Fear only has the power we give it. Hope works the same way.” – Bob Goff

Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat, which causes physiological changes and ultimately behavioral changes, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.

Uncertainty. Panic. Chaos. Hysteria. Anxiety. Everywhere we look, it’s all around us. So many are in full blown panic mode. During recent trips to the grocery store, these emotions/feelings were so thick that they felt tangible – as if I could actually touch them.

Fear is a human emotion, which means we can’t control when it comes. When we sense potential danger, fear prepares us to focus on that threat and react through the release of hormones. Living under a state of anxiety and fear for a prolonged period of time can wreak havoc on our physical health. It can weaken our immune system, cause cardiovascular damage and gastrointestinal problems just to name a few.

We are living in a time where we are surrounded by the media. There’s so much fear and panic being released through the televisions and phones. I know that I can get sucked into what I’m hearing/seeing and let it overwhelm me. 

Buff mommas — I know we have all made tremendous strides and gains in our physical bodies! Let’s not allow what’s going on right now to derail us. Keep your eyes on the prize! Because WE HAVE ALL COME SO FAR. We’ve trained so hard. We’ve gotten healthy from the inside out, and we’ve seen the importance of living in this community and doing life together. 

I want you to be encouraged. Take this time to reconnect. Call your friends. Eat dinner together as a family. Read a book. Get on the floor and play with your little ones. Turn off the tv and put the phone down. Go outside and feel the sunshine. Move your body and feel those endorphins!! 

We will come back to our beautiful GGB home soon enough. Life will resume before we know it. It may not be easy right now, but it won’t last forever. Remember, we can do hard things. We are Bold. We are Beautiful. We are Powerful. We are Girls Gone Buff.

Stay strong my buff mommas.

Picture this all too familiar scene: it’s almost midnight, the kids are tucked away in bed, husband fast asleep, and I’m the last one awake. There’s a pile of laundry waiting to be folded and a few dishes in the sink to be washed (not to mention this post I’ve been trying to get to). Like every other evening the past few weeks, it was a late night at the ballpark. Three kids in soccer (on separate teams) is no joke, y’all! So here I am, again. Scrambling to get it all done.

Time. It seems to pass by a little more quickly everyday. The older I get, the more I realize what a tricky thing time is. We live in a culture that glorifies “busy” and the never ending commitments/obligations. Mommas – you know what I’m talking about! The cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, sports/activities, birthday parties, schoolwork…. the list goes on and on. We pile one thing after another on our already

Most of us give of ourselves til there’s nothing left, leaving us depleted and drained. Our own health begins to take a backseat to our busy lives. We live on the promise of “tomorrow”. We’ll start that new diet tomorrow. We’ll hit the gym tomorrow. We’ll get to bed early tomorrow. You already know where I’m going with this — tomorrow never comes. 

Mom guilt tells us to say yes to everything for everyone else. Mom guilt says we’re wrong or selfish to even acknowledge our wants or desires. Mom guilt tells us we are not as important and our needs don’t matter. Don’t believe everything you think. Mom guilt lies! 

Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first; it means me too. Read that a few times. I. Am. A. Priority. You ARE a priority. Our health is a priority. Sometimes the hardest “no” to one thing is the best “yes” to something else. Let’s not let time own us. Let’s take off the “busy” badge that we proudly wear and make time for things that will last. Make time for YOU – mentally and physically! Go read that book, go cook that delicious, colorful meal that will nourish and fuel your body, get that workout in and let those endorphins flow. Because it matters; YOU MATTER. Start today and do something your future self will thank you for. Especially, during a time like this.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action, but a habit.” — Aristotle

Have you ever admired a healthy, fit person from afar and wished you had their motivation, drive, and passion? Or what about just snapping your fingers and having immediate results? Even better — what if someone could just do the work for us?! 

As humans, we often admire what’s seen without giving much thought to the unseen. We see before and after pictures, without realizing all that took place in the “and” between before AND after. We don’t see the blood, sweat, and tears. We don’t see the denying of cravings, the countless hours of meal prep, the early morning or late night sweat sessions, or the battle of the mind fought day after day. We don’t witness the moments of weakness or falling down. We gaze upon the finished product and think to ourselves “if only I could be like that” or “I wish I could.”

I want to let you in on a little secret. YOU CAN! You have what it takes and you are totally worth it. The fact that you’re reading this tells me that the desire is there. Desire is like a seed. It gets planted and becomes motivation, but motivation only takes you so far. Keep watering that thing and watch it grow into discipline. Remember, “the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.”

 After having my daughter six months ago, I found myself discouraged and defeated in my own journey. She was my healthiest and most active pregnancy out of all five. I set a goal in the beginning of my pregnancy with her to run 15 miles a week until I delivered. Crazy, I know I stayed focused and committed to that goal (the power of a made up mind y’all haaa). I was confident that all of my preparation during pregnancy would lead to a fast, complication-free delivery. Well, I was wrong. After a really rare and bizarre set of events, she arrived via emergency c-section. Recovery (physically and emotionally) seemed impossible and far off. 

My first day working out postpartum felt ridiculous. It felt pointless. It felt like it was in vain because I was just too far gone. I felt weak. I “felt” a lot of things. Can I tell y’all something liberating? Feelings lie!!! They’re fickle and ever-changing. We can’t trust ’em. 

After indulging in my own pity party, I had a choice to make. I revisited my “why” and desire was born again. That’s all I needed. And it’s all you need. 

Desire > Motivation > Discipline

Does discipline mean perfection? No way!!! Your journey to health and wholeness is a never ending one. We were created to be ever evolving and growing, never having “arrived.” Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it’s not where you want to be. Every season of your life serves a purpose. It’s a beautiful thing to reach down deep, pull out our inner champion, we all have one down in there, and keep pressing forward toward the goal!