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Follow the Plan: What To Do When You’re Just Not Feeling It

I’m not feeling it today.

There’s a plan.  I have one to follow.  

I feel better when I follow the plan.  

 just not feeling it

But what happens when you’re not feeling it?  Everything in your right mind tells you it’s all good for you, you’ll feel better doing it this way, but you just don’t wanna.  

You want to hit the snooze.  

You want to indulge in all the goodies.  

That little voice is telling you it’s not worth it.  It says you’ll never get there.  You’re just spinning your wheels.  

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What do you do when you’re just NOT feeling it?

  • Maybe you do need a break….  

Have you been hitting it hard at the gym everyday?  Have you been on a running streak?  Are you training for a big event?  Maybe your body is telling you to sleep in today.  Taking a break isn’t the end of a fitness plan.  

  • But maybe you need to push through the feeling.

Are you just getting started on this journey of health and fitness?  Did you just start a new fitness program?  It’s going to take a little time to get into the new routine.  These days and times take you willing yourself out of bed a little early in the morning or guiding that car towards the gym after work instead of home.  

  • Maybe you need to relax around the food….

That strict plan.  Is it really serving you?  Do you label certain foods off limits even if you don’t have a food allergy?  Do you fear what will happen if you eat something that isn’t on your list of acceptable foods?  Maybe it is time to loosen up a little and allow yourself a bite or two or a sip of something you wouldn’t normally eat.  Go ahead with a small dessert at that special occasion.

  • Or maybe you need to feel the hunger and push through the craving.

Are you just starting to introduce healthy foods to your body?  Are you trying to cut the the sugary sodas and all the bread?  Sometimes we need time away from a trigger food so that it becomes less of our “norm”.  Maybe you need to realize that you can survive without the daily soda or the second helping or the third roll.

  • For sure, you must find your WHY.   

Without your why, you’ll never stick to any type of lifestyle.  Whether it be health and fitness, a business endeavor, even a relationship.  Until you embrace WHY you are doing what you’re doing, you won’t stick with it.  Your why gets you out of bed early in the morning.  It’s what helps you say no to a sugary soda.  This is what allows you to throw away the scales and trust your process. (I wrote an entire post just on the subject of finding your why here.)

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If you still feel stuck, reach out to me.  I’d love to chat!


Self-Care: Taking Care of You is Taking Care of Them

Self-care?  But that’s selfish, right?  I’m a mom and a wife.  Time for me.  Not a chance.


Taking care of you is taking care of them.  


“Do you not know that your body is a temple?”  (I Corinthians 6:19)  It’s straight from scripture.  Our bodies, yes the body you’re living in whether you’re happy with it or not, IS a temple.  

The first question is “have you asked Christ to take up residence there?”  This is the most important decision you will ever make.  It is your number one priority in life.  

But then after that, we must care for this temple.  We must be a good steward of what we’ve been given.  We must keep it clean and in good working condition.  How do we do that?  We must care for it.  

Your body, my friends, needs time and attention.  It needs to be cared for.  If we neglect to keep ourselves  healthy, both inside and out, we’ll not be any good for those who need us.

But isn’t it selfish to care for ourselves?  Aren’t we supposed to serve others and put others before ourselves?  

Yes, we are called to serve.  But we can’t do that if we’re not healthy.  We can’t keep up with the kiddos if we’re filling our bodies with fast food.  Our marriage will suffer if we can’t be present in a conversation with our husbands because we’re going on 4 hours of sleep.  We can’t enjoy our friendships if we’re constantly comparing ourselves with those same people.  

No matter the season of your life, you must find time for self-care so that you can be what you need to be to the people who need you.  

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How do we do this thing you call self-care?  

Some days it may only be 10 minutes.  Find a place to get quiet and alone and just breathe.  Read a scripture.  Say a prayer.  Play music.  Drink a cup of hot tea.  Stretch.  Walk.  

I strongly urge you to try for 20-30 minutes most days of the week.  It’s not selfish.  It’s self-care.  And when you’re taking care of yourself, you’re taking care of them.  

If you lived in a mansion, would you let people dump their trash there?  I’m assuming you wouldn’t.  Then let’s not put trash into our bodies.

If you owned a mansion, would you let it just set and not live in it?  I’m assuming you would want to live in it.  Then let’s LIVE in these bodies we have.  Let’s move them and use them.  

If you lived in a mansion, would you be grateful for it?  I’m assuming you would be happy to live in a mansion.  I know I would!  Then let’s be grateful for these bodies we’ve been given that have birthed our children and can satisfy our husbands and be a shoulder for our friend to cry on.    

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Just as you would care for a mansion, care for your body.  

You, dear sister, are priceless.  

You, my friend, are fearfully and wonderfully made.  

Sweet girl, you are beautiful.  

You, my dear, are worth the time.  

To fill the role that you have been called to, whatever that is…and I imagine you have multiple roles to fill…you must take care of yourself.  



Diet is a 4 Letter Word. Or is It?

When you hear the word diet  what do you think of?  What kinds of feelings does it bring up?  


My immediate response is to think back to 6th grade when I was following Weight Watchers with my mom and eating lettuce with only salt sprinkled on it, cans of tuna, and carrots dipped in mustard.  

Not good feelings around the word diet for sure.  

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