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Jesus & Coffee (Dates)

You know how when you just love a product, you’ve been reading an amazing book, found a new lipstick you like, or there’s a new restaurant you love? Don’t you always love when people share their super awesome finds with you? Like when you are talking over dinner, or coffee? I loveeee coffee dates, they are part of my love language. And I’m willing to bet that most of my coffee dates almost always end up talking about the amazing things God is doing! Jesus and Coffee are part of my love language. So I hope this to be the first of many of these kinds of posts. Just imagine we are sippin’ coffee in comfy clothes, or lookin’ cute at a trendy local shop. I’ll tell you all my favorite things, we’ll catch up, and we’ll see how God has been at work. SO good.

So here we go!

And…while we are on the subject of coffee, I’ll share a little more about my love for coffee!

I love coffee. Like a huge fan. I am a little picky with coffee….a coffee snob of sorts. I’m actually not a huge fan of franchise coffee joints, because well the actual coffee itself is not my favorite. SO that being said, I order my coffee online. And in my own personal opinion this is the best one, hands down.

The kind of coffee I drink is from nuts.com! If you have never heard of them, they are fabulous! The have amazing snacks, baking ingredients, candies, nuts, and coffee (duh). Their customer services is also phenomenal! I order lots of different things from here!

The coffee I order is called Copenhagen. It is the second best part of my morning routine! The first is quiet time with Jesus. Jesus and Coffee.

Fun fact about this, my parents developed a spreadsheet of all the different roasts that nuts.com had on their website, based on which ones we liked and why. We narrowed it down to favorites, re-ordered and then found the top two (this took several months mind you). We have never bought anything else since. Yeah, it’s that good.

The second thing I’d share with you that I’m loving right now, are all the different sermons series that have seriously changed my life for the better. All the tears, all the ‘yes & amens’, and all the Jesus. So Good.

The first YouTube sermons I started were by pastor Michael Todd from Transformation Church. He spits straight fire!! I could watch him all day. Some of my favorites of his are as follows:

  • MARKED
    • When you need to be reminded that God has called you. I could watch this everyday.
  • Relationship Goals 
    • This series has changed my life. Seriously. Such a refreshing way to look at all relationships, not just dating ones.
  • Grace Like a Flood
    • This is diving into such a fresh and needed perspective of God’s grace.

The second guy is named Ben Stuart and he has a book and video series called “Single, Dating, Engaged, and Married” that has also changed my life for the better. I think anyone could benefit from relationship sermons, because even if you are married, it just gives you more insight on how to communicate with other people, how to deal with your kids, or even how to deal with people around you who are going through this too.

  • Single, Dating, Engaged, Married – Sermon Videos
    • Ben is super funny, knows his audience well, and just has such a gift of speaking! Made such a tough topic, interesting and fun.
  • SDEM – Book
    • I’ve never read the book, but plan to in the near future, because the messages I’ve watched twice now all the way through. So Good.

A third pastor who I have started to watch more recently is Steven Furtick from Elevation Church. Dude is amazing. Funny. He reminds me a lot of a friend of mine who is in the process of becoming a pastor. It makes me picture him and the big things God is doing in his life when I see Pastor Steven preaching! Anything by Steven I would watch.

  • It’s Not Over
    • This is a message about how when God tells you no in a particular area of your life, it doesn’t mean it’s over.

The next thing I would tell you about is about books I have been reading that are incredible!

  • Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
    • I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK. This lady is changing lives y’all. She is spreading girl power like wildfire, and it is an amazing breath of fresh air. This book has changed me. Chapter by chapter, line by line, word by word. It is all about not believing the lies the world tells us as women, and it is powerful!
  • 31 Prayers for My Future Husband by Jennifer and Aaron Smith
    • This book not only gives me a nice way to reflect on what a godly man should look like, but a chance to write out my own prayers for him. It also encourages me to pray these types of things over myself, but the way a godly woman should be.  My next step is to buy the Wife version, but to pray it over myself! I can’t expect so much from a man if I’m not shaping myself too!!
  • Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
    • This book is all about realizing God didn’t set you aside, he set you apart! How to realize how loved you are even if your whole life might have looked like rejection. She is honest, and raw, and I’m thankful for woman like her telling their stories.
  • The last ones I would tell you about is literally anything by Charles Martin, he is AMAZING. These are fiction stories with wholesome plot lines. They are never raunchy or lust-filled. Yet they are some of the most beautiful love stories ever. His style of writing is captivation and so beautiful. The language in his novels is a love language all of its own. Here are some favorites:

The final thing I would tell you about is new products I have found that I fell in love with!

  • Vital Proteins – Collagen Peptides: it is a huge thing in the clean eating community especially on Instagram, and I was SOOO skeptical at first, but I love them!!  They are good for your hair, skin, nails, and joints! I used to lose hair like a crazy person, literally by the hand full in the shower, or when brushing it and now I hardly shed at all anymore!
  • 4th and Heart Ghee –  It is pricey but boy it is so good! Worth a splurge on! Use a combo of this and olive oil to fry up some cubed potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, onion and garlic powder, and serve an over-easy egg on top, you won’t be sorry! YUM.
  • My Motivational Water Bottle – This product is easily one of my favorite things because of how well it keeps me accountable for my water intake! The one linked is the exact one I have thanks to a dear friend of mine!

The last thing I would remind you of if we were having coffee, is just how much you are loved. How much I love spending time with you, doing life with you. So if you are reading this, thanks for stopping by and taking a look into the Good Good Life. I’m so blessed to be taking up a few minutes of your day! And hey, I know you are busy, so go out and crush it today. I believe in you, but more importantly God believes in you and created you for a purpose. Live with that purpose today and every day!

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” -Ephesians 2:10-

XOXO,

Alie

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Health Journey

In my last couple posts I’ve discussed my health journey, food changes, Whole30, etc. Now though, I get to share a really exciting picture of my progress thus far. The picture on the left is when I was at about 235 lbs. I was also eating my feelings, moody, stressed, and completely unhappy with the way I looked. I have mostly selfies of my face from this time, usually from a higher, more flattering angle because I hated how I looked in pictures. It stinks to feel this way. On the right I am at about 185 lbs. I am happy, I am healthier, I feel more emotionally balanced, and some days I feel like a totally different person looking back pictures!

So far I have lost 50 pounds! It is so crazy to imagine me holding a 50 pound weight, and walking around knowing that’s what I was carrying around before! This journey is far from over, because in order to do it right, health is constant, it is a work in progress always. It takes intentionality to eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, cut back on things you shouldn’t eat, and to tell yourself no. All of these things take work, practice, and training and they didn’t always come easily!

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Habit forming doesn’t happen over night. I started with one small habit at a time. The first one, was to stop binge/stress eating, instead of turning to food, I would pray about it, or just be honest with myself about how I was feeling and why. I started talking myself through why I was standing at the pantry. Was I hungry? Bored? Sad? Stressed? The second one was to start eating more clean, I didn’t just cold turkey all the things. I started small, eliminating things like dairy, and then most grains (During this time I still had plenty of other junk food in the house, like I said baby steps). My third step was to cut back on buying the bad snacks, because if they were there, I was going to eat them. So I started just avoiding buying junk food except as a treat. Also during this entire time I started reading labels! I can’t stress how important it is to do this! You don’t realize how many things have sugar in them until you start looking!! I also like to try to follow the rule of thumb, that if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be eating it!

Once I was able to maintain a more clean lifestyle, and wasn’t setting myself up to fail. I did my first Whole30, this took a couple years for me. That being said some people totally have the willpower to do that cold turkey. I did not. I did however work my way up to doing so! And now I’ve crushed three of them!

My last goal was to add exercise back in and to make it regularly occurring, and you guessed it, I started small here too!! During my second Whole30 I decided I was going to be some form of active, for at least 15 minutes every other day. It is SOOO easy to become sedentary in grad school, so any form of movement is welcomed! That transitioned into my next Whole30 where I decided to work out everyday with a the exception of 1 rest day if needed. I’m not super human and neither are you, our bodies need rest sometimes and that’s okay! My last Whole30 I also did with a friend who was starting for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed helping and encouraging her along the way! And though she said it was hard and at one point wanted to quit, she’s so glad she didn’t because she felt amazing!

Taking care of yourself is so important. I don’t believe that there is one all or nothing way to eat either. I believe different people’s bodies can tolerate different foods. I do believe though that it takes effort to get there. I believe it takes trial and error. It takes grace to make mistakes, or to slip up. It takes a change in mind set. It takes willingness to see that maybe some of the things you eat are causing problems in your body. It takes brutal honesty with yourself. It takes time. It takes you looking in the mirror and saying, “I love myself enough to take care of myself.” And it is so worth it, because you friend, are worth it. You only have one body. We were called to steward it. Take care of it. Love it by putting good things into it, and I promise when you do, your body will thank you.

Our society likes to twist this into saying if you love yourself, then you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. That if you don’t treat yo’self often that you must be torturing yourself with boring foods. That is not the case at all. Think of it this way, parents discipline their children to shape them, teach them, and help them grow up to make good decisions. Disciplining ourselves is helping us to grow and make better decisions! Quite often now I think about things I used to eat, and they do not sound appealing at all because I know that they will cause bloating, breakouts, tummy aches, sugar crashes, shaking, and headaches. I know that by eating whole foods, that I won’t have any of the crumby side effects!

Coming from the girl who has never felt very healthy, confident, or strong. I am beginning to feel all of those things emerge, and it is amazing! You can too! Take the time to make small changes towards a healthier future! Your body will thank you! Remember you are worth it. You are a child of God. You are loved. You are enough as you are, being healthy doesn’t make you more or less. It just makes you healthier!

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not you own; you were bought at a high price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

-1 Corinthians 6:19-20-

XOXO,

Alie

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Health is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Earlier this year I did my first Whole30. To say it has changed my life for the better would be an understatement! Since then I have done two more. Each one since I have given myself an exercise challenge as well. To better explain this I will back track a little bit. If you have seen my previous post about my health journey thus far you know that I started back in 2015.

My first change, needed to be small but mighty, and attainable (I cannot stress that part enough). Something that wouldn’t make me burnout and give up. I knew that meant I wouldn’t start at the gym, this battle started in my mindset, it started with my relationship with food. (Mind you this is before Whole30 was ever on my radar at all). I did know quite a bit about clean eating, so I started there. I stopped buying things that would cause me to keep binge and stress eating. If it is not in the house, I can’t eat it! I ate so much better and as a result, the last couple years has had ups and downs, but I naturally lost about 30 pounds!

In the Fall of last year 2017, I moved here to St. Augustine to start grad school. I’d been praying about it, knowing that the exercise part of my journey was going to have to come soon. My first term was mostly spent adjusting! I kept eating fairly well, and keeping good choices in the house. But I knew once and for all I wanted to say good bye to my bad food choices, and my addictions to sugar! So earlier this year 2018, I decided to do my first Whole30. To prove to myself, I have come a long way, that I can do anything. You can do anything for 30 days! And I did. It was such a boost of confidence, and a reachable goal that showed me truly how far I’ve come.

My second Whole30 happened about a month after the first. I decided the exercise was coming into play, but again, it needed to be attainable. I didn’t want to hate the gym. I wanted to love my body and do good things for it. Making changes doesn’t come from hating what you see and changing it, that causes burnout, sadness, and self-loathe. Making a positive change comes from loving yourself enough to do it for the betterment of your body, mind, soul, and spirit! So I decided every other day of this challenge I would do something active for at least 15 minutes! Get my heart rate up, and get my moving. I am sitting down a lot because of studying! Some days that was a workout at the beach, or the gym, or at home! I literally ran around my apartment complex one morning. But I gave myself the grace of starting small.

This last Whole30 I am finishing off as I type. We are on day 27. This time, my fitness goal was to workout everyday, with the exception of one rest day per week (I’m not a super human okay?). It was reasonable, challenging enough to where I knew I could do it. It takes planning, it also takes flexibility to my otherwise normal routines. It takes going to the store sweaty after the gym because you need to eat dinner (I am really not a fan of this, so it is expanding my comfort zone). It takes grace to know when you need a rest day, and to welcome it.

You might be saying, great Alie, cool? Why are you telling me all of this?

Well friend, because I never thought I’d be able to do this. Ever. I was weak, a slave to food. I hated the way my body looked. I was all sorts of emotions. I needed change, and didn’t know where to start. My journey started with me, I knew that I was the only one capable of making the changes. No one was going to do it for me, and they can’t. If I wanted to be healthy, I needed to give myself grace. Grace to mess up, Grace to keep going, Grace to be realistic in my goals. However, I can only give myself grace because of the grace Jesus gave us so freely. He gave so now we give. You can’t become a body builder over night. You can’t be “beach ready” in a day or two of fad dieting. I needed something sustainable. Something that would keep me going long after I felt like quitting.

I needed Jesus. It is not coincidental that everything the bible talks about relates to anything and everything you go through. I wrote another post about digging into the word of God over the past couple years and how it has changed everything. It also made me realize that apart from God I am powerless. But that through Him and for Him, I can do All Things (Philippians 4:13). I got a tank top made that says that as a constant reminder. The realization to me that everything is connected is what drives me to be better.

I was given this body to be the hands and feet of Christ. If I don’t take care of it, I might not be able to live the life that God is calling me to live. For me this is a call to be an OT. And that was a reality check my first term at Occupation Therapy school trying to do transfers. I was weak. If I continued to let my body be weak, I could not best serve my future patients. I might hurt myself trying to help them. I work out for them. It was a huge reminder when thinking about the future children I hope to have someday. All the research about unhealthy eating during pregnancy, and how it relates to the diseases, like diabetes, your child could be susceptible to is astonishing. I make healthy choices now, to steward my body for future children, and for their health. Lord willing I will have them someday! When I just feel like I can’t, I think of the reasons I am doing it, and suddenly I know I can do it, and I will. I think of my future husband, where ever he is, who ever he is. I hope that his outlook on food and nutrition will be passionate like mine. I will be a better future wife, if I take care of myself first. I can be a better person in general, if my mental health is taken care of first.

Self-care is so important. If you take one thing away from this blog post it’s this. Change comes from a place of LOVING yourself enough to do it, not hating yourself so much that you feel like you have to. Journeys to health are exactly that, journeys. It is, and will always be, an on going process. But friend, you can do it! If no one has ever told you that you can, I will. YOU CAN. YOU WILL. But remember to give yourself grace, and honest grace. Slip ups are normal, we are human, but you also need to set yourself up for success.

Start small, it is better to start small and succeed, that to shoot for the moon and fail. My first few arm workouts at the gym with machines, I had to use only the weight of the machine itself, why?? Because I have weak shoulders, and that is okay! I would start to feel self-conscious about it and then realize that it doesn’t matter because someday it won’t be this way. And I would rather start small and not hurt myself than feel the need to impress people at the gym who aren’t watching me anyways!

If you are thinking about making a change. Pray it out. Ask God where to start. Maybe you are like me and it will start with a food break up. You can do it. Or maybe you need to get back to a gym routine. You can do it. Have faith, give yourself grace, and pray your way through it. Do it for personal growth. For your future or current husband, kids, friends, clients, family. Do it for you. And most importantly do it for God. The one who gave you this body to be a vessel for His kingdom. Do it for the glory of the Lord. The one who strengthens you from the inside. You are mighty, you are loved, and you are a child of God. Friend that is always enough. Keep going. If you don’t quit you can’t lose!

One last thing, reach out. I would love to answer any questions you have, encourage you, or be a source of help in any way I can. We are all in this together! I am a huge fan of Pep talks, so if you need one holla at me!

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

-1 Timothy 4:8

XOXO,

Alie

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What is the Good Good Life?

Today, I am reflecting on just how good it is to trust in God’s perfect timing. There are so many things in life that I try to grab on to, and hold white knuckle. So many things I’ve tried to control on my own, to build in my own time. They ALL falter. Only the times in my life, where the original thought was from the one who made me, are the times where plans have not only worked, but they have WORKKKKEDDD. Like a YESSSS girl kind of moment, you feel?

God is so great in that way. He doesn’t ask much of us, only that we love him with all our hearts, and love others. The beauty of that is to know him. The more I get to know him, the more I want to be in his presence, because that is where I find such peace. There I find hope, love, and grace. Forgiveness. There is no condemnation, guilt, or shame, those things all come from the enemy, and he’s not welcome in the presence of god. Can I get an AMEN.

What an amazing love that is. One that doesn’t force us to love, or pressure us into things that make us sad. But, one that is so freely given, all you have to do is show up.

Broken.

Tired.

Shame-filled.

Lonely.

Frustrated.

Confused.

And he is right there, ready to take on whatever you’re dealing with, and he already knows. Why? Because he made you. And he created you with plans to prosper you, to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)!

I used to hear the term “sit at the feet of Jesus” and think uh okay, how? Oh my how that has changed as I read about his love story to us. (That’s the bible in case you were wondering). How I long for the mornings I spend time with Jesus, talking to him. Asking him questions, telling him about my hopes, asking for clarity, asking for peace. My pastor at home always says “if you don’t know how to pray, talk to god about it.” It really is like talking to a friend, but it comes with practice!

How many mornings did it take to drag my butt out of bed to almost just fall asleep with my face in my bible?? SO MANY. Like probably a year or two to make it consistent…but now, I don’t rise early because I have to, friend, I NEED to. My soul needs to. I can tell if I haven’t had quiet time in the morning, because the whole day feels off.

Coffee drinkers out there (or other forms of caffeine), those mornings when you are somewhere without coffee first thing in the morning, or you wake up late and are in a rush to leave. That feeling you get when you realize it’s already noon, you have a headache, your cranky, and don’t feel quite yourself?

Well one, it’s an addiction to caffeine, oops. (The world runs on tired people y’all, just don’t grow weary)

But two, that’s exactly how my soul feels when I accidentally skipped quiet time because I over slept. Going through day without filling up with God in the morning. I get half way through my day feeling drained, like I am missing something. Something much more important than coffee! I get more grumpy in traffic, I get more judge-y to other people, who might just be having an off day too!! I’m not able to pour out the love that would normally fill my heart. I need my coffee just like I need my Jesus! Strong and first thing in the morning! Jesus and Coffee, Coffee and Jesus. Easily the best time of my whole day.

Side note I believe a lot of great conversations can happen over cups of coffee. Praise god for that!

If we were having coffee this morning and I could tell you all about the thoughts in my head, it would all boil down to this…

I’m in awe of the goodness of God. He brings me to tears of Joy almost daily! He is so good. And not only is he good, he is Good Good. God has brought me to a place in this life where I realized that I want to make the most of it, I want joy, and friendship, laughter, & love, and I want to help others do the same! I want to live The Good Good Life, because life isn’t meant to just be “good.”

You know like at church, the store, or school, this conversation….

Hey so good to see you! How’ve you been?

Good, and you?

Good!

Awkward casual small talk until you make your exit.

Friend, I’m not suggesting you tell every casual acquaintance your deepest darkest secrets, or all the intimate details of what you’re dealing with! My point is that life wasn’t meant to just be good. It was meant to be Good Good.

I firmly believe that is the mission that God has put on my heart, to learn and live. It doesn’t mean bad times don’t happen, but it sure does make them easier to face with a god who never leaves.

Are you living The Good Good Life?

Do you want to?

He loves you friend, and he wants you to live loved too!

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”

-2 Timothy 4:7-

XOXO,

Alie

 

 

 

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Even the Best Choices Can be Hard

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High School Me: Senior Pics 

I want to talk to y’all a little bit about my clean eating journey thus far, so that involves taking it way back about six (ish) years ago to when I was in high school and still living at home. My parents just decided that in the house we were going full on Paleo. They were doing a 30 day challenge at the gym they attended, so by way of them, we were too. My mom being the rule follower she was threw away EVERYTHING that was not Paleo! At this point in my life I wasn’t too affected because I worked at Domino’s, had a car, made my own money, and could thus buy my own snacks/meals. So naturally we had the “healthy” food at home, and I went on my merry way. Then, I left for college.

 

At this point, I didn’t use much dairy at home, only what I consumed outside the house. (I also knew good choices, and didn’t care) I stopped being involved in dance senior year, so the gym and physical activity was on me! I lived in a dorm on an unlimited meal plan, and ate whatever, whenever. I always knew I had issues with stress eating, and turn to food for a sense of comfort. The first semester in college challenged me in so many ways, it was rough, so I turned to what I know, food. But it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I started not liking who I saw in the mirror. It didn’t look like me. Food wise, I still didn’t drink milk, but I ate pretty much all the other dairy products, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, etc. I love veggies and fruits, and I had seen my family go through some pretty drastic changes diet wise, so I knew how to prepare and choose good things. I just didn’t. And when I did, all the bad things I was eating far out weighed the good.

It wasn’t until I realized that if something was going to change, it would have to start with me. That as an “adult” the person who had to tell me “NO” was me. Wow. It might seem simple y’all. But that was a conversation I had with myself that changed how the next few years would go. At that point, I was as heavy as I’d ever been. Didn’t work out much. Even if I did though, I was making myself sick with food. Binge/stress eating things. I would make myself disgusted with the amount of food I could consume. There’s even sometimes where if I ate multiples of something I’d tuck the wrappers in random places in the trash so it didn’t look like I had so many that day (3 granola bars? Hide the wrappers strategically).

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Spring 2015

I had a problem of turning to food for comfort, instead of turning to God. He got a hold of my heart and just made me realize. No amount of motivation to go to the gym would change the power that food had over my life. So I made a choice. The weight had added up so gradually over a few years! (How did they come so fast?!) Which means it was going to have to do the same thing in reverse. To truly fix my problem I didn’t need a gym (though the gym is great too). I couldn’t even get the motivation to get to the gym with the lack of energy I felt getting up each day. This is what I like to refer to as the sugar hangover. AKA all the junk you are putting into your body making you feel like junk in return! It makes that morning in bed feel like you never want it to end. I lost motivation, confidence, and self-worth. I did not like pictures, so there are few. But I knew they would be important for progress. So I dug up one for reference. This was about Spring 2015 at my heaviest, and somewhere I never want to be again.

 

IMG_3903So that brings me to last summer 2017, my two year mark. Two years of progress pictures. Some with way more obvious progress than others, and some not so much. Two years of learning about food, and how to make better choices. My hopes that year three of this journey will be the best yet! (The best is yet to come, am I right?) There have been months of weight gain, and readjusting. Weeks of bad eating, and months of iffy choices.

None the less, I have learned some important things thus far, I can control my eating habits, they do not control me. Through God all things are possible. I can maintain my weight without fluctuating up and down like crazy. And, it is not easy, but it is worth it!

This past August I started grad school, and that stress almost made me fall back into old eating habits. I noticed bad habits coming back after Christmas break with not watching was I was eating as closely. Luckily I am learning, caught it quick, and decided once and for all I’m going to stop allowing food to control me.

So that brings me to the last 9 days, and the next 21…

I’m in the beginning steps of a Whole 30 challenge. So far the meal prep it is not as hard as I thought it would be, considering a lot of the cooking habits were developed over time. The mental game is a whole different battle. Surprisingly enough, I am doing okay, and cravings for junk is at a low. When I do think about them, I just tell myself after the challenge is over, I’ll find one thing that really is worth it and treat myself. But, I know my challenge then lies ahead in the in between zone. Not strict whole 30 rules, but still clean eating. I’ve heavily considered making it a permanent life change. However, I think I have some more experimenting with foods that my body doesn’t tolerate first! It is all a trial and error process. So far though, it is Day 9, and I’m going strong. I feel good, I don’t eat near as much. I don’t get hunger pains like I used to, and I find myself not being overly hungry.

In addition, I know the time has come in this journey to health that very soon, I’m going to have to tie the exercise component to my lifestyle, and find one that sticks! I’m looking forward to the rest of 2018, and all that it can teach me about being healthy from the inside out. Being new to blogging, and Instagram stories have been fun for keeping me accountable, and sharing my love of food.

In order to live the Good Good Life, we have to start on the inside. I can’t do it alone, so I do it with God. He’s the best way maker. Follow his lead and he’ll take you along for the best ride. Do you wanna come live the Good Good Life too? I’m an open book.

P.S. Stay tuned for this summers progress. Here’s to hoping it’s the best yet!

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”

-1 Corinthians 10:31-

XOXO,

Alie