Blogs That Help Me Stay Motivated

Welp folks… my 7 month free for all is officially over. And I’ve got the love handles to prove it.

I stepped on the scale today, the first Friday after the holidays, and the number was NOT pretty. I don’t even want to tell you what it was. It hurts my feelings.

I know this is a weight loss struggle blog and all but I think I’m going to keep that number under wraps until my first weekly weigh in next Friday. That way I have an opportunity to redeem myself a bit. I also need to take my before pictures. I’ve recruited my friend who is an amazing photographer to officially do it on a monthly basis. I did this for three reasons…

1. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have my daughter take my pictures anymore. She’s at a sensitive age and I don’t want her to see me pay so much attention to my aesthetics like that. I don’t think it’s fair.

2. This way nobody can steal my before and after pictures (again) because she will be putting a watermark on them.

3. If I have a date for a photo shoot once a month I will be less likely to justify not staying on track. (Wearing booty shorts in your own house is one thing. Wearing them at someone else’s house is a whole other thing.)

So in preparations for this new change I did what any good American would do. I ate everything I’m not going to be allowed to eat. On New Year’s Eve Brent and I celebrated during the day because he had to work on New Year’s Day. We took care of all of the food categories that I am extinguishing from my life.

And by food categories I mean alcohol and greasy bar food…

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Yes, I bought a box of wine.

I bought it when I went on break from school and I tried my darndest to drink it all during the holidays. But I just couldn’t quite do it. I’m not an alcoholic, I just don’t like being told I can’t do things… even if I am the one who says I can’t do it.

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I would not have reacted kindly to the prohibition…

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Funnily enough, more of that wine was dumped out due to the fact that I would pour a glass and forget about it instead, opting for something a bit more hydrating. I’ve got to get a handle on my bratty ways because there is quite a bit that I am going to have to forgo in order to reach my goals.

I woke up on New Year’s Day excited but kind of confused. I knew what I needed to do I just didn’t know where to begin. As I stood in my kitchen pondering what to eat I looked out the window and saw my good luck charm floating in the air.

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I took that as a sign that great things were in store for me this year. Shortly after I made breakfast for Penelope and I before heading for the grocery store.

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I didn’t really know where to start at the grocery store. I didn’t want to go overboard buying stuff just because it was healthy. So I just stuck to my staples for when I’m not sure what to make in an attempt at eating clean… veggies to roast and meat to grill.

This first week is going to be the hardest because I’m not going to be allowed to listen to my body until it has undergone a detox. It’s going to tell me I “need” things that will sabotage me until I clean out my system. That is why I’m going 100% for 6 weeks. I need to reset my mind and body.

Working out isn’t hard to me, I enjoy it. The hard part is figuring out what to eat.

Here is a list of my favorite food blogs for picking out simple yummy meals that will help me lose weight.

1. Skinnytaste When I’m first starting out on eating right I usually pick most of my meals from Skinnytaste.com. She has all of the nutrition information readily available. She even calculates Weight Watcher’s points for those of you who use that program.

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Anytime I make something healthy and yummy Brent automatically assumes I got the recipe from Skinny Taste because it is so family friendly.

2. Pinch of Yum Lindsay, the blogger of this site doesn’t claim to be a health site. However, she has a love for clean healthy foods. You can tell just by looking at her that she lives a clean balanced life.

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Plus, she makes food interesting. I plan making several of her salads during the weekend and turning them into mason jar salads for lunches throughout the week. I also like the way she has her recipes organized, you can find what you are looking for in a snap.

3. Iowa Girl Eats I’ve referred to this blog several times. Once again, Kristin, the blogger is not a “health” blogger but she strives to live a healthy balanced life as well. This means that the majority of her recipes are “diet” friendly.

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Kristin is responsible for creating my all time favorite kale salad recipe and my go-to chicken harvest soup recipe as well. Plus, any time I email her with blogger questions (like is it normal for bloggers to get their faces stolen on the internet?) she’s always willing to give me some good advice and support.

Staying motivated is another factor that I have a problem with. I am really good at negotiating. I can justify just about anything. Therefore, it helps me to look outward to other healthy lifestyle bloggers to see how they go about their daily lives. Because lets face it… the only reason you read this blog is because I’m like a cross between your best friend from high school and a pirate. It may not be motivating but it can be entertaining simply because you have no idea what might come out of my mouth (or fingers).

My favorite (Legit) Healthy Lifestyle Bloggers…

1. Kath Eats Real Food Kath is kind of perfect and sometimes it gets on my nerves because… well… I’m not. BUT at the same time I love reading her posts and seeing how she keeps her shit together because she shows that it is possible.

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Plus, her life is just so picture perfect you can’t help but enjoy it.

2. Carrots N’ Cake– Tina is another blogger who you kind of want to punch in the face simply because she just had a baby and still has amazing abs. She claims to have been fat at one point but I’m not sure I believe her.

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She blogs about her daily life which usually includes balancing motherhood with eating healthy and working out.

3. Fitnessista– This is another blogger who shows you how to go about your daily life in a happy healthy way.

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Her husband is in the military and it seems like every time I check in on her she is moving somewhere else. But she always just seems to go with the flow and continues to carry on with her healthy lifestyle.

All of these blogs have aided in helping me gain perspective while I try to lose weight. To be honest, when I have been the most successful I had taken the time to check in on these blogs. They have helped me gain perspective throughout the process.

I hope they help you get motivated for any changes you may hope to make during the New Year!

I’ll be writing a post soon on meal prep… something I’m going to have to conquer since I work full time now.

5 Fundamentals of Weight Loss Success

I think weight loss could possibly be one of the biggest mind games you can play in your lifetime. I have been on several spectrums of this game…

I’ve been lost.

I’ve been defeated.

I’ve been confused.

I’ve been overconfident.

I’ve been overwhelmed.

I’ve been lazy.

I’ve been successful…

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What no one tells you that there is no finish line. You. are. never. finished.

This might disappoint some of you but I’ve learned a lot through the process of struggling publicly with my weight. And the truth is there are great rewards to be found within the process. The happiest I’ve ever felt is while I’m on a journey to better myself. Whether it be school, health, motherhood… There is something to be said for the striving part of the process because your strength hides within the struggle.

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Life is full of ups and downs and unfortunately my body weight tends to fluctuate with those highs and lows. (The fact that people actually read this blog leads me to believe that I’m not alone.) In all truth, I haven’t actively tried to lose weight for about a year. I’ll spare you the long story and just say that after having lost a baby this summer through an ectopic pregnancy, I found myself slipping from my healthy ways. Add a job to the mix and the guilt of no longer being a stay-at-home mom and I’ve found the pounds creeping back on. Now, on the verge of a new year, I’ve found myself in major need of a health overhaul.

The good news is that I’ve already done this and I can skip all of the confusing aspects of losing weight and get straight to work. The bad news is that I’ve already done this…

This may be fortunate for you because I have done all of the leg work for you. Here is my opportunity to condense two years worth of weight loss blogging into a list of things you need in order to successfully lose weight.

 5 Fundamentals of Weight Loss Success

1. Get Mentally Prepared– The very first step to having a magical transformation (inside and out) is to have a major attitude adjustment. You need to abolish all self-doubt.

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If you think it is impossible to lose weight then it will be. If you think you won’t be able to have your dream body then you won’t. It’s all up to you. The most important key to all of this is to believe in yourself. I know this is the corniest, cheesiest cliche there is… but it’s true.

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Don’t sit around waiting for something to inspire you. Actively seek it out. I love looking at weight loss transformations. Find inspirational quotes. Listen to music. Read some books. Visualize who you want to be both physically and mentally and be that person.

Don’t waste time bashing yourself for where you are. It doesn’t matter what happened to get you to where you are today. You need to get over it. Quit looking for excuses, instead find ways to conquer anything that may come your way. It doesn’t matter how in shape you were five years ago or what the number is on the scale right now.

This doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect. It just means that you won’t look for ways to victimize yourself. If you screw up. You screw up. That’s all there is to it. The only thing to be done about that is to move forward. And when you move forward you will do it without bullying yourself. In other words… don’t be an asshole ūüôā <—- Do you like how I added the smiley face here. That is my passive aggressive way of saying. “Sorry, I’m not sorry.”

2. Move Your Ass- Nobody cares how cool your workout is. The key to weight loss is exercise. If you are just getting started it doesn’t matter what you do. It could be something trendy or something super lame. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. Lift some milk jugs. Do some planks. Ultimately it doesn’t matter what it is as long as you move. After you’ve gotten some momentum then you can worry about planning your workouts in accordance to the results that you are looking for.

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Don’t let not having a gym membership be an excuse for not being able to work out. (I’ve tried that.) There are several at home workouts available on pinterest. There are also some really inexpensive options as far as gyms are concerned. Plus, there is always the sidewalk.

Personally, my plan is to balance lifting weights, spin class (even though it kills my vagina), running, yoga and having a dance party on the elliptical machine.

*If this video doesn’t show up on my blog the way that I want it to I highly recommend clicking on the link…

3. Nutrition- For me… this is the hardest part. I have been so confused on this topic throughout the years. There are so many diets to choose from. Crossfit people pushed me to do paleo. Old school diets say to stay away from fat. This threw me off for a long time. However, over the years I have learned how to cut the crap and get down to business.

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The simple truth is that it is all about numbers. You can eat a paleo diet but if you eat 3000 calories of organic beef and roasted nuts you aren’t going to lose any weight. It doesn’t matter how many veggies you squeezed in there. On the other hand you can eat all “diet food” and still be eating junk.

Counting Calories…

For me, the best way to lose weight is to cut out processed crap, eat a variety of healthy fresh foods and to count calories (not obsess over them). When I lose weight I cap my intake to 1600 calories a day. However, if I’ve had a particularly hard work out and my body tells me to eat more I will. You have to find a balance between holding yourself accountable without being a total psycho about it.

The key to successfully dieting via calorie counting without feeling deprived is to make sure that you choose your foods wisely. It’s not just the amount of calories you eat but the quality of calories you are ingesting. This does not mean that it is okay to eat a McDonald’s cheese burger even if it fits within your calorie intake. Your body knows you aren’t getting the nutrients it needs so it will prompt you to eat more. I feel best when I balance my carbohydrates, fats and proteins with each meal… (I try to make the majority of my carbohydrates come from fruits and veggies.) 1200 calories is the minimum amount of calories you can eat with out officially crossing over to starvation mode (eating disorders). I would only recommend this amount for the most sedentary person. Keep in mind, if you are looking to build your strength 1200 calories are not enough to build any type of muscle. In other words you won’t find that lean toned look you might be looking for.

Supplements…

As a blogger I have been given offers by several companies who want me to push products to my readers. But here is the truth. You don’t need any of that crap. You don’t need supplements. You don’t need pills. After seeing all of the damage society has done to us through processed crap why would you buy more processed crap to help you find your ultimate health?

You don’t have to have a ton of money in order to lose weight. The majority of your weight loss cost should be in the form of groceries… and tighter fitting clothing ūüėČ

4. Hydrate- It is so important to hydrate yourself. Not only for weight loss but for your health in general. I could regurgitate all of the information I’ve found throughout the years but I think I’ll just skip that part and leave you this link just in case you are interested. Twelve Unexpected Reasons To Drink More Water This New Year

FYI: vodka is not interchangeable with water… I’ve tried.

After the holidays I’m going to have to go on a Starbucks cleanse… as in, I’m not going to drink Starbucks anymore. If I need coffee I’ll drink iced coffee that I make at home (because I can drink iced coffee black). If I need something warm to cozy up to during these winter months I’ll opt for tea.

I’ve also decided to give up all alcohol until Valentine’s Day. I just need to kick-start some new healthy habits. Plus, it’ll make me a cheap Valentine date which my husband will appreciate.

5. Commit- Just do it! What are you waiting for? If you have quite a bit of weight to shed you will find a comfort zone about half way through. Keep going! Don’t give up. At this point, if you did things the right way, you will have found joy in the process. You have not been deprived, you will have enjoyed tons of new delicious foods. You will have taken pride in your strength and your endurance. Why would you stop here? Make it a lifestyle. If something throws you off balance get back to it as fast as you can.

The hardest part of losing weight are the mind games you will try to play with yourself. You will try to justify why you should be able to do things that will derail you. Just know that you’ll do this, cut the crap and stay the course. It doesn’t matter if you had a bad day, or if the scale didn’t budge last week, or that you really need want a cheeseburger. You have a goal in mind and you will regret it if you don’t follow through with it.

can'tsintocansOnce you get in the right mindset, the pounds will fall off and you will find your happy place.

I’m so excited to start fresh!¬† I don’t have a specific number in mind. However, I have a few physical attributes I’ll be keeping an eye out for… I want a flat stomach, preferably with some muscle tone. I want you to be able to see my arm muscles without flexing. I want nice side boobs, the kind that doesn’t melt into my back fat. In other words, I want to be fit.

I can’t wait to show you! (Well, except for the side boob. I’ll keep that under wraps.)

Weekly weigh-ins are coming back on Fridays as are monthly pictures and measurements. My goal is to have made significant progress by Valentines Day… my first cheat day.

I need to prove to myself that I am fully committed so I’m pretty much going through a six week cleanse. Plus it would be nice to feel like a complete hottie on that particular day.

Being a teacher I am really looking forward to having the summer months off. I would like to get to a point physically where I am extremely proud of myself by then. All of the hard work I put in will just be an active reminder of the good things to come.

As always I invite you to join me on Fridays for these weigh-ins.

¬© The Prude Cowering In The Corner

Since the beginning of time I dreamed of that moment in my life when I was supremely organized and put together. This vision of myself usually involved getting up before the crack of dawn and working out before anyone else in the world was awake.¬†To me this symbolized the greatest amount of self discipline around. This is probably due to my youthful obsession with Rocky¬†and the Karate Kid…

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From these movies I learned that waking up and training hard meant winning. After we returned from our Thanksgiving vacation in St. Louis I felt that I needed to kick things up a notch. This could have also been triggered by the fact that I felt like a walking water bed due to the indulgence of the week #notwinning. I’m not entirely convinced it was the Thanksgiving feast that did me in but the munching that took place during the 14 hour drive there and back that did it. Penelope watched Frozen no less than ten times during this trip and I was trying to drown it out with my munching before I felt the urge to punch Olaf in the face.

Let it goooo… munch munch munch… Let it goooooo… crunch crunch crunch

When we returned I went gym shopping. We have friends who own different gyms around town but I needed a place that was open at 4 in the morning… Yes, that’s right, I said 4. Luckily for me the 24 hour fitness near my home and work was having a black Friday sale and I was able to sign up fairly simple. Plus they had a space designated for the types of work outs I used to do with Brent back in the day when he wasn’t burned out on training people. IMG_2580 1175494_10201934710910216_495527545_n¬†¬†Oh how I miss that!

Since Brent is officially Mr. Mom while I’m away at work he refuses to train me anymore, but I’ve learned enough from him to develop my own workouts.

I got the membership on Sunday and woke up at 4 on Monday for the sleepy trek to the gym. My biggest concern about working out in the morning before work was figuring out how I was going to manage to fix my hair.  It goes down to my waist and takes forever to dry. I had no idea how I was going to be able to fix it in time for work when I was done working out.

I don’t wash my hair everyday because my hair stylist friend told me that it will break and dry out my hair. So I usually wash my hair every other day. Working out poses a threat to this routine because… well, sweat.

I asked Amanda, my hairdresser friend what she does. She also has long hair that looks perfect all of the time despite the fact that she works out sometimes twice a day. I asked her what her trick was¬†and she said… “Dry shampoo.”

So that’s what I did. I washed my hair the night before and went to sleep with it wet. Then when I went to the gym I tied my hair in a bun on my head and worked my water bed butt off. I was sweaty but not too super sweaty thanks to the humongous fans that were blowing down on me from the ceiling.

After I was done with my work out I made my way into the women’s locker room for a quick shower to rinse my body off and wash my face.

Now, can I make a confession?

I usually avoid the locker room. There is just something about public pubic hair that really bothers me. So of course as soon as I walk in the first thing I see is a lady standing in her bra and nothing else.

As a rule I think your underpants should be the last thing to go. If I were to write out a locker room etiquette book this would be number one.

Locker Room Etiquette Book

1. If you are limited to one item of clothing that piece of clothing needs to be your panties.

2. Being topless is acceptable but only if necessary.

3. Public pubic hair should be avoided at all costs.

4. Seriously… nobody needs to see that.

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After surviving the shower I blow-dried the rest of the lingering sweat from my hair. When I was done I sprayed a little more dry shampoo and proceeded to curl my hair. It turned out perfect. (Which is weird considering how gross the whole blow drying your sweat thing sounds.)

Today I woke up with my second day hair. I was afraid it would be gross thanks to the sweating that occurred the day before but surprisingly it was still perfect. My second day hair tends to be braid day. As far as Penelope is concerned this means it is dress up like Anna and Elsa day.

As soon as she saw my “Elsa hair” she had to have her “Anna hair”. This entails pigtail braids and arguing with a two year old on whether¬†wearing a princess dress to her babysitter’s house is considered appropriate¬†or not.

Needless to say, she won that argument.

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I tried to take a picture of my hair to show you how perfect it looked on day two for this post before we left the house. But by the time I had chased Penelope down, wrestled her out of her pajamas, fought the tooth brush battle, packed her things for the day and then repacked them again after she unpacked them, I was left with a pulsing headache and pulsing forehead veins to go with it.

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But forehead veins aside, my hair still looked pretty good ūüėČ

The point is I can mark the “I won’t have time to fix my hair at the gym” excuse off of the list.

Now, we just need to decide whether it may or may not be beneficial to stop taking selfies at the age of 34 due to the forehead veins and wrinkles. But that’s a post for another day.

P.S. For any reader who just so happened to stumble upon my blog by typing the phrase “Public Pubic Hair” into the search engine… I’m not so sure I’m comfortable with you reading my blog. Weirdo.

Time To Remove My Clark Kent Glasses

You know what? Sometimes I wear my sports bra to work.

True story.

I do this for two reasons: 1.) Sometimes the girls get on my nerves and I need to push them out of the way a bit. 2.) I can go on a little impromptu athletic excursion during my work break…. with support.

It kind of makes me feel like Superman. At first glimpse I look like a nerdy teacher in professional gear but underneath lies the key to my super powers… a sports bra.

I even have the Clark Kent glasses.

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For the past two weeks it has been dead winter in these parts. As soon as I gathered the motivation and organization needed to go on these little outdoor excursions in between teaching classes this happened…

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And then this happened…

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(There’s hot chocolate somewhere underneath that mound of whipped cream.)

At first it was really fun! We watched movies and snuggled. And watched movies and snuggled. and watched movies and snuggled… “Okay, you can get off me now… Seriously, get off me!!!”

Cabin fever ran rampant and we started to resort to weird ways of entertaining ourselves while we waited for the cold weather to pass…

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Before long the fun faded and I got SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder, if you must). I didn’t want to spend one more evening in my pajama pants. I needed to get out. I needed exercise! When I started working full time I let my gym membership expire.¬† Since I started working so much I wasn’t using it. When this happened I figured I could just go outside and run, but as you could see there was a two week span when that wasn’t going to happen.

So without a gym I decided to get a punch pass for our local rec center. Brent and I agreed I could go work out during the evenings that Bridget had swim team practice. I thought this was a great idea. Our rec center was huge I had never ventured upstairs but I was sure they would have all of the equipment I would need. After I bought my pass we all marched up stairs to see what I would have to work with.

It turned out to be a play pin with a handful of cardio equipment shoved in the corner. The feng shui was totally off. I felt claustrophobic just looking at it. As soon as we saw it I turned around and walked out.

I could feel the tears prick my eyes and I wanted to walk ahead of Brent so that he wouldn’t notice. I was acting like a baby and I knew it. But I was really looking forward to having this moment to myself where I could work out and feel good. There was no way I could accomplish this in that little stinky baby play pen. (Yes, I am fully aware that my reaction indicates that a play pen was exactly where I belonged… but that’s not the point.)

What was done was done. I had twelve passes to use up before I could come up with another option. The first Swim Team day arrived and Brent had already made plans for cooking dinner and had already cleaned the house. As soon as I walked in the door from work he asked me if I was going to the gym. I started to come up with an excuse as to why I couldn’t and I could see Brent’s eyes rolling into the back of his head before I could even finish my sentence and gave up.

I was being stupid. I went upstairs and changed into my gym clothes and decided to just give it a try.

When we arrived to the rec center Bridget made her way to the pool and I trudged up the stairs. I chose to work out on an elliptical machine because it was the only thing that wasn’t shoved into a corner. I grumbled to myself as I shoved my ear buds in my head. I started out shuffling along half-heartedly but then something happened. I forgot where I was, I forgot what I was doing and I just enjoyed my music and the feeling of my muscles coming back to life. My lungs burned at first because it had been a while since I had fully utilized them. But even the burning sensation started to fade as I was lost in myself.

In myself… the one place where I can find happiness.

It was then that an epiphany hit me. I don’t need a super fancy gym to obtain my goals, or anything that I could buy for that matter. The answer to my success is simply from within, something I’ve always known but I rarely acknowledge.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it’s that time of year…

The one where leeches come out of the wood work. They know that you are going to eat your weight in pumpkin pie and Christmas cookies so they choose this time of year to feed off of all of your insecurities. These are the companies that tell you that they have the one and only diet that will work for you. They have the “all natural supplement” that will suck all of the belly fat out of your abdomen. They’ve all got that one tool that will lead to your ultimate goals and success.

They have the solution for you!¬† “All for just three easy installments of¬† $39.95 and then we’ll rape you of the rest because without your full knowledge you have just signed up for a subscription that will automatically pull from your bank account.

I actually just fell for this not too long ago. I got sucked into a fake article about “the skinny pill” sweeping the nation. I knew it was a fake article but I was still curious. They were advertising free trials so I decided to sign up. I told myself that I was doing it simply for research purposes for my readers. Once it came in the mail I ignored it. My moment of weakness had passed and I wasn’t so curious anymore.

Unbeknownst to me the company decided to make an $89 withdrawl from my checking account.

Got all gangsta with customer service and they gave me my money back but I still felt violated… I had just been bamboozled!

Funnily enough, within the past two weeks something started happening to my blog. Instead of having hundreds of visitors to my site a day I was having thousands.

I couldn’t help but be skeptical. What the hell happened? Where are you people coming from? Don’t get me wrong glad your here but in case you didn’t notice from my lack of ad space (a conscious decision) I’m not here to sell you anything.

No greasy salesmen here! If anything were ever endorsed on this blog it is because I truly thought it was beneficial. Not because someone paid me to sell it for them. (No offense greasy salesmen.)

I did some digging and found out that some company had attached themselves to my blog without my permission. I found my website under a different web address. Check it out for yourself… http://naturalfitnessandwellness.com/top-posts/

Did you see it? It’s pretty creepy right?!

Then I simply plugged in naturalfitnessandwellness.com in my computer to see what the hell this was all about. Well guess what I found…

THE SAME ASSHOLES THAT TRIED TO RIP ME OFF!

They are selling Garcinia Cambogia AKA “the skinny pill” sweeping the nation. It’s a SCAM!!! They make this site look like it’s connected to the magazine Good Housekeeping, but if you look at the link that appears it doesn’t say naturalfitnessandwellness.com or goodhousekeeping.com it says goodhousekeep

(Not to mention the stupid name. Have you ever heard of artificial fitness? How is any fitness not natural? Weirdos.)

So if you found my webpage through their shenanigans let me first say. Welcome!

I’m sorry we met this way but listen well.

You can’t buy what you are looking for. The answer to your problems doesn’t come from a pill that you can buy on the internet. Nor does it come from any of the other crap that is being marketed to you.

What you need is a good come to Jesus talk with yourself and realize that you are fully capable of accomplishing anything you set your mind to. Be it your fitness goals, your career goals or your personal goals. The key to your success is belief.

Believe in yourself.

This type of belief isn’t a quick decision to be made but a journey you will travel for your whole life. When you travel down this road you may just find that you are amazed by what you are capable of along the way.

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These companies know the in’s and out’s of your psyche. They know your weakness. They know that it is easier for you to believe that the reason you aren’t living the life you want to live isn’t because of failure but because you didn’t have the required tools.

But if you look inwardly enough you’ll have no choice but to acknowledge that these are just a bunch of bullshit excuses. It’s humbling to admit that you’ve had everything you’ve needed all along. It was just a matter of utilizing it.

Now, time to remove the Clark Kent glasses…

To the company who is trying to use my content to take advantage of my readers.

GET THE FUCK OFF OF MY SITE!

We’re not buying it. I don’t want your traffic. I don’t write this blog to make money. I write this blog to connect with people… not trick them.

So until you stop utilizing me for your shady ways I will virtually kick your ass in every post I make until you unlink yourself to me… because until then every person you send to my website will know better than to spend their money on the bogus shit you are trying to sell.

Chill the F Out!

I can’t take off my wedding ring…

I don’t really want to take it off but the fact that it won’t come off bothers me. I just got done going on my first run in forever and now my fingers are fat. Scout was super happy about being reunited in our favorite fair weather past time but it didn’t take long for us to be slapped in the face with the cold hard truth… we are in horrible shape.

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Scout’s tongue wouldn’t go back into his head and my fingers blew up like The Nutty Professor. After our three mile jaunt we hobbled home…

I’m still going to the chiropractor for my twisted pelvis/hip. I’ve been going two or three times a week for the past 5 weeks and even though I’m feeling progress I’m getting really irritated with this whole situation. They keep calling it an “injury” and I keep asking myself how one gets “injured” while sitting at a desk for four months.

There are two doctors who work in the office that I go to. One of them told me not to run and the other one told me that if I ran they would work with it. Therefore, I chose to run.

I’m so tired of sitting on my keister!

I’m still adjusting to not being a student teacher. My life was pure chaos for weeks on end and then suddenly it stopped. My brain is running a million miles a minute and I’m still running around panicked like I have a million things to do. I haven’t quite adjusted to my new routine yet.

Since Brent and Bridget ruled the roost for the past few months my house is a complete organizational disaster. I can’t even cook anything without having to stop what I’m doing to try to figure out where they put everything. (This isn’t much of a problem because I still haven’t cooked much.) My kitchen and I need to have a get together so that I can start making healthy food again. The only problem with that is that I will have to clean out my fridge.

Do you know what lies in wait for me there?! It’s going to be scary.

A week has almost gone by and I still haven’t quite embraced the healthy lifestyle that was waiting for me to finish grad school. I’ve been celebrating every evening with approximately three glasses of wine and a few 10 squares of dark chocolate. My in-laws came to town to visit us on Wednesday and we’ve been celebrating with them as well.

Brent and I were going to go on a little staycation in downtown Denver while his parents were in town to take care of the girls for us. We were going to partake in some much needed R&R at a fancy hotel but unfortunately Brent’s mom fell outside of her work and broke her wrist and smashed up her face. It was horrible so we canceled our plans immediately. We were just grateful that her injuries weren’t any worse and that they were still able to come out and see us.

My consolation prize is a date with Brent tonight where I will proceed to drink more wine and let my fingers get even more chubbier. After this evening I’m going to go on a little cleanse.¬† I need to cut back on my coffee intake and my alcohol intake. I pretty much subsisted on it the past month trying to get everything done. Now I have a serious caffeine habit to contend with, not to mention the sugar habit that comes with drinking sugary lattes for nourishment. My family is in bad shape too. We are all in need of a health makeover. So that’s exactly what we are going to do.

We need to get back into those good habits I had worked so hard to develop before student teaching began…

HEALTH MAKEOVER HABITS

1. Drink lots of water

2. Drink less alcohol and coffee

3. Eat more fruits and veggies

4. Eliminate simple sugars and carbs

5. Exercise regularly

6. Sleep more

7. Cook more homemade yumminess

8. Focus on the little moments that bring us together as a family

9. Play outside

10. Chill the F out!

There you have it… habits for a happier, healthier life.

It’s not freaking rocket science, but in order to feel happy and balanced you have to create some standards for how you want to live. During my student teaching I was pretty much living day-to-day, simply surviving deadlines. That’s fine on a short-term basis in order to achieve a goal but that is no way to actually live.

I’ve really been looking forward to spending quality time with my family, tending my garden, reading really good books and lying¬† in the grass under a blossoming tree.

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Seriously though…I’m in the mood for getting lost in a good story. I want to read the kind of book that sucks you in and makes you feel like you just went on vacation. I’m totally open for suggestions…

Until then, I must get ready for my much needed date night!

***What are the habits you focus on the most when you are feeling as if you are in need of a healthy makeover?***