You Are Loved

Nothing drives me more bonkers about this time of year than being bombarded by messages about “weight loss”. Isn’t it everywhere you turn? I have posts from people all over my social media telling me how 2019 is going to be their year because they are committing to this or that and they are going to loose ___ pounds by February or March. New Years Resolutions surrounding weight loss are crazy right now.

And, I get it. I do. But what if we went into 2019 with realistic goals.What if instead of saying we want to loose X number of pounds — what if we went in saying we want to be healthier. What if we instead focused on how we want to FEEL instead of how we want to LOOK.

Listen, I started this whole heath journey because I wasn’t healthy. AT. ALL. I didn’t have a number of pounds I wanted to loose. What I wanted was to FEEL better about myself. What I wanted was to be HAPPIER. What I wanted was to be HEALTHIER. What I wanted was to show my kids the best version of THIS Momma.

What I can tell you about the best version of me is that she is quite content with how I look. I don’t need a 6 pack or be a size 4. I am the best version of myself not because I lost weight but because I decided to CHOOSE healthy and yes, I did loose weight but that number on the scale doesn’t define me. I don’t diet. I don’t measure or weigh my foods. I fill my body with the foods that I know work best for MY body. And when I do make choices that aren’t so healthy I don’t feel guilty about those choices. Sitting down and eating 3 cookies with my daughter that she made is not something to feel anything but LOVE for.

Listen Momma, don’t get caught up in all those posts about how you should look a certain way in 2019. Don’t tell yourself that you need to loose X number of pounds or that if you did you’d be happier. I’m here to tell you girl, loosing that weight might make you temporarily happy but it won’t stick. You need to made sustainable changes.

Want to be healthier in 2019? Then maybe you commit to moving your body everyday for 20 minutes — whatever that looks like for you. Maybe you commit to spending time each day making cookies with your kids, reading books, playing a game or doing something else that makes you happy. Maybe you fill your plate with veggies instead of unhealthy things. Maybe you walk around the block twice a week. Do what works best for YOU and your LIFE — not someone else’s.

Girl, you are worth more than some number on the scale. Go into 2019 thinking about how you want to FEEL and write that down. Focus on the things that will help you get to that feeling each and every day. And, girl, please, please don’t feel bad about yourself.

You are loved.

You are worthy of whatever it is that you want. 💜

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Why You Should Lead With Gratitude

Some people may think I’m crazy for doing what I do – getting up everyday and working out so I can be healthy. 💪🏻 There are numerous reasons I do it. I can list them all here and maybe some of them would resonate with you or maybe they wouldn’t and you’d still think I was a little nuts. 🙄 And that’s okay … I’m fine with that because I know WHY I do it. I will however, share one thing with you. Here it is.
 
22 years is a long time to live without someone you love 💗 . Today marks the day that my life changed … 22 years ago I lost my Dad unexpectedly to a heart attack. I will tell you that after all these years I still feel sad and although the sadness is different, much different than it was 22 years ago… I still get sad. I often wonder what my life would have been like if he was still here. I was just a teenager when he died and I know that loosing him shaped who I am today. He never saw me graduate from high school, earn my degree, or get married. He’s never met my husband and my kiddos have never had the chance to sit on grandpa’s lap and read a story. These are all things that I wonder about every day.

 

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A Little of This and a Little of That …

I’ve survived the Christmas season. Why is it that we make Christmas cray cray crazy? Seriously … why?

This year I tried really hard to make the whole Christmas experience magical and less crazy for our kids. In case you’ve forgotten, I already live that most ridiculous lifestyle … I’ve got four kids, and a husband who’s away half the month for work. Yes, coffee is my fuel most days. I survive on it. I used to be one of those people who only enjoyed coffee occasionally and never past 3 pm. If I drank it too late, I could most definitely count on being awake until the wee hours of the morning. Now, coffee is in my blood stream for most of the day and into the evening. When I do manage to hit the pillow at the end of the day, I am utterly exhausted. So, sure, I’ll have another cup. Anyway, I digress, back to the Christmas season talk…. Continue reading “A Little of This and a Little of That …”

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Catching Up

Yup, I’m baaaaaack! So it’s taken me a while to get back in the saddle … so to speak. Its definitely been a wild ride.

I’ve left you all hanging for quite a while now, so I’ll spill the beans and let you know what’s been happening in my world.

So, I managed to carry my twins all the way to the end! Woot woot! (Applause!) Let me tell you that being pregnant with twins wasn’t a cake walk. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. Those 6 months (we found out at 3 months in we were expecting twins) were filled with worry and anxiety and, well, exhaustion. Continue reading “Catching Up”

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And then there were SIX …..

Okay, so it’s been a while again …

I have been wanting to get on and post something for a while now, but finding the time to sit and have the energy has been difficult. I’ve got a secret you see … I’ve had a hard time getting on here, well, because life has thrown me for a loop. It’s a good loop, but a very big one … or two!

So, ready for it? My fun, frugal gluten free family of four is turning into SIX! If you must, take a moment and read that again…

Yes, we are having twins … TWINS! After a lot of repeating the word twins in my head, it has finally sunk in and become a reality. And, well, the exponential rate of growth I am experiencing also brings it into reality! Continue reading “And then there were SIX …..”

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