10.27.2015

What I Read: The Husband's Secret

Full disclosure on this book is this:  I don't remember much of it.  Generally I will do my write-ups on books a week or so after I have finished it, because this gives me time to fully process what I read and put my thoughts together.




Clearly, this span of time was a bit too long for this book, because when I sat down to write my review I remembered liking the book, but I didn't remember much about what happened.  I honestly couldn't even remember what the husband's secret was!  (Luckily I was able to remember without needing any help from Google.)

The Husband's Secret Review

Anywho, on to the review!  This book was written by Liane Moriarty (she also wrote the book Big Little Lies, which I have seen mentioned in several magazines as being a must-read.  I haven't read it yet, but perhaps soon!)  

The Husband's Secret is based on the fallout that happens after Cecilia reads a letter written to her by her husband many years earlier.  A letter he had written with a "to be opened after I've died" intention.  A letter he later wanted to destroy.  A letter he lost, that she found.  A letter that she read.

Reading this letter has a huge impact on their life, but it is also closely linked to several other characters that we meet throughout the course of the book.  There is a grandmother who is grieving the loss of her daughter, and there is a mother who is grieving the loss of her marriage and family life after a betrayal that rocks the solid ground she thought her life was built on.

I enjoyed this book while reading it, and once I remembered what happened I still believe it was a good book.  There were some things that seemed a bit too cliche, but overall I enjoyed the writing, the story, the characters and the act of reading the book.

The Husband's Secret Review

I would give this book a 3/5 stars, simply because it didn't make a very large impact on me.  It was a good book, but wouldn't necessarily make it onto my list of books that I feel like I need to shout from the rooftops.  Though, if I had done that, perhaps I'd remember it better?



10.26.2015

Fall Classic: Team Fortitude

I guess there's no denying it anymore - fall is here and in full swing!  While I may not be a huge fan of the cooler weather, there are definitely a couple things I am a fan of!  (Pumpkin Spice, unfortunately enough, is not one of them.)

November 1 marks the beginning of Beachbody's Fall Classic!

...So, what is that and why does it matter?

Fall Classic


Beachbody's Fall Classic is an opportunity for Beachbody coaches to team up, work together, push for some goals and help a ton of people hit their health and fitness goals during the wind-down of 2015.  I know that I, along with a lot of other people, definitely struggle during the last couple months of the year.  There are more parties, more celebrations, more excuses and more demands on our time - it can be easy to put our goals aside and say we'll get back to them in the New Year.

This year? It ain't happening, friend.

This year I am doing to end-of-the-year PUSH to help as many people as possible run into 2016 as the healthiest, happiest, most confident versions of themselves possible - and the Fall Classic will help me do just that!

During the month of November I will be working with two of my awesome coaches, Claudia and Brooke, and we will be focusing on helping people make big changes!  Meal planning, accountability, making time for workouts and staying motivated will be the major points of our upcoming groups.

Beachbody Fall Classic


Each of my upcoming groups will also feature special holiday-appropriate recipes for challengers to try if they have events for which they need to bring food or treats.  Healthy food doesn't have to be the opposite of tasty - let's dispel that myth and create tasty, healthy, decadent desserts and meals while rocking our goals!

If YOU want to be a part of our November health, fitness and tasty treats group, all you have to do is fill out the application below!  I will get in touch with you within 24 hours and we can get you set up and ready to rock any holiday outfit you have in mind!

Brooke, Claudia and I are geared up and ready for the Fall Classic - are you ready to jump into this journey with us?!


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10.21.2015

One Week into my new routine

I am one week into my new routine and I am feeling great!  As much as I was enjoying Insanity and hated to give it up, I truly feel like I made the best decision for my body at this point in time.  I will get back to Insanity someday, but for now I am happy to be working out and feeling strong!

My new routine has started!


It has been a lot of fun to mix it up with different workouts from various Beachbody programs.  I officially started my new schedule last Wednesday (who says we have to wait until Monday to start?!) and my first three days were 21 Day Fix, Body Beast and Cize.  I can say that my abs were feeling awesome after the first couple days - it was the best kind of sore!

 I have chosen to fill my schedule with workouts that are generally between 30 and 45 minutes; every once in a while there is a 50 minute workout or 25 minute thrown in, but most of them are somewhere in the middle.  This will mean that I won't be dreading a longer workout on a busy day with Bonnie.  Just being honest about works for me will help me stick to my goals!  I have a schedule made up through the rest of October and the entire month of November.  Once I have hit that point I will re-evaluate, see what successes I've had and make a plan of action for going forward.

Water and Workout


Overall, it feels good to be back in a routine and I'm ready to hit those health and fitness goals that have proved elusive since Bonnie Ann was born.  I will get there - and I will continue to document that process on this blog!

If you would like to join me, I would love to share this experience with you!  I have a new challenge group forming now and this is your official invitation.  Starting on November 3 I, along with a select group of a few others, will be setting up plans, goals and hit the ground running towards results.  This will be a post-Halloween pre-New Years group so we can already be on the road to hitting our New Years Resolutions before 2016 comes!

If you would like more information or are ready to commit to yourself and your goals, fill out the application below and I will be in touch within 24 hours to chat with you about whether this group is a good fit for you and how to get started.  I look forward to working alongside you!


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10.20.2015

What I Read: Look Again

This was another book which was lent to me by my older sister and in some ways I am glad she thought I should read it, but in other ways I am quite upset with her for passing this on to me!  I won't spoil the ending, or even the middle, but I will say this much: this book was capital-e Emotional!

Lisa Scottoline


The basic outline of the book (without giving away any of the twists, of which there are several!) is as follows:

Ellen Gleeson is a report and a single mom to her adopted son Will.  She has recently done a story on a missing child, and one day a missing child flyer catches her attention because the boy it features looks very much like Will.  She tries to shake off the uneasy feeling she has about it, but she struggles to do so and decides to do some investigating of her own.  The rest is up to you to read about if you so desire!

Part of the reason for this being so emotional for me to read might just be because I am a new mom and a book about a (possibly) being abducted from loving parents and adopted to a new, loving family is heart-breaking to me on a plethora of levels.

Look Again book


The night I finished this book, Jake had come home from the farm and I was reading as Bonnie napped.  I only had 50 or so pages to go, but because I was so close to finishing the book I couldn't put it down!  Jake was on dinner duty so I could read those last pages - and he was also on supportive husband duty as I reacted to everything going on in the book.  All the feelings were around in this book!  

I had never read any books by Lisa Scottoline, but I did a quick Google search of her name and she has definitely written quite a few!  I would definitely read more books by her, but if they turn out to be as emotionally draining for me as this one was I think I'd have to put a couple books in between her books - I couldn't handle reading them back-to-back. 

For Look Again I would do a rating of 4/5 stars.  It kept my attention, I became attached to the characters, but there were times when I just didn't completely buy what was happening.  It was still good though, and I recommend it!

Have you already read it?  Would you like to?  If you have, or if you'd like to read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!




10.19.2015

Post-Halloween Sugar Recovery

Halloween will be here before we know it!  It's just a couple weeks away (though, if I'm being honest, it's hard to tell that it's October when you walk into most stores.  They're already decked out for Christmas!  What happened to Thanksgiving?!)

Halloween Candy Detox


Anywho, Halloween almost always means that our sugar intake goes up a bit. Whether it's from us buying candy to hand out (and sampling from the bowl), our kids bringing candy home, or going to Halloween parties, there is always a big spike in opportunities for sweets around this time of year.

From what I've seen in the last couple years of being a Beachbody Coach is that people let go of the handlebars at this time of the year.  They see that Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner so they allow themselves a 3 month splurge time and then jump back into it when the new year rolls around.  I am not saying this to judge at all, because believe me, before I joined my first Beachbody challenge group I was in a time of splurging that lasted much longer than three months!

Woman Insanity Results
Once I joined, though, I got some pretty darn good results!
What I do now, as a coach, though, is to encourage and help people to not give up on themselves just because it looks like the path ahead might be difficult.  By joining a Beachbody challenge group we are committing to ourselves and to each other to try to do better.  To workout, eat healthy and take control of our health rather than just going along for the ride and seeing where we end up.  I can say from personal experience that ending the year on a high note of health and fitness feels so much better than limping into the new year with three months worth of bad food and inactivity behind me, and I truly feel that most people would agree if they gave it a shot!

That's what brings me to this post.  Starting November 3 I will be running a 60-day challenge group that will run specifically during this most difficult time of the year.  Yep, it might seem crazy to commit to health and fitness right now but imagine how incredible it would feel to go into 2016 in the best shape possible rather than feeling sluggish, overfed and fatigued?  Working out and eating healthy can combat all of those feelings and leave you feeling powerful, confident and like you are ready to tackle anything.  That's what I want for you because I have experienced the life changing impact of being in one of these groups and I wish that feeling on everybody!

So, what is a challenge group?

A challenge group is a closed group on Facebook that I, as your coach, run and it will last for 60 days.  This is all done in a small-group setting so that we, as a group, can get to know each other and support each other through the journey.  We truly create a mini family atmosphere which helps everyone stick to their goals and get the best possible results.  By joining a challenge group you are committing to yourself and the results that you want to see.  Anyone can start on a new health and fitness journey, but white-knuckling it by ourselves is more difficult than we may realize at first.  By surrounding ourselves with other people who are going through the same struggles but are also committed to seeing change, we are building a support system from the ground up.



Each day in our closed group I will do a daily post that is meant to encourage, motivate, support and help you.  Some days it will be a mini assignment, a reminder about drinking your water, a question to get the group chatting or just a post about something I've been thinking about.  These groups can be an absolute blast and you can make new friends with others who are walking right alongside you!  Everything is, of course, private in the group.  Your other Facebook friends will have no idea what's going on in this journey of yours - unless you decide that you want to share it with them!

How does it work?

The first week of our group I always start without working out but instead focusing in on our mindsets and what we hope to achieve.  We will work together on setting realistic goals as well as learning about clean eating, how to start meal planning and how to make it work in your life.

The next week is our kick off week!  We start the workouts and there are a ton of options.  You have the choice of any Team Beachbody Fitness program and I will help you pick the one that will be perfect for you based on where you are now and where you want to get to.  There are workout programs for people who are just starting out all the way through to people who are already fitness experts, so there is definitely something that will work for you.

Along with doing a Team Beachbody Fitness program, you have to have me as your Team Beachbody Coach.  This is completely free and the challenge group admission is for my customers only, so you are sure to get my full attention and focus during your journey.

Lastly, each person in the challenge group is required to replace one meal a day with Shakeology.  Shakeology is not a protein shake that is comparable to other products on the market.  Rather than getting just an extra serving of protein or random calories, you are getting high-quality, non-processed, artificial ingredients.  Shakeology was specifically made to be a complete health shake; if you are working to lose weight, it can play a role in that, but it doesn't end there!  People who are looking to gain weight or stay the same also benefit from Shakeology because it is more than just protein or weightloss.  Its focus is on whole-body health - and all of us could use more of that!



Personally, I almost always replace breakfast with Shakeology, but that's not a requirement!  If you struggle to get in lunch everyday or find yourself running through a drive in every night for dinner, then one of those meals would be a better option for you.  Deciding which meal you would like to replace with Shakeology is something I can talk with you about and help you decide. 

This is not a life-long commitment, but I do ask that you commit to it through the duration of the group.  At the groups end, we can chat more about how you did, where you want to go next and how I can help you as you continue on your journey!

How do I join?

The easiest answer to this is to just simply let me know that you are interested!  By filling out the application below, you are telling me that you would like to learn more, that you have health goals you would like to work towards, and that you could use a little extra help.  That's it!  You are not committing to the group, you are just opening up a conversation with me so I can know you are interested and so we can chat about how a challenge group could help you in your specific situation.  

I would love to have you in my group starting November 3, so please fill out the form below and I will be in touch with you within 24 hours!


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10.15.2015

A Change in Plans

I am a Beachbody coach and I struggle.  Hard.  I will not be giving up on myself, but I am faced with the reality that getting this post-baby weight off is harder than I would like it to be.  Adding in a bad back that keeps flaring up randomly makes me one not-very-happy lady!

Mix of Beachbody Workouts


I am a huge fan and advocate of Insanity, but I've come to the realization that sticking with the whole program day-to-day right now just isn't in the cards.  I do great for a week and then I have a couple off days with my back that throws me off.  As much as I love the program, I wouldn't recommend it for a challenger who's just starting out and has a bad back, so why am I recommending it for myself?  That simply doesn't make sense.  I have every intention of getting back to it full-time when I have my back more under control and some of this excess weight gone (which I'm sure isn't helping my back at all!) but for now, I have to accept that I'm simply not there yet.

Humbling, and a bit embarrassing perhaps, but it's better to be honest about weaknesses than to end up harming myself through stubbornness - so there's my truth!

Thinking about where I want to go from here led me to my shelf of Beachbody programs - and there are a lot!  (Not to mention all the options that are available to stream On Demand.  #wowza )  So, even if I'm throwing in the towel (well, partially!) on Insanity, that doesn't mean that I have given up on my journey.  Not by a long shot.  There are still over ten weeks left in this year, and only losing a pound a week would still leave me over ten pounds lighter than I currently am when the clock strikes midnight and we welcome 2016.  Two pounds a week? That's over 20 pounds and would get me well into one-derland.  So there are my goals - one to two pounds on average of weight loss per week, a stronger core and back as well as just overall feeling better than I do now.

How will I get there?  Well, back to me, this morning, standing in front of my collection of workout programs.  While I believe it is best to follow one program from day one to day 60 or 90, I've decided to test out a different way to get my daily workout in.  I am going to set up a schedule through the end of November using various routines from various programs so there is something different everyday.

I have seen other coaches and challengers do this before, but I've never personally tried it myself.  I know that some people simply get bored with doing one workout program continuously, whereas others just enjoy mixing it up a bit, and others use the Beachbody on Demand library to explore all the available programs before settling on one.  I'm not sure what I will think of it, but time will tell!  For now, I'd better go pull out my program booklets and get started on a calendar.  (Don't want to work legs twice in a row, after all!)

If you would like to learn more about the program Beachbody has to offer or about Beachbody on Demand, comment below with your email address or fill out my contact tab on the bottom so we can connect and chat!

Until then,



10.14.2015

Introvert? Extrovert? What the heck am I?

This is a super random post, but I just saw someone post on Facebook about being an introvert and it got the wheels in my brain turning and I couldn't help but wonder - what the heck am I?  I know that labels aren't able to fully account for all aspects of a personality, but I feel like there must be something that more closely applies to me than just introvert or extrovert.  So if you're well-read in these matters and can give me your two cents I'd appreciate it!

Introvert or Extrovert?


If I'm in a group of people I know and am comfortable with, I have NO problem being the center of attention.  In fact, I enjoy being the center of attention!  I will tell jokes, make myself the butt of those jokes and be open, honest, loud and fun (well, I think so at least!)

If I'm one-on-one with someone I know I feel fine.  I can small talk about anything that comes up (or at least attempt to hold my own!) and I have zero problems with eye contact, sharing things about myself or just continuing the conversation.

If I'm one-on-one with someone I don't know very well, I am also generally fine.  I can normally navigate well enough to find a commonality we share and allow a conversation to continue naturally from there.  I may not be as open or honest right off the bat, and I definitely won't be as loud or jokester-like as I would be with people I know well, but I am not uncomfortable.

If I'm in a large group where I know only one or two people it starts to get a bit trickier.  I might function well, but I might shut down and find something on the floor in front of me really interesting.  I suppose being comfortable in groups of new people might be a learned talent, I guess I just missed those lessons!

If I'm in a larger group where I know no one?  Good luck to me!  I do not generally function well in these environments.  I get nervous, anxious, quiet and honestly look for the exit as quickly as I can.  This isn't to say that I can never function.  If it's an event that's work-related or otherwise a necessity I can 'fake it til I make it' with the best of em' and people might never know that I'm feeling uncomfortable at all.  At a purely social event, though?  Yeah no I'm out!

Soooooo if anyone could analyze me and tell me what the heck this makes me I would greatly appreciate it!  This all ties into my opinion of myself as a Beachbody Coach and how I have often put myself out there as someone who has all the confidence in the world. I will post my sweaty selfies in the morning, I will share my weight (often a no-no for people, but it doesn't bother me at all) and I will invite people to my challenge groups.  NOT because I am trying to insinuate that those people are overweight or need help, but rather because I know that I have found incredible value in creating and being a part of a small community of people who are focusing on their health and fitness - and all the benefits have not be strictly related to fitness.  I became more confident, more open, more empowered and more in control of my own life through challenge groups, and I want to share that opportunity with people.  That's why I invite to my groups, because I think in today's social media-driven society real personal connection or conversation (even if it only happens on a social media platform) is important; we need to have more camaraderie than one can get through a 'like' feature!

So that is me in a nutshell.  

Again, if you could explain me to myself, that'd be great! 

(And if you're interested in learning more about this whole challenge group camaraderie I mentioned, please take this as your formal invitation to my upcoming group!  All you need to do is fill out this application and I will get back to you!)

Until next time,




10.13.2015

Bonnie's Love

I fell in love with my daughter again last night.  I was already fascinated, proud, enamored and amazed that this little girl with the button nose and hair curling above her ears is mine, but last night it all hit me again and I wanted to write it down so I can remember it later in life (because I'll be quite honest, my memory doesn't last very long!


To start the day we had an early morning, as Bonnie Ann apparently decided that four am was an appropriate wake-up time for a Monday (note: it's not). 

I got some work hours in, but after those were done we spent our day cuddling, having a dance party to Zac Brown Band, splashing in the bathtub, reading our new collection of French books and just playing.  It was one of those perfect inside fall days that was just a bit too chilly and windy to spend a lot of time outside (and anyway, there was some crazy construction going on and it was loud!) so it was a mom/daughter day indoors.

After her afternoon nap, though, Bonnie Ann didn't seem to be up for a lot of playing or dancing.  I think the early wake up and day of play wore her out!  She was rubbing her eyes and just a bit more mellow than normal, so when I put her in her crib at night I thought for sure she would be asleep by the time I got downstairs.  That didn't end up happening, but I'm grateful that it didn't, because if she had fallen asleep on that first attempt I would have missed the time in between that and the second attempt.

That time between the first and second?  To me, it was magic.

I went upstairs to check on her, and sure enough her nook had been thrown on the ground (this is her way of telling us that it is not in fact time for her to be in bed.  I gave it back to her and she immediately started screaming, so I picked her up and she went silent.  We rocked on the rocking chair in her room for a couple minutes, and when I went to put her back in her crib she was crying before we even got to it.  

Clearly it wasn't time to say goodnight quite yet, so we came downstairs.  The only place she would be calm was lying on top of me and cuddling my neck.  What else could I do but just lie back on the couch and relax with this little girl who wanted nothing more than to just be with me?  Knowing that I could calm her and that me just being there was the solution to her problem - that was magic.

I fell in love with my daughter all over again last night, all because she wouldn't sleep.  The next time she's refusing bedtime I hope to remember this night and open myself up to the possibility that her not sleeping might turn out to be the biggest blessing of my day.

It truly is these small moments as a parent that are the most important, and I am going to try and write more of them down so that as she grows up I can remember how I felt and what she did that made me smile through the years.  That seems pretty darn important.

What were you blessed with yesterday?


10.12.2015

Claudia's a Winner!

This post is all for a big-ole congratulations to one of my sponsored coaches Claudia!  Claudia is someone I met just through happenstance through a friend and she has quickly become an awesome coach who is hitting some major goals in the Beachbody business.  I am so proud to be able to congratulate her on the milestone she just hit!





As a Beachbody coach we have absolutely zero sales requirements, but there are systems in place to encourage us to help people on their health and fitness journey.  One of these systems is Success Club, and it is truly the major benchmark we can look at each month to see how we are doing in our business.

As a brand-new coach you are eligible to become a "Success Starter".  In a nutshell, what this means is that in the first three months of your business you help three people each month get started on their health and fitness journey.  If you do this for the first month you win a conference call with our awesome CEO Carl; if you continue to hit Success Club three months in a row you win a free ticket for the next company-wide weekend away, Summit!  That is a major incentive for sure!

I am so proud to announce that Claudia has hit the first month of Success Club and she even went beyond what was required!

Being a coach is more than selling a product; it is about being a sounding board, a cheerleader and a helping hand for people who want to improve themselves.  It takes work, as does everything worth having, but the reward?  The rewards are more than the money, the prizes or the rank advancing.  The true reward is when someone says thank you. When someone shares a sweaty selfie who never thought they would be confident enough to do so.  When someone fits into their skinny jeans that haven't fit for years.  When you get to be a part of someone's success; that is the reward.

The rest of it?  It's great, but it pales in comparison to the rest.


Claudia, my hat is off to you on hitting this goal but even more so for putting yourself out there as a coach and helping people.   That is the true definition of success and you are doing an incredible job!

Cheers!

If you are reading this and would like more information about joining my team as either a coach or a challenger looking to improve your health, let me know!  You can fill out an application here to coach with me or here to become a challenger in my next health & fitness challenge group and I will get back to you within 24 hours!

Who knows, you just might be the next person I'm celebrating!

Until then,


10.08.2015

Why I love Insanity (but not all of it)

Full disclosure here, folks: I love the workout program Insanity.  I do!  I think it's awesome, I love Shaun T, it makes me sweat like whoa and I've previously had awesome results with it and am currently working on some new post-baby results (I swear this has been more difficult than those pre-baby results!  But I'm still hanging in there!)

Why I love Insanity (but not all of it)


What I don't love about Insanity?  Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  There, I said it and I can't take it back.  It's out there in the universe and if Mr Shaun T himself ever finds himself on this little ole blog page of mine {unlikely, but a girl can dream, right?!} he'll know that I am not a fan of this specific routine.

Why do I not love it?

Because it's hard.  I have no shame in admitting that!  Sure, all the workouts are hard, but there is something especially difficult (in my mind at least) about PCC.  When the first move after the warm-up and stretching is called 'suicide drills' you know that can't be easy.

When I look at my schedule if I see Plyometric Cardio Circuit I cringe just a little bit - then I tie on my big girl shoes and do the workout, because that's what big girls have to do sometimes.  But I don't necessarily enjoy it.

Today was one of those cringing mornings.  I looked at the schedule, saw PCC {because who doesn't love using initials over writing out the whole words, amiright?!} and cringed.  Then I went to my Insanity workout booklet, flipped to the correct page that holds the dvd and saw...nothing!  The disc wasn't there, surely this was a sign from the heavens that PCC just wasn't really supposed to happen today, right?  I thought for a half second about just plopping in Pure Cardio and doing that instead, but cooler heads prevailed and I looked for 30 seconds to find the correct disc.  Luckily {or perhaps unluckily, I'll know in a couple minutes} I found the PCC disc sandwiched between La Vie en Rose and the Netflix mailer in which it came.  #winning

Why I love Insanity (but not all of it)


(There was always the option of just signing into Beachbody on Demand and streaming the workout to my tv, which I would have done next.  There's something satisfying about finding a lost thing, even if it's not necessarily something you want to find at the moment.)

So now that that's all said and done - here I go for my workout!  I'd offer to take a post-workout selfie, but the storage on my iPhone is at its breaking point for storage and won't take even one more picture.  Perhaps that is my gift to you this morning - no post-workout selfie to deal with!

You're welcome.

:)

In the meantime, if you're curious about Insanity or another Beachbody program and would like to chat, please get in touch and we can see if my upcoming challenge group would be a good fit for helping you improve your health, nutrition and fitness.  I would love to share it with you!

Until next time,


10.07.2015

Ten Months with Bonnie Ann

Seriously, can someone please slow down the clocks so my girl doesn't hit a full year of age so soon.  I don't think that's how time works, though, so I guess we are full steam ahead!


 Bonnie Ann is a crawling machine and has lately been testing the water by seeing if she can stand on her own.  She hasn't taken any steps or even stood for a long amount of time, but she's getting stronger at it for sure.  It won't be long now!


She has started to mimic sounds that we make to her more often, which is a lot of fun.  It's like having our very own human version of a parrot who can only make a couple sounds (except much cuter, of course).  She still doesn't seem to connect these sounds to people or things, but she talks up a storm throughout the day!

We are very lucky that she is still sleeping through the night as she has been since she was pretty darn little.  Even in the morning or after her nap she will hang out in her crib for twenty minutes or so just examining her hands, the mattress or talking to herself.  She seems perfectly content so we let her hang out until she starts getting a bit fussy.  I think we all appreciate a little bit of quiet time, right?

Bonnie Ann is a big fan of food; anytime, anywhere, if you give her something she will test it out.  She almost always makes a huge grimace and shakes her head after trying something for the first time as if it is the grossest thing ever, but on bite two she's a fan!

Speaking of head shakes, one of her new favorite games is just that: shaking her head!  She will giggle and shake it back and forth and if Jake or I do it with her that really gets her cracking up! 


One of my favorite things is how happy Bonnie Ann is in the morning.  I go in to get her and she always has the biggest smile on her fact when she sees me (and, of course, I melt!)  When we're leaving her room I grab her nook from her bed and almost always end up with the ring part of it being held between my teeth.  I did it once just because I was carrying something else, but now I do it because of her reaction that I love :)  As we walk down the hallway she normally looks around for a bit, but eventually she looks at me, sees the nook, giggles and grabs it from me and puts it back in her own mouth.  I don't know why I find it so funny but I just love it!  That's normally followed by one of her 'pat-pat-pats' on my shoulder, as if to tell me 'it's okay, mom, I just wanted that back.'

We had her nine-month appointment at about 9 1/2 months old and everything is right on target which is always nice to hear :)  It can be a bit nerve-racking as a new parent; you're not sure if you're doing things correctly or royally screwing them up (can anyone else relate?) but to have the doctor say she's thriving is great!


It won't be long now until she's 11 months old - and then we'll really be on the countdown to a year!

Until next time,


10.05.2015

Insanity: The Journey

Well, my Insanity journey has been a bit stop-and-go lately, but I'm still in it and I'm still pushing for results.  I have complete faith in the program; I know that it can get me the results I am looking for, so I'm not giving up! 

What's been happening lately to cause it to be so stop-and-go?  In short, illness.  Last weekend kicked me on my butt to the point where there was no way I was going to be able to do a workout, especially one as intense as Insanity.

But I am feeling close to 100% better and I have been getting back into the swing of things with my workouts.  I may not be perfect (and how much fun would that be anyway?!) but I am going to give it everything I have and I know that consistency and a bit of stubbornness will get me those results!

I have noticed a couple things over the last couple weeks of Insanity:

1) My flexibility is SO much better than it was before starting.  Every workout program begins with some type of warm up and cool down (and rightfully so, of course!) but for me there is some type of flexibility magic that comes with Insanity's versions of these.  The warm up is a bit more intense than a standard one, and after we've warmed up Shaun T moves us into a stretching segment.  I love this order of things, because I really think it helps my flexibility more than other things I have tried.  With my muscles already working and the sweat already dripping, I am able to go deeper in the stretches which definitely shows!  (Another thing I like about this order of things?  The fact that by the time we're done with the warm up and stretch the workout is almost always halfway over!  Even with the workouts being 40 minutes long, the time goes by much more quickly than the clock would have you believe.

2)  My back is healed, but I'm still a bit apprehensive about pushing it too far.  After dealing with a good month of near constant back pain a while back, I am hesitant to put stress on my back because I am nervous about ending up in the same spot I was.  This means a couple things change for me in Insanity.  During a lot of the stretches Shaun T has us go into a flat back before doing the stretch; I will often skip the flat back portion of it because I can tell it is stretching my back in a not-so-good way.  Perhaps as I get stronger I will feel more comfortable in the flat back, but for now I plan on sticking with my non-flat back versions!  One last thing I have noticed is that jumps that require both feet off the ground at the same time are a bit worrisome for me.  Luckily, in Insanity, the majority of jumps are not done with both feet jumping simultaneously.  Where they are like that, however, I will do my best and do as many as I can, but if it gets too difficult I listen to my body and alter the moves so my back isn't jammed as much.

Perhaps these couple changes will hinder my progress - I'm not sure!  What I do know, though, is that it is better to be able to do a slightly modified workout for a long period of time than it is to do a completely un-modified version for only a little while because I threw out my back.  So modifications it is!

I have total faith that even with these couple modifications I will be able to see great results with Insanity - wish me luck!!!

If you are interested in starting your own health and fitness journey (whether with Insanity or not!) get in touch with me via the contact box on the bottom of this page (if you're on a mobile device, you might need to open the web version, or feel free to email me at ashleykrek@gmail.com).  Together we CAN change our lives - I know it!