I talked for over 40 minutes on FB Live yesterday... ALL about Whole30 to all the sweet people in our family’s wellness group on Facebook.. . . . . I committed to 60 days of @whole30 these past two months, lost over 40 pounds, and had SO MANY non-scale victories!! Now, I’m ready for Round 2 and ready to be even more creative with my new healthy habits!! . . . . . I’m starting my 2nd round August 19th, and would love to share more about this with you and even have you start with me, so we can hold each other accountable!! I’m spending the next few days “prepping” and getting my mind ready for this next round, and I totally think that’s the way to go to have an awesome round! . . . . . I’m also adding this book by @melissa_hartwig into the mix this time, in addition to tracking each meal publicly, and can’t wait to see how this next #Whole30 journey goes!! 💕
You know those people who are perfectly put together for family photos? Whose children don’t need to be bribed or threatened, both using Minecraft? Who can pull off the “easy, breezy, beautiful” covergirl look with the wind blowing from behind aka the wrong direction? The family with parents who definitely aren’t thinking about dropping both sweet babies off at Lifetime or a babysitters for even just 5 minutes of sanity? The family who has an unopened bottle of Stress Away on their oil shelf, because they don’t ever encounter anything close to choas? The family whose kid totally didn’t draw a FAKE MUSTACHE in PERMANENT MARKER on HIS FACE right before we walked out the door for photos?? 🤣 #yesthathappened . . . . . Visualize those people, and then meet us. The complete and total opposite in every way lol. 🙋🏻♀️ During our photos this week “tablet time” was threatened, eyes were rolled (mine, clearly), bribes were given, hair was pulled and blown all around (mine again, lol), all for me to end up sharing this gem with you! 🙃 . . . . . I wanted that cute photo, but this is more true to our life... especially in this season of transition. If you’re the opposite too then we need to be friends. We are a happy, homeschoolin’, oil-huffin’, healthy hypocrite family, and taking a family photo is literally my idea of a hardcore exercise + mental mind game combo. 🤷🏻♀️ #REALTALK
book quotes + big dreams. that’s what this @magnolia notebook was made for. A year ago, I was over 15 hours away, likely dreaming about a different life for our family in 2018. Now here we are, right where God planted us in Iowa. I don’t really talk about it much... but the choice for Kyle to come back with Chick-fil-A was both a hard and an easy choice. Two extremes at the very same time haha! It was hard in that we knew a big move was best, and that were opening up a lot of uncertainties. It was hard in knowing that we won’t be settled (and have a backyard of our own again) for a while. It was hard in that we would be creating a distance from all our family like never before too. Yet, there were things that made our decision easy too. First of all, since this opportunity came back into our lives we knew it’s what we were both designed to chase— especially during this time in our lives vs. the last time, several years ago, when we both weren’t ready for ALL this journey would involve. We both have the huge desire to love on and lead people too. This mindset wasn’t always so natural for me, but after leading our local Tuesday’s Together group it absolutely taught me that helping and watching others succeed is something I enjoy so much more in life! We both also want the opportunity to encourage others, to bless others, and to be financially free for the rest of our lives. Now, these are not things that can only happen with this job, but when we think about our future, it really made sense for us to do them with Chick-fil-A. If you can’t tell, I am seriously so excited to support Kyle in this journey of becoming an owner/operator someday, and to share this journey with all our friends! I personally think it’s a little scary to put your goals out there in black and white like this, but we didn’t pick up and move our lives to Iowa to be shy about what we want in this life! We did it to be bold and follow God’s lead! If he is calling you to take a leap, be bold in your faith and do it. 💕
🤷🏻♀️ I guess I should start using this emoji now lol PS- purposely choose her squinty eyes because they are the CUTEST!! 💕😍
I held myself back for all those years.. My mind was the abusive partner to my body. Telling it all sorts of negative things about it’s self, and making it feel horrible or not enough. With that negative mindset, any type of weight loss goals or attempts were centered around selfish ideas of my appearance only, or they ended up that way when I didn’t see results. Now, my mindset is 100% different. On hard days, I can reason with myself, “this is the body that the Lord has made (me), I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Now, I’m kind to myself, both with what I put in it and in a mental sense, because I’m on a journey, not for vanity, but for HEALING. I can say that, “I think I should loose around xx to be a little more healthy” but I’m not so tied to a number or size that it defines the overall journey. Hitting weight goals can be a nice perk, but non-scale victories are amazing too! Mainly, I just want to be well, for many reasons, and so I never have to miss out on anything in life! I want to always keep up with my kids. I want to always have energy. I want to find my purpose in God, not in what I’m having for dinner. And I want to have the energy to live a fun life when our babies are all grown. If you are on any type of weight loss program, Whole30 or not, and you are being negative to yourself, I want to encourage you to just stop, and start choosing to focus on choosing joy! Make positive goals for yourself about why you want to loose the weight, and remember to encourage YOURSELF each day with positivity, not abuse!