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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LeBron vs Steph: The great debate.

At the start of the NBA Finals some guy posted on his Facebook page that LeBron James was the best basketball player in the NBA. A person replied to his post and mentioned Steph Curry being the best basketball player currently and the debate began.

It seems as if everyone is comparing James vs. Curry these days but what a lot of people don’t understand is that these two athletes are two very different basketball players. James will beat you inside every time with his physical presence and Steph will hit you with a dagger on the outside, shimmy his way down the court, and beat you mentally.

 James gets in your space and Curry gets in your head.

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The size difference between James and Curry is one major difference. James is 6’ 8’ and 250 lbs of pure muscle. Curry is 6’ 3” and 190 lbs of pure heart. The style of play these two have is totally different. They both know what they can do and have beautifully mastered that.

So who is the better player? Depends on who you ask. We’ve gotten away from the old school basketball as of recently. The pound it in the paint, or drive to the hoop sort of basketball so many people grew up with, has become a let’s pass the ball beautifully four, five, sometimes six times and get the three. Watching Curry drain a three and shimmy down the court with swag is fun. So is watching James work his magic playing one on one and drive the ball to the basket.

I started asking people who’d they choose if they had to pick between James and Curry. Without a doubt the majority of the people said Curry. Is it because he’s better? Is it because you’d really build an entire team around him? I wouldn’t.

Yes, Curry is the best shooter in the NBA at the moment and possibly could be the best shooter in the NBA of all time.  Then you ask why they would takestats Curry and the most common answer, “he can shoot”.  I’ll admit I love watching Curry play. It’s mesmerizing if we’re being honest. The reality is though; if Curry is having a bad game he has the cushion of having his teammates step up.

James though, so many people take him for granted, including his teammates. I get it, he doesn’t have the rings to back up his success like so many people want, but the man is a beast. He himself carried his team to a 6 game series against the Warriors in last year’s NBA Finals. When James is hitting his jumper and driving to the basketball he is unstoppable. Would you build a team around James? Yes, yes you would. If James has a bad night – the whole team has a bad night.

Here we are going into game 6 again and Kyrie Irving is finally playing pre-injury form and man it was fun to watch him in game 5. Andrew Bogut is out for the Warriors with a knee injury and Draymond Green is back after his bogus suspension. Can Golden State when back to back championships a year apart or will the Cavs prevail and give us a game 7?

Ps. I’d choose LeBron over Steph any day on the basketball court.

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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.

XOXO,

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