Archive | November, 2014

Get Your Fitness On!

11 Nov

Now that I’m all adjusted to my brand new normal, I am really focused on two of my major passions: fitness and nutrition. With my full time job that keeps me very busy and my new larger family, I admit I sometimes find it hard to make time for workouts and prepping enough healthy meals. However, I’m determined to get back into my old clothes. This is the next step in my fitness journey – lose the baby weight.

During pregnancy, I gained about 70 pounds (!!!), so now it’s about shedding the extra weight. Though occasionally long work hours and lack of sleep tempt me to skip, I try to work out at least three times a week if not more. I’m proud to say I have been pretty good about this when I wasn’t healing my knee injury these past three weeks. I took some time off to heal (doctor’s orders) and stepped back in the gym today!

I am following a weight lifting program for my workouts called SimplyShredded. I was also going to kickboxing classes at I Love Kickboxing – this is my favorite! Unfortunately, that just happens to be when I injured my knee and my doctor recommended only light resistance on a stationary bike for workouts. Let’s just say I have a tendency not to listen to my doctor’s orders so these past few weeks have been hard to swallow. Kickboxing is just way too fun to miss out on!

I am also paying attention to my nutrition. I am well aware of how important a good nutrition plan is to my weight loss. I try to be careful with my gluten intake as I am gluten sensitive, but sometimes I am not as good about it as I should be. All the delicious food has gluten! A compromise I have found to deal with my cravings are Quest Nutrition sour crean and onion chips. They are gluten free, high in protein (21g), and low in carbs (5g). They cure my cravings for chips and still leave give me the protein that my body needs.

I have recently discovered IIFYM. IIFYM stands for “if it fits your macros”. This basically means that I track my protein, carbs, and fat. I had to train myself to forget all the crazy stuff I thought I knew about weight loss and dieting. The overall idea with IIFYM is that if I eat less calories than my body requires (while getting the right amount of protein, carbs, and fat that my body requires to function) I will lose weight at a steady rate. There are no off-limit foods, there are no requirements that I eat small meals throughout the day or that I absolutely cannot miss breakfast. All I have to do is stay within my daily macros and I will lose weight! The first week alone, I lost 4 lbs. I’d say that’s progress.

Overall, I am really excited about the start of my journey. I can’t wait to have that glow of health and well-being! Even though my time is limited and I’m not perfect about following all of my rules all the time, I am still making progress through diet and exercise, and that’s what matters. To new moms everywhere and those starting on their own fitness journeys, we can do this!

“Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns. That’s my formula.”- Richard Simmons

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Life Is Good!

4 Nov

To clear up any rumors… My recent absence has not been because I am a spy on assignment, even though I could totally rock that! And it’s not because I am busy taking over the world; if I wanted to, it wouldn’t take this long. Lol. The truth is I have been very busy with the many changes in my life. It would be easy to say that my life is finally getting back to normal, but who am I kidding? My life will never be the same. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Having a baby changes EVERYTHING in your life! As many of you know, I had a baby boy in July and my world has become very much about him. I have been focused on my family and the normal daily to-do lists of any American Mom. As I mentioned before, my life will never be normal again but I like this “new normal”.

I have a healthy boy who is growing every day. It has been incredible seeing the changes and cherishing every moment. My bundle of joy is sleeping through the night which has been a nice change of pace. I can actually reacquaint myself with the back of my eyelids. Of course, having the best husband in the world has made this journey much more manageable. Thank you, hubby! And our final member of the family has been great with our baby boy. Our rescue dog, Captain, was curious at first but quickly accepted the situation. We are one big, happy family!!

My personal attention is most definitely on my health. I gained 70 lbs. during my pregnancy and I have been working hard on my fitness to lose that extra weight. I am not where I want to be but I am looking forward and not back. Of course, being able to sleep through the night has helped with exercising on a regular basis. I am determined to get back into my clothes and resume my active life. But primarily, I want to be healthy. That’s definitely my goal.

Eyebrows! Eyebrows! Eyebrows! Yes, I am still obsessed with eyebrows! I still have a passion to create perfectly shaped eyebrows. I am still practicing eyebrow waxing and makeup applications when I’m not working my regular job. That is still dear to my heart. I am taking appointments so get in touch with me if you need my assistance.

So to sum it all up… I AM BACK! Life is a lot different. Our family is a little larger. My husband is wonderful. I’m working my way back into shape. And of course, EYEBROWS…need I say more?

Thanks for walking this journey with me! I look forward to what is right around the bend!