Why "Taking Care of Me?"

April 16, 2011 marked a new starting point for me. My sweet husband surprised me with a trip to a health spa, Fitness Ridge to be exact. It was literally life-changing, but didn't have the immediate results I, and I presume everyone else, expected to see. We watch The Biggest Loser and are amazed by their quick transformations and think- finally a difficult yet good way to finally lose the weight. Don't get me wrong I did start losing weight, but more importantly I started the journey to taking better care of me. That gift, when I remember to apply it, has been so vital in changing so many aspects of my life. Taking care of ourselves doesn't always look like spas, facials and massages. Rather it looks more like taking the time to cut those vegetables; getting a little less sleep to make it to the early morning spin class; taking the 5-10 minutes to pray and meditate at the end of the day. All because these things are really what taking care of ourselves look like.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I've missed some workouts this week.  Let me back up... 

SO- I've had BAD insomnia this week- chemical imbalance stuff, and the old me would do several things- I would have felt pitty and guilt and tried to self-soothe with food and feel badly that no one understood what I was going through. 

BUT thanks to Jen-my emotional eating counselor's help and starting to believe the truth, I realize that I do have to miss a couple of workouts this week because of it and am just being more careful with my eating to compensate for that. The insomnia is just temporary and manageable- difficult YES, but manageable. 

I LOVE this living without guilt cause really who even cared before enough about what I did that I should have felt guilt? Not my husband, or my kids. They all want me happy, healthy and free!