Hey guys!  Look, it's only been a month since the last time I posted!  You know the story-- things have been crazy!  Well, let's be honest, "things" haven't really been "crazy,"  I've just had better things to do than blog--like sleep and eat and watch Avatar:  The Last Airbender :)

So, many of you are familiar with my many semi-annual (sometimes semi-weekly) renewed attempts at losing weight.  Not just losing weight but getting into better shape in general (but mostly losing weight--my muffin top is getting waaaay out of hand).  ANYwho, I'm at it again!

I've spent a ridiculous amount of time researching "cleanses" and "detoxes," extreme diets that claim that omitting certain food groups altogether will lead to a healthier (and slimmer) physique, and regimens whose basis is founded upon their distrust of the government and the control that they have over the food industry--all of which sound slightly (or completely) crazy but also kinda make sense to me in some ways.  It has been a tiresome and frustrating quest for knowledge!  Finally, a few days ago I figured it out!

My perfect health plan has been around for over 150 years and under my nose for the past 25.  It comes from a very trustworthy source and it's effectiveness has been proven time and again by the experiences of those who have followed it, and more recently by numerous unbiased scientific studies.  It's super simple, allows me freedom to eat everything I like in moderation, and the benefits of following it extend far beyond weight loss.

Guys, it's the Word of Wisdom!  I can't believe I didn't think of it before!  I mean, I always figured I was following it already so it never crossed my mind until the other day, I was talking to the Big Man on my way to the gym about how frustrated and helpless I've been feeling with my endeavors to lose weight.

For me, it's never been just about losing weight--it's been about everything that my additional weight has negatively affected in my life.  That extra weight is constantly on my mind!  I know I'm not alone in my obsessive pulling and tucking of shirts and pants to try and hide unsightly lumps, readjusting my bra so I can't feel my back fat (It's getting personal, folks!), avoiding reflective surfaces because when I catch a glimpse of myself, all that I see is my faults and it's all I can think of until something else distracts me.  In high school, I avoided many social gatherings and passed on playing any games that involved a lot of movement because I was ashamed of how my body looked in motion.  I spent many a fat day at home instead of at church or school.  Since having a husband and kids, my weight issues affect my relationship with them and my ability to be the kind of wife and mother that I want to be-- the kind of mom that plays games outside and runs around and wrestles and goes to the pool and does all of that stuff without getting winded (and the kind of wife that doesn't mind gettin' nekked when the time is right)!

I knew that other people didn't see me the way I did (or don't see me the way I see myself now), but it didn't matter.  It doesn't matter.  All I care about is being comfortable with myself.  I want to be able to live my life without this cloud in the back of my mind.

So anyway!  As I was talkin' it up with Heavenly Father, I thought about what a body is.  It's a temple, right? It's this great blessing that we've been given and it's our responsibility to take care of it.  Not so other people will think we're hot (although, I mean, c'mon....that wouldn't be so bad!) but because it's a gift and it's a reflection of who we are inside.  Since Heavenly Father gave me this present, why not follow the manual He provided?

If you can believe it, I had to Google the Word of Wisdom to find where it was in the scriptures, lol.  Thanks, Google!  It's in D&C 89.  I also found a few talks on (there are a million.)  It's so much more than "don't drink or smoke!"  And aside from physical health, the promises that accompany the principles of the W.O.W include mental and spiritual health as well and I could use all o' that!

Hopefully, these guys got more of their daddy's genes and won't have to worry about muffin tops!

No blog post is complete without a little eye candy, am I right?


  1. I laughed right out loud at the part about adjusting your bra. I do that too.

  2. Yay for the blog post! I've been waiting! And yay for the epiphany! That'll do you good- we had a class on it the other day, and so lately I've been all "I can eat this, because even though its carbs, its grains, and the WoW says its good for me" hehe, it's common sense, but it really is the best diet guide! Good luck with it all!! And thanks for posting :)

  3. I am so grateful that we can have little heart to heart chats with Heavenly Father about anything we want. I'm grateful to know that he listens and that he cares and that he likes to give us such helpful suggestions.
    PS: Thanks for the eye candy. I'll be having me some sweet dreams. Or beautiful nightmares. Either way, I won't want to wake up.