Celebrities, Eating Disorders, and a Big High-Five!

My favorite breakfast-eggs, mexican cheese, toasted tortillas, mustard :)
My favorite breakfast-eggs, mexican cheese, toasted tortillas, mustard ūüôā

So, this has to be one of my all time top favorite things to eat for breakfast.  Simple, but so good!  I thought I would share a quick trick that I recently learned about making speedy eggs.  I really hate the smell of eggs in the morning, and I hate cleaning up the mess, LOL.  I think that this shortcut is genius!  Crack 2 eggs into a microwave-safe ramekin, add salt/pepper, stir with fork.  Microwave for about 40 seconds, stir and microwave another 40 seconds. Eggs are done!  Seriously!?  They are fluffy and yummy with hardly any stink or cleanup.

In regards to celebrities, eating disorders, and big high-fives – I have been really inspired lately by several celebs and their honesty about body image struggles/ED. ¬†I think that so much emphasis is placed on the negative in our world, it is refreshing to hear stories with a positive message for a change. ¬†A few nights ago I watched “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” for the first time. ¬†Have you ever seen this amazing show??? ¬†Wow! ¬†This guy is super impressive. ¬†He has a different celeb on each episode and takes them on some type of crazy journey where they are asked to push their limits. ¬†Through the course of the adventure, Bear talks with the celebrity and finds out all sorts of intimate details about who they really are. ¬†The episode I watched had Kate Winslet as the celeb guest. ¬†Let me just say, she seems like a very “real”, down-to-earth, kind of gal. ¬†She was funny, determined, and candid. ¬†Kate revealed that she struggled with body image and bullying growing up. ¬†She recalled feeling as if she was never quite right – chubby, big feet, messy hair, etc. ¬†“When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life. ¬†I only heard negatives” ¬†Kate told Bear. ¬†Apparently, Kate has been determined to break that negative cycle by providing constant positive body image reinforcement to her own daughter. ¬†She said she and her daughter stand in front of the mirror and talk about how they are so lucky to have curves and good bums! ¬†High five to you Kate Winslet! ¬†That made my heart smile. ¬†She also inspired me to keep moving forward and continually feed my girls positive words.

Demi Lovato is another inspiration to me. ¬†She speaks very openly and honestly about her addiction and ED recovery. ¬†In support of communicating properly about mental illness and eating disorders, she was quoted as saying, “There’s a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice…It’s the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to [p]ut mental health care on the back burner.” ¬†She goes on to say, “Eating disorders do not discriminate…neither does any other mental illness. ¬†These are deadly diseases that are taking lives daily. ¬†So please, let’s be cautious of the words we use when discussing ED’s and other mental illnesses.” ¬†High five to you Demi Lovato!! ¬†Her book “Staying Strong”¬†is powerful and well-said. ¬†I had not looked through it in quite some time. ¬†My oldest daughter raided my bookshelf a week or so before she left for church camp, and found it. ¬†When she came back from camp, I discovered¬†it in her suitcase. ¬†Honestly, I have to say that made me proud. ¬†She could have picked a lot of other things to read, but she chose something insightful. ¬†This week, I have been flipping through the book again. ¬†High five, again, Demi!! ¬†I think I may start giving it out as a regular gift. ūüėȬ†Such an inspiration.

My take away from all of this – you don’t have to be a famous celebrity to make a difference or have a voice. ¬†In fact, there are tons of “regular” folks that inspire and support me daily. ¬†I think it is the sheer honesty that I am really impressed with. ¬†I can only imagine being in the public eye makes it even more difficult to be so open about such a sensitive part of your life. ¬†I love this quote. ¬†Simple, but so very true…

“Our secrets make us sick” – Unknown



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Good Food, Good Friends, Fun Times!

My DELISH burrito bowl at Freebirds!!!  Yummmmm!!!
My DELISH burrito bowl at Freebirds!!! Yummmmm!!!

Okay, so, I have to admit that last week was not really the best week ever. ¬†It is getting to the point of total crazy around here. ¬†I was down a kid (due to the sweet blessings of church camp), but the other two were constantly at battle. ¬†When Friday finally arrived, we all needed to get out of the prison walls of this house! ¬†The oldest arrived home from church camp and settled in nicely…it is amazing what a week without social media and a new perspective make. ¬†Saturday morning we all formulated our game plan for the day. ¬†First stop was Freebirds¬†for some lunch, then on to The Main Event¬†for some family fun, LOL. I have to admit, it was a really great day! ¬†The food was incredible, and NO ONE argued at all!!!! ¬†The Main Event¬†is not usually my favorite place to visit. ¬†I am not a huge fan of the chaos or the swiping of that dang card. ¬†We stayed for about 2 hours, and everyone left with a smile on their face. ¬†That is a win in my book!!

The teens getting along with everyone...AMAZING!! LOL!!
The teens getting along with everyone…AMAZING!! LOL!!
Ans and I in the photo booth at The Main Event :)
Ans and I in the photo booth at The Main Event ūüôā


On the way home, I received a Facebook invite from some good friends to their “First Annual Slip and Slide Kick Ball Bash”. ¬†Never done this before! ¬†So, we headed out there for the evening. ¬†SO MUCH FUN!! ¬†I am not sure who enjoyed it more, the kids or the adults! ¬†I really love the great friends that we have. ¬†It seems like every time we all get together I meet someone new that I thoroughly enjoy. ¬†I really do believe that you can learn so much from everyone¬†you meet. ¬†Honestly, I don’t know if I am just surrounding myself with different types of people, or if I am progressing more and more in my recovery and able to be way more “real”. ¬†I find it so interesting the conversations that I have with my friends now. ¬†Nobody really cares about how perfect they look or how “right” they are parenting. ¬†It is just honest and real. ¬†Do we talk about insecurities and swimsuits and food…yes…but, it is not the FOCUS. ¬†I love that!!! ¬†Nobody cares! ¬†ūüôā



Here is a pic of almost all of the kickball field.  Kiddie pools were the bases.  So funny!
Here is a pic of almost all of the kickball field. Kiddie pools were the bases. So funny!

Soooo, Sunday morning arrived, and the oldest was excited to go to church and take her two best friends. ¬†I dropped them off and came home to change for a walk/run. ¬†Side note – just signed up for a team race in October called Ragnar that I am very nervous about…I really do not like to run, LOL. ¬†More on that later! ¬†We ended the weekend with an afternoon of swimming and GREAT food at another friend’s house. ¬†Feeling very blessed on this Monday after a long, crazy weekend! ¬†ūüėČ

Avocado Salad I made to take to swim on Sunday.  Delish!!!
Avocado Salad I made to take to swim on Sunday. Delish!!!
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Plans for the Future

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. This was the verse that I clung to all throughout my eating disorder treatment (and thereafter!). I think that one reason it yelled out at me was because at that particular time in my life everything felt so completely uncertain. I had worked a steady job for many years and managed to keep up the facade that I had it all together. Things had been slowly unraveling for several months, but the month preceding treatment my life spiraled at a frantic pace. There I was alone, with no job, facing a harsh reality that I was going to have to give up my favorite secret to the world. A secret that I had kept just for me since I was a teenager. It was my true companion, always there when nothing else was. I was terrified to think that I would have to learn to live without my dark friend. Anyone that has struggled or knows someone that has an eating disorder probably knows that a lack of control is fuel for the fire. It only made me want to cling to my sickness even more. The first week of treatment, I realized that I needed something outside of myself to focus on to pull me to the other side. A girl in group was reading a devotional one morning, and she shared that day’s passage with all of us. It spoke to me so profoundly. I could not get past how perfect that verse was for me and how I was feeling. If I could not be in control of everything around me and inside me, at least I could feel at ease knowing that God was in total control of EVERYTHING. He had a plan, and He was not going to let harm come my way. I just had to trust Him. So, when my dietician asked me to add pasta to my weekly plan, I had to simply breathe and say, “Okay, I can do this. I may not trust you. I may not trust myself or my body or that damn pasta, but, I will trust that God has a plan for me, and he will get me through this. I am not going to sugar-coat anything. I battle everyday. Some days are really easy, and some days are complete losses. However, I still keep trying and moving forward with my hope for the future. I love this picture of my daughter and her best friend. It makes my heart smile every time I look at it. I am so proud of both of them. They are confident, smart, independent girls. In fact, they are at church camp together this week. My hope for both of them is that they trust that God has a plan for them, and always remember that the kind of friendship they have is real friendship. I pray they never have to miss out on real life being consumed with a secret dark companion.

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