny but I like myself and I don’t hate myself anymore, that’s HUGE! That’s God!! What a mighty work He has done and doing in me and He can do the same thing in you. We just have to be open and willing to let Him in the dark places and bring healing everywhere we hurt. That feeling you get when you walk into a room and don’t feel good enough, LIES LIES LIES from the enemy!! You ARE special, you are unique, there is only one YOU and YOU have a purpose and destiny that ONLY YOU can fill. Precious one, you are worth far more than rubies!! You are God’s masterpiece and today is the day for NEW BEGINNINGS!!!

Isaiah 43:18-19New Living Translation (NLT)

18 “But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19 For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

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