May 21


Do you know what a burpee is?  Until January of this year I did not.

I was on stage with Lysa TerKeurst filming her live webcast for Made to Crave. She asked me to join her so I could talk about the Online Bible Study I was leading for Made to Crave. That was my only reason for being there. Until…

Lysa had a group of people from her boot camp join her for the Made to Crave Challenge. They were challenged to select one healthy change in their lives and make it a discipline for the next six weeks. She asked them, they answered, then she turned the microphone on me. “Melissa, what is your healthy change?” she asked.  “Uhhhh, well I am going to make exercising consistently part of my routine again.”  To which Lysa replied with way too much excitement, “PERFECT! You can join us for boot camp three days a week. You will won’t you?”

Ok, now remember I’m not only caught on the spot, but we are also on LIVE webcast! No retakes or do overs. What else could I say except,  “Sure, I’d love to.”  “Great! We will see you Wednesday and report your progress in a few weeks!”

What in the world had I gotten myself into?

Let me tell you a little about our Body by Buck boot camp.

*It’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done in my life. It changes each time, plenty of variety, hard core, using every muscle in your body, and pushing to the extreme with all kinds of equipment, your own body weight, and cardio to the max. The first time I went, I was exhausted after the first ten minutes and Lysa looked at me and said, “That was just the warm up.” That should have clued me in.

*It’s the most encouraging workout I’ve ever done. Buck and Kelly (our trainers) push us hard, but they are so motivating, encouraging, sweet, and helpful. The others in the class cheer each other on so there is no quitting. Just when you think you can take no more, Kristi will shout from the other side of the room, “Come on Melissa, you can do it…you can do anything for 15 seconds…we got this!”

*It’s early in the morning. It starts at 5:30 am. That’s all I’ll say about that.

*It’s something I thought I’d do for a little bit, to fulfill my commitment to Lysa, then quit. No way. I’m in it for the long haul. It has become an important part of my life: physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. And because I know there’s a group waiting on me to show up, I’m going to go. When someone isn’t there, we really miss them.

*I’ve seen improvement in my performance. I still feel like I’m going to die with each workout. During the workout, I admit, I have said the words, “I can’t do this.”  But I have found out that I can. And I’m much better than I was 4 months ago.

*There are all shapes and sizes in our class. Anyone can do boot camp. There are modifications for each exercise. No excuses. I injured my knee falling off of my high heels a few weeks ago. My first thought was, “Oh, now I can’t do boot camp.” WRONG. Modifications were made, I worked out just as hard, and now my knee is all back to normal. (no comment about the falling off high heels please)

*Our least favorite word in boot camp is burpee. Burpees don’t look so hard to watch someone else do them. Take my word for it. They are hard. Try for yourself. (If you can’t see the video below, click here.)

The only difference between my burpee and this girl in the video is I don’t do that split jump, I just jump straight up. Also, I go all the way to the ground on my belly when I go down. Push up occasionally. Go ahead and try them. Have fun :)

*Our favorite words in boot camp are “1,2,3…BOOTY CAMP!” Because that signifies the end of class. That’s the call that says, “we did it!”  “we rock!”   “we are changing our bodies!”  “we are strong and healthy!”

Are you doing anything to keep yourself fit?

I can’t help you much with the nutrition or exercise, but I can help you stay spiritually  fit in God’s Word. I’d love for you to join me for our next Online Bible Study, I Used to Be So Organized. The study begins June 3rd and all you need to participate is the book and internet access. Sign up information can be found here. It’s going to be a great, fun, and practical study filled with discussion, application, and the Word of God. I hope you will join us!

We have two give aways going on. Give Away #1 has a winner. Congratulations Frieda! You commented on my blog and Taylor Koziarz’ blog and was randomly selected to win a copy of our next Online Bible Studies book, I Used to Be So Organized. I emailed you, so check for details.

Give Away #2 is a biggie and you still have time to enter. Sign up for the Online Study, I Used to Be So Organized by Wednesday at midnight and you will be entered to win an Organized Gift Pack containing our study book, journal, pen, highlighters, post it notes, daytimer, and items to help keep you organized. Sign up information can be found here.

Many of you did Made to Crave with me either this year or last year. How are you doing with the changes you made in your life as a result of that message? Eating healthier?  Taking care of your body? Staying in God’s Word? Please share in the comment section of this blog, your one healthy choice or what you are doing to keep fit physically and spiritually. I’ll share mine too!

We Got Da Powahhh! (My MTC gals know exactly what that means!)

Love y’all!



  1. Aiyanna says:

    I read Made To Crave about a year ago, and then a few friends and I got together each week (at 5:00am Monday mornings) and did your Made To Crave Study. It has been life changing for us Jesus girls! we are committed to each other and ultimately to God, to make Him our first priority, and we are staying strong only because of the empowerment we are now aware of! God is doing amazing miracles in our hearts, and our scales! =) thank you for putting the study together and for your encouragement.

  2. Rhonda Hepler says:

    Since MTC bible study I have lost 31 pounds.. and have made exercise part of my life. My doctor told me back in Jan. my sugar and cholesterol was higher than she wanted it to be. To continue my exercise routine. When I had it rechecked a few weeks ago she said it was all back down. I am learning to make better choices. I am still not perfect and I fall off the wagon every now and then but it is so much easier to get back on the wagon these days……………because I know that all things are permissible but not all things are beneficial. And I also say that food doesn’t have to taste good it only has to sustain me until the next time I eat. But I am learning that many things I thought did not taste good actually taste great. I am so glad I found MTC. I read the sections of the book all time.

  3. Denise S says:

    Thanking God for this study, since the MTC online study I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost (I don’t like the scale and don’t want to get discouraged). My focus on weight loss has changed from the previous times I’ve worked out. I want to get healthy for the right reasons and by doing it the right way. My hubby and I have both changed our eating habits and have been eating more fruits and veggies. We also both started working out every morning at 4:30am after devotional time with the Lord. My dog has also benefited from all of this and is now running along with me after my work out with my hubby. I feel that my marriage has grown so much.

  4. JennyBC says:

    I was so tempted not to reply to this post. I started this year off so good. I was on top of the Made to Crave Study, exercising and eating very clean. I was getting into my groove when the beginning of the hardest year I can remember in years began. The second week of February my son’s dog was hit by a car. I spent three weeks nursing him back to health from major surgery (broken leg, broken hip, broken pelvis). During that time, my husband and I were in a car accident, then the roof leaked on the house causing some major repairs to be needed. All through that, God was showing me that He is good and that if I keep my eyes on Him, He will sustain me. I also learned a great lesson about seeing His provision in every situation…even the hard ones. I needed that lesson before what came next.
    My dad was hospitalized in March for three weeks. During that time, my sister and I became the care giver for our mother. Dad passed away April 9th. We had to move mom to a nursing home shortly afterwards and more recently had to become her guardian. I never saw this coming and felt like I had had the rug pulled out from under me.
    I feel like I lost a part of myself this year and yet, God has been present. I have learned so much about the ways of God and the way He sees His children.

    So just this week, I started a new exercise program and a journal for my food. I had lost 7 pounds in January and it’s still off….now to continue the journey. Surprisingly, I feel the journey in the middle had to happen before I could continue in order to be successful. I don’t know why but I truly believe it. I think it had something to do with really trusting God. I hope at the next check in I have more news to share about this journey. God is good all the time. All the time, God is good!

  5. Ellie Malek says:

    I love the Made to Crave study, but my progress has been really slow. I have not consistently built exercise into my routine which is a main goal. My eating has improved, though lately my discipline there has decreased. I have seen two nutritionists to develop a healthy eating plan, and I’m proud of myself for that. I wish I was farther along, but eating right and moving regularly is such a battle for me. It’s THE battle for me. Ps I love Mello Yello. Pss I have a three year old and a one year old.

  6. Cynthia says:

    This may sound like a funny way to start my comment, but I am so thankful for Lysa’s issues with food. I know that God has used her to help me crave Jesus and not food!
    I particpated in your online study back in 2011 and again this year. Each time I go through the study I learn new things and have such a desire to draw closer to Him.
    Since first reading Made to Crave last year, I have lead 2 Made to Crave groups. Just this last Saturday, I spoke at a women’s retreat about Made to Crave.
    I know it is nothing short of a miracle that Jesus helps me resist foods that are not beneficial. I have learned that we have an amazing power available to us if we are just willing to ask.
    On the physical side, I have had a substantial weight loss. While the physical side is great, it the spiritaul journey that I am most thankful for.

    A HUGE thanks to both Lysa and Melissa for sharing with and supporting so many Jesus girls on the journey!!!

  7. Made to Crave has really changed my life! I am a 29 year old mama of 3 boys. My last 2 baby boys are 15 months apart, and my youngest just turned 1. Being pregnant so close together was hard physically and mentally! Having my moments alone with God and my Made to Crave book helped keep my sanity this winter. It was such a blessed time for me. I have lost approaching 40 pounds since the start of the study in January. I have also started a Made to Crave group at my church and we are wrapping up our study tonight. I have loved reading the M2C devotional (for the second time) every morning to help me stay on track. I have been so blessed by Lysa and her obedience to Christ in this study.

  8. I am so moved by the posts I have read…I am sad to say I have let all of what I learned fall by the way side, I didn’t keep it up. Pray for me that I will get back to it. Thank you for all you ladies do ….Lisa