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


And We’re Home :: An Update

So we finally moved this weekend!! Just me and my hubby and a 12′ long Penske truck. Overall it went really well and we got everything in once trip (woohoo), and we LOVE our new place. It’s bigger than our old one with double sinks in the bathroom and an open kitchen with lots of storage (so we finally get to have a dining table). Admittedly though, I had ideas of grandeur, having all of my boxes unpacked and the house completely together by this coming weekend so that I could start entertaining friends this coming week. I was SO wrong. Half my living room is still boxes waiting to be unpacked, the guest bedroom is still mostly boxes that need to be put away, and I have a pile of clean laundry on my floor waiting for me to hang up/ toss in the dresser.

The past 2 weeks have been really good and REALLY stressful. Moving in general is hard but also every car we seem to touch or buy breaks or has some sort of issue causing the bulk of stress. I know that everything will be over soon and that we will get this car thing figured out, and if nothing else this whole process has made me really appreciate my husband and just who he is, and in times like these I look at him and my heart just feels so BIG, like at any moment it it going to burst. I know that may sound cheesy but that’s how I feel ❤

I don’t have a recipe this week, because I haven’t been grocery in 3 weeks, so thankfully I had fully stocked pantry and there are some great little restaurants in our area.  Last night though we made grilled cheese sandwiches with Udi’s gluten free white bread and served it with Trader Joe’s Roasted Bell Pepper and Tomato Soup. I would have taken a picture and posted it but we finished it before I remembered to take a picture (sorry).

Anyway, next post should involve food, more updates, and pictures. Enjoy your weekend!

xoxo, JoyLynn