calorie-burning activities.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. vs. 30

As you can tell, I like to cook. This also means that I like to eat. Food is a wonderful God-given creation. So that means it’s important that I like to work out just as I like to eat. I am by no means an expert on this topic. However, I do have a passion for working out and staying fit. Some of you may have a new years resolution to work out. Getting a work out routine is essential, but sometimes you can burn a few calories throughout the day, before you even get to the gym after work. Rather than giving you a new workout routine for you to “shed those calories,” I thought it would be helpful to give you little things that you can do at the office, grocery shopping, or while at home that burn calories. If you combine these small tips, with a workout routine, your body will sure appreciate you. And you will appreciate it too.

Disclaimer: Working out is extremely important for your physical, emotional, and psychological needs. Please do not replace this with a workout routine.  It’s good to do these little things throughout the day in addition to a regular routine.

11 Activities That Burn More Calories

1. Take the stairs.

Every day I go to work, I walk up three flights of stairs. I use to be breathing pretty heavily by the time I finally reached the top. Now, it actually feels good and gives me a burst of energy.

2. Don’t email or instant message a co-worker (unless that’s the office etiquette), instead walk to their desk.

I have worked a lot of desk jobs. It can go two ways: you sit there all day…and feel really sleepy about mid-day OR you sit there for a bit, get up and move, talk to others, and then not feel quite as sleepy.

3. Park towards the back of Wal-Mart parking lot.

Yeah, be that person. You can just pretend it’s that you want to preserve your “nice” car, even if it is a junker. Sport it. Park in the back. And if you can, carry your bags to the car instead of using a cart to pack em’ there.

4. Clean your house.

With my height and weight, I burn 133 calories per hour just by cleaning. I’m sure there’s an hour worth of cleaning you can do. Put on some music while you do it.

5. Pace while you are on the phone.

If you are chatting with your family long distance or catching up with a friend, just simply pace back and forth. It really doesn’t take that much effort, and it keeps your metabolism going.

6. Drink water.

H2O, in general. is good for our bodies and helps us lose weight. Whenever you drink water, your body works to absorb it and burns calories while it’s doing that work.

7. When you walk, make it brisk.

Instead of lazily dragging your feet, walk briskly. Not only will you burn more but also feel more energetic.

8. Ride your bike.

If you are meeting a friend for lunch just a few minutes away, jump on that bicycle. It helps the environment too.

9. Do the dishes, instead of putting them in the dishwasher.

If I do the dishes, I burn 69 calories per hour. Even if you do it fifteen minutes, it’s something.

10. The day the sun starts shining a little brighter, give your car a bath.

Yes, it takes more time to actually wash it yourself instead of taking it through a car wash. But let’s face it, a car wash costs anywhere from $5-10. And if you get a friend to wash it with you, you can dump the soapy bucket on them after you’re done. Now how fun is that?

11. Don’t just do one of these little activities, combine some or all of them.

Being fit is really a mindset. If you say, “I am going to ALWAYS pace when I am one the phone,” that’s great. However, I don’t know if you will feel or even see many results. The idea is that you take these tips and combine them to have a more healthy lifestyle. Think on a daily basis, “How can I change what I’m doing?”

Also, if you aren’t happy with your figure, I want you to know that God made you in His Image. Beautiful. Yes, take care of your body. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Embrace yourself, love handles and all.


homemade soap giveaway.

She makes linen garments and sells them..vs. 24a

Today is a special kinda day. Our first giveaway! Yep, this is something that benefits you. If you liked the post  Saving Money and Being Green with Cleaning, then you will like this! That sweet, crafty friend of mine is donating homemade soap to give to one of my readers!

Amy does a great job at making this soap. She is currently working on starting her own company called Kaia Bear Soap Co. I use this soap on my face every night, and I love it! Makes it as soft as a baby’s botttom….well, close enough.

So now you just have to enter the giveaway! I will be announcing it in a few posts who wins the soap. Then we can communicate via email, and I will mail it to you.

To enter: 

(You must do these three things).

1. Subscribe to my blog via email. You can do that on the homepage, right side of the page.

2. “Like” Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman on facebook.

3. Visit Amy’s blog…A Blossoming Life. Then leave me a comment on this post with your email address (in case you win), and let me know what post you liked on her blog.

So, let’s do this! I am ready to give some away.

This was part of the Homestead Barn Hop.  😀

menu planning.

She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. vs. 20

My friend Leslie introduced me to this lifesaver method known as menu planning. Actually, my mom has done it my whole life, but I didn’t really realize she did until I became an adult and started doing certain things that she always has done. (funny how that happens, huh?).

So a few months ago, I knew that I wanted to start menu planning but I wasn’t sure where/how to begin. Leslie told me about Money Saving Mom. This site is both addicting and quite resourceful, as her slogan states, “Helping You Be a Better Economist.” Her whole mission is teaching others to live on less so you can save more and give more. I’m for sure interested in that! Then I can open my hand to the poor and reach my hand out to the needy, like verse 20 states.

Basically, all menu planning consists of is printing off one of these meal/menu planners from her website…here. Then planning your whole week out. What you will eat and when. Breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Then whenever you make your grocery list (which some of these have a grocery list section on the side), you simply get ONLY the items that you need for that week, 2 weeks, or month depending on which plan you use. So ladies, that means whenever you are walking down that cookie aisle and you see the delicious Milano cookies, you turn your nose in the air and say I don’t need to buy those becaue those are not part of my menu this week. (However, if you really want them, plan ahead and put them in as a little afternoon snack).

So you may be thinking, where’s the spontaneity in that? Well, you can plan on Monday being taco night and then come home and feel like eatin fish instead (which was Friday’s dinner). Just switch them around! No big deal. The point is that you will only buy the groceries you need.

Here’s a tip: make sure that before you make you menu/grocery list, look in your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator to see what foods you already have and make meals based off of that. Don’t just buy all new food for different recipes and have a lot of food already in your pantry. Be smart. I vow to do one new recipe a week. It works well.

Here are some benefits of menu planning:

1. It saves you money.

2.It allows you to utilize the food you already have in your pantry.

3. It saves you gas. (because you don’t make a million trips to the grocery store)

4. It saves you time. (if you pack a lunch to work, then that morning it makes it really simple to look at your menu and see what you planned for lunch that day and grab it from your pantry, rather than trying to figure it all out that morning when you are already running late and can only “halfway fix your hair”)

5. It helps promote healthy eating. (if you plan to buy healthier foods, then whenever you are being a rebel and eat something that is not on your menu, healthy foods are your only choice. Chips are only an option for you to eat if you buy chips)

Kingdom Mom says that there are common excuses why people don’t make the time to plan their meals:

“It’s too time-consuming.”
“It’s way too complicated.”
“I don’t want to cook every night.”
“I’m too busy.”

Well ladies, let’s stop making those excuses! It actually saves time, it simplifies life rather than complicates it, you don’t have to cook every night (plan to eat out once a week or whatever your budget allows), and if you really want to do something, then you will find time (it takes about 10 minutes to do it. so get off facebook, and plan your meals.)

Tell me: Have you ever meal planned? And if so, do you enjoy it?

allergies…be gone!

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. vs. 18a

Some people think I’m a tightwad. I like to call myself thrifty.

Ever since about a year ago, my allergies have gotten really bad. I have developed a pretty severe case of not just seasonal but year-long allergies. It looks like this: I wake up and feel bad and go to sleep and feel bad unless I’m medicated the entire day. Well, I’m sick of it. More than anything, I am sick of spending money on meds. Since I take a day and a night medication, it gets pretty expensive every month (in addition to my vitamins as well).

SO…as I complain about this on-going problem in my life, I have had many people tell me local honey can help allergies. I would frequently think, “I need to go buy some local honey.” But then I would never do it. Well, for Christmas my dad went all the way to Murphysboro and met with a woman to get me A LOT of local honey! What a Christmas present! Allergy relief.

I was a bit skeptical about it. Well, my night medicine costs $45 (after insurance covers it) for a supply. A few weeks ago, I noticed my pill bottle was feeling light so I glanced down and noticed that I only have a few left. Which means me spending money to get more. The thought sickened me. I was so upset because I feel like I shouldn’t have to be medicated all the time just to feel good.

So, I refused to buy any more night meds. Every day I drink a cup of hot tea and douse it with local honey. And let me tell you something…(it’s been about two weeks)…and it works!!! Wow, thank God for local items that make me whole. I am still on my day med and sometimes feel bad in the mornings, but I am not completely miserable like I normally am.

I am learning to be more thrifty in small ways. And also it’s better for my body than all that medication. I pray Jesus will heal my allergies completely so I eventually can go off of all my medications.

If you are tight on money, think…what can I do differently? Think outside the box. Most of the time, there’s a solution or a better way to do things.

energy tips.

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household  vs. 15

I like mornings. I didn’t use to. But I have grown to love that time of day.

As a student, waking up early is crucial in order to get everything done in a day. Very rarely am I able to take a day to truly sleep in or do nothing. That’s ok with me. I have grown to like a life where waking up early is a constant. It keeps me motivated.

So…I thought I could post some tips that I have learned (and found online) that help you have energy in the morning and throughout the day.

Perfect time for this considering it’s finals right now eh?

1. Don’t think about sleep.

I use to wake up and all day think about how I need a nap. My thoughts were something like this: “I am sooo tired. I wonder when I can squeeze a nap in. I really need to start getting more sleep. Why am I always so tired?” Basically, feeling sorry for myself that I am an adult now and have responsibilities, like waking up early every day.

2. Vitamins.

Specifically, B12 helps a lot. Whenever I had mono, I took this every day. It really did help me.

3. Work out.

I use to say, “I don’t have time.” Yes I did. I just didn’t make time. I have less time now in life and work out more. Why? Because I made it an absolute priority. And I feel a lot better: energy & self-esteem.

4. Eat Breakfast.

I’m no nutrition expert, but metabolism is a real thing. Scott H Young’s blog says, “Skipping meals throw your metabolism out of balance, causing you to gain fat and lose energy. Skipping breakfast also means your blood sugar will be low in the morning and energy levels down.” I believe him.

5. Don’t set your alarm off a million, thousand times.

Guilty as charge. Yes, I am. This morning I think I set it off about 3 times…uh, I need to work on that. The mornings I actually get up whenever it goes off the first time (which is very rare), I feel SO much better.

6. Naps are not a necessity.

I use to take naps a lot. I have stopped and rarely take naps anymore. Instead if I need to rest, I will lay in bed watching a 3o minute tv show and then get up. Normally, my 30 minute naps would be 1 hour naps, and then I couldn’t go to sleep at night. AND a felt groggy the rest of the day. Blah. A bad habit for me I had to break.

7. Eat smaller portions, more often.

In the past week, I have eaten a potluck and a few buffet meals (which is not typical for me). After every one of those meals, I wanted to take a huge nap. I felt so tired. Whenever I stick to my normal schedule of like soup/salad for lunch and snack (like nuts or popcorn) before dinner, I don’t feel as exhausted as eating one big lunch.

8. Wash your face.

I always feel better once I get water on my face in the mornings.

9. Quiet your mind.

I think a lot. Probably at a rate double most people. It wears me out. I feel like I am running a marathon in my mind. Sometimes I have to ask Jesus to help quiet my mind and focus my thoughts on the moment I am in.