If you haven’t noticed yet I kind of love snap chat, hence the big giant smile! The braces are real though. You might be asking yourself “Isn’t she a little old for that?” Well my answer to that is I hope to still have a good 30 to 40 years left in me. With today’s scientific advances I could live even longer! What I am saying is, I have hated my smile for 37 years! I am finally doing something about it and I already smile more even with the braces on. My teeth have straightened out so well. Yes, when I go to the orthodontist it is a rare moment when I see another patient that is advanced in age like me but it does happen. It has definitely improved the quality of life for me because I am not embarrassed at all anymore when I smile. (Well, except when I just finished eating broccoli, let’s just say broccoli are braces worst enemy.)
Is there something you have put off because you think you are too old to do it? Or are you afraid of what people will say? You are the one living with yourself every day so do what makes you happy! If you are not hurting anybody then don’t worry about what they have to say. I was listening to one of my absolute favorite podcasts this morning, Lewis Howes, School of Greatness! and he was talking about this very thing. He used the story of crabs in a bucket, which in short is when a crab is in a bucket by itself it has no problem getting out of the bucket. However, when the crab is in the bucket with other crabs they will not let him climb up. They keep pulling him down to their level. The moral of the story is, don’t let the crabs bring you down. Be your own person, be true to yourself and do what you love. “Hater’s gonna hate” (I’m pretty sure Abe Lincoln said that) The point is there are just small-minded people who can’t imagine themselves doing better than where they are and therefore don’t want you to even try. Stay away from those people and climb out of that bucket.
With that all said I am doing something new! I started a You Tube Channel. It is going to be mostly for fun but also to supplement my blog a little. I hope to add some how to meal prep videos, weigh in recordings, video journals and some family fun. Will people think I am crazy? Perhaps they will. I am a 38-year-old Mom of 4 kids, full-time staff accountant, weight loss warrior, and dream builder. There are always going to be people who have negative things to say about what you are doing when you are trying to achieve something. Those people think they couldn’t do it so they don’t even want you trying. Surround yourself with people who are like-minded and want to achieve greatness like you. Keep the Debbie Downers at a distance and strive on my friends.
Woohoo! In just one more day my hubby and I will be getting on a cruise ship for the first time ever. We are cruising for 4 days to the Bahamas! Super excited about this new experience and I plan to do some blogging and vlogging from the trip so check back to see how we are doing. Fell free to load me up with comments and cruise advice below. I have been checking out some travel bloggers that have some good info but you can never know too much. I am packing my sunscreen for sure!
The food struggle will definitely be real on this trip, but I am ready for it. I am going to use the work out facilities there and I am hoping they have a yoga class. The science behind losing weight is simple, you have to burn more calories than you take in. I will be continuing to track my food and exercise so that I am always aware. That is why I can’t stress the importance of tracking your food intake enough. If you don’t have weight watchers then the My Fitness Pal app is another excellent way of tracking your food. It tells you how many calories you can have a day, and you just type in the foods that you are eating and the nutrition information is in the app. You don’t have to do any math, the app does it all for you. It also syncs up with your Fit Bit so it will already know the calories you are burning. Go to your app store and sign up.
Just as a FYI, I am in no way shape or form sponsored by ANYONE. All my advice is just based on knowing what I have seen work for myself or for others.
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