Gratitude in abundance !!

Hi all,

Yesturday in Australia, we went to the Polls for our federal election.  Well, I actually pre-voted a few days before, but the offical election was yesturday on May 18th.

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I had been praying about the election results for the weeks leading up to it, but more persistently in this last week.  If you believed the media, we were heading to a Labor victory, which for us would mean a change in government.  This was not the desired result for conservatives.  The opposition party are pro-choice, pro LGBTQ indoctrination in schools from a very early age, very big spenders of our tax dollars, as well as many more policies that would hurt, not grow out society.

I didn’t find myself stressing about the outcome in the weeks leading up to the election, but I must admit, the media did have me worried by Friday.  I actually begin to think on what our society would be like under a Labor government… and it wasn’t pretty. It was downright disturbing to be honest.  Now, I do totally understand that as Christians we have very different views to those that don’t have a biblical mindset..  so I do see why others simply don’t get why we feel as we do about important issues like abortion and gender education.

But if I was reminded of anything in this last week, it’s that we need to stand firm in our faith.. no matter what opposition we come up against.  It’s far more comfortable to just go along with things…  but even if we do that silently, as in not verbally oppose things that go against God’s word, we’re not fulfilling the great commission.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16-20

While that is super important.. it’s not actually the purpose of today’s blog.  (it’s just the set-up.. ha ha)

As the results of the election showed, God worked mightily in our nation yesturday.  We went from literally worrying what the state of our nation would be from today onwards, to actually being EXCITED to see what the future holds.  Knowing that our Prime Minister is a bible believing follower of Christ has turned out to be far more than just comforting.

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At times today, I’ve actually been quite emotional with gratitude to God for the outcome.. but what’s been even more prevalent to me today is the message I’ve been receiving from the Lord.  I have been distinctly hearing “Don’t waste this opportunity you’ve been given.  I’ve set a Godly man at the helm, but this is not the time for silence and complacency.  Pray for Scott Morrison and his team, uphold him as he navigates the chore of implementing My plans in a largely unGodly government chamber. Pray that he will not be drawn away from me, but ever so much closer than his closest experience with me has ever been before.”

I set myself the task of praying for our PM each morning many months ago, so I already have a reasonably good habit of doing this.. but I will be working on doing it diligently and to the best of my ability going forward as these words from The Lord have really struck a cord with me re complacency.  It would be very easy to sit back and trust in our PM to simply do a good job because he is a Godly man, but he’s also human.. and can come under all sorts of temptation.

There is also no doubt whatsoever that the enemy will not be pleased with this outcome, and will have his own plans on how to hinder God’s work in every way we can.  Even more reason to be prayerfully diligent for our PM.

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OK.. that’s it from me for tonight.

Respect the temple peeps !!

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Thankfulness vs Pridefulness

Hi all,

I’ve been thinking on this topic a little of late, so thought I’d share some thoughts with you.

I first started really thinking on this due to the 30day squat challenge I’m currently doing.  I’m on day 29, so basically finished, but I said in my insta post today that I was ‘quite proud of myself’ for having reached this point and having done EVERY day’s set amount of squats.  As I said in the post, I really did wonder if I’d give the tick that I’d done the amount for that day, when maybe I hadn’t quite done the total.

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I thought this, not out of a fear of laziness on my part, but the fact that when, on day 1, and only 50 squats were required,  I’d look forward to those big numbers of over 100 for most days, & wonder if I’d achieve that every single day.

To be where I am now, one day from the end, and having achieved every day’s amount is quite amazing to me.  I’m blown away by what my body has achieved.

As I’ve said before, I do love accountability… it drives me, keeps me focused and on track…  so these types of challenges are really great for me…. and making them public just cements my desire to achieve it.  But not so that I can hear ‘well done’ from others… but so that they can maybe see themselves doing the same, achieving similar benefits etc.

So, this is what lead me to the train of though in regards to accomplishment.. and whether being proud of your achievements is showing a lack of humility.

We know that being humble is a BIG BIG BIG part of being a follower of Christ.  In order to become a Christian, we need to be humble enough to admit we’re a sinner, die to self, love our neighbour as ourselves.. and heaven forbid (🤣) , love our enemies.    It’s hard to do those things if you are prideful.

When we think, and being right in that thought, that being prideful is a sin… then what do we do in a situation where we feel proud of an accomplishment?  I think the key is to constantly remember that we only achieve the things we do, in and through the strength of our Saviour.  Several days of this squat challenge I remember verbally thanking Jesus for giving me the strength to actually do some 200+ squats, as there have been days when I simply could not have done it on my own strength.

I particularly think of a day late last week when I had a bad head cold.  I am still amazed, looking back, that I still did the amount for that day.  Thankfully though, the absolute worst day of the head cold did happen to be a rest day in the challenge (Praise Jesus !).

Another important distinction is that having DElIGHT in your achievements is not being prideful… knowing that your work will result in further good things is something to delight in.  Delighting in the fact that your body has achieved something you doubted , or didn’t know, it could do, is also recognising the amazing God created body that you are blesssed to have.  The fine line though would be if you are delighting in others NOTICING your achievements.

“So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot,” (Ecc. 3:22).

To clarify, we need to pull that apart a little, as if we enjoy others raving about our achievements simply because we like others to think well of us, than that’s pride right there.. but if others can gain by witnessing our accomplishments, than that is furthering God’s work through us.

Another big thing .. and one that seems to be a very notable point with me, is the difference between Thankfulness and entitlement.  I’m not entitled to a strong, healthy body that allows me to achieve these things… I am THANKFUL to have a strong healthy body that can achieve these things.  Constantly finding the path that leads back to Jesus is your sure fire way to stay humble.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD,” (Job 1:21).

Blessings peeps

Respect the temple

xox

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Ageing smarter !!

Evening all !!

Quite a bit recently, I’ve been thinking about age…. as in the actual number that is the count we’re up to in years on planet earth.   It’s 42 (& a half) for me right now.. and what I’m finding interesting.. and encouraging.. is that I continue to not have any concern about how ‘old’ I am.  While others I know actually get depressed about their birthday coming around each year… I continue to just love every birthday…. as it’s always brought many many blessings in the year leading up to it.  Also, there’s pretty much always things to look forward to in the year ahead.

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I think back on when I was my daughters age, (she’s just turned 18), I honestly thought of my parents and their friends as ‘middle aged’.  My grandparents were ‘old’, but my parents… being the age I am now…  were middle aged in my reckoning, and I thought that there was no way that when I got to their age, I’d still feel remotely ‘young’.

Well…  surprise surprise…  I honestly don’t feel much different than when I was 24 and having my first baby.  When talking to my Mum about this, she says that’s exactly how she felt at my age… and she did, in fact, ride a pushbike up & down half the Queensland coast at my age.. a round trip distance of about 1000kms.  She says that she didn’t really begin to feel any ‘age’ until her 50s…  so here’s my challenge….  to keep on track with my fitness journey with as fierce a conviction as I have had for 3+yrs now.   I want to ‘push out’ this ‘feeling of age’ as long as I possibly can.  But… there’s more to the story…

Sadly, it’s true, as a person ages, we’ll experience a decline in our maximum exercise capacity. Our capacity to recover quickly from long or intense bouts of physical activity will also decline.

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Our maximum heart rate declines, and our maximum oxygen uptake also declines by about 1% per year. Oxygen uptake is crucial, as all our muscle energy is made by combining oxygen with the fuel in our body (carbs, and fat). The faster you transport and use oxygen, the faster you can go, and the longer you can keep going for.  (interesting facts don’t you think !!)

Sound a little dreary ? Well, it can be.. but in fact, this info prominently speaks to those operating at their maximum fitness level, which, let’s face it… most of us are not.   I consider myself a very active person, who is very health and fitness conscious, but I also know that I am in no way operating at my maximum capacity.  And, to be honest, I don’t really desire to.

As a person operating at my kinda level… It’s very encouraging to know that with the right types and amount of training (including recovery and nutrition) we can actually gain back more fitness than time takes away from us!  Sounds good, right !!

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Another great thing about getting older is that we have wisdom on our side. We are far more likely to ‘respect the temple’, as well as taking better care of the recovery side of the athletic equation.  (this is mostly due to common sense, as we KNOW that we pay for it if we don’t.) We’re also more likely to approach training and exercise a little smarter and more sensibly than our younger selves.

A lot of this comes down to a drop off in our lack of interest in training, and staying fit as we get older..  whether that’s about laziness, lack of motivation, time or knowledge… it’s fairly common that we age quicker than is biologically necessary.  We see it all the time…  older men and women, appearing to defy age… but when they’re questioned about it…. it’s nearly ALWAYS the fact that they remain active in their everyday lives.   In other words, ‘Use it or lose it’ isn’t just a saying…  it’s a legit thing.

I personally think the lack of knowledge one is extremely prevalent.. and sadly it’s not just about people not seeking the knowledge… it’s a lack of care for it.  I am ‘up against a brick wall’ with a lot of those I know and care deeply about.

I can speak very personally about how I KNOW that my chosen diet of nutrient dense meals keeps me healthier in general.  I hardly ever get sick, as in general colds/flus etc.  Sadly, I do experience a LOT of unpleasant symptoms due to my cycle…  but hopefully that will be sorted out soon.  (Sidenote… I have seen a great improvement in some of the symptoms by including Maca powder in my smoothies.)  But when it comes to general health and wellbeing, I know that the food & drink I choose to fuel my body with, as well as the amount of physical activity I do each day, improves my life immeasurably.

But these things don’t seem to factor in with a lot of people.  I suspect they resent the idea of the effort required…. only thing is, if they simply started… they’d find they enjoy the benefits so much, and begin to enjoy the physical exertion so much, that the effort required becomes a great enjoyment in their lives.

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No judgement here tho, as I was ever so slightly like this in previous years.  I do firmly believe that each person needs their own conviction, of ‘light bulb’ moment. I don’t believe, other than in a dangerous health situation, that a person can be TOLD to care about their general health to a degree that would greatly improve their lives.

I believe that those of us who do strongly feel the conviction to respect our temples to the best of our ability need to lean on the knowledge that God will use us as an example to others, and work through that.  Which, less face it, is going to be far more effective than anything we can say or do in the natural.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

So, as we wrap up this weekend, and prepare ourselves for the week ahead, let’s go forward in the knowledge that God’s plans are abundantly, amazingly, above and beyond anything we could even imagine… that’s a pretty big deal… a huge reason to go forward in confidence, expectancy and excitement !!

Blessings peeps !!

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In a great headspace !!

As I was walking Cooper this afternoon for his normal late afternoon walk, it occurred to me, that other than the sometimes yuckiness of life….  hormonal teenage outbursts, middle aged husband emotions (😂),  continuing to grieve my Dad, the still unreconciled extended family situation, plus normal ‘life’ stuggles…  my life is in a really fantastic place.  I know that this is all because of Jesus, our ultimate peacemaker.

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

I‘m very blessed to have pretty much always had a very strong surety when it comes to my faith.  I don’t struggle with doubt, or unbelief in any areas…  and I KNOW, beyond a shadow of doubt, that this strength in my faith is what places me in this great place in life.  If I made the mistake of looking at things logically, maybe I’d struggle to not get depressed about it.  BUT, I know that God’s plans are the BEST plans, so even when something doesn’t happen, or not happen, when I think it should….  or something doesn’t come together that I wished had…. or God pushes me down a pathway I was hesitant (understatement) to go…  I have the confidence in knowing that God’s got this !!  

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What I was most thinking about when this came to me on my walk this afternoon was my health and fitness journey.  I know I covered this in the last blog, but I’m really finding the social media outlets not only a tool of accountability, but a great encouragement.

I had to buy 3 major pieces of equipment in order to dive into this ministry that God has for me….  when the 2nd arrived a couple of days ago, I said to my husband… “This is getting real, when the 3rd package arrives, I actually have to do this.”  Like I said in the last blog.. exciting, but scary !!  🖥📸💜🏃🏽‍♀️

Another thing that had me pondering where I’m at, is the people that we’re surrounded by.  It’s a no brainer that we do our best when championed on by loved ones and friends.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17

I’m very blessed to have really wonderful people around me, but like most people, I also have those around me that are kinda hoping I fail….  those that think this is just a faze.. and I’ll just go back to the unhealthy weight and food choices that were my life 3+years ago.  I also have people in my life who choose to see something about me that simply isn’t me.   All I can say about that is…hey… haters gonna hate.  Move on, but pray for them like crazy.. coz happy people want the best for others… unhappy, or damaged people… do not.  So, whatever way you look at it, those that maybe don’t champion you on in your life….  or worse, outright speak negatively about you..  need our prayers more than anyone else.  

 

Back to the possibility of back tracking in fitness… even if solely for physical comfort, I’d need to stay off dairy and big amounts of meat intake…..  which is a BIG part of having a healthy body…. so even if I were to let the physical exercise go, I’d still be far healthier than I was previously.  Having said that, I kinda LOVE my walks, my workouts, my clothes (😂), so I can’t see me going away from this healthy lifestyle.

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In order to keep it real, I’m not saying I never get down… coz man, I do !  I was in a real funk a couple of days ago for an evening and a day… and I just couldn’t explain it… It was near the anniversary of my Dad going Home to the Lord, but I really didn’t think it was that.. it was different….  and low and beyond.. the dreaded monthlies arrived today… so waa laa… explanation found !!  🤔

On this front, I actually received a letter with a surgery date for my much dreaded Hysterectomy, but as it was going to clash with my daughter’s 18th b’day & party, I had to let them know I couldn’t do that date… so back onto the waitlist I go.  Heartbroken?? NOT

As it’s Easter Saturday (is that actually an offical thing?? I don’t think so.. but anyway)… so in just 17mins… it’ll be the time my Dad went Home on Easter Saturday 2017.  Last year, it was rough, as easter fell BEFORE the date of the anniversary, but his year, it’s already passed, so it seems a lot easier.  However, I”m choosing to not dwell on it, so there’s that.

In regards to my blog pages, I’ll just let you all know that I will be consolidating my two pages.  I’m halfway through blogging my Europe trip with my sister last year, so I’ll finish that off before wrapping the page up… but after that, this will be my main blog page, so as to best facilitate this new health, wellness and fitness ministry.

My entire homeschooling journey, as well as Master 14s ADHD diagnosis & journey are over on Lovely Shiloh, as well as travel blogs, preparing for and then grieving the loss of my Dad.. and general life.  Feel free to go check them out, but there’s 248 blogs over there as we go live…..  so just a bit of reading for you.  Here is the link.  😀

I’m wondering if there’s a way to make a copy of all blogs…  without literally printing them all out.. if anyone knows of a way, please tell me, as I’d love to do that.

OK..    that’s it for now.

Blessings Peeps.  xox

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Something’s in the pipeline

Hi all.

It’s cooling down here in Brisbane, which is great !!  Getting out to walk/run, or even just doing a workout in general is just so much more enjoyable.  I kinda (like a LOT) hate being hot.   So, PRAISE GOD for Autumn !!

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As you all know, I’m on a journey of being more obedient to the Holy Spirit and allowing him to work through me with my passion for Health & fitness.  As I revealed in my previous blog, I’ve started a instagram, solely for my health & fitness posts.  Check it out here if you haven’t already.  I have been blown away by the response, and what an encouragement it has been to me.

(For those already following, I did have to rebrand ever so slightly, as the original was just too close to the Fab Fit Fun box company.  Whoopsie ! )

Back to the obedience journey…  some equipment has been purchased, leaps of faith have been made, and confidence found that I didn’t realise I had.   Not too sure when I’ll fully reveal this particular Holy Spirit prompting… but I’ll say it’s BIG.. and it’s something I NEVER thought I’d ever be doing.

I’m so reminded of Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

It’s actually really fun (while also being scary) to 100% get onboard with God’s plans for you.  Like I said, I’m being taken down paths I never thought I’d trod….  and learning so much on the way.  Making new friends, learning new skills…  moving my tent pegs out further.  

Another passage that was highlighted for me these past few weeks… which I really think has basically became the mantra of my life 3 years ago, is I Corinthians 9:26-27 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.  But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.  

Now, HELLO.. if that isn’t some accountability scripture right there, I don’d know what is.    Ever since I put my very first health and fitness related blog up 3years ago (read it here), I was very aware that I was making myself more accountable in that area.   I knew that while any info I shared was all to do with me, my journey, my experiences etc etc, there were other people that would quite possibly take the suggestions on, or make similar changes in their lives.

The responsibility of this did not go un-noticed by me.  I wouldn’t call it a weight, but it is a constant ‘presence’.. something for me to constantly bear in mind.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 is a constant reminder for me of what I ultimately need to be doing in my health & fitness outreach.  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.  and Proverbs 27:17  also reminds me that I’M actually being helped greatly throughout this journey, as I connect with others who are likeminded Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

I’d really love your prayers as I walk further down this new path.  It’s exciting, but it’s also nerve racking..  so yes, any prayers would be appreciated.

Blessings Peeps !!

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Follow me on Insta

Hi all… just a super quick post tonight… In continuing to be obedient in following Holy Spirit prompting, I have started up an Instagram page solely for my health, fitness and beauty posts.

So far, it’s been pretty encouraging, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m actually finding it to also be a fantastic accountability tool.

So… search for me .. Fab_fit_fi on Instagram. I’d love to bless you guys with meal inspiration, fitness tricks & tips, recipes, beauty products that I love.. and basically anything else the Lord lays on my heart to share.

And yep… I know.. I need to dedicate more time to this blog… arrgghhh… man, there’s not enough hours in the day.

Blessings peeps.

Update… and a walking companion

So, it’s 6days later… and I must say, I’m pretty pleased with my motivation / progress.  I’ve still got more to set in motion.. and to be real, I only just today repositioned the workout cage.

I’ve gotten back into daily upper body strength training.. and I’m feeling the tiredness/soreness to prove it. lol.

My daily walking is now far more interesting, with my trusty Cooper pup alongside me. He still has some ‘stranger etiquette’ to learn, but we’re getting there.  Who’d have thought that not everyone loves being licked by a big dog tongue.  ha ha.  🐾

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We got Cooper from the RSPCA, after losing our beloved mini foxie, Mork, to a tumour in late January.  Much to our confusion, Cooper was a stray brought into the pound, with no identification by way of chip etc…..  who on earth would have ever not wanted this particular dog back, I have no clue.  While he’s still very puppyish (at just over 1yr old), he’s extremely well behaved, responsive and teachable.  He appears to be bombproof too… storms, small annoying children, being left alone etc etc.

Basically, it was a God thing for sure !!!  When we went to the shelter on that Saturday morning, the 5 of us prayed together sitting in the car… that if the dog for us was in there, that they would be highlighted to us, with no room for mistake.  From a practical point of view, our heart were broken, shattered into pieces with losing Mork so suddenly… so we could not possibly go thru taking a dog home, for it to not work out… and God knew this !

After a week or so of settling in, Cooper starting joining me on my evening walk n talks with the Hubster.  He took a few nights of training on the lead, but on the whole, he’s been great.  I think the most he’s done would be maybe 4-5kms, so that’s not bad for starters.

I had been getting bored with my walks in my area, and even though I’m doing a lot of the same routes, it seems to have taken on a new appeal for me with Cooper alongside.  Praise the Lord for that, as I was wondering what I was gonna do, other than getting on a train to expand my route options.  (which is actually not something I mind doing anyway).

My absolute FAVE walking option though is along the beach!!! (Vitamin SEA for the win!)

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There’s just something about being by the ocean…. obviously the visual, but also… the sounds, the smells, the people you pass along the way… it’s just an atmosphere that makes you happy…. or happier, depending on the current mood.

This particular spot is an hours drive from our home.. but we do have a gorgeous bay only 20mins from our home which is fantastic to walk along.  There’s an annual fun run each July called the Jetty 2 Jetty.  It really is one of the best fun run events on offer in our city and surrounds, and I think it’s because of all those things listed above.

Still no improvement with the early mornings I must say… but hey, I can continue to hope I’ll achieve it.  It’s a confusing one as to why I’m not super crazy keen to do it really, seeing as the days are still heating up to often uncomfortable temps, so getting those steps in in the early morning cooler temperatures should be really appealing.  If only my bed wasn’t so darn comfy at that hour.

OK…  Blessing Peeps !!

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