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Moving Forward is the First and Hardest Step

Seven years ago, I began an incredible journey towards getting healthy.  I was tired of how I looked. I was tired of how I felt.  My second born was a year old and I still looked (and felt) like I was five months pregnant.  We were eating fast food almost every single night, and I was tired of seeing my precious babies shove French fries in their mouths.

I wanted a change.

No, I needed a change.

For myself, for my health, for my family. We deserved better than McDonald’s and sickness.

So, I pulled out an old DVD, laced up old running shoes, and pushed play. Then, I learned how to select fresh, whole foods from the grocery store, searched for healthy recipes, and learned to cook for my family instead of going through the drive-thru.

Then, after nine months of hard work, and twenty pounds lighter and more pep in my step and more energy than I had when I was twenty, I discovered that I could help people get healthy. To do what I did, which was exercise and eat right, and help them get results.

As well as make fitness enjoyable.  Fitness is fun. It really is.  I know it doesn’t feel like that at first, but it really is when you discover what you enjoy doing.  I learned three years into Beachbody that dancing was my soulmate workout.  Cardio? No. Heck no. Unless it involved dancing.

I spent six years encouraging and promoting a message of being beautiful in your own skin. Being beautiful in the way that God made you and living well.  Be a Size You was a very personal message for me and I wanted to spread that message all over the country and even the world.

I still do.  I still believe in the mission behind Beachbody, and I still believe in the message of Be a Size You.

But at some point, some things come to an end.

For a long while, I have felt that God has been leading me to lay down this business.  It makes no sense to people on the outside, and truthfully, I have a hard time really expressing it verbally.  It comes out in one giant emotional word vomit. Ha!

But when it is time to let go of something, you do it.  You do it. You don’t overthink it, even if it doesn’t all make sense.  God led our family to live on the side of a mountain a couple of years ago, and we lived in a trailer as a family of four. It was the craziest thing to people.

Yet God was still God there on that mountain and He moved constantly in my heart and in my life and in my faith.

Even when you love something as much as I love Beachbody, and I truly do love them because they are the BEST (I know, totally biased), you still have to let go.

I am excited to see what God will do next for our family.  I am excited to see where God leads my husband in terms of his career and his leading of our family.  Good things will happen, even if it looks different than I had originally pictured.

To those of you who have supported me, encouraged me, purchased from me, been a part of my challenge groups and online fitness communities, THANK YOU.

Thank you for allowing me a window seat into your life and allowing me to walk along the journey of being a healthier version of you. I know it wasn’t easy and it was so hard at times. Know that I am still rooting for you.  I want success for you.  I want good things for you.

I want you to continue to live well, and give God the glory.  Be a Size you is not a one size fits all message.  It is for everyone.

I will still be blogging, and still be getting my sweat on and sharing my faith and all the things that matter to me. Because even though health and fitness won’t be my vocation, it doesn’t mean I care any less about it.  And yes, Cize dance videos will still be happening on IG! Holla!

Thank you again for loving me and allowing me to serve you in health.

Be a Size You Forever,

Tiff

Come Shop With Me!

I am so excited to share more about what I have been up to and open up about some dreams I have had for the last YEAR!

If you follow me on Social Media, you may have noticed on my posts and on my instastories, that I have been posting about Poshmark and having sales in my “closet.”

I started using Poshmark out of a desire to reorganize my closet, get rid of items that I no longer wore but were still in really good condition, and see what I could make by selling my gently loved items.

Lo and behold, I made a few hundred in a few weeks of using the site (and I didn’t have thousands of items posted either!) and I knew I was on to something.

If you don’t know me well, know this. I love to shop.  I love finding beautiful clothes.  I love sharing what I find with my friends and family (stay tuned for my holiday wish list for the people in your life!) It is a way for me to express myself creatively by finding cute clothes and wearing them out.  Plus, when you feel good in what you are wearing, you suddenly find yourself far more productive.  I don’t know if that is really true, but I feel that is definitely true for my personality!

Poshmark is a free buy/sell app where men and women can buy clothes at online or you can be a seller and sell items from your own closet, resell items you find at thrift stores, or even open your own boutique on Poshmark if you qualify! (I will get into that in a second.)

If you don’t already have the app, you can download it and use the code tiffharper143 to save $5 on your first purchase!

I have been praying for new ways to bring in additional income for my family during our season our wait, and I knew I wanted to do something in regards to fashion. My husband has always teased me that I should have a job that pays me to buy clothes. And truthfully, I was looking at several companies that were not MLM’s, but would allow me to purchase clothing and accessories in order to sell them outside of my home.  I was so excited about the possibility, that I spent a good deal of time researching and praying and going over which company would be a great fit for me and for my family.

Poshmark, like I had mentioned earlier, had happened upon me and was initially just a way for me to move the gently loved items out of my home and declutter, and make some really easy and fast cash.  After two weeks of using the site, thanks to having plenty of sales in my closet and having 5 Star ratings, I was notified that I was eligible to open a boutique on Poshmark.  Which leads to this:

Olivia Rhea.

Olivia Rhea is the name of my little boutique on Poshmark.  I chose that name for one because it was the name that, should the Lord had given us a second daughter, I wanted Olivia Rhea to be her name. Rhea (pronounced Ray)  is my middle name.  I wanted something personal. This feels like another baby to me, but it is so much fun and I am enjoying it so much. It is fun and it is, for the most part, brainless, and I am really thankful that I get to do this!

I now have a boutique on Poshmark. Which means that each week, I will be adding new, beautiful clothing and accessories to my shop for you to buy.  And you can do it all from the comfort of your home, via an app. You don’t have to show me your credit card and you will get your items via priority mail….which means you get them quick!

Right now, I have the softest sweater EVER (seriously, you need it to layer over all the things as you go about your daily errands or after your workouts) and comfy leggings. More will be added in the coming weeks (including a new item today, so be watching my insta-stories)

Every item will be wrapped personally by me and with a special note, just to thank you for shopping with me. And if you are feeling brave and want to show off how amazing you look, don’t forget to tag me in your outfit photos!  I would love to see you!!!

I will also give you guys the chance to be the buyer!  I want to be able to add all sizes, so don’t be afraid to let me know what you want to see in my shop so I can try and get that for you.

A question that I will probably get a lot that I thought I should answer right now:

Will I always be selling my items on poshmark?

In short, no.  I have really big dreams and vision about where I want Olivia Rhea, the name of my little shop on Poshmark to go. For now, though, it works easiest for me and for all of you.  Easy shopping and fast shipping.  I will share more as those dreams become closer to becoming a reality, but for now, all shopping will happen on Poshmark (unless you are one of my friends and family and are local…obviously, come hang out and shop with me! I will have coffee and snacks!)

I cannot wait to share more with you gals and to offer even more pretty things so you can look and feel your best.  Because we are women who live with purpose and we wear so many hats, let’s dress ourselves with purpose and do the things we are called to do.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany Harper

 

How Does God Lead Us?

This past Sunday, at church, I really enjoyed the message that the Pastor shared with us in regards to listening to the voice of God.

I feel like it is a topic that regularly needs to be taught upon, because there seems to be a great deal of confusion as to the voice of God, what that looks like, sounds like, and there is a lot of noise.

And truthfully, if I can be honest Sister Friends, we seem to believe that our feelings align, when more often than not, our feelings can lead us astray and away from God’s perfect will for our lives. I loved this quote from Sunday:

“Sometimes we are so focused on seeing signs and the spectacular, that we miss the simplicity of God’s voice.”

YES!  Have you ever spoken to someone who constantly declares that they had a sign from God that they were supposed to go in a certain direction (even if that direction is sin) and give God the glory for it? Friends, God will not lead us in a way that is contrary to His word. He is not a God of confusion. But, they falsely believe that it was from God because their vision or feelings were so spectacular, they only assumed it was from God, not their own fleshly wants.

I want so badly to be a woman who is lead by God and can discern His voice in my life. These ways listed, I believe will help me and many of you!

Pastor Gary shared that there are 5 ways that God will lead us-and it isn’t always how we might think.

  1. God will lead us by our knowledge of right and wrong.  Doing what is right and allowing God to work out the details.
  2. By His Word. This seems to be a no brainer, and as a Christian woman, one would think that we are constantly in His word for guidance, peace, hope, direction. But too many instead seek wisdom from “Christian” bloggers and authors and social media accounts, instead of going to the source.  That source is the Bible! Psalm 119:105 . Do you believe God’s word is ALIVE? Because I do!
  3. Leads us by His peace.  Colossians 3:15 One of the reasons God puts peace in our hearts is to help us navigate the challenges in our lives. When the peace is destroyed, I need to get alone with God and find out WHY. Pastor Gary compared God’s peace to  like playing umpire in your life.  I loved that comparison, especially as a sports mama. Allowing God’s peace to play umpire in my life will help me see Balls and Strikes in my circumstances and the challenges.
  4. Through the Godly counsel of other people. Yes to all of this!!!!!  We don’t need to seek counsel from everyone, but we should be discerning enough to seek counsel from people who love the Lord. To dig deep and draw from that person, like a person drawing water from a well for living. When we don’t seek advice from others who love the Lord, especially when we need to seek advice, it is PRIDE. Don’t be prideful.  Draw it out!
  5. Lead us by His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to us upon our confession of faith.  It will be dropped into our spirit.  These are not your feelings, but a deep longing that is only stirred by God. The Holy Spirit will never disagree with the Word of God.

If you want some additional reading and studying on this topic of listening and being led by God, read 1 Kings 19:1-13.  Pay attention to how God leads and speaks and works in Elijah’s life and circumstance.

Dig deep into the well, sister friend.  There is living water there.

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.

 

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

 

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!

In One Week, You Can Begin To Change Your Life

 

That sounds like a big over promise, doesn’t it?

In just one week?  Notice that I didn’t say that in one week, you will:

*Reach your goals

*Lose all the weight

*Get six pack abs

*Solve all your problems

But, in one week, you can begin the journey.  To begin the process to work on the things that you know, deep inside, you need to work on.

I have a couple of questions for you.

  1. What is the current problem you are facing in your Be a Size You journey? 
  2. How will you feel once that problem is solved?

One of the biggest concerns I hear from my sister friends who are working on their journeys is that they feel so completely overwhelmed by the changes that have to be made, even though they know they need to happen.

They feel like a failure when they can’t complete a sixty day fitness plan (or even a 30 day plan!) and they get stuck in this self-defeating cycle of quit and start again.

I want to change that for you.

What if, in one week, you can begin to work on that problem you are facing in your Be a Size You journey.  Whether it be the internal struggles and the external that leaves you feeling bewildered and frustrated and desire for change, one week is truly all you need to begin that process.

Beginning on October 9th, I will be launching my Clean Week groups.  They will happen once a month, in the beginning of the month.  

They will run for 7 days only.

They will include 30 minute workouts that anyone can do. I promise, even the most beginner of fitness levels can do this.

There will be simple food guides and recipes so you and your whole family can do this and support each other.

There will be superfoods to make nutrition even more brainless for you. 

Continuous support and encouragement from me and fellow sister friends who are doing this with you. You won’t be alone!

Scripture and hope because I truly believe God cares about you and your health.  Because I want these one week gatherings to be a place where we tackle our giants head on, where we are uplifted and motivated, and spurred on to love one another and do good.  

For a group like this, you can do the workouts for FREE.

But, if you are truly wanting to maximize your efforts, and expedite your results, $30 is all you need for your brainless nutrition.  Because it is not enough to just move our bodies.

We must nourish them.  We must put good things inside.  We must take the week seriously if we are really going to tackle that goliath in our Be a Size You journey.

Got questions about my Clean week (which really, I feel like it should be called Freedom week….because that is what we are seeking! Freedom from our giant problems!)

Feel free to shoot me a message over at coachtiffanyharper@gmail.com. I would love to chat with you and learn more about your goals and how I can serve you!

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

Big Weekend Coming up and Some Jane Goodies

Happy Thursday!!! I am so excited that the weekend is almost here!  Today, I am prepping some snack food for our College Football viewing, as well as helping Madi out at her Swim a thon that will be taking place Saturday.  This is her swim team’s biggest fundraiser of the year and all the money they raise will go towards the needs of the team and swimmers and to host meets, etc.  Madi is loving her time on the swim team.  She has stated that she would love to compete at the Olympics when they are in LA in 2028 so here we go!!!  So proud of this chick!

I have something fun to share with y’all.  It is no secret that I enjoy shopping and sharing with you guys the cutest clothes that I find on the interwebs. There are so many amazing women who own the cutest boutiques, and I am constantly in heaven, much to my husband’s horror.  He hides the wallet!

I also love a really good deal and if you have never heard of Jane.com, allow me to introduce you! I was introduced to this company last year by my sweet friend, after I asked her  about a really cute shirt she was wearing in a video. She told me that she practically gets most of her clothes from there.  I didn’t know what to expect, and I was hesitant at first because there are a lot of clothing websites on Facebook and Instagram that aren’t legit and will scam you of your money (and they aren’t even located in the US and the shipping takes forever, if it even arrives at all.)

But I have been so happy with Jane.  A lot of my favorite pieces in my closet have come from this store and I love that they partner with boutiques and small businesses and they are at a great price point!

Dress  and booties from Jane.com

Here are some pieces I am eyeing right now on their site:


Ankle Booties / 3 Colors

 

Ruffle Sleeve Babydoll Top

Slide Loafers with Tassel / 6-11!


Fall Floral Swing Dress!

They even have stuff for your home and your children!


Striped Turkish Hand Towels


Oversized Farmhouse Style Vinyl Designs


Personalized Hoodie Sets / 0-24 Months

(basically, I need a cute little girl to dress up!)

There are a ton of great items on this site. And a lot of these items that are shown (among others) are only available for a short period of time. It is essentially a deal site where you can buy really cute clothes, accessories, home goods, and more at a special deal and then once the time is up, that’s it! And things do sell out often on this site, so if you see something you LOVE, don’t hesitate to grab it.

You can also download the app as well, but take it from  me, that is really dangerous. LOL!

I hope you will check them out!  I would love to hear what you think.  Expect me to share a lot of deals on my facebook and Instagram when I come upon them because I truly do love this site!

Be  a Size You,

Tiffany

FTC disclaimer: Some of the links included are affiliate links.  Should you choose to click on them or purchase through those links, I do receive a small commission. That being said, I only share what I truly love and believe that others would benefit from. I will always share my honest opinion on products, regardless of whether I was paid or not.

Friday Favorites Roundup

Y’all, this is NOT my outfit for today. This was  back around LAST FALL/WINTER.  It is still around eighty degrees in Southern California and the weather doesn’t look to be dropping anytime soon. Which makes this Fall loving gal really sad.

Come on, California! Get with it!

In the meantime, I am dreaming of sweaters, booties, warm and cozy things for your home, and soups to make at home.

First, who watched last week’s UCLA game against Texas A&M? I thought for sure I would have to comfort my Bruin loving husband because it did not look good. That comeback game was one for the books because even I was cheering (and I am a USC fan!!!)  I love games like that!! So good!

Now for my favorites for this week.

Since Fall is slowly happening, and for some of you, the transition into cooler weather is already happening in your area, I have been browsing some of my favorite sites for pretty Fall worthy items to add to my wardrobe.  I am always on the lookout for sweaters, duster cardigans, jeans, and booties, as well as some accessories.  A lot of these are on sale as well, so if you are able, snag a few of the items you have been eying before the price goes up again!

When it comes to my home, I love switching out pillows to match the seasons.  One of my favorite shops happens to be Linen and Ivory. They have such cute merchandise so if you are looking for something festive, you definitely should check this small business out.
I love this pillow
And this one
Name that movie!!!  It is one of my favorites for Halloween. My sisters and I have always wanted to dress up as the Sanderson Sisters for Halloween. I call dibs on Winifred Sanderson.
There are a ton of beautiful pieces, so please go check them out!!!  I have these two Pillow covers currently in my home:
And Candles? Yes, we need fall scented candles in our home! Pronto!
My favorite candle scent is Marshmallow Fireside from Bath and Body Works. You guys. YAAAASSSS!
Bath and Body Works is having a special right now on these candles (regularly $24.50) but you get them for $12.50 each when you buy 2 or more.  Do it. I always stock up on my favorite scents when the three wick candles go on sale. I love having them burn in my home, especially when the weather cools down and when I am reading….or just anytime really. I don’t need permission to light a candle!
I am also dreaming of delicious soups to make during Fall/Winter months that are relatively easy, yet delicious and healthy and satisfying.  That is super important to me.
Here are some soup recipes that have caught my eye recently and I am going to make in the coming weeks:
That is all I have for today.  What are you loving this week?  If you don’t already, follow me on Insta to see what I am up to daily!
Be a Size You,
Tiffany