Confession: I’m feeling burnt out. Not about exercising or working out, but talking about health. I see so much passion on social media for healthy recipes and losing weight and I’m like, “I’ve been talking about this for 10 years... I’m ready to move on.” I’ve found a healthy place where I can eat cookies and drink wine on a weekly basis without feeling guilty but I don’t want to talk about it. I want to inspire people but I’m feeling uninspired myself. My weight loss videos seem to do 1000x better than any workout or mommy post but I’m just like... blahhhh thinking about creating new “weight loss” content. If I’ve helped you lose weight, let me know in the comments below. If you follow me for Tommy/Mommy posts or workouts, let me know below as well so I can decide what I should be most excited about! Also, how do Instagrammers sound so enthusiastic in all their millennial lingo?! I’m like, it’s a “muffin” how are you so excited about every goddamn gluten free muffin you make/see?!?
Stop obsessing about the number on the scale and start obsessing about how you move your body, feed your body, and think about your body. You are so much more than a silly number. You are a woman, a mom, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a human being! Treat yourself accordingly.❤️
Sometimes the bad thing about having naturally larger, stronger leg muscles is having tightness in those muscles. My lack of flexibility in my hamstrings caused compression of one of the lower discs in my back when I was in middle school. To this day the only pain that has surpassed that back pain was an epidural free delivery of an 8lb 5oz baby girl whose shoulder got stuck and had to be forced out by my L&D nurses. .
Nobody wants a repeat performance of either of those 😜
While lifting and building strength is my favorite type of exercise, sometimes you gotta give those muscles a little TLC too. Loving how this program builds in strength, flexibility, AND cardio! Do not be fooled by body weight exercises...they strengthen you in deeper ways than weight training does.
If you work at a computer all day like I do, give your hamstrings and hip flexors a little love today with some gentle stretching. They will thank you ☺️
Body Beast Day 18
Build Legs 🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️ This workout KILLS ME every time!! My legs are SO DAMN hard to train 🚂 But I’m proud to say 3 weeks into this program I am seeing some definition in my legs 💚💚 Looking forward to the Bulk phase!!! Now it’s time to EAT!!! #BodyBeast#BuildLegs
Halloween prep! This girl dresses up 24/7, and today she’s making mommy wear her cat ears🖤🐆. That’s #bonebroth in my cup., which I’ve grown to like, and I’ve noticed how well my gut tolerates it- my body loves it and craves it now, so it must be working. I really like powdered broth, it tends to have less sodium, and I like the convenience, buuut- I’m still looking for the “one”😉#healingfoods#foodismedicine
Tired. Lack of Self Confidence. Lonely.
These words I USED to feel. NOT ANYMORE!!✌🏼
NOW I take life ONE DAY at a time. I begin each day on a POSITIVE note, I push 💻▶️play to my home workouts. For those first 30 minutes every morning I am doing so much more then moving my body and sweaty.💦🤸🏻♀️
I am getting my MIND RIGHT. I am proving to myself that I am WORTH having a happy & healthy lifestyle. I have to be the one in control of my thoughts & take care care of my body so I LOVE how I feel inside and out. No one can do that for you!!💗💪🏼
So WHY do I SHARE my journey?🤷🏻♀️
It's totally simple. To show other women they ARE NOT ALONE!👭We ALL have struggles. BUT what you CAN do is face them by making a POSITIVE change in your life & be surrounded by people who INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE you to be your BEST EVERYDAY!!💗🙏🏻
How do you prepare for success? ***************************
If you want to be successful, you have to be prepared! Yup, it’s true, success doesn’t just “happen”. You have to plan, prepare and implement.
This pregnancy I have treated my body a little differently than I did my first pregnancy! Keeping a rule of no jumping, modifying my push-ups/planks/burpees and just allowing myself to go slow in order to properly engage my core & pelvic floor. Though it is hard for me to not go 100% and mentally I want to push myself a lot harder than modifying allows me, in the long run, this is better!
~ IMPLEMENT WHAT WE LEARN ~ Anyone have trouble falling back asleep with racing thoughts? I sometimes have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night or wake up before my 5:00am alarm and automatically start thinking about my to-dos for the day 😬. I'm so excited to get to work now that I have trouble falling back asleep and keep thinking:
Jen, get back to sleep.. You are going to so tired if you don't get some more sleep…. Why aren't you falling asleep yet?... Oh I should be sure and contact Julie to make sure she is all set for next week.. Oh I need to grab toilet paper at Target..
I should really call mom" and the list goes on 📝. THIS IS WHAT ANXIETY LOOKS LIKE FOR ME. Racing thoughts: Planning, preparing, scheduling and they often race so much that I just can't fall asleep. I was up at 4:00am yesterday and decided I should ultimately make the most of my day. SO I got up and read some personal development. .
Same thing happened last night. I really had to go to the bathroom, so when I got back in bed of course my mind started racing. I did the SMART thing and DID NOT CHECK MY PHONE TO SEE WHAT TIME IT WAS. That makes it worse for me! Instead, I IMPLEMENTED what I just read the previous morning and was able to fall back asleep! I have no idea what time it was, but woke up to my alarm at 5:00am to tackle the day. So what I did I do you ask? I meditated pretty much. I rolled onto my back, focused on my deep breaths and repeated "calm… release.. calm.. release" Of course I had Dewy 🐕 cuddled up right next to me because he gets cold throughout the night and he is my lil' heater, but that was ultimately what worked. Focusing on the PRESENT, getting out of the future and quieting my thoughts. A lil' essential oil is great too! If you also suffer from this, what works for you? 🙋♀️
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKS, but we have to implement what we learn 😮💡 or else it's useless. We are getting to it, getting prepped, choosing which books we are focusing on for the next 30 days if you would like to join us in our next fitness support group! We KICK OFF MONDAY! MORE IN COMMENTS
Relaxing in front of the TV watching my soaps, savoring the chocolate deliciousness on my lips, listening to the sound of silence before I get ready to pamper myself! Oh how I love days off when the kids are in school!
Happy Diwali to those who celebrate!!!
“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eyes- it is very beautiful.” -Kailash Satyarthi
As adults and more so as parents, we seem to forget life’s simple things; setting them aside or overlooking them altogether. .
Every now and again, these precious souls I’ve helped to create, remind me of the bigger picture with the simplest things- like getting so excited to dive head first down a slide 🤷🏻♀️
In these moments I think to myself, how have I let this beautiful life get me so tangled up in its course. Materialistic things, the value (or what isn’t of value) of things, the necessities ( or lack thereof)...while living a minimalist life seems like something I’d desire, I know it’s not possible; not with extended family- they’d never understand and certainly not with the lifestyle I’ve already created for these monsters! So, as I sit here writing this, I think to myself, how can I implement that lifestyle enough so, so that my children can be raised in a world where they, too, learn to enjoy the little things, while really it’s them who are my constant reminders of those “little things”. .
Life certainly is HARD. In this simple, twisted reality of the life we choose to live. .
Uhg, I guess I’ll just take my life lessons from a 3 year old and 14 month old. They teach me the bigger picture. Now it’s my job to teach them what they’ve taught me! .
As Ryan was floating in the pool, drink in hand, he said yesterday, "people who don't at least learn about this are crazy"! I laughed a little but knew he was right. It doesn't cost anything to at least learn.
If you EVER thought about more travel with your family, more time, more freedom, more choices. Or maybe you were like me and just wanted....more for yourself, we want to share with you!
Tomorrow, Friday, at 4pm cst, Ryan and I are going Live from our cabana in Riviera Maya to share just that. It doesn't hurt to learn more!
Link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/275481632971097??ti=ia
Everytime someone asks me my story, I'm not even sure where to start. I always say it feels like I've lived 10 lives since I've been in Nashville, and that's only a small portion of my life.
I spent 22 years searching for purpose, never knowing that I couldn't find it on my own.
The dark valleys of life can feel never-ending. Ive been there. Trust me, I get it. But I've also seen God's work at hand in what He's done with me. He took a very broken, dark, angry girl and gave me this life of light. And I don't deserve it one bit.
If you feel lost or broken or unseen, I SEE YOU. There IS light coming, even if it feels like you've been swimming in darkness for longer than you can take.
Don't you dare give up.
Don't you dare stop fighting.
Because you are WORTHY.
You are ENOUGH.
🖤💕move of the day💕 🖤
Not going to lie---this was a struggle and I totally skipped the middle!🙊 What are your thoughts on YOGA DAY 🤔 do you want to skip it or do you love it?
I will say the beginning and the end, I love🤣---the breathing, the calm and quieting my mind! Love that part!
So that brings us to the MOVE of the DAY!💪🏻 You guys are going to ❤️ this one!
Child's Pose & Savasana!! You are going to need a ton of energy for this guys!
Buckle up!🤣😜 Comment below when you get through it!⬇️😘