Thursday, February 23, 2012


Imagine this; it's 3am. I'm feeding my newborn, barely keeping my eyes open. My head keeps bobbing up and down because I have been up every 2 1/2 hours since 9pm for nightly feedings. Husband is on night shift, so he's no help. It's the last feeding at 3am, and I know I have to get back up at 6am to begin my day and know that I have an hour long workout ahead at 9am when my newborn goes down for morning nap. Sometimes I wanted to say WHY ME?! I'd have given anything to just take that time from 9-11:30am and sleep! I'm glad I didn't though. I had a 4 year old to think about too. He'd be up and expecting breakfast at 7am. How was I going to get through the day? How was I going to drag my butt out of bed in a mere 3 hours when I feel like I haven't slept since my 2nd child was born? Then make my way though another just didn't seem possible some days.

That's when I had to rely on my strength. It came from a few places, but most of the time, I'd pray through my son's nightly feedings. I'd sit listening to K-Love on the radio, relying on God to get me through to the next feeding. Just to the next one, then I'd be okay. Then through to the next workout. Then to the next week. My faith grew through this process. I grew through this process.

I also had another source of strength; Bob's book, "Are You Ready?". He really helped me through this book. I got to read about other people who had gone through the same thing I was going through, and seeing how Bob handled their journeys helped me through mine. I felt like if they could do it, then I could.

Here is a link to his book: Click me!

In this book, he explains how to set up a plan for yourself; how to get started, find your BMI, and where you should be. He made it simple for me, and something that I knew I could do. I loved this book, it's still on my Kindle and I still read it often. If you are trying to lose but don't know where to start, I highly recommend this book! Reading about other people struggling made me feel like I knew exactly how they felt, and they kept pushing through. If they can keep pushing, then I could, too.

We all need strength just to make it through to the next day, but we need serious strength to make it through an exercise routine daily. If you make it a priority to get your life in order though, you will be surprised at your own strength. I didn't start out being strong, I started out broken. I started out at the lowest point you can imagine. I crawled my way back up. Just know that if you are at that point, you are not alone, and you can get through it. You can get back up and do what you need to do to make a change in your life. Start small, with just a simple routine, and pretty soon it will become a habit! Then it will become a lifestyle.

With love,


  1. Thank you for this post :) I needed it today.

  2. Mandy,

    You have been an inspiration to me. I have recently found your blog on pinterst and have been attached to it and you ever since. You have given me motivation to make a lifestyle change. At 210, I have finally had enough and am ready to make a change. Thank you for inspiring and helping me through your blog.


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