Today my guest-poster is another lovely lady that I met at Blend. I didn’t read her blog before I went to Colorado but I’m so happy I connected with Kelly when I was out there.
A few things about Kelly:
- She is a total healthy living inspiration! She’s totally revamped her lifestyle, lost a ton of weight and is a great role model for those who are trying to change their life for the better.
- She’s a mom and her daughter is ADORABLE.
- She has a huge heart and is always there to listen and encourage me when I need it most.
- She loves Chobani as much as I do and she’s made some DELICIOUS recipes using it!
How adorable is that?!
Hello, Lean Green Bean readers! I’m excited to be able to share with you today. My name is Kelly, and I blog over at No Sugar Sweet Life. I had the privilege of meeting Lindsay at the Blend Retreat in May, squished at the end of a restaurant table with her! I LOVE her blog (as I’m sure you do!) and especially love her focus on colorful healthy food and moving more daily.
Struggling with my weight for my entire adult life, I finally decided life is too short to live perpetually unhappy. I recently lost over 50 pounds after celebrating my daughter’s first birthday, and am currently working on the last 30. I am a busy full-time mom of a 22 month old toddler, who also has a full-time job as an accountant, who is a wife and helper to an amazing man, and who thought it would be fun to start a blog!
Here’s a pic from my recent “Rewards” Photoshoot:
And here’s a quick before and after so you can see where I’ve come from:
I never wanted to be one of those people. You know, the ones who let themselves go once they get married. I don’t think I did that intentionally; but, I definitely didn’t get myself in check year after year that I gained weight. I always ate *pretty* healthy, but eating just an extra 100 calories a day can lead to a 10 pound weight gain per year.
That’s about right… 7.5 years of marriage x 100 calories a day = BAM.. 75 pounds!!!
I was perpetually unhappy.
Dear hubby was unhappy seeing me unhappy.
It was a vicious cycle that needed to be broken.
My only regret is that I didn’t “wake-up” to this fact sooner.
Thankfully I did have an ‘aha’ moment – looking into this sweet face (Babycakes at 8 days old):
I chose to FINALLY be healthy for her. I wanted to show her what it looks like to have a healthy relationship with food, to use it as fuel for strength (not for comfort or numbing pain). I wanted her to grow to love her body and KNOW 100% that she is beautiful, loved, and enough. And heck, I hope someday she’ll be a positive influence in others’ lives as well – friends who will no doubt struggle with these same issues. How awesome would it be for HER to be a catalyst and encourager in others’ lives to live the happy healthy life too?!
I want her to dance and jump and smile with glee.
I want her to feel the amazement of accomplishing a long run.
And if possible, I want her journey to be easier than mine.
So, now our “normal” includes:
Lots of healthy veggies from our garden:
Lots of veggie juices:
Lots of hummus and quinoa and bell peppers:
Lots of exercise:
Regular 2-3 mile runs, Playground Strength Training, & Stroller Lunges!
AND Lots of smiles:
I still have about 30 pounds left to go, but I am well on my way, living the happy healthy life… no sugar added.
Question: What does your “normal” include?