Monthly Archives: March 2013

Shhhh…. Listen closely. What is your body telling you?

Shhhhhh.. Quiet your racing mind. Hush the inner voice that is trying to convince you of things you don’t really need. Just listen. Listen very closely, your body is trying to tell you something.



Naturally, we all spend so much time in a constant struggle with our selves. I just want a few potato chips. One diet soda won’t hurt. I’ll just skip the gym today. What we do not do, however, is just stop for a minute and listen. 

If you listen closely to what your body really needs and is telling you, you’ll see that it wants to feel vibrant and healthy. Your mind wants to be clear and optimistic. It wants to move! The silly things we talk ourselves into (ie; the few potato chips, the diet soda, etc) are so counter-intuitive to what our body actually wants and needs. We need to spend a little less time focusing on that silly voice and a little more time fueling our bodies for success and vibrancy.

Here’s my challenge to you today. Before you pick up what you are about to eat or before you skip your workout for no reason, just listen. You will hear what your body is trying to tell you. In doing that, you will make better and healthier decisions. 

You’ve got this! Right now, my body is asking me to hydrate.. I’m off to drink some water! Xo


Photo Credit: Janine Huldie


Hello Daaaaahling.

Watching Lisa Vanderpump on DWTS last night made me realize how awesome it is to be able to salt and pepper the world “Darling” (read “Daaaahling”) into sentences.

“Hand me a tissue, would you please, daaaaahling?”

“Oh, Daaaaahling, thank you for that”


So, it makes me wonder. Can we Americanize the world “darling”? It’s just so fru-fru (read: so- Mariah). I love it! 

In fact, even if you’re saying something mean, it still sounds so pleasant…

“Daaaahling, you just don’t know what you’re talking about”


Totally random, but I got to thinking and had to put it out there. What do you think, darling?


And like that, something finally clicked.

Time and time again, I’ve heard how important it is to be healthy for yourself. Not for anyone else, not for a temporary thing.. but just for yourself. I never really knew what that meant. As I was getting ready this morning, though, something just clicked. 




I am so sick and tired of feeling embarrassed about where my weight is currently. I am sick of lacking self confidence. I am sick of feeling like I can’t wear certain clothing because it doesn’t look right on me. I’m sick of lacking energy and not sleeping well. I’m sick of not always being my optimistic and happy self! This is it. I’m committing to a healthy lifestyle because I want self confidence. I want to feel good in my clothing. I want to feel like my very best self. I know from experience what eating right and treating my body well feels like. THAT is my motivation and that is why I’m committed to being healthy again.

I don’t know what it was that made this click for me, but I’m glad I found it. It doesn’t feel like a chore choosing healthy foods over something that would temporarily taste good when I think of it this way. I’m doing this because I am committed to feeling my very best physically, emotionally and in every way. 

What was your ah-ha moment? I would love to hear it!

Survived the daughter’s cupcake birthday party… kinda!

I was clearly not the smartest mom in the world when I planned my daughter’s 1st birthday party. I’m on this entire journey to eat clean, fuel my body with the right foods and treat it with the respect it deserves. So naturally, the cupcake theme was perfect.. ha ha…siiiiike (how’s that for a comeback?!).



Oh well. Live and learn! I actually didn’t do too badly… I tried to monitor how much I ate and keep my portions under control. Sure, my eating this weekend wasn’t anything spectacular, but I have learned one very important lesson. Each day is a new start! So no matter what happened yesterday, today is a new day to be healthy! More so, each meal is a new start! 

I’m not dwelling on the weekend that is behind me now. In fact, I have a 5K coming up this Saturday! THAT is where my focus is and should be… I’m pretty nervous. 



It’s been 2 years since I last ran a 5k AND I’ve had a baby in the meantime. Throw on the fact that I really don’t think I’m ready and you can probably see why I’m a bundle of nerves. I realize this all sounds ridiculous to those of you who are training for half marathons, full marathons, etc. I also realize that this is all mental for me. I CAN run a 5k. I HAVE run that far since then and have been exercising to build up my endurance. This really is mental and I’m making up excuses for myself as to why I “can’t” do it. It’s time to disregard that negative self talk.

I’m going to give it my all! That’s the best I can do, right? 

Anyway, here’s to a new day. Eat clean. Exercise your heart. Live right 🙂 xo

Hey world, let’s do this thing.


Well, here I am. Let’s do this!

I am a 30 year old mommy to a beautiful baby girl, Tenley. We just celebrated her 1st birthday yesterday and I can’t believe the first year has already passed. It’s bittersweet! Sweet because my baby is growing up and developing so quickly, it’s amazing watching her discover new things every day. However, it’s admittedly a little bitter because I can’t believe my little baby is a toddler already!

Anyway, I’ve always been a fairly petite girl… usually 5’2 and approximately 115-120 lbs. I’m happiest around 120 (in my adult life) and can tolerate getting to 125. That said, after having my 10 pound baby (yes, 10 pounds… 10.1 pounds of baby!!), I’m struggling to get back to that weight. I always thought I would be one of those women who could bounce right back after pregnancy… though, that’s a topic that could have an entire blog post of its own.

That wasn’t the case for me.

1 year later, I’m still 5 pounds above my pre-birth weight. I should note, I wasn’t even at my “happy weight” pre-pregnancy… so for the sake of total transparency, I’ll sheepishly admit to being 141.8 pounds right now. On my frame? Yikes. Never thought I would be here, especially a year after having Tenley.

So here begins my journey of blogging my way through these last 20 pounds that I intend to burn off. Thanks to Tone It Up and the amazing women in that community, I have already come a long way. Here’s to getting this baby weight off!

Where are you in your journey? Any words of advice?

Till next time… xo 😉