Baby J worked so hard that he fell asleep!
(Baby J worked out so hard that he fell asleep!)
Our children are sponges. And their early years are so important to their lives. So anyone that knows me, should know that my baby, and my future ones, will see health as being a regular part of life. Exercise will not be a chore, just something we do. My baby is NOT an excuse to let my health suffer. My family is my reason to be healthy and thrive!
As a trainer, I’ve talked to so many women who have busy lives because of their families. They don’t have time or energy because of life’s challenges, and their health ends up suffering because of it. They put on weight and can’t get it off. They get little sleep. They put their needs in the background to focus on others. Before I had a baby, I couldn’t understand. And even now, I still ain’t completely feeling it. (Though that sleep deprivation is real!)
My baby is 2 months old now. And he requires A LOT of attention. It is crazy. He cries, poops, slobbers, spits up, needs hugs, wants to eat, and MORE! This kid (and I’m sure all kids) is a handful. But I still can’t see completely subtracting ME because I added HIM. I had no qualms about changing my life. But in no way was I gonna COMPLETELY lose myself.
I just it helps the whole family when mom stays healthy, physically and mentally. How can you have a healthy family when you’re not healthy? Where would your children learn healthy behaviors? My child(ren) will see vitality, not disease and obesity.
I cannot imagine giving up working out. I’ve just added the baby to my workout. I strap him into his baby carrier and walk, squat, lunge, or do the stairs. Now that he’s big enough, he will be my running partner as I clock some mileage. It just takes a little creativity, but if you want to stay healthy and fit, you will. If you don’t, you won’t. It’s pretty simple.
I am a big proponent on “anybody will benefit from a trainer”, even a trainer. And I couldn’t wait to start working out with mine. I did some initial strength building on my own to set the stage for my trainer to kick my butt. And MAN! did he kick my butt!
When I get in the gym, I’m on a time constraint. But even with 30-40 min, Phil has been able to design an effective and challenging workout. The use of BOSU and stability balls and interval training straight beat me down. But I LOVED it! I can’t wait to see what the end result will be!
It really doesn’t take much time, space, or equipment to get a good home workout in. It does take some self motivation (for me, quite a bit), but fitness at home is possible.
Yesterday I did a good upper body workout with just one 10 lb kettlebell and a mat. After I put my bundle of
cry joy down for a nap, I was able to knock out pushups, triceps extensions, biceps curls, kettlebell swings, and Russian twists.
Since I am rebuilding my strength, a 10 lb weight is fine. But after a while, it will no longer be effective and I’ll have to add to my fitness stash. No excuses peeps!
Everywhere you look there is something or someone talking about the latest diet or fad. Well I ain’t going. I ain’t counting calories. I eat carbs, sugar, and fat. And I eat as much as necessary.
Don’t get me wrong, I have dieted. I used to measure and check calories and weigh my proteins. But that got tedious. And that’s exactly why I knew that I couldn’t really do figure competitions. I just wasn’t interested in the restrictions that dieting requires.
When I shifted my eating to more of a plant based diet, I figured out that dieting was pointless anyways. I would grab a handful of kale…or eyeball the necessary amount of frozen mangoes…or add a touch of seasalt. I’d cook and season to taste. Then I’d eat to taste too. Basically eating a bunch of living foods, limiting the process stuff, and exercising, I’ve learned that dieting (for me)isn’t necessary. I’ve learned to read my body’s signals and just use that as my guide. Now I do understand that many ppl need the guidance and restrictions that diets give. But learning how to follow your body’s signals is so freeing (IMO.)
July 14, 2014, my life completely changed when I welcomed my first child, Jeremiah, into the world. My priorities are different. My sleep schedule is crazy. My body and fitness goals are completely different. But regardless my drive to stay healthy and keep my family healthy are the same.
I decided to start blogging again. Basically to journal my journey back to fitness while juggling a new baby, husband, work, and sleep deprivation. Next week is my 6 week check up, and after that, I’m hitting the ground full throttle. I’ve been doing a lil sumthin sumthin, but I didn’t wanna push things until I got the “all clear.” Just know, it’s about to be on and poppin’ soon. And I will be bringing ppl along with me on this journey. So they better get ready too!
As I sit here racking what little brain capacity I have left for this blog post for inspiration, I am reminded WHY I am so drained. It is now after 9 pm at night, and I have literally been moving since 4:30 am this morning. Before I start my work day at the gym, I jump up, make my guy some tea and myself some coffee. I am also knocking the sleep out of my eyes while I frantically try and have breakfast and make enough food to last my boyfriend and I all day while we are working. After running around for an hour, packing and prepping, we are off to the gym…where I am from 6 am-6 pm training myself and clients. In my breaks, I manage to go to the bank, the chiropractor, to buy a work shirt, the grocery store, and eat a couple of meals. (I am tried just typing about my day!!)
I finally get home after 7 pm, but my day is NOT done. I still have to cook dinner, while unpacking the groceries. And after dinner, I am fixing food for tomorrow’s lunches and part of our dinner (which includes some beans, baked potatoes, broccoli, and quinoa. I have no idea what kinda meals I will be making, but I know I have enough cooked food to make my life easier.) I know that tomorrow is crazy busy with my day starting at 6 am and not ending until 9 pm because on top of work I also have football practice…whew! So since I know that tomorrow is crazy busy, and I know that I will be tired, I do as much tonight to ease that burden.
Ok, with ALL of that said…my life is BUSY!! But in spite of all that, I still make time to eat healthy at just about every meal and workout and stretch. People are always complaining about not having enough time to workout or how cooking a healthy meal is too hard. Well I would venture to say that I have as much time as most people, if not less, but I still get it done. It does take a lot of organization and wherewithal, but it is definitely doable IF it is a priority. I know regardless of what is going on, I will treat my body right and I will will offer my clients awesome service. No matter what has to happen, what time I have to wake up, and how much coffee I consume, alla my daily tasks will get done. Anyways, I gotta check on these potatoes before I crash. But I will leave you with some parting words…just git errrr done!!