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

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

I know it’s Tuesday, but life is back to it’s usual craziness! I already talked about the actual move on Friday, so here goes the rest of the weekend! I took like, three pictures all weekend so this long post is not going to be very pleasing to look at. Oops!

SATURDAY

Jon was in town on Saturday morning, so we got up early and I ran to Whole Foods while he did breakfast with Jackson. As soon as I got home, we headed up to the outlets to get more basic shirts for my internship. I found a few plain tank tops and a few new sweaters. I think I have enough to make it through a year. I’m only interning two days a week, at most, so a few sweaters and tanks and I’m all set.

I started cooking on Saturday afternoon and Jon was going to head out to run errands for me, but had car troubles. Put a bit of a damper on our afternoon. We were able to run to the park with Jackson for a bit in the afternoon, but we had to be back during the day so he could see what was going on with his truck.

I did a quick Piyo workout video, but really, I ended up mostly stretching more than following along. My body was still so sore.

Jon and I caught up on Bachelor in Paradise on Saturday night and I was in bed by 10pm.

SUNDAY

I worked 7a-11a on Sunday and then I was free! I was on call until 3 but didn’t get called in, thankfully. I ran to Whole Foods again because I forgot cottage cheese on Saturday morning (also still forgot hummus).

I got home and Jon was getting ready to leave. I was so sad! I knew I’d be sad about the distance but it was much harder than I thought. I’m okay being away from him, but with a kid, it’s totally different. I just feel bad that Jackson doesn’t get time with his daddy and that they’ll only have Saturday during the day and Sunday mornings together for so long. It was definitely a hard goodbye, even though Jon will be back this Friday. I think the initial goodbye was just the hardest since we aren’t into the swing of things yet.

Gina came over after Jon left. We hung out at home and got some stuff done and then went to Panera for lunch. I can’t say that I enjoy eating out with Jackson, but that’s the phase of life we’re in!

I’ve been having some issues with my stomach lately. Every time I eat, I get nauseous and gassy and have stomach pain. My appetite has been really decreased and I’m just not feeling right at all. It started Wednesday and was really bad Thursday morning when I went to meet up with Lisa and Nora. After Panera, I felt so awful. Ugh.

I had to prepare lunches for daycare and work and get Jackson’s diapers ready for daycare. I was trying to figure out what needed to be done the next morning. I was in bed by 10pm again!

MONDAY

Back to the grind! Up at 5:40 to get myself and Jackson ready. We got him to his first day of daycare and he did great at drop off. Definitely a little unsure, but toys distracted him.

I felt so awful on my way to the hospital. I had to stop at Target for a notebook and noticed I had blood in my stool and was just feeling awful. I can still function- it’s not like I just need to lay down, but it is not a pleasant feeling.

My first day of my internship was good. I’m actually pretty excited about it. It was busy but I liked attending the meetings and seeing what was happening. The time flew by and it was 4pm before I knew it.

I picked up Jackson from daycare. He did pretty well during the day there. He just wanted Mama snuggles though when I got him and it was so sweet. And he was in such a good mood when we got home! We didn’t get home until after five, so much later than I’m used to.

We ate dinner and cleaned up dishes and did laundry and the usual adult things. I got Jackson ready for bed and put him down a little early since I’m waking him up a bit earlier now.

I spent almost two hours writing a discussion post and working on my clinical log and then watched Bachelor in Paradise and hit that sack around 11pm.

TUESDAY

We had a slower morning today since it’s my off day this week. I dropped Jackson off a little while ago and it didn’t go as smoothly. He was eating breakfast with his friends when I left and they were all digging in and Jackson was just kind of looking at his food and seemed unsure of his yogurt/banana combo. He started crying when I kissed him goodbye and clung to me. I know I’ve spent tons of days away from him, but it still breaks my heart when he cries when I leave. I wish I could stay and snuggle him all day!

I’m heading out to the doctor this morning about my stomach. I don’t feel as terrible this morning, but still nauseous and lacking an appetite. This just seems way different than my usual nausea/not feeling well illnesses. Not sure what’s going on. I want to get this resolved and get back to working out. I don’t want to work out when it’s hard to eat food though, because I have to work tomorrow and Friday and intern on Thursday, so I can’t be depleting myself of all of my energy!

Then I’ll spend all day working on assignments! Probably won’t have tons of time since I doubt I’ll get home until later with this appointment, but at least I’ll get a little uninterrupted time!

 

New Toddler Do & Moving Week

Hey  guys! It’s been a stressful week, but I thought I’d come leave a super quick update instead of having such sparse blog posts.

Jackson went to his sitter’s house on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I spent the days working on a paper. I snuck in workouts at the gym on Tuesday morning and on Wednesday afternoon before my massage (at the chiropractor). I hung out with Jon in the evenings and tried to soak in the last of our time together. And we binge watched Bachelor in Paradise!

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Jackson trying on my jewelry one morning.

On Thursday morning, I had a playdate with Lisa and Nora. I decided to swing by and get Jackson’s hair cut before we all met at the Firetruck Museum in North Charleston. The girl who cut his hair this time let me hold him, so it was much better this time around! He did great. He looks like such a big boy with this haircut! I had them go super short so we don’t have to bother with it again for awhile.

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We got to the museum by 9:30 and Jackson ran around until it opened. Lisa and Nora showed up a few minutes after us. They opened at 10 and once we went in, Jackson just wanted to climb the stairs and this metal climbing wall that they have there. I swear, all he wants to do anymore is climb!

We left in time for him to fall asleep in the car. I watched TV and ate lunch during his nap. I decided to finally start packing for Atlanta, which I thought would be a quick task! Wrong! I hadn’t been able to go through my clothes in awhile since I was pregnant and then my body was so different postpartum. I did get rid of a ton of clothes when we moved, but I was hanging onto things that I was unsure about. I ended up getting rid of a huge laundry basket full of clothes! Then I had to get Jackson up early to go to the dermatologist. I figured I might as well get a skin check since I have so many moles and was calling to set an appointment for Jon.

I loved the dermatologist I saw. She took off three moles. She was concerned about one, but I think that despite it being atypical, it has been like that for my entire life. Hopefully it comes back okay. The other two I had removed because they bother me- one is always sensitive when my shirts rub over it or when I get massages, and the other is near my bra line and was raised up, so I was always rubbing it and irritating it.

We went straight from there to my last chiropractic visit, which I’m sad about! It has made such a huge difference in my back pain and when I missed appointments with Iceland and being out of town for my Vermont trip, my back pain started coming back. Hopefully with strength training and having some of the issue resolved, it’ll continue to get better.

Once I got home with Jackson, we started packing again. I finished going through clothes and trying outfits on for my internship and figuring out what I could possibly wear. I bought some tank tops (for cheap) thinking they’d be good, but they’re too flowy and look weird with sweaters. I really like the shirts, so at least I can still wear them on a daily basis. So I think I just need to get some basic tops that aren’t so tight. I don’t really like tight shirts anymore anyway, but I guess that’s what I used to wear.

I was kind of sad packing up to leave. I don’t even know when I’ll be back in Charleston, but leaving Jackson’s room where we do bedtime as a family and our guest bedroom where I do all of my work… I always felt like Atlanta was home because my life has been in Atlanta for so long… Even when I did travel nursing and saw so many places I loved, I just never felt like anywhere else could be home. But now that my whole (immediate) family was together in another location, it did feel like home somewhere else. I liked my play dates there and the park and I got used to our townhouse. I’m ready for life with my husband again and I’m not even done with my first day away!

I woke up early this morning so that Jackson and I could get on the road. We left by 9am and got home (to my parent’s house) around 3:15. I never go near Atlanta when I come back here, but today my GPS said it was 30 minutes faster so I went with it. Big mistake! I hit stop and go traffic at 1:50 and Jackson was so fussy and I was so irritated. I even told him to shut up (horrible mother moment- like, he’s 1 1/2- I need to learn to control myself!). We stopped at a rest area right before we hit traffic but he wasn’t poopy, didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to walk around… Just wanted to be held. Ugh. The traffic reminded me that I never, ever, ever want to move back to the metro-Atlanta area. Once this 9 months is up, we’re out of here for good!

Jackson had a tough afternoon, but I did get everything unpacked. I had to make some more space in the kitchen and put all my clothes away. I washed all my sweaters so I won’t smell like a stale closet if I wear them. I tried to get in a workout, but I made it through 20 minutes and quit. Jackson was into everything and I was not motivated at all and my body just felt tired. And I drank a huge shake beforehand because I was starving and it was not sitting well! Oh well. Tomorrow’s a new day. Jackson had a hard time going to sleep tonight. I think he’s really old enough to know he’s in a new place, and we switched his bedroom at my parent’s house so he’s in my dad’s office now, so I think it really throws him off.

Anyway, Jon should be here soon. I was going to run to Whole Foods tonight when he gets here, but I don’t know if I’ll have time. And I don’t want to anyway! I need to run to the outlets tomorrow and see if I can find some basic shirts and I need to go grocery shopping and get everything together for Monday. I work on Sunday (7a-11a, and call 11a-3p- hoping I don’t get called in!) and Gina is coming over Sunday afternoon. So, I hope

The Time I Went to an Eye Doctor in Iceland

I promise, I will get to cool trip recaps soon, but this experience has to be remembered!

One of the days that Laura and I were in Iceland, I was getting in the car and felt something get in my eye. It hurt really bad, but then it went away completely and I never saw anything when I looked in the mirror.

Two days later (the day before we left), I was doing my make up (literally one of the only days I put on makeup there) and noticed that I had something embedded in the white part of my eye. It hadn’t really bothered me too bad, but I did feel like something was in there.

Of course, over the course of the evening, the pain got much worse. My eye was swollen and painful and it had gone from nothing to really bad in just a few hours. I decided to call the eye doctor in the US to see what they recommended and they basically said if anything was embedded in my eye, they would get it looked at before getting on the plane where the pressure changes. We went back and forth for awhile like, “Should we really waste our last night for this?” Of course, Google told me I was losing my eye and how it was an emergency.

In the end, we decided just to go to an urgent care. I bought traveler’s insurance before I left (which ended up being useless) so I felt like it was no big deal.

The urgent care seemed pretty decent. Everything moved fast. An elderly guy took us back to the room, which still had a dirty paper covering the table when he asked me to climb up.

Let me preface this by saying that I hate eyes! I cannot stand eye injuries at work. It makes me so squeamish. I hate people touching my eyes! I can’t even put eyedrops in my eyes (I do wear contacts sometimes, but that’s totally different). I get super nervous anytime anybody tries to do anything with me eye.

So he had my climb onto the table and he numbed up my eye and I was already pulling away and blinking. Then he took tweezers to get it out and I was super nervous. I kept asking him for just a second so I could recollect myself but he would just keep digging in my eye. I finally got to a point where I figured if I covered my other eye and looked away, I couldn’t see his tweezers and it helped. He said he got the big chunk out but that there was still some left. Then he came at me with this sharp tool and I got super nervous. Laura was kind of making jokes to try to lighten to the mood for me and I was nervous laughing.

The doctor got kind of offended and reminded me that he’s a doctor and he knows what he’s doing and if I didn’t like it, I could leave. I was like, “I know! I’m just really nervous. Eye injuries really freak me out. But I’ll let you do it.” I was already crying, so Laura was like, “Can we just have a minute to go to the bathroom so she can calm down?” and I was like, “No! That’s okay!” because clearly, this guy didn’t have patience for that and also, that wouldn’t have helped me.

So as I’m finally about to lay down, the doctor is like, “You’re in here laughing and screaming and kicking your feet! I’m a doctor and I know what I’m doing! If you don’t like it, get out!!!” I was so shocked that he totally just yelled at me, like, legitimately yelled at me, that I just left without saying anything other than maybe “I’m not staying here to deal with this.”

I cried for like, the next hour. It was totally dramatic, but I was so upset because I was so anxious about going there because of how nervous eyes make me and then to get yelled at?! It’s not like I’m a child! I was so furious.

In the end, I chalked it up to cultural differences. My guess is that Icelandic women are probably more stoic than American women and because care there is assigned, there is no competition for doctors. They don’t get paid the same and they don’t need to earn their business. So they can be complete dicks and it doesn’t matter. In the US, we’re all about patient ratings and making the patient happy. I’m sure he thought we were making real jokes about the situation and so he was offended, but still, I was totally put off by the experience.

I don’t know that I’d ever want to seek out medical care in another country after that!

By the way, when I got home, I had to drive from Atlanta to Charleston and could barely see. My eye was so swollen and goopy and painful. The next day, I went to an eye doctor here and had to wait for an hour and a half with Jackson, but the experience was much better! They were totally understanding and calm and it took 30 seconds for them to get the rest of the object out of my eye.

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When I finally got home from flying into Atlanta and driving 5 hours to Charleston. Cute photo!

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.

Before and After_Fotor RESIZE

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!