This blog is mostly about food and nutrition…and basically all things health and fitness. That’s a large portion of my life. It’s what I love to learn about, talk about and share with all of you. However, there are many other important parts of my life and as you know I think balance is key. Lately I haven’t felt quite balanced. To tell you the truth, in the most light-hearted way possible…the struggle has been pretty real these days. This morning I was at the gym before heading to work and while I was stretching after my workout I just clicked on my facebook app on my phone and a post popped up at the top of my feed. It was a link to a video clip of a movie I’d seen years earlier and had kind of forgotten about. I remember loving the scene that was in this movie clip and so I decided to watch it…right there in the gym. It had a huge effect on me. I know those of you who read my blog come from different backgrounds and have very different beliefs. You may or may not be religious. You may or may not believe in God. But I am and I do. I don’t just believe in him, I know he is there. (It’s about to get real, I don’t usually share these kind of things on my blog but for some reason I feel the need to today…so I’ll just say this…) Lately I’ve had a hard time feeling God in my life. To be quite honest I’ve felt very lost and abandoned by him and try as I might I haven’t been able to get back to a place where I feel his presence and guiding influence. There have been many times recently that I’ve prayed, struggling and pleading with him to be with me, and yet, I still felt so utterly alone. It may sound completely ridiculous and silly to you but this movie clip this morning was exactly what I needed. It’s from a Christen movie called “Facing the Giants” and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s an incredible movie. In this scene the coach asks one of his players to do something that everyone deems nearly, if not completely, impossible. I’ve always pictured the coach as symbolizing God or Jesus Christ and the player as us (me). The coaches words to the player as he struggles and strains to complete this impossible task, feeling almost the entire time like he can’t do it and that it is just too difficult hit me so hard that I may or may not have started tearing up in the gym (please, I cry all the time now…I don’t even know who I’ve become) but I had the strongest feeling that it was God’s way of saying to me “Andrea, you’re not alone. I’m here and I always have been…and I always will be”. It may seem silly and ridiculous to some of you but it was very real and the answer to a prayer for me. Whether you are religious or not I highly recommend you watch it. It’s exactly what we all need to hear when we think we just can’t go any farther and we’re ready to give up. We can always do more than we think we can. YOU can always do more than you think you can. I promise.