You are worthy of everything this life has to offer

As I left the gym the other night I couldn’t help but smile at how far I’ve come. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I remember being in 4th grade and joining a weight-loss group with women three or four times my age because I weighed 122lbs.

People always want to know what I’m doing that is so effective, or what tricks are working best, and the truth is, the answer is simple. Eating healthy + being active (the kind that gets your heart pumping) = weight loss. There aren’t any fancy diets, or crazy workouts. It’s about learning a new way of thinking.

For the longest time I never felt worthy of living a full life because I was taught that unless I was skinny I wasn’t worthy.

It’s a sad reality but that’s what happens when you have an adult buying you diet pills and paying you to lose weight while you’re still in high school.

As crazy as it sounds it took a random boy (who isn’t so random anymore) telling me just what I needed to hear at that moment. I’m also a firm believer that my heart was finally ready and open to hear what he had to say.

 “Stop hiding behind your weight and let everyone else see the girl I know you are.”

That conversation changed my life and I’m forever thankful for those words.

Just like any change in life it hasn’t always been pretty. There have been tears, blood, lots of cursing, and lots of sweat. I’ve vowed on plenty of occasions I’d never go back to the gym, but I somehow always do.

I’ve whispered to myself “Maybe I’m just meant to be big”. Then I remind myself that I didn’t come this far to quit now. I’ve eaten 100% healthy one day and then binged on every fast food place in Salt Lake City the next. I’ve learned that one day I can be high on life and the next all those depressing feelings can be right back at the center of attention.

I’ve also found a confidence I never had before. I’ve learned that it’s okay to not have unhealthy and toxic relationships with people and still love them. I’ve learned that I am worthy of every aspiration and goal I have for myself.

If I know one thing it’s this – you are worthy of everything this life has to offer. Never forget that. 

Surround yourself with good people. People who challenge you, people who love you, people who want to see you succeed, but more importantly, people who cheer for you on the good and bad days.


Ps. I don’t like running and rocky road ice cream will forever hold a special place in my heart.

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Follow that dream.

Have you ever convinced yourself that you should do something but you really knew you should make a different choice? Like tonight, I really should be at the gym right now but instead I’m curled up in my bed writing this.

My senior year of high school I convinced myself I hated writing (Sorry Ms.Patton). I wanted to be a nurse and help change the world. Being a nurse would allow me to virtually live anywhere and help people. It seemed like the best plan for me.

Fast forward a few years and some thousands of dollars later I was miserable. I hated school. I loved the school I was going to but sitting in a medical microbiology class wasn’t my cup of tea. In between lectures I was talking sports with the guys I sat with and looking up job openings in the NFL. Yes, I know, I’m weird.

Sports have always had a special place in my heart. From playing sports from the time I was little to cheering on my brothers at baseball games it seems like my life has always revolved around sports. I was that girl who only read the sports section of the newspaper. Summers were spent outside playing catch and Sundays were spent watching football with my dad and brothers.

I knew what I wanted to do but it would require a leap of faith into completely unknown territory. Life has a funny way of putting people into our life to help guide us along and take those steps into the unknown. I feel so blessed to have so many people helping mentor and cheer me on as I get to live out my dream on a regular basis.

Covering spring football this past spring was heaven. I learned so much in such a small amount of time and I couldn’t be more excited to continue to learn and grow in the sporting world.

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I’ll be sharing a lot more of my opinion on topics about sports (like how I’d take LeBron over Steph) and some inside information I get from time to time. For those who don’t love sports as much as my heart does. I’ve got you covered as well. Stay tuned for posts about lessons learned in my life, a challenging but rewarding weight loss journey life is currently taking me on, and other topics completely unrelated to sports.


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