#lifewithoutfilters: Just Do It.

I’ve seen some people post Instagram pictures using the hashtag, #lifewithoutfilters, and I love it. I know I’m guilty of trying to make each picture just right…taking 10 pictures of the same thing from different angles to see which one is best. Adding some cilantro as garnish on top of my pico de gallo so it looks extra yummy, only to take it off before digging in. Going through multiple filters to see which one makes the picture pop in just the right way. Only posting the “good” pictures of myself. Sometimes this can give off the idea that our lives are perfect, or at least better than whoever is looking at our pictures.

Bottom line, it can make us seem fake in a way that we may never have intended.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with using a good After Light filter, or being artistic with garnish so food looks extra delicious. I will probably still do those things. (Exhibit A-the picture above…) I just think every once in a while it’s good to be unfiltered and show people we are not perfect. We are human. We are messy. We are just like them.

So I wanted to start a series on my blog called, #lifewithoutfilters. (That’s-Life Without Filters for the hashtag illiterate…) The topics may not always be easy for me to write about, but I hope that by showing my messiness and imperfection, I can help others know it’s ok to be the same. And maybe in the process, point someone to the One who is Perfect. The One who takes my mess, and makes me clean. The One who takes my imperfections and weaknesses and uses them to bring about good in ways I could never do on my own.

For my first #lifewithoutfilters post I thought I’d start with one of my lifelong struggles, and  one I know many people, especially women, struggle with.

I know for most people, the best and easiest day to start over or start fresh is January 1st. A new year. However, with the craziness of life lately, I think now, the start of October, is a great time to start fresh. The past few months have felt very much like a never-ending roller coaster, going up and down, back and forth, and throwing in some of those upside down twisty-loop things. Now that Stuart and I are in one place for a couple months, it seems like a great time to make a fresh start.

I have to be honest with you. I’m very bad at sticking with things. I’m impatient. And when things don’t happen fast, I’m not good at persevering and seeing them through to the end. Which is a big reason why I’ve tried about 5 thousand times to get fit and lose weight but haven’t been successful. Normally, I start out, persevering through the rough first few weeks, and maybe see some results. But then some event usually happens in life, whether it be travel, the onset of winter which makes it freezing outside, or the onset of summer which makes it deathly hot outside, etc. and I give up.

And it’s not a matter of not knowing what to do. I’ve learned enough from Billy Blanks, Jillian Michaels, Crossfit, and my own research and experience to know what to do and how to get in shape. It’s simply a matter of just doing it. I need to get Nike’s slogan tattooed across my face so I see it every time I look in a mirror.

I often say that I have the best intentions, I just have really bad follow-through. But exercise, getting fit and being healthy is more than just being skinny and looking “hott.” Now that I’m getting older (I know, I know, I’m still young…) I’m realizing it’s so much more. It’s about not getting diseases and being able to run around with my future children, and being around when my children have children. I have to stop being selfish and thinking “I want ice cream, so I’m going to have ice cream” or “I’m just not feeling up for a workout today.” I need to get my booty in gear and get in shape.

So here’s to a fresh start for the Grands. Stuart and I are both using the month of October as a new beginning to our fitness and health. It might not be pretty now (I could barely run a mile yesterday…) but I think if I can be unfiltered, I may be able to encourage someone along the way. It’s not going to be perfect, but we’re going to try our best!

This verse is going to be my written cheerleader along the way, especially on days when I don’t think I can even put my sneakers on.

“…we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…”

Romans 5:3-5


What are some ways that help you stay motivated to be healthy and fit?