Feel Good Songs

I love music.

Like a lot.

I was a choir girl in high school.

I’m a lyric lover.

And seriously wake up with a song in my head every morning. (anyone else?)

There’s always a song for whatever situation you’re in, songs for good times, sad times, and times you never want to forget. (I still hear Bon Iver’s “For Emma” and am immediately taken back to mine and Mr. B’s first date)

Music is awesome and here are some songs I am loving lately!

Stolen Dance by Milky Chance

Just loving the beat of this song. Mr. B is digging this one as well.

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

How can you not want to get up and dance to this song? I love the lyrics too!

Try by Colbie Caillat

This one has been making the rounds. I LOVE it! I honestly can’t listen without crying. <3 Happy by Pharrell
Okay, this has been around for a bit now. But it ALWAYS puts me in a good mood! Plus it is the song that played right after I met Jillian Michaels! 🙂

Fancy by Iggy Azalea

I’ve claimed this to be my theme song on more than one occasion lately. 😉

What songs are making you feel good lately?

Also, I’m heading out to Portland/Vancouver today to check out Nautilus and hang out with some other awesome bloggers. David from Keep It Up, David and I are doing a LIVE Q&A tomorrow morning with the Bowflex trainer, Tom Holland. If you sign up and watch, you could win a Tread Climber of your own! Check it out HERE!

Media Whirlwind and a Resolution with Shape

Wow.

Where do I even begin with everything that has happened over the last week?

I never thought that when I posted about me deciding to pull out from a story with Shape that it would go completely viral on the internet. I posted only to explain the situation, never for attention, never to bash Shape, and never because I felt like I needed to whine. (yes, there have been people who said I did it for those exact reasons) I just felt like I owed my readers an explanation and wanted to start a conversation.

And start a conversation I did….WOAH.

I can’t even keep track of all the places my story has shown up, but it has been all over the world quite literally.

It all started last Tuesday when I had interviews with several websites including BuzzFeed and Yahoo Shine. Huffington Post reposted my blog, Refinery29 did a interview, you could find it on Cosmo’s website, and even E!News.

I had gone viral. The views on my website went through the roof and crashed my blog several times.

And that was just the beginning.

Wednesday was more phone calls from The Today Show in Australia, Good Morning America, HLN, and NBC’s Today. I was busy on the phone trying to get travel plans made, rescheduling travel plans, and setting up times to do interviews.

Then it was off to Chicago to meet up with Mr. B who had flown in from Minnesota (he was there for work). I cannot tell you how great it felt to finally see him after everything that had happened. He is my rock and after feeling so overwhelmed with everything, I needed his hug. (Seriously cannot sing enough praise for that man!)

It was a late night in Chicago filming for Good Morning America. Which was done in a hotel suite at like midnight.

Suite where GMA was recorded

Suite where GMA was recorded

After that we hit the hay for a busy day in Chicago on Thursday.

Thursday started off with watching my story on GMA, then breakfast before anything else. we went to Wildberry’s and I had this amazing waffle!

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We got to relax at the hotel for a short time before my LIVE interviews with HLN and then The Today Show in Australia. Those were interesting to do and you can tell I was super nervous during the HLN one. I was super happy with the Today Show in Australia one though.

Interviews were done and after talking with the editors at Shape, we were taken to the airport to catch at flight to New York! We got in late and headed to bed since the TODAY interview would be happening early in the morning. There wasn’t too much sleeping on my part since my mind was racing with everything that was going to happen the next day.

Friday arrived and it was off to TODAY! There was hair and make-up with the cast of Mama Mia and a quick chat with Bahar (editor-at-large from Shape). Then we were taken upstairs where we waited for our segment.

This is what happened:

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I am so happy that it all turned into this. When I posted the blog post, I wanted a conversation to happen and wanted to spark a change in magazines today. That is exactly what happened. I’m excited to now be working with Shape to feature women who have gone through an extreme weight loss and showing their readers what can happen not only physically, but also mentally when doing just that.

This is a good thing.

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I want to say thank you so much for all of your kind words through all of this! The positive response I have received has been overwhelming and I can’t even keep up with all the comments, emails, and messages. Thankfully the positive has far outweighed the negative, which is great to see. You guys rock and made this small-town girl feel pretty amazing over the last week. I’m glad to have been the girl who brought this conversation to the mainstream media and to have so much support throughout it all!

As for the negative people, sorry that you feel the need to bash people who are doing great things for this world. Nobody has time for that.

I will of course keep you updated with everything that is to come! Along with a more extensive, fun look at the day Mr. B & I spent in the Big Apple!

As always, share your thoughts below!

And remember, keep it kind. I appreciate honesty, but do it with tact. I do reserve the right to delete anything that doesn’t adhere to this.

(Links are included for most of my online/TV appearances)

5 Years!

Last week a pretty important milestone happened in my life. It almost went by without being noticed, which doesn’t surprise me considering the type of month I had in January. A lot of things got thrown to the wayside, but I’m glad I didn’t let this milestone go totally unnoticed.

In fact, I remembered late in the day what day it was. So, I posted a quick snippet up on my Instagram and Facebook page.

Here is what I posted:

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5 years ago today, I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting. 5 years ago I decided to do something for me and to start loving myself for who I was and who I could be. 5 years ago I told myself that I would never see the number 327 on the scale again. 5 years ago I took the first steps to become healthy, but never set out to lose 172 pounds. I honestly didn’t know if I could do it, but I did. I now know that I can do anything I set my mind to. And that life now is more amazing than I ever thought it could be. In these last 5 years I have found the love of biking, cooking, and even the love of my life. Who would have thought that my mom inviting me to a meeting would bring me so much? Here’s to another healthy year!!!

FIVE years guys! That’s a pretty big deal! To me, February 2nd is like another birthday to me. It’s the day I decided to become a better version of myself.

I remember life before that day and how much I didn’t really enjoy it. I was a sad person who really didn’t love herself which lead me to some pretty crappy relationships. The one I was in right before joining WW was horrible. I wasn’t emotionally or physically abused, I just put up with a bunch of crap I never should have. But I did, because I didn’t think I deserved any better.

Thankfully, one weekend my cousin came to visit and we had a real talk about things. I started to realize that I did deserve someone better and while it took a couple of more weeks and a huge event to happen, I got rid of that guy. I was in a bad headspace for a bit after that and remember doing a lot of emotional eating.

Then I decided that I needed to do something for myself and forget trying to find someone to make me happy. That I needed to make myself happy, I just didn’t know where to start with that. Then my mom called me one Tuesday night and told me about the Weight Watchers meeting she had gone to that night. She invited me to come along the next week to see if it would be something I would like.

I went the next Tuesday and stepped on that scale and knew from that moment on that I never wanted to see that number again. I didn’t set out to hit goal that night though, I figured I’d lose some weight and see where it went from there. I took it 5 pounds at a time and set other goals for myself, like getting under 300 pounds, and losing the weight I gained while in my previous relationship.

As the weight came off, my confidence returned. I really truly started to love me for who I was becoming. I tell people with every pound I lost, I gained a pound of confidence. That confidence gave me the courage to put myself on a dating site and after a few frogs, I met my prince. 😉

To say that February 2nd, 2009 was a day that changed my life forever is an understatement. There aren’t enough amazing words to describe that day and what it means to me. If it was not for that day, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I wouldn’t be a woman who is living the life she was intended to, at a healthy weight, able to move freely, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, smiling and laughing every day, writing a blog that inspires others, a cover girl, has her dream job, all while married to the most incredibly supportive sexiest man ever.

If you would have told me back then that that day would be the start of a whole new beginning, I would have never believed you. But it happened, one day at a time, and even with several bumps in the road. I kept trucking along, because I always knew I was worth it and the hard work it has taken these last 5 years to get here.

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As I like to say, it hasn’t always been easy, but it was ALWAYS been worth it.

So, if you are someone looking to begin your own journey, or someone who is currently feeling stuck and like it will take forever, please find hope in my story. Please know that there isn’t a quick fix to losing weight, that it does take time and hard work, that it won’t always be easy, and that no matter what never give up on yourself. You have to take it one day at a time and the good with the bad. Nobody is perfect and if we were, well life would be pretty dang boring. 😉

Thank you guys for all the support over the years, I truly am grateful for my readers. You guys are there to cheer me along and offer support when needed. You are all the best! <3 Past years: Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4