the little gym

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miss wren had her first gymnastics class last weekend!  and although it took her 10-15 minutes to warm up to the idea of “organized play” {because let’s face it, she’s a tiny version of me and no is the only thing that comes to mind when we’re told what to do}, by the end of the hour she was frolicking and climbing and jumping and having the best time of her little life.  as a group, we danced, sang songs, and worked on our motor skills; however, as soon as she was allowed to, she hightailed it to the balance beams and then the bars.  do you see her little guns?!  dying.  mark is convinced that we have an olympic gymnast in the making. 

she was so pumped by the end of the class, she ran into the next one as it was starting.  haha!

we signed up for more classes and can’t wait to go again this saturday. 

for more information, visit the little gym

12-week fitness challenge // end of week 2

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as you know, i’m currently involved in the leanmoms.com 12-week fitness program.  i’ve been promising an update, so here we go!

as of june 16th, these were my measurements:

biceps – 10 in
waist {above navel} – 30 in
hips – 40 in
thighs – 19.5 in

on june 17th, i started the meal & workout plan.  i knew week one would be difficult, as i hadn’t prepared my body at all.  i went from eating s’mores and drinking wine to cutting out all things carbs, processed foods and sodium…in a day! if i had to do it over again, i’d start a week ahead of time – cut some bad things out of my regular diet, add more greens, maybe even try a juice cleanse! 

week one.  a typical day of meals looks like this:

8 am // meal 1 – egg white and spinach omelet with goat cheese sprinkled on top 
10 am // meal 2 – protein shake {the program suggests a whey based protein powder, but i went with a vegan based – vega one.  initially, it was a shock to my system.  20 mins after drinking the shake, i was in the bathroom every hour or so until late afternoon.  don’t wait until the last-minute to choose your protein!  do a little research and find what works best for you.  now that my tummy is used to it, i love it.}
12 pm // meal 3 – mixed greens with 4 ounces of grilled chicken or tilapia and a handful of almonds.  {instead of dressing, i use lemon juice.}
3 pm // meal 4 – protein shake; however, i replaced the shake with a protein bar.  try greens plus.  love!
6 pm // meal 5 – same as lunch – more greens, a bigger portion of chicken or fish
8 pm // bonus meal – greek yogurt with cocoa powder

between meals four and five, i’m at the gym for an hour, hour and a half.  as with most work out programs, you will alternate days between legs and arms/back, throwing in abs and cardio on 3 out of 5 of those days.  don’t be intimidated by the gym!  the great thing about this program is that the website offers videos and tutorials – perfect for women who aren’t familiar with the equipment.

by the end of week one i was already feeling happier and healthier.  i was sleeping better, i had more energy, my skin was clearing up – i was pumped and ready for week two!

week two.  the meal plan changed a bit – grapefruit, turkey bacon and steel cut oats were added as options to the breakfast menu.  woo!  turkey bacon!  the workouts were different, as well.  which is important.  you always want to switch up your weight training.  muscles get bored and you’ll stop seeing results. 

during week two, i realized that because i was eating 5 small meals a day, i felt satisfied – never hungry.  i was even making healthier choices with my cheat meals!  plus, when you put in hard work at the gym and start seeing the results, it’s really difficult to make poor food decisions.

here is my progress so far…

as of june 30th, after two weeks of following the leanmoms.com program {10 more weeks to go!}:

right bicep – 10 in
left bicep – 9.5 in
waist {above navel} – 27.5 in
hips – 38 in
right thigh – 20.5 in
left thigh – 19.25 in

i’ve lost 2.5 inches from my waist and 2 inches from my hips!  *fist pump*
naturally, my thighs are gaining muscle, so they aren’t leaning out just yet. 

 if you have any questions or concerns about what i’m eating or what i’m doing at the gym, please ask! i’d love to chat about it.

 i hope these little updates will help inspire some of you to get healthier – whether that means changing your eating habits or going to the gym a couple times a week!  good luck!

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***i’ve been working on this post for a couple of days.  i think “body image” posts {if that’s what this is} are easily misconstrued.  i’ll either look like a skinny bitch complaining about her weight OR… a skinny bitch complaining about her weight.  when really, i’m just a girl, struggling with making a lifestyle change.  i think what i’m looking for is inspiration from women like me.  women who have had children, women who are getting a little older and need to work a little harder, women who want to live a healthy, fit life the right way.  not by starving themselves or eating leaves for dinner, but by making healthy choices every day.  choices that will benefit them mentally and physically.  i’d also like to say this:  i love my body, it’s beautiful.  it’s birthed two children and for that i am grateful.  my issue is not with what you see on the outside – it’s with what i feel on the inside.***

i used to be fit.  i used to run 5-6 days a week, at least 3 miles a day.  i hiked and did weight training.  i was so proud of my tight abs and defined arms.  my butt was tighter and my hips were straighter.  and then i had zoey… ever since, i’ve been soft.  my tummy is squishy and my butt is sorta droopy.  my underarms flap when i wave… now before you roll your eyes and sign off, hear me out.  i’m petite and thin, yes…but i’m not fit.  and while i am not one of those skinny girls who complains that she’s fat, i am one of those girls who eats shit food, doesn’t do one second of anything physical {for months at a time} and then complains about/wonders why she’s not fitting into her pre-pregnancy jeans.  that is the girl you should be annoyed with.  the one who complains, but doesn’t do.  oh sure, i’ve gone on walks here and there, but it’s not frequently enough nor intense enough to shed the fatty deposits that have settled comfortably beneath the “smile” of my butt cheeks.  we’ve attempted “diets”, as well.  while they work for a short amount of time, it’s hard to keep up with the expensive grocery lists and the time-consuming prep.  plus, i like food.  i’m not one of those girls who skips meals {on purpose} and then eats a carrot stick for dinner.  can i get an amen?!

where is this coming from?  last week was not a good week for me.  i was cranky and had no patience.  i wasn’t sleeping well and i was eating horribly.  i sat in bed one night and just cried.  what am i missing in my life?  the answer was clear… i’m not taking care of myself, physically.  i’m not making good decisions for my body.  i have become lazy.  it’s time to make a change.  no more excuses. 

monday after work, i dropped zoey off at nonnie and papa’s house and i went for a run.  it felt so good.  i felt like the old me.  i felt strong and inspired.  i only ran for 35 minutes {using the couch to 5k app as a guide}, but it felt like a successful first attempt at getting back into something i truly love.  i’m running again tonight and i’m really looking forward to it!

i guess maybe i’m saying all of this out loud because i’m hoping to inspire other women, as well.  it’s so important that we support each other.  just remember that when you’re healthy physically, you’re healthy mentally, too!  you’ll have more energy, you’ll sleep better, you’ll feel stronger.  and if you lose a few pounds along the way…great!  there’s nothing wrong with wanting to fit back into those pre-pregnancy, pre-marriage, pre-anything jeans.  wink, wink

i’m interested to hear your thoughts…your inspirations…your motivations.  please share!

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