Maybe It Will, Maybe It Won’t

Happy Monday Peaches!

So often we let our fears hold us back when it comes to our health even though staying right where we are is actually worse than what we are afraid of.

Finding yourself paralyzed by fear? Here are a few of the common fears that get in the way of our goals. And here is a little game I made up called Maybe It Will, Maybe It Won’t to point out the possible results of our choices.

Maybe you will find this post helpful…. but then maybe you won’t. Haha!

 

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FEAR: I Won’t Be Able To Stick To A Healthy Eating Meal Plan
Maybe It Will….. make you miserable because you miss your old way of eating. Maybe you will hate it so much you will give in and feel like a failure and end up feeling worse than you already do.
Maybe It Won’t….. be so bad. Maybe you will enjoy the way you feel from living a healthy lifestyle so much that you won’t even want to eat the way you used to anymore. Maybe you will actually like healthy food. Maybe it will start with eating less sugar and you will end up just like one of those beautiful, fit people you see on Health Magazine while waiting in line at the grocery store.
Certainly: If you don’t try a healthy eating meal plan, you will never know if you like it or not, if you can stick to it or not, and you will certainly stay the way you are.

FEAR: I Have Already Failed MANY Times At Trying To Eat A Healthy Diet, I Will Just Fail Again.
Maybe It Will…..
make things worse to try again. Maybe you will not be able to do it, again, and only feel worse about yourself.
Maybe It Won’t….. be the same outcome this time. Maybe, if you come at it with a clean slate, a brand new mindset, you can forget every single thing that you have ever done wrong in the past and start again. Maybe this can be the start of something fantastic.
Certainly: If you believe you can’t, you are right.

FEAR: I Will Not Be Able To Keep Up With A Exercise Program
Maybe It Will…..
be to hard. Maybe it will hurt. Maybe you won’t be able to keep up with everyone else in the class. Maybe you will feel ashamed. Maybe you will feel discouraged. Maybe you will feel uncomfortable. Maybe you will just give up because you feel ashamed and discouraged and uncomfortable.
Maybe It Won’t….. be so bad that it’s hard. Maybe it won’t be so bad that it hurts. Maybe when you can’t keep up with everyone else, it will fuel a fire that you didn’t know was inside you. Maybe you will feel proud. Maybe you will feel encouraged because your body did something you didn’t think it could…..what else can it do? Maybe it will feel good to feel uncomfortable for a bit…… maybe you will feel alive!
Certainly: If you don’t give it a shot, you will stay just as you are right now.

FEAR: People Will Think I Am Stupid
Maybe It Will…..
be that you are laughed at. People will wonder why you are even trying. People will laugh behind your back because you are overweight and trying to get in shape. Maybe they will think you are stupid for daring to step into a gym looking the way you do. Maybe they will even say something to you. Maybe your feelings will be hurt.
Maybe It Won’t….. be any of your business what they say behind your back. Maybe you will not care what they think because you are too focused. Maybe you will do what is good for you despite what people think or say. Maybe you will put one foot in front of the other and keep your eye on your goal. Maybe you will gain respect for yourself. Maybe you will find out that’s all the respect you needed in the first place.
Certainly: You are the result of your thoughts.

Just some thoughts.

Maybe today will be like yesterday……. but maybe it won’t!

 

5 Tips To Ensuring Your Pants Still Fit For New Years

Hi Peaches!

The holidays are here! This is no doubt my absolute favorite time of the year. I love crisp weather, sweaters and boots, shopping, Christmas decor, and enjoying time with family and friends. BUT along with enjoying time with family and friends comes loads of food. And not just any food, food on steroids. Everywhere you look there is creamy casseroles, sweet potatoes with extra sweetness, and cookies, cakes, and candies as far as the eye can see.

Now, by the title you may think that I am going to encourage you not to indulge in these things during your holiday but to try to stick to your guns and forgo the goodies. No way. If you WANT to indulge by all means indulge!!! I just have a few tips for those of us that want to stay the course this holiday or just do not want to fall off the wagon completely. So if you are in one of those categories, stay tuned for my 5 tips to ensuring you still fit into your pants come New Years.

My 5 Tips To Ensuring Your Pants Still Fit For New Years

1) Stand Firm!

I’ll go ahead and get the tough love out of the way first.

NEWSFLASH! Heres how many people care about you being in shape besides yourself……  0

You can’t count on anyone else to lose your weight for you. You have to do it YOURSELF. And yourself is the one who is going to stay on track during the holidays. Do not expect anyone to accommodate you. If they do it’s a bonus, but most likely you will be faced with food pushed in your face and have to answer 1000 questions as to why you are not eating one of every dessert. Know this, expect this, prepare to stand firm. Explain that you have a certain goal and that you are going to meet it. Do not act like you are unhappy that you cannot indulge, this only invites more food pushing. Just be polite and stand firm. You are not the only one at the party, the food will get eaten. And remember, it’s one thing if you WANT to indulge, but don’t be guilted into eating something you don’t want to.

2) Plan Your Indulgence

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If you do want to indulge a bit, decide in advance what that will be. Maybe you just want one plate of food with one dessert instead of taking five trips to fill up your plate and then spending the rest of the afternoon picking at the dessert table. Know how you will indulge and then stick to that. I like to have coffee after my meal as kind of a “sign off”. Just a little something to tell myself I am done eating. If you don’t like coffee, try tea or a mint.

3) Pack Some Extra Snacks

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If your family gatherings are anything like mine, they last a whole lot longer than just lunch or dinner. If you are spending more than just a few hours somewhere it’s a good idea to pack some healthy snacks so that you don’t get stuck being hungry with only decadent foods around. I like to pack Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and nuts.

4) Where Your Skinny Jeans

Or something that will show off your extended belly if you give into gorging yourself. If you are wearing a fitted shirt, you will think a lot more about how much you are eating simply because it will show! If you are wearing jeans and eat too much, you will know! Those things get tight! Nothing says “overindulged” like having to unbutton your pants. Oops.

5) Relax

This tip is for those of us who are on a role with weight loss. When you have been doing so good and actually making headway, it can be stressful to think about being faced with a lot of tempting foods and people pushing those tempting foods on you as well! Try to relax. If you stress yourself out about it all before even going to the gathering, I can tell you from experience you will just give in to the overwhelm and eat everything you see when you are actually there. Don’t stress, get a game plan before you go, do your best, and focus on the true meaning of the holidays. Faith, giving, family, and friends.

*Bonus Tip- If You End Up Having More Calories Than Planned, Use Them To Your Advantage!

If you end up having a little more fun than you thought you would, no problem! Use the calories to grow your lagging muscle group. Muscle needs a calorie surplus to grow so the day after indulging is the best time to workout with heavy weights! Looking to perk up a sagging booty? Do squats with heavy weights the day after your Thanksgiving feast.

So there you go! If you WANT to stay on track this holiday season, I hope you find these tips helpful (I feel that I need to keep emphasizing “want” because I by no means think that indulging is a bad thing!)

Have a wonderful, warm, and blessed holiday season everyone. 🙂

Questions:

Do you try to stay on track with diet and exercise over the holidays?

If so, what are some ways that you keep from overindulging?

 

 

 

Tis The Season To Be Sugarless

Good morning Peaches!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The holidays are here!!! I’m so excited……. and a little overwhelmed haha. We have A TON to do this season. It’s times like this that I am extra thankful to be a stay-at-home mom. We have 5 Christmas gatherings as well as some fun Christmas events here and there. I definitely plan on having fun and enjoying the holiday season BUT I also plan on staying on track with my diet and exercise……. and here’s how I’m going to do it.

I Quit Sugar and I AM Not Looking Back

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I quit the junky kind of sugar the day before Halloween and haven’t had any since. I have to tell you I feel amazing and do not miss it in the least! No cookie, candy, or cake can top not having cravings all the time and not constantly having set backs in losing the baby weight. So no, I will not be eating any desserts over the holidays.

“But won’t the holidays be miserable then?”you ask. Believe it or not, there are still MANY many things to enjoy over the holidays besides sugary treats. Here are just a few…..

Enjoying friends and family, decorating, Christmas shopping, Christmas candles, giving, gifts, enjoying Christmas songs, caroling, writing Christmas cards, doing random acts of kindness, driving around looking at Christmas lights, cooking non sugary things, drinking seasonal coffee, ALL THE COFFEE!!!! Oh and Pinterest! Pinteresting the crap out of everything!

And another fun thing to do around the holidays is fitting into your pants. Always fun. 🙂

As for exercise, I just get up, feed Anna, and press play. And that’s what I’m going to keep on doing.

Stay tuned for my run down of staying sugarless throughout our many Christmas events!

Tis the season to be sugarless!

Question:

Do you find it hard to stay healthy during the holiday season?

 

 

 

Life Lately…

Well Hello!

So we are still in the middle of The 12 Days of Fitness…… I never said it was 12 straight days of fitness haha! I’m so sorry! Life with a newborn is full of twists and turns and tons of surprises even if it’s your second baby. The one thing that I have found to be certain is the moment you say “I have finally gotten my groove!”, that groove is for sure about to UN-groove. Here is the update on how things are going in my life as a new mom of 2.

Anna

Anna will be 6 weeks old tomorrow and is healthy, growing, and beautiful! She is such a wonderful addition to our family. I am in awe of her and can’t believe I ever worried if I had enough room in my heart to love her as much as I do Ryan. I do! She started smiling last week (the real ones, not just gassy ones) and loves to snuggle and be held ALL the time. It seems that she is taking after her momma in both her blue eyes and her eating ability haha. She was exactly 8 pounds at birth and she is already almost 11 pounds. She has fun with mommy, but LOVES daddy. She looks at him with what I call “gaga eyes” all the time. She never cries when he holds her and just stares up at him with stars in her eyes. These 6 weeks have been so fun getting to know our little lady.

Ryan 

Ryan is such a champ. I was wondering how he would take to being a big brother. The name Ryan means “little king” and this definitely describes our Ryan. He views our home as his castle and has had no shortage of attention in his almost 4 years on the planet. I can tell that there is some jealousy now that Anna is here. He asks me to hold him like I hold Anna and asks me almost daily “Mom, do I make your heart so happy?” haha.

But aside from that he loves Anna and is such a good little helper when it comes to taking care of her. He considers her bath time his job and loves to pour water over her belly. He loves to feed her and hold her. He even likes to bring her to me when Anna is crying and I am in another room……. after my heart attack is over, I thank him for his help. 🙂

I love watching the two of them and cannot get over how blessed I am.

Jason

It melts my heart watching Jason with the kids. He is such a good dad. He was a little nervous when Ryan was born but now is such a pro at the dad thing. Ryan is at such a fun age and I can tell that Jason is experiencing the bond with his daughter the way that I did with Ryan. We all love daddy!

Cody

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Cody is just as protective of his sweet Anna as he was with Ryan.

Me

That pic of Anna is hilarious. I need to teach her proper selfie angles haha.

I have so many emotions going on inside of me at all times. Every morning I giggle and hug myself because the weather is my absolute favorite, I have my two wonderful babies (sleeping with me in the living room), and I am just so thankful for everything in my life. At the same time, my hormones are making me crazy. I cry at least once every single day and have to constantly remind myself that I am not a mental case, it’s just my hormones regulating themselves (or whatever they are doing during the making you crazy process). Sleep is hard to come by these days and my coffee maker is always brewing. I know now why God gave us coffee, because babies don’t sleep! I am doing well though considering. I was SO TIRED during pregnancy and had no clue how I was going to do these sleepless nights. Thankfully, mom mode kicked into high gear once she was here! When I was pregnant, I would sleep 8 hours straight and felt like sleeping another several hours when I woke up. Now I seem to do fine after 5 hours and am golden after 6!

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As far as body after baby, I am 9 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I am well aware of the three factors that go into weight loss, diet, exercise, and sleep. Since I am not able to get the optimum amount of sleep, I am just doing my best with diet and exercise. I am watching my calories and keeping my meals mostly protein during the day since carbs make me really sleepy. I am using coffee, Shakeology, and vitamins to boost my through the day. I read that vitamins actually give us a boost in energy but most of us take them at the same time that we have our coffee so we never notice. That’s what I was doing! And it’s true that they do give you a boost! So I start my day with coffee, have Shakeology in the afternoon, then take vitamin B12 and D in the evening. This has been a great system! That being said, the lack of sleep and over exertion has caught up with me about once each week and I find myself snacking it up in front of the TV.

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I have managed to workout with my Country Heat program 4-5 times each week. If you have just had a baby and are looking to add some activity, I highly recommend this workout! I find it to be more fun than walking and it doesn’t have any direct ab work so you won’t be in danger of diastasis recti (when your abs stay separated after child birth).

So with all of this, I am down 28 pounds of the 40 I gained during pregnancy! All in all I’ve had a wonderful time so far being a mom of 2! I mentioned that Anna wants to be held literally all the time so I can either hold her or blog while she is screaming. I’ve obviously been choosing the first one. Nap time is the sacred time to either catch up on sleep or get things done around the house so unfortunately blogging hasn’t made it into my day for a while. But I love this blog and I love chatting with all of you that comment regularly so I will be blogging whenever possible! Talk soon!

Questions:

How are you all?

What’s been going on?

How is fit life?

I hope you all are doing well! Blessings.

12 Days of Fitness Day 10 – Get Support!

Good morning Party People!

How was everyone’s weekend? I know my Canadian friends were celebrating Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends.

Yesterday I CAUGHT UP. I took a break from the internet, put my phone away, and caught up on some much needed house cleaning, tidying, and organizing. I think I am going to do this every Monday. It’s like when my house is unorganized, I can’t organize my thoughts haha. Is anyone else like this?

Ok, onto Day 10 of our 12 Days of Fitness!

Day 10 – Get Support!

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Two are better than one. When trying to reach our goals, we definitely need support. It’s crucial! When we have others helping us along our fitness journey, we find motivation, inspiration, help, and accountability. Without motivation, we go right back to the way things were. Without inspiration, we stay the same. Without help, we get overwhelmed. Without accountability, we shortchange ourselves. Let’s support each other!

After 12 Days of Fitness are over, I am leading a Dreams Come True challenge! It will be a great way to make sure we get or stay fit through fall and we can all help each other to reach our goals. More to come on this soon!

Who or what is your support system?

Have a fantastic day Peaches!

12 Days of Fitness Day 9 – Set Up For Success

Hi there Peaches!

Now that we have devised our fail proof plan, let’s make it as easy as possible to execute! Today, let’s set up for success.

Day 9 – Set Up For Success!

What things could you do today to make achieving your goals tomorrow almost effortless? Maybe grocery shopping and meal prepping? Setting out your exercise clothes? Packing a gym bag? If you are planning on working out in the evening, maybe ask a friend to go with you so that you are more likely to actually do it. Evening workouts tend to be more challenging because you are tired from the day or unexpected things come up that get in the way. Scheduling it like an appointment and taking it just as seriously helps make sure that you meet your goal.

One way that I am setting up for success to day is doing a food prep.

I am a stay at home mom (are there supposed to be dashes? Stay-at-home?) so I don’t really have to do a meal prep but I do find that a food prep is extremely helpful. On Sunday, I will go ahead and cook a bunch of lean proteins and veggies so that they are ready for me to just heat and eat throughout the week! I also like to have hard boiled eggs all peeled and ready to go. There is a huge difference in the amount of convenience between an unpeeled hard boiled egg and a peeled one haha.

If you work outside of the home though, a meal prep is a fabulous way to stay on track all week! I would even go on to say that it is a must. A meal prep is where you cook and prepare the actual meals that you will be eating for the week ahead. So you would make all the food for all of your lunches for the week, put the whole meal into containers, and then just grab them and go! I will do a post on how to do a food prep in the near future. One thing that is often not thought about when prepping food for the week is the actual amount of food you need to make. If you are prepping food for 4-5 days, that’s a lot of food and that means the food prep will probably take a few hours to do. But if spending a few hours in the kitchen one day means that you are completely prepared to smash your diet goals all week long…… no brainer in my opinion.

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Another thing that I have done for years to set up for success is writing a “to do” list the night before. I cannot tell you the amount of stress this relieves! I get so much more done when the things I want to do are written down for me to see. Plus, it frees up so much mental space because you don’t have to just remember everything. I write the list at night and keep it next to where I sleep.  That way if I think of something that needs to be done I can write it down. Falling asleep is so much easier when you don’t have the worry of possibly forgetting something.

This two things have proved so helpful for me!

What are some things you are doing today to ensure your success this week?

Have a wonderful Sunday yall!

 

 

 

12 Days of Fitness Day 7 & 8- Devise a Fail Proof Plan

Good morning!

Wow! Here we are already on Day 7! Have you been having fun? I hope so. 🙂

Let’s take two days to devise our plan to make our dreams come true! Well, one dream anyway haha. The one you picked yesterday

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Day 7 &8 – Devise A Fail Proof Plan! 

Obviously, you can make a plan any way you like, but if you are having trouble getting things going try using these steps.

Step 1) State your goal. 

I will use my goal as an example since I was going to tell it to you all anyway.

My goal is to lose 15 pounds by December 31, 2016.

Step 2) Ask yourself if your goal is attainable.

Is 15 pounds in 11 weeks attainable and realistic? Yep!

Step 3) What will it take to accomplish this goal?

In the case of my goal, I will need to consistently eat clean and stay within my calorie range for my height and weight. I will need to include 5 workouts in my week and make sure I am staying as active as I possibly can with the rest of my day.

Step 4) What needs to change in your life for you to make these things happen?

This is the most important step! Be COMPLETELY honest about what it will take to make these changes. We have to take this step very seriously so that we can move from hoping for our dream to happen to MAKING our dream happen.

Ask yourself what has been keeping you from living your dream up until now? For me, I know I do not have an issue with eating clean or working out. It’s the motivation I need to take my game up to the level I need it to be. I know that I need to constantly find new motivation so that I do not plateau. Also, with a new baby, I no longer have complete control over my day. I have to make sure that I make clean eating and exercise a priority so that it is sure to get done.

Step 4) Plan The Changes

The next step is to figure out how you will make these changes. Here is what I have come up with for my goal…

 

For motivation, I have become a Beachbody health coach! I am so excited to be helping others with their fitness journey as their coach! As a coach, I will be doing challenge groups every single month which will definitely keep things interesting and the cool thing is, when someone gets Shakeology or one of the fitness programs I get to be their coach and help them all the way to success and beyond! This is my calling, and I’m so pumped I can’t stand it.

Also, I depend on accountability from Mary, Christine, Ritu, Heather, and Susanne who share their journey on this blog almost everyday. We have also made a a closed group on Facebook that I love being a part of. If you are on Facebook and would like to join us, just let me know and I will add you! If not, no big deal, there is still lots going on here at TKP. 🙂

Step 5) Devise Your Fail Proof Plan!

Now, that you know your end point, you know what you have to do to get there, it is time to devise your fail proof plan! You may think you can just do this with no plan but I assure you the plan is a MUST! Even if you are totally motivated and ready to crush your fitness goals every single day……life is definitely NOT ready for you to crush anything. It will no doubt throw you unexpected curve balls all the time making staying consistent impossible. Staying consistent is CRUCIAL, so devise a plan!

Plan your goals to fit into your day NO MATTER WHAT. Make your plan detailed enough to where you do not need to think about what you need to do, but make it simple enough to where it is not overwhelming. On Monday, we discovered the things that we can do easily and the things that need to be included into a plan. Use your findings from that day to help you.

I know that motivation is my biggest obstacle. What is yours? Time? Energy? Lack of education? Figure out your obstacle so that you can break it down and move forward!

Here is my plan. Since I know lack of motivation is my biggest obstacle, I have made sure that I include things to keep me motivated throughout my day.

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Goal- To Lose 15 pounds by December 31, 2016

Monday-Saturday: Eat clean staying below 1600 calories daily, Beachbody workout as soon as Anna goes to sleep after morning feeding (I can no longer use a time as my cue, babies do not keep time haha). Walk around the block with my kids in the afternoon or short workout if raining. 🙂

-To stay motivated, I will make sure to do my blog post and Beachbody Power Hour Monday-Friday right after my workout. I will lead MONTHLY challenges on this blog and social media. I will be an active part of the TKP Fit Community on Facebook daily. 

Sunday: Rest day, meal prep

Clean cheat meal ONCE per week 🙂

Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to see your goals and plans to get there! Please share below. If you need help coming up with your goal or plan just say so and we will all help! If you would like more in depth, one on one support on a fitness and meal plan, give me a shout at ateal@outlook.com. I’m a coach now after all and would love to be yours!

Do NOT get overwhelmed! We are in this together. This will be fun and is our chance to make our dreams come true. 🙂

Make sure to tune in Sunday for the next step. Day 8 of our 12 Days of Fitness!