Armed With Belief


The world is not going to do your work-out for you, nor your nutrition… (such a bummer, right)!  If you want something, it is up to you. But that is a good thing, because if it were left to someone or something else to do, oh my, what if they failed? When it is left to US, we get to design our lives. Success is 100% intentional! It is also 100% “you can do it“. Believe and achieve is what I always say.

Therefore, the believing and actual achieving, well it is up to you.  Yours is anyway.  Mine is actually up to me.

Have you ever heard someone say … whether you believe you can or you can’t … you’re right? I know I have and I think there is great truth in that statement.  When my daughter was younger, if she ever said to me “I don’t think I can do this” I would respond with “well, you’re probably right then“.  She never appreciated that sentiment but now that she is a wee bit older, it clicks!

The picture above is of me standing under a bridge this past weekend.  The bridge was beautiful and it was a bright, hot day.  I had walked down a trail to get some pictures. Standing under the bridge was a nice respite ~ if ever so brief ~ from the intense bolstering sun.  I was surrounded by beauty.  So after a quick rest, I continued on my mission. What was my mission, you ask? To get pictures. My only tools were my iPhone, my eye and my energy.  This slideshow below contains some of the pictures I captured.

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And if you’re still with me and want to see some additional pictures captured, here is another slideshow for your perusal.

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So get up, get busy and go after your mission.  Go armed with your belief and you are half way there.  Rest when you need such.  Then get up again.


As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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Tis the Season


No, it’s not Christmas.  I’m not even ready for Halloween.  But for everything, there is a season.  There is even a Bible verse about that. Some things are temporary; some are lifelong; some are recurring.  We have seasons of the year, seasons of parenting, seasons of life … and of course … seasons of your journey.

What journey are you on?  Do you know? What journey are you reaching for or hoping to start?  Do you have a plan?  Maybe you’re just getting started or maybe you’re in the home stretch. Maybe you’re frozen with analysis paralysis and stuck. It doesn’t matter.  Keep this in mind … what you do in one season is not necessarily the same thing you will need to do for the other seasons.  Let that sink in a bit.

Do you wear snow boots to the beach?  Do you wear a swimsuit while raking leaves? Probably not. Although it may be entertaining.  Right now, I am in a ‘maintenance’ season of my weight loss journey.  Some would say it is over, since I am a normal weight. However; it is never over.  It is a lifestyle. It is a huge compilation of a thousand habits. What I need to do for maintaining my weight is NOT the same as when I was losing. Even when I was losing, the beginning was different from the middle.

Remember:  If nothing changes, nothing changes.  I say this all of the time.  It is true though.  If you keep doing the same exercises, eating exactly the same thing, same nutrient ratios, etc. ~ you may get stuck.  The dreaded plateau.  Or heck, you may even gain.  It happens to everyone. Trust me on that.  It’s fine.  It’s normal.  It’s a season. Just. Keep. Going!  Adjust and modify as needed.  Or like Dory says, just keep swimming !

You know what else?  It’s okay to have a favorite season or not-so-favorite season. Some people love the baby stage of parenting with diapers and bottles and what not.  Some people hate that.  Some people loathe the teenage years, and some people thrive on such. Here’s the fabulous part of all of this… seasons change.

What season are you in right now?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady





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The Canyon Sting


Well, I got stung by a bee in a canyon.  I do not think I have been stung by a bee in decades and it was not entirely pleasant.  However; I was in nature ~ surrounded by beauty ~ and I did NOT let it derail my outdoor activity or steal my joy.

Do you know people who let one bad thing ruin the whole event?  Or heck, even several bad things?  I know I do.  Sometimes it’s somewhat justified and sometimes it’s beyond ridiculous.  Guess what, things will go wrong.  You will get uncomfortable.  You will need something you don’t have.  You will get lost.  You will get sweaty.  You will be tired.

This just names a few possibilities.

Tell me; how is your attitude when things go awry?  Can you laugh at yourself.  Let me tell you something, learning to laugh at yourself and your circumstances is truly a beautiful thing.  Trust me.

Yes, I was in a canyon.  Yes, I got stung by a bee.  Yes, I even got rained on in my hiking adventures.  No, I did not let it ruin my day.  Not even a little tiny bit.

Here are a few pictures from my adventure in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  You can click the link but here is a sneak peak.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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Why I won’t buy one extra box of tissues for my kid’s school supplies; signed, a frustrated parent

So we started doing the school supply shopping this week. A daunting task even as the kids get older and the lists get shorter. Gone in my house are the days when the most expensive i…

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Popeye Is Not My Friend


Today, my boys begged me for food from Popeye’s.  In case you’re not familiar, it is a fried chicken fast food chain.   I gave in, I agreed.  Big mistake. Huge.

Here’s the thing I find ironic.  I barely had a few bites of this food, and it made me horribly ill.  However; there was a time .. many moons ago … that I used to love this place.  I did indeed LOVE that chicken from Popeye’s.  Come on, you know you sang the commercial with me just now.  The biscuits, oh my.  The mashed potatoes, heaven.  The chicken – well it was my fav.  Not anymore.  Not only did this food today make me sick, it literally made my insides hurt.

Please don’t miss my point here.  It is not to bash Popeye’s.  My children did not get sick. This is not a bad restaurant.  My point is this:  Know your body.  Once you change your lifestyle, and your body becomes accustomed to certain things, or unaccustomed, it’s hard to enjoy it like you used to do.  I cannot eat this stuff anymore.  I just can’t.  Not everyone is like me, some people can go years without a certain food and then eat it again, and be  just fine.  My body is not wired that way.   My stomach rebelled in a bad fit today and let me know in no uncertain terms, this food is not welcomed.

So when you know better, but do something anyway, be prepared for the consequences. That is pretty much true in all of life, I dare say.  I knew better.  I knew I had not eaten this stuff in a very long time for a darn good reason.  I did it anyway.  Yikes.  Now here I am swearing I will never do this again.  But the truth is, I might, and I probably will.  Although it may be a good long while.  And if I do, the consequences will likely be similar.

Now tell me, is there a food or something you used to adore and inhale but now makes you hurl?  I’d love to hear your take on this.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


Photo taken today – BEFORE I got sick

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