Monthly Archives: October 2017

Let’s Get Ahead This Holiday Season

Halloween is on Tuesday, which means more than likely, our homes will be filled to the brim with all of our favorite candies and chocolates. I know for myself, I am going to make sure to have a few of my favorites, and then get rid of the rest. This girl does enjoy her Reese’s and Butterfingers!

Then, before you know it, we will be in full Thanksgiving and Christmas mode. The days are going to FLY. You know it is true.

It happens every year, and every year we say we are not going to get behind.

We are going to enjoy the season.

We are going to take care of ourselves.

But then, we find ourselves frazzled and overwhelmed, and our health more often than not takes a major hit.

I see too many Mamas being taken out during this season due to stress or a common cold or flu.

Not this time. Not you.

We can’t prevent everything from happening. Sometimes we just get sick. But, we can take care of ourselves.

That means we can move our bodies for 30 minutes a few days a week and feel good about it.

We can eat nourishing foods, not be on a diet, and still bake and enjoy our favorites during the season.

We can get ahead of the bustle. We can not let the busyness control us. We set the tone.

Happy wives and mommas make for happier homes.

I have opened up 5 spots for my 1:1 health and fitness coaching.

But I can only take 5 women.

You get a fitness plan.

A nutrition guide.

The option to Maximize your efforts and expedite your results with a daily dose of brainless nutrition in Shakeology.

You get me. One on one. Encouraging you. Walking through this with you. Answering your questions. Being your cheerleader, no matter your goals.

You get a buddy and a coach.

You ready to get ahead of it this year? You ready to finally put off all the reasons (too busy, too expensive, no resources, no support) and take care of you?

Because let me tell you. All those gifts you want to get for your kids? I can guarantee the best gift you can give them is a healthy mama. A mama that wants to be around as long as God wills. But you need to take the initiative and take care of yourself.

I have been there before. I know it can be hard and you don’t think it is worth investing in because you have so many other things to invest in.

But you, Mama, are worth it.

Join me. To be considered, apply here.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

SnickerDoodle Cookies for my Cookie Lovers (Gluten Free)

The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul;

the testimony of the Lord is sure, 

making wise the simple;

the precepts of the Lord are right,

rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the Lord is pure,

enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the Lord is clean,

enduring forever;

the rules of the Lord are true,

and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb.

Psalm 19:7-10

I love a good cookie recipe, don’t you? Snickerdoodles are probably one of my favorite cookie flavors. There is just something about the flavors of buttery cinnamon and vanilla and sugar. And the smell…..don’t get me started on the smells!

Whenever I am baking these goodies in my home, my house instantly fills up with the scents and my entire family begins to harass me about when those cookies will be ready for them to eat.

These cookies are gluten free (hooray!) and you can even make them paleo if you want by swapping out the butter for Coconut oil, but personally, I think the butter is better.

Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups almond flour (see note below)

2 TBSP tapioca flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup grass-fed butter

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 large egg

For Rolling:

2 TBSP coconut sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees

*Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and beat until well incorporated but not overmixed.

*Add in all the dry ingredients except baking soda to wet ingredients and mix well.

*Add baking soda and mix.

*In a small bowl, combine the coconut sugar and cinnamon together.

*Roll Dough into equal sized balls. Rolls the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture to fully coat the dough.

*Place balls on a cookie sheet and flatten each cookie about 1/2 inch thickness.

*Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. You want these cookies soft!

*Let cool on sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack (although my husband refuses to wait until they are cool. Go ahead and eat them when you feel like it! )

A note about cookies:

I actually didn’t roll the cookies into the cinnamon sugar mixture.  I found that if I just used the 1 1/2 cups of almond flour, the dough was too sticky. So I just spooned them on my cookie sheet and then generously sprinkled the cinnamon sugar mixture onto them before baking. My family didn’t know the difference.  Add more flour to your mixture (I would say up to 2 1/2 to 3 cups total) if you are looking to roll the dough in any way. You will have to play with this recipe a little bit to get your dough how you want it.  

Enjoy and Be a Size You,

Tiffany

 

 

Choose Your Own Adventure

I am going through an incredible online bible study through the book of Ephesians with Sarah Koontz and being reminded that we are worthy of our calling in Christ.

Lately, my fitness routine has been at some what of a standstill. It doesn’t mean that I am not working out, but just that I am not doing as much. I am not kicking up the intensity. I am choosing to dance more than a grueling HIIT.

I walk more than I run.

It has been good for this Mama’s soul as she prays and waits and wonders what God will do next for our little family.

What is our next adventure?

In our study today in Ephesians, Sarah mentioned that we are kind of on a choose your adventure journey….the gift of free will and choosing what we will do here on earth with what He has given us.  Our gifts and talents should be stewarded for Kingdom purposes, but it is easy to get lost on our way and some of our choices in our journey take us away.  Our choices do affect us.

With that all said, I am forever grateful that there are promises put in place long before I ever got here.  That when I chose Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I became a Co-heir in the inheritance.  I did nothing to earn that.  And neither did you, sweet sister.

Let’s worship Him today in that very thought and praise Him for His wonderful gift!

Read Ephesians 3:1-7 today and get a glimpse of this wonderful promise. As we exhibit free will, let it not be so that we can be more popular, more powerful, more rich, more influential, but to share the hope that we have in Christ Jesus!

As you workout today, or perhaps you are like me and taking it a little bit easier in your fitness routine, or you need something uplifting to listen to while working around the house (or on the job!), here is my Worship Playlist.

 

13 Years…..

Thirteen years of marriage today.  I was 23 and Dan had just celebrated his 26th birthday earlier that month.

We were young and in love and so ready to take that next step into our forever.  This photo captures a funny moment during our vows when Dan was reciting his portion and he repeated the vows “for richer or poorer” and he said:

“For richer and much much poorer.”

Ha!!! And our pastor laughed and told him “You can’t get much poorer than you are now!”

I think, in the course of 13 years, we have learned a lot during our time in our marriage.

13 years of constantly growing.

13 years of saying I am sorry.

13 years of I love you.

13 years of extending grace to one another when disappointments or failed expectations are evident.

13 years of constantly learning how to love one another in our love language (I am acts of service and words of affirmation. Dan is physical touch and gifts..and we still get these wrong!!!!)

We have seen extreme valleys and hardships. We have experienced incredible blessing on mountaintops. God has gifted us with two incredible human beings that we love to death and would do anything for.

We have had to learn, over and over again, to fight for each other, because no one else will.  No one outside of our marriage will fight for us.

That doesn’t mean they don’t love us. Others want good for us.

But when the hard times have come on us, we have had to learn how to lay down our weapons and not fight against each other, as though we were one opposing teams.

We fight side by side. We carry each other’s burdens. We go through hard times together.

And we celebrate in victory together.  Because of the ONE who has bonded us together.

We are going through a valley right now, but I know the end is on the other side.

And even if it is not, He is still good.

And I will still have him by my side.

Happy anniversary to my love.

Tiffany

When You Hear God Clearly, But Still Find Yourself Hurt

God who answers prayer

Sees me in my need

Runs to my despair

Your promise I believe

That You Are, You Are, You Are God

God Who Answers Prayer by Elevation Worship 2009

 

There is no sugar coating it. I have been struggling. Emotionally and physically.

Yesterday, we attended church as a family for the first time in weeks. WEEKS.  A family that has served the better half of a decade in the local church suddenly finds themselves at a loss as to where to attend and worship.  We have mostly resorted to online services and reading bible stories, listening to worship music or even watching  Veggie Tales.

I tend to silently suffer in my emotions. Crying has always felt like a sign of weakness, like I am being a drama queen.  I don’t cry often, but when I do, it is not in front of others.  I can’t stand the attention or the questions from others who are concerned.  Questions like “Are you okay?” are so hard for me to answer.

Because yes, I am okay,  but just a little broken. 

A little tired.

A little weary. 

A lot over it. 

Back in July, I blogged about how we were in the midst of waiting, as Dan felt God was calling him to Pastor a church.  That it was time for him to make the next step in his call in vocational ministry.

We are still waiting, and honestly, this all looks like a pipe dream.

It feels like maybe, we heard wrong.

When Dan didn’t get a position back in June, and then all the “Thanks but no thanks” started to roll in, it was very easy to question what we were doing.

What God was doing.

I felt hurt. What was wrong with us, that nobody wanted us to be a part of their church? And if I could be brutally honest, I began to feel a little bit of anger towards those in leadership at those churches.  It’s an ugly feeling, but I felt it.

It was also easy to question what we did wrong. What questions didn’t we answer correctly? What did I post on social media that they saw and didn’t like and made a judgement about us? So many questions, and we had no answers.

We still have no answers, except to press on.

Perhaps in the meantime, vocational ministry is a no for us.  So we will do other things. We will serve His church.  We will find a church to call home.  I will still work at home with my hands for my family. Dan will work as well….to do what he can do take care of his little family that God has given him to lead.

“And the Lord will guide you continually

and satisfy your desire in scorched places

and make your bones strong;

and you shall be like a watered garden, 

like a spring of water,

whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11

Sister friends, have you been there? Do you feel as though you have heard God clearly, but yet you find yourself in a place you didn’t expect?

Are you weary of waiting? Does resentment and hurt bubble up inside of you, daring to pour out its devastation and wrath to whoever or whatever crosses its path? Or do just feel tired and lack joy?

I am there with you.  I get it.  As tiring and long as this walk is, as often as we try to put on our brave face and smile through it, as much as we hate complaining….let us also walk in confidence that God hears us, sees us, and cares for us.

Let us cling to promises in His word, even if we have to read them with tight fists and tear-filled eyes.  Even when we literally cannot find the words to utter in prayer, praise Him for the fact that He knows our heart before we speak it out loud.

Let us remember that when all of this is over, we will be like a spring of water. We will be renewed and restored.  We have hope.

Praying for those of you in the trenches and in the desert, sister friends.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

Team Be a Size You is Joining Forces With The U.K.

I am so excited about what is about to happen for those of us whose passion is to help as many people as possible live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

To not only fulfill their health and fitness goals and feel good in their skin, but to also achieve their business dreams.  If they have been dreaming about a different financial future for their family, the opportunity (which also equals work!) is there for them.

And for my U.K. Sisters, it is now available for you!!!

My vision for Be a Size You, this message of Be a Size You, has always been to strengthen our bodies to serve others better.  It has never been about looking like a one size fits all version of health.  I have encountered so many beautiful women in my life who have been encouraged and who look nothing like me, take their fitness journey’s to the next level and truly reach total and whole health.  I don’t think that message has to be limited to just the wonderful women of US, and Canada, but to the U.K. as well.

I am so excited that it is finally upon us and we get to invite you, you gorgeous and hope filled women across the pond, to join us in the movement of living well, helping others do the same, and building a successful business that can bless your family and make your dreams come true.

Here is why we want you to join us (and join Team Be a Size You!)

The U.K. has a similar health crisis, in where there are many individuals who are in need of hope and motivation and support in their health and fitness goals. You get to be on the front lines of helping those individuals with Beachbody’s fitness programs and Shakeology in order to support their nutrition and fitness.

I am a Lifetime Three Star Diamond Coach and have been with Team Beachbody for six years. What that means is I am a leader in this company and I have developed leaders on my team who are doing as I do: helping people with their goals and developing other leaders within their teams.  In these six years, I have watched it grow and develop and create better training and tools for us coaches so that we can truly be successful in growing our businesses and help people get healthier. Beachbody has the best formula in order to help combat the health crisis we find ourselves and our loved ones in:

Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success

You cannot transform without those steps. You might have a little success if you break the formula apart, but you won’t experience all of what you are hoping for. Why settle for less?  Go for it!

I have always dreamed of being a part of something bigger than me.  Bigger than all of us.  We may not be able to save every person, but we can certainly work together to try.

I want to dream bigger and pursuit incredible things.  I want to partner with women who truly want to learn, grow, serve, and be better.

I want the message of Be a Size You to ring loud and clear all over the world.  That they are strong, capable, worthy, and can achieve incredible things if they are willing to work for it.

As your coach and guide, you get to be the hero in your own story. I will help you with everything you need to know in order to create a successful business of your own, right there in your living room.

You can learn more about this incredible opportunity, you can go here so that you can be sent more information prior to our launch: Team Beachbody U.K.

To join my team and hear our stories of how we got started and why Team Beachbody has changed our lives, please fill out this questionnaire so that I can get to know you better and get you plugged into a private group to hear more about what we do and why we want you to join us! No pressure at all!

Be a Size You,

Tiffany Harper

 

Introducing 1:1 With Tiff

I am so excited to introduce this new feature to you guys with my online health coaching.

Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t really offer it before, although it has always been available. But, if you don’t know that it is available, you won’t ask right?

How many of you want to get healthier or learn to exercise effectively and eat healthier meals and maintain your lifestyle for life BUT you are intimidated or HATE challenge groups.

Girlfriend, I get it.  Listen up, because this is specifically for you.

I am now offering 1:1 With Tiff: A more customized approach to your health and fitness goals.

To apply, click above.

What does this mean?

It means you will have 1:1 access to me as your personal virtual coach. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home in order to work on your health and fitness routine. You will have one free consultation with me, and we will go over your application together and based on what you share with me and how long you want to work with me, I will make recommendations on your fitness program and nutritional supplements.  You won’t be forced to buy a challenge pack, but you will be required to invest in a plan in order to receive one on one attention from me.  If I am going to invest my time to help you reach your goals, I need to know that you are wanting to reach them and are willing to do what is necessary.

How long do I have to commit?

That is up to you!  We can connect for 1 week or we can connect for 30 days.  If you want to go longer than 30 days, then we can chat more about what that looks like for you and what you will need.  We can chat via FaceTime or Zoom and it will be you and me.  You won’t have to post your results to a group or social media unless you want to.  You will need to track with me, though, so be ready to answer and show me that food journal because my job is to keep YOU accountable to what YOU want.

What is all Included?

Every 1:1 session will have a fitness program to follow and a nutrition guide. I will also recommend nutritional supplements either for nutrient purposes or performance purposes depending on what you share with me in your consultation.  Those recommendations will be in order to maximize your efforts and expedite your results, because I know you will want results.

How long do I have to sign up?

I am only taking 5 spots each month, so once those 5 spots are filled, you will be put on a waitlist  for the next opening.  This is to ensure that I give my best to those who have committed to their journey with me and that I give my best to my family.  This takes time, so I want to give my best.

Have more questions or want to possibly be a part of my first group of 1:1’s?  You will need to apply, and then I will reach out to you to have your first FREE consultation. I am excited to work with you and help you reach your health and fitness goals!

Apply Here.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

The Marriage Getaway

I just came back from a really fun overnight with this guy:

My husband, Dan.

This month, we will be celebrating 13 years of marriage, and this past Thursday (October 5th) was his 39th birthday. We have known each other since we were 21 and 24 years old. We have had some amazing times together. We have had extremely hard moments in our marriage, storms we weren’t sure we would make it through.

We have said loving words and harsh words to one another. We have had to repent and forgive one another over and over again.

We are raising two awesome little people together, two kids we would give our very lives for. We have fun and we have struggles.

So often, I hear people say that love and marriage shouldn’t be that hard. But disagree. Marriage will be the hardest relationship you will ever go through. There are so many factors that want to try and rip you two apart. You are two imperfect people trying to make a life together. It won’t be smooth sailing all the time. In fact, a lot of the time, you will drive each other crazy. And a lot of the time, you won’t be able to imagine your life without them. So you fight for the good. You fight for your spouse.

That isn’t to say that sometimes, people who have to walk away, because of abuse or infidelity, shouldn’t. But a lot of marriages will end because they feel like they are just different people. They grew apart.

You will always grow apart if you don’t tend to your garden. If you don’t water it, nourish it, give it attention, support it, if you choose to starve it….then yes, you will grow apart.

Marriage getaways have been so important to Dan and me. When life gets rough, we try to take a day with just to two of us and be alone. Together. No kids. Just us doing what we enjoy (eating, resting, shopping, listening to good music, coffee drinking) and being together. We start dreaming together again.

I have noticed that when we find ourselves bickering with each other over the stupidest things, it usually means we need a break together. It usually means we have neglected something in our marriage and in each other and this little getaway will help us figure it out. Because then we aren’t distracted by all the other things we have going on…..we can focus on our relationship…the most important one.

It doesn’t mean our problems go away, but it does mean we can come back refreshed and ready to tackle whatever it is we need to tackle or fix or update. Just like we sometimes need to recharge our personal batteries, we need to recharge our marriage batteries.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, or even necessarily a whole weekend away, but you must make it an effort to just be with you two. Alone. Fighting for a great marriage is worth it.

So, for our getaway, what did we do? Since it was Dan’s birthday and our anniversary this month, Dan’s parents gifted him a hotel night at the Morongo Resort and Casino , where Dan had won two free tickets to see Gavin Degraw in concert.

It was amazing and so fun. So thankful that we got to experience it together. Love this guy of mine.

And also, Gavin Degraw is FANTASTIC live!!!! So good! It was standing room only at the nightclub they had there and we were so close. It was so fun. Definitely want to go back!

Have you done a getaway lately with your spouse? If not, maybe you should plan one now! It is so good for your marriage. ❤️

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

Get Your Meal Prep On, Mama!

Hi Sister Mama Friends!

I wanted to share with you something I ordered today that I think would help a lot of you when it comes to prepping your meals or even prepping lunch/dinner for your family.

If you are constantly on the go and needing to pack your lunch, or you have active kids and your family is regularly out of the house each week thanks to events, games, activities and you want to avoid eating out every day, these will be for you!

I found them over at Jane and there are a couple of deals available for you to choose from.  One of them ends today I believe (the 2-container set), but the other is until Friday.


1-Compartment Food Containers / Set of 10


2-Compartment Food Containers / Set of 10 

They each come in packs of ten and they are inexpensive, BPA Free, Dishwasher safe, Microwave safe and they are great for packing in lunches or meal prepping for an entire week.

I just purchased both the 2 compartment and the single compartment myself because I swear it feels like we are never home to eat at the table. I would prefer to have everyone home at a certain time to eat together, but right now, that is not our reality.

I also don’t want to eat out every single night as that is just not good on the wallet or on our overall health.  So investing in these tools seems like a pretty sweet deal to me!

Would love to hear your thoughts! Have you purchased these containers?  Do you love them?

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

*The links enclosed above are affiliate links. Should you choose to purchase through those links, I do receive a small commission.  Thank you in advance! I so appreciate you!

I Can No Longer Keep Silent

“He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 7:8

I don’t often blog in an emotional state, because that often means I go unfiltered and I tend to lose my cool a little bit.  I have to be honest here, though.  I am highly upset.  I am mad. I am heartbroken over the evil that transpired in Vegas and the lives that were lost and the people who are suffering because of this.

I am angry and I have had enough.

I know so many of you are feeling the same way.

When I first saw all of the tweets and posts about gun control and 2nd amendment rights  that came up immediately in the hours after news broke, at first, I was upset about it.  I told myself that “now isn’t the time to bring it up.” 

But when will it be time?  When can we bring up that something isn’t right?  Something is wrong with us.  There is evil widespread here and we as human beings can no longer have a meaningful conversation about this very topic (and many others) without resorting to name calling. Whether we are called a racist or a snowflake, that is what it has come down to. We are not capable of listening to each other about issues that we as human beings should care about.

Listen up, people are dead right now. Dead. From a man who had a weapon that could mow down people in rapid fury.  Screw your rights as of this moment.  People are dead.

When Sandy Hook happened, I couldn’t catch my breath. First graders murdered in their classrooms. Mamas having to bury their babies because of one person. I had a first grader at that time.  I feared, and still do, sending my children to school.  And still we kept hearing about “our rights to own a gun!” Yet, we are also the first ones to yell out “All Lives Matter” and go on and on about being pro-life.

You are not listening. I am as pro 2nd amendment as they come. My family is in law enforcement. I have been informed about gun safety and laws, I understand it is a weapon that can be used for evil, but for most Americans, it is for personal protection.  I am pro-life.  I am a Christian.

I am also for justice.  And I see no justice for those who are dead when there are so many of us who don’t believe in having a real conversation about this issue simply because we don’t think it will work. Or insert whatever excuse you have heard or said.

It needs to be addressed.

Yes, it is a mental health issue.

Yes, it is a gun control/legislation issue.

Yes, it is a heart issue.

We talk. We listen. We come up with ideas and plans and laws to make a difference. Stop coming at each other with “stricter gun laws won’t work” or “All gun owners are evil.” That doesn’t help the conversation. We need to listen. If someone has an opinion about this, ask them, without an attitude or an edge, as to what their idea may be. Don’t come at them with they are wrong, or stupid, or if the idea is stupid. They are trying. We want to try. We want to fix this. We are tired of seeing people we love die because of this. 

I don’t have all the answers. I know that we can come up with some sort of solution. Here is what I am learning, though. The government is always going to fight for what they want. Either side, it doesn’t matter. They are far more concerned with their political agenda than they are with us. Democrat, Republican, it doesn’t matter. They want to win.

That is where you and I, the ones who vote, come in.  Start talking. Start sending letters to congressmen and women. Call them. Start showing up in meetings.  Start connecting with your neighbors, even those with a different political and religious view than yours and start coming up with ways to make this world, our country, our home, a better place to raise our babies in.

Evil has no place here.  We must seek justice.  We the people can do that.  We can push back against those in leadership and make them do their jobs. We should have done this a long time ago.

I am currently looking at photos on my table, photos of my kids, of our entire family on vacation, of my babies when they were babies. My wedding day marrying the man I am madly in love with.

If I had lost any of them to something so senseless, you bet your rear end I would call for something to be done.

Because those lives absolutely matter to me.  They matter.

Those lives lost, young and old. They matter. They are important. Human beings are worth the fight. We can always change laws if things improve.  But we can’t bring loved ones back from the dead.

Let’s starting talking. Let’s seek justice and love kindness and walk humbly.

Be a Size you,

Tiffany