Inspiration Tuesday- Success is No Accident

I had a small melt down this week regarding my own goals for 2017 and stumbled upon the featured quote for this week’s Inspiration Tuesday.

We are officially passed the half way point of January. People have begun to form new habits with their New Year’s Resolutions, perhaps stumbling through them (like me!) or may have given up completely. Last week I wrote on rocking health and fitness goals.  Today, on Inspiration Tuesday is a quick bit of tough love.

This world is full of sources for instant gratification; screen time, ready made treats, TV on demand and so on. Many times people want a magic pill for weight loss or the promotion without extra work.  The majority of people who are (seemingly) on top of the world, worked to get to where they are. Oprah didn’t become a sensation over night, she has been very candid about her struggles towards success, both in the work force and with her health.

If you have started a new venture with your health, travel, dream chasing or whatever else it may be, and feels like an obstacle course to your goals,  keep going! Success doesn’t just land in our laps and it doesn’t happen overnight. I always try to tell myself, I can do hard things, I have done hard things, and I will continue to do hard things.  Cheers to success and the hard times which lead us there!

What are YOU willing to do for your success?





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How to ROCK Your Health & Fitness Goals!

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On my welcome page I explain I am a Certified Health Coach from the American Council of Exercise.  I also have a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Psychology. It’s a tad bit insane,  with all this education I have jammed into my brain, I haven’t done a better job honing in my own health.  I finally had an ah ha moment and told myself if I can’t do this then how am I supposed to teach others?  In December I gave this ah ha moment a voice and wrote my Tackling the Baby Weight post. Then… nothing from me. No posts no follow up, nothing.  I didn’t acknowledge my absence regarding this post until now.

I made a rookie mistake, I committed (quite vocally) to a weight loss program that wasn’t a program! It was a bunch of words I put together, attempting to push myself forward. I had no game plan, no end goal, no stepping goals, and no support. Plus, for me to even think I should take all this on right before the holidays!? I was out of my damn mind.

First things first, I apologize. I should have been more vocal about my non-commitment and about why I left that post just hanging in limbo. I apologize for me turning into every. single. New. Year’s. cliché…. Follow me down the rabbit hole of my (for real) getting healthy and fit journey.

How to rock your health and fitness goals

Back to basics

There are several ways to achieve your health and fitness goals, but these are the basics. To create a solid foundation, you need the basics. If you have taken a breather from fitness or maybe you want to eat better or possibly run a half marathon. All the steps laid out will help you achieve your goals. These will help ME achieve my goals too! Stick around; I will post my personal goals for the year. These are to keep me accountable and on the right road to health.

Choose a Meal Plan

I hate diets. I actually never dieted until a few months before my wedding.  This was before my Health Coach certification. I didn’t’ do as thorough of a research job as I should have. I chose the 17 Day Diet. I ended up losing about 25 lbs. However, by the end of the year I had gained half of that back. Following two pregnancies, it’s all back and then some.  The 17 Day Diet is not one I would recommend for long term weight loss. If there happens to be a small amount left to lose, hit a plateu and you have a firm foundation of health and workouts, then the potential for a short term plan will work.

In August of 2016 I took on the Whole30 challenge.  I loved the program, it’s tough and it’s not meant to be a long term program either. The purpose is to make you more mindful of what you are putting in your body and how you react to certain food groups. I needed to reset my sugar cravings and get a better handle on my eating habits. It is NOT a weight loss plan, but a bonus “side effect” of the program is weight loss. During my challenge, I lost a total of 8.7 pounds and 10 inches total.  I am sad to report that I didn’t follow the exit plan as laid out by the Whole30 book, I didn’t have the full Whole30 experience.  Since then, I have gained the weight back; hence the new health goals for 2017.  My choice combo for this round is a paleo based eating plan while incorporating certain rules from Whole30, including no dairy, beans, corn, or legumes. These plans require an abundance of vegetables, protein, and fat (good kind!).  The premise of both is more real food, less from a box and much less with added sugars along with other additives. Our bodies were designed to process food from its natural sources, not from packages or machine made.

Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

S.M.A.R.T stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Bound.  The acronym is used for goal setting in general and is an incredible outline for personal and business goals.  In 2015 the top two New Year’s resolutions polled by was 1) stay fit and healthy and 2) lose weight. Together these two goals totaled up 69% of the resolutions. The problem with these resolutions and why so many people give up? They don’t follow the SMART goals guidelines.


When setting any goal it’s important to be as exact as possible while outlining your objectives, but it’s even more important for health and fitness goals.  Turn “I want to be healthier” into “I want to play with my kids and not get winded”, “I want to break my sugar addiction”, and “I want to participate in a Cross Fit competition”. See how they have a focusing point?  Right now if you “want to eat better” make it specific, cut sugar out or add extra protein in.  Being precise aids you to have more of a real grasp on the goal rather than it being a fleeting thought.


Measurable goals keep you on track for success. The how you will be assessing your aspirations is just as important as the actual measurement. If you are increasing the number of servings of vegetables eat day; will you keep a daily food journal, use a food tracker app, or hope for the best? I don’t recommend just hoping for the best. 🙂  Weight loss goals should require more than just a scale for keeping track of achievements. The scale doesn’t do an accurate job on its own for being a reliable tool. Water weight and hormones can throw off the scale by up to three pounds.  I will be using measurements coupled with the scale.  Looking to gain muscle? Having body fat percentages would be a great way to assess your progress.


This is probably the toughest part of goal setting. We want to dream big and I highly recommend reaching for the stars. However, make sure your goals are obtainable. Stepping goals (not an official name 🙂 )  are the small goals leading up to the big end goal.  Should someone have 100 pounds to lose and loses 15 pounds a month, those pounds lost will add up to the final 100 pounds lost. We all know 100 pounds can’t be lost all at once.  Having these small goals give you the wins. Keeping you from setting yourself up for major disappointments and therefore giving up. You take one small success at a time and continue moving forward.


This is the second toughest step. Relevance, this goal means more to you than what you will be sacrificing. It is the intrinsic motivation which pushes you ahead.  I am not a morning person; I finally gave up working out in the early morning because as much as I wanted to lose weight but when that alarm rang at 4 am, I simply couldn’t get up. It didn’t mean enough to me to get up and out of bed. I have accepted the fact I don’t want to sacrifice my mornings. I have made my adjustments and created a workout time after I get home from work before dinner needs to get going.  I don’t become resentful to my goals and I can continue sleeping during my early mornings. 🙂

Time Bound

There needs to be an ending to your story.   This is the final supporting key to the S.M.A.R.T Goals Guidelines.   The ending has to be set for you to begin. If you know you want to be able to run that half marathon in the fall then you have a reason to start training.

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Get moving

*Make sure any exercise is within your physical ability and if needed please see a medical professional for medical clearance.

The risk of chronic diseases is significantly reduced in individuals who get 30-60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity a day. If you are just starting out, begin with small increments of 20 to 30 minute at an intermediate level. If you have been working out regularly, make sure to shake up your routine.  Getting moving is more than adding 60 min workouts each day.   You have to alternate your entire physical routine; going to the spin class doesn’t warrant eating junk food and still sitting most of the day. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the amount of energy burned just to keep your body functioning. The majority of your calories (think upwards of 70%) are burned just keeping you alive! Working out is definitely a good start; be sure to add other forms of physical activity. Working a job where you are sedentary, adding short walks from 5-10 minutes every hour will add up! Taking the stairs, parking farther from entrances, yard work etc. Even cooking and cleaning burn calories! Meal prepping and extra cooking, since you’re eating out less, creates more dishes; three birds one stone!  This is a helpful article for incorporating more exercise into your daily to rock your health and fitness goals

Gym memberships run specials most during the beginning of the year. Daily Burn is online fitness workout streaming, Betty Rocker creates her own amazing workouts and has so many tools for eating better.  As always Amazon has a selection of terrific workout at home videos, everything from the expensive Insanity Base Kit, Jillian Michaels’ Body Shred to a more pocket-friendly Total Body Tone and everything in between.

Know your boundaries

Also known as, plan for obstacles. This is not to say planning for failure, Plan for curve balls. Ask yourself (be bluntly honest!) How will you handle National Donut Day at the office? Dinner out with a client? Girls/Guys night out for pizza and beer? First, do not hide from social situation.  Hiding can lead to resentment and more likely to drive you off your ledge. Plan! Most dining establishments have online menus to assist with planning. Check out ingredients of items before your dining out event. Ask yourself if one beer or one glass of wine is permitted on your new meal plan. Talk to people who can offer support for your new health goals. They may be very respectful and be inspired by your own journey!


Don’t give up!

You started on this health voyage for a reason, don’t let a slip up prevent you from continuing. Jillian Michaels said it best “Try not to say ‘I’m a failure’, instead ask ‘what can I do better?’ ‘What did I do wrong?’ then re-approach”.  One cookie doesn’t derail your entire eating plan. A package of cookies each week? Take a good look at what needs to be adjusted in order to avoid temptation or stress eating triggers.

Most of all, don’t give up if there is a set back. Reset, re-evaluate, and move forward. You got this!

I have an awesome Pinterest board full of health information, everything from exercises for post pregnancy belly, to arms, legs, and of course eating well. Check it out and follow me!  Check out these amazing resources from Stupid Easy Paleo and the Whole30 website.

TMI Time. 🙂 Well not really TMI but we are getting personal. Here are my personal health and wellness goals. 1) Lose 40 pounds by October. 2) Lose 25 of those pounds by June (for my birthday!) 3) Walk every hour at my office 4) Four workouts a week 5) Less processed foods-follow meal plans and form new food habits.There they are!

You have a cheerleader, because hey I am on this journey too! I will post every other week regarding meals, what’s working, what been tough, and updates on my goals.

Let’s do this! What are your health, fitness, or wellness goals for this year?



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Inspiration Tuesday-Put Your Future in Your Hands

It’s a new year and if your Facebook feed or Instagram is similar to mine everyone is posting their goals and dreams for 2017. I wrote a New Year’s post just a couple of days ago and there wasn’t anything about my goals. I needed to put down what it felt like to keep moving forward. New Year’s brings new beginnings and new hopes.

As a grown adult I actually haven’t written down real goals (of my own doing, plenty of times I’ve done it for work purposes) but I haven’t really thought about what I really wanted and how to really go about making that happen. When I went back to school I winged it, when I started the blog again winged it, dinner planning? Nope, winging it.. but the more I read about making goals and planning the more I realized that I would be less stressed and have a purpose again. I would have drive rather than to just live each day and get through it. Life is far too short to just wake, work, and sleep. This life has so much to offer and I am making this year one of the best. I am starting off making goals and plans. Ruth  Soukup from Living Well Spending Less wrote a great article for crushing your own goals. I am implementing all the amazing steps she lays out in her article.

I also  took a mini course from Living Well Spending Less for The Best Year Ever I took this mini course pretty seriously. I want to make 2017 one of my most productive years. I want to reach for the stars and never look back!  This  course asks you to look at your daily life  NOW , then build your goal around how you are going to make the necessary changes to achieve your dreams. It teaches the basics of planning and how it’s a major component for goal setting, large or small. Planning a big family vacation? How and when?  Maybe you want to run a marathon or create a non-profit organization.   Want to start a blog? Go for it! I host with Blue Host and love them!

Often  we hear told how reaching too high can be unrealistic or  how scary it would be to fail. But really how  can failing be much worse than the regret of not trying?  Reach for the sky but remember you are in charge of your future, only you!

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A New Year Without You

2016 hasn’t been bad to us; in fact it was pretty good to us.  My husband got a job he loves; they have promoted him twice since being there in April. We moved to a new city, one that we have wanted to move to for a couple of years. I finally landed my foot in the door with a Physical Therapy company, launched Mom’s Balanced Life, and adopted two furbabies.  That’s the nutshell version of our 2016, I am actually pretty proud of what we have managed to accomplish in 2016 and I look forward to 2017 with hope.a new year without you

This post is for you my friends. This post is for all the parents who have felt the crushing blow of their child leaving this earth before them. This morning while I pondered if I would even write this piece; I rolled over an article regarding Debbie Reynolds passing  just one day after her daughter Carrie Fischer.  For a tiny second, I was a little envious of her; only because she had to live just one day without her daughter. I don’t write these words to be insensitive to their grieving families, but I write them to let the world know that (again my belief) death is much harder on the surviving.  I have read the articles about their estranged relationship and how difficult it had been for the two of them to connect over the years. But as a mother who has to endure the rest of her life without one of her children, I have to see the silver lining for Ms. Reynolds. She is (in my belief) reunited with her daughter and she only really had to grieve for one day. Continue reading A New Year Without You

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Inspiration Tuesday- Follow Your Passions

I am a couple of weeks behind. I have been feeding my passion for learning all things blogging.  I took the last couple of weeks to really reflect on  the future of the blog. I want to make sure I am following my dreams of making this place an inspirational and fun place for parents to come. This quote by Harriet Tubman spoke to me. With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the past year and what I want to do in the future. The new year is a good time to chase your own passions and find what drives you towards the stars. We all have the power to do hard things and push forward.

Cheers to a New Year and chasing your dreams. Find your passions and making sure you stay true to you!

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5 Amazing Beauty Products for Moms

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Last year my Facebook feed was blowing up with friends and family who had signed up for the Ipsy Glam Bag.  I had no idea what this “magic” bag was, I knew it had makeup in it and that’s about it. I finally asked a friend what all the hype was about. She explained, it’s a subscription for $10 a month and you get five trial and sometimes full sized beauty products. I wasn’t sold at first. I was barely getting ready for the day as it was let alone getting “glammed” up. (I am not affiliated with Ipsy, I just love the Glam Bag Program)

I am low maintenance, always have been. Even in during my peak teenage years, I would go to morning swim practice, throw my hair in a ponytail, put on some mascara and go to school. Then repeat.  Eye liner was used on occasion and about the only time I ever did full faced makeup was if there was a dance involved. Fast forward to my mid-twenties and I finally sort of started to care about makeup and skin care. But I am super sensitive to certain products and I was getting tired of spending a bunch of money on stuff that I ended up hating. I talked to the hubby and he told me to try it.  (The links to Ipsy within this post are referral links. If you sign up we both get 250 points that can be used towards products.)

I have chosen 5 of my favorite beauty products for low maintenance moms (or put together moms too!) from a year with Ipsy.  I rate all of these five stars, they are all amazing in their own ways. I have had twelve glam bags and these are for sure the products I literally cannot live without. *The products all have affiliate links. Continue reading 5 Amazing Beauty Products for Moms

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Inspiration Tuesday-Kindness Creates Love


This week was tough! I was searching my brain for inspiration. I was racking every thought I had hoping for a tiny light that would guide me into what I was going to write for this weeks Inspiration Tuesday . I have been struggling with getting writing time for the full length posts which is why I haven’t posted this week yet. But I must continue Inspiration Tuesday! (Even though this was technically posted early Wednesday morning. 🙂 )

Inspiration seemed to sneak up on me. Just when I was about to give up, my oldest son calls me and says we received a package from the International Star Registry . I wasn’t sure where this package came from so I told him I would open it when I got home from work.  To say I was shocked at the contents would be an understatement. Laid out in front of me were coordinates for a star named after my son who passed away last year, a map of the star constellation his star is a part of and a heart felt note from a dear friend. The star pictured above is the special ornament with his name and coordinates engraved upon the star. He is in kindness creates love - inspiration the Pegasus formation and I couldn’t have been more emotional. A friend whom I don’t see much but have always enjoyed her company and cheerful demeanor, decided Owen needed to have a star. His very own place in heaven where I can see him whenever I need. I cried! I cried joy and I cried sadness, I miss him every day but the way he has touched people and the kindness we have been shown helps ease the ache for him. This was a special birthday present and it arrived on the perfect day. A day where I felt I didn’t have any inspiration; her special and unexpected gift reminded me that I carry inspiration in my heart. I carry a piece of my sweet boy with me everywhere and when I look into his brothers’ eyes I know there is good in this world and hope for more kindness.

So this week is dedicated to the kind souls who have been in my life. Those who have shown sincere sweetness towards my family and I.  This post is also dedicated to those who make love and kindness their mission. To those who make sure to keep the hope and faith alive in this crazy messed up world we call home. Kindness really does create love. The more love and kindness we can spread, the better this world could be for all of us.

What was a form of kindness you found to inspire you? What do you do to help create kindness and love?


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Inspiration Tuesday-Dreams Vs. Fear

It’s Tuesday again! I honestly don’t think I will ever tire of #inspirationtuesday. I LOVE IT! It’s the part of the week where I get to focus on a short topic and give a little taste of positive vibes to the universe. I wrote a new page yesterday regarding chasing a portion of my dream. A dream to be more comfortable in my skin. A dream where I take better care of my body while I keep feeding my mind and soul. These short blips of inspirational quotes help me re-center. They help me stay on track for my goals and aspirations. My fear was putting myself out there, this blog was a little nerve racking for me to start, but here I am plugging along and joining this amazing online community.

What are your dreams? What fears do you have that could be holding you back?

Feed those dreams! Focus on the miracles you want to have happen in your life and find the path that leads you closest to your wishes. You got this!


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5 Life Lessons from my Toddler

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My little man is 2.5 years old. He is about the size of an average 4-year-old. He is currently growing out of his 3 T clothes faster than I had ever imagined. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by his size. I am a tall momma, 5 foot 9 to be exact and daddy is 6 foot 3, so we created a small giant with our gene combination. He is the sweetest thing in the world and my father has so graciously nicknamed him the tornado. But this last year he has taught me so many things.

After losing our other son last year I wasn’t sure how I was going to get up every day. There were moments when I just wanted to crawl into a dark hole and even just a few weeks ago I still wanted to do that. If it hadn’t been for Mr. E and my step son C, I am not sure if I would have found the strength to crawl out of bed.  Toddlers have a way of being difficult. They are stubborn and very emotional tiny humans. Mine is no exception. He is for sure bull headed and he sure as hell knows how to get his way. But this past year he has taught me more than just patience. He has taught me more lessons than I could have ever dreamed. Continue reading 5 Life Lessons from my Toddler

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Inspiration Tuesday- Explore, Discover, Dream

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Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is only four short weeks away. (I know I am not ready either!) This week’s Inspirational Tuesday features the classic author Mark Twain. I love his writing and his quotes are always so whimsical. This is one of my favorites, it reminds you to live your life. Take risks and find something you love.

This blog is still new, I have almost a dozen posts. (yahoo! big leagues 😉 ) But this is site is the key to my passion. This place, this voice I have begun to build is my dream. It’s me exploring my own capabilities and limitations. I am discovering my excitement for life again and finding a place in my soul that has been dormant for many years. It’s a small place in this vast world but it’s a place I get to share and I look forward to watching it grow. I look forward to the many journeys in chasing this dream of mine. So chase your dreams! Life is far to short to wake up, pay bills, and repeat (pretty sure I read that somewhere).  Obviously we all have some sort of responsibilities and can’t just run wild, although I wish. But if you feel stuck, I highly encourage you to find something, anything that you are passionate about. Then light that fire within and chase that dream!

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