Tag: Strong

Teaching her to be Strong

This past Friday school was out, so I brought the kiddo to work with me. It’s an adventure for her. A place to explore. For me, I’m learning it’s a place for me to teach her how to be strong, thoughtful, and independent now and as she grows into the woman she will become. It’s always in the back of my mind, but sometimes with all the things going on in our lives as moms, we forget how we are examples for our daughters to become strong women who can do whatever they want to be.

On my wall at work, Samantha left me a note:

“Happy work day with me. Love you. I know you don’t get to spend that much time with me, but I will always love you. xoxo 11-11-2016”

I was crushed when I first read it. Just trying to stop the tears from coming was almost too much. Does she really see me as this person that is always at work? But then someone reminded me that when she grows up, she will use the example I have set for her to know she can do whatever she wants. She will be independent. She will be strong.

All of this reminded me that after the election, after talking to my daughter about the possibility (and my hope) that we would have the first woman president, that she should always dream bigger. That she can be whatever she wants to be when she grows up. To not settle.

In my journey (and struggles) to get healthy as well, I have loved sharing the process and struggles with her. How I try to push myself to get stronger physically…go farther on a run…lift heavier…or try a new workout even though it looks hard. To set a goal, put your mind to it and overcome the obstacles.

Samantha amazes me every day. She’s an avid writer. Lover of all music. She has a competitive spirit. Kind and empathetic. She’s already so strong now; I can’t wait to see what kind of Super Woman she will become.


Getting Healthy: Feeling Strong Thanks to Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred

In January I started Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred program. Yes, it says 30 days, but it took me more like 60 after being sick for half of January and being forbidden to exercise (thanks shingles).  But, the thing I really got out of this program was how STRONG I feel now!  I see muscle definition and FEEL muscles in places I never even knew had muscles.  


The program is divided into 3 sections – each 10 days.  It is circuit training which I had done some with Insanity and T25, but this incorporated more strength and less cardio which I found that I really enjoyed.  Also, I will have to admit that after Insanity and T25 I went into 30 Day Shred with a little bit of an attitude thinking that nothing could beat a Shaun T workout, but I was proven wrong.  In the short 30 minutes of each workout, you WORKED.  Like, every freaking muscle in your body.  The best part were the moves were easy to get, it was more a matter of if you could do them the entire time!

Now that I’m getting closer to my goal, workout programs are not really about losing weight, but more about feeling stronger and pushing myself.  However, I did lose almost 15lbs in the 2 months and several inches on my body.  I would recommend this program to almost anyone who wants to get in shape!

before-after side-30dayshredPS – I totally love that I had my nails painted the 2 times in the past 2 months when I took my before and after pic!

Starting Weight: 317lbs | Current Weight: 184lbs | Goal Weight: 175lbs