Having to leave home…

I say this every time, but I don’t want to leave. Have you ever been to a place where your soul just rests and is at peace? That’s how I feel when I cross the state line to Louisiana.

I’m going to share a few pictures with y’all to share the beauty I see.

The Cabin

The Houmas House is always a fav of mine to visit and I highly recommend it. It’s privately owned but they have restored it perfectly.

Stately Oaks with Spanish moss hanging from the branches

ah lets not forget the swamp it’s as beautiful as it’s dangerous

New Orleans! If you can’t find the beauty in this city you are not looking hard enough. From Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, River Boats, and The Mississippi River walk.

This particular place has flown a 50ft flag since I was a lil girl and it’s something I look forward to EVERY time I get into town. It is a beacon welcoming me home!

Visiting Mike the Tiger is a MUST! (For one and all and you don’t just have to be a tiger fan)

Downtown Baton Rouge. Old capital building, USS Kidd, and of course my fav view of the Mississippi Bridge (“new one” I still can’t go over the old one without needing to loose my cookies šŸ˜‚ Seriously though the old bridge is hard core) “Red Stick”

I hope you have smiled or at the very least have experienced a new side of Louisiana that you have never seen before. I wish I could have taken you along the way or could have stopped and taken a picture of everything I found beautiful a long the way.

Louisiana might not ever be my home again but it will always be home in my heart. It will forever be the place where my heart goes to rest and recharge and I am thankful.

Motivation: What keeps you going?

For the last two years I have been on a quest to get back to being more healthy. I am a single mom with a very active lil boy and need to be the best I can be for him and me! This is me right before I started this journey.Ā 

I was about 55 lbs overweight, facingĀ  back and wrist surgery. I ate nothing healthy. I knew the time had come to do things differently. So July 4, 2016 I put down Dr. Pepper for good… (I went from drinking 6-8 a day to none and started a healthier diet) I made it a point to NOT cheat the first six months. This is different for everyone, but I knew if I cheated I would not have the willpower to stop.Ā  I was doing no workouts at this point either. December of 2016 I had lost 30 pounds but I still had 25 to go. It was time to get really serious. I hired a trainer.

This route is not for everyone, but I found having to answer to someone and send my measurements to him was a HUGE motivator. (I will find a pic to put here just for yall) January 2017, I had joined his six week program. I had forgotten just how much I LOVED the working out. I loved the feel of my muscles being sore. Six weeks flew by. At the end i had lost three inches and was well on my way to loosing the last of my weight.Ā  I tried to make it on my own, I really did.Ā  I ended up messaging him and asking about longer term programs. Having a trainer keeps me grounded, motivated and focused on what I should be doing.

Around April I met anotherĀ  fitness junkie. I know what you are thinking, what happened to D? Nothing, I kept him, while I started incorporating MORE stuff from my new friend and the results were amazing! I found that he challenged me to do things that I normally would not have even attempted to do. I have NO quit in me when someone challenges me! (I may have fussed a lil though) In all my years I can say that I loved the way I felt and looked during this time the best. I could not have been more excited about my new muscle definition. (Pics of my baby shoulders)Ā 

October- December 2017 was when I got a lil sideways (so if this happens to you don’t panic you can get it back!) I spent these months BUSY with family holidays and only occasionally did I hit my downstairs gym. I will say that getting back in the groove is the hardest part but now two weeks into January it feels like I haven’t left!

The question I get asked the most is, well what’s your goal? I don’t know if I have just one… I want to reach for the stars and never look back. Size matters not to me, I mainly try to focus on how I feel at the end of the day and can I keep up with my four year old! My goal is too motivate people the way my friends motivate me! My advice to you is NEVER give up. Start small and move from there. Need help? There’s no shame in that either. There are a lot of programs out there that you can do alone or online trainers that will help you, because I know better than most how intimidating “going to a gym” can be!

I am at a loss…

I know this blog is about books and we will get back to them shortly but first I want to ask you a question.

If I tell you my child has an allergy (nut, gluten, peanut butter or bees ect.) all products containing these ingredients are immediately ban from school. Right? (My child goes to school where there is a nut ban)

So If I tell you my child is allergic to sugar why do you continue to have sugar in his school? Can you tell me the difference? Sugar affects him like a poison, his lil body just can not process great amounts of processed sugar. He has a hard enough time eating natural sugar and keeping control.

His school is having a “sharing meal” today, where everyone brings a bag of candy to school and they go around with a waffle cone and fill up their cone with various candies. Now let me be fair, his teacher is aware that he can’t have sugar so she told us we could bring his own stuff and he would have a cone just not get to share with the others… This breaks my heart, literally in two. Keep in mind my son is 4 and doesn’t understand why he can’t participate in this like the other kids. So instead of the tears I knew would be coming I kept him home to avoid someone feeling sorry for him and slipping him some sugary treat anyway.

NOW before you jump on me and tell me, Angela, there is medicine for hyperactivity. Let me ask you this. If you knew you were allergic to nuts, would you eat a pecan pie and then shoot up medicine to keep your body from reacting? If you are diabetic is it smart to feel your body full of toxins just because you have insulin to save your life? Y’all get the point. My point is simple when we control his diet he is no longer hyper, is this harder? Absolutely! But we do it to maybe keep him from having to take meds that could potentially change his personality. (Now I am not against said meds its just not where we are right now)

Last thing and then I will be done. The Obesity rate for adults in Alabama 2016 is 18-25 years 22.6% 26-44 years 38.2% 45-64 42.1% That is HUGE! Why do we feel the need to feel our children from a young age junk on a daily basis. (I am not talking about special occasions either.) Something to think about for sure.

My hope is that one day we will take seriously the dangers of being flippant with sugar sensitivities or hyperactivity. This is coming from someone who suffered from this all my life.

Love to all,