My stress relief.
My happy place....well one of them (yes in my little spot right here in my kitchen)😉.
What if instead of viewing exercise and working out as something you HAVE to do, you see it as something you GET to do? Because not everyone physically can.
What if instead of looking at it as a way to only improve what you don’t like about yourself physically, you look at it as a way to lower your risks of heart disease, some cancers, and diabetes?
What if you look at it as an instant mood booster and stress relief?
What if you look at it as a way to help you sleep better at night?
How would that change your life?
i can’t control everything in my life (that’s an important thing to accept, btw) but i CAN control the food that i put into my body 🙏❤️✨ by no means am i perfect (i mean, what is perfect anyway!?) but when i think of food as fuel, as helping + healing my body ... i can’t help but load up on all the good stuff 🙌 try this mindset shift this week and see how it affects your diet. ❤️
In those first few months of motherhood, I was living my life in 3 hour cycles...eat for what seemed like forever...play which was only for about 15 minutes and then trying my best to get baby girl to sleep. Time was a constant on my mind and I was exhausted.
But I was lucky. Unlike 25% (yes a quarter of all new moms) I didn’t have to head back to work when baby girl was 2 weeks old! I had a “cushy” corporate job and so I was able to get this whole eat, play, sleep thing SOMEWHAT established by the time I headed back to work at 12 weeks postpartum. But we were far from sleeping through the night, I was struggling to breastfeed and pumping was plain awful.
I got my sh$t together as best as I could and headed back into a demanding 50-60hr a week job and back to full slate of projects by day 2. .
I struggled. I was exhausted. And I worked with an all male team. It wasn’t their fault of course, but they just did not understand. Hell my boss had never been a parent so he really had no clue.
So I reached out to a female colleague who’s children were much older (high school) and asked her how to get through, how to handle it. Her response... well I didn’t work when my kids were little...but don’t worry you’ll figure it out... it just takes time! Time! Time! When you are living your life in 3 hrs segments, the last thing I wanted to hear was that it just takes time and I’ll figure it out.
I wanted answers, ideas, solutions or at the very least someone who understood how I felt.
Many moms struggle with feeling alone and isolated, especially in the beginning. I think working moms are especially susceptible to this. As you heard back to work and try to find your new normal with babies, it’s hard to find the time to reach out to other moms, to find your tribe.
But you aren’t alone. We are here, right there with you in the trenches. Fighting to figure out work and motherhood with you. We’ve got you. #nevernotamom#makeworkworkforyou#workingmom#workingmoms#bossmom#momboss#girlmom#stronglikeamother#momsquad#yourtribe#momtribe#strongertogether#momswhowork#maternityleaveisover#maternityleavelife#eatplaysleep#fourthtrimester
oh my little babies... they have my ❤️heart❤️ and i feel so stinking lucky that i get to spend my days being their mama, building my business without having to miss a moment with them, & doing something i LOVE ❤️ what do I do?
i impact people's lives, bring families back together, build community.
so if you wake up each day tired + uninspired + wanting MORE from your life, know that you DESERVE to follow that calling. 🙏❤️✨
Such a fun #meangirls themed class today followed by a “You are my sunshine” craft. Notice all the smiles on the faces of these Mama’s? Come and take a FREE class and you can be smiling right along with us! We meet at Cumberland Mall Monday-Saturday from 9:15-10:15am. Can’t wait to see you there!
It was just a little over a year ago when I had the honour of travelling down to Kentucky to speak at @gorgomag#CampGorgo; an empowering 2 day event designed to help women find their inner strength, regardless of size, ethnicity, sexual identity or socioeconomics.
Speaking, teaching and educating is what I LOVE to do but It’s “comfortable” and easy and I can almost do it with my eyes closed.
However, this was a very UNCOMFORTABLE moment for me because what you don’t see, is a photographer and about 15 other women, watching and cheering me on while I’m the centre of attention, during a photoshoot.
Although I felt all of the eyes on me, the pressure to “perform” and not look like an idiot, I know that there was only support and love because we ALL feel uncomfortable from time to time and need a tribe that has our best interests at heart.
When I look back at these photos, it brings back such amazing memories and reminds me that staying comfortable and safe won’t help me grow and move forward in my quest to live the life I want to live.
So if you feel stuck and can’t seem to move to where you want to be, stick (one toe) in front of the other and get uncomfortable because the more you do it, the more you will build that inner strength and confidence that you so badly want to embrace. 💪🏾❤️🙏🏾
So as promised. My mini workout from yesterday.
Goblet squat with mini band - 10 reps
Bent over dumbbell Row - 12 reps each side
Double racked carry.
I repeated these 3 times and it took me about 30 mins including my warm up at the beginning.
I felt good fitting this in but anymore would have floored me because of my energy levels.
Befores and afters
I started the TransPHORMation Challenge in January of 2017. I had just given birth to my 3rd baby (our fourth for our family) back in November. My body had lost all strength and cardio endurance. I started out with small workouts: walking, elliptical, HIIT videos, bodyweight movements. My hips were still so sore from labour and it took me a LONG time to build of the strength to squat with a barbell, let alone any weight loaded on... by summer 2017 I was feeling like “me” again. And now, summer 2018: I haven’t looked back.
The point is: we set small goals for ourselves and then work toward them. At first, it was to be able to master body weight movements and fat loss. Next, it was gaining endurance and strength. Then it was being able to squat with a weight loaded on my back....
My goals are not strictly GET SKINNY. Life isn’t about that. There has to be more to it. If your main focus is always aesthetic, you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment every time.
Make it about small, personal victories.
Run a marathon.
Master a pistol squat.
Conquer counting macros and eating more foods with more bang for your buck.
Figure out handstands.
Gain confidence in the weight section of the gym and smash some PRs.
But don’t put all your stock in losing weight to be happy #spoileralert it’s not going to fill that void 🤷🏼♀️
Don’t just be a “Before & After” - be a badass on a mission with no end game in sight 🤓
What are your goals? And what have you accomplished this summer?
Non scale victory! I noticed that my leggings are starting to get loose... especially in my inner thighs and knees. Not a big deal, but it is fun to notice small success like that!! I then went back and found a screenshot from from Day 8 compared to today. Lighting is totally different, I get that- but I feel like I can see a difference. :) Day 47 is now complete!! #fitmom#fitnessgoals#stronglikeamother#strongmomma#80dayobsession#noexcuses#learntrygrow
My boy is off to school again.
Loved this summer with him. So emotional about him going back. He was excited and nervous.
Me on the other hand didn’t want him to go back. I am craving routine, we all are but I want to wrap him up and keep him beside me for longer.
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When people ask me why they don't notice the benefits of Juice Plus after taking it for 4 months.. this is what I know for sure... Some of the benefits are really noticeable and some of them are internal/preventative and less immediately noticeable.
Dr. Sears made a good point when he said "often times you can't FEEL prevention." But over time the impact this makes on our bodies is tremendous with regards to fighting disease/ inflammation/ oxidativestress (basically rust in our bodies that causes so many issues), giving energy, boosting our immune system, cardiovascular health... Every cell in our body will know there's a difference even if you don't necessarily feel different right away.
Beneath the surface there are a ton of things going on that are HELPING prevent all sorts of future health issues. And thinking about where our bodies might be in 10 years without the benefits of Juice Plus is something to ponder. 🙏❤️✨
It’s something I try to do every single day.
Being brave in sharing my journey and my story.
Being brave in stepping outside of my comfort zone every single day.
Being brave in doing what scares the heck out of me.
It’s true what they say—you don’t grow inside that bubble of comfort. Quite honestly, it’s where I stayed most, if not all, of my life. I never made waves, I just wanted to fit in and not stand out. I was content with that.🤷🏼♀️
But you know what? I got tired of the same old everyday.
I want more and I feel like I am called to follow a different path than what I originally had planned for in my life. #hisplannotmine 🙏🏻
I tried to ignore it a few years ago, but I cannot and will not any longer.
So, I choose to be brave daily.
I said yes to an opportunity and to a complete stranger on social media.
Is it scary? Um, heck yes! But so far, it’s been nothing but COMPLETELY worth it....and I’m so freaking excited to see where it will continue to take me.❤️
So if you’re looking for more.
Step outside your comfort zone and say yes...to whatever it is your heart desires. Because really, is that more scary than staying where you are now if you’re unhappy or unfulfilled? #sourcessayno#followyourheart#itsworthittho
1 332 days ago
Transformation Tuesday, and maybe not the normal Transformation. . February - August(now) .
Honestly, when I first saw this I cringed. -I’m nowhere near that “little” anymore -I’m huge -I’m fat -I’m gross
I have struggled with body dysmorphia for years, and logically I can talk myself out of the distorted image, emotionally is harder. I forever see myself as and feel like the “fat girl”. I see myself as at least a size 14 no matter what. Which means I have to be very careful not to let myself go down the rabbit hole of negative self-talk. .
So, then I had to make myself see the strength and muscle I’ve added as well. (Booty gains for sure😂) I had to remind myself, the girl on the left certainly couldn’t bench 135, couldn’t curl a 70lb bar, or even do a pull up. .
My scheduled cut got thrown off track by a lot of external stresses during my divorce (my body does not respond well to major stress no matter how dialed in nutrition may be). I had setbacks with some health issues (chronic anemia) that also affects metabolism.
I was frustrated, I’m a good 8-10 lbs heavier on the right. And I was being stubborn and kept trying to cut more and more (haha, yeah let’s throw a little more stress in there). .
I was ignoring all my common sense and advice I’d give to people I work with. Thankfully I have a couple amazing friends and colleagues who knocked some sense into me 😉 @email@example.com .
“Is it working? Then stop and use this to your benefit, get stronger and build.”
I may be heavier than I prefer, but I’m also a lot stronger and have a built a lot of muscle, so I’m going to take this as a win (hard as that may be for me) and just be grateful for the body I have and things it can do. .
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1 112 days ago
My periods suck.
I have about 2 bad days during my cycle. I have radiating pain in my back, my pelvis, my hip joints, running down the front of my legs and my knees sometimes hurt.
I also have really heavy periods. My energy levels are incredibly low during these 2-3 days. I forgot how bad it was because I have had so many years on the pill and then being pregnant and breastfeeding.
So I am not at my best today and maybe tomorrow. Today I need to drink water. Get iron rich food in me and get some decent sleep.
But I know tomorrow or the day after I will need to move. I will need to lift some weights and move as much as I can.
Consider how your body feels. Do you need rest? Do you need to move? How are your eating habits making you feel? I don’t mean do you feel guilty for eating that cake. I mean how are you physically feeling?
What can you do to make yourself feel a little bit better this week?
2 532 days ago
Today was the start of week 5 of my lifting and HIIT program + week 1 for 12 new ladies just starting today as well. I’m SO excited for them to experience this AND SO excited to be able to help them, motivate them, and hold them accountable to their goals as their coach.💪🏼
When I started my postpartum fitness journey over a year ago, I STRUGGLED with losing the baby weight and getting back in shape. For me, quite honestly, trying to do this by myself wasn’t working—I needed the accountability, the community, and the group of women all working towards similar goals...and it’s been everything.❤️
Chest and triceps✅
Have you heard of our next group #slam ????? We first #shakeourfineapples now we are #beautydetox -Ing our way into #September for #stronglikeamother 💪🏼💃🏼 This group will focus on every mom, girl who has a mom, friend and women who desires community of encouragement and strength
but perhaps more importantly, you are able to enjoy a unique, safe and sharing environment where you feel comfortable among other like-minded women.
My intention is to provide a space where women come together to strengthen the body, share our struggles & challenges and celebrate each other’s successes
Click link in my bio to reply now and let’s hang around #womenwhogiveafit#bestrong#womenarestrong#lovestrong#livestrong#livestrong
I used to scroll through Facebook and see other people post before and afters like this. The first thought I had was, “must be photoshopped” .
For some strange reason, I was so skeptical of the power of at-home health programs. I felt like I had all the answers. .
So I continued with my gym membership. And guess how that turned out?? I’d show up once or twice, feel uncomfortable because I wasn’t totally sure what I was doing and really hating that people were watching me. So, I’d quit going. .
I continued to try nutrition programs that counted calories and cut out whole good groups! And guess how that turned out?? I felt completely deprived and would just end up binging on junk on the weekends. .
But one day, I was feeling fed up with myself, and decided to take a chance on something new. What did I have to lose at this point?? .
I dove in head first and at the end of my first challenge, I was eating humble pie! I had lost 9lbs and 9 inches but had gained so much confidence and self esteem!! I had remembered to start caring for myself again and it felt great!! .
Now that I’ve continued with this lifestyle for a year and a half, I almost feel like I have an obligation to share this with others. Others who are wanting to feel good in their own skin again. Who have tried so many times but just haven’t found the right fit. .
I want to show a relatable, “normal mom” who makes living a healthier lifestyle work amongst the craziness of life. I want to show others that if I can do it, they can too. And I want to show that when you start showing yourself love, amazing things happen. .
Does this resonate at all with you?? .
If so, let’s chat. Better yet, take that leap of faith and join our August Challenge. Start to feel good again from the inside out. I am here to help. ❤️
Typical Sunday meal planning...with help from Harper of course.😉
On plans for dinner this week?
-chicken sausage, roasted veggies and sweet potatoes
-southwestern style quinoa
Who else is meal planning/prepping today? What’s your go-to?