Why I would have marched.

Preface: I am a born again, saved by faith, believe in the one true God only because of Jesus christian.  I was raised Baptist then Presbyterian and now attend a non-denominational church. I work at an evangelical school (I do NOT claim evangelical).  I spent 5 years of my life on the mission field giving people the tool of English to help better their lives. I will die for Christ. I raise my kids to love God and my husband and I strive to live daily for Christ. My theology is not twisted, it is sound.

Politically:  I am not a conservative and I fall somewhere between the middle and the left. I did not vote for Trump and I while I am not happy that he is the president. He is my president because I am a citizen of the USA. I am also called by God to pray for him daily and to submit to his authority. With that said, only 3 years and 363 days left to go, God didn’t tell me to like him 🙂 .

If you want to read on about why I would have marched please do so but know that it is not my goal to persuade everyone that I AM WOMAN but it is to show why I as a Christ follower I would have marched.  (Disclaimer: had one of my good friends NOT had her baby shower on Saturday I would have gone to a march 🙂 but relationships are so crucially important to me. I don’t believe this invalidates what I want to express.)

On Saturday, January 21, hundreds of thousands of women gathered together across the United States to peacefully march for the rights of many. I’ve seen many facebook/twitter/instagram posts from both sides and hash tags which indicate which side everyone is on, people “not claiming” to be on a political side, people claiming this is a “pro life/pro choice” argument and many other things including an anti-trump (one area I can agree) march.

Before we go on, I want to make sure that everyone is aware of the “why” these women marched across the USA. Here is the mission and vision of the Women’s March:


The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

Now, why I would have marched:

The rhetoric of our President has been far from encouraging and inclusive of those communities who are mentioned above.  He has tossed around words about people groups to make them feel like garbage and that they will be deported or that they are not welcome here. In classrooms around the nation, children fear that their parents will be deported, that they themselves will be deported. Other children are being ostracized and called names because of the color of their skin. This is not the America that I believe in. I believe that we are an inclusive nation and anyone can come and live the American dream. When I was growing up in the 90’s church, everyone wore bracelets with the slogan WWJD …

“What would Jesus do?”

I wonder what would Jesus do in today’s society. I think he would weep for the unborn. He would weep for the hurting women who are raped and hurt and get pregnant against their will. He would weep for the Muslims in our country, for those who are seeking political asylum because they have no where to go. He would weep for the children who are hurt by racial slurs and taunts by their peers. He would weep for those in the LGBTQ community who have been hurt by family and others. He would weep for the families who are torn apart because of immigration statuses. Jesus only sees the hearts and he died for every person who walked this earth.  His arms are open for anyone who wants to make the choice to accept Christ as their savior and to live a life worthy of his name.

If I would have walked alongside of these friends, I do not condone everything, but I would have walked in solidarity because I see the tremendous hurt and injustice that is happening around them.  I would befriend each of them, not for “outreach” or “mission” but because I genuinely care for all people of all race and ethnicity.

I would have also walked because I am a woman and I do not believe that my rights in the workplace are equal to mens’. I believe that there is a stigma with being a woman that has been taught for years. Women are weaker, women are incapable of anything outside the home. Women of race other than white are weak, poor and uneducated. If you really believe that, go see Hidden Figures at the movies and you will see how three African American women changed that stereotype (which still exists) in the 50’s.

Lastly, I think that this was a peaceful protest and it was to be inclusive.  Sure, many of the women who attended were pro-choice, Hilary voting,  feminists but they are our neighbors and friends. We are all women who want to see a better nation, a better world and that is why I would have walked.





Day 15 & 16

I am starting to get el how this has become more like a lifestyle. I don’t even think about carbs like I used to! 

I promised menus:

Day 15:

  • Eggs, hash, bacon (sounds good but I’m so ready for my juice plus complete shake again) 
  • Salad with lots of veggies and turkey w/ Green Goddess by Tessa Maes
  • Flounder w/ seasoning , yucca and broccoli 

Day 16:

  • Eggs and sausage 
  • Chicken fajitas and salad (Mexican out- no chips or rice or beans)
  • Chicken fajitas again ha! With a homemade salsa. I love cooking chicken with salsa in the crockpot. Yum! 

Hope your day is going well! I will admit I wanted my kids cheese quesadilla! 🙂 

Days 11-14: Catching up

According to all things Whole30 we are now on the down hill. I’ve been busy and wanted to blog but time got away. Plus, this weekend, Will and I went on a weekend away to the DC area and Philadephia.

Traveling and Whole30 do not go well together but we rose to the challenge. We did as best as we could with restaurants, picking places we could get compliant foods.. But sometimes we had to stop at fast food and there we ordered bun free, condiment free, and cheese free sandwiches. We didn’t get philly cheese steaks but did stop at a delicious Greek restaurant on south street in Philly. 

We are both feeling good and are learning the ropes of this lifestyle. We are constantly reading labels and ingredients. I am going to be a bit more creative in the kitchen this week. The last two weeks I felt like I was in survival mode 🙂 

On the last two days I wanted carbs,carbs and more carbs. If Will wasn’t doing this, I don’t know if I would have had the willpower! Thanks babe! 

I’ll do more food posts this week! 

Day 10: Ice cream cone

Yesterday was huge as we are potty training and W kept dry all day so he got an ice cream cone treat.. Thanks Mcdonalds for your $.59 treat. 

In the past, as he eats it I help him lick up the sides so it’s not all over his arms and face and everything. Yesterday, I realized I couldn’t do this … So a napkin helped 🙂 It is just funny how I didn’t even realize little calories were being put into my body– a few licks here, a few goldfish there, etc.

Yesterday was also my first restaurant experience.. So many things with sugar, grain, butter… Even nice restaurants– just have to ask them to hold the butter, no cheese, no seasoning, etc. 

Today, is a dreary day and all I want is milk in my coffee…. 

But on a lighter note- my skirt is way to big!! 

Day 8&9

How quickly time goes by but I’m still kicking cravings for junk to the curb… And I drank a smoothie during the bachelorette finale… Commitment people!

I planned carnitas for Monday’s dinner and used leftovers with eggs, spinach, mushrooms and herbs for Tuesday’s frittata. I am slowly adjusting my kids to more whole foods and I’m amazed at how it is working. 

My mom lent me her food dehydrator and I love these good fruits as a snack.. Not to mention how great the house smelled.

Tuesday lunch was skipped and I didn’t eat till 4… BAD IDEA. I got a grilled chicken sandwich from McDonald’s since I was out– no bun no condiments and unsweetened tea– what is happening… My motto is you can take the girl out of the south but you can’t take the south out of the girl— aka I always drink my tea sweet… I can’t wait till this is over and I can add just a little bit back– it ain’t always gotta be like my granny’s or Denise Adkins tea cuz hers was the best growing up. 🙂 

So here is to Day 10! 

Day 6 & 7 Weekend 

I don’t know about you but when it’s the weekend usually all eating and working out rules don’t always apply. The daily routine doesn’t exist and a more relaxed approach on life begins. 

We were invited to two parties this weekend and we brought our own food and drink. Talk about commitment… Hey everyone! We are the weird couple who can’t eat anything you have prepared so we brought our own! The hardest part about the parties were the amazing deserts but as the book said… Try to keep the topic off food and keep conversation moving. 

I also made a frittata. I sautéed scallions and chicken then I wilted spinach. I topped it with garden tomatoes and poured eggs over top. I let it cook a few minutes on the stove then threw it under the broiler for 5 min. Yum and my two year old loved it😳. 

My biggest victory this weekend was my two mile run. I was able to do it without stopping. I was really proud of myself. Don’t worry I took a sweaty selfie to prove it! 

Today is prep day for the week. I need to meal plan and grocery shop. Here is to week 2!

Day 5: Lettuce Wraps

So if you are used to anything convenient whole 30 is not for you.  Tonight, I was tired and didn’t want leftovers .. Usually that means pizza or Mexican. 

I had ground beef so I googled “Whole 30 ground beef recipe.” Oohhh … the choices of meat loaf meat balls then my half Asian eye spotted lettuce wraps!! Delicious! I don’t have a recipe cuz I did it myself.. But this looks good ..


Delicious and I think I ate a pound of meat…. 

Day 4: coffee and circles 

I’m still drinking coffee during whole 30 but I used to use half and half and sugar. I drank it black for the first time today as I’ve been using coconut milk. I have not gotten over this hurdle yet and I just want Joe Beans. 

Today, I hit it hard with a 3-mile run, went through my day, had a delicious dinner of hamburgers wrapped in lettuce with fresh tomatoes from my harvest share and sweet potato fries. Not to mention that I shared the time with some of my favorite people on earth the Coppages. I was cleaning my oven with my wonderful Norwex cleaning paste (shameless plug) and I yelled at my husband “I just want cake and chips and wine!!!” I got over it. 

I put on some good bethel music and wrote out goals.. And my circle. I want to be pouring into the right things and allowing some of those to pour back into me. I think that’s how Christ wants it.. 

So, here is a pic of my circles and my coffee … I’ll go to sleep and dream of Hungarian bakeries and ice cream shops now. It’s true, I’m tired and grouchy.

What are some of your goals? 

Day 3-Where is my energy??

One of my best girlfriends Johanna told me that starting on Day 3 I would get tired and angry… She was right. All I wanted to do today is eat cake and pasta and cookies…

So I cooked some bacon instead and cut up a watermelon. Yummy snack. At the end of today, I have been 3 days on whole 30 and I have worked out 3 days in a row. 

Also, I got the book! It’s hardcover and beautiful 🙂 so happy reading to me. 

Some yummy food I’ve cooked:

Baked chicken legs- potatoes, squash, and onions 

Lots of zucchini spiralized with homemade marinara and baked chicken! I don’t think I could do this without this fun apparatus 🙂

Time to reset

It has been one year and 15 days since I had my second baby. So, I’ve set some goals to get my body back to what it used to be. The downside of those pregnancy cravings–extra weight, but those cheeseburgers sure did taste good.

Step 1: Sign up for a Race I am a goal setter personal or work. I work at a university and I am running the VA 4 miler as part of their team on September 24th. I haven’t run a 4-miler since 2009, so I signed up. I am in the middle of a couch to 5k app training program. It has helped me stay consistent. Working and taking care of my two boys keeps me busy so carving out this time is so critical.

Step 2: Fix my food addiction I love food. I love cooking. I love taco bell. My name is Joanna and I’m a food addict. Now, I may not be a true food addict but I find comfort in food and I love eating. I have no self control when it comes to food. I’m not one of those, “I’ll just have one cookie.” I’m a “I’ll eat one, just one more, oh, just one more… where did that whole bag of oreos go…”  So, I did my research and talked to some friends and I’m doing Whole 30 for 3o days (no sugar, dairy, grains, etc.). I’m on day 1.. so everything is peachy right now. I’ll check back in..

My breakfast was delicious– purple and red potato hash with colorful peppers and onions and two eggs.

My snack: a berry smoothie

My Lunch: Roasted Chicken, potatoes and a green salad.

My Pre-workout Snack: Protein Bar

Post Work Out Snack: Cashews (I have an almond intolerance)

Dinner: Pan Seared lemon and caper chicken with a roasted tomato and garlic topping.

Did I say I LOVE cooking?

Step 3: Touch base here on my blog-tips, tricks, rants, excited feelings, etc.

Step 4: Ask God daily for help as I honor him by making his temple (my body) a better place to dwell. I want to be a better follower of him and a better mom to these two. IMG_1971

Wish me luck on this journey! Tomorrow, I’ll write out my goals cuz tonight I gotta find out who JO JO is sending home from hometown dates.