Happy February! I feel like this month is a tough one. In January everyone makes new goals, plans healthy meals for the month and is excited about working out. Then February hits….. maybe you have already missed workouts and made some bad food choices and are feeling bummed. Its okay if you slipped up, I know I have, but it’s not okay to give up!
Here are five things you can start doing this week to help give you that extra motivation you might be needing.
3 Things To Do This Week
Find an accountability partner or group. Did you know that I run a FREE group on Facebook full of moms. We check in daily to help motivate each other and keep on track, share recipes and cheer each other on. If you haven’t joined us now is the perfect time. Comment below or friend me on FB and I’ll get you added.
Wake up 10-15 minutes early. I know this is hard . I am just finally started to get up before my kids. The mornings I get up before them always lead to better days. That extra time for me in the am is just what I need to set a positive mindset for the day. Try it for a few days and I bet you will love it too.
Plan all your workouts and dinners for the week. Set a goal about how many workouts you will do this week, and then plan them out. Write them down so you can check it off when you finish a workout.
Planning out your dinners will also help keep you on track ( and help save you money ) I like to sit down on Sunday and roughly plan my dinners and make my shopping list. This way I know what we are having and what to buy at the store. A little meal prep goes a long way
Who else loves a quick & easy dinner?? Pita Bread Pizza is perfect for those busy days or the days you really just don’t want to cook anything. Last week we had no food in the house expect for some frozen veggies, left over chicken and pita bread. I was actually surprised at how good these were. Bonus , Brody loved his. You can top with left overs you have in the fridge or go with just plain cheese. Either way its going to be healthier then take out pizza.
Pita Bread Pizza
Preheat over to 375. Carefully cut your pita bread open so you have two halves. Add sauce , cheese and toppings of choice.
Bake for 7-9 min . Watch carefully because they do burn easy.
Let me know how much you love pita bread pizza! Get the convo started below . And make sure you follow me on instagram.
I have been loving my living room booty workouts !! We got some bowflex dumbbells and now I can finally get in a good leg workout in the house while the kids nap ( or climb all over me ) I did these two workouts last week and I woke up SO SORE! I love that feeling , do you? I love when I am struggling to walk up and down stairs and stand up from peeing, ha! The soreness makes me feel like I had a great workout . I did lots of stretching and foam rolling after these workouts .
Id love to hear from you after you try one of the workouts below! Comment below or on my instagram and let me know how sore you are.
Two Living Room Booty Workouts
Living Room Booty Workout One:
This workout took me 30 minutes and it was a perfect leg day burner. I moved quickly with little rest to keep my heart rate up. I added weight to every set throughout this workout . For example I started with 15 lbs for pull throughs and ended at 30.
3 sets of 15 dumbbell pull throughs + band kickbacks x10
Below is another leg day burner that is only 30 minutes long . I kept the weight on the lighter side ( 30 lbs) so I could move through the workout without much rest! 6 rounds:
10 sumo squats
10 goblet squat
10 squat to deadlift
20 band walk ( each leg )
Finish with a bunch of different glute bridge moves ! 🔥🔥
Its been just about three months since I had Remi , crazy how fast time flys by. I was cleared by my doctor at 5 weeks and was so ready to start working out again. At first I took things slow , using light weights and lots of rest. I’m so happy to share my postpartum fitness plan with you , I hope you will follow along with me! Reaching goals is always more fun when you have others working with you.
My Postpartum Fitness Plan
Workouts: Now that I am 3 months pp I am working out just as hard as I was before ( just with lighter weights till I build my strength back ) At first I did take it slow, modifying when needed and dropping weight size when it felt like too much. I know it’s not smart to jump right back in to the weights I did before I was pregnant.
My plan : I started with a new beachbody program ( liift 4 ) that has weight lifting and hiit cardio. The plan is only 4 days a week, so I felt like it was the perfect program to help me get back on track. By the end of the 6th week I started adding in more of my own workouts and was ready for something new. Now I am doing a few different workouts on BOD, a few from my local cross fit gym, making up my own and doing lots of booty workouts I find on instagram
Nutrition: I am very loosely counting macros using my fitness pal ap. I have counted macros before and have numbers I know I need to hit to see results. I’m tracking my food and aiming for my numbers but I’m not going crazy! If I go over my numbers its okay, Im nursing and some days I def need more food ! When I counted macros before my ” coach ” started me with some super low numbers that I did not like. I did a 12 week program after have Brody and he had me cut fat for the first 4 weeks.
My Macros: This time around I started with my numbers from week 6 of my old program . I am aiming for 115 grams of protein, 50 grams of fat and 240 grams of carbs. The hardest number for me to hit is my carbs! Again I’m not getting too crazy with ” hitting my numbers” . I am just using them as a guideline to help keep me feeling good and on track.
Life: Life with two kids is definitely different ! Some days I have all the time in the world and can get in an awesome workout, other days I can’t even fit in washing my face!! And that’s okay. I know I don’t need to workout every day , its okay to miss days and I know I shouldn’t feel bad about that. Eventually I can get back to working out 5-6 times a week, whether it’s in a few months or a year. I still don’t have Remi on a sleep schedule during the day ( I’m working on it! ) so my workouts are at different times each day which screws up my eating. Some days I intermittent fast by accident and end up eating my first meal sometime after noon and half my macros after dinner! My goal is to spread my meals out better throughout he day.
The New Year is here! I am not one for making New Year resolutions but I do make goals every year, month and week. This year I have some new goals that I am excited to share with you.
My goal this year is to transform this very blog you are reading! I would love to help more moms through my social media accounts. I want to share valuable content, workouts tips, videos, recipes and so much more . Id love my social media accounts to be the place you come to with your questions!! Looking for a booty workout? Check out my instagram. Looking for help with nutrition ? Come to me with questions! Looking for busy healthy mom tips? Come to my blog! I want to start sharing more about our healthy lifestyle not just recipes and workouts. I hope to share whats working ( or not working ) for us, product we love, workouts , food we love , tips for busy moms ect. Basically Ill be blogging about our busy life with two little kids and how I mange to stay healthy and active. I hope you all love my new posts !
New Year Goals:
post at least 4 times a months
share products we love that other moms will love too
workouts I’m loving ( that work )
recipes my 2 year old loves
count macros : I plan to do a whole post about this!
get back to crossfit
get outside this winter
use my bullet journal
miracle morning again
share more helpful info on instagram ( videos, recipes, macros ect )
I am excited for 2019 . Id love to hear what some of your goals are for the year. Do you have health & fitness goals? Life goals? Money goals? Id love to know !! Get the convo started below , sharing your goals with us can help you reach them faster!!
December is almost here, which means we have a new month with new goals and opportunities ! Its time to start living our best life yet. In order to change our lives for the better we have to make some changes or improvements on what we are currently doing and take a good look at our priorities. The good thing is that we can always change our lives for the better at any time ! Why wait for a New Year to make a change?? Right now seems like the perfect time to me!
Finish Your Year Strong With These Four Tips
Take a good look at your life. How is 2018 going so far? Is there anything that you know that you could be doing better? What are you doing well? Is there a goal you set this year that you have not hit? What are you proud of this year? If we do not take accurate stock of where we are and do not have an accurate depiction of where we are headed then we cannot expect to make meaningful progress. I suggest doing a little writing on the questions above, if you are not where you want to be its OKAY! Self pity never leads anyone to happiness or fulfillment. Just write honestly with no judgement. Trust me afterward you are going to feel much better.
Take action NOW. Grab your writing from above. Anything you are not happy about from your list should be looked at as an opportunity to grow, learn and change. Make a plan for the goals you have not hit and schedule it out in your week. ( Better yet, grab a copy of the 12 week year and get into action right away!! ) Make sure that you are doing something every single day to move yourself toward your goals. If you want to get started on your health and fitness but have just not followed through hit me up NOW, I am here for YOU!
Set some SCARY goals ! Again reading the 12 week year will really motivate you here. Make a plan for each goal. If you want to get healthy- plan your workouts for each week. Plan the days you food shop so you always have healthy food at home. Make sure you can do something daily to keep you moving in the right direction and connected to your goals. Think BIG and think about what you really want. You have to write down your goals & you have tell someone about them so you are held accountable!!! Make sure you have an end date to your goals so you are forced to stay on track and moving forward. ( ex: fit into that dress by New years , or pay off debt by summer 2019 )
Find an accountability partner/group. This is someone or a group of people who want to be successful in their own lives. This could be someone who has similar fitness goals and is there to help push you to your max. You both can set goals and help each other reach them. You can have more then one success partner , just make sure they are helping you reach your goals, not letting you come up with excuses!
How do you plan on finishing your year? Id love to know , get the convo started below!
Who is up for a killer home workout?! This leg + HIIT home workout is a great one to try if you are short on time and looking for an effective workout. I did this workout Monday , my legs were feeling wobbly right after ( which I love! ) Let me know when you try this workout, Id love to know your favorite move!
HITT & Abs , everyone’s favorite home workouts. HIIT is definitely my go to these days. Most HIIT workouts are quick and effective, every moms dream!! Below are two HIIT abs at home workouts you can do using only a timer and your body weight. Id love to hear from you after you try this workout. Comment below and let me know if you loved it & if you were sore the next day!
HIIT Abs At Home
set a timer for 40 seconds on 15 sec rest ( advanced try 45:10) set the timer for 5 rounds .
10 high knees + one burpee ( repeat for 40 sec )
sit up + mason twist
10 mt climber + 10 cross body mt climber
slow bike abs
6 plank shoulder tap + plank jacks
Move through each move as quickly as you can. Try your hardest not to rest throughout the whole workout!
100 jumping jacks
90 high knees ( each leg )
80 mt climbers
70 standing single leg crunch ( bring knee to elbows meeting at the chest )
Sanity Saving Tips for Life with a Newborn & Toddler
Being a mom is hard ! Once you add a new baby to your family it can get even harder and more stressful . Moms are constantly wondering why the new baby is crying, is she hungry, tired, sick… And if you have more kids at home you worry about them too. Are they dealing with the new baby okay? Are they getting enough attention ect! The worries are endless but I hope to help you release some of that stress with my sanity saving tips for life with a newborn & toddler below. Life is definitely different now that baby number two is here !
Mom Tip: A friend told me if both kids are crying grab the older one first, the baby is okay, but the older one will remember this moment and might be feeling neglected, if possible tend to the older kids needs first!
Id love to know your tips for surviving with a newborn! Get the convo started below .
Sanity Saving Tips for Life with a Newborn & Toddler
develop a routine & stick to it. I’m sure you have heard this before a 100 times… and that’s because it works! I know plenty of families with no routine and I’m not sure how they get through the day but I can tell you they seem more stressed then me! This will be a life save for you and your toddler. My almost 2-year-old is a creature of habit so jumping back into a routine after having our daughter was a must.
if you can, have your partner take your toddler for an hour a few mornings ( even just one or two will help ) a week so you can catch up with an am cat nap those first few months. Newborns sleep a lot and that’s the perfect time for a quick nap ( or shower! )
nap when your kids nap . Take time to rest during ONE of your newborn naps. If your toddler doesn’t nap anymore pick a time to have quiet time during one of the new babies naps where you just relax and watch a movie on the couch!
exercise once you are ready. Listen to your body ( and doctor ) you don’t want to jump back into your workouts too soon but exercise is a great way to boost your mood and give you more energy. Plus you want to be in great shape now that you have kids to chase around. Our daily walks started as soon as we got home from the hospital and we all love them.
carve out time to do things you love/ spend time with just your spouse. Hopefully your toddlers goes to bed early like mine! That way you have time at night to relax with your partner . Pick a night once a month if you can for date night or time away with a friend .
stay connected with your friends. This is so important! You can’t spend all your time with only your kids. Make sure to stay connected with your friends. Make plans once a month, text daily to say hi and if you can plan a get a way with some friends, you deserve it ! Some mom friends and I went out last week at 5 and were home in time to help with bedtime! Even if it’s just a quick night out, its worth it.
be kind to yourself. Always remember you are doing an awesome job! Being a mom is tough work and newborns are so unpredictable until they are on a great schedule. Be nice to yourself !
involve your toddler when you can. Brody loves to help me clean , throw things away, take the trash out ect. When I am busy with the new baby I give him a towel and his own bottle of “cleaning ” spray ( it’s just water ) and have him clean the windows & tables . He also loves to go tot he fridge and get us waters , when I see him about to break down I quickly ask him to go grab me a water, works every time!
spend time outside when you can. Fresh air is a must for me! We try to get outside for at least 30 minutes a day to burn off some energy. Bored toddlers are no fun! Getting them outside will help them burn some energy & have some fun. I wear the new baby so I can still play with Brody. Lately we have been loving obstacle courses . Brody and my you get boxer like to do them together !!
Who else loves a quick full body home workout ? I love to do quick workouts like this on days I just can’t fit in a workout in my home gym. I love quick workouts that can be done with nothing but my body weight. Trust me your heart rate will be up and your legs & arms will be burning! This workout is also a great one to do when you are traveling .
Id love to hear from you, whats your favorite body part to train at home??