Monday, July 14, 2014

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I think one of the hardest things to do is admit when we need to make changes in our life or with ourselves. True? I have a confession that really isn't easy .... I'm an emotional eater. I have dealt with my emotions through food and eating for so long, that I can't really remember when it started. Because of this, my weight is up there a bit. 

Of course, my weight is always something I talk about changing, but never really act on it. It's been too easy to keep doing what I do. I know it's time for a change .... lots of change!

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Let me preface this by saying, this post is probably one of the most difficult posts I have ever written. I'm opening up a bit and it's way outside of my comfort zone. For those of you who know me in real life, you know how private I am and how hard this post will be for me. You also know that I shed many tears writing this.

One of the longest (and hardest) emotional stressors for me, has been my relationship with my mom. It's more like a lack of a relationship to be honest. We've had our issues it seems, for most of my life. Until this past weekend, I haven't talked to my mom for a little over 2 years. Let's just say the conversation over the weekend did not go well. It ended with her hanging up on me. *true story, by the way* Not only did it not got well, but it's added to the numerous emotions I've carried for many, many years. I have always felt like I am not good enough, nor is anything I do, good enough in my mother's eyes. Rather than dealing with it, I tend to bottle things up. Right or wrong, in turn, I have looked to food for comfort for years. Too much food for too many years. I'm not blaming her for my choices ... those are mine alone. I need other coping skills, obviously!

After the conversation with my mom, I decided it was time to start getting my life together. I know I need to lose some weight and I need to start letting go of things beyond my control. I also knew I needed to forgive my mom to be able to move on with my life. The truth is, I should have done this a long time ago! I am giving it all to God. I have tried to no avail to "fix" any problems between my mom and I. I hope they are fixable. I mailed her a card this morning that she'll get sometime this week ......

Life is too short to hold grudges. I forgive you.

Simple and to the point. It's my way of letting her know that today is a new day and I will not be picking up any old baggage to carry with me from here on out. Anything from our past is past - the opportunity is there to have some kind of relationship if she wants it. What she chooses to do with this ... well, that's yet to be determined. 

Part of this process is relearning how to eat right and learning how not to turn to food for comfort. If you've ever been down this road, you know it's harder than it sounds. It's even harder when you're a food blogger and you spend soooo much time looking at and talking about food. I know I can do it ... it's just a matter of doing it instead of talking about it. 

I also know I need a jumpstart. I recently heard about the Slimfast 14-day Slimdown and I knew I wanted to be a part of it! I need something that I feel is manageable and something I think I can actually do. Having five kiddos at home, running a house and a blog takes a lot out of you. It's too easy to mindlessly eat an entire bag of chips because it's convenient. The new Slimfast gimme some GREEK YOGURT & HONEY Snack Bars will fit into my lifestyle and they are only 110 calories per bar! Yay for convenience and less guilt!

You can find the new Slimfast gimme some GREEK YOGURT & HONEY Snack Bars in convenient 6-count boxes on Amazon and at mass and drug stores nationwide. By swapping 2 meals a day for a Slimfast protein shake or meal bar and by enjoying a 500 calorie third meal, I can lose up to six pounds in the first two weeks. I can still have three 100 calorie snacks or pieces of fruit per day as long as I don't go over 1200 total calories. Add in thirty minutes of light to moderate exercise with plenty of water throughout the day - I know this is something I can do!!

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My oldest son, Elijah, is looking at going into the military soon so he will help me stay on track. He'll be my workout buddy! Look at him enjoy his Slimfast gimme some GREEK YOGURT & HONEY Snack Bars! :)

I also found this Slimfast Slim Coaching Sign-Up that'll help me stay on track during my Slimfast 14-day Slimdown! I am looking forward to the motivational texts from my Slim Coach to help get me through cravings and maybe give me some much needed "tough love."

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I am following Slimfast on Facebook and Pinterest for weight loss recipes, diet tips and motivation to help me slim down. You can follow them too - or stop by the Slimfast website for even more information on products, recipes and special offers! Feel free to use the hashtag #14daytoslim to join or follow the conversation on social media!

I am finally on the road to success in my weight loss journey and emotionally, it was very freeing to send that card to my mom! I know these are steps in the right direction! I would love to hear your weight loss tips and stories in the comments or feel free to shot me an email! :)

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