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    Value of an Education

    Is the cost of culinary school worth it? Read more..

    Photo: FCI Student Chefs on Flickr.

    Pizza margherita on the grill… 30 minutes or less or it’s free! #getinmybelly

    Pismo Beach on Horseback on Flickr.

    Verizano Bridge at Sunrise on Flickr.

    special delivery! #arbonnesamples #wantone #askme

    The next time you see someone call a little girl bossy, just walk up to them and smile and say, “That little girl’s not bossy, that little girl has executive leadership skills.

    Sheryl Sandberg

    My feeling fit story… saga, journey, battle, experience. It’s an on-going struggle.

    I could start this off with a bunch of blah, blah, blah excuses about how I’ve always wanted to lose the baby weight, look skinny, fit into my jeans, not have a muffin-top, yada, yada, yada… but I’ll just put myself out there with zero shame.

    Hi my name is Lily… and I am fat skinny.

    :::GASP!:::

    Now don’t give me the BS… Lily you’re not fat. You look fine. What are you talking about? You just had a baby. It’s totally normal.

    I know it’s normal, but nonetheless I have not felt healthy or fit in a very, very, very long time. I’ll tell you the down and dirty of it. I’m not athletic. I don’t particularly like the gym. I can be pretty lazy…. and to top it all off - I’m a horrible eater. My entire life I’ve struggled with binge eating or not eating at all. My mom used to tell me that my eyes were always bigger than my stomach, and I’ve got plenty of close friends who can attest to that. So why does this all matter now? Why should I care?

    Well things have changed. I don’t feel comfortable in my skin anymore. I feel unhealthy. I feel out of shape. I feel tired…. and I just don’t want to feel like that anymore. I’m 148lbs with 37% body fat and 25% muscle. I am not physically fit.

    Sixteen months ago at my heaviest, I was 180lbs. I had just given birth to our son, and the “extra weight” didn’t seem to go along with it. Fast forward to a few months later and I barely managed to lose 20lbs. Nobody ever tells you the honest truth about how hard it can be to lose the baby weight. I am STILL struggling to get back to my pre-pregnancy size.

    My husband says “just go to the gym”. My sister says “you just have to eat better”. Well yes both are true, but I say I actually have to LIVE healthier. I know plenty of people who hit the gym everyday and eat more salad than a bunny rabbit, but it hasn’t made them any closer to living a healthier life.

    I want to eliminate all the toxicity in my life. I want to live long enough to watch my son grow into a man. I want to be healthy enough to not have to fight for my life in a hospital bed.

    I’ve told you about Arbonne. I’ve promised you that I would share my story and that is what I’m doing today. Someone has to hold me accountable. I really hope it will be you. I’ve changed my entire lifestyle, cut out all the crap, and started a 30-day detox with Arbonne’s Feeling Fit Kit. I’m honestly feeling good. Really good!

    I won’t lie. It’s been a challenge, but I already see the change happening. Hopefully in 30 days I’ll have the courage to share a before & after.

    Yay! another nice little surprise… How cute is this?! just earned this pretty little bag for hitting my first month goal. 

    afternoon tea… all that’s missing is The Palm Court.

    If you’re going to dream anyway, might as well dream big.

    Ivanka Trump

    There’s no place like home…

    Three things in life that, once gone, never come back

    Time : Words : Opportunity

    Three things in life that may never be lost

    Peace : Hope : Honesty

    Three things in life that are most valuable

    Love : Self-Confidence : Family

    Three things in life that are never certain

    Dreams : Success : Fortune

    Three things that make a person

    Hardwork : Sincerity : Commitment

    Three things in life that can destroy a person

    Alcohol : Pride : Anger

    Three things in life that, once lost, are hard to regain

    Respect : Trust : Friendship

    Three things in life that never fail

    Love : Determination : Faith

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