Easter Sunday…Family Blessings

Today is my favorite holiday of the year.

I love celebrating such a happy ending to the Greatest Story Ever Told!

Also, it’s Spring, and the beginning of a whole new season of excitement!

We had my brother and his girlfriend as well as my mom over for dinner today. We served early as my brother is a season ticket holder for the Chicago Blackhawks, and needed to get back into the city for the game.

What a great meal we had. My hubby made a rack of lamb that just looked fabulous. I discreetly ate my naked chicken cutlets (meatless).

I reflect today on all the things I am grateful for….and here in this picture are many of the biggies. I’m so grateful for my hubby and Anthony. They are my pillars of motivation. I push to reach my goals because of them!

2 years ago at this point, I was going back to work tomorrow to finish out my contract after my maternity leave was over. I loved being a teacher, but really wanted to be a stay at home mom. I remember how nervous I was to go back. I didn’t want to leave Anthony!

I reflect back and am really thankful for my husband giving me the gift to be a stay at home mom. I’m also thankful for him being so supportive of me running with what I enjoy as I run my at home business. Best of both worlds; helping others stay healthy and being home to raise our Anthony.

What are you thankful for today?

Reduced Prices Do Not Mean Zero Calorie :)

This is my biggest temptation every year.

Seriously, even more so than the day after Christmas.

Every year, the day after Easter I love to go to Target, Walgreens, and CVS and hit up their holiday aisle for the CLEARANCE goodies!

I’m reminding myself this year to realize…just because the bags of candy are $1 or less doesn’t mean that I have to buy them. I LOVE the Starburst Jelly Beans and the Cadburry Mini Eggs that are completely full of that awesome chocolate with the thin candy shell. Not to mention those wonderful Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs!

But, I don’t need to derail all the good work that we have done in our home with healthy eating habits by putting all that in our home again. That was part of our original problem.

I believe in all things in moderation. For me, moderation is a pizza night one night a week. As for sweets, I’m down with my chocolate Shakeology, so candy and treats of that sort are reserved for special occasions mostly.

Easter is a very special occasion in our home! Our biggest special occasion! Therefore, we will enjoy our treats on Sunday, but that’ll be it. We can have our favorites and enjoy every bite rather than scarfing it all down, knowing that we’ll have more tomorrow when bargain lady mommy goes to the store and raids the holiday aisle!

Every jelly bean (even if it is zero fat) contains sugar. Sugar turns into fat…which my body does not need.

Those mini eggs…well…my love affair with those will just end up with them being suction cupped to my hips.

I’ll stick with enjoying them on Sunday and being thankful at the end of the week that I didn’t let it trigger more and more treat eating throughout the week.

Everything in moderation…but always on the right track.

As a teacher, I was always careful to keep my students on the right path, even if our conversations went astray for a few moments. I enjoyed getting to know my kids and making them laugh…they worked harder then when it was time to work!

Same holds true here…stray on those holidays! Enjoy! But stay close to the path so you can hop back on without having to take a long journey just to get back on track!

Slow and steady always wins the race!

Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. 🙂

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