Healthy Living & WLWW Link-Up Party!

Something that TERRIBLY frustrated me in 2011 was how blogging, homeschooling and keeping my home completely took over ALL of my healthy habits.  Running on the treadmill and eating right were a huge struggle last year.  In previous years, I’ve consistently exercised and I’ve remained on track with the help of my real-life friend Clare – but last year – I was very random. I dropped out of Clare’s class, I randomly exercised, randomly participated in Weight Watchers, randomly did “The Shred” workouts, and randomly over ate! 

I’d say stress is to blame for my inconsistencies…and that stress has also led to me being a less than Gentle Mommy.  So as I work on the Gentle Mommy Challenge and my Ephesians study…I am going to be chiming into Clare’s Free Accountability 31.3 forum.  This is Clare:

This is me with Clare :) at a Girls Night Out!


Clare writes:

• 31 days

• 3 commitments

• Jumpstart your year

Want to know the 3 commitments? Glad you asked!

1.) Eat Clean

I’m sure you’ve heard of this before. It’s a term used often yet is defined differently from person to person! Eating clean eliminates foods that are highly processed, complex and comprised of many ingredients. Think FRESH, SIMPLE and NUTRIENT-RICH.

2.) Move More

Sounds simple, right? This will look totally different for each of you. Some of you do nothing. Some of you are hit or miss each week. Others are pretty consistent. I want you to move more these 31 days and move more, consistently.

3.) Renew Daily

There’s no doubt in my mind that our physical lives are connected with our spiritual lives. Many of you who have been struggling with weight loss, self esteem, or depression are missing an important connection—the body and spirit. Our bodies will die. In the long scheme of things, these 31 days are just a blink in light of eternity. Our spiritual lives are going on forever and we can’t forget about this. I believe you’ll find better results and more fulfillment if you keep this in line. Renewing ourselves both mentally and physically is essential to success!


For all the details – Click here.

Also don’t miss this - click this link to the 2 page free printable here. I love the memory verse with it!

(Below is a sample of page 1! Click the link above for 2 page pdf!)

Now it’s link-up time! It’s Women Living Well’s Wednesday Link-Up Party!!! Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you join below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here! (Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, finances, recipes, organization and more!)

To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! :)

Walk with the King!


  1. I just wanted to say how infectious your smile is! You are obviously happy and I love the positive you share on your blog!

  2. By God’s grace, starting this month, I’m also planning to feeding my family with healthy, whole and nutrient-rich food. (Bought a recipe book for this to inspire me! :))

  3. I too have been overwhelmed this year with working from home, homeschooling, and blogging, and really my health has taken a toll. Hope to be much more disciplined and driven this year.

  4. Brilliant plan and opportunity, Courtney. I’m in!

  5. Woo hoo! Love it! Thanks for joining me Courtney–you can’t get away from me even if you tried! LOL!
    Love ya!

  6. My wife just left your post up so I thought I would comment: these are perfect points. I especially like the 1st and 3rd. The 3rd is an element most people leave out, and it could be why they fail with their health goals.

  7. Overwhelmed…off track…I hear ya! You sound like me…thanks for the ideas and links! Thanks!

  8. I’m with you!!! I love these 3 simple goals – and YES I CAN DO IT!!! :) I threw out my microwave in the house and said “no more” to convenience and radiated food. I have already sifted through the pantry and tossed out foods that are old and non-healthy. And we will be changing our eating style to be less sodium, more fresh fruits/vegetables, and smaller portions of organic meat. I’ve already enjoyed chicken legs last night with whole wheat noodles, mixed vegetable casserole, and fresh corn – it was delicious!!!

  9. Wow! I like that! Three simple phrases to put into practice! I’ll have to share that with my First Place 4 Health group!

  10. Great tips for this year – I’ll have to write these down! Like you, I can let the “must-do” things (those with deadlines) take time that I should be spending on healthier things (like working out). :) Just wanted to let you know that I’ve featured your blog meme in a post about memes on my blog: Thanks!

  11. I have been following your blog for a year and a half now and never have your words over the last few days come at a time when I really need them, particularly your Gentle Mommy series. Last year I was very random with exercise, some weeks 1 session at my gym, others 5, it made me feel very disjointed and the weeks where I didn’t do enough I was grumpy with all of my wonderful family. Your words have encouraged me to make my health a top priority as it affects my whole family. Previous to reading your blog I didn’t believe in God, it was just something I never thought about, however last year I had a big spiritual awakening and my life is so much richer because of it. Thank you Courtney for your wonderful blog, you are an inspiration

  12. I don’t know where you’ve been, but I’m sure glad I found you! Or perhaps it’s where *I’ve* been :) Love your blog purpose and everything about it. While here I joined the linky party, sharing my first effort in 2012 to “Give Back”. Thanks for hostessing ~ Mary

  13. Thank you for this. I’m definitely joining.

  14. Loved the pictures and the ideas. Blessings to you for all of the great thoughts.

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