Free Fitness: Why You MUST Rest

Free Fitness: Why You MUST Rest

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Hey guys!

Welcome to the second installment of a blog series that I will be posting on Thursdays called Fitness Hacks: Free Fitness.

The topic of this post is rest. This may be a new take on it for some of you though.

Free Fitness: Why You MUST Rest

Managing stress is the first and most important step toward a healthy life. The reason for this is that we humans are delicate creatures! Somewhere along the line, we started thinking that a good life is one of striving and going above and beyond.

While this is the way of the world, it is not the way of the Lord.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:30

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.  Psalm 127:2

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.  Psalm 3:5

God has created us for His glory. He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep. He is the Vine and we are the branches. Do you see who’s doing all of the work? *Hint: It’s not us.

Now, we are to work hard (Colossians 3:23). But when we are submitting to the Lord and do HIS work, He enables us to do it. I love these verses!

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
Psalm 18:33

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.  Proverbs 16:3

So when we strive, when we burn the candle at both ends and spin our wheels trying to glorify ourselves, it is HARD. But when we rest in the Lord, fruit is brought forth! And there is so much peace, you guys.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

I know many of you are in situations that are stressful that you have no control over. This is different. Know that God has not left you and there is a purpose for your pain…

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 
Hebrews 12:11

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

But today I urge you to get alone with the Lord and ask Him to show you things that are in your control to change. Many times we are stressed out and burned out by things that we don’t even need to be doing in the first place. Ask God to reveal to you your true heart and to change it for His glory.

I know this may seem like it has nothing to do with fitness but it has everything to do with it. You MUST rest before you can move forward to a healthy lifestyle. Without peace, your overall health suffers. You can’t sleep which caused overeating. When we are anxious, we hold onto weight. Not to mention, all of this leads to extreme exhaustion which makes life HARD to live. You may hold it together for months or even years but the crash is coming and when it does it will be a hard hit.

God has created us to need Him. Call out to the Good Shepherd. There is peace in the pasture, my friends.

“‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.  Jeremiah 33:6

Until next week, blessings.

 

Fitness Hacks – Free Fitness

Fitness Hacks – Free Fitness

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Good morning Peaches!

Thursday has become fit front update posts. Check out my current approach to fitness  here and here. (Spoiler alert: it’s super relaxed.)

I was almost certain that I would not keep up with these posts because of the fact that diet and exercise no longer take up a large space in my mind. But I do have a wealth of fitness information stored up from my many years of fitness obsession and I have decided to pass it along to you. This will be an extremely honest series of blog posts on how you, my friend, can live a healthy life right now without spending any extra money. You can lose weight right now without joining a gym, without buying any special products, and without even buying a book on the matter if you don’t want to. I do recommend at least buying a book. I mean, come on, they aren’t expensive and you get to keep it forever.

I am going to start with some things for you to remember and then give you free resources to go to get you started.

*Note- I am not selling anything. I am not directing you to places where you will be sold something.  I am just a former fitness instructor with info to share. This is a ministry. 

Free Fitness – Get Honest

Step #1 – Step Away From the Media

The first step is to step back, look away from the media telling you that you need to go low carb, go vegan, go gluten-free, do this diet do that diet, make sure you workout this much and this way and get your heart rate so high before you will be able to make any progress. The fitness industry is just that, an industry. It needs to tell you that you need to follow these programs, and drink protein powders, and buy books on specific diets to get healthy, lose weight, and change your life. This is not true. This is sales.

While gyms, network marketing, and products can be great and provide you with motivation to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. You definitely don’t need to purchase anything to be fit. If you have feet (or not!) you are equipped. If you eat food, you are all set.

Step #2 – Be Honest With Yourself About How You Lost Your Health

I say it this way because you can be thin and still be unhealthy. Maybe you aren’t overweight but your cholesterol is high or you have high blood pressure. Maybe you do have a good amount of weight to lose. You must be honest with yourself about how you got to where you are so that you don’t fall for the gimmicks telling you that your lack of health came from not using a product or doing a certain diet.

I will use me as an example because I know that I am one of many.

I was overweight because I overate on numerous occasions for an extended period of time. 

That’s it. My weight gain did not come from eating carbs or eating a bite of my kid’s food or saying yes to pizza night or going out to coffee with friends. My weight gain came from overeating alone on numerous occasions for an extended period of time. Remember that for yourself.

Step #3 – Understand The Impact of Stress On Your Body

This one is huge and will be a whole blog post in itself. But for now, you must accept the fact that in this world of insta-perfect, you are not. You need sleep. You need rest. There are consequences to burning the candle on both ends.

My counselor, Sarah Beth, says you must put on your shoes to run the race. Sleep and rest are your shoes for the race. Without them, you are going to have a much harder time and likely give up.

Put on your shoes.

Step #4- Think Choice By Choice

A friend that was a personal trainer once told me that if you are a couch potato, eating chips in front of the TV seven days a week and never exercising and you begin eating healthy and working out for 4 of those days, you are going to lose weight and be better than you were. He was right!

Let go of the future and think of the meal or activity right in front you. You can do that right now. What are you about to do? Go out to lunch? Choose something grilled instead of fried. Get a fruit cup instead of chips or fries. Get water instead of soda. Are you heading back to work? Take the stairs, park far away from the building and walk in. Heck, do one minute of squats in the bathroom!

Don’t worry about if you are eating or doing the right thing. Spoiler alert: It’s right. You are choice by choice practicing making good decisions. Remember the couch potato. You are already doing great!

Step #5 – Google….You May Have Heard of It.

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Once you make sure you are not looking anywhere but right in front of you, Google! We are so blessed to live in the information age. You have a wealth of free information at your fingertips! The key is to not get caught up in gimmicks and extremes. There are gimmicks around every corner saying they are anything but and unfortunately we live in a society of extremes. We don’t just jog, we run marathons. We don’t just weight train, we bodybuild. We don’t just eat healthily, we become our diet! BEWARE.

Here are some websites that I have found helpful.

Healthy eating:

healthline.com
webmd.com
choosemyplate.com

Free workouts:

Fitness Blender
BodyRock TV

Healthy recipes:

Pinterst  (I know. Haha. But seriously, we get forget how simple it is sometimes.)

My Favorite Healthy Living Blogs:

Dashing Dish 

Peanut Butter Fingers

Step #6- Steer Clear of Extremes

Actually, first read this article. These people all lived to be well over one hundred years old and not one of them is a hardcore healthy eater or extreme exerciser. One guy even says it important to NOT eat too healthy! Haha! But I would agree.

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.  Ecclesiastes 7:18

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Matthew 6:25

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 1 Corinthians 10:25

Remember the goal of fitness is to enhance your life, not to burn you out.

Step #7- Eat Exactly What You Want

When living choice by choice, you are going to have times that you want to eat something not even close to remotely healthy. Do not feel bad. Do not feel guilty. EAT IT. Do not eat a bunch of healthy things first trying to get rid of the craving. You will likely only eat all the calories of the healthy food PLUS the donuts that you will surely still have. This is very important. If you are craving a Krispy Kreme donut, tell your family, go get some and joyfully eat them with everyone. Do not get Dunkin Donuts. Get Krispy Kreme. Satisfy the craving, be thankful for it. There is no reason at all to feel guilty (Matthew 6:25). A few donuts is a blessing. But friends, be honest with yourselves here. If you don’t satisfy the craving with a few donuts you will eventually satisfy it….with a dozen….or two.

Do you see how it works out? Even if you have one dessert every day you are still not overeating all the time which was what got you to an unhealthy place to begin with.

Step #8 – Just MOVE

Exercise really is as simple as that. Don’t think you have to get in a formal workout every day. JUST MOVE. Swim with your kids. Clean the house. Walk around the block. Squat and jog while watching your favorite show. Lift heavy things in your house. Stretch your body. Remember, look away from the media. Look away from the person next to you. Just move.

Those are my first few tips! I hope you found at least a few of them helpful. Stay tuned for more tips next Thursday!

Blessing to you all!
Angela

 

 

 

 

 

Do Not Worry! 5 Truths to Peace With Food and Your Body.

Do Not Worry! 5 Truths to Peace With Food and Your Body.

Good morning!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25

When I was still in bondage, I used to read this verse and think to myself, “Much easier said than done!”

But it isn’t. Jesus is the one who made this statement. He is the one who said not to worry about what you eat or drink or about your body. So that should be the end of discussion right?

But that was thousands of years ago. Food is different now. Our food is genetically modified. We are surrounded by sugar. We have fast food restaurants on every corner. We have to worry now!

No.

If you believe in Christ, you know that He is God. That day that He spoke these words He knew that He would soon die on the cross for all of our sins. He knew that in forty years the temple would be destroyed and the new dwelling of God would be in all of the hearts of those who love Him. He knew every single event that would occur in the two thousand years after His resurrection and He knew every single person who would walk the earth. He knew you and He knew me. If he knew all of this, don’t think He knew what the food situation would be for Americans in 2018? Of course, he did!

So why didn’t Jesus say, “Do not worry about your life, what you eat or drink: or about your body right now. That is for the future generations to worry about.”?

He didn’t say that because we are NOT to worry about these things! At all! NO WORRYING.

So how do we do this? We have to know the truth in a world saturated in lies. Here are five steps.

#1 You Do Not Have Worry About What You Eat Or What You Drink Or About Your Body.

I am starting with this again because we do not believe it but we must believe it. The reason that this statement is really hard for us to believe is that we are constantly being bombarded by media telling us to worry about our food and our body. When we are told something by someone on a platform, we believe it to the point that we feel it. For years, I believed that there were “good foods” and “bad foods”. As long as I ate the “good foods” I actually felt really good. But when I ate the “bad foods” I felt terrible! I would literally feel fatter after I ate them! But I wasn’t fatter. I thought I was. I felt that I was. I believed that I was. But I wasn’t. It isn’t even possible for you to gain weight immediately after eating something. It was all in my head.

This is the same thing as when I was going through terrible postpartum anxiety. I would watch the news, see all the terrible things going on in the world, and then end up afraid to leave my house! But guess what happened when I would finally go to the grocery store? Nothing.

Test this, try a bite of something “bad”. What did it do? It didn’t do anything bad to you but you may feel guilt or anxiety.

Our feelings affecting out believes brings me to my second thought…

#2 Feelings Lie All The Time

Feelings feelings feelings!!!

We live in such a feelings driven society it is ridiculous. We have all got to wake up and stop it. Really. Feelings are not facts. Do not be quick to believe them. Just because you have a feeling about something does mean that is what you need to follow. I followed my feelings for years and look where they got me.

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It was when I looked like this, that I got more praise than ever from the world. I was obsessed with myself, binging and purging daily, and did not feel peace or contentment one time during this period. 

I felt fat when I ate too much so I threw up my food every day.

I felt good when I felt thin so I smoked cigarettes instead of eating.

I felt like my home environment and school life was too out of control to recover, so I dropped out, moved out and ended up in MANY bad places. Maybe I will tell you about them one day…when my parents are dead. Hopefully a LONG time from now.

I felt good when I received attention from men so I dressed provocatively and exhibited a flirtatious personality. Once again…more on this when my parents are not reading. Haha!

I felt good when I received praise for being in shape and beautiful so I made sure to keep those things at ALL costs.

So reading these, it is blatantly obvious that they are completely ridiculous thought processes. But friends, I am sharing these thoughts that I have had with you because I know that there are many of you out there still thinking these things or believing other lies similar.

They are lies. And our pride is feeding them.

Friend, pray to God to open your eyes. To expose these lies in your heart and show you the truth!

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8: 31-32

Once you are truly free, you will NEVER want to go back to bondage.

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#3 Realize What True Freedom Is.

In my bondage, I had all these food rules and exercise rules, rules rules RULES! I was actually afraid of food! I had even come to a point where I wasn’t binging and purging anymore so because life was better than it was, I thought that was freedom! It wasn’t.

When our brains sense that we are depriving ourselves, it goes into what I call “give me” mode. It’s just holding out for that day that you can forget the rules for a while and eat whatever you want without measuring without worrying and just enjoy. But if you are still in bondage, this is never enjoyable because your brain has been waiting for you to let your guard down is saying “Eat everything! We don’t know when we will do this again!”  So the all-encompassing binge urge sends you heading repeatedly to the pantry, stopping at multiple drive-thrus, and literally pushing food into your mouth even though you are FAR from hungry.

What to do: You must drop ALL food rules. You must drop ALL fear of food. You must NOT worry!

This sounds silly, right? To worry about food and our bodies. But we do it all the time? When is the last time that you had a dessert or “bad food” and didn’t feel the least bit of guilt?

Try this, choose something you really enjoy. Ice cream, cookie, brownie, pizza, whatever. Get it, sit with it. Forget everything that you have heard about sugar killing us, gluten tearing apart our insides, healthy treats, everything. Forget it all. And just eat it in the same amount that you would a “good food” and see what happens. You may feel guilty but remember that is just a feeling. There is nothing to feel guilty about and I bet nothing will bad will happen to you either. Enjoy!

#4 Know the Hard Truth That It Is Only Your Pride that Is Fueling These Actions.

Friends, I am telling you this out of love and experience so please receive this with love.

We are not killing ourselves in the gym and in the kitchen for the Lord, or for our husbands, or our children, or anyone or anything else that we are telling ourselves we are.

We are killing ourselves for US.

We are striving for unattainable bodies, we are making our diets and exercise our identities, we are pushing ourselves to the limit in all the wrong things! We don’t just strive to be healthy and able, we strive to be ripped and shredded and aesthetically pleasing.

All for our own glory.

This may not seem true but it is. Look at the truth and see the lies we tell ourselves.

Does the Lord want me to be not just healthy and able but skinny, ripped, and aesthetically pleasing to the world?

No. He says this…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25

Does my husband need me to be skinny or super fit?

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
Ephesians 5: 25-26

Nope.

Do we need to be in spectacular shape for our kids? We need to be a good example for them right?

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

No again!

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? We must open our eyes!

 #5 Live In Peace.

Easy right? Haha. But I’m telling you, once you are free from your bondage and have tasted true peace and joy you will NEVER want to return to your former way of life.

So what do you do?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mark 7:7

Ask God to save you from your sin. Pray that He opens your eyes to the truth and release you from bondage. Drop your pride and live in the peaceful pasture of the Lord.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:2-3 

This may take some time. But while you wait, continue to seek the Lord and I promise you will be different. Know that there is a reason it is taking a while.

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Hear me, the Lord DOES want us to be healthy and able to do the good works that He has created for us to do. But many of us treat our bodies as OUR temple, not the temple of the Holy Spirit. Be honest with yourself and ask God to change your heart and mind.

Friends, this is where peace is found.

Blessings,
Angela

 

 

The Fit Front

The Fit Front

Good morning!

I would like Thursday’s posts to be devoted to my fitness journey. Aside from my constant deviation from blogging, I am almost certain these posts will not be a constant on here. My fitness life has experienced a complete overhaul. There is no other word for my approach than “relaxed”.

Diet

I have to be honest. I have absolutely no desire to set any food rules for myself of any kind. None. No calorie counting. No portion watching. No good food. No bad food. Nothing. I have not felt this way since I was a kid. Seriously! Ever since this episode and everything following in the years afterward that reinforced the lies I was believing in my mind, I have not been able to enjoy a meal, healthy or indulgent, without thinking about how it is affecting my future.

I hate to say it because it is completely true, but I am honestly blown away by how healed I am. Why am I so surprised at God’s perfect healing? Gosh.

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I have been having the best time. I have finally been cooking! It’s so fun! I have made so many yummy things and the kids love to help. Even Anna, my almost two-year-old, loves helping. What a mess haha. I will share the recipes soon! Healthy banana blueberry breakfast muffins, baked oatmeal, dinner sheet pans, taco pasta just to name few recipes I have tried. So good! Cooking is such a relaxing pastime.

I know this is all a far cry from my former approach. In case you are just tuning in to The Keen Peach, for the past four years that I have been blogging, I have basically held the banner to fight for clean food, fight for your workout time, say no to all indulgences except for ones planned, and go against the flow of our junk ridden society.

This may work for some but for me, I would follow my rules for a while, then binge until food disgusted me. “Tomorrow was always a new day” but in reality, it wasn’t. It was just the beginning of the same stupid cycle.

My mindset now is this: there is a certain day that I will die. It is known by my beloved Creator and until then, here I am. How am I spending my time until then? Why am I doing what I am doing? My motives behind the way I ate and the time I spent in working out were to cater to lingering insecurities. (Please know I am not speaking for all fitness lovers. This is my personal story.) It is important to be healthy, but I was making it my identity.

The point is, I was missing out on so many important and joyful experiences because my motives were in the wrong place. Does this make sense to anyone?

I do actually follow a plan now but it is the most fun and I have been having the best time with it!

Enjoy this hilarious “diet plan”.

TKP Diet

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Haha! The only reason for this “plan” is to give five exciting times a day that I can make and try something super new and delicious and make sure that I am getting some nutrients in there as well. 😉

Am I gaining a bunch of weight? No. Because I’m not binging. Do I feel yucky because of the indulges? No. Because I am not binging on them. What about a killer body? I don’t care about having a killer body. I care about other more important things. (Again, no offense to anyone. We all have our own ideas of what is important.)

Exercise

I do not get up to workout. Maybe one day I will but right now I don’t. Sleep is most important for me in having the energy I need to keep up with my duties. I sleep until 7:00 every morning. My exercise, for now, is keeping up with my kids, housework, and just having fun. If my day doesn’t involve a lot of activity, I welcome the break.

But for now, I am loving my “workouts”.

 

 

I hope all of you are well and are at peace with your body and approach to keeping it healthy!

Blessings,
Angela

Question:

Have any of you ever had a similar experience to mine? I would love to hear it! 

 

 

Life Lately…

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 9 – Set Up For Success

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!