All I Want For Christmas…

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Ready or not, the Holiday Season is in full swing. Everywhere we turn there are Christmas treats… At least that is what I am seeing! It is hard enough to stay focused on a workout and diet plan without the added temptation. I have good news for you!! We can do it! Most people decide to “wait until after the holidays” or “the new year” to begin their fitness journey. This year I decided to (re)start my fitness journey right smack dab in the middle of the holidays! It is tough to get going any time of year. Make the commitment and stick to it. Truthfully, I have cheated a few times… But the important thing is to keep going! If you start now, you will be weeks closer to your goal. I challenge you to get a head start on your New Year Resolution by following a few tips from yours truly!

1. Join a Fitness Group
If you are on Facebook, chances are you have seen SOMEONE advertising a “fitness accountability” group! I am in the middle of one right now! I joined the 21 Day Fix Advent Group and it has been great to get healthy recipes from many others! Not to mention Beachboy has a number of excellent At Home workouts! The “Total Body Cardio” on 21 Day Fix kicked my booty today! The 21 Day Fix lasts only (you guessed it) 21 Days! The workouts are 30 minutes and you can do them in the comfort of your own home. I made plans to get to a group fitness class today and ran into some traffic. I went home, turned on the DVD, and worked out in my living room. My two year old even joined in the fun! The best part is that you have a coach that can help keep you motivated and answer any questions you have!

2. Workout Buddies
If you are not ready to join a group or don’t have anyone in your life hosting one right now, get a friend to meet you at the gym! There is more than one reason to get a partner to workout with. When I make plans with friends, I will do everything possible to make the plans work and get to the gym on time. It adds more accountability. It is greater motivation at the gym to push yourself. It is beneficial to add friendly competition to your routine. Your friend can double as your spotter! You will not have to look around and find the least intimidating person to ask for help. Let’s face it, all other benefits aside, working out is way more fun with a friend!

3. Start Small
I am always saying this… but start with baby steps. Go for a walk once per day for 10 minutes. Opt for the furthest spot in the parking lot. Skip the dessert or eat smaller portions! In a week, you can add onto your journey. The key here is to get moving. As for the diet, just as important to start small. As much as it pains me, skip the french fries and bun! Enjoy cashews or almonds instead of potato chips. The truth is that the small things add up. Starting small will help build lasting habits and get you closer to living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

4. “There’s an App for that”
In this digital age, there is an app for everything! I have personally used a few of them to aid in my weight loss goals. You can download an app to track your weight loss. Studies show that if you log what you eat, you are more likely to make changes. It is not practical to take an actual food diary around with you. But I would bet that you have your phone with you almost every time you eat. It takes about 30 seconds to search your meal and it will calculate approximately how many calories you ate. The app I use for this is called “Lose It”. It is a free app that can help you create a weight loss plan based off of your goal weight. It can connect to other apps like RunKeeper and Nike+. Exercise apps are becoming increasingly popular. My current favorite is “10K”. This app is designed to help you go from the couch to running a 10K. The workouts start off as 25-30 minute run/walks and the app will tell you when to walk and run. Each day the workout gets increasingly harder with the end goal of running a full 10k. It makes training for races so easy! There is so much technology out there, take advantage of the many options to make your weight loss journey easier!

5. Pinterest It…
Pinterest has become a household name to find a way to get fit, eat healthy, and do it yourself! Personally, if I am wondering how to do something, I usually look it up on Pinterest before Google now-a-days! I use Pinterest to find 21 day fix approved recipes, and basically any other diet out there. Anytime I scroll down, there are tons of fitness challenges and work outs! Don’t be fooled! These workouts may appear to be easy, but they are tough! There are so many ideas on Pinterest to get in shape! You can find Yoga, Pilates, Running, Cycling, HIIT workouts, and many others! Here is one I found for the Holidays… Feel free to steal it for yourself!

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My biggest tip is just to get going… Don’t makes excuses! There will always be something preventing you from getting in shape today! It is easy to put it off… Believe me. I know. One of the most motivational quotes that gets me moving is “You will always be disappointed if you don’t work out, but you’ll never be disappointed that you did”. You are worth the effort. If you eat a holiday brownie, it is okay! Get back on track right after that! It is about moderation and healthy living! Make little changes… One Breath at a Time -DLD

What is your favorite holiday treat?

Have you tried a work out app?

If so, what is your favorite?

What is your favorite work out right now?

What do you want for Christmas?

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Get Yourself Out of a Funk: One Breath at a Time

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Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

Preface: I will start tonight out by saying if you did not get a chance to read last weeks post, I highly recommend you read it. You may not think you are experiencing burnout, but you might know someone in your life who is dealing with the symptoms. Our lives are stressful. It’s important to take extra precaution to know the symptoms to stop them in their tracks before it’s too late!

When I started writing this blog, I wanted to inspire others to make change in their life. I wanted to use this blog as inspiration to myself to stay true to my ideals and push change in my own life too. I did not know at the time how honest you have to be with yourself when writing on a blog. I have not been writing for long. However, I have made many strides in my life by opening up and letting it all out.

Last week’s post came from a very vulnerable place in my life. No one likes to admit that they don’t have it together. I have begun the necessary steps to put Humpty back together again. It is going to take awhile to get myself out of this “funk”. It will take baby steps and small changes in my lifestyle. I want to build a strong foundation for the future. You may have noticed I slowed down on the blog posts. I plan on posting 1-2 per week for about a month and pick up again after the new year. Thank you for being patient!

By the way, where did November go?? Wow! Welcome to the Holiday Season!

Today’s information is not a “get better quick” scheme and it doesn’t just apply to burnout. It can be applied to any type of difficulties you are facing in your life. EVERYONE needs to give themselves a little “TLC” every now and then.

Here is my list of 10 small changes you can make each day in order to get out of a “funk”.

1. Talk About It
The first step is to open up to someone. You can talk to your friends, family members, or even a stranger. It took me awhile to admit that I was struggling. There was a huge weight off my shoulders when I decided to talk about it with my family and friends. Start by calling someone that you trust and tell them you just need to vent for 5 minutes. If you are the listener, make sure you are doing just that, and listening. Your loved one may need time to talk without advice. If you are not in a place to talk about it to others yet, start a journal. Writing down your feelings privately will still get them off your chest.

2. Give Thanks
One thing that many of us forget daily is how blessed we are. There is always someone who has it worse than we do. There is always someone watching that is thinking “I wish that was my life”. It is important to be thankful for the blessings you have in your life. When you wake up in the morning, name three things to yourself that you are thankful for. Challenge yourself to name 3 new things each day for a week. You will be amazed at the new positive outlook you’ll find from being thankful.

3. Get Bubbly
One of the best ways to relax is soaking in a hot bath. Baths are therapeutic in many ways. They loosen your muscles after a long day. My favorite bath time ritual is to use lavender oil or bath bombs. My favorite are from “The Soap Lady” in Utah. You can buy them from Harmon’s Grocery or on her website (www.thesoaplady.net). You may also add epsom salts to detox in the bath. Baths are a time to concentrate on myself. It is quiet time that I am able to meditate, pray, read, or just “zone out”. I try to take 2-3 per week to ensure that I get necessary time to unwind.

4. Walk It Out
Exercise is one of the most important parts of “climbing” out of a funk. Exercise is proven to improve your mood. The endorphins make you happy. It is the best form of stress relief. Depression and anxiety sufferers can use exercise as a way to minimize symptoms. Overtime, exercise will boost your self confidence too! If you are not used to working out everyday, start by taking a 30 minute walk. Get moving! It will help break the negative cycle. I’m all about something that benefits your mental and physical health!

5. Set a Goal
Goals are important to set in all aspects of life. Write down your goals. If you write them down, you are more likely to stick to them. When you set your goals, make them specific and measurable. For example, one of my goals right now is to exercise 30+ minutes per day. There is a specific number that I am able to measure. Goal setting is the first step to creating an action plan to make the changes you want to see.

6. Pamper Yourself
There are many ways to pamper yourself. Reward yourself for working hard by buying that new shirt you want. Reward yourself for reaching your goal by getting a mani/pedi! Go get that massage you’ve always wanted. When you feel good about the way you look or feel, you will be more confident. Go out to the mall, buy something little. Go get ice cream with your family after a week of dieting (a small frozen yogurt… if you’re wanting to stay healthy). Rewards boost self worth, and you are worth it!

7. Lend a Hand
There is no better way to boost your mood than to do something for someone else. You don’t have to go out and volunteer your time, although I highly recommend you do if you haven’t! A simple act of kindness will work magic in your life. Pay it forward by buying the guy behind you’s coffee at Starbucks. Pick up garbage you see in the parking lot. Hold the door for the person behind you. There are many things you can do to make someone’s life a little easier and you’ll feel great after!

8. Catch Some Rays
Research shows that depression and anxiety could be linked to low levels of vitamin D. Sunlight can brighten your mood. Most people feel happier when the sun comes out. It feels good on the skin and helps soak up important nutrients. It is important to use sunscreen to protect your skin from over exposure. But, the bright light has been proven to send signals to your brain to produce serotonin, which relieves stressful feelings and promotes a sense of well being. So, open up those windows and let the light into your life.

9. Disconnect
In this age of technology, we are constantly connected to the world around us. We are able to check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at a click of a button. We know what every person in our life is doing at each moment. We document everything from what we are eating, what we bought, the way we look, and where we are. Our brains are on digital overload. One night a week, when you get home plug your phone into your charger next to your bed and leave it there. If you’re worried about missing an important call, put it on loud. If it rings, go and check it, but don’t check text messages or Facebook all night. You will be able to recharge your body and mind. Use this time to spend quality time with your loved ones. Do something creative. Disconnecting will help you improve your mood, boost concentration, and allow you to be more present in your own life.

10. Let Go
This may be the hardest step of them all. As humans, we tend to hold on to everything. Have you ever noticed we are more inclined to dwell on the negative than the positive? If I go out to a restaurant, the waiter would have to give me beyond amazing service to stand out to me in a positive way. On the other hand, if she was slow or forgot my order I would tell everyone about my negative experience. We focus on what people did to hurt us and store it in our bag of “next time we fight”. It’s never…”OH YEAH, WELL 5 YEARS AGO YOU TICKLED MY BACK ALL NIGHT AND BOUGHT ME FLOWERS..” Yet, we wonder why we are are so unhappy. It’s time to let go of all your baggage. If you hold on to the negative, it isn’t poisoning anyone except yourself. Set your goal, take the first step forward to the future, and let go of the past.

When following these steps, you don’t need to do them all at once. In fact, I suggest you start small. Starting big may cause you to become more overwhelmed. If you make small changes in your life to move inch by inch, you will cover miles.

Change your life, one breath at at time. -DLD

What is your favorite bath time ritual? (Bath bombs, bubbles, candles, etc.)

Do you have a journal that you write in on a regular basis?

Have you tried a digital detox (a time where you disconnected from your phone)?

What is your favorite way to “pamper” yourself? 

Stop, Drop, and Roll! Before It’s Too Late!

When I first started my blog, I was excited to use the blog as motivation to change my life. I wanted to inspire others by writing about fitness and life transformation. To be honest, I have been struggling for so long. The blog became my beacon of hope. I wanted to help myself change while helping others. When you typically think of fitness blogs, I think of those who are in are ALREADY in shape telling others how to get there. I wanted/want to start at the same point A to guide others to my point B and beyond.

As of tomorrow, it would be three weeks since my last blog post. The week following my last post, I had so many intentions to write. I would think about all the awesome and clever ideas to write about all day at work. But, by mid day I was so tired at work, all I wanted to do was go home. I remember on Wednesday, I got home and was so tired I just sat down and didn’t do anything all night. I told myself that it was just one night. I needed the rest. Tomorrow, I would get back to it. Well, tomorrow came and went and I was still so tired. I came home again to do nothing. When I say nothing, I mean it was difficult to get myself to get up and get dinner. I thought to myself, I must just be tired from all that was going on in my life and needed a little break. Luckily, we were heading to California for the Halloween Weekend to Disney! It was just what I needed! Or so I thought!

The vacation was great. When it was time to come home, I was so disappointed. I wanted to stay for another few days. I wanted to lay by the pool. I had no desire to go home. You may be thinking, this is normal… Who wants to come back from vacation?? This girl does (insert two thumbs pointing at myself). Also, this was not your normal “aw man I wish I could stay”… I had serious anxiety about coming home. I did not want to get home. I had no desire, no will power, no motivation.

Now, at this point I should have realized the red flashing lights, the sirens, and the pilot shouting “mayday, mayday”. I had been working very hard at work, and trying to prove that I was the best for the promotion. Anyone who knows me, knows that everything I do I like to go above the expectations. I set my standards high. I move the bar higher and higher. I thrive being busy. I take pride in being able to have a lot on my plate, juggle it all, and exceed expectations. My life was on overdrive. I kept fooling myself into thinking that I just needed a week to recuperate after Disney. I wanted to post. But, I was embarrassed that I had fallen out of my work outs. I had fallen away from my diet. I had fallen away from my anxiety help. It was a dangerous place to be and I did not want to admit to it to myself and especially not to all of you. One day it dawned on me. I started this blog to inspire others. I promised myself that I would share my highs and my lows. When I realized I hadn’t washed my hair in a week… it became official I had hit rock bottom. It was time to be honest with myself, and to share that I had burned out.

Burnout has become increasingly popular for Millennials, especially women. We tend to have more pressure to be successful and most of it comes from ourselves. Burnout is an extended period of time when someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things. It occurs from having chronic stress. Don’t get me wrong, we are all going to have chronic stressors in our lives. The key is to keep the demands in your life less than the resources you have to reduce the stressors. If you let your fire get out of control, it can wreak havoc on your health, relationships, work, and your overall well being. Here are some signs that you do not want to avoid that may indicate you need to stop, drop, and roll before you burn out too.

1. Lack of Motivation
There are many times you think “I don’t feel like doing that”. It is completely normal. Beware of times when you lose motivation to do normal, everyday things you typically enjoy. For me, it had become so hard to get myself out of bed in the morning. I was barely making it to work on time. It was not a joke when I said I didn’t wash my hair for a week. I would stay in bed as long as I could. I wore my hair in a ponytail everyday. There was a day I didn’t even brush my hair before I left the house. I just put it up, brushed my teeth, got dressed and left. I literally had lost ALL motivation. It took all the motivation I had in the morning to get up out of bed. Nothing else got done.

2. Exhaustion
One of the first signs of burn out is feeling tired all the time. It is emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. I felt like I could not sleep enough. I went to sleep around 8 or 9pm and would sleep until 7:30 or 7:45am and it was difficult to get out of bed. Last Sunday, I fell asleep on the couch for 5 hours! I had no clue. When I woke up, Brent asked me if I was going to sleep all day. I got defensive because I thought it had only been an hour or so. I looked at the clock and sure enough it had been FIVE full hours! I was completely drained.

3. Declining Performance
This is a clear sign, no matter what your job is, including stay at home parent. It’s simple, have you stopped performing as well as you used to at work? For me, I could not push myself to do simple tasks. You may have to think back to previous years performance because burnout happens over a long period of time. I was still doing my job but I definitely lacked the drive that I was used to in previous years. However, as I mentioned, it is important to evaluate the past few years. I say this because I have been happy in my current role and have been performing relatively well. It has been a long time coming because when I was in Utah I was very unhappy about work. Here in Arizona, I have climbed out of that hole. I think I am still feeling the repercussions of being stressed for so long about work.

4. Relationship Problems
Usually, these problems show up either by increased arguments with the ones you care about, or withdraw all together. I had began to avoid conversation. I did not feel the need to talk on the phone. I avoided texting others. I just wanted to get through the day to go home and sleep. I am very connected with my friends and family. I love to stay in touch. I like to share my life on Instagram and Facebook. But I lacked all need to be connected to anyone. Brent likes to play video games, and usually I am annoyed when he plays when I am home. I had stopped caring. I just wanted to go to sleep, with or without Brent. Its pretty serious when you stop taking sharing selfies…

5. Self Neglect
When experiencing burnout, you might take on more unhealthy habits or stop doing your old habits. Some people begin eating junk food, drinking more, smoking, or start self medicating. As I mentioned, I just stopped doing everything except brushing my teeth and taking a bath every other night. I stopped shaving. I stopped washing my hair. I stopped brushing my hair. Make up? Are you kidding?! I stopped working out, eating healthy, and even looking in the mirror. It is a big red flag if you stop caring for your well being and how you look all together.

6. Mental Health
There are a variety of mental health symptoms of burnout. Anxiety, depression and other cognitive issues will begin popping up. I have been dealing with anxiety for a long time. It is present in all stages of my life. However, I am not prone to depression. I have been suffering from mild depression the past few months. I have decreased satisfaction in my life. Overall I have not been happy. I have lacked my spark for life. I wondered what was wrong with me but did not connect the dots. I have been chronically stressed. Burnout can also interfere with your concentration. I have been having a hard time at work concentrating on tasks for long period of times. I have been very forgetful. It is common to have a hard time remembering things when your mind is clouded from stress.

7. Physical Health
Over a long period of time, chronic stress can cause real health problems. It increases the chances of digestive issues, heart issues, and other serious health problems. Stress can wear on the body. If you do not get enough rest and neglect taking care of yourself, it becomes easier to fall ill. I came down with strep this week. I had a lingering cold. It got worse and worse. I ended up missing a day and a half of work. I went to the doctor for antibiotics. I am finally feeling back to myself. I think this is the most important part of avoiding burnout. For me, I have been sick with a cold. Long term health problems could be a lot worse if I continue down the burnout path and don’t take the time to get better.

I have been taking the necessary steps to get my life back on track for about two weeks. It has been hard still. I came home today and slept for four hours after lunch. I still struggle with motivation. I know it will take some time to get my life back to normal. I am working on taking healthy sustainable steps to get better. I want long term habits that will allow me to deal with stress in a healthy way. I need to build my toolbox up to have the resources I need to destress. I can’t wait to share some of these life tools with you! Tomorrow I will write about some of the tools and steps to take if you too are experiencing symptoms of burn out.

The most important thing is to be patient with yourself. Do not implement too many changes at a time. Take it slow and gradually we will get there. One Breath at a Time. -DLD

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Have you ever experience burnout?

How was your weekend?

Do you like to take naps?

What kind of shampoo are you using?

 

 

 

 

Just Breathe: Anxiety Self Help

Every single person has experienced some sort of anxiety in their life. Anxiety ranges from worry, nervousness, butterflies, obsession, fear, to full blown panic attacks. The majority of people would say they have experienced nervousness and some light anxiety. However, 1 in 5 Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. I am one of them. I suffer from general anxiety disorder and panic attacks. They shape the way I live my life. For a couple of years, I have been hiding my anxiety. I try not to talk about it and only confide in those who are very close to me. I have gone through a number of “stages” including denial, embarrassment, fear of rejection, self blame, and depression.

I have been on medication for 2 years now. The medication certainly helps me keep a handle on my panic attacks, but I have a goal of one day being medication AND anxiety free! I know that there will be days where anxiety will creep back into my life. Life is always full of ups and downs. However, it is my hope that I will have the tools to manage the anxiety on my own.

One important step I have taken towards this goal is realizing that anxiety is not something to be ashamed of. I have opened up to a number of others who feel just like I do. It is what makes me human. I find comfort when I talk to others who have suffered from anxiety and share the same day to day struggles that I do. I am constantly reminding myself that “I am safe”, “The chances of having a serious disease is unlikely”, “My day to day aches and pains are normal”, and “I AM NOT CRAZY”!

As you can tell, majority of my anxiety stems from my health. I obsess over every ache and pain I feel. There is a little voice in my head each day that tells me something is seriously wrong with my health. There is a constant battle between my rational mind and my anxious mind. Intellectually, I know that my fears are irrational, but emotionally, I feel that the danger is real. A part of my health anxiety forces me to fear being home alone and being away from civilization (mainly a hospital). I fear that something may happen to me while I am alone or on a road trip and help will be too late. While I am writing these fears down, they seem laughable. It doesn’t stop me from thinking them though. I admit that I have become a lot better about facing my fears head on. I have been staying home alone more often. My family travels quite often and it forces me to face my fears of being away from home or in the middle of nowhere. The more that I “survive” trips, the more confident I am that my fears are irrational. I am not saying these fears are silly or do not have true merit. But when your fears start to control your life, it is time to make changes to confront your fears.

I have been going to counseling for the past few months. Usually my sessions are one hour per week. I have been able to space them out to every other week when I am doing “well”. My counselor, Laura, has taught me many tips and tricks to control my anxiety. The hard part is putting them in practice. I have a long way to go with counseling before I am able to create a habit of the tools we discuss. I count on talking to Laura every couple of weeks to help reinforce and redirect my thoughts when I lose my way. She has been a great rock in my life. I was supposed to see her today actually… However, she went into labor! I have known she was going to have maternity leave for a few months and I have developed a plan of action to keep my anxiety under control while she’s away!

Step 1: Continue to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.

Studies have proven that exercise works well to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety. If you are feeling anxious or stressed, you may want to go to the gym for 30 minutes to an hour. Exercise helps you release the stress you are feeling. When my anxiety is at its worst, I experience debilitating panic attacks. The best cure is to go for a walk outside. It is great to get fresh air and work the anxiety out of my muscles. Studies also show that if used over a long period of time, exercise can help minimize symptoms overall and keep anxiety at bay. My moonlight run tonight was the perfect way to exercise in the beautiful outdoors!

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Step 2: Take time to relax every day

Relaxation comes in many forms. For me, relaxation comes from reading, taking baths, and stretching. Stretching before bed has helped me to relax and release tension. I sleep better when I lightly stretch before bed. I sit at a desk all day and tension builds in my joints and muscles. It feels so good to release that tension at night! I like to take baths at least once per week to relax. I use this time to focus on myself. It is important to give yourself “me time”. It is okay to be selfish every once in awhile (wink).

Step 3: Read 1 chapter of “When Panic Attacks” by David D. Burns, MD. per weekIMG_9745

I am excited to read finally read this book! When I first started experiencing panic attacks, I ordered this book online. I found it on Amazon. I chose it because of the ratings and the title. The description on the cover is “the new drug-free anxiety therapy that can change your life”. I received the book, but never read it. At first, it was hard for me to face the anxiety head on. When I talked about anxiety, thought about anxiety, and read about anxiety, it sparked the negative emotions all over again. I was living in fear of anxiety. I had anxiety about getting more anxiety! It is a vicious cycle! I believe that reading this book will give me insight on how to take steps to control my anxiety AND get closer to my goal of being medication free someday! The book focuses on CBT: Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT is one of the techniques that Laura has been helping me with. I hope that reading this book will compliment what I have already learned about CBT, while teaching me more tools to help me think differently.

I read the first chapter tonight when I got home, titled I Think, Therefore I Fear. David focuses on the idea that if you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel. There are four primary theories on anxiety. The Cognitive Model is explained by your negative thoughts causing anxiety. The Exposure Model is based on the idea that it is best to avoid anything or any situation that gives you anxiety. The Hidden Emotion Model describes the idea that many people hide their anxiety and force themselves to be nice all the time, which ends up causing more anxiety. Finally, the most commonly accepted model, is based on the idea that there is a chemical imbalance that requires medication to cure the anxiety. The author focuses on the first three. It is important to note that many people need the medicine to cope with anxiety and panic. Personally, the medication part of my treatment has been a saving grace. But I am now at a point in my life that I would like to strive to eliminate the medicine. I am not there yet and have no shame in taking medicine to help me have my life back!

This chapter was mainly about exploring the first three types of models in depth. At the end of each section, it asks questions that help you analyze the example stories. I enjoy filling out the lessons. I find it helps to read about your anxiety, but is equally important to self discover. My favorite part of the book so far was the quote about the Holy Spirit to St. Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you. For in your weakness, my strength is revealed more completely.” My relationship with God has become more intimate through my anxiety. My anxiety has caused me to rely on Him and others. Through my weakness I have been able to build strength. I believe that being vulnerable and relatable are actually strengths. When I can relate to others and build relationships, it makes life more fulfilling. I need to remember that my weakness is allowing me to build a stronger foundation in my faith. It also is allowing me to empower others to change their life by sharing my story.

Similar to my fitness transformation, my anxiety transformation comes from a vulnerable place. I am excited to share my struggles and successes with you. We are all on this journey we call life. We can help each other get through it. One Breath at a Time. – DLD

Have you ever felt anxious or experienced panic attacks? 

What kinds of thoughts lead you to feeling anxiety?

What steps do you take to control your worries? 

Have you ever read any books that have helped your anxiety? 

 

 

 

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Work Hard, Play Harder: A Weekend of Fun!

I think it is fair to say that majority of people look forward to the weekend after a long week of work. I am certainly one of those people! Most weekends, I like to plan a fair balance of chores, relaxation and FUN!

On Friday, my family and I were invited over to our good friends’ house. Cody and Ashley have been an important part in our transition from Utah to Arizona.

A quick backstory: Cody was in my new hire class at Fidelity in 2013 in Utah. We bonded over our mutual goal of one day working in a branch vs a phone site. Cody shadowed in the Chandler office while he was on vacation with his family. He worked hard for one year in his same role (the minimum required to apply to a branch position). As soon as his one year mark rolled around, he was offered the Financial Representative role in Chandler. Cody and I kept in touch every few months or so. At the time I had no inclination that my family and I would leave Salt Lake. But, last December I reached out to him and he let me know there may be a few positions opening up. I emailed Scott, who is now both of our manager. We scheduled a phone appointment to discuss future opportunities. Next thing I know, I flew out to visit my grandma here in Arizona and planned to meet Scott in person. My expectation was just to explore options. I did not have any immediate plans to move. The day of my meeting with Scott, I prayed before we left the house. I asked that God take whatever measures he saw fit in my life. Scott offered me the job on the spot. Three weeks later, we packed up our condo and moved to sunny Arizona. So needless to say, for this opportunity alone, we owe a lot to Cody & Ash. 

Moving forward, they truly have been a rock for us to lean on in an unfamiliar territory. They share our faith and introduced us to their church. We have been so grateful for our church here in Gilbert. We enjoy meeting Cody and Ashley there most weekends. The second or third weekend we lived here was the Super Bowl. It has been strange for us not to be around family. In Salt Lake, we spent all our free time with our moms, dads, grandparents, and friends. We saw Cody and Ashley at church on Super Bowl Sunday. We had no plans because we didn’t really know anyone. They planned on going to their friend’s Cassie & Terrance’s house for the game. They invited us and we accepted! We crashed their party and the rest is history. We owe a lot to Cody, Ashley, Cassie, and Terrance. They have all welcomed us into their lives with open arms. Ironically they all have recently moved here from Utah. We truly would not have been able to make this transition without them. God strategically placed them in our lives. For that, we are eternally grateful. 

Back to our Friday night… We went over to dinner at Cody and Ashley’s house. We ate delicious chili, cornbread, and pumpkin cookies. We also got to spend time with our kids by carving/painting pumpkins. Cody and Ashley have two adorable kids. Hunter, their son, is a few months younger than my two year old. They just had their newest addition, Reese, a few weeks ago. A few other of their friends were at their house too, including Cassie & Terrance. They have two boys, Trendon and Hayes, that are similar ages to both of our boys. It is usually quite chaotic, but a lot of fun when we have get togethers with four boys, and now one girl. IMG_9701-2 IMG_9698 IMG_9697

Friday was a perfect beginning to the weekend. It was family fun at it’s finest. We never have a dull moment with our friends. A night full of pumpkins, chili, laughter, and a lot of Fall Fun!

Saturday was devoted to throwing an adult Halloween Party! We invited a few of our coworkers over for dinner and it ended up being a costume party! We got up early to tighty up the house. We needed to transform our space into a “Haunted Manor”. I love to plan parties! If I could be anything in the world, I would be an event coordinator. Here is a quick rundown of my “Spooktacular Halloween Bash”.

Invitations: Etsy.com

I love to purchase my invites on Etsy! It is easy and affordable. I have yet to have invitations that I didn’t adore. I find the style I like and purchase the digital file. I have a nice color printer that my mom gave me. It takes a few days before the customized file is available to download. Once it is, its a quick click and print on card stock. So easy! The most I have paid for a file is 14.00 and it was for front and back. The best part is that you can print as many as you would like!

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One of my favorite part of the holiday season is the decorations! It is no surprise that I feel the same way about party planning! Decorations are a must! However, they can be very expensive. In order to stay budget conscious I had to think outside the box. I knew that I wanted to go with a spooky look. I found some skulls that I had in our house from prior years. I went to the dollar store and found some glass candle holders and vases. I bought a few extra martini glasses too. I ended up spending $23 dollars. I came home with black paper plates in two sizes, a black plastic table cloth, black cups for drinks, martini glasses, 5 candle holders, 16 pack of candles, and 2 vases! It was a steal! Next, I went to target to get a few things for my costume. I found some skull paper plates that were perfect to accent the black plates on sale. Additionally, I found a few chalkboard place holders to write the names of the cocktails I was making and a pack of white paper bowls. I spent about $12 dollars total. At Hobby Lobby, I bought a roll of black tulle, a roll of black burlap ribbon, fancy paper straws, and two black feathers. Total of $15. For a grand total of: $50 for decor! IMG_9709-2

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Food & Drink: Albertson’s & Total Wine

Our menu was quite simple. We chose an easy fall favorite Cheddar Beer Soup. We were not sure on if a few of our gluten free friends were going to come to the party, so we chose to use gluten free beer and gluten free flour for the soup. The soup is delicious! It is cheddar cheese, red pepper, onion, kielbasa sausage, and beer. There are a few other ingredients, but this is the general list. We asked our friends Julie and Jon to bring rolls to go with the soup. Our friends, Jasmin and Jon, brought over salad and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

We had three spooky cocktails. It was part of the entertainment of the night because I am not an experienced bartender! I have to say that I held my own. The first cocktail, the Poison Apple, was one of my favorites. It includes apple juice, cranberry juice, Crown Royal, and Sour Apple Schnapps. The second cocktail was the Black Widow. It was a mix of pomegranate and cranberry juice, fresh blackberries, ice, and vodka. The third was the Black Beard. I made it for Brent. It was chocolate stout with creme de cacoa liquor, and spiced rum. It was really good! We also did apple pie shots! The shots were made of apple pie liquor and whipped cream! By the end of the night, most people defaulted to the Black Widow! It was dangerous!

It was fun to have an all adult party! We played card games and had lots of laughs!

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Finally! Sunday was rather uneventful! It was exactly what I needed! We went to church and met our friends there. Cassie and Terrance watched the boys for us last night, so they just brought them to church with them. They are brave souls! We gave them a taste of their future (Cassie is expecting their 3rd boy)… hee hee! After church, it was our week to serve in the Children’s Ministry. It was eye opening to see what our son Cruz gets to attend each week. As usual, God was working in mysterious ways. My faith was definitely strengthened through serving. I love to see the children meeting, knowing and following Jesus at such a young age! The part that really moved me was the older kids volunteering in the ministry. It is awesome to see teenagers who spend their weekend with young children learning about God.

After church, I came home and cleaned up the mess from the party. Thankfully with the amount of paper products I used, cleaning was a breeze! It took me about 30 minutes to get our house in order. I ended up falling asleep on the couch shortly after. I was out for a couple of hours! I needed the sleep! We decided to make another easy fall favorite for dinner, Spider Joes! IMG_9729Normally they have eyes and look a little cuter! But they are so easy and really hit the spot on Football Sunday in October! Just follow your favorite sloppy joe recipe and add cheeto puffs for legs and olive slices for eyes! Kids and adults love them!

Now I am heading off to bed! I am excited for a few posts I have stored for you this week on my fitness transformation! I hope you all had a great weekend! Get some rest for Monday! Live Deep Breaths- DLD

What did you do this weekend?

Do you have any fall or Halloween traditions?

Where is your favorite place to get Halloween Decorations?

What are some of your party planning tips?

Make Like a Blender & Mix It Up!

There is nothing better than a corny joke for a blog title! It is hard not to be corny when you are on cloud nine from your work out! I had the best work out I have had in years! The best part about it is I had the MOST fun doing it! If you are lacking motivation to work out, I suggest you throw something new and exciting into the mix of your ordinary routine!

Tonight’s adventure was Aerial Yoga: Flow and Fly. My cousin April invited me to try it out after she saw my blog! I have to say that I am absolutely obsessed. I have already booked my next session!

If you live in the Phoenix area, we went to Vertical Fix in Tempe! The instructor, Taylor, was so sweet and very motivating. I was not sure what to expect because it was the yoga version and was “all levels” class. It was the perfect balance between relaxation and fun!

The class began with relaxation. We curled up in our silk “hammocks” and tuned out the world. Taylor guided us through some breathing and mild stretching. As the class went on, we used the silks to stretch deeper with the focus on relaxing the muscles. I have been extra tense lately. The deep stretching was just what I needed. The class continued to progress to more tricks. It was not easy. My muscles were fatigued by the middle of class! In addition to the sore muscles, you have to adjust to the silks rubbing on your body. The silks were comfortable when you are in the “cocoons”. However it does rub on your legs when you are in the sitting splits positions.

IMG_9670The instructor and the more advanced students said that it gets easier on your legs. I will not be surprised if I find bruises tomorrow. They will be well worth the pain. In the photo above, I was preparing to front flip out of the split position.

IMG_9672-2I highly recommend this class to anyone who is looking for that little “spark” in their work out. I can already feel my muscles getting sore (which is a bit nerve-wrecking). It takes a lot of upper body strength. Every muscle in your body is used. The core must stay tight. It takes incredible grip strength. Even my hands will be sore tomorrow!  Taylor did an excellent job of insuring you are in proper body position. She would spot the inverted positions and tricks to ensure that each student felt comfortable. My cheerleading background got the best of me. I had little or no fear! I must have been too trusting because I gave Taylor a heart attack a few times. I just went for it!

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We ended the class with more stretching and breathing techniques. The last thing we did was lay down on our backs in the “hammock” and just swung to relaxing music. It calmed me down (a little). If I wasn’t so pumped about my new found hobby/exercise, it would have calmed me down a lot!

The class was an hour long total! It definitely fulfilled my commitment to work out 30 minutes per day! If you haven’t tried aerial classes, I suggest you sign up ASAP! I will be going back on Saturday if any Arizona people want to join me! I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow and be sore!

Changing the muscles, one breath at a time. – DLD

Have you ever tried an Aerial Silks or Aerial Yoga Class?

What is your favorite type of yoga?

What muscle group is your strongest?

What muscle group needs the most work?

Do you enjoy being upside down? 

 

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My Tips Tuesday: Decorate for Fall on a Budget

Welcome to “My Tips Tuesday”! I don’t know about you, but I am loving the fall weather. I live in Arizona, so any break from the summer heat is a reason to be thankful. Speaking of… We officially survived our first scolding hot summer! Sound the horns! Hallelujah! On to fall! Fall is one of my favorite times of year. I love the cooler weather. The scenery changing colors is magical. Of course there are all the holidays to look forward to as well! I anticipate sharing plenty of holiday goodies with you in the future! I am obsessed!

Everywhere I turn there is fall decor for sale! It is so hard not to buy everything on the shelf! Luckily I was able to find some cute decor for cheap! My tips today: How to Decorate for Fall WITHOUT Breaking the Bank!

First stop, TARGET. Who doesn’t love Target? I go into Target to buy one or two things, end up carrying around way too many things, and have to put things back before I check out. If you haven’t been to Target lately, you may have missed out. They have so many cute fall decorations that are in the $1 and $3 dollar bins. There are a ton of affordable decorations in the fall/halloween section too! Let’s check out what I got…IMG_9739IMG_9740IMG_9741

From top to bottom- Two Pumpkins. The bigger pumpkin was $5 and the smaller pumpkin was $3. I found the smaller pumpkin in the $3 dollar bin and couldn’t believe it! In the middle, the wheelbarrow was $7. I thought it was adorable. You could get more creative and put leaves, pine cones, or acorns in it. Finally, I purchased the “Welcome” sign for $3 in the $3 bin too! I left with four adorable additions to my fall decor for less than $20!

Grand Total at Target: $18

Second stop, ANY CRAFT STORE. In my case, I went to Hobby Lobby. This is another store that I cannot leave without at least two or three extra items in my cart. I suggest shopping at a craft store because they usually have their holiday decor for 40%-50% off! I will be making another trip to Hobby Lobby before the weekend to decorate my Halloween table. (Stay tuned) My latest trip resulted in the following two cute pumpkins.

IMG_9742These little pumpkins were normally $15- $20 each! I got 50% off each pumpkin. The bigger pumpkin was $10, and the little guy was only $7! I got the two pumpkins for LESS than the price of the larger pumpkin’s original price!

Grand Total at Hobby Lobby: $17

Finally, my tip of the day: DIY! Last stop, DOLLAR TREE. One of my goals is to accumulate enough dishes and decorations to be able to have a themed dining room table for every month. This is going to take a lot of time of collecting. I asked Brent if I could purchase a four cute pumpkin plates for $50. (Of course, I would actually need 8 or more…) He told me not this time because we are saving for a house! I decided that I still wanted to decorate my table. I went to Dollar Tree and purchased 10 plain white ceramic plates. I stopped by Albertson’s to buy a pack of metallic gold sharpies.IMG_9734I wanted a simple design that I could keep out for a few months of fall. I googled the shape of a leaf, printed, and cut it out for a stencil. You could free hand the design, but I wanted all the leaves to be the same size and shape. I found a cute acorn that I would model my drawing off of and got to work. IMG_9733IMG_9735The metallic sharpies required more than one coat and still showed up pretty light. I had to wait for it to dry and apply multiple coats. I decided to keep a very simple design and it was quick and easy to draw them. But I do recommend doing it with a plain dark color if you do not want to do multiple coats.

IMG_9736You need to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. After you are finished decorating, bake the plates in the oven for 30 minutes. I like to let my plates completely cool in the oven. It minimizes the chance of cracking. IMG_9743

Wha-lah! By “Doing It Myself” I was able to create 10 cute fall plates to decorate my table for a Total of: $14!

Disclaimer: When I have made sharpie cups/plates in the past, it is best to hand wash them. You may want to bake them more than one time if you notice they scratch off easily! However, I still think it is worth it to have a handmade piece!

My Fall Decor Grand Total: $49 (Compared to an estimated $177 that I would have spent for normal priced decorations)

I don’t put out a lot of decorations because I don’t want it to be too cluttered in my house. But, I do think I added the perfect amount of decorations to my collection! I love my cute fall decor! I can’t wait to keep looking for great deals!

Final Tuesday Tip: Enjoy the fall season! It will be over quick! Remember to live deep breaths! – DLD

What is your favorite season?

Did you decorate for fall/halloween?

Where did you get your favorite decorations?

Have you ever DIY projects? Do you enjoy them?

 

 

The Moment of Truth

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to announce the written commitment of my “get fit” and wellness plan. I have to admit that it is scary to think about the changes my body has gone through in the past few years. I went to the doctors office today for a check up and I weighed in at the heaviest I have EVER been in my life. This number even exceeds when I was pregnant with my boys. As shocking as the number was… I was not shocked to hear it. I have noticed the changes in the way my body looks and feels lately. I am tired a lot more and get worn out quicker than ever before. When I was standing all day while baking for my sister’s wedding, my body hurt so bad the next day. I am convinced that it was because of the extra weight and lack of muscle to carry around the weight.

Like so many others, I have fallen into the everlasting cycle of “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I cheated today already” and “Next week”. Today is finally the day. To be honest, I did not eat as well as I would have hoped. I had a mid day candy craving at work. However, I did go for my first run of the season! I’m not going to lie, I felt like I was never going to make it home. I struggled through the whole mile and a half run. (Yes, it was a monstrous feat). I did a run/walk combo. I tried to do run 2 min and walk 1 min and ended with a 2 on 2 off interval run. It took me about 16 minutes to labor through it. At the end of the run, I was feeling so tired. I realized I am very out of shape. It did not help that everything was working against me today. I had hip and foot pain in my right leg. My sciatic nerve and hips have been sore for the past few days. Surprisingly, my leg and foot felt much better after my run. I made sure to do a little stretching when I got home. Then, I followed it up with some tasty Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Sautéed Kale. My husband recently went to Alaska on a fishing trip and I’m positive everyone will be sick of my salmon recipes by the end of the month because that is ALL WE EAT NOWADAYS!

Now to the dirty details. As much as I hate to post this. The stats are in. As of Monday, October 19, 2015:

I weigh in at: 152lbs

My hips: 42 1/2 in.

Waist (Pants line): 37 in.

Small of my waist (Rib Cage): 30 in.

Breast: 38 in.

Chest: 36 in.

Biceps: R 12 in L 12 in

Thighs: R 25 1/4 in L 24 3/4 in

A quick disclosure: These numbers are not intended to make anyone feel bad about themselves. Every person is beautifully and wonderfully made as individuals. God did not make any one of us like another. My heaviest weight may be someone’s smallest weight. My body was not built to be so heavy and it is clear that I am not in shape. Thus, it is not merely my weight that concerns me, but the way I feel. There are many women that I have met that should never weigh below 150 pounds and they are very fit. So please do not feel like I am shaming any shape or size. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, heights, colors, and forms.

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This post comes from a very vulnerable place in my life. It takes a lot of courage for me to share these photos and details. However, I feel that it is a crucial part in accepting and loving myself. It is the first step to making the changes in my life that I so desperately long for. We control our habits. It may be hard at first but I am very excited to share my journey with you. I hope that together we can make the little changes in our life. This is my commitment to work out a minimum of 30 minutes every day. It may not seem like a big commitment. Overtime, I will be adding healthy eating, diets, and specific exercises that work. I pledge to document my changes each week. I look forward to sharing both my successes and my struggles. It is all part of the transformation. I promise to be real and not hide the “not so pretty” parts of transforming to a fit life.

I will take it one day at a time and make the changes necessary, one breath at at time. – DLD

What was your workout for the day?

Do you prefer to run on a treadmill or outside?

What did you have for dinner?

What is your guilty pleasure? (Treats you cannot resist)

 

 

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These are a few of my favorite things…

Welcome to “Getting to Know Me” Part 2!

Today I want to share a few of my favorite things. Some of these are new favorites and some are “oldies but goodies”. I use these items on a daily basis. In order for the item to be listed below, it has changed my life in someway. I will note that I have not received ANY of these items for free and am NOT being compensated to write reviews on these items. I genuinely love these items. I truly believe that you may find all of these items are necessary to be a mom!

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Bumble and Bee Bath & Body: Pit Putty Deodorant

I love that this product is 100% organic. It is completely chemical free! I recently bought this product at Harmon’s Grocery in Utah. Studies show that most deodorants have harmful chemicals that are linked to breast cancer, lymphnode cancer, and Alzheimers.  The harmful ingredients include aluminum and propylene glycol. Luckily this deodorant does not contain either! I have been looking for alternatives to ordinary store bought deodorant for a few months. I have not had very much luck. Unfortunately, I have been cursed by overactive sweat glands since birth. I have always been self conscious about how much I sweat compared to others. My two boys have inherited this trait as well. I cannot go one day without putting on deodorant or I can instantly smell myself. This has caused a huge dilemma in my search for a healthy and natural solution. A few other options I tried were homemade deodorant and lemon juice. These just did not do the job. I did not feel like I could go all day without smelling at work. Forget going to the gym! However, this deodorant is almost too strong for my liking (in a good way). Anytime I lift my arms I can smell the Geranium & Lime aroma. It lasts all day and goes on very smooth. I rode my bike today and came home smelling wonderful. In fact, I just ordered the Lavender & Vanilla scent on their website. It does not come cheap. But, you get what you pay for sometimes. I am willing to pay extra for no harmful chemicals and a full day of smelling fresh regardless of what activities I run into!
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The Princess Trilogy by Jean Sasson

Every woman should read this trilogy. It will change your view on life. The books are based on a true story of a modern day Saudi Arabian Princess. This story is not the typical fairytale story that we are used to. It is full of raw emotion. We are very blessed to live in a country that allows us the same freedom as our male counterparts. Saudi Arabian women do not have the same luxury. Growing up, many people have told me that we should be thankful because there are women out there who do not share our same freedoms that we take for granted. However, I did not realize how traumatizing and degrading to women some of the customs are in other countries. These books cover stories about the royal family all the way down to those who were even less fortunate. It is not an easy story to read, however it will suck you in immediately. Princess Sultana is witty and full of life. Each page will keep you wanting to read more and more, even when the details in the story are truly awful to read. If you are looking for a new book to read, are struggling to find gratefulness in your life, or are looking for motivation to bring change to the world… Start with this trilogy. You can find them at Barnes and Noble. For cost effective buying, I found mine on Amazon!

21 Day Fix Workout DVD
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The 21 Day Fix Workout DVD is a MUST for working parents. It comes with eight 30 minute workouts and one 10 minute abs workout that each can be completed in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a heavy and light set of weights or a resistance band. A few months ago, I signed up for the 21 day fix challenge. The kit comes with portion guides for your meals and this workout DVD. Although I appreciated what I learned about dieting and portion control, the biggest benefit was discovering these workouts. My main pain point about working out is the time that it takes. This DVD allows you to get in a full workout all in 30 minutes from warm up to cool down. Sacrificing 30 minutes at home is nothing. There is no drive time and you can hop in the shower right after you are finished. My kids even have joined me in the workouts. My favorite part of this workout DVD is how easy and realistic it is. April (the trainer) shows different variations of each movements. You can start out easy or push yourself as hard as you can. It is great for beginners through advanced fitness enthusiasts. I also enjoy that there are different styles of workouts including (but not limited to) cardio, yoga, and pilates. You can find this product on beachbody.com. If you are looking to join an accountability group, I know a few coaches that would be able to help keep you motivated. I am planning on joining one in a few weeks. Please comment below if you have any questions or would like to join!

IMG_9712Magnesium Oil

Many people unknowingly suffer from Magnesium deficiency. Most common ailments can be traced back to not getting enough Magnesium in your diet. Magnesium is a mineral that is responsible for more than 300 metabolic processes. Now days, the chemicals in our food have stripped away the minerals that we need for our bodies, including Magnesium. Some key symptoms that might indicate that you are deficient are leg cramps, insomnia, muscle pain, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, migraines, headaches, poor memory and many others. There are more serious symptoms such as numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, and abnormal heart rhythms. I originally started researching the benefits of Magnesium when I started having panic attacks and anxiety. I purchased some Magnesium Oil online through Etsy. I noticed the benefits almost immediately. It calmed my nerves and helped me sleep better at night. I found that I fell asleep quicker and woke up with more energy. It has helped relieved my muscle aches and headaches. Recently, I started making my own oil from Magnesium salts and distilled water. Stay tuned for a more in depth look at my experience with Magnesium oil in the near future, including my very easy recipe for the oil I use daily!

Jesus Calling by Sara Young
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I am obsessed with my Jesus Calling book. When I was living in Utah, my husband and I were going to Christian Counseling with Paul and Diane Jackson. I had recently given birth to Thayne (our youngest), started a new job, and was under a lot of stress to pass my Series 7 exam. All of these big changes lead to my struggle with anxiety. I began having panic attacks and overwhelming anxiety daily. We discussed my anxiety with Paul and Diane. They had many answers for me and encouraged me to read the bible for support. Diane gave this book to me as a gift. It is one of the best gifts I have ever received. It has short passages dedicated to each day of the year. It is written as if Jesus is giving you the advice. At the end of each passage is a few bible versus to look up. There are very few nights that I fall asleep without reading the daily passage and the bible versus. I am on my second time through this book. I cannot tell you how many times I have opened the book and the passage applies to my life exactly. It is a friendly reminder that God is looking out for me each day. It is easy to get wrapped up in the struggles of life and to forget to be thankful for both the good and the bad. If you are Christian, I highly recommend this book. If you are curious about Christianity or are looking to renew your faith with God, this book may be a great starting point. You can buy this at Barnes and Noble or online. There is a second version available too!

These are my top five favorite items in my house. I hope you found something new to try!

Please comment below:
What are your top five favorite things?
What is your favorite book?
Do you have any bedtime rituals?
What is your favorite workout?
Have you ever joined an online exercise accountability group? If so, did you enjoy it?
If you were to be stuck on an island and could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Remember to Live Deep Breaths- DLD

Getting to Know Me…

Welcome to my blog. As I sat here thinking about what I should write for my first blog post… I thought about every experience I have had as a “first day”. They all had one thing in common. The infamous “Get to Know You” games. You know, the awkward introduction questions that you have to answer about yourself to tell the other members of the class who you are and what is important to you. In true, first day fashion, I googled the top “Get to Know You Questions”. For our first day together, I urge you to not only read my answers to the questions. But to participate in the questions yourself. I also ask that you take a look around. I have done some in depth descriptions on my main pages of the blog that might help you understand what this blog is all about.

1. First Name? Danielle.

2. Were you named after anyone? No. My mom wanted to name me Lauren. But, she could not find a middle name she liked. Thus, Danielle Lauren was born.

3. What is your favorite lunch meat? Turkey.

4. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.

5. Would you/have you bungee jumped? No. I would like to take the “plunge” some day. If I wasn’t such a chicken.

6. What is your favorite cereal? Toss up between Count Chocula, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Life.

7. Do you have kids or want kids? Three boys. 2 human. 1 Chewbaca.

8. What is the first thing you notice about people? Their confidence.

9. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Yellow. It is my favorite color and the happiest color in the world.

10. Favorite smell? Lavendar.

11. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings. I’m terrified of scary movies.

12. Mountain hideaway or beach house? Depends on the day. Sometimes I like to party (beach house) and sometimes I like to be a hermit (hideaway).

13. What is your favorite sound? My boys playing in my house.

14. Summer or winter? Summer. But I love spring and fall the most.

15. Favorite dessert? Creme brûlée

16. Favorite sports teams? Utah Utes. Denver Broncos. Utah Jazz. AZ Cardinals. In that order. 

17. What is the farthest you have ever been away from home? Mexico or Florida.

18. What is the last movie you watched? Mona Lisa Smile.

19. If you could have any super power, what would it be? The power to heal.

20. Favorite exercise? Pure Barre. I like any group fitness class too.

Please answer the questions in your own comment below. It is nice to meet you. Please enjoy my blog.

Deep Breaths- DLD