Health Journey

Learning, Stretching, & Growing

Just want to quickly bring you up to speed on what I’ve been learning and doing since I stopped writing to you every single Monday morning. At the beginning of 2019, I took at look at everything going on in my life to see which things I needed to start doing and which things I needed to stop doing. (I strongly recommend that you periodically do the same.)

It became clear that in this season I need to focus on:

  • My family

  • My health

  • Helping others get healthy

  • My job at Heartland Church

    I’ve been intentionally restructuring my life around these things.

Remember how I eliminated 22 pounds in 2.5 months last fall? It STILL SHOCKS ME every time I walk by a mirror! 😁

It's been 8 months since I reached my goal weight, and I'm still loving this new life! The new healthy habits I've learned are so amazing! I'm sooo thankful to my health coach mama, Leanne Goff! I wouldn't be where I am today without her. 

If you want to talk about whether this program might be a good fit for you, I would love to connect with you. It has been a total game-changer for me.


If you’ve been following me on facebook, you’ve had a front seat view of it all. If you haven’t been, I’d love to be facebook friends with you!

Beyond my own health journey, coaching others has been so much fun! Seeing others totally take their life back is just incredible. We are all truly getting health mind, body, and finances.

My amazing husband, Christopher, decided to get healthy too and has eliminated 25 pounds in the past couple months! I’m so proud of him! Here he is with a lot of clothes he had to pass along, and we will be shopping for some smaller ones. 

You see, we have a race to run and a whole lot of good years ahead of us. That's why we know we need to take care of ourselves. All for HIS GLORY!!! 


The books in the photo below are some of the ones that have been stretching and growing me like crazy!

While I don’t necessarily endorse everything in these books, I do believe in eating the meat and spitting out the bones.

While I don’t necessarily endorse everything in these books, I do believe in eating the meat and spitting out the bones.


My own mindsets have been shifting and getting so much healthier too! I love learning and growing and that’s a big part of what the health journey is all about.

If you have questions about whether this health program would be a good fit for you to join either as a client or coach, I would love to talk with you about it.

Fatigue makes cowards of us all. -Vince Lombardi

You know how when you fly somewhere, they always tell you in case of emergency to put your own oxygen mask on first? The same principle applies when it comes to taking care of yourself.

It's so important to get the rest that you need. That's why God told us to rest 1 day out of every 7. If you don't take care of your health, you won't have anything left to give to your loved ones.

When doubt and discouragement come against me, it's usually when I'm worn out. Things that normally seem like a wonderful challenge tend to be much scarier when I'm exhausted.

That's the time when I'm the most vulnerable and discouraged. If I'm not doing what I need to do to recharge, I leave myself open for the enemy to attack my mind and body.

You are important. Don't forget to take care of yourself so that you can show up powerfully in your sphere of influence!

Fatigue makes cowards of us all. -Vince Lombardi


What Do You Do When Your Nose Is Out of Joint?

Have you ever heard anyone say they got their nose out of joint? Usually what they mean by that is that they needed an attitude adjustment.

As you probably know, I’ve been getting my health in order and feeling better than I have in years. But what you probably don’t know is I have been struggling with a pesky, painful spot in my lower back.

The muscles have been extremely tight, and that’s part of what has been causing my problem. Apparently, my hips have been out of joint, and that has been putting pressure on the other parts of my core. I’ve been getting deep tissue massages, but in addition to that I needed to make a trip to the chiropractor.


You see, the massage therapist can help the muscles relax, but if something in your frame is out of place, the relief is only temporary. Turns out my L5 was out of alignment, and I’m getting better now!

When you have something out of place, the chiropractor is a whiz at getting you straightened out. Combine this with a massage therapist and you’ve got a winning plan.

But what do you do when your nose is out of joint? Who do you call when you’ve allowed your heart and mind to get out of alignment with God?

It can be helpful to talk things through with a trusted mentor, but in the end you have to humble yourself and work with God to get your heart and mind adjusted. Your heart and mind are your responsibility. Don’t just wait for God to magically change you. You have to work with Him.

You see, I couldn’t just sit at home and expect the chiropractor to magically fix my condition. I had to get in my van, drive to his office, and humbly lie down on the table. I had to take a deep breath, let it slowly out, and allow him to push on me until everything popped back into place.

If your nose is out of joint, don’t wait any longer. It’s time to take care of business and get things in order. If you don’t, it will affect all of the other parts of your life.

Don't Spew On The Ones You Love

I bet that if you had a stomach virus, you would never intentionally walk up to your loved ones and puke in their faces. Gross! Who would ever do that to anyone, much less than to the people who really matter to them?

Reasonable people try to stay away from others when they're sick. They do it out of mercy and kindness. They stay away until they are well, and no longer contagious. If the sickness doesn't seem to be passing, they get to a doctor to do their best to resolve the situation. Being sick is no fun for the one who is sick or for the rest of the family.

Why is it that we let emotional issues go unsorted for years and years? When the emotional pain buttons in our lives get pushed, the fallout hurts the people around us at least as much it hurts us. It’s time to disconnect those buttons.

You know, the secret areas of pain that you keep hidden and hope that no one ever finds out about? I have news for you, people may not know the specifics, but they can certainly feel the painful symptoms.

If you aren't willing to get healthy for your sake, at least do the hard work of getting yourself sorted out for the sake of the people you love. You really don't want people around you to feel like they have to spend their whole lives walking on eggshells.

Don't delay. Get the help you need. Make an appointment with a counselor or reach out to get with a mature, trusted mentor. If you live in central Iowa, you could come to Freedom Ministry at Heartland Church. It's held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 - 8 pm.

In the video below, my mom and I discuss what she wished she would’ve known before she got married. Much of the content of the video is directly related to today’s theme of getting your heart and mind healthy.


I was recently in Ohio with my mom, and we recorded this video WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THIS HEALTH JOURNEY.

If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all, you know that I’m passionate about helping you live in peace and hope! That’s why I’m so excited about this health journey. I know that so many people live exhausted and worried about their overall health.

This program is a game changer if you have concerns about your:

  • Energy level

  • Inflammation

  • Excess weight

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Sleep problems & more

    If you have questions about getting some peace and hope in your health, I’d love to talk with you to see if this program would be a good fit for you!


Why I've Decided To Let My Mom Tell Me What To Do

I'm 41 years old, and I've decided to start letting my mom tell me what to eat. They say that the older you get, the more you realize your parents actually know. I guess I've reached that age.

You see, there are a lot of areas of my life that I'm doing really well in, but nutrition is definitely not one of them. My mom is a certified health coach, so I've decided to lean into her wisdom and move to a new level of health.

My mama,  Leanne Goff

My mama, Leanne Goff


I'm not one to jump on board with whatever the latest craze is, so when my friends and family started their health journeys, I didn't jump in like the rest of them. But after watching them for quite some time, I've come to the conclusion that now is the time for me to get with the program.

  • Do I want to lose weight? Sure.
  • Do I want to have more energy? Yep!
  • Do I want to be able to live well for years to come? Yes!
  • Do I want to put an end to the aches and pains? YES!

Maybe you do a really good job with nutrition but have other areas of your life that need shoring up. Maybe you need to strengthen your relationship with God or people or do some hard work on your finances. Taking care of these areas will allow you to live in peace. Why not take some steps to all around health today? 

I'm into my 40's now, and the aches and pains are increasing right along with my age. I'm finding myself walking with stiff joints the way my granny used to walk! So, that settles it. I'm starting my journey of taking my health back now!