Farm Wife Improvisation

Sometimes you just make do with what you have at hand.

In the tractor, during seeding, I realized I didn’t have a hair tie. (Note: I do appreciate how clean my farmer keeps his equipment, but at times like this couldn’t he forget 1 rubber band, piece of string, etc…?) I was almost resigned to the fact that I would have to do without until I spotted it; my farmer’s lunch box. Luckily I had brought him a hot sandwich that had been wrapped in aluminum foil.

Found a clean piece of foil, twisted it into a rope, wrapped it around my hair, and voila. Farm wife improvisation for the win!

What to Write…Gratitude

Gratitude: Some find it easy to be grateful for the things and people in their lives; others find it hard to see past the negative things or people in their lives. Yet others may not even think about it.

I hope that you can take a few minutes to journal about the 4 things you are grateful for in this moment.

Are You Ready to Write?

Do you have a journal or notebook ready? My hope is that if we answer these daily prompts in one journal (or notebook) that one day, in the future, we will enjoy going back and reading what we have written. Maybe it will provide insight or even humor and we will be happy that we took a few minutes each day to answer these prompts.

Here is the “What to Write…” prompt for today: Write about your name. Where did it come from? What does it mean?

Writing prompt for today: Write about your name.

What to Write – That is the Question

Have you ever purchased a journal or diary in preparing to start recording your daily life events, gratitude, musings or even missives that will never be sent?

I tend to be one of those people who collects journals (and planners – but that is a whole other subject) with the intent to start recording the events of the day and my thoughts, at the end of each day. Do you know how many journals I have filled to “full” in the past 5 years? Zero! That is correct, I have purchased on average, no less than 3 journals per year and each one sits empty on the shelf. An unfulfilled promise, to my future self, that I will record today for reading as history in the future.

Since starting my health journey I have been living “out loud” on social media. I have, surprisingly, come to enjoy interacting with many people (even those I didn’t believe knew me at all). We have started to engage more and lately I have felt that I am not really contributing much other than “sharing” a positive quote, a beautiful photo, or a recipe. Not that positivity and/or food is bad but, I want to contribute something that our future selves might appreciate; so I am going to start each day (or sometime during the day) with a “What to write…” prompt post.

The “What to write…” (for lack of a better name at the moment) post will be some type of prompt to help each of us to journal, if only for a few minutes. This may not be a way to make an earth shattering difference in someone’s day but hopefully it will help them now or in the future to know that they/you are important and that they/you matter. Maybe it will help some to let go of things that they have been holding onto for far too long. Maybe it will help to relieve stress or to bring laughter to a day that has been stressful.

I wish that I had started this at the beginning of the quarantine, but wishes are not going to get this project started and truthfully, I have to trust that it just wasn’t the right time.

Whether now is the right time or not, we shall see. I hope that you will pick up one of your unused journals or an old notebook if you have one, anything that you can write in/on will do the trick. It is just a matter of taking the time to do it.

First prompt coming soon…

Enough is Enough!

Enough excuses of why I wasn’t drinking my water, why I wasn’t following the “simple” eating schedule I had been following, why I wasn’t paying attention to all the BLTs (bites, licks and tastes) I had been “treating” myself to, enough feeling scared about the current situation our world is in!
So, last Tuesday (1 week ago today) I dialed in my nutrition…I started following my healthy habits:

💦Drinking lots of water
💤 sleeping soundly (minus last night 🤪 Note to self: no major caffeine right before bed)
⏰ eating when I should
✅eating what I should

Not only did I say goodbye to 6.2lbs along with reclaiming all of the above habits, but I am also:

🙋🏼‍♀️volunteering to help my honey 😍 with farm jobs that give me opportunities for extra movement (picking rocks 🤦🏼‍♀️)
Even my attitude has improved (reference “volunteering” above 😂)

Friends with Hoshimotos

I wanted to share this hoping that it will bring strength and hope to others who struggle. (I apologize ahead of time for the video quality. 😬)
I think it’s pretty incredible that my two friends, who have struggled most of their life with an auto immune disorder, were free enough to talk about it.

As you hear in the video, our program is the common denominator in how each of them found hope!

If you are struggling and searching for hope…contact me, let’s have a conversation. Stop wishing for an answer and start asking questions.

I coach clients (who I now call “friends”) from all over. You don’t have to live near me, in fact I’ve never physically met some of my “friends”.

This program is about you! You, helping yourself, along with me as your guide and an amazing support system to lean into.

Feel free to contact me, even if you just want to ask questions.

Have an amazing day!

Change of Plans

I had originally intended not to share the “challenge”, that I had issued to myself. But, plans change!

Yesterday, I decided to share my struggle on my personal Facebook page because I wanted my clients to realize that I can struggle just like anyone else. I didn’t realize how my page was looking until a coworker, to one of our children, said, “Your mom must never fall of the wagon or cheat.”

Well, truth be told: I DO NOT FALL OF THE WAGON OR CHEAT, but I do sometimes make choices in food or drink that aren’t the best for me. But those are “choices”. I am not on a “diet” so there is nothing to “cheat” on. I make daily choices, just like everyone else. Sometimes those choices might be to eat the chips that come with my salad or to have an adult beverage while out. The problem for me comes when I start making those types of choices too often. That is what I have done recently.

Recently, I came across a quote that said, “When you treat your health journey like a diet, you get diet results”. Guess what? When I used to “diet” in the past, I would reach a goal and then go straight back to my old way of eating and old habits. What would happen? All of the pounds that I had said goodbye to would return and they would usually bring friends! So, I refuse to “diet” ever again.

It’s all about daily choices. Hence the name of this blog: “Fueling Daily Choices”.

I try to make the best choices each day and I also absolutely love helping others learn to make those choices.

I am so grateful for each and every person who has given me the honor of walking along with them on their journey towards better. Be it better sleep, less weight, clearer thinking, learning to handle stress, better relationships (living above the line), etc… Is it always easy? Definitely not! But, it is ALWAYS worth it!

Have a wonderful day! Remember: You are amazing!

Alert: Vulnerability Post

Over the past few weeks (honestly months) I have just been coasting in my weight loss/health journey.

As you may know, I started my weight loss/health journey January 30th of this year. I met my first goals rather quickly. By the time I had lost 40+ lbs I was very happy and dare I say comfortable in my own skin and clothes…first time in a very long time. I hadn’t seen a size 6-8 since…well I don’t actually remember ever being a size 6-8 (I started at size 16-18). So, I was very content with my body and since my knee issues had also disappeared and my blood pressure was normal I decided to maintain where I was at. I made that decision knowing that I would pick my program back up, in the fall, and reach my final weight goal. I only had another 15lbs to go.

Rewind to the past 4 months…

Along with just maintaining, I started to get lax. Lax in my learning and continuing to use the new healthy habits that had been gifted to me. I started to believe that a I could just start back on plan at any given moment and the weight would come back off (I had gained a few…10+ lbs). What I didn’t realize was that after undoing some of the great new habits I had formed…getting back to program would be like starting over instead of just picking up where I left off. At this point, I really wished I had finished my original goal right away but, one thing I have learned is that there is no point in regretting my past months of poor decisions….It is time to move forward – No looking back!!!!

That brings us to today…

Tomorrow is the day that I have issued myself a challenge! I am starting a Fueling Daily Choices Fat Burn Challenge! But, at this point it is only for me. Why???

I love coaching others, seeing and hearing about all of there successes and insights gives me such joy. I have decided that to be the best coach I can be, I have to be sure that I know what I am talking about. I need to experience this journey again. So I have issued myself this challenge and after I complete 2 weeks I will then start to share it with my clients and future clients.

I will be posting all of my insights, struggles and successes (scale and non-scale) right here on this page.

The catch…Since this is a challenge that I am issuing to myself I won’t be making these posts public for at least two weeks. I will definitely make them public wether I succeed or fail. I’m not hiding anything or any part. I want to see success so that I am confident, once again, that I can share success. If I fail…I refuse to go there, because I WILL NOT FAIL unless I QUIT!

So, if you are seeing this post, it has been at least 2 weeks since I have started this “Challenge” and you are either now joining me or just curious how it went. I say “joining me” because I welcome all of my clients and those who want to be part of our tribe to join in the “challenge” to jump start their New Year and all the possibilities that it holds for them.

Welcome! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, even if you are just curious about my program. I don’t do sales! So, connect with me for information NOT pressure. I would love to hear from you!

Have a wonderful day or night, whichever it is, wherever you are! Never forget…You are AMAZING!