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Suddenly One Day...

It's something I've been mentally toiling with for a while now.  The image I'm seeing in the mirror, the number on my scale... it's something I don't recognize and I'm not entirely sure what to do about it.   I mean, yes, I know the extreme measures I could take to get back to my "old self", but those aren't really measures I've HAD to take in the past.  Have I let myself go that badly?  Or have I been so focused on building muscle that I'm finally seeing results?  I'd love to go with the ladder but despite my best efforts to turn a blind eye, my stomach has grown equally as chunky.  What. the. heck.  What is going on? 

Getting honest with myself, I wouldn't describe my diet as super clean, but I wouldn't call it terrible either.  Same for my workouts... not killing it but also not non-existent.  Bottom line, I'm no longer getting the same "return on investment" from my efforts that I've gotten the past 20 years of life.  And that's the moment I realize... damn. This is what 40 is gonna be like, huh?  

I guess I should have known.  Suddenly one day my body would stop metabolizing as quickly.  It would stop responding to dietary changes as rapidly.  It doesn't matter how much effort I put in, I'm not gonna feel like a spring chicken at 80, and well, I guess I'm halfway there.  

So what does this mean?  Should I throw in the towel?  Accept my fate and find a new, less physical hobby?  I don't think so.  At least, I don't choose to.  Instead, my overall goals and measures of success are taking a slight twist in this new life phase, and I think it's time that others my age start doing it as well.  

Measure #1: Do I FEEL good in my skin?  Have I found a suit style that I like and can I confidently smile for a picture with my kids in the sand?  I'm certainly not going around social media searching for moms with six-packs and I shouldn't hold myself to that standard as well. 

Measure #2: Am I able?  Able to carry the beach chairs down and back.  Able to climb around the playground equipment.  Able to carry my kids around year after year when they demand to fly superman style out of the bath or conveniently "fall asleep" on the couch just before bedtime?  

Measure #3: Am I sleeping well? Am I thinking good thoughts?  Am I ENJOYING the little things every day?  Ultimately, these are the rewards of a healthy life and maybe, just maybe, this is going to look different at various stages of life. 

I'll still keep working on my fitness. I'll do my best to make some tweaks (like added cardio... blehhhh).  There is always room for improvement and I do still believe in taking progress pics and tracking weight and measurements periodically.  But this idea of always trying to beat yourself... it has to be done under the understanding that yourself at 40 is not yourself at 25.  The most. fit, healthy individual doing the right things every single day of their lives is still not going to look the same as they age.  Give yourself grace and simply aim to do your best in the place where you are TODAY.  Let's embrace Fit and FORTY.  We're allowed to be both simultaneously. 

The Best Social Emotional Learning Tool

If you're a mom of school aged kids or a teacher, you've probably heard the big push for increased social emotional learning curriculums in schools.  You know, things like getting along with others, self esteem, empathy, handling the stress of life... I mean honestly what's not to love?  So many important skills, arguably THE most important skills one must master to make it through life.  So what problem could I possibly have with the teaching of such universally good values?  I'll tell you what - and it's not really about the presence of the curriculum, but about the explicit exclusion of the greatest tool of mankind when it comes to learning about social emotional behavior - the Bible.

That's right, I said it.  And while this book may not be approved teaching material in the public schools, I'll tell you it IS the number one resource when it comes to teaching yourself how to be a good friend, classmate, daughter, spouse (at any age by the way... I learned this in adulthood ;) ) We live in a world today where we are faced with constant moral dilemmas.  From deciding which activities to get involved in, how to prioritize our time and resources, when a viewpoint is worth arguing over and when it's not, our views on world or political issues... life can be just so COMPLICATED.  It is rare that a situation can ever be seen in plain black and white.  

But I have some good news for you.  You do NOT need to toil over your thoughts and decisions and figure it all out yourself.  There actually DOES EXIST a complete and total life manual that will guide you through every experience, every challenge, and every chapter.  It is literally fool proof.  And all we have to do is follow the directions.  

Over the next few weeks (or months, we'll see how this goes...) I'm committed to sharing with you some of the truths that have completely changed my life for the better.  Things that have pulled me out of depression and angst and into a life of peace and  joy.  I'm doing this because I know there are many of you living a life like I was... looking for a therapist or a medication that can finally help you.  Spoiler alert: you already have that within you ;)  I also know that if we accept and study these truths, our sons and daughters will come to know them and that this will be the difference maker in the world.  


Relevant scripture: 

"For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." 
Hebrews 4:12

Steps to Starting Your Healthy Lifestyle!

So you're tired of watching others basking in the glow of good health and ready to get out and claim it for yourself.  You've come to the right place!  Making a lifestyle change can seem scary and daunting at times, but by taking it week by week and getting into a routine, you'll find that it is really IS sustainable (and maybe even ENJOYABLE)!  As you look ahead to your Monday start... we all start on Mondays right?! lol... here are the basics to ensuring you are ready to go!
1. Plan your meals.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, AND drinks!  The goal for this menu should be....
  • Drinking at least 3/4 of your body weight in ounces of water (ex. if you weigh 140 lbs, drink 105 oz of water) Yes, fizz, TrueSport packs, greens, and anything else mixed in water counts and helps to get it all in!
  • Eating 3/4 of your body weight in grams of protein per day. Hello shakes, snack squares, and protein boost! 
  • Plenty of veggies and unsaturated fats! 
  • Limit gluten and dairy.  Include it where it makes or breaks the meal, but don't go crazy. Unless you have committed to a strict 30 or have a known intolerance, in which case, eliminate. 
2.  Plan your workouts!  Whether you are working out at home, in a gym, in class, cardio, weight lifting, whatever... there is no right or wrong and this will vary greatly depending on your lifestyle and goals.  What IS helpful no matter what you are doing is to have a plan of exactly what you are going to do and when you are doing it.  Leaving the workout up to chance leaves too much room for putzing around or skipping the workout altogether.  Have an intention and stick to it. 

3. Lay it all out!  Lay out your clothes for the week.  Lay out your supplements on the counter.  Stack your meals, pre-portioned, in the fridge.  Have your water bottles, blenders, etc. out and ready to go.  The more you have set in advance, the more successful your week will be.  

4. Take your "before" photos.  Many people skip this because they are always waiting for a final product, but trust me when I say there is value in seeing yourself exactly where you are and later, appreciating how far you have come.  So take the pictures!  You will not regret it! 

5. Get a buddy!  I am of course always here to be your accountability buddy if you just ask me!  I love forging new relationships through these common healthy goals! It is also important to let your close friends and family, the people you live with, work with, and see in your daily life know what you are trying to do so that they can support you and do not unknowingly sabotage your goals.   They may even want to join you.  So don't be afraid to share every step of the journey. 

I hope these tips are a good refresher and please let me know how I can help you along the way!  

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Email mrs.michellenunn@gmail.com with questions or for help developing a complete program for you! 

Five Constants I'm Keeping During Lockdown

The time has come.  We're home and we're not going anywhere for a while.  In the first few days I spent a lot of time staring at the television, scouring the internet for answers, living in our pajamas, and quite frankly feeling lost with a million things I could be doing and no direction to them.  Then I snapped out of it and while I understand the next few weeks... months... whatever it is might be a little more go with the flow, I know without a doubt that it's more important than ever to show up as my best self.  And that's why I'm committed to sticking with a few social isolation "rules" if you will.  This is no time to lay down and do nothing.

1. Get ready every morning.  Even if it means changing into a fresh set of pajamas, I'm committed to getting myself together in order to start the day.  A shower and a little CC cream can go a long way, even if it's just for your own mental state.

2. Stick with 80% good nutrition.  I have my shakes, my greens, my fizz.  I have canned veggies and frozen chicken and plan to do the best I can for as long as I can.  What you eat has a HUGE effect on your anxiety and mental clarity and now is the not the time to be letting that all go.

3. Move every day.  This week I pulled up the good old Beachbody On Demand and started a program.  I found some free YouTube workout channels.  My kids getting in on the action may or may not add to the intensity of the workout lol, but at least we're moving.  And as the weather continues to get warmer, the opportunity for outdoor exercise will broaden our options even further.

4. Daily devotions, gratitude, and prayer!  With God we are strengthened.  With God we can do anything.  I am using this time as an opportunity to lean into Him and find out what He wants me to do.  I encourage you to do the same.

5. Go to bed.  I'm typically an early to bed, early to rise girl, but I've found my nightly routines floundering since I know I don't exactly have to get up to go anywhere the next day.  But you know what it's also doing?  Messing with my morning routine.  And that for sure is going to cause problems.  Set a bedtime for at least the majority of the week and do your best to stick to it.  Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

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