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This chapter of my life is called Happiness. This is my Soul Space…

I smile. I sweat. I motivate. I live. Realistically and Beautifully.

Month

January 2015

It’s time.

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How many years have you lived constantly wrinkling your nose at your reflection in the mirror? Wishing you had the long thin legs or the perfect nose. It’s the nature of the beast, I know. Believe me. Surrounded by photoshopped images making us all feel inferior. Making us all wish for something we don’t have.

I challenge you. I challenge you to a new way of thinking. It’s time to love your body. Acceptance will promote love. Love will promote peace. Peace. It’s something you can create, it’s something you have control over. So why would you not want to live within your skin and bones in peace.

Acceptance takes time and practice. Habits are formed after years of comparing and belittling. Your body is the most beautiful machine there is. It’s perseverance is unmatched. It’s there for you, everyday. Even after not enough sleep or bad food or too much bubbly, it shows up. It keeps you upright and gives you a warm and healthy home. Let’s start treating our body with the respect it deserves! I challenge you to wake up, look at yourself in the mirror and thank your body. Thank your eyes for seeing, your heart for beating, your legs for carrying you. Mean it. Feel it. Hear it. Be sincere.

Thank your body. Show it love. Then, the comparisons will start to diminish. You will have created the self love and acceptance of the beautiful body you were given. With that acceptance comes the realization of self-sabotage. With that realization comes goals being set and attained. Those goals being attained enters you into the new world of loving what you have and have accomplished. Then, miraculously, not feeling the need to want for anything else.

Realizing… What you have is perfectly perfect.

A.

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A basic and tasty day of food… My recommended daily nutrition.

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Your biggest meal of the day should be in the morning or early afternoon. So why do we come home at night and continually make a full plate of dinner? Meat, veggies and a starch is a standard dinner in an average household. Why not change it up? Even if you have to take it with you to work, fill up in the morning! My favorite breakfast is brown rice, scrambled eggs, avocado and salsa. Have a hearty protein shake with fruit and veggies midday and a one dish sauté for dinner. A few snacks of almonds and an apple or cottage cheese and oranges and your healthy day of nutrition is complete and easy! The sauté pictured is one of my favorite yet. Brussel Sprouts and green beans sautéed in EVOO and white wine vinegar. Add a healthy chicken sausage after grilling in a separate pan. Mix it all together, add a splash of red wine and some beets and you have an easy, healthy and delicious meal!

Just, know.

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This past year, sheesh, where do I begin. I worked hard. I pushed through days I wanted to lock myself in my closet and cry. Weeks went by without memory. I lived in a haze. I smiled. I cried. I was scared.

In the midst of all of that…. My dreams came true in ways I never imagined. The reality of the life I am living is better than that of which I could have dreamt it to be. I’d like to think I deserve this. I’d like to think when God received those constant prayers from me, he just looked down, smiled and said “In due time my child, in due time”.
Knowing the friends who surrounded me would be the best friends on this planet. The friends who would literally do anything for me at any time.
Knowing he would present me with a man kinder and more loving than any man I even knew existed.
Knowing he would let the daughter that would come into my world be one of his own personal angels he wanted to share with me.
Knowing the business I had always envisioned would actually be a place of comfort and healing for those willing to embrace it, and he would help me pull it all together. When things were only going bad and the stress was too much for me to bear, he would gently tap on my shoulder and remind me it would all be OK.
Knowing the home I wanted to live in would come available and I would be able to spend the most beautiful Summer riding my bike in the streets and the most glorious Fall amongst the amber leaves.
Knowing my mother would continue to support me and believe in me daily. She would lovingly look at me and smile, and I would know it was her sign of love and pride for the daughter she so selflessly raised.
Knowing, I would appreciate it all.
Knowing, I would treat these blessings with respect and gratitude.

He just knew.

If you don’t know. If you don’t believe. If you don’t have faith. I urge you to continue. I urge you to keep your head up and live in the warmth of faith. Let its light guide you. Let it put a smile on your face. Love yourself first, unconditionally…. And just know.

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