Energy cookies!! They’re no bake, full of superfood goodness, and crazy easy to make a batch for the week. The hardest part is not eating all of them at once because while they’re super tasty, healthy, and full of good fats, they’re super calorie dense. All about moderation, right??
I had a million reasons for not posting this photo when I first took it. There are so many things I don’t like about how I look and so I kept scrolling past it.... . . But today is selfie day 🤳 so I figured I’d play along and post my most recent selfie... and this is it. Go figure 😝 . . So in my effort to be kinder to myself and embrace my whole story, I looked at this again and felt the joy that I experienced in this moment as Alexander giggled. I was using him as a 20 lb weight for some impromptu tricep presses and he was loooooving it. Thinking it might make for a cute pic, I set up selfie mode and kept playing. While the photos may not be my favorite, his laugh is! . . To my fellow mommas who are still improving their postpartum bods, I feel ya...but take those pictures and remember that your body did something incredible that you deserve to celebrate. We’ll keep working on getting healthier and stronger but it’s important to love where you are right now too!!
It’s not easy... I get it. It means giving up binge-watching Netflix (which I’m 1000% guilty of and need to work on) or living in a crappy apartment (we did this for 3 years) or eating that healthy lunch you packed instead of spending extra money and calories on going out to eat... sacrifices are a must when you’re going after a goal. . . I’ve learned a LOT about being a coach and I’ve had success in the business so I know that what keeping me from taking it to the next level right now — my vices. . . It’s so easy to sit back and let life go by. It’s hard to say “no” to temporary happiness and comfort in order to do the work, save the money, lose the weight — whatever you need to do to make the next step of your life a reality. . . And yes, it’s harder to do all of that when you’re trying to navigate the balance of raising kids, fueling your marriage, progress at your current job, and whatever else your life contains right now. But to move forward takes that self-evaluation and discipline. . . I’m beyond grateful to get that reminder from my teammates every day so I thought I’d pass it on to you. It’s gonna take work. It’s gonna take discipline. It’s gonna take sacrifice. . . But it’s gonna be worth all of it!
Yes. It’s weird. But I had to try it! Carrot Hot Dogs!! . These kept popping up on my Pinterest and IG feeds so I figured I’d give them a shot. I already had all of the ingredients except for liquid smoke so I added that to my list and got to work. . Thoughts? Easy but definitely won’t replace a grilled summer classic. That said, the carrots taste really great like this and I’m all about working in more veggies especially when I can do so in a new way!
Good times and tough, this man has been the best partner I could have asked for in my parenting life. We love you, Curt! Happy Father’s Day!!! 👨👦👦👩👦 . . ➡️➡️ Make sure to swipe and turn on sound... especially if you need a smile!
Today’s training run called for 6 miles so I ran three to the registration table for a 5K and then ran that. Curt met me at the start of the race with Alexander and our running stroller and off we went! All told, I logged almost 6 and a half miles this morning! . . Please don’t misunderstand... I’m not trying to brag! I just hope that whoever it is who needs to see this for whatever reason they need to see it will remember that they are worthy, they deserve health (physical, mental, and emotional!) and that starts with eating and moving smart! It may not be an easy habit to start but it’s beyond valuable and worth it!!
Three years ago right now, I sat on our couch, curled into myself, and repeating the words I’d heard over and over again. “Cramping is normal.” “Spotting is normal.” We were just a few days from announcing that we were pregnant (because 12 weeks is “safe”, right??) but I kept feeling like I needed one more ultrasound first, just to be sure. . ⚓️ . A few hours later... a few panicked, painful, and heartbreaking hours later, we got that ultrasound but all it confirmed was our worst fears. . ⚓️ . 3 years ago tonight, we became angel parents. We became the 1 in 4. . ⚓️ . We named our angel Hope and she’s been with us since making appearances with little whispers and hints of rainbows. Since that night, anchors and verses about Hope have steadied us. . ⚓️ . 3 years later, I’m typing this with one hand while holding our rainbow 🌈 baby that we wouldn’t have had if we didn’t have Hope. . ⚓️ . So tonight, we’ll spend some time together, remember our angel, love on our rainbow, and pray for our other #1in4 families.
I’ve started to achieve a nice pattern on my IG profile with photos and so this post is supposed to be food to line up with my other food posts. . . In this spot, I’m *supposed to* be showing you some awesome, healthy recipe I’ve made or tried this week but instead I’m sharing a picture of some wildflowers. . . Not just any wildflowers... wildflowers picked for me by our middle son while we went for a walk earlier this week. We did cook and eat dinners together this week but we didn’t do anything too particularly healthy like the recipes I try to post. Don’t get me wrong, we had balanced meals but it was less “from scratch” than normal. . . The day Ethan picked these flowers for me, I’d intended to try a few recipes and have so much to share with you. The results, my tips, and more but this time was more important. . . Being a blended family is HARD. Figuring out how to make memories together, show love, and bond in short spurts of time without totally neglecting day-to-day life needs requires compromises, sacrifice, and grace. . . For me, this week that meant that my meals weren’t as prepped as usual, our dinners weren’t as “home cooked” as I would have liked, and I didn’t hit my marathon training plan at all. . . But oh the pay-off! We sat down and ate dinner together every night including enjoying our patio furniture and the nice weather whenever we could. We took a walk together the moment we had the chance. We got on the road early enough today to visit Alexander’s school for a special Father’s Day weekend kick-off. . . And I got handpicked wildflowers 🌸 🌼🌸. Meal prep and new recipes can wait. We had memories to make instead.
I love seeing these two together! Ethan is always so helpful and loves holding, playing with, and being with his little brother. It’s so heartwarming to see the relationship they already have — Alexander smiles so much when his big bro comes to pick him up. They’re so sweet together!!