Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Arriving

July makes me reflective. July 2011, I joined a "little workout class", that forever changed the trajectory of my (and my family's) life. The left side of this image is what I looked like at that time: (Note the TWO pieces of cake! Gross!) I was in a size 16 (barely), should have been a… Continue reading Arriving

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Dear Military Mom Facing Your First Deployment With Kids

Dear Military Mom on your first deployment: Oh mama, there really isn't anything I can tell you to prepare for this adventure. It is hard. Simple as that. There are days (hours, minutes) that are going to feel like forever. Dragging so slow you swear it's been an hour and it's only been 4 minutes.… Continue reading Dear Military Mom Facing Your First Deployment With Kids

Health and Fitness · Writing

Changing the Subject

I am only about 2 pages into "Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight" and I'm hooked. The book is written by Linda Bacon, PhD (You can check out her website here). Here's the paragraph that had me reaching for the computer immediately: "Many of us have a disturbing preoccupation with food and an… Continue reading Changing the Subject

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness · Writing

How About It?

How about we all just stop for a minute. I am a "Fan" and "Like" various fitness groups on Facebook and read a few fitness and running blogs on a regular basis. Heck, I even write for a fitness blog. But I'm more and more discouraged about the negative tone of what I've been reading… Continue reading How About It?

Family

A Crap Day Brightened

Days like today just beat me up. Quick Recap: Kids woke up at 5am - Hannah with a "nice" diaper gift. (Should have been my first clue!) Poop before coffee = never good. While shopping at the grocery, was rudely informed that I was in the way and that I should "teach my daughter to… Continue reading A Crap Day Brightened

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Pride (aka Tooting One’s Own Horn)

A collective conversation happening with some of my health and fitness peeps has sparked my thoughts in the arena of pride. It's interesting as we become healthy, lose weight, gain strength and do all the things that were once thought impossible, people around us start out supportive, and then either join in the movement with… Continue reading Pride (aka Tooting One’s Own Horn)

Family · Health and Fitness · Photography

Joy

If writing for a fitness blog has taught me anything, it's that I have to practice what I "preach". After writing a post about making exercise work with kids, I really had no excuse. So I found this: It's a playground next to the track! There is absolutely NO reason I couldn't get out there! As… Continue reading Joy

Family · Food · Health and Fitness

It Wasn’t All That Long Ago

I have labeled my son a "picky eater". Much like his father, he prefers to eat only a few different foods, is reluctant to try new things, and detests condiments, sauces or dressings of any kind. While not all of this is necessarily bad, as a parent, I see other kids happily gobbling down anything… Continue reading It Wasn’t All That Long Ago

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Even on the yucky days…

Even on the yucky, crappy, wish-the ground-would-swallow-me-up, go-back-to-bed-days, I aspire to still, in the midst of circumstance, be grateful. Even on the yucky days, when I am at my worst, I want to be able to take a step back just for a moment, and remember the bigger picture, and be grateful. This is so… Continue reading Even on the yucky days…

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Square Peg in a Round Hole

Some days (weeks, months) are just like that. Disjointed, out of whack, trying too hard to get my to-do list checked off, bull-in-china-shop yuckiness. Like cramming a square peg into a round hole. And when the dust of the day starts to settle, all three of us pay for it with crabby Patty attitudes, tantrums… Continue reading Square Peg in a Round Hole