Month: January 2018

3 Reasons Taking Care of Yourself is NOT Selfish

Taking care of yourself isn't selfish so it's time to get to it. Here's how you can make it work!

As a working wife and mother, I know exactly what it feels like to come last. I put myself there for nearly 2 decades but it hurt everyone, especially me. You see, not taking care of yourself is selfish because you don’t love yourself as much as other people in your life love you. For women, setting aside time for self-care often feels selfish. But, in reality, the opposite is true. The next time you feel like you’re being selfish for taking care of yourself, consider these three points.

1. You’re Much Happier

Taking care of yourself is the best way to increase your happiness. How happy you are depends solely on you; nothing and no one has the power to make you happy. It’s an inside job.As Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t shoot their husbands.” When you’re happier, shit doesn’t get to you as much, which leads to less irritability.

2.  You’re Less Irritable

Taking care of yourself, specifically through diet and exercise, has a way of removing irritation from your life. Knowing that you’re feeding your body what it needs and you’re keeping active is the greatest form of self-love.

How amazing would it be to feel less irritable?

Moods are contagious so make sure you spread a good one! Your family, friends, coworkers, etc will thank you.

If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, think again. It's actually the most selfless thing you can do.

3. You’re Less Stressed

Exercise is the best form of stress relief available and it’s the one most often ignored. I’m guilty of this. When shit hits the fan and life becomes overwhelming, I know that exercise will help me feel better but I don’t do it. I always regret it.

How amazing would it be for you and your family to have a happier, less irritable, and less stressed you?

A Real-Life Example

Before I started taking care of myself, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. All of these are lifestyle conditions that could’ve taken me out without warning. Think about that – I could’ve died of a stroke all because I didn’t eat right or take 30 minutes to exercise. I could’ve left my family without a wife and mother. My family can function just fine without me for 30-45 minutes a day while I exercise, but an entire lifetime? I’m not ready to leave my family (no matter how crazy they make me) so I had a choice. I chose to take care of myself so I could stick around.

How to Make it Work

If you have children, you’re probably thinking that you can’t squeeze in time for yourself. Here’s the thing – you can if you change a few things. I understand that my children may be older than yours, but there are things you can do to make time for yourself. I follow a morning routine that may help you carve out that much-needed time for yourself. Have babies or toddlers? Take full advantage of nap time. So what if your house isn’t immaculate. The most important thing is to take care of yourself and your family, right? In the end, no one is ever going to say that you kept a clean house.

Because each of us have different obligations, schedules, and whatnot, it’s important to take a long, hard look at your schedule and start prioritizing your time. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find time for yourself if your schedule. Go look for it!

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A Full Week of Healthy Meals Just for You!

Healthy Meals

Finding healthy meals isn’t always fun; it can be downright stressful. You may want to eat the same things day after day….after day. For some of you, that’s not a big deal (I’m a creature of habit, too). But, for the rest of you, finding new healthy meals to try is a must if you’re going to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I can’t tell you the number of hours I’ve spent scouring Pinterest for healthy meal options. I had to stop because I was getting nowhere. There are too many Healthy Meals: Bruschetta Chickenoptions and I got overwhelmed. So, I started thinking outside the box. Take my bruschetta chicken recipe, for example. I was in a mood one summer evening and wanted chicken and bruschetta.

I already had the bruschetta made because I had added it to my flatbread pizza earlier that day and I wanted to use it. Damn, it was good! Anyway, I grilled up my chicken tenderloin and topped it with the leftover bruschetta. Bam – there was dinner. I try to shy away from starch at dinner but you could pair that with a 1/4 cup of brown rice. Put it all on top of the rice, too!

The important thing to remember about food is that it can be fun! It doesn’t have to be boring and it shouldn’t be. If you’re bored with your meals, are you going to eat them. Nope.

A few healthy meals to help jump start your journey!

Finding Healthy Meals

Not only do I share recipes here, I’ve put together a few meal options for you to help you get started. Pop in your details to download your copy today.

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Taking some of the guesswork out of your meal plan. Download my sample week of meal options to help you jump start your journey!

Start putting together foods you like in ways you hadn’t thought about, like I did with the bruschetta chicken. Explore new ways of cooking; I did with my air fryer. A word of caution – don’t judge food based on how they smell. Sometimes, they can smell like ass and taste like heaven. While you’re online, check out my Pinterest boards to see the healthy meals I have there, too!

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2017 Was One Hell of a Year

2017 was one hell of a year and I learned so much!

It’s absolutely amazing just how much a year can change a person. This time last year, I was in such a bad place with just about everything in my life. This year, however, I couldn’t be happier! A lot has changed for me in such a short period of time and it’s been an amazing ride.

This time last year, I already had my weight loss plan in place but couldn’t execute for another month. Why? I was still recovering from my hysterectomy and was on a lot of restrictions. Once I was released, it was game on. I executed my plan immediately and I was so excited.

Fast forward to June and I was getting close to onederland and made the decision (in May) to become a health coach. The kid was out of school on summer vacation and I started getting up at 5 am. I was up and out the door on my walk by 7 am. Most days, I had my 10k steps in by 9 am.

June through October was pretty steady but shit hit the fan in the middle of October. It was a rough time for me, and a few other people in my life, which meant my activity was the first thing to go. I made the decision to stop exercising and made other things more important.

This trend continued off and on for the rest of 2017. I started to feel crappy and I had no one to blame but myself. It was eye opening for me because I had done so well for 3/4 of the year. It really made me think about and re-evaluate quite a few things in my life.

December was a month full of reflection for me and I’m forever grateful. I purged the house and my personal items of anything that was holding me back. 2017 is gone and I’m welcoming 2018 with open arms. I am so motivated to kick ass this year it’s almost annoying.

2018 holds many, many changes for myself and my family. The first quarter is going to be the most stressful but I’m working very hard to make it good stress instead of bad. While it may be cliché to refer to the New Year as a new beginning, that’s exactly what’s happening to my family. We’re on to new adventures and there’s no looking back.

It’s high time we say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. I hope you all have a fantastic year and all your dreams come true.

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