Seeking Inspiration

Am I the only one struggling to feel inspired this winter?  It can’t be just me.  This winter has taken every ounce of my energy to get through.  Both girls have been sick all winter.  Which means no sleep, for anyone, and lots of snuggles at home.  Love the snuggles but I don’t get much accomplished nor do I feel driven too on such little sleep.  My eating is all over the map trying to make up for the lack of energy and I can’t seem to get my head in the right space to do my workout every day.  I did manage to finish Hammer and Chisel and lost 4 pounds and 6 inches over the 60 days.  Definitely could have done better but with everything else going on, the sickness and the neck injury I feel pretty good about my results.

I have been keeping up with my running as well.  For the most part because it is my sane time.  My time to escape everything and let my mind wonder.  I won’t lie, somedays it is a mental struggle to get out there and I question whether I should just turn around pretty well every 5 minutes or so.  But I don’t because I hate quitting, I refuse to give up and I reap the rewards.  The runners high is worth every pain staking kilometre.

Today is my birthday and to celebrate we spent the day together as a family.  Although both the girls were sick we made the most of it and got out to enjoy the sunshine at a local farm museum.  It wasn’t quite as enjoyable as we envisioned but really what outings are when you have kids.  I don’t know about you but I get these ideas of what events are going to be like in my head and then we get there, reality sets in lol.  Not exactly what we planned but we left without having to physically carry a screaming child from the scene.  So I call it a win 🙂

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My oldest daughter Emma got her very first dirt bike.  Which I thought would give me heart palpitations but it’s actually pretty cool.  It has training wheels and a governor on it so it barely putts around the yard.  Daddy always loved dirt bikes and looks like Emma is going to as well.  She hasn’t stopped smiling or talking about it since we brought it home ❤

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My other daughter Scarlett is making leaps and bounds in the milestones department.  She is only 6 1/2 months old and is sitting up, rolling all over the place, starting to army crawl and has two bottom front teeth.  Time goes way too fast.

One of our favourite things to do is play dress up.  We are slowly building our wardrobe up for the dress up trunk and Scarlett loves to take part.  Actually she pretty much loves to do anything her sister is doing.  She adores her.  This wig cracks me up and the girls love it.

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I am the luckiest mommy to have two beautiful healthy girls.  Flus and colds aside, these girls are healthy and happy most of the time.  And for that I am thankful.

My intent is to start P90X3 tomorrow.  It fits perfectly in with my running schedule and has two full rest/stretching days a week.  Love it.  My body needs this!  Hammer and Chisel was hard on my body and my head.  Definitely not enough stretching/flexibility in the program for me.  I get super tight and end up injured without those recovery days.

Still working on my nutrition and doing pretty good.  I found out that I have coverage with our plan for a nutritionist which is awesome!  I can’t wait to get someone to help me tweak my eating so it works for me long term and I don’t have to record everything.  Very exciting stuff.

I had my Canfitpro course both this weekend and last weekend for the Fitness Instructor Specialist and loved every minute of it.  Being called to the front of the class to instruct on a whim not only took me way outside of my comfort zone it forced me to take reins and just start doing instead of planning so much.  I have been writing workout plans for months but I realize now that I just need to get out there and start practicing.  You have to start somewhere, right?  Well here I am ready to put theory into practice.  It is going to be so much fun when our classes start in May.

I am hoping to get on to blog a little more after my exam is done and the girls are feeling better.  My priority list is filled with other responsibilities at the moment.  I have so many recipes to share and I want to get some of my workouts posted to hopefully get some feedback on them.

But for now, off to bed.  This Mama is tired.

Thanks for reading ❤

 

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In Fitness and In Health Progress

This month has been a whirlwind of events.  All good ones.  Goodbye winter blues, hello spring fever ❤

I am now halfway through my Fitness Instructor Specialist course and loving every minute of it.  Two more in-class sessions, a written and practical exam and I am officially certified 🙂  My business partner Brittany and I are taking the course together and really love being able to travel together and partner up to help one another.  Such a fun experience.  I love having to step outside my comfort zone.  I am at my best when I have to step outside of it and do things I could have never imagined me doing.  Like for example, teaching a class.  Never in a million years would I have ever thought I was capable of getting up in front of a group of people, all eyes on me, and teaching.  Now, I know that is not only possible, I am super excited for it.

You know how sometimes you just know things are meant to be because the universe just keeps making good things happen.  Well we have been offered so many great opportunities in the process of getting our bootcamps up and running I just know that this is going to be awesome!

Today Brittany and I stopped in to buy some chickens from a local farm on the way home and the owner offered us a spot on his radio show!  Amazing.  We get a 15 minute spot to talk about our business and what it is all about.  It’s a local radio station that does a segment on different communities including ours.  Such a great opportunity for us to get our name out there and what we are all about.

If anyone reading lives in our area, we buy the chickens from Blue Barn Farms and they are delicious.  Here is the link to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Blue-Barn-Farms-180981041924660/

I just feel like there is so much happening for us.  I know it is going to be a great year!

Hopefully I will get an opportunity to blog a little more in the coming weeks, I miss sharing 😦

 

 

Dietary Changes

Although not breastfeeding anymore I have this low carb eating mentality that was beat into me somewhere along the line. It is not serving me well. At all. I run, I workout, I am studying for courses, trying to start a business, I chase a toddler all day long and am up all night with my youngest. By 7pm (the end of the witching hour) or bedtime😉. I feel drained, wiped out and ready to either a) binge eat or b) pass out or sometimes both.

I am sure many of you moms out there can relate. If you follow my blog you will know that I recently ditched calorie counting. For many reasons but mainly because it’s time consuming, counteractive for me and because I don’t want my girls to grow up thinking that is the way to eat. It’s not. I want to teach them to eat healthy and to enjoy the things they love, including the chocolate cake.

I follow Mama Lion Strong and today her Facebook status really hit home for me.  I need to rearrange my eating for the day and include more carbs earlier in the day so I am left feeling more satisfied and with more energy after the munchkins are asleep.

I have goals and I haven’t been able to get to them in the evenings because I crash so early.

I am hoping a few small dietary changes will give me just the pick me up I need to keep going😊

Here is the link to her blog, she also has a Facebook page I follow.

 

 

http://www.mamalionstrong.com/