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Hey You!

Hey You!  Yeah, you over there!  I’m talking to you!  How are you doing today?  I know that some people out there have some negative things to say about you, but you know what?  I’ve got SO many more positive things to say that those negatives are all canceled out!

 First off, I want you to look at yourself in the mirror.  Don’t be going and putting on your make up now!  Or putting gel in your hair! You look fine!  Seriously! Without all the things that we are told make us look better, you look fine just the way you are!  Take a look!  I know, I know, that’s supposedly a wrinkle by your eye, I don’t see that, I see a laugh line from years of laughing at good jokes and fun times had with friends!  I know that the blemish on your skin is something that you want to hide, but instead embrace it!  It helps make you the amazing person you are!  That person in the mirror is someone who is doing things in life, taking the bull by the horns and no longer looking with negative thoughts on themselves.

 Have you ever been called fat? Ugly? Lazy? Stupid? Weird?  I’ve been called, or thought of myself (which is worse) those things, all of those terms before.  But, guess what…I’m not ANY of the above, and neither are you!  Here’s how I take those negative and turn them into positives…it’s the first step in really loving who you are, because until you grasp what an amazing person you truly are anything you want to change won’t happen and anything you want to heighten (like reach a goal or  something) won’t really happen without first accepting yourself!

 Fat?  Really? Seriously?  Your body is a temple that you have been given to live a life that you love.  Until you embrace your body and take a look at it as a vehicle to take on life that “fat” stigma will always hunt you.  I’ve seen many beautiful girls tell me they think they are “fat” because so and so is skinnier then they are.  Don’t ever compare yourself to any other person! You are unique and wonderful no matter if the other person is skinner then you, taller then you, more defined then you, or in your thoughts more successful.  It’s all of our jobs as owners of our bodies to take a healthier view on how we live our lives and how we take care of our bodies, but everyone is going to look different, and that is alright!

 Ugly?  Come on! Look at those eyes, that hair, those cheeks!  I don’t care who you are, there is a feature on your body that no one else has.  This makes you unique, and being unique is beautiful!  Look at yourself in that mirror again (and don’t be running off to put that makeup on now!) and just stare at your reflection.  Each day, name at least one thing that you think is unique or beautiful on your body.  I bet if you do that you will start loving yourself and understanding that no one is ugly!

 Lazy, well that’s in the eye of the beholder.  Someone who runs a 5K compared to someone who runs at 13.1K may seem lazy.  Those who are on their feet all day on the job and go home to a couch may look lazy to those who sit at a desk all day and then workout once they get home.  You are not lazy, you are just a different type of active.

 Stupid?  Do you know one thing more on a topic then I do?  Well then you are not stupid.  If you know how to do something that only a few people do, then you are not stupid.  You may not be able to spell or do math, but neither can I, but we know other things!  For example, some people look at me and think I’m uber smart because I have my Masters degree, but I am a person only specialized in one thing.  Someone who knows how to count out money, fix a car, handle an unruly machine, hold a baby and make it stop crying, etc…are smarter than me in those areas. No one is stupid if they know how to do something. 

 Weird…well, we all are weird.  We all have things that make us just slightly abnormal to the average human being.  But then again if those average human beings have things that are slightly abnormal in them, then they are not average either.  Then that means we are all weird, which makes us great assets to this world.  I’ve been told that because I’m in to fitness and healthy foods now, that I’m weird.  Well so be it!  I embrace that!  If that makes me weird I’ll take it!  There are other people out there who are weird to me because they can do math in their head (my dad), look at a sentence and figure out the grammar mistakes (my husband), or look at a sick person and know exactly what they need to do to feel better (my mother and mother in-law).  They embrace those things and their weirdness is wonderful to me!  So take that weirdness, show it to the world, and embrace it! 

 So basically, this whole blog, is just to show that no matter who you are, what you have been told that is negative that you can switch those around to positives and use them to better yourself and your fellow man.  Enjoy life! Love yourself! Don’t judge others because you don’t where they are on their journey and they may not know how to make a negative into a positive.  And create a new way in the world!


Healthy Holidays?

So the title is kind of an oxymoron.  I have never had a “healthy” holiday.  Usually during the Holiday season I gain around 5 – 10lbs.  We’ve got Thanksgiving, family and friends birthdays through December, six different Christmas’ to attend, Christmas parties, New Years Eve, and then my birthday.  So a lot of celebrating goes on!  If you are like us we are traveling a few hours away for a few of the holidays and then traveling back for a few others. This also means a lot of food and not a lot of time to workout. 

 So how can we possibly have a healthy holiday?  Well I try to bring my handweights with me when we travel.  That way I can lift before bed or when I wake up.  I do squats filling up my water bottle or brushing my hair.  I’ll add in some jogging/sprints in place or some plank exercises.  I will manage at least a half hour workout everyday throughout the break.  It takes a lot to manage sometimes, but even if the half hour is spread out in a few minute increments throughout the day, at least I know I am getting it in. 

 I do not allow myself  to feel guilty about eating certain foods during the holidays, either.  I am more conscience of what I put into my mouth and body, though.  So I may have a few cookies, but I’m going to limit the amount.  I may know that certain foods will taste really good, so I will limit the portion size on my plate.  I have gotten many family members and friends questioning if I will eat anything on holidays, and I assure you I will.  My decision to eat healthy is a lifestyle change, so to eat not as healthy on some days won’t undo everything I have accomplished thus far.

 Holidays are times to be happy, care free, be around those you love, and to remember the reason for the season.  Just because I will be a little more care free in my eating habits doesn’t mean that I’m a bad healthy eating person, it means I’m human. 

 I want to make you all aware too, that if you are watching the scale and see after the holidays it goes up a few pounds, try and not let that number get you down.  After a few days of back to eating healthy and working out harder than the 30 minutes a day, those pounds will go away.  You’ve got this, you will make it through the holidays with a smile on your face!

 Enjoy this holiday season.  Remember portion size, and limitations on the good (but not good for you) food.  Try and fit in a small workout daily if you can’t fit in your longer ones.  These all seem like simple rules to follow during the holidays, but sometimes in the moment are harder to follow, so make it a point to keep them at the for front of your mind and try to follow them.  You can indulge and not feel guilty, just watch the size of the indulgence. 

 Happy Holidays everyone! 

 Make them semi-healthy or fully healthy, no matter what enjoy the time with your family and friends!


Bella met Santa for the first time this year.  I think she likes him.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Bella met Santa for the first time this year. I think she likes him. Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Totally Tuesdays Today

Ok, So first I want to let you all know, I know it isn’t Tuesday, but since I was unable to post yesterday, I have decided to post the Totally Tuesdays Today post today.

 So if you are like me, you love Christmas…I mean I absolutely LOVE Christmas.  It’s my favorite holiday.  Ok, so most people would have replied with, “Because you like getting presents?” when I tell them I love Christmas.  That always hurts me, because that isn’t the reason at all.  I love Christmas because I love family and friends coming together and celebrating Christ’s Birth! 

I love seeing others I haven’t seen in a years time and see how they’ve grown, been, and hear about their plans for the coming year.  I only have a handful of super close friends that are like brothers and sisters to me and I have known for many years.  I don’t get to see them that often, but it’s usually around this time of year that I get to see just about everyone. I have family members all across the country and now in different countries and even if we can’t be together on the day of our celebration, we still get phone calls or skype.  It brings everyone together.  Plus now I’ve got a huge reason to love it even more, Greg proposed to me Christmas 2010! I will never forget that Christmas!   Memeories and moments that are so special to me usually happen on Christmas or around Christmas.

I love seeing the snow and the trees and the lights and the family traditions come alive during this time. I love going to a service when the snow is on the ground and candles light the way down the church aisle.  I love hearing my favorite story being told over and over about Jesus being born in a manger.  I love the carols and the stories. I also love to give gifts!

The first of 3 packages from

 As you can see by the packages lining our walls and table tops, I am almost done with my Christmas shopping.  I start WAY early!  My first gift for Christmas 2012 was bought Dec. 28th 2011.   So when I say early, I mean EARLY!  I also love to plan out gifts really far in advance.  I’m a bargain shopper and I try to get good deals but also things that whoever the gift is for, they will love. 

This box holds 2 Christmas gifts, 3 different shower gifts (bridal and baby), and also something I bought for our house 🙂 Love seeing the packages coming in and marking off my list of presents to buy 🙂

 This has really helped our budget.  I don’t spend so much in December, and then we have more money for gas, savings, and for fun outings.  I spread out the spending and in the end we seem to be able to put the money towards other things. 

 Now I’m not saying start the gift buying as early as I do…but if you are tired of feeling like buying gifts gets SO expensive and it takes the fun out of the shopping with the mass of crowds all around and now without a full pocketbook, try to do your shopping a little early.  It’s fun too! (and this is coming from a girl who doesn’t like to shop ha! 🙂 )

Warrior Dash 2012


Before the race!

Saturday was my second Warrior Dash.  I woke up extremely glad to see the sun and the warm weather.  The night before a race I don’t sleep very well, the night before the Warrior Dash I didn’t sleep but an hour.  Last year, Warrior Dash, was my very first 5K (either that’s really brave or really stupid, depending on how you look at it).  It was a lot of fun and I ran with four girls that I met off of  This year two of the other girls couldn’t participate but I ran with one of them and one of her friends. 

The beginning of the race!

Last year I was scared to death, that I was going to die doing Warrior Dash.  I had nightmares about it up until the day.  This year I spent most of my time, the night before, praying.  I spend most nights in prayer before falling asleep, and the nights before a race I pray for strength and for whatever organization the race is for to do well with the money and to gain a lot of supporters.  The night before the Warrior Dash 2012, I spend praying for strength and to help me not kill myself on the obstacles.  My prayers were answered and I didn’t die!  I did see quite a few people that fell during the race, and I ran back, or up to, to help pick them up (the race is on very odd terrain, not flat land, with rocks, roots, holes, and logs on the trail).  I also saw one girl who was falling over and passing out from dehydration and I ran up to the next water station (not that far away) to get her some help.  I was told as I ran by her friends that she had drunk too much before she started running.  Note to everyone out there: DON’T drink before a race!  You will get dehydrated and you will pass out or get close to it!

Hubby and me! 🙂 Before the dash.(I just really like the light in the picture!)

 Last year, the cargo net wall gave me a lot of issues.  I had a full on paralyzed panic attack at the bottom of it.  This year I saw it, I contemplated just doing it, I did it, and when I got to the top, I didn’t know if I could actually move my leg over the top and go down the other side without falling off.  A lady I was next to during the entire race helped me over the top and I did it without falling and went down the other side!  It was a great feeling.  Only a little bit of help for balance, but I did it other than that! 

Getting up to the cargo net wall, and wondering…can I do it?

At the very top (on the left) with the lady helping me balance.

I didn’t run as much as I would have liked too, but I did the best I could with a jacked up knee.  I’m glad I did it and I can’t wait for next year’s Warrior Dash!

Jumping over the fire (second to last obstacle)

 The mud was weird, this year.  Very deep and very goopy!  It was harder to walk after getting out of the mud pit and keep your balance.  BUT overall my biggest fear this year was that the mud would contain a brain eating ameba and I would die from it…but so far so good! (Last year my fear was that the barbed wire would somehow get stuck in my neck and I would bleed to death in the mud…vivid, but that’s how my nightmares are). 

In the mud! This was a thicker mud to make your way through, much more difficult then last time.

Sliding down the other side of the hill past the mud pit.

 This weekend I also ate sugar for the first time in a few weeks, again.  It was awful! I drank 1/3 of a root beer float (if that), a corner piece of a laffy taffy that I was super excited for (NASTY!), and some syrup on my waffles…also really gross!  I’m back to no sugar (artificial or processed) again! I’m ready to do this until Nov. 3rd! I’m excited to see what this challenge will do, plus doing 30 day shred (starting tonight –second time doing it in two years), and doing weights on my own and what all of that will do to my body. 

After the dash…strong mud covered girl! (I added mud to my face…I just wasn’t covered enough ha!)

The annual kissing photo after the race 🙂 This year I added more mud to my face…I got some on his chin ha!

Me and the girls with the Warrior Dash sign!


It’s a new month, set some goals for you!  I did, and I can’t wait to see what I can achieve!

Struggles and Laughter

For every moment we struggle, there is another moment that will bring laughter and smiles. Ecclesiastes 3:12 says, I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. I try and live by this philosophy in life. I, along with everyone else in this world, have to face certain struggles every day and sometimes it’s hard to see through and be happy and do good on earth. These struggles go from money, to ailing family members or friends, to being stuck in traffic for way too much time.

I’ll tell you what I’ve learned, though sometimes I still struggle in keeping a positive outlook God’s usually using something or someone in my life to help me see the bright side eventually. For instance I was having a major issue with something and I was VERY unhappy with life. Every time someone brought it up I’d get my angry eyes on (well that’s what Greg and my mom says I have when I get angry) and feel discouraged and also get angry at the topic…it wasn’t pretty.

But one day this happened, and Greg’s uncles actually came to my rescue. I was surprised, I never thought of it the way they happened to speak about the subject. Basically the told me, it’s not the end of the world and it’s going to change if you keep pushing forward. They were right…so right that I stopped getting my angry eyes on when the topic was brought up and instead told those who brought up the subject, “I’ve got hope that it will change in the near future!” I’ve got to push through and do the best that I can do and be happy!

It’s amazing how just a few words from two people who were just brought into my life a few years ago can change the way you really think about something. I feel truly blessed to know that each person has been brought into my life (or me into theirs) for a certain reason. I think those two uncles just showed me at least one of the reasons I met them.

Think back on the struggles that you face, these could be daily struggles or just things that randomly pop up. They all affect us the same, we get discouraged, we might get angry, we might just give up hope…but by following the scripture and push through and be happy and know that Gods got this one, the struggles kind of don’t seem so daunting. When something bad is happening something good usually follows. I am now choosing to smile and laugh and get through those struggles.

With the help of those around me I find more smiles and laughter in my life now than I ever have! Just last night Greg and I had a struggle of cleaning the guest room up for our guests this weekend. I nearly had a breakdown, but he helped me through it and we talked it out, and at the end of the night we were laughing so hard at something that had happened I think my face turned purple and blue from it all! It’s times like those that make certain struggles melt away.