Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Introducing Wonderful Resource Wednesday (and the Reverend Jonathon Fisk)

There is a lot that goes into being a stay-at-home, future-homeschooling mom and wife to a Lutheran pastor-in-training and it always wonderful to find new tips and resources to help become better and better at what I do. I love being able to share these with like-minded people so that their lives may also be so improved.

Consequently, I am starting "Wonderful Resource Wednesday".

This week, I am sharing a resource under the category of theology. It is very difficult in today's day and age to be a confessional Lutheran. Evangelicals tend to peg us as nut cases with no regard for Scripture, primarily because of the ELCA. They give Lutheranism such a bad name.

Thankfully, there are people like the good Jonathon Fisk who are working to bring Lutheran principles to our generation in a way we can understand. His youtube videos have helped me, a recovering Evangelical, comprehend true theology in a fun and straightforward way. I hope you will visit his channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/Revfiskj and enjoy his work!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Beginning THM


Honestly, I am a lot better off weight-wise than I thought I would be. But, that doesn't mean I'm a fit healthy mama. Sure, Mister E is only 5 weeks old, and I'm not going to get depressed this soon after giving birth the first time. That being said, eating more healthy has been a goal in mind for awhile. I just have a good reason right now (primarily that nothing in my closet fits anymore). 

A lot of my friends and family have tried the Trim Healthy Mama ((THM) lifestyle with much success. The mentality makes a lot of sense to me and so I'm going to try it too. If you want to know more about what it is, here's the link to their website: http://www.trimhealthymama.com/

So I spent a good part of yesterday looking up recipes and tips (here's my pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/leeannazahn/thm-to-be/ ) and working on a menu. Along with starting a new way of looking at food, I also am trying to figure out the price of each meal as I'm a stay-at-home-mom and wife of a college student, so I'm doing the best I can to be economical. Consequently, I made up an Excel spreadsheet with the menu, the ingredients in each meal, and then another to plug my groceries into in order to determine price per serving of everything. This way I hope to be able to tailor my menu to what is actually cheap instead of what I think is cheap. 

So begins #THMTuesday. Every week, I plan to post a recipe or tip for those following this lifestyle. 

Tip #1: Give yourself grace. 

It's hard to change your lifestyle, and going cold turkey right away is a great way to get overwhelmed. The important things is that you're beginning to eat more healthily and every little good decision is an investment in your future. Don't sweat the little stuff. Example: finding things that are 100% "on-plan" takes time. For me, finding condiments without added sugars is hard. I plan to make my own eventually, but making all those meals from scratch this week... well, it's not gonna happen. I figure cutting out candy, cake, cookies, pop, etc. makes way more a difference than that gram of sugar in the ketchup. 

Additionally, at least for now, I plan to reward myself once a week with a coffee from my favorite cafe in town. Having that to look forward to will help me push through the little temptations. 

Good luck and thanks for reading!