80 Day Obsession – Fight For Me

For the last year, my motivation has been on a roller-coaster ride.  I allowed external “things” to get in my way, to control my emotions and get in my head, clouding my goals.

We moved house, which I actually wanted.  I have been working through postpartum anxiety.  I have nerve issues in my back that I let get the best of me.

All of these took its toll on me, throwing me a curve-ball that I didn’t quite know how to deal with.  Finally, in December, I had enough and was ready to push myself through, gaining control of myself back and getting back to working on a stronger, healthier me not just for myself but for my family.  My son is my everything and I didn’t want him to watch me give in, to say screw-it but to fight for me.

In January, my company was launching a brand new program that I just knew was exactly what I needed and at just the right time.  But, I had no idea just what that effect was going to be and just how life-changing it was for me.

“It’s only over if you quit”

What I’ve learned in the last 44 DAYS:

  • I have the ability to let the scale determine my CONFIDENCE, my WORTH, ME
  • The scale is only a number.  You hear that so often but I used to be someone who got on the scale every morning and let that number determine my day. How happy I was or sad or defeated I felt, all based on that ONE NUMBER.
  • The problem is that it is just a number.  YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
  • I am stronger than I think. At times, I doubted myself but when I chose the heavier weights I felt empowered by MY OWN STRENGTH
  • This is MY JOURNEY, stop comparing yourself to anyone else, that can also led to you feeling defeated and not being proud of you own accomplishments
  • It is more MENTAL than you think.  You can do anything you set your mind to.
  • It is OKAY TO MODIFY.  Previously, I would allow my back pain to be an EXCUSE for me to not workout.  Now I know that it is simply a matter of modifying the moves that I need to

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Since starting on my NEW JOURNEY 44 DAYS AGO, I have only allowed myself to get on the scale once a week for my weekly check-in but with it, I also check my measurements and take my photos.  This has helped me to see a WHOLE VERSION of the work I am putting in.

These last 44 DAYS have also shown me that this is truly a journey, it never ends.  I will never give up on myself or my health.  Once you feel like you’ve “completed” a program, you start to let things slip which simply creates a downward spiral to going back to you OLD WAYS.  Think of this as the beginning of your journey.

Take time to truly work on your self.  There is so much power in taking some time for yourself.  It could be in taking a bath or getting a massage or sitting outside with a good book.  It has more effect on your mind, body and soul than you may think.

During these first 44 DAYS, I was away from home for 9 of them and I still worked out and did my best to stay on track with my nutrition without feeling deprived.  I set myself up as best as I could for SUCCESS while on vacation.

Don’t ever give up. Focus on those non-scale victories and remember this is a JOURNEY.

So far I’m down 6lbs, 10 inches and I’m not stopping

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Mommy Needs A Minute

Gone are the days of me thinking of it solely as “Self-Care Sunday”, now I feel like it’s better to happen whenever YOU need it.  With an, at-times, blurry line of work/life balance and more and more people working to get healthier, this is something that should be happening more than simply once a week.

 

It’s not only about healing muscles, but in relaxing your mind and spirit too.  Being overworked and stretched to the limit can have serious effects on you on all levels.

 

I have found in the last year that I can have a habit of slacking on my self-care, and I know, as a mom, we all have this tendency.  You put everyone else first and then, when and if there is anything left, that is when you take care of you.

 

When you focus on YOU, then you will become better with taking care of everyone else.

 

Here are some great ways to give YOURSELF a little TLC:

  • Meditation: A simple way to start. Give yourself an extra 5 or 10 minutes every morning or evening to relax your mind.  You can do this yourself by getting into a quiet space, sit or lie down, close your eyes and just focus on your breathing.  You can also find some great (free) apps to help with this, if you would like more a guided meditation.
  • Bath: Add some Epsom salt for tired, sore muscles, maybe some candles or dimly light the room for a bit more peace
  • Massage: Please Mamma’s . . need I say more?!?
  • Manicure / Pedicure: I’m not a big manicure fan.  I just don’t seem to find it relaxing but I LOVE a good pedicure!  I like to listen to audio books, close my eyes and zone out.
  • Yoga Class: Hot or not, it just feels good to stretch it all out.  Get out of your head and let the chill yogi vibes (???) take over.
  • Foam Rolling: I won’t lie; this was a bit strange for me at first but go with me here. These are great for helping with muscle relief.  They come in what feels like a million variations so if you are new to this maybe go check some out at the store.  Places like Target or Dick’s carry them.  Start slow and build your way up.  I know add this to the stretching portion after almost every workout.
  • Sleep: This is so much more crucial to having a healthy body and mind than most people give it credit for. Start by tracking your sleep and seeing how you feel.  How many hours a night do you get?  Is it hard for you to fall asleep?  Do you struggle in the morning?  Maybe you could try going to bed a little earlier each night or giving yourself some time to simply relax before hitting the sack to see if that helps you.

 

 

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind and help get yourself back to a state of calm, ready to take on the world??

 

Run, Don’t Walk, Away From Resolutions

If I learned anything from the past 2 years, it’s to say *SCREW RESOLUTIONS* and make some EPIC GOALS instead.  I’ve found that when we do the typical NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS, we make them vague and almost haphazard.

 

“I want to lose weight.”

“I want to get healthy.”

“I want to get a new job.”

 

But, that completely loses sight of the question, well, how are you going to get there?  What happens if you don’t lose weight in the first week, first month, etc of that new year?  Are you going to give up?  Throw in the towel?

 

Wouldn’t it be better to give yourself attainable goals?  Or BIG-A$$ Goals that you can quantify?  You can see that progress is being made?  If you could tell you were working towards a goal, even if making baby steps, would that not keep you going?

 

I was that person to always say, this year, I’m going to workout and lose weight.  I’m going to eat better but then February or maybe even March rolls around and I start to slack, which in turn snowballs into me completely forgetting all about that New Year’s Resolution come June.

 

Now is the time to set yourself up for SUCCESS, to keep going no matter what.  Instead of simply saying “I want to lose weight”, why not say “This year, I want to lose 15 pounds”?  Then you can quantify that along the way.  In 12 months, that’s under 1.5 pounds a month.  That seems doable, don’t you think?!?  Then when you don’t lose those 15 pounds in your first month, you are less likely to throw in the towel.

 

This year, that is what I have done.  But in all aspects of my life.

 

This year:

  • I will read 10 personal development books
  • I will workout 250 times
  • I will lose 20 pounds to be back at my “fighting weight”
  • I will set aside 2 nights a month for a date night with my husband
  • I will set aside once a week to do some self-care for myself

 

Give it a try for yourself and let me know how you get on.

MAKE THE SHIFT Online Fit Group

Summertime typically means a season of travel. With the kids off from school, it makes it the perfect time to get away with your family. It can also mean it’s the perfect time to get away from your workout routine or indulge in sweets and tempting cocktails like mojitos and margaritas on the beach. But what it doesn’t have to mean is falling off the wagon.

Joine me for 37 days (1 week of prep and 4 weeks of clean eating and 30 minute workouts) for some SUMMERTIME accountability!

I have learned so much about my own personal health & fitness and truthfully how I feel when I fuel up with good food that I don’t want to go back to my old ways! And I want to share that with YOU!

You’ll learn:
* Balance between those summer treats and your goals
* How to travel and eat healthy
* How to make a meal plan
* Healthy summer swaps
* Proper portion size
* 30 minute total body workouts
* At least 1 cheat meal per week

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet, or something you feel deprived by!

You will be given KNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT and INSPIRATION daily to workout, eat healthy and crush your goals! Stop making excuses and start forming habits that will last a lifetime.

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12 DAYS OF FIT-MAS – FAVORITES TO HAVE UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

12 DAYS OF FIT-MAS – FAVORITES TO HAVE UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

I LOVE the holidays.  I love everything about it – the lights, the music, the smell of a Christmas tree, and more than all of that, the spirit of giving.  I am a momma and I am always looking for a good recommendation so I thought why not share some of my favorites with all of you.  Now, you will notice that it is heavy on health and fitness and for that I am (not) sorry.

 

I am big on shopping small and on companies that give back so I tried to have as many as I could on my list this year.  I hope you enjoy and maybe find a few new loves for you.  (Please note: They are in no particular order.  I am obsessed with them all equally.)

 

 

ON THE FIRST DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: K-DEER CAPRI IN FLEX

Their signature stripes give back, they have a super flattering, high-waist fit and the designs are so much fun.  They’re good for the ladies in your life, all ages, shapes and sizes.  I may have even purchased a pair for my fairy god-daughter for Christmas . . wink wink.

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ON THE SECOND DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: THE BE BRAND IN #GIRLBOSS TANK

#mombosses beware!  Their shirts are addicting, super comfy, perfect for a Target run or sweat session and the sayings are fun.

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ON THE THIRD DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: ALEX AND ANI PRINT OF LOVE CHARM BANGLE

These bracelets are fun, you can stack them and if you haven’t noticed this is the start of my favorites that can be dressed up or down!  As a mom, that is key to my wardrobe – versatility.

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ON THE FOURTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: KLARA KELLY ANCHOR MAKE-A-WISH HEADBAND SCARF

These headbands truly are no slip for my head as they tie in the back, are washable, have great prints and they even have certain prints that give back.

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ON THE FIFTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: FOOT FACIAL (with deluxe foot massage) FROM MINILUXE

They are health conscience, good to their employees and I always leave there feeling relaxed, and ready to tackle whatever may come in my day.

 

 

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: ATOMI PORTABLE CHARGER

I’ve tried a number of portable chargers and with a small child I never want my phone battery to die!  This one is slim, roughly $20, holds a charge and connects easily to my phone for a quick boost.

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ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: LIVING PROOF DRY SHAMPOO

As a mom, can we please talk about the importance of a great dry shampoo.  Since my tiny human became mobile, long showers are a thing of the past.  So this bad boy has been a serious lifesaver for keeping me looking fresh!

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ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: BLACK CRANE AND LION WRAP SWEATER

As a momma, a good wrap sweater is a necessity.  You can dress it up with jeans and heals or down with leggings and sneakers.  Plus, this one was the perfect cover for me while breastfeeding.

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ON THE NINTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: HAMILTON BEACH SLOW COOKER (CROCKPOT)

What can I say?!  Whether you’re a mom or not, my crockpot is a lifesaver.  Create a delicious, home cooked meal in only a fraction of the time by simply throwing in all your ingredients, set it and forget it.

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ON THE TENTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: HIGH COLLAR VEST BY CALIA

I am a sucker for a good vest.  Ask my husband, I have about 5 or 6 vests but this one is my go-to.  I wear it ALL the time.  It’s comfortable, classic design and can be matched well with virtually anything you wear.

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ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: AMAZON ECHO

Running around the house with my tiny human means I am always looking for awesomeness that makes mommin more fun (didn’t think that was possible) and easier.  This fun toy fits that bill!  There are so many features that I uncover virtually daily but what I use it for most is checking the weather before bundling up my little guy to head out, adding items I may or may not have run out of to my shopping list and cranking some tunes.  All done hands-free!

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ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: EIGHT OPTICS SUNGLASSES IN VALENTINA

Every women needs a great pair of shades that make you feel sassy and sexy and look great no matter what you’re wearing.  Well, that is these sunglasses.  They come in a variety of colors which are certain to add a bit of sass to your next selfie.

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So close to making the list:

Taming The Ladies – My Favorite Sports Bras

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If you’re anything like me, finding a truly supportive sports bra is anything but fun.  I have always been blessed in the lady department and after having my son and breastfeeding they only got bigger.  With that, it became even harder than before for me to simply pick any bra off the rack and know it would be able to support me.  Wah wah!  I have now been pushed into the realms of doing my research and paying up for ones that truly support so that I am not forced to “double-up” in order to not be hit in the face by my lovely lady parts.

Here are my favorites – they have worked for me, so hopefully they will work for you!

 

New Balance – The Shockingly Unshocking

Zappos – $50

What I love about this one is that not only is it super supportive but the straps can be altered so that you can easily breastfeed your infant yet it’s not your typical nursing bra that you would only really wear while nursing.  Plus, the fact that the straps have the ability to be adjusted makes it that much more comfortable and molded to your own body.

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Moving Comfort – Rebound Racer

Zappos – $50

Like the New Balance bra, this one also have straps that can be adjusted therefore giving you easy access to the ladies for breastfeeding and yet not feel like you shelled out a pretty penny for a bra you will only wear for a year or so then get rid of.   Plus, any sports bra that can be tweaked even just a little bit further for you gets bonus points in my book.

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Lululemon – TaTaTamer III

Lululemon – $58

I mean the name says it all!  I was a bit hesitant to try any of the Lululemon sports bras as I always feel like their products tend to be geared towards those who don’t have to worry about serious support but boy was I wrong!  This bra is everything you want in a sports bra – supportive yet feminine looking and all without feeling suffocated as can be the case.

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Nike – Pro Bra

Nike – $22.50 – $30

My “go to” sports bra for my everyday activities where I don’t need quite as much support.  It’s only about low / medium support so if you’re planning on running or doing more intense cardio then this isn’t the bra for that.  But it’s super comfortable and they are always coming out with crazy fun prints to give your outfit a little bit of jazz.

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