One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.  How do you make a lifestyle change? One step at a time. When we decide that we are going to lose weight, we begin to think of all of the things we need to do in order to reach our goals. Eat better. Consume fewer calories. Drink more water. Exercise. Where many of us run into trouble is in trying to tackle all of {Read More}

Keep Moving Forward

Keep Moving Forward   One of our son’s favorite movies is Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons.” It is a sweet story of a little boy named Lewis who is able to go forward in time to meet his future family and self. Lewis discovers that eventually his life’s motto will be “Keep Moving Forward.”   This month, God has had to remind me through His Word that even in weight loss “Keep Moving Forward” is an important phrase to remember.   {Read More}

Knowing What Needs to Change And Changing It

Knowing What Needs to Change – And Changing It! One of the hardest things in weight loss can actually be knowing what you need to change.  Or maybe you know what to change but don’t know where to start. Always began this weight loss journey with your doctor.  Sometimes it’s just not as simple as eat less & healthier and exercise more.  Sometimes there are other issues going on with your body and those may need to be addressed first. {Read More}

Even Baby Steps…

How did YOU do last month?  I hope you’re doing better than me! My children and I traveled to Utah and back and then the whole family took a trip to Ft. Lauderdale all within the first 16 days of April.  The drive to Utah was accomplished in two days each way and the Ft. Lauderdale trip was a long one.  All of it was wonderfully exhausting. I did get a bit more walking and movement in during all the {Read More}

Trying to Regain My Focus

Trying to Regain My Focus I am amazed and sad with myself at how easy it is for me to become sidetracked and lose my focus.  It’s all to easy for little things to challenge journey on bettering myself (eating better and consistently working out).  Now throw in a few major things becoming problems in my world and I have not only fallen off the wagon but it has officially run me over! This is not something that I am {Read More}

Emotions Get the Best Of Me

Emotions Get the Best of Me I have one hurdle that I struggle with every day and it’s not what you are thinking.  I LOVE working out.  Well, I love to eat also.  But neither of these are the problem.  Here’s my deep, dark secret…I am an emotional eater. Hello, My name is Bethany and I am an emotional eater. There…I said it.  Does that make me feel better?  No not really since it doesn’t change the daily struggle.  I {Read More}

The Enemy of the “Best” Is Often The “Good”

Another rough month for me as far as getting out to walk for exercise.  How about you? I’ve learned, relatively recently, a definition of the word “excuse” that has really stuck with me and caused me to question myself and my words more than ever.  Dani Johnson says, “Excuses are well-planned lies.”  Do you agree?  As for me, I’m finding that it’s mostly (if not always) true.  When it comes right down to it, we make happen what is most {Read More}

The Value of Accountability

The Value of Accountability When you begin your weight loss journey, you are filled with enthusiasm, the thrill of getting up early to hit the gym or jump into your exercise routine, the sudden love of all things healthful, and the image of what you expect to look like is fresh in your mind. After a week of early rising, saying yes to huge salads and no to that caramel frappaccino, and enduring the ache in muscles you didn’t know {Read More}

What Do You Consider a “Success”?

February was rough for me.  What about you?? My children were sick, which I managed with okay.  Then baby got sick and I still managed all right.  She seemed to get worse and I realized I needed to ensure that she could sleep as much as possible.  Since we co-sleep, that means Mama had to be there for her to sleep as much as possible… so I stopped walking while my husband was home.  My lazy side was happy about {Read More}

One Pound = 4 Sticks of Butter

One Pound = 4 Sticks of Butter   As my daughter and I worked on her math last week, we did a series of rote memorization’s of math facts. 1 minute = 60 seconds 1 hour = 60 minutes 1 day = 24 hours 1 pound = 4 sticks of butter Okay that last one wasn’t really there but it was exactly what I thought as we were reciting. Ten years ago I began a weight loss plan that really {Read More}