WOW. I just looked at the date of the last blog post I published and it was exactly 1 YEAR AGO this month. July 22nd of last year 2013. It's now July 31st 2014 and I can hardly believe tomorrow is August.
I have to say, I feel like a very different person than I was 1 year ago. I look very different too.
For starters I'm currently 33 weeks pregnant with my first child. Most of my friends and family have already known for quite a while, but for some of you who have only known me for my blog might be surprised since I have gone MIA on social media and my blog for the past year. I'm due to have a baby BOY on September 18th and I couldn't be more excited and more happy with that reality. (What's cool is that my birthday falls on the 15th of September so I'm secretly wishing he comes a few days early and maybe we'll share a birthday :)
SO MANY people I know are pregnant!! It's really nuts. Bex from Bexlife is one week ahead of me or so, Ashley Horner just got pregnant, and one of the girls from PurelyTwins is two weeks behind me. And a bunch of other friends and aquaintences I know are pregnant.
I have to confess, for being a personal trainer and a yoga instructor, I have NOT been a good example AT ALL of a fit pregnancy. From the moment I found out I was pregnant I dropped all expectations of myself and I just surrendered to the process. Up until about week 20 I was really good about walking on a daily basis. I need to start that back up again. As far as eating goes, I've just eaten what's been available and I dropped all aspirations of meal planning etc. Life just got too busy and too complicated to worry myself sick about this meal planning hoopla. I'm more worried about health insurance than meal planning these days! But since I've got years of healthy eating habits behind me, some of those eating habits have carried over into my pregnancy since I've learned to love certain healthy foods. Nonetheless, I've probably eaten wayyy to much junk that is not justifiable in this pregnancy too.
Why did I stop blogging?
I very consciously decided to stop blogging 1 year ago for a few reasons.
#1. Unknown to many, I had a couple of miscarriages last year, one in May and the other was in October. After those two experiences I decided I no longer wanted to share my personal life with the world. On top of that, life was getting hard from a financial standpoint and to be frank I didn't have the desire to share those struggles with anyone, nor did I want to go on blogging as if life was normal, when it wasn't. I was dealing with a lot of changes and I needed privacy.
#2. I also decided that I didn't want to be apart of a selfie-obsessed culture that I was taking part in. I decided I needed to focus on my family, and what's most important-- and to me I realized that real life people are important, and real life experiences are important.
I think taking a 1 year break from blogging and the internet, helped open up another side of me. In the past year there have been so many things that have transformed me. Pregnancy was a huge one. Financial hardship has been another. I'm not sure how to describe how I've changed except to say that I feel stronger inside. I feel like there is more depth to my soul than before, somehow. It's weird to think about it that way, but true.
There are some other new changes too... I've gained WEIGHT! haha which is normal with pregnancy of course. I started this pregnancy weighing about 126lbs, and I now way 161lbs! What a transformation that is in itself! I definitely don't fit into anything I used to be able to and I can see the cellulite in my thighs now that was never there before.
I'm also starting to get little stretch marks on the bottom of my belly. They are actually quite tolerable right now the way they are because they are small, and there's not very many yet. But considering that my baby has to grow double in weight over the next 7 weeks means I might be consumed in stretch marks by the time this is over! Oy vey.
So what's next?
Well as soon as I'm done having this baby, I will be on a mission to get my body back of course! Did you expect anything else from a person like me?;-)There's no way I'm letting myself go, not for one second. I am not the kind of person that is happy being overweight. Don't get me wrong, I am totally happy being pregnant but that's because I have a good reason for putting on weight and a little bouncy baby in my belly. After the baby is born though, there's no excuses, and I can't wait to feel that sweat running down my face again after a hard workout. That is one thing I miss terribly right now. I miss working out hard and getting that exercise HIGH from it. It makes you feel inconquerable, fearless and powerful. Can't WAIT to get back on that drug... ;D
I think I want to start sharing my journey again. I've learned now to accept myself in all of life's trials and circumstances and I want to share my journey because I've appreciated how much other women I know have shared theirs. It strengthens me to read their blogs and their lives. I hope maybe my journey will resonate with you too.
HAPPY MONDAY!! I'm wayyy to excited to present to you this interview with one of my absolute favorite fitness role models on Instagram - Miche Nicholson (@Micheskiiii on Instagram)!!
This woman is INCREDIBLE. With 3 kids, work, school, and a spouse-- if she can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!! She's had twins and what's amazing is that after her pregnancies and many "stomachs" later, she has come out a winner and a completely HOT mama!! Check out this interview!
I have a ★BIG Announcement!!★ MY OWN workout series IS HERE!!! WHUT?
I teamed up with Dream Body Workouts to create my very first 4-part online workout videos! Wooo! I never thought a day would come!
My workout series includes 2 yoga workouts, and 2 strength training videos. One yoga routine is a fast flow Vinyasa, and the other is my favorite meditative routine that will help cure headaches & after work tension.
The strength videos are total body routines that will help strengthen your muscles and get you in shape! I use a set of dumbells and a kettle bell.
The 4-part series is only $19.99, and to celebrate I'm giving away TWO $25 Target gift cards! LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post to enter to win! Here's the link to my new workouts! Go check it out and tell me whatcha think!! --> http://bit.ly/15hoHJj
A lot of you out there are looking for meal plans and wondering what you should eat. If you want to lose weight only ONE rule applies - you must burn more calories than you consume. Outside of that rule, all you have to do then is figure out what you like to eat, what healthy foods you want to incorporate and then count the calories up to make sure you eat the right amounts to stay within a calorie deficit. Use this calorie calculator to see how many calories you need to maintain weight, then subtract however many calories you feel is reasonable for you to lose weight. I would suggest subtracting 300-500 calories.
This week I'm going to put myself into a calorie deficit of about 500 calories. I've decided to keep my menu around 1400 calories per day, and I'm including foods that I ENJOY. Eating what you enjoy is a a huge key to long-term success. Here's my menu for this coming week for you all to see!
I will be eating the same thing every day of the week.
Breakfast: 445 calories
1/2 cup of oats 150 cals
1 cup skim milk 90 cals
1 tbsp peanut butter 95 cals
1 scoop chocolate whey protein 110 cals
Mid-morning snack: 120 calories
1 tub of broccoli 50 cals
10 almonds 70 cals
Lunch: 307-350 calories (depends on the cheese)
spinach 20 cals
olive oil 120 cals
balsamic vinegar 17 cals
1 cucumber 10 cals
1 roma tomato 20 cals
gorgonzola cheese or parmesean 20+ cals
2 slices of deli meat 100 cals
Afternoon snack: 130 calories
1 greek yogurt of choice 130 cals
After work relaxing treat: 100 calories
1 healthy choice frozen yogurt dessert 100 cals
Dinner: 200 calories
2 eggs 160 cals
spinach 20 cals
parmesean cheese 20 cals
Nighttime snack: 45 calories
1/4 cup cottage cheese 45 cals
Total: 1390 calories
As you can see I'm a huge fan of dairy, but not a big fan of meat. I'll be going to the grocery store tonight to finish getting the rest of the ingredients I'll need!
If you would me to create a personalized meal plan for your goals, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I charge $19 for a 1 week custom meal plan.
I kinda had a little streak of crazy running through my veins this past Saturday night. I cut my hair! (if you want to see a video of my hair, click here)
Chopped completely off, above my shoulders, and they even had to shave my neck at the salon to make it nice and clean lol. So crazy!! I'm still trying to get used to it, but I've always wondered what it would feel like with hair THIS short, and now I know!
Every male I've ever known has loved long hair and told me never to cut it short. But every girl I've ever known has told me to do it! What can I say, girls just wanna have fun ;-)
I'm not gonna lie, I miss my long hair and I am excited to grow it back out! I feel kind of like Sampson when Delilah cut his hair lol. Every time I look in the mirror I'm like, "WHO IS DAT!?" But while I have my short hair I'm going to try to make the most of it and take lots of pictures lol.
I'm still wondering how I'm going to manage my short hair while I workout. Usually I would just make a pony tail, a bun, or braid my hair for workouts. Now that I can't even pull it back I think I just might leave it down and tucked behind my ears when I workout. Or maybe wear a headband?
So what do you think? Have you ever cut your hair short? How did it make you feel? Are you a long or short hair kind of gal? Leave me a comment!
Happy Tuesday my peeps!! I have a wonderful Fitspo Feature for you today, allow me to introduce Lana LaRouche of @LanaBananaFitness!
This girl is OH-SO-inspiring and I just KNOW you're going to fall in love with her! I've been following her on Instagram for a few months now and she is BY FAR one of my #1 favorite fitness gals around, bar none! I wanted you to get to know her a little better so I interviewed her! Enjoy this wonderful discovery of a beautiful & inspiring fit gal!