Monday, August 18, 2014

My Testimony

I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I think that I'm finally ready for fall/winter again. (I know... I know!) I'm such a summer girl, but oh gracious it was hot this weekend. Even my sweat was sweating. Unexplainable, really. Regardless of the sweat situation, I am happy that these fine ladies were still super duper nice to me when I met them on Saturday.
Jenn | Me | Tisa | Lani | Brianna | Holly
We had an Austin blogger meetup, and we had a grand ole time! In fact, I need another one in my life again very soon. Perhaps I'm partial, but I gotta say that Betty was the cutest one there. She's the itty bitty baby next to me. Would you agree?

Speaking of sweat, I've decided on a workout schedule. Until further notice from my doctor (in case he recommends changes due to our IVF cycle), I will be working out Sunday thru Thursday. That will give me Fridays and Saturdays off. Right now, husband and I are doing the Jillian Michael's 30 day shred, which I have had since college. I'm also doing some cardio on the treadmill, and I've taken y'alls advice by doing intervals. I've been switching up the incline, running (6mph), and then taking a breather (3.8mph). I pretty much repeat that until I burn at least 300 calories. I also recently decided that if I'm going to become a person who works out, I need to invest in cuter workout gear. Right? Please say yes so that my husband will understand my need for shopping. 
Oh oh, p.s. I am totally going to sign up for a Pure Barre class very soon. Too bad I don't live in the Dallas area, because my girl Jessica owns her own studio. If anyone in Austin wants to try Pure Barre with me, let me know! Enough talk about sweating. I actually can't believe that I rambled that long. Let's switch gears, because there is something on my heart that I just have to share!

Each Sunday I always receive wonderful messages from our pastor, but this week's message surprised me how applicable it was especially as we embark on our IVF cycle. It's all starting to click as to why we've gone through this trial. Basically it comes down to this: Jesus wants us to be on the road that he designed for us (even if it's an 'iron road') for five reasons...

1) To win a deeper relationship. A deeper relationship with God, and a deeper relationship in understanding yourself. You may not even know how capable you are until you're put through trials and tribulations. Some situations can scare you to death prayer, and that's a good thing!

2) To win and complete what we've started. Don't ever give up. There's purpose in finishing the journey, regardless of how difficult it is.

3) To win new friends. God desires for us to struggle with people, and have them struggle with us. It's what creates such a special fellowship. I can tell you from personal experience that we joined a Small Group on a whim and it's been a huge blessing. We were in need of prayer, and the friendships that we created allowed us the prayers and also allowed us to pray for others too.

4) To win the new view/perspective. Once we've finished what we've started, our new perspective will all be worth it.

5) To win the story. This made it real for me. THIS IS MY TESTIMONY. My trial has given me a purpose to share God's glory and awesomeness. It all makes sense. Though I am still in the midst of my so-called trial, HE IS GREAT. He has shown compassion and love to me. He has made it known that he wants to bless me. He is all powerful. That is my testimony, and I am thankful to be going through a trial so that I can share it with you and everyone else. I will live by Mark 5:19 and tell everyone my story.


  1. Wish I could have made it to the blogger meet up--next time!
    Good luck on your workout routine. I LOVE the 30 day shred. Seriously love it.

    Sounds like a good message, and I'm glad you had some breakthrough with it.

  2. I wish I lived close enough to try Pure Barre with you! I've been dying to try it out, but I refuse to do it alone. I know a few people who take (and teach) classes in Austin!

    1. Yea that would be awesome to try it out with someone. otherwise, I will just go alone (haha!) Who teaches it in Austin that you know?

  3. Cute workout clothes - yes. It really does make a difference :) Also I'm going to suggest another investment - a heart rate monitor. If you really want to know how many calories you're burning that's what you need. The numbers on gym equipment are just estimates. As for your sermon - sounds like He was speaking to you :)

  4. Oh and I meant to say - if you get bored w/the 30-day Shred, the "Ripped in 30" is a good one to mix in. It's the same concept (3-2-1) but features some different exercises. And as for Pure Barre, you know I'm all about barre. Pure Barre is not the method I teach but I'm not going to knock it :)

  5. Love that workout gear.

    What a powerful message :)!

  6. Guurrrllll, I'm hoppin on the wish for Fall train with you! And we are starting a workout regime this week too. 4:00 AM! I do admit it is easier to get it over with in the morning, but it's so hard to get up! lol at least the hubs is doing it with me.

  7. So happy you're going to try pure barre. I can't wait to hear what you think about it. I love it!! I am also a real lover of summer, but I get excited for Fall b/c of the break in the humidity and football. What I do not like at all is after the holidays are over, and then you have to wait until March for real spring weather. That is always a drag!

  8. Oh, you definitely need new workout gear! I bought new shoes this summer and now I'm all about doing some sort of exercise everyday just so I can wear them :) Don't you love when the church message just speaks right to you? Prayers to you guys as you start this journey!

  9. Yes to new workout gear!! I need to invest in some myself as I hate putting on my workout clothes these days. It totally makes a difference!

  10. I'm ready for fall too, I'm over the Oklahoma heat and humidity and I know it's not as bad as there! LOVE your workout gear picks, and your new routine. I think it's a great one! Your testimony is amazing- knowing that God WILL bless you and that he has your journey completely mapped out for you is awesome. He has a plan for everything :)

  11. Love that y'all had a blogger meetup!!! And, in Austin :) Love it!!! On the journey with you friend - you are not alone! God is in control and already has your babies written in the book of life!!! xoxo

  12. Aww I love this, Allison! You're so right...this is your testimony and it's helping you to become a better you and most importantly, learn that God's way is the perfect way! Thank you for sharing your heart!