What’s Bible and Bootcamps?

Have you ever looked back at where you’ve been and it all of a sudden make sense? That’s has been the last few months for me.  A few years ago, I was lost (Spiritually and Mentally), depressed, anxious, creeping up the scale and desperate for a way out.  It wasn’t until I completely surrendered all aspects of my life and sought God’s counsel that I found a direction to take.  Then a year ago almost to the day I had a “God idea.” I was scrolling through Facebook and an add for my current college popped up. I never thought of going back to school but as if I was forcefully pushed I pressed “Send me more info.” Within minutes I got a phone call that has literally changed this lost girl to having a clear vision that gets even more high definition by the day. Honestly, if I list the blessings that God has given my family and I in the last year it is nothing short of amazing and all God’s glory.  Well, here I am two years later with a degree in Fitness and Exercise Science.  Two NASM certifications and amazing opportunities to lead people to God’s kingdom through fitness.

Taking HUGE Risk

I believe so much in this vision God has given me to build a community of women that glorify God by honoring their temple and need to be fueled by faith.  After  prayers of “How”, “Why” and “Who.” God led me to an amazing team to get all of these floods of ideas into an amazing program that can help women:

  1. Increase their dependence on God through their weight loss journey
  2. Lose weight efficiently and effectively while learning lifestyle habits to help them honor their temple.
  3. Increase energy so they can be the best soldiers for God’s army and gaining confidence to lead people to Christ.

I wasn’t sure how that was going to look but slowly and methodically just as God has ordained and with a lot of inspiration my team and I have been drafting up an amazing program for women to use everywhere.

I wanted to make sure that my program addressed all fitness levels and spiritual needs.  My six-week transformation program has become a customized program that is designed uniquely for each women’s strengths and weaknesses.  Giving you all the tools that you need to make the transformation in your life.

Bibles and Bootcamps will be a Six Week Transformation Program. We will walk daily for Forty-two days in the Word and increase our dependence on Christ on our fitness journey.

Bibles and Bootcamp is an intense, unique, six-week transformation to boost your potential to get dramatic results inside and out. Bibles and Bootcamp has a three-step approach.

  1. Spiritually and Mentally we will help you change your thought patterns, increase your dependence on God and enhance your self-confidence and get rid of beliefs that have you held you back before.
  2. Nutritionally we are going to show you what to eat that really fuels you.  Educating you and on healthy eating guidelines and providing a Biblically based meal plan that will help support you in your goals.
  3. Physically we are going to apply the spiritual discipline and living sacrifice into a customizable workout program that increases your strength, flexibility, core, and endurance.

Bibles and Bootcamps will also be delivering some invaluable tools with our six-week program.

  • 6 week program
  • Grocery list of approved foods
  • Healthy Eating guidance, recipes, and accountability
  • Customizable workouts delivered on any device or in print
  • Daily tips and training
  • Group Q&A

I have pulled every tool out for this to be an amazing program. Utilizing my knowledge in Fitness Exercise Science.  Several groups Beta testing and tweaking. Also, teaming up with some amazing Christian Women authors.  Our series will tackle Food Fixation, Dependence on God and Nutrient Based Eating.

I’ve researched and spent countless hours exploring what Christian women need to stop sabotaging their efforts and start thriving.  What I have found that a key factor is your Spiritual relationship with God and a proven workout.  My Beta testers’ are also seeing some pretty amazing results.

“De is amazing I can tell you! She is a precious woman of God and she knows her stuff…she got me started on my fitness journey earlier this year and I lost some serious pounds (over 40) under her direction.” -Ammie B.

 

 

 

“Bibles and bootcamp has been an amazing experience. This is my first time putting my faith and Fitness together in one and the feeling is amazing. I have already starting see results after only 3 weeks and I’m excited for what left to come.”

— Dana

“I love it all. The nutrition is simplified. The workouts are fun, yet challenging and De is an awesome coach & spiritual support. ”

— V.T.
 

I cannot wait to see what this program does for you in your life.  I am honored and privileged to get to cheer you on the entire way.  If you’re looking to find a way to Honor God’s temple at it’s best and tired of the on again off again plans and looking for something that is going to sustain you inside and out than you must join us for our First program! If you are looking for more information check out some frequently asked questions www.BiblesAndBootcamps.com

Have you ever used your faith to fuel your workouts?

Apple Crisp for 1, please

 

Yep, It’s that time of year! Apple Picking! It brings back so much nostalgia and memories and a tradition that I happily keep each year with my girls.  It’s been especially fun the last two years apple picking with a curious toddler.  The older girls make it fun too but those little eyes of amazement and little hands stuffing apples in a bag melts this Mama’s heart.

I know everyone has gone Pumpkin crazy but we can’t forget about, good ole American apple pie.  I am a huge fan of both Pumpkin and apple so this recipe actually works for both! It takes 2-5 minutes and you will be in that fall-warmth-comfort-food-bliss in less than 10 minutes and it is so much better for you!

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There are so many to both as a snack!

Apples have many benefits to your diet four benefits:

  1. It’s good for you I know you’re like “Duh, an apple a day…” but they are a great source of soluble fiber which is needed in your diet for healthy protection, diabetes prevention, and weightloss and one medium apple is half of your daily 2 cup of fruit goal based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Apples also provide 14% of the daily value of Vitamin C requirements.
  2. It’s helps you with weight loss. How? You say? Apples are a great hunger crusher and for fewer calories than most small meals or snacks.  There has also been studies that daily diet of apples will lower your cholesterol and heart disease.
  3. It’s great for your Heart health. Numerous studies has connected apples to lower risk of death due to heart diseases and cardiovascular disease.  It is believed there are mutiple factors that contribute to this such as:
    • antioxidants found in apples
    • Helps prevent LDL cholesterol and lower cholesterol
    • Inhibits inflammation
    • Soluable fiber
  4.  It helps prevent and protect you against metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is symptoms that causes the body to function improperly increasing the risk for heart disease and diabetes. A study found that apple eaters has 27% less chance to have metabolic syndrom symptoms.
  5. Give you a boost. Apples contain an antioxidant called querctin, which helps make more oxygen for your lungs helping with endurance.  So, it’s a great preworkout snack.

This recipe has no refined sugar and is a great treat for this fall.  What is your favorite fall dessert?

 

Check out my Chai Spice Recipe!

Protein Pancakes

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Pancakes, Bacon, and Eggs are like our Sunday morning go-to. I usually make a double batch on the weekend and freeze them for the lil diva’s breakfast during the week. I place each one in between parchment paper, so they are easy to pull out and toast just like your convenient frozen pancakes already made in the store. It allows me time in the morning to provide them with a homemade breakfast in minutes.

I have never really liked pancakes, but my daughters do. After flipping pancake after pancake and not being able to indulge in anything with wheat, guess what I want, crave, obsess? Yes, pancakes. You always want what you can’t have well not anymore. These pancakes are so easy to make, delicious and don’t add extra time and a whole lot of ingredients to your regular breakfast routine. I even had them kid and husband approved, and they gave it a two thumbs up. Since finding out about my wheat allergy, I have been making a conscious effort to eliminate wheat in my diet. I just feel so much better and can get the full benefit of living a healthy lifestyle.

These pancakes are a great alternative to your traditional pancakes. Its a very simple easy recipe to follow and most people have the ingredients.  I prefer to use plant based protein powder, I use Nuzest Vanilla because I don’t do well with Whey because of my lactose intolerant and prefer not to have soy products. Nuzest Protein, is more  does not have lots of the artificial junk that can be found in most protein powders. Just as a personal preference. Like I said, these pancakes taste like the real deal. You can top them with your favorite fruit, nuts and I used Lakanto Maple Pancake Syrup, which is Sugar-Free, Calorie Free and tasted pretty decent its junk free made of Monk Fruit Sweetener. I have had sugar free pancake syrup before, and this is the best one yet.

Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Cream Cheese (I used Better- for-you Cream Cheese). @GoVeggieFoods
  • 2 scoop Nuzest vanilla protein powder.
  • 2 egg whites.
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk

Instructions

  1. Mix all in blender till smooth.
  2. Let sit 5 minutes and make pancakes as usual. Topped with Lakanto Pancake Syrup and pecans
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7 Ways to Start Working Out

Phew! What a journey I am on something that I never thought I would be able to do but having a sliver of a vision and trusting in God has led me to a beautiful place where I get to inspire others to get up and do something. I remember wanting to lose weight, work out, be a runner, anything to get active but having some interpretation and not knowing where to begin.  I also HATED exercising, so it took a while for me to find my groove but once I did, I am so grateful for the abilities God has given me.  Not everyone is like me and wants to run it out in a gym.  When I first started, I loathed the idea of going to the gym, and now it’s a place that I have come to find peace and need to get away in my day. I didn’t wake up one day and become a gym rat or want to exercise. It took over two years of intentional, consistent effort and it is now something apart of my daily routine. I remember getting started, and so I have seven suggestions for how to make a “Working Out” apart of your daily routine.

1. Walk and Worship

When in doubt walk it out. My favorite thing to do is walk and worship. Whether I have a great playlist, amazing sermon, bible study, or just to walk in nature. Spending time strolling (not power walking) and being filled with teh Holy Spirit has produced some Hallelujah moments as well as great revelations.  Try to carve 30 minutes out of your day an enjoy the difference.

2. Play with your kids (or someone else’s)

Going to the park is a way I can entertain all my lil diva’s, spend time with them and get a little sweat session. From big to little everyone can get involved and will want to participate.  My oldest and I will do Hill Sprints while my other two play in the dirt or try to keep up.  Tag is my middle’s favorite game to play with me is a tag.  Tagging her is impossible, but the chase is a great workout because she is so fast. She also enjoys watching me fall all over the place trying to tag her.  Once in a while, I get a lucky break, but I always end up laughing my abs off and get a good little cardio burst from the stop and start of tag my middle has memories of her mom falling around the park like a fool and couldn’t catch her. Then Mimi, requires lifting, holding your arms up to make sure they don’t fall, pushing around the merry-go-round, and pulling or pushing the swing back and forth. Thirty minutes of playing with kids is a decent workout. Then you always have just monkeying around which is fun too, and your kids will love it. September was National Childhood Obesity Awareness month and getting outside as a family is a great way to start healthy foundations in children’s lives.

3. Workout at home

That’s how I started doing different things at home. Creating a routine daily to sweat for 30 minutes I would get up early do my devotions and then workout. Two years later it is still a habit.  Doing workouts at home is great because it is non-intimidating and convenient. It also leaves you no excuse.

4. Join an Online Fitness Community

If you don’t have the support group physically the Internet can be a blessing with help you stay accountable.  Do your research when you choose a program! There are some great programs that can give you a plan for a home or gym workout as well as accountability.  My Bible’s and Bootcamp members have seen lots of success through the fellowship and accountability of my online group training program.

 

5. Find a fun Group Exercise class-

I’ve written about how this is my third major weight loss in the past.  When I lost 105lbs (before social media), I did it through participation in classes at my local YMCA. I’ve done miles and miles of spinning, hours of Zumba, boot camp and kickboxing. I even did this Triathalon class for six weeks it was really intense, but I found results. Recently, I was certified in Zumba, PKfit, and I teach a weekday group class that coves HIIT, Upper and Lowe body Resistance and Cardio Kickboxing.  The results I see in teh members who consistently attend classes and follow an adaptable nutrition plan are phenomenal.  I am really excited to start teaching Strong by Zumba™ in the next few months. I’ve put a lot of things on the back burner while I was finishing school, but I am really excited to become an instructor.  Strong by Zumba™ is a program that is picking up in popularity because of the difference it is from what we know as Zumba. There are no shimmies or grapevines. This workout is ” is a high-intensity interval training workout driven by the science of Synced Music Motivation.” It has more traditional fitness moves like squats, planks, pushups and yes, burpees which you will not find in a Zumba class.  You should find your local class, or if you are near me you can check me out in a month at Revolution 360 on Saturday’s soon!

6. Try something that scares you

This year I have been doing things that I wouldn’t have done a few years ago because of anxiety. Even though I was blocking myself, it didn’t stop me from being curious about a lot of things.  This year I have decided to try those things and stop thinking about them, so when opportunities have presented themselves, I have tried something new.  What I have learned is that trying something new may unlock a passion that leads you to want to do it on a regular basis and not only would you have started a workout you may enjoy and look forward to doing it; cool concept? Just because lifting weights is what other people do doesn’t mean that you might have better results and enjoy what you are doing by swimming or fencing or double dutch or pilates.There are so many different possibilities and a way to “workout” and exercise; it’s not a one size fits all.You deserve to live a healthy life, and it looks different on every one. Just as we are “uniquely and wonderfully made” so is how our temples are honored.

7. Pray

Pray for direction, pray for self-discipline, pray to crave the things that are good for your body. Pray for a desire to treat your temple the way it deserves to be treated.  In Bibles and Bootcamps, we lead you through 6 weeks of daily devotions and prayer to change your mindset and hear from “I HAVE to workout to I GET to workout;” and in doing so, you are honoring your temple. The mind is a powerful thing and making adults do what they don’t want is hard. That is the hardest part your mental mindset, but when your mental, spiritual and physical are working together you can full honor God and bring Him glory!

 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1

Is getting started with a workout program a struggle? What makes it hard?

Pumpkin Angel Food Cake

Let the pumpkin madness begin. MM MM sooo yummy!

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Serves 12
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time1 hour
Total time1 hour, 30 minutes
Adapted from :The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook, 2001-2010

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup Coconut palm sugar
3/4 cups cake flour-I used Swan’s Down
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or Chinese Five-Spice Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Korinjte Cinnamon (because I am a Cinnamon snob you can use regular ground Cinnamon)
(I used Alchemy Spice Wake & Bake Sweet Spice Blend)
12 Large egg whites (room temperature)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon table salt (or 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt)
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cups pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)

Note

*****A tube pan is essential to making this cake.  Any other pan will not allow the cake to “climb” and reach the height that an angel food cake should reach, resulting in a squat, dense cake.  You can buy an inexpensive tube pan at any store that sells home goods.  It’s worth the investment.*****

I made these in heart mini cakes for proper serving portions. (I can can eat can eat way can eat way to much cake,when left to left to my own slicing).

Directions
Step 1)Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. (IA do the dishes at my house so I use this for all of my baking) Whisk 3/4 cup of the sugar and the pumpkin pie spice or Chinese five-spice powder and cinnamon (fanvy or regular) with the cake flour in a medium bowl.

Step 2) Whip the egg whites and the cream of tartar together over medium-low speed in a stand mixer for about a minute, until foamy. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip until puffy, about a minute, then add the salt and the remaining sugar a tablespoon at a time. Whip until soft peaks are reached.

Step 3)Remove from the stand mixer and gently whisk in the lemon juice by hand. Sift the flour/sugar mixture over the egg whites 1/4 cup and a time, gently but thoroughly folding in with a spatula after each addition. Now, add the pumpkin puree 1/4 cup at a time, taking great care not to deflate the egg whites as you are folding. You will end up with a few pockets of pumpkin throughout the batter-that’s okay.

Step 4)Carefully scrape the batter into the prepared tube pan. Tap the bottom of the pan against the counter a few times to settle it. Place in the oven for 50-60 minutes, until golden brown and springy.

Step 5)Remove the cake from the oven and immediately invert. Most tube pans have “feet” or the center portion is taller than the edges allowing the pan to stand off of the counter, but if yours does not place the center of the pan over a sturdy bottle. Cool like this for at least three hours before removing from the pan. This step keeps the cake from deflating as it cools.(grandma tip…she taught me this one)

Step 6)Run a thin knife or spatula around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake, then (assuming your pan has a removable bottom) under the Serve at room temperature

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