Connect with us


Reshaping It All: Chapter 3



Hi Friends! Ashleigh here.

I can’t believe we’re already on chapter 3 from Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness.

If you haven’t had time to weigh in on chapter 2 yet, don’t worry. We’re still talking about it here. Because of the way our schedule for this book club is set up, we’ll chat about multiple chapters at a time.

Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started on chapter 3. This time, we’ll hear from Darlene first.

Moving on to chapter 3, we get a background view of Candace’s eating habits. By the way she was raised, she’d come to believe that food was one of two things: healthy and tasteless, or unhealthy and delicious.

In Reshaping It All, we learn that there is a better alternative, which is delicious food that works to benefit our bodies — yum! With a deeper understanding of what works to benefit our bodies, we increase our chance of success.

Healthy food is not the enemy, and neither are treats. When we teach our body to enjoy food in moderation while seeking a balanced diet that includes both fruit and vegetables, we are building a lifestyle change rather than seeking a quick fix.

In laying this foundation of good eating habits, I’m reminded of Matthew 7:24-25:

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Enjoy the journey, and until next time, live well!!

Darlene Schacht

When it comes to my history with food, I’m thankful to have a mom who taught me moderation. She prepared healthy meals for us — in fact, I developed my love of spinach, brussel sprouts, and broccoli from her — but she also allowed sweets. We had a “chocolate drawer.” In it, she would keep a bag of Hershey’s miniatures. This way we could have a taste of chocolate — enough to fill a sweet tooth craving — without going overboard. Although, I admit, I’ve become spoiled and allowed myself more sweets than I should.

My mom also modeled for me the importance of daily exercise. I just wish I’d followed her example more consistently the last year or two. If I had, I’d probably fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans by now.

I gained a lot of healthy habits growing up, except the discipline of drinking water. It just wasn’t something I remember us doing regularly. To this day, it’s still a struggle. I’d much rather grab something with flavor from the fridge then fill up my water jug. But, as I mention in this chapter’s vlog, I’m being intentional about getting more aqua.

Drinking more water is one of the five tips in this chapters “A Pinch of Practicality.” I love these practical ideas for slowing down and improving meals. I’m already incorporating several — which include having a glass of cold water with my food and using a smaller plate.

So, what are your thoughts on chapter 3? Here are a few questions to get the discussion going:

  1. What is your “food history”?
  2. Which tip from the “A Pinch of Practicality” can you add to your daily life and how do you plan on doing so?

Spread the love

Ashleigh Slater is the author of the books Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard and Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage. With over twenty years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication, she loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ted, and four daughters.

Welcome to Ungrind!

Do you want to be inspired, motivated, and equipped to live the everyday story of your life well?

If so, you’re in the right place. Whether you need encouragement in your relationships or in your faith, I hope you’ll find the transparent voices of mentors and friends here at Ungrind.

So, grab a cup of coffee and keep reading. We're so glad you're here!

Ashleigh Slater, Founder & Managing Editor

Get Our Free Ebook!

Sign up to receive weekly emails from Ungrind and you’ll get the free ebook, Better Together. Be encouraged by stories of hope from women just like you!

Latest Articles

What Women Are Saying

"Ungrind speaks to women who yearn to look beyond the surface and get to the heart of life; whose purposes and loves are eternal. Their articles are practical, spiritual, and encouraging. In a world of shiny treasures that will corrode before we can blink, Ungrind helps us focus on the things that matter -- remembering that we are, first and foremost, women of God."

--Rachel Starr Thomson, author of Heart to Heart: Meeting With God in the Lord's Prayer

Featured Resource

"Real life is not always pleasant. Every marriage experiences disappointments, misunderstandings, sickness and financial crisis. Ashleigh doesn’t camouflage the pain in her own marriage, and offers practical ideas on how to walk through the difficulties and find intimacy on the journey. If you are anything like me, I predict that as you read, you too will find yourself laughing, wiping tears, and saying 'Oh, yes.'"

-- Gary Chapman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages


We are a member of the Amazon affiliate program and regularly use affiliate links. If you purchase an item from an Amazon link we provide, we will receive a small referral commission. This doesn’t cost you anything additional. We only share books, music, and products that our writers personally have used and highly recommend.



Reshaping It All: Chapter 3

by Ashleigh Slater time to read: 3 min