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So, my old slacks fit me again. Can we just have a moment of silence for this major accomplishment? These weren’t even normal slacks. They were the ones with the zipper on the side and they actually slid all the way over my hips. I did the most uncoordinated happy dance in the mirror and it felt great to make some major progress. The common question is how I lost weight. I didn’t starve myself or purchase any frivolous products that promote weight loss. It all started with a major change in my mindset first and putting in the work for myself and no one else.
Learning To Accept
Over the years, I struggled with accepting my body for what it was and what it was slowly becoming. Between health issues, child birth, and the scrapes and scars that reveal my life’s story, it became overwhelmingly difficult to fall in love with my personal beauty. I didn’t have the confidence to boldly proclaim that I accepted who I was inside and out.
I struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle for myself. As a result, I lost several pounds to the point of looking and feeling very sick. I also gained several pounds while emotional eating through bouts of depression and stress. I was a complete mess. For years I watched other people’s health journeys while not even making my own conscious decisions. I spent so much time scrolling timelines wishing I could wear someone else’s shoes that I didn’t even know my own size.
Changing My Mindset
Drinking flat tummy tea or wrapping my stomach up for 45 minutes just didn’t seem realistic to me. I eventually learned that I had to do what was best for me and I mean that in every way. My decisions didn’t have to be difficult or conflicting, but just true to who I was as a person.
How I Lost Weight
I changed my way of thinking and became more intentional about the way I live my life. I’m now to the point that my only goal is to just be healthy. That’s it. No matter what it may look like to others, that’s my goal and I’m sticking to it. So, I pace myself and do what I can when I can for Me…no one else.
I listen to my body. I don’t over exude myself past my limits. I don’t confine my beauty or self-worth to a scale or the latest weight loss trends. I do what is best for Erin and I’ve found this way to be most effective. I love who I’ve become from every angle and that to me is the healthiest place I could be in.
Have you won the battle with weight-loss? What tips do you have?
There was once a time that I loved going to the gym. I felt strong and prepared and even comfortable enough to joke around with other members that I had seen on various occasions. That time is not now. Now, I hate going to the gym. It’s not because I don’t feel like working out–in fact, it’s the quite opposite. I enjoy the workout but my size and weight have made me so incredibly self-conscious, I have to give myself a pep talk to get out my house.
Why I Hate Going To The Gym
It’s New Year Resolution season and the gym is more populated now than ever. I want you to understand that everything that comes AFTER this sentence, I understand is all in my head and probably NOT reality. But with more people in the gym, that’s more people judging me and how big I’ve gotten. Yes, yes, I know. They are probably focused on their workouts and don’t even notice me–unless I fall again. Yes, again.
I’m SUPER Awkward
Outside of pregnancy, THIS is the biggest I’ve ever been. With my new and not so improved size comes a level of awkwardness that makes me unsure of just about everything.
Did I put my foot on the elliptical pedal right?
Are my shoelaces too tight?
Does everyone know that I’ve been out the gym for like, ever?
Oh, and then I fell my first day back in the gym so now I relive that moment every.single.time.
I’m Really Uncomfortable
I’m just not very comfortable in my skin right now. My workout clothes don’t fit the way that I want them too. My shirts ride up in the back, my pants fall down, I feel like a sausage in casing. It’s just super uncomfortable. And then I sweat like a lot. Not just your average amount of sweat, but like sweat pouring out of ever single pore that I have. Yeah. Not comfortable to be big and sweaty.
I Jiggle A Lot
Not in like the cute Destiny’s Child kind of jiggle but like in the, “Oh My Gosh Becky Look At Her Butt” kind of jiggle. It’s scary man. I feel like the marshmallow man from Ghost Busters when I’m walking around.
But here’s the good thing: I show up.
Every week I show up feeling awkward, uncomfortable, sweaty and jiggly.
The gym that I go to has great child care and they love loving on each of the kids individually. I don’t worry about them as I take the 2 hours I get to myself to blast my music full of curse words into my ears as I work to make myself better and healthier so I can keep up with them.
I’m shocked and disappointed that my body has gotten to this point. I’m incredibly insecure. But I’m a work in progress. I’m committed to making better choices for my health because that’s the person I want to be. But man, this is hard place to be in–especially since I hate going to the gym!
Have you ever hated going to the gym? How’d you get over it?
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a self-professed cookie monster. I wasn’t always one but pregnancy with abc turned me into Sesame Street’s blue monster on steroids. Like I wouldn’t just sit and eat a couple of cookies to quench the thirst for the craving. I would sit and eat an entire package of Oreo’s under the guise that breastfeeding was eating those calories. My waistline says differently. Though I know that I can’t eat packages of cookies at a time, I still want the cookies! And now I can have them with Cookie Republic
What Is Cookie Republic?
I grew up in NY and have kept in contact with some of my friends that I knew then. One of my little brother types (he’s not so little now. In fact he’s this super strong and like big guy who’s dominating the nutrition industry) went to school for nutrition and I’d been vaguely following what was going on with him until he posted about these delicious and nutrition cookies. Naturally I paid attention because, well, cookie monster.
Just a brief history… In 2012 Sundan Seward and his fellow firehouse friends birthed the concept of the cookie out of necessity. From 2012 until 2014 they perfected the recipe and developed the brand. And now they’re here offering a deliciously clean cookie for the world to partake in.
But How Do The Cookies Taste?
I’m a natural cookie connoisseur after devouring countless (don’t judge me) different cookies as well as turning away other (I do have standards). Honestly, most of those “healthy” cookies are gross in my opinion and I’m often left offended at the mere thought that they could compare their poor excuse of a sweet snack with that of a delicious cookie but I digress.
These cookies seriously live up to their promise. Sundan sent me the Chocolate Brownie and the Peanut Butter cookies and I was really impressed. Not only did they surpass my cookie standards but my kids devoured them as well. I’d like to mention that I was really unhappy about them eating my cookies because he sent them to me and I have trouble sharing but whatever… I’m a work in progress.
Pro-Tip: These cookies are already soft and feel freshly baked. Pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds and you’ll trick yourself into thinking that they were just baked!
Where Can You Find These?
Yes, I know you want them. I want more too and I won’t withhold the information from you any longer. You can find Cookie Republic Cookies here:
I’m super proud of you Sundan!!!!
This post is sponsored by Balanced Body® through Mom It Forward Blogger Network; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Working from home certainly has its perks. There’s flexibility with work schedule, all the healthy (or unhealthy) snacks at your disposal, and if you’re a parent, the flexibility to be “there” should your kids need you. Summer working from home was great. I was able to get so much work done and had a really great workout schedule. But then school started along with extracurricular activities and a new gig for me.
Yes, a new gig.
The new gig + back to school + track practice has made things difficult getting to the gym as much as I would like to. Which is why I was excited to stumble upon a new piece of fitness equipment that allows me to get a full body workout in whatever room I’m in.
MOTR® By Balanced Body® – A Complete Home Gym
The MOTR® by Balanced Body® is a complete home gym that can be broken down and stored in a 43” cylinder. This all-in-one home gym doesn’t take up much space when it’s stored or when it’s been unpacked and ready to use. With this one piece of equipment, you can improved your strength, balance, agility, cardio and even do sports conditioning. After your done, it take less than 5 minutes to store it out of the way of clumsy children (or yourself—no judgement) in a closet.
You can get cardio done anywhere—just grab some sneakers and hit the pavement for a great walk or run. But did you know that in a relaxed state, muscle burns 20% more calories? So that means the more muscle you build, the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn, the more weight you lose—see where I’m going with this? As a mom, my time is limited. Like REALLY limited. As much as I would love to return to spending 2 hours at the gym daily, that’s just not what I can afford right now schedule wise.
The MOTR® is a great, budget-friendly workout tool for we busy moms who can squeeze in a 15 minute workout in between loads of laundry and taking over the world. Now be clear, this isn’t just a tool for women. The hubs tried this out and he got a great workout in too.
How To Best Use The MOTR®
The MOTR® comes with a DVD as well as workout cards. As much as I love a DVD taking me through a routine, I just don’t have the time for that plus I normally just drop my MOTR down in my bedroom or office where I don’t have a DVD player. Because I suffer from exercise ADD (self diagnosed!) I like to play a game with the cards where I randomly draw out 5 cards. I do each of the movements on the card for 45 seconds with a 10 second rest.
What’s even better is that if you prefer to plan the parts of your body you’re working out, you can do so with these as well. They are labelled with Arms, Legs, Core, Balance, and Agility—the focus groups for this equipment. One of my goals is to be more agile and increase my balance. I’m clumsy by nature but I think working on my core can help me with this and these cards let me set up a workout based on my goals.
Want to Learn More?
Head over to Balanced Body® and check them out. Get a head start on your New Year’s Resolutions now so you’re one step closer to feeling amazing in that bikini or preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
Balanced Body: http://www.pilates.com/
MOTR Introduction page: http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/store/motr/index.html
MOTR Product page: http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/store/motr.html
I have a present for you…
At the end of July we wrapped up the 60 day challenge. While I didn’t finish in first place, I still feel like a winner–so cliche right? But I do. I know, what place did I finish? Fifth. Ok, back to my cliche statement–I did win in other ways.
The More You Know…
I’ve seen a nutritionist maybe once in my life. I was like, 22, and at that age if I wanted to lose 15lbs I would run for 3 weeks and boom, the weight would be gone. At 33 (I think?) with two babes this is NOT the case. Working with Kendall, my nutritionist, was game changing for me. Literally the week I implemented his tips and tricks I lost 5lbs. I’d lost more but July 4th was a doozy. Either way, he demystified and debunked so many myths that go along with eating and then gave me easy to apply tips on how to improve upon what I was doing. I didn’t have to swear off my Oreos and S’mores–I just had to earn them.
The Better You Feel!
Working with my trainer Ceddy was empowering. Exercise isn’t new for me. Being in shape is not something that I’ve never done before but I was almost embarrassed at the realization that I needed help. I mean, after having mini I dropped a whopping SIXTY pounds on my own! Of course I was depressed and used running as my coping method but I digress… I had done it on my own so needing help was hard for me. Working with Ceddy was fun and he made me feel like where I was so long ago was more than achievable. Trying out new workouts, different exercises and working dormant muscles not only almost killed me but really built my strength.
Why Life Time?
I joined last year in May. I walked in to use the pool with a friend of mini’s and told the manager that I would come with him because I knew he had to give me the sales pitch but that I wouldn’t be signing anything. Not even fifteen minutes later I was signing here, here, and here before saying “Cheese!!” for the picture associated with the membership card. Did Devin, the sales manager, do a great job selling me? No, he didn’t. No shade to him but he didn’t pressure me into the membership. I looked around at everything they had to offer with my own eyes and knew that I had to join. And more than a year later, I’m still a happy member for these 10 reasons:
1. They’re childcare is amazing. Seriously. There are days that I walk in and I just want to stay and play with them.
2. I see the same people working there. When I drop the girls off, they know who they are and my name and this makes me feel secure.
3. They have a Spa in the building. And they do amazing blow outs. On natural hair. Just ask Maria from Mamalicious Maria!
4. They are committed to the health of the whole family. They offer Mommy & Me yoga, have Daddy-Daughter dances and Parents Night Out. How awesome is that?
5. Life Time has a cafe–not just a juice bar. As in they make their food there. Chris, one of the managers there, has a degree in nutrition science. It’s not JUST food–this is their art.
6. Their food is REALLY delicious! The Asian Tuna Salad turned into a wrap will literally have you tearing up–SHOUT OUT TO ALL MY FOODIES!
7. I’ve never had to wait for a machine. Ever. It feels like they have thousands of the same machine and I’ve never had to wait for a treadmill or anything.
8. There’s a run club and clinic. They help you with your form and endurance and welcome runners of all speeds–yes, including walkers.
9. Their classes are fun and innovative. They have your standard kickboxing and spin but it’s done differently. I take 6000+ steps with Moe in her kickboxing classes. And they offer Life Time only classes that challenge your body in ways that you had no idea could be done in a group setting.
10. They’re not “just” another gym. I’ve belonged to MANY gyms and this is not a gym. This is seriously a health club. They are committed to the entire picture of your health which is why they offer the assessments they do, bootcamps, healthy food, and are open 24 hours.
**Bonus** I’m a member! Ha! Which should actually be number 1 but whatever.
But seriously, I’ve never felt like I mattered at any other workout facility but here, I do. I love walking in and seeing Shawn or Kyle or Matthew. I love that Devin is STILL there and in the year plus he’s never worn the same outfit but always looks fresh. I love that my kids are growing up in an environment where they aren’t just another kid but they are loved on by the people in childcare. When you’re a mom, a wife, a husband, a father, a woman, man, whatever, you want to matter and you want to be able to workout in peace with the knowledge that it’s ok to just take this time to focus on you. And that’s what Life Time does. They give you the space and time to solely be about you and isn’t that something we all need?
If you’re in the Atlanta-area, I’ll be hosting a mid-day “Fight Night” with my favorite kickboxing instructor Moe so stay tuned for deets on that. Have questions about Life Time that weren’t answered? Shoot me a message! Want to try it out? Snag a guest pass!