My fitness journey

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, you probably know that I have been very interested in my health and fitness lately. I’ve been posting transformation pictures, recipes, meal prep advice, etc. I figured that it was time to actually write about my fitness journey. Today is always the day that you can make a change in your life, and if this post motivates even just one person to make that change, then I will be very glad I posted this.

So let’s start at the beginning shall we..

This photo was taken somewhere around the year 2011 maybe? My whole life I had been quite active. I would participate in some sport each season and I enjoyed being outdoors and exercising. I still lived at home with my parents at the time so I generally ate meals that my mom would make for me (which were always very healthy). I would occasionally make trips to the gym and generally did cardio related actives. I was in college at the time so I definitely spent a lot of all nighters eating pizza, snacking on fast food when out of the house, and like most college kids, drinking alcohol on some weekends. I wasn’t actively watching what I was eating but it didn’t seem to be making a difference. My weight would fluctuate here and there, gaining and losing 5 pounds every now and then. I never really realized back then how skinny I actually was. I was very lucky and had a high metabolism and never really had to worry.

Fast forward a couple years to 2015, I had just had a baby 5 months prior to this picture. But I really can’t even blame much of the weight gain on him. I had a newborn and I was finishing my last semester of college. I was stressed out, tired, and had no time on my hands to prepare food. That lead to very unhealthy meals and tons of processed foods being devoured. I would eat when I was bored, not portion anything out, and I literally probably made the worst food choices that I could. I felt horrible. I would eat more out of depression and I would think to myself “well, I already gained all this weight I might as well not even care what I eat.” I was so unhappy with how I looked and felt. None of my old clothes fit me, I was incredibly self conscious about going anywhere, and I never really felt like myself.

When the new year (2015) rolled around, the holidays had ended, and I had my college degree hanging on the wall, I decided it was time for a change. I was sick of feeling and looking like crap. I wanted my old self back. So we threw out all of the crappy food in our house and decided to make a change. For quite some time we went back and forth with eating well and then binging again on junk food. We would see little changes and get discouraged that nothing big was happening yet. This lead to bad habits coming back and restarting every couple of weeks. It wasn’t until the summer time that we really realized that change takes time and that we needed to stay consistent to be able to see any changes. We started to follow the 80/20 rule which meant that we consciously ate healthy food and portions 80% of the time. 20% of our diet we allowed ourselves to splurge a little bit on some of our favorite things like pizza, wine, and dessert. It’s very hard to stay consistent if you don’t allow yourself some treats every now and then. No one is perfect, especially when it comes to health and fitness. I have my good days and I have my bad days but I finally found my groove and I am enjoying the journey. It’s definitely a lifestyle change that John and I decided to make but I really couldn’t be happier. Every couple weeks I set new goals for myself and it gives me that little extra push to fight for. It’s been quite the bumpy road but I like where it’s headed.

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Why I haven’t been writing

Happy Saturday everyone! I am back to the life of saying “TGIF!” every week, and that is why I haven’t been writing. Let me explain a little..

Last month I started a new part time job at our local hospital. I still decided to keep my serving job as well, working there about 1-2 times a week. So, basically I am a full time working women. Thus the MAJOR lack of blog posts. And for that, I apologize, but sadly I don’t get paid to blog. (Yet!) Maybe some day I will make it more of a career than a hobby. But for now, I gotta do the jobs that pay me first!

That being said, everything in life is going really well. But it makes for busy, busy days. Currently, John and I do not have childcare for Lincoln so we currently have to work opposite schedules as each other. For the most part, we get about one day a week completely off together and a few mornings or nights that we both have off. As annoying as it is, we aren’t making our money just to spend it on childcare.

Although life has been super great, this month has been a whirlwind for Lincoln. So far in the month of January, he’s had a head cold, teething (multiple new teeth + molars!), stomach flu, and pink eye in both eyes! So needless to say, there’s been a couple of sleepless nights and tiring days.

So, now that everyone is caught up on why life has been so busy for us, I do plan on blogging a bit more in the coming months. I really do miss it and I’m starting to get in the groove of my new schedule a little better. John and I have been really into our health and fitness lately so I will probably make an updated post about that soon here, and also some tasty recipes we’ve been trying, and basically some other updates on life.

Thanks to anyone that continues to stay faithful reading this roller coaster of a blog!

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Let’s talk life

I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it.. Life is busy and it goes by so fast! I had no intentions of leaving my blog hanging but, sadly, that’s what happened. I can’t quite explain what happen but I sort of just lost my blogging mojo! I kind of fell into a rut of coming up with blog post ideas and then I got it stuck in my head that I had nothing to write about and just let it go. But you know what, I DO have plenty of things to write about! So, rather than focusing on the fact that I haven’t written ANYTHING in the past 2 months, I am moving forward and starting now. I have plenty of long winter days ahead of me that will be filled with me jotting down my thoughts and I couldn’t be happier. Writing really does make me happy. I’ve found myself to have a bit of anxiety lately and I believe that it’s because I haven’t been using any of my creative outlets that I very much enjoy using. So out with the old and in with the new.

To catch you up on the past couple of months I will let you know a little bit about what we’ve been up to. I have been waitressing about 4 times a week so that usually keeps me pretty busy during the nights, but I really do love the job. It’s funny because I’ve had many people ask me when I’m going to get a “real” job with my degree, but I see nothing “fake” about waitressing. I love the people I work for and work with and it is something that just fits perfectly in our schedule right now.

The weather has been amazing from September until now (it still isn’t even bad!) but it has been an unusually warm fall for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! That being said, we have been getting outside A LOT! We had no idea how long the weather would last before the snow fell so we tried to take advantage of every day off by spending part of it outside. Including hiking, the park, and just playing in the yard.

John and I decided to kick our butts into gear before the New Year and started working out together every morning and watching what we eat. It’s a 60 day program and we are 15 days in! I am loving it so far, it is definitely a lifestyle change. I’ve already dropped around 6 pounds and I’m at a weight that I haven’t seen since before I had Lincoln. We spend our Sundays grocery shopping and prepping some food for the week. I’ve tried to lose the baby weight + post baby weight for over a year now but I never really had my mind set on in the right place. I kept thinking if that I was working out all the time it wouldn’t matter what I ate. I would “sort of” watch what I was eating but not to a point that it would make a difference. I’m so glad I decided to make this change and that my mind is in the right place.

Well, before I go on and on, I’ll save some more writing for other posts. Thanks for bearing with me through the last couple of months and I hope you stick around for the future!

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August Guest Series

Now that the summer is coming to a close, John and I have a pretty busy August planned. Some of those plans include a new workout regimen (aka, I joined an intro to crossfit class that’s 4x’s a week for 4 weeks at 5:45 AM (!!) I’ll blog about that when that’s through), as well as travel plans to Grand Rapids for his brother’s wedding, planning for Lincoln’s first birthday party, cleaning up the house before fall, getting in any last minute summer beach days, and a surprise!

With that being said, I won’t have much time to be at my computer this month. BUT, I don’t want to waste the month and post nothing so I asked some ladies from my Fab Female Bloggers group if they would be interested in writing up some guest posts for me. Most of them pertain to mommyhood and I guarantee they will all be a good read. Plus, there will be links to check out their blogs so that you have some more great stuff to read!

So, I just wanted to say that starting tomorrow will be my first guest post! I’ve never had any guest writers on my blog before so I’m pretty excited to see how this goes! I will be still posting myself a few here and there but it will be nice to generate some more of an audience as well.

Once again I am very thankful for all my readers and I hope you all continue to enjoy your summers!

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Life from my iPhone pt. 4(?)

If you live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan like I do, you know that summers here are short and sweet. We’ve been trying to get out and enjoy all the nice days that we’ve been having lately because we know that when they end, it’s a long time until we will see them again. With the warm weather and days spent with my computer put away, that also equals less and less blog posts. And for that, I’m sorry but not sorry. There will be many days all too soon that I’ll be cooped up in my house with the heat on with plenty of time to write blog posts. So for today, you can enjoy some photos I’ve taken on my iPhone lately. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
  
I hope you all are getting out and enjoying your summer as well!

Getting back into the swing of things

As you may know, at the beginning of the month we went to Florida for a week. We had such a great time and are so thankful for everything John’s parents did for us while we were there. The day after we got back was my birthday. John had to go back to work already that day so I went out to lunch with my friend who lives two hours away and my mom. After lunch my mom and I went shopping at all the local shops and picked up a few things. She made me a delicious strawberry shortcake as well! Once John was done with work we went out to dinner with my brother and his family and my dad at the Italian restaurant that I work at. Afterwards my mom kindly watched Lincoln for about an hour so that we could go out for a quick drink on the Downtowner deck. It was lovely. I’ve been fighting off a cold since the day before we left Florida and it finally seems to be going away now. I had plans to write a different blog post today but since I’ve been so busy I will just post some photos from Florida and my birthday. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

My first Father’s Day as a mother

Dads don’t often get the recognition that they deserve. Usually its mom that they come to when they have a problem, get hurt, or want something to eat. It is a tough job being a mom, but it is no easier of a job being a dad. Dads can be our best friends and the ones we run to when mom says no. Or sometimes they can be the enforcer of the rules and we spend our teenage years mad at them because we did something silly and got in trouble.

But like the old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child” and I guess I never realized just how true that was until Lincoln came along. There are days when I probably wouldn’t have made it through if it wasn’t for John. Sometimes we might clash on our new vs old styles of parenting, but at the end of the day if we didn’t take each other’s advice we would definitely struggle.¬†Father’s Day is a day that comes around only once a year, just like Mother’s Day but I think as parents (and especially dads) they don’t get all the appreciation they deserve. But that’s the thing, once you become a parent you stop celebrating yourself and start celebrating your children, and your partner for helping you raise them.

Being a parent gives you a whole new light on what our own parents had to deal with. I am so lucky to have the father that I do. Together we get to share his love of hockey, his overall outgoing-ness, laid back attitude, and definitely his stubbornness. Our fathers are the first guys to steal our hearts, and to spoil us. I know my dad has spent many hours doing a lot of girly things, and maybe what we’re doing wasn’t always his favorite, but as long as he was with his kids it was his favorite at the time. And now that Lincoln and my niece are around, I can see his joy and love as a grandfather and it gives me the light to see how joyful he was his whole life because of his kids.

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Summer goals

Now that summer weather is finally reaching our area, I figured it was time to write out some goals for the summer. Hopefully when I look back on this post and the leaves are changing and the fall winds are blowing, I will have completed most or all of these things this summer.

1. Spend lots of time OUTSIDE. Our summers are too short, theres no reason to spend time inside when the weather is nice.

2. Keep working out, and hopefully shed some extra pounds.

3. Explore the many waterfalls in the area.

4. Plant some flowers (and hopefully keep them alive).

5. Find an SUV before the end of August.

6. Blog at least twice a week.

7. Teach Lincoln new things.

8. Hopefully finish our patio in our backyard.

9. Attempt to paint our old wood paneled walls.

10. Plan a great 1st birthday party for Lincoln.

11. Spend lots of time with family.

12. Learn new recipes.

13. Complete some DIY projects from my Pinterest board.

14.Read a new book (or two).

15. Find happiness in each and every day.

What are some of your goals for the summer? Do we share any of the same ones?

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Life from my iPhone pt. 3

Today is such a lovely day outside. I had a different blog post that I planned to write but I will save it for Monday. In the meantime, enjoy some photos from my iPhone!