Find What Makes You Get Up & Go!!!

SuperStarrs this video I took this past weekend when I was at the Love Life Women’s Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  Which is always a great time of getting refueled and encouraged while hanging out with thousands of ladies!!!

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So if you are saying, “Debbie, I don’t have anything that make me want to get up & go.” Then guess what ya gotta find it!!!  You can start by remembering what you liked to do as a kid.  Did you dance, tumble, or play sports? Was it in a group setting or did you prefer going solo? Did you enjoy playing for fun or did competition help motivate you? Take some time to remember what you made you feel good, while having fun. Did you enjoy jumping rope, bike riding, swimming, or lifting weights? Do you like routine or constantly changing things up?  If you were never very active before you can start now.  Be adventurous!!!  Take a dance class or sign up for swim class at your local YMCA if you enjoy meeting new people. If working out alone is your thing, then stay home & push play on a workout DVD. Don’t have one, then YouTube whatever you looking for.  Anyone can grab your sneakers & music and get outside for a walk.  You’ll enjoy the fresh air, sunshine & be able to build up to miles.  Then someday start walk/run & then you’ll be running before ya know it!!!  The point is, just start with something. Try it, if you are not feeling it then move onto something else. Keep going until you find your thing!!! You will still be burning calories & sweating until you find it.

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You can check out more of my pics from St. Louis on my Instagram @debbierstarr!!!

For me I love to run for many reasons. Number one is I love to eat & I love to eat carbs!!! Running allows me to burn off & refuel with carbs!!! I also enjoy being outside, getting fresh air & sunshine all year round!!!  Smelling the lilacs in the Spring, getting some color on my skin in the Summer, watching the trees change colors & the welcomed cool weather in the Fall, & making footprints as I crunch in the snow in the Winter, all these changes keep my runs always fresh & new. It never gets boring & when I travel I get to actually see places that I wouldn’t if I was just driving. Another Love is I get to put music in my ears & drowned out the rest of the noise of the world.  This Mom needs her music & a break from the latest Disney Movie my Daughter is obsessed with. (Currently it is Moana.) Occasionally I’ll meet up with friends, but most of the time I run solo.  It works for me.  It’s my therapy a lot of days. Even on tough days, I’m able to run off stressed energy, while talking to God about what’s going on. I always feel better after my runs!!!  I’ve never regretted a run.

Whatever you choose, start by slowly adding that into your schedule. Start off slow and add as you can do more.  If you haven’t rode a bike in 15 years, don’t hop on and try to do a 10 mile ride.  The goal is to feel good afterwards, not struggling to walk for the next week. Even if you just did around the block, that progress from just sitting on the couch.  Remember to stretch & stay hydrated!!!

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This year was the last year to be held annually in St. Louis.  Next year it’s moving to Tampa, FL and then on from there.  With all change there is bittersweetness to it.  For the past eight years I’ve road tripped it down to St. Louis mostly with the same core group of ladies and one year solo. (I was prego with baby girl & knew it needed to be a solo trip so that I wouldn’t have to share a bed or bathroom & that I could nap & have quiet time when I needed it. True friends understand when you are honest about your needs & they’ll never try to make you feel bad.)  So this past weekend was a great time of reflection. Remembering where I was spiritually & physically when I First started coming & then where I am today.  It started with me healing spiritually then has progressed to physically.  Thinking back, I was so full of hurt & anger from things I was going through, but also past things I never dealt with.  Hurts & betrayal that I didn’t know what to do with.  Wounds that I never properly treated, so they never fully healed.  I didn’t know how to Love. I couldn’t Love others because I didn’t know how to even Love myself.  All that, created the storm inside me. I didn’t have peace or joy. I didn’t trust those who did. I felt if I couldn’t have it, then it wasn’t real & they were all fakers.  That’s where I was but, I also had this desire stirring inside me. That IF it was possible, IF it was available, IF others actually had Peace & Joy, then I was gonna do whatever & search out whatever until I found it & had it for myself.  So that’s what I continued to do on my spiritual journey.  I Loved Jesus & wanted to Love others the way He was asking me to but, I didn’t know how.  So I just kept asking God for help.  Asking Him to show me. Teach me.  Every year I’ve kept returning to St. Louis excited for whatever He had to teach me. Every years God would speak to me thru the Teachers about whatever I needed to focus on next. Then I’d go home & do it. One year was Love, another getting rid of angry, another finding Peace, another on living in balance, another Trusting God, another Discipline & on & on until now.  SuperStarrs  if you’ve been following me on my  “In The Weighting” Journey then you already know from My 1st Marathon post, that I was on the treadmill running, during a break at this conference, when the Holy Spirit told me, He would help me run a Half Marathon if I really wanted to do it. And the rest is Beautiful History of me sharing my story with SuperStarrs all over.  To give Hope & Encourage them to Start & Shine in their journey wherever God is taking them. To Dream Big Dreams & to know that God Loves them & has Awesome plans for them!!!  That’s YOU!!!  That’s this running ministry!!!  So Super Cool!!!  God is AMAZING!!!

That is why I had to share this all with y’all!!! I never want ya to think that I have it all together, it’s God who holds me together!!!  No mater where you are now, if you are not happy & want to make a change.  He will Help You!!! Just like He did me & you never know what God can do with your story!!!

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As I was eating at my favorite foods at my favorite restaurants, realizing this was the close of this season.  I was at peace & have joy for what’s to come.  Did ya hear that???  I HAVE PEACE & JOY!!! What I started searching for, I have today & have had for years. Just kinda forgot where I started, until this past weekend when God gently reminded me. I have unshakeable Peace & Joy now. So much that no matter what changes or losses come, I know in my heart, as long as I have Jesus, I will always have Peace & Joy!!! No one can take that away from me!!! 🙂 It IS Real & I’m not faking!!!

SuperStarrs if you don’t have the Peace & Joy of Jesus, I invite you to check out My Upper Management page for more info on how you can get it!!!

So what makes you want to Get Up & Go???

What adventure are you gonna go on???

Remember You are a SUPERSTARR!!!

Know that YOU are Love by God who has Amazing Blessings for YOU!!!

He is always there, waiting for You!!!

Be patient & make healthy choices while You are “In The Weighting”!!!

Stop Dreading & Complaining!!!

Hey SuperStarrs, do you ever dread or complain about workouts or eating healthy???  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! We all have days or will have days, where we will be tempted to have a bad attitude.  So I am here to encourage you on how to handle those days when they try to creep up on you.

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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to find the negative in things of life??? SuperStarrs In order to have a life of Peace & Joy, You will have to work for it!!! You will have to purposely choose Peace & Joy everyday!!!  It doesn’t just happen, we have to choose daily to have Joy & Peace.  If you are really struggling getting your workouts done, change it up.  Try something new or play a sport that you love.  Take a Dance class. Sign up for Martial Arts class.  Think of something that you’ve always wanted to do or used to be able to do, that you want to be able to do again. Like a pull up, the splits or a handstand. Maybe it’s a Real pushup or sit-up.  Whatever it is, if it’s something that you really want, you can keep working at until you are able to do it.  Have fun while you are getting healthy!!!

For added Bonus here is a funny out take video for ya’ll!!!

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What negative things are you gonna stop saying and thinking???

How are you gonna be more positive in your words and thoughts???

When you were younger, was there something you always wanted to do or a sport you enjoyed playing???

How are you gonna Have Fun???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”.

 

Two Things You’ve Gotta Have!!!

SuperStarrs, I pray that y’all are having a Super Cool Summer!!!  Or at least being able to stay cool.  It’s been very HOT here in Illinois but it’s not stopping us from getting outside while we can.  I really want to share with y’all two things ya gotta have to have long term success.  Remember  your time “In The Weighting” is a Journey.  Not a quick fix, so that’s why I really wanted to share this message with y’all today.

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Proverbs 25:28 tells us having self control helps you keep Your protective “City Wall” up. That wall is there for protection, just like our self control helps to protect us.  If ever I have ate too much junk then I’ve had a Food Hangover.  Some of ya know what I’m talking about.  You are feeling uncomfortable, sometimes miserable from your food baby kicking in your belly.  Heartburn wakes you up and interrupts your sleep.  In the morning you regret overindulging the night before and maybe even make a empty promise to yourself to never eat or drink that much ever again.  That’s what happens when you eat too much Honey!!!  Thank God I have become wiser and don’t have hangovers any more. From Food or Drink.  I finally made good on my promise to myself, to not allow myself to overdo it. That’s Self Control!!!  There really can be too much of a good thing!!!

Endurance is powering thru difficult or unpleasant times. In The Weighting you will have unpleasant times.  It’s up to you to decided if you are gonna keep going and be productive, or give up and stay the same without any change.  You Decided!!!

SuperStarrs how are you gonna strengthen your Self Control???

What are you gonna do to keep your focussed and be able to Endure???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

My Morning Routine!!!

Hey SuperStarrs, today I’m chatting with you on how important your morning routine can be in helping you to be able to get stuff done!!! Seriously when you are able to get your workout done 1st thing, then you feel so much better, you will have more energy to be able to get more stuff done!!!  So I’m sharing with ya’ll what works for me and hopefully you’ll find a few tips that will help you out in starting off your day.

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I pray that you are having a Fabulous Summer and able to enjoy your family & friends.  Get outside and enjoy this Amazing weather and get some Vitamin D from the Sunshine!!!

SuperStarrs, how do you start your day???

What will you add to your mornings???

When do you get your workouts and Jesus time in???

Where do you get away to be with Jesus and refill your cup…yourself and coffee cup???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

My Life Verse

This is it!!!

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SuperStarrs I am so excited to share my story with you about my life verse.  I hope it encourages you wherever you are today and gets you Dreaming about Your Tomorrows!!!

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It’s Super Cool to be able to share this story with you while Bob and I are celebrating 12 years of marriage!!!

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GOD IS SO GREAT!!! He never leaves us and is with us throughout all the storms of life.  He has Great things planned for us, even when we don’t feel like He does or can’t understand what’s going on.  Trust God and Believe that you have Amazing things coming to you.  Things Bigger than we can Dream for ourselves!!!

SuperStarrs, Do you have a Life Verse???

If so, Please share with us!!!

What new promises have you discovered in the Word???

Do you remember a time when you were going through a storm and God brought you good out of the situation??? Trust that He WILL do it again!!!

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

 

Sparkle

This Last weekend I was so Blessed to be able to share with all my SuperStarrs at Sparkle, The Ladies Conference at RockChurch in East Peoria, IL.  RockChurch is our Home Church, where Bob and I met, and where we are raising our SuperStarrs in church!!! Our kids have been dedicated and Ethan baptized here. In fact years ago when I graduated High School and had no clue what I was gonna do with my life, it was the same day RockChurch was started. May 31st 1998. Only God knew that a few years later I’d be looking for Church, the same time they’d be looking for Hair and Make-up Artist for a T.V. Show they were taping called KDOT.  My first visit was in 2001 and it’s been my home ever since.  Friends have now become Family and our kids are doing life together.  So you can understand how Super Cool it was to be able to share at RockChurch!!! Added Bonus was to be able to do the Conference with SuperStarrs, Maureen Gray and Annette Tate.  Chuck and Annette Tate are the Pastors of RockChurch and Chuck Tate is the author of 41 Will Come.  We had such fun weekend together that went by so fast!!!

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Annette Tate, Maureen Gray, & Me!!!

For those of you who were not able to make it, You are in luck because we recorded it!!!  The full Sparkle Conference will be available on RockChurch’s website http://www.rcpeoria.org and the RockChurch app, that’s free and available thru your app stores on your mobile devices.  Here is my session SuperStarrs.  Enjoy, comment, like and share away!!!  More people need to know how AMAZING JESUS IS!!!

 

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Ya’ll know my Bestie Michelle!!!

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SuperStarrs Jessica, Me & Michelle!!! 

SuperStarrs What are you rooted in???

Do you need to change the soil and uproot where you are planted???

What changes are you going to make in order to be able to maintain your garden so that you can be as fruitful as possible???

Do you have a Church that you are rooted in and call your Home Church???

If you live in Central Illinois area, I want to invite you to come be a part of My Church Family!!!

SuperStarrs, make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

Are You Feeling Drained???

Hello Superstarrs!!!  My family and I are heading back up to Green Bay, WI so that I can run my 4th Half Marathon!!! Here’s some encouragement I want to share with y’all!!!

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What’s so Super Cool is that, this was my First Half Marathon last year. So much has happened in only a year!!! BIG thing is this Blog!!! I had a Dream to succeed and then be able to encourage others, SuperStarrs that’s YOU!!!  I remember last year on my way up having an anxiety attack for the first time ever. I was so nervous and still having just a little doubt of IF I could actually finish. Today I am so confident because God has shown me that I Am Stronger than I thought I was!!! I’m returning already having done 3!!! In my video I shared how I fill myself up with God so that I can overflow onto others without draining myself. I also want to share with you that I L💛VE to read weight loss stories and follow other Christian Health Bloggers so that I am reminded of the opportunity of success available to me. If God has helped them succeed, I know He is gonna help me too!!! God doesn’t have favorites, He loves us all unconditionally. He wants to Bless us all with Health!!!

SuperStarrs Are you feeling drained???

How can you fill yourself up more with God???

What are you going to add to your daily routine so that more of God is flowing in your life???

SuperStarrs what do you do to overflow yourself to others???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

What Are Your Triggers???

Hey SuperStarrs, How’s it going???  We are having an Awesome Spring here in Illinois. The weather has been warm already, so I’ve already got a some color on my skin.  Which is Awesome of this pale girl!!!  Just another reason I LOVE Running outside!!!  Today’s video I’m chatting about Triggers.  Maybe you already know yours and just need to know how to get a handle on them, or you have no idea what I’m talking about. Watch the video to find out why it’s so important to know you triggers and how to respond when they happen.
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I shared a few of My Triggers but here is more.
  1. Being Tired.
  2. Being Hungry.
  3. Under Caffeinated.
  4. Being Rushed.
  5. Unprepared.
  6. Change of Plans. (Especially last second when I have no time to prepare. How do you prepare for that???)
  7. Bored. (Yep I’m a hyper person. I like to be working, moving, learning, entertained, reading, doing SOMETHING other than just doing nothing.)
  8. Being Lied to.
  9. Being Hurt.
  10. Being Frustrated.
  11. Being Scared.
  12. Not Being Heard. (I’m sure most Mom’s can relate to having to repeat yourself over and over and over again, especially at Bedtime.)
  13. Stress/Feeling Overwhelmed.
  14. Having to Wait/ Feeling like something is taking FOREVER to happen.
After  you know your triggers you can be proactive by preparing as much as you can and not putting yourself in those situations as much as possible. Example, It’s late and you know you have to get up early and have a busy day, but you are tempted to watch just one more episode.  Knowing you are not the best you when you are tired, will help you to push stop before the seconds count down to automatically start the next episode on Netflix and go to bed. Then you can get a good night’s sleep and have a blessed productive day.  If something does come up, you will be more stable and able to handle it.  Being exhausted will only will only add to the stress of whatever is going on.
If you haven’t watched this video “You Do Have What It Takes!!!” check it out.
SuperStarrs, What are Your Triggers???
Please comment below and share with us, as you discover your Triggers.  You could help someone else learn that they too have the same trigger.
Have a Blessed Week!!!
Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

Happy Easter!!!

SuperStarrs, I pray that you are able to have a Blessed Easter Weekend!!!

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If you don’t have a home church, this is the perfect Sunday to go check a place out.  Easter Sunday services are so Beautiful and the members are expecting you to visit.  You are Welcome, they are expecting YOU, and they have been working hard to prepare for YOUR visit.  There will be many visitors, so you don’t have to feel that you will be the only newbie.  So go celebrate with others!!!

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If you are not a Christian and have questions about what that is all about or who Jesus is,  Check out My Upper Management page.  It’s where I’ve got more info for you.

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I truly believe the reason why Reese’s eggs are so much better than Reese’s cups, is because there is more peanut butter to chocolate ratio!!! If you like M&M’s, then you’d LOVE Cadbury’s mini eggs because they are way better!!! There’s more creamy chocolate and the crunchy shells, make it the best of both worlds!!!  Creamy & Crunchy!!! SUPER YUMMY!!!

Do you have a favorite Easter Treat???

If so, what is it???

What is you favorite thing about Springtime???

Make Healthy Choices!!!

Choose Life!!!

Hello SuperStarrs, in this week’s video I am encouraging you to Choose Life!!!  In all things and every decision, we have a choice to choose life or death.  Even with eating, we have multiple choices throughout the day to Choose Life.
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We don’t have to make eating Healthy so complicated.  We don’t have to spend all day counting calories and figuring up points of what we are eating.  We didn’t get unhealthy from eating too many fruits and veggies.  It was from eating too much sugars, fats and processed foods.  If we are eating mostly good stuff then we have less room for the extra junk food.  To make it simple for my kids all foods go into two main categories.
  1. ALL THE TIME FOODS. Examples are Fruits, Veggies, Whole grains, Lean Meats, Dairy, Nuts, Beans, & Healthy Fats.
  2. SOMETIME FOODS. Examples are Cakes, Cookies, Pie, Ice Cream, Chips, White Breads, Fried Foods, Candy, Soda, Fruit Snacks, and all other Treat Foods.

Basically All The Time Foods, is just that.  They can be eaten all the time.  Even with healthy fats and dairy, they satisfy you and have health benefits to them.  Most people don’t want to drink  whole gallon of milk or a cup of olive oil. Naturally our bodies tell us when we have had enough, and are satisfied. However eating an entire bag of chips, box of cookies or any other process foods are different. The sugar can become addictive leaving you wanting more and more.  The foods have been engineered to keep you eating them, so that you will continue to buy more of their chips, soda, snack cakes etc. Also these foods are high in bad fats, sugar, salts and other chemicals that are artificial.  Because they are not natural, our bodies have a harder time processing them and knowing when we have had enough.  Which is exactly why they should be eaten only sometimes.

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God created an AMAZING Garden for us!!!  There are so many different choices and flavors to enjoy.  Have fun exploring.  My favorite ways to eat my veggies is in soups, salads, anything Mexican, Italian dishes and on Pizza!!!
Places you can study for more info.
In the New Testament, Acts 10:9-16 is where Peter has a vision from the Lord.
Mark 7:14-23 Jesus tells us it’s not about what we eat.  It’s all about what we put in our hearts.
What are you going to try???
What is your favorite ways to eat your Veggies???
What ways are you gonna Choose Life???
Remember you are a SuperStarr!!!
Choose Life & Make Healthy Choices while you are “In the Weighting”.