• Emotional Health

    You Are Stronger

    There are so many people in my life that I admire. There are many reasons why. 🙂 Some of the people I love the most have been through some really hard stuff. A combination of things that you wouldn’t even think possible. There’s not a lot I think of as ‘not possible’ anymore. As I listen to so many beautiful ladies’ stories, I hear them share how those things have made them weak. Whether it’s financial, loss of loved ones, sickness, misunderstanding,…the list goes on, they feel as though they are broken now. Not as good as they used to be. De-valued somehow. It’s different for everyone, but a similar…

  • Emotional Health

    Comparison isn’t fun…

    Comparing ourselves to others doesn’t work as a motivating force. It actually ends up doing the opposite. Comparison generally works two ways: They’re better than me. (I’m not good enough.) I’m better than them. (Looking for something to flaw). In either case, this feels terrible. Let’s break these down a bit, and then we’ll find one positive area comparison can be empowering. They’re better than me. When we look at someone and they have something we don’t, has done something we haven’t, or seems to have more confidence than us, we look at it as a whipping stick for our own value. Isn’t that wild? This usually shows itself in…

  • Emotional Health

    Pain is human right now

    If you deal with chronic pain, you know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to explain how this type of pain effects you. I got to a point some time ago when I decided to look at my pain as my ‘suitcase.’ I carry it around. It’s heavy. I can’t seem to offload it. It’s just on the journey with me (I guess a suitcase is useful on a journey?). There is a regular level of pain that just comes with me all day, every day. Nothing I can do about it as of now. Out of nowhere, it will intensify. It’s hard not to be annoyed, frustrated, scared through…

  • Health & Weight Loss

    I thought I wasn’t good enough.

    I lost weight and gained it back so many times that I lost count. Every time I started I was genuine and really was ‘all-in’ for results. The amount of time that I lasted varied, but inevitably, I’d get overwhelmed, disappointed in myself, frustrated with the process, or some combination of those things and then quit. I’d be embarrassed. The thought of starting again was way in the back of my mind, but it wasn’t going to happen for a while. Then the cycle would start again. I’d be embarrassed to start again though. I’d wonder what everyone was thinking and if they were judging whether I was capable of…

  • Health & Weight Loss

    My Plant Based Journey

    Well I decided to try something different. I want to see how my body feels if I started moving towards a plant based way of eating. There are a couple documentaries that recently sparked my interest. The benefits of a plant based diet have been chatted about for a long time, but lately, I’ve had more interest in it for health. I’ve ready several books including The China Study which was mind-boggling (and hilarious and times). I actually enjoyed reading it even though it was a ‘research study.’ I’m curious to see how a plant based diet effects my inflammation and if eating that way helps me with my runs.…

  • Emotional Health

    It’s Never Your Last Emotion

    Have you ever been really sick? So sick that you had to cancel everything. I hate that. I’ll give you a recent example of a migraine. Day started fine. I actually felt amazing. I worked out, took a shower, and got on a call with a website consultant. Suddenly, it felt like my brain was my enemy, and I had to get off the call. The pain was excruciating. I was so scared. I started vomiting from the pain (sorry if you don’t like vomit), and so the day went on into the night. Late that night and the next day my head still felt the effects, almost like it…