My Self Care Journey

Another long one…sorry. 

So I’m a list maker. Every summer I make a list of goals for the start of the school year. Some short term, some long term. I always re-evaluate in the new year and usually by the next summer there’s about 50% checked off. But many items get carried over year to year. I’m a work in progress. πŸ˜ƒ 

When I returned to Shanghai in the fall, I gave myself a goal to lose 50 pounds by June. I had lost 20 pounds before Christmas but have proudly put back on 6 of those pounds after a decadently gorgeous Christmas break. But it’s not just about the weight that has crept slowly on, but I haven’t felt completely in sync for some time….succeeding in some areas but never really feeling purposeful or that I had a place in Shanghai for Michelle Smith-Antle. Not Julia and Georgia’s mom or Glenn’s wife. This really is the journey to my best self.  

In the Fall,  I did make some really positives changes to my health but didn’t follow through on some goals and never really had a solid plan for success. Well now I have a solid plan and I’m going to chronicle it here. I figure it will help keep me accountable. 

I will feature companies/products and teachers that I use and love. I’m starting a 28 day Body Awakening cleanse on Thursday as the kick off. I really love their products and did their shorter 5 day cleanse last fall and use their supplements daily. Check them out at  I’ll be finished just in time for my 41st birthday. Perfect time to start a cleanse AND finish one. I’m also going to try some new services like TCM and acupuncture. I’ve been wanting to since I moved here. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you. 

Here is my list for January 2017!

– Every weekday morning before waking up the girls, mediate and do sun salutations

– Complete 28 day Body Awakening cleanse starting January 12

– Add turmeric paste to my daily supplements

– Exercise 6 days a week (Combo of swimming, yoga, Pilates, Zumba)

– Write a gratitude journal

– Complete fitness test and body evaluation at Origym! So scared but I have to do it. I have NEVER done one of these….ever. 

– TCM and acupuncture 

– Take better care of my skin

– Improve my posture

– Complete full medical

– After 28 day cleanse, drink more fun cocktails! Gotta stop my love affair with beer. 😜😜

That’s it. Thanks for being part of my process. I’m keeping it real here, folks. 

Only joy, only love,





  1. I really enjoyed reading your raw reflection of the journey you have started and will continue. I look forward to following you on your road to your best self. Please let me know if I can help in anyway. I too spent the last two years discovering who I was post divorce. I was no longer a wife and my only identity was “just Lorenzo’s mom”. It has been an amazing two years of self discovery and self love. I am so proud of you and know that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Get it Girl!


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