01
31
2019

TO ALL MY BODY CONSCIOUS SOON TO BE MOMS, PREGNANT OR NOT

I always said I would never post my bare belly during pregnancy. Until I got pregnant. And felt something I never knew. It isn’t my belly. It’s my baby. And I love knowing he is in there.  This was a post I never got to post before my baby. But I feel it goes along with my blog for this week, so without further ado… To all body conscious soon to be moms, pregnant now or not. ▪️ It’s natural to wonder what your body will do while you’re pregnant. And what it will be like after. And it’s com...

01
23
2019

My Ten Year Challenge

#tenyearchallenge – I was gonna play. I wasn’t gonna look back ten years ago. I wasn’t gonna bombard you with another transformation. But I changed my mind. I looked. I decided to play. And I’m going to bombard you. Because ten years ago essentially started my food, fitness and body obsessed decade that consisted of over training, food restricting, food bingeing, 20 pound weight fluctuations, AND a tunnel visioned, scale centered, mirror looking, tummy pinching, feeling eating shallow and...

01
23
2019

A LABOR OF LOVE

“There’s no love Like your love And no other Could give me more love” This blog post is a day late, just like the bundle of joy it’s about was. There is SO much I could say about this experience that has already changed me, so today is about the labor of love and how Chip came into the world. His due date was Monday, January 7th, 2019. I didn’t want an early baby, but deep down I wouldn’t have minded a New Year’s baby. Well that came and went. On the morning of his due date, I felt different. I...

12
30
2018

CHANGE THIS, THIS YEAR

We’d like to think it doesn’t happen. You know, those comments people make to us or about us that leave us self-conscious, annoyed, hurt, questioning ourselves. Those comments by others who hit us right where it hurts? Like they know that one weak spot and arrow in on it. The comments that cut like a knife. The comments that leave us thinking maybe “x” is a an issue, or not good enough, or wrong with me. Comments like, “Wow, can you beat up your husband with arms like that?” Comments like, “How...

12
16
2018

IS CONSISTENCY ENOUGH TO BEAT CONTROL?

This past Saturday was cookie day. Friday is Friends-mas pizza party. Sunday is Christmas snacks with my dad. Monday is Christmas Eve dinner with my mom. Tuesday is Christmas morning brunch. This could seem like a lot of scary food to someone who is trying to control their food, body and diet. And it used to be super scary to me, super stressful. I would either be miserable trying to hold myself back from the “bad” food, ultimately not enjoying a second of my existence, or, more often than not,...

12
09
2018

WHEN YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY LOSE WEIGHT

The body positive community will tell you that you should never lose weight, you should accept and love your body as it is. The health at every size movement will tell you that excess weight is not contributing to any diseases, aches or pains. The fitness industry will tell you that you should always be looking to improve your body composition, more muscle less fat. The fashion industry will tell you that you don’t need to lose weight… unless you’re a model or want to look like one in thei...

12
02
2018

HOLIDAY MINDSET CHECK

So it’s December. It’s those diet dreaded weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The ones where some of us throw in the towel on our health and fitness until New Years and where others struggle to enjoy the essence of the holiday season because they are hyper focused on their food, fitness and body. So today, I’m going to give you some peace of mind. My approach to the holidays that has helped me finally enjoy them, guilt free and with much less stress, making me more of a joy to be around as...

11
25
2018

MY FIX FOR THE ALL OR NOTHING FOOD, FITNESS & BODY MENTALITY

PERFECT versus GOOD ENOUGH. I know this sounds like a slacker. Like someone who is complacent. Like someone who has no goals. It probably even sounds lazy and certainly sounds mediocre at best. And these days, we can’t be mediocre. We can’t just be good enough. We have to be the best. The leanest. The most perfect person we can be. Well… NO. You don’t have to be any of that. For yearsssssss I was battling all or nothing in so many aspects of my life, but mainly, food, workouts and body. I’...

11
18
2018

PART II – WHY I DON’T BINGE ON CEREAL AND PEANUT BUTTER ANYMORE…

“THE MORE YOU KNOW IS GREAT. BUT THE MORE YOU KNOW ABOUT YOU? THAT’S PRICELESS.” 2 weeks ago I posted a blog about why I don’t binge on my favorite foods anymore. I explained two approaches to beat that restriction/binge pattern and this week, I am elaborating on how my transition didn’t end up in me being obese by allowing any food I wanted, in any amount. There is one key part to allowing yourself to eat anything and it is this: You must pay attention to how they make you feel. So often when w...

11
11
2018

THE FEAR OF WEIGHT GAIN

A lot of people ask me about gaining weight during pregnancy. They want to know how I feel about it. Or what I think about it. And while I don’t love that this seems to be the number one issue women have with being pregnant, I’m going to make one post about it. You have not seen me post a single weight on my weekly pregnancy updates. That is because it is NOT important for you to know or honestly, even for me to know. My goal with my posts is to update you on my mindset, my symptoms, my progress...