Who's your Cheerleader in your life? Do you have a name that popped in to your mind? I sincerely hope so! Because we all need people cheering us on as we walk through this life!
And then I'll ask, who are YOU a cheerleader for? Sometimes this is a question we forget to ask ourselves!
Let's chat about being a cheerleader and also what it means to be cheered for! It's important and matters! I think especially in today's climate, focusing on how we can love others and cheer them on is crucial and a topic that should be focused on much more often!
Tune in to this week's Progress Matters Podcast where we will explore what being a cheerleader truly means!
I pray this episode encourages and inspires you to embrace your inner cheerleader while also being thankful for the cheerleaders in your life!
Every step we take is progress and it matters! :)
Instant Gratification!!! Where on earth did this come from? And why are we so focused on things being easy and achieving results immediately?
I wish I had all the answers but I can tell you this...Instant Gratification is NEVER the answer! For real, lifelong, lasting results, we have to be patient, put a little skin in the game, make the changes and embrace the process!
On this week's Progress Matters Podcast, I talk about Instant Gratification and why it really isn't where we should be focused! Click below to listen!
As a certified, FASTer Way to Fat Loss Coach, I see my clients get frustrated when they don't see results in the first week. And I work hard to encourage, support and love them as we work TOGETHER to throw that mindset out the window and make strides one day at a time! Lasting change takes time! And I promise you are WORTH the time!
Are you needing Accountability? Support? Encouragement? Knowledge? Are you at a loss when it comes to: what to eat, how much to eat, what workouts to do and how much to workout? If so, I am here for YOU! I will teach you and you will become empowered in ways you never thought possible! How does that sound?
Monday, November 2nd, my next 6 week experience to this NEW LifeStyle, begins! But here's the deal...If you want instant gratification, this IS NOT the program for you! No quick fixes here! However, if you are ready for a true lifestyle change that can lead you to the best version of yourself, THIS IS FOR YOU!
The picture you see here is my physical transformation since beginning with the FASTer way back in April of this year. The food pictures are just a tiny example of the things you will learn in the kitchen and the smile on my face with the heart earrings, well, that is the JOY I feel inside to answer God's call to use my gift of encouragement, to help others live their best life possible!
If you want to learn more, it's not too late to connect with me! Click the button below and we can chat!
If you are reading this shaking your head and saying "YES, I am READY" Then click the button below to get registered and claim your spot! This is the last group I will run in 2020! Let's finish this crazy year stronger, healthier and better, together!
Loving God and Loving People is my motivation for ALL I do! I am here to help!
Every Step you take is Progress and it Matters!
Y'all, we are living in CRAZY times!
I find that almost daily I am picking my mouth up off the floor because of something else going on in this world! In times like these, I have learned that anxiety people feel amplifies and can completely take them over, if they allow it to.
So what can we do to Find Calm when we are in a Storm that is full of anxiety?
The past 3 weeks on the Progress Matters Podcast we are talking about this very issue. Please join me and my very special guest, Beverly Smith, as we share a 3 Part series of discussions where we unpack this issue and many questions that came up as we spoke. We hope to provide tools and encouragement to all who listen. Our prayer is that you hear something that you can implement in your life to help you fight back against any anxiety you may be feeling and experience the Calm that God has waiting for you!
To Tune in you can click on the button below! This will begin with Part 1 and you will be able to continue listening to Part 2 & 3 from there!
Remember, every step you take is progress and it matters!!!
Guess What this means?
Yes, I have been accepted to become a Certified Faster Way to Fat Loss Coach! To say I’m excited is an understatement! But what is even more exciting and amazing is seeing how God has worked in amazing & unforeseen ways!
Y’all, I didn’t seek this opportunity out! I joined this program back in April, begrudgingly! I really didn’t want to do it and make all these changes, nutritionally! I mean, committing to Intermittent Fasting, & Carb Cycling whole also giving up Gluten and Dairy...It seemed overwhelming and too hard! But I promised my amazing friend, Candace Flottmann, that I would do it with her so we could hold each other accountable. And if you know me, you know, when I commit I am in it...100%!
This experience since April has blown my mind! It has changed my life, literally! From the inside out, I am healthier, leaner, more energetic, stronger and absolutely FULL of joy! I’ve lost 17 lbs and over 14” and maintained it while eating A TON OF FOOD…whole, healthy food that is. And I can’t stop sharing and talking about it because I feel so incredibly amazing and I want EVERYONE to feel this way!
Now, back to God and how He works! I NEVER expected to be in the health and fitness coaching world again. But through a lot of prayer, surrender and trust, God has brought me here and threw open this door.
I know that one of the gifts he has given me in the “gifts of encouragement”. I do love to encourage others! He said, “Christy, walk through this door.” God and I together decided and it was HIS perfect timing, and time for me to step back in to this arena, full of joy and ready to encourage anyone who needs it and is ready for change!
So here I am! Submitting! Obeying! Trusting HIM! This isn’t about Me! This is about God…Knowing Him, Serving Him and Loving Others! And this is one of the ways He is calling me to step out in faith and MOVE! So, here we go! God and I partnering together!
My goal is to get my certification completed and test passed by Friday, October 2nd! Once that is done, I am launching my very first Faster Way to Fat Loss round, beginning on October 12th!
IF you want to know more, are in a place where you know something has to change and want to be loved, encouraged and held accountable, click below and let’s talk! We can discuss where you are, your goals and struggles while we figure out if this is a good fit for you to explore!
Change can be hard, overwhelming and a bit intimidating, but as I shared, this decision was LIFE CHANGING for me in the very best of ways, and I look forward to helping others experience this amazingness in their life too!!!
Do you ever stop and recognize the moments we are giving in this life that are opportunities to make a lifelong memory?
I hate to admit it but there have definitely been times when I have allowed the memory making moment to pass me by! I know...shame on me, right?
Recently my amazing parents reminded me how to truly take the opportunity when it presents itself to "ride the tube" of life and impact all those around you!
I pray this episode will make you smile, reminisce about memories in your own life and encourage you to be a memory maker for those you do life with!
You can listen now to "Ride the Tube" by clicking the button below.
Remember....Every step you take is progress & it matters!
Have you ever found yourself acting on something you felt was SO RIGHT, only to have it fall apart, fail or not turn out the way you thought it would?
I have been doing a deep dive of self reflection for many months and when this happens to me it comes down to one thing...I acted on Christy's time, instead of God's time!
This week, on the Progress Matters Podcast, I am opening up about the things God has revealed to me and the drastic mindset shift I have experienced.
I'm excited to share it with you and I pray my lightbulb moments will encourage you to evaluate which timeline you are operating on in your life!
You can listen now to "Before God's Time", just click the button below.
Remember....Every step you take is Progress and it Matters!
“From Him, Through Him and for Him are all things, To Him be the glory forever, Amen!”
Do you ever stop and think about why do you the things you do? You can apply this question to everything in life such as your occupation, volunteering, marriage, parenting, servicing and more.
WHY do I do the things I do?
So, I’ll go first! And I will be vulnerable with all of you. There was a time, not very long ago, when I “thought” I was doing everything for God’s glory. But honestly, I was doing it for me! I know that makes me sound like a super selfish and egocentric person. I can tell you it wasn’t that blatantly obvious to me. Again, I thought I was honoring God.
But it turned out, I was really honoring the “world”. I was chasing recognition, success, status and for my name to be known. I convinced myself that if I pushed hard enough, all my dreams and desires would come true. So I kept pushing!
I pushed to the detriment of sacrificing time with God, my husband & children, family and friends. I told myself I was “too busy” to serve at the church or volunteer because I needed to focus on “my goals”!
Sounds like a dream life, right? (insert a huge sense of sarcasm here!) Whenever I have tried to do things my way, for me, in my time, things never work out as I hoped they would. And the road is always harder and full of pot holes and bumps. It took a lot of wake up calls, soul searching and brutal honesty with myself and God to break this crazy cycle!
And now….everything is different! I am different! I am peace-filled, joyful, content and on fire inside to encourage and inspire others. I finally changed the focus of my motivation, I was changed from the inside out.
God’s way is ALWAYS best! Just like we like to tell our children that we know what is best for them. As a daughter of God’s, He knows what is best for me and for you!
This verse says it all! When we get our priorities in check and keep our eyes on Jesus, the course of our life and the quality in which we are living changes, dramatically! So drastically, in fact, we know without a shadow of a doubt, God working in us and through us is how this changed occurred. It definitely wasn’t anything I did on my own.
Every talent, skill and gift we have is FROM HIM! And THROUGH HIM we are able to develop into a person who can be used to be a light in this world by using what He gave us. This allows us to be aligned with his purpose and plan for our lives and release our plan.
Yes, release it, as in, LET IT GO!!! Why do we do all of this? FOR HIM!!! For His glory, for His name to be known and for the gospel to be shared! I know my purpose is to Know Him, Serve Him and Love Others! And God and I have been partnering together for the past two years, because I finally let go of my agenda. I surrendered my “worldly” desires and replaced them with God’s desires for me to walk out.
I no longer care if my name is known. I care if His name is known! I care about giving him all the glory, not receiving glory from others!
And you know what is amazing? When true surrender happens, God ignites His fire inside of us leading us to follow His plans, willingly and eagerly, while seeing His plans and timing are always best!
So, why do you do the things you do? Maybe my words have caused you to take pause to reflect on this question. I challenge you to ponder this and ask God to reveal your motivations. If you are like I was, in need of some redirection, ask Him to intervene. He will! And when you surrender all to Him, His plans for you will be revealed in ways you never expected! For His Glory, forever!
Know Him, Serve Him, Love Others!
Do you play the "should" game when it comes to your life?
Maybe it comes from family, friends, acquaintances or even strangers; basically others telling you what you should do or be! And if it isn't coming from them, it more than likely is coming from the voice in your own head. You know the one! The voice that tells you, "You should do this or you should be that." Unfortunately, I know this voice ALL too well! Frankly, I think she needs a name and I am honestly working on giving her one!
I have come to detest this word should. Why? Because it can lead us down a dangerous path. It has the ability to twist us up inside so much that we lose sight of who we really are. We stop paying attention to our unique gifts, talents and abilities. And all this happens because we are trying to be someone either other or the voice in our head thinks we "should" be instead of who we ACTUALLY are!
God has been revealing many things to me in the past couple of months. It has been a very eye opening experience. It is long overdue but God's patience stands the test of time. I had to get to a place where I was completely open to really hear what God was saying and actually be willing to admit some hard truths out loud. It has been heart wrenching, eye-opening, life-giving, freeing and humbling, just to name a few emotions. And every moment I spend uncovering who God says I am has been absolutely worth it. Work is being done in my heart and soul. I wake up daily desiring to open myself up to Him to see what he wants to show me each day. This season is beautiful!
I will be unpacking the lessons, truths and revelations God has been showing me over the next several weeks on my Progress Matters Podcast. To listen to the most recent episode "Overcoming Should" you can click on the link below:
I am being vulnerable in sharing this season of my life in hopes of encouraging and inspiring you to see if you have been playing the "should" game with your life. When we stop factoring in the world and all it says we "should" be, or stop listening to our own voice and start listening to God's, looking only to Him for answers: clarity comes, peace follows and we can finally feel free to be who we ARE, and escape the "should" mindset!
It's all about making progress as we walk this journey of life! Every step you take is progress and it matters! Don't give up! God's got you!
Have you ever thought about this concept:
Sometimes in order for us to make progress, we need to Stand Still!
Sounds a little crazy to say that out loud, right? I know, it did to me to the first time God laid this on my heart but I am learning how TRUE this is!
To learn how God is using this revelation to teach me and change me, check out my latest podcast "Standing Still to make Progress"! In this episode, I share the truth I am learning and the peace that accompanies being still! It is such a priceless lesson!
To listen you can click below:
One of my mottos is: "Every step we take is progress and it matters!" And while I still firmly believe in it I am also learning how progress can also take place with NO step at all!
I pray this encourages you in the season you are standing in right now!
When was the last time you were forced out of your comfort zone and into a place of perseverance?
God allowed me the privilege of watching my youngest son, walk through this recently as he went to church camp for the very first time this summer!
He has been begging to go for the past two years as we he watched his older brother experience all that camp offered. We had always told him the summer before 4th grade would be his time to begin his journey with attending church camp!
As the date grew closer, his excitement built but so did something else that I honestly wasn't expecting. He began to get nervous, unsure and a bit uncomfortable about being gone for a week. In my mind, this shouldn't be a big deal. He had been away from us many times before but as he explained, this was the first time he was with people other than family and, oh by the way, he didn't have a friend in his cabin with him. I saw this as a way for him to grow but he wasn't so sure about that!
The day to go to camp arrived, we loaded the car and off we went! On the way, excitement was in the air from both boys; although Walker also shared concerns as well! We continued to share that God would take care of him and that this would be an amazing experience! We arrived at the gate and the boys couldn't wait to get to their cabins. We came to Nathaniel's cabin first so we all got out and go him settled. Walker was itching to get going to his cabin, so off we went!
As we entered the cabin, his excitement turned to uncertainty, in the blink of an eye. There were already 10 energetic 9 year old boys in the cabin and it was crazytown. I mean, I was even a bit uncomfortable with all that was going on, so I understood his doubt and nerves. We got his bed made and helped him meet his counselors along with a few of the other boys. He told us he was nervous and we spoke words of encouragement over him and shared our belief in him! We took pictures, hugged and kissed him and we told him we would see him Saturday!
As we got up the hill and about to enter the main building of the camp grounds, Walker came sprinting towards us, eyes full of tears as he told us he couldn't do this....he couldn't stay! As his Mom, my heart broke! I hated to see him so upset and frankly, scared, of walking through this week on his own. But at the same time, I knew he needed to do this! Staying in his comfort zone, with Mom and Dad, wasn't where he was going grow! It wasn't where God would going to work the most in him! This was a road he needed to walk down. As much as it hurt my heart, I knew God was giving us the direction and strength to help calm him down and give him courage to turn around and go back to his cabin. After holding him for a little while, we helped him gain the strength, I walked him back to his counselor.
Now, I would LOVE to tell you that it ended there and he was perfectly happy, content and that his uncertainty was completely erased but it wasn't. He struggled the first 3 days of camp. He wanted to come home. He didn't want to walk through this week. He didn't want to be uncomfortable. But again, God wasn't putting an urgency in my heart to go "rescue" him. He wasn't spending all day every day crying and not participating. He was having fun with the activities, his cabin mates, his counselors and more. Yes, there were moments of sadness but he had many counselors loving on him, encouraging him and also keeping me updated as needed!
By Thursday, a shift inside of Walker happened. He decided to change his mindset! He chose to embrace this experience and have fun! And that is what he did! He walked through the uncomfortable to grow, learn and then have an absolute BLAST!!
Of course, when Saturday arrived, I couldn't wait to see his eyes and wrap my arms around him. He definitely took a big sigh of relief when he saw us and even through his uncertainty on whether or not he wants to do camp again (we are still allowing him to think and pray about this), he persevered!
This picture above is Walker reading the award his counselors gave him! He received the "Perseverance" award! He was proud! We were proud! And I know, God was proud! He learned he can do hard things, even when he doesn't want to! He found a new strength that God has equipped him with! And to me, that lesson was worth it all!
I began this blog by asking you when the last time was you were pushed out of your comfort zone and into a place of perseverance. I think this is such a power question to ponder! I challenge you to do just that!
If we are being honest, as adults, I think we often have childlike tendencies to hide from the uncomfortable situations or experiences because we like our "comfort zone"! I know I have been very guilty of this! And when we are no longer children, our parents aren't able to help push us out of those places of comfort. The decision is ours, alone!
But is it? I am starting to see it differently! In my life, God, my heavenly Father, is always pushing me to grow and get uncomfortable. Where my free will comes in is whether or not I choose to pay attention to His push or if I choose to act as if I don't feel his nudge or his call to experience perseverance by walking outside of my comfort zone!
Honestly, I never want to stop growing! And with that statement being 100% true, I also need be willing to go to the uncomfortable places, so I can experience God's goodness through the growth and perseverance waiting on the other side of my "comfort zone"!
What about you?