Thursday Thoughts

Well hey there! Happy Thursday!!! Time for some more Thursday Thoughts and a look into my week:

1. Last night my small group met at Sarah’s apartment and everyone got to enjoy the company of Bennett. I always said I’m not a small dog person, but I love this little guy.


2. I’m glad (and well, not glad!) that so many people resonated with my post on Tuesday. If you ever want to chat, you’re always welcome to message me :) (

3. So I’m doing a 3 month strength program on Beachbody On Demand called ChaLEAN Extreme, and I just started the last month. She walks out in this outfit and I died. I had to take a picture and text my coach, Anna, who’s a few weeks ahead of me about this stylish top. šŸ˜‰


4. Now that I’m thinking about it, that top makes me think of the Disney Channel movie, Zenon! Was anyone else a fan? My friend, Helen, and I loved this movie and the songs!

5. I went on a run Tuesday morning and it was GORGEOUS. The sunrise was just amazing. And then my phone died halfway through. On a new running path I’d invented. So I guesstimated my distance and ended up doing 3.5 miles, but it was so nice! And it forced me into some prayer time for the last mile and a half…

sunrise run collage

6. Yesterday, while walking after work with my friend Julie, we stopped at the Anti-Cruelty Society to look in the windows. I was immediately drawn to this guy. AHHHHH I want to adopt ALL THE DOGS. Sadly he would not be allowed in my building. I need to move. ASAP.


7. I AM SO EXCITED about this group I have coming up! The holidays can be SO hard when it comes to eating healthy, I know I certainly gain a few lbs by the time January comes, and just feel icky. I decided to jump the gun and set up a group where we can get started NOW to tone up, work on nutrition, and learn some good habits to put into placeĀ before the holidays begin. If you want to know more, send me an email at!

21 days of hallowlean

8. Have a great Thursday!

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.:


Are you an animal person? Do you have a rescued pet?Ā 

Did you watch Disney Channel Movies growing up?Ā 

When You Dread The Weekend

Wait, what? Dread the weekend? That’s the best part of the week!

Some of you, however, might know what I’m talking about.

For anyone that’s dealing with depression, anxiety, or emotional eating, the weekend can actually be a really hard time. With the weekdays we all have structure: we’re busy, we see people for most of the day, we feel useful, and all of this distracts us from what’s going on underneath. On the weekends though, unless you’ve got a busy schedule, those feelingsĀ rise up to stare you in the face.

This can result in so many emotions: fear of missing out, feeling unloved and unworthy, feeling overwhelmed by everything we should be doing, on and on. For a lot of women, this can result in emotional eating: buying your favorite foods (junk OR healthy), eating mindlessly, and often letting the food and the activity of eating suppress your emotions until you feel sick. And then hits the guilt: “what did I just do?” “I’m worthless.” “I’ll never succeed.”

And then you end up secluding yourself even more. You don’t want to talk to anyone, you don’t want to see anyone, and even if you don’t live alone, you do whatever you can to cover up your tracks, feeling ashamed of yourself.


This sounds like a vicious cycle, right?

Personally, I dealt with anxiety and depression for years. I felt so lost and unworthy, like I had no purpose. I didn’t even realize what was happening until one day I was on the phone with my brother andĀ I broke down in tears.Ā HeĀ said to me, “of course you’re crying, you’re depressed.”Ā It was like a light went on and I realized that I wasn’t broken, I was just going through a hard time. It was like there was suddenly a light at the end of the tunnel.

WeekendsĀ can be hard.Ā Life can be hard. But you’ll make it through.

When you’re dealing with emotional eating, whether from simply being anxious over things in your life, or from more serious depression, there are things you can do to help. This isn’t forever. Things can change, but only if you set your mind to it.

So true.:

First and foremost, ask for help. Whether you want to start by telling nearby friends or family that you’re having a rough time and would love if you could just come by and hang out one day, or chat on the phone, or by seeking more professional help, even a counselor or deacon at your church, it will make a huge difference. You are the driving force behind the change in your life, but we were made to be social creatures and life is so much easier when you ask people to join you, to help you.

Second, try to understand your feelings. Sometimes I’m feeling so many things at once that I just get overwhelmed and want to suppress them all. Instead, take out a piece of paper and write down EVERYTHING that is bothering you. Every last thing you can think of; just get it all out there. This will give you so much perspective. And then list the good things. Not just “I am grateful for my friends and family… blah blah blah.” List the little things that make you smile. The things about yourself that you’re proud of, that you like.

Third, join a community that will lift you up and give you something to do that makes you feel good. Whether it’s a church small group, a club sport team, the board of a charity, or an organization within your profession, pick something with people that will lift you up, and an activity that will make you smile.

Lastly, give yourself time and forgiveness. I set out on my journey to change my life back in 2013. I finally started to feel like I was in a really good place at the beginning of this past year, probably because I finally found my purpose. You will fail. You will stumble.And you will get back up and keep going. There is only one you on this earth, so love yourself, embrace who you are, and then share it, because you’re a gift to the rest of us.


Link Love #44

Well hey there! It was a pretty relaxing weekend here in Chicagoland, with some beautiful weather. I got in some walking, plenty of resting, of course some work, and had a fun Sushi-making night at my friend’s house! Ready for the new week!

sushi collage


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The Five Big Fall Books

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22 Amazing Gluten Free Curry Recipes To Keep You Healthy

Three Ingredient Quick Energy Protein Balls

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Butternut Squash Soup

Green Curry Salmon with Cashews Ā and Quinoa

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Total Body Circuit Workout

Exercise Anxiety

Metabolism Myths

Thursday Thoughts

1. Oh look at me! I managed to get Thursday Thoughts up on a THURSDAY this week! I know, pat on the back for that one šŸ˜‰

2. I am SO excited about my Free 5 Day Clean Eating Challenge that starts MONDAY! If you want to join in to get meal planning/prep tips, recipes, one on one coaching and the accountability of a group, send me an email at by Saturday! Make a commitment to yourself, for FIVE DAYS and jump start yourself into a better routine! (I need it!).


3. I have been feeling so worn thin lately that I’ve been trying to take some time to myself. Well, myself and God. I find that when I’m most stressed or exhausted, I’m not spending time in prayer or reading my bible. Remedying that TODAY since it’s rest day and I have plenty of time for a little reading.

4. LOVE this. Same for golden retrievers. Magic fibers of joy & love :)


5. Making some amazing new connections with women this week through coaching. Whenever I get frustrated with the business side, it’s so great to be reminded of WHY I signed up – to help other women who have struggling through the things that I have struggled with: eating restriction, over-exercising, lack of self-worth, binge-eating, anxiety, etc. I love connecting with people who I relate to and can help!

6. When I was at home I went through some old photos and found this one from my “Early Years” class (pre-preschool). Can you find me!?


7. Has anyone else noticed that it has started getting darker earlier..? I am not a fan… not. at. all.

8. Have a great Thursday!


Can you find me in that picture?Ā 

What do you do when you’re feeling exhausted and stretched thin?Ā 

Link Love #43

Hey everyone! A day late, but here we are with this week’s Link Love! I had a great time in Kansas City over the weekend celebrating a wedding with my Kansas City family and friends. It was a BLAST. Couldn’t have asked for a better time at home. Hope you all had a great one too!


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Replace Guilt with Gift

An Adult’s Guide to Snapchat

Health & Fitness

Why ā€œGuiltlessā€, ā€œSkinnyā€, & ā€œSinlessā€ Foods Will Wreck Your Diet

The Seven Best Exercises for Your IT Band

10 At Home Workouts You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less

Why I Let My Kids Have Junk Food

Suggestions for Increasing Protein Intake

8 Tips for Your First Yoga Class

HIIT Stairclimber Workout

Super Strong Stability Ball Workout

At Home Dumbell Workout

Smart Girl’s Guide To Sweeteners

Why I’m Banning Cheat Meals Out of My Life


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Greek Baked Halibut

Chicken Sausage & Spinach Fritrata

Crock Pot BBQ Taco Salad


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