Mid-December Update

Guys, my little nugget is almost 6 weeks old. The last six weeks have been… well. Life changing to say the least.

We’ve gotten our bearings a little, but not completely. I mean, how can you? How does anyone? The hardest part of having our sweet little newborn is the lack of sleep. Which everyone warns you about. But you don’t fully comprehend how little sleep you get until she’s here and waking you up. Day after day, week after week. Luckily she’s cute.

In other news, I’ve lost my baby weight, however my belly pooch lives on. Oh well. It seems that all my attempts to stay active and eat healthy have paid off. That was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life (my, how easy my life has been). But I’m anxious to get started again. The doc has cleared me for exercise, but I am taking it easy through the holidays. In January, I’ll be starting back slowly to exercise with walking to back to running. I’m hoping my back doesn’t give me trouble. I have also been planning on doing the January Whole30 challenge to get myself weaned off of sugar and back in the healthy mindset.

I’ve planned out several meals for the month, and will be hoping to meal prep for breakfast and lunches on the Saturday or Sunday before the week. It’s going to be tough with the baby but I’m hoping that it will actually make me have more energy on less sleep. Anyone else going to do a Whole30 in January?

Take it easy, have a merry Christmas & a happy new year!


I’m only spinning

It’s starting to get harder for me to exercise like I would like. I have had to stop running due to back pain, so I picked up spinning/cycling class. I go two days a week on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. I’m trying to walk two or three days a week, and doing small weights at least one day. But now, as I’m hitting 32 weeks, it’s getting a little more difficult. The spin bike is really REALLY REALLY (I cannot emphasize this enough) starting to hurt my tailbone. And my back is starting to hurt again (like it did in the first trimester). And I’m feeling much sleepier than before, although that may have something to do with Beau being on his surgical rotation and getting up at 3:40 am (!!!!!!!!) every day as I’m left to fall back asleep. Yep. It’s as fun as it sounds.


As I keep trying to talk myself into giving up, I keep hearing Tony Horton in the back of my head. “Do your best, forget the rest.” Thanks a lot, Tony. He also always shows modifications in his videos, so that got me to thinking… What can I do to modify my workouts so I can keep going as long as possible?

Here are three items I’ve gotten off of Amazon that have helped me, either via placebo effect or otherwise keep pumping. (I’m not paid to say the below and I don’t get anything if you click the links either :))

  1. Belly band
    This belly band seems to help with my back and belly pain. Baby is squishing out my insides, and sometimes it feels like my belly is about to fall off with how much the baby is pushing out. This band kind of helps.
  2. Bike seat
    I’ve used this bike seat several times in my spin class, and while my butt still hurts after classes and the next day, it’s a whole lot better than the plain old bike seats at the gym. Also it comes in a bright pink/purple shade which is awesome.


  3. 40 ounce water bottle
    I got the purple water bottle pictured above around Memorial Day because I felt as though I wasn’t drinking enough water. My doc recommended at least consuming 2 liters/day, and with my little Camelback, I just wasn’t cutting it. I found this water bottle with a straw, and I haven’t drank water out of anything else since. It’s awesome.

Hopefully this motivates you whether or not you’re pregnant to stay exercising and make modifications as needed. Sheer grit and determination will take you a long way.

What my fitness routine looks like TODAY:

At the beginning of the year, I got an email from Kayla Itines, you know, from BBG (Bikini Body Guide) to get her app for $1 for 12 weeks! I snatched up that offer, so I’ve been using that app consistently since Jan 9. I gotta say, I’m really enjoying it.

Primarily because

  1. I’m not chained to a workout video. One thing about me is that I really love a good workout video, and I’ve tried Insanity, P90X, T25, and the 30 Day Fix with Jillian Michaels. I really like mixing things up every once in awhile, but after killing my workouts, I start dreading them. This app has you specifically using iit for three days: legs, arms & abs, full body. The other three days you are doing “LISS” cardio on your own. From my understanding, you add “HIIT” cardio once you graduate from the first round, but I’m not sure.
  2. I enjoy running, and with the workout videos, the cardio is what THEY decide. I like running outside in the spring, summer, and fall, and so this is a highlight for me.
  3. The workouts are four repetitions of two seven-minute circuits. AKA it’s 28 minutes long, plus a cool down. I can manage to wake myself up earlier to accomplish this smallish amount of time. If it’s any earlier, forget about it. LOL. I value my sleep.

One of the downsides of the app is that while you can plan out your workouts from the planner screen, once you’ve done them you can’t move them around. For example, I completed cardio on Thursday, but didn’t have my app open & forgot to log it on that day. I added it on Friday, but on the calendar view, it had me completing it on Friday. I couldn’t move it. This likely is user error, but it should be easy to update the workouts, and times.

Overall, it’s something that I can easily do, and am motivated to get moving for 30 minutes a day. Easily better than not moving at all! I am interested in what you do to get moving. Would love to know in the comment section!

My new mantra:

I’m sure everyone has read my “Running” post, top to bottom, but I mentioned my favorite saying, which Tony Horton repeats in the original P90X workout series (on DVDs!! Yikes, how old am I?). “Do your best, forget the rest.”

I have developed this into my “mantra” for 2017. I have never had a mantra before, so this is very new for me and still weird. Last year was the first year I had a personal goal. I never wrote it down, and I only talked about it a few times, but I feel as though I had growth. This year, I have serious goals that I’ve written down and am (so far) clinging to. It’s only a few weeks into the year, but that’s still some progress.

Like I said in my “Running” post, I have some perfectionist tendencies (or control-freak issues, type-A personality, anything unflattering you can think of…ME). It’s very difficult for me to be open to change. As Queen Lorelai said, “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.” Logically, I KNOW that life cannot go my way 100% of the time or even 5% of the time. If you have the ability to go with the flow, I cannot stress to you how much I wish I had a little tiny pinky toe nail’s worth of “go with the flow.” Do I seem desperate to you? I am. HAHA *insert maniacal laughter here* Anyway, I am saying this to let you know how much I need this mantra. I tend to be pretty tough on myself and everyone around me. I expect perfection. But, that’s not something ANYONE can measure up to. Now, you’re like, “Um, no kidding. I wasn’t under the impression you were perfect.” LOL Neither was I! Lol. But if something doesn’t happen the way I plan it to, I kind of have the tendency to go, “Well if I can’t do this the way I think it should be done, may as well pack it up and go home.” Which is the WRONG way to go through life.

In Phillipians, Paul talks to the church and tells them to be aware of the false teachings going on, because they will be turned from their goals, and the prize he is also trying to obtain: his home in heaven. “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Paul had every reason to be held back by his past. As Saul, he killed Christians, persecuted the church, and did it all in the name of God. If he were applying my mindset, he would be like, “Welp, basically I shouldn’t even try. I’m done for.” NOT SO PEOPLE. 

SO not only am I applying this to my life spiritually, I’m taking this passage and applying it to my other goals as well. Basically, Tony is basically paraphrasing Paul. Do your best. Forget the rest. With everything in life.


All the feelings about running

So I used to hate running. Like, “Hate hate hate. Double hate. Loathe entirely,” kind of hate.

Me when I’m charting my running course (“The Grinch”)

My husband has been a runner as long as I’ve known him (since freshman year in college). And I’ve always been like, ha yeah, have fun with that. But in my upperclassman years, I took this class called “Figure Improvement” and Coach had us run EVERY. SINGLE. CLASS. Now, I think it was a MW class, so it was short, but for this girl (who swam in grades four through ten because “I don’t like people to see me sweat”) it was a lot of running. For one of our final classes, we had to run the two mile loop around campus UP the HILL. If you have been to WKU, you know about walking up the hill. And it’s brutal. Anyway, I’m going to be real, I couldn’t do the loop without stopping to walk. But I was in first place until the very end when three girls came out of nowhere and passed me. LIKE WHAT THE WHAT. Rude. But I kept running, and couldn’t help but feel like I could do it!

Then, I moved in with my (then fiancé, now husband’s) grandma a few months before we got married, he would come over and run with me after I would get off work a few days a week. That was in fall 2014, and we kind of fell off the wagon when we got married because it was a) December and not ideal running weather and b) I still thought I hated running then.

My husband ran a half-marathon this past April 2016 (13.1 miles). I went with him to cheer him on, and I saw all the people who were there to run, and unlike I thought, most of them didn’t look particularly fit like I imagined. They were an inspiration to me. “I could do this,” I thought. So then, this past summer, I started running semi-regularly. Like, in May, I ran 29.3 miles for the whole month (which is the most I’ve ever ran. Not a lot for some people, but a lot for me).

I’ve found that I really enjoy setting goals that I didn’t think I would surpass, and then finding I could. Running has been a stress reliever, and I enjoy time to myself to clear my mind. I have run while listening to Spotify, or podcasts, or sermons from other preachers/lessons I’ve missed. I track my miles using my Nike Running app, which seems to work fine for my purposes.

Then, in September, I thought I was going to beat my miles for May, but at the very end of the month I hurt my foot. So I haven’t run since then. I am such a perfectionist personality, sometimes I find myself feeling like, if I don’t do it perfectly, I’ve failed, and there’s no point to trying at all. Silly, I know. I try to remember Tony Horton’s mantra from P90X, which I personally feel should be everyone’s mantra at all times:

Do your best. Forget the rest.

Especially for perfectionist psychos like me who can forget that so easily. You can only do what you can do. So get out and do SOMETHING.