My Newest Project: An Overview

So, I’ve been wanting to accomplish a few things lately and have decided to mash them all up into one project to save time. No, really.

My blog has been dormant and I’ve been wanting to get back to writing, I’ve been wanting to do a photo challenge, I’m on this getting in shape journey and I’m trying to stay motivated and accountable while kicking it up a notch. So this morning when I was thinking about all these things I came up with this plan to do daily blog posts (or almost daily, sometimes I’m away from the house all day) to chronicle the next 90 Day challenge I’ll be doing.

Wait, back it up.

I have been participating in the 90 Day Bikini Body Mommy challenge, led by Brianna Christine. (She is awesome. Check out http://www.bikinibodymommy.com to learn more.) This amazing lady has been way more than a fitness guru to me, her style is very real and relatable and mostly doable. She posts a free workout every day, 6 days a week, and has done them in real time with us via youtube for the past 90 day challenge. She is mom of 4, in her 30s, and she proves that with hard work and lifestyle dedication you don’t have to settle for “this is just my body after kids forevermore”. She particularly fits my lifestyle with short and sweet but intense workouts and emphasis on clean eating, not crash dieting.

I came to terms a long time ago  with the fact that I love food. Me and anorexia just can’t be friends. BUT! That doesn’t mean I have to settle. Clean, healthy eating, healthy portions, and daily activity have gotten me results in the past, great results I might add. So why don’t I look like I did at 19? Oh, well… kids. And not just the changes pregnancies and births have made to my body, I’m talking about no time to sleep, no time to prep fresh food like salad and vegetables from scratch, having to choose between getting out the door for all day errands and grabbing fast food enroute or not getting out the door. The biggest thing young childless people don’t realize is how much a baby and/or small child will keep you from doing normal things. Hopping in the car to run to the store, or jumping in the shower, or writing a blog post because the computer doubles as your preschooler’s PBS shows. Life becomes so much less simple, more stress equals more eating or eating the wrong things, etc. and BAM! Before you know it you look in the mirror 10 years and 3 kids later and wonder what in the world happened to that tan, skinny girl in mini skirts with the perfect soft feet and painted toes in a stylish stiletto. You can barely recognize her underneath the tired, pale skin, the flabby flab hidden by an over sized tee shirt stained by food and baby puke, and the 40ish extra pounds.

But she’s there, people! I dare to believe she’s there!

And you know, this is more than just working on me and forcing myself to take time for me. (Another epiphany story for another time.) As I was thinking about this today, on the 90th day of the challenge I had been powering through, which, by the way, was monumental for me with my crazy life moving across the country all the time and all the set backs from working around my hubby’s weird schedule, I was making lunch for the kids. I had just finished my workout, which they both did with me here and there, and I was making them food from my clean eating meal ideas, (just kicked that into gear this last week, I needed to get the exercise into a habit before working on the food factors) I looked at their happy faces and realized I am not just working for me here. I’m working for them.

When you become a mom, your kids become your whole world. People tell you this will happen but you cannot begin to fathom what they mean until you look into your baby’s eyes for the first time and from that moment, your life changes. They are your entire world. And the mom 10 years and 3 kids later in the mirror bothers you, but you wouldn’t trade those tiny whirlwinds in for anything, not a hot flawless body or time to paint your toes or adequate sleep. You would give it all up ten times over for them.

But you don’t have to. I mean, yeah, life changes and you prioritize differently, but looking and feeling good happens to be an amazing side effect of healthy lifestyle. Will I ever again weigh what I did at 19 and look stunning in a mini skirt? Maybe – maybe not. But that doesn’t matter any more. It is no longer about weight, looking hot to find a guy I’d like to date, wearing the perfect outfit for that night out, it’s about my kids. I want to show them how important healthy lifestyle choices are, how hard work and dedication eventually get you results, how to take time to work on themselves even when they are crazy busy, how to cook and eat clean, real food, how to be great, hands-on parents and set an example so that when I tell them to do something they know I’ve been willing to do it first.

So yes, it’s about me. But it’s also very much about these little buggers.

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So join me! A brand new 90 Day Bikini Body Mommy challenge starts May 5th, 2014. I’ll be on that train!! To stay motivated I’m also challenging myself to a blog post a day, short and sweet of course, and a picture to go with. Some of the subject matter I expect to post would be some progress pics, yes, but also workouts with my kids, outside activities, our container garden, clean eating meals and recipes that turned out great, maybe one or 2 that didn’t and why, and the list goes on, but definitely some fun stuff. Subscribe to my blog so you get each post in your inbox (if you haven’t already) and be sure to join the conversation in the comments with your own ideas and motivation. And by all means, check out the Bikini Body Mommy movement, I follow her Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/BikiniBodyMommy )  and will be checking in with thousands of other women each day. Looking for an accountability partner? I’d love to have you send me a friend request, we’ll keep each other motivated! Here is my personal Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/natasia.champion.94?ref=tn_tnmn

I’m looking forward to taking this to the next level and having an awesome summer!

 

14 Responses

  1. Looking forward to new posts! Love you!

  2. Hi Natashia, I love the idea of blogging through the new bbm 90 day challenge. I took had that on my mind but I’m thinking of doing a weekly update post as I’m about to start working on a thesis for my masters so I may have enough of the writing thing by the end of the day!

    The mom thing really hits home with me. It can be so easy to lose yourself in the joys of motherhood! (Not that I would ever change a thing!) I look forward to following your progress. I’ll send you a link if I start blogging.

    Maria

    • Hi Maria! Thanks for the comment. New commenters have to be approved, but after this your comments will show up automatically. 🙂 I would love to follow any blog posts you do, and thanks for taking the time to follow mine. 🙂

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