The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Truth

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Truth

Hello Hello!

In today’s post, I want to kind of point out the happy medium of the fit life. I have now been attempting the fit life for 21 years. In that time, I have visited all the extremes and found what I believe to be the happy medium of it all. News Flash: this mystical thing called balance is about as real as a unicorn.  So today I want to share some of the good, the bad, and the ugly of these past 21 years. I have to admit, this post was kind of hard for me to write because I am not a confrontational person and the “ugly truth” part is hard to share. But if my experience can help one of you out there, I have to tell it like it is! Please know when reading this post that these are all lessons that I learned first hand because I LIVED them.

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So here is a little game that I made up called “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Truth”.  These are a few of the hard lessons that I have learned over the past 21 years.

The Good: Exercising.
The Bad: Running yourself into the ground, especially if it is to “take care of” too many calories consumed.
The Ugly Truth: Exercise is important. In fact, SO IMPORTANT. It is true that if you don’t use it you will lose it, and it is also true that exercise is our fountain of youth! You do have to to make sure that you are giving your ALL in your workouts to experience any great benefit, but if you are “running off your food” or just constantly over exercising, it’s a stress on the heart just like being a couch potato is.

The Good: Wanting To Look Your Best.
The Bad: Putting all of your worth into your body and appearance.
The Ugly Truth: Got a goal weight? Well if your worth is in your body, do yourself a favor and just get rid of the goal weight. You won’t be happy when you make it there anyway. There will always be something wrong with you that you want to change and you are more than likely going to try to change it through more weight loss. So my advice is to do what you need to do to TRUELY love yourself. Otherwise, just get rid of the notion that you will ever “get there”. Spoiler alert: you won’t.

The Good: A Healthy Lifestyle
The Bad: An Eating Disorder
The Ugly Truth: Some say there is a fine line between the two but there isn’t. There is a big ole bold street between a healthy lifestyle and a horrific eating disorder. The thing is, often times, unless you have made it into the double digit numbers, the only one that really knows that there is a problem is YOU. You know whats going on in your mind and if it is healthy or not. Even if you have been lying to yourself, you know. This can be at any size. No matter what size you are, if you are obsessed with food and your body, if you hate yourself, if you cannot get through the day without thinking these thoughts, if you are ashamed of yourself and do not do certain things because of the shame, seek help now. You will not be sorry. Again, any size.

The Good: Healthy Advice
The Bad: Stupid comments
The Ugly Truth: Some people hate your success.

The Good: More Healthy Advice
The Bad: People that have no clue what they are talking about.
The Ugly Truth: Educate yourself with real science and consider the source ALWAYS.

The Good: A Healthy diet
The Bad: Orthorexia (obsession with having a completely pure and clean diet)
The Ugly Truth: If you are one to try to keep idols out of your life, healthy eating can be an idol just like anything else! Obsessing over what you eat is a sure fire way to zap the joy right out of your life.  No one is perfect and neither is your diet. If you think your way of eating is perfect just Google it a few times, there’s good and bad to everything.

I hope this post found you well. If not, just know you are definitely not alone and a happy medium is VERY possible! Keep trying, keep failing forward, and keep praying for sure.

With love,
Angela

 

 

The 12 Days of Fitness!

The 12 Days of Fitness!

Hello Friends!

It’s fall!!! And I am hugging myself every morning. I have a new baby, I have my energy back as well as the ability to bend over, Once Upon a Time and Dancing With the Stars are back on TV, and everywhere I look there is pumpkin spice everything. I am actually not a fan of pumpkin spice BUT when I see it I know that the air will soon be crisp and my favorite time of year is here!

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So to celebrate, I am doing 12 Days of Fitness here on TKP. Kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas but for fitness, get it? 🙂 It will be 12 steps toward feeling good this fall.

Starting Saturday October 1st, I will be sharing one easy step toward fitness each day. This will be fun. The first step is to simply daydream of a new and improved you!

I hope you follow along and maybe even take the steps. It’s only 12 days! Who doesn’t want to feel good in such a good season?

Tis the fitness season yall!

 

 

Life With 2 Kids, Volumetrics, Body After Baby, and My Love For Fall

Life With 2 Kids, Volumetrics, Body After Baby, and My Love For Fall

*Note- I have been trying to finish this post for days now. I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors or things that just don’t make any sense haha. 

Hellooo Peaches!

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Well there has certainly been some changes around here. I finally have a moment to catch you all up on what’s been going on!

Anna Kate

Anna Kate Teal was born at 10:37 pm on September 12, 2016. She is wonderful and beautiful and just perfect in every way. I feel like a big idiot for ever thinking that I couldn’t possibly love another child as much as I love Ryan. I am amazed at how much love my heart can hold. I love her just as much as Ryan and feel so blessed to have two beautiful children. Every morning since Ryan was born I have been in complete awe. I look at him and feel that I have my own personal Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls to view daily right in my own home. Now I have two Grand Canyons. I am amazed at God’s creation and master craftsmanship.

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Life Lately

A WHIRLWIND! Anna will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and time has absolutely flown! We have had tons of visitors to see the baby which I have to say I find wonderful. I was so miserable the past few weeks of my pregnancy I pretty much stayed in my hole and only came out to go grocery shopping. It’s been so nice seeing everyone and catching up and just acting like a human being in general haha! Also, I feel amazing now so I have been buzzing around the house between Anna’s feedings getting all the things done that I was too lazy to do pregnant. Bending over is so easy! No acid reflux or feeling like I am going to bust! So between taking care of my 3 year old and baby, visitors, housework, and trying to sleep my day is full! I am not able to work out yet because it’s only been two weeks but I honestly feel like I am more active now than I ever was in my third trimester even with my workout haha! It feels so good to have energy and be able to move!

Volumetrics

Volumetrics is the diet that I am currently on in my little adventure to try 12 diets in 12 months. I have to say this diet is really easy to stick too! I have been able to stick to it through my stay in the hospital and even with the chaos of newborn life. I don’t even watch calories or anything. I just make sure that every time I eat I choose low calorie things like chicken, eggs, egg whites, apples, veggies, almond milk and V8. I have been consistently losing and haven’t really had to think about my diet much. So I totally recommend Volumetrics for the new mom!

My Body 

Those of you who have children know how GLORIOUS you feel right after having a baby. Sure, you just gave birth, you’re still a little slow, but the lack of acid reflux, lethargy, and baby/fluid weight brings a feeling nothing short of ecstatic. I just want to hug myself everyday haha. I have a new beautiful baby in addition to my already beautiful child, I feel amazing, and IT”S FALL!!! My absolute favorite time of year! The coming of fall totally compounds all of my already awesome things happening in my life! YEEEEEEEE!!!

As far as weight goes, I have lost 24 pounds in 2 weeks which is pretty fantastic. The first 15 was in 3 days. So weird. But I still have 16 pounds to go before I reach my pre-pregnancy weight. That’s ok though! I know it’s strange but every time I have weight to lose there is a part of my that gets super excited. Like I have a lump of clay in front of me just waiting to be molded. It’s actually pretty cool!

I’m going to go ahead and share this because I have yet to see it anywhere on the internet. I KNOW some woman out there has to be experiencing the same thing. I keep seeing all these almost flat bellies on on Instagram just a week or even days post pregnancy. While I am glad for them (and envious), this was definitely NOT the case for me with either of my pregnancies. Here is the SLOW deflation of my bump so far. At 4 days postpartum I still looked a good 6 months pregnant. At Day 11 the bump was a good bit smaller but definitely still a bump. This morning was Day 14 postpartum and it’s a little smaller but I still have a good while to go before I have my pre-pregnancy tummy back. So, if this is your story, just know you are not alone.

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Top left: 38 weeks pregnant. Top right: 4 days postpartum. Bottom left: 11 days postpartum. Bottom right: 14 days postpartum 

 

That’s pretty much what I have been up to in my “maternity leave” from TKP. I am so glad to be back! I have missed hearing from all of you and hope you are well. Please tell me what you have been up to and what’s been going on. How is fit life? Do you love fall as much as I do? How long did it take for your tummy to return to normal after your pregnancy?

Have a great day yall! 

Questions:

What’s been going on? 

How is fit life?

Do you love fall? Not love fall?

How long did it take for your tummy to return to normal after pregnancy? 

TKP Fit Journal – 9/8/2016

TKP Fit Journal – 9/8/2016

Good morning and happy Friday!

Waiting…waiting…

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This bump is outta control

September 8, 2016 – Volumetrics Day 4

I have to say Volumetrics is my favorite diet that I have tried so far. It’s so easy because you just fill up on a bunch of low calorie foods. I’m never hungry and as long as I keep an abundance of the foods from “Category 1”  around, I have no problem staying around my calorie range and never feel deprived. So far so good on Volumetrics!

Here is yesterday’s food!

Breakfast- Usual scramble, apple
Snack- Vegan chocolate Shakeology, 2 cups almond milk, seaweed
Lunch- 6 oz tofu, Normandy blend, 1/2 cup brown jasmine rice, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Snack- apple, seaweed
Dinner- 4 oz pork loin, broccoli, 2 tbs yogurt dressing, apple, V8
Snack- apple, almond milk

Can you tell my latest craving is no doubt apples? HAS TO BE FUJI!

Exercise – Country Heat Giddy Up!

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I committed to doing a Beachbody Health Bet for as much of this month as I could (since baby is coming). Even though Anna is due, I needed something to keep me on track. The past few months, if I don’t eat healthy and include some sort of exercise, I swell up like a tick! This Health Bet was just what I needed. I will be starting my own Challenge Group in October and can’t wait. Details to come!

How are all of you doing? I love seeing your food and exercise everyday. It really keeps me going. Some days it is SO HARD to do anything at all and then some days I feel pretty good. I can’t thank you enough for the motivation you ladies give.

Questions:

How is your fitness lately? Any victories?

Whatcha eating?

Any exercise? 

Any fun plans for the weekend? 

Have a FANTASTIC Friday Peaches!

TKP Fit Journal – 9/6&7/2016

TKP Fit Journal – 9/6&7/2016

Helloooooo!

Still no baby. Grrr. I give up. I am going to be a beached whale forever….

September 6&7, 2017 – Volumetrics

6th:
Breakfast- 1 egg, 6 whites, apple
Snack- Shakeology, 2 cups almond milk
Lunch- 4 oz chicken, broccoli, brown jasmine rice, 2 tbs avocado yogurt dressing
Snack- apple, seaweed
Dinner- 4 oz pork loin, veggies, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Snack- apple, almond milk

7th:
Breakfast- Same as the 6th
Snack- Same as the 6th
Lunch- 4 oz pork loin, broccoli, 1/2 cup brown rice, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Lunch #2- Grilled chicken salad from McDonalds, mustard
Dinner- Same as the 6th
Snack- apple, V8

 

Exercise- Giddy Up! Second dance in Country Heat Program. I will NEVER record myself doing this but just so you all know, a 9 month pregnant woman attempting a country line dancing workout is not pretty. It’s not. Pretty funny though!

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Questions:

What did you eat today?

Any exercise?

Have a great night Yall!