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(Mud Run: A challenging 5K run with hills, obstacles, 4-foot walls with mud, and tunnel crawls.)

Travis

I first met Travis at my friend’s house. He is sincerely nice, funny, and smart.
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Linds: What are the first three things you notice about a woman?
Travis: I notice the way she talks. For example, is she respectful and polite, or does she have a foul mouth? If she has a foul mouth it is such a turn off to me. I notice her eyes. Does she look at me when she talks or is she people watching. Lastly, her legs. (He didn’t comment on that one any further, but I think we get the point… hint, hint.)


Linds: What are four words your friends would use to describe you?
Travis: My friends would say that I am reliable, content, happy, and passionate. Reliable: When I make a commitment, I keep it. Content:When I reflect on my life and all that God has blessed me with, how could I not be content? Happy: I love to see people happy and I am happy with who I am. Passionate: I am passionate about living my life for the Lord and about soaking up His truth’s whenever I can. I am passionate about living, loving, working hard… well I could go on and on, so I will stop there.
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Linds: Why do you think you are ready to date?
Travis: I am ready to date because I am ready to meet the woman God has prepared for me to spend the rest of my life with. God has been preparing me for marriage and I know that I am ready for a life-long commitment.
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Linds: What kind of woman are you interested in meeting?
Travis: I am looking for a woman who is Christ-centered. The kind of woman who exudes Christ in all that she does and how she lives her life, a woman with a Biblical worldview. The kind of woman who wants to learn and grow stronger and closer to the Lord. I am praying to find a woman who’s joy and happiness comes from knowing that Jesus Christ loves her for who she is.
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Linds: What do you do for fun?
Travis: I love to watch football, run (he chuckles) which, by the way, I can’t believe you are including that photo from the Mud Run! Well, if I can explain, the photo was taken within the last 50 yards of the race and I was dirty and tired… but oh well, too funny. So back to your question,  basically I love a good adventure. And during football season, I love Sunday Football Game Days with my family. We all get together, wear our jerseys and we just have a good time.
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Linds: Tell me one random fact about you that very few people know.
Travis:
I love to read mystery novels! I know, right? You didn’t expect that one did you?

Linds: No I didn’t, but I think that is awesome; do you have a favorite book or author?
Travis: Ted Dekker, David Gregory, and Joel C. Rosenberg to name a few.
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Travis is 34 years old, lives in San Diego California, and is keeping himself sexually pure for his future wife. Travis is proof that not all the good ones are taken!
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A couple days ago I was getting ready at the gym just after I finished my workout. The women’s locker room is usually crowed in the morning as everyone is getting for work, but it is NOT normally a place where I overhear conversations about STD’s.

I was jamming so I wouldn’t be late for work and wasn’t paying much attention to anyone around me, until I heard two girls in the changing area next to me talking… and honestly I couldn’t believe what I was hearing; this is how their conversation went:

Girl #1 “Gosh, I really hope I don’t have a f—— STD; that would totally suck.”
Girl #2 “Yeah”

G #1 “I mean, I have been pretty good; it’s not like I am a slut or anything. I have only slept with two guys this year and I usually wait until at least a month before I sleep with him- just to make sure, you know?
G #2 “Yeah”

G #1 “It’s not like I am crazy and have sex with everyone, they were always my boyfriend. Well, last year I did sleep with three guys, that was my big sexual revolution year, and this year only two so far. (FYI, this happened in May of 2011)
G #2 “Can you talk louder I can barely hear you.”
G #2 was in the shower and her friend was blow-drying her hair, but G #1 was already talking so loud the entire locker room could hear her.

G #1 “I just am afraid of what might happen, and I want to make sure I can have babies you know.”
G #2 “Well, depending on the STD, most of them go away with medicine so I don’t worry about them anymore. Before I used to freak out, but now I don’t.”

At this point in their conversation I was thinking, should I say something or offer advice? Should I talk to the girl about why it’s so awesome to wait and how even though you may take a pill that helps the symptoms go away, if the STD is not caught soon enough, you can get cancer, warts, and serious damage can happen without you ever knowing it, until one day you try to have a baby. I kept listening.

G #2 “Do you want to have babies right now?”

G #1 “No, not right now; I don’t know anyone I would want to have kids with.” 
And yet you are having sex with the guy who gave you an STD.

G #2 “Well if you at all thinking about marriage and babies, don’t you think you should start trying to find and date the right kind of guy? I mean, you spend  a lot of time dating these jerks and the whole time you could be meeting a really great guy.”
G #1 “Yeah, you are right…”

At this point I was ready for work and couldn’t eavesdrop any longer without really being late for work, but my heart was broken for this girl. How easily we tell ourselves that we are “not that bad.” Whether you are “only sleeping with 2-3 guys a year”, more or less, we shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to “sluts” or prostitutes, we should be comparing ourselves to God and His standard.

I  desire love, not STD’s, a committed man, not a jerk… these are only some of the reasons I have chosen to trust God with my relationships and sex life. His ways truly are good.

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Women can have a certain power over men when it comes to enticing and seducing them… but usually women use the wrong things to seduce men, thus they draw the wrong kind of man.

Discover how to attract the right kind of man and how to keep him always wanting more!

#1 Just say “No”

A woman who has high boundaries is more than a challenge, she is someone who respects herself; men are attracted to this kind of woman. When you respect your body and value it, men will too. Save sex and sexual intimacy for your spouse.

#2 Leave A Lot for the Imagination and Honeymoon

What you wear can draw and entice a man to you… but when you dress like a prostitute, don’t be surprised when you are surrounded by pimps.

God wants us to be godly, feminine women and there is a way to dress trendy without “flashing our cash.”

Check your motives for wearing the clothes you wear – if it is to gain the attention of men, realize that you are probably doing more harm than good, because the guys you REALLY want to have are often tempted or turned off by women who are scantily clad!

When deciding on outfits to wear, instead of showing off all your goods, keep them on reserve for your honeymoon, for the man who will cherish you for more than your chest size.

#3 Seek God with all your heart!
Godly men are attracted to a woman who has an amazing heart for God and people; these characteristics are attractive. A  woman who is actively seeking and serving within her gifts and boundaries, a woman who isn’t waiting for a husband to start pursuing her calling, is a VERY Attractive woman.

#4 Take care of your body.

Guys are visually stimulated; I can’t stress this enough… Ladies, it matters what you look like. You ought to have an amazing heart and great character but it is also important to take care of your body. By taking care of the way you look/dress, you open the door for a great guy to discover your heart!

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#1 Go to the Gym, and Bring a Friend

Working out burns calories, strengthens your muscles and increases your endurance, produces endorphins, and makes you feel better.  When you feel better, you will be more confident! And there is nothing like a workout buddy to help motivate you to go to the gym.

**I also recommend you get a trainer. Even if you go to the gym all the time, every once in awhile I solicit the help of a trainer to give me the extra boost/kick that I need to re-vamp my routine.
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#2 Pray

Something special happens when a man or a woman is submitted to God and allows God to change them from the inside out.  That change, that beauty radiates farther than any surface level beauty trick could attempt… That’s SEXY!

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#3 When Shopping, Buy These 4 New Things

1. A summer dress – There is nothing like a BRIGHT beautiful dress to make a girl feel sexy!

2. A pair of trendy sandals – something cheap and that may only last this season, but it can really help freshen up your wardrobe.

3. A swimsuit – Make sure your swimsuit is newer and flattering for your body – you want to show off all the time you have spent working out!

4. A workout outfit – If you go to the gym and feel frumpy, you won’t keep going back.  Buy yourself a cute outfit and you will feel better about your body as you are working out.

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#4 Bleach Your Teeth

Whether you buy the Crest kit from the store or the professional kit from your dentist, whitening your teeth immediately makes you look years younger! Teens probably don’t need this.

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# 5 Go Out With the Girls!

There is nothing like a girl’s night out to give you a reason to get dressed up and enjoy a nice dinner with your girlfriends.  There is just something about putting effort into the way you look that immediately makes a woman feel prettier.

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#6 Moisturize

I can’t over emphasize how important it is to wear sunblock/sun-protection year round, but especially during the spring and summer seasons.  You have been cooped up all winter and are probably a little whiter than you will be by the end of the summer.  Protect your skin, wear sun block and moisturizer and your skin will look amazing and help you feel beautiful! Hats and sunglasses are also really great resources for keeping your skin in better shape.

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#7 Invest in a Good Tanning Cream

Since you have probably spent the winter indoors your skin probably can use a little boost of sunshine.  The fastest way to give your skin a fresh sexy glow is with a little bit of tanning cream. My two favorite brands are: Bare Minerals and Victoria’s Secret.

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How far is too far to go to look pretty? Who defines beauty and at what cost?

Apparently mom’s of young pageant girls encourage their daughters to do everything from waxing to Botox. Although I am the one writing this article, I still cannot picture 8-year-old girls waxing and getting Botox injections… very sad.

In today’s society, it is easier to enhance, tweak, nip & tuck everything… when do we say ENOUGH!
Who doesn’t want to have the perfect body, but where does it end?

Who will ever be pretty enough according to these standards?
Is it any wonder why young girls and grown women suffer from extreme insecurities?

In all honesty, a lot of the enhancements look really good, but why don’t we like the body God gave us?

Parents, instead of giving your daughters breast enlargements for graduation gifts or Botox to 8-year-old girls, instead, instill in them how their beauty comes from what God says about them.


If we as women are honest with ourselves, we too probably need a reminder of what makes us beautiful.

Psalm 139: 13-18

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand
When I awake, I am still with You.
(NASB)

LADIES: Every time the enemy tries to tell you that you don’t look good enough, meditate on these verses from Psalm 139!
These verses are NOT meant to justify poor diet and exercise; God commands us to be good stewards of our bodies, just a fyi.

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Adrian

Adrian reminds me of my closest friends… she is pretty, smart, and loves God.

As most Christian women know, if you are attractive, you DO NOT usually get asked out by Christian guys, but hopefully we can change that!
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Linds: Tell me a little about yourself.
Adrian: I am 31 years old and I am a teacher.
I teach fifth grade and I absolutely LOVE IT!  I teach 5th grade because the kids are just beginning to think about major life choices (girls, boys, alcohol, music, friends, etc.) and I feel that I can have the most influential impact at this stage in their life. My favorite part of teaching is when I have past students come back to see me or when they write me letters telling me how much of an influence I had on their lives.  That is definitely priceless.
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Linds: What is your relationship history? Why are you single?
Adrian: I have never been married and I don’t have any kids.

I have been in a few serious relationships in college and even recently; I have learned a lot about myself through those relationships. I have also realized that despite my valiant efforts to make those relationships work, I learned that when you are with the wrong guy the relationship will never really feel right.

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Linds: What do you think it would take for a man to sweep you off your feet?
Adrian: I would love to meet a man whose heart is completely devoted to the Lord first and foremost. I’d like to be with someone I am attracted too, who makes me laugh, is confident, and has goals. The kind of man I really want to meet is someone I can trust and have a great time with whatever we are doing. I am praying for a man who is up for exploring new places or just sitting on the couch talking.

Linds: What do you do for fun?
Adrian: I love spending time with my family, writing, running, and anything to do with politics.
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Linds: Tell me one random fact about you.
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I love cereal and could eat it for every meal of the day! But don’t let that scare you; I also LOVE to cook!

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At age thirteen I hated the way I looked. My counselor said I might have a serious problem.

My mom was constantly ripping down the cut out pictures of Victoria’s Secret Models that I pasted on the pantry and the fridge (to keep me from eating- so I could be thin).  In Jr. High I felt fat and I obsessed over the food I ate, either that or  I just didn’t eat anything at all.

I knew nothing about eating healthy, but one day my life changed when my soon-to-be step-dad introduced me to golf.  I lost ten pounds in a week and finally started eating the amount of food I needed!

In college I still didn’t understand what “healthy” foods were until I started a workout program that had a regimented meal plan.

I was shocked to find out that chips weren’t healthy!

Since I clearly knew nothing about eating healthy or exercising when I was younger I feel obligated to share some helpful tips I have learned!

I thrive on teaching healthy, fun, and (sometimes easy) ways to stay in shape. Now, I really push myself in my weekly exercise routine which includes cardiovascular exercise, lifting, stretching, and yoga. I eats 6 times a day – 3 meals a day filled with protein and raw vegetables and in between my meals I drink 3 meal supplements (protein shakes- not a diet drink, a high protein powder blended with a cup of milk).

I am great at coming up with reasons why I can’t work out and I seem to always crave french fries, cheeseburgers, and nachos! So if I can eat healthy and exercise, anyone can.

I work out to keep my body pain-free (I was the victim of 4 car accidents by the time I was 21 and I have chronic pain).

So although I have to eat healthy and exercise to stay pain free, I have a plan that I can stick to.  This plan allows me to eat real food and allows me to  pig out every once in awhile.

Here are some of my tips that help me burn calories and stay fit (aside from my daily workouts) without doing a lot of extra work.

*Eat healthy 6 days a week and splurge on the 7th. By still eating the food you crave you will let your body know you aren’t starving it- that and, by saving it all for one day you won’t feel guilty after indulging. Most likely you will eat less of the bad stuff by saving it all for one day (this really works for me)!

*While watching TV- exercise during the commercials- do sit ups during one commercial break, push ups during the next, lunges, arm circles, etc.

*Park your car further away in the parking lot (and when no one is around, do lunges all the way to the store) and get a good walk in.

*Do lunges as you walk to and from your: mailbox, to get the newspaper, and when taking out the trash.

*Make food ahead of time and put them in containers that are portioned sized (to help keep you from over-eating or eating fast food) -this REALLY helps me.

*Use cottage cheese as a substitute for sour cream – it is really high in protein and easy to work with. (I put this in enchiladas, spaghetti, lasagna, on top of a baked potato, with chili, black bean/lentil soups, mix it in with your curries, mashed beans or potatoes; served cold on tacos, mixed in with yogurt for a dessert, or with fresh cut tomatoes and cucumbers for a snack). When it is warmed up, it is cheesy and creamy.  If you don’t like the consistency of cottage cheese, blend it- I do this and don’t even remember that it is in my meals).

*Before falling asleep and waking up – do 50-100 crunches in your bed (or until you fall asleep).

*Tighten your butt when you walk and when you are sitting in your chair at work.

*Walk up the stairs (instead of taking the elevator all the time). On the last 5 stairs: hold onto the rail and do 10 calf raises on each stair. To mix it up a little, change the position/angle of your toes so that on each stair you alternate between your toes pointing in, out, and to the front.

One of My Favorite Tips:

Next time your friend asks you to get together for food and talk, instead, offer to go for a walk and talk.  Exercise produces endorphins and this will help both of you – especially if one of you is upset about something!

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I don’t make a habit of eating food that doesn’t taste good and I always seem to crave the things on the “Junk Food” list. A lot of people think that eating healthy means you eat things that taste gross… but it doesn’t have to!

This recipe may not change your life, but it will make you feel healthy the next time you crave pancakes!

Here is the infamous recipe that you will come to love: Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes:

12 egg whites
2 cups cottage cheese
2 cups oats

Directions:

In a blender, blend oats until they look like the consistency of dry pancake mix. Once oats are ground, add in egg whites and cottage cheese and blend until all ingredients are well mixed.

Pour pancake batter into a hot pan/griddle, serve and enjoy!

*Makes about 10-12 medium sized pancakes.

After you try this recipe, tell me how much you love it!

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Everyone asks me, “How do you stay so thin?”

I will tell you what I tell them:
#1 I eat portion sized meals (Ie: meat no larger than my palm, about 1/2 cup-3/4 cup carbs like rice or oatmeal (for breakfast), and 1 cup of veggies almost every meal

#2 I eat six times a day – 3 meals and 3 meal supplements (like a protein mix with milk)

#3 If you want to get lean, your body needs protein. Most women don’t eat enough good protein: cottage cheese, chicken, turkey, meat, eggs, etc..

#4 You have to exercise.  Your body needs to burn calories.  Consistent weight lifting and cardio exercise helps me build muscle, focus better, sleep sounder, work off stress, fight of sickness, etc…

#5 I give myself one free day a week.  All week I stick to my “eat healthy plan” (and usually I don’t crave the chips and cupcakes if I am eating enough protein), but one day a week, I eat the not-so-healthy foods I am craving.  Most times I take a couple bites of the food I have been craving and my taste buds are satisfied, other times I eat the whole basket of french fries.

I am convinced that your body needs a little bit of the not-so-healthy food every once in awhile.  If you shock your system and only eat 100% nutritious food and no fat (good or bad), your body will start holding onto your fat because it thinks it is being starved.

Also, by saving all your cravings for one day, you will probably eat less of the bad stuff than you would if you ate one or two bad things a day.

A couple of good/intense work out programs that I have used in the past are:

Body for Life

P90x

Two of my favorite Protein powders are: MRM and Jarrow.

Go to these websites, get great ideas for meals and workouts, put a plan together, and get healthy. You won’t be a buff superstar over night, but you will be doing your body a huge favor by treating it right!

I hope this helps!

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Let me make one thing clear: Being healthy and in shape DOES NOT  mean you should be a size 0!

An estimated 8 million people in the U.S. are battling an eating disorder(s), I would like to help change this statistic.

I was once a statistic and I know how it feels. I remember seeing a picture of me in Jr. High once and thinking that my legs looked chubby… and that was when it all started.

It didn’t help that my life felt out of control or the fact that I was going through a “typical Jr. High experience” my insecurities were magnified.

I rationed food for myself: 3 bites of yogurt, 1/2 a baked potato, two slices of… and so it went. But when I think about what I know now verses what I knew then… WOW!

I was trying to “diet” and get thin, but I didn’t know anything about: foods that burn fat, how to build muscle, and how much energy I have to exert to burn calories.

Instead, everyday after school I worked out with some lady on the TV.  She said that this was all I needed to have her body, and I believed her… my body didn’t change.

I didn’t know that 80% of what you look like is determined by what you eat, (Not what you don’t eat!) You have to eat to have a killer body and you have to eat the right foods.

At age thirteen when my (soon to be) step-dad got me involved in golf; I lost ten pounds in a week.  Each day I walked to the golf course (a few miles each way), hit hundreds of golf balls on the driving range, and practiced my short-game for hours.

I was burning so many calories that I had to eat a lot of food… and I haven’t really stopped since.

To be continued…

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