Mom Talk: Accepting My Body After Baby

Even before I became a Mom, I had plans for a comeback for my body. I had big plans for amazing before-and-after photos with a success story to go along with it. But then, somewhere along the way things changed. My mindset shifted and I became much more focused on accepting my body after baby versus trying to get “back” the body I had. [Read more…]

We Completed Whole30! Our Thoughts, Results and Plan for What’s Next

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Well, we did it! In the past 30 days we’ve had some amazing results, learned a lot and overall have been inspired to make some major changes to our lifestyle. I’m excited to share our Whole30 results and our thoughts with you today. [Read more…]

Back to the Basics

Good Morning!

I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was low key and somewhat productive. Yesterday afternoon, Rich wanted to spend time with Buel so I could have some “me time” and I happily accepted.

I used my time to restock our diaper supply, grocery shop and overhaul my closet before settling down to watch the Golden Globes. Not the most exciting afternoon, but it left me feeling refreshed, organized and motivated.

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Snack Ideas for All Day Energy

Now that it’s been a month since I had my baby, I’m itching to get back to focusing on taking care of myself. This week I made it a goal to start focusing on food through tracking on My Fitness Pal and returning to my eating structure. It’s time for this baby weight to make it’s way out of here!

At work, one of the things I struggle with most is the 3’o’clock slump. Similarly, these days while at home with baby Buel I’m struggling with a mid-afternoon slump. This week I took it upon myself to focus on snacking throughout the day since I found myself forgetting to eat. This leaves me a hangry, exhausted mess and it’s just not good.

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The Awesomeness of Accountability Partners

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I haven’t mentioned it on here yet, but I’m participating in a group fitness challenge at work with a small team of four coworkers. We get to do one workout with a personal trainer and have to complete a weekly workout challenge. This week’s challenge is to complete as many sit-ups as we can in one minute. I’m doing it at lunch with my team, so wish me luck!

This challenge has given me an extra boost to continue my weight loss journey in the new year. Plus, it’s gotten me to leave my desk a few times a week to go to the gym, which is something I really struggle with. Lunch workouts not only give me a break from work, but give me more time in the evenings which is great thing!

I was thinking last night about how motivated I feel and I proud that I have hit my stride when it comes to my workout routine. I can attribute this to one main thing- being held accountable!

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Losing Weight In Three Easy Steps

In my 2014 year in review, I forgot to mention one thing. Last year, I accomplished my cliche goal to lose weight and ended the year almost 20 pounds lighter than I started it. I still have a small amount to lose before I reach my goal (whatever that may end up being), but this process has become so much more than that.

The main lesson I learned through this process was that losing weight isn’t easy. It’s more than just going on a diet, exercising more and drinking lots of water. It’s about making changes, figuring out why you are holding on weight to begin with and learning to let it go.

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The Last Piece to the Intuitive Eating Puzzle

At the beginning of the year, I shared my Intuitive Eating journey, but in back of my mind I still had a nagging voice telling me I wanted to lose weight and the only way to do so was to go on a diet.

Then I started working with my trainer and set a goal to lose weight, but his #1 rule is that if my eating plan starts to feel like a diet, we need to adjust something.

I’ve already shared some of the lessons I’ve learned from him so far, but within the past week or so I’ve started to reconsider my Intuitive Eating journey. This is where I’m adding my own spin on Intuitive Eating principles  by adding a new one.

#11: Find Out What Works for You

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Lessons Learned From Working With A Personal Trainer: Nutrition

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As promised when I introduced you to my Personal Trainer, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the things I’ve learned through working with him. First, I’m going to sharing the things I learned when it comes to nutrition.

The nutrition component of the equation is the key to weight loss. In the past, I’ve put my efforts into working out. I knew the diet was a huge component but was approaching food in the wrong way. When approaching my weight loss, diet is the biggest factor and equally important is working out.

I’ve learned that when making changes to how you eat, if you want to be successful it should not seem like a diet. Deprivation leads to bigger issues down the line, so our focus was making small changes I could stick with for life.

It’s not what you eat, but how much of it. On my plan, I can eat whatever I want in moderation. I do this by paying attention to my portion size and planning ahead- which is my next key.

When it comes to sticking to my efforts, planning ahead is key. I’ve been tracking my food on My Fitness Pal for five weeks now and planning ahead is the key when it comes to that. Also, when thinking about my day I can plan my indulgences ahead of time and balance my other meals accordingly. In the past, I would have obsessed over this, but after five weeks this seems natural to me.

On that note- you need to find what works for you. For me, it was switching up my schedule and eating every 2 1/2-3 hours. Sticking to this schedule has made a world of a difference in my energy levels, my cravings (or lack there of) and my relationship with food. Overall this process has brought me to a good place with food and I’m happy I have finally gotten there.

Last but not least, food is meant to be enjoyed. The emotional aspect of eating is what trips people up and is what always brought me to dieting. My first step to this was giving up the diet mentality and my second step was working with Joel to find what works for me. I’m excited that I’m finally in a place where I can enjoy food, feel balanced and live a healthy lifestyle. It’s taken me a long time, but I cannot be more happy that I’ve finally got there.

What lessons have you learned when it comes to nutrition? How do you balance your indulgences?

On Weight Loss

Good Evening!

Have you ever had an aha moment that made you want to reach a new goal? Hopefully, we all have. Earlier in the year, in a very cliche way I had mine, inspired by this picture…

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Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life Tour Recap

Last night I had a little girls’ night out with my friend Denise and Jillian Michaels in Joliet at her Maximize Your Life Tour. I went to the event hoping to gain a little extra motivation and that’s exactly what happened. Jillian was exactly how she appears on Television- she’s tough as nails, takes no bullshit and has the most toned legs I’ve ever seen.

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