That's me...I get stuck on something until I'm forced to move. I dont give up easily...determination or stubbornness? Idk. I'm actually praying for movement right now in my life. I'm praying that if a door has closed on me right now that another will open and it's clear to stop kicking at the one that's closed. I wish answers to hard choices were clear. I know it doesn't work that way so I'll just keep praying. 🙏
If you're struggling with something right now, I pray that you find the answers you need too!
Enjoy your Wednesday!
Who else loves homemade #pickles...especially crock pickles made with lotsa dill, garlic, and jalapenos!? Best part about these? Everything except the pickling spice came from our #garden including the #horseradishleaves to keep the cukes crispy!
Chris and I were gonna make these lovelies over the weekend but our local grocery store didn't have the pickling spice we needed. We didn't get that until too late in the day on Sunday, so Chris was able to get them done while I was at work yesterday. .
I am so excited! I love all foods #fermented and I cant wait to get a batch of #sauerkraut going too! I'm so #lucky Chris loves his garden so much! .
Thanks for all the birthday wishes.
My day started at the gym. (Cuz I’m not 20 anymore)
Walked the dog.
Had lots of good talks with friends.
Read a book.
Received a thoughtful gift from my son.
And about to go to dinner with the hubby.
Most likely I’ll be in bed at 9.
It has been the perfect day.
On the #menu for #lunch this week...
Chicken Satay w/ Bean Threads and a Kale Salad!
I've never had it before but I found it in the #fixatecookbook and I'm #inlove 😍
I haven't found ONE thing in that cookbook that I haven't fallen in love with. Even my family says the same! Thank you @autumncalabrese for making my life so much #easier 😉 takes the guess work out of #mealprep .
I really don't mind eating the same things for lunch #everyday especially if it's as #delicious as this!
What's your lunch?
Feeling refreshed after seeing #madeformore last night!! Finding "your people" "your tribe" makes all the difference.
We have everything we need in us right this very second. But finding those people who encourage us to bring it to the world.... #priceless
Find the people who encourage you to be better.
And those people who say "I'm good" or "I'm fine"....well, they have a place in our lives too, but remember this:
We are the sum of the 5 people we spend the most time with.
Do you want to be "fine"
"Flipping AMAZING!!" ??? CHOOSE WISELY.
Thank you @msrachelhollis!!!
Transformation Tuesday, Triathlon version: Anything is possible⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The picture on the left if me at my very first triathlon in 2013. It was a Sprint distance and took me about 1 hour 20 minutes. I loved it so much that triathlon became a part of my life and worked may way up to complete Olympic and 70.3 distance races. I love the physical challenge and the supportive community. Then I considered taking on the ultimate in triathlon: the Ironman. I knew I would need to up my game. So I committed to a program of at home workouts and a portion controlled balanced diet. I lost 25 pounds and about 6% body fat. I found muscles that were hiding beneath extra fat and made them even stronger. I found the confidence to sign up for the race and follow my dream. The picture on the right is from my warm-up race July this. The moment I realized that I'm on my way to achieve what I once thought was impossible. You can do it, too. Decide what you want. Work for it. Never give up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Starting my Week 5 - Day 1 out right! This was my 5:30 am #endorphinrush 😍 Today was Chest/Triceps. I upped my weights today and I'm pleasantly sore. .
Mentally, I'm not sure what I'd do if I couldn't workout. It helps my mood...it clears the cobwebs...it gives me confidence...it helps me sleep great at night...relieves my stress and list could go on! Working out is an absolute priority for me. .
Check out my Highlight - 8 Week Journey in my bio for my entire journey so far...halfway done. Boo...Video clips in my stories too! .
Why do you work out?
Headed home feeling incredibly relieved. And accomplished. And proud, sad, excited, curious, .... Its a little scary to have nothing to focus on except myself 😬 but Ill drink to that! #newchapter#emptynest#thisis45
No Medal Monday for me, but I did finally get this! Part of me still can’t believe I ran Boston this year, will hands down be the most challenging weather conditions I may ever run in. But at the same time, I don’t think I’ll ever push as hard to finish a race again in my life. It is now a distant memory, but I do pause to think about it when I’m running in the rain. Or when I am on the training struggle bus (like now). I have never been known to be particularly tough, but I dug as deep as I possibly could to cross that finish line on Boylston St this year. Will always be most proud of this marathon finish! 💙💛 #togetherforward#charityteams#gronknation#sub5
Nothing changing if nothing changes 🙌
If you want something different then something has GOT to change. Is it hard? Yep, but not as hard as staying the same in my opinion. When I decided to take control of my health & fitness it is because I truly wanted to change. I wanted to feel better, I wanted more energy, I wanted my clothes to fit better, I wanted to be a healthy example for my 3 kids. The inside transformation has been incredible 🤗 The abs & muscles have been a bonus for me. What’s your why?
GROWTH! 🎉🎊🎉🎊 Fresh faced and hair still damp but was so excited to see this growth when I started fixing my hair this morn. I have been letting it air dry for the past few weeks but have to have a pic taken this morning for a badge. Fixing it forward is quite the difference since most of my silver is along my hairline.
Vacation is over. I ate too much. I drank too much. I had 4 LIIFT4 workouts & 2 runs on the schedule...I managed to do 3 workouts, a 4 mile run & a 13.1 mile run. I had all intentions getting in shoulders today, but this old gal ran outta gas. Looks like I’ll be doubling up tomorrow! 🏋🏻♀️ #restday
Great time today spent with family. With everyone busy with their own families it is great to get everyone together at once. Of course the fact that our gathering place is Texas de Brazil doesn’t hurt either.
Weather changes/life changes..... Today we initially curtailed going to the beach because it had been raining by our hotel all morning. Then it dawned on us it may not be raining at the beach as it was 20 minutes southeast of us. Sure enough all he way to the beach we didn’t hit any rain nor did it rain at all while we were there. As a matter of fact, the sun was out most of the time. .
I’m saying this because it had me reflecting on life and courses we take. Many times we can be in a storm of life and make decisions which sometimes keep us stuck in that situation. If we just decide to take a different direction or wait (hold out) 20 minutes and there is sun or the other side. This philosophy can be approached in jobs/careers, relationships, financial hardships....whatever or however you want to apply it. If you are in a storm....put it in your mindset to change the course, get s support group to help you wait it out or change your approach to it. Storms are always temporary. .
7 372 days ago
Just me, in the sun at a farm wedding.
I hesitated before posting, because this photo is so real. No weird pose, not me looking my best ever. Just me right now. It feels vulnerable to age and change publicly. I’d rather like to disappear and work my ass off for 6 months, get some Jane Fonda-quality work done, and re-emerge.
So you want to know what it feels like to embrace middle age? Its simultaneously liberating and terrifying. It is a new level of understanding that the world doesn’t revolve around you. (And I thought parenthood was the master class in that — ha!) And it is a new level of freedom when you understand at this new depth that really no one gives a crap about, well, you.
Please don’t misunderstand. People care about me and I care about them. Just as it was shocking to learn that not everyone in the world remembers the stupid stuff I did as a kid or as a teenager because they are busy living their lives, it is freeing to realize that no one is particularly wound up about my life now. I mean, maybe someone is, but that’s not really my issue.
To recap: no one gives a crap about what the hell you look like, but your loved ones really care about your amazing soul. #love#loving#sunshine#thisis45#middleaged#freedom#middleage #45 #firstname.lastname@example.org
9 552 days ago
Being prepared is half the battle! .
On Thursday each week I plan for the following week. I decide what I'll have for each meal...breakfast, lunch, snack for work and a menu for dinners. Once I know what I'm making...I make a grocery list. I usually place a shop from home order for groceries to pick up after work on Friday, and then on Sunday before and after church, I prep. Once done... I forget about it. I don't feel the need to run down town for fast food and I don't overeat. It's fantastic! Set's me up for success!
In this pic I have... 💚💛❤ Chicken Satay with bean threads and peanut sauce and a small kale salad. 💚💛 Beets/beet greens and sweet potatoes prepped for my eggs. 💜 Blueberries
Not shown is my shake...💜❤ and my snack...💚💙...and of course dinner which is cooked each night and that is 💚❤ #donzo#mealprepsunday#portioncontrol#isitfridayyet
My sister and I will be hosting a 4 week FB group to teach you how to do this...DM me for more details! .
Have a fantastic Sunday night!
This is 45......no makeup & more comfortable in my own skin than I’ve ever been. Which is quite funny considering there’s more wrinkles & cellulite than before. .
What I’m realizing is that Beauty is a feeling. It’s a choice to see myself with loving eyes or harsh judgmental eyes.
I can see the flaws, gray hair & aging spots as something that makes me look older & not as attractive or I can embrace it all and create a new perspective of Beauty for myself. .
A perspective that sees the lines on my face as wisdom & gratitude for the time I’ve spent here. My age spots are kisses from the sun and memories of all the fun I’ve had playing outdoors. My silver locks are my latest experiment in self love.
At the beginning of this year, I decided to see what my natural hair color would look like if I stopped coloring it. After years of dyeing it brown, I was curious more than anything & tired of being a slave to the color regimen. .
Crazy enough, embracing my natural gray is so freeing that it actually makes me FEEL more beautiful. It’s interesting that we think we need to look a certain way to feel beautiful but what I’m noticing for myself I feel most beautiful when I accept what I am. .