Monday, April 28, 2014

Motivation Monday

What happens when you lose your motivation? Do you give up everything you were working towards or do you push through to keep going?
For me, motivation is a funny thing. Some days I have so much of it that I feel unstoppable - working out, eating great, getting stuff checked off my to-do list, planning the next couple days out - just being prepared. Other days, it’s like I can’t get myself to press play on that DVD player to get a work out in and instead I just want to eat pizza and lay on the couch. There are so many factors that play into my motivation - nice weather, an event coming up, summer, etc. That’s great and all, but I am just sick of my motivation relying on things I cannot control. Like today, the weather is cold, windy, and it does not motivate me at all. It makes me want to curl up on the couch in a blanket and watch movies all day. Not saying there is anything wrong with that, but doing that is not going to get me closer to my goals.
What helps you stay motivated? This is something that I really need to figure out. My plan is to make a list or “dream board” to help me stay motivated. If I can SEE my goals, then hopefully that keeps me on track. I just don’t want to look back a month or so from now or even 6 months to a year from now, and say “I wish I would have….” I just want to make things happen and crush my goals so I can make bigger and better ones! J 

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~Monday~

Workout: Pump and Shred (45 minutes)
Breakfast: Shakeology
Mid-morning snack: Granola bar
Lunch: Rotisserie chicken mixed with rice and veggies…and Siracha J
Mid-afternoon snack: string cheese and 2 halo oranges
Dinner: Salmon and veggies

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Tuesday~

Workout: Hard Core Abs and 45 minutes of cardio (probably walking at an incline and sprints/intervals on the treadmill)
Breakfast: Banana
Mid-morning snack: Shakeology
Lunch: Chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: Whole wheat rice cake with almond butter (better than it sounds)
Dinner: Bowtie pasta with whole wheat noodles, ground turkey and marinara sauce

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Wednesday~

Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
Breakfast: Banana
Mid-morning snack: Shakeology
Lunch: Chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: Whole wheat rice cake with almond butter
Dinner: Leftover bowtie pasta

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Thursday~

Workout: Hard Core Abs (20 minutes) Flow (20 minutes)
Breakfast: Banana
Mid-morning snack: Shakeology
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and grapes
Dinner: Jambalaya pasta

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Friday~

Workout: REST DAY!!!!
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Shakeology
Lunch: Jambalaya pasta
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and grapes
Dinner: Fish tacos (out to dinner with my ladies!J )

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Saturday~

Workout: Pump and Shred (45 minutes)

We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Saturday because we basically find any excuse to have a celebration with our family! J I will be partaking in adult beverages but will be making sure to get all my water in and Shakeology, and also watching my portions while making healthy choices.
~Sunday~

Workout: Hard Core Abs (20 minutes) and 45 minutes of cardio

I haven’t planned out my meals for today but generally I get in a healthy breakfast and Shakeology for the first part of my day, and then lunch and dinner depend on the hubs.

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~Progress~

My progress has stayed the same this last week weight-wise. I am still down about 9 pounds total, but I didn’t do as well as I could have eating. That is always my struggle…ESPECIALLY when we are out and about and there are appetizers involved. I feel like I have to try EVERYTHING and don’t really pay attention to all the food I am eating. This week I am excited to be back to a routine and to get back on track with my diet. I really want to hit the 10 pound mark and know I can do it this week if I stick to my plan!!
Even though I didn’t drop any weight this last week, I did up my weights in my work outs! I am feeling stronger and I even have a baby bicep forming! J Today starts week 5 of my program already and I am still loving the work outs. Even after the 60 days are up I plan to continue these work outs mixed in with some Insanity work outs. I don’t ever want to stray away from strength training because for me, that has made the biggest difference.
I hope you are all starting the week off on the right foot!
What are you doing to stay motivated this week?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Badass

“A general term used to describe behavior that is fearless, authentic, compassionate and ethical.”  (urbandictionary.com)
Do you ever have days where you wake up and just feel like a badass? I know it’s all mental because really, being a badass is like being Chuck Norris, and I am no Chuck Norris.

But, there are some things that happen in my daily life that resonate and make me feel like I just judo-chopped some terrorist guy’s head off in one swift chop while dismantling a bomb. For real, or maybe I just changed Kamden’s diaper in 30 seconds flat. Tomato-tomaaaaahto. Anyway, here is a list of things that make me feel like a badass:

~ Birthing humans
~ Driving with the windows down, sun out, rap music blaring, shades on….pull up to the scene with my ceiling missing...middle finger up to my competition!!
~ Beating Bud in any game (because it doesn’t happen often)
~ Finishing an ab workout without taking a break (hard core abs you are my bitch!!!)
~ Running a half marathon without walking
~ Cleaning our house so fast that I break a sweat
~ Carrying in every single bag of groceries in one trip
~ Helping people reach their goals
~ Getting all my work done ahead of time at my job
~ Turning down junk food when I really just want to stuff my face with Twix eggs and pizza
~ Running up and down Rib Mt. without walking
~ Holding Kamden in one arm, and his diaper bag, my purse, and his other bag in the other arm while he is lunging to get down while walking into the house from the car without dropping him (seriously, it’s a work out in itself!)
~ Rapping every single word to a rap song like I was the one who wrote it….2 chainz but I got me a few on!!
~ Riding on the back of a motorcycle and flashing upside-down peace signs to every motorcycle we pass….wassssup
~ Wakeboarding
~ Running up the stairs and beating the elevator to the floor I parked on after work
~ Being on a boat…yup, just the fact that I am on a boat
Welp, now that I have listed the many things that make me feel like a badass I better get back to writing about insurance….hahaha
What are some things that make you feel like a badass?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The day I said "why not?" (Motivation Monday)

Do you ever just sit back and think about your life...like REALLY think about it? Think about your goals, ambitions, current situation, your happiness, family, friends, career... are you where you want to be? 

I have thought about this a lot...basically every day. I would like to say I am where I want to be because I have a husband and son that I love more than anything in the universe, I have a mom that is my best friend, family that I don't know what I would do without, I have a job with benefits, great friends, I have a roof over my head... but even with all of that I still feel like there is something more that I need. Nothing material, but just something more. Something that has meaning and something to be passionate about. "You only live once" just keeps playing over and over in my head and I just want to make sure I am using the life I was given to the fullest. To make a difference somehow. To help people feel good about themselves because when people feel good about themselves it creates more good in the world. At least that's what I believe.

Now, I am not saying I am looking to solve world peace or anything like that, but what I am saying is that I want to take little piece of this world and make it better. Even if it's by motivating someone to get off the couch one day or making someone feel good about themselves by paying them a compliment. I just think with all the crap going on in this world that these little gestures can make a difference, big or small. 

So that brings me to the point of all this post. I just want to help people, every day, to get healthy and to get in shape. Not solely so they look good (even though that's a great perk) but because then they may live longer, have better confidence, keep up with their kids on the playground, decide to go for a goal they have been putting off, be more social, have a better check up with the doctor, whatever it may be - I just think when you are healthy and feel good about yourself that there is this ripple effect that makes other parts of your life better too. 

These thoughts have been running through my head for years. They haven't always been in the front of my mind and a lot of times I pushed them aside thinking "how in the heck am I ever going to accomplish this?" Well, I still don't know the complete answer to that, but what I do know is that I had to just take a step towards that goal. I had to do something about it. Stop thinking about it. Stop DREAMING about it. Just do it la du it. Every day is full of challenges, and trial and error, but at least I know I am trying. I am not giving up on this goal, and honestly, I don't think I ever will. I am not going to lie - I am nervous and scared about what the future holds because my goals are huge, but I am not going to let that hold me back, because I know I will regret it. I don't want to be complacent in life or just comfortable. I just want to do everything I can to make a difference and make things better.


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Alright, as I promised, my weekly eating and work-out schedule is below:

~Monday~


Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly 
Mid-morning snack: banana and almonds
Lunch: Grilled chicken, Spanish rice, veggies and lots of Siracha :)
Mid-afternoon snack: Shakeology 
Dinner: Turkey burger and steamed veggies

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Tuesday~


Workout: REST DAY     

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Shakeology

Lunch: Baked chicken, Spanish rice, veggies and Siracha
Mid-afternoon snack: Whole wheat rice cake with almond butter 
Dinner: Taco salad with ground turkey, lettuce, salsa, and Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream)

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Wednesday~


Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly

Mid-morning snack: Shakeology

Lunch: Turkey burger with steamed veggies

Mid-afternoon snack: Whole wheat rice cake with almond butter
Dinner: Not sure yet... (most likely fish with rice and veggies)

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Thursday~


Workout: Hard Core Abs (20 minutes) and Cardio (45 minutes)

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Shakeology

Lunch: Ham and turkey sub from Subway (no cheese)

Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 Halo oranges

Dinner: Not sure yet...

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Friday~


Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly

Mid-morning snack: Shakeology

Lunch: Fish and steamed veggies
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 halo oranges
Dinner: Salmon and sauteed asparagus and mushrooms

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Saturday~

Workout: Flow (20 minutes)
**On the weekends I have more time to figure out meals so I will probably plan as I go depending on what we have going on. What I WILL be doing is drinking my 100 oz. of water and drinking Shakeology at some point throughout the day, whether I have it as a snack or use it to replace my breakfast.

~Sunday~

Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
**Same note as Saturday

~Progress~

I am still down just about 9 pounds....looking to lose one more pound so I can make it official and say I am down an even 10. I just like even numbers. :) Also, I decided that I was going to try on some jeans the other night that haven't fit since my college days and almost peed my pants because all but one pair fit!! These jeans have been sitting in my "for shits and giggles" pile for years. Meaning, I never thought I would wear them again but held onto them "just in case." Now I am really glad that I did because I have about 5 new pairs of pants! I also tried on some summer shorts and was really happy those fit too. I honestly never thought I would see the day again, especially after having Kamden. This, right here, is why I have to keep going. It felt so good to put those pants back on and button them up, as stupid as that sounds. It just gave me a sense of accomplishment and even more motivation to keep going. 

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I really hope you all had a great first day of the week! If you are interested in learning more about what I do as a coach or about how you can get healthy and in-shape, contact me at devonladu@gmail.com or add me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/devon.heide. 

Here's to a great week!!




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Motivation Monday (a day late)


Happy Motivation Monday Tuesday!! :) This week got away from me a little bit due to work so I apologize for not getting this posted yesterday. I know you were all waiting in suspense to see what my weekly plan is….*cough.  So without further ado or further random talk from me, here she is:


~Monday~

Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
Breakfast: Banana
Mid-morning snack: Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: AB&J (almond butter and jelly) sandwich and mixed berry Greek yogurt
Mid-afternoon snack: turkey jerky, halo orange
Dinner: Tilapia and mixed veggies with potatoes

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Tuesday~

Workout: 30 minutes of cardio (I walked 10 minutes, ran intervals for 10 minutes, and then walked it out again)        
Breakfast: Banana
Mid-morning snack: Strawberry Shakeology
Lunch: Leftover tilapia and mixed veggies with potatoes
Mid-afternoon snack: Whole wheat rice cake with almond butter (better than it sounds)
Dinner: Not sure yet (waiting to see what the hubs wants)

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Wednesday~

Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: Whole wheat rice cake with almond butter
Dinner: Out to dinner with my ladies and will be making a good choice, just not sure what that choice is yet :)

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Thursday~

Workout: Hard Core Abs (20 minutes) Flow (20 minutes)
Breakfast: Banana
Mid-morning snack: Strawberry Shakeology
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 Halo oranges
Dinner: Taco salad (with ground turkey and no chips)

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Friday~

Workout: REST DAY!!!!
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: Whole wheat rice cake with almond butter
Dinner: Fish and veggies (most likely salmon)

**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water

~Saturday~

Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)

**On the weekends I have more time to figure out meals so I will probably plan as I go depending on what we have going on. What I WILL be doing is drinking my 100 oz. of water and drinking Shakeology at some point throughout the day, whether I have it as a snack or use it to replace my breakfast.

~Sunday~

Workout: Hard Core Abs (20 minutes) and 45 minutes of cardio
**Same note as Saturday

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~Progress~
I weighed myself this morning and I am officially down 8 pounds in the last 2 weeks. I still can’t believe it considering I consumed a fair amount of adult beverages last weekend with family over and let the reigns loose a bit on my diet over the weekend. The good thing is I have been keeping up with my work outs. I didn’t totally blow my diet otherwise I think the scale would have reflected that more, but I wasn’t as good as I could have been. I am a true believer in moderation these days and think that we should be able to splurge a bit as long as we don’t do it daily. Also, I was really excited last night because I decided to take a progress picture and compared it to when I first started this program and was amazed that I could already tell a difference. Feast your eyes on these baby abs:It might just be one baby ab, but she is peaking through a bit. :) I can’t wait to see what another 2 weeks will bring!!!
The left is 2 weeks ago and the right is last night
Motivation Monday
Last but not least (not in the slightest), yesterday was the first day of our health and fitness challenge group and I am just giddy about it. Everyone in the group is excited and full of energy and it’s contagious! I love that we all have a common place to check in and share our work outs, shake ideas, etc. It’s just fun and I can really see how motivating it is and how it can really hold people accountable. I can’t wait to see progress pictures from our challengers because I know they are going to be AMAZING!
Welp, back to work I go! Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

One stop short of the looney bin....

Do you ever have one of those days where your mind just won’t shut the hell up and it keeps bouncing from random thought - to what you need to be doing - to what you wish you were doing - back to random thought? That is me today. I am a little overwhelmed at work this week and my focus has been all over the place. Why are you posting on your blog then? Well smart ass, I am posting because I need to calm the crazy that is my brain right now in hopes I can get some real work done up in this biz. Great, now she’s talking to herself.
  

Anyway, to kick out the negative Nancy thoughts up in my noggin and the don’t-wants, here are a handful of things that made me smile this week. Even though I feel like I am falling into a pit of starved wolves right now there is always a silver lining to be found somewhere….even if that silver lining is those starving wolves taking me out of my misery. WOOF-WOOF!!!
THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

~One~
Realizing my passion. I have spent my entire life wondering what my “calling” is, what I am “meant” to do… what would ultimately make me happy. I know this is early in the game, but I think I am inching closer and closer to that every day. I love motivating people and helping people, and with my new endeavor I get to do that every day. It’s been a whirlwind so far trying to keep my head above water, but I didn’t expect it to be any different. And why should it be?

Sometimes you have to dive right in and just keep looking forward to get to where you want to be and not worry about the stuff in the middle. I mean, that “stuff” in the middle is very important too because it helps you reach that goal, but I think that keeping your goal in the front of your mind is the most important thing. Think of your goal as the headlights on your car. You need them to see your destination when you are driving at night otherwise you would be blind without them. By turning the headlights off you are just going to end up in a McGruber-like explosion…. while falling off the face of a cliff…. into a sea of sharks. For real though, if you don’t keep your goals in your mind at all times, your focus will fade. Don’t let it fade.

~Two~ 
I am a big reality TV watcher. I will watch anything that has to do with the Real Housewives of wherever or 12 and knocked up or I am going to flip a biscuit because you picked out a couch that doesn’t match the window treatments!!!!! (If you can name those last 2 shows I will give you a virtual high-five!) It’s mindless entertainment and sometimes it’s just good for me to zone out for a bit. Last night The Challenge started back up on MTV and I am pretty excited about it. I have watched the Real World since the day it started and all the spin-offs for as long as I can remember. This year I fell off the Real World train because it was set up all wonky and I just couldn’t get into it. But the Challenge is different. There is drama, people compete against each other and then there’s drama…. Yeah, I am easily sucked in.


~Three~
I have said this before, but Kamden is such a climber!! He climbs on everything he can possibly get his hands on these days. It’s crazy and I have mini heart attacks daily. His new thing lately is to climb into his highchair. He does it with ease….like he was born to climb into highchairs. My husband witnessed the first time he did it and took a video. When he showed me my mouth just dropped. KB amazes me daily and I am convinced he is going to be in extreme sports or something. He just has no fear. I love it but I think I am going to need a vat of hair dye for all the gray hairs I will have.

~Four~
I ordered another work-out program for after we have our 2nd kid (it’s called the 21-Day Fix and no, I am not pregnant yet so don’t get too excited) and it came with a Shakeology shaker!! Yes, I am a nerd but I really wanted the shaker so I don’t have to worry about having to wash out my water jug at work every day. So yes, that made me smile this week. J
~Five~ 
My T25 challenge group is starting on Monday and I couldn’t be more excited for the people that have decided to make a change to get healthy!!! I am really looking forward to supporting everyone and hopefully motivating them to keep going and not give up! I love a good transformation story and now I get to witness them first hand! There is just something so powerful about someone saying “today is the day I am going to make a change” and then seeing the outcome of them actually doing it! Not that I want the weekend to fly by, but I am just so excited for Monday.

Welp, that’s all I have. I need to get back to work now that I have slightly calmed the crazy. Sometimes I just need to talk it out, so thank you for letting me ramble on. I am looking forward to spending some time with friends and family this weekend!! Look for my Motivation Monday post on….errrrr…..Monday for my weekly meal and work-out plan.

What are your plans this weekend? What do you do to calm the crazy?

P.S. If you have any questions about T25 or any other program let me know! My email address is in my “Contact” page up top.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Motivation Monday

Ohhh Monday, you are back at it again. Today marks a new week with new challenges, hopefully new successes and new goals. I am ready to take it on and make it my biotch and hopefully do better than last week. So let’s get to it! Since I have had many people ask about the fitness program I am currently doing I am going to start laying it out there every Monday to show the work outs for the week and the food I will be eating. I will update on my personal progress and how I am feeling about the program overall. I will not sugar coat anything because I really want to give my honest opinion and the everyday person’s experience. I am hoping it helps keep me motivated by putting myself out there, but I really hope it helps motivate you to see that a working mom can follow a plan and (hopefully) be successful! J
So here we go with this week’s plan!
Motivation
~Monday~
Workout: Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack:  Vanilla Shakeology (I mix mine with 12 oz. of water but you can add fruit, peanut butter - whatever tickles your fancy to make it taste good for you. I love it with plain ole H2O because I am crazy like that.)
Lunch: Leftover tilapia and a garden salad
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 Halo oranges
Dinner: Turkey meatballs and spaghetti
**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water
~Tuesday~
Workout: Walk 30 minutes (5% incline at 4 mph)        
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Strawberry Shakeology
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 Halo oranges
Dinner: BBQ turkey burger
**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water
~Wednesday~
Workout: Pump Challenge (20 minutes) and Hard Core Abs (20 minutes)
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 Halo oranges
Dinner: Tilapia, steamed veggies and rice
**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water
~Thursday~
Workout: Flow (20 minutes)
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Strawberry Shakeology
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 Halo oranges
Dinner: Tilapia, steamed veggies and rice
**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water
~Friday~
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apricot jelly
Mid-morning snack: Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Tilapia, steamed veggies and rice
Mid-afternoon snack: String cheese and 2 Halo oranges
Dinner: Salmon, rice and veggies
**Throughout the day I try to drink 100 oz. of water
~Saturday~
Workout: REST DAY
**On the weekends I have more time to figure out meals so I will probably plan as I go depending on what we have going on. What I WILL be doing is drinking my 100 oz. of water and drinking Shakeology at some point throughout the day, whether I have it as a snack or use it to replace my breakfast.
~Sunday~
Workout: Hard Core Abs (20 minutes) and 45 minute walk (5% incline at 4 mph)
**Same note as Saturday
A couple things about my meals…. I am boring when it comes to planning. I like easy planning versus something new every day. That’s why you will see I eat the same shiz errrrrday. I don’t mind it but know there are many other options to choose from. Next week I will probably rotate the same 3-4 meals, but they may be different from this week. This week, something may come up where I can’t have said planned meal and I will get crafty. Or maybe my hubs will want something completely different. Then I will adjust. I am really striving to make better choices versus follow a plan to a complete “T.”
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To recap last week, my first week doing the Les Mills Pump program, I would have to say that it was a success. I stuck to the meal plan about 95% of the time. I slipped up a little over the weekend because we had my grandparents in town and were eating out for a couple meals. We ordered pizza on Friday night and I had a couple pieces. Honestly, that was the first time all week that I strayed from the meal plan. Progress not perfection. Plus there was chicken on the pizza, so that makes it okay, right????? Otherwise, I tried to come as close as I could to the meals I was supposed to be having versus what I actually had. I thought I would have a hard time following the meal plan but really it wasn’t bad at all. I do think eating every 2 ½ hours helped along with also having Shakeology because it’s so dense with nutrition that it kept me fuller, for longer. Plus, chugging 100 oz. of water throughout the day kept me feeling full and also running to the bathroom every 30 minutes. J
I worked out a total of 5 days last week and am really enjoying it. The work outs are not long at all (ranging from 20 - 45 minutes) and are challenging. I like the "burn" from pumping that barbell, which is a nice switch-up from running 5-6 miles, 4-5 days a week. I am not smart and did not take a before picture of myself to show progress from day 1, but I will be taking a pic (for my eyes) tonight to compare when I am done with the program. Then maybe I will blast it on here for the internet to see.....we shall see.
As far as progress goes, I am down a little over 6 pounds still. I didn’t think I would see it drop more over the weekend, since well, it’s the weekend. But, I did maintain which is a far cry from that vicious 5 pound cycle I was stuck in. I am looking forward to this week because the workouts are a little more intense and I am upping my calories a bit too.
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Now I will leave you with some pictures from yesterday. You may have seen them if you follow me on Instagram (@devonladu) or on Facebook (facebook.com/devon.heide). Yesterday we had a heat wave here in Wisconsin and the temps reached 55! Holla! J We tried to get outside to enjoy it and I had to take pictures because I am THAT mom. 

One of my favorite pictures. My world. :)




Have a great week!

Do you plan out your meals for the day, week, etc?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Doing the Happy Dance!

Whew!! What a week! To say my mind has been all over the place this week is a huge understatement! With work being crazy, being a new Beach Body coach, starting the Les Mills Pump work out program, being a mom, keeping the house somewhat presentable.....I am pooped! But you know what, I don't mind the craziness that was this week because I enjoy it so much! I am totally one of those that gets more stuff done when I am crazy busy versus when I have all the time in the world. It's really the only time I can kick my procrastination to the curb. Basically, I am a procrastinator that works great under pressure. Probably why I could write all my papers in college the night before they were due, even if it meant pulling an all-nighter, and still get a good grade. Anyway, I went off track there a bit...

There is a link-up I have done in the past called "5 on Friday" that I am totally going to participate in today. The link-up asks that you list 5 things, anything you want, from the week. Here is my Friday's 5: 
THE GOOD LIFE BLOG
~One~

I started the Les Mills Pump program on Monday which is a strength training work out and meal plan. I was totally scared about the meal plan, because food is my biggest weakness. I am a junk food junkie. I can totally get myself to work out no problem, but what I normally struggle with is working out along with eating clean. It's either one or the other for me. Oh, and I love wine. This week, surprisingly, has been different. I don't know if it's because the number on the scale dropped right off the bat, or if I finally found my motivation, but so far I have been on point with both working out and eating clean. Can I get an Amen!!??


 

Since Monday I have dropped 6 pounds. I am in shock. Also, I finally fit into a pair of jeans that I literally would hang in front of the treadmill and stare at as I ran for motivation. Yes, the first few pounds were water weight but the other few, that is a freaking miracle! I have been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds for months....like 10 months. FINALLY, I broke that vicious cycle. I know it has all to do with my eating this week, but also I think it's because I switched up my normal work outs. Normally, I would run for miles, daily, to get my exercise in and the scale would not budge. This week, following Les Mills, I have done 2 strength training work outs and 1 cardio work out. That's it. For a total of 1 1/2 hours all week. I think that is pretty sweet, especially since this week was so crazy for me. So what did I learn?? Basically what everyone and their brother knows, "you can't out-run a bad diet." Truth. I know the scale isn't everything, but dammit I still love seeing that number go down. Loving Les Mills so far. I am excited to see what next week brings and if I can get to my initial goal weight that I have been thinking about since I gave birth to KB. I am literally 3 pounds away. Pinch me. 



~Two~

Kamden has been chatting it up non-stop! Most of his chatter is gibberish, but I am noticing more and more each day that some of that chatter is him saying actual words. We have really been trying to teach him "please" and "thank you" lately and last night during dinner he said "peeeease" after every bite of dinner because he wanted more. I wish I would have recorded him saying it because it's so cute. I love his little voice and am looking forward to the conversations I will have with him in the future. Also, his new thing lately is shaking his head no at everything. He doesn't quite get what that means yet since I will offer him a bite of dinner, he will shake his head "no," and then take a bite anyway. :) 


~Three~

One more Kamden story. :) He is obsessed with wearing shoes. He loves to put on his daddy's shoes and walk around our house, but lately he wants to wear his own shoes. We bought him some really cute Nike's for Christmas that I pulled out recently and he loves them. He gets really excited when we  put them on him, so when we were getting ready for his 18-month check up earlier this week I got him ready and put those shoes on him. Well, we get to the appointment and he had to get weighed right away. I took the shoes off and it was an all out, melt-down. He bawled. For 5 minutes straight. The nurse was so confused why he was so upset and looked at me like, "WTF?" He calmed down after a bit, but I knew the tears would be back because he was also getting a shot at that appointment. Every shot he has gotten in the past, we lay him on the table, I hold his arms down and stand by his head, while he looks directly into my eyes with a terrified look that breaks my heart, and the nurse holds his legs and gives him the shot. I dread it. I was expecting an all-out bawl sesh with the shot, but he only cried for about 5 seconds. That is awesome but seriously? He cried 10 millions times harder when I took off his shoes versus getting a shot in the thigh. I guess he's got his priorities straight. :)


~Four~

My grandparents are coming to visit this weekend! They are actually on their way here right now from MN. I am hoping the roads are okay since Mother Nature took another crap on us last night and into today. I am really excited to see them since it's been a while and I miss them!! I am also excited for them to see KB because he has changed so much since they saw him last....which I think was last December around Christmas. I hope they are ready for a little spit-fire that likes to climb TV stands, shake lamps, and poke people's eyes out! 

~Five~

Warning: I am about to get a little deep here.......
A spark has been lit. I don't know how, or why it happened now, but I feel like I am finally on a path to something really big. I can feel it. I can't explain it, but it's there. Up top when I was talking about me finding motivation, well, that has to do with the spark. I have always had dreams and goals but never really knew how I would get there. I feel like I have a vision now and can finally see the steps to get to where I want to be. When I became a mother my life was suddenly not all about me anymore. It wasn't about my husband anymore. It was about our family as a whole. What can I do to better our family? To take care of our family? I think it starts with me. I need to feel accomplished and that what I am doing has meaning. I want to have passion so that I can lead by example. I need to feel good about myself to be a better wife, mother, daughter and friend. I am working on that and I know with each day if I give it my all, I will do just that. When you think about someone that you look up to, or aspire to be like, or whatever it may be, just think this: how are they any different than you? They were just an everyday person at one point that decided they want something more. Well, I decided that too, and I am going to get it.


What motivates you? What is your goal?

Happy Friday bizzos! :) Now I need to get back to work so I can enjoy the weekend and cheer on the Badgers in the FINAL FOUR BABY!!!!! GO BUCKY!!!!!!



~Devon