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.
AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK SPECTACULAR . Hey everyone on Tuesday night last week my family and I went to the Australian outback spectacular dinner and show. Upon our arrival, we were given free hats and had our photos taken which you had the option of purchasing at the end of the show. We were taken to our seats and we had a 3-course meal and drink refills bought out during the duration of the show. Did you know that 1000 meals are served by 40 stock-men and women in under 7 minutes! How incredible is that? . THE SHOW. Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all-new show featuring true Australian characters, a trans-formative arena, mesmerizing animals and immersive technology. Delve into the gripping tale of two struggling Aussie farmers, Reg and Marge, and rejoice with them as the community’s courage, bravery and generosity help them overcome a stunning, yet unforgiving life on the land. With the help from some unlikely characters and friendships that will last a lifetime, the pair overcome the harsh realities of life on the land. Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland takes guests on a compelling and emotional ride into the heart of the Australian bush. . OUR THOUGHTS . My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and show, We have never seen anything like this before. We are just country folk! We had a great night and were entertained throughout the show. We felt a little lost towards the end of the show, I guess we felt a bit overwhelmed with everything that was happening, which is a good thing as it kept us entertained. The show is fantastic and the animals and the light shows were absolutely incredible. You can see how much time and effort that goes into these shows. I highly recommend seeing it if you are visiting the Gold Coast. We will definitely see the show again one day. We did leave 10 minutes before the show ended as we wanted to be one of the first people to get a @uber_australia Back to our holiday resort. Thanks for a fun night out Australian Outback spectacular . Claire Xx .
We recently collaborated with an amazing family owned company called : https://artisangiftco.com.au/ They sell amazing keepsake gifts and prints. My family and I, quickly fell in love with their products. What I love is that they put so much love, care and attention into their products and it truly shows how passionate they are about what they create for us. They are creating and designing products that we will love and cherish forever.
About arts and gift co
The Artisan Gift Co. was established in 2018 with the idea of creating hand made keepsake gifts that will last a lifetime. Starting off with hand made prints, they have grown their range and added decor, toys and gifts but they have and continue to stay true to what they’re all about: hand made and high quality. They are not wrong there either because their products are incredible!
The unique and beautifully hand made gifts you buy from The Artisan Gift Co will be so special and will be something you and your family will cherish for many years to come and nothing is more special then a beautifully handmade keepsake you can share with your loved ones.
My family and I received 2 wonderful products from The Artisan Gift Co.
This is a fully personalised cushion. The cushion also features a small paragraph on the back which really cute and gives it that story feel. They retail at $85.00 and afterpay is also available. The quality and design of this product is absolutely impeccable and I know that my son Michael will cherish this for many years to come.
I wanted to have something special and meaningful that I could proudly place in my house and this was the perfect idea. This is the perfect definition to what a family is. This is what we have written on our print:
a group of people related by blood or united through friendship and love.
. the result of two people falling in love.
the ones you live for, laugh with, support, forgive and love unconditionally with all your heart. You can also choose what color foil you want for the the big capital letter of your surname on the top of the print. We went with rose gold as it’s my favorite color. We absolutely love our keepsake print. It’s very special and I already have it up in my living room with all of our other family photos. You can also have other themes for your keepsake print just contact someone in their friendly team who will happily assist you.
We are so thrilled with our personalised products and have never had anything like this before, so a very big thank you to The Artisan Gift co for gifting my family and I these beautiful keepsakes. At the moment they have 10 percent of site-wide all you need to do is use the code : 10SITEWIDE. They also have afterpay available.
R E A S O N S TO S M I L E 😁 . SMILE because you are BEAUTIFUL SMILE because you are AMAZING SMILE because you are WORTHY SMILE because you are UNIQUE SMILE because you are BLESSED SMILE because you are LOVED SMILE because you can! SMILE because tomorrow is a new day! SMILE because life’s to short not too! . I SMILE not because life is perfect because it isn’t, It just means I appreciate everything God has given me and for that I am internally grateful. . I SMILE every day because I am very blessed to have my family, my faith and my friends and so so much more.. When I’m feeling a bit down I think of all the positives in my life and eventually, it outweighs all the negatives. Smiling is so important. Smiling is also good for your mind, body and soul. . What makes you smile? . Claire Xx .
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.