August Goals

I have seen a few of my fellow bloggers write post like this and I thought it was a great idea. Keep me more aware and oriented on accomplishing some goals whether big or small.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

  1. Continue blogging regularly, coming up with ideas and creating content. Consistency is key with just about everything.
  2. Work out at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Continue to eat better and continue my health journey.
  3. Be better about accessorizing and dressing. Most days I find myself never getting out of my PJ’s just to shower and get back into new PJ’s. But I stay home most of the time. I have tons of clothes and jewelry and they deserve as much love as my makeup gets.. or at least close lol
  4. Be less crazy… this would take a lot of explaining but I let little things bother me and I am actively working on changing my thought process on things.
  5. Try to film and take pictures more often. Blogging and being very active on social media can be a lot of work but it also can be fun and is necessary if you want to continue to grow!

Alright I am ready to tackle August! I am feeling good and am super motivated to accomplish goals!

What are y’alls goals??

Till next time

xoxo Erin

Motivation Monday

As most of you know, last Saturday I had a traumatic experience that left me super upset and ashamed of the way I looked. So last Monday I started a diet and began to revamp my exercise routine. I have to say so far it is going really well. I’ve studied nutrition all through school and knew what I needed to do but making a change when I’ve never had to workout or eat super healthy before was going to be a challenge. Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 1.16.05 PM

I am so proud of myself so far. I have committed to making smoothies for breakfast and lunch. I also eat boiled eggs and nuts for snacks if I get hungry in between meals. I drink a gallon of water a day, or as close as I can get to. For dinner I make some sort of lean protein with a salad. I have had no alcohol, pop, or juice. I have done very well by not cheating as well. This weekend I relaxed a bit because we ate out and went to friends for dinner. I obviously did not restrict them to cooking what I could eat.

I feel as though I can begin to see slight changes. I feel my clothes beginning to loosen up just a bit. I am so excited and no way will I be giving up on this. I definitely want a rocking bod for my honeymoon.

Stay motivated loves! Staying committed is the best way to reach your goals. Keep things interesting and mix up foods and workouts so that you don’t get bored!

xoxo Erin

Liquid Diet: Yes or No?

Okay So I am not doing a 100% completely liquid diet but as I talked about in my previous post I just find it very difficult to eat fruits and veggies and meat. I primarily eat carbs- eekkk I know! So for this diet I am cutting out majority of carbs and bumping up my fruit, veggie, and protein intake. I am also revamping my workouts. Another part to mention about my new diet is to drink 128oz of water a day to help detox the liver and body. Be careful! You know if you have been around that I have actually given myself water poisoning so don’t go toooo crazy with the water! Aim for at least 80oz to start, especially if you are not a water person. It can be difficult to drink enough!FullSizeRender(11) So far the diet is going very well!! I wanted to share a smoothie that is very healthy! Only 153 calories per serving. The recipe makes two. Of course depending on your protein and liquid choices, the calories may change. I use a 100% whey protein in vanilla and it is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar from GNC (their brand).

Carrot Cake Smoothie, 2 servings:

  • 1/2 C. carrot juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 C. almond milk ( I use vanilla and unsweetened)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 ice cubes

So Tasty!!

So far my 70% liquid diet is a total YES! it is going so well. If I get hungry in between smoothies I eat a boiled egg or a salad with very light dressing. As I keep tasting and testing smoothie recipes I will share them! I also want to leave y’all with some easy quick exercises that I got from pinterest:IMG_1766Till Next time

xoxo Erin

Body Shaming, Diets, and Acceptance

Hello Lovelies! If you follow me on twitter (You should! click on the link to the left (: ) then you saw my brief post where I had a really traumatizing experience of trying on some clothes that really tore me apart. So this will be a little bit of a different post.

So Saturday my husband, son and I set off to look for some running shoes and a baby gate. Pretty typical errands type of thing. Well we happened upon a department store near the end of our journey that was completely on sale from going out of business. They had tons of beautiful dresses and so we chose some for me to try on. I despise trying on clothes especially now with this body after baby that I am just not used to. I am in no way huge or fat and I don’t ever expect to be rail thin but it was a depressing wake up call. I couldn’t even get most of the dresses on and one of them that I did get on, I didn’t think would come off. I left the store holding back tears. I know I have been on a journey working out to try and get my body back to pre baby but I was seriously upset. We went straight home, I made a grocery list, I threw out all the fattening foods, and went to the grocery and bought kale. KALE PEOPLE! I bought all healthy foods.

I guess I sort of needed that saturday experience but it really made me sad. I can’t stand to look at my body. And I honestly don’t care about people saying love your body because of it giving me my baby. Of course I love my baby and that I could create such a miracle but I hate the after math. I don’t think anything is wrong with that. I think what is important is that you accept where you came from, where you are, and where you want to be.

I made a baby. I look like I had a baby. And now I am making a change to get my body back and love the way I look.

Okay so moving on to making a change! First off let me say I am 2 months away from having my Masters in Public Health. I have studied health and nutrition and exercise and the human body for many years. I know what I need to do. I just have to stay motivated and committed to this new lifestyle.

I went to GNC and picked up a recommended 100% whey protein from a wonderfully helpful woman working. I also picked up an Organic Superfood blend with protein powder while at the grocery. I rarely eat vegetables so I got this powder because it gives me all the nutrients from eating fruits and veggies!IMG_1768

I have decided to do a high protein, low carb diet. I am making smoothies for breakfast and lunch. Then a lean protein with veggies for dinner. My husband is not fighting me on this because we both are wanting to lose some weight. I will be updating you guys every week with my progress, recipes, motivation, and fitness tips.

I get many of my smoothie recipes from Pinterest so give me a follow over there to see what recipes and workouts I am pinning at makemommyup !!

I started today. My goal by April 2018 (Honeymoon time!!) is to lose 40lbs. This is roughly 5lbs a month which is absolutely doable. I am not 100% worried about a number on the scale. For myself I want to feel and look good and be healthy. And of course I want my clothes to fit again!

OMG this is my longest post ever. You deserve an award for making it to the end!! I hope I can help motivate y’all and we can all make some changes to be more healthy together!

Join the fitness journey with me loves! Leave me comments here or on twitter. Leave your favorite healthy recipes or snacks!!

xoxo Erin

Fitness Journey

Alright friends it is time to update you on where I am on my fitness journey. If I have not said so before I am on a journey to have my pre-baby body back and I am starting to get there. But now I have an even better reason to get in awesome shape and that is to be looking and more importantly feeling amazing on my honeymoon. My husband and I made the decision to take our honeymoon late and so I am waiting in anticipation to hit the beach with a rocking bod!Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 12.45.09 PM This is a quick and easy workout! and trust me with the added weight it really works those muscles! Give it a try and let me know what your favorites exercises are! I love trying new workouts!!

xoxo Erin

 

Wednesday Workout

Recently I have been getting up at 6AM to workout Monday thru Friday. This is my new routine:

  • 5-10 Minute Run/Jog/Walk. Just get your heart rate up!
  • 100 Jumping Jacks
  • 25 Squats
  • 100 Crunches
  • 25 Squats
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 25 Squats
  • 50 Russian Twists – try it using 10lb weights or kettle-bell or your baby
  • 25 Squats

Repeat if you are up for it!!!

I hope everyone is where they want to be on their fitness journey! If not please join me!

I like to cool down with some yoga stretches or by going on a walk

Hope you like and enjoy this easy at home workout! No weights needed unless you want!

xoxo Erin

Fitness After Baby

Getting back in shape is probably in the back of every pregnant ladies mind. It can be difficult and stressful and just plain hard! After all you just spent the last 40 or so weeks growing a human and then brought it into the world. That is a miracle and not everyone has a supermodel experience where they are back to perfect shape and feeling great right after birth. And I am right here with you to get back to the pre-baby body or just get in better shape. I am going to share my journey with you and share easy workouts and yummy food that can help you along the way!

I have the personal goal to lose 25 pounds by memorial day weekend. That weekend will be the first time me and my husband go back to the beach where we met and bring baby Knox with us! There are also a few other couples going so I just don’t want to be super out of shape when I sit on the beach with one of my best friends who is in great shape! That is my motivation.

So I invite you to join this journey with me!

First I go on a mile walk/jog with baby (in the stroller of course) around my neighborhood to get my heart rate up.

My favorite exercise is squats. I know I am insane. So I have been using my baby to workout with as my weight. While holding baby to center/chest I do 3 sets of 30 squats and 3 sets of 30 lunges

I then do 10 minutes of jump rope. I got a weighted one off of amazon for my husband so I use that.

Then do 40 crunches

30 jumping jacks

30 crunches

15 push ups

30 second wall-sit

15 push ups

This combo gives an overall full body workout and you will really feel it mainly in your legs! Hope you enjoy this workout. I will definitely bring you more workouts in the near future. Please leave me comments on your favorite workouts and if you enjoyed this one!

xoxo Erin