The “F” Word: Fitness Challenge 30 Day Check In

So the challenge started out with a few bumps and setbacks but I am pretty happy with what I have accomplished so far. 

For the month of January I planned record my food and water intake, meet my step goals and get to the gym 5 days a week. It wasn’t a perfect month by a long shot so about a week in I decided that it would be easier to try and increase my gym going to 5 days a week little by little each week (focusing on cardio), get as many steps as possible and record my water intake when I think of it.

Day 1

Week 1 I managed to get to the gym 3 times and just did cardio. I used a new app called Aaptiv and did 1 green cardio workout each time I went to the gym.

Week 2

Week 2 really put me to the rest. Monkey had several specialist appointments so we were very busy to start off with and then I needed to fit in some time for the gym/me. There is a fine balance of how many outings Monkey can take in the run of a week before things gets crazy. I managed to get to the gym 3 times again by making use of weekend nap times. This allowed Michael to study in a silent house while I got to take a little me time. 


Week 3

This last week of the month I managed to get to the gym 4 times. I tried going in the evening after amonkey is in bed and that worked really well. I dint think it will be my regular work out time because I like having the evening to spend with Michael but it is a great way to add in a work out on those days that leaving the house will just not work for Monkey.

 I weighed in at the end of the week and managed to maintain from day 1. That is fine by me because I am making my health a priority and it’s a marathon not a sprint. I have been to the gym more in the last week than October to December combined and that is a win for me. I also have more energy, and sleep much better which is a win for the entire family I think.

As I said earlier in the post I would be focusing on cardio this month and getting into a routine. To assist me in not being bored with the regular pre-programmed work outs on the machines and to motivate me to push a little harder I tried out this new app called Aaptiv.


Aaptiv is an app that provides several cardio and resistance workouts with a trainer for to motivate you. You are able to choose from easy, intermediate or advanced workouts and you are able to filter your search by work out length, intensity and speed so you can quickly make a decision on what you will do next. The app provides a great playlist with each workout that should appeal to most everyone. I know I loved the reggae playlists, they definitely added positive vibes to my day! 

After playing around with with for the month I found the resistance training a little confusing to listen too, but I loved the cardio and will continue to use it in month two to motivate myself to push a little harder every day. 

My goals for February are the same as January. Increase water intake, eat cleaner, go to the gym regularly and I will add a resistance program. To be completely transparent for a year before my wedding I met with a trainer on and off for 3 month periods. I have all those work outs saved in a binder so I will be working on those this month. 

How are your New Years Resolutions coming along? Have you held on or are you making so changes to your goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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The “F” Word: Food For Thought

Last night I made something that was AMAZING!!! It was so amazing I wasn’t planning on writing about it so I didn’t take any pictures.

In our home I try and make at least 2 vegetarian meals a week. This week I managed to squeeze in 3! While perusing Pinterest last week this picture caught my eye: 
Photo Credit

And it was as yummy as the picture implies if not more so! Monkey loved it even though I used Siracha in the sauce. This one will be a repeat in my repertoire for sure! 
Get the recipe here

Once Monkey went to bed I decided to make these:

#saltedcaramelbrownie

Because life is about balance right? 😜

The “F” Word is a weekly post about all the fun things. On Fridays we will talk about food, fashion, family, friends, faith, fitness and other f words that make life a little brighter.

The “F” Word: Fearless


So this weeks F-word is a little heavier than I would normally post, but I like I had mentioned in Mommy Moment and Baby Basics this weeks I was seriously ill these past few weeks and it brought me to a realization that I need to make some changes. I was inspired by a fellow blogger The East Coast Mermaid who wrote about how her health scare inspired her to take an honest look at what she has been doing and oddly enough I am in a very similar boat. 

On December 29, 2016 I was diagnosed… came down with… I don’t really know how to phrase it with shingles, a diagnosis mostly for those over 60; you can’t even get the vaccine unless you are at least 50. So needless to say when I went to the doctor about a patch of what I thought was a resurgence of teenage acne I was shocked to discover it was shingles and that I should have come in earlier because it was very close to my right eye and there was a risk of vision loss. It was recommended that I not allow Monkey near my face and I could not breastfeed under any circumstances due the medication I was on. So not only was I fearful for what may come between now and when these powerful drugs kicked in hard enough to stop the virus but I also worried about what my sweet baby was going through as he isn’t old enough to uderstand that Mommy is sick and that’s why she cannot play with you like she usually does. Thankfully with the help and support of my husband I was able to spend the majority of the time in bed, sleeping and allowing the medication to work to its fullest, and stopped the virus from spreading to my eye and only went as far as my eye lid. My doctor said that I should make a full recovery but advised that stress management is what will help it from returning. 

While this allowed for Monkey and Michael to really bond over the last week it also allowed me to think about myself and what needs to change so I can be the best version of myself. Reading blogs and watching vlogs of people I have followed for years to pass the time it got me thinking about what draws me to them, and what makes me come back. What do I admire about these people that makes me take time from my busy day to check in, and the thread that I discovered was they are all really honest. They lay it out there good, bad, ugly and don’t worry about what the world says about them, and when it does get to them they address it. And this is what I intend to do from this point forward.

I have always struggled with social anxiety, I never know quite what to say and when I do I always question how I said it. I often prefer to stand off to the side and people watch when there is more than just one or two others in a space and regularly worry about the impressions I make. This was exacerbated when I became a mother, especially one who had multiple appointments a week with professionals in and out of the home assessing Monkey’s development and how I was doing as moving him along towards his milestones. The anxiety I would have about someone coming over without enough time to clean the house top to bottom was overwhelming and with all the well wishers coming around to see him only made the stress worse. I laid all this stress on myself to be the best, to provide the best stimulation for my son, to provide him with the best food, to ensure he lived in the cleanest home; and because of that I wasn’t being honest. I was putting on the face that it was easy and that it was doable for the long term, but it isn’t, because all that anxiety and expectations culminated into this strange diagnosis. And for that I am sorry, because my friends and family got the worst instead of the best of me because it was more important to me to show that I could do everything than it was for me to exist as myself and enjoy those around me.

From this point forward I will be the best mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend I can be, but that might mean I didn’t vacuum or do the dishes today, and that if you stop by you will have to be ok with that, because I went to the gym, played with my son, and I’m partaking in great conversation with you instead. I am going to take more time for self care because a sick Mommy is no good to a growing Monkey. I will continue to organize my life in lists because it makes me happy but I will ask for help in completing them so the weight doesn’t fall all on my shoulders. And lastly this year I will take on the word FEARLESS, not because I wont ever be scared, anxious or worried about things but because I wont let that anxiety overwhelm me to the point I am not honest about where I am at and who I am. And for those who decide that the honest me is not who they are interested in caring for, then I will let them go without worry of what I should have done or been differently to maintain that, because I have two very special people right here beside me who see and know the honest me, and love me anyway.

I hope that by talking about this and setting these goals I can inspire others to take a step back and love themselves a little more so that they can make the changes they need to make their lives a little brighter. This is a difficult lesson to learn but one I am sure I will be forever thankful for, and I hope you join me on this journey to self discovery with a sometimes messy kitchen.

The “F” Word is a weekly post about all the fun things. On Fridays we will talk about food, fashion, family, friends, faith, fitness and other f words that make life a little brighter.

The “F” Word: Fitness Challenge

In a few days everyone will be making New Years resolutions and the I know from experience that a very popular one is to loose weight. Now that Monkey is almost 9 months old and I have 3 months left of my maternity leave I figure it’s probably time for me to hit the gym a little harder so I can fit into my work clothes again. Not only will I be hitting the gym but I will be making healthier choices, because I refuse to to believe that the only way you can loose weight is with some of these crazy diets and meal replacement programs out there.

I am a foodie so one day I will want to eat real food again and along with that will come the weight I lost and some of its friends. I want to show Monkey how to eat properly so he doesn’t have to worry about these things when he’s an adult, because let’s be honest weight worry takes up way too much brain space for many of us.

For the challenge I will be posting daily on Instagram what I am eating, and my workout plan/Fitbit screen. The last Friday of every month I will let you know my progress, what worked and what didn’t work. And because I know I won’t be the only one making this resolution I challenge all of you to join me! Tag me in your Instagram posts and comment below what is working for you. Let’s cheer each other on because we all need a little support when it comes to fitness.

The “F” Word is a weekly post about all the fun things. On Fridays we will talk about food, fashion, family, friends, faith, fitness and other f words that make life a little brighter.