The inspiration for today’s post came while taking my kids on a four wheeler ride up in the hills by our home. Out of nowhere the song by Destiny’s Child, Survivor came to my head. This is after having a down day. I was super tired today and just feeling overwhelmed by life in general. Then BAM! That song came to me and changed my entire outlook. I took my boys to one of my favorite spots in the world which is this beautiful overlook of Utah Lake. From this spot you can see forever, or so it seems, and it is so peaceful and beautiful. It was here I realized, once again, life is meant to be enjoyed. Stuff will come up and things will be hard, but in the picture most of the time life is great!
My house is a disaster… lately this is the norm. I am NOT mom of the year when it comes to doing homework every night and reading as much as we should. This list could go on and on, but there are a lot of things I am good at. I spend a lot of fun time with my kids, I am teaching them to eat healthy and live active lifestyles. I am involved in my community and am lucky enough to have a wonderful family and amazing friends. Right now is a time of learning and growing for me. I am learning how to be a single mom and balance all the many areas of my life and I am adapting a new healthy lifestyle to lose weight and gain health, but I have decided to make this a positive journey; to enjoy each moment and appreciate each breath.
I am a survivor! Saturday Shannon dragged, and I mean literally dragged me on a bike ride of epic proportions. I whined and cried and gave her every excuse I could think of, but she still made me go. This wasn’t a wimpy ride in the park, for me at least. We rode our bikes 11 miles, on bumpy roads and up hill both ways (or so it seemed). I really, truly and honestly didn’t think I could make it. I complained about it and had a negative attitude till about half way through the ride when I realized… I was doing this! I felt so thankful for the experience of enjoying the beautiful scenery around me and am able to go out and ride a bike that didn’t have a motor. I had to change my thought process from a torturous bike ride to building muscles and imagining me with a toned fit body. The great news is I was still able to walk today… I am not even that sore.
Looking back at all the things I have survived this past year… I realize I am a true survivor and I can accomplish everything and anything I choose to!
So far in my weight loss journey I have lost 4 1/4 inches and 6 lbs! Each week will bring new challenges (or new experiences to learn from). Weight loss is not easy, but I believe it is worth it and very attainable.
Angie, the survivor