Living Room Circuit

For those mornings when you hit snooze one or 2 extra times (not that I every do that) ;)

Here is a quick circuit you can do in your living room that works all the different parts of your body. 
Repeat 2-3 times for maximum benefits. Each time through takes less than 10 minutes.

  • 15 squats
  • 40 second plank
  • 30 crunches
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 25 lunges
  • 35 second wall sit
  • 30 sit ups
  • 10 push ups

Repeat! Don't forget to stretch & drink lots of water. 

xoxo~ Mel


Be Transformed

I had to look up Romans 12 today because the verse "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" was going round and round in my head. 

When life just seems to be dragging you down, are you allowing it? Do you dwell on the negative?  

Or do you fix your attention on Him? Focus on gratitude. I'm pretty sure this is my word of the year. GRATITUDE.  

Gratitude because my life is perfect and I have everything I ever wanted? No. Gratitude even in the face of disappointment, regret, loss, and all the other not-so-perfect moments. 


"Take your every day, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering.

....fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out."

Romans 12 (the message)

Finding Me....

It's time to start over. This has been a year of many changes....again. 

Earlier this year, I was in the best shape of my life. I'm 41 and had finally figured out that fitness is about more than just losing weight. It gave me the confidence I needed and made me feel so amazing to be alive! I learned how to eat clean and did so about 80% of the time. I felt incredible!  Every day I wanted to get outside, be active and do something adventurous. I lived where it was warm and sunny most of the year.

Now I'm back home in Alaska. I chose this. I wanted it. But it's still dark. And cold. And not very appealing to get outside and be active. So I've been feeling sorry for myself. And I've let myself slide. I've slacked on my fitness, made excuses for my crummy eating habits, and fallen back into habits of eating sweets and even started drinking diet pop again. I'm struggling with sleeping at night, so lately I've found myself hitting the snooze at 5 am much more often than not. I really really dislike how I feel. 

It's time to get back to me.

It's time to refocus on my eating, making sure I make the time for some exercise every day. Time to eliminate the stress in my life, so that I'll sleep better. Time to get rid of the junk food and pop. The weekly glass of wine is probably fine, but the 3-5 nights per week is probably not.

I know that in life, it's all about seasons. Changes. Ups & downs. I have so much to be grateful for. Which is one of the things I've been focusing very intently on. Gratitude. Without it these last few months, I don't know where I would be. Gratitude has forced me to look at all the things in my life that are so good. 

I don't usually like sharing my personal life, but I've found that it helps me to stay accountable when I share my story and my struggles. And hopefully encourages someone else along the way. I feel that God has given me the gift of encouragement and it's my responsibility to be faithful in that. 

I'm getting back on track with my eating and working out. I'd love for you to join me. Having an accountability partner is the best way to stay on track. 

I'd love to hear your story. Your struggles and triumphs. We're in this together, sister.