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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bump Update: 16 Weeks

Not much has really happened this past week. I have been on Spring break for a week now, so I have just been working and updating some things with my Beachbody business! I do have my energy back and I am getting in my workouts now which has been amazing. So thankful for the second trimester! 

Total Weight Gain: 4 pounds. Lost .5 pounds this week. Back at my 241.

Symptoms: Morning sickness is gone! ENERGY is BACK! YAY! Starting to get lower back pain at the end of the night.
Baby’s Size: Avocado
Maternity Clothes: Yes, bottoms need to wear maternity or stretchy pants. Tops still good to go on regular shirts! 
Stretch Marks: I already have a ton that I got when I gained weight years ago. So nothing new.
Gender: ??? It was too hard to tell. Hoping at my next ultrasound in 2 weeks we will be able to see! 
Sleep: I am only waking up once a night to go to the bathroom. 
Miss Anything: Sleeping comfortably flat on my belly or back! Sleeping through the night.
Cravings: Veggies and egg salad sandwiches
Aversions: nothing yet
Excited About: Feeling the baby move a ton! My upcoming trip to Miami is THIS WEEKEND! I am so excited! 
Workouts: Graduated to the 2nd trimester workouts with Fit for Two and the Active Maternity! Kicking my butt but loving it! I'm getting out of breath so easily. I will be adding in some PiYo to help alleviate some lower back pain that I am starting to feel at the end of the night.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

21 Day Fix Approved Spinach and Tomato Frittata

Who likes BREAKFAST FOR DINNER??? I do, check out this 21 Day fix approved Spinach Tomato Frittata!

21 Day Fix Approved Spinach and Tomato Frittata

12 large egg whites (1 1/3 cups)
6 large eggs
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp. 
coconut oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups chopped Swiss chard
Nonstick cooking spray (for the pan, again I use coconut oil spray)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine egg whites, eggs, salt (if desired), pepper (if desired), and nutmeg in a medium bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
Add onion and chard; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Turn off heat.

Lightly coat sides of skillet with spray.

Add tomatoes and egg mixture to skillet.

Place skillet in oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffy and set.

Cut into 8 even pieces (like a pizza)

*Tip: You can use swiss chard, kale, or other favorite greens instead of the spinach You can also mix the greens for a total of 2 cups.

Serving size: 1 slice
21 Day Fix Containers: 1 1/2 Green, 1 Red, 1 teaspoon if using coconut oil

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Don't Change Your Goals, Change Your Method

How many of you have set goals but haven't quite gotten there yet? Setting goals is the easy part. But reaching them, not so much. If you haven't reached your goal, DON'T CHANGE YOUR GOAL, change your method. Look at what you were doing each and every day. Were you doing your daily workout? Were you eating on point every single day or did a little temptation make it into your diet more often than you wanted it to? What about Shakeology? Did you drink that every single day?
There are so many reason why we don't reach our goals, a holiday happens, or we overindulge too much and then it is so hard to want to go back. You can reach your goals, it just takes time to hone in on the right method that works for you!

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I want you to feel comfortable in your shorts, tanks, and your swim suit this year. For so long I never did! But not this year. I may still be super white legged but I will do everything I can now, to work on toning up my legs and arms, even while pregnant. If you are ready to get back into it and change your method and really make strides to your goal. EMAIL ME! Let's chat, get you started and in the group!

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Amazing Abs in April

Summertime is right around the corner. Now is the time to start working on your summer body. Check out this no-nonsense killer ab challenge, thanks to

Get your friends involved in the challenge with you. Share this on Facebook and Instagram, and post your before and after selfies. Be sure to tag me @SunKissedBecky #CTDGAbsChallenge. See you in six-pack-ville.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

How To Bounce Back After Baby

Are you nervous with how your body is going to look after baby? Start NOW, while pregnant, to help your body bounce back even faster. Not gonna lie. Not everyone will lose weight with breastfeeding. I didn't lose 1 pound from just breastfeed. Not everyone will breastfeed. It takes hard work and dedication to get your body back after baby, but check out this awesome article found at on what you can do NOW to help your body bounce back after baby! 

Good pregnancy nutrition is vital to delivering a healthy baby. Your child is totally dependent on you for nourishment, so eating well for two is of utmost importance. It is worth the time and effort to plan a well rounded, balanced diet, which will help insure that your baby is getting adequate nutrients during pregnancy, and which will also provide you the needed energy to get you through the day.

Try not to worry about gaining weight. Pregnancy isn't the time to be cutting back on calories. In fact, a gradual, steady weight gain is a good sign, in making sure your baby is gaining the necessary weight. Cutting calories not only robs your baby's delicate growing organs, but it robs your body of needed nutrition, and has the potential to slow your metabolism, the very thing you do not want.

Remember when choosing your diet, quality is more important than quantity. Most pregnant women need about 300 additional calories per day. Daily calories should consist of grains, fruits, veggies, meat, poultry, fish, nuts and dairy products.

Serving size recommendations for the average, healthy pregnant woman include 6-11 servings of breads and grains, two-four servings of fruit, four or more servings of vegetables, four servings of dairy products, and three servings of protein sources (meat, poultry, fish, eggs or nuts).

There is no reason to avoid foods you crave as long as you eat in moderation to avoid excessive weight gain, so limit saturated fats and sweets. Eat 5-6 small meals every two to three hours. Even if you're not hungry, your developing baby needs regular sustenance, and high frequency eating ensures proper blood glucose levels inhibiting the dreaded insulin spike, which causes that afternoon energy crash. 

As a pregnant mom, you don't need anything else to rob yourself of energy, so avoid skipping meals.Prenatal vitamins and mineral supplements are usually recommended by most prenatal care providers, but should not be used in place of eating a balanced diet, however.

Always consult with your health care provider before taking vitamins or supplements. Most importantly, avoid alcohol, smoking and harmful drugs. Try to avoid caffeine as much as possible. If you need a cup, go decaffeinated. Always keep it safe for baby.


Exercise is also very important, despite the changes in your growing belly. It may seem like a perfect time to sit back and relax, but in fact, pregnancy can be a great time to stay active.
A good pregnancy workout has several benefits for the mom-to-be. It will help increase circulation, improve your posture, help with sleeplessness and help to control your weight while toning your muscles, making it easier to get back into shape after you deliver.

Exercise also helps you stay flexible, which will benefit you during labor and delivery. Make sure you do not over do it. Hormones occur during pregnancy, which soften ligaments and connective tissues to prepare your body for labor. Stay away from fast, jerky movements at all costs because it could easily lead to injury.

Focus on moving at a slow and controlled rate. Moderate repetition incorporating low weight or light resistance during this time in your life, will insure an injury-free and healthy pregnancy. Remember, this is not the time to train, but to maintain.

First, be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure it is safe to continue your exercise routine, to identify such conditions as preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy). This time spent with the doctor can help identify any specific risk factors to your individual situation.

An excellent form of cardiovascular exercise for moms-to-be, is low-impact aerobics. This involves no jumping or hopping movements, or stepping upon any type of platform, putting you at risk of jarred joints, but includes rhythmic movements that keep one foot on the floor at all times. You can find these kinds of classes at your local gym or YMCA. If you prefer working out in the privacy of your own home, pregnancy DVDs/videos are available at most stores.

An ideal aerobic exercise for pregnant women is swimming. Due to the buoyancy of the water it eliminates any stress on your joints and provides gentle resistance for maintaining muscle tone. The same goes for pool walking or a water aerobics class, typically done waist deep.

Walking is one of the best and safest ways to get exercise and is easily worked into almost any daily routine. Taking a brisk walk through the mall, around a neighborhood park with a friend, or an after dinner, sunset stroll with your husband, can be a fun and convenient way to stay in shape with little or no cost to you.

Stretching is just as important as exercises because it helps you maintain flexibility. Your joints become very loose during pregnancy, due to hormonal changes, so make sure you stretch before and after your workouts, moving slowly and gently without any bouncy, jerky movements.

Don't Forget Your Kegels!

Kegel exercises help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder, uterus and bowels. You have the ability to relax and control these muscles in preparation for labor and birth. They are also encouraged during the postpartum period to promote healing of perineal tissues, increase urinary control and help these muscles return to their healthy state after giving birth.

Kegels should be done every day, by imagining you are trying to stop the flow of urine or trying not to pass gas. Contract and hold for a count of five and then relax. Repeat this contraction ten times each set, for about five sets. At first, it may be difficult to do, so start out with a couple of sets and work your way up.


Sleep is very important for the mom-to-be. During the first trimester, your body works to protect and nurture the developing baby. Your body makes more blood for the forming placenta (the organ that nourishes the fetus until birth), making your heart pump faster. As the baby grows, you may find it difficult or uncomfortable to lie down as before. Taking catnaps throughout the day can be a great way to get that extra needed sleep, you may be lacking during the night. Once the baby comes, it will be very difficult to even find time to rest, so get it in while you can 
(13 miles and almost done with my first half marathon. Still standing. And 29 weeks pregnant. How's that for a fit pregnancy!) 

The main thing is to listen to get approval from your doctor to exercise or continue exercising. Then listen to your body. As you are pregnant things are different. And do what makes you feel comfortable. Do not listen to others that put you down for wanting to exercise or actually exercise while pregnant. It used to be a taboo to exercise while pregnant but no more. It has been found by doctors to be much more beneficial to exercise. Women told me, just minutes before I ran my half marathon at 29 weeks that I was crazy, stupid, and just selfish for training and running in a half marathon so far into my pregnancy. But I did it. I even passed many of them by 5 miles in because I was healthy, fit and I didn't let their negative attitude get me down, and neither should you! Exercise. Be fit. Eat healthy. It is the best thing for you and your baby! 

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