One of the goals I have is to be more present at home. To get it cleaned up and fixed so that we can invite people over. At first, I felt like I had to fast start and get all these things done NOW. But home decor is not my forte so I became frustrated and kept giving up. Then one day it hit me. Why do I want to do this? Who was it that I wanted to invite into my home? What is the big deal? Then it dawned on me. I realized that maybe God wanted me to use my home for his purpose not mine. Maybe to offer a safe place for my small group. Or maybe so I can have family visit. Or maybe for it be filled with people so that my Mom can be blessed. Once my focus shifted on why I was doing this everything was so straight forward. God made it very clear that I just needed to start with one thing....LIGHT! I don't need to buy all sorts of pillows or expensive crap to redecorate. I just need to take things one step at a time and that 1st step was to buy a lamp so that we can see inside. We forget how important it is to bring light into the darkness. How it makes us feel safe. That it can help lead us so we can continue our journey. This really isn't one of my best IG pics or interesting ones but I hope that the meaning of it resonates with some of you.
Nothing beats some quiet time with nature to reset yourself.
Camping usually involves alcohol, lots of snacking and big cooked breakfasts with carbs & fat.
Not this time though. No alcohol. No big oily breakfasts. Couple of snacks, but that also included fruit. (I usually always pack fruit for camping but never actually eat it 😂)
Lately, I feel like I’m listening more to what my body tells me about food, than to what my mind tries to tell me I want.
I’m not craving sugar or take out, because I know how sick that makes me and the pain that is a result of those things.
Protein, salads, veggies and fruit are what I’m loving right now because I can feel the changes in my body, my energy, my pain levels.
For me, keeping my eating SIMPLE (read: boring to some) is how I manage consistency and keep making better choices. Eg, lunches just throw in a bowl some grilled chicken breast with rosemary or chilli sprinkles w/ mixed salads leaves & baby tomatoes. Literally using the same one or two veggies throughout the week for dinner with a bit of protein. Fruit, nuts or sunflower seeds for snacks. This makes shopping so quick and easy too because it’s so basic and I don’t have to THINK. When I think too much about food, I complicate it for myself 🤪
A few of my quick faves at the moment-
•Egg & banana “pancakes”- mash 1 banana, whisk in 2 eggs, cook in non stick pan 👌🏼 You’re welcome
•Scrambled eggs with baby spinach and rocket, sprinkled with seaweed salt
•Frozen raspberries & blackberries - perfect dessert!
#newblogpost about unrealistic expectations, Mom guilt, and sledding. Link in bio!
Aspen hated sledding the first time I took her this winter. It was a tough pill for me to swallow as her Mom, because I crave adventure and am always the first to jump at outdoor or adrenaline-inducing experiences. Even as a youngster like her, I loved winter activities. Not only that, I'd also been dreaming of how much fun it was going to be racing down sled hills and building giant snowmen together this year... (continue reading in link)
It's changed everything!
A blessing in a funny package is for real! I had no idea I could feel this good, I honestly had nothing else to loose and more to gain then I ever could have imagined. It was my prayers answered!
Thankful to look back on how far I have Come, I have stayed in that place of being stuck far longer then I should have. .....
Have you ever heard that saying... constant Struggles actually mean you are in a heightened state of Spiritual growth! This is true if your learning and going through them.
That has been so true for me and why I keep saying "We Grow through what We go through" I am and have been living that statement more in the last 3years than my entire life. At least at a rate of higher speed. ....
You know the Run hide stay in the darkness bit...
This new product that has given me the energy to take action, it supports my motivation by helping my mood, I get more restful sleep so I get to Live Life and actually enjoy it! .....
Health has definitely been the biggest Wealth for me. I am grateful to have made the investment in myself. Today I know I deserve to Live and enjoy life. ....
You are Worth investing in!
Make the rest of your days THE BEST DAYS
Seriously I would never want to be where I was again and again. I want to look back and be grateful for how far I have come and how much I have learned. .....
Will you be looking back wishing you had taken that chance, took the action reached out...because I know what it's like to be imprisoned by my own inaction, I also know CHANGE can be Soo hard and sometimes it's paralyzing, just know that one tiny step is putting motion Into play and when you create momentum it gets better and before you know it you will be embracing the journey...
It's the simple things repeated that make success..
Let's not forget the definition of insanity...
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!
I like bananas AND several years ago I stopped buying them regularly due to their carbon footprint. Instead of bananas, I focus on locally grown fruit, plus dried fruit, which requires less fuel to transport (no water weight). For quick breads, I have zucchini and "pumpkin" (AKA winter squash) #fromthegarden 🥒🎃
These days, it's a treat when I buy bananas, and I make sure to enjoy some my favorite way, as a topping for peanut butter toast (or tortilla, in this case).
Aaannnndddd I usually have a couple stashed in the freezer. I don't make smoothies all that often, but I haven't found a sub for bananas that I love in smoothies.
I know there are other tropical foods that I still eat regularly (looking at you, cacao), but this was one area where I could cut back. If you've changed what or how you eat in an effort to be more sustainable, please share in the comments 👇
Yesterday was therapy day. 🙃
I did a lot of talking, as you do in therapy. Talking about stressors, talking about workshop, talking about eating and the lack there of and talking about small steps to get around things. I don't hate myself nor do I hate my body- tho I cannot say I love it either so we're in the middle about that- I just know when winter comes around or more stress sticks it's ugly head about I eat less and less and try to go more and more. This isn't sustainable, I know that. So small steps I am taking are 1. Snack snack snack. Implement small snacks whenever possible so I'm not relying on just coffee or waiting on my next meal. 2. Seconds are ALWAYS allowed. 3. Liquids other than water are good, there isn't a bad beverage (except energy drinks, a heart palps isn't worth it.) I'm sure there's others, but that's all that are coming up and together. Hope you're all well. 💖
We have reached the FINAL step in starting your health journey 😊! This week we talked about being aware of your health, finding a vehicle to help you with your health, and today the most important step is to Follow Through 💪🏾!
There’s nothing to it but, to do it. If you feel like you’re ready to begin your health journey just START 😌. Start by creating a goal (I want to lose or gain ____ lbs, I want to create more energy by ___, etc). After this create small steps to reach the goal and love yourself the whole way through. If you need encouragement we are here to provide it. We are rooting for you and your improved health ☺️. Thank you for following the “How to start your health journey” series and we hope that this helps you move closer to creating a healthier version of yourself 💕
Back on that bus grind today. We’re working on getting the outside finished/sealed so we can get it painted and get the windows installed. We’re realizing we can’t work quite as fast like we did on our last bus now that we have little man. But that’s okay, every step counts. 🙌🏼
Interesting read so far. Thanks for the reading material Friend!
As a side note I’ve decided on challenges for next month and one is going to include building muscle and the other sleep 😘. Look for details!! #smallsteps#wholehealingwellness#loveyourlife
💦 WATER 💦
Oh how I’ve struggled with my water intake over the years. Really any liquid for that matter. A cup of coffee sometimes take a few hours to finish, my beer often gets warm before I’ve finished it and I’m usually content with a cup or two of water a day without feeling thirsty for much else.
My body on the other hand has started showing signs of dehydration, especially with all the exercising and despite my best efforts to drink more water.
So alas. This gallon jug motivator began to help me conquer this liquid battle.
Also, I’ve cut out any other liquid so that I can concentrate on only water intake.
By day 3 I’d consumed an entire gallon in one day! I haven’t been able to keep it consistent but I’m doing better and visually seeing my intake for the day is helping keep “drinking water” top of mind.
Anybody else struggle with water intake?
A snap shot of a waste free lunch - currently reading Three Day Road (powerful story of two Cree snipers in WWI) eating yoghurt, mangos, oats & coconut in a glass tupperware with a spoon my love made for me.
Single use yogurt cups are convenient for you but takes the Earth a long time to break down. Buying Bulk yoghurt and making your own delicious yoghurt/fruit/granola combo in a reusable container is a small step to reducing the amount of plastic that goes through the household. It takes only a few more minutes of your day but saves the Earth one less synthetic product laying waste on her land. 🌍🤚💞 I would love to one day make my own yoghurt, has anyone tried it before?
#reusable#environment#consciousliving#bulk#lunch#lifestyle#wasteless#plasticfree#lovetheearth#smallsteps#bigchange#ecofrie fly #mindfulness
Today, I completed my first park run since 16th September 2017!!! It’s taken me a while to get myself fit again and it hasn’t just been a physical challenge but a mental one as well. I’ve had to be patient and remember that my body’s gone through a lot. But today I showed that I can be that person again and I loved every minute, even the part where I overtook a 10 year old girl (small victories right). For those of you who are of that mindset, I did it in 30:13 #parkrun#smallsteps#couchto5k#couplesthatruntogetherstaytogether#postcancer#exercise#running
I have spent a lovely week disconnected from my desk with my family and friends of all different ages. Life is so fast whether you are ten or fifty- so much to do, so much to ‘achieve’, so much to get done..then I have spent some time this evening catching up on insta and seen some fabulous posts and wonderful inspiration. But how much is outside our comfort zone- trying to do better at the expense of everything else? Conversation with a male friend at the weekend while he talked to my husband....We were talking about motivation to get fit whilst living busy lives with work and family. Our friend felt that unless he was training for a marathon or a time trial he couldn’t exercise. He has a history of doing this to excess, achieving the massive goal then heading back to his less healthy ways...I overheard my husband (who has obviously spent far too much time poor man with me harping on about my book and how it is about small every day steps that add up) saying how it has to be something that is achievable and sustainable and not all encompassing and excessive (as our generation are prone to) and does not have to mean a marathon at the end of it (although all power to you if that’s your bag) or an army style challenge. Don’t let the thought of not being the ultimate achiever put you off changing your own life for the better as that cannot be measured by medals, likes or popularity - just waking up feeling you have more energy and that you are ready for the day may be the best result....#lifestylechange#smallsteps#80/20 #realism#lifeisasystemofchoices
Along with this exercise should be about making you feel better not just your weight on the scales. We all know muscle can replace fat and the pounds won’t necessarily drop off so think about weighing yourself less frequently if you are feeling out of shape and instead, maybe, just measuring your waist size every couple of weeks and seeing if that reduces as not only your jeans will fit better your risk of cardiovascular disease/diabetes will be reduced and that is far more important than the kilos on the scale.This post also refers to chasing likes on your outfits, makeup, looks.....❤️❤️#loveyourself
Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if we could bottle up special memories, and uncork them just at the moment we want to recall them? Unfaded, and unchanged? I wish I could bottle the moment I realized I could achieve anything I wanted if I put my heart and soul into it. 💫
This was a couple of years ago when I was not physically active at all. I mean, I was stuffing my face with potato chips and binge-watching reruns of Grey's Anatomy. I love that show by the way, but my point is that I could barely walk a couple of blocks up. So for some reason, I got this crazy idea that I wanted to hike this very challenging mountain here in Vancouver- The Grousse Grind. So off I went and I am not kidding you, 10 minutes into it, I was almost puking my guts out. I was shaky, my face was red and I could barely breath. I was with my brother and he said to me, "We are not far from where we started, you can go back and take the lift instead." I am not going to lie to you, that option sounded so tempting at that moment. But instead, I said, "No, I am going to get up there, it might take me hours but I know I can do this!" To be honest, I don't know where that came from. A couple of hours later with sweat dripping all over my face, my back and all other places I won't mention, I finally made it to the top! 💫
That sweet moment of victory was so special to me because that's the moment I truly believed in myself and that's when I knew- I can achieve anything I want to achieve if I put my heart and soul into it. ⠀
Now it's your turn, what If you could bottle just one moment in time, what would it be?⠀
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I hate cling film 😖
Sophie is full of cold and only ate about half of her dinner, so I’ve kept it for tomorrow’s lunch, naturally. .
Rather than empty it out into a container with a lid, I wanted to just cover the bowl and save on the washing up. I would have used a beeswax wrap but the few I have are all in use. I could have covered it with a plate but space is limited in the fridge at the moment. I do however still have quite a lot of cling film that I bought ages ago. I’ve always hated the stuff - mostly because it clings to itself more than what you actually want it to cling to - but every now and then I use it as a last resort. I’ll never buy any again but I might as well use up what I’ve already got. It’s going to take a while though, as I prefer to use other things. .
What’s your favourite alternative to cling film?