Practice what you preach. This old adage rings true every day of our lives. Part of my job as a fitness instructor is to help empower women and show them that they can be beautiful and strong just by being themselves. Don’t listen to the criticisms of others, and especially do not listen to the criticisms in your own head. You should speak to yourself as though you are speaking to your best friend. You would never tell your best friend that he or she is overweight, unattractive, or anything less than what they truly are. So why do this to yourself?
I struggle daily to keep the forefront of my existence focused on self-love and self-acceptance. I am far from perfect, but that’s only because I don’t match up to someone’s idea of perfect, including my own. I take steps every day to make healthy choices, stay physically fit and to live with integrity and love. I don’t think I should ask myself for more than that! But it is hard. We beat ourselves up for bad food choices or skipping workouts, or drinking too much wine sometimes. We beat ourselves up for not being the perfect parent or the perfect husband or wife. But the truth is, if you go after each day knowing you are doing your best, then I say give yourself a great big hug at the end of the day. You deserve it for being yourself. Your truly beautiful, wonderful, amazing self!
via Daily Prompt: Acceptance
I have let myself go. I came into a very stressful situation in my life and I used food and drink as a way to cope. I also slacked off on my workouts because I was feeling depressed and let myself skip them. I didn’t think the situation would last as long as it has, so I let myself indulge hoping I could find some comfort. Well I didn’t find any comfort, I only found myself feeling sluggish and filled with more anxiety.
I woke up this morning at 9am feeling worse than I have in a very long time. I had a headache and I slept until 9 because I just didn’t feel like getting up to face the world. I knew it was time to make a change. I cannot control the outcome of my current situation, but I can control how I am dealing with it. Today is day one. I will conquer the urge to indulge as a way to cope with my problems. I will instead drink plenty of water and make healthier food choices. I am also going to stop drinking for 30 days. I need to reset my mind and my body and get myself back to a healthier place mentally and physically.
This is not going to be easy. Once you get yourself stuck in a rut, taking the first step to get out is always the hardest. I know I can do this, because I have to do this. If I keep going down this road I will only become sadder and unhealthier.
Feel free to post a motivational comment to help get me started on my road back to happiness.
via Daily Prompt: Conquer
My lovely, sweet daughter was brought into this world almost six years ago. The fear I felt when I first learned of my pregnancy was massive. I was not prepared for the sudden shift in my life and I remember having a mix of fear and excitement. I had always wanted to be a mother, but was I ready for it? Would 9-months be enough time for me to get my life in the proper order to make sure she could be taken care of and I could give her everything she needed?
The months leading up to her birth brought upon me a massive shift in my priorities and my life’s desires. All I wanted was to have a healthy, happy and safe little girl. Long gone were my days of staying up late and thinking only of myself. She was my newest and greatest priority and not once did I miss my old life.
The day she was born was the most magical day of my existence. I already knew I loved her, but I had no idea how massive the idea of love could be. My heart bursts just writing this because I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be this little girl’s mother. She is my life, and I will spend every moment of my life making sure she knows how much she is loved.
Someone told me once that it isn’t our children’s choice to be brought into this world. We make that choice for them, and it is our responsibility to make sure we give them the best life we can. Parenting is a massive responsibility, but the massive amount of love you get in return is worth more to me than anything my heart could ever desire.
via Daily Prompt: Massive
Today’s story is about a street. My pictures isn’t a street so much as it is a quiet road just before dusk. I take this road when I need to clear my head or to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. It is amazing what some fresh air and the quietness of this road can do for the soul. I feel like I am resetting myself and silencing the inner turmoil.
This picture is also spiritual for me in a way because my Angel #33 appears and there is also the silhouette of a cross in the background. When I snapped this picture I feel I must have been very close to God and the angels and they were sending me the message that everything is going as planned.
This is not my home. However when I saw this old run down place I couldn’t help but wonder about the memories it holds. This was someone’s home one day long ago. Who lived here? What was their life like? Why did they abandon this beautiful place and leave it to crumble around itself?
I wish I could go back in time and peek into the life that was once here. What would I learn? What secrets does this place hold? Are they the same secrets all homes have after years of life lived by a family?
Oh this beautiful old home. Still standing tall despite the years of being beat down by the elements of life. In a way this home represents my own soul. Still standing proudly after years of turmoil and inner neglect. Hanging on to whatever it can of this beautiful life.
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where one single outcome will change the rest of your life? I am standing at a wall and I have no idea what is on the other side. As I stand and look up at that wall, waiting for it to fall down, I am nervous. Will it be the outcome I desire or will I have to rebuild my life to accommodate my new path? I have no control over my future. My future is in the hands of someone else. And as I wait and the seconds tick by, to say I am nervous doesn’t even scratch the surface of the inner turmoil I feel.
via Daily Prompt: Nervous
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The swarm of butterflies in her stomach was fighting to escape. If it did escape she could not be responsible for the outcome. Holding all the anxiety inside was the easy part. She could handle the inner terror and relentless pain. What she could not handle was showing her weakness. She was supposed to have faith. She was supposed to trust in her path and know that God has her back. Today however it was almost too much. To let the swarm of pain and anxiety escape across her lips would mean words she could not take back. Her head is not clear. Her mind is not her own. The swarm has taken over her entire being and with her last thread of hope she needs to find the strength to rise above. To silence the swarm. To believe.
via Daily Prompt: Swarm
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via Daily Prompt: Desire
I am a fan of The Secret. I truly believe in focusing on the good instead of the bad. If you wake up and say “Ugh, today is going to be an awful day,” chances are it might be awful. If you wake up and say “Today is going to be a GREAT day,” your chances of having a great day are increased greatly. It’s all about mindset.
The same thing holds true for manifesting something great for your life. If you NEED something and every day you think about how much you NEED this particular thing, you are actually pushing it away. I know this because I have lived it. It wasn’t until reading The Secret that I realized what I was doing. I was NEEDING a promotion at work so badly to prove who I was and what I was capable of, that it was consistently just out of reach. I decided instead to just stop NEEDING it so much and started appreciating what I already had. I thanked the Universe every day for abundance in my life and I started to trust in my path. I had a DESIRE to be better every day and started focusing on doing the right thing and appreciating the here and now. Turns out, I wasn’t meant for that promotion, and life has since pulled me into a completely new direction. By accident, I discovered a passion for group/personal fitness and helping others feel great about themselves. My life is more fulfilling because I don’t NEED anything. I only DESIRE to live a happy, abundant and successful life!
She was filled with doubt.
It was as if she questioned whether the sun would rise.
To go back in time would be to re-learn the lesson.
To fear the unknown would be to roll the dice on her own fate.
But how? How to live here in this moment and see the world for what it is?
No amount of fear or doubt will change what is to come.
So breathe easy darling,
There is no doubt that you are exactly as you are supposed to be.