MIMM #45: Anything Goes.

This week I have done a lot of thinking.January was such a crazy month in terms of work. If you don’t already know, I work in the fitness industry, so January is a busy month. I filled up with tons of drinks to help me stay hydrated since water wasn’t cuttin’ it. This year the spike seemed to come during the middle of the month, which was unexpected. I had many late nights, lots of snacking and tons of work that piled up. We had a mini snow storm the other day and I was not feeling well at all. I was able to take a step back and work through that pile that had accumulated over the last month. For this month and moving forward, I want to get better about meal prepping and having things ready. I usually mean to get things ready and then I fall asleep or another task takes my attention. Things ain’t easy but I have been managing and trying. Noms. 🙂

That’s a warp for today’s Marvelous in my Monday. Hope everyone has a great week and thanks Katie for hosting.Question: What are some of your easy, peasy go-to meals for dinner?

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Kettle & Dumbbell Mash-Up!

How is everyone doing?

It’s been a while since I dropped in and said hello. Breakfast says “hi” too.Today this silly goose and I are dropping in for Amanda’s Thursday Thinking OUT Loud shenanigans. We have been quite busy, the 3 1/2 month old and I; Christmas shopping is in effect. 😀If you see these in the market. Don’t buy them… they taste funny.But if you find this face mask, get it. It feels amaze-balls!I’ve been working at a fitness center called Mamas Move, catering to pre and post-natal fitness! Not to mention tons of fun things for the kiddies. I also wanted to share a workout I did last week using a Kettlebell. If you don’t have one, that’s still OK! You can still do this workout with a dumbbell but I assure you, Kettlebells are WAY more fun!

The figures 8’s is pictured below just in case if you are unsure of that move. It’s one of my new favorites using the Kettlebell.

Total Body Kettle & Dumbbell Workout:

  • Sumo Deadlift (Weighted)*
  • Upright Rows (Right Arm)*
  • Tricep Extension (w/ slight bend in legs)
  • Upright Rows (Left Arm)*
  • Figure 8’s*
  • Plié to Calf Raise (weighted)*
  • Pulldown
  • Lunges (w/ a twist)

Go and give it try and be sure to warm up and cool down after!

Question: What’s YOUR favorite exercise or workout?

Work In Progress.

Life.

My life.

It’s a work in progress. As I think many of our lives are.

Things can change any day, any minute, and second! My life changed when I met Patrick almost three years ago. It also changed when Samantha was born on August 6th, 2015. Life will never be the same, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My body is a work in progress. Here is 6 weeks of progress; I am now 3 months postpartum on the left and 3 weeks postpartum on the right. I lost about four inches off my belly and five pounds. May not seem like a lot but baby steps are key to long term success.

Maybe a little coffee played a role. I use to get lattes all the time but now I down graded to iced coffee with soy milk. I still get my fix and my body [and wallet] thank me.I also don’t deprive myself. When I first began on my weight loss journey, I thought certain foods were off limits, but I soon realized, life is about an 80/20 balance; 80% on plan, 20% wiggle room. I like cookies in that room. 😀I fuel my body. Whether it’s through good food, extra vitamin/ iron supplements or Shakeology, my body is always getting the nutrition I need. After all I have a family that needs me to be healthy.I’ve slowed down. Not only because, hey being a parent and working is tiring but I am learning to enjoy every moment.

That means slowing down and spending time where it matters.And capturing those precious “first time” moments. I am linking up with Amanda this week for Thinking out LOUD Thursdays. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Question: What is YOUR current “work in progress?”

Thinking Out Loud #19: Finding Balance

I have to be honest, past few days I have been feeling like crapola.

At least this little babe keeps me smiling. I’ve been nauseous, having massive migraines, very tired… I haven’t been sleeping the best either for obvious reasons.

Apparently there is such a thing as postpartum nauseau which can results from several things including dehydration, low iron, poor sleep and so forth.

Those three have just been horrible for me. I haven’t been taking my iron (and I’m slightly anemic) just because I simply forget and I remember as I am in bed and have no energy to take. Since my stomach has felt funny and the constant migraines, I tend to drink less water. I’m sure drinking water would help me much more but at this point, I am just so blah. I probably went back to work a week earlier then I should have, but I had all the energy and I was just ready for a routine change.

I hadn’t been working for almost 6 weeks and I wanted to get back into the grove. So now I am taking things down a notch and making some schedule changes. I am always a mom but I am a “full-time mom” 4-5 days a week. The 2 days that Pat is off, he takes care of her while I’ll work or study. Sometimes we split it if I am off that day. Most Sundays, my in-laws will watch Samantha while we both work.

Where is my off time? I need to really get into a groove of planning some time to myself to just veg on one of Pat’s days off. You definitely need the “you time” to keep yourself refreshed.

Even if you are not a mom, if you’re in school or working, you need to take a moment to yourself.

Me? I’m working on it. 😀

Sometimes just taking a few minutes to kick back, flip through Instagram and enjoy a cookie is all I need.Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking out LOUD Thursdays. What’s on YOUR mind?

How do you take “me time?”