Going back to the mat

My fitness practice has been…challenging…over the past few months. Those who know me, know I go pretty hard at fitness. I love to challenge myself and go for the rush of endorphins that comes by completing something hard. This wasn’t always the case, but it has become my habit over the past 2 years. So when I found out I was pregnant, I became paralyzed with fear. I looked around and was overwhelmed by everything that I loved and COULDN’T do any more. No more heavy lifting, no more MMA, no more kickboxing, no more Insanity…I realized that I had filled my life with practices I loved, but that were not SO great for my current state. Don’t get me wrong- people continue some of these activities throughout their pregnancy and they’re happy and healthy and it’s a beautiful thing. But me? I was SCARED. I didn’t want to risk hurting my baby for ANY program. So I did the only thing I knew how to do- I stopped working out. I kept active- taking the stairs, walking, etc. but I stopped following any kind of fitness program. Before I knew it, I was spiraling. I was depressed and anxious, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t seem to stick to any form of healthy eating, I just couldn’t keep my shit together. Mind you, some of this is just the hormones of the first trimester (paired with some big life changes) but some of it…some of it was just feeling what it was like to live in fear of my body. Constant fear that I wasn’t strong enough. That I was going to hurt myself. That I was going to hurt my baby. I’ve had to spend a few weeks in the spiritual gym to push through that and really come to a place where I’m ready to begin again.

So today, I went back to the yoga mat. Today, I began a NEW fitness practice. One that is challenging (I AM prepping for birth in 6 months) but gentle. One that focuses on my CURRENT body and honors how it is changing. And one that will connect me to my precious little babe and remind me WHY I’m letting go of my death-grip on the Pop Tarts and picking up a smoothie.

If anyone would be interested in joining me in this, I’d absolutely adore your company! New beginnings aren’t easy, and they’re always better with friends ❤️

Ready or not…

Well, it has DEFINITELY been an eventful year! Since last October I have found myself in a new career, Judah was laid off and is now beginning down the path of his dreams, we have moved across the street from some of our dearest friends, and NOW we are OVERJOYED to share that we will be expanding our little family!!! Coming April 2018 our next big adventure begins 😍 #Grimlock #ThisIsWhatHappensWhenYour4YearOldNicknamesTheBaby

Are you up for a challenge?

Next week it is going DOWN! Shaun T is launching Shaun Week to Beachbody On Demand on June 12th!! Shaun Week is a 7-day intensive full-body boot camp developed to motivate you to focus like you’ve never focused before, and dig deeper than you ever thought possible. If you love Insanity or T25, if you want 1 week to challenge yourself and get back on track, this is it!!

To celebrate one of my favorite fitness trainers launching this all-new program, I will be running an exclusive online accountability group starting June 12! Each day a new workout will be posted live on Beachbody on Demand, with no way to look ahead. We will all LITERALLY be taking it day by day 😅 But the AWESOME thing is, we can CRUSH it together as a group!! 

Comment below, or private message me, if you’d like into this exclusive group and please feel free to invite others who you think might be interested! It’s about to get real!!!

Writing in rainbows

I am definitely a paper-and- pen kinda gal. So when I journal, or write in my planner, I LOVE to treat myself to bright, vibrant colors 😍 Every serious notebook-addict has one kind of pen that really does it for them. I remember my mom writing in beautiful sweeping script with ballpoint pen growing up  (she’s definitely at the root of my love) ❤️ When I saw my favorite brand on clearance yesterday (in these BEAUTIFUL colors) I almost wept with joy!!! These are going to good use starting TODAY!!!

Do you have a favorite pen you like to use? 

An abundance of oats

Wait. You mean you DON’T buy your oatmeal 10 lbs at a time?!? Well this is embarrassing… 

#seriouslytho #whatsnottolove #granola #granolabars #oatmeal #oatmealcookies #carbsforlife #frugalvegan #plantbasedkitchen

When your child doesn’t want to eat…

Tonight was a typical night at our place tonight! Ced tried the obligatory bites of his dinner and then declared that he wasn’t interested in any more food. Except leftover birthday cake, of course! There’s always room for that 😉

So we compromised and agreed to make one of his favorite stand-bys: a smoothie. And I knew just the one to make! We tried the new Vegan Vanilla Shakeology and oh, my LORD it is delicious!!!! Like liquid vanilla cake batter 😍 Our kiddo is LOVING it! And thank God because, truthfully, if it wasn’t for this shake I think he would have given up on eating ANYTHING tonight 😂 Anyone else have a picky eater among them? Any tips or tricks out there?

 

Another year, another journal

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to journal. I have tons of notebooks, filled with ideas, reflections, notes, prayers, thoughts, dreams, and achievements. Most precious to me is a little blue notebook that I started last year, which held all my personal development notes, and things which I held most dear, like pictures, my number from my Tough Mudder Run, my research notes for theater productions I’m working on, and workshop notes from my first Beachbody Summit! And two weeks ago, I left it on the train. 

I realized immediately what had happened. I stood helplessly watching the train pull away, I took a picture of the train, talked to the station, called Penn Station, but, as of yesterday, I realized that I have to let it go. It’s not coming back into my life, so I need to release it and move on.

So today, I bought myself a new notebook. Only this time, it’s made to sync electronically with Evernote. So I will never lose my work again 😍 Technology meets pen and paper? Yes, please!!

#liveandlearn #opportunitiesforgrowth #letgo #notebookaddict #evernote #technologyrocks 

Feeling like a superhero

Just finished a spin class over lunch! I feel a little bit like a superhero these days- changing into my workout clothes, dashing to the gym, pushing myself like crazy for 30 minutes, running back to the office, changing my clothes, and getting on a phone call as if nothing had even taken place…not gonna lie- it’s not easy, but it feels REALLY good to know that I’m making progress towards my goals!!