Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – May 24th, 2017

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – May 24th, 2017

Hey hey!

WEEEEEEEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIEEEEEEEENDS!!!!!!!

And weeeeee’ll keep on fighting till the eeeeeeeend.

Power through it ladies! We can do it! June 21st! 🙂

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge!

Well today was very oatmeally.

The Vega in oatmeal was a failed experiment. 😦 It’s good in the smoothie though!

Questions:

What is your favorite healthy carb?

What did you eat today?

What did you do for exercise?

Until next time! xoxox

*If you are just tuning in, we are doing a summer ready challenge that runs until the first day of summer June 21st, 2017. You are welcome to join now or at anytime until then! The sooner you start the more time you have to be your best self by summer. Post your healthy food and workout here for accountability or I can help you come up with a plan for success if you need one. Just email me at coachangel7@gmail.com!

 

 

 

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – May 23, 2017

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – May 23, 2017

Hey hey!

This post is going to be super short and sweet due to the fact that I am now behind because I had an ocular migraine today. Have any of you experienced them? They are so strange. They don’t hurt that bad but I see this sunburst looking thing out of one eye. Like when you look at the sun and then look away. It’s frustrating because I can’t look at any sort of device until it passes!

Anyway, I hope you all had a great day and let’s power through this month!!!

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge!

Maybe one day this week we can give Anne’s workout a shot! Thanks for this Anne!

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……. 20 V ups……….. lol

Today’s food was the EXACT same as yesterday and my workout was 21 Day Fix Extreme: Lower Fix!

Questions:

Have you ever had an ocular migraine?

What did you eat today?

Exercise?

Ready to power through this month?

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – This Is Important

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – This Is Important

Happy Monday ladies!

Ok it’s the 22nd. This has been the longest challenge ever but we have almost exactly one month left. We will get through this! Haha! And let’s make this last thirty or so days the BEST EVER.

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge! THIS IS IMPORTANT

Today I woke up feeling puffy and fluffy and pretty unmotivated. I totally let last week get the best of me. Last week I felt like I was falling off the deep end pretty much everyday. Somedays I didn’t eat enough, somedays I ate too much. This morning I just didn’t feel good.

THIS IS THE TIME THAT WE HAVE TO DO WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO.

When you are unmotivated, you have to get up and do SOMETHING that is propelling you forward.

So I worked out. Why did this need to be done?

Because I have postpartum depression and exercise in medicine. Because I am best for my family when I have a healthy mind and body (and of course spirit first). Because exercise gives me energy for the whole day! Because exercise regulates my hunger to keep me from eating more than I need to eat which in turn drains my energy. Because once the workout is done, I will have accomplished something and the feeling of accomplishment is awesome.

A workout is SO much more than we give it credit for.

This is how we need to think of exercise (mostly taking to myself here). We brush our teeth, we get dressed, we exercise! Exercise is just as important as the first two. We ALL brush our teeth and get dressed for the day. But we do neglect from time to time (or all the time) something that is even more important!

I know you ladies that comment on here keep your workouts as a high priority and I am so thankful to hear from you all the time! You are my rubber bands. When I fall off the wagon, you pull me back in. I love you my beautiful rubber bands! Haha! Thank you!

Here’s today’s food and this morning’s mood lifting workout!

Haha! I love how I can’t even smile. I just can’t get into the fresh face! And it’s like my skin wants the makeup on. I feel greasy without it.
Oh and it looks like I had two dinners and maybe I did. I was really hungry around 3:30 so I had veggies and rice and then for actual dinner I had tofu and rice. It’s a lot of food but I had enough containers for it so it’s all good!

Questions:

How has exercise changed you life?

How does exercise NEED to change your life?

What did you eat today?

What did you do for exercise?

Hope you all are starting this week out with a blast!

*If you are just tuning in, we are doing a summer ready challenge that runs until the first day of summer June 21st, 2017. You are welcome to join now or at anytime until then! The sooner you start the more time you have to be your best self by summer. Post your healthy food and workout here for accountability or I can help you come up with a plan for success if you need one. Just email me at coachangel7@gmail.com!

Exposed!

Exposed!

Good morning!

Exposed! 

I try to get your attention in my titles haha.

So I have been thinking about makeup lately. I like to wear it. I like it because it brightens up my face. I am light featured so I have barely any eyebrows or eyelashes. Mascara and brow definer (among many other things) basically make the face that all of you see on here most of the time. So last week, I was going to do a video on how I came up with all the things that I have on my vision board that I look at and pray about everyday. So I put my make up on and started the video and couldn’t get through it! I started feeling really terrible about the makeup! I tried to do the video probably 15 times and just couldn’t do it. So I just gave up for the day.

The next morning I wanted to do the video again. I still felt really weird about the makeup. So weird! So I said ok, maybe God just wants me to do the video with no makeup. I was so filled with fear! I didn’t even really know what to talk about. So I sat down and just opened the Bible to Psalm 31 and read it and then ended the video.  Now even though I was super uncomfortable, I am fine with the video because of this verse…

So will My word be which goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. 
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But man! What a lesson! I had no idea that so much of my identity was tied into my makeup!

After that I had no clue what to do. Do I need to stop wearing makeup all together? Really? I guess I can do that. What does that mean? Oh my gosh!

So after so prayer and contemplation, here is what I think all this is about. I set out to love others because of this verse….

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love. 
                                                                                                                      – 1 Corithians 13:13

Well you can’t love very deeply if you are wearing masks! I try to be genuine on here with you all but there are still things that I keep hidden because I think by hiding them you will think more highly of me. I still eat way too much sometimes, I take about 90 selfies until I get the perfect one, and I definitely was not at all comfortable yesterday sharing about my struggles with postpartum depression because I love being a Beachbody coach and blogging about living a healthy lifestyle. The last thing I want is for you to think I am mentally unstable and unable to help and encourage you in your journey. That’s what I love to do!

It was MUCH easier to share my past struggles with you guys a few weeks back. If you missed them, here they are…

Discipline Training Part 1
Discipline Training Part 2 (Part 1)
Discipline Training Part 2 (Part 2)

It’s much easier to talk about things that are in the past that you have healed and moved on from. But the things going on currently are a different story completely. Definitely harder to share because we don’t want others to know our faults. We have a fear that we will be judged and therefore unaccepted.

BUT I do have a deep desire to give you much love and encouragement! So I must be willing to be exposed. So here’s my face! Haha!

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#nofilter! And only the second selfie. I took two because I was looking down in the first one. I can at least look at you guys.

So I don’t think makeup is bad to wear but we have to be ok with letting people see what’s under it. And if we truly have a desire to help others, we have to be willing to be put in a vulnerable spot.

Have a happy Saturday everyone!

Question:
Do you ever struggle with vulnerability? 

Newish Mom Struggling With Your Thoughts? Reach out!

Newish Mom Struggling With Your Thoughts? Reach out!

Good morning!

When I became a Beachbody coach back in August 2016, I was then made part of Team Race2serve. I have mentioned my coach Caren on here a few times but I don’t know how often I have mentioned the actual team. I have had a lot of fun being on Team Race2serve and have been extremely surprised at the joy that it has brought to my life being that I am to the core an introvert. I am aware that I do not come across as an introvert, I am the INFJ personality type which means exactly that. I am an introvert that appears to be an extrovert. Anyway, enough about that. I just want to make it clear that joining a team was definitely not in my comfort zone but I am so glad I did! What a blessing it is to be a part of a group of women with the same passions and goals as yourself! Since last August, being a part of Team Race2serve has been nothing but a joy to say the least.

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But last night, Team Race2serve was something different.

As you all know, I have two kids.

Anna is 8 months old……….and I suffer from severe postpartum depression.

I experienced it after Ryan was born as well. Day after day I am consumed with horrific thoughts and visions of terrible things happening to the children. I expected that I might experience this again after the last pregnancy but it’s so weird how your mind takes over and while you know what you experienced before you still find yourself yet again paralyzed in fear to the point of being physically ill.

WHY is this not talked about?! It seems like we aren’t afraid to discuss all of the other unpleasantries of postpartum life but this is something that is definitely not discussed as often.  I honestly think that those of us who suffer with this are afraid to say anything because one, we have a fear of our thoughts actually coming true, and two, we think people will think that we are crazy! And maybe we are, but if we don’t make it known that this is something that can happen, I can totally understand how some families experience devastating outcomes. When you are constantly in full belief that something devastating is about to happen, you can only take so much!

So last night we had a team call for Beachbody. These past two weeks have been utterly terrifying in my mind. It seems ridiculous to talk about because there are very real and awful things happening all the time and here I am absolutely paralyzed with fear over the “what if”. I knew I didn’t have much to offer to the team call last night but honestly I just wanted to hear the girl’s voices and be in touch with reality for a little while. After Caren was finished with the content for the call, she asked us to share our highs and lows of the week. When my turn came, I couldn’t get any words out without crying and felt like an idiot for even joining the team call. But man, did they just surround me with love. They even prayed for me! Thank God for technology. I went to bed last night with more peace than I have had in a very long time.

I am sharing this for a few reasons. I want other women out there who may not know what they are experiencing to know that postpartum depression is something much more than just some sad feelings after the baby is born. I also want women to know that as much as it seems like they are alone, they are not. When you are experiencing the terrors that seem so real it is hard to imagine that other women would go through the same thing and not say something. But we don’t say anything in fear of sounding like a lunatic! So I am saying something. I also want to share because you can have a very deep love for the Lord and still experience this. After last night’s call, I realized that God gives us a need to be with others. We are not supposed to go it alone. If you are struggling with this and you are like me, you feel the need to isolate. But you have to reach out! You will be so glad you did.

Obviously, I am not over all of this and I will definitely keep you posted on my progress but I had to get this out there for anyone else going through this as well.

You are not alone. And sweet mama, reach out!

Here is a link to the symptoms of postpartum depression/anxiety.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

Please check it out if you have had a baby within the past two years and are having a hard time managing your thoughts. That is one thing I didn’t know, PPD can hit even 2 YEARS after having your baby!

I hope this finds you well but if not, I hope it brings you some light.

Have a great weekend everyone!