I'm Not a Pinterest Mom.

I was doing what I do best the other day, browsing Facebook, when I came across an article someone had posted about the simplicity of life when we (the late twenty/early thirty year old group of us) were growing up. I clicked on the article and before I could read more than half of it, I found myself daydreaming back to when I was a kid.

The days of simple birthday parties with family, simple afternoons playing outside with my best friends for life, simple days of having pizza as a celebratory dinner, etc. And it got me thinking -- what ever happened to that simplicity? When did everything become such a hugeover-the-top, let's outdo one another kind of affair?!

When did having a Pinterest worthy life become the end goal?

Confessions: In Real Time.

Heeeyyy y'all! I'm hoommeeee. And by home I mean Houston, which is always very exciting, haha!

Before I get into catching up with y'all, I wanted to say thank you for all the kind encouragement on my last post. I've been really trying to keep up with my goals (you can follow along on my running progress on Snapchat: @thelittleaslam) and for the most part, I'm doing pretty well!

And now time for some confessions. 

Keepin' it Really Real.

The other day as I was browsing through Instagram, I came across a picture of an old college friend. And although I've always found her to be pretty, in this picture specifically, she looked incredible. She was glowing, gorgeous, thin, and she looked genuinely happy.

I stared at her picture (yes, creepy, I know) for a few minutes and then sent her a message -- "You look incredible. Share your secrets with me!"

She came back to me telling me how she'd been ill for about a year, but how through that, she learned about health, nutrition, and how to properly fuel her body. She shared how she works out, how her diet has changed, and how much new knowledge she had about eating correctly.
And I don't know if it was because she had sent me such a genuine response, but I found myself typing out something I was refusing to admit even to myself.

"Ever since Sofia was born, I have had such a bad relationship with food." 

As soon as I sent that message, all I could think was "oh crap, I can't believe I sent that." But the truth of the matter was that I had finally acknowledged something that has been heavily affecting me lately. 

"I've been working out but barely seeing changes because I don't eat right & I think I've hit my breaking point." 

And with that acknowledgement came the realization that I am finally ready to do something about it. 

I'm setting two simple goals for the month regarding my health & fitness from now on. I'm going to spend all month focusing on them so that I can really start seeing lifestyle changes instead of having such insane spurts of eating well then binge eating / working out then not working out at all. 

Goals for September:
1. Fitness: Run 30 miles by the end of the month. 
2. Food: Replace junk snacks with healthy alternatives that I can find at the store or make myself. Limit junk snacking to one cheat day a week. 

There you have it, y'all. It's time to get back to having a positive self-image and taking care of myself the way I know I should be.

Who wants to join me?!

Here We Go Again.

Naked truth time: It's 11:44 pm and for some unknown reason, I have an overwhelming urge to blog.

I haven't had that happen in as long as it's taken me to get back here in the first place. I don't know what it is that sparked it for me -- maybe it was Sofia scream-crying because I've totally ruined her routine by dragging her around on my travel escapades, perhaps it was because I've just finished writing my post for Bliss, or maybe it's just the amazing amount of quiet I am surrounded with right now. Whatever it is, I'm thankful for it.

Even though I emphatically claimed to Amir recently that I was "done with blogging," I'm glad to find that I'm actually not. There's something about this little space I've created that I love. And I'm happy to be coming back to it.

So friends, here we go again.

Give me a one or two liner with what you've been up to lately so I can go read all of your blogs and not feel a million lightyears behind, okay? Okay! 

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