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“What day is it?” Asked Pooh
“It is today” squeeked piglet “My favorite day” said Pooh
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I often wait till tomorrow to start something. I think I’ll start my diet, my work, my hobby tomorrow and I waste a perfect good today. I think happiness comes tomorrow, and waste today. Anyone else?
So let’s do what makes us joyful today. Everyday.
Today I’m going to start a puzzle, read a book, drink peppermint tea, and cuddle my dog. Because absolutely none of those can wait till tomorrow.

Can we have a God is cool moment real quick? Sweet. My blog is all about health, healing, and the constant battle women face with insecurities. I often talk about my body image insecurities but I haven’t ever touched on my insecurities revolving around my faith. Yes my faith is an insecurity. Not that I’m ashamed to be a Christian- I’m not. I’m insecure about the fact that I still doubt God. I doubt he is good. I doubt he is real at times. I doubt that I’m truely following his will. All of it. People often assume that since I am a youth leader I have zero doubts or never read the Bible and go “what the heck does that mean?!”
Well I do. Often. I’m insecure a lot about my faith.
Well, the good news is, God can heal my lack of faith too. Literally yesterday I was praying that God would help my unbelief and my doubts,and I woke up to my favorite passage beeping on my phone... “be STILL, and know that I am God. “ psalm 46:10. -
Sometimes we concentrate to much of our own effort and on eliminating insecurities instead of just being Still and letting the Healer actually heal. -
If you’ve ever felt insecure about your faith check out my blog post this Friday about dealing with unbelief!
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Who says summer break is just for kids? Over the past summer I just took a break from Instagram, the pressure to post a cute photo all the time, and unrealistic expectations and ya know what? I feel FANTASTIC!
Over this summer I traveled, served, and worked a lot!. There is something freeing about not worrying about the expectations of the media world. I’ve realized over the years that I have somehow morphed insecurity, dieting, and unhealthy comparisons into some weird hobby. I did it all the time. So I took a break. I focused on real relationships, on enjoying the world, fueling my faith, and having fun. And ya know what? I feel healthier than I ever have. I feel more comfortable with myself today than I ever have after any diet or exercise regimen. Health is so much more than just physical!

Summer may be winding down, but I feel energized, confident, and ready to help every girl out there feel the same way too. Let’s be radiant and let’s rebel ladies. ❤️❤️❤️

Roasted Tomato & Corn Salad with grilled chicken and some hard boiled eggs for extra protein! -
This is my new favorite salad! I’ve eaten it three days in a row!
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What’s your favorite meal lately?!

Happy Saturday! There is no better way to enjoy the warm weather than a healthy picnic, a hike, and a great partner ❤️😘 What’s your Saturday plans with the sunshine?

Have you ever not accomplished a goal? If you’re like me than you have a list of unfinished goals, resolutions, and plans. For example in my lifetime I’ve attempted the goal of weightloss 100s of times, I have attempted to master yoga,run a half marathon, learning to knit, learning to drive stick shift... you get my point. Well some of those I didn’t accomplish out of laziness, but some goals I tried very hard and still didn’t reach my end goal. When you continually try and fall up short it can be not just discouraging but can begin to make you ask the question, “why do I even try?”.
Well I’ve come to realize that often times when we set a goal we take it so seriously! We tell ourselves that if it’s fun we’re not trying hard enough. So we pick actions and goals that we don’t even like! It’s when we find our joy in our activities that we find the fuel to accomplish them.
People who have fun with their goals are more likely to accomplish them! So find the joy. Set the right goals- not just for accomplishment but for fulfillment!
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Sometimes health is hard. Sometimes we don’t always make it to the gym. Sometimes we don’t always eat what’s right. Sometimes we really don’t like what we see or how we feel. So naturally what I should say next is “well let’s make the change! No excuses!” Well I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have really good excuses. Sometimes I’m just tired. Sometimes I’m sick of counting calories. Or sometimes life just gets in the way of the perfect healthy routine.
So often on our journey to a healthy body we completely neglect to have a healthy mind, attitude, and soul.
We are so much more than the appearance. So forgive yourself, take care of yourself, cut yourself a break, enjoy the journey. I need that reminder this week. Find joy in who God made you to be and the body he gave you. 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓
Honey Lime Fruit Salad coming next Monday!

I read an article the other day that said millennials wouldn’t be in so much debt if they stopped eating so much avacado toast... 😂 well guess I’m gonna be in debt cuz I love me some avocado!
#healthyfatsforthewin

Anyway you want it.... that’s the way you need it. This chicken Parmesan is crispy, crunchy, tender, and making me hungry again!
Check out this healthy take on my favorite Italian dish 😋
*link to recipe in bio*

Ohhh man this chicken is sexy. One of my all time favorite recipes to cook and consume 😂 Healthy Chicken Parmesan is coming tomorrow!
Don’t miss it!
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Who you are really doesn’t matter.
I know that sounds a bit harsh. But over the past two weeks I’ve come to believe this statement more than ever. For the past few months I’ve been asking that age old question of “who am I?” I was attempting to become all that I could be by juggling work, school, blogging, and healthy living. I was hoping that one of those areas would be able to successfully tell me who I am. Has anyone else ever felt that way? Like you’re searching for an answer to who you are, or what your purpose is through each activity and each part of your day?
Am I a good enough friend?
Am I healthy enough?
Am I working hard enough?
Am I fit enough?
Am I as successful as I could be?
We spend so much of our time thinking of ourselves. I think that’s the problem. We get stuck either thinking too much of ourselves or not enough. We believe our identity is tied to our success. 🌿
Here is the truth. It doesn’t matter who we are... it matters who HE is. So let’s stop obsessing over “who we are meant to be” but whose we are meant to be. 🌿
It time for us to get back to being God’s children. Purposefully loved. Purposefully made. Let’s stop doing and start becoming loved. What does that mean for you? For me it meant taking two weeks off of Instagram to remember whose I am. What do you need to let go of in order to let yourself just be fully loved by God this week?

My love language is avocados 🥑
This week I had Aton on my plate and I need all the energy and love I can get. So I’m loading up on avocado for some healthy fats and energy!
Check out my post next Monday on 5 ways to eat Avocado Toast! Yum! 😝😝😝😝😝😝🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑 Photo cred: @alexbryjak

When I was little I use to get mad whenever people called today “Good Friday” I’d start correcting them and say, “no! Jesus died that’s not good!” It wasn’t until I got older that I realized how much good this day really holds. Every fear, failure, shame, hurt,scar, and sin I’ve ever encountered or committed died on the cross with my Jesus. He died so that love could rise. He sacrificed his life so we could truely live ours. 🌷
Sounds good to me.

6 weeks of memorizing scripture complete! A big shoutout to all the lovely individuals who took part of the #scripturespeaks challenge. When we spend time in God, we see and hear from the God of wonder. -
With Easter right around the corner let’s remember that he is the restoration. He is the solution. He is our savior. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

What happens when you’re stressed? I’ll be the first to admit that when I get busy and stressed the first thing to go is working out and eating healthy. Yesterday after a 14 hour day I probably ate around 7 cookies 😬🙄🙈😂.
In the past I would’ve spent days punishing myself in the gym for what I ate. Today I just did some yoga. I relaxed. I took a nap. I loved myself despite the 7 cookie slip up. If you make a mistake while stressed remember it isn’t the end of the world. Life is a about balance. It’s about grace. It’s about progress not perfection. 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪

Have you ever felt unqualified for a task or job you had to do? I can’t count the number of times I’ve felt inadequate to preform a task I’ve been given. This past week for the #scripturespeaks challenge I’ve been reading Ephesians 2:10 which reads “you are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which he prepared in advance for us to do.” It kinda hit me that no matter how unqualified we feel, no matter how unworthy, unprepared, or how many past mistakes we’ve made,that God still looks at us as his masterpiece. We’re a work of art. He has a purposeful plan for our lives. So if you ever feel discouraged or unqualified for anything you face, you can stand firm knowing he purposefully made you and purposefully loves you. -
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My hubby dislikes all seafood... I don’t get it. I’m over here gleefully munching on my Creamy Avocado Tuna Salad feeling fresh and full 😋
Recipe:
1 5oz can tuna
1/2 an avocado diced
1/3 cup cucumber
1/4 cup red onion diced
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
2tsp lemon juice
Fresh cilantro and pepper

Combine and enjoy 😉

“And she began to measure life by laughter and contentment, not my inches or pounds”
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Happy Friday Rebels! This fine weekend I’m seeking laughter and contentment. Let’s not let anything steal our joy. Not insecurities. Not loneliness. Not body image. Nothing! Seek laughter. Seek joy. Seek God. ❤️

I use to be afraid of gyms. I would always want to lose weight but HATE going to a gym. I was convinced that everyone was staring at me and thinking how weak and out of shape I looked. The reality is there will always be someone stronger, skinnier, and “in better shape” anywhere you go. But I’m learning to set my own standards and compete only for myself. Im trying to gain strength not approval. Im trying to better my health not my image. -
So if you feel self conscious working out 🏋️‍♀️ just remember your health journey is 100% yours. Not the person working out next to you. Go for yourself and watch your health and attitude change ❤️😘 check out my article “conquering the gym” Link in bio!
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Leg day motivation::
25 box jumps
25 curtesy lunges
25 weighted squats
25 kettle bell deadlifts
25 glute budges (add weight for challenge)
( repeat x3)
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