I am thankful for this man right here. I’ve put him through quite the ringer over the last week and a half: Ruby’s birth, my kidney stone hospitalization, and now a virus of some sort that I somehow caught (and I NEVER get sick).
This man keeps supporting and loving me through all of it…willingly picking up the slack where I can’t right now. He teaches me the truth in “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,” and attacks every challenge with a smile on his face, and as an opportunity to grow. He helps me see past the present “new mom” feeling I get that life might not ever be normal again (new moms, I know you’ve experienced this!!) by assuring me with certainty that it will only get better . While I know this is true, it’s easy to forget when you feel down and out for so long.
This man loves me at my sickest, my most tired and most emotional, and at my worst. I am so so thankful today for the most amazing life-partner, husband, and best friend in the world. I’ll spend my life striving to be the best person I can be…using his example.
November is one of my favorite months. Why? Because it is the month of thanks. We should all be living in a “lifetime of thanks”, but with the normal chaos of life, it’s often hard to sit in a place of graciousness for too long before it’s time to discipline the kids and run them around to all of their practices ☺.
Chris and I love to try our best to live with an “attitude of gratitude”. No better reminder than Thanksgiving month to appreciate what we have before we are forced to appreciate what we had.
In honor of this month of thanks, I am following suit of a sweet girl in our family’s life that showed quite the example by posting her 30 Days of Thanks. I’m a little late: today is November 5, so we will only get 26 days of thanks! I’ll do my best to remember to post daily…I’m not perfect, so forgive me if I miss a day or two ☺.
To make up for my tardiness, I have jam-packed my first Day of Thanks with a few things I’m grateful for.
My family. This family. Although these aren’t my only family members, I think this is such a wonderful place to start.
Without these people – all of them – I wouldn’t be where I am. They make me smile and laugh everyday. They are the reason I get up and work so hard, and my biggest source of support in all that I do. A couple of them are the silent “heavy lifters” that help me make it through my days, and make my kids feel even more loved and special than I ever could alone.
These people make one happy, warm, and loving home.
I am a blessed and lucky woman. Thank you to this amazing family of mine. I love you all ☺
Sure fitness specialist Chris Powell is one impressive guy, as he works tirelessly with clients on Extreme Weight Loss (previously called Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition). But it’s the woman (and kids) behind the man you really have to meet.
And you can in ABC’s new six-part reality web series “Meet The Powell Pack,” where Chris’ wife Heidi moves from a behind-the-scenes force on the show to front and center. Between her, their three children and a co-parenting situation with Heidi’s ex (father of two of the kids), you get to see how the very fit couple juggles their increasingly busy lifestyle and support their healthy lifestyle mission.
Check out an exclusive preview of the web show — and get introduced to the Powells’ “modern family” — below:
Chris and I talk with “The List” about small changes that can greatly improve and inspire healthier living. Here are 5 simple steps you can do to improving your health today. Which one do you think will be your biggest challenge? Which are you already doing? Let me know in the comments below!
1. SMART GOAL – Make it, Write it, Declare it, Achieve it.
2. MOVE for 5 minutes everyday (even if it’s just marching in place on commercial breaks).
3. EAT breakfast to get your metabolism revved up for the day.
4. REDUCE sugar – you don’t have to go cold turkey simply avoid the obvious when possible.
5. HYDRATE to curb cravings and monitor hunger. Start with a goal to drink a quart of water a day, then increase to a gallon.
It’s about darn time this world gets a lotta lovin’ from the one and only Chris Powell ☺. With his co-hosting gig on The View, as well as the spark we get to see every Tuesday night on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, the proof is in the pudding – he was put on this earth to give hope and belief to the hopeless and the non-believers.
I couldn’t be any prouder of him. He works harder than anyone I’ve ever met before…and to better the lives of others. He shines brighter than any star (just like his tattoo on his wrist reminds him to do). He was meant to be exactly where he is…right here, proving to people how special, capable, and extraordinary they really are!
If you haven’t had a chance to see this AMAZING episode of The View (aired yesterday, July 1), be sure to watch it! It is full of inspiration from our friends’ incredible season 3 journeys, as well as powerful hope when some of our new season 4 peeps are chosen on-air! (Josh and Kathie – YAY! I love you guys and can’t wait to see you again very soon now!)
What a year it’s been, huh? And for some crazy reason, I feel like we’re still going! It’s because we are – you killed it this year, Meredith, and hit the goal you always knew you would. You weighed in at 155. But your journey is far from over!
Up next for us? Surgery, recovery, and (the most difficult part) maintenance.
You can do this, and you will do this. If anyone has shown us what hard work and patience looks like, it is you. Over the course of some pretty huge life challenges this last year (and the many years before), you exemplified these two virtues.
When we said “jump” you asked “how high” – when we said “not now for surgery” you said “I understand” and you were only driven to work harder. Your trust in our process was pretty incredible.
Your openness with your personal struggles urges me to be the same way.
You are a beautiful woman, Meredith. I am a lucky girl to be able to call you a friend. AZ won’t be the same without you ;).
If you’re a Williams Sonoma or kitchen store fanatic (like me!), I’m sure you’ve seen these little gadgets and wondered if it really has any benefit over good ol’ Pam cooking spray.
Boasted as “a dieter’s dream” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, these oil spritzers (aka oil misters) do carry many health benefits! Here are a few:
Reduced-Fat Cooking – Oil spritzers use compressed air to create a fine mist of oil to use for cooking. Instead of dumping 1 Tbsp of olive oil (and 119 unwanted calories) into your pan, you can spritz and get a small fraction of the fat and calories!
Choose Your Oil – While many prepackaged cooking sprays do offer a couple of varieties of oils, the unhealthy oils are most abundant on the store shelves…so we tend to grab these! An oil spritzer encourages you to think about and choose a healthier oil option. A few of my favorite healthy oils are:
Olive Oil – This well-know heart-healthy oil is also full of vitamins E, A, K, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, AND is a great source of amino acids! Thanks to the incredible vitamins and minerals, this oil lends to our overall cell health as well as immune function.
Coconut Oil – Dr. Oz is a fan, teaching us that “coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.” Just a few of this oil’s amazing benefits.
Safflower Oil – Known as the “anti-aging” oil, safflower oil helps us combat wrinkles and stay heart healthy!
Chemical-Free Cooking – Believe it or not, the prepackaged cooking sprays are LOADED with chemicals! Keep your kids and yourselves away from any scary additives by spritzing :-).