As you all know I started my keto weight loss journey about 15 months ago as I my weight and health was becoming out of control. My food choices were terribly poor and I feared I was setting a bad example for my family.
During this time I felt so unhealthy, I also felt disgusting, unworthy and not ‘good enough’ I realized there and then that I needed to make big changes, not only to my health but to my mindset also.
About 4 months after the birth of my 9th child Michael, I did some research on diets and came across the keto diet. I was excited but so scared to start it as I’d tried and failed so many other diets in the past. I was sceptical at first but was willing to give it a go
I started my journey at 107 kilos and to my surprise, I’ve stuck with it and have lost 28.1 kilos! I’m so proud of what I have achieved so far! I feel like a different person, I’m more active, motivated and my mindset on food has completely changed! I still have 8 kilos left to lose and I’m feeling more determined than ever to do this.
Cutting out the carbs might sound scary but there are honestly so many other healthier and better alternatives out there! You just have to be creative and determined to make it work. I don’t miss things pasta and rice anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect and have had those cheat days but I don’t over-eat anymore as I used too and I always make sure to start again and re-evaluate the situation.
This past year I’ve made a lot of keto homemade meals and I can also bake my own keto bread using almond flour which tastes so good!
The keto diet has honestly changed my life!
Thank you for following my journey so far.
I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you all.
I hope to lose the next 8 kilos by Christmas. I hope I can do it! #icandoit Stay tuned! Claire Xx .
Sometimes people ask me “what’s your purpose in life and what is it you want to achieve?
Now let’s get personal… My purpose in life is to serve God in the best way I can and ultimately get to heaven, that’s my ultimate goal. I’m trying to live my life the way God intended me too. I am trying to raise my family and teach them everything I know about God and about our faith. I’m not perfect and I know I will make mistakes along the way but I’m always trying to to do the right thing. Every day brings new challenges but my faith and family help me get through it all.
My purpose also in life is to be the best mother and wife I can be. I have been blessed with 9 amazing children and a fantastic husband and I will do anything for them. It can be so incredibly hard but also so rewarding. We get one shot at life! You gotta live your life to the fullest.
My purpose in life is to help people in any way I can whether that’s in person, on the phone, through email, or through prayer. I have a kind and generous heart and I’m passionate about helping others. I am always here if any of you ever need someone to talk too. 😍 #igotyourback
I want to use my social media platforms to spread positivity, real-life challenges and also to help remove the stigma that surrounds large families like mine. We are all different and I think it’s disgusting reading and hearing what some people have to say about larger families. Why people go out of their way to do this is mind-boggling! My goal is to help change people’s perceptions of large families one day at a time. I hope to one day write and publish a book about my life as a mum of 9 and share my tips and advice, but each time I try I get scared and doubt my abilities to do so. Is this something you would like me to do? I want to overcome my fears and do it.
I almost didn’t post this picture today because I don’t like it! What I do love though is my hair lock from Happy hair brush. Lately, I’m pushing myself more out of my comfort zone and opening up more and showing those teeth off! Do you get asked what your purpose is in life too? Thanks for your ongoing support it means so much to me
The one thing I don’t talk about often is my anxiety. I don’t like feeling exposed because I fear people will think differently of me. It’s such a personal thing and find it hard to open up about it and say what triggers these emotions. But it should definitely be spoken about more.
I suffer from anxiety which stems from my car accident I had 3 years ago. I believe that everyone has different levels and forms of anxiety, and different ways of coping with it. The day I had my car accident I feel I lost a part of my sparkle. It’s slowly coming back now which is good but when you experience something as scary as that where your life flashes before your eyes it can take such a long time to feel yourself again. It changes your life forever!
I get anxious about driving to certain places and I get anxious about parking too close to people etc..These might seem like small things but to me, they seem huge! The fact that I’m even driving after such a huge ordeal is such an achievement and I am proud of myself for that! I actually drove 2 weeks after my car accident and have driven ever since, but it hasn’t been easy. I tell myself every day that I won’t let these bad drivers win! And that I got this! I just need to change my mindset when it comes to driving because as of right now I don’t enjoy it like I used too, I drive because I have too to. I always put my family first no matter what!
Sometimes I feel people look at ‘anxiety’ as a dirty shameful thing and of course it’s not and you should never feel ashamed. If you need help then please ask for it. There is so much support out there. And remember you are WORTHY and loved! #yougotthis
We all have different ways of coping in certain situations and for me personally, my faith and family have helped me so much in getting through these hard moments which I’m so thankful for. My confidence in driving is getting better each time I go out. I decided if in a year this still affects me then I will seek help because it’s okay to not be okay and ask for help Love always Claire Xxx.
For the last 4 weeks, I have noticed a homeless man sitting outside Aldi in my local town and I admit for the first few weeks I just smiled at him and didn’t do anything to help him! And if I’m completely honest then I was a little nervous approaching him because I didn’t want to place myself in an unsafe situation. Looking back though I wished I had helped him sooner.
On Saturday afternoon I had noticed he had a limp and I could feel the sadness that filled his eyes, I knew at that moment that I wanted to help him in any way I could. Earlier that day I had been on a girly shopping day with my mother in law and I had a bit of money left over and so I walked up to him and handed him $50! Now I know what you are all thinking! You think it’s a bad idea to give homeless people money because you think they will spend it on booze etc.. But at the end of the day who are we to judge? We don’t actually know what they will spend it on or why they are in this situation, or what they’ve done or haven’t done! and quite frankly it’s none of our business! I know there is some people who claim to be homeless and aren’t being genuine about it, but I felt in my heart and soul that he was different. I handed him the money and he lifted his head and was instantly filled with joy. He cried and said thank you and shook my hand, I told him to go get some food and he said he would and with that, he got up and went into Aldi.
I went to Aldi again on Wednesday and he was there again. I reminded him who I was and I asked how he was. He told me he was able to get a good feed on Saturday. I told him I had no money to give him but I would go and buy him some lunch. I bought him a big bottle of water, a croissant, a pack of flavoured crackers and a pack of museli bars. When I headed back outside with my shopping he was gone. I ended up
leaving his lunch with the sales stall that was outside because he usually comes back.
I really wished I could do more for him but I did what I could.
I’ve seen many people look at this man with disgust and that makes me very sad 😢
If anyone is in Queanbeyan and can offer this man , food drink, blankets or a safe place to to stay then let me know.😢
I want to have a chat about the highs and lows of social media.
I started my blog just 1 year ago and I have been very fortunate with it.I have had an amazing year and have had some amazing opportunities come my way. I have worked with some amazing brands/companies and we have worked on some amazing media stories. I have some amazing supportive followers who say such kind things to me every day. I am truly grateful for every single one of you.There have definitely been more highs than lows, however, I have met some very unkind people along the way who don’t like to see you succeed. These people have also said; “You are not good enough” or that ” you don’t work hard enough” or that “You have missed the boat” I say; “well you try being a mum of 9 who lives rural and home schools her children full-time. I do what I can with my blog and it gives me so much Joy to write and put content out there for everyone to read. I work very hard at everything I do. I put my heart and soul into everything I write. I am learning new things every day and will continue to build on my craft. I let most things go over my head but I have my bad days. I am only human after all. Being a mother is a tough gig no matter how many kids you have!I want to continue to inspire people and share my life experiences and even if it only helps one person then I’m happy. I’m not a perfect writer but I write because I’m passionate about it.Instagram is an amazing outlet and can be a very supportive place, it’s also a great place to connect with other mum’s. I will always be real, raw and honest with you. It’s important to never let anyone bring you down! You do you! And I will do me! We are all on a journey. Everything I do is for my family and family and faith will always come first above all else. Always be your authentic self and don;t ever let anyone bully you or tell you to be a certain way. Its none of their business how you lead your life.
Be careful not to get sucked into the dark side of social media. There is so much ‘fakeness’ on social media and it’s important not to believe everything that you see or read.
Be kind always because you don’t know what the other person could be going through Support each other always The negative nancie’s wont ever stop me from doing what I love!I am here for the long haul.
Thanks for your ongoing support Love always Claire X.
Today I feel anxious but I also feel grateful for a second chance at life! On this day 3 years ago I had a car accident and it was a pretty nasty one. My eldest daughter and I were heading out grocery shopping for the day. We were only a couple of minutes into our journey when we saw another car that was driving erratically and ended up in the middle of the road, to avoid a head-on with the other vehicle we swerved out of the way. The other car sped off! I tried really realign my car back on the wet road but unfortunately, I was unsuccessful 😭 My car became out of control and there was nothing I could do. The fear I felt was like nothing I’ve ever felt before!
My life flashed before my eyes! I thought we were going to die 😭 My car spun 3 times and before I knew it we were rolling a few times until we hit a tree in a ditch on the other side of the road. Luckily emergency services and my husband came very quickly. There were no broken bones, and only just a few cuts and grazes. At the time of this car accident, I was 6 weeks pregnant with Martina and thank God everything was okay. The hospital was very good and just said I had whiplash. I went home after a few hours. Even to this day I still suffer badly with chronic neck and back pain but when I think of the alternative there is no comparison We never found the other driver which is a shame! I do drive now! I have too. I still get anxious and I’m over cautious on the road. I don’t enjoy driving like I used to, but life must go on On this anniversary I feel anxious but I also feel so thankful for my life and my kid’s lives.
My family and I are featured in the Canberra times today. We were super happy to be featured on the front page of the popular paper. Our full story is on page 4. I am also honored they picked my family and I for their special mothers day feature. They could have picked anyone and they chose my tribe and I.
The article was beautifully written by Megan Doherty from the Canberra times. The pictures are incredible and were taken by the amazing Canberra times photographer Karleen Minney. We had so much fun with this photo shoot!
I am usually very hesitant and wary when it comes to doing media because as well as it being a positive and fun experience, it can also very a very negative and dark experience. I will protect my family at all costs and therefore I am picky with what I chose to do. I thank the Canberra times for taking care in writing such a beautiful story about my family and I, It’s so lovely to read a positive story especially with all the terrible things that are going on in the work right now.