Today in my 90 Day Challenge group, we focused on the importance of gratitude. For me, gratitude has been the biggest factor in helping me live a life of joy and happiness.

But how, you may wonder will gratitude help you lose weight or workout more.

I believe that everything is mindset.

When you are white knuckling your way through “I have to lose weight” “I have to exercise”, I don’t believe you are setting yourself up for long term success.
You may reach your goal, but without gratitude, without joy, what will keep you wanting to maintain that goal?

Gratitude is also the easiest practice that you can start and maintain. All you have to do is be grateful in that moment. No matter what the circumstance or what is happening, there is something to be grateful for. A lesson learned. Your life experience has made you who are in this moment which is an amazing person. Wanting grow and change is also amazing!

So how do you start. When you open your eyes in the morning, “I am grateful for this day.”
When you make your bed “I am grateful for a comfortable, warm, safe place to sleep.” If your kitchen that was clean when you went to bed now has dirty dishes “I am grateful for dishes to wash and clean water to use to wash them”. For each time during the day a negative thought or frustration comes, we can reset by just looking at it through gratitude.

So when we don’t want to do the hard workout, you can look back to your morning for inspiration. “I made my bed, I drank my water, I had a healthy breakfast, now I GET to move my body. I get to be strong and healthy for the people I love in my life , I get to be strong and healthy for me.”

Being grateful for having clean food choices to make, for water to drink, to be able to workout, to have a home to clean, to have a bed to sleep in, takes us from feeling like we are living a life of lack but to a place of abundance. And I do believe when we attract abundance in one area of our life, it spills into all the other areas of our life.

I am grateful for each and everyone of you reading this. I hope your day is filled with gratitude and abundance.

Be The Example

Today I was working out and my granddaughter asked what I was doing. I told her was working out and when she asked why, I said to be strong. Then she said “Stella is strong” and started working out with me.

Body confidence and positivity starts with us. Our children and grandchildren are watching and listening.

I get to workout to be able to pick up and play with my grandchildren.

Forget the scale or fitting into a certain size. What in your life is important to you that you need to be healthy to enjoy it. Make that your why.

Be strong, be confident. You deserve it.

Live In The Moment

The best thing about being grandparents is knowing there is no perfect. Things don’t go as planned , and all that matters at the end of the day is that you loved and felt love.

This was the 1st time we had all three of our grandchildren together and my daughter hired a truly gifted photographer that has captured beautiful pictures of her family. Here we have a 2 1/2 year old, a 6 month old and a 1 month old. As you can see, the memo that it was photo day was not received.  Someone is crying in every pic of the day but the joy of having them all together will never be lost in my heart.

So, take the pictures, make the memories. It does not matter if they are “insta worthy” or “perfect”.   This day does not come again, there are more to come, but this one only happens today.

Thankful Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This year, like for many of you, looks different for our family.

When my son joined the military, I felt like my dad had really prepared me. He was always happy to celebrate holidays and birthdays whenever we could be together. The day didn’t matter. This is our 3rd Thanksgiving without our Marine but now, we have a nurse, an EMT and a essential worker doing COVID clean-ups, and we are in the middle of a pandemic, as 1st year empty nesters.

Today, my husband and me spent a quiet day with our granddaughter, baking, watching movies, dancing and singing. Tomorrow we will celebrate with our daughter and son in love and his parents. When we get home, we will celebrate with our youngest and Christmas will be with our middle son and his newborn son.

It is weird to have each child have their own holiday with us, but we also know how incredibly blessed we are. We are healthy, happy, and know how much we love each other.

Our SILs parents are truly the kindest, most genuine people I have ever meet and am grateful to have them as family.

In life, just because things don’t look the way we thought they would, does not mean they are not just as they should be.

National Inner Beauty Day

Today is National Inner Beauty Day! With all of the chaos and confusion of life recently, it is easy to lose track of ourselves. We need to remember to shine a light on what is inside of us that makes us special and unique. As we look at the world around us to find beauty, in a sunrise or sunset, a flower on a daily walk, a small child’s smile…..we all have beauty inside of us as well. By embracing and honoring that inner beauty, we stop searching and can begin to enjoy the journey.

Today I challenge you to write down 5 things about yourself that reflect and acknowledge your inner beauty.

Choose To Learn..

Well, today has been a lesson in challenges for sure. I had to take a moment and reset myself for the day…..we have the opportunity to learn from each set back. Find new ways to problem solve…sometimes see that less is more. Accept that things happen out of our control but we can chose to not be discouraged and push through. Wishing you all a beautiful and bright day, despite any challenges the day brings.

Where Our Strength Come From..

Great quote from great podcast I listened to this morning. Now matter how tough or uncertain things are, we can pick ourselves up and get stronger.
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3mma6uv5vjPgn4ZXl4Fd18?si=5nb46o_gQrKm1r-4LKewHw

Time To Take Control

Learning this week that once again we had to step back from live workouts back to virtual, I will admit I was sad and frustrated. But in life we always have theĀ  opprotunity to learn and grow in each situation. So, this time around I am taking control and creating an online platform for us to connect, share amd workout. I am really excited and hope you will join me. More details to come.