Where I’m At With Health Coaching

I haven’t talked much about my health and wellness coaching lately because, well, I haven’t been doing it much. While I did absolutely love it and hope to really pick it back up in the future, I just don’t have time right now. School, work, interning, and my family is taking up all of my time. I haven’t been seeking out clients and haven’t really made myself too noticeable on social media lately.

I do have a handful of clients though and I love working with them! Like, really love working with them. I have definitely connected very well with one of my clients and I get so excited seeing her progress! I check in with her almost daily (although, our challenge group was going on so a lot of my check ins were in the challenge group, rather than via text or FB message).

I follow a lot of other fitness coaches too on Instagram and Facebook and I’ve realized what type of coach I don’t want to be.

Do you ever read the captions that go something like, “I really didn’t feel like working out today, but I still pushed play! 30 minutes later and I’m done! Push yourself! This is what changes are made of.” Great message, right? But come on. Rest days are GREAT for you. And it’s about balance. I wake up and don’t want to work out and you know what? I don’t. I take the day off until I feel ready.

My client texted me that she hadn’t worked out all weekend but was sticking to her meal plan, but she was in a funk and just felt off. Can you imagine if she had been looking at my Instagram every day and saw me posting statuses about how you have to push yourself and that’s how you make progress and blah blah blah? When you’re already feeling like you’re failing, does it ever help to see how accomplished other people are?

Instead, I told her that she has done great so far and I was proud of what an awesome job she has done. Everybody hits a wall sometimes and there is absolutely no need to get down on yourself about it. I am coaching because I want people to be healthy for the rest of their lives. Not for a 21 day challenge. Not for a few months.

I want their mindset to change. I want them to see that a few rest days or weeks or gaining a few pounds here and there or eating an entire cake is really nothing to stress. I want them to know that if they fall of the wagon, they can just get back on it. It’s not about pushing play every day. It’s not about choosing the broccoli over the cake every day. It’s about knowing your worth, making an effort to eat a wide variety of healthy foods, and to move your body most of the time.

I went through an entire year after having Jackson where I barely worked out and I ate terribly. I still classified myself as a healthy person overall. I knew it was temporary. I understand that my clients have jobs, babies, husbands, LIVES. My most recent client told me that she does great for a little while with working out but gets depressed when she misses a day. Why?! I miss days all of the time! The difference between me and them is that I have spent years working on this mindset. I’ve never had an (emotionally) unhealthy relationship with the gym, food, or my weight, but I also haven’t valued health in the same way that I do now. I accept off days and they don’t affect me (except for injuries- those are just frustrating). I just keep on keeping on and I am 100% confident that barring any major medical issues, I will be active and eat well until the day that I die.

My client who texted me about her funk was very appreciative that I was realistic with her. She told me she needed to hear my response and that made me feel good. Because I can help somebody. I remember telling Jon how little I make from one client who only buys workout videos, but they are my client for a year. I wondered if I’d get in over my head by only selling the videos. But I reminded myself that to me, this isn’t about the money. I did this because I want to connect with people and that is what I’m doing. I absolutely love the connections I’ve made and becoming a coach has been completely worth it to me.

So, I don’t ever want to be the coach that tries to sell a false sense of motivation. I’m not motivated all the time. I do still work out when I don’t want to. Trust me, I do it a ton. I also genuinely love working out most days though. But I’m not going to act like I push play all the time or make excuses about why I needed to rest. I may tell a reason why I skipped a gym session, but I won’t have an ounce of remorse for it. I don’t live my life to work out. I work out so that I can live my life to the fullest.

 

Weekend Recap

Does anybody notice a theme here? I seem to only been updating on Mondays! I think about sitting down to blog a few times a week but then… life happens!

Tuesday was an internship day last week, Wednesday was a short work day, and Thursday was an internship day. So I’ll start with Thursday since nothing happened the other two days!

THURSDAY

Around 11am, I left our sister hospital and went to my hospital (main campus). As soon as I got there, daycare called to say Jackson was running a fever. I left right away to go pick him up. I gave him Motrin as soon as we got home and he improved a ton!

When my mom got home from work, we went to run some errands. I returned pants to Kohl’s and got Jackson some pants and long sleeves (I only have summer clothes in his size since Charleston is so hot and it was so cool on Thursday morning!). We went to Target to grab a few things and then to Costco to stock up on some food.

As soon as we got home, I headed downtown since my friend, Jessie, was in Atlanta for the evening from South Korea. I haven’t seen her in so long but it was so nice to see her! She knows Jon from elementary school and is married to Jon’s best friend from childhood and we love them! Her husband is working out in South Korea for three years and they just got there. So, very nice to see her! And it was a beautiful night. We sat outside and had dinner and then walked around Piedmont Park. It’s been so long since I’ve really been downtown to hang out, especially now that Kassie moved out of that area.

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That kale salad was incredibly good!

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FRIDAY

Jon was here on Friday! He came in town on Thursday night since Charleston was evacuating for the storm and he figured he might as well come be with us! Jon actually ended up covering some cases in the Atlanta territory (at the hospital he also worked at as an x-ray tech before taking this job), so it was just me and my bub!

I took Jackson to the pediatrician in the morning for his 18 month check up. Poor boy hated it! He was so upset about being there and he got so nervous when anybody walked in the room!

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The blurry bottom of the photo is because my screen protector is broken, haha. Need to buy a new one.

I stopped to get coffee on my way home since I knew I’d have some time to sit and relax for a bit while Jackson napped. Jackson took a good nap when we got home and I worked on a paper for school. I basically spent all afternoon working on a paper since Jon got home around the same time. I ran out to the gym in the afternoon and then spent the evening just hanging out with Jon.

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At 9pm, Jackson woke up screaming his head off. It continued until 2am. SO frustrating. We had been giving him Motrin and Tylenol all day and it shouldn’t have worn off by then, but we gave more (we alternated it). I think he just got overly tired and would not calm down. We finally gave him Benadryl at 1am and put him in the car and he calmed down as soon as we got in the car. Finally, at 2am, he was sound asleep so Jon and I got to go to bed too!

SATURDAY

I was on call from 7a-11a and thankfully, I did not get called in! I couldn’t have handled it after our Friday night! I planned on working out in the morning if I didn’t get called in, but no way. We all slept until 8am and then just hung out at home until I left at 10am to go to work. I worked 11a-7p and came home and hung out since I wanted to get in bed early.

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SUNDAY

Much of the same as Saturday! I didn’t get called in at 7am, so I ran to the grocery store before work and then got ready and headed out to work 11a-7p. I went Laura’s once I got off work to check on her cats. I was there for awhile feeding them and changing out their water and scooping the litter box. I stopped by Newk’s for a sandwich and then got home and relaxed with Jon for a little while.

MONDAY

Today! I got to go to the gym first thing in the morning! Woohoo! My morning gym sessions are what I miss most about Charleston! I actually tried to go to CrossFit at 7:45, but it was closed today (the owners are stranded in some other state post-competition because flights aren’t coming into Atlanta, and I guess nobody else ran the classes). Instead, I headed down to LA Fitness. It was so empty in there! I wasn’t really feeling a workout at all this morning, but once I got started, I got into it.

I came home and joined my boys for some breakfast. We had to take quick showers after and head back to the pediatrician for a shot for Jackson since we postponed it on Friday because of his fever.

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In the waiting room.

During my bub’s nap time, Jon and I started planning France! I’m super excited about our trip together but wish we had another two or three days at least! We’re going Alsace, the Alps, Burgundy, and Paris. It’ll be a jam packed trip but I love that, so it’s fine!

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I sat down now to do schoolwork (don’t tell Jon, haha). The storm is just getting here and the wind is picking up, so I assume we’ll be spending our afternoon at home. I’m supposed to intern tomorrow, so we’ll see how the weather is and if daycare is open or not! My poor boy is super fussy from his shot and probably from not eating all weekend so it’s a rough afternoon around here…

 

 

Weekend Recap

Well, BUSY week last week. I’ve neglected the blog a little bit because I was so busy solo-Mommin’ last week and trying to stay on top of school. I did make it to the doctor for my stomach but have an appointment with GI later this month, if I go. My issues aren’t nearly as bad as last weekend but I’m still not back to normal at all. It’s really frustrating since I’m nauseous almost constantly and nothing sits right.

Jackson and I got into a little groove with work, daycare pick ups, dinner, and homework last week. It wasn’t so bad and I’m staying ahead of schoolwork, but it’ll be nice to have company this week too.

FRIDAY

I had to work on Friday until 3. I stopped by the gym to sign back up for a membership and then got home right after Jon and Jackson. Jon left early on Friday, so he was here to get Jackson from daycare. It was so nice to have them home when I got home!

After Jackson went to bed, Jon and I went to a little outdoor shops area. We decided to grab some dinner since we were both hungry. I ended up accidentally ordering fried chicken (I thought it was grilled), but it was so good! The mac n’ cheese was so good too! Unfortunately, with my stomach issues, I totally paid for it.

SATURDAY

We got up on Saturday and hung out with my parents for a bit. I headed out to the gym for a little while while Jon ran some errands with Jackson. I got home in time to shower and grab a bite to eat before Jon and I put Jackson down for a nap and headed out the door! (Note: We can have a life again because we have live-in babysitters again!)

Jon and I went to the outlets in Woodstock to exchange a shirt that I had bought, except this outlet mall didn’t have the same shirts. I grabbed a few more basics for my internship (I can wear them with jeans- just tanks and cardigans) and then we stopped at Chipotle (did not agree with my stomach) before heading downtown for the Gator game.

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Gotta get that Ghirardelli hot chocolate when you can!

We met up with Andrew and his girlfriend, Liz, at Fado in Buckhead. It was so packed! I enjoyed people watching, but man, did I feel old. All these styles are coming back in (bodysuits, leotards, Adidas shelltop shoes, overalls, high waisted shorts) and I am so not a fan of the look. Thankfully, I’m 31 now and don’t need to look cool, so I can stick to my Target v-necks. The game was so incredibly long and I don’t like football (hence the reason I was checking out the current trends on all the young girls).

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I was mad at Jon for throwing a fit when I asked him for a picture, so this was me pouting.
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He should have been happier because this picture turned out great!

It finally ended close to 7 and Jon and I had to go check on Laura’s cats. We did that and then went to grab ice cream. It was bedtime by the time we got home from doing all of that, so we basically went straight to bed when we got in.

SUNDAY

I headed to the gym again on Sunday morning. It’s so strange being in a gym with so many machines again! My gym here is probably 5 times the size of my Charleston gym and I was just so used to the simplicity of my Charleston gym. But I decided to try out some back machines and I definitely did get in a good back workout.

I came home and did some schoolwork while Jon hung out with Jackson. Jon had plans in the afternoon so it was just me and my bub!

Once Jackson was up from his nap, my mom and I took him to the park so he could run around. It’s so nice in Atlanta right now- such a welcomed change from Charleston! We had a good time at the park. We even attempted to go on a walk with Jackson, but toddler walks are impossible. We didn’t make it far!

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Watching the skateboarders with Grandma.

Jon got home before Jackson’s bedtime on Sunday, so we hung out around the house for a bit. I was in my pajamas and ready for bed, but Jon wanted ice cream again. I wasn’t feeling well so I knew I should have skipped the ice cream, but I can’t turn it down when we go out! Big mistake! I felt so horrible afterwards. Jon fell asleep as soon as we got home and I was up for an hour feeling like I wanted to die.

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Eating ice cream! Not at a club. Obviously. I’d do my hair for the club.

MONDAY

Labor Day! Also the day Jon had to leave again! Sad face. I skipped the gym in the morning because I wanted to maximize my time with Jon. We had breakfast with Jackson and then decided to go to a coffee shop to do some trip planning.

Everything was closed, so we got stuck at Panera. But we booked our October trip to FRANCE! Our plan had been Eastern Europe (roadtrip from Prague to Tatra Mountains to Budapest) but we slacked and missed the flights. Way too many Skymiles (it was 60,000 last time I looked) so we decided to go to France. I’ve been wanting to go anyway but was set on a fall trip in Eastern Europe since we loved Poland so much, but oh well! Next time! Our plan is to fly into Paris and roadtrip through Alsace and Burgundy and then go into the Alps. We may try to make it out to Normandy, but not sure if we’ll have time. And obviously, cap the trip with a few days in Paris.

We got home and Jon and I headed out almost immediately to go check on Laura’s cats again. We got home right before Jackson’s nap ended, so we hopped in bed in hopes of quick afternoon cat naps. Except my cat snuggled up on Jon and snored the whole time, so I never fell asleep.

Jon left immediately once Jackson was up, so Jackson and I had the evening to ourselves. I managed to get one discussion posting out of the way (took almost three hours with a toddler here). We cooked and had dinner and played outside and had baths.

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Trying to type my discussion with this kid.

My oldest sister, Tonie, came into town last night around 7pm. We hung out on the porch for awhile. She leaves today around three today. I have to intern, so I won’t get to see her much, but she’ll be back in a few days to stay longer.

Another week of interning and work, but I’m going to try and get some workouts in this week. At home and at the gym. I’ve been slacking on home workouts, but I guess with my stomach being such a problem, I’m just way less motivated. Even my workouts at the gym have been much easier than I’m used to.

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I had a decent LAST weekend in Charleston! (Insert major sad face here.) It’s kind of surreal that the last week is finally here. Ever since Jon accepted this job in Charleston back in November, we knew that we’d be doing a long distance marriage for nine months come the end of August. I was hoping to make it back to Charleston quite a bit during the school year, but with Europe approaching in October, I just don’t know exactly how that’ll work. I’m pretty content in Charleston and not really ready to go back to living with my parents and being back in Atlanta quite yet, but it’s time!

FRIDAY

Friday was a productive day! Jackson went to his sitter’s so I spent a little time in the morning doing work for my health and wellness business and then got started on my schoolwork for the rest of the day.

I picked Jackson up earlier than usual (his sitter had plans) and we hung out for a bit at home. In the evening, I was itching to get out of the house after being stuck inside all day. I really wanted to head downtown to get Jeni’s ice cream, but since it was 5pm on a Friday, we just decided to go to Marble Slab. Jackson wasn’t too sold on the ice cream. We hit up TJ Maxx afterwards and then came home to get Jackson ready for bed.

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I did a bunch of work on Friday night for the health and wellness biz. I literally spent like, two hours chatting with a possible future coach and clients. It’s so crazy to be doing work on a Friday night and loving it, but I really enjoy building these relationships with people. I wish I had more time to give this business my all right now.

After I finally quit doing work, Jon and I started watching Ozark on Friday night on Netflix. I wasn’t sold on the first episode because I was really wanting something light and mindless to watch.

SATURDAY

Jon’s coworker passed after a battle with breast cancer last week, so Jon had a funeral to go to on Saturday in Savannah. I was seriously so tired on Saturday morning. I typically go to the gym with Jackson, but instead I laid on the couch and dozed in and out of sleep until 9:15 while Jackson ran around. I woke up and still wasn’t feeling fantastic (I think Jackson and I both caught some sort of cold or other virus this past week), so I put Moana on and Jackson watched the whole movie while I did work in the morning.

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I finally got it together during nap time and showered and ate something substantial. I was living off of my superfoods shakes in the mornings over the last week because my appetite disappeared with whatever bug I caught, so lunch has been my first real meal of the day. When Jackson woke up from his nap, he was super fussy, as usual over the last week. I gave him some Tylenol and threw him in the bath to calm him down. Once his meds kicked in and we had a happy boy, we headed to Barnes & Noble to get out of the house. It would have been great to play outside, but it has been ungodly humid out lately!

Jon got home at five, so Jackson and I planned to get home at the same time. We had some family time and then Jon had errands to run after bedtime and I did some work. Then we binge watched Ozark (binge watching is two episodes for us). I decided I really like the show a lot and we were totally hooked.

SUNDAY

Jackson let us sleep until 7:30 on Sunday! It was fabulous! Jon usually takes the morning shift on Sundays so I can have a slow morning in bed. I just get tired of rolling out of bed and washing a butt and doing breakfast every day. The mornings are always the same. I never stay in bed long, but it’s still nice to lay in my soft sheets and wake up slowly.

It was looking pretty overcast, but I really wanted to have one last beach weekend in Charleston. The beach is totally my happy place and Jackson always loves it too. We went out to Sullivan’s Island near the sandbar so we’d have calm waters for Jackson. He ran out and dug in the sand with his big yellow shovel, and then finally we got in the water and swam a bit. He’s been getting braver and has been wanting to swim. We walked out to the huge sandbar and it was pretty empty, so he ran around for awhile until Jon took him in the waves. He was loving the waves yesterday. He was actually super upset to get out of the water, but it was getting close to nap time. After a quick snack, we loaded up and left.

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Jackson fell asleep within the first five minutes of being in the car. He never does that anymore! Jon and I showered during his nap and had lunch while watching another episode of Ozark.

Jackson woke up in his usual fussy mood (for the week, anyway). We gave him some Tylenol and let him relax with us. He kept refusing to eat and then finally threw up on the kitchen table (lovely). Once he calmed down and ate a banana, we headed out to Target for some bigger swim trunks for him.

We got home and decided to watch an episode of Ozark while Jackson was awake, which was a total mistake. We finally gave up and Jon went to fold laundry with Jackson while I cleaned up the kitchen and floors.

I had to babysit for my sitter for a few hours last night, so I headed over to her house to do that. I got some schoolwork and business stuff done. I got home at 11:30 and slept off and on most of the night.

MONDAY

And now it’s Monday! Today is Day 1 of my new challenge group. So I’m back to grain free eating and no more ice cream! I plan on hitting up the gym Monday-Thursday and then I’ll go back to my home workouts once I leave for Atlanta on Friday. Jackson is with his sitter on Tuesday and Wednesday this week so I can get work done, so I think we’ll spend Monday at the gym and Target. I would try to go to the Children’s Museum this afternoon, but three million people are supposed to be in town for the eclipse, so I bet we’ll just stay at home…

Friday Favorites & Weekly Recap

It’s FRIDAY! It has been a busy week! Jackson’s sitter had some personal issues so didn’t have Jackson this week, and it was tough getting schoolwork done and making progress with my health and wellness business.

I’ve been taking the business slow since I knew school was starting soon, but now I’m really just anxious to be more productive with it on my own. I have a few people starting this next challenge group with me, but I want to run my own. I think over the next month, I’m going to work on getting everything ready to run my own. Hopefully I’ll be into the swing of things by then and it’ll be much more manageable. I’m really loving connecting with other like-minded women and am so excited for the time when I can dedicate more time to the business. Also, the UK launch party is in London the day that Jon and I were planning to fly back from Budapest in October and I think I may be able to swing it to go to the UK launch! I’m really hoping I can make it work because I would love to meet my upline coach and to meet the future UK coaches!

I’m feeling frustrated with my master’s program since most of my assignments are dependent upon discussions with my preceptor. Since I’m not back in Atlanta yet, I haven’t had any discussions with my preceptor yet and it’s halting my assignments. I totally understand that my preceptor is busy with the department and answering my email is not a top priority, but I’m still stressed because I have papers to start on and I can’t until I get information on our departmental budget.

Anyway, back to the week though! I’ve been trying to work in my schoolwork during nap times and in the evenings. We had mornings at the gym (because I need nap time for school!) so that Jackson could get out of the house. He’s been teething and I think he had a bit of a cold, so our afternoons have been pretty miserable. Lots of snuggling and not much of anything productive.

Laura came in town from Atlanta on Wednesday night, so she was here yesterday morning. We went to the Children’s Museum and then hung out at the house while Jackson napped in the afternoon. Laura left around 3:30 yesterday to meet up with her friend who was flying into Charleston, so I had a low-key afternoon.

That is really all that has happened this week! Being back in school has put a damper on doing anything exciting and it’s been stressful trying to juggle school with being a full time mom for the week.

We have a boring weekend ahead. Jon is going to be gone for a funeral all day tomorrow, so it’ll just be Jackson and me all day long. I’m hoping we can head to the beach on Sunday morning and then I can spend the afternoon doing school work. I wish this wasn’t how the last weekend as a family in Charleston was going, but I’m grateful to have my entire family happy, healthy, and alive, so I can’t complain too much.

I’m really hoping to start on Iceland recaps soon! I’ve been so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have to do on the computer and I am still not done with Jon’s Father’s Day album! Ugh! I could spend days on this dang computer and not be caught up on everything!

Alrighty, last of all, I’m not doing a real Friday Favorites because I rarely try anything new, but I had two major finds this week that I was SUPER excited about! If anybody is friends with me on Facebook, you already know about my excitement.

Betabrand Pants

I found pants that fit without being altered! Betabrand are YOGA dress pants! They are awesome! They’re so comfortable and they definitely fit the bill for dress casual! I wish I had found these pants before spending all of that money altering my other dress pants! I bought an XS petite short and they fit great, and I’m 5′ and 100lbs, in case anybody needs a reference. I also found that tons of working moms knew about these pants, but I live in scrubs for work and it has been years since I’ve needed to buy new dress pants. I have one power suit to wear for interviews, and that was what I wore to the two interviews I have been to in the last seven years! Other than that, scrubs FTW!

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Audrey Brooke Ballet Flats

I also found these Audrey Brooke Winny shoes that I LOVE! My right foot is closer to a size 7 and my left foot is closer to a 6.5, so flats never work because my feet are such different sizes. These are so comfortable and they fit both feet! They run big (these are a 6) for sure, but I am just so glad I found flats that work! I was in serious need of some new ones for my internship. I’ve seriously been wearing the same pair of Target flats for almost ten years now and they are ragged. The other pair of flats that I wear are dirty leopard prints flats (also from Target) that Crista was going to throw out and I snagged them. They’re so comfortable because she already wore them in, but they’re in rough shape too! I have a nicer pair, but they’re so uncomfortable and I hate them! They also have a big button on them and I feel like they look too childish to be wearing for business casual.

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This Is Me: Love Yourself Naked 21 Day Challenge

I finally completed my 21 day “This Is Me: Love Yourself Naked” challenge! The challenge included doing my home workout program, checking in with my online group, and drinking my superfoods shake daily. I had planned on following the Shift Shop program, which was 21 days with rest days on Sundays. The workouts increased from 25 minutes sessions in week one, to 35 minute sessions in week two, to 45 minute sessions in week three.

I actually really liked the workouts, but I quickly got bored doing the same moves all the time. I went to the 45 minute workouts almost immediately. I also continued to do my own workouts at the gym, so sometimes I was doubling up on workouts. I think I doubled up maybe 4 days total, just for reference. I took my first rest day on day 9 and had 4 total rest days during the challenge. I ended up switching and doing Shaun Week for the last week instead of Shift Shop (both workout programs), which was a lot of fun! Definitely my style of working out! But both programs had me working way harder than I thought I would at home! Towards the end, I would do either my own gym workouts or Shaun Week, but not both. With school back in session, I just didn’t have the time to double up anymore.

I missed one day of my superfoods shake, which I was fine with. I planned on having it in the evening and felt nauseous by the evening. But I played around with recipes and can honestly say that now I love my shakes! They’re so good! I have wanted to drink two every day because they’re so good! I feel like my energy is a lot more consistent throughout the day. Instead of having a mid afternoon crash every afternoon and needing coffee, I felt pretty energetic! I only had coffee if I was in the mood for it and chose decaf most of the days.

The accountability group definitely kept me more active. During the 21 days, I went back and forth to Atlanta twice (both with Jackson), Jon had surgery on his elbow and couldn’t take care of Jackson at all for two full weeks, we hosted family in town, and I started school again. I guarantee that had it not been for my accountability group, I would have taken way more rest days! I probably would have worked out only a handful of days that entire time. I am super consistent with my activity when I’m home, as I discussed before, but when life gets crazy, I take that time to just let my body rest.

My personal goal for the challenge was to give up grains. I didn’t actually decide that on Day 1, so I had sushi and ice cream on Day 1. It was after that that I decided to cut grains out since I felt so horrible after that meal. Later on, I had part of a brownie one night at Kassie’s birthday celebration, probably 1/3 pan of brownies in one day when we hosted Jon’s family (go big or go home!), and ice cream another night. But anything I ate at home (other than the brownies that one day) was grain free. So, not perfect by any means because I still had dessert, but more in line with how I want to eat again.

While I actually enjoyed the accountability for working out, I didn’t even try to stick to the meal plan for the program. I also feel like this far into my fitness journey, I just don’t need an accountability group. I don’t feel the need to go 21 days without dessert if I want it either. I took rest days when I wanted/needed them and was fine with it. I liked the accountability group and look forward to doing them in the future. Hopefully I’ll find a person to join me each time! I like the energy of being in a group where women are trying to get in shape and want to live a healthier life. I liked checking in daily and feeling encouraged to stay active by other people.

This business has been so motivating, honestly. Although I have generally surrounded myself with other active people through CrossFit or ClassPass, my close friends aren’t necessarily super active. They’re not huge into fitness. That is totally fine, obviously, but becoming a health and wellness coach has opened me up to so many other likeminded people! I love chatting with them and I love our team calls, where I get to talk to people who are motivated about making health a huge part of their lives. I love that these women run these accountability groups (and I will too!) and genuinely care about the health of women that they have never even met! Being in this huge group of other health coaches makes me so excited about the lives that I’ll be able to change in my future.

Now, on to the Before and After photos!

Unfortunately, I left my camera in Atlanta so the quality of my after photos is a little different. Also, I should have had Jon take full body photos, but it’s a little too late to go back and redo them! My goal was obviously not to lose weight. I actually didn’t have any specific goals for my body. My goals for this challenge were to cut out grains, to work out consistently, and to see how this program worked for my body.

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I did cut back a bit on the bloating! Overall, I thought the challenge was great, I loved my shakes, and I am excited to help others reach their goals with this program!

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! Time for a quick weekend update! I’m saving my Richmond recap and my 21 Day Challenge recap for later this week, but they’re coming!

FRIDAY

Friday morning, Jackson and I went to a park with our neighbor and her two year-old son. It was so hot, but thankfully it was kind of overcast. Jackson had a blast running around and he’s definitely getting more daring on the equipment. Makes me a little nervous! We came home to do a quick bath before his nap and he fell right to sleep after all of that running around!

I worked on some schoolwork for a little while and showered while Jackson napped. I was way too hot to go back out to work out in the garage, so I decided to take a rest day and be productive in other areas!

Jon’s twin sister, Jamie Lynn, and her husband and two boys came in town on Friday afternoon. They got here while Jackson was still asleep. We ended up just hanging out at the house Friday evening and the boys all ran around and played outside. It was fun having the cousins in town! We did a quick and easy dinner (Jon smoked wings). We’re such bad hosts and had nothing planned at all for any of the meals!

We all went to bed around 9:30 like the ol’ folks that we are! It was kind of nice to have an early night in bed though!

SATURDAY

I made breakfast on Saturday morning for everybody and we sat around and drank coffee together. I love slow cups of coffee with visitors!

After our breakfast and getting the kids ready, we headed out to the splash pad at one of the county parks around here. We got there as soon as it opened at 10am, and by 10:30 it was so packed! There were two birthday parties happening and Jackson almost got T-boned by a bunch of bigger kids running around numerous times. We decided to play on the playground for a bit before heading home for nap time.

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I did one of my home workouts once Jackson was in bed. It was so humid out! I also realized my weights are different brands and the ends are different sizes, so it felt weird because of the uneven distribution of weight. Why can I not get this weight thing right?! I’m loving my home workouts, oddly enough. Doing them outside is so much better.

Once Jackson was up, we all headed downtown to go to the Children’s Museum. Jamie Lynn’s kids are a little older than Jackson, so our families did our own thing. Jackson usually hangs out in the baby room, but we ventured out and he played outside and we colored in the art room.

Our Saturday evening was pretty low key again. We got home and fed the kids dinner and put them to bed. The big kids (adults) all hung out watching HGTV and were in bed by 11.

SUNDAY

On Sunday, Jamie Lynn’s family left early in the morning. We had a slow morning at home and then Jon and I ran errands. I returned my weights to Wal-Mart so I think we’re finally set now for our weights though!

I spent an hour and a half falling asleep and laying on the couch after we got home from running errands. I needed to work out but lacked all my motivation since I knew we weren’t going to have family time in the afternoon. I finally got myself up and moving, even though I really didn’t want to go to the gym. Glad I made it though! It’s much busier on Sunday afternoons than Sunday mornings, but I still had a really good leg workout.

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Jon wants to make sure everybody knows that he does not sit like that and that he was mimicking Jackson.

I spent my Sunday afternoon doing schoolwork, since our sitter had some personal issues and may not be able to watch Jackson this week. It’s a bummer wasting family time on school, but it’s hard to concentrate on school while Jackson is awake during the day. He requires a lot of attention and wants to get into everything that I’m doing. So, weekends and evenings have become a time of schoolwork already! I just have to remind myself that this will all be over in 9 months!

Jon made us steaks in the sous vide last night, but they ended up not being my favorite. He didn’t let them rest since the recipe said you don’t have to with the sous vide, but then there ended up being blood on my place. It grossed me out too much so I didn’t really eat the steak. Unfortunate, too, because grassfed steaks are not cheap and I hate to waste expensive food!

I went to bed by 9:30 last night. Jon and I were going to watch something on TV together but I couldn’t even think about looking at another screen for any longer after spending my entire afternoon on the computer. An early night in bed was much needed though!

MONDAY

This morning, we woke up and headed to the gym together! Thankfully, Jackson has been in a great mood in the mornings, although our afternoons lately have been pretty rough. I think we’ll head to Barnes & Noble this afternoon. I’m about to put him down for a nap and shower and get more schoolwork done.

The Last Year of Grad School

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! This week is flying by. Yesterday I started back to school! Ahhh! I’m already kind of stressed out looking at all of the assignments for the semester. I just have a hard time picturing a schedule that incorporates work, school, Jackson, fitness coaching, working out, and a long distance marriage that doesn’t run me ragged. And I’m even considering applying to a management position where I work, but I don’t know if I can even fathom that right now. I feel like I’m way under qualified anyway, so maybe I should apply just to feel like I tried.

When I checked my school email yesterday, I had an email from our program coordinator reminding us to apply for graduation! The deadline is October 1st. I can’t believe it’s time to apply for graduation! I know this year is going to be tough, but in nine months, I will be done with this chapter of life. I’m really proud of myself for pursuing this master’s degree. No idea where it’ll lead me, but I’m okay with that right now.

I spent yesterday morning running errands, as always. I returned my horrible adjustable weights to Wal-Mart and opted for two 10lb weights, two 15lb weights, and one 25lb weight. I have 5lbs and I think I may invest in 8lb weights also. Now I have a nice little workout area in my garage!

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I’m kind of bummed that this space is temporary. Since I’ll be moving back in with my parents in a few weeks, I’ll be doing my workouts in one of the bedrooms there. Or I could take them to the deck once it cools off a little bit. But I like this little area. It has been so nice getting my workouts in at home and not having to go to the gym. I still love the gym, but when I’m in a hurry, this has been huge. I’ll discuss this more in my 21 day recap that’s coming up soon.

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Jon and I decided to cancel the surgery to get tubes for Jackson’s ears. Well, Jon decided to. I’m just kind of going with it. He hasn’t had an ear infection in the last few weeks and typically, he’s not too miserable with the ear infections anyway. If Jon doesn’t want to do a surgery, then I’m okay with it.

But speaking of my little terror, life is rough with him lately. We’re in a huge hitting phase and it is driving me insane. He also is throwing tantrums when I pick him up and flails his body around. The kid is a big boy! He can be hard to handle. I’m feeling like I need to read some parenting books on how to handle these outbursts in a way that he’ll understand at this age. I definitely feel myself getting impatient and frustrated much more easily than I’d like at times. If we have a slow day at home, I can handle anything. I don’t get frustrated at all. But when we’re in a hurry or I’m trying to do stuff, he really gets on my nerves.

Last night, my neighbor (Ashley) was having a gender reveal party. I picked Jackson up from his sitter and got dinner together before we headed over there around 5:30. We ended up staying until close to 7pm. It was fun! I’m feeling sad about leaving Charleston! I know I haven’t met a ton of people here yet, but I have met a few people and I’m just content with where we are right now. I want to stay and pursue friendships with the people that I’ve met and build up more of a network.

Anyway, I should be hopping off of here. I’m trying to get some schoolwork done and I have a feeling Jackson will be up soon. I plan on making some Paleo pumpkin muffins this afternoon. Jon should be home around 4:30 and I’m excited to see him. I was in Atlanta all weekend and then Jon stayed in Savannah last night, so I haven’t spend any time with him lately. My sister-in-law and her family will be here tomorrow night.

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! This past weekend was a pretty busy one!

Jackson and I left for Atlanta on Friday morning. The drive took so long because my McPooperson didn’t stop pooping along the way!

When I got to Atlanta, I got ready really fast before heading out to Blue Moon Pizza for Kassie’s 31st birthday celebration. We rode together since we’re both staying with our parents and they only live a few minutes away from each other.

Kassie’s birthday dinner was a lot of fun. It’s always nice for everybody to get together and just catch up. We ended up hanging out for a few hours before we all headed home by 10pm, just like the old folk that we are.

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Kassie and me.
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Gina and Laura.

I was up pretty early Saturday morning with Jackson. I was on call at work from 7a-11a but didn’t get called in, thankfully. I hung out and did some work on the computer and drank my coffee slowly until Jon arrived in Atlanta around 10:45. Once Jackson went down for his nap, Jon and I ran to Target and Kohl’s before we both went our separate ways.

My friend, Alex, was in town this weekend. We’ve been best friends since high school, although she moved to Connecticut five years ago and I haven’t seen her since. Laura and I met up with her for the afternoon. We started at Atlanta Bread Company for some lunch and then ran some errands for Alex at Home Goods. We decided to head to Ponce City Market (a new-ish shopping/living district in the old Sears, Roebuck & Co building) since Alex had never been there before.

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One of the stores has a white backdrop for photos so we snapped a few and then went for coffee at my favorite place ever, Dancing Goats. They brew Batdorf & Bronson coffee and I love their coffee beans. I stock up on their decaf when I come to Atlanta so I can brew it in Charleston.

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I was so tired since I didn’t sleep well the night before, so I headed home for the evening.

Shockingly, I still did one of my Shift Shop workouts for the night. I had planned on taking a rest day but ended up doing my workout because of my This Is Me: Love Yourself Naked challenge. I bought cheap adjustable weights at Wal-Mart though and they’re so bad. I’m going to have to return them, but I made them work since I didn’t have anything else.

I had to work from 7a-3p on Sunday, so I woke up nice and early to head into work. It was a super slow day and my supervisor actually called to let me leave at 2pm, so I got home a bit early. I had thought about meeting up with Crista, but I was kind of pooped when I got home. I’m just too old for so much fun in one weekend!

I spent Sunday night hanging out with my parents and Jackson and doing another workout for my challenge group. I’m almost two weeks into the challenge, so maybe on Tuesday when I get back to Charleston, I’ll have Jon snap some quick photos and do a two week update!

It’s Monday morning now and I just put Jackson down for his nap. We ran some errands this morning and I got my workout in while he was still awake, surprisingly! We have a vet appointment for Rascal at 2:30 and then I’m meeting up with Laura and Alex for dinner. Tomorrow I head back to Charleston!

 

 

This Is Me: Love Yourself Naked Challenge Week One

Hey guys! I’ve been doing the “This Is Me: Love Yourself Naked” challenge for a full week now. I’ve actually really enjoyed the challenge group, surprisingly. I figured I’d do weekly rundowns during this challenge so I can track my progress.

Over the last few months, I’ve been working out regularly because I’ve had tons of free time. Going to the gym is a huge priority when I’m home. But that’s the problem- it’s a huge priority when I’m home. I work out five days a week when I’m home, and then I don’t work out at all when I’m out of town. I spend quite a bit of time out of town so that’s a lot of days where I’m not fitting in my gym time!

With this challenge, I have to work out everyday, but I can do it at home. I also have to drink my superfood packed protein shakes every day. Each workout program has a meal plan with it (including all of the recipes), but I’m not following the meal plan. I actually love the meal plan with my program though because it’s grain free and that is huge to me! But in order to make this program doable for me, I just can’t be spending that much time on food. So I’m sticking with some old trusty faves and just worrying about getting in my workouts and my shakes.

I check in to my challenge group daily on Facebook. This has actually been one of the best parts for me because it holds me accountable. I actually went to the big girl gym on Friday and Saturday this week but then I still had to do my workout program at home to count it for my challenge. There have been a few days where working out definitely wouldn’t have happened had I not been in the group too. The day Jon had surgery on his elbow? I worked out at 8pm and absolutely did not want to. But I have a group holding me accountable, so I did it.

Aside from working out daily, I’ve cleaned up my eating too. I’ve been wanting to give up grains for a long time again (I fell off the grain-free wagon when I got pregnant and Jackson is 17 months old now soooo…) and even with Jon doing the keto diet, I was still holding onto a few grain-filled items. Because I want to see results in this challenge, I’ve finally given up grains again. Aside from two sushi rolls and ice cream on Day 1 (I was hanging out with Laura), I’ve stayed grain free and have cut out all desserts. I’ve even eaten out two other times and didn’t give in. This is the first six days being grain free since I was pregnant. I cannot even begin to tell you how much better I feel.

I also think the last big push to cutting out grains again was how I felt when I was eating them. I had cleaned up my diet a bit lately so I wasn’t eating grains regularly. So when I did eat them, I really felt it. After having sushi and ice cream with Laura on Day 1, I went home and was all out of sorts, as I typically am when I pack grains and sugar into the end of my day. My heart was racing, I felt gross, and I couldn’t sleep. This happens every time I eat grains now, so I knew I just needed to cut them out again. And the bloat was getting unreal at the end of every day when I wasn’t eating clean.

So, one week in and I feel great. I actually love the protein shakes. The chocolate tastes like dessert and today I made a frappe out of the cafe latte flavor and some cold coffee. I’ve been rocking my workouts at home, even though I still don’t love working out at home. And the push to clean up my diet was much needed and it feels so nice not to look pregnant by the time bedtime rolls around every day because of bloat.

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Frappe made with Cafe Latte protein powder, cold coffee, and ice.

I’ll post the official “Before” and “After” pictures once the challenge is over, but I decided to get a nice Day 7 photo with Jackson since he came outside with me for my workout.

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