Sometimes the beginning of the work week can be mentally hard. Co-workers can be difficult (or crazy) and managers/ owners can be overly intense making the work environment emotionally/ mentally/ physically rough. But the key to moving past the work place crazy is not making that your main focus. So here are my tools for learning how to handle Monday’s (and all that come with them) better.

TED Talks – Work Happier

The Power of Habit

You are in control of how you feel and the choices you make in the situations and circumstances you are in. You can conquer Monday, and make today AWESOME. Someone else may be grumpy or have a sour attitude but that is not you. You can choose to be happy and strengthen your self control/ resolve. Today is going to be great 🙂 You are loved and cared for.

xoxo, JoyLynn



This morning I am happy for what I accomplished this past September and the journey this one goal really sent me on. My health and body have NEVER been better. I no longer “need” coffee to function or start my day and my body no longer hurts (unless I’ve had a really good workout 😉). I’m excited to keep going on this journey and look forward to more victories both scale and non-scale👍

I’ll keep you posted!

xoxo, JoyLynn

Keep Pushing!

I still can’t believe at moments that I reached such a big goal. The more I think about it the more I get excited.  This has not always been the case. Back in high school and even college, I would start losing weight and getting healthy only to be derailed by physical set backs and my own mental blocks. I would fall into the old trap of “I’ve been so good lately, it’s OK if I slide for a little bit” or one the biggest lies “It’s the holidays, I can’t say no, their feelings would be hurt” and last but not least “I accomplished something so I deserve a treat!” . That last one in its self is not bad, but it can be a trap when your “treats” are really keeping you from your goals. My treats were always sugary and fatty. I would treat myself with coffee drinks, baked goods, and other not-so-good things. Then a week later I would be thinking “what just happened, I had progress where did it go?!?”. Oddly enough this bad habit didn’t come to light until one day scrolling through Pinterest and found a meme :Do not reward yourself with foodIn that moment I knew I needed to make a change and stop this cycle of 2 steps forward and 1-3 steps back. I was wrecking my body and my heart to the core. So yesterday, after having THE BEST test results from my annual exam, I got a treat. A manicure! I love having my nails done and feeling pampered, PLUS it’s a great healthy alternative to destructive food.

What do you reward yourself with? Is it something you can be proud of a moment from now or something you’ll have to go work off later or feel guilty about?

The truth is you can do this! You can get control over your health and body, but it happens in an instant, in a heart beat. When something says “NO MORE!” and in your heart you know you can’t keep doing this for one more week, “till next Monday”, one more hour, one more minute! That initial change starts in your heart, in an instant. As you start your journey you may fail at times but that in NOT an excuse to keep failing, or to fall back into old habits. Get up. Dust yourself off and feel that resolve in your heart when you made that decision and keep pushing forward! The only person who can stop you is YOU.

xoxo, JoyLynn

Fun News!

I reached a big goal this week! I am officially more than halfway to my weight goal!!

I haven’t talked about my health and fitness on here because honestly I was uncomfortable and scared. Weight is something that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. But the reality is this has been a long but healing year and I’ve made great progress. As of November 4, 2014 I have lost 31 pounds out of the 60 I plan on losing.

My health has definitely become a MUST and not just something that I should probably do. I know that the choices I make with my body won’t just effect me, but the future of my family. One of my BIG motivators is that my wonderful hubby and I want to start a family in the near future. I want to make sure that I not only have a healthy pregnancy and birth, but a healthy lifestyle. I want to live that out and not just talk about “what you should be doing” in theory.

Currently, my short term fitness goal is to lose another 10 pounds by Christmas. I would like to get involved in a local community that will encourage and motivate me in my fitness journey. I’ll keep you wonderful people updated on how my search goes. Are there any programs you like to do at home or a with a group?  What motivates you to stay or get healthy?

xoxo, JoyLynn

Be Kind To You


Still resting today but check out this awesome salad that we (Justin) made for lunch today! Followed by me using my new baraka neti pot and feeling better 👍YAY health!IMG_3101.JPG

I also realized today that my mindset this cold is totally different than the last time (back in July) I have not once thought “well this is it for the next while, I hope it doesn’t last too long” OR “forget you body, I’m going to run you in to the ground until you can’t run any longer”. Both are not a good mindset to be in. I’m taking care of my body but I have not “given up” in anyway or felt angry towards myself for getting sick. If you’re feeling that way towards yourself, take a moment with some deep breaths and be thankful for what your body does on a daily basis without you having to even think about it. It’s amazing!

So be kind to yourself today and keep pressing forward towards your dreams!

xoxo, JoyLynn