I Wanna Be Strong!

April 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM | Posted in Daily Inspiration, Fitness, Food, Food for Thought, God, Health, Relationships | 19 Comments
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Hi!  Thank you all for your amazing and encouraging comments on my last post!  It really meant a lot to me, and I really appreciate you all so very much.  I hope you know that. 😉 *sniffle*

Okay, enough with the sappiness and moving on to a different topic.

The other day I was quite busy running around taking care of food business.  My Linguistic buddies and I had a very important annual symposium and I was the “hospitality coordinator”.  I think I can get used to that title, I like!

We had several guest speakers and one of them was Dr. Paul Frommer!

If you don’t know who he is, he’s the creator of the Na’vi language from Avatar.

                                                                                                    

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Yup, that’s right! Except–I haven’t watched the movie yet and now I’m excited to see it haha.  I know, shame on me!  I can hear some “boo’s” out there.

He was such a nice guy and we actually got to chat for a bit!  He’s the dude in the middle with errrr no hair. 😛 I hope you don’t see this Dr. Frommer!

Here’s another exciting topic;  I  have a new-found love for pita pockets.  I had some for breakfast yesterday and I must say…pita pockets taste really good when they’re sweet.  Who says pita has to be filled with bacon and cheese?  Well, it is pretty darn good when it’s savory too.

I know that the innards look rather funky I admit, but just trust me on this one.  It tastes good. 😀

Most of you know how much I rave about Once Again Nut/Seed Butters, and I topped this one with my favorite sunflower seed butter!! This company’s products have really high quality ingredients and they taste like they’re homemade.  I dare you to try it.

I also had no idea how versatile pita bread can be!  If you run out of pita chips, then you can remedy that by making ’em at home. CRUNCH.

This a medley of savory cheesy pita chips and sweet cinnamon crunch.

Also, if you haven’t been to Jenny’s awesome blog about muscle-building vs. toning up, then you should!!  I think she and I really think alike when it comes to fitness and staying healthy and strong.

I’ve been really wanting to share some workouts with y’all, but I can’t seem to take pictures with the DSLR because it’s really difficult to take self-cam photos, so once I get the point-and-shoot back from Greg, I shall put them up.

I hope you’re okay taking some advice from little ol’ me…? 😛

Here in a bit, I’m heading off to see the kids in Santa Ana.  Lately I find myself in a hurry wherever I go, and since my body feels sluggish at the moment, I’m going to do a simple workout for 7 minutes.  Again, so important to listen to our bodies as long as our other priorities are straight.

So what kind of workouts can one do within 7 minutes?  There are actually plenty of simple movements we can do to build muscle, while burning calories, while getting our heart rate up, and circulation going all simultaneously.

  • pull-ups and jumping squats
  • push ups and jumping lunges
  • squatting bicep curls and bike crunches
  • burpees (squat thrusts) and high knees

As you can see, the possibilities are endless.   So let’s get on out there and be active while appreciating the strong bodies God has given us!  At least, while we can. 😛

You see, I truly believe that some movement is better than none at all!  As much as I’d like to continue in my all or nothing ways, more and more I’m convinced that when it comes to health and fitness, every bit counts.

So what if you “fail” that day? Well, you just get back up and do what you can to the best of your abilities.   There’s always tomorrow.

Weeee there’s a fun and crazy weekend ahead of me so I’ll try to stay in contact!

Let’s live today to the fullest and HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY TO Y’ALL!!! May God’s love and blessings come in unexpected ways to you today!  He is so very much in love with you.

Are you all-or-nothing when it comes to health and fitness?

What kind of workouts do you go to when you’re in a hurry?

What does this weekend look like for you?

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A New Life

April 17, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Posted in Food, God, Inspiration, Relationships | 55 Comments
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Hola amigos!

I hope you’re all having a beautiful and blessed weekend so far! 😀

God has been so good in every way I can think of.  I’ll recap on everything that has been going on throughout the weekend first.

On Friday afternoon, Greg and I went to volunteer with the kids in Santa Ana as we do every week.  We like to call them our “multiple Latino childrenz” haha.

I have to be honest that sometimes, it’s very difficult working with them because they act out so much!  I know that this merely a product of what goes on at home.

I’m just so thankful that from time to time, God reminds us that this isn’t about the number of kids that are changing, but it’s about that ONE LITTLE SOUL that gets blessed by His love.  Our prayer is that we won’t give up because that one soul is worth it all.  And indeed, slowly but surely, several of these kids are changing and growing!

It just feels so great when one of them opens up to us about their struggles.  I think–they’re feeling loved! 😉

Yesterday noon, I had a girls’ picnic day with the lovely ladies from church! I haven’t had something like this in quite a while!  I was definitely blessed and encouraged all throughout!

Lots of folding and opening with those crazy tents!  At least 3 of them were broken haha.

Oh my goodness, it was doggie-nation that day.  We were all ooh-ing and aah-ing and going gaga over them.

With the lovely Haein!  She’s small like me, yet she exudes this gentle and bold spirit! Love it. 😀

And of course…lots of delicious and pretty food was consumed!  Along with beautiful Earl Grey Tea cupcakes and some cookies that I came up with 2 years ago.  I’ve been tweaking them and perfecting them over the years and I can humbly and honestly say–it’s a perfect creation.  *evil cackle*

Towards the end of our get-together, our beautiful sister (Pastor Daniel’s wife) Jae gave us a brief pep talk and encouragement.

We were all handed a tiny little pot of soil+sunflower seeds!  She wants us to cultivate this now and see how it’ll grow in the future.

Did you know that sunflowers are called “sunflowers” because they turn to the sun?! I knew this already, but she reminded us that in her eyes, we’re like these precious flowers because we turn to the “SON” and God’s light.

Also, sunflowers are unique in that they don’t tend to bloom in the spring like most plants do.   Rather, they are cultivated in the hot summer and blossom in the fall when everything else around it is dying! Clever huh? 😉 I just LOVE LOVE LOVE symbolism!

And guess what!

Remember that I once mentioned that my family doesn’t share in my faith in Christ?  Well, recently my sister, Greg, and I started to go to church together on Saturday nights!! That alone is a miracle for her!

A few days ago, she really surrendered her life to the Lord and decided to get baptized yesterday!! HALLELUJAH!! God truly hears our prayers.

It was a beautiful moment.  It was a moment in which she died with the old, and went in with the new.  She now has a NEW LIFE.

God’s presence and joy in that place was so strong I could hardly stand it!  My sister is truly changing for the better.  I can see that she is filled with PEACE, JOY, AND EVEN MORE PATIENCE.

Another miracle is that David, my bro-in-law, was supportive enough to come join the baptism service for my sis.

We headed to Mammalucco’s and celebrated this beautiful day!

Mammalucco’s is ZE BEST pizzeria that I’ve tried while in the U.S.! It’s authentically Italian, and very close to the Argentinean pizza. Mmmmmmmm! Melty and gooey.

Greg gave my sis an awesome book titled Battlefield of the Mind.  It explains how everything–from good to bad–starts from our minds.  Whatever we let into our thoughts, is basically what comes out of our bodies and actions.  We need to guard our thoughts!

Life in Christ is truly so beautiful.  I know for certain that once we know Him and have a RELATIONSHIP that’s intimate with Him, we can’t go back.

He gives us new life.  I don’t to waste it.  🙂

He doesn’t promise an easy life because life in the world is still the same.  However, He promises all the strength that we need to overcome our obstacles.

***Late update:  Kat is giving away some awesome stuff! Go check out her awesome blog.  She always has sweet and encouraging things to say. :D***

Love,

Ellie <33

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