ANXIETY – MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

It has taken every single ounce of courage in my body to upload this video. Maybe it’s pride? I don’t know. I felt led to share with the small platform that I do have in hopes of encouraging somebody else who may be struggling. You haven’t seen me talk about this much on social media, and you probably won’t ever again. In fact, I don’t talk about this in person to anyone other than my husband, parents, mother-in-law, and brother. (So don’t try! 😂) Haha no, it’s just something I’m not really willing to re-visit unless it can help someone else. You know? However, if you are someone who feels they can relate but you don’t have the courage to find help, I am here 💜.

 

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2nd Trimester Workout

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We all know how I feel about keeping your mind and body as healthy as possible and we know that pregnancy isn’t any different.  I’m not going to sound like a broken record about the topic during this post because, well, I just don’t have the time right now haha!  Feel free to refer back to my last fitness-related post to check out how I stay as healthy as possible while pregnant.  My main motto is to eat as healthy as you can, and make sure you stay active REGULARLY while you are pregnant.  Doing this will best benefit your baby as well as your own body during one of the most important and special times of your life.

At the bottom of this post, I am going to simply demo a few of the workouts that I have been doing during my second trimester of pregnancy.  Several people who are pregnant have asked me to tell them exactly what I am doing as far as physical activity goes and it is simple.

  1. Beachbody program Active Maternity by Autumn Calabrese which is a program included with Beachbody OnDemand.  I am a Beachbody coach and will be happy to assist you in finding a program for you.
  2. Jog 2 miles every other day outside or on the treadmill.

The Active Maternity program includes workouts for each trimester, plus a postpartum exercise.  I love Beachbody programs, and have been doing them for 6 years now so I was thrilled that they had a new program for expectant  mothers.  I am now in the 2nd Trimester workout so I alternate doing that workout with jogging.  If you are pregnant, I definitely recommend alternating SOMETHING else with this workout.  Great forms of physical activity are: yoga, jogging, running, squats, lunges, abs (yes, abs).  Or you can just do Active Maternity and get all of the above in one workout!

Now, here are a few moves from Active Maternity!  Enjoy and message me with any questions you have!

 

Tips on Feeling Your Best While Pregnant

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Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of ups and downs.  Fluctuating hormone levels and physical changes to the body can contribute to the highs and lows of pregnancy for most women.  Regardless of who you are or what size you were when you got pregnant, there will come a time during your pregnancy where you just feel like you need a little pick-me-up.

Personally, I been lucky with both pregnancies as far as my health and the health of my baby goes.  However, this time around I have dealt with a few more emotional issues than I did the first time around.  I can probably contribute this to being more nauseous, having to take artificial hormones for the first 8 weeks, and being way more exhausted this time around.  All-in-all I can’t complain, but I did want to let you as the reader in on what has personally worked for me to help me overcome these things.  If you are pregnant, try out some of these tips and let me know if they work for you!

1.) TIPS FOR DEALING WITH NAUSEA/VOMITING

Like I mentioned above, nausea and/or vomiting can be an enormous obstacle for you to overcome as an expecting mother.  What I have found to work is cold, almost frozen beverages.  Water is extremely important during pregnancy – especially your first trimester so I would put Crystal Light Pure (sweetened with Stevia aka considered safe during pregnancy) in my glass of ice water.  This allowed me to get enough fluids during the crucial first trimester.

Eat small snacks throughout the day but try to make them as healthy as possible.  Try saltine crackers, fresh fruit smoothies (I use Shakeology), and cold fruit.  It is extremely important during your first trimester to eat healthy because of the crucial development of baby.  Your baby during this time is forming his/her organs and systems that will eventually turn into a fully functional human being.  What you put into your body plays an enormous role.  Each time that I have been pregnant, I have felt like I could have done more to eat healthy during the first trimester.  I am always paranoid that something will be wrong with baby because of my “not-so-perfect” food choices due to being sick.  Proteins are KEY.  Do whatever it takes to eat healthy meals and snacks – especially during the first trimester!

Be active outside.  When nausea hit me like a freight train, all I wanted to do was get some fresh air outside.  I would go on a jog or a walk and believe it or not, this did wonders.

2) FIGHTING FATIGUE

Fatigue is a HUGE part of why some women cut out their workouts and give up on making themselves presentable during pregnancy.  Do not let this ruin you!  On the days that I found myself almost too exhausted for even breathing, I would get my booty up and workout for 30 minutes.  I go on runs, lift light to medium weights, and do squats and lunges.  I promise you, this helps every time.  The couch may still be calling your name at 8:00 pm instead of your usual 10:30, but at least you feel better and more alert while the sun is still shining!

During the second trimester, a full belly from eating a meal will make me overly exhausted in an instant.  I have found to prevent this, eat several small meals throughout the day instead of large meals.  This will help leave some blood elsewhere instead of running to your organs to aide in digestion!

3) TIPS FOR FEELING YOUR BEST WHILE GAINING WEIGHT

This is huge and can truly affect how you feel no matter what size you started out at.  During pregnancy, you are guaranteed to see at least a 15 lb. gain on the scale – that’s just part of it.  You will see your breasts enlarge, your stomach begin to look like you at a basketball (or beach ball lol), your hips widen, and most likely you will begin to notice your arms and legs become softer in appearance.  This is when many woman can truly begin to feel insecure and down about their appearance.  I have actually struggled more with the physical changes in my body this time around than I did with my first child.  I don’t know what the reasoning is because I’m actually in better shape this time around, but insecurity creeps up quickly these days.  Those who know me know that I am in no way an insecure person, so for my physical appearance to get me down so quickly is considered odd in my case.

Quick and embarrassing story… Most of you that follow along know that my husband and I do the Beachbody workouts.  Well, he has recently started a 90 day workout called Body Beast.  He and I were talking about this workout and how I can’t wait to do more challenging/intense workouts again.  Michael then began to tell me about how he was thinking about doing one of Tony Horton and Autumn Calabrese’s workouts after he was finished with Body Beast.  This sounds ridiculous, but I immediately thought about how in shape Autumn is and how pretty she is and I IMMEDIATELY broke down in tears!  Haha y’all that is so NOT me on a regular basis.  I am usually extremely confident and don’t let silly, shallow things like this get to me!  This just goes to show you how low that some of my “lows” have been.  Don’t get me wrong, there are countless times where I feel absolutely beautiful with my new pregnant body, but thanks to hormones most likely, there are times where I am slightly more insecure about it than I used to be.

What I always try to remind myself is that I am carrying a little miracle – an actual human being that God entrusted me with.  When I remember this fact, I also remember that I must do everything in my power to create a healthy environment for this human being to grow.  That environment is my body.  Stress and unhealthy thinking don’t make for a healthy environment and that is usually all it takes for me to snap out of it.

To feel the best about your physical appearance while pregnant, simply take care of yourself.  Choose healthy options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  It’s ok to have some comfort food every once in a while.  Afterall, you have earned it mama!  Workout your body.  Physically, this is one of the best things you can do for you and your baby.  Women who workout are shown to have healthier pregnancies.  Their babies are healthier, and they are able to bounce back more quickly after giving birth.

4) GET UP AND GET DRESSED!

This will do wonders for you as a pregnant woman!  Pregnancy is not the time to let yourself go.  This is probably the most important 9 months of your life!  Get yourself together and look great while enjoying it!

During pregnancy it is so easy to let yourself go because you are tired, you don’t feel your best, your muscles and joints ache, your gaining weight, and the list goes on.  I like to make sure I get up and put at least a little bit of make up on, do something cute (but quick) with my hair, put a smile on my face, and walk around town with confidence!  Doing this wakes me up and helps me feel like I am still beautiful even though I ache all over and I have put on 10 lbs.  If you are married or in a relationship, this is especially important because after all, you have a significant other that you should still “try” for every single day of your life.  This is something that you should do regardless if you are pregnant or not!  You have a partner, you love them, you want them to think you are beautiful… act like you care about your appearance for them!  This will make you feel amazing in return, and the compliments from your partner are pretty awesome too!  I’m not saying curl your hair and look like Barbie everyday.  Nobody has time for that on an everyday basis.  There are many days where I am wearing workout clothes but I at least put some foundation, blush, lip gloss, and mascara on.  I also brush my hair and put it up in a cute ponytail!  My husband actually prefers this 9 times out of 10 anyway!  Just do it.  This will automatically help you feel like you went from a 3 to a 10 in 20 minutes.

5) EAT AS CLEAN AND HEALTHY AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN

This tip is crucial for both you and your  baby.  Think about it this way… You are growing a human being in your body, right?  What do you think that human being is being formed from?  God didn’t just put all of the right nutrients in your body to form that baby, he entrusted you to take it from there.  My point is, your baby’s body is basically being formed from what you put into your own.  Yes, the baby will draw from the good nutrients as much as they can, but you should make it much easy on them by putting healthy foods and liquids into your body throughout your entire pregnancy.

I understand cravings.  During this pregnancy, I have craved key lime pie (and I’ve had my fair share), PB & J sandwiches, and Cheez-Its like it’s my job.  I have definitely indulged in these things probably more than I should, but I also make sure that I take in way more healthy options than junk because I want my baby to be as healthy as he can be.  Too many women take this time to eat as much as they want, whatever they want, when they want it and I think it’s because they think, “Oh what the heck. I’m already gaining weight faster than I ever have before in my life.  I’ll just lose it after the baby is born.”  That thinking is wrong.  Do you know why?  It’s wrong because they are excluding the baby’s health from this way of thinking.  Now is not the time to eat whatever you want.  Now is actually the time to eat healthier than you ever have for your baby’s sake.

I like to choose options like raw veggies, steamed veggies, raw fruit, eggs, Greek yogurt, organic chicken, beans, rice, whole wheat pasta, etc…. Just to name a few.  I try to stay away from consuming pre-packaged items as much as I can.

6) MAKE TIME FOR YOU

It is so important during pregnancy to remove as much stress as possible!  If something is stressing you out, cut it out and do something for YOU.  One of the greatest ways to do this is to take time each day to enjoy something you love.  For me, these things include: going on a date with my husband, having a lunch date with MB, blogging, playing around with hair and makeup, jogging, going to the beach, or watching a marathon I love such as The Walking Dead!  Just do SOMETHING that makes you happy.  The baby will be happier and so will you.  After all, you do deserve it.

7) WORKOUT

You guys are probably sick of hearing me talk about working out all of the time, but this is so important during pregnancy.  The old way of thinking is to not overdo it physically.  In fact, my poor parents are forever worried that I’m working out too much!  I have spoken to my doctor in depth about fitness and working out and I am cleared to continue on as long as I’m gaining weight appropriately and baby is healthy.  So, I workout 6 – 7 days/ week about 25 minutes per day and doing this has literally gotten me through this pregnancy with a smile on my face.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • The endorphin rush has actually been greater for me during pregnancy than when I’m not.
  • This immediately puts me in a good mood.
  • Exhaustion is decreased significantly.
  • I’m probably one of the only pregnant women not suffering from constipation at all.
  • My weight gain is right on track. (This wouldn’t be the case in a sedentary pregnant woman.)
  • I have less aches and pains.
  • My vitals have been perfect.
  • I’m more likely to birth a baby with less body fat. (We all love chunky babies, but in terms of health, babies born with less body fat are healthier.)
  • Birthing my baby will most likely be easier for me.
  • I will most likely be able to avoid a C-section.
… and the list goes on and on.
I began to get extremely long-winded as usual, so I actually had to go back and delete about 50% of what I typed!  I hope that this reaches someone who is in need of a little “boost” during their pregnancy when it comes to feeling great and being able to enjoy the pregnancy.  Pregnancy is such a special time and I feel like each woman should be able to enjoy everything it has to offer!  If you or someone you know has any questions about any of the information above or simply wants to chat about their own experience, don’t hesitate to email me at stunninglysouthern@gmail.com!
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The Fun Side of Pregnancy

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I have had several of you gorgeous ladies message me and check up on me lately so I figured I would post a pregnancy update PLUS some!  Oh by the way, please excuse my roots in ALL of my pics.  I haven’t done anything to it since October because I really haven’t had a reason to!  I don’t care to damage my hair with highlights just for shopping around town.  Not my thing!  I am getting it highlighted in May because of all of the trips we are going on this summer, so at that point I will feel like a whole new woman!

I am now 18 weeks pregnant, well 19 weeks tomorrow (Friday) and this pregnancy has definitely been fun because of MB!  Haha he has been very observant in my .. well.. physical change!  It makes me laugh typing this because he has DEFINITELY noticed my growing belly and “boo boos” (boobies) so he calls them!  He has called me “big mommy” and oh so much more!  It’s all with love though so it’s super cute.

I will say that what they say is true!  I feel like the belly definitely gets bigger more quickly the second time around!  I have struggled more this time with the changes in my body than I did with my first pregnancy for some reason.  Maybe it’s because I’m more sensitive this time around.. because oh I definitely am!  Who knows why, but all I know is that I am eating the best I can and I workout like a madwoman!  Literally I’m working out 6 days/week for at least 25 minutes each time so I’m in shape – I swear!  Haha I think the second time around is just different on the body.  I swear my body literally says, “I don’t care how in shape you are!  I’m going to throw you some EXTRA maternal fat stores for baby ____ !”  Who cares though!  I’m doing what I can and I, along with my baby are healthy as can be!  So here are a few updates!

Weight Gain: Yeah, I said all of that above but I really have only gained about 7 lbs.  I just look soft this time around!  My hubby actually likes it though.  He says he wishes that I would be this weight when I’m not pregnant!

Baby’s Current Weight: 8 ounces!  This baby is growing RAPIDLY!

Baby’s Health: Baby is doing so well!  We have been able to see him/her move a lot during ultrasounds and have seen all of the organs and body parts!

Baby’s Sex: Well… we have known the sex for 2 1/2 weeks so far and we are waiting to tell our family REALLY soon!  Most of my family has been super sweet and excited about it and I know these people (grandparents plus Uncle Josh and Aunt Morgan and of course my long-time friend and supermom Ashley ;)) are going to be excited and surprised to find out baby’s sex!!! We have a cute surprise for them =). The rest of you will know soon!

Cravings: I am literally hungry almost every second of everyday this time around.  I was not like this with MB!  I don’t know what it is but I literally feel like I could eat ALL. DAY. LONG.  Don’t worry, I don’t let myself!  I think about pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes and know that will cause way too many complications.  I am craving eggs and cheez its!  Eggs.. Oh my goodness I have eaten hundreds ever since I got pregnant!  I literally CRAVE them all day every day!

Eating Schedule : 7:00 am egg and oatmeal for breakfast. Protein is KEY for a growing fetus! 10:00 am snack: I usually do some yogurt and veggie sticks or a boiled egg. 12:00 pm lunch: turkey, cheese, kale, avocado wrap with veggie straws or a salad (or both)! 3:00 snack: Shakeology, fruit, or both!  6:30 Dinner: We try to include a good portion of protein in this meal for me.  My body literally is CRAVING it this time around!  And dinner is usually anything and everything under the sun so I’m not even going to try to give an example.

Clothing: This is something I wanted to touch on and will do a more in-depth blog post on real soon!  I have had so much fun shopping for pregnancy!  So many women can’t stand the changes in their body during pregnancy, but I am literally obsessed.  Like I have said before, I think pregnant women are the absolute cutest!  There is nothing cuter than being a 2-for-1!  It’s just so sweet!  So here is what I have been dressing in throughout my pregnancy:

  • First Trimester: Didn’t really have any changes whatsoever to my body other than about a 3 lb. weight gain on the scale so I just stuck to my regular clothes!
  • Second Trimester: I have been purchasing some super cute maternity clothes from ASOS.com.  I have just been doing that because they are cute, not because that’s all I can wear!  I can still wear all of my pants from pre-pregnancy, but am now needing longer shirts and dresses that don’t cinch in at the waist.  I love spring fashion so being pregnant this spring has been a little bit of a bummer as far as fashion goes because I mean, I LOVE crop tops and two-piece sets!  It’s ok though because I have found several awesome non-maternity items that are SO cute with my stage of pregnancy right now.  I love body-con dresses, t-shirt dresses, and long, fitted t-shirts with jeans!  I have found several options from ASOS like I mentioned above as well as Lulu’s plus some boutique clothing.   This relaxed dress I am in came from Lulu’s.
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I plan to do a super fun post real soon on dressing the bump with several examples out of my own closet!  I have also bought several swimsuits for this summer that I will do another post for!  So if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, look for these fun posts!

Love you all and thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to catch new posts!

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First Trimester Maternity Workout Routine

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Hi everyone!  I have planned to do several fitness-related posts for pregnant women because I know first-hand how important it is to keep yourself in shape and healthy all throughout your pregnancy.  If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, I sincerely hope you can gain something from these!

It has been extremely difficult for me to feel great during my first trimester of this second pregnancy because of the medicine that I have been on to help me maintain my pregnancy and prevent a miscarriage.  My doctor has had me on progesterone suppositories ever since my very first doctor’s appointment and they have left me feeling like a hot mess!  Side effects of this medicine (in my case) have been the following: severe nausea, some vomiting, extreme fatigue/exhaustion, mood swings, and the list goes on.  AKA – I have never felt so poorly in all 29 years of my life!  The nausea has left me with zero appetite.  It makes me cringe to say this because I am normally a fairly healthy eater, but I’ll admit I had to eat terribly during my first trimester to basically survive.  I got to where I couldn’t cook, clean dishes, open the refrigerator, or walk into my pantry without spending the next 5 minutes dry heaving.  Yes, it was that bad.  I basically wanted to eat popcorn, chips, cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and French fries.  I am so embarrassed to say that because I ate HORRIBLY for about two months.  Luckily, now that I am in my 13th week of pregnancy and the nausea has begun to fade I am getting back on track with my daily diet.

Although I ate like complete crap during my first trimester, I still managed to workout for around 30 minutes/day, 5-6 days/week.  This is the ONLY thing that kept me from completely falling off the deep end for almost two months.  Working out gave me energy when I thought I was going to literally fall out.  It also helped ease my nausea at times when I thought I couldn’t take any more and wanted to crawl in a hole and sleep until it faded.  Working out not only helped with what I listed above, I know that I am doing great things for myself and for my unborn child.  Take it from me who has been through a long, exhausting labor; keeping your body in shape while you are pregnant will help your labor and delivery go by MUCH more smoothly than it would have otherwise.  With  my first child, I went into labor two weeks early and stayed in labor for HOURS.  I’m talking all Sunday night through mid-Monday morning.  Not to mention, I pushed for 3 hours.  3 freaking hours!  I was in great shape with my last pregnancy, but thank God I was because had I not been, that delivery would have probably ended up in a C-section.  Now, I’m not hating on those of you who have had C-sections.  I understand they happen, but that’s not how I wanted to have my baby.  I got through labor and delivery, had my baby, and was out on a walk with my family 2-3 days later.

With all of this being said, it is better for you and your baby if you get moving during your pregnancy!  Always talk to your doctor before you begin a workout regimen, but I guarantee you that you are better off doing SOMETHING rather than nothing at all.  The general rule of thumb is to stick with what you were already doing BEFORE you got pregnant.  SO, here is what my workouts look like!

My Maternity Workout Routine

Monday: Whitney’s Maternity Workout w/Weights.  This is a workout that I came up with that I will share with you in the future!

Tuesday: Run 2 miles.  I cut this down from 3 miles because I didn’t want to overdo it.

Wednesday: Autumn Calabrese’s “Active Maternity” workout from BeachBody OnDemand.  If you want more info on this program or any Beachbody program, e-mail me at StunninglySouthern@gmail.com.

Thursday: Run 2 miles.

Friday: Rest day or Whitney’s Maternity Workout w/Weights.

Saturday: Run 2 miles.

Sunday: Rest day or Autumn Calabrese’s “Active Maternity” workout program.

I have absolutely LOVED the “Active Maternity” workout program on Beachbody OnDemand! Autumn makes it fun AND it’s Beachbody.  You all know how much I love my Beachbody programs!

I put together a little workout demo of a few of the moves from “Active Maternity”.  If you have any questions about Beachbody or the programs, e-mail me at StunninglySouthern@gmail.com or visit my personal Beachbody website here.

Baby on Board!

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“For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him” 1 Samuel 1:27

… And boy did we.  Many of you may remember around this time last year when I posted about our struggles with infertility.  Well, it has been a long road but we overcame every obstacle and ended up with the best news ever the week of Christmas.  Yes, we found out 5 days before Christmas that I was indeed 5 weeks pregnant and I can’t even begin to tell you what a relief it was.  In the past year I have had the pleasure of corresponding with many of you who read my infertility post.  We have shared stories of decisions we have had to make with our doctors, heartaches, and success stories and I can honestly say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart to those of you who have reached out to me with love and kind words.  I have spoken to many of you since the day I found out that I was pregnant and explained what we went through as well as what to expect for those who have been having the same infertility issues.  There are women all over that struggle with infertility and for that, I wanted to share a quick story on what we went through as well as what to expect once you become pregnant.

As many of you know, my husband and I had our first child March 25, 2013.  It only took about 2 months for us to get pregnant with our baby boy.  I always wanted children closer in age because my brother and I were 21 months apart and even as brother and sister, I felt we had a solid relationship that grew into a friendship as we grew older.  All of that to say, Michael and I decided to get rid of the birth control and began trying to get pregnant in August of 2014…

Once about 5 months went by, I began to wonder what was going on.  {You can refer back to my post titled “A Little Something I Wanted To Share” if you are curious about my thought process at that time.}  I called my doctor probably around month 6-7 to try and schedule an appointment with her so she could begin running tests.  I was told that they wouldn’t even consider looking at this as an issue until we had been actively trying for at least one year.  At around month 8 of trying to get pregnant, I began having continuous bleeding for about 2 1/2 weeks.  This got me a doctor’s appointment, which is what I wanted so it was pretty much a blessing in disguise.

The doctor’s appointment consisted of an ultrasound of my ovaries and uterus, all of which looked perfectly fine.  They also did bloodwork to check my hormones, which also looked 100% normal.  We talked it out with my doctor and went back and forth about my everyday lifestyle and habits.  The only problem my doctor saw at the time was that I was slightly underweight for my height, and that perhaps I didn’t have enough body fat to maintain a pregnancy which is why it had not yet happened.  After all of this, we talked about changing up my workout routine and incorporating more healthy fats into my diet.  She also told me that if it still had not happened in a few more months, we would come back in to begin looking into further testing.

Before we knew it, it was August of 2015, AKA one year and still no pregnancy.  So, we made our doctor’s appointment and came back in for a conversation with my doctor.  Little did I know there was so much more testing to be done!  At this point, they needed to test Michael.  I won’t go into detail,  but you all probably know what that consisted of.  His results were perfectly normal.  I honestly can’t remember if we did more blood testing or not on myself, but what I do remember is that I was not comfortable with the test that she wanted to do on me.  I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called, but the test consists of inserting radioactive dye into my uterus and looking to see if the fallopian tubes were open.  I actually just looked up the term and I believe it’s called a Hysterosalpingography“.  Well, I was not comfortable with this test especially after talking with a good friend of mine about it.  I understand that it would be a very small dose of radiation, but any radiation can increase the chances of cancer significantly.  The problem was, my doctor (at the time) would not prescribe Clomid to me until she made sure that my fallopian tubes were open and everything in my uterus looked fine.  Needless to say, I was devastated.  Long story short, after a few more months of back and forth with my doctor, my husband saved the day by talking them into prescribing Clomid without having the testing done and she agreed to prescribe me the medicine at the beginning of my next cycle.  Keep in mind, my cycles are anywhere from about 33-60 days long, so now we are at 14 months of trying to get pregnant.

So here we are in December 2015 with my period supposed to start at any time so that I can begin Clomid.  During this time I really toned down my workout routine.  I went from intense p90X workouts everyday, to working out just 5 days a week.  I also changed up my diet and incorporated more good, well actually and bad fats into my diet in order to gain more body fat.  One or two days were p90X, the rest were light, 3 mile jogs throughout my neighborhood.  Well, I woke up at the end of December one morning and began feeling nauseous at the site of food, the garbage, pretty much everything.  We took a pregnancy test (or maybe 3 haha) and sure enough, I was 5 weeks pregnant and didn’t even have to begin my first dose of Clomid.  What made it even more special was that my sweet parents were coming into town to stay the week for Christmas!  I was ecstatic to say the least.

We went to my doctor’s appointment, confirmed the pregnancy, and I was put on progesterone suppositories to help my body sustain the pregnancy.  For those of you that it took over 1 year to conceive, your doctor will probably do something similar for you.  If they don’t, I would bring up the topic because we are at greater risk for miscarriage.  The progesterone has honestly left me feeling like complete crap with a whirlwind of side effects, which is why I haven’t done much with my beauty blog lately.  However, I will say that working out regularly (5 days/week)  has kept me from going completely over the edge!  All of this will be a blog post for a later date.

Many of you won’t really care to read this post, and that’s fine.  This one isn’t for you right now.  Many people said throughout the entire time I was trying to get pregnant, “It’s just not meant to be right now”, and that honestly annoyed the you know what out of me.  When you see a future for your family and it keeps being pushed off and delayed, it’s a very frustrating feeling.  However, I can honestly say that it probably, in fact, DID happen at the best time that it could have because of different changes occurring in our lives for the better.

I am an open book on subjects that I believe may help or inspire people in some way, which is why I decided to put my story out there when it comes to this topic.  The response I received after my first post on infertility back in April of 2014 was one for the books.  Because I put my story out there, I have met others via the internet going through the same thing.  Some continue to go through it and some, like myself, finally had their dreams come true.  Whatever your story  be, I hope that you too continue to push until you find some answers.  I was not going to stop until I found some.

Be looking for some fun and exciting posts coming up on pregnancy workouts, as well as feeling beautiful throughout your entire pregnancy!  I am so excited to be able to share my journey will all of the new moms and moms-to-be out there!

**Muah!**

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Feeling Your Best In 2016

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The year is now 2016!  Can you believe that?  Aside from the fact that I officially feel old as dirt now that I am over 10 years graduated from high school, and I’m also officially in the year that I turn 30, I’m pretty excited about this year!  There is something about January 1 that literally brings life to me every single time!  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe it’s the calendar literally starting over again that makes me feel as though I have some sort of fresh start.  Anyway, that may all sound silly but I like to have an “official” fresh start every now and then.

I can see all over social media that the *New Year’s Resolutions* are now in full swing.  You know what, I think it’s great.  People make fun of other people for making them, but I think everyone needs some kind of goal.  If it takes the calendar rolling over to January 1 to force people to set their sights high, let it happen all day long!  Like I have mentioned in the past, I set a fitness goal for myself my sophomore year in high school and have stuck with it ever since then.  Needless to say, I have pretty much been a fitness junkie the majority of my life.  Because being healthy has been such a big part of my life and I have personally witnessed the benefits of it, I would love nothing more than to see the entire human population change their own lives around!  If more people were healthy, I truly believe the world would be a better place…TRULY!

With all of that being said, if you’re new year’s resolution involved becoming a healthier individual, try allowing these simple tips below guide you along the way.

1. IT’S NOT ABOUT SEEING HOW “SKINNY” YOU CAN GET

  • The only thing worse that letting yourself completely go by eating and drinking everything without exercising is doing the opposite – starving yourself to look like the photoshopped version of that Victoria’s Secret model in your catalog on your kitchen counter.  If you have seen what anorexia leads to, you know it’s not pretty.  Anorexia leads to hair loss, organ failure, and the list goes on.  I had to learn a long time ago that my body is not ever going to be exactly like everyone else’s.  There are people out there that will have narrower shoulders than you, a smaller waist, a thigh gap and they eat like a horse!  It’s genetics!  This is just one of those things that we women get caught up in and it does nothing but bring disappointment.
  • It’s not about seeing how skinny you can get.  That is an unhealthy mindset to have.  It is about being the healthiest you can be *in your own skin*.  God made you GORGEOUS in your own way and he made you just the way he wanted you to be.  Take that into consideration when you start to freak out that your waist isn’t 23″ around, but your best friend’s is.

2. DON’T GO ON A “DIET”. THEY DON’T WORK.

  • I despise the word “diet” more than anything in the world.  Why?  Because they don’t work.  You can say, “well it worked for me” all you want, but did you eventually go on another “diet” within a few years after your first one?  Once you hit your goal, which by the way most likely revolved around #1 on my list, did you gain 5 pounds or more within the year and a half following your diet?  Yeah, see, diets aren’t how you change your lifestyle, they get you “skinny” quick.  You end up gaining it back (usually pretty easily) and have to put yourself back on another one to lose the extra fat you packed on from your diet.  Do you know someone like this?  I know a few.  Perpetual dieters that fluctuate their entire lives with their weight.
  • Instead of trying a diet where you cut out carbs or whatever it is that you cut out, try to exhibit self-control.  A well-balanced diet is always healthiest.  Well-balanced means a little of each food group.  It is even OK to eat junk food occasionally!  I’ll go ahead and tell you because I’m not ashamed.  I am 5’7-5’8 and 120 lbs.  I have been between 118-122 literally since high school.  The only time I was heavier was when I was pregnant with my 2 year old.  I actually have to try to stay above 120 lbs because anything less is considered “underweight” for a girl my height.  Do I diet?  Heck no!  I eat pretty much everything.  I try to cook healthy, but I also allow myself burgers, fries, ice cream, pizza, and Mexican food on a weekly basis.  I try not to eat bad every meal, but you can bet your bottom dollar I have at least one “cheat” food every day.  It’s not genetics either.  There was a point in my life before I started working out that I would average about 125 -128 lbs.  Incorporating a fitness routine and healthier food options into my life helped me get to be the healthiest I can be.

3. EXERCISE

  • I’m sorry, but you gotta do it!  If you don’t incorporate some sort of fitness routine into your life, you will never be the healthiest you can be.  Exercise helps you feel better about yourself!  People that workout are happier, they have better cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI… ya’ll the list goes on.
  • If you like working out with other people, try a group class!  There are endless classes out there that will knock you into shape.  If you enjoy working out with other people I would go this route instead of just hitting the gym with a friend because most likely you and your friend won’t get too much done without some guidance.
  • Try a Beachbody fitness program!  Yes, I am a Beachbody coach!  Somehow, I still have friends and family members that don’t realize this.  Beats me!  Beachbody fitness programs have literally allowed me to transform my body into exactly what I wanted.  Not to mention, they are fun!  There is even a program for pregnant women that is amazing!  If you are interested in trying a program, ask me anything you want about them because I have dabbed a little in each of them.
  • Like I said, just do something.  15 minutes of walking is better than sitting on your couch being a couch potato!
4. GET PLENTY OF REST
  • This is huge!  Don’t stay up any later than you have to.  Just don’t do that to your body.  You need your 8 hours of sleep.  Your BODY needs it.  People that go to bed at a decent hour and get 8 hours of sleep are most definitely healthier and happier.  If this is something that you have trouble with, do everything in your power to change it!

5. INCLUDE TIME FOR YOUR FAMILY

  • Make time out of your day for God and for your family.  Your family is there to support you.  Don’t be so busy that you forget to include them.  When you are home, BE WITH your husband or wife and your kids.  Get off of your phone.  I have had to tell myself that lately which is why I haven’t posted as much.  Your family is there for you when nobody else will be.  Love them.

I hope you enjoyed this post and most importantly, I hope that 2016 blesses you with endless JOY!

MUCH LOVE!

 

Staying Healthy During The Holidays

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We all know that Thanksgiving and Christmas is a time when most people overindulge! We tend to do this because, well, there are family and friend gatherings every weekend; sometimes even twice per weekend! As fun as these are, the overabundance of food and “Christmas cheer” (if you know what I mean) tend to have us looking and feeling like we just put on our “Freshman 15” all over again!  Am I right, or am I right?  We will just call it our “Christmas 15”!  Because of the extra five, ten, or maybe even 15 pounds we pack back on during the holiday season, we end up having to work that much harder to get our bodies back by the time Spring AKA SWIMSUIT SEASON rolls back around! I mean, we all want to look like Behati Prinsloo Levine, Candice Swanepoel, and Sara Sampaio in our bikinis right? Well, I’ll keeping dreaming with that one, but you get my drift…

I have put together a list of 5 of the main habits that I have formed throughout the years to help me get through the holidays without gaining my “Christmas 15”!

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1. EXERCISE

  • I know, bla bla bla you don’t want to or have time to, right?  I hate to break it to you, but unless you literally work at your job for 24 hours/day, 7 days/week OR have 50 kids without anyone in the world to watch them beside you for 30 min/day, you have time to work out.  Sorry =).  No sympathy here!  Like I mentioned several times before in my blog, I have been in situations where my only time I had to workout was at 5:00 in the morning.  Guess what?  I don’t like 5:00 either, but I got my booty up and did it!
  • To make it through the holiday season, you must exercise.  Unless you are a genetic freak of nature, you will gain weight with all of the added calories that this time of year brings.  You’re all intellectual individuals – you know this! =)

2. DRINK WATER NONSTOP

  • It is totally OK to drink soft drinks, juice, and alcohol every now and then!  Just don’t do it all day long, everyday.
  • If you want a Coke, drink it but let that be your one and only pass for the day.  This goes for everything!  Juice and alcohol included.  Choose one guilty pleasure and let that be it for that day!
  • Drink water out of bottles or water canisters all day, everyday!  This will help you fill up to where you won’t want to eat that entire cheeseball at your grandma’s house!

3. TASTE EVERYTHING

  • Thanksgiving, Christmas and every single day in between doesn’t give you a pass to eat the 40 Christmas cookies that people keep bringing to your office and house!
  • Taste it all!  Eat a few bites of everything!  I mean, it IS the holiday season!  Yes, taste it all but please Dear Lord don’t eat the biggest portion in the family!
  • During the holidays, I try everything that is put in front of me.  Really, I do.  I just know my boundaries.  If you don’t know yours, just take a few bites of everything.  Better yet, install a health tracker on your phone and type everything in!

4. DESSERT – Ah yes, this one is tricky

  • Allow yourself 5 small bites, then put it away.  I’m sorry, but dessert will get you QUICK.  Those jeans will be entirely too small in no time if you consume that entire slice of pie the 100 times that it will be offered to you during the holiday season.
  • I know, it’s tough!  By the way, you aren’t depriving yourself by not eating the entire slice I can promise you that.  There will be way more desserts available throughout the holidays.  Just TASTE IT, and don’t lose your figure!  If you overindulge, you WILL regret it later.

5. COCKTAILS AKA Christmas Cheer

  • Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas parties, weddings…. The list goes ON!  The holidays are a time where a LOT of alcohol is served.  College kids are out of school and partying nonstop.  Your body has the potential to literally BLOW UP because of alcohol overindulgence alone (if you’re a drinker).
  • Alcohol will put weight on you in a heartbeat.  My recommendation – sip, and I mean SIP on a wine or straight liquor drink “on the rocks” or straight up.  If you attend several parties during the holiday season where alcohol is involved, this is your best bet.
  • Drink in moderation!!  Sip throughout the night on one or two drinks!  CHEERS!
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I hope these tips can help get you through the rest of the Christmas season leaving you happy AND healthy!  Let me know if you have any questions about anything in particular!  I am always happy to help!
Much Love To You And MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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