If you've ever wondered about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or what we believe, this is a great weekend for you to learn. Twice a year we have General Conference, where we listen to living prophets and apostles speak.

This is my invitation to you all.... watch, and I'd love to hear your comments about your thoughts!
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Seems like there's some huge clean eating frenzy lately, maybe I'm just late to the party, I don't know. But as my husband and I are trying to be more careful about what we are eating, we've been eating more "clean" and after just a week of no processed food (hmm, is cottage cheese processed??) I'm feeling really good.

And frankly, I'm not so sure I'm really a clean eater rather than eating real food. I've got some other elements to my nutrition that I'm implementing but those are more for my weight-loss methods more than just knowing what I'm eating. I'm trying to eat high protein food cutting a lot of my carbohydrates out, except the good ones, and I'm managing my eating schedule pretty tightly.

The thing that is crazy to me is the huge difference that I feel after just a week of cutting out the junk food snacks and such. I definitely feel less bloated, I haven't had my 2 pm crash that is usually like clockwork for me, I'm sleeping really well (not sure if that's food related or not) and I've got great energy. I'm telling you, I feel awesome!

It does take a lot of preparation when it comes to eating clean. I've given up fast food completely right now (hey, I'm never going to give it up completely but for right now I will) and I have to do a lot of cooking on the weekends so that my weekday mid morning snacks, lunches and afternoon snacks are ready to go - because seriously I hate nothing more than running around like crazy every morning just to get my food ready. I'm having to shop more often because most of my food are things that will go bad faster than the whole processed stuff. But all in all, it's really working out. It seems that the extra work into the preparations seems to make it easier during the week so it all evens out.

So, here's an example of what I'm eating and I got mine out of a 4 week nutrition and exercise plan in Muscle and Fitness Hers:
Breakfast: 5 egg whites scrambled with 1/2 cup green bell peppers or tomatoes & onions
Midmorning Snack: Medium apple, 2/3 cups fat free cottage cheese, 10 almonds, crushed (in the cottage cheese)
Lunch: Turkey breast (4oz), yam
Afternoon Snack: 1 can of Tuna (water, drained), 2 cups spinach, balsamic vinegar, whole wheat tortilla
Dinner: 4 oz chicken breast, 1 cup broccoli or green beans, 1 red potato, baked
Evening Snack: (usually post workout) whew protein shake with almond milk

So there ya have it. I've mixed up a few things with my lunches and dinners and skipped the salad sometimes for my afternoon snack. This is a pretty straight forward, and kind of boring meal for me but it works so I can't complain. The great thing is that my son can eat most of these things, but he'll spice things up a little and I don't deny him the fats and fun that I am.

So there we go... I'm curious if eating clean has made a difference for anyone else!

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Jessica over at GlistenFit posted an All or Nothing April workout, and although I'm not following her calendar (although I do love her), it is totally All or Nothing April for me.

I'm doing a 4 week program to kick start me back into my fitness routine this Spring. Yeah, I know I'm late, we're supposed to be doing this in the winter so we all can squeeze into the bathing suits and all, but hey, I'm a procrastinator. So, I found a great 4 week nutrition and workout plan out of Muscle and Fitness Hers that I think is going to work great. Granted, I don't have kettlebells so I'm substituting in some dumbbell work. And this will be my first time EVER having to work out in the mornings. Today was my first 5am workout and I'm glad it's done but boy am I beat! That whole "working out in the morning gives you energy" thing.. apparently doesn't work for me.

The thing I like about this nutrition plan is the first 2 weeks are 1500 calorie goals and then the last 2 weeks are 1200ish calories.  So, I'm really excited to see how this goes and to see how I feel at the end of the 4 weeks. I'll be tracking my nutrition and workouts on sparkpeople (user: justjonna) and probably myfitnesspal (user: akajonna) so add me as a friend and you can keep me accountable or join along if you want!

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I mean, more importantly is the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. 

What? That's not you? That's me. Totes.
But see, here's the deal. I still have candy from valentine's day, and even some from Christmas and I'm pretty sure there may be some Halloween candy still lurking in that big candy drawer of ours.

And I think my love of candy has been passed on to my son. Literally, every night after dinner he grabs a piece (or 3) for desert. I can't blame him. I want to do the same. But I fear I may have instilled in him some bad habit he will have to try twice as hard to break later when he realized how many calories are in those reese's and that eating a bag of skittles at a time is just frowned upon.

So here's to a candy crush, like for real, not the game. I'm going to do a candy cleanse, so to speak. No more candy! No more sweets. If I want sweets, it's going to come from fruit. Let's see how long this lasts before I freak out and binge eat oreos.

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I've been in such a funk lately. I think it's a combination of burn out at work, overloaded schedule at home, some pressures from my calling at church and on top of that not feeling so great about my fitness (or lack there of) coupled with some insecurities shinning, some things I've bottled up and the fact that I am terrible at communicating this to anyone - but myself. It all resulted in an evening of ridiculous crying for a couple of hours but I haven't really shaken it.

I just need to let it go.

Usually, I'm the ridiculously annoying, happy person. The one who is always seeing the glass as half full. In fact, the glass is always full (half with water and half with air!). See, it can get annoying. Usually, I'm the optimistic one and the one who will try, try again and again and again.

I need to forgive.

Lately, I just haven't felt like trying. I've been in a kind of pity party for myself that I can't seem to fully pull out of. I would just keep hoping that someone or something would pull me out of it, I just needed that one thing to kick start me again. It didn't happen.

I need to be at peace.

Then last night, I was sitting on the couch watching TV, feeling bored and annoyed and I realized. It was ME. I need to be the one to pull myself out of it, because no one else will. I need to be my own hero, because in  life, most of the time, no one else will.

I need to never give up.

So, I'm sitting here today, in a bit of a better mood. I feel like I still have some emotions I still haven't worked out fully, but I know that it's up to me. I'm willing to put in the work because I like being happy. Don't we all? So I'm shaking the funk. Maybe not as quickly as I would like (or those around me would like) but I'm working on it.

I need to focus.

So. I will.

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As I've said over and over before, I'm really putting some effort into my health and fitness. I'm hitting karate classes and working out at least 3-4 times a week. That means a lot of sweat. And I mean a lot. It is no secret that I sweat like a man. I have no idea why, but I do - so I deal. And by deal, it means I need a kick butt deodorant. So, when Influenster started the Dove Advanced Care Deodorant VoxBox, I was all about it!

So, my full sized Dove Advanced Care deodorant arrived and I've been trying it out for the last 3 weeks. I'm going to say I like Dove Advanced Care deodorant for it's moisturizing effects for sure. Not that anyone is feeling up my armpits but my skin is super soft now. It holds up great on my day to day sweatiness but the one downfall that I did see is that it doesn't quite hold up as well as my normal brand on my heavy workout days. I usually throw my deodorant on in the morning and then forget it.

So I have to say for a day to day deodorant, I'd probably make the switch because it is cheaper than my current brand. For my heavy workout days I'll either need to reapply before my workout or just apply my current brand.

So check out Dove Advanced care Deodorant on Facebook@Dove on Twitter  with #RaiseYourArms or on Instagram

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Once upon a time there was a girl who was footloose and fancy free. She planned things on the wind, and then the wind changed, so did her plans. She enjoyed the spice of life because life was spontaneous and wild. She would drive for hours just to visit the beach for a few minutes. She would take adventurous weekends on a whim.

Then one day she got married, had a child, joined the PTO and got a job that came with some actual responsibility and that all changed.

I wouldn't change anything in the world as far as my life is concerned other than just reminding myself that I can actually breath and be spontaneous sometimes, and probably do it a little more often.

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