I just put the fork down


Recently I got to hang out with my friend Jenn. She is a clever girl and unintentionally funny in a sarcastic and irrelevant way. Our conversation of course came around to her smoking hot body, and how she has recently lost a little weight. I asked her how she did it, to which Jenn replies “I don’t eat anymore.” Dead pan, as if that makes perfect sense and should easily answer my inquiry. Of course I wasn’t satisfied with that answer, and continued to pry. “But really, you can’t just not eat, you have to eat, so how does that work?” I asked. “It’s easy, I just stop eating” she casually replied. “But how do you stop eating?” I entreated. “It’s easy, I  just put the fork down” she said.

I was cracking up at this point, knowing she was only half serious and it wasn’t something to worry about. It made me wish I had that kind of self-control, to just put the fork down and stop eating! Life would be a whole lot simpler if I could stop eating.  If that were the case, I wouldn’t be banned from making chocolate chip cookies (my diet kryptonite) or cupcakes on a daily basis, because I would be content to just have one, and save the rest. Instead, I will eat a whole batch of cookies, and 6 cupcakes before I get full, and you better believe I am thinking about whatever is left over, obsessing really, until I end up finishing the rest! No. self. control. This is why Billy says I am not allowed to bake unless I have a predetermined agenda for it, so nothing stays in the house and is all pawned off on someone else, and not left to tempt me!

When you’re down, get up!


So, I have been a little down on myself lately, and I wanted to turn that negative thinking around and focus on some positives. So here is a list of things I like about myself, and things that make me happy.

I love my small ankles and wrists. It does not matter that they are attached to large hands and feet, because they are delicate and small. I can wear ankle strap shoes, or cropped pants because I don’t have cankles (calves that extend to the feet, making it look like there is no ankle).

I love my smile. I have a large mouth with big old full lips. Some women who have full lips don’t like to wear much lip color, but I embrace it! Bright red, mauves, sparkley rose-y pinks are all fantastic to me. I have a rather “gummy” smile, meaning a lot of my gum line shows when I smile, which sometimes bothers me. I love that I smile often.

I love that I have many talents and abilities which I have been blessed with. I love that my passion for doing hair has allowed me to find a career that makes me happy. I love that my patience and my desire to take care of people has transformed into my nanny job where each weekday I get to spend time with cool kids and perhaps make a difference in their lives.

I love that I have stuck to a new eating and exercise plan and it is really starting to show! Changing the foods I eat from mainly processed carbohydrates and sugars to the natural variety in fruits and vegetables, as well as bumping up my protein intake has made me so much more energetic, made me feel better, and is paying off big time in the 6 pounds I have lost already.

I love that I can finally run 3 miles straight. When I first started running 3 months ago, I had a hard time running more than 5 minutes, then a mile, and so on. Years ago when I was a “runner” I ran a mile at a time, and mainly did sprint and speed work as a short distance runner in track and on the soccer field. I never imagined that I could be running 5k distances 3 days a week consistently. It makes me feel good to have accomplished something like this. It’s no half marathon, but I have no desire to run 13 miles!

I love that I have meaningful relationships in my life. Billy is an amazing husband, and a great best friend who I have lots of fun with. I also am super blessed to have awesome best girlfriends- Sarah, Diane and Tiffany are caring, encouraging, supportive and fun. Even more so, I have super great close friends who are always willing to hang out, chat it up, and have fun with me. Having one friend is great, but having as many as I do is spectacular. I also love making new friends, which I get to do regularly through my job and experiences.