Like the Ocean

Happy Sunday 🙂

Today in church, we were singing a song that said “from skies to oceans deep, Your love goes on.” I have heard this song numerous times, since it’s one of the ones they sing on most Sundays. But this time, as soon as I heard that line, something stuck with me.

Oceans deep.

I instantly had so many thoughts running through my head. I thought of the photo of the ocean I took a few weeks ago when I was at the beach (it’s the one I posted above and is also the background screen on my phone). I thought of the big, beautiful, scary ocean that I’ve come to love so much, that consumes my photo library, my hobbies and free time, and that helps create a majority of the memories I’ve made here.

Even through the rest of the message in church (which was GOOD don’t get me wrong), I couldn’t stop making all of these ocean parallels in my head. So I’m sharing them with you because who knows maybe that’s why He put em in my head 🙂

Sometimes, life is like the ocean. It is beautiful yet terrifying. It can be amazing and awe-inspiring. It can also be rough, and can throw you around and make you feel like you’re drowning. And other times you feel like you’re floating peacefully on a nice vacation. You can’t see what’s out there most of the time. Sometimes, like at the ocean, you’ll be surrounded by people – family and friends and new relationships. Other times, you’ll be so alone and isolated you wonder if anyone is even there. The waves of life will knock you down repeatedly, but once you get back up, you’ll see nothing but beauty.

But, regardless of whatever point you’re at in the ocean of life, God’s love is there. And that is how God’s LOVE is also like the ocean…

No matter how rough the waves get, the water is still there at the end of the day, right? Well so is His love. No matter how rough life gets, no matter what waves Satan throws your way, God’s love is there at the end of the day. You may not be able to see the whole plan right now, but that doesn’t mean He’s not there.

So keep going.

Keep trying.

Keep swimming.

Keep praying.

Keep fighting. For whatever it is that you’re fighting the waves for.

KEEP GOING. Because He’s not going anywhere, and He’s got a beautiful, ocean sunrise waiting for you.

I’ll give you a glimpse into my own waves I’ve been fighting, and it’s kind of crazy how literal and metaphorical this is all at the same time. As some of you may know, I’m dealing with a knee injury from a couple months back. It hasn’t improved and I’m currently waiting on MRI results to see what the next step is (prayers for no surgery plz cause ain’t got time for that ish). I have been very frustrated throughout the last couple months ever since it happened, and I was so angry that God let it happen to me because I had JUST gotten to where I wanted to be physically – I was working out harder than ever and learning to love my body. And then an injury. One that keeps me from doing my favorite things like biking, running, even walking.

Anyways, guess how I injured my knee? IN THE FREAKING OCEAN. LOL RIGHT?? I was swimming against the current one day, and as soon as I planted my feet, a huge wave hit me from the side and twisted my knee so hard I could instantly feel that something was wrong.

I won’t go into any more detail because it’s irrelevant, but wow is God teaching me a lesson. An example that the waves of life can LITERALLY knock you down and throw off your own plans. But to get through it you have to remember that His plan is better even though you can’t see it right now!

Like I said. KEEP GOING.

Your sunrise is coming.

XO beth

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My Pet Peeve in the Health World

Hi! I know I kind of vented / voiced my opinions in my previous post, butttt… I’m about to do that again!

**Like I said before, I only go on rants if I actually feel they’re valid rants 😉

Let’s talk about my BIGGEST pet peeve in the health world.

The health world has become a world everyone and their mom wants to be a part of – which is fabulous! I love that so many people are hopping on the healthy train (or “healthy” train, if you know what I mean)! Obesity is getting out of control in our country, so it makes my nutrition-loving heart HAPPY to see so many people/restaurants/companies trying to watch calories/ingredients and whatnot.

BUT… (here comes the but).

NOT EVERYONE IS A TRUE NUTRITION PROFESSIONAL! I repeat – not EVERYONE is a nutrition professional!!!! So WHY are you listening to anyone and everyone on the internet?!

Here’s the deal. Anyone can go on the internet, find some ish on nutrition, do a little research, and BAM they can become a self-proclaimed “nutritionist.” ANYONE can do this! They could have NO idea what the difference is between a carbohydrate and an amino acid, and still try and tell you what/how to eat! To me, that is terrifying.

On the other hand, you have people (like yours truly) who spent four YEARS of intense studying, hard work, and hard @$$ chem tests to earn a degree in nutrition and actually know exactly what they’re talking about! Especially those people who go on to earn their RD (registered dietitian) after their degree. We didn’t go through all of those brutal chem labs and case studies for nothing, y’all.

So how do you know who to trust with your nutrition information?! Check their credentials FIRST thing. You should primarily listen to those who have their RD, this means they have done their internship and passed their RD test, and have extensive knowledge in food and nutrition, and are great if you’re seeking nutrition counseling! At the very least, find someone who has a degree in the area. And if they’re not an RD, check to see what other nutrition background they may have!

While I think it’s amazing how many bloggers out there are eating healthy and getting into great shape, many are not qualified in nutrition counseling. I get so frustrated when I see unqualified people trying to push THEIR diet plans (not recipes – but actual diet plans) on people who it may not work for or be good for! I am not bashing anyone for promoting their healthy lifestyle – some of these people DO have the qualifications! But before incorporating it into your own life, check their credentials and whether it would be a good HEALTHY fit for your body. Everyone’s body is different – and chances are your BMR is different, your activity level is different, your intolerances are different, than that of the random website you’re reading. Check your facts people! One of my all time favorite bloggers, Rachlmansfield.com, is a wonderful example of all this, because every time she promotes a healthy product or way of eating, she clearly states that she is a food blogger not a dietitian and that what she’s promoting is simply what’s good for her. And I love that!! Go Rachel! (She will probably never see this but I’m a huge fan- go check her out for amazing recipes).

I feel like I say this a lot but I really REALLY don’t mean to sound preachy – just feel like I’d be failing as a member of the dietetics world if I didn’t warn you guys, my dear followers, of this because I have seen it SO much lately!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

xo beth

Pictured is Pesto Chicken Zoodles – one of my fav dinners lately. Recipe below!

I made this for 1 since it’s just me right now, so you can adjust the recipe for however many people you’re prepping for.

1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 whole zucchini, spiralized
1/4 cup pesto

Bake chicken or cook in crockpot. I cooked mine in the crockpot with a little bit of pesto, pepper, and garlic powder (low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, depending how much chicken). After zucchini is spiralized, transfer to skillet and sautee with the remaining pesto, about 3 – 4 minutes. Serve chicken over the zucchini noodles, and add a bit of extra pesto if needed. Parmesan would be great as a topping! Enjoy!

My Body Positivity Philosophy

I was recently having a conversation about body positivity that provoked the question – what is my take on the body positive movement?

Ever since I recovered from my eating disorder, I have become a fan of the body positivity movement. It was like a breath of fresh air after spending so long being a shell of a person, who had nothing but negative thoughts about body image. Once I found my own balance and self-love, I loved (& still love!) the thought of empowering and encouraging other women to love their own bodies – flaws and all. But I also have developed and evolved my own personal opinion on it.

Not only have I been through hell and back with an eating disorder battle, but I have my Bachelor’s in nutrition, so I obviously encourage an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. I promote healthy lifestyle choices NOT to “be skinny” but to be healthy. Balance is so key in my life in many aspects but especially for my lifestyle (eating/exercise).

This is where the body positivity movement becomes a gray area in my opinion. I’m all about letting everyone have their own opinion and keeping my mouth shut on mine, but when I actually know what I’m talking about I like to call it out and speak my mind.

Body positivity SHOULD most definitely be… loving yourself regardless of your flaws, embracing those flaws, working out because you LOVE your body not because you hate it, and taking care of yourself — with a positive attitude through it all!

Body positivity should NOT be… using the body positive movement as an excuse to ignore unhealthy weight/unhealthy choices, avoiding exercise, and getting out of taking care of yourself.

NO you should not hate yourself, even if you are overweight/not where you want to be. You are, after all, fearfully and wonderfully made. But YES you should love yourself enough to make whatever changes are necessary to reach a healthy point. And NO you should not let those unhealthy behaviors steal your joy, because your weight does not define you. YES you should still strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle, because you love your body and want what’s best for it – you only get one ya know!

When you get your body to a healthy place – and I don’t just mean lose a bunch of weight because “healthy” has different meanings for every body – then all the rest will fall into place. The body positive movement is great for encouraging people to genuinely love their bodies… I hope and pray that every person can find that balance and love for themselves. But the body positive movement needs to stop making excuses for unhealthy eating and/or exercise habits. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes conscious effort, and yes that effort may be impossible on some days… but if you’re aiming for health at least most of the time, chances are you’ll find it easier to love yourself than if you’re making those excuses and avoiding healthy choices.

“Healthy” might mean you need to lose 10 pounds and a small percentage of body fat in order to avoid diabetes or heart risk. Or, “healthy” might mean you need to gain 15 pounds to get your period back and maintain a healthy body fat. Whatever “healthy” means to you, chase those goals, keep your attitude positive, and most importantly love yourself through all of those changes. That is what body positivity means to me. Because I believe that if you have a positive body image, you will have that desire to maintain health through an active lifestyle and healthy food choices (and balance throughout). If your ultimate goal is to be healthy AND happy, you shouldn’t use this millennial perspective to let go of your goals. Use it to fuel your motivation to meet your goals, whatever they may be.

I went from despising every picture I saw of myself and every glance I took in the mirror, to feeling amazing in every photo I see of myself (except for the outtakes where the wind blows my hair in my face and a bug lands on me all at the same time) and pointing out my own imperfections with admiration. I went from working out excessively due to hating my body, to listening to it and exercising in a healthy way to get stronger not skinnier. I love my body now, regardless of the parts that don’t look how I want them to. I would say that is pretty body positive! I didn’t suddenly begin overeating and become completely inactive because it’s the cool thing to do now… because that wouldn’t be good for my health!

I hope this helps clarify the gray area of the body positive movement – not to ramble about my own opinion but to shed light on how it could become potentially dangerous if viewed the wrong way. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still a big fan of it, I just want people to understand how it can be a good thing AND how it can be a not so good thing.

And keep in mind this is simply my opinion, so if you disagree that’s totally fine! I’d love to hear more opinions on this. I hope you feel amazing today! Thanks for reading

XO beth

Outfit details: top: HERE // shorts: American Eagle // sandals: target // sunglasses: forever21 // wallet: HERE // watch: HERE

Love on Yourself Today

Hi pretty people!

I hope your day is going great, whatever you it is you are doing 🙂

I have talked about this towel in my instagram here and there, but it’s finally making its appearance on here. I love the round towel trend going on lately, and this one is such a fun print! I got it HERE and you can also use code “REASONER” for a discount. They have fitness apparel and lots of other goodies too! You’ll definitely be seeing more Firepower on here soon!

So speaking of bikinis… let’s talk about loving yourself – something y’all know I’m a huge fan of if you’ve read many of my posts.

Regardless of how big of a self-love advocate I am, I still occasionally struggle with loving the skin I’m in just as much as the next person. Lately I struggle with it more so than usual, because I’ve been unable to workout as much as I typically do, due to an injury. *Sidenote, if anyone knows how to acquire a bubble to live in let me know, I think I need one* So, when my ability to be active is compromised, the self doubt starts to set in and satan likes to take over from there. DON’T buy into it!

Am I right? Does this sound like something you struggle with, even if you can workout like normal? I always feel a little bit better when I can find someone to relate with how I’m feeling. So here I am, reminding you that you’re not the only one. Please let this be your daily reminder that you are amazing, beautiful, and a badass. Don’t buy into the negative thoughts in your head — having a roll here and there when you sit, or having stretch marks, or not having ripped abs, are not your flaws but what make you beautiful because no one else’s stretch marks, abs, or skin rolls are quite like yours. And that’s pretty cool.

So do yourself a favor and show your body some love. And this probably wont be the last time you hear me say that.

Thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

bikini top – Victoria’s Secret last season // bikini bottom – cupshe

Tropical Vibes

Happy Monday! It’s almost the best holiday ever and I’m so excited! I love the 4th of July and can’t wait to celebrate how awesome our country is 🙂

There’s a kind of funny story behind this shirt. I actually bought it two years ago and just cut the tags off and wore it this week. I got it back when I lived in Colorado after Jon proposed because I thought it’d be great for our honeymoon. I started stocking up on cute, beachy clothes and just saved them all for after the wedding. Well… here we are two years later and we haven’t gotten around to taking our honeymoon haha! Life gets crazy like that.

Anyways, I finally decided to just cut the tags and wear it – especially since palm prints are SO in this season. I have decided it’s time to just start stocking up on a new set of honeymoon clothes by now 😉 We are trying to take our trip this winter so hopefully life will allow us to slow down and take it!

I also have a broken toe right now, so just ignore the giant white tape on my foot. Another one of life’s LOL moments that you just have to roll with. I’ve had lots of those lately.

Anyways, this shirt is Show Me Your Mumu so it’s probably no longer in stock BUT I know they have tons of NEW fabulous tropical prints in stock now!! I got mine through Riffraff.

Shoes are forever21 and pants are Target! I feel like I’m always saying, “Oh thanks I got it at Target.” I might have a problem.

I’m off to the beach — have the best 4th of July ever! Thanks for reading!

XO beth