Your Body is a Temple

Let's start this post by saying I have never been on a diet before. I don't buy into fad diet's or extreme changes in eating patterns. When my jeans started to get way too tight and I started to get uncomfortable with the fact that I could not longer call myself fit and healthy I knew that I needed to do something about it.

I believe that your body is a temple and that it is your responsibility to treat it like a gift. I have never really had to try to be slim, but now that I am in my mid 20's it's getting a little harder. I've picked up some bad eating habits from others and my busy lifestyle, but that is no excuse. So I started the 24-Day Challenge from AdvoCare.

I have heard really great things about the 24-Day Challenge from Co-workers and from friends, but of course I didn't want to start anything that was a "diet". My fiance and I decided to do it together and here is what happened on the first day.

Day 1:
Early Morning: Started my morning off with a Spark which is normal. I have loved Spark since I first tried it a few months ago. I get much more sustained energy than with coffee and mu mind seems to be more focused.
Breakfast: I ran off to work and decided to have my Fiber Drink at work. Big Mistake. I mean, with a name that includes fiber I should have realized that it would be thick, but boy was I surprised. This was so hard to drink. I actually had to go to the kitchen at work to drink it because I didn't want anyone to see the horrible faces I was making and gagging that was happening. I found some tips on how to deal with the fiber drink, I hope they help me tomorrow. I drank a bunch of water after to help me get the memory of the thick drink out of my mind. I ate a banana and I couldn't eat anything else for a awhile.
Snack: Veggies Chips
30 minutes before lunch: AdvoCare Spark
Lunch: Black Bean Soup, apple, water
Snack: Carrots and Hummus
Dinner: OmegaPlex, Meat and Veggies
Snack: Dried Fruit
Bedtime: Herbal Cleanse Caplets

Maybe I can last 24 days. Have you done the 24-Day Challenge? What were your results?

Love Joy Peace,

Art has always been an escape for me. A way to live inside my head and release stress. The act of creating art is very healing and therapeutic for me. I believe that even those who do not consider themselves artist can use art as a way to heal themselves mentally.

When I am frustrated or having a hard time focusing art can calm me down and help me relax and keep my head in one place.

I think that sometimes artists have a hard time keeping all their thoughts organized and not letting them overwhelm them.

Even if you only have 15 minutes to spare, try creating something original today. It will only help.

Love Joy Peace,

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. I sure did! Except I was missing my other half. I am picking him up from the airport today though so I didn't have to be without him for very long.

Now that Christmas is over its the time to start thinking about New Years Resolutions. I read a statistic stating that by April already half of people who made New Years Resolutions have failed.Why?

Why do people so quickly forget what they seemed to have wanted so badly?

This year make a resolution that you can stick with that you believe will make you a better person. For everyone this is going to be different some want to be more active, some want to get a better job, and some want to spend more time with my family.

The important factor in keeping your resolution is to make a plan on how you are going to go about reaching you goal and then tell people about it. The more people you tell, the more you will want to succeed. I know you don't want to tell people you gave up, so just stick to it this year.

My resolution this year is: To create a piece of art every week.

My plan is to draw or paint something that is meaningful to me every single week. The way that I am going to carry this out is to post the finished piece every Sunday for you to see.

So keep a look out for all my new pieces, by the end of the year I should have 52!

Tell me, what is your New Years resolution?

Love Joy Peace,


I always hear about people giving up foods for a diet or working out like crazy at the gym. Going along with that I know quite a few people that eat way too much, sleep way too much, and work way too much.

Although eating, working, sleeping, exercising, and watching what you eat are all good things. Remember....everything in moderation.

I think this is the key to being happy and healthy.

Keeping a balance of all the parts if your life is sometimes difficult, but if you do manage to keep the balance you won't have to worry about each individual part if your life because they will all get taken care of. If you find your self obsessing over anything remind yourself that your life needs to be a balance between all parts, not just one piece of the pie.

For each person the balance is going to be different; some might eat 5 small meals a day, some might want 3 meals a day, some might exercise an hour and a half each day, some might work out twice a week. It is important to find your own balance that you can continue because if the balance if off you won't be able to stick with it.

But losing balance once in awhile is perfectly fine:

"To lose balance sometimes for love is part of a balanced life" -Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

Love Joy Peace,