healthy living

Hope is the anchor of our soul.

Sometimes life is just unfair. We all go through disappointments, failures, unfair circumstances and it’s so dang easy to have a negative mindset. It’s important to stay hopeful and just let it go.  Chin up buttercup, your best days are ahead of you!

Someone offended you, cheated you out of something, wasted your time, or even worse, lied to you…don’t get bitter.  It’s so easy to focus on those negative situations. Trust me, I am guilty of it but what we should do is buck up and let it go!  Don’t let your past spoil your future. When someone says something that hurts my feelings or makes me upset, I know that I let it get to me for a little while. After a slight princess moment, I try my best to shake it off and get the heck over it.

Some very wise women once told me, “Living well is the best revenge.” To this day, this quote is one of my all-time favorites. When someone does me wrong, this quote immediately pops into my head.  It’s easy to want revenge, but it’s always best to take the high road, be that class act that I know you are.

I truly believe that adversity makes you stronger. Looking back on my past disappointments, I’ve come to realize that most of the time, I came out on the other side of it stronger. I feel like you have to stay hopeful and truly believe that god has a plan for your life. Remember that tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

”Hope is the anchor of our soul.”  Hebrews 6:9


Happy Monday, my love.



The OLD me…

This was me. I may be smiling, but on the inside, I was frowning. I was very very unhappy with ME. I look at that girl and seriously think who in the heck is that?! I still look at pictures and wonder how I ever got that way. I say that, but I know good and well how easy it is to gain weight, at least for me it is…

Some days, even though it’s been almost 3 years since my weight loss journey started, I still get down on myself about my weight. Something that I have realized is that it is important to love yourself throughout your journey. Be happy with who you are right now. They always say that you’re the prettiest when you’re happy…..Have faith and just smile.

I am constantly having to remind myself is that nobody is perfect. Every single person in the world has some sort of struggle they go through. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. I tell myself, I may not be where I want to be today, but at least I am not where I was back then. No matter what, just keep pressing towards the goal; whatever your goal in life may be. One single step can make a difference.

Just a few thoughts on my lunch break…



Never EVER give up.

       I haven’t gotten my weekly exercise in like I normally do for the past month. I am not going to give excuses because there is always enough time. Somehow by the grace of God, I am maintaining my weight. It has to be my eating habits that are keeping it off.
      It’s amazing how much I miss my workouts. I truly believe that eating habits are 80 percent of the battle in losing and maintaining weight, and the other 20 percent is the working out. HOWEVER, what I have found with me is that working out makes me feel so much better. I feel like getting that activity makes me want to be healthier, it makes me want to continue fighting the battle. It makes me more motivated to stay healthy, makes me feel stronger, much more energized…and…I miss it.
      SO..I’m making a pact with myself today that I will no longer make excuses when it comes to exercise. I know when making a lifestyle change there are always going to be ups and downs on the path, but it’s frustrating to come so far only to be set back.
      I’m sure I’m not the only one who is going through this. All I can say is this…Believe in yourself and never forget that anything you want to accomplish in life takes time, discipline, and hard work. Most importantly, remember that even if you have obstacles in your path, never ever give up.

Below is from a fun run that I did while I lived in Cali ( Color Run),

I’m doing something similar in March– Color Me Rad Run!




“Whether you think you can or can’t—you’re right”

With anything you want in life, being healthy takes persistence, motivation, self-control and just plain hard work. As you probably already know, I’m constantly battling my weight and I’m constantly fighting to keep my weight under control. Like many people, I walk a fine line with staying under control but one thing I have come to realize is that the first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking.

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or can’t—you’re right.” You need to know that you can do it. Even if you feel like you can’t, just be like the little engine that could and tell yourself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” until you’ve accomplished your goal. This how I have been able to at least maintain a 60 pound weight loss for the past 2 years.

No matter what, you’re going to have set backs. It’s about how you bounce back from these minor bumps in the road that determine your future success. Over the holidays and up until now, I’ve gained about 5 pounds. Lately, I have been very discouraged, feeling down about myself, feeling my self-esteem dropping lower and lower. I realized that I’ve GOT to change my thinking again if I want to get anywhere in losing my last bit of weight.

These are the first steps i’m taking:

1. I’m going to stop focusing on what I don’t have and focus on what I do have.

2. I’m going to stop focusing on how far I have to go and start focusing on how far I have come.

3. I’m going to stop comparing myself to others, because there is just one of me and that’s pretty dang special.

4. I’m going to start fresh because every day is a brand new day.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
(Philippians 4:13, NKJV)




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