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Thankful Thursday

Day 2 of the October blogging challenge!  I have been working on finding more things to be thankful for lately.  I have seen many of my Facebook friends take on little thankful challenges and it makes my heart so happy.  I know there is a lot of junk that happens in all of our lives, but I have really learned that no matter what, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!
So here are a few things I am really thankful for today!

1. My husband! We have been together for almost 5 years and married a little over 3.  He puts up with a lot from me, and he is a saint for all the love and support he gives me!
2. My job!  Some people have asked me why I do what I do even with having my master’s degree, and it is easy, I LOVE it!  I get to work with amazing families, and each day is an adventure!
3. My bed!  We saved and got a new mattress/box spring and bed frame last year, and I have been in bed heaven ever since!  I LOVE my bed, and I am so thankful that I have a beautiful and comfortable bed! (Now to just get more sleep….)
4. Ability to exercise!  Over the years I have dealt with several different medical/health issues and each time the doctors told me I would not be able to do certain things any more (run, do pushups, lift heavy weights, etc).  I took that advice and threw it out the window (with some caution), and since then I have finished over 50 races, I lift like a beast, and I can do a push-up (well sort of…haha).  Staying active is a privilege that I do NOT take lightly! 5. I have consistent access to the basics of life! Food in the fridge, roof over my head, clothes to wear, clean water to drink, and even luxuries like 2 cars, $ in the bank, all the bills paid, and the opportunity to travel.

I have so so much to be THANKFUL for!!!

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Move, Nourish, Believe Challenge weeks 2 & 3 recap!

Well the last few weeks have been pretty crazy with sick kiddos, lots of work and getting sick myself. I managed to keep up with the challenges (for the most part) for the Move, Nourish, Believe challenge, and am finally getting a chance to write about it!
It was really fun to have a challenge through most of the month of February. I really enjoy having a new challenge each day to keep things fresh, and to try new things!

Week 2: Nourish!

Monday – Go Meatless – Skip meat today! Try vegetarian/vegan meals.
Today was filled with lots of yummy meatless meals! I was especially excited about making blueberry pancakes!
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Tuesday – TYLTW! – Take Your Lunch to Work today! Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com to inspire your packed lunch!
I always take my lunch to work, so this wasn’t anything new for me. However, I was sick all day with nauseousness and no appetite, so I didn’t get a chance to eat it.

Wednesday – Write it down! – Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us!One thing I love about apps is the My Fitness Pal app! It helps me keep track of what I am intaking and keeps me accountable with many other healthy minded friends! If you are looking for a simple way to track your intake, check it out! You can enter the information on a smart phone or a computer!
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Thursday – Smoothie Day! – Happy Thirsty Thursday! Make a healthy smoothie today!
Smoothies are my FAV way to get a healthy dose of fruits and veggies! I love that you can mix and match so many combinations to make delicious drinks!

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Friday – Go Raw Friday! – Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com and go raw!
This was a great day filled with yummy raw foods. Even though it was Valentine’s day, I did manage to stay raw!
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Week Three: Believe!

Monday – Spoil Yourself! – Do something just for you today! Take a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!
I was not feeling great and I took full advantage of the twins nap time and I took a 2 hour nap! It was so wonderful!!

Tuesday – 5 Mindful Minutes – Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.
The twins were sick and Mr. R did NOT want to take a nap, so my meditating minutes happened while he finally fell asleep in my arms. There is just something so peaceful about a little one asleep in your arms!
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Wednesday – Be Happy – Show us your happy place!
I have several happy places. For the most part, it is the BEACH for me. Especially the beaches in Costa Rica!

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The beach, private beach in Costa Rica, finishing a race, the beach, the hubs, traveling, meeting people I admire, the beach and more beach!

Thursday – Thankful Thursday – Let us know what you are thankful for!
I have much to be thankful for!
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The beach, friends, flowers/nature/my faith, ability to run races, my hubs, quiet time, health, ability and resources to travel, my education.

Friday – Share the love – S/O to your #1 supporter/motivator!

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My #1 supporter is my hubs! He has been there for me through so much the last few years. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful supportive man by my side!

I hope everyone who participated had a really great time, and enjoyed the challenges as much as I did! I am really looking forward to the Twitter party this coming week and to see who the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree to Lorna Jane is! I know I was encouraged and inspired each day by the amazing entries in the challenge, and I have no doubt the winner will be tough to pick!

Thank you to the Fit Approach ladies and Lorna Jane for putting together such a fabulous 3 week challenge! You all are a daily inspiration 🙂

True beauty!!

(Side note…I am a little behind with my posts due to my husband having heart surgery and being in the hospital for a few weeks, and then my computer broke! Ahh.  Be back to normal soon!)

Today the challenge for Elf4Health was to be make-up free! It really got me thinking…
I don’t really ever wear make-up to work. Mornings are not my favorite and since I am with little ones all day, it doesn’t make sense to me to even bother putting any on. Yoga pants and sweatshirts are what I usually wear too. I am all about being comfy!
As I scrolled through the pictures that were popping up on Facebook, twitter and instagram, my heart was happy with all the beautiful faces that I was seeing! Some, like me, don’t wear much make-up, and then there were others who found it more challenging to go make-up free. Whatever the case, I could tell that each and every person was beautiful!
Over the last few years I have really learned more about what beauty really means to me. As a result of some painful events early on in life, I struggled with terrible self-esteem issues, and even a horrible eating disorder for most of my life (20 of my 32 years). I am really thankful that I have been able to heal from those events, and learn to see myself, and others differently! I have been blessed to learn the valuable lesson that beauty is more than just what someone looks like! Yes, I feel all my friends are beautiful, but it goes deeper than the smile on their faces. It comes from the heart, the depth of friendship, and how people sacrificed so much to contribute to my life in big and small ways! My life has turned from shattered darkness into a beautiful light!
If you look in the mirror and might not like what you see, please remember that you are indeed beautiful!! You are worth SO much more than being a certain size or looking a certain way! You are a stunning masterpiece who was made to shine!!!
No matter what I am wearing, or if I have makeup on or not…I am ALWAYS beautiful! I am very thankful for all those in my life who remind me of that often!!

(I know I am missing MANY people, but this is what I had to work with today….Know that if you are in my life you are very important to me, and I am so blessed by you!)

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