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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

We Are What We Eat



We have all heard the saying, “We are what we eat,” but I wonder how many of us really thought about that. I mean, really? Have you ever stopped to really think about what that means. We all know that we seriously won’t look like that Krispy Kreme donut or a bunch of grapes, but in a sense we will resemble what we put into our bodies. This brings to mind that Pedisure commercial, as well as the Nutrigrain bars commercial. In the Pedisure commercial you have one kid dressed as an order of french fries and has no energy, while another kid is dressed like a bottle of Pedisure and has tons of energy. In the Nutrigrain bars commercial you have one woman with a donut wrapped around her waist (or two huge cinnamon rolls in place of her buttocks in another version), while another woman munches on her Nutrigrain bar looking stunning. Now, I am not going to go into me views on either of these mention products in this post. That is for another day. But it does make you think about how true it is that we do, in a sense, become what we eat. 

Are you tired all the time? Word down? Fatigued? Skin breaking out all the time? Feeling sluggish? Sick constantly? Can’t seem to get rid of that extra pounds that has lingered far too long? Well stop to think about the things you are putting into your body. If you have to, keep a food journal of what you eat each day (do it for about a week to make yourself aware). Sometimes we just don’t realize what all we put in our bodies each day. Sure those handful of M&Ms don’t look like much. That small “snack size” bag of chips isn’t that big of a bag. That soda (diet or regular) wasn’t that big of a glass. We have all sorts of ways of justifying  excuses. Am I saying that we can’t ever enjoy a treat every now and then? Absolutely not. But we can’t call it a “treat” if we are consuming it all the time. And by all the time, yes, I am even talking about eating/drinking it everyday. 

Did you know that drinking just ONE can/bottle of soda a day adds up to you consuming 50 pounds of sugar a year? And that is just for regular soda. Diet soda is not a “healthier” substitute for regular soda. Diet soda causes kidney damage, weight gain, tooth enamel damage, and bone loss. Not to mention it is made with ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, which cause more harm than good to our bodies. Yikes! By cutting out the snack size bag of chips everyday, one can shed over a pound per month. And I am not sure that we even consider how much salt is in those bad boys. 

I suggest replacing sodas with water. You can even flavor our water with lemon, lime, strawberries, and other fruits. Swap those snack size chip bags for raw veggies, all natural popcorn, or raw nuts. If there is a candy jar in your office avoid walking by it, or if it is specifically your candy jar dump it out. Pack healthy snacks to take to work with you, while you’re running errands, or even on outings. Fill that candy jar with raw almonds instead. Purchase a reusable water bottle to keep filled throughout the day (make sure to drink your water throughout the day, as well). 

Our bodies need the right foods in order to function properly. When we are putting more of the wrong foods and drinks in our bodies, our bodies function slower. We feel sluggish, fatigued, and sick. When we put more of the right foods and drinks in our bodies, our bodies perform at their best. We feel energized. We aren’t as tired throughout the day. We aren’t sick as often. We just feel better in general. I don’t know about you, but I like feeling good. I want to have energy to get done what I need to get done each day. I want to look and feel my best. I want to stay away from the doctor as much as possible. I want to treat my body right. After all our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit. 

So, now what do you think about the saying, “we are what we eat”? What are you eating? 

Think Before You Send or Receive That Picture


What would we do without our cell phones, right?!? We use them to receive and send emails while on the go. They help us stay connected while we are away from our home, or even work. They are a way for us to be able to call when we are in an emergency (like when our car breaks down). As a parent, they are useful to keep up with your kids when they are away from you. They also make sharing things simple, like pictures and videos.I love it when I get pictures and videos of my nieces. I get a good laugh when my friends send hilarious pictures. And I enjoy sending pictures of our kids, pets, and happenings to my friends and family.

But let’s be honest, not all pictures and videos sent and received via cell phone are good. I am saddened and heartbroken at the very thought that there are teenagers sending and receiving some of the most vulgar pictures to one another. Sexting has become so casual with our young people. First came the texting of inappropriate words, but now words are not enough. Pictures must be sent and shared. It is sickening actually.

As a youth minister I use to share with my youth (a lot) that one of my pet peeves was to see half-naked pictures of teenagers plastered on their Facebook walls and other social media outlets. (I think I have shared this before in previous posts, but it bears repeating). I am sure they probably thought to themselves, “Oh no, here she goes again. We are getting the ‘don’t stand on the toilet half dressed and snap a picture of yourself to post on Facebook’ speech again.” I’m sorry, but I’m just not one to let things that slide. I can’t ignore it. I loved my youth, and I wanted them to know that they needed to love themselves enough to not display such pictures for all the world to see.

I don’t think some teens get the fact that not only will the person they sent the picture to be able to see the picture, but anyone that person decides to share it with, and whoever that person shares it with, and so on and so on. It is a never ending cycle. It is not as casual as some may think. Sexting is like a virus. It spreads rapidly, sometimes without you being aware of it.

Let me talk a bit of straight talk here. Girls, that guy that you just sent that picture of yourself to (you know, the one you wouldn’t want your Dad to see), I know he told you that it was just between you and him but honey, he LIED. Oh, he might be the first to see it, but all of his buddies and their buddies, and quite frankly anyone he might think will get a kick out of seeing you that way, will also get a peek at you. Do you really want that? Do you really want just anyone looking at you? Also, just a little heads up. That guy won’t delete it from his phone either. He will save it. And yea, his parents will find it. They will see it. AACK! And if they know who you and your parents are, they will let your parents know. So now, the picture you wouldn’t want your Dad to see (and he doesn’t want to see it either, trust me), will be made known to him and your Mom. Oh dear.

Guys, you know that picture of that girl that you just received on your phone and you can’t wait to share it with anybody willing to look? She is someone’s daughter. She is much more than the picture she just sent you. I mean, props to you I guess for making her believe what an “honorable guy” you are, but she will see through you. You think your  a “man” because you have that picture? Think again dear. Real men don’t devalue and degrade women like that. Is your Dad taking pictures of your Mom like that and sharing them with anybody and everybody? Don’t think so. And speaking of that, what if someone was passing around a picture of your Mom like the one on your phone? AAACK! It doesn’t settle too well with you know does it? Also, do you really want to risk the chance of having that girl’s Dad come after you? Do you want your parents to see what is on your phone, and tell her parents? Do you want to risk the chance that you could do some jail time, and/or have to be a registered sex offender for the rest of your life? I mean, what about your football scholarship? College? Dreams? Future? Is that picture really worth the risk of forfeiting it all?

Oh, don’t think that I don’t know that it happens the other way around. I know guys send girls pictures just as vulgar. And I would say the same things as I stated above, in that scenario. My point in posting this is not to make anyone feel awful, but it is to open the eyes of those sending and receiving such pictures and/or videos. Sexting isn’t casual. It is serious. And just as with anything else that is serious, there are serious consequences. No picture is worth forfeiting your hopes and dreams over. Please think before you take that picture. Think before you send that picture. Think before you receive that picture. You are worth so much more than you realize.

Grace & Peace

My Shake-O Brings All The…



So, I can’t help but think of that song Milkshake when I look at this picture. And yes, I know, it is now stuck in your head right? Mine too! Songs have a way of doing that. Anyways, this post isn’t about that song, or any song for that matter. This post is about that yummy goodness in the hot pink cup pictured above. Whoop whoop! Sorry, I tend to get a bit excited about that stuff.What is this yummy goodness that I speak of, you ask? Shakeology! Seriously, this stuff is the bomb! Is that even still an “in” phrase to use? I love my Shakeolgy! I drink it everyday for breakfast. 

I am not a huge breakfast food fan. I am a cereal kind of girl. But all of that changed when Shakeology came in the picture. First off, I get to have CHOCOLATE for breakfast! Hello?! WIN! Secondly, it has all the nutrients that my body needs in ONE glass. And thirdly, it tastes sooooo good! It has helped me with my energy, my cravings, my regularity (sorry if that is a bit TMI for you), and just plain helps me feel better. I have noticed since I started drinking it AND consistently working out, my body is getting leaner. I see more definition. And an added bonus is that my daughter who would rather skip breakfast all together, likes it and requests it for breakfast! Booya! 

Shakeology isn’t made with anything that is artificial. It is safe for your child to consume, safe for pregnant women to drink, and safe for nursing moms to drink (still talk with your doctor first though). It is made with whole food ingredients! No added preservatives or additives. It is great for diabetics. It helps with blood sugar and cholesterol. There are so many benefits to drinking Shakeology

I won’t keep you lingering on this post with me sounding like a crazed nut, but if you want to give this yummy goodness a try email me at

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that Shakeology comes in more than one flavor: regular chocolate, vegan chocolate, greenberry, and vegan tropical strawberry. Happy shaking!

Setting Goals

ImageSetting goals is something that I have never really mastered a self-discipline for. That doesn’t mean that is something that I do not work on though. And it definitely doesn’t mean that I cannot develop the self-discipline to set goals. Sometimes I think we use the whole “lack of self-discipline” as cop-out. I think it is over used really. At least I I know that I have over used it at times. (“I really don’t need to eat that cookie, but I just can’t help myself.”)<——That would be me at times.

But here I am blogging about setting goals, yet I am admitting that it is something I struggle with. As a business owner (yes, I am my own boss), I need to set goals in order to help move my company in the right direction. As a wife, mother, Christian, friend, and any other role I find myself in, I need goals to help move me in the right direction. Imagine if no one ever had any goals. Scary thought, I know. Goals are important. Goals are necessary. Goals are good.

So, I thought I would share some of my goals that I have set for myself today.

1. Workout

2. Drink my Shakeology.

3. Check my emails, and other important biz related things.

4. Post on social media (yes, this is a goal if it is used properly).

5. Post photo for the Rocktober Fit Challenge on Instagram.

6. Read over Challenge Group Invitation Guide.

7. Email invites to participants of Challenge Group.

8. Clean the house.

9. Blog.

10. Community Group

Whew! Some of the things listed on this list can be checked off, while there are still a few I have yet to do for the day. Setting goals helps to keep me focused. It helps to keep me on track. If any of you are like me, it’s not hard to get off track and lose focus. So, what are you waiting for? Set some goals for yourself today! It feels really good marking them off your list once you accomplish them! BONUS!

Grace & Peace, Jaclyn

Just Say No to the Shortest Shorts of All


“Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the shortest shorts of all?”

Today’ post is all about the fashion. But don’t get too freaked out by the picture above. I am not posting this pic as a way to announce that this is a fashion trend that I am in love with. Actually, I absolutely cannot stand this fashion trend. I mean really, since when did pockets being longer than the actual pair of shorts you have on become a good fashion idea? In my opinion, and I am sure Joan Rivers and the other members of Fashion Police would agree, this is a huge fashion disaster.

Our oldest son plays football, so most of our Friday nights include the family being at his football games. Now I will go ahead and admit that even though I am a girl born and raised in the south, I do not have a love for football. I could care less really. I go to support our son, and that is about it. I couldn’t tell you who has the ball, what call the ref just made, or what play the players are playing out. So, as we sit in the stands watching the game, I tend to people watch. And this fashion “NO” is one I see too frequently on the teenage girls (along with shirts that offer no support and leave little to the imagination).

As a parent, I am appalled at the sure thought that these girls walked by their parents and got the okay to head out for the evening. It saddens it me to think that these young girls think that dressing in this way is ok. As a youth minister, I use to tell my youth that one of my biggest pet peeves was to see half dressed pics on Facebook that the teen girls were posting. I am sorry, but we live in times where we are all more accessible to more people than we realize. And not everyone who sees your half dressed pic, or who sees you half dressed out in public, is your BFF. I would have been snatched up real quick and would have never made out the door in shorts like the ones pictured above.

Here are some tips on knowing if your shorts are too short to be worn out as a fashion statement:

1. If you have to constantly dig them out of the crevices of your body, then it is time to toss the shorts. I am sorry, but there is just no lady-like way to say this.

2. If your shirt is longer than your shorts and people have to constantly question whether or not you even have on shorts, then it is time to toss the shorts.

3. When you put your hands by your side and your shorts are way above your fingertips, then it is time to toss the shorts.

Modesty is really a lot more fashionable than leaving little to the imagination. So, ladies please respect yourself enough to cover up.

Grace & Peace, Jac

Don’t Throw in the Towel


We all have those days and moments when we just feel like throwing in the towel and saying, “I give up.” Whether it’s in our jobs, our families, our finances, our workouts, our faith journeys, or some other thing we are a part of. No one is immune from these moments. But the difference is found in how each of us handles these moments.

Today I had one of these moments in my workout. Yep, I am admitting that sometimes I just want to give up. For some reason today, my body was just moving a little slower than usual. It was more difficult than other days to get up the energy to get through my workout. I was so frustrated with feeling like this. I mean, seriously, I hadn’t even made it through the warm up and I was already wanting to walk away! What is up with that? Some people may say that it is not a big deal. That it is ok to not work out for the day. But you see it’s not just about making sure I workout, it is about following through with my commitments. I have committed myself to living a healthy lifestyle and working out is one of my daily goals. So, for there to be a little voice inside my head telling me to give up and walk away, it was beyond frustrating. I actually screamed at that voice to shut up!

This is true in our spiritual lives as well. I mean how many times have we wanted to throw in the towel on God just because life seems to be a bit more difficult at the moment? How many times have we told God, “I give up. I just can’t seem to cut a break here”? Life is not always a bed of roses or a day in the park, but how we handle it makes all the difference. Imagine if Jesus had thrown in the towel on His way to the cross. I am afraid that in our culture we have become a people of quitting. When the going gets tough, the majority of us get running. We fail to see the bigger picture and how our struggles actually become the very things that make us stronger. A workout is difficult and challenges you to no end, but it makes you stronger and builds muscle. Life’s struggles work the same way.

So, next time you are tempted to throw in the towel and walk away, think about how strong you will be once you take on that challenge. You are stronger than you think.

Grace & Peace,



Alright peeps, so I know you might roll your eyes a bit whenever I post another health related post. But please just hold up and hear me out. You see, health and fitness is something that I am very passionate about. It’s not necessarily about having the greatest abs or the best legs in town, but more so it is about just being healthy. Being healthy for me, my family, and my friends. Being healthy so that I can inspire other people to live healthy lifestyles. No, I know that I cannot force anyone to trade the cheetos for some raw almonds, but hopefully by me BEING the example someone will make the decision to make healthier choices.


The trend of obesity is on the rise, and I am not okay with that. It’s not about being a supermodel, but it’s about being healthy. And let’s all face it, if we are all obese that we aren’t living as healthy as we could be living. Now, don’t get all frazzled on me. I am not bashing ANYONE. What I am trying to do, is get us all to see just how important our health is. You see, the more “extra fluff” we have on our bodies, the harder our bodies have to work in order to function. And sometimes, it’s not just what we can see on the outside that could be setting us up for a health crisis. Some of the foods we put in our bodies actually are causing blockages, plaque build-up, and other critical health issues inside our bodies.


This is alarming to me. It is enough to get my attention and cause me to want to take care of my body the best way I can. That is why I workout DAILY. That is why I eat clean DAILY. Do I have some ice cream or some chips every once in a while? Yes! Do I eat ice cream and chips everyday? No! I choose to make healthier choices, so that I can be healthy. I want to treat my body right. I want to show my children what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. And, I want be the encouragement and inspiration for someone else wanting to make the choice to live a healthy lifestyle.


If I can help you in making healthier choices and get you started in living a healthier lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Email me at, message me on Facebook, reach out on Twitter, or comment below. I would love to help you in your health and fitness journey.


Grace & Peace, Jaclyn

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