Monday, April 27, 2015

10 Steps to your FIT [Faith Inspired Transformation] - Book Review

I recently had the opportunity to review a new book on health and fitness.  It is written by Kim Dolan Leto, an author, speaker, fitness expert, and a Christian.  The theme throughout her book is "Healthy, Happy, and Fit God's Way". 
I enjoyed this book, and learned so much from it.  Kim gives 10 steps to your Faith Inspired Transformation:
  1. Stop Dieting
  2. Renew Your Mind
  3. Commit to the F.I.T. Power Hour
  4. Dress Yourself with Strength
  5. Set F.A.I.T.H. Goals
  6. Eat God-made, Not Man-made Foods -EXCELLENT CHAPTER!
  7. Choose Self-Control
  8. Change Your Perspective
  9. Overcome Setbacks
  10. Celebrate Every Victory
I love that she incorporated lots of Scripture throughout helping us keep our focus on God.  After each chapter, she asks Reflection Questions.  She then gives strategies to help and encourage you through each step.
There is so much packed into this book from combining your faith with fitness, exercise helps, eating helps (portion sizes, God-made verses man-made, meal and snack ideas), and lots of motivation!  I found it quite easy to read a chapter each night, there was so much though in each chapter that I read a few of them twice.
"Healthy is so much more
than a look we are trying 
to obtain; it's a lifestyle we
are trying to maintain."
~Kim Dolan Leto

One of my favourite parts of the book was in a section called, "If You're Not Losing Weight".   I thought I'd share it with you...
     "In the book of Exodus, Moses led God's people through the wilderness for forty years before they were able to settle in a land he had prepared for them.  Along the way they lost faith and forgot the promise God had given them of a better life.  All the while, God was pleading with them to trust Him and keep walking in faith.
     Just as it took time for Gods people to reach the Promised Land, it takes time to reach our health goals, and we must remain patient and faithful in the process.  As you journey on toward a good lifestyle God has promised to give you, don't become like the people of Exodus.  Don't get frustrated and discouraged because you're not seeing results, eat a bunch of garbage, and set yourself back even more.  Be consistent, keep going, and you will see results.  Expect slow and steady progress and know that there's nothing wrong with small beginnings." 
10 Steps to Your F.I.T. (Faith Inspired Transformation) by Kim Dolan Leto is a wonderful book that will encourage you no matter what stage of life you are in, what physical shape you are in, or where you are at in your walk with the Lord.  If you're curious, take some time to look over her website. 

You can purchase the entire program for $37.99.  Check it out here.  I highly recommend it!
Kim was also gracious enough to send me her fitness DVD (digital copy).  It includes 3 - twenty minute circuits (beginner, intermediate, and advanced).  She encourages you with Scripture along the way, I love that part.  If you're interested in the DVD, you can purchase it here.
This review is my own thoughts and opinions, I was given a physical copy of the book for review.  Thanks, Katie.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Little Getaway...

This past week was school holidays,
so the kids and I went up to Darwin for a few days.
We enjoyed the Wave Pool.
Caught up with some friends.
Swam with crocodiles!
Hung out with Fluffy, the crocodile.
Swam a the hotel pool.
Went bowling.  Cody won with 101 points!
Ate at our favourite restaurant.
We had a great time.  We're feeling all rested and ready to get back to school next week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Easter!

Easter is probably my favourite Sunday of the year.  This year it was such a blessing to worship our risen Saviour at the Barunga Community Church.  We had around 30 in service, and then afterwards had a bbq and we invited whoever passed by.  At one point I counted 50!  What a blessing!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Church Update

It's sometimes surreal as we make the 50 minute trip several times a week to Barunga, the indigenous community where we are serving.  We drive kilometers of straight road with red dirt and bush land on both sides as far as the eye can see.  We often see wallabies, kangaroos, water buffalo, horses, donkeys, and lots of cane toads.  5 years ago we would've done anything to be here, and now we are.  Wow! 
Here are some photos from the past few weeks.
Thousands of bats flying around the community.
I love watching him play for our song service.
Some of our regulars.
Our highest attendance for Sunday School - 17!
Morning Service - we at 31!
Fellowship and morning tea after service.
Church cleaning day last week.
We are planning a special Kid's Club the Wednesday before Easter, and a special service on Easter Sunday.  We appreciate your prayers. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Borella Ride

This week The Borella Ride is being re-enacted in the Northern Territory,
and this past weekend they were in Katherine.
On Monday they had a special event for the schools and invited the homeschoolers.
The kids enjoyed the horse show.
This horse had such personality!
I didn't take any photos of the display, but they had lots of items from the early 1900s like a typewriter, Singer sewing machine, wash basin, record player, military uniforms, guns, etc.  It was interesting to learn about Albert Borella and the incredible journey he took just to enlist in the Australian army.  Albert Borella is just one of 100 people who have received the Victoria Cross, which is the highest honour given by the British Empire.
We got to meet Albert Borella's son and grandson.  His grandson, Richard, is following in his grandfather's footsteps and taking this journey and re-enacting the Borella Ride all the way to Darwin. 
There is some great education resources on the website as well.  Click here.


Afterwards we got to watch them pull out of Katherine on a horse drawn buggy heading to Pine Creek.  I loved the history, and the kids enjoyed learning as well.  A fun day off school for sure!
They are also documenting the journey on youtube.

We are Homeowners!

When moving to Australia, we had no idea if we would ever be able to buy a home.  In talking with a few people it looked doubtful, but God is good and gracious and opened the doors for us to buy this home that sits right in town on 1/2 an acre of land...and a bonus, it's a commercial property!  We have many plans for this block of land and using it for God's glory.