As a wellness coach and mentor, I am constantly looking for ways I can better support other women in their pursuit of honoring their health, taking better care of themselves (and their families), and living their best lives. So I launched a BRAND NEW opportunity in June that I like to call #livingCHANGErously!
This opportunity is more than just a fun group or a club. It’s an active pursuit of our health – and one that is ongoing. In fact, I sum it up like this…#livingCHANGErously is the state of being in bold pursuit of your healthiest, happiest life; an active commitment to honor your health and live your purpose! But I get it. Even that might be a bit ambiguous, so here are all the details!
I previously shared my progress with the 21 Day Fix, but since then I have done any real progress updates. So, I decided it was about time I did. Following the 21 Day Fix, I actually did a few rounds of 21 Day Fix Extreme, and let me tell you when they say “Extreme,” they mean it. Haha. But, that’s actually not the most recent program I’ve been following.
A little over a month ago I decided I wanted to do something hard. I wanted to challenge myself and prove to myself that I could step outside of my comfort zone and really go for it. So, I decided to take on a program that I wasn’t “sure” that I could do. I invested in Insanity Max:30, and warily I got started. Haha. Continue reading →
The all-too-familiar anxiety started welling up just a couple of months (probably weeks really) into my pregnancy. I saw my body starting to change, and I didn’t know what to do. Or rather, I didn’t know what I was going to be able to do after my daughter was born…
I had heard all of the stories of women who had gained excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy and then struggled to lose it after the births of their children. While I wanted to be one of those mamas with the “perfect little baby bump,” I couldn’t fathom gaining the weight to get that picturesque look.
Being successful with your health and fitness goals isn’t easy. Whether you’re focused on losing weight, toning up, building muscle, or even gaining weight, it isn’t easy to stay on track and stick to those goals. However, I’ve found one thing that has helped me be effective more than any other and that is pretty easy – just keep it simple. You’re probably chuckling to yourself right now, thinking “Yeah, right. Keeping it simple is really going to help me be successful…” If I hadn’t applied the principle myself, I’d be right there with you. But, I’m here to tell you keeping it simple is one of the single most effective ways to reach your goals (and keep your sanity), so let me explain a little more.
I’ve had people tell me, literally, “I was really afraid to open up that meal plan because I figured it was going to be complicated recipes and things I couldn’t do. But, I was so surprised. These recipes look easy, like things that I can really make!” That’s my goal for me, for you, and for anyone whom I share the health and fitness journey with because, let’s be honest, if it’s complicated, I’m not going to do it. I have too many other things going on to complicate my healthy lifestyle. So, how do I keep it simple, you ask. Here are a few tips!
Adjusting to your new postpartum body can be tough, to say the least. Your body is a different shape, you’re in a process of healing from what is some pretty major trauma to your most delicate parts, and you’re likely carrying a little extra weight compared to your pre-baby body. And, you are dealing with all of that while trying to sustain another life…With those challenges in mind, it’s tempting to want to jump off the deep end and dive right in to trying to lose weight, but that can be pretty detrimental to your health and the health of your little one, especially if you are breastfeeding. So, what can you do? It is possible to lose weight while breastfeeding; however, you need to do it the safe way.
I was fortunate and had a relatively easy time losing weight while breastfeeding; however, I did have to work at it. And, even still, some women who work at losing weight while breastfeeding really struggle. In any case, I’d like to share a few tips that have worked for me to do two things: (1.) to help you lose weight without losing your milk and (2.) to help you develop healthy habits that you can sustain. I’m not going to guarantee that you’ll start losing as soon as you adopt these practices, but I do promise that you’ll be much healthier for them. And, once you have weaned your little one, it should be much easier to continue with a healthy lifestyle.