Fall In Love With You

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In 2009, Jonny Diaz released his song, “More Beautiful You”. From my first time hearing it to this very day, it touches my heart. It says what I’ve needed to hear more often than I’d like to admit. It reminds me that society tells me I need to look a certain way to fit in, but God says otherwise.

I’ve always been seen as a person full of confidence, but when I was growing up, it was all a show. Behind closed doors, I would look at myself in the mirror and wish I could be someone else. I never thought I was pretty enough when I compared myself to other girls. As hard as I would try, I couldn’t measure up, at least in my own eyes.

Fast forward 10 years, I am in love with the way I look more than ever, even with my flaws. Not because I think I look like a super model, but because I’ve accepted myself for who I am and the way God made me. My makeup skills are still limited to eyeliner and mascara. I’m typically in workout clothes, and I don’t care if my hair is in a bun. I am proud of who I am, and even on my worst days, I can find beauty inside myself.

I used to value my self-worth according to what others thought about me until I truly gave my life to Christ. He showed me that the only opinion that matters is his, and as long as I’m living for him, the opinions of others have faded in my mind. The artificial confidence I used to carry has become a reality.

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As women of Christ, we have to stop judging others and start lifting each other up. Remember: God created us in his image, and he makes no mistakes. He loves us for who we are, imperfections included. I’m not saying we should throw our makeup away and start wearing rags; I believe we need to take a step back and remember our worth. It’s not found in others; it’s found in our Heavenly Father. It’s time to fall in love with ourselves and lift others up to do the same. At the end of the day, there can never be a more beautiful you.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce over Zoodles by Rebekka Hyman

In my previous blog posts, I’ve focused a lot on the exercise side of fitness, but as I’ve mentioned before, diet accounts for 80% of your progress. Today, I’ve partnered with Rebekka over at Clean Food Mom to share with you one of her favorite recipes that is not only delicious but healthy as well!

Meet the Author:

Hi! I’m Rebekka and am the author of Clean Food Mom. My passion is cooking and creating healthy meals for my family. I do work full time so it’s important that I prepare and plan our meals to make sure our busy week is easy at least when it comes to cooking and eating. I want to share my passion and journey with you. My blog is about meal planning, prepping, sharing my “slimmed down” recipes, a little bit of fitness, and adventures with my family. So please be sure to check me out at www.cleanfoodmom.com and join my tribe to get updates on all that’s happening. Hope you enjoy one of my favorite recipes (I’m an Italian food lover for sure).

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce over Zoodles

This was probably one of my first “big” meals that I learned to cook after Alex and I got married. My mom always made spaghetti sauce from scratch (none of that jar stuff) however today’s jar spaghetti sauce has come a long ways and if you look hard enough at the grocery story, you will be able to find a jar of sauce that’s actually on the healthier side.

I call my sauce “semi-homemade” because I not only use the jar of sauce but I also add ingredients to make a more chunky and rich sauce. I am not a fan of watered down thin and soupy spaghetti sauce; just not very appealing. I love being able to see the meat, tomatoes, veggies that I put into the sauce.

You can serve this dish with regular noodles but this go round I decided to try it with zoodles (zucchini spiraled into noodles). It makes for a great low carb meal dinner if you are trying to watch your carb intake plus zucchini is high in fiber and nutrients that you just can get out of a box of noodles. So why waste those calories? And this comes from the girl that absolutely loves her pasta!

zucchinispaghetti1-e1467309523681So how do you make these spiraled zucchini noodles? You need to purchase a spiralizer (go to my resources page to grab a spiralizer) and believe me you will fall in love with it. They usually range from $20-$40. You can spiralize many veggies.

Zucchini is made mostly of water so you need to make sure you get all the water out. I usually sprinkle the zoodles with salt, place them in a colander in the sink and let the water drain from them while I make the sauce.

Then all you do is add to a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil and stir fry for a couple of minute and they are ready to go!zucchinispaghetti2-e1467309541260

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