photo-245I’m back! And while many of you may know the reason I took a hiatus from my blog, and really, from all social media, for those who do not know, I recently became a mom. Nothing quite changes your world like become a parent and I wanted to spend the time during my pregnancy really getting to experience my last moments without a child, but also to allow myself to connect to what is was like to create a new life, physically and emotionally. Too often we get too caught up in documenting every little blip on a journey and don’t take the time to actually enjoy the process. Well, 10 months later, I can say I did just that. I made a concerted effort to enjoy the process of creating a new life and bringing it into this world. I didn’t even make one peep of an announcement on social media through the whole thing (pat on the back)! In a world where pregnancies are documented like the nightly news, I am pretty proud that I stuck to my guns and kept my pregnancy off Facebook. And this is not because I did not think this type of information was worth sharing, but because I truly believed it was worth sharing personally, not publicly. I knew all the people that needed to know the news would be told personally by me and not by stumbling upon an impersonal post on Facebook. To me, this just felt like the right way to handle things.  But this also meant taking a bit of a hiatus from blogging, because if I can’t write about what’s going on in my life, I can’t really be authentic. And if I can’t be authentic, I may as well not even write. So there you have it, 10 months later, infant baby boy in tow, and back in the groove.

When I made this pact with myself to avoid social media, so far as my pregnancy was concerned, I also made a promise to myself that I would not let my passion for helping others reach their health and fitness goals fall by the wayside. In fact, I recommitted to go at it even harder than before. To not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk. With that said, in 2017, I am happy to announce the launch of Stronger Me mentoring.

I will be working hard over the course of the next month to get the website updated with information on mentoring and my approach to helping you become the Strongest You. I will start accepting mentees as early as January and look forward to helping more people embrace and become the strongest version of themselves.

This also means the site content will finally get back on track. I will continue to write and share about all things health and fitness that are hopefully of great value to those who are looking for a place to start or need a little inspiration to get back on track. I know there are many choices when it comes to where we get information from, but I strive to always be a source of reliable and valuable information and help cut through all the contradictory crap that is out there.

I don’t believe in magic bullets. I don’t believe anything worth achieving is easy. But I do believe in progress over perfection and that faith and love for oneself is invaluable when it comes to achieving goals. It is my goal to stand beside you and help you have a little more faith in and love for yourself and to enable you to build a set of skills that will set you free from a life of dieting and exercise fanaticism. Adopting these skills into your daily life will result in habits that last a lifetime and breaking free from the shackles of yo yo dieting for good!

As you likely know, I do not believe in making New Year’s resolutions. I actually wrote a piece about it last year (https://strongerme.co/2015/12/31/lets-try-intent-over-resolve/). And here we are, another year passed and it’s that time of year where we start to evaluate how the previous year went and what we are after in the upcoming year. I challenge you to take a close look at your intentions from this past year and how many of them may be carrying over to next year. I am not asking you to do this to point out how much of a failure you have been, not in the least actually, but in order for you to recommit to those things you had intended to do this year, but for, whatever reason, you were unable to achieve. Every day is a new opportunity for growth and change; to recommit to yourself and your goals. If your health and fitness is something that is calling out to you in 2017, I strongly encourage you to listen long and hard and consider what it may take for the message to really sink in and for you to achieve real, sustainable results. And if you are the type that cannot easily navigate a path from point A to B, please reach out to me and we can discuss the possibility of me helping craft a personalized plan for you to get there. Sometimes all we need is a little direction to steer us down the right path.

Stronger Me. Stronger You. Stronger Together.

L