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Trim Healthy Mama (wannabe)

I love this picture but I also hate this picture because it is a lie. I look so happy due to a fresh new hair style and the camera's angle is just right to hide my extra chin(s).  But the truth is that I am miserable and I feel ashamed to say that out loud. My life is so sweet and good right now, and I never want to lose sight of that. Ever.

But underneath all of the goodness lies this murky, icky feeling that I can't shake. This quote from Body Matters by Chrystie Cole sums it up really well. "But how you feel about and care or don't care for your body can determine the measure of joy you experience in this life as well as hinder your growth in spiritual maturity and your effectiveness for the kingdom of God."

Y'all that's legit. My joy or lack of joy is directly determined by how I feel about my body. Embarrassing but true.

So I'm doing something about it with the help of Trim Healthy Mama and today is
Day 1
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Honesty

I've recently been challenged to start writing again, so here's to writing more than twice a year!

When we moved to the Upstate from the Lowcountry, it was hard for me emotionally and physically. I was struggling with undiagnosed anxiety that was manifesting itself with physical symptoms like exhaustion, tingling in my hands and feet, and insomnia.

I had managed to lose about 10 pounds before the move, but over the course of that summer and into that depressing fall and dark winter seasons, I began to eat a lot. It's not like I was extra hungry or anything, but it felt like I had no control over my actions, and I would hide and eat fattening foods under the guise of wanting to be alone to rest.

I spent a lot of time alone that season. Depression/ Anxiety wears you out and I was taking naps daily. Eating and napping, I sound like a baby, but the eating was out of control.

I read books, I prayed, I counted calories, I asked for accountability, but nothing seemed to work. Fas…

Let's go shopping at Aldi's!

If you're shopping at Aldi's this week, I recommend that you stock up on Eggs and Milk! Seriously, a dozen eggs for $1.09 and Milk for $2.19! The price of beef may have gone up, but I'm loving the other staples we get from a cow!

I bought 4 dozen eggs this week. Overkill for sure, but when our family eats eggs, we usually eat 7 in one setting! Eggs and toast are a staple breakfast in our house - we eat that at least 4 times a week! It's fast and filling and cheap!

If you're looking for something more exciting to do with your eggs, try making a breakfast casserole! I love this casserole from Ree, the Pioneer Woman. Everything she makes is delightful, but this recipe is especially great! As with most recipes, I tweaked it a bit to fit our tastes. For all of his perfect aspects, my handsome husband does not eat mushrooms. This could have been a deal breaker for me 13 years ago, but then I saw his drummer toned legs and I decided to look past his misjudgment!

No mushro…

The Christmas Offering

I took a long nap this morning, from 10:30 till noon. I was convinced that this necessary nap wouldn't keep me awake tonight, but here I am, after midnight and I have found myself wanting to blog again. We are days away from Christmas, tomorrow being Christmas Eve in our house. (We're celebrating early.) I want to share a story, not to bring recognition or pride, but to share what God's been teaching me and how He's using my children to do that.

A week or so ago, Christmas cards arrived for my children, containing money for each of them. It was quite a lot of money for a seven, four and two year old to possess. As they sat at the table in awe and wonder of the $25 dollars in their hands, I casually mentioned the Christmas offering. My heart's desire was to gently remind them that with every blessing God gives us, we give back a tenth to Him as a way of saying thanks and expressing trust in His provision. But before I could get the kid-friendly words out, my Lucas q…

Baby steps

Guess what?

I'm taking steps today to get just a little closer to my dream. We're off to the gym in a little bit to keep working towards losing those 38 pounds. I'm also working on a plan to sell specialty homemade cheesecakes during the holidays. Doing something I love and making some extra money for the people I love. Pretty great stuff!

Just a little dream

Looking through Pinterest tonight a funny thing happened. Instead of feeling like the most untalented and least creative person on the planet, I actually felt inspired. I let myself dream a little.

In my dream world, I'm 40 pounds thinner, wearing an adorable, feminine dress, and ballet flats and I'm baking a scrumptious treat for someone special. I love trying new recipes, especially when it comes to desserts. 

I would bake every day if I could and had an endless grocery budget.

And I'd wear dresses every day too!




Bonding

Part of moving to a new town, a new neighborhood, is putting yourself out of your comfort zone to meet people. I feel kind of like I'm dating again. Dating for friends. Searching for friends for the kids and friends for myself. We still live in the Charleston area, just moved to a new part of it. Thankfully, I can look back to 2009 and 2010 and see how God was really pushing me to get out of my comfort zone because He was preparing me for this new phase in life! (Love it when I can look back and see a purpose for my discomfort and pain!)

I can't help but ironically chuckle when I think about how God radically took me out of my comfort zone by relocating our family to the low county a year ago, and how He has done it all over again with this new move to Mt. Pleasant. Now, we're only 40 minutes away from friends and familiarity, but when you're coordinating around nap schedules and bus drop offs, traveling that far can make a big difference. 

I've only meet a few y…