Five Things That Helped Me (Finally) Make Working Out A Lifestyle

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Looking back on 2016, one of things I’m most proud of is the fact that I have made working out a lifestyle. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who did not have to think twice about fitness and made it simply a part of your day. I’m happy to say I’m at that point and I thought today I would share some of the things I’ve realized help me get there.

1. I found my why– I would say that the biggest change when it comes to my approach to fitness this year has been my rationale. Instead of trying to lose weight and setting unrealistic goals for myself my goals have shifted to simply be staying healthy. I want to live a long life and be there as Buel gets older. I also know that working out drastically reduces my stress which makes me happier overall. Lastly, my time at the gym is my time to myself and my reward is getting ready in peace and getting to work with my “me time” already under my belt. It really has become my favorite way to start my day.

2. I stopped beating myself up over setbacks- In the past when I fell “off the wagon” I would typically snowball out of control. This would lead to drastic swings and lost momentum which made it extremely hard to get back to the gym. Instead, I’ve come to realize that life happens and the things that set me back such as travel or busy weeks are just something that will pass and then I return to my normal routine when I can without issue.

3. I stayed consistent until it no longer felt like effort- After I lost my Dad I made the decision to get consistent with my workouts. I booked sessions with a trainer and stuck with working out with her twice per week. From there I stepped it up when our remodel started because our construction crew would arrive before 7:00 every day. It gave me extra motivation to get up and out and eventually it became a habit. Now I’ve been consistently fitting in exercise 4-6 times per week and it truly feels like a lifestyle.

4. We made it a family lifestyle- Rich started going to Crossfit in the Spring and we sat down and mapped out how we would make it work for both of us to get to our respective gyms. We’ve stuck to that schedule and the extra accountability of needing Rich to watch Buel gets me to the gym because otherwise it’s a struggle to make it work. Plus, it’s nice to both be working towards the same goals and have the same mentality when it comes to leading an active life.

5. I set realistic expectations- Last but not least I had to reset my expectations when it comes to my routine. I used to make excuses when it came to working out because I felt that I did not have times so the workout wouldn’t be long enough and wouldn’t “count.” These days it’s all about momentum. Most of my workouts are 30 minutes long and sometimes I’ll add in a 45-60 minute class when I can. Sometimes I’ll even only do a 10 minute stair climber session and that’s totally fine with me!

What improvements have you made to your lifestyle in 2016? Is there anything you plan on focusing on in 2017?

Work Life: Four Books That Changed The Way I Look At My Career

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I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was the perfect combination of relaxing, productive and fun. I’m gearing up for a busy week in preparation for our vacation!

Today I’m continuing my Work Life series by sharing a few books that have changed the way I look at my career. I’m a huge dork when it comes to career development and try to read one non-fiction book per month. These are a few of my favorites! [Read more…]

Work Life: Finding My Flow

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Today I’m kicking a new series on the blog- Work Life! In this series I plan to share my experience as a working Mom and my strategies for staying organized, getting more work done in less time and keeping things at home running smoothly.

This is a constant battle for me and my hope is by sharing my experiences we can all learn from each other. So here we go! [Read more…]

Making Time for Me, We and Us

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I spend my time. I’ve been feeling stretched thin and as a result I’ve felt protective over my schedule. It’s tough to make time for myself, for my marriage and spend time as a family so lately I’ve been more intentional about planning.

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Day in the Life: Four Months Going on Four Years

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It’s been over a month since I did a day in the life post but I’m happy to say we’ve found a groove when it comes to parenthood. That’s a good thing because there’s so much else going on, but we’re taking things day by day. Here is a recap of yesterday, which was a pretty typical Tuesday.

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Six Steps to Manage the Overwhelm

Let’s face it, life can be overwhelming. I’m a firm believer that life happens in seasons. Sometimes things are crazy, other times they are slow. That’s what makes life interesting and fortunately over the years I’ve learned to buck up and accept the crazy seasons and have learned to keep myself in check so I do not fall totally flat on my face.

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to San Jose and San Francisco the past three days from work.  Yes, that means I left the morning after we got back from Michigan. As “luck” would have it on Monday we started getting some movement on our house buying process. I’m also buried in legal paperwork and my work busy season kicked off this week while I was traveling so I think it’s safe to say I have a lot going on.

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Day in the Life: Working Mom Edition

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Now that I feel “settled” into returning to work, I’ve been meaning to write a day-in-the-life post. I’ve been wanting to show the “real” days behind my check ins because I’ve been getting a lot of “you make it look easy” compliments. Some days do feel easy, but some days are like today. So here we go…

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February Coffee Date

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I’m coming at you from my desk during my lunch hour and drinking my favorite tea. I’m hoping it will get me through the rest of my Thursday! The past few weeks I’ve been focused on settling into my new normal as a working mom and blogging has been put on the backburner. Thanks for your patience as I figure things out!

I thought today I would check in on how things are going, so why don’t we have a virtual coffee date?

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Thoughts on Returning to Work

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The past twelve weeks have flown by and I’m soaking up the last few days of my maternity leave. My thoughts on returning to work are different than I expected and I’m feeling all of the emotions.

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Five Ways to Avoid Burnout

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After a jam-packed weekend, I woke up this morning with the attitude that it was going to be a long week. It led me to thinking that inevitably I would be burnt out by Friday, which got me thinking about the things I’ve added to my daily routine to prevent this from happening.

The key for me when it comes to accomplishing my to-do list is to prioritize and set boundaries. I’m no expert, but here are some things that I’ve been doing based on my daily experience. Over the past several months I’ve gone from remaining on constant overdrive to staying productive and calm. I have stayed that way by setting some “rules” for myself. Hopefully a few of these will work for you!

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