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"For 19 months, I came up with excuse after excuse as to why I shouldn’t get my hair done. “Hazel will want to nurse…The girls will cry…Zoey has never been away from me for so many hours…it’s too expensive…I don’t really NEED a haircut…I have stuff to do in the house…” and dozens more, when the truth was, I just didn’t think I was worth the time, the money, or even the effort. I let myself believe that leaving my kids to do something for myself was neglecting them. I had become invisible to myself, and that is a very dangerous hole to fall into. The whole thing was about much more than just my hair, it was about my confidence and self-worth. I didn’t feel deserving of having a 4-hour break to take care of myself. My husband noticed how self conscious I was about my hair and continued to insist, so much so that I finally gave in. As soon as I walked out of the house and closed the door, I was flooded with anxiety, regret and I became so stressed that I could not keep myself from crying. He disconnected the nanny cam so that I wouldn’t check in and worry. 2 hours in and I fell asleep in the washing chair. I read an entire magazine. I pinned DIY projects I’ll likely never do. I had warm coffee. When I finally saw the end result and how lively and strong my hair was, and then heard how well my kids were doing with my husband, I understood why self-care is so important. I was able to recharge for just a few hours and I finally felt somewhat worthy again, that I was seen and important to MYSELF. Valuing myself will be a daily battle for sure, but I made a promise to myself to at least try to do the things that bring me joy. Play my guitar more often, go out with my girlfriends every once in a while, and to not feel guilty for paying attention to myself. I encourage you to do the same. We will be much better moms when we find our worth and value ourselves. Know that you matter as a person more than you can possibly imagine. 💛 "
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you will find a WAY or you’ll find an EXCUSE. the choice is YOURS
Life is all about choices, so if you are ready to drop your excuses and make one of the best decisions of your life, join us! Unsure?? send me a message and I will get you details to join our snoop group! We would love to have you join us in November!
Its not about what others think, its about creating a healthier lifestyle for myself 💃 > I want to be happy.
>> I want to feel good.
> I want to have energy for life.
>> I want to be around for my kids.
> I want to not have my body work so hard, when it simply can have it easier.
There is so much more to taking care of yourself than just a lower number on the scale (though that is pretty dang awesome too 😉) #momoffour#postpartumjourney#tattoomomma#forthemforme#momstrong#forthefuture
Did a little filming for the Just Sweat Home Fitness Program this am...and SWEAT I did!!! 💦 💦💦
With the weather getting colder, it’s so important to have effective cardio workouts that you can do at home (because packing up your kids in the jogging stroller in snowsuits is a workout before your workout!)
Check out this quick Tabata Interval Drill in todays Cardio Interval Mashup video and give it a spin.
And to access the full video (and an entire month’s worth of them and so much more!) check out the link in my bio to work with me! .
! HUSBAND HI-JACK ! I'm sneaking a post in here because my wife @chelseaclark_333 is at the gym and can't stop me but also because she is an amazing woman and she would never agree to me posting this. 😛
I wanted you to know her and who she is.
This photo captures her EXACTLY. While most are out chasing after the largest, most perfect pumpkins in the field, she's not. She's over at the "pallet", paying attention to all of the other ones that have so easily been over looked because they didn't measure up. .
This IS my beautiful wife. It is 💯 who she is. The basis for everything she does is all captured right here.
It's the reason behind all of what you see on her personal page and her Fit page. The reason she's invested herself in fitness, and the reason she is determined to create Fit as a Mother. .
It's ALL about giving hope and inspiration to those who may feel like they aren't good enough, like they've been forgotten, or who may not be seeing their own beauty. .
Empowering those who feel as though they may be left on a pallet in the corner and showing them that they are wonderful and they are worth it. .
Come to think of it...it's probably the reason she chose me too. 🤔
I invite you to take a look at her website. She's got some great blogs, some great stories, and some fun clothing as well. www.fitasamother.us
She's loves feedback, love interaction with others, and LOVES LOVES LOVES to be inspired by others stories. .
Rocked my Monday morning workout!!🤩
Got the kids off to school at 7 am, fed Christian and he fell back asleep, drank my ☕️coffee and ⚡️ #momcrack!! Rodney took my 4 year old to the gym and I “pressed play”
60 minutes of total body and no interruptions🤣🤣 .
Where are all my moms wanting to work on their #mombod ??? Some days may be harder than others, but I feel so much happier after getting in just 30 minutes!!
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I get a lot of people asking me how and when they are suppose to start their weight loss journey.
➡️ The answer is, get moving and NOW 😉
Don’t wait for a new month, or a new year.
And honestly, you don’t have to have it all figured out right now.
Just get moving.
Do something to get your body moving and your heart rate up.
When I first started my weight loss journey I was 235 pounds and I hadn’t exercised in a long time.
So I took it slow.
Every day I dedicated myself to walking 10K steps.
That’s it, just walk.
I cut out sodas, fast food, sweets and starches and drank lots of water, ate lot of chicken and beef and lots of veggies and salads.
The first 21 days are the hardest.
But once you get past that, it not only becomes a habit, but it also becomes something you like to do and crave.
Don’t be afraid to be a beginner.
And don’t be afraid to try new things.
I can’t even tell you how many things I tried and failed at when it came to my weight loss.
But I didn’t stop because something didn’t work for me.
I just adjusted my plan, and kept on pushing.
It may take you a few times to get it right, and that is okay ❤️
Just embrace the journey, don’t be afraid to begin and don’t put it off.
October 15th 2018.
And go for it ❤️
I believe in you 🙌🏻
🎧 I listened to a clip of Rachel Hollis from her speaking at SeneGence Leader's Conference this weekend.
She was talking about #mommyguilt and how by apologizing for working hard and providing for your family, you are teaching your children that what you are doing is shameful.
This really spoke to me. I apologize all the time for working. What am I teaching my daughter if I act like working hard to give her and her brother a good life is wrong?? Part of my job as a mom is to be a strong example for my babies. I want the 🌎 for them and want them to want it for themselves.
Be proud, mama. Be proud. 👊 ❤
FINALLY hoooody weather! Wooo-hoooo 👈🏼 which Mark can’t do out loud 😂. Seriously, if this is at all possible, we got these hoodies FREE with reward points and paid shipping. Watch for our next video or check out the link in the bio for information on how you might qualify for this awesome perk!! Who doesn’t 🖤 FREE stuff?!?! 👊🏼💪🏼
The 2B Mindset teaches us to have a whole new relationship with the scale. How many of you have avoided the scale because you didn’t want to see the number? Be honest.
The scale is just feedback….it’s information. Studies show that if you avoid the scale for a long period of time you will actually gain weight.
What if you had all of the tools from a registered dietician, tracked everything you ate, knew what to eat and when, were encouraged to eat large portions, and had a support group of women sharing their meals and positivity? Do you think you could learn to love the scale again? I am positive that you are going to LOVE the scale again!
If this tip is helpful please drop a ❤️ below and I will continue sharing daily tips. #2BMindset#2bmindsetmentor
Our first play and sing music 🎶 class was a huge success! As you can see, Sof was a little apprehensive going in, but she changed her tune immediately when the music started playing and everyone was pounding on the floor. She loved all the different musical instruments (even though she just chewed on most of them) and she danced along to all the songs when she was on her feet. ❤️ Safe to say that we will be signing up for the winter session starting in January!
This is the time of year it gets really hard. This is the time of year people gain 10 pounds. This is the time of year people think they can’t start a fitness journey. Because there’s just too many temptations and they fear they’re just gonna fail.
Right now is all about figuring out a plan that allows you to enjoy that Halloween candy without the guilt. It’s about having Thanksgiving with my family without the guilt. I want to be able to go into Christmas and enjoy candy making, have a caramel and fudge covered Oreos, without the guilt.
It’s about not depriving myself of the things I enjoy and love about the holidays and family gatherings, without gaining 10 pounds. It’s about having control of my health & fitness, so when all the things are over and come January, I’m feeling icky, uncomfortable and I can’t button my pants.
It’s about wanting to go into the new year with a mind set that allows you to be proud of your accountability, instead of being ticked off at yourself and saying “man I wish I would have taken the time to take care of myself.”
So here’s to no more... I want to wait til January because....
Guys! Ive been there! I’ve felt the same way!! But what I found is, you’re gonna be MADDDDD come January!! ..
Right now it’s not about loosing weight, if that’s your overall goal.. than fan-freaking-tastic!! But right now, we are focusing on SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS YALL! We are going into the last three months of the year STRONG, we are linking arms so we are able to enjoy life, enjoy family, enjoy friends and enjoy this season!
So are you ready to crush the holidays with us?? Shoot me a message today, so we can keep off that Holiday fluff together!!
OMG just went to the pediatrician with all 3. Baby got weighed, the other 2 got flu shots. What a fiasco! 😂 I so wish there was someone to take a pic of all the drama, because omg. #allthetears from #allthekids !
So, here we are breastfeeding in the car and watching YouTube so we can all just calm ourselves. 😆🧘♀️
10 Months Sober and Fabulous, Y’all!!
I will never stop celebrating the months, the random days, and soon years of sobriety.
Over 10 months ago at 9am in the morning a coffee mug like this might have been filled with champagne and orange vitality, claiming to be a mimosa. 🤦🏼♀️
So many people don’t understand alcohol addiction, the MANY different forms it can take, and the struggles that so many have that you’d never assume. The amount of well polished, successful, moms that have reached out to me for guidance on this since I’ve spoken out, would shock you. 😢
Having an issue with alcohol doesn’t mean you’re raging every night, or your hiding bottles of wine in the closet from your family.
Though it can look like that for some, for so many like myself it was simply using alcohol as a crutch and coping mechanism. Not drinking every night but the few days/nights a week I did, I drank a lot. Usually until blackout.
Not wanting to feel or see who I really was. Not wanted to work through the stressful day, but instead drink two bottles of wine to put a bandaid on it.
Not wanting to be present with my ever growing, strong willed child because I was afraid I wasn’t good enough as I was for him.
Not wanting to admit that I get uncomfortable in crowds, or even intimate gatherings because I was afraid to be myself, so I drank to calm the nerves.
Not wanting to truly let myself enjoy the excitement or joy of a situation, so to “celebrate” I would drink an entire bottle of champagne in a short timeframe.
Not wanting to be intimate unless I had a few glasses of wine in me because I was so insecure about my body.
The list goes on.
No one truly knows what has gone on or does go on behind closed doors for those battling addiction. We can speak out as much as we want, but until people can lose the judgement, gain understanding and give grace, then it will stay a taboo subject.
For those new to my page, I’m Echo Summer Hill and I’m a SOBER, Wife, Mommy, Entrepreneur, Life Coach, Spirit Junkie, Inspirational Speaker & Seeker...and so much more.
Spoiler alert: smile is totally fake and a before selfie (always a before selfie 😉). Cause’ who didn’t want to work out today? This girl. 🙋🏻♀️ Nope, not an ounce of me wanted to complete the workout scheduled because today, I was tiredAF. Yesterday it was my asthma, the day before was my throat and before that my cough...ya feeling me? Everyday I can excuse my way out of exercising or I can boss it up and do it in spite of the obstacles. Work, kids, school, sniffles, you name it....and before I know it, days, weeks, months or worse, years go by. Obviously I’m a huge believer and advocate for listening to your body and taking rest (especially if your sick or injured) to recharge, but those aren’t the days I’m referring to. .
I’m constantly encouraged by this IG community who in-spite of the obstacles that each is individually faced with, y’all constantly share your victories and of course, your defeats. And most importantly, you show up for YOU! So let’s celebrate those workouts we didn’t want to do, that we half assed our way through, missed mile time or mileage, reps we planned to do or extra weight we could have added, and high outputs or not placing where we wanted on the leaderboard. Sometimes just showing up is the biggest victory because we didn’t give up on ourselves. We still showed up and argued our way through our workouts. Our workouts or attitude doesn’t have to be perfect for us to be proud. I’d love to hear what you’re proud of today that you didn’t (or did) think you could achieve, even if it was being proud that you took a must needed rest day (so important), if you struggled but still showed up or if you killed your workout! All can be celebrated!
And another spoiler alert: I didn’t finish my last rep of my supersets and goofed around taking selfies. 🤷🏻♀️ However, I’m going to focus on what I did achieve: 5 rounds of supersets of shoulders and legs and a HIIT ride with @emmalovewell 4,362 minutes later 😉 Happy Sunday Friends!
Happy Monday! Remember everyone makes their OWN choice. That’s all life is are choices. You can’t be mad at someone for making a choice and vice versa. I’m choosing to be happy and set my mind on PEACE ☮️ ✌🏽 Side note: yup stretch marks all through this bitch. GTFOver it or off my page 😊