Motherhood, Words To Live By

Real Beauty — “Dove Real Beauty Sketches”

For those of you who may have been living under a rock the past few days, I’d like to introduce you to the “Dove – Real Beauty Sketches“…

I have to admit, before I watched this video, I started to define my own “beauty” — round rosy cheeks, thin lips, eyes that don’t sparkle as much as they used to. Wow, really? If that’s how I see myself, I can only imagine how others see me… But, after this video I have a renewed perspective on what “real beauty” is.

Real beauty is, and has always been, what’s on the inside. As a mother of two little girls, I think it’s important to remind not only my girls, but myself, that what we have on the inside will outshine what we have on the outside.

That said, I think it is also important to recognize and celebrate  just how unique and beautiful we all are. If it wasn’t for my grandmother and her fuzzy blonde tight permed hair and rose-colored lips, my mother wouldn’t be here today… and if it weren’t for my mother and her 1970’s middle hair part and lack there of make-up look, I wouldn’t be here today… and if it weren’t for me and my brown straight hair and “round rosy cheeks”, my beautiful little girls wouldn’t be here today…

My point is this: we are all unique; we are all beautiful; we should all be thankful for the generations of beautiful women who came before us, who not only helped shape us by sharing their physical traits or outer beauty, but graced us with their inner beauty as well.

So to my grandmothers, my mother, my mother-in-law, my aunts, my sister, my sisters-in-law, my beautiful little girls, my friends, and yes, to myself, I want to tell you this… YOU are BEAUTIFUL!!

x0x0,

Lisa

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Fitness, Food, Motherhood, Words To Live By

Accountability

ac·count·abil·i·ty: noun: Merriam-Webster defined as: the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions

Today, I accept accountability for my actions (or lack there-of)… I am kicking off my week (and the new year) by taking control of my life! After being everything I am to everyone else: a wife, mother, daughter, sister, auntie, friend, and everything in between, I figured it was time to start doing something for me! Call me selfish, but I think I deserve it!!

Being out of the game for the last 6-weeks (five-weeks with a cold/flu combo, and spending the last week officially starting my very slow recovery), today is the first day I woke up feeling “good,” so with all of the energy I could muster up this very chilly January morning, I made the decision to jump back on the “new-year/new-you” band-wagon, because much like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a dream…” to rock a bikini body by my birthday!

That’s right — two kids, a few stretch marks, and a pair of mom jeans later (okay, maybe not the last one – yet!) — I am going to rock a bikini body (and subsequent bikini) by my birthday! And do you want to know how I’m going to do it? Well, here’s a sneak peek at my secret weapons (because, just like a cute pair of shoes, you can’t have just one!) I have enlisted the help of a few of my favorite websites, apps, and of course friends, to help (and support!) me along my way, including:

Love, Lindsey

My Fitness Pal

Pintrest

Skinny Taste

Six Sisters’ Stuff

To quote the famous Beetles song (or rather, my favorite version by Joe Cocker), “with a little help from my friends I will make this dream a reality by eating right, exercising, tracking my progress and leaning on my friends when I start to fall — but most importantly, I will hold myself accountable, because regardless of whether I succeed in my efforts to sculpt a bikini ready body, or I don’t, I will rock one on my birthday! Gulp…

Here goes nothing!!

Words To Live By

Eyes Wide Open

Today, I feel inspired… After listening to Hoda Kotb’s interview about her new book, “Ten Years Later,” on the Today Show this morning, I have been reminded that when life gives you lemons, you should pull out a pitcher and make lemonade. The book is filled with inspiring stories of inspiring people who faced adversity and challenges head on and moved forward. I know that 2013 is going to challenge me personally, and I am more confident now knowing that I’m not alone and I will be able to move forward as long as I keep my head up and my eyes wide open — here’s looking at you!

Ten Years Later

Words To Live By

Do not give up…

“Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest.” — unknown