Tuesday Talk!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hi friends!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

Ok. So I do not want to be a complainer AT ALL...but can I just please tell you I don't feel like there are enough hours in the day lately??
I have SO many things I want to do...NEED to do...would really like to do...and I never seem to get to all the of them. And I am not talking like organize my spice drawer or go through old photo albums. I truly feel like I need 5-6 more hours in the day and I would be GOOD TO GO. Please tell me I am not the only one who feels this way?!?

Dr. Seuss knows how I feel. HA!
With that being said...the fact that there is NOT 5-6 more hours available...has really led me to pray about my priorities. What MUST get done (whether I like doing it or not), what do I want to make sure I GET to do and what can WAIT. When I plan out my day, I list everything that I need to do, want to do and "it would be nice to do"- then I organize everything according to it's importance. And then I just do the best I can!! Some days everything goes right and ALL THE THINGS get done. Other yeah. NOTHING is accomplished. And for's finding that balance of being ok with both kinds of days and being grateful for EVERY minute!

Are ya'll doing Operation Christmas Child? I picked up a box at Hobby Lobby this past weekend and the girls had so much fun picking out thoughtful and USEFUL gifts for a girl their age! This is the week that you drop your boxes off at a "drop-off" location. If you want to participate in this amazing project- you still can!! If you have a Hobby Lobby- go get an Operation Christmas Child box (or 2 or 4!), follow the instructions as far as what you should put in the box and you have until November 19th to drop it off! I feel like one of the BEST things we can do for our kids is make them AWARE of the world they live in...and that their tiny bubble is not necessarily the "norm." My girls kept saying, "Why are we sending new toothbrushes?" I had to explain to them that simple things like hygiene items are not things that everyone just has! It was eye opening for them!!
Thankful we got to have a tiny part in blessing a beautiful young girl somewhere on this big, beautiful earth for Christmas!
 I feel VERY weird posting this picture of I am basically allergic to selfies. HA!
But- I had to share my pretty lip color I wore to church on Sunday! It is Lipsense in Bombshell with Lipsense Orchid Gloss on top. 
I actually use A LOT of makeup by Senegence (the company that makes Lipsense)...would ya'll be interested in me doing a post about the makeup products I use from them?
I feel like it can be a little tricky to want to buy a product from a "distributor" if you aren't able to see it in I thought it might be fun to show you what I LOVE and wear on a regular basis! Let me know!!
 We got our Christmas trees up this weekend and I just have to tell you- these ornament storage boxes from the Container Store are LIFE CHANGING. You must get them. They make putting UP your ornaments so easy and then when it's time to put everything's a BREEZE! Up until 2 years ago, I had all of my ornaments in random shoe boxes, wrapped in tissue paper and it was just a hot mess. I bought a bunch of these storage containers, re-organized all of my Christmas decor and ornaments and it has just been the BEST. I used to get SO stressed out when it was time to put up our decor and also when we had to take it down- but having everything put away nicely, in good quality containers has made it not even big deal!!
 That's all I've got for today! It's the start of my work "week"- I work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I think I have everything ready to go to keep us afloat through the end of the week...but I am sure my girls will remind me of something that has to be done RIGHT NOW. HA! Kids keep you, humble- don't they!?!

I hope you have the BEST day!!!

Friday Favorites!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Hi friends!!!

Happy Friday!! Another week has flown by and we are well into November. HOW?!? 
Time really is flying by so fast and if I am being honest...I just don't know if I am ready to embrace all the holidays things!!!

I am feeling conflicted (that sounds kind of dramatic...doesn't it?!? HA!) because we are putting up our Christmas trees this weekend due to the rest of November being packed with work (for Aaron) and traveling over Thanksgiving. I don't necessarily put up our decorations early because I am feeling it but more so because it's make the most sense and if we don't do it this weekend we seriously won't have a chance until the 2nd weekend in December. Anyway...I am rambling. HA!
Despite not feeling "ready" our trees are going up tomorrow and I hope that by blaring Christmas music and putting in my Christmas tree scented wall plug-ins....I will get in the spirit. HA!'s a few things that have made me smile this past week!!

We are LOVING our new sunroom! It has quickly become a new FAVORITE place for all of us to hang out and I absolutely love getting to drink my coffee and watch the beautiful sunrise...we have the best view from our backyard and all the big windows in our sunroom allows for us to fully enjoy it!
One of my friends got us the NEATEST little gift. It's called Turkey on the Table and you can read all about it HERE! Essentially- it's all about cultivating gratefulness AND helping others! Within every purchase of a "Turkey on the Table," one dollar is donated to Feeding America..and that one dollar can feed 11 families a meal. Amazing! I am so excited to start this new tradition with our kids!!
 I am so excited to start writing what we are grateful for on those paper feathers!!

I shared about my new FAVORITE top from Walmart in my post on can find it HERE!
It is such a CUTE, comfy "athleisure" top but it looks so much more pulled together than a traditional sweatshirt. It's $12.96 and you seriously need to go to Walmart and pick one up!!
I picked up a new lipgloss and lipstick at Walmart earlier this week and I am loving them!!
They are both by Revlon. The lipgloss is called "Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss" in Snow Pink and the lipstick is "Super Lustrous Lipstick" in Pink Cognito. Both the lipgloss and the lipstick have just a hint of a pink color and look so pretty paired together!! 
For both of them- the cost was under $12! 
Veteran's Day is this Sunday. Our school is having a special Mass today for all Veterans and Marshall and I are going- so we can honor and pray for ALL of the Veterans.

Aaron and I are especially privileged to have 6 Veterans in our families...2 of whom are actively serving our country. I know many of us are feeling pretty discouraged about the current state of our political system...but there is ONE thing we all MUST agree on- This country is NOTHING without the men and women who have CHOSEN to serve our country in the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army.

EVERY freedom that we have and truly take for granted, if we're being honest, is because of our EXCEPTIONAL and COURAGEOUS military. 
If you are so inclined, I encourage you to take just a little bit of time this weekend to say a prayer for our Veterans AND their family members or better yet- if you see someone in uniform- approach them and THANK them (we should be doing this ALWAYS- not just on Veteran's Day)!!

With respect, honor and the deepest gratitude- 
I say THANK YOU to our Veteran's today.

 Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci!

Linking up with TifBeckyDella and Katie too!

Hey Hey! Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


How has it been over a week since I last posted?!?

Life got extra FULL last week and I literally felt like it was all I could do to just stay one or maybe two steps ahead- and basically all that meant was making sure I had food to make lunches for my family and some kind of meal ready for dinner. HA!

Anyway...I've missed checking in the past few days and I am happy to be rambling about a whole lot of nothing today!!

So- first- I must tell you that I have been VERY convicted by the screen time tracker on the Iphone. I JUST did an update on my phone (I think it needed to be done about 6 months ago- OOPS) and after the update- I was alerted about my screen time usage. OH WOW. 
The time I spend scrolling Instagram is pretty mortifying. 
Instagram is my one "phone" vice. I don't care about Facebook and all the other reasons I use my phone are purely functional- emails, texting, and researching/buying stuff via Google Chrome. I don't feel at ALL attached to my phone...but I do LOVE Instagram. I follow SO many inspirational, happy, and positive really makes me happy to check it throughout the day! BUT- after seeing how much time I was spending, on average, per day, on Instagram....well..I knew I needed to set a limit for myself. And I will tell you- while I have been cutting back significantly for over a week is still HARD to not just pop on Instagram. 
What has been amazing that I look at the use of my time completely differently. And I am looking at what I do when I want to "veg out" or "disengage." 
Who knew that little "screen time" tracker under the settings button on my phone could have sparked such a shift in me!! HA!

Tell me- do you feel like you spend too much time on your phone? Is it Facebook? Pinterest? Instagram like me??
Have you done anything to decrease the time you spend scrolling mindlessly?? 
I would love to know! I feel like it has been such a challenging- but VERY good thing for me to look at and examine the impact it has on my life!

Soooo...moving right along to my most FAVORITE comfy but cute top I am wearing lately!!
It's this "athleisure" sweatshirt from Walmart and it is seriously the perfect sweatshirt- that doesn't look like you are wearing a sweatshirt- but feels like it. You know what I mean?! HA!
The gathering on the arms just gives it that something "extra!" I own it in this pretty light aqua color and in gray as well. 
It is $12.96 and you really need to go to Walmart and get one! 
Fun News!!!
Our sunroom is 95% finished and we have been LOVING it!! I say 95%- because there are a few areas where some paint needs to be touched up and Aaron has a little bit of work to finish up around the doors- but all in all- it's done and I can't get over how awesome it turned out!! The next and final phase will be putting up some distressed shiplap on the main wall, getting an area rug and figuring out decor. We are going to wait until January to do all for now- we are enjoying the space as it is!

Currently my favorite thing to do is sit in one of the comfy chairs in our sunroom and get all of my work is just such a happy, bright space!!
We have been wanting/needing a new couch for quite some time....but as you know, couches are SO DARN EXPENSIVE. And I have 2 little boys who LOVE to use our couches as landing pads for when they decide they need to launch themselves off our coffee we have been avoiding getting something new while they are still in FULL ON CRAZY MODE.
BUT...our couch is really starting to show some major wear and we want it to stay in somewhat good of shape...because we plan to move it up to our playroom so the kids have a place to sit when they watch shows and movies.

My hairdresser recommended a great local furniture we went and checked out a few sectionals the other night and I think we have found the one we are going to get!! EEK!
It's not the one in this picture...although this couch is fabulous- its' from Paula Deen's furniture line! Who knew she designed furniture?? HA! 
Aaron and I need to go back to the furniture store to look at fabric and talk pricing with the saleswoman...but I am hoping by the new year we will have our new couch!! 
And of course, as soon as we get it delivered and in the house...I will share a picture with ya'll!!

Okey dokey...I think that's enough random rambling for today. Thanks for stopping by...I know it might sound silly...but this teeny, tiny space of the internet makes me really happy and I truly appreciate each and everyone of you who take precious time out of your day to come and read my posts!!! 

Hope you have the BEST day!!
Linking up with Whitney today!!

Tuesday Talk: LEGGINGS!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Hi friends!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

Sooo....the temperatures are cooler and that makes me SO excited...because it means I can wear my LEGGINGS!
Aren't leggings just the best??

This pretty much sums me up. HA!
I wear jeans pretty frequently...but leggings are definitely my favorite :)
So- I thought I'd share the three pairs of leggings that are in my closet, that I am constantly wearing!!

First up are these leggings from Amazon. 
These are my FAVORITE "everyday" pair of leggings. They are the High Waist Power Flex leggings by the brand 90 Degree. You can find them on Amazon HERE!
They are SO comfortable, do not fade with multiple washes and hold everything nicely in place, if you know what I mean ;)
While I don't wear them for working out- they would totally be great for that.
These are the leggings I wear with my tunics and sweaters and tall boots. Huge bonus- they are under $25 a pair and worth EVERY penny!
Next up are the leggings I wear when I work out.
I have mentioned before I have really bad varicose veins- so I like to wear leggings that have "compression" in them.
These are my favorite workout leggings from Old Navy. They are called the "mid-rise compression legging" and I LOVE them. They are definitely VERY fitted (due to the compression)- but they make you feel so held in and supported. This legging comes in all different styles/colors- I just have them in black because I am boring like that. HA! Normally they are $26.99- but as you know, Old Navy is ALWAYS running a sale. 
Right now they are $22! 
While I typically wear my leggings from Amazon for "everyday" outfits- I have definitely worn these leggings with sweaters and my tall boots and you can't tell at all that they are "workout" leggings except for the stitching down the side of the legs...which you can barely see!

And finally, I own a couple of pairs of the Hue Leggings from Nordstrom.
Being totally honest, these are my least favorite pair of leggings. 
Now I know they have awesome ratings- but here's what I don't care for- 1) They fade. Because they're made mostly out of cotton, they have faded with multiple washes. 2) I sont find them to be overly supportive. I do like the high waist band- but overall- I don't feel "held" in when I wear these leggings and I don't care for that. 
While these leggings are my favorite, I still wear them. They are my "comfy" leggings and I usually wear them when I am hanging around at home. 
Obviously- just because they aren't my favorite- doesn't mean you won't like them! And the best part about buying them from Nordstrom is that they have free shipping and free returns. So it is totally worth trying them out- if you are on the hunt for the perfect pair of leggings for yourself!!

So there you have it- my TOP THREE pairs of leggings that are in my closet- that I pretty much wear all the time until it becomes warm enough to wear shorts again! HA!

Do you have a favorite, "go-to" pair of leggings?? Where are they from?? Tell me in the comments!!

Hope you have the BEST day!

Hello Monday!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hi friends!!

Happy Monday!!

How was your weekend??

It was an especially good one for us because the kids didn't have school on Friday and Aaron took the day off!! It was actually a super rainy, gloomy day- but we went to the gym, the kiddos played, Aaron worked on a couple projects and I tackled our never ending pile of laundry.  

Which leads me to a question for all of I the only one who feels like they are NEVER caught up on laundry?? Obviously this is a SUPER first world thing to be even be whining about...but I tell you...I feel like one or two shirts multiples into an overflowing laundry basket in a matter of seconds! HA! I do a pretty good job of trying to get ALL of our laundry done by Sunday evening and put away sometime on Monday morning. But...then we get going through the week and while I stay on top of washing and drying all our dirty clothes...getting it folded and put away is another story. HA! 
ANYWAY. Enough about laundry. HA!

Saturday, we went on an adventure and drove about an hour from our house to go to the Sylvan Heights Bird Park. We had the BEST time!! It was a chilly, fall day and it just felt magical to be walking around a beautiful nature preserve exploring!! The kids had so much fun seeing all the different types of birds. We had a picnic lunch, explored a little more after we ate and headed home in the early afternoon. It was just a really, really good day! 
I wanted to share  meal that I made on Saturday night that was SUPER yummy and EASY.

I picked up some chicken breast tenderloins on sale at Aldi along with some pre-made macaroni and cheese (it was in the refrigerator section where they have their specialty prepared foods). 

I cut up the the chicken tenderloins into bite sized pieces and put them in a large ziploc bag. I dumped a bunch of ranch dressing in the bag (I get ranch at Walmart and Aldi...we don't have a specific brand we prefer). I also put in about a 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. I shook the chicken up and made sure every piece was coated and then put it on a covered baking sheet. Then I sprinkled some more parmesan cheese over the chicken pieces and baked it at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.
I warmed up the pre-made macaroni and cheese along with some green beans and we had a complete meal ready to go in under a 1/2 hour!
The kids and Aaron LOVED the chicken and I loved that it was an easy, NOT messy dinner that everyone ate happily!
Some Monday Motivation for you!!!
What is one thing you could change or switch up this week that could positively impact you (and your family)??
I am going to make it a goal to get my laundry put away throughout the week so I am not overwhelmed with it by the time Friday rolls around. This is going to free up more time to hang out with my kiddos- which is WAY more fun than putting away laundry!!

Hope you have the BEST day!!!

Linking up with Heather, Johannah and Lindsay today!!

Friday Favorites!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hi friends!!

Happy FRIDAY!!!

How was your week???
It's been pretty low key at our house...and when I say "low-key" you know that our baseline is I really just mean nothing EXTRA crazy happened...right? HA!
Speaking of crazy, we were at our school's annual Halloween Carnival last night and another parent asked Aaron, "I just don't know how you guys do it!!! How do you get out the door in the morning?? We can barely do it with ONE kid!"

UM. Aaron and I burst out laughing. Morning time at our house is completely nuts and no matter how much we prepare, organize, get up waaayyyy earlier than the kids- it never fails- usually at least 2-3 of the kids scream at us about something, no one can ever get anything done without at LEAST 20 reminders and we almost always running late. HA!
We've just come to accept that are house is a looney bin between the hours of 6:00 am - 7:30 am!!
Anyway...with that being's Friday and we are headed into the weekend where we get a break from that "special" morning routine. HA! Tell me you know what I am talking about!!!

It is finally feeling like Fall here in Eastern North Carolina!! I am wearing long-sleeves and and pants and NOT sweating. HA!
I really do feel like we went from 90 degree weather to having frost in the mornings! And while I am definitely Team Summer ALL THE WAY...I am not minding the cooler weather. I am snuggling under my favorite quilts at night, drinking LOTS of hot coffee and it's just fun to have a CHANGE. 
Since it's been cooler, I have been wearing my two FAVORITE booties from Walmart- (you can find them HERE and HERE), these jeans from Walmart and these tops from Target (I have at least 4 of them! HA!) I'd love to know...what's your FAVORITE fall clothing items??
This past Monday I shared what was on our menu plan for the week. We were trying out these parmesan herb chicken tenderloins from Aldi for the first time  and I wanted to report back on how they were!!!
One word: DELICIOUS. 
The kids LOVED them. Aaron LOVED them. I used them to make chicken parmesan sub sandwiches...but Aaron and I decided they would also be so delicious, cut up, over a big salad!!
If you have an Aldi- definitely look for these chicken tenders in your freezer section!!
Earlier this week on my Insta-stories I shared about this adorable sleep top from Walmart!! 
Friends. It is SO cute and cuddly. Several of my friends mentioned they had gotten the other version, a burgundy colored top with the words, "snuggle." SO FUN!!
It is only $9.96 and I think it would be such a cute gift idea!!! You could get this top, pair it with some cozy PJ pants and slippers and you have the PERFECT gift!!
The link to them on Walmart's website is HERE! Unfortunately, it looks like the "baby it's cold outside" top is sold out- but they still have size medium in the "snuggle" top!! I know they are both in the store- so be on the lookout for them!! They are in the pajama section!!

I got a craving for some brownies last off to Google I went...searching for a yummy brownie recipe! I have a good one that I normally use..but I wanted to try a new recipe. I found a recipe that claimed to be "quick and easy" and taste like a box mix (which I happen to love)- so I decided to try it! You can find the recipe HERE!
They turned out SO yummy and they were SO easy to make! 
Also- I have decided that I my FAVORITE way to enjoy a brownie is the next day, at room temperature. Don't get me wrong, they're delicious when they are warm and just out of the oven...but I love them even more the day after.
What about you???
We have an extra fun weekend ahead of us...for the FIRST since Aaron started his job (in July 2017), he took off a Friday!!
The kids don't have school today and I don't have to work, so last week I asked him if he would take the day off so we could have a 3 day weekend together. After some switching around of things on his schedule...he was able to make it happen and we are so excited to have him home today!
We have fun plans to go to the Sylvan Heights Bird Park tomorrow, we might try and visit a local pumpkin patch, the girls have a fun halloween party at Charlotte's dance studio tonight and Aaron is really hoping to finish the inside of our sunroom!! 
Most of all...I am just SO looking forward to a few mornings of NOWHERE to go, with all of us HOME!
Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci!

Linking up with TifBeckyDella and Katie too!

My Health and Wellness Journey: Part Three

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hi friends!!!
Happy Wednesday!!! we are..Part Three of my Health and Wellness Journey!! Thank you SO much if you have read my other two posts. You can find Part One: HERE and Part Two: HERE! where I left off last time was leading up to Marshall's birth. My pregnancy with Marshall was a good one. I have always had HORRIBLE varicose veins issues during my pregnancies, but have always managed them by wearing medical grade compression hose. While I wore my compression hose with Marshall, my veins were still VERY bad. It was a combination of it being my 5th pregnancy in 7 years and that my veins were just DONE. Overall, though, I had a healthy pregnancy and was working out up until 39 weeks! I gained an average amount of weigh...I can't remember the exact amount but it was between 30-35 pounds. 
I ended up being induced with Marshall just after I hit 40 weeks. My doctor just wanted to get things going, considering my age and this being my 5th baby. I had an appointment the morning of my induction and everything looked GREAT! He was head down and my body was definitely ready to have a baby ;) 
I got checked into the hospital later that afternoon and had a super typical labor. Aaron and I were having the best time together in the hospital and were just SO excited to have a baby!!
Well...right when it was time for me to doctor checked me and she started to say a couple swear words :) Instead of feeling a head, she felt a baby BOOTY. Marshall had FLIPPED sometime after my appointment. My water had broken at that point and it was pretty emergent for me to get a C-section to avoid any infection.
At this point I started FREAKING OUT. Like I went pretty nuts. I did NOT want a c-section. I had 4 babies at home to take care of and Aaron had to go right back to work. I was pretty sure this was my last pregnancy and I just didn't want it to end this way. 
It didn't matter though...we had to get the baby out.
On our way to the operating room, if you can believe it, he flipped AGAIN and became transverse. My delivery ended up being one of the most difficult deliveries my doctor had done in her 25+ year career and it was quite scary. I lost over 2 liters of blood and it was just NOT good.
Some much needed comic relief happened right after Marshall was born- he was weighed and the whole operating room went into an uproar when we saw he weighed ELEVEN POUNDS (and 2 ounces :) and he was 23.5 inches. He was absolutely HUGE!
The next 24 hours are pretty blurry for me as I was VERY out of it due to the amount of blood I had lost. It was just a VERY hard delivery, mentally and physically. Despite being pretty traumatized about the whole thing, I just couldn't get over God's faithfulness and his providence over Marshall and I. I just felt SO thankful.
Okay...sorry for the novel about Marshall's birth story..but it's important to know...because it played a huge part in my struggle over the next 6 months after I had him. I worked hard to lose my pregnancy weight...but things were just NOT the same as before. I still looked VERY pregnant despite being back at my pre-pregnancy weight. I was in A LOT of pain, especially after I worked out. After doing a lot of research, I realized I might have diastasis recti. I went to see a physical therapist who confirmed that I did and I began going to PT to work on healing the opening in my abdomen. The PT could not confirm that Marshall's intense c-section caused the large separation in my abdominal muscles...but it definitely didn't help. Either did the fact that he weighed 11 pounds. HA!
After doing PT for almost 2 months and getting NO WHERE, Aaron and I decided to seek an opinion on whether or not a surgery to repair my torn abdominal muscles would be the best option for me.
At this point, I will be honest- I was feeling pretty down. It was such a weird time for me. I was SO SO happy to be a mommy to my 5 children...I literally could burst. Aaron was my rock and amazing through everything. But- I was hurting physically and feeling so UNLIKE myself. It was a hard time. 
We met with an amazing surgeon and he told us that I was a great candidate for surgery. We booked the surgery that day and were just SO ready for me to get it DONE and move on so I could start healing!!
For those of you who have been reading my blog for several years, you might remember that I shared about having a procedure in November 2016. That was my abdominal repair surgery. I didn't want to share much about it at the time because I just didn't :)
But that's when I had it. 
So I had my surgery and the recovery was pretty intense. After my surgery was over, the doctor told Aaron my abdomnial wall had a 6 + inch tear and he could understand why the last several months had been so difficult!
I did not take any painkillers AT ALL because I needed to get back to nursing Marshall. The first few days post surgery were the worst- but through a strength only God can provide, I made it and started feeling better and each day.
Fast forward to December 2016, when I underwent 4 more separate procedures, 3 of them being pretty involved surgeries to help all the issues I had with my varicose veins. In the course of 6 weeks, I went under anesthesia 5 different times. It was A LOT- but it was so important for me to essentially "fix" my body so I could move forward and just feel good and be able to take of my family and myself!
I made it through all my surgeries, ALL thanks to God, and in January, I decided to re-join Weight Watchers as a "meeting" member so I could achieve Lifetime status.

I was feeling stronger and stronger and knew I was ready to commit to this BIG goal!!
I worked REALLY hard, experienced a few bumps along the way and hit my lifetime goal in April 2017.
And here I am...1 1/2 years later and I have maintained my Lifetime WW goal (and actually have lost several pounds below my goal weight and maintained that)!
I hesitate sharing my weight...but I do think it can be helpful to have a reference point of where I used to be and where I am now. 
At my heaviest- I weighed right around 195 pounds. 
I currently weigh 140 pounds. (and if you're curious I am 5' 8"). 
So over the course of 10 years, 5 kids and SEVERAL surgeries, 
I have lost 55 pounds and kept it off.
Here's what keeps me motivated: 

- God. He is my reference point in all that I do and I truly feel a way that I can glorify Him is through respecting my body and treating it well.
- my health. going through what I did after I had Marshall and then going through my recoveries after my surgeries has completely changed my perspective on just how THANKFUL I am to be healthy and have a strong body. I was working out yesterday and while my legs were burning during my workout- I could only smile and just feel SO grateful for my strong body. 
- my family. they deserve my BEST. I am NOT at my best when I am overweight and out of shape. I want to be around a long time and while I am guaranteed nothing, I sure want to do everything I can to ensure I can be the best version of myself for the people I love the most.
- it feels good to FEEL GOOD. I am the best version of myself when I am taking care of myself. simple as that.
What I still struggle with, even after maintaining a healthy weight for over a year and a half:

- emotional eating. This is SO hard for me. I have certain "triggers" and it never fails...I can be having the best day and then something happens and I make one unhealthy choice that leads into MANY unhealthy choices.
- I still have self control issues with food. I am not the type of person that can have "just one" cookie and feel satisfied. If I have one cookie it makes me want to have another. And then I just think to myself, "Well, you've already screwed up your day...might as well eat all of them!" Yeah. SO NOT HEALTHY. I am working VERY hard on this right now. I do NOT want food to have any control over this is definitely a work in CONSTANT progress for me.
- getting out of my workout groove. Life gets busy and I have to be very careful not to skip my workouts too many days in a row...because than I just start making excuses why I can't exercise. It is a daily EFFORT for me to CHOOSE to exercise. 

And there you have it. That is my story. I feel like I shared A LOT. But truth be told...I could talk about this topic more. But I promise I won't. HA!

Thank you for listening to my ramblings. I have appreciated SO much the kind words of support and encouragement. 
And my biggest hope is that maybe one of you who reads this feels less alone in your own journey of health and wellness.
PLEASE reach out to me if you want to talk, have any questions about ANYTHING or just want to vent/share about where you are at!
Linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Whitney, today!