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Bump Day update!

Happy Easter! 

Today marks 30 weeks of pregnancy and I couldn’t be more excited for my nearing due date. In addition to this I get to blog from my WARM and sunny patio tonight while muffins bake in the oven which is amazing. With the warmer weather and busy work weeks I know the next 10 weeks are going to fly by. 

For some reason 30 weeks is a big milestone for me, the last months I’ve told myself as soon as I get here, baby will be in my arms before I know it. I took a little time to look back to earlier in my pregnancy and giggle at how tiny I was but how exciting that little bump was. I was willing it to grow. Now that baby’s getting bigger, I’m willing an easy way to put my runners on 😂 or to have an easy shower….showering is officially harder than working out. 

I started here, at 19 weeks documenting my pregnancy changes. I still can’t decide if thats a tiny baby bump or if I was a little bloated haha who knows. 

I snapped this one on my way out the door yesterday, my 30 week baby! The last few weeks have been the most wonderful weeks where baby’s soft whispy movements have turned into full on kicks, rolls and dance moves. The best part, Nic can feel them now too 😊

I’m realizing now that all the content I mentioned in social media today is a lot to cram in and I want to dive into weight gain during pregnancy because I find weight gain misconceptions super common. Ill share about this one in a post later this week.

I am also really excited to share about my 4 week prenatal fitness program. There are SO many benefits to exercising during pregnancy and I hope to share that with other expecting moms. This program is packed with information and a progressive workout program. As there are things to avoid while exercising, it can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re learning from Pinterest or Google searches. 

So..what we all want to know, what do you get?

•FIIT for every level 

•Intensity measurements

•A tested 4 week fitness program

•written cues and images for each exercise

•suggested sets and reps 

•Information on warning signs, prenatal core and avoiding diastasis recti 

•5 workouts + a warm up and extra core workout 

•Improved CV and muscular endurance 

•More energy! 

I want to make this available to EVERYONE so I will be offering this program for 40$, yours to keep 😊

If you’re pregnant or know someone who is feel free to share this information! The program will go live May 1st but you can prepurchase to get it early! 

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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 😉…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 😂 but it’s true. Be kind to yourself and trust yourself to make the right choices. 

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10 things to remind yourself when you don’t want to workout.

We’ve all had those days when we dig our heels in just don’t want to. These 10 things will motivate you to get moving.

1. You will feel refreshed after!

2. It will wake you up. More than a double shot of espresso.

3. 20 minutes or 75 minutes, it’s all good 🙂

4. You’re one day closer to a healthy habit. One day closer to easier.

5. Your body wants to and needs to be put to work.

6. You can’t get a great butt by sitting on it 😉

7. Happy endorphins. We all love to feel happier.

8. You will sleep SO MUCH better tonight.

9. No guilt eating. You earned a little ice cream tonight. But working your body, you’re working at improving your metabolism which helps work food through your body.

10. You’ll have more energy for the things you love. Hiking, playing with your kids, running….whatever it is.

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Holiday Balance

Lifes about balance guys. Its so important to remember that during the holidays 😊

Its easy to get caught up in the drinks, treats and cheese platters. Taking care of your body isn’t about going from one extreme to another, its about finding a balance between your health and guilty pleasures 😊

Very few people can be successful going balls to the walls with diet and fitness, you gotta treat yo self once and a while 😉 I’ll write more about that closer to the new year!

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Insanity Max30 Review and Transformation

Hey guys!

As I get ready to start another fitness program I thought I would review Insanity Max 30 and share my transformation! I can’t love on this program enough. I participated with the fitness program, drank my shakes every day and cleaned up my diet a little!

What you get…

-Your first 30 day supply of Shakeology, the superfood protein shake that helps give you energy, reduces cravings, and accelerates your results-I LOVE THE SHIT out of my shakes.

-12 kick ass workout classes available online and via your own discs

-a FREE 30 day membership in team Beachbody, where you can start streaming your program online. You also gain access to hundreds of workouts on demand.

-nutrition guide

-Max Out Calendar and tracker

-No time to cook meal guide

Purchase It Here

Each workout is 30 minutes and they all use body weight only which means anyone can do it from anywhere…and you should!

The classes are organized by ‘type’ each focussing on something new each day. For example; tabata power, tabata strength, cardio challenge, sweat intervals, max out power, pulse and so many more! The goal for each workout is to MAX OUT! This means you push your hardest for 30 minutes, and hit your max. This Program comes with a workout guide, and a calendar to track what time you maxed out at so you can watch yourself progress. Through the 60 days I watched myself go from maxing out around the 3 minute mark, to making it through 30 minutes STRONG.

Not only did this program transform my body, it also gave me a lesson in mental toughness. There were days where I had to talk myself into my workout…but at the end of the day…I always told myself ITS ONLY 30 MINUTES and its embarrassing if I can’t make that time for my fitness and wellness…even on the most hectic days.

In addition to my physical and cognitive transformation, I also noticed a difference when it came to doing the things I love. I can hammer off a 16km hike, no problem. Beyond the hike from a couple weekends ago, I don’t think I had hiked more than once in around 6 weeks (which is shameful now that I think of that out loud), but this program has conditioned my body for hiking,  walking, working out, running, you name it! <3

The bottom line…I highly recommend this program to anyone hoping to shape up! I gained muscle, and lost fat and feel 100x healthier.

For More Information or to Purchase Click Here

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Have a Healthy Weekend: 10 tips to stay on track 

Ok ok…it’s the weekend and let’s be real, a lot of us let things slide a little Friday-Sunday and pay for it Monday. If you know me you know I CONSTANTLY (probably obnoxiously) stress improving your health and fitness through LIFESTYLE adjustments. And lifestyles don’t take a break on the weekend 😊 Super sorry!

So, how can we stay on track over the weekend. The key to success is BALANCE. This goes for every day, some of us can go balls to he walls with our nutrition and fitness and maintain it, but that isn’t sustainable for most. You need to treat yo self, you need rest days, and most importantly you need to listen to your body…within reason. 😉

So here we go…


1. Stick to your workout program. This is crucial and makes your weekday transition smoother. (Is that a word? 😂) whether you trade it for a hike, a run or you stick to your regular plan…I don’t care, make it happen! 

2. Stick with your 5 meals a day, maybe give yourself a little break and splurge on a meal. But NEVER GO TO PARTIES UNFED AND HUNGRY. unless it’s a dinner party…but choose wisely..we all know we fill up on appies before dinner.

3. Get plenty of sleep! It’s so important guys! I want you to start every day fresh and rejuvenated! 

4. If you’re eating out, eat your salad before your burger, or your veges before your steak. Make sure you are filling up on the nutrients you need first 😊

5. Don’t drink pop. If you like to mix alcohol with soda, try trading it for club soda with a splash of ________. This will help keep those sugary kcals down. 

6. Share your lifestyle with others. If you’ve been to a party of mine you’ll know when I’m watching my diet. I’ll make you healthy dips, and offer veges. Having others sharing your experience helps keep you accountable and HEY, maybe it will inspire your peers to eat a little healthier too! (Disclaimer, I have the healthiest friends, they keep me honest).

7. Have a productive Sunday! Get outside, get shit done, and start planning for your week ahead. Consistency is key, which means your health doesn’t take a break because it’s lazy Sunday. Plan your weeks meals and workouts to keep you organized until next Sunday!

8. Shift your mindset. Treat Sunday like the first day of the week, not the last. This gives your brain a prep day! 

9. Work smarter not harder. Delegate your chores throughout the week so that you don’t end up with a huge, miserable to do list for the weekend. Easy. Create some ‘me time.’ 

10. Stop procrastinating. We can all sit around and say we’ll start Monday,  but that’s bullshit…you should have started last week. Don’t make excuses, make time. It is the TRUTH that we make time for what we want to, so make time for your fitness and for fuelling your body right. 

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Self-love Practices 

Hey guys! SO you’ve probably seen/heard me mention my “Self-Love Practices” a few times lately. 

I think that these three practices are necessary on a daily basis. So, I’ll get right into it.

1. Gratitude. I have started a Gratitude Journal. Every morning when I wake up, I start the day with a grateful heart and write at least one thing (in point form) in my journal. Sometimes it’s something simple like the sunshine or the rain, other days its a little deeper than this. Either way, connecting with positive energy first thing in the morning, starts every day right. 🙂

2. Personal Development. Read read read. I am not naturally a reader, however I have gotten in the habit of reading every morning and I’ve really grown to enjoy it! Every time I sit down with a book I learn something knew and my eyes are opened to a new concept or idea. Not only does this empower me, it improves my self-esteem. Pick a book that speaks to you and you’ll have no problem 🙂

3. Physical Wellness. This doesn’t mean you have to crush a HIIT session or pump some weights…I mean you can, but that’s not what this is about. This is about listening to your body and treating it well 🙂 Some days, I treat it to a yoga session, sometimes it is cardio, sometimes tabata, sometimes just a core workout and a walk…other times, I say fuck it and dance instead. The goal is to get moving every day, in whatever way your body wants and needs. 

Committing time each day  for these things, (ideally first thing in the morning) not only sets the day up for success, it starts each day with a happy, grateful Heart. I challenge you to try it, and share with me what you experience.  

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I’m a GirlBoss

Hollaaaa….I’ve started using YouTube for real guys! I’ve posted my first post so describe a bit about myself and my work 🙂

I plan on using this platform to share my yoga and fitness videos, along with frequently asked questions and adventures 🙂

 

Check it out on YouTube

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5 things you didn’t know about me…

Hey everyone!

There have been quite a few new people added to my Facebook page and Instagram and I couldn’t be happier about that!
I decided I would take this time to quickly tell you a few facts about me you might not know! 🙂

1. I am a creature of habit and routine. I find myself the most productive on days where I follow the same routine. For me this is mostly morning and bed time…every afternoon is a little different but my morning routine consists of coffee and my self love practices; fitness, yoga/meditation and personal development.

2. I meditate! I used to practice meditation daily for sleep, I had mastered a 3 breath sleep routine. Somewhere along the way I lost the practice, BUT it’s back. Whether I meditate for 5 minutes or 20, I love this space to connect with my body and Source energy.

3. I am an introverted homebody by nature. I spend all day LOVING all the seconds I get to connect, share and explore with others. I wasn’t always this way. I grew up very shy and introverted and through self love, and support…I have embraced the loud, bubbling side you all know now! I dance, I sing, and don’t give a fuck. It’s a life of freedom. It was a long journey of introvert to extrovert and I’m so happy about where I am now. That being said I still love to unplug and hide inside and snuggle my husband and pets sometimes 🙂

4. I work with kids! I don’t share this often, but I have an amazing opportunity with my local community schools running their after school sports program! This program and these kids have taught me SO much already, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the school year holds for us.

5. I have never been successful at headstands. It’s a real bummer…they hurt my head haha apparently I don’t have a flat part on my dome…can someone teach me?! 😂 This has always been a goal of mine…unfortunately never a successful one. Handstands maybe.

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5 tips for meal prepping 

We all cringe when we hear ‘meal prep’ but it doesn’t have to be too bad. 

1. Grocery lists. This part is the worst but you only really have to do it once. I will allow myself to waste a bit of time on Pinterest mostly looking for sauces haha. A good sauce makes a boring meal awesome. But be strategic. Melons and other large fruit are great, or fruit that comes in baskets…this makes it easy to throw in your containers for the week. 

2. Cook strategically. Work smarter not harder. It’s easy to tag your family into your healthy choices. My crockpot is my BEST friend. Utilize your crockpot. All I one oven trays are great too (see my burrito bowl recipe) where you cook chicken (or your choice of meat) and Veges in one yummy tray. Don’t be afraid to eat simple. There’s nothing wrong with slices of turkey or chicken and some nuts. Salads are great too…add some meat, nuts, fruit and a delish vinaigrette, voila! 

3. Keep it simple. I have shamefully browsed Pinterest for hours looking for new and interesting recipes. How many times have I used them? Probably once. 

Keep it simple. Let’s say it together…

Keep it simple. 

4. Have accountability. If you have a hard time (like everyone does) maintaining your meal prep, make sure you have someone to support you. If you’d like an accountability group, get at me HERE .

5. Don’t beat yourself up. We all have hard days, or even hard weeks. If you find that you fall off the wagon a little, that’s ok! Get back at it and keep going 🙂  


So those are my best tips for meal prep…to get started follow this checklist 😊

-do some research (get some inspo…but no longer than 30-45 min)

-make a grocery list

-grocery shop (don’t get distracted in there 😉)

-if you have the room…lay it all out and go by categories (if you’re using the crockpot/oven/pan prep that first so you can do other prep while its cooking) 

-cook

-organize your days (I stack them by days but you can bag them)

-DONE. BOOM! 
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