Life Lesson’s #4
How to return to feeling good
Laughing things off and living a peaceful, anxiety-free life is a mindset.😎
You can cultivate it when you don’t take anything personal, don’t assume, are impeccable with your word and always do you best. Guaranteed.💯
Preview of the new :20 minute step workout 💕
I. Was. Cooked 🙅🏼♀️
Don’t forget to send me your email if you want in!
A good reminder that even the best of us go through dark times. You are not alone and you should “never” be ashamed. Reach out for help, so you can move on to becoming your best, most inspiring self 🙌🧙🏼♀️
I am in heaven tonight! While our friends all play poker (not my thang) I get to snuggle their new little pup & check in on my customers. I cannot wait to join back in with them on Monday!
IG world meet Chewy aka Chewbacca, how stinkin cute is he?
You know what though? He does not give me puppy fever so @casinogirl777
we are safe! #puppylove
Adam’s first musical....ANNIE. Our neighbor Ava did an amazing job❤️
I have fought so hard to become the woman I am today.
I've come from anger, sadness, isolation, fear, abandonment, addiction, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
I've learned to open up and express myself. I've learned to be honest with myself and not take shit from anyone. I've learned that it's okay to have a passion and have goals and to believe in the unbelievable.
I love my compassion, my quirks, my knowledge about the most random topics. I love my sense of humor, my love for animals, and my dance parties throughout the day.
I sometimes think about the person I was even a year ago. I would never go back to her.
I love the person I'm allowing myself to become.
What do you love about yourself?
Never dreamed I’d have someone in life who loved me so much that my pain would bring them to tears, that they’d be willing to help me clean my legs in the shower when I can’t bend over, and cut all my food into teeny tiny pieces because my teeth and jaw are so sore. ❤️ #wifeforlife
I have a secret to share………. I was waiting to say anything to see how things went!!!!! :
8 WEEKS!!!! It’s been 8 weeks since I have taken any medication for my ANXIETY!!!! You have no fucking idea how huge this is!!! This has been some of the hardest 8 weeks of my life and I can’t even say how much I mean that.
But I have still been showing up as myself, for myself and I am doing AMAZING.
June of 2017 I decided to embark on a journey of becoming medication free. I was medicated for 9 years!
I had no idea the struggles and self-reflection that would come from this journey.
I had no idea what it would look like being off and what does life look like living without it.
Well I am living it and it’s hard, but I AM DOING IT!!!!! I AM DOING IT!
Do you know how many times I said – I am just a person who chemically needs medication, there is nothing I can do…. And continued to just do nothing.
Do you know how many times my Psychologist said – “Andrea you should also accept being off medication, just may not be for you... You have a goal and you’re persistent, but also do not lose sight that you may need something”…
HELL TO THE NO… I was like I appreciate you saying that so I do not think I am a failure if this does not work… but I am determined. Month and month went on. ~
I dropped doses…. And then would go back up. I would drop again and have a panic attack. I would have times I just cried, times I felt like minutes felt like hours with my heart racing, times I said the most irrational things… ~
But each day everything gets better. Each day is a day I survive and realize – this isn’t so bad. I can do this. ~
Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me and CONTINUES to support me. I feel like I couldn’t have done this without you. And when I need that support I know all of you will be there. That helps you really have no idea!! THANK YOU. ~
This journey is just beginning and I am so ready for what is next
I love this so much 😂
Although I’ve worked out almost everyday for the past 3 1/2 years, I struggle with the aspect of coaching that encourages me to share publicly every time I push play in my home gym.
I do find inspiration from people who’ve pushed past those feelings and do post everyday. Thank you to my tribe of women who show up in our private app, as well as those who follow my journey online. Support for nutrition and fitness is the key to my success!
#wellnesswarrior #edrecovery #fitteacher #fitat40 #obesitysurvivor
on a mission to #obliviateobesity #dogmom #anxietywarrior #iworkout
When I have to leave her my heart breaks 😭
Getting ready for the company Christmas party. I have never looked so great in this dress! 😘💋🤤
I think we got this😉 our yearly ugly Christmas sweater party is under way!
We did not hold back & made our own ugly sweaters this year!
Are you crafty/creative or a I will take the target ugly sweater?
Why not push past our own self-created limits? How many self-created, self-imposed, self-made limits and fake ceilings have you placed on yourself in different areas of your life? You know you can achieve more but you stop ... we do this all the time. This is part of the anxiety gap. We know we can do, be, and become more but we give in to temptations, play small, and accept “normal”. Then we get anxious, depressed, and feel inadequate because we feel trapped in our lesser selves. Wanna blow past this BS that we let ourselves settle for with me? Let’s make 2019 the year that we literally break through and crush every self-created ceiling. We’ll do it with the focus of a warrior and the love of a yogi. We will do it. And we will grow from it. We will love every challenge that waits for us on the journey of positive change. You down? You with me? Let me hear your roar. @gregogallagher
thank for the training sessions my friend.
Your life. It’s happening. Right here and now and it’s not stopping for anybody and anything. Are you living it to your fullest potential?!
I will be honest and say that a few months ago I wasn’t living a life anywhere close to where I wanted to be. I was unhappy, overweight, swimming in debt, unfulfilled, and competed lost when it came to what the hell I was doing with my career. 😞
They say opportunity pops up when you least expect that. And girlfriend, is THAT the truth! When I was given the opportunity to become an online health and fitness coach, I was in no position to turn it down. What could I lose at that point? 🤷♀️
A whole lot of weight, that’s what! But here’s the thing, that’s literally the tiniest fraction of what this opportunity has really done for my life. Because of coaching I have found what I’m truly passionate about, what I want to do for the rest of my life, and that’s help others. ❤️I found a way to bring in a second income to help pay off my debt and secure a better future for my family. 💸I found a community of badass women who uplift and support each other every frikin day. 👯♀️ And most importantly, I found myself. 🦄 I found the happy girl who loves to smile and laugh and feels confident in her own skin. 💃☺️💁♀️
Be honest babe, does your job offer you the ability to achieve all of those? Do you feel fulfilled at what you’re doing with your life? Do you go to sleep at night proud of what you did that day? Or like me, were you going though the motions, chillin in your comfort zone, never really reaching your full potential. If so, then DM me girl and let’s talk because opposite knocking...Are you going to answer!? ✊🏻🚪✨
And they’re off to their 2nd daddy-daughter dance ❤️
In the books 📚 December’s virtual boot camp sneak peek has come to its completion and I couldn’t be more proud of the ladies who gave it their all 👏👏👏⠀
One of my favorite parts of running an online accountability group is getting to share in our lives, the stories that brought us together and the goals we accomplish as a team 💕😊 ⠀
December is a hard month to take on such a challenge as testing out a new health and fitness regime. There are a lot of holiday parties, family events and end of year business that keeps one distracted. ⠀
Life is full of distractions, but knowing there is a safe space to be encouraged and allowed to focus on your personal growth is a rare gift. One that the ladies in my boot camp got to experience first hand. I cannot wait to continue working with them as we transition on to the next level in our health and fitness for 2019 🤗🎉⠀
(now: bobs corn maze) And @kristinamvaughn
(then: Christmas train)
FREE ONLINE YOGA? You get! Our winter box comes with two free weeks of online yoga from @bulldogyoga
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We tried a private yoga lesson today! 🙌 I decided to try it out as I have trouble with exercise and I really need to learn to centre myself and relax. 🙆♀️ It went pretty well. I’ve been having terrible heartburn and acid reflux for a while now so I was a bit anxious at first but some of the positions actually helped me open up and feel better. 👍
I’ve also been listening to inspirational podcasts lately and using my headspace app, so mentally I am really trying to help myself.
I have periods that are anxiety free, where I feel great and periods where I feel the exact opposite. I am trying to do things to help myself reach a point of calm and stability. 🙏Wish me luck!
When a complete stranger because a lifer with you. One of your closest friends & someone who just gets you, it’s the MOST amazing feeling ever. I always wanted connection but felt like an odd duck, like I didn’t belong because I am so passionate about things I LOVE. Until 3 years ago when after struggling silently with anxiety & postpartum depression, suicidal thoughts & zero confidence I leaned into something I had always been jealous of. The kind of jealousy I would get pissed about & it would ruin my whole day. I hear all the time from women....they don’t think they could do what I do. & I want you to recognize. I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to be like you. To peel back those layers. Those things holding YOU back & be the BEST VERSION of you possible. .
I want you to create your own versions of success. To lean into your insecurities & find GROWTH. Is it easy? No! It’s hard freaking work. Like so many emotions. That’s what creates FREEDOM. Freedom to not give an F about what anyone else is doing or saying. That mama, is ULTIMATE FREEDOM! 🙏🙏 Connection & Friendship, paired with goals, visions & imperfect action is TRANSFORMATIVE. .
Let’s take the leap TOGETHER. I promise you. It’s incredible. & LIFE CHANGING. 🖤💌#100daystobrave #teampassionwithpurpose
There used to be a time that I would have never left the house not done up to the nines.
That I would worry about who would see me, who I would run into, and what they would think of me.
The opinions and judgements of others along with my own anxiety would hold me captive and kept me from so many happy memories.
Today as I ventured out for an impromptu girls only Christmas baking day supply run, in my pjs and no make up, at noon, I was stopped dead in my tracks with a smile and flutter of gratitude.
I am writing my life and not hiding from it. I am me and that is enough.
It sure has been a ton of work and there are still moments of self doubt but life is about progress and not perfection.
So mama, own that progress you are making, even if you still have mountains to climb. Celebrate the progress and keep building on it because that is where joy is found.
What progress are you celebrating today?
Sean loves to golf. I personally am not a golfer, I don’t have the patience and don’t see the enjoyment of spending FOUR hours out on a course in a polo. But one of my goals for 2019 is to learn how to golf so I can play a few holes with him since he’s always so willing to do things I like! Do any of you golf? What’re some things your significant other likes but you don’t?
PS: this was not staged, I was actually putting in his living room 💁🏽♀️
#newgolfer #lookoutworld #puttingdrills
Late night thoughts unleashed. Trigger warning: suicide ⚠️
Last night I was watching Anthony Bourdain and it struck me just how lacking suicide and mental health awareness really are in the day to day
After celebrities take their own lives the world news breaks and all our eyes open up while our minds ponder how this could happen. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are given a moment of attention as counseling clinics and hotlines are recognized
But just as quickly the moment is gone...
On average, there were 123 suicides completed yesterday
123 people whom didn’t make the news. 123 people who have family and loved ones that will be planning a funeral instead of celebrating Christmas. 123 people who found the most permanent way to end their pain
So heres a little psycho education for you today; signs of suicidal ideation in a friend or family member:
talking about suicide or death in general
talking about "going away"
talking about feeling hopeless or feeling guilty
pulling away from friends or family and losing the desire to go out
having no desire to take part in favorite activities
having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
experiencing changes in eating or sleeping habits
engaging in self-destructive behavior (drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or driving too fast, for example)
Myth: Asking a friend if they have thought about killing themself will put that idea in their head
My heart goes out to the 123 families that lost a loved one yesterday. And the 123 that will face the same tragedy today
Reminder: You are loved. You are worthy of your place on this earth. You are capable of making it through this bad time. As cliche as it sounds....it gets better
#suicideprevention #22soldiers #123angels #simplymoments #livepreciously #mentalhealthsupport #anxietysurvivor #semicolonproject #personaldevelopmentjunkie #counselingworks #checkonafriend #anxietywarrior #depressedquotes #ptsdawareness
Here are 5️⃣ fun facts about me because I have some pretty awesome new IG girlfriends!
❣️My name is an acronym for I. Shall. A.lways L.ove Y.ou and is pronounced Eeee-Sah-Lee.
👂🏽I can wiggle my ears!
🍿I LOVE kettle popcorn from @7eleven
🛍 I don’t like shopping very much, I’m a minimalist and prefer to get what I need online.
🚗 I moved in September to Phoenix from Chicago and my angel-of-a-friend @fenomenalme
did the majority of the drive!
Tell me something about YOU, girlfriend! 🤗🙏🏼💙
✨How do you know the healing is working?✨ Repost @yung_pueblo
✨How do you know the healing is working?✨ Repost @yung_pueblo
So far today we:
• Made breakfast 🍳
• Watched “The equalizer 2”
• Watched “A simple favor”
• Currently: “Ocean’s 8”
It’s been raining all day 🌧so I’ve been laying in the couch working while Steve knits, and I see a nap coming my way 🙌🏻
I will be doing the VIP access sample of the new :20 minute workout today by my favorite trainer so stay tuned! 💕
I am officially on Christmas vacation🎄🎄
Although I am still suffering from Strep throat I am ecstatic to be off from work for 11 days!
Do you save vacation days for Christmas?
It’s tough being vulnerable and sharing about my struggles and “bumps along the road” in this journey called life. There will always be people who don’t understand or even think negatively about the idea of what you’re doing. There’s a purpose though. There’s a reason we write. Most of us are writing to encourage and remind people they aren’t alone in their struggles. There’s beauty when we shine a light on our pain rather than hide in shame.
Every time I want to quit writing/sharing or begin to doubt the purpose, I will look at this little bulletin board and pray. Anytime someone messages or comments that something I said impacted them or helped them in some way, I am putting it up on this board. God is moving, and I won’t allow insecurity and self doubt to stand in the way of that any longer!
It’s Saturday not slackers day!!! Who’s getting their workout in today?!???
Total Body ✅. Now to get some work done!
July vs. December.
Results don’t happen overnight. Keep working towards your goals. & when you reach them..make bigger ones.
& then crush those, too 💪🏼
To the girl who puts the weight of the world on her shoulders, and handles it with fuckin grace, all while dealing with her own silent struggles 💞
This morning I woke up with a headache and a nagging feeling of anxiety. There was no reason for the anxiety; I have a list of things that I SHOULD do today, but nothing that I NEED to do. In the past, those days were the hardest for me - the ones where I didn’t have a plan of what I was going to do all day to keep my mind off of my anxiety. But rather than letting the anxiety take over, I started today, like I do every day, by opening the First5 app on my phone. And I listened to a devotional message about REST. This is not the rest where you do nothing, but the rest that comes from replacing self-sufficiency with a dependence on God. There is work to be done, but it is not meant to be a burden and I was not meant to do it alone. I was reminded that God gave me this body and made it strong so that when I feel anxious I can exercise to alleviate my anxiety. So even though I didn’t want to, I pressed play and did a 20-minute workout. My headache is gone and my anxiety is diminished. Matthew 11:28-29: “Come to me me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. Comment below or send me a message if you want to join me on my journey of mental, physical, and spiritual health.
My goal to lean out ✔️.
My goal to build serious lean muscle 🔜
So excited to kill some fitness goals in 2k19!
I’m excited to be getting results!
Remember fam 80% nutrition + 20% exercise!
One day I want to be #fitnessgoals
and inspire other women like many have inspired me. That’s my goal in 2019. To lead others by example and show other women it is possible to reach your dreams. Who’s committing to better nutrition and reaching your goals in 2019 with me?! Drop your fav food emoji if you’re committing!
Just like that! Week 2 comes to a close! 1 more week left of this mind transforming, body transforming fitness/nutrition program. Diva! Getting ready for a new program that’ll be added to my library mid January!!! Stay tuned! .
There’s just something about the high of finishing what you started even if you gotta crawl through the finish line! There is an heir of peace, joy, and grace! Hey diva, sometimes you need someone like me to believe in you, to bring you to YOUR next level whatever that looks like for YOU! I’d love to be your coach and give access to our amazing kickass community!
That feeling of peace and grace and pure joy when you feel and see progress! Happy FriYAY Diva! Check the video out, please!
You may need to swipe left!!! .
Count every time I reach down before my bear crawl and bottom of each squat! What number do you get??? Help a sister out!