made of awesome


I had an amazing weekend. We went out of town. We stayed in a hotel. I got to see a lot of my friends. We had a fancy dinner. We got dressed up. It was a great time.

But even more than all of that? I felt pretty. For the first time in a very long time, I felt pretty without feeling like I was hiding something. No Spanx. No control-top hose. No tights and boots. Just a short dress, a pair of heels, and some straight hair.

When I got back to the hotel after our amazing dinner (if you’re ever in Louisville, Proof on Main is amazing!), I was looking at my pictures. And I realized I looked as hot as I felt.

I posted the picture on Facebook, and the compliments started pouring in. (I promise that isn’t why I did it, though.) My first reaction: minimize. I gave all the credit to my eating plan and a marathon training schedule. Today I realized that is garbage. That is a lie.

I may have sought out the tools, but I did the work.

This change? This is ME. My doing. Making the next best choice over and over and over.

Yes, I have Bob Harper and Hal Higdon to thank for the framework. But all the work? That was me. 100%.


I’m trying to stop minimizing my accomplishments. I’m trying very hard to recognize when I’m not giving myself enough credit. I have the tendency to hang my head and say, “it was nothing.” But this? This is something. I earned the right to take credit for this change. And I’m trying very hard to start doing so.

I am made of awesome.

And you are too, my friends.

Go find it.



  1. I totally love that post! I am actually reading the “Beck Diet Solution” and one of the first tasks to complete also is “giving yourself credit”. I did not think that this would be harder for me than sticking to any diet plan 😉 You are completely right when you say we try to give all the credit to our fitness plan, diet plan and so on. But the truth is: WE deserve all the credit. And what counts the most: We have to give it to ourselves. Even if it’s a long way to go.

    YOU definitely are beautiful, give yourself credit for your consistency EVERY DAY! You deserve it! I’ll try the same!

    Many greetings from Germany

  2. It’s definitely hard to OWN it. I went through that and I STILL do it! I lost 100 pounds and I’ve kept it off for 4 years. Just this weekend my mom was visiting me and said I looked “skinny” and “great” and my immediate response was “Oh, I’ve gained a few pounds…” Why diminish it? 4 pounds is nothing!

  3. You do look amazing. I know a little about what that work is like. Everyone’s journey is different, but I’ve been reading yours for a while. I’ve lost 50 lbs in the last year, & I have about 30 more to lose. And lately I’ve been playing these mental games with myself where I talk myself out of believing I can do it. And then I binge & gain 5 lbs & have to re-lose it. I keep giving myself pep talks, but they’re half-hearted. I wish I could refind my focus like you have.
    Pretty lady! Good job, good work!

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