To be totally transparent, I ate like shit yesterday. ☹️ I had a piece of leftover pizza for breakfast. Later in the morning at the grocery store, the cookies at the register were calling my name. I had not one, but two of them. The rest of the day wasn’t much better. 🤦🏼♀️ And I beat myself up for it. I told myself, “you’re working on giving up sugar, but you ate TWO cookies?!” I thought, “man, I was talking on social media just a few days ago about my new healthy eating habits, and now I’m eating like this? I’m a hypocrite!” 🤷🏼♀️ I blamed it on the full moon, on PMS, and on the fact that my kids have been bickering with each other more than usual (don’t even get me started on the fight they had yesterday over which one of them farted at the breakfast table! 🙄 ). I was starting to spiral, but luckily I had the self-awareness to realize it. I told myself, “hey, you can keep beating yourself up and then be in a shitty mood for the rest of the day, or you can take a look at the big picture and realize that one day of choosing crappy foods isn’t that big of a deal. And tomorrow is a new day, a fresh start. Every minute is a fresh start!” 🙌🏻 After all, I value progress over perfection. I have decided that progress IS perfection. I would rather be honest about my health and fitness journey, about all of my ups and downs, and be real about my PROGRESS, than to try to look like I’m perfect and have my shit together 24/7! 🙏🏻 A healthy lifestyle does not have to be all or nothing. You don’t have to eat “perfectly” or stick to your workout routine “perfectly” 100% of the time. You always have a choice. You can choose to give yourself grace, to realize that you are only human, and you can decide to do better the next day. ❤️ Realizing that you have that choice makes all the difference. EVERYTHING in life is a choice you make, even if it doesn’t always feel like it. Do you relate to this?
Happy & content ☺️ I feel so peaceful knowing I’m ahead of schedule. They say that we’ll all face some kinda crisis every 3 or so months so I like to be prepared for those storms😫😂 My Top 3 Tips For Getting Sh*t Done; 1. Set a morning routine 2. Cut out all distractions 3. Use the hell out of a calendar/to do list
Listen up, ladies. ⠀ ⠀ These four oils are bound to be your best friends. Not only are they all shades of gorgeous, they’re all sorts of calming. That means, when your patient demands water and he’s NPO, you apply one of them to your wrists and neck. When your kid goes all batshit crazy, you apply one (or more) of them to your wrists and neck. When you get stuck in traffic, you apply ALL of them to your wrists and neck. And, guess what? You can use them as often as you need to! ...which is frowned upon if you do that with meds.⠀ ⠀ Most people know of Lavender. It’s advertised in almost anything anymore but none of that other stuff actually smells like true lavender. Which means it doesn’t actually contain real lavender. Don’t knock the calming effect until you try the real deal. Rose seems to be pretty popular now, too, but cheap rose? Barf. It stinks. This stuff smells awesome! The even better benefit of relaxation is what seals the deal. If you’ve seen any of my posts in the last couple weeks, you’ve noticed I’m OBSESSED with Magnolia! Calm. Cool. Collected. Even when the hospital is a train wreck. Jasmine has been a fave since it came to dōTERRA. It’s a light, pretty smell that layers amazingly with the other three. ⠀ ⠀ So. Are you gonna be a rage-filled b**** or are you gonna use the pretty oils? Your choice.
I’m in the process of learning this. I have always been one to look outside of myself for everything, especially for knowledge, inspiration, wisdom, encouragement, and approval from other people. It’s not always easy to trust in myself, and to believe in myself and my own abilities, but it’s a lesson worth learning so I keep on with it. ❤️ I hope I can teach this to both of our kids by embodying it myself, but especially to our daughter Grace. Our little spitfire is so outgoing, spunky, and brave, and I never want anything or anyone to take that from her. It’s hard to be a girl in this world sometimes, but I hope she always knows how amazing she is all by herself. 🙌🏻 Leave me a ❤️ in the comments if you agree that this is a lesson worth learning. #midwestmom#thursdayquotes#personaldevelopmentjunkie
Hello spring💗 . . . Adding some planters to my shop today and the next few days. . . . Things are getting ready to bloom and it makes me think of something I heard for the first time recently, late bloomers have the prettiest petals💗. This resonates with me a lot because I did not find my passion and pursue it until I was almost 40. And it took me until almost 40 to be very okay with that, me💗. Remember, it’s never too late, to start, to love yourself.
This combo is currently available.. All the betters!! This is a total life changer.. Want to join my journey this is a great way to start! DO YOU WANT BETTER? BETTER what you ask? How about BETTER EVERYTHING?? Better skin! Better Fat loss! Better sleep! Ahh cue the better mood! Bye bye bloating! Bye bye brain fog OHHH hello clearer mind and focus! Better muscle preservation! Who doesn’t want to feel and look better? Well I do!! If you’re tired of being tired and feel like you just don’t know where to start message me.. 🤗 #shakedrinkbam#nevertoolatetostart
People often exercise to lose weight. But did you know exercise is a great way to slow down aging? If you have been sedentary for a while, no worries, it is never too late to start and reap the benefits! I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer to be able to be active in my old age and enjoy life rather than need assistance walking, or have difficulty getting out of a chair. Check out this article for 15 benefits exercising offers (https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20909808,00.html?) - Copy and paste into web browser. - #healthyageing#benefitsofexercise#truefitnessknowledge#ageisjustanumber#nevertoolatetostart#gracefulageing#lifegoals
It’s always good to be reminded of what learning something new feels like. It can be intimidating & scary. But it’s also a lesson in giving your human self grace. Lots of grace. Allowing yourself to fall & get back up again. (literally) Ansen, you were absolutely encouraging, kind, and patient with me. 💕 #crosscountryskiing#trysomethingnew#getoutside#nevertoolatetostart#alaska
Too Much Fun at Dagda. * Our last Dagda Intramural Open Update Show. * This weeks Friday Night Lights theme is “Spring Break” * Dr. Tim Puckett, @timpuckettdpt will be here doing soft tissue work, mobility and helping everybody recover. * * #crossfitopen2019#springbreak#dagdafnl#nevertoolatetostart
Okay, so I don’t do these all that often, because my progression has been pretty slow and gradual, which for me it’s not about being the skinniest little girl in the gym, for me it’s about strength and confidence. This picture on the left was me a year ago. I just started going to the gym. I was basically a scared potato. 🥔The girl on the right is me a few days ago, a much stronger me (mentally and physically). From the girl on the left who had no idea what I was doing, to the girl on the right who has more knowledge and confidence than I ever knew I could gain in a year. I don’t step on the scale and weigh myself constantly, in fact I don’t even know what I weigh as of today. It’s not about that for me, I just wanted to be healthier and stronger. I think it’s safe to say I’ve reached those goals. I need to thank @af_stalbert and @kneedeeep because honestly you’ve been a massive support, and a huge help for me since the beginning. Brett you’re not just a trainer to me, you’re my friend and you’ve helped me come a long way man! Thank you! 💜 #nevertoolatetostart#pushyourself
3/20/19⬅️left/ 3/20/17➡️ right (prep) Exactly two years and a baby later. As much as I love to be lean and time to lean up again. It’s nice to see off season growth even after a baby. #growth#offseason#prep#hardwork
#f45 Fitness Accountability Challenge. Everyone’s getting busy and blaming they don’t have enough time to move, it’s not and never about time it’s just about priorities. Invest time and prioritise yourself for the overall wellbeing. Mind & Body works with a simple rule “Use It or Lose It”. The goal of this Challenge is simple, make exercising a habit. Studies have shown, doing something for 21 days straight will make it a habit. So, let's do this workout for 30 days straight for good measure. The rules are simple and it will take less than 10 minutes of your time each day. * Pick an exercise you can perform with proper technique *Perform 10 sets of 10 reps of the exercise everyday ( if you are unable to, start with half the target and work your way up) *Challenge at least 3 people to also do it with you so you stay motivated. Here is my challenge: Day 13 * 10 sets x 10 reps, COSSACK SQUAT with 10 second rest between sets. #f45training#functionaltraining#healthylifestyle#getfit#transformation#fitnesschallenge#workoutwithus#staymotivated#nevertoolatetostart#setgoals#acheivegoals#results#fithumans#10minuteworkout
“Love” is such a strong word. ⠀ ⠀ There are many things I love: my husband, my children, my family & friends, coffee, fireplaces, summer, the beach... and my oils. ⠀ ⠀ Weird choice. But it’s so true. I LOVE MY OILS! There’s a backstory to it and they came at a time in my life that I felt desperation. ⠀ ⠀ Have you ever been SO desperate that you said or thought, “I will do ANYTHING to make this better?!” I did. And, just as quickly as I said it, someone heard me and reached out to help. I’ll never forget the day I was handed little amber bottles filled with oils I’ve never heard of and was told that these would be my saving grace. Thank you @jadecovert! I’ll forever be grateful for your kindness and healing. ⠀ ⠀ From that day, there have been less times of me crying out in desperation. Do these oils fix everything? No. That’s why we have modern medicine and amazing, smart people to help solve issues. However, these little bottles gave me something I didn’t realize I was lacking: empowerment. ⠀ ⠀ Being proactive with your health is POWERFUL. I see firsthand how poor health over the course of time impacts EVERYTHING. Literally, everything. Your health is the ONE THING you can take control of in this world. Everything else is out of your hands. Are you ready to take back control? Let’s talk.
For years I told myself that i could not paint or draw to save my life. I would go “Ooh” and “Aah..” at other people’s painting and art creation and wished that I could do the same. I told my family that i will be the happiest person in the world if I can just paint one plain stupid rose. My creative centric family members- 4 daughters and a husband who are good at painting and drawing inspired me to take the plunge.Soon after my 45th birthday, I decided to challenge myself. I borrowed my daughter’s water color brushes and paint and just start. This is one of early work. I did it in my first week. No formal training. I was trying to create a petunia😅. I was not happy with it but I kept it because I love the resultant color. A friend saw it and felt inspired to include the work in her dress design despite my protest that it is not a great ‘painting’. But that encouragement spurred me on. I practiced daily whenever I can. 5 months later I am at a place where I am rather happy of my own progress. There are times I am a bit frustrated when I can’t quite translate what i have in my head onto paper but first rule of being creative is Always be kind to yourself. I have to recite that each time I paint or write😅. Have a creative day, fellow painters/creators 💐. #watercolor#watercolorpainting#beginnerinwatercolor#nevertoolatetostart#nevertoolate#happycreating#creatingmakesmehappy#blue
Pose of the day: Utkata Konasana 🔥 Known for its fierceness this pose activates the hips, abs, chest and legs! Start by taking your feet about 3-4 feet apart and pointing the toes away from your body. Tuck your tailbone under you, roll your shoulders down and back and lower your body through the legs keeping your posture. Hold your head high and feel the power through your whole body! ~Namaste
Had I been more aware a long time ago I would have planted all types of plants to make lei with! And to think this nursery is right up the street from me too!! Follow them and support local!! #nevertoolatetostart#likolehua#pleasestayalive
Another gym workout is in the books! 💪🏻 My personal trainer ... aka my husband Jacob ... really kicked my butt tonight. I cursed him in my head a couple times, but deep down I’m very grateful that he pushes me. He pushes me to lift more than I think I can, to BE more than I think I can be. 🙌🏻 You see, when left to my own devices I’ll lift just enough to be working, but I won’t push myself. I’ll take the easy and safe way out. 🤷🏼♀️ That’s why I need support, and why I have gotten much better at asking for it. Jacob pushes me to lift more, and to be a better person. When I do at home workouts, the trainers inspire me to give it my all. My accountability group makes sure that I stick to my fitness goals. My health coach motivates me to work on my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. And I am so, so grateful for all of them. 🙏🏻 We all need help. We all need to be surrounded by supportive people. Are you lacking that support? Message me, I’ve got you girl. ❤️ #midwestmom#fitmomgoals#athomefitness
I have always wanted to be a mom, but in my early 20’s I started to lose hope that I would ever have kids. I thought I’d never find a good man, and my depression and anxiety had been so disabling for so many years that I couldn’t even take care of myself sometimes. So when I met and married Jacob, and I was in the euphoria of love and hopefulness, we tried to get pregnant right away. And it happened right away. 😳 I was not prepared. I panicked. I spiraled quickly. “Why did I do this?” “I can’t be a mom!” “I’m too f*cked up.” “I’ll f*ckup this baby’s life.” I HATED myself more than I ever had before. ☹️ Have you ever felt this way? 😔 It took me many, many months, after my first baby was born in fact, before I started to feel the glimmer of hope that I could be the mom I had always wanted to be. It took me even longer after that to figure out exactly HOW to become the mom I had dreamt of. 🙏🏻 At first, I thought I’d become that mom by throwing my whole self into motherhood, by hovering over my kids 24/7, and by controlling everything that had to do with my kids. That clearly did not do much other than turn me into a grumpy mom! ☹️ So I asked for help, and my mentor helped me to clarify how I wanted my motherhood to be and helped me create a plan to make it happen. Now, I take inspired action every day to be the strong mom that my kids deserve. The mom who is happy and strong - mentally, emotionally, and physically. Do I feel on top of my game every day? Hell no. There are days when I feel like I am the very opposite of strong. But those feelings always pass eventually, and I get right back on track. My kids deserve that. My husband deserves that. And after hating myself for so much of my life, I ESPECIALLY deserve that. 🙌🏻 There’s always hope. There’s always the chance to become the mom of your dreams. Believe in yourself, ask for support, and take action towards your best life. ❤️ And know that I’ll
Ooo yes. 🙏🏻 I hear it all the time. I used to say it all the time myself: “I don’t have time to do anything for myself, I don’t have time to work towards my own goals.” 🤦🏼♀️ In reality, I was hiding. I was using the excuse of not having enough time to do my own thing because I was afraid. I was afraid to work towards my goals, to put myself out there, and to admit that I want more out of life than being a mom. And when I did manage to see past the fear, I had no idea how to make time to work on myself. 😳 We all have the same 24-hours in a day. What you do with your time is up to you. ❤️ Zig Ziglar is speaking to me lately! #midwestmom @thezigziglar #tuesdayquotes