Why Halloween Is a "Shouldn't": Stop Dreading Weight Loss

Oct 28, 2019

 

Halloween is not a holiday.

I know I’m going to ruffle some feathers today. But ultimately, this post IS NOT about whether or not you should celebrate Halloween.  That’s not my point.

But if you want to get to the good point, you’ll have to hear me out about Halloween….

 

We don’t celebrate Halloween at our house.  We haven’t for years.  My kids don’t dress up.  They don’t go trick or treating.  We don’t have parties or decorations. 

We DO have a family fun night on the 31st though (so don't worry, my kids are not deprived).

It’s not because I stand on some morally high ground and oppose the “holiday” (Even though I don’t understand why you want to celebrate ghosts, scary monsters and skeletons.  I bet you’ve never seen a dead body with its skeleton coming out.  If you did, I bet you wouldn’t want to use it as...

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Waiting to Make a Change

Oct 21, 2019

 

Will waiting get you the results you want?


I had a big decision to make.  I could transform my life but I had to make a big investment to get it.

My initial reaction was to wait.

At first, it seemed logical to wait.  I could wait and just work on implementing the nutrition and exercise tools I already had.  I had been doing a lot of research and gained a lot of knowledge.  It seemed logical that now I just needed to refine the tools and the follow through.

Yep.  I just needed a plan and follow through.

I could do this on my own and not have to make the monetary investment.

That was my decision.

Until….

I heard a little voice ask me, “Will waiting get you the results you want?”

At first the question seemed silly. 

Well, no.  Waiting won’t.  But I’m not going to wait.  I’m going to start tomorrow.

Then I realized…

Starting tomorrow is waiting…

Ok then.  I’ll make a plan...

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Your Comfort Zone Will Kill You

Oct 14, 2019

 

I saw a pin on Pinterest the other day that read, “Your comfort zone will kill you.”

It stopped me dead in my tracks. Ok, maybe it just stopped my endless scrolling.  It sure did get my attention!

I realized I agreed with it.  Looking back a couple of years ago in my life, I can see how my comfort zone was killing me. Both literally and figuratively.


The word comfort has two meanings: 

  1. a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.
  2. to ease or lessen another’s sadness, sorrow or pain

One is a noun the other is a verb. Lets talk about the noun, the state of comfort.


Isn’t it nice to be in a state of comfort?  When I think about comfort, I think about a big comfy bed, with freshly laundered sheets, fluffy pillows and piles of warm blankets.  (Can you tell that my mind is already preparing me for winter and my desperate desire to try to be warm!)  I also imagine a big cup of piping hot coffee with a...

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Joyful in Friendship

Oct 07, 2019

 

The other day I came across a Facebook post where a woman was complaining about how she believed friends where hard to come by and keep.  Especially Christian ones.  At the end she was asking for other women's thoughts and advice.

After reading, I had this "ah ha" moment.  I knew I had to write a comment back along with expand on this topic more with you.

First, let me share what shocked me. 

At any other time in my past I would have agreed with this woman. BUT I DON’T AGREE ANYMORE!

 

This was an absolutely joyous moment for me.

You see, I never had good friends growing up.  I wasn’t necessarily “disliked”, but I was not “liked” either.  I would say, I was the girl who was forgotten about. Of course, this is just my thoughts about my past.  Someone else might disagree.  But the point is, that is how I identified myself for the longest time.  

Since I identified...

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The Beauty of Contrast in Life

Sep 30, 2019

Just the other day it was a beautiful, sunny, 70 degree, fall day.  The leaves are turning brilliant yellow, orange and red while being contrasted by the bright green of the luscious grass.  It was glorious.  One of those days you wish would last all year.

That’s actually what the announcer on our local Christian radio station said.  She made a comment to the effect that everyday should be like this until mid-May.

Oh, that sounded lovely!

But… for only about one minute.

 

I was driving to pick up my kiddos from school when I heard her comment.  I hate to admit this, but I often start day dreaming in the car.  At this particular time, that’s exactly what I started to do.  I started to imagine what life would be like if every day was like that glorious day.  How we could play outside every day.  How we would be able to take in this stunning portrait of nature that God was giving.  How we could go biking, hiking...

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What Makes You Fat and What to Do About It

Sep 23, 2019

 Things that DON’T make you fat….

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Carbs
  • Gluten
  • Skipping Breakfast
  • Fast food
  • Eating every two hours
  • Obese parents
  • Your husband’s grocery shopping
  • Kids eating every two hours
  • Picky eating habits

Things that DO make you fat….

  • Consistently over eating and hating yourself for it

This was not originally my idea.  I got this post idea from Jordan Syatt.  Just didn’t want to plagiarize.  But I did add a few of my own items to the lists.

 

I LOVE doing consults with potential clients.  It is my FAVORITE thing ever.  I love it because you can just “see” (I guess actually I hear since I do them over the phone) their minds working to give all the excuses as to why they are the weight they are currently. 

AND WE ALL DO THIS!!

Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the...

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Living Your Future Now

Sep 16, 2019

 

“By faith Noah, when we was warned about the things NO ONE COULD FORSEE, respected God and built an ark…” Hebrews 11: 7a

Can we talk about minute about the future?

Are you able to visualize it?

Do you know what will come?

 

I used to think the answer was no.  I believe now the answer is yes.

Now, don’t close your computer.  Hear me out.

 

When I say that I believe we can see the future, I don’t mean all the details. I am not sure about where I will be living or what car I will be driving 20 years from now.  I don’t even know if I’ll be on this earth any more. 

But, I can say with certainty a few things about the future.  I know that I will maintain a healthy weight.  I know that I will be blessed beyond measure.  I know I will be helping women live more abundant lives.  I know that I will be loving my husband, kids and the rest of my family.  And what I am most sure of,...

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I Don't Measure Up

Sep 09, 2019

 

I ran a Ragnar a couple of weeks ago. If you have no knowledge about a Ragnar, let me fill you in. It is a long-distance race that is ran by a team of runners- any runner crazy enough will do! Each runner completes a different leg of the race, with someone running both day and night for two days, completing the distance of approximately 200 miles.

About a month before the race I wanted to back out.  All the unknowns and fears about the race almost stopped me from being a part of this amazing experience.

Yes. Now that I’m done, I can say it was pretty amazing.

My teammates were awesome and I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.  On top of that, the sense of accomplishment is overwhelming….

Until it wasn’t.

During the race I was surrounded by all these remarkable people.  They complete some pretty hard things.  Many of them have ran marathons while raising 5 kids, working a full-time job, volunteering for their local food shelter,...

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Making Bad Decisions at Night? Here's Why...

Sep 02, 2019

 

Let’s talk fatigue.  I’m not going to get into physical fatigue but it does play a part in what fatigue I am going to talk about.  What I really want to discuss with you is …

 

DECISION FATIGUE

 

It is real and it is happening to you.

Do you know what decision fatigue is?

You know when you’ve had a very physically demanding day.  Maybe you have been working in the yard all day or maybe you did a very strenuous workout.  By the end of the day, your muscles are sore and you can barely lift the water glass to your mouth.  You then realize your physical abilities are exhausted. 

The same goes mentally.

 

Your ability, mentally, to make good decisions deteriorates through out the day when you are forced to make choices.  What does this create?  Bad decisions near the end of the day.

I have so many women tell me that they eat well all day until after work or after they put their kids to bed.  Then...

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Stop the "Stuckness" and GO with Intention

Aug 26, 2019

 

Who is ready for back to school?!

Maybe you have already sent your kids back or will in the next week or so.  My kiddos don't get back into the "grind" of school until after Labor Day.

But I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!

 

As much as I have LOVED my summer and my kids being home, I am looking forward to having a “normal” routine again. 

My kids… not so much.  They all like school.  It's not pulling teeth to get them to go, but they enjoy all the fun activities and vacations summer brings.  They enjoy the warm weather and playing outside.  They enjoy using their time as they please.  To them, it feels like they are giving that all up.

 

I had a conversation with my kiddos about this the other day.  They were complaining about having to go back to school and missing out on sleeping in and swimming every day.  I reminded them that this wasn’t actually what they did every day.  A lot of days were...

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