Grand Launch + Giveaway

I am so thrilled that y’all are here for the big grand launch of this blog. Yes, i have writing here for a couple of months. Mostly I have been writing posts and getting some things ready so that when I did make the big announcement I would be ready. You wouldn’t head over and just one or two posts. This is a blog that I am so proud of for so many different reasons. The biggest being that it is open and honest about the struggles I have with the three biggest influences in my life; God, Fitness and my own Mental Illness.

It has not always been easy to be open about my mental illness. I have struggled with it for a while. Struggled for years before I knew I even had one. My hope is that by sharing my personal struggles someone out there may feel less alone. Maybe someone is struggling the same way I do and have. Maybe they need someone to say its okay that you have this. To take some of the stigma away. To feel a little less crazy. To feel a little less unworthy because their relationship with God isn’t what everyone else’s seems to be. A little less like a failure because they can’t seem to lose weight or stick to any sort of dieting plan.

Life is hard in the best of times. We seem to make it harder for ourselves by attempting to live up to standards set by other people. Standards that are sometimes so high we are destined to fail. It has taken me years to come to terms with the fact that I am not someone else. I don’t have all the answers and I am going to fail. Sometimes daily but I will always pick myself up and start again.

If it means I start again every single day for the rest of my life I will. While some may see that as a failure I see it as someone who won’t give up. I know that my life can be more, I can be more. Thomas Edison has several quotes that inspire me when it comes to starting over and trying again.

“I haven’t failed — I’ve just found 10,000 that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison on inventing the light bulb

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”

Thomas Edison

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”

Thomas Edison

That last one my day use to tell us all the time. His went more along the lines of “You haven’t exhausted all possibilities until you have.” It took me a long to figure out what that meant. There is always another possibility. Even when there doesn’t seem to be. I could easily say I have tried all of the diets out there and they haven’t work but the truth is all I have discovered is a bunch of diets that don’t work for me. There is one that will. Never stop taking a chance, putting one foot in front of the other and trying again. Who knows today could be the day you succeed in whatever you are struggling to accomplish.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

ENTER BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $500 PAYPAL CASH TO HELP CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF GOD, FITNESS, & MENTAL ILLNESS! GIVEAWAY IS OPEN WORLDWIDE AND ENDS AUGUST 31, 2020 AT 11:59 PM EST.

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Welcome to God, Fitness, & Mental Illness. I struggled with mental illness, fitness, and faith most of my life. Not having a "voice" or outlet made it all the more difficult. Then in 2020 I decided to be somewhat anonymous and start GFMI about it all. It was so freeing because it allows me to share all the ugliness and inspire others.

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294 Comments

  1. mami2jcn wrote:

    I commented on this post–https://godfitnessmental.com/forgiving-the-unforgivable/

    Posted 8.1.20 Reply
    • Brandy Crabtree wrote:

      Congrats! I struggle from anxiety. Thankfully, the medication I’m on has helped TREMENDOUSLY!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
      • Rita wrote:

        Thank you Brandy. My meds are one of the tools that have helped me as well.

        Posted 8.5.20 Reply
      • Deanna Turner wrote:

        Thanks for sharing those much needed quotes.

        Posted 8.31.20 Reply
    • Jonathan Post wrote:

      Thanks for sharing those inspirational quotes. When I was a case manager I hung the one about life’s greatest failures on my wall. More than once I had people break down crying and open up after seeing it. It is a powerful truth!

      Posted 8.14.20 Reply
      • Rita wrote:

        You are so welcome and I can only imagine how many lives you changed just by hanging a quote that people think.

        Posted 8.14.20 Reply
      • Clarissa Hiciano wrote:

        Commented on the Mental illness post.

        Posted 8.19.20 Reply
  2. Sharon Rooney wrote:

    Congratulations and wishing you much success on the new blog.

    I think during this time with so many things up in the air everyone is finding it difficult to stay positive and motivated.

    Posted 8.1.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Sharon. You are right! So many things are unknown at the moment that staying positive is not an easy task.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
      • Debbie Ballagh wrote:

        Keep your mind focused on God’s Word and his solutions, not your problems for good mental health.

        Posted 8.4.20 Reply
        • Rita wrote:

          That is true Debbie.

          Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  3. Erin N wrote:

    Hi There! Thank you so much for your ‘My Mental Health Goals’ post! It was a great read and is helping me a lot to reach my happiness goals.

    Posted 8.1.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You are so welcome Erin. You are exactly the reason I started this blog. I want to help others who may be going through the same struggles as I do.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
      • Stacie Humphrey wrote:

        Congratulations on the launch of the blog! I love it!

        Posted 8.4.20 Reply
        • Rita wrote:

          Thank you so much Staci!

          Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • jason kinnin wrote:

      Great read and thanks for the contest. Cheers!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
      • Rita wrote:

        Thanks Jason!

        Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  4. Darla Peduzzi wrote:

    Congratulations on your new launch! Sounds like an interesting read and I look forward to keeping up with your journey.

    Posted 8.1.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Darla.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  5. heather wrote:
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  6. NANCY wrote:

    Congratulations on your launch & thank you for the chance.

    Posted 8.1.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Nancy!

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  7. Mary Cloud wrote:

    I commented on this post Is God Mad at Me. I love your blog – thanks for sharing.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Mary!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  8. Shirley O wrote:
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  9. Clem wrote:

    Congratulations, the new blog looks good. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Clem!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  10. Calvin wrote:

    Lots of relevant posts, good to see a new blog from you! Forgiving the Unforgivable is a great read, and I’m sure many go through similar things in life.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Calvin. My hope is I can help at least one person make their struggles a little easier.

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Stephanie Schrammel wrote:

      Toi love your articles. The k you so much for the chance to win. Much love to you on your journey.

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
      • Rita wrote:

        Thank you so much Stephanie!

        Posted 8.3.20 Reply
        • Ni wrote:

          Congratulations for your blog

          Posted 8.12.20 Reply
          • Rita wrote:

            Thank you so much!

            Posted 8.14.20
  11. Marsha Diane Arditti wrote:

    Congratulations on this great site!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Marsha!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  12. Sara Kirkham wrote:

    Thank you, I look forward to your future blog posts

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Sara!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  13. Marc-Andre Taillefer wrote:

    thank you for the chance and congrats

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Marc!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  14. Alyce Poalillo wrote:

    Best wishes on the new blog.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Alyce!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
      • Laura Rodriguez wrote:

        So excited to follow your blog! I have OCD and anxiety so I understand how challenging it can be.

        Posted 8.4.20 Reply
        • Rita wrote:

          I’m thrilled you’re here Laura! Both of those are challenging, throw in my depression and I’m a hot mess.

          Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  15. Micheline wrote:

    Congrats on your new blog launch! Look forward to reading your posts.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Micheline!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  16. Liz N. wrote:

    Looking forward to the content you’re going to share! Congrats!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Liz!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  17. Aaron wrote:

    Very cool so far. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Aaron!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  18. Sarah wrote:

    Congratulations on the blog and thanks for the chance.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Sarah so much!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  19. Brooke L wrote:

    Good luck on the new Blog! Mental Wellness is what we all should strive for! If you have a brain you have to maintain your mental wellness.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I could not agree more Brooke and thank you!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  20. Robyn Dickerson wrote:

    Enjoying the site! Thank you

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Robyn!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  21. Carla Moschetti wrote:

    This would be a great prize to win. Thanks for sponsoring it!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Carla and you’re welcome!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  22. Ken Wolfe wrote:

    Best wishes on the success of your blog and to bettering your health.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Ken!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  23. Rachel wrote:

    Congratulations on your new launch! Sounds like an interesting read

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Rachel!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  24. Jody wrote:

    Nice contest, and congrats on the launch!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Jody!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • jesus alonso wrote:

      Congrats and thanks for the giveaway

      Posted 8.29.20 Reply
  25. Matthew Sullivan wrote:

    Thank you for the contest

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Your are so welcome Matthew.

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  26. Lisa wrote:

    Congratulations! Super exciting!!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Lisa!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  27. Linda Sear wrote:

    Hi, Rita:

    I’m Canadian (from Edmonton, AB) and I think many people like yourself struggle with mental illness, and from what I see on the local or Canadian news channels, kids now are dealing with depression brought on by this pandemic. It’s really sad to see. My faith in God has deepened and I prayed a long prayer just last night. If the pandemic doesn’t result in people drawing nearer to God, I don’t know what would! 🙁 It is a very difficult, challenging time we are in, and I pray that there will soon be a vaccine available to everyone. I wish you great success on your new blog and God’s blessings to you. : )

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Linda! I know that this is a difficult time we are living in. I agree that hopefully people will turn to God (or whomever it is they believe in) however I know that human nature is more likely to cause us to blame God rather than turn to him. I saw one of the news shows last night and they were talking about some Christians making a pilgrimage in some far away place. One lady walked for three days to get to the church. I looked at my mother and said “Now that’s faith.” A faith I’m not sure I have. I would love to say that of course I would walk for three days but another person had spent three months walking to get there. Can you just imagine having that sort of faith? How better the world would be if we all had that sort of faith?

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  28. Anita Duvall wrote:

    Looking forward to all the content. Good luck and thank you for the opportunity!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Anita!

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  29. photogirl68 wrote:

    Been feeling very alone lately, it helps to read some of this & know others are going thru the same!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I am so glad and this is one of the biggest reasons I started this blog.

      Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  30. Theresa C. wrote:

    Congratulations on your new blog! It’s a brave thing to do to put yourself out into the world – especially in these turbulent times. Sending happy, positive thoughts your way! 🙂

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Theresa!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  31. Judy wrote:

    THANKS FOR RUNNING THIS AWESOME CONTEST.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Judy!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  32. Robert Young wrote:

    Good Luck with this path that you are traveling on and may you be enriched beyond your wildest dreams.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Robert!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  33. avm wrote:

    thank you very much!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You are so welcome!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  34. Anthony S wrote:

    It’s nice to see a positive blog.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Anthony!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  35. Jenn wrote:

    Congratulations on the new launch! I am looking forward reading more of your posts!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Jenn!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  36. Linda K wrote:

    Congrats on the launch! Love the Edison quotes – so true.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Linda!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  37. Carolyn Hesse wrote:

    Congrats on the launch!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you much Carolyn!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  38. Doreen Lamoureux wrote:

    I left a comment on your My Mental Health Goals post. I am subscribing. Thanks.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  39. Steve Weber wrote:

    oh wow! loving the new launch idea.. great name!
    you will be very successful!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Steve!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  40. Harry wrote:

    thanks for the chance to win

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You are so welcome Harry!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  41. Tram Le wrote:

    Congratulations on the launch and thank you for the giveaway!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Tram!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  42. carol clark wrote:

    mental health is real i have depression and its bad i just keep praying that one day i can see where i want and get there its hard

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      It is hard Carol. My best advice to use is to keep trying. You are always going to have mental illness but you can help yourself manage it better. Take your meds every day (if you are on any), go to therapy, find a support group, share with people around you that you have a mental illness. Help them understand so they can help you more. Journal. This was a big one for me. When I began to write down my feelings both good and bad I was able to see the triggers that made it worse and I have learned to avoid them if possible. I am always here for you if you need someone to talk to.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  43. Mary Mougeot wrote:

    THANK YOU AND HAVE A SPLENDID WEEK!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You are so welcome Mary and you have a splendid week as well.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  44. Ken Willie wrote:

    Well done. I fall back on Family, Faith and Friends as the three most important parts of my life. It’s funny that they do not always stay in the same order.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I don’t think order matters as much as the fact they are all there.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  45. Stephanie V. wrote:

    Wishing you much success!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Stephanie!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  46. Lowell Ergen wrote:

    love sweeps

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Lowell!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  47. Sandi Tymchuk wrote:

    I am new to your blog, and impressed by the themes. Self-acceptance and compassion are encouraging to read about. Best wishes on your new book!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Sandi!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  48. jane Jakins wrote:

    I can do all things thru God, who strengthens me

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I love this quote!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  49. Ryan F wrote:

    Congratulations on the launch of the new blog! Look forward to future posts 🙂

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Ryan!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  50. Laurie Lichtenstein wrote:

    This is awesome!!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Laurie!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  51. Laurie Lichtenstein wrote:

    Awesome Giveaway!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Laurie!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  52. Robert Lichtenstein wrote:

    Awesome website & thanks for the opportunity!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Robert!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  53. Vicki Spokes wrote:

    Congratulations on your launch. You chose a great time!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Vicki!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  54. Steven Gaither wrote:

    Awesome, Good luck with your blog…

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Steven!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  55. Jon Heil wrote:

    Music is always great for the soul and stop worrying about so many others, things happen for a reason

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      That is great advice Jon!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  56. candy wrote:

    Thanks for the chance

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You’re welcome Candy!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  57. Robyn Bellefleur wrote:

    Found your blog a short time ago and it is nice to know that there are others going through the same things that I am. Part of being healthy is not only physical, but mental as well.

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      That is true Robyn. We take our mental health for granted.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  58. Thomas Gibson wrote:

    I have severe depression and many people don’t understand this illness. Some tell me to “shake it off.” I wish I could. It is a challenge at times. I appreciate you taking on this blog to help educate others.

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You are so welcome Thomas! I hate the shake it off comment or just get up and do something. People just don’t seem to understand that it is not that I want to be this way. My brain is this way and no matter how much I want to do better it won’t let me sometimes.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
      • Denise Jones wrote:

        Awesome giveaway

        Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  59. Brad B. wrote:

    Things are tough out there.
    This contest will definitely make a big difference for one lucky winner. Good luck and thank you.

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Brad and that is my hope. I know what it is to struggle and if I can ease just one person’s struggle I will be happy.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  60. PJ wrote:

    Congrats on the launch. Looking forward to visiting here and seeing what’s up!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you PJ!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  61. Tammy Tam wrote:

    I too suffer from mental illness and definitely have trouble feeling positive not only day by day but sometimes hour by hour!!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Some moments it is so difficult and I think that is something people without a mental illness don’t grasp. It’s not that we are being mean or lazy but more our brains simply refuse to let us do anything in that moment.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  62. Lisa Foster wrote:

    Great idea on your blog subject–there is so much negativity out there–

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Lisa.

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  63. Margo B wrote:

    WTG congrats

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Margo!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  64. Amber wrote:

    Thank you for this generous giveaway!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Amber!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
      • Mitchell Schmidt wrote:

        Thank you for the uplifting messages 😊

        Posted 8.5.20 Reply
        • Rita wrote:

          You are so welcome!

          Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  65. TERESA DALMAN wrote:

    Congrats to you! And thank you for this awesome opportunity!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Teresa!

      Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  66. Derek Jennings wrote:
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  67. Joey wrote:

    Congrats on the blog! God Bless!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Joey!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  68. Alison Bogar wrote:

    Very inspiring how you communicate so raw and honestly about your journey.

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Alison!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  69. Lisa Ellison wrote:

    Best wishes on the new blog.

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Lisa!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  70. Debbie Yoder wrote:
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  71. Brandon forsyth wrote:

    I started clicking around the blog you have some really good articles. I am interested in all 3 subjects.

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Brandon!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  72. Wehaf wrote:

    Congratulations! I like your quotes on failure. I like this one too, by Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you! That is a great quote as well.

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  73. angela heerde wrote:

    thanks for awesome giveaway

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You’re so welcome Angela!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  74. Candace Flatt wrote:

    The new blog looks nice!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Candace!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  75. Courtney Hoard wrote:

    It is always nice to know that you are not alone. I know God is always with me…but having someone in flesh…Thank you and God Bless you

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You are so welcome Courtney and thank you. You are never alone.

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  76. Jennifer M. wrote:

    Thank-you! This is good motivation and a reminder to be kind and help others that struggle.

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Jennifer!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  77. Jessica M wrote:

    Congratulations and wishing you success on the new blog.

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Jessica!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  78. Sarah L wrote:

    Congrats on a new blog.
    Thanks for the contest.

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Sarah!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  79. Diana Penn wrote:

    Congratulations

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Diana!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  80. KIM m Blevins wrote:

    our family could use a blessing right now

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thanknyou for entering Kim and know I am praying for your family as well as everyone else who is suffering at the moment.

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  81. ShootingStarsMag wrote:

    Congrats on the launch! I love that you’re focusing on mental health – that’s a topic that is really important to me. For your giveaway, I commented here too: https://godfitnessmental.com/my-mental-health-goals/

    -Lauren

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      thank you Lauren and you are so welcome. I just felt it was time that I share my struggles with the world.

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  82. Mary Stroud wrote:

    Praying that God uses this blog to bless our world during this time of uncertainty.

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Mary. I pray that he will use me to help during this time as well.

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  83. Tracy Miller wrote:

    Congratulations on your blog. I enjoyed the content!

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Tracy!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  84. Michaela R wrote:

    Congrats on the launch! Thanks for the chance to win this!

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Michaela!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  85. Nancy wrote:

    Love the quotes.

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Nancy!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  86. Krystal T wrote:

    Thomas Edison has such awesome quotes. I don’t think I ever would have connected them to struggling with mental illness. Thanks so much!

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I love his quotes and so many just fit with mental illness and life in general.

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  87. Renee T wrote:

    Congratulations on this great site and thanks for the chance to win

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Renee and you’re welcome!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  88. Deborah g. wrote:

    Congratulations on the new blog! I love Wicked Romance And Rita Reviews as well but I love this new blog focus. Thanks for fighting the stigma and speaking out! <3

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Deborah! I love knowing that you like all of them.

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  89. Susan Smith wrote:

    Congrats on your new blog!

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Susan!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  90. Stephanie Liske wrote:

    Me and my kids have suffered with depression for most our lives. Both of my kids have been hospitalized in a short-term facility for suicide prevention. We are always there for each other in times of need.

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much for sharing that and offering to be there Stephanie. I know how huge of a step it is to put yourself out there.

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  91. Steve wrote:

    Congrats on the new blog. I believe you will have great success!

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Steve!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  92. Rebecca Six wrote:

    This is such an amazing giveaway thank you for the opportunity!! Good luck to all of us!

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      You’re welcome Rebecca and thank you!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  93. Maria wrote:

    Congratulations on your blog ! Awesome

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Maria!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  94. Gwendolyn Jordan wrote:

    Congrats and many blessings

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Gwendolyn!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  95. KATHLEEN CRIPPS wrote:

    This contest is great! Good Luck to all!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Kathleen!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  96. Brianna Cruz wrote:

    This is awesome, just gotta have faith and there is nothing wrong with seeking help

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I couldn’t agree more.

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  97. Tiffa wrote:

    Im so glad i was able to find your new blog!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I’m thrilled that you are here as well!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  98. Tianna wrote:

    Great blog and contest!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Tianna!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  99. Dave gibb wrote:

    wow awesome giveaway , thanks for the chance.

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you and you’re welcome Dave!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  100. Alayna OToole wrote:

    This is such an awesome blog and page

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Alayna!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  101. Nina Lewis wrote:

    I suffer from depression & anxiety and have thought about suicide before (many times) I am in treatment (therapy) and I appreciate what you are doing here so much! Thank you! 🙂

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Nina. I know how difficult depression and anxiety can be. I know about the suicidal thoughts as well. Stick with your therapy, I promise it will help.

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  102. Linda wrote:

    Congratulations on your blog! I had a good read of some of your Mental Illness posts and commented.

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Linda!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  103. Tyler G wrote:

    Just leaving a comment to be entered. Thanks for the chance.

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Tyler!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  104. Carly Daring wrote:

    Thank you for your blog. I feel like I am going to enjoy future posts!

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Carly!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  105. Ron Ablang wrote:

    Good luck.

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  106. Clare O'Brien wrote:

    My mental illness has honestly been struggling so much during quarantine 🙁

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      I can only imagine how tough it has been. I know that mine has struggled and I have had to work harder to find little ways to make it through each day,

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  107. Cheryl Oudyk wrote:

    “If I have to start over every day, I will” – I love this concept! Congratulations on the launch, and thanks for the content 🙂

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Cheryl!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  108. Patricia Yarascavitch wrote:

    Congrats on your blog launch!

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Patricia!

      Posted 8.11.20 Reply
  109. Shannon Weel wrote:

    Your blog is very inspiring and helpful for those of us who struggle with mental illness, and have family member that do as well. Thank you!

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Shannon for visiting the blog and for your kind words.

      Posted 8.11.20 Reply
  110. Kristy Wolfgang wrote:

    I have struggled with depression and anxiety myself..

    Posted 8.12.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      They are a lethal combination it seems some days.

      Posted 8.14.20 Reply
  111. Riana Ang-Canning wrote:

    Congratulations on your launch! All the best on your blogging journey!

    Posted 8.13.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Riana!

      Posted 8.14.20 Reply
  112. Natalie wrote:

    I love the title of your blog because all three words truly ring true for me! God and fitness are a priority and I too suffer from mental illness….as do a lot of people.

    Posted 8.13.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much Natalie! Although I can’t take much credit for the title, I swear God pushed me towards it.

      Posted 8.14.20 Reply
  113. Alexandra Y wrote:

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted 8.13.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you and your welcome Alexandra!

      Posted 8.14.20 Reply
  114. Thomas L wrote:

    great prize

    Posted 8.14.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you Thomas!

      Posted 8.14.20 Reply
  115. Kim Avery wrote:

    I am enjoying your new blog. I always thought I had good control of my mental health until this pandemic hit! For months I’ve been running around and doing for others which is good but I’ve lost a lot of me time. I need to start a new structure since it looks like no end in sight!

    Posted 8.15.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much and good luck in working on your mental health.

      Posted 8.17.20 Reply
  116. Darlene R wrote:

    I’m very much into natural supplements and love to learn more all the time. I strive to try and take natural supplements versus prescription meds. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and being only 57yrs old and I’ve lost both my parents, and all three of my sisters, leaves me feeling so sad and alone. I love to read and connect with other people and see how they’re coping with grief and depression. So happy that I found this blog, it’s so interesting to me. Thank you for the opportunity of your giveaway. Good luck with everything.

    Posted 8.17.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you so much! I use supplements too.

      Posted 8.17.20 Reply
  117. Dana Scott wrote:

    I commented on the “at my heaviest now” article, because I am also at my heaviest now.

    Posted 8.18.20 Reply
  118. Harsha S Patil wrote:

    The world needs advice on mental health now more than ever, hope you deliver.
    Good luck with the blog.

    Posted 8.21.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you.

      Posted 8.22.20 Reply
  119. Katie W wrote:

    Congrats on the launch!

    Posted 8.23.20 Reply
  120. Victoria Rotino wrote:

    Entering your giveaway here. I REALLY appreciate your website as it is devoted to mental illness as well. I’m bookmarking your blog as future reference so I can read when I feel down. I suffer from extreme anxiety and depression so I thank you for making this blog.

    Posted 8.24.20 Reply
  121. al wrote:

    Seriously?

    Posted 8.25.20 Reply
  122. miranda evangelista wrote:

    thanks for sharing

    Posted 8.25.20 Reply
    • Rita wrote:

      Thank you.

      Posted 8.25.20 Reply
      • Stephanie Shipley wrote:

        As someone who also struggles with mental illness and is working on getting shape, I look forward to reading more blog posts from you!

        Posted 8.27.20 Reply
  123. Jessica Walker wrote:

    I just subscribed. This is a great site and I look forward to reading more articles.

    Posted 8.26.20 Reply
  124. Jessica B. wrote:

    Congratulations on the new blog! I love those quotes on perseverance you shared because I can also relate to the “try and try again” mentality. All glory to God along the way!

    Posted 8.26.20 Reply
  125. Jess Mace wrote:

    Congrats on the launch! I know it can be nerve raking to jump into something new!

    Posted 8.27.20 Reply
  126. Frank Stuart wrote:

    I found the article on mental wellness especially good. I have suffered from depression for many years and it is something you have to learn to deal and live with. Medicines help some,, but a lot of it is dependent on our coping skills and life habits.

    Posted 8.27.20 Reply
  127. Christopher Kingdon wrote:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Great article.

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  128. James Nickerson wrote:

    So glad to read other people struggle with mental issues, helps me knowing others struggle

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  129. Always stay positive .Everything with God is posible.

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  130. RACHEL wrote:

    Congrats on the launch! This must be so exciting!

    Posted 8.29.20 Reply
  131. Stephan Grant wrote:

    The COVID pandemic has caused stress and anxiety for many people; hoping that your launch can reach some of them.

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  132. Jovan B. wrote:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  133. Emma Rosa Galindo wrote:

    MY GOD IS MY SHEPPERD!!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  134. Kayla Klontz wrote:

    COngratulations on your launch, I love this article!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  135. Robin wrote:

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  136. Rhonda wrote:

    Thank you for this giveaway and congratulations on your launch 🙂

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  137. jessica wrote:

    congratulations ! i love that you have an outlet now !

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  138. Dericka Buckles wrote:

    Congratulations! It’s so good to see something that’s intended for real people with real issues. It’s different and I think I’m going to enjoy reading your blogs.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  139. M. L. wrote:

    I’ve struggled and it took me years to find a good therapist…but I have to say that the pandemic has been hard…and I know exactly what you mean about living up to others expectations. 🙁

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  140. stephanie bruce wrote:

    Thank you very much for the giveaway I hope to win. I look forward to reading your book at the library!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  141. courtney haas wrote:

    congrats! I struggle from anxiety too

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  142. Kayla McLeod wrote:

    Thank you so much for all that you are doing, it is very inspiring and I appreciate all the work you have put in for your launch!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  143. MNS wrote:

    Such a generous giveaway.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  144. Olivia Parker wrote:

    We all can use help! I like the quote from Thomas Edison. I am from Michigan. Thank You

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  145. Patricia Biggar wrote:

    Looking forward to reading your blog

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  146. Audrey Stewart wrote:

    Having lost my job, I have finally had a couple of leads. I could sure use this money as well as everyone else that has entered.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  147. Julieh wrote:

    Thank you for an inspirational blog and not one that tears people down. Let’s hold each other up.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  148. Amy Smeltzer wrote:

    I commented on your anxiety post.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  149. Michelle wrote:

    Very inspirational. Thank you.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  150. Philip Lawrence wrote:

    They all 3 have to go together or the whole collapses from within!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  151. Steve Stone wrote:

    THANKS FOR THE GREAT CONTEST. LOVE THE SITE.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  152. Sarah wrote:

    This is going to be a great new blog!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  153. Leigh Nichols wrote:

    So glad that I found this!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply