So, I figured I better give some kind of an update on my pot-baby slimdown. It’s darn busy to be a new mommy, work full time and run a blog! Phew! The truth is this: I’ve been working out, eating healthy, losing weight and gaining muscle back. woop woop! BUT, I just haven’t had the time to blog about it. Frustrating! I’m about 8 lbs over my pre-baby weight. Which puts me at 134. Thank GOD I have a coworker who is also eating healthy and making lifestyle changes because he is seriously helping me to do the same. Don’t you just love how The Universe helps us out with stuff like that? Here’s what I’ve been doing: bought a baby jogger, using the baby jogger taking the stairs at work lifting weights eating a protein-packed breakfast drinking lots of water not snacking on junk eliminating as much sugar as i can not eating desert while i watch tv at night I’m a simple gal. I am not following a specific diet. Nor am I counting calories. I am just eating til I’m full and eating when I’m hungry. And making smart decisions about what I eat. And making sure [...]
If you’re not on my email list, be sure to sign up…because I was just talking about being stuck in a rut. The truth is, we all get stuck sometimes. But some people seem to be able to just keep going. Not only do they seem to keep going, they seem to progress, excel and make giant leaps in their lives. Did you ever notice that? Those people who seem to be super-human. One day they’re bitching about a job they don’t like and the next time you see them, they have a brand new (awesome) job? Or one minute you see them in one bad relationship after another, and the next time you run into them…they are happily engaged or married with a beautiful baby in tow? What is it about these people? How do they go from being stuck in a cycle to BAM moved into a different stratosphere? In case you don’t know me personally, I will tell you this: I used to be stuck. In a cycle. Not moving forward. Jealous of people who were moving ahead. Confused about why I wasn’t. Angry at myself for being jealous. Convinced I was just not one of “those [...]
Okay, so I have to let you in on a secret. 3.5 weeks ago, I got a new job. And my son went into daycare…full time. And my heart broke. It has been so difficult not to see him more than I do. See, the job that I used to have was a work at home and outside sales job, which meant that when I wasn’t out on the road (2-3 days per week) I was working from my home. And I had in-home childcare thanks to my sisters, mom and mom-in-law. We made it work. Even though I was working full time, I still got to see him much more than I do now. When I took the new position my entire life was thrown into high gear. And, so…this book review has taken a back seat. I have every intention of finishing this review, but the reality is this: I have no time to dedicate to this book right now. Truly. I wish I did. But, I don’t. I could try to FORCE myself to finish this book. But that would go against every cell in my being and wouldn’t be honest. I envision myself finishing this book [...]
I had to break this into two parts because…well go ahead and read for yourself. Part One A couple of weeks ago, I wrote my first post in my fitness journey. I also posted my before pics and then took them down because I was afraid someone would make fun of me. GUESS WHAT!? That person found out about my first post and that person did make fun of me. It deeply hurt me. I became sad and angry very quickly, all at the same time. I felt defeated. Vulnerable. Embarrassed. I woke up this morning and decided that I had to make a change. In the past, whenever I would begin to pursue something that is important to me…I would back down when someone would make fun of me, reject my ideas or tell me it’s not possible. For some reason, I am REALLY interested in what other people think…and this ALWAYS causes me to stop what I want to do and just forget all about it. But this time, it’s different. I am not backing down. I will put up my pics and my progress and I will continue on with this process. It can be so scary [...]
(If you’re new here, click here to learn what I am reviewing and why.) As promised, I really took the time to work through each practice this week. And what a HUGE difference it has made. I couldn’t do each and every exercise the exact way Gabby suggests in the book because of my infant son. But I didn’t use that as an excuse to do nothing. Where she says to sit in meditation, I walked in meditation. Where she says to sit quietly and read the prayer for the day, I walked quietly and read the prayer for the day–all while wearing my son in the Baby Bjorn or Moby Wrap. PHEW! It is exhausting being a new mommy. And I can REALLY use this as my new major excuse to remain stagnant. But, I’ve seen how amazing I feel after tweaking some of the program to suit my life; and I feel confident I can continue on. Some amazing changes: new exciting opportunities in my career more prosperity in my life harmony with my loving husband a feeling that I am being taken care of reaching out for help with my mentor seeing God in different people and [...]
Okay, so here is my first video regarding my Fitness Adventure aka my Post Baby Slimdown aka Mission: Hot Body. Click Here to learn more about this whole thing!
Hey there. You’re back. Thanks…I am going through this process not only for me, but to inspire YOU, yes you…to make a change. Why? Because you suck and need to improve? No. Because you are WAY off the beam and need rescuing? Nope. The reason I want to inspire you to make change is because it is natural. Clinging to the way things are, or worse–the way things WERE…is absolutely painful. I think you’re probably pretty fantastic, but the nature of life is change. And my perspective is this: better to welcome change with open arms than to try to avoid it at all costs and be knocked down by something radical in the process. So, I hope you take some time to ponder what you would like to change…or what you think you need to change, and then take steps to be a part of that change. So, back to my journey. Week 2 looked a lot like week 1. I read, but not in morning, every morning. I meditated, but not in the evening, every evening. I did do some forgiving. Or at least tried to forgive. Forgiveness becomes so much easier after we do it regularly. It [...]
Affirmation Courtesy of May Cause Miracles.
Okay…So I just deleted my entire post. Which was pretty long. Actually, this is my THIRD post for week one. Yes, third. Why? Well, initially I wrote a day by day breakdown of my journey. Then I decided to can that because I hadn’t been doing every single exercise in the book for week one. And I had missed a day here or there. So, I decided I would “tell on myself” and start over. THEN I realized how stupid this is. How this sort of thinking keeps me from getting through creative projects in general. The faulty concept? Perfectionism. Listen, I’m not gonna lie and say I did every single exercise to a T. I have a brand new baby boy whom I exclusively breastfeed. I am also back at work full time. And I have an amazing husband who I love to spend time with. When I decided I would do this course, I thought it would be easy. It’s just a book, right? No big deal. But it was. And you know what? That’s okay. It gives me reverence for the spiritual work that we all do day in and day out. It’s no joke. It takes [...]
I bought a preorder of Gabrielle Bernstein’s third book, May Cause Miracles. It came in the mail on Jan 3rd…perfect timing for a fresh start to 2013. I have read most of her first book: Add More ~Ing To Your Life. And I have read her second book, Spirit Junkie, several times. I am a fan of Gabby’s. Her books and her work in general have been extremely helpful to me. Something about the message she shares just feels good. On a side note, she wears cool clothes and always seems to have a great blowout or cute head piece workin’ on the days she has not had a blowout. I know this because I follow her on Instagram. I appreciate this. The book begins with a breakdown of what she is all about and what is to come in following pages. This is a common theme in her writing. But! This book takes us down a different path than her other two, because it is actually her first day-by-day how-to guide. Sure, her other books give lots of suggestions…but this one seems like it is set up to be a true daily guide. I’m psyched about this. [...]