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Are the Best Things in Life Free?

by Tracy Duer on January 1, 2015

IMG_5008The best things in life are free. Or are they? There’s an old saying that says the best things in life are free, but as I reflect over this past year, I realize that is often NOT the case. Sure, some of the best times we’ve had as a family are just hanging out, playing games, wrestling, etc., but living a successful, fulfilling life, and making a difference in those around us, goes way beyond that. Sixteen years ago, when I met my husband, one of the first things he told me was that he wanted to move back to his home state of Texas one day. Well, a marriage, a move across the state of TN, and 4 kids later, we still had not made that dream come true. Every year we said we would do it, but every year became busy, and it just never happened. What changed this year? As our kids began getting older, we realized that if we didn’t WORK HARD to make this goal happen, it never would. Just talking about it wasn’t enough. A year ago, as we were setting our goals for 2014 (yes we do that and each year we work to make those goals come to fruition), our top goal was to finally make this move happen. We knew it would take work, it would take money, and it would be a stressful year. But we prepared for that. One of our biggest obstacles was selling our house. We had not wanted to put our house on the market for years because the thought of keeping a clean and organized house in the midst of homeschooling, running a home based business, and raising 4 kids was more than I could mentally handle, so we just kept putting that part of it off. This year, we set off to make it happen anyway. What did we do?? We moved out before we sold it. THAT took a HUGE leap of faith. Our theme song this year has been the song Oceans, by Hillsong. If you aren’t familiar with it, check this out… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga3DmPRPAQQ. We truly believed that God was paving the way for us to make this happen.Too many things were happening that showed us that. God was in all of the details, even the little minor ones (especially the minor ones). So finally, in June, the house was officially listed. That next month, in July, we took a trip to the town in Texas that we were feeling led to go, and we found a rental house. We jumped on it and signed the lease, with plans to move in August. What about our house? So far God had been in all the minor details, but that one BIG one, selling our house, we hadn’t seen yet. But with so many other signs, we decided to go for it. Once here, we felt disappointment after disappointment. NOTHING was happening, or so it seemed. It was getting to the point that I was seriously questioning our decision. What had we done? Financially, this was really stretching us. So many other things were being put on hold while waiting, and waiting, and waiting. To say it was stressful is an understatement. Then it happened. We got that phone call. Someone wanted our house!!! At that moment, hearing all the stories about this other family, seeing the choices that we had made throughout the year based on the fact that we had not sold the house yet, I could see God in ALL of it!! Had we sold our house right away, we would have made different decisions. As it was, God was holding us off until we did what HE wanted us to do. I look back over the past 16 years, and I see God’s work in us all along, even when things were tough. This year was TOUGH!! It was stressful in so many ways – financially having a mortgage, rent, utilities and all the other bills that go with owning or renting doubled. It was stressful doing work on the house updating it to help it to sell. Just moving in general was tough. If you take any test to monitor your stress level, moving is always one of the highest stressors – right up there with having a death in the family or a divorce, so yes, this was a stressful year. We closed on our house YESTERDAY, December 31st, 2014. What a way to end this year, closing one chapter to open another chapter on January 1st, 2015. So, are the best things in life free? This past year is proof that sometimes, the best things in life you work for. We could’ve kept doing what we’ve been doing – living life from day to day, homeschooling, running our business, hanging out with our friends (yes, we left behind some of the best friends in our lives when we left Memphis and we dearly miss them), but we would’ve always had that nagging feeling in the back of our minds wondering “what if?” What if we had finally made that move that we always wanted? We really believe that God paved the way for this, but it didn’t just miraculously happen. God gave us the desire, He opened some doors and closed others, and ultimately between Him giving us His blessing to go for it, and us working HARD to make it happen, we are finally here. We are in an adorable little town, ready to finally dive in head first. God has given us a business and a ministry, and has led us to south central Texas to fulfill that. Scripture tells us in Acts 1:8, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Our Jerusalem is now a town in South Central Texas called New Braunfels, halfway between Austin and San Antonio. If you have that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you need to be doing something, and you keep putting it off because it seems too hard, change that mindset TODAY, on the first day of January 2015. Make this year YOUR year. Ask God what it is He’s calling you to do, then set out to do it. Life doesn’t just happen, YOU have to create it. The best things in life really aren’t free. Don’t put your life off because getting there is too hard. Take out a journal TODAY, write down that big hairy audacious goal, and then write down the steps it’s going to take to get there. As we close out 2014 and begin 2015, DECIDE to make this year your best year yet. If you’re looking for some goal setting programs, check out www.30daypush.com, www.thereinventednewyear.com, www.bestyearever.success.com. As we move into 2015, we are asking yet again for God’s direction in our lives, where He wants our business to go, who He wants us to reach, and we are keeping Romans 8:28 in our hearts, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

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Refresh Challenge Group Post

Lets face it, no matter how healthy we think we eat, how much we think we exercise, there is always room for improvement!

Every time I challenge myself to keep track of my food, I notice big jumps in my fitness, my energy levels, and I just feel better. I know personally how easy it is to get off track. It starts with a slice of pizza here and a bite of a cookie there, an extra bit of peanut butter in my shake, a slight indulgence at a get together with friends and before you know it, you feel like you’re carrying around a food baby! All the working out in the world isn’t going to take away that bloated & sluggish feeling you get when you over eat! I know this because I totally did this the week after our recent trip to Vegas.

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As Tracy and I sat brainstorming ideas for our next support group, this amazing idea hit us!

How about we kick off August with the brand new 3-Day Refresh Program and incorporate it into a 30 day clean eating & Shakeology group! YES! This is perfect! Ok, so why is this perfect you might ask?!

The 3 day refresh is designed to give you fast, clean, and efficient weight loss. You can quickly drop a few pounds, break a bad habit and get back on track! It’s 3 shakes a day, a fiber drink, plenty of water, fresh fruits, veggies, and healthy fats so that you keep your energy and your metabolism going. It is not a juice or fasting diet but a healthy diet that is going to give your body nutrition vs starvation.

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Then, once we jump start our weight loss and clear out the gunk, we can preserve our results and not slide back into old habits by continuing on for 30 days of clean eating! I don’t want you to do the 3 day refresh and just go back to how it was before you started. I want you to maintain and make progress. So for 30 days, I am going to give you a great meal plan, share how easy it is to prepare family friendly healthy meals, teach you the importance of proper nutrition, the fundamentals of clean eating and how to fuel your body for energy and not comfort.

So how does this work? Well if I am not your Team Beachbody Coach then you would make me your coach. Contact me below by filling out the application to join! You are required to purchase the 3-day refresh challenge pack from me as your coach. Then, you are accepted into my closed online support group that will begin on the 4th of August.

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We will start with the 3 Day Refresh then 30 days of replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology, healthy eating and any exercise of your choice. It does not have to be a Beachbody Fitness Program, although I encourage you to do some form of physical activity for 30 minutes a day 5 days a week! :) (21 Day Fix, P90X3, Piyo, T25).

Each day you will log into the group for your tip of the day, daily motivation, inspiration and accountability. I will share recipes along with ways to handle late night munchies, sugar cravings, emotional eating, temptations and more. You will be accountable each day to report with the group your food and your workouts!

At the end of the 30 days we will measure our progress, submit our results and in 30 days you will have kicked bad habits, introduced new healthy habits and be on your way to creating life long health and wellness for you and your family!

Does this sound like something you would like to do?

If so, join me by completing the application below.

Then, create a free account so that I am your Team Beachbody Coach.

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If you are anxious to get started then purchase your 3-day refresh challenge pack here and make sure to message me and I will add you to the group and get you up and running!

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Either way, the cut off for registration is Wednesday July 30th! So don’t wait until the last minute or you might miss an opportunity to truly transform your health and feel your best this summer!

Stop saying tomorrow, stop putting off the small changes because you never know what tomorrow will bring! You only have today, your health, your choices and this one life! It’s so precious and I can’t say enough about how important it is to take care of what we have!

So whether you need a total overhaul or just a few tweaks now is your time! From me to you, parent to parent, business owner to business owner trust me YOU have TIME to put yourself FIRST for 30 minutes each day!

Fill out my online form.

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Get Fit

by Irfan on December 24, 2013

If working part time to build your full time future by helping others to reach their goals is something that sounds good to you, then this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity is for you.. If working part time to build your full time future by helping others to reach their goals is something that sounds good to you, then this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity is for you.. If working part time to build your full time future by helping others to reach their goals is something that sounds good to you, then this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity is for you..

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Thanksgiving Quinoa Stuffing

by Deryl on November 26, 2013

It’s nearly impossible to think about Thanksgiving without Thanksgiving stuffing. The problem for those who are health conscious is that stuffing is often loaded with high amounts of refined carbs, fat, calories and salt.This stuffing recipe is one of our favorites, in fact we like it so much it is not just reserved for Thanksgiving, but is enjoyed all year.

Thanksgiving Quinoa Stuffing

Ingredients:

2 cups water

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups quinoa

4 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup mushrooms

1/2 cup carrots, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup squash, peeled and diced

2 stalks green onions, chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped

1 tsp. dried ground sage

1 tsp. dried thyme

Light oil cooking spray

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, bring water and chicken broth to a boil. Add the quinoa and bring back to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes. Once the quinoa has absorbed the water, take off stove and allow to cool. Add 3 Tbsp. olive oil to a pan. When hot, add squash and carrots and sauté until they begin to brown, then add celery, mushrooms, and green onions. Let the vegetables brown, and then remove from heat and mix into the quinoa. Add walnuts, cranberries, sage, thyme, parsley, mint, and 1 Tbsp. of oil into mixture. Spray a thin coating of cooking spray onto a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, and smooth mixture into pan. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes, until brown.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 65 minutes

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 143

Protein: 5 g

Fiber: 3 g

Carbs: 18 g

Fat Total: 7 g

Saturated Fat: 1 g

 

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P90X3 is Coming!!

November 15, 2013

Do you have 30 minutes a day to get in the best shape of your life? Do you want to feel better? Have more energy? Be your best?  Then get ready for the newest workout from Beachbody and world famous trainer and creator of P90X and P90X2, Tony Horton. With the research and science behind all Beachbody […]

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Shakeology and Visalus – What’s the Difference?

October 22, 2013

I rarely do side-by-side comparisons, primarily because I don’t want to seem critical of any other company or their products. Therefore, before I go any further, I want to say that I know several Visalus reps personally and most of them are good people who really do want to help people to lose weight. I […]

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Do or Do Not, There Is No Try

October 18, 2013

One of the most memorable scenes in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, contains a very important lesson. In this scene, Jedi Master Yoda is teaching Luke Skywalker the principles of mastering the ways of the force. One of the assignments Yoda gives Luke is to lift his X-wing fighter out of the […]

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Mastering the Basics

September 15, 2013

In 1959 at the age of 45, Vince Lombardi became a head coach in the NFL for the very first time. His team: The Green Bay Packers. Their record for the past ten years was abysmal. They finished the 1958 season 1-11-1. That’s one win, eleven losses and one tie. They were demoralized to say […]

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Going Bare

September 2, 2013

Ditching Your Shoes May Improve Your Workout I posted an article last week about how to choose the best shoe for your workout and mentioned that I prefer to go barefoot when I can and wear minimalist shoes when I can’t. And no, it’s not because I live in Tennessee. The truth is that all […]

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Choosing the Best Shoe for Any Workout

August 29, 2013

What’s the one piece of workout gear you can’t live without? Your iPod? A good water bottle? A truly supportive sports bra? Wrong, wrong, and wrong. The single most important piece of equipment to virtually any kind of exercise program, whether it’s running, weight-lifting, aerobics, hiking, tennis, basketball, etc., is the right pair of shoes. Overwhelmed by the […]

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