FREE Seminar & Exercise Session – July 13

Did you miss the seminar on June 15? Well, make plans to attend this session on Monday, July 13 at 5:30 at the Carter Pines Picnic Shelter in Hillsville, VA. The shelter is located on the left as you drive into Carroll Wellness Center.

First, I’ll be sharing Biblical advice on how God wants us to live happy, healthy lives as well as practical tips for good nutrition, health, and exercise. Then, about 6 pm we’ll do a 30 minute exercise session set to contemporary Christian music. Bring a friend and come enjoy some uplifting fellowship!

At this point, I don’t have anyone lined up for childcare, but if you’re a CWC member, you can check to see if they will let you leave the kiddos in the supervised play area since you’ll be on the hill.

Hope to see you there!

Walk/Jog/Run Group Meeting – July 2 @ Noon

Interested in walking, jogging, or running with a small group? Join me & whoever else shows up at noon on Thursday, July 2 at the Galax Recreation Center. If it’s raining, meet in the lobby. If it’s nice, meet near the front entrance outside. We’ll open with a prayer & devotional, then figure out the group’s goals, then spend the next bit walking, jogging, and/or running. It’s my lunch break, so I have about an hour to be there. If you want to continue after I leave, go for it!

There is no cost for this. Just bring something to drink and think of your goal before you arrive so you know what you want to do for the day!

See ya there. Blessings!

Overcoming Obstacles

We all face obstacles everyday in our daily living. This morning, I had to overcome some myself! The baby woke me up about 4:45 for a bottle, so I fed him and then it was close to 5 am. I had planned to get up about 5:30 to practice the new BodyPump 94, because I plan to teach it the first time on Friday and I need to run through it some. Anyway, I had a choice to make…back to bed or stay up? I chose to stay up.

I spent some time reading in my “Motivated to Wellness” Bible study book about how Jesus is the light and the life. It was a good read.

Then, I went outside to practice my workout so I wouldn’t wake up the family (it was 5:30ish at this point). The whippoorwill was out and singing and it was such a beautiful morning. I soaked it in, breathed and stretched, while talking to God a few minutes.

I was on the 4th track of practicing BodyPump when this yellow jacket flew up. I thought he was just nosing around, so I kept doing my triceps kickbacks and the darn thing stung me on the pointer finger! It hurt like the dickens – I haven’t been stung in years. I stopped, went in and iced my finger for a few minutes and had to make a choice – keep working out or just quit? I chose to keep going.

I finished my workout and spent some time with my husband and boys this morning before coming to work. I’m a little sleepy, but I’m glad I chose to stay out of bed and exercise.

Each day, we have to make choices to keep going. Your situation may be harder than mine, but choose to keep going. You’ll be glad you did.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13 (That’s for my friend Michaela).

Monday’s Seminar + A Walk/Jog/Run Group?

Monday’s seminar was such a blessing! I had 15 lovely ladies show up to listen to me rattle about wellness the way God intends. Then, we sweated out a 30 minute exercise session and enjoyed some healthy snacks and fellowship. I meant to take pictures and get a video, but totally forgot in all the excitement. I’m so thankful to each lady and am looking forward to presenting again soon as soon as I can find another location & book it!

Also, another lady I met recently asked about starting a running club, and at first I cringed. Running is not my strength. When I run, it’s more like a jog, and it’s not that frequent that I jog! When I do, I love it, but I would rather do other things. 🙂 Anyway, I prayed and thought about it and want to offer a walk/jog/run club for ALL fitness levels… This will be a FREE thing on Thursdays around noon. We’ll meet in Galax, VA (New River Trail, Galax Rec Department, etc.), share a prayer/devotional, then hit the trail for 30 minutes or so. I’m open to ideas. Our first meeting will be Thursday, June 25 at the Galax Rec Center/Felt’s Park. Please let me know in advance if you plan to attend so we’ll be looking for you. More details to come early next week!

Updated Playlist for Thrive Strength & Cardio

Be sure to join me tomorrow at noon for Thrive Strength & Cardio at CWC in Hillsville. I’ve added two new songs to the playlist, so the workout is a little longer.

Day One – Matthew West

Soul on Fire – Third Day

Come on out for a great workout while you worship!

matthewwest thirdday

Thrive Strength & Cardio Sneak Peek

I am SO excited to be teaching my very first Thrive Strength & Cardio tomorrow at noon at Carroll Wellness Center! I’ve created a playlist of some great tunes (see below) and choreographed a workout with strength and cardio moves. We’ll even get some core work, too. Come out and join me to see what the buzz is all about!

  • Song 1: This is The Day, Laura Story (3:46) – Warm Up, Light Strength
  • Song 2: Greater, Mercy Me (4:08) – Cardio
  • Song 3: Overwhelmed, Big Daddy Weave (5:30) – Strength
  • Song 4: Beautiful Day, Jamie Grace (3:11) – Cardio
  • Song 5: I’m Letting Go, Francesca Battistelli (2:54) – Strength
  • Song 6: Day One, Matthew West (3:30) – Cardio
  • Song 7:  He Knows My Name, Francesca Battistelli (3:28) – Core
  • Song 8: Holy Spirit, Fran Bat (5:03) – Cool Down


Eat the Rainbow

“Eat the rainbow.” all the health nuts say. Well, not only is it good for you, it’s mighty tasty! Monday is a good day to get started on a healthy food kick (well, ANY day is, but Monday just seems fresh for some reason). Here’s what I did for my lunch…

Picked some kale from my garden! I planted the little plants a month or so ago and now it’s harvest time. First time I’ve ever grown kale and it’s easy. 🙂

Then, I chopped up some yellow squash and halved some cherry tomatoes. Heated some olive oil on medium heat, tossed all those things in and added grated carrots and a drained can of great northern beans. Cooked about 15 minutes with some salt and pepper and topped with some Italian blend cheese. Let me tell ya, it’s good eatin!

What’s your healthy meal that’s easy and ready in a pinch? What are you growing in YOUR garden this year?

Today's lunch!

Today’s lunch!

FREE Wellness Seminar & Exercise Session

I’m launching my ministry on Monday, June 15 at 5:00 pm at my church – Stone Mountain Baptist Church in Laurel Fork, VA. Please join me and bring a friend for an evening of information about wellness & health, light/moderate exercise, and refreshments & fellowship! The fun starts at 5 pm and we’ll be done by 7 pm. I’m working on childcare options if you need to bring your kids, so stay tuned! View the event details here.


It’s time to thrive!

It’s May 2015 and Thrive Wellness Ministries has officially begun. As founder, I’m thrilled to be able to help people reach their wellness goals through prayer, scripture, and Christian-based exercise. I’m so excited that I can hardly sleep (and I really like to sleep)!

Please register to receive email alerts to keep up to date on the latest happenings. I hope to be holding events in June!