Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
We’re 39 weeks pregnant and SO excited. I just finished my scheduled nursing shifts yesterday. Since our due date is only a couple days into the clinic’s next schedule, the scheduler decided it would be easier to leave me off it. We’re going to chat early next week to see if the baby has come yet and how I’m feeling. I could head into help lunch coverage (take over my coworker’s patients so they can go eat) if I’m still pregnant and feeling well. SO, the clinic may not have seen the last of this big bump yet…but, we’ll see!
I’m typing cozied up in one of my favorite coffee shops. When Drew and I were looking at our upcoming calendar/Max’s daycare schedule/my OB appointments…we decided THIS could be an Amy day. We knew that I would likely need a little break and pick me up at the end of a work stretch/the end of pregnancy. Drew was SO sweet about encouraging me to let Max go to daycare all day and doing a few things that I enjoy. So I headed for a manicure this morning and I’m meeting my handsome husband for lunch. Then I’ll head to the OB before returning home to do a couple things around the house and workout. Days off go entirely too fast, but I’m sure glad we made this decision 🙂
Today’s post is inspired by one of my most fun/sweetest coworkers. She recently started eating better and adding working out into her regular routine (hey, Brenda!). Guess what?! She feels great and is down a handful of pounds.
Here is the thing: she isn’t on some magic pill or program. She knew she needed to make some changes, and she made them. Now she has momentum because she FEELS better and is poised to stay on a healthier track.
Today, I wanted to share a few motivations for YOU and see if there are places that you WANT to make a change. The story can always be that you are going to start working out soon when life slows down a little bit. Or you are going to start cooking at home, but now is just not the right time. OR, you know you should sleep more but you’ll get to that when things slow down. Meanwhile, a couple years might pass before you make changes that YOU have been wanting to make. But, what if you pulled a Brenda and just said…I’m starting right NOW!
Go ALL In.
A lot of times on the blog, I recommend starting small. Picking out the place that needs the most attention. BUT, I’ve noticed that people around me have really benefited in going ALL in. Brenda went ALL in with it, making the change to eat better and exercise more at the same time. My dad went all in when he quit soda and decided to go cold turkey. These two FELT the positive impacts on their lives in a really short amount of time. Which has me thinking, is this the better way? Because you will experience those feelings of well being faster and then people seem to catch fire and GO! Momentum is a heck of a drug and I definitely had an enormous amount during my postpartum period after Max. After I gave myself plenty of time to recover, my weight lifting was on point and I was seeing results! I saw changes in my body composition and in my STRENGTH! It just made me want more and to keep on being discipline!
If you’ve been contemplating joining a gym or doing an online at home program for 6 months, it is time to take some action. You CANNOT let your indecisiveness be your excuse anymore. You’ve got to GO FOR IT. I’m not suggesting to make a rash decision, but chances are you KNOW what would work better for you. It is either you need to join a gym or start working out at home. One or the other, pick and then start. We’ve had a lot of women jumping on board with our made to be done at HOME pregnancy workout guide because this is what works for their busy lives. We’re hoping our next products are a postpartum guide and a general fitness guide because we can see how many women are loving this option!
Get Tough on Yourself.
Cook a Freaking Meal. I’ve helped several of my coworkers learn to cook at home and please let me tell you, I’m NO Martha Stewart. These women were LITERALLY purchasing every single one of their meals out, whether that was fast food or picking something up from the grocery store. Not only is that a heck of a lot of moola, but a lack in a pretty essential life skill. There are really easy ways to make a batch of food for yourself for the week. I’m going to give you a few of the easiest recipes from off the top of my head.
Easiest chicken ever: I simply take frozen chicken and put it in a slow cooker. I put it on the 8 hour setting and just add a small amount of water to the bottom of the slow cooker. The only spice I add is pepper. You know it’s done when it is very easy to pull apart.
If you make yourself a couple breasts, you can easily refrigerate these and take a portion for lunch each day.
Easiest sweet potatoes ever: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take a baking sheet out and for easy cleanup cover it with tin foil. Cube 3-4 sweet potatoes. In a ziplock bag add about a tablespoon or two of olive oil, pepper, and cumin. Shake the bag so that the olive oil and spices are evenly coated. Bake sweet potatoes for about 30-45 minutes, just flipping them once.
There, you can add those to your chicken and you’ve got a meal! Bonus points for a fresh vegetable/side salad.
4 Ingredient Energy Balls: This is one recipe we make all the time in my house and I found it on Pinterest! I’m just trying to demonstrate for you that things can be WAY easier than you might be thinking and then you can expand your skill set from there.
Don’t overcomplicate it and stop giving yourself the excuse that your busy. This is 2017 in America, unfortunately most of people could give the same excuse.
Get Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired.
If you wake up tired everyday and your dragging yourself to the coffee pot, you have to make a change. Unless you are a newborn mom and then that’s just essentially your life for a few months. My best friend was just telling me how she feels incredibly refreshed because for the past 2 nights her almost 2 month old has had stretches of 6 hours of sleep. You almost forget about how intense that newborn period is until your friends with newborns remind you 😉 Sorry, side note.
If you aren’t feeling energetic during the day it is likely because you aren’t working out, eating well, and/or sleeping enough. Maybe your completing the trifecta of tiredness right now and wondering why you are so tired.
It isn’t uncommon that people will ask how I fit everything in and still seem rested and happy. To me it is pretty straightforward: I strive to take care of myself. I pursue things that I’m really freaking passionate about. I rest when my body is screaming for rest.
Eat Like a Toddler.
Wait, is she about to suggest I live off of mac and cheese and chicken nuggets?! Haha, NO! But, I recently read an article about how kids are SO much more in tune with their hunger levels and needs. If they are full, they stop eating (and throw their food off their tray…or is that only Max?). If they are hungry they ask for food or go to the cabinet to show you that is what they need. Somewhere along the way, our portions have become a little out of control and we’ve stopped listening to our bodies! I’m certainly guilty of it because I’ll decide how many pieces of pizza I can splurge with instead of just listening to when my body is signaling it is full. A lot of people pick up habits or justify food decisions that lead to excess weight gain or energy crashes. Like, do you really need that Starbuck’s every single day? Are you full, but still go for a second helping because it just tastes really good? Do you always have a late night bowl of cereal because that’s just a habit and you really, really don’t need it?
Hope you enjoyed this post! I had fun writing it during my things I enjoy day 😉 I can feel my pregnancy sass coming out, but I just kind of ran with it.
Have the best weekend and hopefully you see our baby comes out soon!