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Mike’s Green Juice, and how to do calendar?

So, that green juice I alluded to in my previous post and tweets…here is a big container of it!  And for those who wish, the recipe!  Thanks to Mike for the inspiration!

(I use mine as a base for green smoothies, or I pour about 8 ounces in my blender with some ice and salt and make a non-alcoholic “natural margarita”!)

Here is the Mike’s Green Juice recipe:

All ingredients are organic if you can find them.

1 Bunch of Celery (You may add 2 bunches for yield)

1 Bunch of Lacinato Kale

2 Cucumbers

1 Bunch of Parsley

1 Bunch of Cilantro (This may be omitted for taste) (which is what I do as I am either highly allergic or just flat dislike cilantro)

1 Bunch of Spinach if you can find it with roots and all (Otherwise a couple of handfuls of Baby Spinach)

1 Green Apple (Add two if you like)

1 Pear (This can be omitted for taste but you will miss a great taste treat).

Thoroughly wash all ingredients and run through your juicer (I do half the recipe at a time) and pour into blender or Vita-Mix when juiced.

Juice of 1 grapefruit

Juice of 2 Limes

Juice of 1 Lemon

Add these juices to the blender or Vita-Mix and add a pinch of sea salt along with a handful of ice cubes. Blend until frothy and serve chilled.

Repeat this process with the other half of the recipe and store in glass containers in the fridge. Recipe makes about 1 gallon and stays good for a couple of days! If stored, stir before using. For a higher yield, run the pulp through the juicer a second time

(I also throw the whole lemon, limes and grapefruit in the blender, cuz I like the pulp!)

On a practical note…I want to use the Calendar widget to show what my class schedule is like right now…is that possible? can someone WordPress friendly help me, please?

Lots of love and green healthiness, and cheers (clink)!

Robyn

My Amazon Review of Reshaping It All

(here is a cut-and-paste of my recent review…followed by a picture…=-p )
Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Loving encouragement, NOT a tell-all or lofty impossibility,May 6, 2011
By
Happy Girl “Happy Girl”
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (Paperback)

I am really enjoying this book. To be honest, I hesitated to buy it after I read a bunch of the reviews. Some made me want it more; some made me cautious. I had heard Candace Cameron Bure’ speak and found her to be genuine and sincere, but that was over a year ago, and I wondered if I had missed something? Some of the reviews make this book sound as if it is centered on her and how amazing she is and that she serves a god of discipline. I find that NOT to be the case…more on that in a moment.

I actually had the opportunity to her hear speak again LAST FRIDAY and was taking a friend, based on my previous experience. Once again, I was delighted with how genuine she is, how much she loves her Lord and Savior, and how deeply she feels that need for everyone to know Him…and delight in Him…and give their whole selves to Him…

I had just begun following her and the co-author, Darlene Schacht (a darling woman of God), on twitter a short time before, and right after hearing her speak last week, I saw that there was a “65 days to Reshaping It all” challenge beginning in a few days. That did it. Having heard her speak so wonderfully again, having considered this purchase for awhile, and having various other confirmations that this was resource I was supposed to get, I ordered from Amazon the very next day.

I am not disappointed.

I don’t know what other reviewers were referring to when they mention the book jumping around or not being well-written…I have not found that to be the case at all!!! Granted I have only read 3 chapters, but honestly, I think a writing style would be prevalent by now, and those remarks do not characterize what I am seeing.
I am seeing warmth, open-ness, and loving encouragement. Is it a sordid tell-all? No. Doesn’t need to be. Candace openly acknowledges faults, quirks, what have you…issues that are just as the Word says, “common to man” which we all share, so guess what? We can all relate. (and by the way, having faults does not make one less of a Christian or ruin their witness…God has used many “fallen” folks along the way! and we ALL are! That’s why we needed Jesus! and still do…)

Is it rocket science? No. Many of us already know in our hearts what she is saying, and maybe just needed it confirmed this one last time. or next 30 times. As far as nutritional advice, again, nothing majorly new here, if you have read anything about nutrition…moderation, whole foods, eating when you are hungry and abstaining when you are not…but the focus is on how our relationship with God can change us from the inside out and give us the power to stand in these areas!

So, if you are looking for a new diet book, or celebrity tell-all, or magic method to weight loss…this isn’t really it…or maybe it is. Depends on your perspective…
If you are looking to be changed from the inside out (and have that change be reflected in your health–physical, mental and spiritual), you must seek God first…and this book just may have the encouraging words that help you get there, or affirm that you are normal, or point you back to the Best Book of all…
If you have a good friend or sister to whom you often listen for loving advice, you know how to hear that…THAT is what this book is like…pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee or tea, and sit down for a chat with sister/friend Candace…maybe her story will help you!

Ps–there are helpful things like recipes, scripture references, practical tips at the end of each chapter. Also, yes, she has included fan letters and her responses, as well. One reviewer thought these were repetitive. Perhaps they are; I have only read 3…but here’s the deal: Candace says that she wrote this book because she kept receiving sooo many e-mails and letters asking her these questions, so clearly that falls in line with the purpose of this book- not as a “look at me and how great I am”, but as a validation of why the book needed to be written. So many of us struggle with the same things! be validated, friend. You are not alone, and there are many with whom you can bond and rise up from your trial! God will lift you up!

Get the book and enjoy.

PPS–as for discipline…yes, one can get obsessive. That is something we need to go to God about to protect ourselves from going out of balance. But discipline is necessary. Hebrews 12:11 “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. ”

Go for a harvest of righteousness and peace!

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A picture of me and one of my “Besties” (who first coined that term?  It has grown on me), Alana, waiting to hear CCB speak at the Women’s Rally at James River Assemble in Ozark!

I know, right?!?!?

My goodness…how is it that when one finally goes to bed on time, they wake up at 3am and cannot shut off the brain?!?  As I tossed and turned, and after getting up to heed the call of nature, I contemplated my choices: workout now, devotional now, finish credit card statement balance now, blog now, or lay here now?

Well, my mind eventually began thinking up phrases and sentences for the blog, so I thought, “alright!  here we go!”…been a long time comin’ and was on  my to-do list for the day anyway.

Which is how I find myself still here at 6:14 am just barely starting…but having immersed myself in the world of WordPress.  Sort of.

I have changed my blog’s appearance, I have attempted to link it up with Facebook and Twitter (thought I already had?), and spent an unheard of amount of time trying to figure out Gravatars…first of all, that word makes me think my pictures will all come out blueAnd why can’t I just have my picture show up in the sidebar already?  Why is there this funny symbol that one’s cursor must hover over to “sort of” see some pictures? Answers and help greatly appreciated.  I do believe God has better things for me to do at this moment than spend another unheard of amount of time deciphering Help topics…=-)  like, maybe catching up this blog!

aka, take a breath and let go...

And, breathe.

So, I have been promising various folks that I will be blogging about this or that for a few weeks now…so much to share about the wonders God is doing and has done in my life!

Psalm 105:5 (New International Version, ©2011)

5 Remember the wonders he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced

The crazy thing is, there is so much to tell, I may have to break it up into parts, or have a verrrrry long blog post.  I’ll let you know what I decide at the end…which by that time, you will already know.

And, I am thinking of going most recent to a month ago…which, since blogs appear with the most recently posted on top, means you may actually read them in order of occurrence!  Ha!  It is way too early for that Quantum Leap thinking…

And my alarm just went off, so it’s time to wake up. 😉

So, let’s start with NOW.

Right now I am trusting that even though this day has started incredibly backwards, God can anoint, protect, and turn it around!

Already I have been blessed by seeing my husband off to work and enjoying a healthy breakfast…the first important because I LOVE HIM SO, and the second, because I want to take care of this temple and glorify the Lord through it!

I am currently taking part in a “65 days to Reshaping It All” challenge.  To learn more, go here (not a hyplerlink, but there is one in the sidebar. Otherwise, please cut and paste…anyone want to tell me how to insert a hyperlink?):

http://reshapingitallwithcandace.blogspot.com/search/label/65%20Days%20to%20Reshaping%20It%20All

It is an online blog/community for those wishing to Reshape their lives spiritually and physically!  It is based on the book “Reshaping It All” by Candace Cameron Bure’ with Darlene Schacht.  I have written a review of the book on Amazon.com (again, not a hyperlink):

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PNG5E9MWL37N/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1433669730&nodeID=&tag=&linkCode=

My reviewer name is Happy Girl.  Suffice it to say, it is a positive review. Please go check it out!

(I may post by itself afterwards, but I already have so many words with which to to inundate you!)

But Robyn, you teach Christ-centered yoga!  You sing and dance in a high energy show! You love healthy foods!  You talk about all of this good-for-us stuff!  Why would you need to do this challenge?

(a.k.a, I know, right?!?!)

Because God often uses my mess to give a message.

Through the next series of blogs, I hope to fill in whatever readers I may have (and I so appreciate you taking the time!) on how I have had just about every reason possible, be it nurture or nature, to have an eating disorder, to have obsessive-compulsive tendencies,  to lack peace in my spiritual and physical life…but I know the Truth, and the Truth has, is, and will, set me free!

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Have you ever had one of those times in your life when it seems all signs are pointing to the same direction?  When you have really sought God, and His answer is a “barrage” of resources that seem to just flow together?  (And believe me, in this world we are certainly exposed to sooo many resources all the time…the trick is leaning on Him for discernment as to which ones we focus our attention!)

Well, that has DEFINITELY been happening to me!

God has been using all kinds of things…He often speaks to me through music.  One of my favorite things when I go walking or jogging, is to set my I-pod to shuffle, and ask God to be my DJ…you would be ASTOUNDED by the incredibly accurate playlists He comes up with; both secular and Christian songs!  In fact, I am will be listing some of those soon!

God often speaks to me by “playing” a song over and over in my head until I stop to analyze why it keeps going…and it is usually a pretty obvious message…and even funny! (Sidebar: did you the know the week after Easter is Holy Hilarity week in Orthodox churches?  I just found this out!  God is the author of humor, and we can choose to laugh in honor of His pulling the ultimate trick on the Devil with the Risen Christ!  Awesome!  That is something to chortle about…=-))

And, lately, a lot of books.

How about “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst, “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast” by Kristen Feola, “Raw Emotions” by Angela Stokes, and “I can make you thin”  by Paul McKenna (I know, what? There is good stuff there, I promise…don’t shy away!) ?  My plan is to discuss these in some form or fashion very soon…but for now, let’s just say they are most definitely linked with what I have been asking of God, and what He has been answering!

I did just finish a Daniel Fast, in fact, and have a blog of that to write…so stay tuned!  So much wonderful stuff to share and all of it leading to where I am right now!…and possibly what God may be trying to tell YOU…! (holla back, Kristen, I adore you and the book!  Can’t wait to share!)

So, yes, a history of body image issues (nurture and nature), family history of depression on one side and addiction on the other (thank the Lord for generational curses being broken in His Power), health issues (candida conditions, hormonal issues, injuries from my life as a high energy performer) have certainly distracted me and gotten me down from time to time…but God has always been there and will always be there…and the mountain of Emotional Eating is no longer mine.  What I have known to be true in my head for a long time in this issue is finally going to be true in my heart, in His timing and Strength!


So, let’s get down to the practical side of things…and doing the Reshaping It All challenge…I don’t know exactly what that will mean for me, yet, except that I do have a goal of blogging at least once a week about it.  I have a goal of consistency with my exercise, eating healthily AND having a treat once or twice a week, and most importantly, putting the first things first, meaning God and all that He is telling me to do!

What has He been telling me to do?  To get enough sleep.  To not only choose right foods, but TURN OFF THE TV when I am eating. To take 2 rest days a week from exercise (other than my show), and to choose exercises that I like (who doesn’t know that already?  and yet I have to be reminded), not what the world says is effective, because I will actually DO it.  (Romans 12:1-2, anybody?) To not only do the Love Dare on my husband, but Also On Myself (where appropriate)!

Because it all starts and ends with Love.  He is love.  He loves me.  Who am I not to love myself?  As is often said, can’t give away what I don’t have.

The ministering service He has given me, Vessels of Clay Yoga, LLC (Christ-centered yoga), depends on my ability to love…and funnily enough, I am able to love my students, but not myself.  I seek Him on their behalf and He fills me so full of Grace…but I have not received for me…so how could I be surprised if I do not seemingly walk in victory over my own issues?

1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

I do not wish my thoughts and words towards myself to be a bunch of noise!  Where is the peace in that?  And my whole life and mission is all about love and peace!  My students see that, my friends see that, and I know it…I am ready to live it more often than I have…

Because you see, I DO live it…but I hear God calling me up higher…He doesn’t just want you or me to only have glimpses of the Joyful Life He came for us to have (John 10:10), He wants us to be free always!

There are gonna’ be down days…and luckily, we don’t have to live by how we feel.  I can also guarantee you that after a victory, the enemy is going to try to steal your joy.  Stick close to God, my friend.  This is where we have an opportunity to build up that Resistance Muscle…a phrase I am taking from Reshaping It all…

Oh yeah, the challenge!

Let’s quit babbling, shall we?  Yesterday was indeed a victorious day…the day before was one of moderation…Here is a cut-and-paste of yesterday’s tweets (had fun posting my healthy choices):

littleRobynRobyn Hurst
#reshapingitall have had marvy day of good food & movement; lists to follow! I praise You, oh Lord 4 your marvelous works in me & of me!

yoga this a.m., followed by performing in my show (#1 hits of the 60’s in Branson), & now to teach Christ-centered yoga!

Food: bfast: millet rice oatbran w/alm milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds. Snack:ezeke tortilla w/collards, chry tomatoes…#reshapingitall

Lnch:green smoothie w/green juice (made b4),rice prot pwdr,froz peaches, soaked dates, cinn, &lil greek yog!Yum sneaky veg. #reshapingitall

Pre~yoga teach din: homemade bean burg w/annie’s ketchup, salad of collard, almonds, onion, cranberries, flax oil n lemon vinegar. #

FINALLY, lil treat in form of java monster vanilla light. (needed to use micro in gas station & forgot fork, so…) love #reshapingitall!

Unloading yoga class stuff in rain=yucky, wet teacher, BUT also = @VeslsOfClayYoga is ready to kick it praise, worship, sweat n bliss style!

had a GRRREAAAAT time with my students tonight! Yummy yoga, powerful praise. Love you, Lord! Thank you for my portion!

Now, will I always post all those things?  Nope.  For me, that could become obsessive behavior.

What I want you to know is that the day BEFORE this one was a generally healthy eating day, but a rest day from exercise (except for my show); however,  after the show my hubby and I went out for an impromptu dinner of Sushi and Plum wine (one glass)…followed by Andy’s frozen custard.

Moderation in Action.

I chose NOT to condemn myself.  I actually had a peace about it.  And you can see how in following the Lord the next day, it went swimmingly!  Are there challenges?  Yes.  Before that dinner, we were supposed to have an appointment that the other party forgot.  Right now, I have been awake for 5.5 hours, and I have to leave for work in 4 hours.  Would like to work on Credit Card balancing, do some moving/exercising and take a nap, for heaven’s sake.  It’s going to take some strength just to make myself lie down…

Phillipians 4:13 tells me I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.  I am choosing to really believe and accept that this time.

I praise You, Lord, and I receive Your Word.  I mean it, I hear You!!!  And I am so humbled and blessed that you bother.  Thank You, Big Daddy.

With love,

your little Robyn



Oh, the “catch-up” game…

Goodness me, time flies by…errands to run, things to do, does anyone else ever feel like the world is running them?

Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Relax.  Don’t forget who’s got ya in the palm of His Hand, little girl…it is still not all on your shoulders.

So, in a typical type-A driven style form, or for you Ayurveda types out there, in a typical Vata-Pitta style form, while I couldn’t get TO my blog to write in it, I did keep a tiny list of things I might write.  I prefer not to think of it as obsessive or anal but rather committed and detail-oriented.  (Again with the being kinder-to-myself theme, and learning to accept the way God has made me and use my gifts and quirks to their best advantage…as long as they do not draw me away from HIM.)  I have allowed myself to be called names for some of those quirks, and that is allowed no longer.  I encourage all of you to also decide your boundaries as filtered by God’s Word, and ignore those arrows  (fiery darts) slung by the enemy.  It is just a bunch of hot air anyway…and don’t forget who gets felled in the end by one little breath from Jesus?

So, on that powerful note-

After watching the Grammy Awards a week or so ago (again, my how time flies), I certainly had in my head some things I wanted to express about things I don’t like or cannot appreciate, as well as things that I do…

Luckily, I could not get to the blog, because a few days later I had the revelation that I truly do only want to speak encouraging words as much as possible, and celebrate others’ STRENGTHS!  Perhaps that is not always realistic, but I can certainly try.  Philippians 4:8, right?  Let’s focus on the trustworthy, noble and beautiful!

So, I would like to say thank you to fiery, driven and powerful female artists such as Beyonce’ and Pink for reminding me that women can be driven and strong without becoming men.  I do not have to be a milk-toast to be a gentle woman in God’s eyes, or anyone else’s…some women are made with a more meek-than-mine personality, but still quite strong on the inside.  Some women are made with a more strong outside, but quite gentle as well.  So, in my quest to fulfill the plan God designed for me, it may be that I am quite driven and inspired to the point of impassioned, but I can still be kind and gentle….and I can be kind and gentle while maintaining that fire.  It may be that my fire is indeed needed to stoke or kindle another’s fire…so my putting it out in an effort to become a more meek personality such as what I interpreted before to mean “Godly”?  Well, that certainly doesn’t accomplish God’s will for my life or those around me.

So, again, I thank you both, beautiful ladies.  What I know of Pink and what she has come through…it seems she has grown and matured, and THAT is what endears me back to her (loved her music when she first came out, then wasn’t sure that her choices melded with my preferences, etc, but HEY!  The girl has and is overcoming some things, and I fully respect that.  Plus, she ROCKS.).

Beyonce has always been a graceful and humble lady with an amazing talent.  To see her be her “Sasha Fierce” self and know that she does recognize the duality in being a performer, aka the “at home me” and “the performer me”, I respect that immensely as well.  As a professional performer myself, I know I at times have had a hard time knowing which one was real, which one was not.  Well, they both are.  They are just different parts of me.  And all are welcome.

Do people at that high level of entertainment sometimes make choices that I might not approve of?  Of course.  And you know what, I am sure I have made some choices at which they would gasp.  We are all human, after all.  All saved by the same Savior, should we choose Him.  So, I cannot criticize.  I can only judge what I might do, or even, judge what I do today, period.  And allow myself to receive Grace when I fall short.

Next topic: Stories.  I have been reading a book (a collection of novellas) by Francine Rivers called “A Lineage of Grace”.  It occurred to me one day in the shower how much I appreciate the stories of the Bible when they are in story form.  My thought at the time was about to judge myself, thinking, well, how lazy! Can’t you handle the Bible as the Bible?  And my answer to the enemy, was, yes, and thank you for this opportunity to remind you of how many times I have pored over those words, comparing translations, and loving how my Spirit gets stirred up by them! (another fiery dart quenched)…but sometimes, you want to escape in a story, and when it is a story which speaks the Truth of the Bible, not only do you get a good bedtime story, but you get Truth, Wisdom, joy, refreshment, encouragement, hope, renewal…so many wonderful things…and then you Praise God for being so infinitely awesome.  (Awesome forever.  Never-ending Awesome-ness.)

And by way, let’s not forget, Jesus told stories to teach us.  He knows how much we like a good story…and how much better we might retain…

So take that, enemy.  And that. and that….and THAT!

Hummph. =-)

Finally, I have to admit, I wish the world would not get so techno…I like just writing my little bits and thoughts in a journal, but I understand that in some ways blogging, etc opens up doors for things and people in a new way…ok, I get it.

I like Facebook and how it can connect you easily with friends/family whom you might not otherwise ever get to see.

I like the convenience of shopping online, even.

I do NOT like how crazy I feel energetically when I spend too much time in front of a computer monitor, cell phone screen, or TV.  And that could be handled much better if it seemed that the world were not dictating that in order to function within it, I have to cow-tow…

I am the one who gets to set my boundaries of safety.  I am not a religious zealot in this, I am just saying, if I know what’s good for me, then I know what’s good for me.

So, I find it kind of annoying that so many of these health experts that I choose to pay attention to have all of these e-books and downloadable phone calls, etc.  (I am a Christ-centered yoga teacher and a raw food enthusiast, though I do still eat some cooked food for various reasons.  I am also at any given time50 to 90 percent Vegan…again, various reasons).

Actually, the downloadable stuff is pretty cool, when it works and when one has time–  though I do love having an actual book in my  hand.  The thing that I really have to separate myself from are the wondeful tele-seminars or webinars that happen via your computer at set times WHICH ARE ALMOST ALWAYS AT NIGHT DURING FAMILY TIME.  Let’s see, do I want to see the incredible whatever-it-is on the computer and learn about this new discovery at 7pm on a Sunday night, or do I want to spend time with my husband?

Annoying.  I know I said I would stay positive.  I am. I am positive that I would rather spend time with my husband, and that I will just pray that if God needs me to know or have that information, He will put it in front of my face and in my ears at  a time and place which does not interfere with my rest and family time.

I just don’t get it.  And some of these things are only available a limited time…OR you have to pay a ton of money to get your own copy.

Well, never mind.  I’ll learn about it when God gives me a way that works through the filters of my belief.

To end on an up note:

I began new Christ-centered Yoga classes last week, and my students are wonderful!  I hope and pray they feel as blessed as I do when they leave…I cannot describe accurately the joy and “all-is-right”-ness that I experience when I have taught or enjoyed a Christ-centered yoga class.  How cool is it that we get to take care of our Temples, de-stress and praise our Lord all at the same time!  And then to top it off, we end up with a bajillion different kinds of physical benefits…wow.  (And if you want to know ’em, feel free to message me…)

It is a total win-win situation.  Much like being saved by Grace.

May all who read this have peace and love in their lives today,

Robyn

Philippians 4:8 (The Message)

8-9Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

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