Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Declutter Your Life

This week is our theme week in my FREE daily motivation and support group (You can click here to join!) And I wanted to share today's topic! 

Declutter- Have clutter? MUST CLEAN! Nothing makes me feel less organized than when I have piles of stuff on the counters, or just stuff in a place where it doesn’t belong. Not just that. But who has a junk drawer? Junk cabinet? Junk storage room? Messy pantry? Bathroom drawers? Junk food hiding in your house? ANYTHING! 

So we have a storage room in the basement that is a MESS! (check out the picture, and I can't believe I am showing you my messy house!) This is one of my “nesting” vibes I am having to clean this crap out. We have toys that aren’t played with. Broken chair, and just unorganized. It used to be organized, but we got in the habit of just throwing crap in there. Well, this weekend is the weekend that we are tackling that one room. (Yes we have another room to tackle too!)


HOW TO START DECLUTTERING YOUR HOUSE AND LIFE? 


1) Schedule a date this month that you can tackle one room. 
2) Set a reminder on your phone so you don't forget about it.
3) And don’t do it all the areas in one week. Break your house down and do just one room at a time so you don't get frustrated!

We all have areas that need to be picked up and cleaned. Pick something that just needs a little sprucing. And you won’t believe how much better you are feeling once you get it done!

What project are you scheduling to declutter? By the way all the areas I mentioned about where to declutter, yeah, those are the areas in my life I have to work on! So no judgements from me or anyone on what we have to declutter in our lives!

**I will update with pictures after this weekend with our more organized and cleaned room. So make sure you check back next week! 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

How To Gain Self Confidence As a Plus Size Woman

245 pounds. That is how much I weigh right now, in this picture. Never thought I would ever share those numbers with anyone let alone everyone, but there it is!

But you know what? I don't see an uncomfortable person. I don't see someone hiding behind their smile, putting up a front, acting like they are happy. I see me. Truly happy. Truly feeling beautiful. Truly stunning. For the first time in my life, I am not judging and scrutinizing every single picture I take of myself because I finally see the beauty in myself. Many of these weekly pictures are happing on the first take which is ASTONISHING! But there it is. Just a girl who loves herself. Accepts herself as she is and is so proud of what she has become and done.
How did I get like this? Daily reading of positive uplifting materials that help me see me for who I am, now, and accept myself as I am. A big big portion of this whole getting healthy, changing your lifestyle stuff is personal development/changing your mindset.

Our team of coaches do it daily. I, for one, am so grateful I became a Coach as I honestly don't think I ever would have opened a book on how to improve myself. It is ingrained in us to do daily personal development, and it has changed my life more than anything else!
Because of personal development I can post pictures like this of myself, and my true weight, and feel proud of myself and see myself as a beautiful woman! And surrounding myself with people who lift me higher. Have you ever just looked at yourself and truly thought, "DAMN! I LOOK GOOD!" and not find something that needs to be better? This is true mental change. Be proud of who you are. Of the work you have done. 

My #1 tip to gain self confidence: 

LOVE YOURSELF! 
See yourself for as you are because you are beautiful. We all have areas we want to be better. but that isn't the point. You have to love who you are, stretch marks, curves, and all to feel amazing in your own skin. Check out the book YOU ARE A BADASS to help you truly learn to love yourself for as you are now! But love yourself. Because this is the only life you have. You deserve to be happy. Work on you from the inside out! 

If you want to get this kind of self confidence, let's chat. EMAIL ME!!!  Let's get you hooked up with amazing materials that will give you the confidence you need to rock your life! 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Importance of Plus Size Exercise

BIG GIRLS DO WORKOUT! Seriously! I hear from gals everyday that they are too big to start working out. That they just want to get their eat on track first, lose about 20 pounds and then they can start walking/exercise. But guess what??? YOU CAN EXERCISE! Your body can do it. YOU NEED TO! 

Case in point...THE BIGGEST LOSER! Notice how the trainers to do not take it easy on the contestants on day 1. They push them because they need it. Is it easy? NO WAY! But is it worth it? YES!

Why is exercise so important for plus size ladies? 
Because it will help us feel better. I suffered from depression. And most days I would rather lay in bed, watching Netflix then get up and move my body for 30 minutes. To this day I still struggle with it. But when I do exercise, I always feel better. Remember Legally Blond? Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Plus when you are feeling happy you are more likely to make better eating choices. During my depression I didn't care what I put in my mouth as long as it helped to make me feel better. See the cycle. Depression= no working out and eating whatever made me feel better. Exercise= happy and better food choices. I am not saying that everyone who is plus sized is depressed but for me this was a huge thing that I never realized until I started reading books that helped me feel better about myself. Call them self help or personal development. It wasn't until I started learning to love myself that I actually realized how unhappy I was with certain things about my life and lifestyle. If you want to start seeing yourself in a different light I highly suggest you check out my favorite positive and badass book to read, YOU ARE A BADASS! Within the first few pages I promise you, that you will feel amazing about yourself and realize how amazing you are!

So how do you start? 

1)  Yes changing your diet is the #1 way to start making changes to your lifestyle. Often it is the diet that is the starting point to gaining weight. Eating out too much, or eating the right size portions. These are things that can be learned to change. And this is one of the hardest things to change. Because once a bad day hits, all the urges to eat our "comfort food" hit us in full force. But learning healthy habits is the #1 way you will lose weight. Start by throwing out all the junk foods or processed foods you have in your house. Or eat what you have and don't buy any more. I understand it cost a lot of money to buy it in the first place, but you HAVE TO get that stuff out of your house! Stock your kitchen with apples, veggies that you will actually eat, and start planning out your meals. Go to Pinterest and look up: HEALTHY DINNERS to start with. Also cutting out pasta, breads and maybe even dairy are a good start. Stick with old fashioned oats as your carbs with your breakfast instead of toast or cereal. And add brown rice or quinoa with your lunch and dinner for your carbs. You can flavor the rice and quinoa with homemade fajita seasoning, or other seasoning of your choice to give it more flavor. Chicken, turkey and eggs are your best friends and there are tons of great healthy recipes to try out or cookbooks to use. My favorite clean eating cookbook is FIXATE it goes right along with the 21 day fix program or it works for anything you are doing because it has the nutritional information right along with it!

2) Combining good eating with exercise is the sure fire way to help you tone up your body and get you feeling good. Because you are pumping your body full of more oxygen. And not just walking. Also adding in strength training. Strength training is so important to help your muscles tone up. You will not get bulky. You might gain a little weight in the beginning but over time after regular exercise and training your muscles will tone up and become smaller than they were. It is so important to use measurements and pictures of yourself instead of the weight on the scales. For me, I always lost inches before pounds. My clothing would just fit better but the scale went up 1-2 pounds or barely went down.
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3) Set Real expectations and goals. I will always be a plus size lady. It has taken me years to a) accept that fact and b) appreciate it. I do not want to be skinny. It just isn't possible for me. For my body type, or shape. I was blessed with birthing hips and getting to jeans smaller than a size 12 just won't happen. Even in high school at my skinniest I was in size 14 jeans (but they were baggy on me because I refused to wear tight fitting clothing because I thought I was fat!) I am finally okay with that. I have accepted that and honestly, I CAN'T WAIT until I am a healthier and fitter version of myself right now. Right now, I am a healthy and fit plus size lady. I work everyday to better myself mentally and physically. So right now, my goals are to workout at least 5 days a week. 30 minutes a day and eating as healthy as possible. 21 Day Fix has definitely helped me learn what to eat, how much, and to get the right kinds of exercise in to help me lose weight. It is my soul mate workout program and I have never regretted getting hooked on it! Best beginner workout program available!
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4) Support! Get support! Have a buddy join you. Or find a group that you can join to help you get that daily motivation and support when you need it. I offer support to those that are wanting it. You can go here to join my FREE PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP to receive daily motivation, recipes and support. Plus a fun theme week every month on various topics to help you stay motivated and on track with your lifestyle change. Be with people who are going through what you are going through. Whatever keeps you on track is what you need but you are more likely to stick with it if you have a friend to go along with you!

The main thing is, anyone can start exercising. Please don't think you can't because of your weight. You can start now. You can do it. If you want more information about how to get started or anything I talked about here. Please EMAIL ME and let's chat. Get you started and loving yourself for how you are now!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bump Update: 22 Weeks

Happy 22 weeks! All I kept thinking this week was being further along than I was and just enjoying this pregnancy. I don't know why I trying to speed up this pregnancy, but mentally I am! 

Also this past week I have had the STRONGEST desire to GET THINGS DONE! To painting a lot of my house, finishing/catching up on baby books, and deep cleaning. I know that if I don't do this NOW that it won't get done. So nesting has set in like crazy for me. Which I am okay with. I don't mind it so much but just trying to fit it in my busy day is hard! But I am getting things done. I finished up 3 baby books, and deep cleaned our glass shower doors. But many other things to do! 

Total Weight Gain: 8 pounds total weighing in at 245.7 pounds.

Symptoms: I had some sickness Tuesday night through Wednesday. But I think that was more food related that pregnancy related! 
Baby’s Size: Spaghetti squash
Maternity Clothes: Yes, bottoms need to wear maternity or stretchy pants. Tops I wear maternity now and my bigger t-shirts.
Stretch Marks: I already have a ton that I got when I gained weight years ago. So nothing new.
Gender: GIRL!!! 
Sleep: I am only waking up once a night to go to the bathroom. But started having some crazy weird dreams! I am flipping over from one side to the other a lot, but often times I end up on my back. 
Miss Anything: Sleeping comfortably flat on my belly or back! Sleeping through the night. 
Cravings: CARBS! Big time. This is the first time where I just want to eat carbs, breads, pasta and goodies all day long! I have been fighting it and eating the good carbs instead, but I still have that nagging feeling in the back of my head.
Aversions: nothing yet
Excited About: Collin's Birthday today (Thursday, May 19) and Mason's graduation ceremony on the same night. 
Workouts: Got in my workouts 3 days a this past week, which is awesome! I have been doing 21 Day Fix yoga & pilates specificallyDiary Of A Fit Mommy's Fit For Two 2nd Trimester workouts and the Beachbody On Demand Active Maternity 2nd Trimester workouts. 


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Every Day May Not Be Good...But There Is Something Good In Every Day!


Guess what?!? It's raining AGAIN in central VA! We had 17 days straight of rain in the last month. Then just a few glorious days of sunshine, then today. Rain all day long. I can look at this in either 2 ways...I HATE RAIN, it sucks because we have to stay indoors and with 2 boys that is so hard. OR, I LOVE RAIN! It is watering my grass for free. Making my flowers and garden grow. And we need the rain, since we didn't get enough snow this year.

I have had really great days and really, really crappy days. But I always try to find the good in my life. My miscarriage last year, was a HORRIBLE day, but I gained an understanding that it happened for a reason. That it was better that way. As hard as it was to go through it, I not only survived but I became STRONGER because of it!

You can choose to be happy in your life or you can choose to not be. You get to make that choice. Life isn't perfect for anyone but its important to be thankful for the good that we do have in our lives.

So how are you going to look at the day today? 

What is ONE thing that is GOOD in your life today? Comment below! Let's celebrate your amazing day! 

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