Diligence: “persistent effort, persistent and hard-working effort in doing something.”
Have you ever felt like something was holding you back from reaching your goals? The desire is there, but the motivation is nowhere to be found and in its place, is a mental block. Uh, yes, that would be me. I experience this occasionally even as I write to you!
Something that’s been weighing heavily on my heart is the matter of diligence. Not only in the area of fitness and exercise, but in cooking healthy, folding laundry, schooling the kids, caring for my goats, writing blog posts, and producing learning opportunities. A diligent woman produces results, little by little and bit by bit.
Little by little, inch by inch.
By the yard it’s hard, by the inch, what a cinch!
Never stare up the stairs just step up the steps.
Little by little, inch by inch! (Ron Hamilton)
I would venture to guess that anything you’ve accomplished that was worth-while, you worked diligently toward until it was done. That’s the same way you’re going to reach your weight loss goal!
Today’s Secret Recipe –Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Raisins (soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes or more then drained)
Cinnamon and sugar mix
Bread dough (I personally use whole wheat)
Okay-this is top secret, SHHHH! I discovered, (although I have no doubt someone else has done this as well, I just like to consider it my special idea since I didn’t have any help coming up with it) a way to make cinnamon raisin bread hold together! Maybe you’ve never made cinnamon raisin bread, but if you have, you know well how it tends to unravel. So, using your regular bread dough, take the amount of dough you use for one loaf, and roll it out into a rectangle. Spread the butter all over the dough, then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar but NO RAISINS. Now, fold it in thirds one way, then in thirds the other way until you have a small square. Now, re-roll it into a rectangle, (no, the butter doesn’t come through) and spread the raisins on top. Press the raisins into the dough. If you have good, stretchy dough, the butter layer will not break open. Roll up into a log, press and fold the ends under and place it in the pan. Essentially what you’ve done is create a croissant by layering the butter and sugar, then adding the raisins in another layer. Your bread will look very swirly but will hold together. Enjoy!
Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home. She is a Biblical Health Coach and Senior T-Tapp Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp. If you’d like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org