Update: Blog and Health/Fitness Journey

A little while ago now I wrote a post about how I tend to be a quitter. I start things and the moment they get hard, I give up. I stop trying. I don’t like feeling like I’m failing so I give up or sometimes I don’t even start things that I want to do because I just don’t know exactly how it’s gonna work out. But isn’t that what life is all about?…not knowing what tomorrow holds…giving it your all TODAY. I committed to keeping up with my health/fitness and my blog in that post (make sure to go check it out if you haven’t already). So here is a little update…


I haven’t posted twice a week like I originally would have liked, BUT I also shared that I wanted to post when I felt like I had something to say and NOT just because I felt like I had to. That was what got me stopped for 4 months to begin with. So far, I have kept up with posting when I feel like there is something that I want to share. I have also kept up with keeping my Facebook page up to date. There are times that I don’t feel like writing an entire post but I do want to write a small something. So, if you don’t follow me on Facebook, you might want to check that out 🙂

I truly love this blog and the purpose behind why it was created (you can read about that here). I love getting to share with you and be real. I love going to read other people’s blogs and read about their lives-the beautiful and the messy. It helps me know that I’m not alone, and neither are you!


Last July I was at the Iowa Balloon Festival in Indianola, IA. My father-in-law announces the different balloons and the whole experience is just so neat! This was Sadie’s first time seeing all of the different balloons and it was extremely hot but we were having a great time. We of course took pictures (I want to remember these things) and as I was looking back at some of the pictures I was very unhappy with how I looked and how I felt. I was 5 months postpartum and I felt like I was struggling. I follow a blog called Mommy’s Me Time. The post for that day was Amber’s story of why she started the 21 Day Fix. Her reasons fit me to a T. I felt like this could be my answer to feeling better about myself.

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Brad and I had a long discussion over what the 21 Day Fix was and would I really be committed to doing it. I agreed that it’s something I struggle with (notice this is a recurring thing for me) but I was desperate to just feel better about myself. He said if I committed to sticking with it for one whole round-which is only 21 days-then he was perfectly fine with spending the money. You guys, this was the BEST money I’ve spent in a long time!!

I kept up with the workouts until about mid-January when I hurt my back. I was giving it a break (because I didn’t want to push it and hurt myself worse) when I found out that I was pregnant. The morning sickness and overall feeling crappy that sometimes comes with the first trimester kept me from getting back into it. Once the second trimester rolled around I started some sort of workout routine for myself that included walking and swimming. Once this crazy hot weather showed up, the walking came to a halt but I have invested in the PiYo workout from Beachbody which is AMAZING for this pregnant lady!! The stretching is a good workout for me and is doing wonders for my ligaments and muscles that seem to be getting tight these days.


My progress from the first day of starting the 21 Day Fix in August of 2015 to the beginning of January 2016.

The eating part is always the biggest struggle for me. I have a friend who is a Beachbody coach is truly inspiring! I love the encouragement she gives and how real and open she is. She’s not afraid to share the hard with you while encouraging you to push past it to see the beautiful that’s right around the corner. If you are wanting some encouragement as well, I’d highly recommend finding her on Facebook by searching for @mollymcginleyfitness. She has a virtual bootcamp that starts next Monday. I’m using this opportunity as an extra way to keep me accountable with my workouts and more specifically with my eating. I’m actually so excited that I have really started trying to make changes this week.

I have a long journey ahead of me but I know it’s going to be worth it!! I’m going to keep sharing my health and fitness story with you here and in smaller excerpts on my Facebook page. I’m determined to finish out this pregnancy strong for the health of Emery and myself and to have a jump start for my postpartum recovery. I really want to honor the body that God has given me. I want to be the best version of myself for God, myself, Brad and our kids. Honestly, I know this is going to be a game changer for me and I’m REFUSING to let anything stop me for good. I will continue to set goals for myself and I will continue to reach them.


26 weeks pregnant and recommitting to drinking Shakeology daily and doing PiYo workouts every day. It’s already impacting myself and Sadie and that is HUGE to me!!


Make sure to keep checking in and see how my journey goes. Maybe you’ll decide to make some life changing decisions for yourself along the way. You never know how God can use something 🙂

Thank you for being people that I can be accountable too. Accountability is crucial for me and I’m so glad you are here on this journey with me! Have a great day friends!



Real Talk: Today was a Hard Day, Until…

I’m not gonna lie, today did not have the best start to it for my Sadie girl and I. She just really wasn’t in the mood to listen to ANYTHING  I had to say. If I told her no, she would stop for a second and then do it all over again. ALL. MORNING. LONG. Today started as a very hard day.

Seriously….I was OVER IT!!!!

Thankfully God gave me the idea to just get out of the house. Sometimes this comes easier to me than other times. Some days, if I can’t get anyone to go with me or meet me somewhere, I just won’t go. Today I never once even felt like that was an option. As soon as the idea to get out of the house came to my mind, I knew it was God prompting me.


So I went ahead and sent out a text to some friends to see if they would like to join Sadie and I at the library but they were busy doing other things. Today, I refused to let that stop me. I got us dressed and off we went. This was the BEST decision for us. She had a wonderful time watching the other kids play and doing some playing of her own. Observing others is really probably her favorite part though. After awhile the other kids started to leave but we chose to stay. Our library has an outdoor fenced in patio and she was showing some interest in going outside. We haven’t been doing a lot of that lately around here because it is HOT AND HUMID!!! But…today the patio looked mostly shaded and there was a breeze so I decided, why not?!

Outside we went. I got to sit in an Adirondack chair while she wandered the patio and played with chalk. We were the only ones out there so I didn’t have to constantly get up to make sure she was playing nice and sharing. I just got to sit and enjoy watching her play and use her brain as she came up with new things to do with just chalk and some Adirondack chairs.

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I truly do love getting to just watch her play. Her imagination and thoughts are already so great and I know they will continue to get better and better.

I was thankful for this time because it gave me a chance to just watch her without any distractions that I normally have at home. I got to appreciate her independence without the lack of patience that I feel like I’ve had lately. My frustrations were gone from this morning and I could just sit back and ENJOY my little girl.

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It just became even more clear to me that this was a gift from God. An idea that led me to a better day. We finished off our morning with a quick trip to Target for some Starbucks (a HUGE thank you to my brother and sister-in-law for that awesome gift) and the dollar section where I got Sadie a light up ball for just a dollar (got to love cheap entertainment!).

We came home, both of us in a MUCH better mood, and ate some lunch and then Sadie went down for a nap. I hadn’t had my quiet time yet today so I knew I needed to use her nap time to really get that in for myself. Well, I just finished the study I was doing yesterday but God gave me the idea to start it over. I have a mom’s bible study that meets at my house once a week and we are doing this study. I decided I didn’t want to start something new while doing this but maybe I should go BACK through it and see what I learn this time around. So I opened up my journal and did Week 1 Day 1. I loved doing it through my journal because it allowed me the space to process some of my thoughts and write out prayers. This study is called Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs. I LOVE everything about this study. Seriously…it really challenges me.

Today I took the time to find peace in God again and look for the lovely things around me. I want my perspective to change. I want to stop just going through life with blinders on and just trying to reach the end and I want to start looking around me as I move forward. I want to notice the amazing things God is doing around me.

So here is my list of Lovely things today. My #lookingforlovely list:

-a library with toys and activities for Sadie

-the dollar section at Target

-places to go that cost little to no money but get Sadie and I out of the house

-Sadie laying her head on my chest on the way inside after our trip (she fell asleep on the way home)

-a date night with Brad tonight, just the two of us (long overdue!!!)

-a shaded place to play outside that didn’t feel so hot (thank you breeze!!)

-nap times that give me time for myself to rest and connect with my heavenly father

-friends and family I can turn to for prayers

-the idea to keep doing this study but through my journal instead of the workbook


Friends, look for the lovely around you today. Don’t let Satan steal your joy. Find the things that God is placing in front of you and around you and focus on those. This day doesn’t have to be one that you wish away. You still have a chance to turn it around and make it a great day!