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!
When you make the decision to focus on your health, it’s easy to fall in old traps. We often think of restricting our food intake, micromanaging the scale, and exercising until we’re so sore we can barely move as “healthy” ways to get started. But, I have a news flash for you! Those are not ways to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. Will you lose a few pounds? Sure, if you can stick it out long enough. Will you create a sustainable lifestyle change that you’ll be able to stick to, though? Absolutely not! How do I know? Well, I’ve been there and done all of it, and while I lost some weight initially, I also lost my self-confidence and most of all myself. So, please, if you want to live a happier and healthier life, step away from the scale, know that it’s not all about depriving yourself, and realize that exercise doesn’t have to be torture. What can you do instead? Follow these simple tips to live a healthier, happier life and actually make a lifestyle change that you can live with!
Let’s just put it out there…Losing weight isn’t easy, but there is something that can help—essential oils! I’ve always struggled with keeping my weight consistent and have tried multiple different ways to manage my weight. All in all, the most effective strategies I’ve found are regular exercise, controlling caloric intake, and eating foods that work for my body. That being said, though, I’ve also found a number of different tips to lose weight that have supported my effort. One thing that I’ve most recently explored are essential oils, and you know what? They work! If you are trying to lose weight or are just looking for better ways to maintain your weight, give some of these essential oils for weight loss a try! Continue reading →