Whole 30 Part 1

I am done with of Whole 30 as of two days ago. Part of me is surprised that we did it and the other part of me is not.

Let me give you a little back story.

A and I got married four years ago (actually four years ago in two days- happy anni!). I had been living with my parents before that and really wasn’t cooking too much while at home nor did I have any interest either. So when we got married and I had my own kitchen, I began exploring. Also, Pinterest became popular around that time too so recipes were of interest and before you know it, I am cooking pastas. a lot. I think I did consider that they were cheap so that was a positive but it became the regular. Of course, getting married + pasta = weight gain.

Four months later, we began running some and that definitely helped. We did eat better then but I don’t really remember what we ate. A year later, we began eating Paleo in November 2012. At first, we were pretty strict and of course, I was pinteresting Paleo recipes galore. It was great. We both lost about 10-15 lbs. each. We then joined gyms in 2013 and have been working out consistently for two years. We also incorporate running into our weekly routines. A is an Irontriber and I do Pure Barre. Another topic for another day.

Anyways, this past year we did a renovation on a new house, lived with my parents for six weeks, moved, you get the point… It was crazy. Pizza Hut carryout for the win to feed all of our awesome friends and family that helped us! All that to say, we needed a jumpstart. I was working out even two a days sometimes and was still gaining weight plus I was not going to my chiropractor which does affect my weight, health, etc. Don’t believe me? Let’s talk.

It. was. time. Our jump start was finally doing Whole 30 after years of Paleo. I am so glad we did. I told a friend yesterday that the experience was like the experience of going to another country and it really affecting how you view life. I am not exaggerating.

Food was constantly on your mind in that you were thinking, “Is this good for me? Is this going to HELP my body”? If we would just do that with our spiritual core…..

All that to say, I am SO glad we did it.

More to come including our favorite recipes!

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Taking in the little moments

I try to take in the little moments and sometimes capture them on camera. I know I don’t post them all on a particular social media avenue but I think it is important to sometimes take them in through a picture. Even for my family, for our future, to share one day, to reminisce one day.

Here are a few of those little moments recently:

I want to take in these days. Our days are numbered.

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Hello again

I have a really dumb reason for not posting. I thought I did not know my new sign in information. In a moment of relaxation, I sat down to figure it out and here I am. Working just fine. Whoops.

Many times throughout the week or month, I think of blogging about thoughts that come to mind and if I am not at some point thinking of it, my husband reminds me constantly to blog. I don’t really consider myself a typical blogger and honestly, it takes a lot to slow down and really think and write about things. I am doing better. Journaling has helped.So I hope to maybe pick this back up again. Who knows. No promises. 

So a quick “An Inch Deep” summary:

Life for me right now can be summed up as “changes and decisions”. Not always my favorite but honestly really humbling and really good through the process. I am thankful for friends and their prayers, honesty, and encouragement. 

The summer came and went so quickly. I probably had the best summer in a really long time. it was so smooth, stress-free, relational, and spirit filled. Aaron and I enjoyed several trips and have savored time we have together and with some of our best friends.

The school year started in a blink and then a new season in our lives started without warning. Do they ever give warning? School has been great; the Lord has been so faithful and good.

Who knows how much I’ll blog but I want to do a better job so that I have documented, written out thoughts, and in some way, been vulnerable with the outside world of my story.

Until then..

-Heather

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What now?

I have a really dumb reason for not posting. I thought I did not know my new sign in information. In a moment of relaxation, I sat down to figure it out and here I am. Working just fine. Whoops. 

Many times throughout the week or month, I think of blogging about thoughts that come to mind and if I am not at some point thinking of it, my husband reminds me constantly to blog. I don’t really consider myself a typical blogger and honestly, it takes a lot to slow down and really think and write about things. I am doing better. Journaling has helped. 

So a quick “An Inch Deep” summary: 

Life for me right now can be summed up as “changes and decisions”. Not always my favorite but honestly really humbling and really good through the process. 

The summer came and went so quickly. I probably had the best summer in a really long time. it was so smooth, stress-free, relational, and spirit filled. Aaron and I enjoyed several trips and have savored time we have together and with some of our best friends. 

The school year started in a blink and then a new season in our lives started without warning. Do they ever give warning? School has been great; the Lord has been so faithful and good. 

Who knows how much I’ll blog but I want to do a better job so that I have documented, written out thoughts, and in some way, been vulnerable with the outside world of my story. 

Until then.. 

-Heather

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Your Will Done Your Way

Rend Collective is an Irish band that I was introduced to by my dear friend, Victoria. Of course, I immediately fell in love. We listened to it every day at our summer work place and now I play it in my classroom constantly. Conveniently enough, she is my teacher’s aid as well! This particular song hit me a few months ago while traveling with my husband. I was driving down Highway 6 in Mississippi. A was asleep after a late night and I just wanted to spend some time with Jesus. This song came on, one of which I had heard many times, but I listened carefully to the words and was taken back. What a great prayer to the Lord! Here is a link to listen to it and some of the lyrics below. May it, by God’s spirit, lead your heart to pray these truths as well. It’s so hard but so worth it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5-OEKtpjdE  

Spend my life Jesus, anyway You please
Whether on great things, or what seems small

Your will done Your way
Your will done Your way
Your will done Your way

I will not fight You
Take me past the line that my heart draws
I will not fight You
Take me beyond the laziness of my thoughts
I will not fight
Lead me further than I’ve gone before
I will not fight You
I’m abandoned to Your call

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Christmas Eve Eve

Or Christmas Adam. Whichever you choose.

I feel like I am finally in the season of Christmas. It started with our visiting extended family out of town this weekend then spending the afternoon baking with my dear friend, Elise, and delivering them while caroling last night with friends, family, and neighbors on Christmas Adam. 

We started the “tradition” last year and hope to continue it for a long time. 

We sang a short version of “Jingle Bells” for the kids to chime in then we sang “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”. It was great to worship and hear these praises over and over again throughout the night. 

So I write them again to take them in. Come and BEHOLD Him. Adore HIM. WE get to do this. Let’s adore our King, Savior, Love, Lord. 

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
COME AND BEHOLD HIM.
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us ADORE Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

 

Merry Christmas Eve! 

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Cautious

It’s been a weird few weeks around my household. It started with a great start to the advent season. I felt the cleaning going on in my own heart and was embracing the Christmas season full on. I was knocked off my feet with the news of our good friend’s death and I quickly went from our Christmas mood to another. The week went by and all of a sudden you realize that Christmas is next week. In a way, I just couldn’t feel it anymore. That on top of several other difficult situations in my family which unfortunately causes stress and a lack of Christmas spirit has just left me tired.

However, this morning, while starting “Christmas” with Aaron’s family, I am determined.Determined to celebrate the Christmas spirit in a way to know Jesus more and bring Him glory. I am cautious though. Cautious not to fall into the trap of our culture’s pressure that will leave us empty. Jesus, help us. 

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