OK another holiday that the stores are cramming with crap. YIKES and YUCK. Am I a scrooge (oops…wrong holiday), stick in the mud about Easter???? Well, of course not, far from that. And yes when my kids were small and even adults, I would make baskets filled with goodies, hide Easter eggs, and had great fun dying eggs and better yet eating egg salad sandwiches: BOMB protein.
Easter just is not about the “Bunny Business” for me or shoving tons of candy in my face. A big no way. In fact, and get ready for a soap box moment here: There is too much capitalization on every single holiday telling the consumer to eat more junk, spend on junk, and the worst part, the meaning of the holiday is missed altogether.There, said it and further, how is this healthy? I think not. OK, now I am moving on.
Yes, Easter has such a deep meaning as I celebrate my faith and well, sorry chocolate rabbit, although cute and full of calories, it takes the back seat. Yes, I enjoy my spiritual life and have faith in the meaning of what it means to be a Christian. Drum roll…Yes, Darla is a Christian, believes in God, reads scripture, prays a lot, and believe me, there have been many times in my life where I know that my strength alone was not enough to get me through. I am talking about the belief in something greater than myself. There was a time in my life when I was at that — OMG, can’t let anyone know that I am a Christian. What would they think, would they still like me, think I am weird, accept me? I am so happy to be beyond living my life according to what I thought others expected of me, accepted of me, never good enough, pleaser, pleaser, pleaser for everyone but myself. Wow what was I thinking, and why did I care? It was all a part of my journey of learning. Yes, I was once there.
How refreshing to be living Darla’s life now, and I say something as fabulous as faith is meant to be shared, not hidden. “Older, Wiser, Better” is what I say now, and this quote can definitely be applied to many areas of my life’s journey — that’s for sure. I know that we all want to believe in things we can see, feel, pull up a chair and have a conversation but you know what? Too easy. That is why it is called faith. Does this put you off the person who is Darla? Well, I will take that chance. This is who I am: The person that is here to MOTIVATE you with my life. I do not walk in fear or shame of who I am, my beliefs, or my passions, otherwise I would be a hypocrite and that is not me. What you see is what you get. That has always been my way and how I share with yoy. Real. Like me or not — now that is healthy!
I look at it this way, life is about challenges that push and pull me in different directions and it is how I respond to those challenges that makes me a healthy girl and with God by my side, I feel strong, confident, and able to walk through any circumstance that comes my way. Sometimes even a workout may seem tough and let me just share that my cardio is the perfect time to chat with God: pray and sweat and believe me I can cover quite a bit in this hour long conversation. Talk about a therapy session that is free and burns calories. A win-win in my Stay Healthy book.
OK. Are you thinking, Oh my she is a “Jesus freak” off her rocker, bible thumper, door to door sales evangelist, or how about the new fitness evangelist. YIKES. Are you kidding me??? I do not have to be any of those things because I live my life as an example of loving God, and if how I conduct myself says something to my family, friends, clients, online followers, etc. then that is inspiring and MOTIVATING.
Easter just seemed the perfect time to share this with you, and believe me, I try to live to honor God everyday in what I say, think, and do. I am human, make mistakes, fall, and I am humble enough to apologize when I am wrong. Definitely far from perfect as you know, I do not believe in that. The difference is that I am my BEST as a faith driven woman. Faith is what keeps me loving myself through how I treat my body, and deeper, how I am with my family, clients, and the extreme passion that I have to MOTIVATE people online to please live healthy lives. Make it quality. One Body, One Life — Make them both amazing is another one of my philosophies.
I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter day. Will I have a chocolate rabbit? Well maybe and if I do, tradition says, bite the ears off first, at least that is what my daughter says. I know I will be making my Stay Healthy Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls, recipe link below, and enjoying a healthier version for Easter brunch. Wrapping this up…what is important on this day and every day, is being the BEST version of me, otherwise…what the heck am I doing? Stay Healthy!
Motivation of the Day: One Body, One Life…Make them both AMAZING
Newly Added to the In My Kitchen Stay Healthy Recipes:
My Workout of the Day:
30min Arc Trainer
Pyramid Workout…LOVE THESE!
Also enjoy my personal blog here, where I will be sharing my Stay Healthy Life with you through my example of what I do to maintain my health, physique, and being my best me at 47!!! I look forward to blogging for you. Stay tuned for recipes, articles, links, videos, and very personal shares!!