Working It Out

Women have a built in ability to simply work things out. No matter how many hours are in a day, or how few resources are available, we seem to just work it out. So, I’m sure any woman can understand my frustration with not being able to simply… work out. Seriously, I have been a human yo-yo with my weight, eating habits, and workout discipline the last few months. The struggle is all too real!

I had begun to doubt my ability to be the strong woman I usually know myself to be. Standing in the mirror saying – “You are wonderfully and beautifully made in His image. You can accomplish and achieve all things, because your strength comes from above” – was no longer holding the same uplifting and motivational boost it once held before. My faith hadn’t changed, but my faith in myself and my ability to push through had definitely changed. Truthfully, I thought it was gone. I wasn’t able to find the motivation to do workouts at 9:00 pm or 10:00 pm like I had done so long ago.

*side note: yes, I say the statement above to myself almost every morning!

The reality is that life has changed for me. We never really think about how external changes effect everything going on inside. I was trying to work out and navigate life like I did years ago. That makes no sense, right? But, it made sense to me when I became frustrated about things not being as easy as before. Of course I could work out at 9 or 10 pm before… I wasn’t a wife and I didn’t have a little one who fights her 8:30 pm bedtime well until after 9:00 pm. I didn’t have the same responsibilities. My job did not demand extra hours of work outside of the traditional 9:00 to 5:00. Things have changed, and the reality is that I will probably never go back to the days of extreme workouts at all times in the night. But, that doesn’t change this one fact: I was not happy with where I was with my body.

Here’s the mantra, “I can and will change the things I can change.” There are so many things that I am not in control of, but these things… what I put in my mouth & how I treat my body… are things I have control of. Though I may not go hard in the gym daily, I do make sure I get some cardio in at least 3 to 4 times a week. If you are a curvy girl, I recommend getting some great workout gear that won’t have your thighs on fire. Recently, I invested in a couple of items from Lane Bryant’s Livi Active line. The signature stretch active knee shorts have been great! I hate that I always have to find some leggings or some biker shorts to wear under my traditional work out shorts to keep my thighs from chaffing and hurting after a jog. Plus, it’s hot outside! Who wants to workout in 90 degree plus weather in leggings?

My frustration has become a form of some acceptance. I accept that things in my life have changed for the good, and that means making decisions that work for me at this stage in my life. My time is limited, and if my workout happens while playing with my little one, it’s a win for the family. I may not burn 800+ calories, but I am being active and spending time with my family. My choices revolve around a greater goal than simply looking a certain way. My choices revolve around my happiness and the happiness of my two loves. I may not be happy with my body, but I’m happy with the choices I’m making to change it now. The results will not be as fast, but the results will be there when they come. I’m working it out for the season my life is in now.


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Photo cred: My hubby – TJ Glenn @Goodfella_t1k

Stress Free Easter

Easter is truly a big deal! We are celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. His death and resurrection is why we all have been forgiven. So, why do we make Easter about so much more than this?! I admit our family buys into all the other fun stuff too: Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts, new clothes, big bows, and good food. But, the true meaning (same as with Christmas) is what matters.

This year, we truly kept it simple. I think this year, we only spent about $35 on Easter. Period! We got Leyah a basket with some fun things (and only like 4 pieces for candy), and we headed to the dollar store to get more fun things to make her a basket with more goodies, which totaled $24.

Later, we headed to the grocery store. I got coffee, wine, and pepper. Luckily, I had already done most of our shopping last weekend. There was plenty in the freezer and plenty in the fridge. No need to stress there! Easter dinner, DONE! $13.00 at the grocery store.

Lastly, what to wear? what to wear? Leyah has an excellent support system outside of Mommy and Daddy. Her Aunt Michelle bought her dress for Easter, and she was given another dress to wear by her Aunt Cat (you know, just in case she needed a wardrobe change). She already had shoes and bows, so no need to shop for anything. Mommy and Daddy shopped in our closets, and we were all set. I wore shoes that I had not worn since college. My mom commented on them, not remembering that she was actually the one who had bought them for me.

Now, here I am relaxing with what was left of the wine I bought, and I will actually be in bed before 12:00 am on a Sunday night. I do have a point to all this, and it is that “less is more.” This Easter was the most laid back, and stress free Easter we have had. Church was great, family was great, and the hubby and I even got a few hours to ourselves. Look at God working things out! I can’t say that next year will be the same. I did mention to my mom about stepping up and cooking dinner. Maybe she will forget by next year… doubt it. Either way, Happy Easter! #HeIsRisen