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Surviving the Weekend

It’s getting close to that time again when weekends are filled with holiday festivities and more drinks amd treats. Now, you’ve been working SO hard this year to make a point of good health and consistent fitness, you don’t want to throw that away for a holiday party do you? (I know you don’t πŸ˜‰).

1. Substitute. Try this for that. A desert or some fresh fruit. Salad over bread. Have a vodka soda over a beer or sugary cocktail. 

2. Portion control / moderation / balance. Whatever you want to call it… you can have just a little bit. 1 square instead of the whole tray. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ 

3. Bring the healthy snack! If you’re worried about snacking, bring a vege plate or scour Pinterest for some simple, healthy recipes. 

4. Make exercise/activity a non-negotiable. Set aside at least 30 minutes each day to be active.  

5. Start a fit challenge with your friends! Invite them to a step challenge, or a workout challenge. Aka TAKE INITIATIVE.

6. Understand that you will make sacrifices. BUT, as a piece of perspective…you’ve been working out the last few months, you’re sacrificing your hard work by eating shit, over drinking and over indulging.

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Saturday Flow

Saturday mornings are my FAVOURITE.  This one especially. The powers been out in town which means no TV or distractions.  As Nic ran around town trying to find breakfast, mini man joined me for a workout.  

Ive done pretty good staying motivated buuut I’ve hit a plateau again at the end of this week which means time for a change! Its been a while since putting myself on a written program so that’s what I did 😊 starting today, I’m on a new 3/4 week program, with a 3/4 day split πŸ‘Œ I’m actually really excited to have a plan…no bullshit or procrastinating when I workout. Sometimes having my minion makes it hard to stay on track, but this way I can make it happen easier and I already feel more set up and intentional 😊 
Im really excited to share my progress with you guys over the next few weeks 😊 

I’ve changed it up a bit and am doing: 

Day 1, back/core/shoulders

Day 2, legs

Day 3, arms/chest 

with a fourth option of additional shoulders/glutes/core depending on my week! 

My goal is to allow enough recovery time to optimize my gains. Textbook says no longer than 72 hrs between workouts (for specific muscle groups) so this should work great! 

Each day has 8-12 exercises (with some combos) so I can complete every day, no excuses or issues with time! Im also being VERY intentional to do 4 days of cardio in addition to my weights. 

If you’re wasting time in the gym lost and confused (πŸ˜›) feel free to send me a message about program planning! You can check out my options in my store too 😊😊

Happy Saturday! 

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What I Had to SacrificeΒ 

I’m currently just over 3 months post partum and have lost 24 lbs and am sitting only 1% out of my pre-baby body composition (yay for muscle gain!) I’ve lost 4 inches in my waist, 1.5 inches per thigh, and 2 inches in my hips. I’ve been focusing really hard on muscle gain and functional cardio (running and hiking). These changes aren’t huge I guess…but for me, it means I’ve almost restored my pre baby body  (just in time to have another right? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ kidding). Im not there yet, but I know I will be soon πŸ’•

These changes have felt glacial and have come with sacrifices…a lot of sacrifices haha. After being pregnant for 9 months there were definitely things I needed to get in my body…if I’m being candid, it was mostly just alcohol and mac and cheese but I’ve maintained a healthy balance between good and not so good. After that quick purge, I knew it was time to get serious if I wanted to accomplish my goals. A few areas I’ve made sacrifices are…

1. Staying on the move. With a new baby that loves to cuddle it can be hard to put him down but it’s important to take this time to get stuff done and care for yourself. My baby carrier has been my best friend. I walk, he sleeps…its a win win. The more I do, the more energy I have. If he’s fussy, bouncing him with squats works way better than sitting on the couch crying with him because I can’t solve his issue. 

2. I reduced my gluten intake drastically. Although living gluten free/no grain carbs isn’t sustainable for me…reducing them is. I cut out bread and baked goods and sub in vegetable noodles for pasta. Ive noticed a HUGE difference in how I look and feel. 

3. No beer/wine/hard teas. Okay…Ill have the occasional one but I have subbed in gin and soda and drastically reduced the amount of alcohol. 

4. I am committed to working out. I balance weight training and functional cardio to optimize my fat burning and improve my body composition. Unfortunately walking isn’t enough work to really change my body so I have to put the work in. I workout every day but Sunday. Sometimes I get an hour, sometimes 20 minutes…it really doesn’t matter but you have to make it count. 

5. No eating past 730pm. Im usually up late so I cut myself off past 730pm unless its a special occassion. This means I have to eat enough throughout the day or I’ll get hungry. If I do a late workout I will drink a small protein shake because…gains haha but be smart about it. Late night snacking is a killer.

That’s all I can think of for now haha at the end of the day, you have to make your own magic…good shit comes to those that work their ass off (in this case literally πŸ˜‚). If you’re working hard and not seeing changes, its time to mix up your routine or make another sacrifice (sorry not sorry). Balance and sustainability are so important to keep in mind while you’re assessing your situation and sacrifices. Make choices you know are GOOD for your body πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Finding your post baby confidenceΒ 

No matter how healthy your pregnancy may be, the post baby body can be a hard adjustment. Unless you are a unicorn, your tummy skin will be different, you may have some left over water weight and some left over fat gain.

If you’re anything like me this is a frustrating and sometimes defeating point with your body. Its hard to find time to exercise and if you remember to eat, you might find it hard to make time. I’ve mastered the bottle in one hand, fork in another πŸ˜‚ but it’s crazy hard balancing personal health/wellness while focussing on this tiny human. Remember…your wellness (and sanity) are important to your family. For me, feeling good is SO important. A happy mindset is the most important component to my wellness. Feeling good is a game changer. 

Now…finding confidence with a post baby body…

Keep a positive mindset. You just did the most amazing thing in the world. You grew, nurtured and cared for this being during pregnancy and every second after. You pushed through wild pain, endured sleepless nights, long days and more. You are a powerful, wonderful warrior. Tell yourself that daily.

Prioritize your health! No matter what point you’re at (pregnant, 4 weeks post partum or a year post partum), it is time to prioritize your health. This means exercising and eating well (and enough) amongst other things. Some days I get to workout alone in the gym, some days I work out in my living room while Maddox fusses and other days we run/hike/walk together. No matter how much work, wife or mom I do in a day, I always make time to exercise because it feels good and I know I’m one day stronger and tighter. 

If you know you’re carb crazy or have a sweet tooth, reduce the amount of these foods in your house and get your family on board. Support will make all the difference. Meal prepping makes for better days in my house. 

Do something nice for yourself.  I’ve gone back to gettin my nails done…I don’t make time for fancy hair on a regular day… now it’s definitely not happening haha but pick something you can maintain that makes you feel pretty and isn’t a pain in the ass to do

Focus on what you love, not what you want to change. I love my legs and πŸ‘…so I focus on that. When I workout I focus on improving my muscle mass, not making my tummy perfect again. Just like how ‘you won’t find Mr. Right if you’re looking for him’ you won’t find your abs if you’re looking for them πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ so focus on the bits you love the most…and tell them daily. 

Get your body back NOW not later. Its easy to put off and easy to forget about but taking that time to care for yourself feels good now and you’ll thank yourself down the road. Always remember to love yourself and your inner badass πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Mondays are for Fresh Starts

Happy Monday! I’ve had lots of chats lately with people having trouble improving their lifestyle and making healthier choices. It’s a hurdle we have all faced at one point or another (except for fitness professionals of course πŸ˜‰…kidding, even me) and how we handle it makes all the difference. 

If you realized you weren’t treating your body well, what would you do?

We are faced with a choice to acknowledge where we can improve and ignore it, or we can commit to improving it. I know it sounds simple but acknowledging we aren’t as healthy as we should be makes a big difference.

Acknowledging it also makes what we need to do a little more clear in your mind. Tell yourself what you need to do. Whether it is modifying your diet, strengthening your core for that old back injury or improving your cardio so you can do more of what you love, you have some ideas on what steps you can take. While you’re at it, check in and make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Set a goal! Everyone’s body is different, but set a 3 or 6 month goal, and a 12 month goal. Be really clear about what you want to achieve in 12 months (or whatever your preference, I use 6 months), and work your way down to the present setting smaller and smaller goals. Use these like stepping stones or prerequisites for the main goal.

Start small. You don’t need to change everything at once, book a marathon or live at the gym. Accepting the ‘balls to the walls’ approach is great for some, but isn’t sustainable for most. Pick an easy and a hard improvement and focus on those. This could be eating out less,  drinking more water, adding 2000 extra steps each day or hitting the gym at least 3 times this week. Pick anything you know will get you to your goal that isn’t overwhelming or unattainable.

Set weekly intentions. What will you do this week to get you to your goals? What do you need to accomplish this? How will you prioritise your time? Is this in your best interest or the others involved? Who will you show up as this week? Be clear in what your stepping stones are and manifest possibility.

Seek support. Having a hard time doing it on your own, you DON’T have to be alone in your goals. Tell a friend or family member what you would like to do and ask them to smack that doughnut out of your hand or remind you to drink more water. You can also seek the support of a personal trainer (that’s what we’re here for) or a nutritionist for guidance and accountability. Whether you need me once a week, once a month or for a friendly daily reminder, I am committed to helping you reach your goals.

Believe you can do it. Super cheesy I know πŸ˜‚ but it’s true. Be kind to yourself and trust yourself to make the right choices. 

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Chocolate Protein PuddingΒ 

Ingredients
1 regular or box sugar-free, fat-free instant pudding chocolate

2 scoops protein powder (I used my Shakeology vegan chocolate) 

3 cups skim milk
(Sometimes I’ll use 1.5 c regular and .5 c chocolate milkπŸ™ˆπŸ˜‰)


Cooking directions

Place first three ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until starting to thicken

Pour into 6 dessert cups, or mini mason jars) 

Refrigerate until set

Garnish with fresh fruit or nuts