31-day New Year, Fit Spirit Challenge by Sarah Shaffer
I am SO excited to introduce the 31-day New Year, Fit Spirit challenge!
In November, the Lord really started speaking to me through 1 Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value (useful for a little while), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.” God really began to impress upon my heart the importance of focusing on the wellness of our spirits. This challenge is based on that verse and will be the heart of our 31 day challenge!
After the holidays in particular, so many of us are really focused on our physical goals. Almost every year, the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get in better physical shape. Last year, almost half of all American’s listed weight loss as their number one goal for the year. In January, gym usage increases by 35-55% percent. We are bombarded with information about Paleo and plank challenges, macronutrients and meal planning, workouts and weight loss. Again, there is nothing wrong with any of these things, but the extreme focus on them really causes me to reconsider Romans 2:12 and ask, is our focus misdirected?
In the Bible, the 8th day has wonderful meaning. It represents a new beginning, and new life! That’s why for the next 30 days, beginning January 8, we are going to focus on spiritual training! The Lord truly wants to offer you a real fresh start this year! Are you ready?!
The challenge will be based on the SOAP method of bible reading.
What is SOAP? SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.
Using SOAP as your guide to bible reading is a powerful way to make the Word of God come alive in your everyday life. It is especially helpful if you’re new to studying Gods word and need a place to start! Before you begin, I highly recommend getting out a good old fashioned pen and paper to write out your SOAP. I promise you it will have infinitely more power than simply reading through the steps! And, as always before spending time in God’s word, I recommend praying! Ask Him to reveal himself to YOU on a personal level and to give you clear discernment to recognize His voice!
How does SOAP journaling work?
1.) Scripture: To begin you choose a scripture. We have provided a daily scripture calendar to guide you, but don’t feel limited by these suggestions. Let the Holy Spirit guide you if there is a verse He has for you each day! First, read the scripture verse. Because it’s kept short you can really study the verse. I would suggest re-reading it, using bible study apps to read it in several translations, look up the meaning of words to really gain understanding of their meaning. This is your time to really understand the verse.
2.) Observation: What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. This can be one sentence or a whole book.
3.) Application: How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today? What is God revealing to you? How can you make His word alive and applicable through that scripture verse today?
4.) Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.
Here’s how the 31-day New Year, Fit Spirit Challenge will work.
Commit! Just as you would commit to a new workout or eating plan, commit to making your spirit fit for the next 30 day and watch God at work in your life!
Plan! Again, just as meal planning or exercise requires planning to be successful, so does prioritizing time in God’s word! Make a plan for how and when you’ll spend time exercising your spirit!
SOAP journal every day for 31 days following the scripture calendar or on your own!
On February 8, the final day of the challenge, enter the give-away by sharing a story or testimonial about how focusing on a fit spirit every day for 31 days impacted you. What did God do in your life during this time? How did it change you? How do you plan to continue making this a priority? Anything, we want to hear it! Simply enter by sharing your story on the Dashing Dish website, Dashing Dish Facebook page, or Twitter, using #dashingdishnewyearfitspirit.
The winner will be announced on February 11, 1015 and will receive a custom notebook to continue SOAP journaling in, an Unafraid t-shirt from shopthetentmakers.com, and a $100 Target gift certificate!
Katie and I will are committed to the challenge as well! We can’t wait to watch God touch all of our lives in these next 30 day!
I have big news! I took the suggestions and feedback from you guys and created three new meal plans that were designed to best suit your needs! I also designed them to serve both two and four people, so they are easy to adjust to your family’s needs!
If you order a new meal plan any time from November 25th-30th, you will receive a discount for 10% OFF ANY meal plan you purchase using the code: GIVETHANKS
Here are the three new meal plans being offered:
Month 4 Meal Plan: This all new Dashing Dish meal plan features a month’s worth of unique and fresh recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts, and includes a weekly grocery list and calendar to keep you organized. This month was designed for those who love to cook! There are no leftovers or ‘dinners out’ in this meal plan.
Quick and Easy Dinners: This Dashing Dish meal plan includes a month’s worth of dinner recipes that are fast and easy to prepare. It features a weekly grocery list and calendar to keep you organized. This is the best meal plan choice for those who are busy but want to get a healthy dinner on the table in a reasonable amount of time.
Crockpot Dinners: This Dashing Dish meal plan includes a month’s worth of crockpot dinner recipes that are fast and easy to prepare, and the crockpot does the cooking for you. It features a weekly grocery list and calendar to keep you organized. This is the best meal plan choice for those who find that crockpot cooking works best for their lifestyle.
Also, if you purchase a meal plan in this time frame, you will be automatically be entered to win a signed copy of the Dashing Dish Devotional; Devotions for a Healthier You! On December 1st, I will announce the three lucky winners of the Dashing Devotional Giveaway, and ensure you receive them before Christmas!
In today’s society, women have so many messages coming at them, making many them feel inadequate in some way. Although these messages seem to be shouting at us daily, I believe there is a simple, yet powerful answer to overcome these feelings of not being ‘enough’, which is to simply be thankful!
This year I decided to hold another 21-day challenge at Dashing Dish, but this time around I decided to make the focus on being thankful for the good things the Lord has done in our lives!
God has given us so many unique talents, gifts, and abilities in order to bless others, raise families, and glorify the Lord. So, why not make a conscious effort to give thanks every day for 21 days!?
Starting November 1st, I want to challenge my readers during one of the busiest seasons of the year to focus on the blessings in their life. It can be something big, or small, or even something you are thankful for related to your health and/or body! The challenge will go for 21 days (ends on November 21st) and hopefully will last a lifetime (statistics prove it takes 21 days to form a habit). I pray this challenge will inspire you to focus on the things in your life that you can be thankful for!
The winner of the challenge will receive a Dashing Dish Favorite Things Basket! This basket will be filled with tons of my favorite goodies, which include; 3 containers of protein powder and protein bars from Designer Whey, Peanut Flour, Nu Naturals Stevia, a custom made apron from Chelsea Made Aprons ($100 value), and a $100 Visa Gift Card!
There are three ways to Enter: Share a picture of something you are thankful for on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and tag or mention @DashingDish or #DashingDish. Every day that you share, it counts as an entry and increases your chance to win!
For accountability and support: You can join the Facebook 21 Day Dashing Dish Give Thanks Challenge Group! This group is for anyone involved in the Dashing Dish 21 Day Challenge! It is a place where we can support, encourage, and pray for one another to focus on the good things God has done in our lives! Sarah Shaffer will be posting in this group as well, and she and I will be praying for you daily! You can share pictures, or whatever it is you are thankful for here as well!
Remember! The 21-Day Challenge begins November 1st and ends November 21st! I will be doing this challenge along with you guys, and I’m so excited to start this journey with you!
(Please note – This challenge is limited to US citizens only, due to shipping purposes.)
First, let me start by introducing the amazing woman behind these adorable custom aprons, and the host of this giveaway, Chelsea! Not only is she beautiful on the outside, this woman has a beautiful heart for Jesus, and she has a passion to use her gifts and talents to glorify Him! Her area of expertise just so happens to be designing custom aprons! When I heard this, I was instantly in love, because anyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for cute aprons!
The best part!?! Chelsea also loves Dashing Dish, and offered to design a custom made apron to one lucky Dashing Dish reader ($100 value)!
There are 2 ways to enter (each counts as a separate entry):
1. Visit Chelsea’s Etsy Shop, and leave a comment below sharing what you love about her custom aprons and/or what your favorite one is that she has made.
2. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and comment back here stating that you did. Also, be sure to tag @DashingDish and @ChelseaMadeUSA in your post!
I will announce the winner on Friday October 3rd. I will connect the winner with Chelsea and she will work with you to design your own personalized apron! Yippee!!!!
Here are just a few of my personal favorites! How adorable are these!?!
The last recipe contest I held here at Dashing Dish was the protein shake competition. It was a huge success, and I loved hearing the creative recipe variations you guys came up with! Since it is summer, and we seem to have a few extra hours ‘added’ to our days, I thought, why not hold another Recipe Contest!
As you all know, I love my protein shakes, but recently I have been equally enjoying my overnight protein oatmeal! The great thing about overnight oatmeal is that you can prepare it well in advance, it is portable, it sticks with you well until lunch time, and let’s face it- its pretty delicious! With that being said, I would love to see some of the creative spins that you put on this wonderfully delicious and easy breakfast! I can’t wait to hear what you guys come up with!
Prizes: The winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a publication of the winning recipe on Dashing Dish! Runner up will receive their choice of a Dashing Dish Meal Plan.
How to enter: Using my protein overnight oatmeal base (listed below), simply add your own ingredients and flavor variations to create a flavor and name of your very own oatmeal and submit the entry form below.
Base for protein overnight oatmeal:
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, be creative, and most importantly, have fun!
The contest will be closed on July 25, 2014 and I will announce the winner/runner up on Facebook and Twitter. The winner/runner up will also be notified by email, so be sure to include that with your entry!
As you may already know, I love making my protein packed shakes and protein baked goods with Designer Whey Protein Powder! It is awesome tasting, blends great, and is great on the nutritional scale (not to mention, most of the flavors are all natural!)
The awesome crew over at Designer Whey have offered to host a giveaway with 5 amazing flavors to all of you lovely Dashing Dish readers!
Here is how to enter to win all 5 Protein Powders from Designer Whey:
For additional entries:
Winner of the Giveaway will be announced on March 27th. Open to the US 48 continental states. Good Luck!!!
My sweet friend Michelle Meyers recently designed and started her own workout clothing line that is both fashionable, and meaningful! She started the line after shopping for workout tees that described the reasons why people worked out. She soon realized none of them focused on honoring God with our bodies! Thats when she decided to create her own line called Cross Training Couture!
The best part!?! Michelle is offering a workout top of choice to one lucky Dashing Dish reader!
There are 2 ways to enter (each counts as a separate entry):
1. Visit Cross Training Couture and leave a comment below sharing what your favorite workout top is and why.
2. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and comment back here stating that you did.
I will announce the winner on Monday November 18th. Good luck!!!
I’ve been so inspired by all the emails about people losing weight with Dashing Dish recipes and getting their mind renewed by my devotionals that I’ve decided it’s time to get everyone involved! Starting November 1st, I want to challenge my readers during one of the busiest seasons of the year to eat healthy and grow spiritually. The challenge will go for 21 days (ends on November 21st) and hopefully will last a lifetime (statistics prove it takes 21 days to form a habit).
What do you get in return you ask? Besides you and your family getting healthier, saving money (by eating more meals at home), and growing spiritually… the winner of the challenge will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card (perfect for Christmas shopping ~ How is that for motivation!?!)
The best part is that I’ve made it easy to enter…and in doing so you will motivate and encourage others who are also doing the challenge! (Be sure to post testimonies as well!!!)
Here’s how to enter: every time you make a Dashing Dish recipe, journal (SOAP), or workout using a Dashing Dish workout during the 21 days, tag @DashingDish and you will be entered for a chance to win.
There are 3 ways to share: either tag/mention @DashingDish or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also hashtag Dashing Dish (#DashingDish). Each time you share, it counts as an entry and increases your chance to win! (There will be a limit to 6 entries per person per day!)
Download the Free 21 Day Challenge Guide Here. Remember! The 21 Day Challenge Begins November 1st and Ends – November 21st! Have fun!
(Please note – this Challenge may not be suitable for everyone. Please check with your doctor before beginning any program or exercise routine.)
I am so excited to share this giveaway with all of you!!!
Albion is a fitness and clothing company that has seriously adorable fitness wear~ and they are offering one lucky Dashing Dish reader a $100.00 gift card to shop till they drop on their site! Their garments are fashionable and unique, but more importantly practical and technical. Designed by women, their apparel is crafted for women wherever they may be in their fitness goals. Their clothes are easily transition from work out gear to lounging gear: whether she’s running an errand or 26.2 miles across a finish line!
For the giveaway, one lucky reader will win a $100.00 gift card to shop on Albion.com.
Here is an example of the skirt they sent me! How cute is this!?!
Here is how to enter to win a $100 giftcard to Albion Fit:
For additional entries:
Winner of the Giveaway will be announced on June 19th. Good Luck!!!
Anyone that knows me knows that I love learning & studying from the Word because it is they only thing that truly changed me, (and continues to each day) from the inside out! For that reason, I love a few specific ministries that teach the basic foundations from the Word in a very realistic and applicable way! Joyce Meyer Ministries is one of my favorites for that very reason.
Joyce Meyer is an amazing teacher of the Word. She uses real life scenarios which are typically very funny, uplifting and even a bit ‘let’s be real‘…All of which are all needed from time to time.
Because I have personally been blessed so very much by her ministry, I thought I would do a giveaway and share some of my Favorite life-changing materials with all of YOU!
The Winner of the Giveaway Will Receive:
3 Sermon Series on CD: (perfect for when you are driving around in your car)
All you have to do to enter is share a link to your favorite thing from Dashing Dish. Whether it be a link to a recipe, devotional, or to Dashing Dish website…All you have to do is share the link on Facebook OR Twitter, OR both!
Come back here and comment on this post saying that you shared your favorite thing on Dashing Dish, and you will automatically be entered to win!
I will announce the winner on Friday April 19, 2013! Good Luck!!! :)