self-care? i never valued the importance of self-care at the beginning of motherhood. i began my role as a mom at the young age of 23. i loved being a young mom. my first 2 children are 10 months apart. they are the same age for 6 weeks. i know, i know. what was i thinking, right? to be honest, i wouldn’t do it any other way. however, i think being so young left the odds ever in my favor. their early years (newborn-toddler were a breeze!) i swear, the morning i turned 30, everything changed. i felt the weight of all the responsibility and worry suffocating me. the end of my 20s and beginning of my 30s brought anxiety, depression, OCD, and feeling empty. it was time to give up the mom guilt and take care of myself again.Read More
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so here i am. i am one month into my figure competition training. so far, so good. i checked my measurements two weeks in. i am down 5 inches total. i have actually GAINED 6 pounds! who knew? the hardest part is learning to balance being a stay at homemom, wife, and my gym schedule. there are days that are harder than others, but i’m pushing through.Read More
i’m coming up on 3 weeks of training for my show. i feel well adjusted to my diet changes. i searched for some easy meal options. the protein bars ready-made are loaded in sugars and extra carbs. added sugars do not fit into my meal plan. added sugars would kill my fitness goal, too. i decided to experiment in the kitchen today. i threw together some yummy, clean ingredients and came up with this!Read More
one of my two favorite cookies growing up was chocolate peanut butter no-bakes. this will sound like a brag, but my no-bakes are amazing. but i don’t need all the extra sugar, calories, and fat while training for my figure competition. i subbed in healthier ingredients and took out the refined sugars.Read More
i was up early this morning. we had some bad storms move through and i couldn’t sleep. i was scrolling through my phone. i saw a comment posted by an amazing fellow mommy blogger, maria. i connected with maria via a mom bloggers facebook group. she is bravely sharing her story of being a wife, mom of 3, and dealing with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. i was reading her encouraging words and realized she nominated me for the blogger recognition award. i was overwhelmed with emotion.
i’m taking a break from the usual fitness post today. my daughter reminded me National Teacher Appreciation Week is soon. National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-May 12 this year. the National Education Association celebrates National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make in our lives.”Read More
ok, ladies. let’s get real. weight lifting will not make you bulky. weight lifting will not “tone” your body, either. those two concerns from clients drove me banana sandwich. we are female. our bodies are not made to bulk like men.Read More
i miss my 20s at times. life was so care-free. i would walk my happy butt into the gym with only my water, protein, and iPod–it was well before the smart phone era. i am totally showing my age with the iPod reference. i now rock my gym bag like a mother(of 3). i make an attempt to be prepared/organized. it’s not always perfect, but i never leave home without these 5 things stashed in my gym bag.Read More
happy monday all you lovelies. i hope everyone enjoyed another fabulous weekend. i am thrilled spring is finally here. we braved a winter storm on friday. we enjoyed a beautiful 80* sunny day by sunday. the weather here in pennsylvania is straight up hormonal.Read More