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Birthdays, Books, and Being Busy

June is an incredibly busy and overwhelming month at our house. The 11th is my son’s 4th birthday. The 16th is Father’s Day and the 17th is my husband’s birthday. The end of the month has my mother and sister-in-law’s birthdays a day apart as well. It’s just one event after the next.

Not only am I planning a family birthday party for my son as well as a day trip to Lake Tobias for him, I’m also finishing up the final touches on my book before it’s publishing time. As a stay-at-home toddler mom, my writing time is cut to nap time and bedtime. I’d love to breathe, but that can wait until July. Although, July is almost as busy as this month.

Stretched Thin

As much as I worry about overdoing it and burning myself out, I actually don’t feel stretched too thin. I’m feeling like a boss mom blogger right now, aside from nerves about my book. I do want to say that my posts will probably go from 3-4 a week to 2-3 a week for the month. Self-care and family will come first, so I don’t end up mentally exhausted.

I’m very excited to release my book, and I will do a post as soon as it’s available. I will also be posting a review about our day trip to the wildlife park. So, there is some good stuff on the way.

Self-Love Posts

I will post a few new self-love messages on my Instagram between blog posts. I’ve been dropping little inspirational bits that will be more in depth in my book. Learning to love and accept my body means a lot to me, and I’m hoping to inspire others to love themselves just as they are.

I want my posts and book to be inclusive. No matter what size, I want everyone to feel welcome and loved. I am personally a curvy woman, but I believe all sizes matter.

It’s also important for me to acknowledge that if you workout, I don’t exclude you. Being body positive and loving yourself doesn’t mean you have to stop working out.

I don’t workout for weight loss, I workout to be kind to my body. While I don’t like diet or weight loss culture, I wouldn’t put someone down for wanting to lose weight. I’m not a doctor, and if your pursuits are healthy, then I support you. I believe that we all have beautiful bodies no matter what make or model, so I hope you all feel welcome and included in my posts.

Book Talk

My book is a self-help type book. It’s meant to inspire as well as give tips on how to gain confidence and love your body. Just like my posts, I want everyone to feel included. I also want to finally share the title and the meaning behind my book. Dun, dun, dun…

The title of my book is Eat the Damn Muffin. It was inspired by one of my Instagram posts, and I keep going back to it. It just stuck. For years, I felt ashamed that I liked sweets. I thought that being healthy meant being extremely restrictive with your diet, so I deprived myself of my favorite foods.

I was always seeing these weight loss gurus say that food is fuel, and that’s it. I felt shame when I enjoyed the taste of food, and it was a major factor in my bulimia. Once I lived through the unhealthiest time of my life, I realized that food wasn’t the enemy. I told myself that I love who I am and my body, so I’m going to eat a damn muffin if I want one and not feel guilt about it.

I’m at a place in my life where I’ve found balance and have been able to eat food without shame and guilt. I want others to be able to find that balance too. If you want to eat something that makes you happy, do it and don’t punish your body. There are healthy ways to enjoy the foods you love.

My book talks about finding what makes your happy and healthy. It talks about cutting out the negatives and creating positives in your life. I also talk about sex, nakedness, and being your best self. I genuinely believe that you can bridge happy and healthy. I love my body and who I am today, but 10 years ago, that was not the case. My books gives advice on how to stop being your own bully.

I can’t wait to share it all with you. It will also be my first book, but it won’t be my last. Stay tuned for more details on when my book will be available, and thank you for your patience and support.

-Jenni

6 Comments »

  1. Looking forward to seeing your book. I lost 85 lbs three years ago, but then got stuck and have been unable to lose anymore regardless of what I do. Several weeks ago I just decided to stop trying to make my body do something it obviously didn’t want to and to learn to accept and love myself right where I am. Of course, my weight has gone up and it was hard to have to buy larger clothes again. It’s also been challenging because I have been totally immersed in the diet culture all these years. I have quit every group, blog, and instagram where that is the main focus and am trying to learn to trust myself. I am looking for resources that will help me on this journey.

    • I hope my book will help. It talks about finding what makes you happy and healthy on your own terms. Diet culture and fads don’t work, because they are generalized and are not for every body. I workout for me. I eat better for me, but I don’t restrict foods I love. I don’t punish my body. It’s not easy, but I hope I’m able to give some confidence to those who were in that similar rut. My book doesn’t give weight loss secrets or anything. It teaches self-love and body acceptance.

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