I often have serious issues with it. So many people do, which is why I felt I could write this post.
Finally, I have found something that helps me!
My husband and I are on our way to a function for a group he belongs to. I know everyone and they know me. Why then would I be having such anxiety? Sometimes even leaving the house creates anxiety.
I don’t often post pictures of myself, because I don’t feel confident. That creates more anxiety. Even doing a simple post is sometimes anxiety producing. I believe in what I am doing. From the bottom of my heart I know I can help people like me. I want people to join me on this journey to fitness. For themselves. Not for anyone else. But sometimes, I worry what people will think of me. Does this happen to you?
It’s been a long few years since my first injury and even longer that I’ve battled my weight. Progress has been made. A LOT of progress. I am thinner and stronger than I have been in a long time. What I’m doing IS working! So...why can’t I be happy with that? Why can’t any of us be happy, and look at how far we have come? I think it’s human nature. We always seem to want more. And THAT can be anxiety producing. Am I right?
Please share your experience with anxiety and self doubt. I invite you to join me in this journey to health and fitness. It’s a great ride! And possibly, just possibly a little less anxiety... #myhealthjourney#kickanxietytothecurb#joinme#strongertogether#gottaleavethehousesometime#nogymrequired#progressnotperfection
Today we got to see our sweet friends since Tom was preaching in Apple valley!! Mark and Maya are rocking their health journey and between the 4 of us we have lost a combined weight of 165 pounds!!!! What??? I am so proud of them!! Maya is paying it forward now and coaching because of the amazing results they have seen already seen!! #healthcoach#myhealthjourney
Leftovers from dinner and a snack for the day. I am heading to the school to do some assignments and study for a midterm 💪🏽🍯🍗🍊
plain Greek yogurt with blueberries and honey
"I hate my body." This Instagram is my honest interpretation of my story - the good, the bad and the ugly. Folks, this is the ugly. Every time I look in a mirror, whether at home or at the gym, these are the words that either go through my mind or escape my mouth. -----------------
Here's the problem. You'd think these words would inspire change, but, really, they bring about a never ending downward spiral. I make the most progress when I forget that I am obese and feel strong, healthy and determined. However, the ever increasing rapid repetition of these words shoves away all possibility of feeling that way and I do poorly, making me hate my body even more, which leads to me doing even more poorly. ---------------
Obviously I have self-esteem issues. I use self-esteem and not body image, because I know what I look like. What's more I'm somewhat intelligent and know what healthy is. This is not it! ------------------
That being said, I can learn to appreciate the body I do have and hopefully learn to like myself in spite of my body until my body is what I want it to be. I need to get past this, because, let's face it, I'm struggling. I have been for the last 3-4 months.--------------------
This is my one warning. You may want to steer clear of my feed this week because I'm having a body appreciation week. I have to find something I like about myself daily and post about it. There's gotta be something, right? ----------------
FIRST ONE: I like my eyes. They are my one redeeming feature. Lol. And, because they're hazel, they change colors with what I'm wearing. Sometimes they're more brown. Others, more green. How cool is that? -------------
P.S. - Loose cardigans don't help. Lol.
P.P.S. - This is going to be embarrassing.
P.P.P.S. - If you hear me say something negative, you have my permission to call me on it.
💕Self Love Sunday💕 because sometimes we forget why we started and how far we’ve come! The pic on the left was Christmas 16’ unhealthy,overweight,& serious stomach issues!!!! The pic on the right was from a few days ago feeling healthy,down some pounds,& stomach issues gone!! Oh the joy of what my all natural plant based supplementation did for me😍. In just a matter of 4 months I’ve seen some major changes in myself. Here’s just to name a few...🌈bloating gone 🌈regular potty visits 🌈migraines are pretty much gone 🌈energy is wonderful 🌈appetite is normal 🌈I drink lots of water now 🌈not addicted to dr.p anymore 🌈my immune system is amazing (thank god because flu season this year is horrible) 🌈no more yeast infection (I know tmi,sry) but seriously guys my list can go on and on!! My why is not huge but it’s huge to me. I may not have this awesome testimony but I’m happy to say that being healthy now will prevent me from being on certain medications later down the road! I’m not getting any younger ya know😉. So just think about what these products could do for you and your health whether it be big or small..it’s all about #balanced#bloodsugars ,#gut health,& #inflammation 😯👀🙈 #myhealthjourney#plexusmama#allnaturalsupplements#getyousome#plantbased#health &happiness #ourgutisoursecondbrain
I'm super excited to be in a position to offer this to you.
I know now that you can't wait until May if you want to feel good in summer clothes. #TRUTH
IT BEGINS NOW.
I know it's difficult to imagine with snow on the ground, but it's true that summer will be here before you know it.
This GROUP! We will get you started towards results you want when walking on the beach.
This group is about empowerment, positivity, getting yourself out of a rut, feeling good again, feeling better in your clothes again - it's about all of that.
Once you see the difference this dependable group, the dependable workouts and calendar can make in your life? There's no turning back.
Join us February 26th! I will begin prepping everyone the weekend before so don't wait on this. Let me help you feel great again! ALL FITNESS LEVELS, ALL AGES, ALL BACKGROUNDS. It's a diverse group all cheering each other on. Safe, nonjudgmental support and results. Get in it.
So... I went down a dress size and 1.2% body fat. I don't want to say that I'm happy because I'm getting smaller, but I will say that this is all new territory. I've never, in my life, been this size, this strong, and this healthy.
I had to buy new jeans today and I didn't dread it. According to my 29 inch waist, Levi's calls me a size 8! Again, I've never been anything under a size 12 (max size was 16/18)! I take it all day by day and I don't have a goal size or weight. I just want to be healthy and love myself during this journey.
It feels great when you start ALLOWING yourself to feel good in your own skin. Yes I'm still insecure about my stomach (which I hide well with my jeans lol). But geez, even 6 months ago you'd never find me wearing this shirt or anything remotely tight fitting.
Give yourself grace and allow yourself to appreciate your body and its journey.
Also.....totally won these jeans at American Eagle!! I'm obsessed with ripped, high waisted jeans. These are their new Ne(x)t level jeans and oh man they are cozy!!! Shirt and jeans: @americaneagle
Shoes : @firstharvestboutique
I am usually one of the most competitive people I know 🙌... BUT rooting for others and seeing them happy is more important to me. ❤️
So when I share about #momstruggles , #happywifelife , and #guthealth I am showing I care by not keeping all the knowledge I have to myself! The phrase 👉SHARING IS CARING 👈 is #truth .
Why would I want to sit back and see someone struggle and go through what I did instead of helping share what I know ? ✌️
#Healthyfromtheinside Tuna salad sandwich for lunch! Avoiding soy has become one of my biggest challenges and I was recently introduced to Just Mayo by Hampton Creek. It is egg free, Non-Gmo goodness!! I will sometimes use Greek yogurt in my tuna salad for slightly different flavor.
It’s Saturday! What’s on your agenda for this long weekend?
I finished my Free Fitness Week with an awesome group of ladies AND one gentleman. 😉 It was such fun! When you have others who will hold you accountable, you tend to follow through, right? 🧐
As I finish my coffee and toast with almond butter (post workout snack 😉) I am planning my NEXT Free Five Day group. What would you like to see in a group? ~Ab strengthening?
~Pilates style stretching? ~Arms? Work on those “batwings” that you develop at a certain age... YOU tell me what you’d like and commit to a five day group and I’ll make it happen! Deal? #freegroupfitness#myhealthjourney#fitnesscanbefun#reclaimingmybody#wearewarriors#coffeeislife#ilovesharpies
🍫🍮Yumm! Enjoying some homemade 'chia pudding' after my workout. This stuff is so good! So yes, I will share 😉
After completing the 🕜60 Hour Reboot🕑, the support group leaders gave us some awesome recipes! ... .
Here is Dr. Heather Cardin's "Keto Chia Pudding" recipe:
-2/3c Chia seeds
-2c unsweetened coconut or almond milk
-1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
-1/2 tsp organic vanilla (Optional)
1/2 Serving Swiss Cacao or 1tsp 100% cocoa, unsweetened shredded 🥥 coconut .
1. Place chia seeds in a quart jar add in 2 cups almond/coconut milk.
2. Add in cinnamon and vanilla (and Swiss Cacao/ 100% Cocoa if desired)
3. Place lid on and shake for 30 seconds. (Check for chia clumps and separate if needed)
4. Place in refrigerator over night.
5. Open in the morning and enjoy! Add your favorite fats; nuts/seeds/shredded unsweetened coconut/2 drops of stevia. Etc 🍓
Busy morning already! Coach training at 7am, coffee with my ❤️, puppy shots and next Target!! Look at that puppies little face!! 🐶
I am so thankful for this life!! God you are so so good to me!! #healthcoach#myhealthjourney
End of week 5 and that was a challenging 36 mins!! Today Izzy got me through my workout. This week we were talking about our morning routine and she said: “first you workout then breakfast.” I asked her “why does mommy workout?”
She said “to be strong”
I almost cried 😭 because she sees me trying to be healthy and strong (and yeah deep down I still struggle with my ⬆️⬇️⬆️ weight) but all she sees is a healthy and sustainable way of dealing with it!
Not looking to be perfect but to progressively get better!! #alwayswatchingme#momlife#myhealthjourney#myjourney
I ate something last night that I thought was not only acceptable, but truly squeaky-clean, good-for-me, & super tasty.
Well, it WAS super tasty, but there must have been something in it I don’t normally eat/am sensitive to, because it caused ALL SORTS of problems! 😳🙈😬😩
Next time I see something on a menu that looks “all good” for me to eat, I am going to bug the waitress and ask lots of questions- especially about sauces, salsas, salads, and slaws! Cause how I felt last night & am feeling today is NOT WORTH the tastiness of that dish! 🙈
Here’s to a Saturday of listening to my body and giving it the time and nutrients it needs to recover.
[[Also, isn’t my plant gorgeous? My sister-in-law told me it’s a lily! To me it’s a symbol, even on hard days, that there is hope. There is *always* hope.]]
SO sweaty after Day 32 Cardio Flow from 80 Day Obsession. Gray doesn’t care and gets close to me for my selfie. 😅 One of the best takeaways I’ve gotten from doing home workouts is they get to watch me sweat and work and push through being tired and the struggle sometimes and they watch me be consistent anyway and they see the high I get from it. Gray even joins me sometimes because he gets up the earliest. It’s the best way to teach them healthy habits. Having them see YOU do it. 😊👏💪💪💪
Confession post 😱
I am now 17 days into my 8 week shred and whilst I have fallen in love with the amazing food I am eating and not struggling to stick to my new lifestyle when it comes to the nutrition part......I am struggling to fit in the exercise and I was hoping to really take my health to the next level with my shred challenge!
I still have just under 6 weeks left and exercise is definitely on my agenda and I know if I commit to too much I won’t be able to stick to it so I am being real within my expectations of myself until I can get some kid free time and actually do a class or go for a run or walk on my own. From tomorrow I am starting with my 30 day push up challenge because before kids I was on stage doing dance aerobics competitions and now I struggle to do one properly so I am challenging myself and who ever else that wants to do it with me and be accountability buddies 🙏
Health transformations are more fun when done in a group so we can hold each other accountable who is with me??? #8weekshred#pushupchallenge#startstomorrow#joinme#gettingmyfitnessback#myhealthjourney#healthisajourneynotadestination
Alright guys, this is the stuff I've been wanting to share with y'all that I talked about yesterday (Not regarding my big news involving a package) I haven't wanted to tell y'all my weight and that I'm going to be starting a weightloss journey to hopefully improve my health for fear of being judged. I firmly believe we shouldn't worry much about the scale, but with my #ulcerativecolitis and everything, I'm intending on losing a little weight to see if I can improve it, and just so I feel better in general. I'll be starting a weightloss class at my school in roughly 2 weeks, so we'll see how that goes, but I'm changing my diet and taking baby steps beforehand :) so bear with me as I do this! Wish me luck!
I. Am. Done. Up since 4:45am.
CrossFit ✅ Dr Appt ✅ Running children where they need to be ✅ Walmart ✅ Home to drop of groceries ✅ Pick up children and get them home ✅ Job #1 ✅ Job #2 ✅ HOME! ✅ Good night friends. Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite. #crossfit#myhealthjourney#homeschool#momlife
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