Motivational Monday!

Hello to another great week! I hope some of you are enjoying a day off for Presidents Day today. It’s a perfect day to get that workout in and start your week right! Since it’s school vacation week here I’ve already been to the pool with the kids this morning for a light workout, and have a 1/2 hour group workout I’m headed to tonight.

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This week has been a mixture of highs and lows for me. I was in a bit of depression for a few days after the news of the school shooting in Floridia so I ate some things I shouldn’t have feeling just too tired to care about cooking or prepping. I got myself back on track for the end of the week and that was good since my final weigh in for the diet bet is TOMORROW! Eeek! This morning I’m only .7 pounds away from my goal. I can do this!!! I’m drinking lots of water today to make sure I flush out any water weight and am eating tons of veggies with my meals. Fingers crossed!

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I hit my mileage goal of 25 miles this week and even threw in a weight lifting class at the gym. That class just about killed me! Haha. I’m excited to add it to my routine 1-2x a week! I also did an hour and a half of swimming with the girls on Friday. All in all it was a great week of movement!

I didn’t take a photo for one of my 8 miles because it was at my new gym and I had a real struggle figuring out the bike. The milage was broken because I accidently reset the program after my first mile. But I promise you I did it!

How did you all do on your goals this past week?

Here are my goals for this week:

Health:

No eating after 7:30

Drink at least 3 bottles of water a day

Veggies at every meal and snack

Stick to my eating plan

Fitness:

25 miles

Weight lifting class +weights after milage once

Yoga the day after weight lifting class

 

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Mommy and me day!

My schedule has changed and I now work overnight on the nights we were doing our dates with Alannah. So we carried it over to Saturdays and this one was my turn. I was looking forward to it all week! This week we were going shopping for bathing suits since we just got our pool membership back. Me and Alannah love shopping dates because we always make sure to try on the craziest things we can find and document with photos. She loves the silliness of it and I love the memories made.

Well this Saturday morning was a rough morning in our house! The girls both swam for 2 1/2 hours the day before and went to bed slightly later than usual but woke up with the sun. Alannah was full of emotions and everything was making her cry. I had only gotten 3 hours of sleep the night before and knew that patience was going to be key if this day was going to go well. Did I tell you guys? Patience is NOT my strong suit!!!

By the grace of God, I was able to diffuse all the melt downs and explain lovingly to Alannah that she was simply exhausted. We made a deal that if she still waved to go shopping she needed to lie down for a good hour and try to sleep. (There’s no way I was taking that hot mess of emotions out in public! Can I get an amen?!)

Thankfully that rest made a world of difference so we were able to have our girls day out with no issues!

First on the agenda was new swim suits. I needed a new top and Alannah need a new suit. She of course was instantly drawn to the most flashy suit at Target hahaha. I went a more conservative way and found this cute navy top.

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After we had to look for some crazy clothes. I tried on a velvet, 60’s vibe, hounds tooth dress. And Alannah found this amazing bright aqua blue fake fur vest!

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After we were done there we headed to the mall to look for some shoes. I found a great deal on some new running shoes.

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And Alannah fell in love with (for real, she was telling me she could wear them to church) these crazy purple boots. I didn’t let her get them in case anyone was wondering! Ha!

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We made sure to fit in a meal at Panera Bread because it’s our all-time favorite place to eat out.

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It was such a great day! I’m so thankful that God gave me the patience I needed, and that we didn’t let the rough start of the day derail our plans. I love this sweet girl with all my heart and I’m so thankful for these moments and memories we have together.

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Motivational Monday!

Here we are at the start of another great week! For me that means it’s confession time. Last week was rough for me y’all. I had a doctor’s appointment on Friday that I was stressing about all week long! I was exhausted out of my mind from the underlying stress. Towards the end of the week I began stress eating here and there, then after my appointment (which had good news thank you Jesus!) I was exhausted from all the stressing and continued to over eat the entire weekend long. (And feel very justified in my mind with the crazy week I had while I was doing it!)

All that to say, my health goals took a nose dive this week. But I’m back on track today and putting the weekend behind me! Also remember my cutting out coffee goal… that was a joke. This week I’m cutting down from a medium cup to a small and will see about cutting it out a few days next week.

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I hit my miles this week completing another 25 for this month!!! It feels so amazing to accomplish this every week. I didn’t do a mile on the elliptical but one day because the exhaustion was unreal as I said, but I’m happy with my victory!

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As of today I’m 7 days away from my Diet bet ending and I’m planning on winning!!! I’m motivated to stick to my healthy eating plan this week and crush it. I felt so lethargic and miserable with all that crappy eating this week time to get back to feeling good!E5DDFB5E-ADFB-451D-86A9-2BC090F2FE6F

I’m joining a second gym this week for my family to take the girls swimming so I’m super excited to do some weight lifting classes there. I’m currently only at planet fitness so classes aren’t offered and boy do I miss them. I’ll also be swimming with my girls 2-3 times a week on top of everything so that will be a great change! Swimming is my absolute favorite and my girls would live in the water just like me so we can’t wait.

I really want to find an indoor bike race to compete in this year. I know gyms will do them for fundraisers and I know I would love it so that’s something I’m looking into this month. I don’t have a bike right now so that’s the best way to get in more of my love of biking.

Here are my goals for this week!

Health:

Drink 3+bottles of water a day

Drink my ACV drink daily

No junk

Eat on my healthy plan/veggies every meal

Fitness:

25 miles

Swimming 2x

Weight lifting class once

Weights at the gym 2x after milage

What are your goals this week? Are there any competitions/races you’re working towards?

 

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday y’all! I hope you all had great success with your goals last week. This week was a busy one and it was tricky to get to the gym, but I did 26 miles!

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Almost every time was a struggle for the motivation to get out of my house and get there, but I did it.

This week I did the kettle bell workouts 2x. I didn’t do my an exercises daily like I wanted to but I’m carrying that over into this week. I did great with my eating, even went to a bakery for a birthday and to the movies without cheating!!! That’s huge for me.

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This week I begin teaching a health group at my church based on the Made to Crave study. I’m so excited to have a group of women I’m working together with toward our health goals. I’ll keep you updated throughout the next few weeks how that goes.

I really feel like this is the year, this is the year to live intentionally in the areas of life that I’ve been struggling. Health being one of the big ones! I’m so excited to look back at the end of this year and see all the changes and growth God has done in and through me.

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This week my goals are:

Health:

Continue with healthy eating

Coffee only 1-2x instead of daily (sometimes 2x a day) Drink oolong tea instead

Water 2+bottles a day

Fitness:

Kettlebell workout 2x

25 miles

Daily Ab exercises

What are your goals this week?

Fun Fridays!

In light of all our busyness, me and Jason decided that we should start a new weekly tradition with Alannah called “Fun Fridays”. It’s hard to get one on one time with her but we know it’s so important so we take turns Friday nights spending one-on-one time with her.

On her weeks with daddy they usually play some sort of game together, either a boardgame or a video game. But on our nights, we jump into girly, crazy, fun headfirst!

Alannah is starting to get in the phase of liking to try on makeup and doing each other’s makeup. I decided to order a Birch box subscription so we could open the box together and try all the fun beauty products. We had done ipsy previously but ended up cancelling it after a while. With our budget this year I figured a $10 a month subscription box like Birch box would be a fun thing to incorporate into me and Alannah’s Fun Fridays. Luckily ours had come this Friday.

Here is what our night together looked like this week.

The first thing we did was open the box and try out all the makeup that came this month!

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There was a great lipstick, some fun liquid eyeliner, and a gorgeous cream blush.

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After that Alannah had the idea that we each go into our rooms and put on the craziest outfits we could think of! She won this the crazy outfit challenge by a landslide wearing a skirt over her pants and about 10 shirts on top of each other.

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I wasn’t very creative and could only think of layering a pencil skirt over a shirt with some sparkle and bling.

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After, we decided that since we both love swimming so much, we should dress up in what we would wear to go swimming in the winter. (Alannah’s eyeliner was pretty rough at this point lol.)

 

We ended the night trying (and failing) to make some rainbow loom animals. But it was fun!

It was the perfect goofy fun night together! I love this new tradition, and this sweet girl!

 

 

Motivational Monday!

This week we begin a new month. We get to take a minute, look back, and see what we achieved and what we need to do better at!

I did my first 100 miles!!! I got emotional on the bike as the last mile ticked down. I feel such a huge accomplishment reaching this goal and I’m so excited to see how my body gets stronger as the months go on. I’ve decided to take a monthly photo after I reach my goal to keep track of changes that may occur in my body as well. We all know our bodies can sometimes be shrinking when the scale is telling us otherwise.

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Something else that I started this past week was a Dietbet. There’s a website called Dietbet that has different weight loss challenges. You choose what you’re looking for, pay the amount listed, then if you meet the challenge goal all the winners of that challenge who’ve met the goal split the pot. Here’s the criteria for my challenge: Pay $20, lose 4% of your weight (so 7.1 lbs for me), duration one month. So I have until February 18th to lose 4% and at that time only those who have lost the 4% will split the “pot”.  My game has $7180 in the pot and 360 players. So if you win, you automatically get the money you paid back, but also have the chance to win more depending on how maybe people meet the goal.

This has been a huge motivation with me meeting all of my healthy eating and drinking goals this week! It’s a fun way to stay motivated if you’re looking for an extra push. I’m 3.5 lbs away from my goal!

This week my goals are:

Fitness:

Do 25 miles at the gym with at least one mile on the elliptical each time.

Do kettle bell workout 2x

Do daily Ab exercises

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Health:

Drink 2+bottles of water daily

Stick to my healthy eating plan/veggies at each meal

Drink kefir/apple cider vinegar in drink daily

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What are your goals this week?

Fake it ’til you make it?

Let’s talk about love. As a Christian we’re called to love. To love our friends, our family, our neighbors, our church family. But also, we’re called to love like Christ loved.

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So that means, not only are we called to love those who love us, but those who don’t. We’re called to be like Him, an example of His love for the world around us. To allow them to see, and feel, and be touched by His love too. If we’re not allowing opportunities to put ourselves out into the world, we’re not fully allowing God to use us to show that love that we’ve so gratefully accepted from him.

You see God knows that it will be easy for us to love those we’re close to. Who love us first. But what about those hard people in our lives? Or not even that, but are you making an effort to show His love to strangers and new people you meet? This is where true growth can happen. We then expand our hearts, to not only love what we know, but to stretch beyond that and love where we don’t know how it will be received.

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Luckily, God doesn’t care how someone will receive it because sometimes they just won’t. But He wants us to give it and show it every time. It doesn’t matter how we’re feeling, if we’ve had a bad day or just don’t feel like opening up like that. You see, it has nothing to do with us.  Our purpose points His love out into the world, it’s not internal, based on our feelings and whims.

“This is my command: Love each other.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“We love because he first loved us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You know that thing we always say as a Christian? “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship between us and God.”.                       I believe that’s only part of it. Christianity is also allowing God to use us in relationships all around us. We need to be reaching out in love actively in our world where Christ has planted us.

So back to my title now. What if we don’t want to love those hard people that drive us crazy. Are we supposed to “fake it ’til we make it”? I think if there’s someone you’re struggling or don’t want to love than partially yes. You need to act with love toward them wether you’re “feeling it” or not. But not only that, begin to pray for them. Not that God would change all the ways that they drive you crazy, but pray blessings over their lives. Praying for someone creates this change of heart in us. When we pray in this way we’re not focusing on the things that we think need fixing, we’re praying into positive things for their lives.

““You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:43-47‬ ‭MSG‬‬

As always I’m majorly preaching to myself as I write this, but I wanted to share what’s been on my heart this week. I’ve been mulling this over and thinking about it for a few days. That’s why my post was so late this week. I needed to wait until I could find the words to say.

I end with the lyrics to this song that has really been speaking to me lately. It’s called Reckless Love by Cory Asbury. These lyrics say it all ❤️

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me                                                                          

You have been so, so good to me

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me                                                                      

You have been so, so kind to me

Chorus

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Verse 2

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me                                                                           

You have been so, so good to me

When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me  

You have been so, so kind to me

Bridge

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me

 

 

 

Motivational Monday!

Hey friends! Here we are at another start of a new week. This week is full of opportunities for some great achievements in our journeys to health.

How did your goals go this past week? To be honest my week wasn’t as great as I had hoped. I had three overnights in a row at the start of the week with a holiday, and snow day, both meaning no school, on two of those days. My kids were needy and momma was exhausted. We were at the end of our groceries for the week soooo I didn’t do great with my eating at all in those first three days.

Thursday my friend checked in and asked how my goals were going and all the sudden remembered all the goals I had made besides my milage goal and did well on them for the rest of the week except the night snacking one.

I realize now that I need to look ahead at all my week entails, with work and the kids, before I decide what will be possible for me to achieve. The most important thing about making a good goal, is making one that is achievable with your lifestyle. For me this may change week to week since my schedule is different sometimes.

I got one out of the two kettlebell workouts in that I was aiming for this week, but I added weights at the gym to one of my milage days to make up for it. For anyone looking for a good workout to do from home I highly recommend getting a kettlebell! Last year I spent $15 on a 15lb one and have found some great full body workouts for it on YouTube. My favorite and one that’s perfect for when you’re short on time is by Bodyfit by Amy on YouTube. It’s a 10 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) full body workout that has me shaking and swing by then end. There are so many great options on there though!

Getting to the gym in the evenings was really tough this week with my schedule, but I was determined to hit my goal and not fall behind. I did my last day yesterday to hit my 25 miles, but man I was really not motivated to go. Getting there is always the struggle for me but once I’m there I’m in the zone and ready to get some work done!

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I can’t believe I’ve logged 75 miles for this year already! 🎉🎉🚴‍♀️

These are my goals for this week:

Drink at least 2 bottles of water a day

Do 25 miles at the gym running on the treadmill a mile each time.

Do weights 2 days.

Start making lunches and dinners following the THM eating plan.

What are your goals for this week? We got this!

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They grow up too fast… and then what?

Looking back I remember when my oldest daughter was half the age she is now. I was a stay at home mom back then. Every day for us was filled with adventures, simple things she enjoyed, and going wherever her imagination took us. She was an only child until she was 6 so me and my husband did everything with her. I realize now that we did too much with her back then, she has a very hard time doing any activities on her own now. But who knew? When you only have one child you feel guilty (at least we did) sending her off to play by herself.

Fast forward to adding another child into the mix. Life is much more hectic. Gone are the days when you have the time you used to and can play the day away (I work 20+ hours a week now). And you feel guilty because you aren’t able to give the one-on-one time to either child you feel that you should. I feel guilty because my younger daughter is getting way less time with just me that my older daughter got. I also feel terrible because it was such a big adjustment for my older daughter to have to share what time we now have with a younger sibling. No matter what it’s just a whole guilty mess for this momma all around.

My oldest is now 8 and will be 9 later this year. And y’all this is a hard age for me. As a mom, I’m struggling so much with the attitudes, constant mimicking of friends rude/weird behaviors, but mostly the disconnect now of her being older and having a harder time finding things to do together. When we have our one-on-one time it’s hard sometimes to find things to do together that she’ll enjoy.

I’ve realized this past week that a big struggle I’ve been having this past year with her is focusing on the negatives I see and trying to correct them/fix them so they don’t become her new norm. It’s like I’ve been looking through these glasses that only see the things that are changing in her that are negative or just different and I’ve been completely missing the beautiful ways she’s been blossoming and growing.

Remember when I said she mimicks her friends, well she also mimicks every tone and attitude that she feels when I’m getting on her about attitudes or behavior. She’s still in that sponge phase of life and this momma is failing her. She’s soaking up all my nagging and disappointed remarks and they’re not being balanced out with enough encouragement or joy over her victories and strengths.

I don’t want to paint a picture that every day is full of correction and negativity between us because that’s not how it is. I’m just beginning to realize that it’s definitely time to change my tune here. I need to be her encourager and gently lead her toward the good choices. I need to choose my battles and not jump on every little thing. I’ve been greatly lacking in this area because something I definitely struggle with is patience. I’m determined to do better!

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You know what mind blowing/gut wrenching thought I realized this past week? My girl is going to be 9 this year!!! That means this is our last year before her age is in the double digits! Before she’s almost a pre-teen. I feel like if I haven’t got this encouraging, and uplifting motherhood change in place in this next year our relationship will only get harder to keep strong as the she gets older. She won’t feel like I’m a safe place for her to share her worries and fears. She won’t be excited to tell me about her hopes and dreams. And y’all that’s not something I’m willing to sacrifice without a fight with myself to change my ways.

I realize I’ll probably be judged for this post. That’s ok. I’ve been having quite the internal battle with myself on how disappointed I am that I’m only realizing that these changes need to be made now. But you know what? Better late than never! I’m so looking forward to this year of growing this relationship with my sweet girl and allowing God to let me speak His love and His promises into her life. ❤️

“Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:21‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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