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Laughlin and Other Musings

I am back home, sitting in my favorite comfy chair and already missing the river views. I love Laughlin. Our hotel of choice is Harrah’s.

I spent a great deal of time hanging out with my Mama. And when she was off playing the machines and losing money (sorry, Mom!) I was out at the beach area laying out and reading my book. It was just what I needed. Time alone by the water to just relax and breathe.

While in Laughlin, most of the time we don’t really leave our hotel. There are plenty of restaurants and our hotel on the strip is the only one with a beach. So we stayed where we were which was just fine.

I didn’t take photos of many of my food choices, but there was no “dieting” while I was away. I did my best to pick healthier options, but for the most part, I indulged and felt really no guilt. I have no plans on “getting back on track.” I actually really hate that idea, personally. It sounds like I am constantly dieting and I am not.

This weekend, I chose to look at it as being a little off my normal routine. Now, with being back home, I am just going to hope back into it. Like normal. More on that idea later!

Swimsuit can be found here. I also like this one, which is similar.

My biggest takeaway from the time away was just how stressed I am and how much I carry it. I work really hard. I don’t believe in being lazy or waiting for others to help me with what I need. I have also really been encouraged, thanks to my book, that while we are in the wait, it is okay to still Cultivate that time.

Waiting doesn’t mean that we just sit around and do nothing. Waiting a lot of times means what we are truly meant to do or what we really want just isn’t here yet, but it is still important to take care of the things that matter. Don’t neglect those things.

It was nice to hang out with my Mama, whom I don’t get to see very often, thanks to distance and busy schedules. She had a good time and we LOVED the buffet! Haha! Although, I have no pictures of her because she also refuses to take photos. But I promise, she was there!

This time away was just what I needed. I needed the time to relax and rest. To not stress out so much. Being by the water helps you do that, you know.

Until next time, Laughlin. Thanks for being so good to us!!!

Be a Size You,


Newport Dunes Getaway

This last week, the hubby and I took advantage of the kids being with Gramie and Papa for camp and headed off to Newport Dunes!

Newport Dunes is this awesome resort where you can rent bungalows or hook up your trailer for a relaxing and fun vacation by the bay. It is absolutely beautiful and it is truly one of our favorite places to go for Vacation. It also has one of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows I have ever seen, so it is definitely a place you want to visit!

You can paddleboard, swim, kayak, visit local beaches (Newport Beach is literally 5 minutes) and also check out some amazing local eateries.

Fashion Island is a spot we love to visit as well when we are in a shopping mood. Well, honestly I am always in a shopping mood. Dan….not so much! There are a ton of amazing stores and restaurants in this mall. More high end than most malls, but we love it! And they have an Anthropologie. Yaaaassss! 

Dan and I have spent most of our time simply relaxing, eating, and laying out at the Beach. I did want to share a couple of eateries that we discovered that we loved and thought you would too!

Dory Deli in Newport Beach. We just happened upon this spot because we were really hungry, but we wanted something different than just burgers and fries, or tacos. Dan suggested it because he thought the name was funny. So glad we ate here! I got the Kale Caesar and Dan got the Ruben Sandwich. We also split a bowl of their Clam Chowder and OH MY GOSH. So good! I don’t know how old they are, but I did see that they will have a full bar soon. They had quite a bit of selection when it comes to salads, sandwiches, sides, even coffee and they have brunch on the weekends. I loved my salad. I think next time I will be daring and try their Seared Ahi Salad. Because it sounds so good! 

R+D Kitchen at Fashion Island. Dan had eaten here before with a friend quite a few years ago and he said all he could remember was the burger. He said it was that good. So I wanted to eat there.

Y’all, the menu is not very big. And it is a bit pricey. But worth it! He got the Cheeseburger and a side of fries for us to split (because always say yes to fries) and I grabbed the Chicken Thai Noodle salad (I think that is what it was called.) Huge winner. 

I mean, what? Doesn’t that look amazing? It was so good you guys! There were noodles, bits of Mango, carrots, chicken, cilantro, jicama, sesame….and the dressing was this light dressing that tasted peanutty, but it wasn’t heavy. It was amazing. Our waiter recommended it and I jumped all over it. So delicious! 

I am serious. If I could get a job where they could send me to restaurants to eat and share my thoughts, yaaassss. Sign me up.

Dan and I basically kept it chill. It was Shaun Week for my workouts this week, so I made use of Newport Dunes fitness room. Side note to Newport Dunes: you need more weights folks. Eight pounds and ten pounds are not gonna cut it. I know you have mostly runners visiting, but yeah….let’s do better for the fitness room. 

And a whole lot of beach time.

We leave tomorrow and I am sad to go, but overall, it has been amazing and much needed. So grateful. 

Be a Size You,


Lessons from Family, Vacation, & Mickey Mouse

Vacation is so very important. Time with your family is so very important.
I learned a lot while in hot, sticky, glorious Florida. 
The Harper’s spent a total of two weeks playing and hiking the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. We had a blast, although I never really did get used to Florida’s weather. There were a couple days where it was ridiculously hot, and then a huge storm pulled in right over us, complete with a torrential downpour! 😂
Thank you Jesus for ponchos!

I learned that when you are on vacation with 16 family members, you have to give a lot. Selfishness will never win and you will be found out by those around you.
Putting your differences aside and putting another person’s needs before your own will have to be something you say often to yourself, and follow through.

I learned that being present really matters to these kids of mine. I learned that they really want me to play with them. To not worry so much about how I will look but to really get off my butt and play with them. Put on that bathing suit, and get in the water. To go down that water slide. Who cares if your stomach doesn’t look flat. Your kids don’t care. Play with them. Laugh with them. Be around them.
My kids are 10 and 7 now. Soon, I won’t be their number one playmate.

I fell in love with Disney and learned to dream some new big dreams. I was inspired by what Walt Disney had dreamed and put together with an incredible team of fellow dreamers. You can’t help but get caught up in the magic of it all. 
At almost 35 years old, I am really excited about life right now. Most people dread getting older. I am rejuvenated by the possibilities of what this next year may bring. Lord willing, it will be a time of growth, fun, and new blessings.
Be a Size You,

Vacay-The Be a Size You Way 

If you have been following me on IG, you know that the Harper’s are on vacation in sunny Florida. We have been spending a ton of time with Mickey and his friends and we have definitely needed this time away to just enjoy each other and have some fun! 

When on vacation, it is so easy to get stressed out about how you are going to get all of your workouts in, and how you will eat healthier, but remember, the Be a Size You way is about functional fitness and health. Enjoy your time away. Do not stress. But pack some essentials to help you stay on track.

Here is what I brought along with me to Florida:

1. Single serving packets of Shakeology. Chances are, I won’t be eating 100% clean on this trip. That is okay. I want to make sure that I do get good nutrition while away, which Shakeology absolutely provides for me in that area. 

2. Beachbody on Demand. I like the ease of not having to carry around DVD’s on flights and on vacation. Too much for this mama to remember! Since I already have my iPad and smartphone with me, viola! Log in and start working out. No excuses. I have chosen to do more low impact exercises and ones with minimal equipment (Cize, Piyo, etc) since I am not near a gym, but if you are fortunate enough to be near a fitness center with plenty of equipment, go for a more challenging workout on Demand! 

3. Comfortable shoes and clothes.  I pack my workout clothes! I pick the ones that inspire me to get moving. I love Cross Training Couture tanks and colorful bottoms and my favorite sneakers so that I will see them and get motivated to move! Also, I will challenge myself to take it outside for a run if I can!

4. Consider your location. We are in Florida and walking a ton of hours throughout the theme parks. That is a ton of activity. So if you can’t get a traditional workout in, count your steps for that day in mileage while on vacay. You won’t always be able to do a traditional fitness program on vacation. That is not realistic and remember, your focus is purely functional fitness. Enjoy your time with your family. 

5. Don’t stress about 100% clean eating while on vacation. There are a ton of incredible options for food when you are out and about. I will often pack healthier snacks and even lunches for our trips to to theme park so we can save money, and then splurge on fun treats that we may not get at home. And guess what, you still get to have fun!

Fitness and health on vacation doesn’t have to cause you stress. That is not freedom. Being a Size You isn’t a prison. I don’t believe that God sent His son to die for us and to free us from our sins, just so we can go and put ourselves in a prison of our own making when it comes to physical fitness. 

I hope those tips helps you a bit! I also like to keep myself accountable within my Bootcamps. The support there helps me as well to remember why I do this each and every day!

Be a Size You,