5 years ago my life was falling apart, my body was deteriorating. I was in a deep depression and suffered panic attacks daily. I didn't listen to my body, I just kept feeding it anxiety meds , hoping it would help.
I had lost all hope in myself, I just kept getting worse in my addiction until one night when I tried to take my own life. After 2 days I woke up , thankful and grateful to be alive. .
. I've been clean and sober for 3years now & my life is completely different. Two years ago , I joined a group of women who were all working on themselves, they believed in me when I didn't. It's been alot of work to get to where I am today. .
I am the healthiest and happiest I've been in a long time. I have passion back in my life, my family is thriving, my kids are healing and my marriage is getting stronger. You are worth it, whatever you want to after it .
Packing is just exhausting 💤
You guys. I’m getting really sad. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE traveling and vacation and in no way am I complaining about going. But. This little man. Is my world. And he’s already stressing out and causing hot spots on himself from licking. It’s awful leaving him and worrying about him. Saying goodbye tomorrow is going to be RUFF.....rough.
My first thought when I saw this photo of me..”Omg look at my huge boulder shoulders! I’m never gonna have skinny arms.” All while @_jsgphotography_ is complimenting me about the shot. Which made me glance again and think, “wow my waist has gotten so small”, which made me feel a little better. -
But ..Wow 🙄 why is it that so often we give ourselves just one glance and find something bad or ugly about ourselves?
Why is it that we often times need some one to reassure us of ourselves?
It makes me sad to see that this is the reality... searching for acceptance and love from other people..
Before first learning to love ourselves. & be able to see the good in ourselves more often! -
Although I feel like I have a good grasp on my confidence and self image, I still find myself searching for approval outside of myself. It’s a hard habit to break. But I’m getting so much better, thank the lord!
But I challenge you to start saying something good about yourself every single time you look in the mirror. Let’s start a trend of loving ourselves first, having a positive self image, then connecting with others. & let’s stop looking for love and attention from other people so often. -
Love you first. You’re the only one who’s really ever got your back. So you deserve it. 💕#loveyourself
In my early dieting days, I tracked every calorie that went into my body, and the goal was the same every day - the ridiculously low number that the app suggested for my weight loss goal of 2 pounds per week. My days revolved around whether I could manage to stay under my calorie goal or not. Later on, I measured my meals in portion control containers. I planned it out a week in advance, leaving no room for what I’d actually feel like eating on any particular day, or how hungry I’d be - I had to stick to the plan. Even later, I was convinced that tracking macros was the way to go. As long as I got my fat to carb to protein ratio right, all would be right in my world.
The problem with all of these diets?? It makes ZERO sense to assume that our bodies are machines that run best off of mathematical equations and the SAME exact amount of food every day. And when I DID require more food, there was the shame of going over my calorie goal, or eating an extra container, or having my percentage of carbs be too high. It taught me to ignore my body - my hunger signals, my cravings, what satisfies me - and instead to adhere to some external rules that didn’t take into account that I was a HUMAN and not a machine.
It’s perfectly normal for your appetite to vary depending on the day. Listen to your body and its cues, instead of relying on diets that ignore your needs, preferences, and appetite.
Our kids watch our every move. My 3 year old notices and remembers things I would never guess (I really have to watch what I say 🙊). So I want to be a positive role model when it comes to taking care of myself. I love that my boys will jump in and try to workout with me on the weekends! I love that Elliott asks me “Mommy, are you going to exercise?” and “Can I come?” Even if they get in the way sometimes and run through my feet 😉 it makes me happy to see them taking notice and wanting to join in. I also want to be that mom who is willing to get in swimming suit and join in! It will never again be a bikini 👙 but I’m ok with that. Most of all, I want them to see a mom who is comfortable in her own skin and not tearing herself down. Who loves to move her body and take care of her health. Not to fit into society’s mold of what a woman should look like, but to truly FEEL good. If you’re ready to feel good and start some new habits, drop me a 🧘♀️ below or shoot me a message 😘 You’re worth it.
Join Artists of Ballet Co.Laboratory for our first Beyond the Mirror Laboratory to learn all about pointe shoes! Discover the history and first use of the pointe shoe, to what current structure and fit looks like. We'll also discuss foot and shoe care and different ways shoes are customized to fit each dancers' needs.
Saturday, October 20, 3-4pm
905 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN
When you've been conditioned all your life to believe that you're not skinny enough, you need to eat less, no junk food, or you're reminded that your thighs got bigger every time you visited your parents...it can really take a toll on your self esteem.
A couple nights ago, I was so frustrated with myself at my lack of motivation. I haven't maintained a steady workout routine for awhile, felt shitty about my body, and I decided I needed to vent a bit. Then I reminded myself that I'm not the only girl with insecurities, even though these things aren't frequently talked about. So I put all my thoughts into one post about the things that I feel most vulnerable about, and I hope that those who can relate will understand that they're not alone.
Link in bio ❤️
Wanna know the best part about making changes and working hard towards being who you want to be??
Having your daughters watch you do it.
Current favourite family activity: Flex-offs in the mirror 💪
Makes a mama proud to hear the girls tell everyone they meet to feel their biceps 🤣
Let’s find presence instead of perfection. Let’s prioritize integration of mind, body and soul over a disconnected and distorted image. Let’s discover how to be our real and authenticate selves. Let’s have this important dialogue about body image together and individually as we become aware of how this topic impacts us. If you are someone that doesn’t believe the body image conversation applies to you - this article may challenge those thoughts. Have a quick read and then let’s churn and deepen this important conversation more broadly within our community. Our yoga practice provides a safe place to start the dialogue, practice, and shift. Thanks @drmelodymoore for these beautiful thoughts.
✨Let’s band together and flip the way our society values girls - from the inside, not out.
A big thank you to @kidsfashionblogger for the snap!
It’s not too late to register, sign up as an organisation, school, childcare centre or individual! Pretty Flipped link in bio.
Decide what you want and take action. It doesn’t have to be perfect. But, nothing in your life is going to change unless you DO something. Even if you don’t know how in the hell you’re going to get to where you want to go... freakin do something or else nothing is going to change. Even taking one small step towards your goals signals to the universe that you are ready to step up to the plate... and things will start to align for you. Watch the magic happen ✨
❌No longer saying sorry for how I look❌
Ever since I can remember I’ve been apologizing if I looked certain way.
If I wasn’t dressed up.
If my hair wasn’t “done”.
If I didn’t shave my legs.
If I wasn’t wearing makeup.
If my nails were chipped.
⁉️WHY WAS I APOLOGIZING!?⁉️
I was socially conditioned to the point of apologizing for showing up just as who I was, as if just being myself was somehow “offensive” to others.
Think about that for a second...
🤗You will no longer hear me apologizing for how I look because NO ONE should be offended by how I look because MY BODY and MY FACE are MY BUSINESS and no one else’s.
Everyone needs a little reassuring at times. And it’s not just women who have these feelings of self doubt , who get body conscious , its men too.
You ARE IRRESISTIBLE 💜
3 videos. It hit me this morning... I think God is preparing my heart for the women’s retreat im going too called Mirror Image. I look terrible here but when you realize that the America woman size is no size 0 or 2 or 4 or 6 or even 8 or 10!!! Ladies we have let the media and others dictate how we feel about ourselves; when we need to see we are beautiful no matter what we look like because we are a beautiful creation made by God in the image of God! No... I am not speaking at the retreat I’m going to! Haha but God has just been giving so many downloads on this! I’m gonna love my size 13/14 body! Wooot! Celebrate because you are who God wants you to be! I’m gonna celebrate my alopecia and my hair falling out cause God gave me the alternative option of wearing wigs which I love!!! 💕🎀 so take that 👊🏻 sexualized media! Boom! #bodyimage#yourbeautiful#positivebodyimage#womanofGod#childofGod
. b i g • g i r l . 🐳
Recently, an extremely polite person **insert exaggerated eye roll** called me a #BigGirl . Yes. That’s right. And after processing my thoughts and reaction to it, I realized I took offense to it when I should’ve taken it as a compliment. This is a very sensitive topic for many I’m sure, especially me, and I hope you can appreciate how hard it is to share but I think it’s important.
#HEALTH , in every shape and form, is more important than image. Yes, I’m very aware that I have a big ass, and some extra chunk in all the right places which makes me squishy and fun to hug 🤗🤷🏻♀️(you should try it some time)... What’s big to you in inches isn’t even half of what really makes me BIG. And let me educate you (B)ecause. (I)’m. (G)reat.
I’m big because I stand tall and fight for everything I believe in.
I’m big because I expand my mind with knowledge and learn new things every day.
I’m big because I’m empathetic, with the ability to see every possible angle to any situation without judgement.
I’m big because there’s nothing you can’t throw my way that I can’t handle.
I’m big because I laugh LOUD with my belly so little specs of happy can spread through the room.
I’m big because I probably care more about you than I do me.
I’m big because I have standards and don’t believe in mediocre.
I’m big because I dream big, and do big, and wish big and I GIVE big.
I’m big because I have big eyes to see good, the biggest heart to do good and help others be good, big ears to hear your pain and a big mouth to feed you good thoughts.
I’m big because I leave people better than when I met them.
I’m big because I don’t need to make you feel small to feel good about myself.
So for any person out there, who ever is made to feel like being big is a bad thing, PLEASE don’t. Ever. Be the BIGGER person always, be damn proud of everything that makes you unique and don’t forget to #loveyourself 💕✌🏼
And do you feel guilty when you are giving to yourself?
I am raising my hands. This used to be me and honestly I am still struggling with this at times.
But thankfully now I catch myself in action and draw some healthy boundaries! 👏👏👏
If you are a giver naturally you don’t need to give more to others. But you need to learn to give to yourself without the guilt or 💭thinking you don’t deserve it
or that you are doing something wrong!😖👈 I know you feel this way! ....the clients I work with learn to give to themselves ⚖️they feel more balanced
💡have more energy
💃have more joy
💆🏻♀️are more relaxed
And their relationships improves, have more confidence and more success in their jobs.
And they can give MORE way more to others. All because of practicing self care! You can feel this way too!! .... And the best part about this, that you do not need others’ approval to give to yourself! 🙋♀️🤲👸🏻💕