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Under Construction

Father,

This world is broken and broken things happen- yes. Even still, I can’t help but feel utterly shattered and disillusioned when heartbreak is part of my story. I don’t like this- I only like dust. But dust is one of Your favorite ingredients to use when making something new, and I believe You are working right now to do this very thing in my life. I know You will never forsake me, but that You will go to great lengths to remake me. Thank you.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

For those of you that know me, you know I want to climb Rainbow Mountain in Peru. Turns out God thought I should train on a different mountain before I make that kind of climb. Trust me, I’d take a 40 mile hike up a mountain before I’d go through this… without training… any day! 

I’d be lying if I told you these first few days have been a cake walk. All the books we read, like Cancer Hates Kisses didn’t even prepare us for the heart wrenching that occurred when Rowyn cried and asked for mommy to pick her up. I couldn’t pick her up, I couldn’t give her a big hug and make it all better.  However, Samuel has been so great and is showing understanding of mommy’s owies and that he needs to be gentle. He gives the best gentle hugs ever. I can’t believe how much love I have for those little humans and how hard it is to explain to them that mommy is in pain, mommy has owies, mommy has cancer.  Que the water works.

On a happier note, Tyler has been phenomenal! Seriously, the best! Like I’ve said before ladies. Find yourself a man who can give you a sponge bath and make you laugh at the same time. While Tyler was cleaning my right armpit (the sore one) he was wiping and getting clumps of orange goop (deodorant mixed with Betadine), “pretty sure you have something growing in there!” You had to be there to see the facial expression, but we laughed and laughed.

OK, now to continue to fill you on where I am at on this climb of mine. Drum roll please…. I AM CANCER FREE!!! It is gone! Wahoo!

Surgery went well, took a little longer than expected due to the margins being so narrow. I am missing a small chunk of muscle and I had a small chunk of skin removed to ensure clean margins. I also had 2 lymph nodes removed as they showed signs of being “hot”. (Which also means I woke up with 3 drains) Since there were those additional variables during surgery I do have an expander in my right breast and an implant in my left.  However, pathology reports revealed that there was no sign of cancer in the lymph nodes, praise Jesus… which means I shouldn’t need any radiation! So IF I don’t need Chemo, I will have another surgery in 4 months to remove the expander and place an implant. (Then I can really plan my Rainbow Mountain trip) The reason I say IF I don’t need Chemo is that the cancer will be oncotyped DX (genetic DNA testing on the tumor itself) to determine if chemo is required. The cancer is also Estrogen positive which means ovarian suppression, hormone therapy etc. is definitely in my future for at least 10 years.  THAT’S SOME MOUNTAIN… don’t worry, I’m not going to break out into the Hannah Montana song, but it is all about the climb…. and I got this, I’m just currently under construction.

Another funny to share with you. Never buy things the night after surgery. You may not remember what you bought, until the UPS man makes his delivery: pillows, a crock-pot, a scarf…. SMH!

Alright, back to serious business. THANK YOU! All of your thoughts, prayers, well wishes, food, flowers, texts, phone calls, messages, good vibes have not gone unappreciated! I don’t even know how to say thank you enough, but that’s what I got, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING!

Next Appointments:

  • December 26th: drain removal
  • January 2nd: oncology-game plan, chemo or not?

 

 

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IT’S CANCER EXODUS DAY!

And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well
It is well

So let go my soul and trust in Him

The fight. The climb. It begins today! I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared. I am scared. I am nervous. I am anxious… but I am also ready! All of your support, thoughts, prayers, well wishes, hugs and good vibes got me here and will continue to help me as I climb this mountain… I AM AN OVERCOMER!

QUE THE CONFETTI!

Remember, we live every day. Every day we should choose joy, search for the silver lining and celebrate the little things.

Today, I ask you to celebrate with me. So, put your party pants on, wear your #teamsara swag, throw the confetti, raise a glass, dance, do whatever it is that you do to celebrate… just celebrate! It’s Cancer Exodus Day!

*If you are interested in supporting me and my family as we embark on this breast cancer journey by purchasing a SHE’S AN OVERCOMER #teamsara shirt, you can do so here. Fight like a girl bracelets are also available, contact Sheri Madsen or Mikayla Bruggeman

Stay tuned for more updates: January 2nd, appointment with Oncology to review treatment plan following surgery.

Love and Hugs,

Sara

Thanksgiving

thanks-giv-ing (n) the expression of gratitude, especially to God.

Sure this past year I have hit my fair share of bumps in the road and you better believe it when I say I’ve got a few bruises too, but it has only made me into a better, stronger, more grateful version of myself.

I am thankful for my husband and our children, our amazing support group and prayer warriors, our family and friends, the four Santa ornaments on one Christmas tree branch, (“but mommy they match!”) and so much more….

… Like good news!

My lymph node biopsy came back and it is BENIGN! I still need to have my sentinel node biopsied during surgery, but this is a victory and I could not have done it without you- your positive vibes, prayers, words of encouragement and hugs!

I am grateful for you. Thank you.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

xoxo,

Sara

I’ve been robbed

“Cancer robs you of control over your life and body. But it also teaches us that we never really had control in the first place. It’s humbling and empowering at the same time.”- Dr. Jordan

It’s been a restless week. A week filled with appointment after appointment. It’s crazy to think that I have lived with my diagnosis for 11 days and in those 11 days, I have had a breast MRI, a meeting with a genetic counselor, plastic surgeon and oncologist, another ultrasound guided biopsy and we found my biological father. MIND BLOWING!

Wednesday, November 20th. I didn’t have any appointments, I wasn’t waiting for any results, but my mind was still focused on too many what-ifs. On this day, I wrote in my journal, “I miss who I was before I heard you have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.” I had a breast MRI on Monday and on Tuesday I was told that it appears that I have thickening in one of my lymph nodes, but we don’t know if the cancer is there or not, so I needed to undergo another biopsy.

For people who know me… I’m type A and a planner… so this diagnosis is driving me crazy! There are so many things that need to be done first before you can even get a game plan in place. Thankfully, I have a great team that is helping me navigate this process.

A quick recap of my appointments:

  • Breast MRI- Not sure how to describe this other than, as interesting, the noises that machine makes are obnoxious! I do need to give a quick shout-out to the two lovely women who assisted me with this exam as they were AMAZING!!
  • Genetic Counseling- One word, INTENSE. She needed to much information, but I guess it makes sense in the grand scheme of things. I will be undergoing a genetic test to review 47 genes to see if I have any predisposition to breast cancer or any other cancers…. BUT THESE CAN ALL COME BACK NEGATIVE… which means, I’m a fluke 🙂
  • Plastic Surgery- It’s a long process. I just want to leave it at that, but she did tell Tyler and I that when we first look at my breasts after surgery its going to be horrifying. I will be bruised, lumpy and uneven. (I will have an implant in the left and an expander in the right.)
  • Ultrasound Guided Biopsy- Well, I won’t know for sure if it’s in my lymph node until later today or Tuesday. So here I wait.
  • Oncology- Well, we know one thing is for sure, I will need hormone therapy as my cancer is showing that it is Estrogen positive. As for radiation, and chemotherapy that is still unknown. Once my results are back from the lymph node biopsy we can move forward…. but with more additional testing and more waiting.

Hurry up and wait. With all of the appointments and intake of information, I’m exhausted. I’m ready for bed by 8p.m. I sleep for a couple hours and then catch myself tossing and turning, grinding my teeth or waking up feeling absolutely sick to my stomach. It’s my anxiety… the what-ifs, the unknowns, the waiting and the wondering.

So it appears that I was robbed of my peace of mind, my carefree spirit, my free time and the runner in me…. but was I? It’s interesting how something like a diagnosis can help put life into perspective or awaken a side of you that you didn’t even know existed….

Did anyone else enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend? I took my kids for a run… for anyone that knows me, you know I love to run. We didn’t go far, but you know what…. I was so thankful for the ability to run and run with my kids! Not everyone has the luxury of running or having children.

Among the temper tantrums and melt downs, there were also snuggles, smiling faces, and I love yous….I just chose to change my perspective to focus on the positive and feel grateful that for children, something as simple as a kiss and hug can make things all better! (I really do have super powers!)

As for the mountain ahead of me and my family, we are at the base and gearing up to make the climb. I am responsible for what I see…. is my perception fear and terror or is it telling me to slow down and embrace each moment with gratitude?

I CHOOSE GRATITUDE. I am thankful for everyone who is giving us their support, encouragement and words of wisdom. As Samuel would say, “HOLY BUCKETS!” You fine folks are amazing and appreciated! I will be fine. (I’m honestly not giving myself any other choice.) As awful as this is, it’s going to make me into a better person, I can tell already. God has a plan for me and I just need to be patient, listen and trust in the process. I need to keep up my positive attitude, lean on my support system, get comfortable asking for help, stay grateful and focus on what the future holds for me when I become…. an Overcomer.

Upcoming Dates-

Follow up with my captain, Dr. Jordan. December 5th. We will discuss the surgery and the landscape of the mountain ahead of me. (Seriously, when you doctor follows up with your oncologist, gets you your results as quickly as possible, shoots you a text to check in and gives you great words of advice, does it get any better?)

Cancer Exodus– Put this in your calendar folks. December 13th will be a day to celebrate, its the day we start showing this cancer who is boss!

Oncology appointment to lay out the plan of treatment- January 2nd

I found a lump

Never thought I’d find myself here. However, I feel like subconsciously… I knew. I was headed to Seattle, Washington to visit some family when we flew past Mount Rainier, when I lost it… I cried and thought, how amazing is this? I am just one tiny piece of the puzzle. How lucky am I to view something so majestic? I am not in control… I need to let go and let God.

I found a lump October 2nd, 2019.

November 4th I pointed it out to my doctor.

November 6th I had a diagnostic mammogram. (Thank you, Megan, for doing that for me.)

November 11th I had an ultrasound guided breast biopsy.

Here I am today (November 15th) one day after hearing the news, you have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.

It’s been a whirlwind of emotions. But honestly, I’ve cried only once… right after Dr.Jordan so eloquently told Tyler and I of my diagnosis…. she mentioned things like Nottingham score, triggers, mastectomy, etc…. but it’s all a blur.

I now have a cancer coordinator, an oncologist, a plastic surgeon, a genetic counselor and so much more.

I have educated myself on what a Nottingham Score and Grade is as well as what my future may entail…. one thing I do know is this: those giggles we hear or those hugs we get at night mean so much more than you will ever know.

The saying you only live once is a lie… we live everyday. We die once.

Don’t take one thing for granted. Live life to the fullest, embrace the chaos and beauty around you, celebrate the little things and above all, LOVE and SUPPORT each other.

I am so blessed to have such a great family and support group… thank you ♥️

I am sure dark days lie ahead, but for now you will see me smiling and embracing this chaos we call life!

One Size Does Not Fit All

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that health is something that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of physical limitations. Being healthy simply means having the energy to do the things we care about on an everyday basis.

That’s right, read that second line again… can be enjoyed by everyone!

I am now starting my new lesson, Lifestyle Wellness Coaching: Practice- based coaching competencies to promote lasting change. I am only on the first chapter and it’s already solidifying my choice to become a certified health and wellness coach. Eek! (Pretend you hear me screaming with excitement!) I am so ecstatic to get started on this new endeavor!

I can’t wait to help others chase their dreams and live their best life. I want to squash all of their self-limiting beliefs, I want to help them build on the strengths they already have, I want to encourage self-discovery and most importantly, I want them to know they aren’t doing it alone. I am here to help!

Everything is a little easier when you have the right tools and support system.

Whether your goal is to adopt an active lifestyle, decrease or eliminate an unhealthy habit, train for a sporting event, attain an appropriate weight or maintain any of the healthy habits you already have…. there are tools and techniques that I am learning that can help you meet your goal. For example: chapter one talks about the importance of building a strong foundation:

Self-Awareness- conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.

Self-awareness is the most significant core competency for health and wellness coaching. As a certified health and wellness coach, I will be helping clients build on their strengths and resources to generate possibilities, overcome challenges and achieve desired results.

A couple reminders, because they never hurt anybody:

  • Everything you need, you already have. It’s OK if you need help finding it.
  • Your feelings, goals, thoughts and desires are yours, and yours alone. This is your journey, your road to health and wellness. This isn’t a one size fits all situation.

Hugs,

Sara

This Too Shall Pass

My husband, is seriously, the hardest working guy I know. He recently started a new job, the pay is great, but the hours suck. He is still driving truck but is hauling asphalt and gravel vs. the feed ingredients he used to haul. He leaves for work before the kids get up. and doesn’t get home until the kids are sleeping. (Apparently due to all the rain this spring and summer, road construction projects have been delayed which explains the long hours.) Sadly, the end is not in sight. As soon as things will start to wind down with hauling, fall harvest will start. So, my immediate thought is, this is going to go on and on and on and on. It’s going to feel like forever!

What does this mean for our family? CHAOS. MELTDOWNS. LOVE. SUPPORT. LONGING.

CHAOS- SUPPORT- LOVE. It means that this momma, besides working full time, is single-mommin’ it. (Kudos to all the single mommas out there. I don’t know how you do it!):

  • Daycare pick up and drop off
  • Supper cookin’ and clean up
  • Bath time
  • Story time
  • Bedtime snuggles
  • Work 32-40 hours a week
  • Pick up the house
  • Make lunch for the hard working husband
  • Pay bills

On top of the daily duties there are extra tasks occasionally sprinkled in that need to be accomplished during the day:

  • Preschool open house
  • School shopping
  • First day of preschool
  • Parts return/ pick up
  • Grocery shopping
  • Doctors appointments
  • Parades
  • Family visits
  • Clean up leaking rain water
Samuel- so much like his momma. He loves to run!

MELTDOWNS. This obviously means mommy burn out is starting to set in, my fuse is growing short and I’m running on empty. How do I still make time for me? How am I coping? Well, to be 100% honest with you. I have days where I’m completely fine and days where I want to cry, sleep, or throw my own temper tantrum. My gym workouts have become home workouts after the kids go to bed and my runs have turned into family walks or bike rides. (Occasionally, I do get Samuel to run with me while Rowyn sits in the stroller!)

LONGING-LOVE. Probably too much information for most of you, but I miss my best friend, my husband, my lover. Sure, I miss the physical part of our relationship (we still try to get our freak on as much as we can) but I miss our talks, our snuggles and even being in the same room as him the most. When the chaos kicks in with the kids, gosh darn it, I want him there to enjoy it too 😉 I think Tyler feels the same way. As a matter of fact, he’s said, “miss you guys!” “can’t wait to be home!” I’m sure he would rather miss out on the screaming and running around of naked butts while I’m trying to get the kids in the tub…. but regardless, he misses us!

LOVE- MELTDOWNS- CHAOS- LONGING. For my children it means something completely different. It means lots of time spent missing their daddy. Samuel will sometimes out of the blue say, “my daddy is working!” or on our way to daycare drop off, ask, “my daddy pick me up today?” and when he is having a bad day, “I want my daddy!” This past Sunday, Tyler came home from his annual fishing trip and Rowyn just needed to snuggle, she plopped herself next to Tyler, rested her head on his chest and just melted. It’s obvious in the way he plays and acts with them that he misses them too. This is when his “daddy” role comes all out, no holding back- making farting noises and silly faces to make the kids laugh, taking the kids on tractor and ranger rides and even watching The Incredibles.

Learned. Implemented. Helped.

To the farmer’s wife, the single momma, or the go-getter sister, here’s what I’ve learned, what I’ve implemented and what has helped my family. Maybe, just maybe, it will help you too.

Gratitude- I am so thankful for how hard Tyler works to ensure a bright and promising future for our family.

This is something we try and practice daily. If you ask Samuel what he is thankful for, it’s usually ketchup, his blankey or the mailbox that we walk, run or ride to almost every day. Gratitude makes us appreciate what we have and when we have it.

Re-Focus- Tyler may be gone a lot, but he is working hard and soon, we will be able to enjoy tractor and combine rides!

If you look for it, you will find it. Stop focusing on the negativity and start focusing on the positive. Look for that silver lining.

Habits- No habit is too small and it’s never too early. Healthy habits include brushing your teeth, showering, moving your body every day for at least 30 minutes, drinking water, practicing gratitude, clipping your toenails… you get the drift. The sooner we start introducing these things into our daily routines, the quicker they become habits. (Like my children, three and one years old, habitually brushing their teeth before bed.)

One tidbit of information on habits. If you are trying to (example) workout every morning before work, create a little reward for yourself. Mel Robbins likes to reward herself with coffee. OR, if you are trying to start flossing more (example) try the building on a habit method. You already brush your teeth every morning, so to build on the flossing habit- have the floss next to your tooth brush (so you have the visual reminder) and floss immediately after brushing your teeth.

Be the best version of you- There is only one you and even though we carry different titles: employee, wife, mother you still have your own identity. You need to do what you are passionate about, what brings you joy… be true to yourself.

Act The Way You Want To Feel– previous blog

Give yourself credit- I may feel like I’m falling apart and failing as a mother, but hey, my kids are clothed, fed, clean and alive… that alone is a huge success. I maybe didn’t get to run three miles today, but I at least took my kids out for a walk.

Celebrate the little wins!

Excuse the mess- for those with anxiety, this is for you. Your house may not be clean 100% of the time and that’s OK. The more times you pick up the shoes, books, dinosaurs, baby dolls, the more anxious you will be. A house is meant to be lived in. A lived in house filled with messes, joy and chaos is a home.

The only good time to clean up books, toys and clothes is when the children are sleeping, otherwise, honestly, it’s a lost cause.

Our spicy girl, Rowyn.

Values- When Tyler is home, the kids and I take full advantage of it… we probably suffocate him with all the love and attention he gets! “We sure miss daddy and that’s ok. Daddy works so hard so that someday the farm can be passed on to you and so we can enjoy some of the finer things in life like family vacations.”

Remind your children everyday, even your daughter after climbing on the table for the tenth time: they are smart, they are strong, they are brave, they can do anything and that they are loved and should love themselves. (Thanks, Rachel Hollis)

What’s important to you is a priority. Family. Hard work. Joy. Authenticity. Fearlessness.

THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY.

As much as I hate winter, I am looking forward to it. For with the coming of the winter season, hauling slows down, the crops have been harvested, field work is done and we can all be together. We can soak up every last minute of CHAOS-LOVE and MELTDOWNDS together. Living, Learning Together Forever (snippet of our wedding vows)

I feel that I should also mention, although other people’s opinions don’t matter, I knew fully well what I was getting myself into when I married a farmer, but who knows. maybe this will is going to help someone else. Even if it is only ONE other person, well, I’d consider that a job well done!

Again, to the farmer’s wife, the single momma and/or the go-getter sister: you are smart, you are strong, you are brave, you can do anything and YOU ARE LOVED!

Act The Way You Want To Feel

I literally just wrote in my journal that I was thankful for bad days! You guys…..I’m serious! You may be asking yourself, “why on earth would you be thankful for bad days?” Well let me tell you.

Bad days are humbling. They remind us of what we are grateful for. They help us live the next day with intention. They also remind us that our current situation is not our final destination.

Have you ever noticed yourself feeling sluggish, tired or agitated? Well, honestly, it’s probably because you are acting like it, sorry! “Ugh, you guys, I’m so tired...” “I am so annoyed….” “I just can’t today…” You need to 5-4-3-2-1 that attitude and move! MOVEMENT CHANGES MOOD!

Same You – CLAP – New Mood! – Thank you, Rachel Hollis

Mel Robbins came up with this brilliant concept called The 5 Second Rule. She hit the nail right on the head when she came up with this rule, plus it’s versatile. You can use it to get your butt up in the morning, to go to the gym, put down that piece of candy, and even change your mood! What I just listed is what I use it for and I’m sure you will find your own use for the rule! When I don’t use it, this is what happens:

The room is dark, but there is an alarm sounding. I am in bed, and rolling over to hit to the snooze. I hit snooze (guilty) and just lie there. I am still in bed, I am still covered up, but now I’m thinking to myself, “I should really get up, I really enjoy my quiet time in the morning, but ugh… I’m so tired. Why am I so tired.” I just lay there. The alarm sounds again, 9 minutes later. I snooze. Again, the alarm sounds, now 18 minutes later and I am still in bed! Now I have to get up and rush because I snoozed for those 18 extra minutes! (Those 18 extra minutes in which all I did was fight with myself, to get up to not get up!) Now the covers are off and I’m rushing around the house, getting myself ready, getting the kids ready, barely drinking my coffee…. it’s frantic, it’s chaotic. On my drive to work I can’t help but think, “gosh, if some days, I would just get out of my own darn way.”

So why 5 seconds? Well, it only takes 5 seconds for your brain to kill an idea or an impulse. It’s so true, just try it and you’ll see. Now getting back on track with acting the way you want to feel, sorry, not sorry, for the little bunny trail. But really, The 5 Second Rule can help you change your mood!

Ok, now imagine me, standing nervously at the start line for my first marathon, 26 point 2 freaking miles standing next to a Boston Marathon qualifier. Funny, right? He obviously knew I was nervous so he started up a conversation, “is this your first marathon?” Well anyhow, you get the jist, we started talking and I obviously had to ask him if he had any tips or advice for getting through all 26.2 miles. This is what he said, “smile. When you are at mile 24 and feel like you can’t go anymore, smile! When your feet hurt, smile! When you are doubting yourself, smile!” If you didn’t know, I finished all 26.2 of those darn miles with the help of his advice. (He also had other words of wisdom, but I’ll share those later.)

Application creates transformation. Studies have even shown that artificially inducing a smile can prompt happier emotions. See, actions do influence feelings! Thank you, Rachel Hollis, Mel Robbins and fellow marathon runner.

Just remember, we can control how we feel, we can control our actions and I hope this encourages you to act the way you want to feel:

  • Happy
  • Encouraged
  • Ambitious
  • Devoted
  • Confident
  • Hopeful
  • Cheerful
  • Passionate
  • Sunny
  • Spirited

5-4-3-2-1- clap, dance, stand-up, whatever you want, JUST MOVE!

The Future

  • the time or a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come.
  • at a later time; going or likely to happen or exist.

Am I really planning the future for Live Your Best Life? YUP!

I have a goal to finish my classes by the end of December, 2019, which means I’ll open up shop January, 2020.

To kick off this new gig, I will be offering 2 FREE jump start sessions. I will be asking those that are interested to comment on the Facebook- Live Your Best Life page stating they want an entry into the free jump start session. After all entries have been submitted the WINNERS will be randomly selected.

What is a jump start session? It involves a Self Assessment:

  • Personal, Motivation and Goals
  • Stress, Energy and Self-Care
  • Goal Setting- Sleep, Self-Care, Stress, Fitness/Movement and Healthy Eating
  • Journal/Visualization

and….

A Health and Wellness Questionnaire:

  • Physical and Environmental Health
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Spiritual and Social Health

Another tid-bit of information I want to share with you is this:

My services will be available via phone and virtual meetings (ex: WebEx, GoToMeeting, Zoom, etc.)

I would more than love to meet with you in person, but I do know that sometimes getting started is scary, and that’s ok. I want to help you any way I can and if doing so starts with a phone call or virtual meeting, that’s what I will do. I want to meet your needs, your expectations and if that includes easing into the process, that’s what we will do.

What does the future hold for you?

  • Developing healthy eating habits?
  • Keeping up with your children or grandchildren?
  • Losing weight?
  • Defining and reaching YOUR goals?
  • Drinking more water?
  • Reducing stress?
  • Practicing more gratitude?
  • Running a 5k?
  • Walking a mile?
  • Building on good habits?
  • Increasing your energy?

I can’t want to help you. I want to help you.

Balance

First things first…. who has tried a diet or some form of “system” or “magic bullet” and found it unrealistic? Let’s go back to the last one you may have tried…

  • Was it expensive?
  • Did you only drink shakes?
  • Did you cut out an entire food group?
  • Did you have days where you couldn’t eat anything?

I’m going to be 100% honest with you here. I started a shake system shortly after having my daughter, Rowyn. Did it work? Oh yes, I definitely got the results I wanted: I lost most of the baby weight and inches within my first 30 days…. but here is what my day looked like:

  • Breakfast: Shake
  • Snack: 100-200 calories
  • Lunch: Shake
  • Snack 100-200 calories
  • Supper: 600-800 calories

Again, it worked, but I didn’t find it sustainable. Was this what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life? Would I expect my children to do shakes as a meal replacement? If I didn’t what would they think of me sitting at the table for our family meal and only have a shake?

Diets are defined as a restriction to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight. So instead of looking at starting a diet, what about making a lifestyle change? A lifestyle change can be defined as a change in habits, lifestyle and nutrition. Let’s think about it, usually when someone starts a diet it’s to lose weight for an upcoming class reunion, wedding, etc. Something they do to achieve those quick results. A lifestyle change is when you want to live life in balance, make a sustainable change to how you live, eat, work and play.

Ok, so the shakes definitely helped me drop those first few pounds and I’m not knocking anyone that finds that it works for them. It’s just not for me. As most of you know, I have a huge candy addiction, (see my last blog) but I can also run a marathon. Instead of completely cutting out my candy, I have limited myself to only one serving of candy per day. You may find this silly, but honestly, this is difficult for me… but I am now on day 24 of only having one serving of candy per day, some days, I didn’t have any candy! I tell you what…. it has gotten so much easier. Little fun fact, did you know it takes 30 days to create a habit? That means I’m only 6 days away from instilling the one serving of candy per day habit!!

On another note, I still eat dessert! Not every day, but if it’s something I really like, (carrot cake, mint chocolate brownies or mountain bars) you better believe I’m going to have a piece.

How do I balance that? Well here is what I do (mind you, this is not me justifying to you why I’m entitled to my dessert or serving of candy):

  • I try and drink at least 64 ounces of water a day
  • I go to the gym for weight training twice a week
  • I run at least twice a week (3 miles)
  • I participate in 30 day challenges- with friends or on my own (plank- abs, arms and glutes)
  • I meal plan my lunches and supper (attempting to keep them nutrient dense- proteins, fruits and vegetables, but yes, we still eat pizza!)
  • I practice gratitude
  • I allow myself one serving of candy a day 🙂
  • I practice Quiet Time

Yes, I’m sure you are thinking, geez, Sara, you know you can’t outrun a bad diet, and how does practicing Quiet Time and gratitude help you live in balance when you still eat candy and desserts?

Well, balance comes in physical forms, emotional forms and a spiritual form. Being in balance to me may mean something entirely different to you. Eating healthy, having the occasional dessert and serving of candy, making dates for physical activity, ensuring adequate sleep, spending time with family and friends and finding down time to refocus are what creates balance in my life.

What does balance look like to you?

We are only given one life, one body, which is why it’s so important to cherish our temples and live a life filled with things that bring us joy.

“Don’t put a ban on your favorite foods. Enjoy the food you love in moderation, getting fit and living healthy isn’t a punishment.” Unkown.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Wenisch

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