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Thursday, January 30, 2014

(: (: (: Hello Friends :) :) :)

I hope you are all having a wonderful end to this first month of a fresh, promising, new year!

Things are fabulous here in Iowa:) I have lost the last of my holiday weight gain & am trucking right along towards my summer 2014 ambitions & goals! I've been kicking some serious butt with my fitness minutes, eating for healthier tomorrows & needless to say I've been feeling like one gorgeous, vibrant, focused Mama! People are really starting to notice my hard work & it makes me feel so good when they ask what I'm doing, comment on how good I look or encourage me to keep going! I credit each & everyone of you in my success thus far because without the support I get from this AMAZING community, I really don't think I would be where I am right now! I mean I'd still be focused on getting rid of this weight but, I wouldn't have the same drive I get from reading your blogs, sharing in your struggles & triumphs & feeling like a part of something bigger than myself. Your victories are my victories & your struggles are my struggles & I am truly blessed to get to experience this journey with each of you!

A small victory for me occurred a couple das ago:) I was meeting a new co-worker of my love's and she hands down could not believe that I was Al's girlfriend! She told me she thought I was 18 or 19....I'm 26 year old!!! I mean I've always looked young for my age but, I credit getting rid of these pounds, gaining muscle & eating healthier to being the main sources of my recently increased fountain of youth! My skin has drastically improved from eating a cleaner, healthier diet & I've stopped getting acne all together! My skin glows & I truly feel like I will once again be that 18 year old athlete of my younger years! I am finding her more & more with each passing day!

Another small victory is that I am getting closer to the halfway point of my original weight loss goal which is so exciting! I'm changing my life one healthy decision at a time! I say my original goal because losing 90lbs total is my goal for this year! Once I get to that point in December, I will decide from there if I want to lose more weight. I am leaning towards losing about 20-30 additional pounds in 2015. Yes, I like to think ahead:)

The only bump in the road I've had lately is that my little man has begun to experience separation anxiety at bedtime these last new nights which is leading to some late nights for Mama! I try to let Al go to sleep since he works early mornings & I stay at home with Maddox everyday but it is definitely starting to take a toll on this Mama! For all the moms out there, did your children experience separation anxiety? If so, how did you help them cope?

A little background: Maddox has never had any problems sleeping! He has slept through the night pretty much every night since the day he was born! I know that around his age (18 months) separation anxiety does start to become more prominent plus, since I am with him 24/7 it does make sense for him to have started experiencing it! How did you & yours deal with these changes?

I read a quote the other day that I'd like to share with all of you! I found it very inspiring & hope you do too!

"I use to have horrible cars because I didn't have money.
I'd always end up broken down on the highway.
Over time I learned that if I STOOD there,
trying to flag someone down, more often than not, no one stopped.
BUT, if I got out & pushed my OWN car,
OTHER drivers would get out & PUSH with me.
If you WANT help, HELP yourself first.
People like to see that."
- - CHRIS ROCK - -

I thought this was a good motivational quote for people on this site because it is so true. If you are on this site busting your butt, working on improving your life & playing an active role in reaching a positive outcome, people are going to be drawn to you, they are going to want to be part of your journey, they're going to want to support you & to help you! If you won't put forth the effort to change your world, what makes you think anyone else will do it for you? Only YOU can change today, improve tomorrow & make everyday after that a little brighter, a little better. Help yourself & others will want to help you, become someone worth inspiring others to do better, be better & remember that at the end of the day, only YOU can make the decision to change your life. YOU are the only one who can put your foot down & say this is not how my story is going to end! Have faith in how far you can go & then dare to reach even farther because YOU can do more, be more & achieve more than you ever thought was possible. There is no limit to the greatness YOU are capable of.

Stay Strong Friends, Change IS Coming,

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks everybody!
    You are all awesome & I always appreciate your feedback & support!
    Susan & Joseph, you are both great friends & inspire me to keep going each & everyday!
    I am so lucky to have met both of you through this AMAZING site:)
    Stay Motivated,

    2255 days ago
    I agree with absolutely everything you wrote. I especially appreciate what you said about the supportive community here. I love following your progress. And for me, you are huge part of the community support. Your hard work, your kind words and your ass kicking always inspire me. Keep up the great effort.
    2255 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2014 9:31:43 AM
  • PGHP31CK
    You go, Jes!!! You are sooooo rocking this! Cheering you on!
    2255 days ago
    Everything was well said. Thanks for sharing your blog with us.

    2255 days ago
  • F70176555
    Loved the quote and your blog!!! Sounds like you are doing wonderful and are part of the wonderful accountability team!!! We are doing this together!!!!! emoticon
    2255 days ago
    Thanks, Ladies!
    2255 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I have two daughters (26 & 27). If they had separation anxiety that young I don't remember. My youngest cried everyday her 1st week of kindergarten and the teacher or her aid had to physically take her away from me. But, she turned out ok. Sorry I didn't have any help for you.
    2255 days ago
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