Motivation: How to find it when it’s just not there.

design (2)Man, I really was not feeling my workout today. But I went in and got it done, just because I know if I didn’t in 3 months from now I’d regret it. Fitness is more than just looking good. It’s the feeling of accomplishment you get when you hit new PRs. It’s realizing that you can do something this week that you couldn’t do last week. It’s pushing yourself as far as possible. It’s the best depression and anxiety medicine there is.

When I need motivation, I just think about Lucy. How would I want her to act? Do I want her to be motivated, or do I want her to find excuses not to do things? I also think about MY goals. I remind myself how far I’ve come and that if I just keep pushing, in a few months I’ll be where I want to be.

I’ll share my latest workout with you guys in the next post, and then I’ll have Lucy’s 8 month blog and milestones reached post to write up as well!

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Tuesday’s workout

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Today I’m going to share with you guys the actual workout I will be doing at the gym today! I’m going back to a Push/Pull/Legs split from my DUP programming just because I can’t squat heavy right now. Yesterday was legs, so today will be push. (Push = Chest, Triceps, Shoulders)

Bench Press: Warm up, 3×10 with 75 lbs, AMRAP set with 55 lbs.
DB Shoulder Press: 3×10 with 15-25 lbs
Cable Tricep Press Downs: 3×10 with 30-50 lbs
Hammer Strength Chest Press: 3×10 with 50 lbs
Lateral Raises: 3×10 with 15 lbs
Tricep Kickbacks: 3×10 with 15 lbs

Followed up with 30 minutes of MISS (moderate intensity steady state cardio)

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Monday Motivation: Build a Booty!

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Today I’m going to share with you my FAVORITE booty workout! Try this the next time you’re at the gym. (PS. The first number is for number of SETS, the second number(s) is for the number of REPS per set.)

Back Squats: Do a few warm up sets with 10-12 reps. For your working sets use a weight that you can do 8-10 reps with.
3 x 8-10 

Romanian Deadlifts: Make sure you warm up again with a lighter weight doing 12-15 reps. For your working sets go a little heavier and do 10-12 reps.
3 x 10-12

Glute Kickbacks: If your gym doesn’t have a kickback machine you can do cable kickbacks.
3 x 10

Lunges: Holding dumbbells perform walking lunges.
3 x 10-12

And finally finish up with Good Mornings! We’ll keep this lighter and do 3 sets of 20.
3 x 20

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If you try this, please let me know how sore you are afterward!

It’s been a while.

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I’d love to say that the transition to bed sharing has been easy, and for the most part it has, but let’s just say…I’m exhausted. That is motherhood though, right?

Well Lucy is 7 months old…today actually! She’s been crawling for about 2 weeks now. She’s had a lot of foods! Avocados, Sweet Potatoes, Oatmeal, Greek Yogurt, Carrots, Broccoli, Banana, Raspberries, Prunes, and Puffs. She doesn’t like the raspberries. Hated the carrots on their own, but mixed with oats she ate them. Loves avocado, oats, greek yogurt, broccoli, bananas, and prunes. She’s doing something different everyday now, and I’m sad to think we’re approaching 1 year!!

As far as my fitness journey goes…it’s actually going great! I just finished a 4 week DUP cycle. At the beginning of the program my lifts were: Bench 95 Squat 145 Deadlift 165 and at the end they were: Bench 110 Squat 175 Deadlift 215.

Sunday I’ll be starting my 2nd cycle on that DUP program. But I think it’s finally time to shred down and see what muscle I have underneath! Yay for a calorie deficit…haha. I’ll keep you all posted on baby, mommy life, and my fitness adventure!

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How to Make Fitness a Priority in Your New “Mom Life”

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1. Make time. Before you became a Mom you probably could go to the gym whenever you felt like it, at least I could. Now, I have to make sure Kyle will be home to care for Lucy, and that he has all of his work done first before I leave. There’s only 24 hours in a day. If you want something, make it happen.

2. Get your nutrition right. No, I’m not talking about any of those fad diets out there. And I’m not even telling you that you have to eat strictly “clean” whole foods 100% of the time. There’s this thing called “Flexible Dieting”, you can still eat the foods you love, just in moderation. (Check out a free ebook on that here.)

3. Get some at home equipment if you can’t make it to the gym. You really can get a great workout in with only a few items! Think dumbbells, kettlebells, or even a barbell and some plates.

4. Supplement your diet and exercise if you need to. There’s no magic pill that’ll give you big muscles or shred the fat away, well no LEGAL magic pill, but there are some good supplements out there that can help out your diet, your recovery, your energy, etc.

5. Find a workout/accountability partner. It’s always easier when someone else is doing it with you. Enlist one of your friends and make it fun!

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How I Became a Co-sleeping Mama

Well, when you swear you’ll never do something, you usually end up doing it, right? I have nothing against co-sleeping. It just wasn’t anything I wanted to do, or planned on doing. I like a lot of the Attachment Parenting philosophies. If you’ve read my blog before, you probably remember that I mentioned how my little one was a perfect sleeper. Yes, perfect, from 5 weeks to about 5 months. And then she changed on me! She started waking constantly through the night just for the paci. Now, however, we’ve got something totally different on our plates. It started when she got her first cold, almost two weeks ago. She was extra clingy and wanted more cuddles than normal, which is hard to imagine since she’s already quite the snuggle bug! This past weekend we hit our new low. Lucy will no longer entertain the idea of sleeping on her own. This little girl will be SO TIRED that she’s passed out in my arms, and as soon as I set her down she wakes up screaming. I give her the paci, and she keeps screaming. So, naturally I pick her up trying to calm her down, and wouldn’t you know I don’t have to do anything at all to soothe her?! As soon as she’s back in my arms she’s passed out once again. After a few rounds of this I totally gave up and put her in bed with us.

Today, we put our mattress on the floor. It’s official, we’re now a bed-sharing family.

If any mama’s have any tips for A.) successful bed-sharing or B.) how to get baby back in bed by herself please let me know!

5 reasons I regret being a Stay at Home Mom

I went from working and going to school full time to pregnant and a stay at home Mommy all within a year. Comparing working Moms and Stay at Home Moms is just not my style, as I can see benefits to both. Right now, I’m a Stay at Home Mom, and here’s 5 reasons why I wish I weren’t…

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1. I have to give my baby cuddles all day. She is so demanding. It’s not like I don’t have other things I’d rather be doing…and who even likes cuddling anyway?

2. My wardrobe consists of yoga pants, yoga pants, and yoga pants. Do I even know what real clothes are anymore? Yoga pants used to be this thing that enhanced women’s butts, and now to me, they’re an indicator that I haven’t showered that day.

3. I no longer do my hair or put on makeup. I know this doesn’t sound like a bad thing, but trust me, I actually really loved taking 2 hours to get ready to leave the house!

4. Now, the only person I serve drinks to is my baby, and she doesn’t even tip me well! “What are you having today Lucy?” “Ohh Mom I’ll have some Enfamil straight up, and for your tip I plan on puking it all up on your nice new shirt!”

5. Sorry but I’m going to have to stop here…honestly, these are positives not negatives in my opinion, and while being a stay at home Mom is NOT for everyone and that’s perfectly okay, I wouldn’t have it any other way!