Hello everyone. It's so weird blogging when you haven't done it in a long time. It's like shyly stepping back into the light or like hearing your voice on a recording. It takes a little bit to get used to again.
The reason I'm coming back is because of a comment left one month ago by "Anamika", which I just realized was there tonight. After I read it, it just got me at the core, and I knew I had to come back. Not just because of this comment, but because I've been reflecting a lot on my past self a lot lately. I feel like it's time for me to do something I used to love again. Here's the comment she left:
Anamika • a month agoJenaaaaaaé, come backkk. You've fallen off the face of the earth, it seems. I started reading your blog years ago - it was the first "healthy living" blog I'd ever came across and it's special for me like that (kinda creepy to hear, I bet). Now every once in a while I check back and you haven't posted. Hope you're doing well, not just with your body but in all avenues of your life.One sided friendships are kind of weird, but too common with bloggers... Anyways, whether you've left blogging completely or not, hope you're in a good place with things!
Anamika • a month agoJenaaaaaaé, come backkk. You've fallen off the face of the earth, it seems. I started reading your blog years ago - it was the first "healthy living" blog I'd ever came across and it's special for me like that (kinda creepy to hear, I bet). Now every once in a while I check back and you haven't posted. Hope you're doing well, not just with your body but in all avenues of your life. One sided friendships are kind of weird, but too common with bloggers... Anyways, whether you've left blogging completely or not, hope you're in a good place with things!
In the past year, I haven't abandoned fitness. I just chose to be fit privately, for a variety of reasons. Mostly those reasons have to do with the fact that I've delt with a lot of CHANGE in the past few years, change that I wasn't comfortable with, and to blog during all those times of change made me feel vulnerable and it just didn't feel right. Here's a recent pic of me below... I took this this past week.
But now I feel ready again. I feel ready to share my heart. That heart will come in the form of things I find meaningful to me, where I'm at in my journey. It might be in recipes, pictures and videos, and mantras. :) Also I will share more of my baby boy on here because he is the center of my world. My goal is to simply share from the HEART. Throw my heart out there and see which kindred spirits pick it up and benefit from it. :) So if you're a kindred spirit, leave me a comment every now and again and let me know that you're there. :)
That is all for tonight. I have a lot of blogs coming up though, because there's a lot I'm up to at the moment. More specifically, I've decided to join the BodyBuilding.com $250,000 Transformation Challenge. Check out the link :) I will share more on that tomorrow, including my embarassing before photos. That's the only part of the challenge I'm NOT excited about!!! But I will do it! And hopefully you will be there to help encourage me!!
I love you guys. If you're reading my blog, thank you. Thank you for being a friend to me and taking part in my journey. Honestly from the bottom of my heart, it means a lot to me. <3 Good night! I'll see you tomorrow :)
The last time you heard from me, it was in January and I had set a new years resolution to lose my baby weight. Well six months later here I am. I haven't lost much weight at all, I've stayed pretty much in the same area (around 155), but I haven't been trying either. Truth is, I've spent the past six months studying to get my California mortgage loan originator license. It's been a long and painful process, since I still work from home as a social media specialist and take care of my baby, as well as maintain my houshold errands and stuff.
Working, studying AND having a baby is no joke. It's the hardest thing I've done yet. But I'm happy to report that I'm almost finished and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. By the end of this month (July) I should be done with all of my pre-licensing education, and ready to have my life back again!! YESS!!
My little sunshine. Isn't he cute?
In the mean time, I've lost hair, gained some grays and acquired a mean chocolate addiction. UGH. I've lost myself --- to having a baby, and now to studying. I'm ready to reclaim my life back again. Although I still have one more test to pass before my studying stresses are over, I feel ready right now to start eating healthy again and incorporating some exercise back into my life. I can't go FULL throttle yet, but I can at least start revving up my engine in terms of getting back into fitness.
So here's my workout plan for the week:
Monday - Run 1.5 miles
Tuesday - Core routine
Wednesday - Run 1.5 miles
Thursday - Core routine
Friday - Run 1.5 miles
Saturday - Yoga
This is all I can manage right now. As far as my meals go, I've been trying to clean up my diet as much as possible here and there. Here's a meal plan I followed last week:
Dinner was random. I plan to incorporate more healthy foods into my diet this week and try to slowly push out the junk. I can't believe I've allowed myself to eat so much junk the past six months. I haven't been my usual self and I'm really tired of eating crap. I'm SO ready for this change right now, and especially ready to get my prebaby body back.
I feel pretty lousy that things have been this way, but at the same time, I really couldn't have it any other way. To give myself due credit, I have been walking DAILY with my baby son, so I've at least kept that up. When I get focused on a goal, I get tunnel vision, and right now my goal has been to finish my prelicensing education. Everything else has been secondary or non-existant. Not to mention, when I've tried to workout as usual I've ended up completely exhausted and unable to do the things I need to do like take care of my baby, or stay up late studying. BUT, that's okay because I know what I want, and I know where I'm going, so I have absolutely no regrets about the fact that fitness has taken the back burner these past months.
Has there ever been a time in your life when you've truly been too busy to workout or too stressed to eat healthy? Am I just a wuss or what? Okay I admit you should never be too stressed to eat healthy, there's no excuse there. haha, leave a comment. Have a great week guys!
p.s. I'm excited to start blogging more again too :) I'll keep you updated on my progress here!
Happy New Year!!!
I've been realizing the past couple of days that I only really have ONE sure New Year's Resolution this year, and that's to lose 35lbs and get rid of my baby weight. This is all I am focused on right now and I'm pretty happy with that ONE goal for now. Adding anything else to my list just feels overwhelming and burdensome. I'm leaving my method for reaching this goal completely open, in other words I am allowing myself to do any type of exercise I feel like, e.g. running, workout DVDs, weight lifting, circuit training etc..
I'm only asking myself to lose 1lb per week since this is the safe route for breastfeeding. And it's also a very attainable goal, since it doesn't put too much pressure on me to impose drastic measures on my already busy and crazy life. All in all I'm pretty happy with this goal and I'm excited to work towards it.
What are your New Year's Resolutions?
Today's #mantra. Repeat it until it becomes apart of you. This was inspired by @noellebenepe who said, "I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable but believing in your talents, your abilities and your self-worth can empower you to walk an even brighter path."
Fear is not for me. I believe in my talents, my abilities and my strengths.
This is my mantra right now, today. A mantra is something you repeat in your mind or aloud to focus your energy and still your mind. I am prone to waiting on the perfect situation or circumstances before I decide to reach my goals. This mantra is to help me get over that!
With chaos all around, I am in control.
I've been thinking a lot about 2015, as I'm sure many of you are. In the past, my excitement or resentment around the New Year has always changed from year to year. Some years I'm a humbug about New Years, and some years I'm super pumped. This year I'm SUPER PUMPED!!
I'm listing my goals for 2015 in a separate blog post, but before you read that, here are 3 things I'm planning to do before 2015 comes rolling around next week:
#1. Tidy my living space
I was recently reminded that cleanliness is next to godliness. And there's probably nothing that clears my mind more than a clean and tidy living space. Clean rooms and houses make you feel like you are reborn. Like you have another chance to start new, start fresh. It inspires creativity, motivation and ambition. So for the next 4 days I will be tidying my house as much as possible during my free time.
#2. Take some time to mediate (& formulate my mantras)
I noticed a week or two ago that my negative self-talk was starting to become a way of thinking, a mindset, and a lifestyle. It was filled with fear, excuses, self-pity, put-downs and complaining. I realized I need to change FAST before my thoughts take the form of reality.
I decided for 2015 I'm going to build a list of positive and empowering mantras that I will repeat throughout the day, every day. The words you train yourself to think will become your truth. These mantras will help me cultivate self-confidence, self-esteem and general positivity in my life. Every day I will have a new mantra to focus on. I believe these mantras will change my life, because they will help shape my thoughts and the energy I attract. I will share my mantras with you daily on my Facebook and Instagram feeds.
#3. Master the Routine
Now that I have a baby it has opened my eyes to the meaning of the all powerful concept of ROUTINE. I never realized how routine-less I was before, until now. Now I realize how much my routine will determine whether or not I accomplish all of my goals in a day or not. Re-thinking, analyzing and scheduling a daily routine, is something I am doing before New Year's. My goal will be to stick to that routine as much as possible every day in the new year, and adjust according to any major changes of course.
Question of the Day - Are you pumped about the New Year, or are you feeling unenthusiastic about it?