1. Time of Day- I used to work out in the evenings when my husband was home, so he could watch Madi. It wasn’t bad, but it was definitely stalling my progress! I would constantly be skipping work outs because I would have something else to do, whether it be a meeting for our business, or a friend needed our help, it seemed something ALWAYS came up. So I did the impossible, I started waking up at 4:45am to go to the gym at 5:30. It was SO hard at first. Keep in mind that I have a one year old, so I do not sleep through the night. But once I forced myself from bed and to the gym, I felt amazing. Working out gave me more energy during the day, and it motivated me to eat healthier because I didn’t want to “waste” all the hard work I’d done that morning. It was such a great change for me.
2. Cardio- I have never been a cardio queen. I have always hated running. So naturally, I skipped out on it pretty often. But there are a few changes I’ve made to the usual cardio session that have helped me to stay more consistent. First, I don’t often do the same machine every day of the week. [Read More]
After I had Madi, I can honestly say I loved her so much that it hurt! I have always had some issues with anxiety, but nothing compared to what it was like after having my baby. I was constantly worried about doing things wrong, and always trying to find a way to do things better. And of course never giving myself a break because I was the only person in this world I trusted to care for my baby. And although I knew that there isn’t a book out there that gives you all the answers about parenting, I was trying to find it. My anxiety was so overwhelming it sent me into a depression, and I didn’t know how I was going to fix it. When my doctor asked me if I had any symptoms of postpartum depression, I was hesitant to say anything because I was so worried that someone might think that because I was depressed, I wasn’t ready, or I regretted having a baby… which was the farthest thing from the truth! Nonetheless, I was scared to say anything. But I did! She thought it was best to try medication. So I tried it, and soon thereafter realized how sick it was making me, and it wasn’t even improving the anxiety. Since I wasn’t fond of taking medication, I developed a system that SAVED me. I honestly don’t know what my life would be like if I hadn’t have implemented this routine into my life. So here it is!
–The most important thing I did to improve my postpartum depression was to exercise every day. This seriously changed my whole life. Exercise is the perfect anti-depressant! It releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, and reduces immune system chemicals that can worsen depression. [Read More]
The other day I caught myself thinking about all of the wonderful friends I have in my life. I am so grateful for each and every one. I realized that it was odd that I could be so close with such a large variety of people with such different personalities. So I became inspired to write about the different types of friends that I have in my life; here they are!
The Original- Think back to your school days. This is the first true friend you had, and the only one that has lasted through everything life has thrown at you. This friendship is the kind that isn’t affected by busy schedules, or by distance. When you see each other after a long time of being apart, it’s as if nothing has changed. You never run out of things to talk about, and you always have a great time together. You’re connected in a way that no one can quite understand, and that’s just fine.
The Altar-Ego- Also know as; your long lost twin. This person is the one you meet and think to yourself, “where have you been all my life?” You have similar interests, so there is never an issue with making decisions, or holding a conversation. They are the one you find yourself spending all of your time with, because they make your everyday life just a little bit better. They know exactly what you’re talking about every time you speak because they are actively involved in your life. It’s difficult to get sick of them, because they are just another version of you. [Read More]