A Gym Isn’t Necessary

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As much as I LOVE the gym, we had to put our love affair on hold…for the moment. In the meantime, I’ve grown to appreciate my home gym. Especially as we add pieces to it. I suggest to anyone who says that they hate the gym…don’t go. Save that $35-40 and invest in your home gym. All that money that ppl pay to a gym membership that they don’t even use can buy some pretty nice pieces for the house. Find what fits your life. Excuses can get ta steppin!

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Life’s Surprises

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If I would have asked my 24 yr old self what I would be doing at 34, stay at home mom would NOT be the answer. I could foresee a mom, but definitely still working at somebody’s company. What this little person has taught me in his 3.5 months on this earth is that working copious hours a week…nah…I’m no longer bout that life…especially for someone else.

So it’s really time to hunker down and get this online business going. My family gets to have the best of me, not a job.

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Psshhttt….I ain’t got time for excuses!

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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!

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Healthy Mom, Healthy Family

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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.

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Fun With My New Trainer

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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!

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Gettin It Done Regardless

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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!

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I DON’T Diet!

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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.)

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