Today’s the day. Your life literally depends on it. And you know it!
For me the action was cooking and adding the “extra” to the meals. By doing this I am fighting the lies of worthlessness by showing myself I am worth the time. I am allowed to take up space. I am allowed quality.
“Wow! You are really know how to care for yourself.” The sarcastic thought roams in my head after I finished my 5th slice of pizza. I quickly put up defenses to counter my poor eating choices.
“I will eat less and add extra exercise tomorrow.”
I can hear the chains clinging.
I realized I was not only tired from having little kids, I was tired because my body was not properly trained and maintained to support my life.
The things that are the best for me are often the things I have to will myself to do. Exercising, eating well, spending time with God, practicing gratitude; are all things that have positive results on my life but without intentional decisions I would quit in the middle every single time. We do not control…… Continue reading Stuck in the Middle
“Learn how to cook–
Try new recipes
Learn from your mistakes,
Be Fearless and above all have Fun.” -Julia Child
Life is in a constant state of change, although it feels more so recently. That means we are constantly making adjustments in one way or another. The question is are you going to spend your time romanticizing about the “good ol’ days” or are you going to be present in the moment attempting to make progress in the situation you have been given? You have a choice.
Spring in Central Indiana, the morning air is crisp and invigorating, the midday temperatures are cool and refreshing, and the afternoon weather is warm and inviting. The constant change is a great reminder that fresh air, sunlight, and nature are good for our body and soul.
“Is this for real?” “Wait! What? I don’t understand? Everything was fine, now it’s not?” I have heard these questions asked many times before, however I am usually the one providing reassurance and education. As a nurse, I was asked similar questions by patients and family members several times a day. Being the caregiver, you…… Continue reading Certainty in Uncertainty
I am mom. I have this idea in my head that my kids should listen and respect every word I say, and trust that I know what is best for them. But my girls are challengers when it comes to my direction and advice. The details they request from my simple instruction can be like…… Continue reading I am Mom
Time with our family either begins or ends with a meal. We all enjoy food. When we all gather around a table to eat an ease comes to our time together. The pace changes, the conversation lingers giving time for the second question to be asked, eye contact is made. This idea takes Soul Food to the next level.
As the cool down portion of the workout begins, I am filled with gratitude for another reason to think positively of myself. And these thoughts are not related to my size or the way I look. My thoughts are of who I am as a human. My heart rate is up increasing the blood flow to my brain and the steady movement of my body allows by mind to slow. I am able decipher the difference between truth and lies. My thinking is clearer. I notice every muscle’s action and counteraction as I stretch. Movement is intentional. Every breath is deliberate. Filling my lungs with air, followed by exhaling as I stretch the muscle further. The discomfort and tightness I felt before the workout are absent. My muscles are fatigued from the exercises but are ready for the day.
Thinking this through, maybe instead of saying “If you are tired of starting over, stop quitting,” we should instead “If you are tired of starting over, do it anyway.”
A billion dollar industry screams at us that we aren’t doing enough. That we are fat because we are not clocking the hours sweating. The the amount of energy exerted isn’t enough. That we aren’t doing enough. That we aren’t enough, plain and simple. As I have mentioned before, I was one of those believers…… Continue reading Put Exercise in its Place
Recently, I have found being intentional about seeing the sunrise in the morning has helped with my sleep patterns and energy throughout the day.
I have been guilty of being one of those people on social media who post “Are you tried of starting again? Then stop quitting.” The statement was meant to encourage people to be intentional about their choices, take responsibility, and to show up for their lives. However, being on this side of starting again- it…… Continue reading Starting Again
New Year’s Day is full of intentions. This year I will…. This year will be… There is a lot of pressure on this specific 24 hours, this few weeks, or this first month. Intentions are great! I love the idea and the practice of being intentional. It means living life on purpose. Or as I…… Continue reading Happy New Year! Celebrate the in between.
My life has a pattern. A new hobby or interest comes up, I get very excited about this new thing. I want everyone else to be excited about it too! After some time this interest becomes a habit, something that I enjoy doing but I don’t really think much about it is just automatic. Time…… Continue reading Served by Old Habits
Emotions are unsettling. There are times when I would rather not feel emotions at all. The unpredictability causes more emotions. Why can’t I feel only peace and harmony at all times? (If you are into the Enneagram, can you guess what number I am?) Doesn’t that sound amazing? No conflict. No sadness. But in turn…… Continue reading Master Food: The Escape
Conversations circle around me with key phrases that cause me to pay attention. “Todays calories don’t count” “I am not eating” “I can’t eat that because it goes straight to my thighs” or the counter phrases “I don’t even care””I deserve it””I will never lose the weight” I pay attention to these phrases because I…… Continue reading Master Food