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The TRUTH About Your Body

The TRUTH About Your Body

Recently, I was looking through photos from this summer, and realizing what an amazing life my kids have! We live on a ranch with lots of opportunities to work hard, open spaces to play, and oodles of cousins that are a part of their every day. Each morning, they get up, and after breakfast and family scripture time, they head to the barn. The three older kids all have 4-H steers that they work with each day, preparing for fair….

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Rock Solid–Our Girls Camp Message

Rock Solid–Our Girls Camp Message

Back in February, I told my mom about this project I wanted to start–all about helping women achieve better health by learning to love their bodies. I also told her that my sister-in-law, Heidi, was starting the process of becoming a life coach, and that she wanted to help women find more confidence and joy by managing their mental and emotional health. She was excited for both of us, and then excited for herself as a light came on in…

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How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 3: Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 3: Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

Welcome back, recovering perfectionists!  Are you re-thinking failure? Are you letting go of all or nothing thinking? I hope so! It can be so freeing and empowering! I had a friend several years ago post a photo of a cookie sheet full of perfectly arranged chicken nuggets with the caption, “Who does this?”  Her husband had arranged them so beautifully, and she was wondering if he was the only person in the world to do such a thing, because she…

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From Surviving to Thriving: Living A Tempo Run Life

From Surviving to Thriving: Living A Tempo Run Life

I have been a self-proclaimed “runner” for over twenty years now. In high school, I ran track, and did the middle distance events, from the 300m hurdles up to the 1600m run. But once I was done with that season of life, I settled into longer distance running. I began running as my main (and sometimes only) form of exercise and entering a couple races each year, ranging from 5ks to half marathons. Other than the occasional long runs when…

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Wean Yourself From Willpower

Wean Yourself From Willpower

Have you ever wondered about those people who can stick with healthy habits? People who exercise daily, year after year? People who eat healthy consistently, not just when they are on a diet? How do they do it? How do they stay motivated? How does their willpower last so long? Let me tell you a secret. They’re not using willpower. WHAT?? They have TONS of willpower, right? No. They’re just really not using it. Not often anyway. So now that…

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From Hate to Love: How to Cross the River

From Hate to Love: How to Cross the River

On our ranch, we have a beautiful, secluded place that we simply, but affectionately, call “The River Bottoms.” It’s only about a mile from our home, but it sits down lower and is out of the way, away from any roads and houses, and when you go there, you just feel like you are the only people in the world. Completely away from it all. We love to go there for picnics, campfires, family get-togethers, friend parties, and camping trips….

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The Feel-Bads: What To Do With Negative Emotion

The Feel-Bads: What To Do With Negative Emotion

In my recent post, Feelings Drive Actions, I briefly mentioned negative emotions. Simply put, these are all the feelings that don’t feel good–the “feel-bads,” as a friend of mine used to call them. Shame, discouragement, frustration, restlessness, boredom, anger, sadness, and hatred are all feelings that fall into this category. Although I don’t believe that negative emotion can inspire positive action, we all feel negative emotion. It is part of the human experience. And I think it is supposed to…

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Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

I see it everywhere. The friend who sends a Christmas card every year with beautiful photos of her children, but never herself. The lady on the side of the pool who hasn’t been swimming with her kids for years because there is no way she is wearing a bathing suit. The neighbor who loves hearing about your vacation, but still needs to lose 30 pounds before she can go.  The beautiful woman who has been hiding in her sweatpants and…

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Beauty: It’s Not a Contest, Is It?

Beauty: It’s Not a Contest, Is It?

Several years ago, when my oldest daughter was about five, I had been busy working in the garden and then realized that I needed something from the store. She and I hopped into the van and headed out. Before we got to the end of our lane, she asked me, “Mom, are you going to wear that to the store??” I was still in my gardening clothes–work boots, holes in my jeans and some dirt on my shirt. This isn’t…

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