Better with Time

I’ve been on my healthy lifestyle journey for about two and a half months now. In two and a half months, I’ve learned so much and a lot has changed.

Did you know I enjoy exercise now?

I don’t crave Diet Coke as powerfully anymore.

I eat so much fresh fruits and veggies, and I like it!

My mental health is feeling so much more in check and my anxiety is a little less crazy.

I’m more confident in my body image!

I believe in myself more and have learned I can be powerful and self-motivated and reach the goals I set for myself.

I’m just feeling so good. I’m feeling empowered and excited. I’m proud of myself for deciding to make this lifestyle change a habit and for sticking to it. I didn’t realize just how much my body needed this. It wasn’t because I felt I needed to lose weight or look a certain way, it was because I wanted to make myself a priority and show my body that I love and respect it. I wanted to nurture the relationship I had with this body of mine. And it’s working!

If you’ve been on the fence about starting a similar journey for yourself, GO FOR IT!! I will cheer for you! I’ll be a member of your support system and I’ll be here if you need someone to chat with! We all deserve to treat ourselves with kindness and respect!

Love you all

The Start of Something New

…it feels so right to be here with you, ohh!

{bonus points for you if you know what thats from}

On Monday I committed myself to something, and I have every intention of staying committed. I started exercising and paying attention to what I’m putting into my body. I am feeling so motivated and empowered and am actually very excited for this journey I’m taking myself on.

I started working out a few weeks ago right around 6 weeks postpartum, but long story short, I just lacked the motivation. I also didn’t feel all the way healed, because while I exercised a lot still hurt and didn’t feel right. So it was a short lived thing. But now I am about 10 weeks postpartum and feelings leaps and bounds better physically and mentally, and I’m ready to do this.

I want to be clear about something though, I’m not doing this to lose weight. I’m not doing it to get my “pre-baby body,” either. I’m doing this to feel good about myself. I’m doing this to do something good for myself. I’m a mom and a wife — so I spent the good majority of my days doing things for others to make them feel good. But I need to do things for myself, too. I need to make sure I’m feeling good, as well. I’m totally a believer that when you’re putting yourself as a priority, you’re a better person all around. I need to do that. However, if I do lose some pounds and tone my body up while on this journey, then awesome – I’ll have worked hard for it, so I’ll be proud of myself. But ultimately, I want to keep my body, my wonderful body, healthy and happy.

I’m excited to start this! I’m excited to feel stronger, feel more confident and get back that body confidence thats so easy to lose when you’ve recently had a baby and all you see is flabby, stretched skin, extra pounds, stretch marks and a tired face. I’m doing this for me – to feel like me, again, and I’m ready!

Do you have a goal? Start today!! Lets reach our goals together! Lets motivate each other! We can do this!!

Ugh, Running

So I’m back to my pre-pregnancy baby weight. I know I will never have my pre-baby body back completely, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t work on getting this post-baby jiggly wiggly belly goo to go away. I have been good about daily workouts but lately I have also been implementing early morning runs with H. I figure since he’s not sleeping well at all and typically wakes up wayyyyy too early for my liking I might as well make the most of our early mornings.

I freaking hate running. Every single step I take my brains moving a mile a minute saying ‘i hate this i hate this i hate this this sucks this sucks ew ew ow ow ugh i hate this‘ but believe it or not once in my life I actually liked running, I actually think I loved it. I was on the cross country and track teams and I felt that runners high you hear about. My goal is to get that feeling back somehow and I’m pretty sure the only way to get even remotely near that goal is to…ugh…run.

I’m digging deep to find that motivation and honestly sometimes the only way I’m able to get myself out the door is reminding myself how cute H is bundled in the stroller and how sweet his little noises are as we run around. But question – how do you motivate yourselves? Because sometimes not even sweet baby H is enough motivation to get me moving. Any and all advice is gladly, happily welcome.




21 Days Forms a Habit: Day 9

One week down…and you guys? I haven’t missed a day working out! This is exciting considering I’ve always been one to fail at an exercise goal on day 2 or 3. Exercising is kind of empowering I’m learning – and its really fun when you’re doing your workout and your baby is watching and laughing hysterically at you. (thats honestly probably my biggest motivation to work out daily)

I’ve mostly done workout videos I’ve found on YouTube paired with daily walks. Oh and yoga in the morning (most mornings). My videos have consisted of Jen Widerstrom work outs, Jillian Michaels workouts, TaeBo and some other lady who’s name I can’t remember.. BodyFit with Amy? Something like that. I’ve been able to put in at least 45 minutes a day, but usually have been able to go even longer. I’ve been gross, sweaty and out of breath by the end of each work out, too, so I think that means its working. I’ve also been sore every day. Definitely my least favorite part of working out, but at least its a sign that muscles have been worked.

Here is what I’ve learned so far after 9 days of this journey.

  • Wearing cute exercise clothes is an easy way to get the added motivation to get off the couch and sweat a little while
  • You can work out with your baby. Hold them while you squat and lunge, sit them on your chest/stomach during crunches, etc. Its an awesome added weight and if your baby is like mine, they’ll love every second of it
  • Its ok to be pretty sure you look like an absolute dork while working out – at least you’re doing it
  • Working out with friends distracts you from sore muscles and is also a fun time to catch up and chit chat
  • My arms are unfortunately even weaker than I originally thought they were
  • But I have much better endurance than I thought I would! What they say is true – hauling a baby/carseat around does build your endurance
  • You can squeeze in small workouts throughout your day – no excuses. Do squats and lunges in the kitchen while you’re making dinner, hold a wall-sit while you brush your teeth, do jumping jacks while you watch tv, etc.
  • There really is an endorphin high at the end of workouts and an awesome feeling of accomplishment and pride once you’re done. It kind of makes the 45+ minutes of horrible exercise worth it

I’ll be checking in again, soon!