Mar 7, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments



Bondage- a state of being bound usually by compulsion, a slave to


A slave to or feel trapped???? How many of you feel this way about your life,marriage, relationships,your job, even your kids?


All of us have to submit to an authority outside of God, whether it be our spouse, a boss, a church leader,ect.. but when you feel like a slave to something there is no Joy.

Where is the joy. For the longest time (even now sometimes) I never understood the true meaning of having Joy in what you do.

Psalm 19:8
The commandments of the Lord are right,bringing joy to the heart.The commands of the Lord are clear,giving insight for living.

The enemy comes to steal , kill, and destroy the blessings of Joy, happiness, true love, with depression, addictions, bitterness, and it leaves people in a hamster wheel going nowhere.

God doesn’t want you stuck here, but he has to have something to work with. Cry out to God, he is faithful to intervene on your behalf


Isaiah 10:27
In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.


Mar 6, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

The Process

Process- a natural phenomenon marked by gradual
change that leads toward a particular result

Isaiah 52:11- Purify yourselves in the process of worship, carrying the holy
 vessels of God. But you don’t have to be in a hurry. You’re not running from
 anybody! God is leading you out of here
As we move through the workout classes everything has a beginning,
everything should have a goal. A particular result in mind in the areas of
physical , spiritual, and emotional. You must take on positive thinking towards
the process in each of these areas, regardless, of how you actually feel. Feelings
 change so quickly, so you need to have a made up mind about where you
want to be before the feelings come..such as denial, procrastination,

You all have started, and next is going to
be showing up to workouts. I can remember my father  telling me before I went
off to college , “just show up to class and you will at least pass.

We know if they just show up to
the classes they will at least have the opportunity for success.

The same applies here with mommystrong classes

Your emotional/spiritual processes are different. You can only hide, ignore,
or run from it for so long. So why not just let down your guard or insecurities that
has been built up, and see what God has for you. There is an individual key each of
you have that gets full access to God, each with your own individual
No one can create that for you. So get in a quite place. So quite you
can hear your self breathe, and ask him to speak to you. Give God permission to
be in control , (God is in control anyway),
but you have to really know and submit to that.
I wish I could tell you that you could snap your fingers and everything you
wanted could to pass. Its the PROCESS that you go through that reminds you
when you have overcome something that you never wanna go back too. The process is
where things stick, when you actually lose that weight and don’t have to be in
fear if it will come back. We must re-train the mind and the body at the same
time to get the ultimate results.
Submit to the Process…….
Mar 5, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Your Journey

Week 1 Day 1 – The Journey
Journey-   A process or course likened to traveling; a passage: the journey of life
   This weeks begins your fitness journey. You’ve had 3 weeks now to detox
from sugar and see where you are at with your food. The Honeymoon is over from
the initial meeting and the grunt work starts. Each of us, including me has a
new journey ahead of them the process. It is completely different then anyone
else in the class. Pray that the Lord meets you where you are at each day and
grants you a successful outcome.
Genesis 24:42
I said, ‘LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant
success to the journey on which I have come.
You have the ability to change your life in every area, by starting to
comment fully to this process. Once you can change your health you can
apply the same principles of dedication to other areas of your life, such as your
relationships (spouse, kids, coworkers friends).
If you take this 1 day at a time and focus on what you are going to do that
day, then each day will be a success!!!
Sep 6, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 12 Day1- The Beginning

 Week 12 Day 1- The Beginning
Remember back the first day of this class when you met with Janet or myself and we were making you get on a scale, pinching you, and telling you this will be the longest/shortest 12 weeks of your life. Well here we are winding down to the end with the workouts harder, the weather in the 80′s (Praise Jesus) and you all are lasting through the workouts.
Most of you almost didn’t do this class because of fears, but now that we are at the end of this class I can tell you what this class is really about just that. Overcoming fears, making commitments, and follow Thur. Now I am not in any way trying to discourage those that have missed alot of classes, I am simply trying to show you if you don’t make yourself a priority, no one else will either.
As women we wear many hats, and have many roles. One of those roles is making sure your health is first and more important, yes over your children. Because if you aren’t healthy, you cant be your best for your family. My job was to show you path, a lifestyle, and open your eyes to the true meaning of Wholeness.
Janet and I prayers are that you continue on with your new lifestyle, that you continue to commit yourself to the process and know it has been a pleasure seeing you all Transform :)
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Sep 2, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 5- Downgrade to Upgrade

 Week 11 Day 5- Downgrade to Upgrade
Pastor Mike Hayes says “the lower you go, the higher God takes you” meaning the more he was on on his knees praying, the Higher God took him. I love that!!!!
Same thing in life, sometimes we have to get rid of things, or walk away from relationships that hold us down  to be able to move forward.
Kris and I lately had to make some tough decisions on cutting back on certain expenses in order to create a better savings, and put more money back to our business. This was hard because you grow accustom to certain lifestyle or habits. But God told me, ” you have to downgrade so I can help you upgrade.”
Luke 16:10
10He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much
So if you are in a situation or are ever faced with a downgrading it is only temporary place before the upgrade. BE FAITHFUL in the LITTLE, so HE can trust you with MUCH :)
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Sep 2, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 5- Downgrade to Upgrade

Pastor Mike Hayes says “the lower you go, the higher God takes you”  meaning the more he was on his knees praying, the Higher God took him. I love that!!!!


Same thing in life, sometimes we have to get rid of thing, or walk away from relationships that hold us down unable to make you move forward.


Kris and I lately had to make some tough decisions on cutting back on certain expenses in order to create a better savings, and put more money back to our business. This was hard because you grow accustom to certain lifestyle or habits. But God told me, “ you have to downgrade so I can help you upgrade.”


Luke 16:10

10He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much


So if you are in a situation or are ever faced with a downgrading it is only temporary before the upgrade. BE FAITHFUL in the LITTLE, so HE can trust you with MUCH :)

Sep 1, 2011 - success    No Comments

Testimony From Jen S

My testimony – about the last 90 days.  (and then some)
Jen Sulak – mommyStrong Alumni
In the next 4 weeks will make about a year since I really started to commit back-to-back solid plans of executing workouts and eating plans (better).  I have been working out a majority of my life, but never to the full passion or strength that I could.  I had knee surgery 17 years ago and was worried that any impact at all could cause me to lose my joints faster or I could injure myself a lot.  So I never really pushed myself.  In 2008 I was at my lowest weight since forever and the lowest body fat percentage since who knows when.  But I was still not strong.  And yes, that was when I truly successfully completed a mommyStrong fitness challenge.
When I looked at those pictures I still didn’t see the real me!
2009 went by…and then came 2010.  That year I dismissed a friend out of my life that had never truly been a friend to me and that took me on a turn for the better I believed.  When they say be careful who you surround yourself with, they are right.  If they are not mutually giving into the relationship and you forget to set boundaries – they become a leach or in my case – went behind my back and hid things from me as well as started gossip and laid groundwork for me to be sucked into it as well.  This happened in July of 2010.  Right after, is when I decided to take my life back.
PLAN NUMBER ONE I started with the classic routine of p90x.  I found myself pushing harder than ever, being sore and being challenged cardio wise as well as muscle building wise.  I had tried to also set a goal to do a pullup.  (this inspiration came from another trainer friend of mine, when we were working on a fitness project).  I figured that was a great goal to have and I could tell right away on my husband’s bowflex – I had ZERO back strength to do even a basic pull-down.  By the end of that 90 days I felt so much stronger all over…and didn’t even have to eat SUPER perfect to get my results. 
PLAN NUMBER TWO  Then came the LEAN routine of p90x.  It wasn’t as intense and I felt I could eat the same way, but I feel like I gained the bodyfat back.  You can see in my mommystrong pictures earlier this year – that i was definitely a little squishy.  Meanwhile, my life outside of fitness was doing ok.  I was still setting personal goals, making plans to travel this year.  Even made it to visit my father and the family up north.  I took a great vacation with my husband and even ate decent and worked out during that time.  I really didn’t care for the lean, it wasn’t what I thought and I didn’t like it.
PLAN NUMBER THREE  So the next phase I came back full circle to the original p90x routine but added mommystrong in for the other 3 days.  What I didn’t expect was that in the first weeks of MS, I didn’t get the cardio I wanted so I kinda felt like I was pulling double-duty with not enough cardio, but my eating still about the same.  Eat good here and there and really focus on a cheat day once a week!  By the end, I felt I had reached a decent inner goal and the 3rd round I was doing lots of assisted pullups and have a lot of great body shape.  I’m seeing pictures of myself, realizing the real me is starting to arrive.
PLAN NUMBER FOUR :  (notice there aren’t really any breaks in between these plans!!) 
Then, cue in the next mess I call the INSANITY workout!  I had decided to do this after I finished mommystrong, because I HAD to have a next plan in place.  I tend to get pretty bored and even tossed in previous workouts I’ve had in the past like Tae Bo and various things from my personal library.  I’ve never had a gym membership, because I had to teach and motivate myself from home because I’ve never had that extra cash to invest in a gym.  Once I realized I could make a decision every day to PUSH PLAY (which I’ve learned from the insanity group)…I was able to EVENTUALLY make good decisions in food as well, knowing that I was working out hard and feeding my body vitamins & fuel.  I’ve been able to MAKE these fitness decisions since college – because I felt I had no choice.  I liked how I felt when I played basketball in high school, and I didn’t like being a couch potato!  I didn’t start EATING better until I got married about 6 years ago.
INSANITY – I started this as my next plan because of the super high intensity.  I was determined yet again, to push my own boundaries of fitness.  Here I am, 35.   I was able to complete most of the weeks, minus about 5-6 days when I went to NYC (but we walked a lot, stairs, blocks, subways, etc) and maybe a few others days with an injury or super-soreness.   When I was super sore, I did something else low intensity not on the program.  When I was tired, I rested during my circuits.  For example, I rested 60 seconds instead of 30 seconds.  That meant, I could actually FINISH the workout rather than pass out because my body wasn’t conditioned yet. 
Prior to finishing insanity, I already had a plan in place to do the original routine of p90x again, WITH insanity included.  But, for the next 4 weeks, I’ll be finishing out mommystrong with everyone.  Then I’ll be back into the intense insanity workouts pushing myself to grow in strength & endurance and by all means, having fun while doing it.  I learned very quickly, I would HAVE to eat during that program because it was SO intense!  Word to the wise, go shop for foods at Aldi, Sprouts and various places.
PLAN NUMBER FIVE???  After THIS round? I don’t know yet what I will do – but when you have a plan in place…you will find that 12 weeks go by pretty fast, but what will you do for the next 12 weeks after that?  Insanity was only 60 days…and I took ONE week “off” from all the intense workouts to rest.  But my next plan is in place for the next 90 days.  What is yours?  Do you have one?  What is your excuse for not making a plan?  When you purchase things like p90x or Insanity – they actually GIVE YOU A PLAN.  That is what I love about it.  Food tips and FITNESS PLAN. I would also look into the Biggest Loser series, please- if I can do this, anyone can. For me, having the ability to make a checklist of what I needed to finish and accomplish in my day (workouts included)…makes a lot more sense than talking myself out of something.  And you know what?  If you screwed up, tomorrow is another day you get to push play and make another good decision.  So forgive yourself today, and push play tomorrow and eat those good foods. 
If all else fails to motivate you?  I surround myself with people that are older than me…have had more kids than me (I’ve had none) – but they still maintain an attitude of keeping their temple fit & healthy.  THOSE ladies inspire me.  Because the world tells us “you’re too old”….”you’ve had too many kids your gut sucks”…”you’ll never have your body back”….well guess what, you CAN have your body in the shape you want.  It is NO LONGER about losing weight – it is about STRENGTH and power to be able to walk without a walker, lift without lots of pain or strain, carry groceries and not pull your arm out of socket, keep the pace with your children….and the list goes on and on……can you NOT tell me that seeing and hearing Karla’s story doesn’t motivate you? J  Step back and take a good look at who you can be – and then DARE to be you.
Ladies, all you need…are FOUR 12 week PLANS in place – and you have covered your entire year.  GOD is with you, so sit down – and make it happen!!!! 
Much love
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Aug 31, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 3- Mind Change

 Week 11 Day 3- Mind Change
 Mind-the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism
 Change-  to make radically different : transform
My tag line for mommySTRONG is ” Change Your Mind, Change Your Life”  How is your mind lately? How is your Change lately?
What Happens for you next? My goal is to jump start something in you, but what you have gained in the last 10-12 weeks, can slip away in a matter of 3 weeks if you don’t plan on what is next for your exercise program.
Change is not bad, its just different. I have told you from the beginning of class my goal is to make you independent of me or any trainer for that matter, but for you to choose your fitness destiny. This is one of the reasons why I do this 2x a year only. So when the class comes around again next year, I or other mommySTRONG trainers are here to rejuvenate you :)
The relationships you build in this class are priceless, whether its keeping up on FB, helping each other with businesses, or actually meeting up, these mS relationships that come out of these classes are always so special for me.
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Aug 30, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 2- Re-Inventing Yourself


 Week 11 day 2-

: to remake or redo completely
: to bring into use again
The other day I posted this on my facebook

Karla Armstrong
Sometimes leaders, teachers, pastors, counselors, etc… can become desynthesized to what they are counseling, teaching and preaching that “Gradualism” sinks in and you gradually stop doing the very thing you preach or teach. So with that being said, I got a trainer today and will train with him 3x a week for 12 weeks!!! Everyone needs someone to motivate, inspire, and be accountable to, EVERYONE….so I posted for EVERYONE to see :) 11/19/2011 TBC
Needless to say I received several phone calls about this. Normally, I wouldn’t feel the need to explain myself, but to my clients I will. I am completely comfortable with the weight and body fat percentage I am sitting at right now. My image of myself isn’t skewed thinking that I need to lose weight. I am not about to go and do the very things I have talked about in various devotionals.
What I was saying above is sometime the very thing you  are helping others in, you gradually don’t do it yourself. I have seen pastors, counselors, and teachers (trainers , like myself) help and lead so many people out of a particular area darkness only to find themselves in it years later.
I don’t want to be  there, my good friends who know me have heard me say this before but I believe it with every fiber in my body ” the death and corruption of Christianity is Gradualism
Regardless, if people are Christian or not, Gradualism happens everywhere you look. In marriages, the honeymoon eventually is over and the husband and wives gradually drift apart, the churches expand and gradually lose focus of there job (which is to lead people to Christ, heal the sick, and disciple), people are not born overweight, but Gradually… get the point.
OK, back to me. Ever since I did my first transformation back in 2007, I have never fully been committed to myself since. I was committed to helping others do the same thing and God built a great business from it. I have helped over 100 women in the last 4.5 years and I am so grateful, because I learned from teaching. I am at a point in my life, where I have an opportunity to go to another level in my fitness to better teach, or speak on later down the road.
I was able to cater to the Women who have struggled with their weight most of there life as I topped out at 182 lbs in a size 14, I could cater to losing weight and maintaining a weight of 160 size 10 for years, I can now speak about about getting to 130 lbs and being a size 4 post-pregnancy and doing it the right way.
Now my goal will be stepping into a fitness model role for women over 35. Not because I have too, because I CAN!
Hopefully, this helps some of you that were worried about me :) I love you all

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Aug 29, 2011 - success    No Comments

Testimony from Shari B

 Overcoming- Codependency
It was interesting when I discovered I was a control freak, because I had thought I really relied on God for everything. But I found out I only relied on God for what was easy for me to believe Him for. So was that really relying on Him at all? Since I was so much in denial it took quite a bit of what was precious to me to realize how deeply I was co-dependent. Anyone who knew me knew my children were my world. I would do anything for them. Their success was my success and there was the problem. I never wanted to live all my unfulfilled dreams through my kids, but what I did was worse. I expected them to make me look good to the world around me. Being a Christian, I thought my motivation was for their own good, do this, don’t do that and don’t do that or that. And then my world started to spin and spin. It was so fitting that I was Mommystrong at the same time I began Celebrate Recovery, little did I know that Mommystrong would assist in my recovery of co-dependence as well. It gave me strength to face reality and courage to change. Through it all I lost weight, body fat and having to please other people. I was expecting my children to make me look good and I have repented to them and asked for their forgiveness. I now realized and rejoice because my identity, my TRUE identity is in Christ and Him alone. He accepts me where I am at, but He loves me enough to surround me with others (in this group) who will not allow me to stay where I am at.
Shari B-
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