Mini Beach Vacay

This past weekend Luke and I along with his parents took a little mini vacation down to Orange Beach, Al. I love going to the beach before it’s blazingly hot in the summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love a summer vacation, but I love inching my way into the freezing pool water one step at a time! Just thought I’d share a few pics from our weekend!



We basically ate our way through Orange Beach! I ordered Shrimp & Grits for the first time. Unlike a true Southern girl, I’m only now coming around to grits. Mainly just cheese grits, but it still counts!

I’m excited for more weekends to unplug and relax. Until then I’ll just stare at this picture hah. – JJ



Podcast Love

I love to listen to a podcast. I prefer it over listening to music. I enjoy people talking to me, or at me since I can’t actually talk back.

Anyway, I love Podcasts and I’ve been listening to two different Weight Loss related podcasts religiously. Months ago, I wrote about my love of the Half Size Me podcast. I still love it! Listening to Heather interview people who lost the weight and are keeping it off is absolutely inspiring. Heather has an incredible story and a wealth of knowledge and experience herself. I love listening to her. Heather, if you’re reading this, I feel like I know you and I appreciate you!

Alongside the Half Size Me show, I’ve recently started listening to a podcast called Primal Potential. It’s truly fascinating. I’m just getting to know Elizabeth and I’m hanging on every word. She’s also got years of experience and a wealth of knowledge on nutrition, how food and hormones work, and excellent strategies to put into place.

If you’re in the market for encouraging and helpful weight loss related podcasts, I definitley recommend these two. They are different in content (one is interview based and the other is informational based), but share the same message — habit change over time for lifelong sustainability and maintenance.

Honestly, I need other people to listen to these podcasts like I do so we can talk about it. Happy listening! -JJ


Whole 30

I think I’m ready to take the Whole 30 challenge. After an overwhelmingly beautiful response to my post about dealing with regret, (thank you for all the comments and support!) doing a Whole 30 was suggested more than any other option.

I’m planning to start in the next couple of weeks! I’m giving myself plenty of time to research and prepare for the next 30 days.

When I did Ideal Protein last year, it was basically one step further than a Whole 30. I was supposed to only eat protein and certain vegetables along with their products. That worked for me for a little while, but honestly, I couldn’t handle the strict restriction. Whole 30 is a little less rigorous. Since I’ve already done a very restrictive plan for longer than 30 days, I think I’m up to the challenge of the Whole 30!

If you have any tips, advice, recipes, meal ideas, or stories about Whole 30, I would LOVE to hear them! I always appreciate feedback! There are so many resources about Whole 30 out there, I need help figuring out which one is the best one.

If anyone else wants to do Whole 30 along with me, that would be great! I’m planning to start on May 2nd. Let me know and we can form a private Facebook group or something! – JJ


We’ve been walking through Open Your Bible┬áin my mid week small group. I’ve had ups and downs with it, but overall it’s been beautifully vital in my spiritual life. It’s practical, honest, and drills down to the roots of why consistent Bible reading is important. 5 stars. I highly recommend it.

Anyways, a few of us girls got together last week for our weekly discussion. We really keyed in on John 15:1-8. These are beautiful passages of scripture that give an illuminating illustration of what we can expect when we are connected to Christ as a branch is connected to the vine.

These were not unfamiliar scriptures, thanks to Bible Drill, but through this whole study familiar passages have brought on new revelations, which is AWESOME. As soon as we read verse 4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me” I immediately felt the pin-prick of conviction.

I discovered last year that my food / health life is directly connected to my spiritual life. The parallels between the two are insane. When I quit working on my overall health (which I elaborated on a couple of weeks ago), I kind of quit working in my spiritual life, merely doing the bare minimum.

How can I expect any progress, in any area of my life, if I’m not willing to carve out time to work on the areas desperately needing growth and loss? (Growth – spiritual, loss – pounds) It’s all about remaining. Remaining consistent. Remaining faithful. Remaining joyful.

This is just another example of how I can’t just be on a diet. It’s got to be an align everything, this-effects-that, lifestyle change that won’t work unless I remain. Remain in Christ by connecting with him daily.

Remain in control of my feelings about food.

Remain in the drivers seat and not let a hard and/or emotional day take over.

Remain committed to my commitments.

Remain strong when facing temptations.

Remain steady when I think I deserve a treat.

So many things to remain in! I know I can get a handle on it by taking it one day at a time. – JJ