Category Archive: Encouragement

Marriage with More Muscle

Many of you have seen changes in our marriage. Since I started sharing bits and pieces of our testimony on my social media, in hopes of encouraging others, I’ve had countless emails requesting help, asking us how “we did it” and wanting direction or prayers. Before I give you the whole story, I want to share WHY we …

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Getting Fat for Christmas? Don’t fret!

Steve and Bonnie Pfiester

Christmas time (for me) is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and a special time for family, friends, a chance to minister to others, a chance to rest, to reflect, to joyfully give, to receive (which can be hard for some people) – and it’s a time to enjoy good food and not …

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Fail Yesterday, Succeed Today

Too many people let their past failures define them. They dieted before and failed, so they believe they are doomed to never lose weight. They joined a gym before and quit going, so they fear they’ll just waste their money again the next time. They have a tendency to be lazy, selfish, and lack self …

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10 Tips to Kick the Never-Ending Diet

“I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” Dolly Parton When I think of Dolly’s quote I think of how my mother also tried every diet in the book before she finally lost her weight. …

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Weight Loss is Like Marriage – It’s Hard Work, but It’s Worth It!

When you go into a marriage, you each come with a lot of baggage – baggage you might not even know you had. At first, you are so in love you don’t notice the weight you each carry right away. Over time, the burden of carrying the extra junk begins to show – and new …

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Motivation Monday: Try Something GREAT

“When Is the Last Time You Attempted Something Great?”  This is a very powerful question. I believe many of us avoid attempting great tasks to avoid experiencing great failure. There comes a time you have to ask yourself, “What is worse? Attempting something great and possibly failiing, or not attempting anything great at all and …

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Strength for the Weary Woman

[strengkth, strength, strenth]   noun 1. the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor. 2. mental power, force, or vigor. 3. moral power, firmness, or courage. 4. power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc. 5. number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: a regiment with a strength of 3000. Are you ready to get STRONG? If you are struggling, remember what strength is. It’s not the weight you lift in the gym (definition #1: muscular power), it’s the being the woman you were called to be. It’s sticking to your goals and seeing them through no …

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MOTIVATION FOR WOMEN: Strong Women Lift (each other up)

Yesterday I saw a post from one of our struggling future first-time competitors in our private Bikini Boot Camp group on facebook. She has been totally rocking, her body is leaning out, she looks amazing, but since life happens (and all the junk that comes with it), she got a wave of doubt and began …

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Weakness Is Required

I’ve spoken to so many people who apologize for being weak. They say stuff like “I knew I was weak, but I didn’t realize just how out of shape I really was” or “I’m so sorry I am unable to keep up“. Or they say stuff like “I can’t” because they believe they are not …

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2013 Ends with a BANG (literally!)

You know the saying “that was a shot in the arm”? We use that saying when talking about needing boost, or an injection of encouragement. Well, how about a shot in the leg? That works too! How do we know? Because Steve was accidentally shot 2 weeks ago (through both thighs) and, just like a …

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