So many times we are focused on a number on the scale. We get frustrated when that number doesn’t budge and it makes us feel that we aren’t making any progress soooo we say “screw it”. We give up after a week…two weeks or a month.
Take a look at your NON-SCALE victories!
How do you feel? Are clothes fitting differently? Are people noticing that you have a better attitude and you are more positive? Do you have more energy to get through your day? Are you gaining confidence? Keep a journal, take pictures throughout this journey or do whatever you need to do to track.
My non-scale victory today? This moment! Ainsley and I were playing and I picked her up and twirled her around. She felt as light as a feather! I felt STRONG! That kind of stuff builds confidence and the determination to continue on this track.
There are so many other victories that we can have besides weight loss. Why? Because it’s not a quick fix! It’s a lifestyle change!
Focus on progress, not perfection and celebrate every small victory!


The small things…

picjumbo.com_HNCK4046-1024x682I always used to get overwhelmed with everything that I had to do in a day.  I would try to do way too much and just get mad when I had things left on my list.  I soon realized that the small changes that I made daily, made big changes later on.
Check out this great article about how to implement things into your daily life to help you become more productive.

15 Small Things You Can Do Every Day To Become Highly Successful



Bananas getting ripe? Freeze them!
I love having bananas in my smoothie (especially with Chocolate Shakeology and PB2)! These frozen bananas are perfect for the smoothies and even for banana ice cream!


Morning motivation

This right here! This is how I get workouts done in the mornings. This is what gets me out the door on time in the morning!

I was so scared when I had to start back to work, Jeff was deployed and I was going to have to get both kids ready and out by 6:30-7am. Yikes!

I’ve learned that not every morning goes smoothly and you can NEVER predict how the kids are going to feel when they wake up.

You can only control what you can control sometimes. I do my best to set myself up for success. I greet the kids with a cheery, happy voice and I have everything ready in my kitchen to get me out the door.

What do you in the mornings to make it easier to get out the door?


A random compliment…

Today was an early work day at the middle school. I was tired, it was starting to rain outside, it was cold and did I mention I was tired?!?! I have not been sticking to a good bedtime this week, so I guess I know what I should set as a goal (again!) for next week!

When I was done I was walking back to my car and a lady was walking towards me. I had just put my hood up, was lugging my big bag of stuff (as most SLPs know too well) and wearing boots with heels way too highfor a day like today! I was just concentrating on not tripping and falling on my booty!

She looks at me, smiles and says, “Don’t you look cute today?! I hope you have a great day!”

Wait, what?!

I said “Thank you. You too.” and walked the rest of the way to my car with a little more pep in my step and a smile on my face.

Never underestimate the power of a smile and a random compliment. You never know the impact that it may have. That lady may not know it, but she helped me to set a positive tone for the rest of my day and I’m grateful to her.


Food Prep overload

Ahhhh feeling like I have food prep ADD right now. I have a million things going at once but I know that it will pay off throughout the work week! Here’s what going:
– Body Beast Easy Chicken Fajitas marinading in my refrigerator overnight
– Veggies cut for the week
– Grandma’s Tomato Sauce (FIXATE) cooling off to freeze in gallon sized bags
– Oven Fried Chicken (FIXATE) cooking in the oven
– Cooking ground turkey to freeze for later
– Prepping ham and cheese sandwiches for Brayden’s lunches this week

What are you doing to get ready for your week?

food prep

Life lessons


Oh this girl. She was THAT girl in Target today. She grabbed a small, stuffed monkey off of the shelf. I told her that she couldn’t keep it, but she could hold onto it until we left. She was wanting in and out of the cart. She was climbing out even with the darn strap around her(Houdini!). She had not even EARNED that monkey. We get to checkout and I realize that she still had it. After we checked out, I took the monkey right over to customer service to hand it over.

Ohhhh unleash the beast! This girl screamed and cried and cried and screamed. I had to pullover in the parking lot because she undid her seatbelt and I had to get her buckled again. She was one MAD 3 year old.

I was determined to stick to my guns and not give in. It wasn’t about the $2 stuffed monkey. It was the fact that she thinks that she can just take it and get it.

I turned up the radio and drove along like nothing had happened while she continued her screaming. When we got home, I asked her if it was ok to act like that. She said “No, I’m sorry Mommy.”

Mission accomplished! Until our next shopping trip…

Girls night in!

Do you ever feel like you just go through the motions? You work, work, work and focus on things that may not be so important in the long run? Yep, me too!
Last weekend, I told Ainsley that I would paint her nails. Life happened, we got distracted and the nails never got painted. All week, we were just running constant and still never made the time to do it.
Well, last night I made the time for what was important. We had a girl night! We ate pizza, watched a princess movie and painted nails! Ainsley was SO excited to show her Daddy her pink nails!
It may have just been pink nails, but to Ainsley it was quality time with her Mommy and something that she loved.
MAKE the time this weekend for the things that are truly important!