Why we Vacation WITH and WITHOUT kids

Why we Vacation WITH and WITHOUT kids

Hey there!

I know I’m hit and miss these days on the blogging front but am planning on trying to get back into it a little more now that we’re in a bit of a routine.  I’m not going to lie, two kids can be a bit crazy at times.  That plus managing the household chores, coaching, teaching at the gym and studying for my Personal Training Cert.  That last one has taken precedence over blogging as I really want to focus on passing.

Anyways, I’m here today with some free time so figured I’d pop in to chat with you all for a change.  Mainly about the topic of vacations.  We just returned from an amazing vacation in Mexico!

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How I Stepped off the Scale and Learned to Respect my Body

How I Stepped off the Scale and Learned to Respect my Body

Since I can remember I’ve had this obsession with the scale.  Obviously a lot of it stems from years of yoyo dieting, eating disorders and body issues.  However, even as I got over those things I still struggled with not stepping on the scale every single day.  It’s silly really that we put so much emphasis on a number.  I mean, what does that number really tell us?  Our health?  Our power to love?  Our self worth?  NO!!!!!  It tells us how much our bones, fat, muscle and organs weigh.  Something that is going to be ever changing as we age and grow.  Even when we are adults and we think we are done growing our body is still changing.  So of course we shouldn’t expect to see the same number we saw when we were in high school or even when we were in our twenties.  Our bodies mature and change and with that we should accept that number to change as well.

Now I’m not saying we should sit back and watch it steep to some obscene number as we gain weight unhealthfully.  I’m saying that we shouldn’t have the expectation of it remaining the same as years go by and our bodies change.

It took me many years to realize this.  Honestly it wasn’t until this past year where I spent so much time struggling with the weight gained for fertility, that I learned to respect my body a little more.  Part of that respect came from stepping off the scale.  Like I said, for years I was waking up daily, emptying my body of liquids with a trip to the bathroom, then stripping down and stepping on the scale.  Every morning.  Then I would let that number judge of how my day would go.  If that number was up I made sure I hit the gym hard and cut back on calories.  If that number was low I might have an active recovery day or an actual rest day.  Maybe allow myself to splurge a little more than I would if it was up.  Ridiculous right?  The crazy thing is, I know that millions of other women do the same thing.  I know this because they’ve told me.  I’ve had so many conversations with friends, or just women in general where we’ve joked about how we allow that number to control our lives.

“Want another glass of wine?”  “Oh no thank you I was up a few pounds today.”

“Let’s go get a frozen yogurt.”  “I can’t I gained a few pounds over the weekend.”

You’ve probably heard it and maybe even said it at one point or another.  But why?  Why do we let that number run our lives?  Don’t we matter so much more than a  silly number?

YES!  AND at 34 I’m finally realizing this.  For the past several months I’ve found myself waking in the mornings and bypassing the scale.  Then going about my day without thinking about it or the number I would have seen at all.  You know what?  It’s been quite freeing really.  I find that I’m no longer stressing about what that number will be tomorrow throughout the day.  No longer worrying how what I put in my mouth will affect it or if I’m spending enough time at the gym.

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The biggest thing I’ve noticed is a new respect for my body.  Before when I was stepping on the scale daily, I would shame my body if that number was much higher than it was before.  I would feel mad, depressed, and frustrated with the way I looked.  Now, as I’ve stepped away from the scale, I no longer notice those feelings.  Even when I put on a pair of jeans that no longer fits, or go shopping and notice I’m no longer the size I once was.  I respect that my body isn’t what it was when I was in my twenties, let alone a few years ago.  I’ve come to respect that muscle weighs more than fat and while I might have weighed less in the past, I have more muscle now that contributes to that number being higher.   Even though I’ve always known this, for years I didn’t embrace it.

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It’s sad really.  The amount of time I spent stressing over being a certain weight or looking a certain way.  What’s really important is being truly healthy.  At this time in my life, truly healthy means carrying more body fat so I can hopefully one day soon carry a healthy baby.  It’s taken me a few years to honor my body for all it’s doing for me and I can honestly say that stepping away from the scale has helped me to do that.  To treasure this amazing thing that I have rather than worry about a silly number.

So I challenge you ladies (and gentlemen) to step away from the scale!  To learn to love your body for all it’s done for you and will do for you in the future.  To embrace your curves and respect your muscles.  To nourish your body with good healthy food and an active lifestyle not just to lose weight but because you love your body and you want it to be healthy. Who knows, maybe you’ll find with your newfound love for your body that you lose those last 10 pounds or gain the muscle you’ve been wanting to.  You’ll never know if you don’t try it 🙂

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Happy Birthday to my Love Nugget!

Happy Birthday to my Love Nugget!

Dear Ayden,

When you think about becoming a parent, you think about gaining a child.  Not necessarily a best friend.  But that is exactly what you have become.  My little buddy, my partner in crime, my everyday companion and my miniature best friend.

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At home shopping for kiddos with Moxie Jean

At home shopping for kiddos with Moxie Jean

Yesterday I was tired.  Like exhausted tired for some reason.  It could have had something to do with the fact that I woke up wide awake at 4:30 am.  Once I realized The Hubby had skipped the gym I headed out to the gym myself.  Then upon returning I forgot to drink a cup of coffee.  We rushed out the door to get to the Studio for my 9:15 class but no one showed up 🙁  Easter hang over maybe?

I really needed to go buy The Love Nugget some new clothes (major growth spurt recently) but decided to come home and relax instead.  It was significantly colder than it has been lately so I curled up on the couch with a hot mug of tea and did some online shopping.  Because what else do you do when you’re tired and don’t want to go out to shop?

I spent the majority of my shopping adventures on a website I’ve been loving, Moxie Jean ( <<–Affiliate Link).

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Reflecting on 2014

Reflecting on 2014

When I look back at all that has happened this past year it’s easy to see we’ve had our fair share of let downs.

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How to Host a Stress-Free Party

How to Host a Stress-Free Party

I love to throw parties and while I’m no Martha Stewart or any of the amazing party planners you see  all over Pinterest, I feel like I’m known to host a pretty decent shin dig.  At least it seems that way 🙂  What’s helped is that over the years I’ve learned that when I plan a party I have to start prepping for it at least a week in advance.  Well, actually I start planning more than a week ahead but that’s just my OCD 😉  It definitely helps to eleviate some of the day of stress to have as much done as possible before the day.   Since some of you may be hosting Thanksgiving at your house this week I thought I’d share a few tips to hosting a stress-free party.

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May in Review

How is it June already!?!  Seriously, May flew by despite our living situation.  Yes, still in the hotel.  It’s been just about three full months now and we are all pretty tired of it.  Which is good because we should be home by the beginning of next week!

Happiness doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel.  How all of us feel at that 🙂

Since it’s the beginning of June I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite posts from May.

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Ka-Chow!  The Love Nugget Turned Three!

Ka-Chow! The Love Nugget Turned Three!

If you have a little boy around the age of my son you probably know what Ka-Chow means.  If you don’t it’s Lightning McQueen’s favorite saying as he races across the finish line.  My son is obsessed with Disney Cars so it seemed only fitting to have a Cars birthday party!

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32 things that make me happy!

32 things that make me happy!

I saw this on Kim’s blog the other day and knew I wanted to steal it from the moment I read the title 🙂

She got the idea from  Erin and Sarah who are challenging bloggers to sit down and think about some things that make them happy.

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Day in the life – Hotel edition

Day in the life – Hotel edition

I used to hear about celebs living in hotels and think, “How glamorous!”  Why I thought that?  I don’t know… What’s glamorous about sleeping on beds many other people have slept in.  Or sitting on furniture that’s been sat on millions of times by god knows who.  Or not having many of your own items in your possessions with you to use at your leisure?  Well I guess they are typically living in pretty nice places where everything is practically at their fingertips but still… glamorous?   I definitely think differently now that we’re living in one!

However, we are making the best of it.  I will say that it helps a lot that the hotel we are staying at (Staybridge Suites) has really gone above and beyond to make our stay as comfortable as possible.  We’ve been moved a few times but mainly to accommodate and get us into bigger rooms as they became available.  They also adjusted our rate since we are staying so long and have been more than friendly even as we moved in half our house, a kid, and a dog 🙂  Oh and they serve hot breakfast daily (which works well for The Hubby), have full kitchens in each suite and have free happy hour Tuesday – Thursday with snacks, beer and wine.  Not to mention an indoor pool, fitness center and BBQ area where we’ve been cooking most of our dinners.

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