Staying Motivated to Workout on Vacation

Happy Friday! I’ve been out-of-town this week visiting family. It’s been fun and definitely a “growing” experience being a Momma. Traveling with a 9 month old for 8 hours in the car is NOT fun. Ahem.

Workout
One thing I did not want to do is completely go off of Trim Healthy Mama, and not exercise. I definitely feel better, and it keeps my Lyme’s Disease under control when I workout & eat right. In a few weeks I’ll share how to travel doing THM, but today I want to share ways to incorporate physical exercise into your trip or vacation.
1// Go for a walk or hike. This is pretty self-explanatory. Lol. Just get moving!

2// Do quick & effective HIIT or circuit workouts like my 15 Minute Workout  or my Legs & Booty workout. These are short & not easy (ha!), so perfect for being on vacation!

3// Find a short YouTube workout video! Since we don’t have internet at home (yes, no internet!), I love trying out new workouts on YouTube on a hotel or friend’s wifi!

4// If your days are jammed-packed with fun things to do, get up early, or do a quick workout before bed. Something is better than nothing!

5// Relax and remember to jump back 100% when you get home!

What are your tips to staying active on vacation?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Postpartum Update & Plank Workout

Happy Friday! Can you believe we are halfway through 2016? It’s completely insane. So, a loooong time ago I used to do these Fitness Friday posts and I just haven’t done one in forever (actually, June of last year to be exact)! I thought it was time to give a little update- now that I am 9 months postpartum.

Postpartum Journey

There are two months between these two pictures, but it seems like a year! I started going to a local women-only bootcamp twice a week, which has shown me I can push my body harder than I was. Starting next Friday I will start sharing my weekly workouts again, but today I just want to share with you a fun, 15 minute full body (PLANK!) workout.

I came up with this one evening when I was playing on the floor with Caleb. This will make all the muscles in your body work! ha. Enjoy!

Plank Workout

What are you doing this weekend? Any special plans for the 4’th?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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A Vision? What’s That?

So many people, especially young people, ask me this. When I tell them the reason behind what we do is because of our vision, I get blank stares.

A Vision

“But, what vision? What’s a vision?”
Let me just say right now, this is not some “God-came-to-me-in-a-dream” deal. This is what our whole scope, our whole life is about. The Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 1 is “What is the chief end of man?” The answer? “To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”.
THAT is our vision. To glorify God in our lives. What does that have to do with our daily tasks, our roles, our mundane? Everything. You have to have a vision for the future. If you’re a wife of a godly man, he will have a vision and your role is to further his vision.
There will be different aspects to your vision, or visions for different areas of your life. Luke and I have a vision for how we want to parent; for the atmosphere of our home. Luke has a vision for his company; I have jobs and duties to further that. We have a vision for hospitality and servanthood in our family, so I have to be proactive in reaching out and inviting people over.
Your vision may be different.
Different seasons of life will call for different areas to work on.
But, we must remember that our chief end, our biggest vision, should be to glorify God. To further HIS Kingdom.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Go Lower

Today I want to share with you a bit from Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” book.

Humbly Give God Thanks

“To receive God’s gifts, to live exalted and joy filled, isn’t a function of straining higher, harder, doing more, carrying long the burdens of the super-Pharisees or ultra-saints. Receiving God’s gifts is a gentle, simple movement of stooping lower.

Is this, too, why I’m often joy starved? Why a narcissistic, gluttonous world lived emaciated? The quiet song of gratitude lures humility out of the shadows because to receive a gift the knees must bend humble and the hand must lie vulnerable open and the will must bow to accept whatever the Giver chooses to give.

Is this what is happening as I learn thanksgiving, to be full of grace? I humbly give God thanks for the gifts. I practice thanksgiving. And in that place of humble thanks, God exalts and gives more gifts and more of Himself, which humbles and lays the soul down lower.

While I may not always feel joy, God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins in the action of thanksgiving.

Joy is a flame that glimmers only in the palm of the open and humble hand. The demanding of my own will is the singular force that smothers out joy- nothing else. ”

Receive God's Gifts

I pray your day is filled with opens hands of humility and joy. ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

2015 Goals! {and word}

Hey, hey! So….I finally made the first “draft” of my 2015 goals! I make my goals, then evaluate them half way through the year. To get myself back on track, add things, see where I’ve improved, ect.

I don’t know about you, but I love a fresh start. And I love that about the first of the year. A fresh start. A clean slate. And I want to make the best of it!

2015 is going to come with surprises, challenges, trials and joy. How do I know that? Because every year has those things, and I just look forward to see what God does in our lives this year!

Now…on to my goals. I try to divide my goals up into different sections.

Goals 2015

HEALTH

-Eat clean 80% of the time {2 cheat things a week}
-Oil pull 3-4 times a week
-Detox soak 5-6 times a week
-Workout 5-6 days a week
-Run twice a week

BLOGGING

-Have 800 followers on Facebook
-Have 500 followers on Instagram
-double my readers
– post 3-5 days a week
-have guest bloggers each month
-guest blog 2 times a month
-stay organized!
-have more giveaways!

PERSONAL 

-purge a different room in the house once a month
-read more
-write in a journal at least once a week
-write in “thankful journal” every night
-meal plan and grocery shop twice a month (instead of 4 times)
-make freezer meals
-mail at least two encouraging notes to friends/family a week
-give to friends & family

FAITH

-read Bible & write notes in a journal daily
-write out the Psalms, Proverbs and James this year
-memorize 25 Bible verses
-cultivate thankfulness
-grow closer to the Lord

AMEERA
(my horse I’m training)

-work with her 4-5 days a week
-ride 2-3 days a week
-field riding by summer
-perfect our at-liberty work

My Word for 2015

Now, I’ve done this for a few years now but I have a word for 2015. My word is intentional. I love this word. It kept coming back to me for the past couple days and I’ve decided to use it. I want to be intentional in everything I do this year. The word reminds me I have a choice in how I handle everything. And to live in each moment.

What is your word for 2015? What are some of your goals?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Trying Your Hardest

Y’all, marriage is hard work. Sometimes. I love being married. Yes, I’ve only been married for 6 months, but we’ve had a lot happen in that time. Things we didn’t plan for– like getting pregnant twice and miscarrying twice. Anyone who has miscarried or lost a baby understand…there’s a lot of emotions- good and bad- that happen in that time. But do you know what the biggest thing I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been married?

Trying your hardest…your best efforts….they aren’t good enough.

Trying Your Hardest

As with anything in life- trying our hardest, doing our best, isn’t going to cut it. We need lots of help, lots of grace. Grace given from your spouse, given to your spouse and grace from God!

You have to lean fully, wholly, on Christ. A marriage will not work without Him. It won’t. And we’re not suppose to carry the weight of our whole marriage on our shoulders. Or feel like we can’t give unless we will get something back. Marriage is not 50/50. It will crumble that way. It has to be 100/100 with both the husband and wife leaning on Christ for fulfillment and complete peace.

Because, you know what? Your spouse isn’t perfect. And I don’t figure you are either. So, for the sake of your marriage (and the sanity of yourself and your spouse), look to Christ for fulfillment and lean fully on Him.

Oh, and show lots of grace. And love.

Because Christ shows you grace and love. Your spouse may not show you grace and love, but you are still called to give it to them.

Single people– marriage is great, but it’s not perfect. Just like anything else, it has it’s ups and downs.

Enjoy life– where ever God has put you. He put you there for a reason.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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P.S. I have the most loving, grace-showing husband. And I am so thankful. ❤

Marriage is…

Lately I have been reading the amazing book Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht. Let me just say….get this book. It is seriously amazing! Her story keeps you reading to know how the Lord turned her life around- and turned her heart back to her husband. She speaks with truth- this is a must-get book for any wife!

Marriage is a Thousand Little Things

I’ve been married for six months now…and Luke and I have been together for two and a half years. But this book has been such a blessing to me. I love the challenges at the end of the chapter and the emphasis on showing grace to your spouse.

Marriage is Friendship

Here is my favorite quote from the current chapter I am in-

“Love is deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful, and in the end it’s worth every minute that you give of yourself to another. Marriage is a thousand little things. It’s giving up your right to be right in the heat of an argument. It’s forgiving another when he lets you down. It’s friendship. It’s grace. It’s giving of yourself tirelessly down paths you never imagined you would travel”

What book has been speaking to you lately?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane