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Queen of Excuses ... Oh! And Protein Pancakes!

Queen of Excuses ... Oh! And Protein Pancakes!

Today marks day 4 of working out regularly and eating well, and friend - that, for me, is HUGE (in this season).  

Can I make a confession? I haven’t stepped onto a scale in EIGHT months! And it’s not because I’m tossing out numbers and living according to how I feel in my clothes. No - it’s because I’m SCARED of what the scale will reveal.  I’m scared that it will tell me exactly what I’ve been running from all year long, that I’ve failed and that I’ve been neglecting myself and many other things in the process.  

Do you want to know the ironic thing about all of this?  I started 2016 out with the mantra, “No Excuses.” Each year I pray over a word or phrase and instead of setting goals, I aim to make the year ahead, the year of … (insert word or phrase).  I had a strong few weeks of “No Excuses”, but one catastrophe after the next (ie. major identity theft, moving yet again to a new home, mold outbreak in new home, sewage pipe burst in new home, received a notice for a few thousand $$ in back taxes owed from 2014, sick with bad kidney infection, etc. etc.) I was just proud to be able to drag myself out of bed and into work each day.  Then in March I took a very full time position at a job that was never intended to be long term and suddenly my spiritual life, my home life, my marriage, my friendships, my relationship with food and the gym completely changed.  I made excuses and I made a TON of them!  “I’ve been on my feet all day and I am SO exhausted, there’s no way I can go to the gym.”  “I dealt with so many mean people today, I deserve an extra piece of chocolate.” “Life has been so hard, I should sleep longer and rest.” “I don’t have time to meal plan, so we should eat dinner out.”  I suddenly became the QUEEN of excuses - complete with a crown and scepter. 

Last weekend, Joyce Meyer dropped a little nugget that I’ve been mulling over all week, “There are things that we omit that are sinful, and there are things that we commit that are sinful. To think that your body doesn’t affect your spiritual life, is totally wrong.” (Thanks for that Joyce!)  Some of my excuse making has been plain sinful!  And one excuse after another, I’ve found myself so so far from my fullest potential.

Girl, maybe you’re in a similar boat and you too have your own pretty little crown and scepter bedazzled with excuses? Can I be so bold as to let you know that waving that wand will only hinder you from being the AMAZING woman you were created to be?  It’s a realization I’ve recently made myself and I am so ready to be rid of that throne.  

I’ll leave you with this (and a proud photo of protein pancakes that even my husband loves - this is true victory! He hated them before, but I finally perfected the protein pancake...recipe below)  “I appeal to you therefore, *sisters*, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

I have 5 months to turn 2016 around - girl, you better bet I’ll be making some changes!  I hope you will too!

danya collyer
danya's protein pancakes

Danya's Perfect Protein Pancakes


  • 1/2 C Gluten Free Oats (I love Trader Joes oats)
  • 1/4 C Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 C Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 4 Egg Whites + 1/2 an Egg Yolk
  • 1 T Agave Nectar
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract


  1. Combine dry ingredients first and then add wet ingredients to a blender (I use my nutribullet) and blend until mixture is solid (60 seconds or so). 
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray (I use olive oil) and heat skillet over medium heat till oil is hot. 
  3. Spoon sand dollar sized portions of mixture to hot skillet and flip once batter is dry around the edges and has small bubbles in the middle.  
  4. Top with fresh berries and a little bit of pure maple syrup!


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