Workout and What We’ve been Up To Lately

Hi There,
Long time no write, huh?
It has been an insane past couple of weeks….emotionally, I’m finally starting to recharge. Our dog, Orion passed recently, and our house was broken into…there was a wedding in the family. So, my life has been call the Sherriff’s office, help with wedding stuff, cry my eyes out, repeat. It has been difficult to stay brave…I think God knew why I would need to memorize Psalm 91 through all this. I’ve known this psalm since I was two, literally. Those of you who’ve known me for a long time would understand why this is an appropriate passage for me. The verse that stands out is, ” I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge, my God, in Him will I trust.” Let me tell you though, that trust doesn’t always come automatically, and I’m so thankful that God used family and friends to show love to Micah and I. Whether it was a private message on FB or a hug, or a shoulder to cry on. He was there. Even though I couldn’t see Him, He was standing right beside me, when I found Orion, that night that Orion sacrificed Himself to protect Micah and myself, when I need someone to pick me up off the wall and let me cry, He was standing right there….I would be crazy to say that He wasn’t.  But even in the midst of intense pain and chaos…mostly chaos, God can bring joy. Ella, our new adopted puppy, is so full of love. It’s like she was meant for Micah and I. Anyway, I’m so thankful that it can only get better from here. I would challenge you, my readers, to not take anything or anyone for granted. Your life can change in an instant. Make the most of every opportunity. Life is too short to hold grudges. Dance with your loved ones. Pray.

Break a sweat!

This is a little workout to sweat your stress away….Napping afterwards recommended, but not required. 🙂 I will be having a pumpkin pie shakeology after this.

Baby Ella

Leave a Legacy,
Julie

Motivational Monday: Jessica’s Transformation

 Good morning! I’m so excited about my week, and have a huge announcement for Friday! Yes, this is a big step for me. Oh, and my hubby has a full-time job now! PTL! Now we’re on the same schedule, and I’m so excited about the changes going on at our house!

This week’s inspirational story come’s from the heart of my good friend, Jessica. The transformation of this lady is especially dear to my heart. You see, we were good friends in college, and are still friends. She’s one of the most caring people I know! I remember when we would go to the gym and Jessica would laugh…the entire time…now I laugh thinking about that. hahaha. Her story is proof that all things are possible to them that believe!

 What was your fitness defining moment?The moment I was no longer terrified to run outside. I used to run in my townhome because I had such a fear of what people would think seeing a woman so obviously obese running. Now, I run with confidence! 
 Who impacted your journey into fitness and why? The two people who come to mind immediately are Kodi Reed & Jessica Dinka. Both are my coaches to fitness and help push me beyond the limits I attempt to set for myself. They both believe in me even more than I believe in myself at times. what are some ways that you sneak fitness into your day? My lovely 25 pound toddler is a simple way. Picking her up, dancing around the house to music, squats, and her favorite is downward dog. I catch myself accidentally exercising without even thinking with her around.
How do you go about planning healthier meal choices for your day?Currently, I am following a personalized meal plan from Beachbody. Typically, I would look online to find good recipes with ingredients I already had but needed to branch out some. I track all of my calories using the free application, MyFitnessPal–add me jessicagross94 
What scripture best describes your health journey? 
“I will praise you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of the marvelous things you have done.” Psalm 9:1 This Scripture reminds me always to go back and thank the Lord. Every step of my journey to health He was with me giving me the strength to push through a hard workout, stamina to run a half marathon, wisdom to plan out of meals, and even the finances to support a healthier lifestyle. God is the author of all good things, so all the praise in my journey to health ultimately goes to Him.
Here’s Jessica’s before and after pics! 
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Overcoming-Obesity/178173405709290

Jessica’s results of clean eating, T25, and running!



I’m so proud of my friend, and her accomplishments! I can’t wait to see the next chapter of her story unfold! 
What was your health/fitness defining moment? Comment below! 

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