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8/16/16 – Long time, no see…

Well, I think I last posted about how I just had a baby? Time flies when you’re neck deep in poop and vomit! I have a great reason for not posting in the last 18 months…it’s because I’m neck deep in TWO piles of poop and vomit! That’s right, another one came and conquered just as I last posted about all my new exciting personal journey to fitness adventures!

Life sure knows how to test your spirit. And “tested”, it did.

I’m so grateful for the amazing bundles of joy that came around in just 2 years. It almost felt like those two years were a blur…actually, it definitely was. I don’t remember anything besides two little humans popping into my life.

I do remember trying to have a conversation with someone, and trying soooo hard to stop thinking about my first little one…I can only describe the feeling as puppy love. It was like a genuine, authentic true love with sinking hearts, and butterflies, and gasps of oohs and ahhs…I was not able to function. Mix that in with lack of sleep and energy…you’ve got a dangerous combination of non-contributing-to-society human.

I hope now that I have gathered all the pieces of my mind and have successfully put it back together, I can pursue health and wellness once again.

So let’s catch up:

  • I now have 2 kids. 15 months apart, my body and spirit has turned to mush.
  • I still have my company.
  • I moved cities.
  • After I have conquered all the states in America, my new life goal is to visit all 59 National Parks. So far I’ve been to Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Acadia, Congaree, Bryce Canyons, Zion, Grand Canyon, Haleakala, and Mt. Ranier. That’s 9 of 59. I’m going to hit Yosemite this year.
  • I went to China this year, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou to the Canton Fair
  • Sold my house of 7 years.
  • Finally moved out of a city I lived in for 10 years
  • I recently started flight lessons this past February, but had to put it on hold in April.
  • I went skydiving, dune buggying in the desert and took a helicopter into the grand canyon floor.
  • I have fallen off the healthy eats wagon.

There’s probably more things that I’m forgetting, but I can’t remember them all.

 

 

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8/17/16 – Shame triggers

Unusual title for a post about fitness! I know, but I really want to talk about it!

So since I had my newest baby last October, I have been feeling a lot of typical emotions post-pregnancy. Emotions on top of  physical stress, anxiety, and exhaustion – that’s a heady mix. That was a rough year for me. I was excited to sort of recover from the first pregnancy at about 6 months of not being able to do as much – and pretty much 3 weeks into making the commitment to my return to health and fitness – I found out I was 6 weeks pregnant already.

My husband and I kind of slapped ourselves in the face, and said a couple of cuss words out loud. Don’t get me wrong, our little girl is the best thing ever, and I wouldn’t change a thing. But it was just too soon. We just became parents, and knew those exhaustive nights are coming back.

That was the downward spiral bit for me. I started getting morning sickness, which prevented me from doing as much of anything I had set out to do. I was hardcore into hot yoga, but I had to quit that because of the heat, it wasn’t recommended for pregnant women. I think I might have just laid around in self-pity a bit. I did go swim more, but not for fitness but because my body just felt so much better floating in water than on land. I frequently reflected on all of my shortcomings. And I realize that I tend to do that a lot.

One of the shame triggers for me was “depending” someone. I relied on my independence for everything. My circumstance at the time was my husband was working 2 hours away, and all of my family lived 5 hours away, and my closest friends were all having their own familial issues.

I hated the idea of asking my employees or my neighbors for help.  I ended up hiring a nanny for my son, with the understanding that she may be my hospital help.

Fortunately, my daughter stayed in until the induction date, and we were able to schedule everything out. However, my mom and dad couldn’t stay to help, but they came for 1 day and left the next, and my husband was off the entire week, but then the nanny kicked in.

I remember crying knowing no one would be able to help me…and then cried even more when I felt ashamed that I actually wasn’t able to help myself.

 

 

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Food prepping – my newest fitness adventure

I am so intrigued about this. My preconceptions are that it will get old fast and if I travel, I’ll blow it off altogether. What I forget about doing this is that the second half of the week of the meals are frozen so even if I am traveling one day, the meal is still good, even to the next week.

I want to explore the best meals to prep. I’m not as particular about what I eat but even if it’s not a favorite meal, as long as I know it’s healthy I’m more likely to eat it.

I’m going to research some meal prepping plans and try them out. Sunday’s are good days to prep and Saturdays are good to cheat. I enjoyed a lot of pizza, Thai food, Mexican food, even junk food these last few months post partum. Time to tighten this mama body back up. Wish me luck.

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This is me my whole life.

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1/4 – Hot Yoga and Mind Body Connect

Well, yesterday I needed to have some me time. I booked a hot power yoga class on Mind Body. Mind Body is a website that connects you to wellness businesses like yoga, group fitness, gyms, and massage/spas. Basically what I use it for is to find a workout when I travel. So it’s pretty awesome how you can sign up for class and ensure you have a spot when you get there. Also you get to learn a little about the class and instructor.

https://www.mindbodyonline.com/connect

It felt so amazing to get a class in. I wish I were able to take a class everyday of the week. The heat just really relaxes your muscles and allows it to work at the level it should be working. Yoga that is not hot, is a much different experience when your muscles are not warm. Cold yoga just hurts to me.

So thankful my hubby was able to watch our baby while I get 75 glorious mins of hot yoga in and I returned the favor afterwards so he can run for 2 hours.

1 gallon of water challenge is truly a challenge. I must admit, I still haven’t been able to put away a gallon. It’s like my body is rejecting the last 24 ounces. I have a quart size bottle that I keep filling up and I struggle just to get the 3rd quart in. So getting to that 4th quart has been insane. My throat is rejecting the water. I feel like I’ve failed but I think it’s bc I’m not as active. Perhaps when I am doing more I’ll be able to “need” more water. We will see. I will report.

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23 Easy Paleo Crockpot Recipes – PaleoGrubs.com

I love simple! These recipes are literally so simple, that it will blow your mind.

A favorite of mine is called the  “Stank-a-Dank” Crock Pot Pork Spare Ribs
Your entire household will know when these ribs are cooking because their aroma seems to permeate everything. But that’s OK because they taste as good as they smell, and that will bring everyone rushing to the table. These are Asian-inspired and come out ready to eat right off the bone. Can’t get more caveman than eating meat off the bone. They say that these work well when served over a variety of foods including bok choy, or a rice substitute like cauliflower. You simply must serve them with a veggie to account for their meatiness.

23 Easy Paleo Crock Pot Recipes- for a hearty meal without the hassle.

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Feel Alive

You ever feel like you have so much going on that you can’t get anything done? Well, life’s a bit different these days…you might have guessed from the last post…my baby boy is here!

Since his arrival, we’ve just been having a blast learning how to be parents. It has been the greatest pleasure being overwhelmed with love, graced with his beautiful smiles, and experiencing that incredible bond that everyone kept telling me about.

I know this is supposed to be a blog about living the fit life, and although I’ve deviated from that core topic – I still firmly believe that a fit life isn’t just your body but your mental health as well. I know that my journey in 2013 when I started this blog had a tremendous impact on my lifestyle now. I look back on those old posts as reminders of my past habits and how this is a place for me to “remember” how I overcame it.

My greatest passion in life is to live the most fulfilled life I can possibly live all the while being truly grateful for everything that I already have and learning to enjoy every present moment for what it is…a chance to feel alive.

I want to start creating small and short lists of things that made me feel alive. I want to share them here, so that at the end of each year or periodically throughout, I can remember how life was so worth it that moment.

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Creating a foundation

It’s 9am on a foggy Wed morning, and I decided to stop procrastinating and finally get my DL renewed. I got pulled over about a week ago and with my kind of luck, I’m sure I’d run into the same guy who asked me if I would take care of this expired license and insurance card immediately, he could save me $300 in citations. I promptly said, yes sir, and a week later I am fulfilling my promise.

But there are several reasons why I procrastinated doing this very normal and very typical thing that all people do.

I got married about 4 years ago. I had no intentions of changing my name. I liked my rather difficult name because it was shared with my dad. My last name is his first name and he felt that I had a “good” name in the sense that it has brought me good luck and fortune, so changing that to something else is like saying, “he dad, your lucky name is not enough for me”. It’s also a unique name because my half brother and half sisters share the same last name but spelled with only one “H” and my full brother has my dads last name. So it’s just us two in this whole world who share this name with two “H’s”. And I feel kinda lucky.

But today, I am appending that name with my husbands last name so as to not give it up for good. This will be better in the long run since we will be having a family with the same last name.

Speaking of family, we’re expecting our first child! We are so excited and our hearts of so full and filled with so much joy! This name change is one of the first of many foundational things I am doing to plan and prepare, so my last little things can be taken cared of before the arrival.

I’ll create another post about it.

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Love Yourself

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If you don’t, how can you expect anyone else to?

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Strong is the new Sexy

I’m not even going to kid you – the pic below is what I am going for. You can’t completely leave vanity out of this lifestyle. It’s healthy to be aware of your figure, and not to mention, these images are drivers for motivation to continue to maintain this lifestyle. So I’m not going to hide it, I am going for this body, and no, the boobs probably won’t make the cut, but hopefully the rest will.

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