While I was pregnant, I kept up with my fitness lifestyle. At least, during my second pregnancy. During my first, I didn’t work out much due to the doctor telling me to take 8 weeks off because I almost lost my son. It was scary and I listened! But it was very difficult to pick up the fitness routine after those 8 weeks and I just gave up. I fought hard for that year before we got pregnant again and I was barely even close to where I had been before.
The cool thing is, I gained a lot of muscle and was in better shape during this pregnancy than in between my pregnancies. I want to get back into the gym but at the same time…I’m trying my best to be patient through the healing. Plus…I have two babies at home to take care of now. So, it’ll be interesting to see how I fit in my workouts!
BUT I’ve been itching to do some exercising. I’m not in a HUGE hurry to get back into the gym but I’m noticing that some of the gains I worked so hard for during my pregnancy…are slowly going away. That’s not fun. You know what else isn’t fun? Being super antsy to just get outside or to move a little more.
I have yet to buy my double jogging stroller to take the kids out together but on the weekends my hubby and I can take both the kids and go for super nice walks together. Little man goes on the swings at the park and plays on the playground, little miss takes naps in the stroller, and my husband and I do exercises at the park. He does a lot of pull-ups and other calisthenics and I just to body weight exercises. For now, I’m not doing too much but just being able to get my heart rate up is good. It definitely helps my mood as well. Keeps me sane. 😂 Movement is good for the body and the soul! 🙌🏽❤️️
The first part of a series of documenting my second pregnancy.
I didn’t do much documenting with my first pregnancy with my son. I didn’t really know what to write about and I was in this weird stage of trying to figure out what kind of blog I wanted to have…but that doesn’t matter. I have a blog as an outlet. To talk about my feelings and how my life is and to just have somewhere to dump all of my emotions so that I don’t scream at the next person who speaks to me. So, I will just write about my pregnancy, here.
Unfortunately, I didn’t write anything about this pregnancy until literally the END of the first trimester, but we weren’t really telling anyone about it yet. Most people don’t want to tell anyone in the first trimester that they are pregnant (especially if they had already experienced a miscarriage) because miscarriages are quite common in the beginning. So common, that almost 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, with the majority occurring during the first 12 weeks. There is a 75% chance of miscarriage in weeks 1-2 of pregnancy, when you do not know you are pregnant. There is a 10% chance of miscarriage in weeks 3-6 and this number drops to 5% during weeks 6-12. That’s kind of a big deal. Anyone can see why most families tend to share the news AFTER the ultrasound.
Okay, I lied.
So, that’s what we did. We did it with Aston and we decided to wait for this one too. I was so happy to see that everything was okay and our little peanut was moving around in there. Arm buds and all. 😛 I found out I was pregnant when I was maybe…about 4 weeks along. Seriously, we experienced a loss in January and the next month, I was pregnant again. I was keeping track and told my husband that I wouldn’t take a pregnancy test again so soon. Okay, I lied. We had been trying for another baby and I was too excited when I didn’t get my period! And, it was positive. WOO HOO!
Went into medical the following Monday to be sure and yes, another positive test. HCG levels were pretty high and I was on cloud nine. But, we didn’t want to say anything to anyone.
6 LONG weeks later, we were finally able to get an ultrasound done and we announced the big news!
The first few weeks after finding out I was pregnant was a bit rough. And what I mean by few I mean like…the past 8 weeks. I never got sick with Aston. No morning sickness. I believe I had about 2 days of nausea and it literally felt like it was just the flu, not a human being growing inside of me. But this time is slightly different. I am still nursing Aston in the evenings and weekends, basically whenever I am home with him. So, there’s the nursing and then there’s the normal fatigue that comes with pregnancy. The first trimester just blows when it comes to energy levels.
I come home every night and pretty much just pass out with Aston. Play with Aston a little bit when we get home then it’s time for him to take a nap so I nurse him and I either watch TV or pass out with him. And when I try to get up to do anything, he flips out. Apparently, it’s his time to be with mama. That’s fine. I like to get my snuggles in when I can.
Nope. You did it once this week. Don’t you dare try again.
But working out, yeah. I didn’t work out at first because I was afraid to. I know very well that working out doesn’t cause miscarriages. But when you start bleeding WHILE you are at the gym, you kind of worry a little bit and this time I just stopped. Probably a stupid idea, but I was all in my head and I just didn’t want to risk it. So, I didn’t. I did try to start working out again and I would do one day but then my body was like, “Nope. You did it once this week. Don’t you dare try again.” And I would just be in pain for a few days and I would get sick. I was just done. So, the first trimester has been difficult for me. Not the regular difficult like most moms go through but…finding the time and energy while working full time, having a 14 month old at home, and growing another baby is hard! Anyone who says it’s easy is lying to you. No joke. But, you can make it through. That’s what I am finally starting to do.
And eating well? Forget that. For the first few weeks, anytime I even looked at a vegetable, I wanted to vomit. That is clearly not healthy and not like me at all. This baby is definitely a different one than his or her big brother. But I am working on it. Trying not to give into the cravings is really hard but I cannot let myself gain over 60 pounds again like I did with Aston. It’s not fun. It’s really hard to get everything you worked so hard for back! Trust me.
I’m not even fully at the end of this trimester but I am almost there. The first trimester seems to just fly by. Before I know it, I will be in the third trimester and then having my baby and into the fourth trimester I go! Oh man…that’s scary all on it’s own!
Alright, so it’s not quite winter YET but the holiday season is upon us! With Halloween LITERALLY right around the corner, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s come up pretty quickly!
And the thing is, you don’t get that summer beach body that you want by waiting on your booty all winter and hope that you will get there in a couple months. BUT you can find progress in just a couple months!
So, here’s what we’re going to do. For the month of November, we are looking for anyone and everyone that is interested in getting their summer body they have always dreamed of OR to get that summer body BACK! And how are we doing that? Clean eating, exercise, and accountability. Join us in one of our accountability groups!
What you will receive in the accountability group is:
1. Support – You will have unlimited access to one of Hype’d UP Fitness’ coaches who will be there to push you to do your best.
2. Encouragement – Not just from your coach but from your fellow challengers who are also going through the same challenges as yourself.
3. Accountability – You won’t miss a workout or skip a meal when you’ve got the tools necessary for success.
4. Knowledge – There will be daily posts with recipes, reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing, explanations of movements during exercise, and more.
5. Fun – Health and Fitness isn’t just about keeping yourself healthy and strong, but it’s also about fun and falling in love with the process. It’s a journey to be proud of. Plus, there are mini challenges that can happen with chances to win prizes! Who doesn’t love goodies?! tongue emoticon
Not only that, you will live with the satisfaction that you are doing something great for your body and for your life. If this post calls out to you, let us know! Leave a comment or shoot us a message and we will be more than happy to get you started!! Can’t wait to hear from you!
That’s something I’ve been brought up with my entire life. My dad used to say that to me all the time when I was playing basketball, on the track team, and on student council as a teen.
I carried that quote into my young adult life and now into motherhood. It’s so true. In order to lead others…you have to do it by example.
Be an example to others on how to be healthy and fit. Be an example on how a business should be run. Be an example of what a true leader looks like in the workplace. Be an example of how a wife/mother/husband/brother/sister/daughter/son should be in relation to others. Be an example of a good friend. The list goes on and on.
But in this instance, as a mother…I need to lead my children by example. Not just by how they should grow up to be, but lead them in faith and in love. And lead them down the right path to being healthy, strong, and successful.
I want my son to know I did everything I could to stay healthy for him and for myself so I can stay on this earth long enough to see him grow. And although this was a serious kind of post, the video is just so dang cute!
You never know who is watching and you never know who you’re influencing by the choices you make.
He loves Shakeology® too, apparently!!! I guess we are doing something right!
**By the way, I have no idea why a random photo of me popped up at the end. lol
I just wanted to be real with you for a minute. The past few weeks have just been crazy for us. Being on leave/vacation and then getting super sick has just taken a toll on our bodies. It’s pretty intense!
While we were on leave, we were traveling to 2 different states, seeing extended family, being in different weather changes, and just being all over. We ate food from our hometowns that we don’t normally get and we spent time with those that we hadn’t seen in such a long time. We worked out whenever we could and while the weather permitted but hey, it’s vacation and it’s life. Things happen! Cramming everything into 2 short weeks is hard! It was definitely the “recharge” we needed before coming home and going back to our life of the everyday work week.
Unfortunately, when we came home, our entire house got hit hard with some bug. I probably got it the worst and it left me without an appetite for days. I’ve definitely lost weight that I had gained while I was on vacation but it wasn’t the healthy way and that sucks! Now that I have finally gotten my appetite back, and soon my strength will be back, I want to do everything the RIGHT and HEALTHY way.
This mama needs to get her fit and healthy lifestyle back on track. So, here’s what I am going to be doing. Strict on the diet and exercise. Clean eating, running, weights. Focus. I need to focus on what I am trying to accomplish and getting to where I need to be. Mind, Body, and SOUL. I will be taking more time for personal development to be sure that I am at my best for those around me. How can I be a good coach or a person in general if I am not developing my mind and making sure that my actions follow my words?
BUT…I can’t do it alone. I’m calling ANYONE that is ready to take on a new challenge in their life. If you’ve got a couple pounds to lose or a lot more, if you want muscle definition, if you just want to be healthier and get moving, or if you’re just wanting to do something different and challenge yourself, then I would like to extend this invite out to you.
I’m starting a group next month where I will be posting every single day what I’m eating and what I’m doing to stay active. I will also be staying faithful to a workout at LEAST 6 days a week and the proper meal plan for the exercises I am doing. If you decide you want to join me, this is what you will get:
3. Fitness tips
4. Meal planning help
5. Daily support
And so much more!
I’m done feeling like I haven’t done enough. I’m done feeling sick and feeling like I’m unhealthy. And I’m done looking in the mirror and seeing how much muscle I’ve lost. No matter what your reason is, this is the group for you. And from there so many more opportunities will come out of it for you.
If you want to learn more, please feel free to contact me via message, comment on this post, or even send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you would like to achieve.
Alright, so apparently, I forgot to hit publish when I tried to post this photo a week and a half ago. Well, better late than never, right? 😛
This photo was taken while my husband and I were on an awesome run in New York. He grew up in the country, I grew up in the city. And let me tell you, running outside in the country is BEAUTIFUL! I mean, so is the city, but it was pretty aweso…me to go running without all the traffic, the noise, and the pollution! Clear air, clear skies, clear minds. It was an amazing run.
Only about 4 miles completed but it was a fantastic run. Plus, I got to do a workout with the hubs. We just woke up on a Friday morning and decided it was time to go for a run. Oh how I wish I could go back to that Friday morning and have that weather again. Where we currently live, it’s HOT. STILL. Sure, I was freezing before we went on the run but it was the perfect running weather.
We were on vacation. Visiting family and taking our son all over to meet his family for the first time. But we still were committed to getting some workout time in while we could. Why not? If you have the time to workout and you love it, you might as well do it, right?! That’s how we felt about it. 😛
What did you do today that kept you fit?! Where is your favorite place to workout?! Tell us all about it. Tag us in a post or comment below!
I just wanted to share a short post about my health and fitness journey. It’s not recently that I did this and it wasn’t just a couple years ago…it’s been a LIFESTYLE. Check it out. 🙂
As you can see, I went from that skinny girl who wasn’t healthy. I didn’t eat well if at all and I struggled with what I looked like constantly. I ended up discovering alcohol shortly before I graduated high school and I thought it was the coolest thing to drink all night (every night) with friends and then go to the closest diner or fast food joint to eat everything in sight.
In 2008, I gained about 40 pounds in only one month. ONE. I was incredibly unhealthy and it didn’t stop there. As you can see, in 2009, I still gained weight and you can definitely tell where I gained weight the most…my face. I can’t help it I have these chubby cheeks naturally! 😛 In 2011, I was still about the same. The upsetting thing is…I was going out with my girlfriends and getting dressed up but I was hiding myself. That photo, I was hiding my stomach behind a tree. A TREE. And it was at a family gathering. I’m supposed to be comfortable around family and I decided to hide. I was unhealthy, I was overweight, I was unhappy. I got a gym membership but I rarely went because I didn’t like the looks I got from those super fit people. And when I did go, guess what I did after…I ate McDonald’s. Great post workout meal, huh?
In 2012, I joined the Navy. I was still overweight. I had to lose it. I barely lost anything and I was literally at the cut off by the time I went to boot camp. I lost 18 pounds in boot camp but once I was set out to “freedom” I went right back to the old me. Drinking and eating unhealthy. I gained majority of that weight back in less than a year. We were coming close to a PRT and I was on my way to failing. Then I met a gal at work who was really into running and health and fitness. I asked for her help. She literally dedicated a ton of time to me. We worked different shifts but she taught me a lot of tips on running and eating healthy and introduced me to Beachbody. Once I did a cleanse and a program called Turbofire and saw amazing results, I was hooked. I continued with my health and fitness journey even up to pregnancy.
During my pregnancy, I gained over 60 pounds. I was HUGE. That photo was a week before I gave birth. I indulged, I worked out less, I said, “I’m pregnant. I’ll be fine.” I was FINE but I wasn’t GREAT. 6.5 months later, I am still working on getting back to where I want to be. The best part is, I have the knowledge to get back there. I know what it takes and I have the tools I need. After having my son, I did programs like PiYo, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Les Mills Pump, and CIZE.
The point of this Flashback is to show you all, that it doesn’t matter what life throws at you, you can do it. You want to lose weight and get healthy? You can do it. And you can do it more than once. For those of you who have known me for a long time, you know that I have been on this journey for a few years now. For my new friends, I didn’t start this only after having a baby. I just know that I have done it before and I can do it again.
I once was an unhappy girl who never felt good enough. Now, I am a stronger and healthier woman who knows that who I was in all of these photos was not a horrible person. I still had the same personality, the snort when I laugh, and sarcasm for days. I was still a kind person who loved to help others. I am still that person but now I am healthier and happier. And THAT is why I am dedicated to helping others and showing them that this is possible. 🙂
If you or anyone you know is having a hard time with their weight or their overall health…I am here to help. I have dedicated years to learning about how I can help others because I don’t want people to feel like I did. No one needs to feel lost, alone, or depressed. First of all, YOU ARE good enough and BEAUTIFUL. HEALTH is the most important thing for you and I want to make sure people learn how to get healthy and HAPPY. Because you deserve it. 🙂
Alright, for real. I know a lot of people will sit there and tell you that eating right and eating healthy costs so much money. Actually, many of you have probably seen this photo before:
Or you have seen some sort of variation of the photo. But let’s be honest. If you’re going to go to McDonald’s, is your goal to really eat something nutritious and good for you? Chances are, you’re probably craving that delicious cheeseburger and their “crack” fries as I like to call them.
When I was pregnant, I craved red meat and potatoes….EVERY SINGLE DAY. It was horrible. I wanted to eat McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King…you name it, I wanted it. Prior to being pregnant, I exercised regularly and ate healthy as well. But there were issues during my pregnancy that held me back a little bit from pushing myself as hard as I usually did. So, I slacked. I ate junk and I enjoyed it.
But after I had my son, it was no longer enjoyable for me to be eating the way that I did. It was disgusting to me. I disgusted myself because I knew what I was doing to my body. In April, 2015 I decided that I no longer wanted to eat from these franchise fast food chains anymore and I didn’t want to subject my health and the health of my baby to the “crap” that as in these foods.
I kept track of a few of my grocery bills from the past few months and noticed a trend. The further into my pregnancy I got, the more we spent on groceries. Of course, I was probably eating more because I was growing a human in my body but I also wasn’t eating healthy. So, to feed a family of two, in the months of October, November, and December, we totaled about $1,250 in groceries. That doesn’t include all of the times we went out to eat which was about 3 times a week to fast food places and at least once or twice on the weekends at other restaurants. I’d say we totaled about another $150 A WEEK in crap food. $150 a week for 3 months? $1,800. Whoah. Alright, that’s a little disgusting. I never realized we spent that much! That brings us to a grand total of $3,050 in just 3 months! I could’ve put a lot of that money towards my car payment!
Anyway, let’s stay on track here. I bet many of you think that’s ridiculous. It really is. The REALLY sad thing about this is that most of that food that we had purchased in just those 3 months were unhealthy and processed foods. Not only that, I’m willing to bet we didn’t eat most of it and wasted it by throwing away what went bad. Or we just didn’t want to eat leftovers because we had so much junk.
I finally had enough. Enough of the extra calories I didn’t need, enough with being unhealthy, and enough with the overspending and constant waste. It wasn’t good for our bodies and it wasn’t good on my wallet either. I had my baby in February and I couldn’t workout for a few weeks until my doctor gave me the “okay.” Even once I had the permission to work out, I still had to be careful as not to injure myself or put too much stress on my body since I was still healing.
Lucky for me, the only thing that I was really staying with to keep me healthy during my pregnancy was Shakeology. Yes, that superfood, nutrient-dense shake that you hear myself and countless others talk about. It’s really an amazing drink. Anyway, I made a decision to stop eating fast food, stop eating junk, and I made a commitment to drinking Shakeology everyday. I made little changes here and there when it came to my diet. I didn’t do anything drastic but I made a conscious effort to put good things into my body. At 7 weeks post partum and to 10 weeks post partum, just those little changes made a HUGE difference.
I kid you not. I didn’t exercise. Maybe a couple walks here and there. Trust me, I wanted to work out so badly but I had to be careful.
Those little changes that I did not only for my body and my health, were also a huge change for our wallets.
Once we started changing our eating habits, our lives were just transformed. The reason we were able to save money was because we were more conscious about what we were eating. We stopped eating fast food. That cut out that $1800 that I talked to you about earlier. What are we left with? A $1250 bill for 3 months…so let’s say that we had a $400 bill each month between my husband and I. Well, we already have the basics. We have the tools we need to cool and all of the spices. Let’s face it, spices are expensive. It takes a long time to build that collection up! But as we started meal prepping and planning out the meals we were going to eat and ate more of the fresh fruits and veggies we could get, we started seeing that our bank account wasn’t going away as quickly.
We also noticed that if we are buying meat, that’s when the bill goes up. We stock up on meat when it’s on sale and put it in our deep freezer. We usually buy meat only once or twice a month (if we need to) and stash it away. But most of our bills are all produce and eggs. We rarely get bread or dairy. Our bill went from about $400 (or more) a month to less than $300 a month. Take our totally from the 3 months while I was pregnant ($3050) and to 3 months now, it’s about $1200…total. We barely go out to eat at restaurants and if we do, it’s not at an overly priced heart attack shop. That’s a savings of $1850! That money can then be put away in our savings or for other fun things we would like to do as a family. But one of the things that we like to use that money on, is our Shakeology.
Shakeology is a superfood, nutrient-dense shake that is made to give you everything the body needs in one daily dose. And it’s delicious. If you want to learn more about Shakeology, you can click here. This shake has given us a lot of health benefits and helped us with increased energy and helps me with weight loss. Remember up above when I talked about my weight loss? This is what I used.
So, many people say that those health shakes are expensive. Really, when it comes to your health…it’s not. Here’s an example of what I get when I drink Shakeology and what I get when I eat my favorite pregnancy meal and Starbucks drink…
But Shakeology is SO expensive. Right? Wrong. It’s not that expensive when you put things into perspective. If I drink a Shake for $4.00 a day, (120.00 per month) our bill is STILL so much lower than it was before. Plus, as a coach, I receive a discount on my Shakeology as well.
Sometimes, you just need to put things into perspective and see what is important to you. Health, fitness, and my family are incredibly important to me. I put all of that at risk when I decided that it wasn’t imperative for me to be the healthiest me possible. If you have kids and a family, you know where I am coming from. If you are sitting there thinking about how you can make yourself the healthiest and happiest version of you, then this is one step how.
I am more than happy to go over more of this with anyone willing to learn. I love helping people and I love seeing people reach their goals. Nothing is impossible. And this is the proof of it. 😉
If you have any interest in learning more about Shakeology, accountability groups, or anything related to what I talked about, please feel free to fill out this form and I will contact you as soon as possible! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. <3
I wanted to post this to help encourage some of you. I am not a perfect person, nor do I claim to be. But there are some of you out there that probably have found yourself in a spot where it will be impossible to lose the weight, to get healthy, to run around with your kids, or you don’t have the time to do anything but work and pick up food from the closest fast food joint.
Yes, life gets rough. Things get thrown at you and it’s hard! I don’t deny that. But my goal is to sh…ow you and everyone out there that it IS possible to be HAPPY and to get what you want because you work for it!! So many things can get overwhelming at times…
1. I work full time as an Active Duty service member (same with my husband, I was pregnant in that photo haha)
2. I am a newlywed
3. I am a new mom
4. I breastfeed and sometimes it’s hard to keep up, but it’s wonderful.
5. I cloth diaper and it takes a little more work than disposables
6. I am a babywearer because I love to keep my son close
7. I am a student
8. And I am a Beachbody Coach and I love it!
When all of these things get put together, it could take some time to get used to! I run challenge groups, I work out, I meal prep, and I have found time to do the things I love with the people I love.
This post is meant to ENCOURAGE you. To show you that it IS possible to get the results you want. I want to lose weight and get back into shape, so I am doing it. I want to be a coach and help others with their own journey and to help them have the confidence that they deserve. It’s what I love to do.
If you are out there and want to do what I do, let me know. I would be more than happy to help you! If you want to lose weight, get healthy, get fit, or heck…you want to become a coach and help others, then let me know! I would love to be able to have you on my team. Life on this side has been fantastic. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.