The last few days of summer…

It all goes by so quick…enjoying the last lazy days with the kids…


Fitness after dental surgery…

It’s been about a week and a half since I was put out for 5 hours for my dental surgery. I have gotten back into working out for 2-3 hours in the morning( I try to do it before the kids get up, which means I am up at about 4:30-5:00am) and am feeling great! Back into dead lifts, mountain climbers, forearm runs, weights and cardio. I also enjoy pilates too. I am feeling I am ready to up my weight again – I think I am ready to go up to 15’s – 15lbs a dumbell, so 30lbs altogether. Hopefully later this week, or once the kids are back in school next week!

My husband, Jim, has been bothering me to get a weight bench and a punching bag for years – he really wants one!  And now that I am getting into fitness a little more, I wouldn’t mind having a weight bench and a barbell – I want to start dead lifting heavier amounts – such as 50 – 60 lbs, and hopefully more, but I only weigh 105 lbs, so when I dead lift 50 lbs, I am lifting half my weight! , so I also do alot of back strengthening exercises as well, so I don’t hurt my back.

Everything seems to be healed up from the dental surgery! I am so happy to have my smile back and be able to eat properly! My teeth had really started to bother me while I was working out – So I am so thankful, I can work out without the tooth pain now!

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

ACTS 1-11 are the bridge between the events recorded in the gospels and the events marking the beginning of the church. Jesus spent 40 days teaching his disciples and they were drastically changed. Before the resurrection, they had argued with each other and deserted their Lord. One of them (Peter) even lied about knowing Jesus. Here, in a series of meetings with the living, resurrected Christ, the disciples had many questions answered. They became convinced of the Resurrection, learned about the Kingdom of God, and discovered their power source – the Holy Spirit. By reading the bible, we can sit with the resurrected Christ in his school of discipleship. By believing in him, we can receive His power through the Holy Spirit to be new people. By joining with other Christians, we can take part in doing his work on earth. STUDY NOTE: Acts 1:1, NLT STUDY BIBLE, pg. 1814

In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the 40 days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. ACTS 1:1-3 (NLT)


I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.

He freed me from all my fears.

Those who look to him for help will be filled with radiant joy!

No shadow of shame will darken their faces.

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;

He saved me from all my troubles!

PSALM 34:4-6 (NLT)

God promises great blessings to his people, but many of these blessings require active participation. He will set us free from our fears (34:4,6), guard and defend us (34:7), show us goodness (34:8), supply our needs (34:9), listen when we call to him (34:15) and redeem us (34:22), but we must do our part. We can appropriate his blessings as we trust him (34:4,10); cry out to him (34:6,17); take refuge in him (34:8); fear him (34:9); refrain from lying (34:13); turn from evil, do good and search for peace (34:14); are brokenhearted (34:18); and serve him (34:22). STUDY NOTE: PSALM 34:1 (NLT STUDY BIBLE.)


You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.

You do not want a burnt offering.

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.

You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

Psalm 51:16-17

God wants a broken spirit and a broken and repentant heart. You can never please God by outward actions – no matter how good – if your heart attitude is not right. Are you sorry for your sin? Do you genuinely intend to stop? God is pleased by this kind of repentance. STUDY NOTE: Psalm 51:17 (NLT STUDY BIBLE)


Wash me clean from my guilt,

Purify me from my sin.

For I recognize my rebellion;

It haunts me day and night.

Against you, and you alone have I sinned;

I have done what is evil in your sight.

You will be proved right in what you say,

And your judgement against me is just.

Psalm 51:2-4 (NLT)

Although David had sinned with Bathsheba, David said that he had sinned against God. When someone steals, murders or slanders, it is against someone else – a victim – All sin hurts us and others, but ultimately it offends Gods way of living. When you are tempted to do wrong, remember that you will be sinning against God. That may help you avoid the danger. STUDY NOTE: PSALM 51:4 (NLT STUDY BIBLE)


Have mercy on me, O God,

Because of your unfailing love.

Because of your great compassion,

blot out the stains of my sins.

Wash me clean from my guilt.

Purify me from my sin.

For I recognize my rebellion;

It haunts me day and night.

Against you and you alone have I sinned;

I have done what is evil in your sight.

You will be proved right in what you say,

And your judgement against me is just.

For I was born a sinner –

Yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

But you desire honesty from the womb,

Teaching me wisdom, even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;

Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.

Oh, give me back my joy again;

You have broken me – now let me rejoice!

Don’t keep looking at my sins.

Remove the stain of my guilt.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Do not banish me from your presence,

and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and make me willing to obey you.

Then I will teach your ways to rebels,

and they will return to you.

Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;

Then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.

Unseal my lips, O Lord,

that my mouth may praise you.

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.

You do not want a burnt offering.

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.

You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

Look with favor on Zion and help her;

Re build the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit.


This Psalm expresses one of the clearest examples of repentance in scripture. Countless broken sinners have found in these words an exquisite expression of their deeply felt need for Gods mercy and forgiveness. Davids confession has helped people examine excuses, half-hearted repentance, and lack of sorrow over sin that kept them from experiencing pardon. Davids words also demonstrate the place of hope within confession. Use this Psalm as a starting point when dealing with a sense of distance or with guilt that is affecting your relationship with God. It will help you identify and rectify sin in your life through confession and repentance. STUDY NOTE: PSALM 51:1 (NLT STUDY BIBLE)

Day 2 Workout -Post Op

Yesterday was my second day back to working out after my dental surgery. I noticed I did get a little fatigued easier, after being off for 3-4 days. Day one I just used light weight, So Day 2 I upped my weight. No problems with bleeding in the extractions ( I got 2 teeth pulled!) But I did notice that I had trouble with my inverted sit ups, and dead lifts still. It creates alot of pressure when I am upside down, in the head and extraction area. Hopefully today I can get in some more inverted sit ups! I love em!

Got back into cardio, I did notice my endurance was a little off, after taking a break for 3-4 days, so it will just be a day or two to get back to where I was, but I also tried to remember – I was just put out for like 5 hours!, so I need to take it a little easy!

Did lots of ab exercise’s – Boy, am I starting to love AB Day!, I like to work my abs everyday now, and am finding it not as hard, and more enjoyable.

Can’t wait to get into it a little more today…


No discipline is enjoyable while it’s happening – it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. HEBREWS 12:11

We may respond to discipline in several ways: (1) We can accept it with resignation; (2) we can accept it with self-pity, thinking we really don’t deserve it; (3) we can be angry and resentful toward God; or (4) we can accept it gratefully, as the appropriate response we owe a loving father. STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE – Hebrews 12:11

Day 1 workout – Post op

So, it’s day 3 since my dental surgery – I was put out for a route canal, two extractions, and 5 cavities filled( it was originally only supposed to be 4, but when they got in there, it was 5!)

I just COULD NOT resist the urge to workout any longer…lol, I have become a bit of an addict! lol

I cannot go one day without working out – because I enjoy the way it makes me feel mentally, emotionally and physically.

So, for the most part, I had to take it easy – I still worked out for 45 minutes, ( compared to my usual 2-3 hours) just slow, and with less weight than usual, which sucks! lol, but whatever I need to do to get back into the jist of things!

Less weight, less intensity – I wasn’t sure how heavy lifting – 20lbs or more… would be on my extractions! I didn’t want them to start bleeding, so I stuck with my 5’s for today. And no cardio, again, I wasn’t sure how my mouth would feel.

Made sure I ate a good combination of healthy carbs and protein before I began excersising and had a protein smoothie after. I noticed I couldn’t do any dead-lifts, as it created too much pressure in my extractions, so no bent over rows either! lol, but I did my Pilates and few other exercises and I feel much better!

Can’t wait to up my weight again tomorrow! before surgery, I was using 10 lb weights – so 20 lbs all together, but I was thinking of upping my weight again, to 12 or 15, I love the results I am seeing! But, I guess I have to get through this ‘RECOVERY’ stage first!, but it is killing me not being able to work out as hard as I usually do.

Am feeling so much better the last 3-4 months since I started working out more and adding more protein to my diet, I  just had to get a physical for my dental surgery, and I am in great health now! I used to be 60 lbs overweight and got out of breath just walking up the stairs! So I am proud of the accomplishments I have made so far, and can’t wait to continue on this journey!