So I thought it would be fun to have some real talk on Friday’s. Friday favorites are fun and all, but we could all use a little real life talk to end our week right? I’m going with yes. I think we all crave a little reality. It’s good to keep us grounded in a world that never slows down, rarely shares it’s underbelly, and loves to look the part. So, here’s to keeping it real and diving into what life often really looks like.
I’ve shared a little about my fitness journey on the blog. The “transformation” as we love to call it in this industry. And it was. It was a physical change, but it was mostly internal. I never want to look at this picture on the left and be disgusted. I wasn’t gross. I wasn’t ugly. I just wasn’t making healthy choices. But it doesn’t disgust me. I was a wife and a brand new mommy. So entirely blessed by a life I don’t deserve but also missing out on the healthiest parts of it. But that’s what you learn from. So I never want to look back on it with distaste, just a little more knowledge and wisdom than I had then, and a lot more self-discipline.
For me, this change was about discovering that you really can be self motivated with time, effort, patience, and PRACTICE. It was realizing health and fitness could be a way of life, although often times it’s far from perfect. It’s not always about qualifying for Boston or being a bikini competitor(if you are either…you are a total rock star!!! You are amazing. But I’m sure at one point in your life those goals seemed out of reach. So anything is possible yes? And come run with me and make me awesome enough to qualify for Boston. The end=). Making it a lifestyle and long-term thing is, in my opinion, more about what happens on the inside when you decide to get healthy. It’s not quick fixes or living your life on a dieting roller coaster. Because that’s not practical for a lifetime.
The picture on the left was 10 years ago you guys. My body has changed and morphed in different ways over the years, but the excess weight has stayed off and I’ve managed to stay active after two additional pregnancies. Sometimes that means training for marathons, other times it’s a 20 min workout in my bedroom while Lila watches a movie on my computer snuggled in my bed. It’s not always the same intensity. But it’s engrained inside of me that this makes me feel good. This gives me energy. This gives me a stress release which in turn makes me a more patient wife and mom. It makes me feel good about myself, even if my body hasn’t changed since my week of not working out…last week. It’s all in what you make it, so make it fun. Find something you enjoy and do it. The rest will fall into place.
french toast for dinner
In case you haven’t figured this out already, I enjoy good food. I don’t eat french toast and hamburgers on the daily, but you guys. When I find a good one, I’ll eat it. Period. Moderation friends. Moderation. So, a lot of times when Rob is busy working or traveling, the kids and I will do breakfast for dinner(because our Ironman requires a more substantial dinner intake, we wait til he’s gone=) This week, it was french toast. And not just any french toast, Pioneer Woman french toast, which can also be described as desert. There was not a picture to be had from the internet of Ree’s deliciousy goodness, so I
stole borrowed this one. It’s not the same, but it’ll do. You can find the recipe here. I didn’t do the Nutella because well, I wanted my kids to SLEEP.
Please. Don’t be afraid of this french toast. Yes, it may settle on your thighs or other problematic areas if you eat it EVERY DAY. But once in a while? Indulge. Put your feet up on a Tuesday night, poor yourself a glass of orange juice(wine doesn’t sound right due to the french toast part, so go ahead and make your orange juice into a mimosa) and delve into some sugary carbalicious goodness. Tomorrow it’s good for you food, but for just one night, enjoy a treat. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Unless you do the everyday thing then it will undoubtedly settle in regions you won’t be happy with. Did I mention moderation?
*I added an egg scramble and some bacon to my piece of french toast, ya know, for the protein of course.
embrace the suck(Thank you RunEmz for this. I need your shirt)
So here’s the deal. I am in somewhat of a perpetual sucky period with running. I’m pretty sure it has almost everything to do with lack of sleep and stress, as the past couple of months have been stressful and so ridiculously busy. So, I’m working to de-stress by de-cluttering my time. To clear away some things that are keeping me from being healthy and most of it has to do the schedule I’ve been keeping. I wasn’t healthy trying to do it all. Because you guys, no one can do it all and do it well. Something, or somethings, suffer from it. Trust me, I know. I took a few things off my plate this past week and you guys, yesterday I ran. And it didn’t entirely suck!!!! I felt lighter(and I’m sure that was due to the french toast. Or not). Hear me. I have a LOT of work to do. I’m slower than I used to be(which I’ve decided is totally ok. It only took me 10 years to get to that point) and it’s hard work. Just because a person has run long distance doesn’t mean all runs are easy or they are always in that sort of shape. I’ve had to cut back. And I am learning not to make excuses for that. Right now, running is just hard.
“I’m just” or “I’m not” just won’t cut it. For me or for you. So stop with the pre-tenses already. If you are moving and being active, whether its ultra marathons or 20 minute workout video’s in your garage, you are doing it. You are making a life changing decision. If you walk the half marathon or win it, if you look smokin hot in that bikini or if the cellulite your momma(because we all know this is genetic, so blame it on the family) gave you just won’t budge but you aren’t letting that stop you, you are making a difference in your health. Sleep, good nutrition with the occasional french toast dinner, quality time with family and friends, and finding something active that you ENJOY. That’s where the good stuff is. So go do it.
Happy Friday friends. I’m off to teach boot camp this morning then head to pick up an adorable wreathe for my front door that I’ll show you next week(I lead such an exciting life yes?) and a Target run with Lila to get “moo muffins”. It’s what she calls blueberry muffins and Target has the one she loves. Even though in my opinion, home-made is SO much better. I’m working on her=) Make it a great day!!!
What’s your favorite breakfast for dinner?
Have you learned to embrace the suck???