Happy International Women's Day | Inspiring Change

When I found out today was International Women's Day, I quickly began to think of who I would blog about.  I thought of important women in history and thought I should find one that really inspired me and blog about her.  But then I thought about it some more and I realized, I am surrounded by so many inspiring women on a daily basis, let's talk about them for a bit.  Let's honor the working mom who wakes up every morning at 6am to start her day packing lunches, folding laundry, dropping kids off at school, then go to work every day.  Let's honor the moms who homeschool their children.  The women who own their own businesses.  The mom who finds time in her busy schedule to take care of herself too.  Let's honor the women who follow their dreams and pursue their passions in life.  Let's honor the girlfriends who will stay up all night with you when you've had a bad day and need someone to vent to.  Let's honor our mothers for the sacrifices they've made to raise us to be strong independent women.  Let's honor each other.  We are all inspiring.  

This year's theme for Women's International Day is: Inspiring Change.  Well, I am here today to tell you that you can make a difference.  You can change your life to be what you want it to be.  Your choices, your actions, your words can inspire someone to make positive changes in their life too.  Then their changes will inspire someone else and so on and so on.  You can be the start of something amazing.  

This goes out to all of us:  mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, aunts, nieces, grandmothers, granddaughters, girlfriends, women, girls.  Today on Women's International Day, I ask that we be aware of our actions, that we be aware of our words.  That we not put ourselves down.  Let's be proud of where we come from, where we've been, and most importantly, let's be proud of who we are!  We have the power to inspire change.  

Here I am with the most important and inspiring women in my life.  My sister, my mother, and my daughter.  Who inspires you?

Here I am with the most important and inspiring women in my life.  My sister, my mother, and my daughter.  Who inspires you?

Transformation Tuesday

This is the first time I post a Transformation Tuesday, probably because I've felt I am not exactly where I want to be and I don't feel I've reached my ultimate goal.  But today I'm like, hey, I've come a long way and I should be proud of all the hard work I've put in.  You can read all about my journey in detail on My Story page.  It's amazing to see that almost 2 years ago I would not even consider buying running shoes, nevertheless wearing them!  Yet, here I am today itching to buy a new pair of sneakers, signing up for races and events I didn't even know existed and training hard for these challenges.  

I'm here to tell you today that you can make changes to your life.  You can find the drive and the focus you need to make those changes.  It's not going to be easy and if you're anything like me, you will have pitfalls and it won't be perfect success.  But, that's not the point is it?  No, the point is that you are out there doing what you thought was impossible.  Doing what you didn't even know you wanted to do!  So, whether you are just starting your fitness journey or you're on the road and think you'll never reach your destination, just know that it's happening.  It's not only happening on the outside, but it's happening on the inside.  People are noticing.  It's not about reaching that perfect number on the scale, although that's nice too, right?  It's more about finding the courage to do something different and focusing on becoming the best version of yourself.  Here's to transformations from the inside out!  

It may not seem like a huge drastic change to many, but it is to me and I'm happy with where I am now and looking forward to where I'll be 3 months from now! 

It may not seem like a huge drastic change to many, but it is to me and I'm happy with where I am now and looking forward to where I'll be 3 months from now! 

Emotional Eating & Making a Change

I've always said I am an emotional eater.  I eat when I'm happy, I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I'm stressed...you get the picture.  I like to eat.  Food makes me feel good.  Food is comforting.  It's a reward when I'm celebrating, it's a keeper of secrets when I'm feeling down, it keeps me company when I'm bored.  It's always around.  

I'm not sure when or how this relationship with food began, but it's held it's grip for years and it's not been a healthy relationship.  I've been working hard to not reward myself or my children for that matter, with food.  It's tough, but we're making progress.  For over a year now, I've been making a steady change from processed foods to healthy clean eating and whole foods.  It's more work, yes.  But, it's worth it!  Good food makes me feel better, look better, and I don't feel guilty the next day.  

So, why do I still crave the junk?  Why do I still go for the chips or ice cream when I'm down?  I know I shouldn't be eating it.  I know it won't help me feel better, but yet, I still put the spoon in my mouth and for a split second, while the ice cold smoothness goes down my throat, all is better.  Just for that split second.  And I guess it's that feeling, that comfort that I crave, that makes me have another spoonful and then another until it's all gone.  And then, I feel empty, just like that bowl.  

I don't do this on a daily basis.  It'd actually been a long time since I found comfort in food and let it take control.  But, it's happened more than once in the past few weeks and it needs to stop.  So, like everything else in my life, I'm writing it down.  

I will stop being an emotional eater.  I won't allow myself to find comfort in food, more specifically Doritos and ice cream (not eaten together, of course).  We all have the power to change.  We can all make the right choices.  You just have to want it badly enough.  Who's with me?  Anyone else deal with emotional eating?  Here's how I'm working to manage stress-eating.  Won't you join me? Let's rid ourselves of bad eating habits and take control.

  • I will hold myself accountable to my own feelings.  
  • I will write down & cope with my feelings, rather than eat them away.  
  • I will slow down and make good food choices rather than grab something quick and easy (translate: fast food).  
  • I won't keep junk food in the house.
  • I will distract myself with something productive to do rather than give in to temptation.
  • I will not ruin a good workout with bad food.
  • I will not be too hard on myself. 
  • I will take it one day at a time.

How do you cope with emotional eating?  I'd love to hear from you!