Motivational Mondays!

This week was a real doozy! The beginning of the week a belt blew on my car so that went out of commission. We enjoyed having to slow down for the first half of the week. The second half of the week my youngest got pink eye and a bad cold and being stuck at home was no longer relaxing! To the point where I ordered this shirt because I could relate to it so much:

I did hit my milage goal this week partially because we had to walk to swimming lessons and back this week. Which was a good 3 mile walk with my girlies. Luckily it wasn’t sweltering that day and I didn’t get complaints from either of them!

I did 4 days of my HIIT group but fell off the wagon towards the end of the week. I biked 17 miles in the heat of the upstairs room. This extra heat better be doubling my calorie burn hahaha or at least adding to it!

I also had a partner for one of my HIIT workouts on pilates day. She was pretty cute!

All in all it was a pretty great week of workouts!

My week of eating was so so. I did pretty good, wasn’t super strict but I was very aware of my portions…. until yesterday. Did y’all know about National Ice Cream Day? Yeah it’s a thing. On the most humid and warm day of the week, we definitely went out to celebrate. This was my splurge for the week!

How did your week go?

This week’s goals:

Health:

I’m going to download a drinking reminder app today because drinking enough water is still a daily struggle for me!

Water, water, water

Daily ACV drink

THM eating plan

Fitness:

Catch up on my HIIT workouts and stick to it for the week.

Do HIIT class tonight

20 miles

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Motivational Mondays!

Sorry so late! It’s been a crazy busy week full of family, and fun. In spite of all the crazy schedules, I met my goals for the most part!

My weekly milage goal was met with a few bike rides and an awesome hike up a local mountain I hadn’t done before. Aaand all of these miles were done in the middle of a heat wave! My bike room had no A/C so it was 80+degrees each time and our hiking trip was hot and humid.

My eating was not perfect because we went hardcore vacation week this week. We were fitting as many day trips and fun activities in as we could while my sister and her family visited from out of state so not as great as it could have been. Nothing that derailed me though.

As far as my 30 day HIIT challenge group went, even though my back was bothering me I pushed through and did 3 1/2 days this week. I’m loving the challenge in it!

How was your week? Step out of your comfort zone and make some new goals this week!

Here are my goals for this week:

Health:

Water like crazy especially in this heat

ACV drink daily

THM plan

Fitness:

HIIT group daily

20 miles

Motivational Mondays!

I almost didn’t do a post for today. This has been the most unsuccessful week that I’ve had since the beginning of the year! I’m embarrassed to even post how bad I did and it could have been better if I didn’t put off doing most of my miles to the end of the week.

Let’s start out on a positive note. I had the hardest best workout at my HIIT class Monday night! We did everything outdoors and man did we work out hard. It was the first time I felt like I might throw up from working out too hard! Ha! Man, it felt so good though, and it was the most amazing breezy night to be outside.

So now for the crappy part. I only got 5 miles done this week! I biked at the beginning of the week, then we got busy real quick as the week went on and I told myself I’ll do it later on…. then I threw out my back. It’s been a miserable few days and I’m super upset that I wasn’t able to start my 30 day HIIT challenge today! Tomorrow I plan to take Ibuprofen in the morning and log some miles again to get things moving.

That’s the gist of it. Crappy week, but I won’t let it stop me!

How was your week?

Here are my goals for this week:

Health:

Stick to my THM eating plan

No night snacking

2+bottles of water daily

ACV drink daily

Fitness:

20 miles

As many days of my HIIT that I can handle with my back

Daily abs

Motivational….Tuesday?

Sorry y’all. I’m a day late and a dollar short today! I’m just rolling with it, I hope that’s ok. If you can’t tell, summer vacation has finally arrived! Apparently I’ll need to start writing my post on Sundays because once the week begins again we’re going, going, going. Thus, this post on Tuesday instead of Monday.

This was a great week for me! I stuck to my fuel cycle eating plan and have continued on eating the Trim Healthy Mama way. I feel so good! I’m basically making sure that protein is the center of every meal/snack I eat and separating my carbs from my fats. I’m eating mainly low/whole grain carbs or fruits and veggies. And those good healthy fats. My scale completely stopped working so I couldn’t do my final weigh in at the end of our fuel cycle but my body is feeling smaller and way less bloated.

I have come to terms that with summer being here and much more going on every week, I need to pull back my weekly milage to 20 miles a week. I banged it out this week with a 4 mile walk, a one mile walk that I forgot to track, and 2x on the bike.

I’m excited for July! I’ll be joining a 30 day kickstart program that my friend is creating. It will be 6 days a week of workouts she’s putting together for us. Mostly HIIT with some HIIT cardio, and a day of yoga/pilates. This was another reason that I knew I needed to dial back my mileage, I don’t want to over do it!

How has everyone been doing with your goals? Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year?!

Here are my goals for this week:

Health:

THM eating plan daily

ACV drink daily

2+bottles of water/day

Fitness:

20 miles

Kettle bell workout 1 day

Abs/arms 2 days

Motivational Mondays!

I can’t believe we’re already half way through June! We’re only three days away from summer vacation and I’m so ready! I can’t wait for morning hikes, daily trips to the pool, and afternoons in the library….we just need to get through the next few days.

This week was actually a pretty great week for me! I did pretty great with my eating, started a 7 day jumpstart eating plan with my sister and brother-in-law on Saturday, and I’ve been doing well most of the week before with my low carb eating plan! I’m excited to see the results next week.

Unfortunately with my busy weekend of graduation party and Father’s day plans I only got 20 miles done this week. I did abs 4 days and arms on two of those. I’m beyond excited to get back to my HIIT exercise group tonight! It’s been almost a month since I was able to go.

How did your week go?

Here’s my goals for this week:

Health:

Drink 2+bottles of water a day

ACV drink daily

Stick to my 7 day jumpstart then go right into eating on the THM plan

Fitness:

HIIT class

25 miles

Abs daily

Motivational Mondays!

Hey there everyone! I hope you all had a great week! We are had having perfect weather this week here in New England. Finally! Unfortunately even though it’s been gorgeous here, I had a pretty off week. Last Sunday midday I got a head cold and it just got worse and worse as the week went on. I thought you weren’t supposed to get sick in June?! Anyways, I only did 11 miles this week being laid up for the second half of the week with it. I did a mixture of biking, walking with my little one, and going on my first mountain hike of the year.

This week was my birthday so that was the day I did my hike. I wanted to start off 32 strong! I asked my brother to join me and the girls and we had the perfect weather for it. Boy was it a doozy lol. It was only a two mile hike but my youngest got to tired to walk so I had her on my back part of the way up and all the way down! Needless to say my legs were jelly after and I was sore for a couple of days!

My eating wasn’t great this week feeling tired and sick but it wasn’t horrible either. Next week will be better!

Here are my goals for this week:

Fitness:

25 miles mixed between walking/running/biking

Group workout class

Abs daily

Health:

Low carb after breakfast

ACV drink first thing every day

Water water water!

How was your week?

Is your light on?

I’ve had this post on my heart for about a month. I’ve gone back and forth on how and when to share it but just hadn’t gotten to it. The past two weeks it had been on my mind constantly but I just couldn’t figure out a time to sit down and put the words together. I feel like now more than ever this is a message we need!

About two months ago a song came on the radio as I was driving home, and it hit me right in my heart. It was a song on the local radio station, and was a new artist I hadn’t heard of before. It wasn’t a Christian song and it wasn’t on a Christian radio station but boy did it share the heart of the Lord in a real and raw way that really made me stop and think. It made me check myself and my heart. The song I’m talking about is called “Leave a light on” by Tom Walker. I’m going to link the video for the song with lyrics here, please take a listen before you read on.

Leave a Light On

I realize that this specific song is speaking directly into the drug issue in our culture (which is a big deal right now and I’m so thankful there’s a song out there right now speaking to that!) but let’s step back and look at it from a position of being a Christian. This speaks exactly to the heart of what God calls us to be in this world!

God calls us to be a light into the darkness of hopelessness around us.

“”You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 ESV

What does it mean to be a light though? Are your actions to those you see on a daily basis portraying love, and kindness? Do you feel empathy to the struggles and tough times they share with you? Or is your first thought frustration and impatience with having to deal with people who think and behave differently than you might? People who may not have it all figured out like you feel like you do. Do you judge them for being in situations that you cannot even comprehend being in yourself? Or is your first thought to ask what you can do to help and begin to pray for their situation?

The church is called to be a light to the world around it, to the community around it. To me that means it should be like a lighthouse. Drawing in the lost and giving them a warm and loving Port to be their safe haven.

That is not how the church is being seen today, and to be honest, too often then not, that is not how people within the church are acting.

“if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”

Isaiah 58:10 ESV

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:35-40‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Have you checked yourself recently? I think it’s something that we should be doing daily. Checking in with God and searching our hearts and making sure that our light, His light, is on and shining out into the world as a lighthouse. Check in with those who are struggling, tell them that they are loved, that you’re there and your praying for them. Sincerely reach out in love to those around you and love with your actions first then offer your thoughts and prayers!

The world is so bogged down with hopelessness today. It’s more common nowadays to be judged for the struggle you’re going through then to be offered a helping hand.

But you know what the beautiful thing about light is? You only need a little bit to pierce the darkness! You don’t need to go start a non-profit outreach to help and show the love of God. Start small by just being a good human. Help whenever the opportunity arises in your everyday life. Look for ways to bless the people that you bump into in your everyday life. Show genuine kindness to the strangers you meet. Pray for God to open doors for new ways for you to help, and love, and care for the world around you! And maybe, just maybe, He will provide a way for you to actually start a non-profit, or some sort of big impacting thing, that will be a light house in the way that your specific community needs.

My prayer, and my hope for my fellow believers is that we will be that light house. Will you leave the light on?

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

‭‭John‬ ‭1:4-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Motivational Mondays!

Sorry I was nowhere to be found last week guys! I actually spent that whole day driving back home from down south seeing my brother graduate. It was a whirlwind weekend! We drove down all day Friday, saw his graduation, and drove home all day Monday. I didn’t hit my goals that week at all with all the added busyness of preparing for the trip and working as much as I could before I left. I’m so glad I was there for that milestone in my brothers life though! I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. Here are a few pictures from the trip 🙂

This week I’m motivated to rock this month! I started a challenge with my workout group from church called 30 days of health. For the month of June we’re sharing a health victory every day this month in our health group. It will help us to think daily on what our victory will be so we can share it in the group. It’s a good mixture of accountability and encouragement through seeing each other’s victories and getting a chance to lift each other up. We’ve been at it for 3 days and it’s going so well!

My big victory so far this month is getting in my first outdoor run of the year! It was only a mile but I was so glad to get back out there. I completed my 25 miles this week with a mixture of walking, running, and biking! I loved it!

I’ve also been trying to drink kombucha before my meals every day and get back to drinking my ACV drink daily. I did pretty good with it this week! I really need to work on eating out less because that is when I make the bad choices. That is going to be one of my goals this week!

How has your past couple of weeks been?

Here are my goals for this week:

Health:

Only eat out 2 times (it’s my birthday week so it’s going to happen! 🤷‍♀️)

Coffee from home except 2 days

Kombucha before meals

ACV drink daily/Water 2x

Low carb lunch/dinner

Fitness:

Abs daily

25 miles including at least 1 running

Motivational Mondays!

Hello, hello! Another month has almost finished and boy has it been busy. This week was no exception and it’s going to stay that way through June for us. We have been loving all the sunshine and warm weather and have been at the local playground most every free day this week! Summer is beginning here.

This past week on Monday we had our HIIT group. It was the toughest one we’ve had in a while! We were all dying and dripping with sweat by the time it was all done. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I got up of the floor and left a nasty “sweat angel” behind!

I hit my 25 miles on the bike this week. I was nervous I wouldn’t achieve it with my busy weekend schedule! On Saturday I decided I would need to hunker down and push through to get it all done. I did 12 miles on MY bike y’all!!! I never imagined I would be able to achieve that when I first got it. I was very happy to finish my week strong!

My eating was pretty sad this week and I’m nervous it’s going to be not as great as I’d like this week as well. I leave on Friday on a 13 hour road trip to see my brother graduate college. It will be a whirlwind weekend trip returning on Monday so I’m just going to do my best. Until then I’m going to real try and buckle down and eat good these next few days!

How was your week?

These are my goals for this coming week:

Health:

Water water water! I need to drink more water!!!

Veggies/fruit at every meal

Intermittent fasting before Friday

Fitness:

25 miles

Abs/squats daily

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