I’m having a bit of a struggle right now. Not a mind-blowing, life-altering struggle, but it is a life-interrupting struggle.
You see, I am temporarily handicapped.
Two ligaments in my ankle were surgically repaired after I was told my ankle would never be the same, that I’d be susceptible to ankle sprains and my ankle popping out of socket the rest of my life if I didn’t fix them.
Excuse me? I can’t have ankle sprains all the time. Ow, painful life, and besides, I’m way too active for that. I thrive on running races, exercising, and just being active.
So now I’m on crutches for four weeks, in a boot for two weeks after that, and who knows what comes next? Maybe back in my brace for a few months? Anyhow, I’m not allowed to put any weight on my injured leg. GAH! This is not a good thing for a mom who’s used to being on the go, getting things done, and being self-reliant. You don’t realize how much that skill (and by skill, I simply mean walking) impacts the rest of your life. Continue reading
Hi, there! Thanks for checking out my page. My name is Amy Jordan, and I’m so glad you’re here. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I’m a mother of two fabulous kids, Andrew and Allison, and married to a great guy named Michael (and if you didn’t catch that, yes, his name is Michael Jordan – we get the “you look a bit different” jokes all the time). I was a 4th grade teacher for 8 years, and then became a stay at home mom when my son was born in 2006.
Since I’ve taken on the role of stay-at-home mom, I’ve been an online instructor for a graduate class for teachers, and now I’ve become Beachbody coach. Don’t know what that is? I help you find a workout program that will fit your needs, invite you try Shakeology, which is my secret weapon when it comes to nutrition, and then support you on your fitness journey in one of our private accountability groups. You’ll have everything you need to get results. It’s not as much fun to do this on your own, so let’s do it together! Continue reading
So here it is, peeps…my third and final installment of my journey from self-critical to self-confident.
Wondering what else could possibly happen? If you read part one and two, you now know that my prayers were answered about my body image, raising my confidence through the roof and putting an end to my self-criticism, but my story doesn’t end there.
There was another aspect of my life that was causing me anxiety (yes, more, I’m finding I was quite a mess). I’m such a planner and somewhat of a control freak, so it made me super anxious to think about what my future had in store for me in terms of a job. Continue reading
You know, being on a journey is an interesting thing.
There are ups and downs, steps forward and steps backward.
But in the end, it becomes clearer why each step is important. They test you, show you where your weaknesses are, and make you stronger. I appreciate these steps much more at the end looking back, of course, but I truly realize that each one is an important piece to the puzzle.
It was October 2012 when I made the decision to give control over to God to help me be less critical about my body.
For a year I tried so hard to stop thinking about myself and instead focus on what was important in life: my kids, my husband, my relationship with Him. And things started coming around for me. I wasn’t nearly as critical as I was before, but I still wasn’t confident in my body.
And in the summer of 2013, it became crystal clear that even though I wasn’t beating myself up like I used to, I still had issues. Continue reading