Lucille Rae Hart: A Birth Story

Well, here we are.. Almost a full month later and I’m finally sitting down to write about Luci girl’s birth story. Time sure flies when it’s not your first time parenting a newborn. It might not even need to be mentioned but, this is a birth story so with that being said, if you don’t want to hear about things that would be associated with birth, feel free to click away now 🙂

On Saturday, August 25th, we celebrated John’s birthday. My due date was August 29th, but at one of my OB appointments, the doctor had said “I won’t be surprised if you go into labor early!” First of all, never tell a pregnant woman that. I had my hopes up way too high from that statement! I think the idea of John and Lucille sharing a birthday had unintentionally sent us up to the hospital for false labor. After getting ready for the day I had felt like maybe my water had broke, so to be on the safe side, we headed up to the hospital to get things checked out. Unfortunately for my pregnant self, my contractions were not consistent enough and my water had not broke so we were sent back home. We went about our day and ventured up to the county fair for the evening with my family. I was pretty sure something was going to happen that evening so we told my mom to keep her phone nearby in case we needed her to stay with Lincoln.

Spoiler alert, the rest of the weekend went by and nothing had progressed. On Monday I was started to get things ready for Lincoln’s 4th birthday (I had the same due date for both Lincoln & Lucille, but Lincoln wasn’t born until September 2nd). I wanted to get any party items and gifts wrapped before Luci did arrive. I got a phone call asking if I could switch my next OB appointment from Thursday to Tuesday and I had no objections. Tuesday came and I went to my appointment. My OB had asked if I was interested in being induced the next day on my due date. I decided to schedule an induction even though I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted it or not. I figured I would give myself the night to decide but keep the appointment just in case. I called my mom and let her know so that she could bring Lincoln to daycare for me the next morning.

I went home and continued to dwell on the idea. I decided to Google search elective induction and I still wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Everything that I read said that things could progress slowly and contractions could be stronger. As much as I was tired of being pregnant, I couldn’t decide on how I felt about the induction. We went to bed as normal and I woke up a few times during the night with what I thought were more Braxton Hicks contractions. Since I had been having them all weekend, I didn’t think too much of it. We woke up early and headed to the hospital for our 6 AM induction. After registering, we headed up to the Family Birthing Center and I had to stop in the hallway to breathe through a contraction. We got up to our room, got hooked up to the monitors and waited for the doctor to arrive. Once she arrived, we let her know about the contractions and she checked how things were going. It turns out that I was already dilated to 4CM and she told us, “well, you seem to already be doing this on your own so we don’t need to start anything for you!” I was so relieved because I was actually quite scared about being induced.

After the doctor had left, my blood was drawn, and more paperwork was filled out, it was about 8 AM. My contractions seemed to be getting more consistent but were still tolerable. The nurse had asked if I wanted to be able to walk around and I thought that sounded good so she started to set up a wireless monitor. The other OB doctor came in and checked how things were going and decided to break my water for me. After that was over, I asked if I was able to get an epidural soon as I was starting to feel a lot more pressure. They called the anesthetist and told me that it would be about a half hour before she arrived. I figured it would be a good time to get up and use the restroom and John decided to go down to the cafeteria to get some breakfast. As I was in the bathroom, I had three very intense contractions. I kept trying to make my way back to the bed but there seemed to be one contraction on top of the other. I finally took advantage after the third one and headed back into the room. John came in with his plate of breakfast and I annoyingly complained about how bad my bathroom experience was.

I climbed back into bed and told the nurses how bad the contractions had been and they figured that since I was going to be getting an epidural and not walking around that they would put the regular monitor back on. Things were getting quite painful at this time and the anesthetist had finally shown up. They sent John out of the room (apparently this anesthetist doesn’t allow others to be in the room at the time of placement). They had asked if I could sit up but I was continuing to have contractions that seemed to be coming one right after the other so it took a moment to get there. I was able to get myself up so she began to start the numbing process on my back. It felt like things were taking a million years at this point and the doctor had made her way back to the room. I told her that I really wanted to start pushing. I wasn’t even sure if my body was ready but I just really wanted the contractions to stop. She told the anesthetist to stop the numbing process, we never even had time to start the epidural). John made his way back into the room and I laid back down and the doctor said I was dilated to a 9 and that if I felt like I needed to push that it was okay to start. With the thought of getting the horrible contractions to stop, I pushed with all my might. After two pushes, Lucille made her way into the world at 9:20 AM, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz on her due date (August 29).

I still cannot believe how fast everything went. When I woke up that Wednesday at 5 AM, I sure did not think that I would not need to be induced and have a completely un-medicated, natural delivery 4 hours later. I definitely thought that both of my labors would involve an epidural, but I guess Lucille had other thoughts in mind. I’m just so glad that she was small, and everything happened faster than my brain could process it, ha! At noon that day, I looked at John while holding Luci and said “how in the world have we only been here for 6 hours?!”

Because of the successful labor and the fact that Luci and I had no complications, we were able to leave the hospital the next evening. I would definitely have to say that exercise, eating healthy foods, drinking lots and lots of water each day, and having regular chiropractic appointments made all the difference in my pregnancy and delivery. I still can’t believe that on Saturday she will have already been in this world for a whole month. I couldn’t imagine our lives without her anymore. Our family is complete.

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My Current Fitness Routine

New Year, New Me? Nah, still just the same old me trying to keep up with some sort of a fitness routine. If you’ve been following me at all, you might know that I’ve been working my way through many different fitness routines after having Lincoln. I’ve written many blog posts talking about my weight loss journey, transformations, meal-prepping, etc.

In case you haven’t heard the story, I’ll make it short and sweet. I was always quite athletic growing up, I gave just about every sport a try. In college I began to make rather poor food choices (like most 20 year-olds do), and it eventually started to catch up to me. When I got pregnant, I was already at the heaviest weight that I had ever been. I kind of took the whole “eating for two” thing a little more seriously than I should have. After Lincoln was born, I was pretty upset with myself for getting to be as unhealthy as I was. It took me a little while to get started but at first, but eventually I tried a lot of different at-home workout programs since Lincoln was a newborn and I didn’t have much time to leave my house. I would go back and forth, doing them here and there, never really sticking to one. That pretty much went on for a year until I eventually just flat out felt gross. And I’m not even talking about looks here, I just literally felt unhealthy. I was eating and drinking a lot of junk and my belly was trying to tell me that. I realized that I definitely needed a change mainly because I just wanted to feel better. In November 2015 (I think, man, the years are really blurring together now), John and I decided to commit to the Beachbody program “Insanity” and stick to meal-prepping. Somehow, we made it happen, finished the whole 60 day program at the start of 2016, and lost quite a bit of weight equally. I think doing this program from start-to-finish and realizing how good my body felt, made me realize that it was possible to feel good again. Over the course of the next year, John and I took up running as a hobby, completed a couple different 5k and 5-mile races in the area, and stuck with different at home programs in our own time. Around this time, I had lost about 50(+/-) pounds since having Lincoln and I felt great.

I’m really glad to say that I never went back to eating the way that I did before Lincoln and I stuck with many different fitness routines. I’ve been able to keep all of that weight off and I feel really great, mentally and physically. Of course that doesn’t mean I don’t indulge in sweets, pizza, and burgers. Sometimes I have them multiple times in a week even! I still have good weeks and bad weeks, but it’s the balance that I’ve found that makes it easy to stick with.

Now that I made the story probably much longer than I had planned, and to get back to the point of where I was trying to go with this post: my current fitness routine. In October, I decided to muster up the courage to buy a gym membership. Now for some, getting a gym membership isn’t a big deal, but for some reason, my head made me think that it was. After doing so many at-home workouts where I followed an instructor on the screen the entire time, I felt like I had no idea what to do in a gym. I decided to choose one of our small fitness centers that the average member age was about 65+. Somehow, this made me feel a little bit better about what I was doing. Since October, I’ve continued to renew my monthly membership at the gym and I really do enjoy it now. It’s just become part of my morning routine. Wake up, get Lincoln ready, drop him off at daycare, go to the gym + listen to my podcasts, and then go home to get ready for work.

As mentioned, I was worried about not knowing what to do in the gym when I got my membership, but then I remembered a couple summers ago during my at-home workout phase, I had purchased an e-book called “The Forever Fit Guide” from Ledbetter Inc. Sadly, I tried to look it up to attach it to this post and it seems that they no longer have it for purchase. But, it’s an 8-week gym course that gradually challenges you each week. There are four different weeks and each one you do twice, consisting of a upper body day, HIIT day, lower body day, cardio day, and a full body day. It’s nice because that means I only have to spend Monday-Friday in the gym and on the weekends I typically try to get outside to get some exercise, and sometimes I just don’t do anything at all.

I’m currently finishing up my second round of this 8-week course and I’m looking for something different. What are some of your favorite fitness routines? Where do you find all of the workouts you do in the gym?

Home for the Holidays

Today is the second day of 2018 and I am exhausted. Which is of no surprise since I went back to my day job today after a nice week at home. Although I still worked a couple evening shifts at my serving job during the holidays, it was so nice to spend some much needed time to myself and with family.

The holiday break started for me on the Friday before Christmas with a nice snowshoe hike with one of my dear friends, Emily. It’s so nice to spend time with friends when I actually have some free time. We went hiking to a local waterfall site and it was the perfect temperature. We sat and drank hot chocolate, took some photos, and listened to the half-frozen waterfall.

After this day, the temperatures began to drop rather quickly. On Christmas Eve, I worked in the morning and then we spent the evening with my family eating a lovely ham feast and exchanging gifts. My mother gifted me a Letterfolk board, which I had been bugging her about for months. I’ve definitely already written up quite a few quotes on it.

On Christmas day, my parents came over to watch the kids open their presents from Santa and we FaceTimed with John’s parents while we opened the gifts that they sent to us. One of the best things about technology is being able to share moments with those so far away. (John’s parents live in Florida and we live way up in the tippy-top of Michigan). Alexander went to his mother’s house after we opened gifts and Lincoln played for hours with his new hockey rink. In the evening we went back to my parent’s house for another family meal. Sadly, Lincoln ended up getting sick after dinner so we headed back home and cuddled up on the couch before bedtime.

The day after Christmas, the temperature did not get much over 1 degree. John was working for the morning so my mom, Lincoln, and I went to see the movie Ferdinand. Lincoln was already in much better spirits than the night before and he had a great time munching on popcorn and laughing at the movie. It was nice to get out of the house for a little while so we didn’t get cabin fever.

Lincoln went back to daycare for the rest of the week on Wednesday so I took advantage and went showshoeing with my mom. (The temperatures were too cold to keep kids out for much longer than they needed). We tried out a trail that we had never gone on before and it was so lovely. There was so much snow covering all the trees and the sun was shining just enough to bring a little extra warmth to our faces. Afterwards, we enjoyed a lunch at a local coffee shop.

Thursday I definitely took advantage of as a rest day. After venturing out to the gym in the morning, I decided to stay in for most of the day, other than joining John at work with some lunch. That evening, Lincoln and I met up with my family at the local Holiday Hockey tournament.  My dad coaches the High School hockey team in my town (hence Lincoln’s love of hockey). His team ended up losing in the championship game and Lincoln even cried because of the loss 😦 Such a sweetie.

One of my favorite days of the holiday break was Friday when my mom and I rented some cross country skis. Surprisingly enough, after downhill skiing/snowboarding since I was 3 years old, I had never given cross country skiing a try. It’s safe to say that I am now in the market for my own pair!

The weekend consisted of me working two different shifts so my time was pretty occupied. On Sunday night we had my family over for Chinese take-out and we spent some time together before it was time for all the kiddos to get some sleep. John and I stayed up late enough to ring in the New Year with each other on the couch and it was perfect.

I already know that 2018 has a lot of exciting things in store for our family and I can’t wait to see what else it brings.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and has a happy, healthy new year!

Our First Year with Jerry

If you’re a parent (or even if you’re not) you may have heard about that little ol’ elf that keeps showing up at family’s houses around Christmas time and causing all sorts of problems. Well, if you’re crazy like me, maybe you’ve even participated in this madness. Now that Lincoln is 3, I thought it would be a good time to try out this tradition. I was always loving every “Elf on the Shelf” post that I would see on social media, and I felt that I was creative enough to take on this challenge.

We (I guess I should say I since my husband thinks I’m crazy) brought our Elf on the Shelf out a couple days after Thanksgiving. I bought the bundle on Amazon that has an elf and the book. The first night I had set him up on top of Lincoln’s racetrack that he likes to refer to as his “Lookout Tower” (thanks to Paw Patrol). I set up the elf with a little note saying “Hi Lincoln!” and the book resting on the tower.

Needless to say, Lincoln was very confused when he came downstairs that morning and I told him he couldn’t touch that toy or the elf for the whole day. I made a note to myself after the first day to try not to use particular toys that he loved so he wouldn’t mind leaving it be for the whole day. We read the book together and I could tell that he understood it to a point. I tried to give him some options of different elf names, “Larry, Gary…” and Lincoln went with “Jerry”. I’m not sure how he even knew that was a name but now that is the name of his elf. To be completely honest, I’ve actually really enjoyed setting Jerry up in different places each night. Some require a little more time and effort than others but it’s cute to hear Lincoln every morning say, “silly Jerry!” whenever he finds him.

Here are the different places Jerry has been in the past couple of weeks. Is Elf on the Shelf a tradition in your home, too? What other holiday traditions do you love to do each year?

What You Might Have Missed..

Hey guys, it’s been a while! This sure has been one busy summer. Let’s see, what are a few things that have gone on so far.. Well, we started out our summer by getting married (!!!), which took place in Northport, MI. I started a new job, we celebrated the 4th of July, I turned a year older, Alexander came back from his trip across the country, we ran a couple races, had quite a few adventures, went to the beach, and Lincoln started day care! And now you might be able to see why I haven’t been on my computer so much this summer.

It’s been a lot of fun and summer has been going by way too quickly (as usual), but things are starting to slow down now for us. We found a day care for Lincoln close to our home that he started this week. He is currently going part time to adjust, but that leaves me with some time all by myself! Today is actually the first day that I’ve been in the house for more than a half hour without anyone else around. It sure feels strange.

I’ve decided that I want to spend the time doing something that I’ve been missing a lot lately, which is writing. As you know, I am very sporadic with my blog posts and I hope to get better about that. Before, I never really “scheduled” when I would write something, I pretty much just wrote when a topic came to my mind. I figured what better time to write some blog posts than the days that I’m home all alone. So that means you can look forward to some new blog posts each week. It might only be once a week but at least it will finally get me back into the swing of things!

How has everyone’s summer been going so far? Do you like the new title?? I’ve been wanting to use it for quite some time but haven’t been able to until now 🙂

What I eat in a day

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Eating takes up a large part of our day. We even plan different events around when we will be eating that day. We talk about food, we think about food, we look at food, we eat food. Food can either fuel us or it can harm us. Sometimes we don’t even realize how much our body tells us about what we’re eating. Do you ever feel really tired or sluggish after a meal? That’s a signal your body is giving you! How about when you feel energetic after having a meal? Another signal. And so on, and so on.

Everyone’s body is different and, in turn, reacts differently to different foods. I get asked a lot about healthy recipes or what I eat and so forth. I decided yesterday that I would document everything that I ate in a day. I am currently on a plan where I count my daily macronutrients. This means that I allow myself to have 113 grams of protein, 150 grams of carbs, and 50 grams of fats a day. To be honest, when I started this plan last week I thought it would be hard for me to get all my proteins, but I’m actually finding it hard to get all of my carbs in a day! I’m still trying to figure out a good balance of what to have at each meal so that I don’t end up with a ton of “leftover grams” at the end of the day.

You would be surprised at how much food that I actually eat in a day and lose weight. My meals are simple and I usually try to prep a majority of the main ingredients (like bake chicken) on Monday so that I don’t have to worry about it all week long. Anyways, enough babbling, here is what I ate yesterday. (I had the day off of work so I was able to put a little extra time into what I ate.) Also, each day is different, I don’t always have the same thing every single day but the meals do tend to be similar. I try to get each of my macronutrients into each meal.

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Before I eat or drink anything else, I start each day with a mason jar filled with warm water and a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar. If you haven’t read up on the benefits in ACV I recommend you Google it after reading this!
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For breakfast I had some leftover egg white casserole that John made me for Mother’s day. Along with a cup of coffee!
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We did a little shopping yesterday so when we were out & about John and I shared a complete cookie for a snack. A serving size is half of a cookie and that has 8 grams of protein! They are also delicious. I usually get the snickerdoodle kind but we tried this one out yesterday.
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Also, don’t forget to drink your water! This water bottle from Walmart holds 40 oz and I fill it up 2 times a day. I also have another 20 oz water bottle when I’m working out so I tend to have about 116 oz of water a day (including the warm h2o & ACV in the morning)! You should be drinking half of your body weight’s worth + some for what you sweat out during exercise. We really don’t realize how beneficial drinking water is!
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For lunch I made quinoa, 4 oz of chicken breast, brussel sprouts, and a wedge of laughing cow cheese. My lunches tend to look a little something like this. (I eat a lot of chicken!) I switch up the quinoa for things like rice or pasta noodles), and I also change up the veggies a lot. Some days I will have a salad or something left over from dinner. Gotta change things up so I don’t get sick of it!
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Since I’m having a hard time getting my carbs in, I decided to have some veggie straws for an afternoon snack. A serving size is 38 straws. These things are addicting though so be careful!
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For dinner I had some homemade mac & cheese. I used Barilla Protein Plus noodles, chicken, spinach, and some shredded Kraft cheese. It was so very good.
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I made these tasty Fro-Yo bites for dessert last night and had one when I got back from my evening walk. If you’re interested, I have the recipe of my Facebook and Instagram pages. They were so delicious (and they are healthy!)

(I forgot to take a picture) but to round out my macros at the end of the day I had a rice cake with a wedge of laughing cow cheese.

So as you can see, I really do actually eat a lot of food in one day. I never feel deprived or starving. I actually sometimes struggle to eat all of my food for the day. But, I’m also not sitting there eating junk food all day long. Eating healthy is definitely a lifestyle and it becomes a habit. Once you consciously pay attention to what you’re putting into your body and the signals it gives you, it actually becomes really easy to know what to eat.

If anyone ever has any questions about food or recipes don’t hesitate to ask me. I am definitely not a nutritionist, but I do give some pretty good advice 🙂

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

If you’re like me, chances are you got a couple bananas on your counter that are on the verge of going bad. I swear it takes about 1 day for them to go from green to brown! As much as we love bananas at our house, we can’t seem to gobble all of them up before their turning point. So this weekend of course, I had some rotten bananas and decided to search the Internet for the perfect banana bread recipe that wasn’t full of extra sugars!

This recipe has all the hallmarks of classic banana bread – it’s fluffy, moist, infused with sweet banana flavor, and beloved by toddlers and adults alike. Unlike traditional banana bread recipes that call for refined flour and lots of processed sugar, this one is made with 100% whole wheat flour, so it’ll stick with you. It’s naturally sweetened with honey (or maple syrup), which offer some trace nutrients that white sugar does not. Lastly, this one calls for a reasonable amount of good-for-you oil rather than whole sticks of butter.

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

  • Servings: 1 loaf
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (or water)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • Optional: 1/2 cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices…

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.)
  3. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are okay! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
  4. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. If you’d like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

Progress and plans

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, chances are you know that I’ve been hitting many different fitness milestones within the past year and a half. Each week I try to create new goals for myself. Nothing too extravagant, but just something to work towards that week. We all have dreams that we keep as dreams. But what if we took the steps to make them more than dreams, and more of a reality? I don’t want to live my life thinking, “what if?” all the time. I want to live my life thinking, “I’m so glad I tried that”. I can’t promise that I will always be the best at everything, but if I don’t try how will I ever know?

This leads me to my newest goal. After some thought, I have decided that I will begin to train for a bikini competition after our wedding. I don’t want to start before then because I still have an altered wedding dress to fit into and I mean who doesn’t want to enjoy their wedding with some champagne and cake?! So, after June I will be researching to find a competition with a realistic date that I can train for that is somewhat near me. I know that I will have to travel based on where I live, but I’m hoping that I don’t have to travel over 8 hours.

After seeing what I can accomplish, I realized that nothing is really out of my reach. If I would have told myself last year that I was going to be training for this, I would have thought that I was absolutely crazy! But how fun will it be at the end to say I did this? Even if it ends up being a one time thing. I would never know what it was like if I didn’t try it. Of course a little part of me is nervous and anxious, but my drive is so much greater.

Just because I am not starting the bikini prep just yet doesn’t mean that I’m not still working towards it. On May 2nd I will be starting Ledbetter Inc.‘s “Forever Fit Guide” + Reverse Dieting program. I’ve done a trial run of tracking my macros this week and I’m really enjoying it so far. It can be challenging at times but I know it will just get easier with time.

As for our wedding, I’ve had some people ask me questions about it. And I also don’t want anyone concerned with not getting an invitation. John and I are having a very small Pop-Up Wedding (click the link to find out what that is) on June 18th in Northport, MI. Our only guests will be our immediate family members. We both discussed that this is exactly what we want and we are so excited about it. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with huge weddings, but that’s just not our style. The day is quickly approaching (50 more days!!) and we are rounding out the finishing touches on getting everything prepared. I cannot wait to share the day with the people we love. And we are trying to plan a reception at home so that our friends can share with us as well!

Thanks for staying tuned with my life happenings. Keeping up with my blog posts will definitely help keep me accountable with these new goals in life. Also, any encouraging thoughts or ideas for blog posts are always welcome! 🙂

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A New Look

Hey there! Remember me? It’s been a while. I’ll admit, I’m pretty inconsistent with my blogging. There will be times when I feel like I have a million ideas to write about and other times where I can’t think of a darn thing to say. After a little bit of thought, I’ve decided to switch my blog around just a bit. Instead of “More Coffee Please..”, the new title of the blog is “Mugs, Muscles, & Motherhood”. A combination of all my favorite things! Coffee, fitness, and being a mom!

I get a lot of questions from people about a different number of things ranging from what I eat, what exercises I do, how I stay motivated, etc. This has given me plenty of ideas for blog posts! I am also going to have quite a few life changing events happening in the near future that are worth documenting (a wedding!!! + training for a bikini competition!) Plus with summer (hopefully) around the corner, there will be plenty of adventures to write about.

I would love to have you all follow along with me on my life happenings. Thank you for sticking with me through my ups and downs of writing!

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How to stay motivated with your fitness

One big thing that I’ve always struggled with when it comes to fitness is staying motivated. Some days or weeks I would be incredibly psyched about it and I wouldn’t have a problem fitting in a workout or eating healthy. Other days or weeks I couldn’t seem to get myself off of the couch to do anything. Through my fitness journey, I’ve collected a few tips and tricks to keep myself motivated and to stay accountable. I know I’m not the only one who has struggled with motivation, so I thought I would give you all my secrets.

Set realistic goals
Your main fitness goal might be to lose a lot of weight or be able to run 10 miles without giving up, but sometimes that can seem daunting or unattainable. One suggestion I have is to set smaller goals. Make yourself a ladder of goals, so-to-say. At the top you would have your large, main goal, but on the rungs of the ladder you would have smaller, more achievable goals that take less time to complete. For example, say that you would like to lose 20 pounds. One way to make that goal more achievable is to tell yourself you would like to lose 3 pounds every two weeks. That way you have smaller goals that don’t seem as hard to achieve. Instead of thinking about losing 20 pounds, you’re more focused on just those 3 pounds and it makes you work harder.

Get a workout buddy
Find someone that is also interested in fitness and stay accountable with one another. Whether or not you are physically working out together, if you know someone else is going through the same thing as you, it generally makes the experience a little easier. That way you have someone to talk to about your fitness journey that knows exactly what is going on. Try to make it a priority to report your health and fitness to each other at the end of the day. For example, make it a point to call, text, video message (or anything) with each other at the end of every day, telling each other how your workout was, what you had to eat, etc. If you feel like you cannot find anyone that would be your workout buddy, there are plenty of accountability groups online that you could join! (Or feel free to contact me, I would love to be your accountability buddy!)

Join a fitness class
This kind of goes along with the last tip. Generally if you join a fitness class at your local gym, you may feel more obligated to attend. Especially if you have to pay for the class up front, you won’t want to be wasting your money by skipping classes. With classes, you also have built-in fitness buddies!

Schedule in a workout
Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom, a college student, or just a really busy person and you don’t have time to make it to a fitness class (or even to a gym). One tip that is really helpful is to schedule your workout for a particular time of each day as if it was an appointment. You wouldn’t want to cancel an appointment or something you have scheduled, so you feel more obligated to fit in that workout if you have it dictated for a certain time that day. For example, on days that I have to work early in the morning, I schedule my workout for when I will be done with work that day. I don’t physically write down my appointment, but if that makes you stay more accountable, feel free to do so yourself!

Switch it up
Don’t be afraid to try something new! Sometimes you can kind of feel “stuck” in a workout routine and it ends up feeling more like a chore than fun. This is when I advise you to switch it up! Join a new fitness class in town, search Pinterest for different workout routines, or order some new fitness DVDs! Personally, I love BeachBody workouts! I currently have a “BOD (BeachBody On Demand) membership” where I can access different BeachBody workouts online anywhere! I can use my phone, tablet, or computer to access programs that I’ve purchased or the whole array of workouts available on the website.

Download apps
There are plenty of apps these days available through the App Store or Google Play. Downloading some is an easy way to stay accountable, find new recipes, or track your information. Search on your phone’s app store under the health & fitness tab to find one that’s right for you. A lot of apps are free, but sometimes it’s worth the extra couple of dollars to get the premium version of them!

Buy new workout clothes or accessories
This one might be a bit of a stretch, but I know that getting new clothes or accessories (like fitness trackers) get me excited to workout! Sometimes all it takes is actually wanting to put my workout clothes on and then I’m ready to workout! Plus, who doesn’t love and want to wear new things?!

What helps you stay motivated when working out? Were there any tips that I missed that help you?