My name is Amanda.  My blog is called “Groff’s Girl” because as a military wife I am known not as Amanda, but as “Groff’s Wife”.  I am proud of my man, and he is proud to have his girl always by his side…therefore, I am Groff’s Girl!  It is an ode to my husband and to my role as a proud military wife!

Always proud of my Hubby!

I am a very busy: military wife, mother of two, world traveller, PTO mom, and soccer mom!  I live a hectic life, but a life that I want to be meaningful, full of great lessons for my boys, and completely fulfilling!

One thing that I need is to gain self-confidence, lose the negative tape in my head and learn to be comfortable with my body.  I still see the pregnant woman when I look in the mirror, and so my mental weight loss needs to catch up with my physical weight loss, AND my physical weight loss has to get to the goal I have set for myself!

I moved to Frankfurt Germany in May of this year!  I love to travel and experience new cultures, so this is a very exciting time for myself and my family.  I will be using the first year here to get my second degree, and stay at home with my youngest boy (currently 16 months old); therefore, it will be a lot easier to focus on MY needs!!  I look forward to all of the adventures ahead of me and I want to make sure I head into them with the best possible outlook and state of mind 🙂

I have always struggled with my weight (a lot of it is in my head) and with an unhealthy view of food, the scale, and my appearance.  I quickly sabotage myself when I make great progress toward my goals…I am not exactly sure why I do this.  Perhaps it is a from fear that I will have to think about something else once I squash these obsessions once and for all.  Like letting go of a bad habit, it is hard to do, even though you know it is bad for you.

I am working hard at eating clean, exercising, finding ways to stay active that are fun and enjoyable, and staying calm/less stressed.  These are all areas that are difficult for me to change and stick with (exercise is never an issue, but the eating and stressing are).  I worry constantly about mundane things, and it just seems to have gotten more intense after I became a mother.  I have a constant feeling of anticipation that keeps me up at night, make me mentally exhausted and really takes over any relaxation I try to accomplish.  I worry for my boys and I worry about things that are unimportant or really not that big of a deal…a family trait.  I worry about other people to the point that I wear myself out, and will leave myself last in order to make sure I am pleasing them first or making them happy.

I know that all areas of my life would be improved if I could end the mental weight battle once and for all.  To overcome these barriers is all I ever pray for, and I know it all rests with me.  I need to conquer myself in order to be the best form of myself possible.  I have been stuck with ‘me’ for 32 years, so it is hard to leave ‘me’ behind and become someone better!  I plan on entering an Eat Clean Diet Challenge in order to put it out there that I am going to turn the tables on my thinking by using my public goals to keep me focused and accountable!  To see that I would be able to motivate others is a great way for me to think of others while ultimately caring for myself!

After turning 32 (3 days ago) I realized enough is ENOUGH!  This has gone on too long, I owe it to myself, my boys, my step-daughter, and my family to see me be healthy and happy.  I will overcome these barriers, I will prove to myself I am stronger than I give myself credit for, and I will be a role model once and for all!

Please join me on this journey and offer any comments or advice you would like to share with me!

Thanks for stopping by!!



3 responses to “About

  1. Hey! I found your blog through your comment on the Beneath it All blog. I live on Okinawa too! I just wanted to let you know that theres a great women’s running group on island. You can find more on Facebook – just enter WOOT (Women on Okinawa Trails).

  2. so glad to find yoU!!! thanks for your awesome comment!! love your blog and cant wait to keep reading!

  3. My name is Jennifer I’m the individual responsible for Carrie’s “tasty swag”! I’d love the opportunity to share some of the products with you also! I totally understand your fear of buying a protein powder and it just being awful. I find it hard to purchase something I haven’t tried so I give individuals the opportunity try the products before the decide if it’s a good fit for you! Looking forward to hearing from you!

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