Gaining Faith

Faith is one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp as a disciple of Christ. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have faith in everything that I CAN see but I have to muster up my faith for those things that “feel” like miracles. It is always easy for me to believe when…

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Plateaus are Real

Plateaus are HORRIBLE! I am writing this after a full-blown melt down about waking up to 200.something pounds yet another day. It has been almost two weeks and the scale has not budged. Upset is an understatement. I have been working out extremely hard and eating healthier than I ever have and yet my weight…

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Walnut Brownies

Raw, vegan walnut brownies are a new fav dessert of mine! I ate these brownies guilt free and plan on making another batch soon. Keep reading for details: Ingredients: 2 cup of walnuts 1 cup of pitted dates Dash of Himalayan salt 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ cup raw honey or agave if vegan 3…

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Banana, Blueberry & Mango Smoothie

Since beginning my weight loss journey smoothies have become a go-to “meal” for me. Believe it or not, I make and drink the same smoothie at least three times a week. Still interested? Keep reading below: Ingredients: Vanilla plant based protein powder Frozen mango cubes Frozen blueberries Almond milk 1 whole banana Kale or spinach…

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Non-Scale Victories: Malisa

I am extremely close to my first major goal weight of 199 pounds (the scale keeps moving between 200.8 and 199.3) and I think this is a perfect time for me to highlight my NSVs thus far. It still amazes me to think that I have already lost approximately 57 pounds! During this time last…

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Malisa: 50 Pounds Down

It has taken me over 2 months to lose a little over 10 pounds and I am thrilled to finally be in the single digits and so close to 199. I posted my last weight progress entry on October 13, 2017 (you can read that here) and I weighed in at 217.8 pounds. Height: 5’1″…

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Portion Control

I have been overeating for all of my life and it has been a constant battle trying to reteach myself how much food I should eat during meals. I am pretty sure that I ate enough to feed at least three people during each helping and I always went back for seconds. The craziest part…

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Gaining Relationship

Our relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship that we will ever have and should be our number one focus. Because we serve the one true living God, we have continuous opportunities to communicate with Him. He allows us to ask questions, He answers in his timing and sends confirmations. I grew up in…

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How to Recover from a Binge

Losing weight and breaking old habits are not as easy as people who have lost massive amounts of weight make it seem. Completely overhauling your lifestyle and breaking habits that you have had for decades take discipline, and for me, many prayers! I sometimes slip back into old eating habits and, even worse, indulge in…

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Lose Your Expectations

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. God is such a great father and He loves us so much. He…

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Malisa: 9/19/17

I have always been on the heavy side but I remember vowing to myself in high school that I would NEVER weigh over 200 pounds…when I got on the scale right before I moved for college, I weighed in at 199. It’s crazy how seeing that number didn’t trigger me to proceed with caution. After…

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Seek Discipline Not Motivation

Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. I recently realized that I need to focus on gaining more discipline rather than motivation. For me, motivation is very fickle. It depends on my…

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Food – A Likely Idol

Anything that you place above God is an idol. Before building my personal relationship with God, I thought that only people could be considered idols. I foolishly thought that as long as I didn’t make my man or friends more important than God that I was in the clear and keeping his commandments.  When I…

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