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Your circle of friends matters

Tina Specht

As I got home Sunday from an amazing trip I am excited and refreshed for the next step in my life’s journey.  

It is true that you become like the people you hang out with.  I was around the most positive people ever.  They encourage you and they challenge you at the same time.

These are the kind of people I love to partner with.  This is what is going to make me successful.  

My husband and I are in a season of growing — and not in weight either

Who are you hanging out with?  Are they building you up and helping you grow into something bigger and better.  I never knew what it was like to be challenged.  

Since I started my weight-loss journey and became a coach my world has totally changed.  

Have you ever been a place in your life that you know you are right where God wants you to be?  Well, I am and I am very excited.  

When you are where you are supposed to be, things happen. Is it easy? No! But it is worth it.  For the first time in my life I am doing something I totally believe in.   I can’t help but share with the world.

If it takes one person at time to get healthy then so be it.  I am in it for the long haul.

I also love the new community we are in.  I have realized you can’t do anything on your own.  You can’t lose weight and keep it off.  You can’t be successful on your own. Doing things on your own is lonely.  

We have also decided that we were going to stop hanging out with negative people, because you become the five people you hang out with.  Life is short and I don’t want to live it being lonely, miserable and depressed. Life for me is about being successful and having fun along the way.     

I am at a place in my life where I have learned to dream.  I never knew how to dream before two years ago.  I was just going on with life just getting by.  

Now, we have a dream board and goals and how we are going to get there is being around like-minded people and praying like it depends on God but doing the work like it depends on us.  

So stop moping and get around some people that are positive! Get around people that will challenge you to be a better you.  

Don’t be offended with someone trying to help you if they are doing it in a positive way. Sometimes God puts people in your life that you don’t even know to get you where He wants you to be.  Think about that!

Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms


24 whole white button mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (4-oz) can diced jalapeños, drained

1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and chopped


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place a baking rack on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.

Remove stems from mushrooms.

Combine cream cheese, garlic, jalapeños, cheese and cooked bacon.

Spoon cream cheese mixture into mushroom caps. Place on baking rack.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Tina Specht is co-publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. She shares her thoughts and recipes each Thursday.