Welcome to The Good Life!  This is me and my wonderful, amazing husband Todd.  This blog is where I’d like to share my musings on the things that go on in my everyday life.  Anywhere from my exercise for the day, to my daily eats, to my passion for health and fitness, to fashion, and to just plain ole fun that Todd and I like to have together….all of which comes together to make “The Good Life”.

My Story:

My name is Shayla and I am 29 year old Administrative Professional from California who has a huge interest and passion for health, food, fashion, and fitness.  When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my hubby and immersing myself into various passions and hobbies.  I enjoy reading blogs that cover various interests of mine – such as food, fitness, health and pregnancy – and I do so  everyday as they keep me on track to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  I love food and I (of course!) love to eat it – but I am by no means a chef – I can make a mean scrambled egg sandwich, smoothie, or yogurt bowl – but that pretty much sums up my culinary expertise 😉  I want this blog to show how I like to bring the good into my life everyday by being healthy, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying healthy delicious food while indulging in some treats some (or most!) of the time.

That would be my hubby and I in beautiful Jamaica with one  of my favorite indulgences – champagne (champy as we like to call it), and yes that would be a tattoo on my hubby’s arm of the motto we live by “The Good Life” 😉

Pre Good Life:

For about 7 years I struggled with disordered eating, would obsessively count calories, overexercise, and be overly anxious about food itself.  I lost a considerable amount of weight and would toggle back and forth from an unhealthy weight to a somewhat healthy, but still low weight.  About 3 years ago, right around the time after my wedding, I finally decided to stop the obsession and free myself from the struggle.  After a long journey, I was able to gain to a healthy weight and have been able to maintain it now for about a year.  And more importantly, my mind is in a much healthier place, free from the anxiety over food and free from the obsession.  I’m fortunate to say that I’m finally happy and I’m finally able to achieve a balance with food, exercise, and weight…something I never thought possible.

That era of my life is now behind me and it will always be with me, I will never forget it and in a way I appreciate it, because it’s made me the person who I am today.  But I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, I feel that what happened to me made me a better person, put things in perspective for me, and made me realize what matters most in life – like friends and family. I shut out a considerable amount of friends during that trying period of my life and kept myself in a “bubble” as my disorder controlled every part of me and I had no energy to give the friendship these beautiful women deserved. Now that I’m in a much healthier and happier place, I’ve committed these past couple years to reconnecting with them, apologizing for my actions, and rebuilding our friendships. I could not be more thankful and thrilled to have them be a part of my life again and through this experience it has made me a much better friend, sister, daughter, and wife – I could not be any more happier. I also hope my story and this blog can show others that may be struggling that there is hope and to know that you will find peace once you’re happy with your true self…not by trying to be someone you’re not and not once you reach a certain number on the scale.  Know that not just myself, but you too are deserving of and should experience all that there is to live “The Good Life”…..

The Good Life:

The good life started for me the day I started reading healthy living blogs.  That day was also coupled with the hurt and sadness I saw in my family and husband’s eyes…in the way he told me that we’re together til death do us part, and that he couldn’t have that day be tomorrow.  I realized then that I needed to get healthy to start living again.  To live this amazing life with my husband, together forever, and have a beautiful, healthy, thriving family.  So what did I do?  I started reading healthy living blogs, and I guess you could say I “self helped” myself.  I never saw an eating disorder specialist or therapist (that’s not to say I never will, I think we all could use a little therapy in our lives), but the moment I started reading blogs I really started to understand what it meant to live a balance, healthy lifestyle.  A lifestyle that can include healthy real food, daily exercise, and indulgences thrown in there.  Through these blogs I saw what these healthy, strong, beautiful women were eating and how they were exercising…a light bulb literally went off for me.  I thought to myself, why can’t I live this way?  Look how gorgeous these women are, and they’re eating real, delicious food with some treats here and there, all the while not killing themselves with exercise.

This was a serious turning point for me and I finally was determined to start living this way.  Sure I gained weight, I needed to.  I’ve gained to a healthy 140 lbs. (give or take) and have never been happier.  I strive to eat balanced meals throughout the day, a moderate amount of exercise, and always end my day with a sweet treat.  I have more energy to live my days fully with friends and family and power through my workouts…my dad always said “You can’t run a car without any gas in the tank” Or my personal fav “You can’t run a steamship on a pilot light” 😉  And he’s absolutely right…our bodies are machines and food is our fuel…we need that fuel for our bodies to function properly and to give it the care and respect it deserves.  Of course I’m not perfect and I have my “off” days…we all do.  And some days are a struggle and some days are awesome, but I’m now more committed than ever to live a healthy, balanced life and I’ve never been happier….because life is too darn short to deny yourself “The Good Life.” 🙂

Future of The Good Life:

Now that I’m healthy and strong both physically and mentally, my husband and I are enjoying life to the fullest.  We like to live by the motto, “play hard, work hard.”  We work hard during the week, eat balanced healthy meals, and get in a good amount of exercise.  On the weekends, it’s our time to relax a little, indulge a little, and relish in our good lives.  I’d like this blog to show just that.  It will be a blog that will show what my day is like, about my passions for health and fitness, how we like to have fun, and the future of our family.  My hubby and I would like to start trying for a baby this summer (you can read more about that here) and I’d like this to be a place to document my moments for when we’re pregnant and the future of our family.  I’m excited to start this blogging journey as I’ve wanted to start one for a long time, but have been too nervous and shy to.  From a reader’s perspective, I love how supportive and interactive this blogging community is so I’m thrilled and excited to now finally be a part of it and to let everyone into our lil world of “The Good Life”.

That’s our adorable sweet niece…and it’s what we picture our future to look like very soon 😉


38 thoughts on “About

    Sherri said:
    June 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I can’t express to you how wonderful and impressed I am with your blog. Your thoughts, your message and the way it is written has me teary. Todd’s family will really enjoy being able to share your lives this way. I am so proud of you and I am looking forward to enjoying the “Good Life” through your blog.
    Love Ya Lots,

    Shannon said:
    June 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Ditto to what mom said. I have tears in my eyes right now. I’m so proud of what you have written here and can’t wait to read more on your journey through the “Good Life.” You give me strength and I feel confident in saying we are all better people because of you! I am especially lucky to have you as my sister and best friend. Cheers to the “Good Life!” Love you, Sissy

    Shayla said:
    June 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Love you sissy and mom!! Now you both are bringing major waterworks to my eyes! You and the whole family give me strength as well and you all helped in making me a better person too. I am so very lucky to have this family and you as a best friend and sister. Cheers (raising champy glasses ;)) to “The Good Life” and I can’t wait to continue this journey together with you all….many more good things to come for this good life 🙂 xoxo

    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life said:
    June 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Shayla, your blog is incredible!! For just having started, I can’t believe how catchy it is! I’ve already spent a good time reading through yours posts and pages. 🙂
    We both have very similar background when it comes to food and healthy living, and I’m so happy that you, too, were able to find your “good life.” Isn’t it such a great feeling?

    Keep up the great work…I’ll be reading! 🙂

    Shayla said:
    June 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Wow thank you so much for this comment Courtney, it really means a lot to me and makes me so happy to hear. Yes our backgrounds are very similar and that’s one of the very reasons I was so drawn to you and your blog 🙂 Yes it is an amazing feeling to be free from those struggles and to find the “good life” and I know how good it feels to enjoy the “sweet life” too 😉

    Thank you so much as well for your encouragement and readership…it really means a lot to me since you’re my top fav blogger and you inspired me to start this blog 🙂

    Btw, when are you, Julie from PB Fingers and I gonna start a blog office where we can make smoothies, yogurt messes, cupcakes and have pb fingers all day long!! 😉

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    Vanessa said:
    July 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I’m happy I found your blog, can’t wait to read more! 🙂

      Shayla said:
      July 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Vanessa! Thank you so much for your readership and following me along the way 🙂

    Lauren said:
    July 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Wow, good for you. We are similar and I love that you have been so open to share your story. I have had my issues with eating as well, and I’m still learning healthy eating. I can’t wait to read more!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      July 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and readership – and for especially adding me to your blogroll, I will add you too! I love your blog name, those are pretty much the 3 top things I love in my life – chocolate, cheese, and wine! Can’t wait to read more too 🙂

      A healthy lifestyle will always be a life long journey for me, it’s all about finding that balance! And I love being able to express this journey on this blog and have this awesome support of the blogging community and great readers/bloggers such as yourself – thank you 🙂

    Amy said:
    July 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I just found your blog and am really enjoying it. We have very similar stories as well only I’m still struggling with being a bit underweight and probably exercising a bit too much. I about cried when I read what your hubby said about being together till death do us part cause my hubby reminds me everyday that he’s so afraid he’s going to lose me before we’re 80 to this terrible disorder. I look forward to following and hope I can gain some stregth from you. I admire you and courtney both very much. Have a great night.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Hi Amy! Thank you so very much for your comment and especially your readership 🙂

      We definitely have a lot in common and I know exactly where you’re coming from. It has taken me a good 7 years to get to where I am today, so have faith in yourself in knowing that you can overcome it too. Admitting the problem is the first step, which you’ve done and I admire you for that. Once I admitted to myself my problem and that I wanted to be healthy and overcome this disorder, and to live a healthy long life with my husband, I knew I had to take action. I then self helped myself through reading blogs (such as you’re doing) which I gained strength from and the blogs helped me to re-train my brain on how to eat more healthily/balanced, to exercise less, to gain weight, and to bring my mind to a healthier place. It will take time, so take it day by day and I promise, it will get better.

      You have an amazing man and husband for staying by your side and helping you through this difficult time. I will forever thank my husband for the strength, courage and motivation he gave me. Your comment brought tears to my eyes because I hope to bring strength to others (and you!) as other blogs did for me. If I can do it, you can too, and have faith in yourself. If you ever need to talk, shoot me an email as I’m here to help 🙂

    Ann Marie said:
    July 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I too have to 2nd Amy’s post. I have been struggling with disordered eating, overexercising, and being underweight for nearly a year. I have been seeking help, but the mind is a powerful thing and it has been a daily struggle. I hope to continue reading your blog as motivation to do what my body needs. My husband and I are ready for a baby, but until I put on some weight we are on hold. Thank you for sharing your story and your life with us.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Ann Marie! Thank you so very much for your comment as well and your readership! 🙂

      Similar to what I said to Amy, we definitely have a lot in common and I know exactly where you’re coming from. The mind is definitely a powerful thing and the majority of my disorder came from my mind and anxiety, not in the way I looked. Good for you in seeking help, I’m very proud of you in that that’s the hardest step to take. Your comment as well made me tear up because I know exactly how you’re feeling and remember it very well…I know how hard it is to want to gain weight because you know it’s what’s best for you and your body to live a long healthy life with your husband and to want to start a family…but the mind wants you to do otherwise, I know that feeling and how much of a struggle that is.

      Reading blogs for 4 years helped me get to this point of overcoming what my disordered mind was telling me and to push those unhealthy thoughts away. To eat more, exercise less, and gain weight are all very hard things to do, trust me I know. But have faith in yourself, take it day by day, and if I can do it, you can too. What those blogs did for me and the strength it gave me to overcome this, is what I hope to do for others and you.

      You have an amazing, supportive husband for staying by your side and helping you through this difficult time. I will forever thank my husband for the strength, courage and motivation he gave me. Although I know how hard and lonely it can be, so if you need to talk I’m here to help…just shoot me an email and thank you for reading 🙂

    somekindofsunshine said:
    August 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Reading healthy living blogs ceratinly was a turning point for me as well. I love your blog! I can’t wait to keep reading!

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    Kiah said:
    August 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Wow, this is really beautiful! Congrats on your self-help journey, your supportive hubby, and valuing “the good life!” Can’t wait to read more 🙂

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Thank you so much Kiah, you’re so sweet…love your name too! And thank you so much for stopping by and welcome to the blog! 🙂

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    sarah (the SHU box) said:
    September 23, 2011 at 4:26 am

    shayla, thank you so much for your comment on my blog — that is exactly why i wanted to write about my experiences with TTC. it was NOT easy and i struggled too but i am now SO, SO glad that i did! email me if you ever want to discuss more – i would have emailed you but i couldn’t fine the address 🙂

    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries said:
    October 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I just found your blog, and I’m so glad I did! You and your hubby are so cute. I definitely plan on making your blog a regular read of mine. 🙂

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      October 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Thanks so much Ashley for the sweet comment and thank you for following!! Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

    Lisa said:
    October 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

    hey Shayla! You have a beautiful blog and I’m glad I found it 🙂 I’ll be reading more!!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      October 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Wow thank you so much Lisa!! Welcome to the blog and I’m so happy to have your readership 🙂

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    lifeworthsharing said:
    October 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I love how I can relate to these stories. I strive for balance, and when I’m there…pure happiness. It’s easy to feel when these things become out of whack because I’m not “myself”. I also read a lot! It helps with the intellectual aspect that helps complete my balance even if they are young adult books or less challenging material.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      October 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Kellie!

      Thank you for stopping by! I just stopped by yours and you and your hubby are one gorgeous couple…love that photo of the two of you on your sidebar 🙂

      Reading is so helpful to me too…blogs, books, magazines…in the end it all helps me become a better person and to always strive for that balance. Like you said, it really is the ticket to pure happiness 🙂

    thehealthyapron said:
    November 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

    happy to read that you’ve finally found a healthy, happy place! It’s so important! I am just like you and I have also finally found out how to stop stressing the small stuff (calories, over-exercising, being perfect) and just living life!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Thank you so much! Isn’t it great to finally get to that place of not over thinking about all that stuff and just living life!! Good for you girl in finding that too – life is too short to not live it and so proud of you for finding that happy place too 🙂

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    May said:
    November 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

    From one woman to another, you are one beautiful strong woman Shayla! We all have our demons to fight and you chose to face yours and take up tyhe challenge! My challenge was to write a specific book and after “sitting on it” for 8 years, I finally got started. Published in Danish last year and then translated and published in English this year. It felt really good to finally do what I knew for a decade had to be done…

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      May thank you so very much for your sweet comment and for sharing your story. It’s hard to face our fears but when we do it feels amazing!! Congrats on your published book! That must have felt so rewarding and truly amazing – you’re proof that fighting for our dreams and overcoming our fears leads to accomplishing our goals and living the life we want to live 🙂

    Meghan L said:
    November 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Hi Shayla! I just love your blog. I’ve been reading it on and off for a few months, and have been meaning to tell you how awesome I think it is. You have a lot to be really proud of; I know how hard it is to accept and love yourself for who you are, inside and out. Hope to see you soon 🙂

    susan said:
    November 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Hi, I’m currently underweight and not exercising and struggling through. You are so beautiful . I wish I could chat with you to sort through some thoughts, but I’m quite different than you I think. I wish I could be as healthy and capable as you! Very admirable. I’m simply just confused now.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      November 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Susan!

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment – I know how you’re feeling in that when you’re in the middle of struggling it all seems so confusing and difficult to break free from it – I’ve been there before and know that with time and strength, you can get through it. Remember that when you overcome those uncomfortable moments and break free from those demons in your head – life is so much more enjoyable. Life is too short to not be lived to the fullest – and you deserve to live a wonderful, happy, fulfilling life 🙂

    Nicole said:
    December 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog with me. I just want you to know that I have always admired you and still do! You hold a very special place in my heart… Love always and forever Nicoley

    Stephanie said:
    February 26, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I feel like i am getting to know you so much better and that we are so so much alike and our past histories. I love how your sweetness and love for life shines through in this post. We are going to get through this together 🙂

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