2.0 Round 2 Day 4: Recipe – My Favorite GoTo Salad

I took some pictures yesterday of my son and I doing some extra stretches and warm up. I have issues with my lower back and have to take extra care to warm up completely before doing planks and squat jumps and what not. Here’s one for the mommies who can’t get away from the kiddos during work out time, just make a game of it.

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On another note, one of my very favorite foods is salad. Thankfully salad is a healthy, clean eating friendly option and I love it, I could eat it every day for every meal and I often do. But for those of you who aren’t completely sold, I’m going to share one of my very favorite salads that I make a lot and the best part is I buy everything at my local Aldi and that saves me all kinds of money. I make a big bowl of this and eat on it for several days. Having it made up and in the fridge makes sure I’m more likely to grab it to munch on rather than a higher calorie or less nutritious option when I’m pressed for time.

My Favorite GoTo Salad

2 small heads/bunches of spring greens or artisan lettuce

1 heart of romaine lettuce

1 orange, red, or yellow bell pepper

2/3 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half

1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

4 oz cheese (I usually use swiss, sharp cheddar, or colby) grated

4 boiled eggs

I believe the trick to making a fabulous tasting salad is all about how you slice your veggies. For the lettuce I like to wash the heads and slice the whole bunch like a loaf of bread into no wider than 1/4 inch wide slivers, then turn my cutting board 90 degrees and chop those long strips in half or thirds. For the bell pepper I cut the flesh off the seeds in four or five big pieces and then slice those into very thin, longer strips, about an inch long. The apricots also get sliced into thin strips. I always cut my grape or cherry tomatoes in half, and rather than buying pre shredded cheese, I buy the block and grate it myself, it’s both cheaper and there is no anti caking agent on it. The eggs I cut into quarters long ways and then slice those in thin pieces. Basically, slicing everything long and thin as a general rule is so much better than square and chunky. Again, that’s my opinion, and a matter of personal preference. I also like to leave my salads layered ย with the cheese on top, that keeps it from getting soggy if a big salad sits in the fridge for a few days. I usually put my layers together in the order they are listed above, except the lettuces, I toss those together. As for dressing, anything goes with this, from ranch to french to Italian. I am personally a french dressing fan, but since it is more sauce like, I tend to use too much. I can modify a lot of habits, but not having enough dressing on my salad is just a no go for me. Making my own dressing would be way more awesome, but to get a little real, I just don’t have the creative flare or the time on a daily basis and it is just very easy to grab a pre-made dressing. Lately I have been loving Aldi’s brand Three Cheese Vinaigrette.

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It is delicious and the ingredient list is pretty clean and simple. I like a vinaigrette because it takes less to coat the whole salad. This recipe makes a pretty big bowl of salad, if it’s just me eating on it with or for every meal it will generally last about 2-3 days, ย and costs somewhere around $4.50 – $6. Not bad for 5-7 meals!

 

 

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A single serve helping, add a dressing of your choice.

I hope you all enjoyed this and I’d love to hear your favorite salad toss ins or recipes! Viva la Real FOOD! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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2.0 Round 2 Day 3: SORE

Day 3! I am still excited, but man! You would think after completing two 90 day challenges and a four week mini that I would not be this sore going back to the beginning, but I am SORE. Anyone else out there feeling it?

I find the full minute of rest following only a minute of exercise fairly easy having been used to the 1:30 on :30 off format at the end of 2.0, so I have really focused on increasing my reps. I have gotten some of my best reps and performance the last 2 days and I guess that’s where the extra sore is coming in. I have been staying hydrated to combat the soreness and doing plenty of stretches.

I am a Bikini Body Mommy Facebook page stalker once again. I love going to the posts by others section and reading everyone’s comments and getting encouraged by others who are in the same place I am. I saw where one mom asked the question about fitting these workouts into a busy schedule. I have to say, if someone had told me a year ago that I would jump out of bed at 5 am every morning, even on saturdays, just so I could have time for my exercise and blogging about my exercise program, I would have laughed. I’m a morning person, but 5 am? That’s the funny thing about this program, I have so much more energy and sleep so much better, 5 am isn’t really that bad. There is just no reason to NOT fit 20 minutes of exercise into your day. You get back so much more than 20 minutes of sleeping in.

 

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What is Bikini Body Mommy?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my new posts as I continue to reach for my goals, delivered right to your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

 

2.0 Round 2 Day 2: What a newbie needs to remember from a multi BBM Challenge veteran

Day 1 was amazing! I didn’t realize just how much I missed the sweat. I rocked the work out, did a couple of exercises beyond the 20 minutes, took a 2.5 mile walk pulling little man in the wagon and made it in 30 minutes, drank well over 96 oz of water not including coffee, stayed completely on track with my small, frequent, clean meals, and got a ton of house work done. I felt so motivated and active!

I’m determined to carry on that momentum after seeing this yesterday.

between challenge slump

When I finished 2.0 last month on August 2nd, I was proud of how toned and strong my body had become, but I kind of had it in my mind that because no actual weight was lost, my relative size wasn’t much different in my before and afters. I mean, I had trimmed up and toned up, but my jean size remained the same, albeit a better fit. And over the last month as life happened and I lost momentum and kind of told myself it was ok to take a little break (that turned into more of a long 35 day break with only random days that I worked out) both on exercise and way too loose on my nutrition, because my jeans still fit, even if a little more roll creeped up over the top, I told myself there wasn’t much change. When I measured yesterday, my measurements were the same on my arms and legs, and there was only about a half inch gain on each of my chest and core measures. I didn’t think that was much, but after comparing the photos I realized just what a half inch over all looks like. I only gained about 2 lbs, but I see a big difference in these sets of photos.

I’m writing this post today for those of you like me who peetered out between challenges. These photos prove it’s a life style. If we look at it as just a challenge, our bodies will begin changing back once the challenge is over. That workout each day makes a difference. That meal structure is important. Taking a break is ok, but 35 days is not a break, it’s a cop out. It would be a shame to work so hard for 90 days and lose all your progress because suddenly you are “too busy” to keep getting your 20 minutes in daily. (That was one of the lines I fed myself this past month.) Note to self: I wouldn’t skip a shower for more than a few days because I was “too busy”, then I should not skip this important part of health and personal care.

The littlest bit of progress is still progress ladies. You may not lose weight this round, you may not drop a clothing size, but I promise you, the more defined abs and leaner look of the left side photos above is going to get you to your goals sooner than the backward step of the photos on the right. Take it from a girl who has been there.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it now at the beginning of this challenge, don’t make this about the scale. This is a journey. It took 6 years for my body to attain it’s mommy of 3 babies and busy life look. It is going to take more than 90 days for me to get back to a pre-baby weight. For 6 years (and even more, really) I have thought solely of little people and my family where meeting out time is concerned, it is going to take more than 90 days to reprogram my brain to set aside a little time for myself. Don’t give up on this. If you are a new-to-the-challenge-mom, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see progress right away. It took me one whole 90 day challenge (1.0) just to get back in the habit of daily exercise and a whole nother challenge (2.0 round 1) to get my nutrition under control. I did not begin to see major change until about half way through the first 2.0, that’s like 135 days!!

Just keep going. You will not regret it, make it about the journey because it is so much more than just a 90 day challenge and you are changing SO MUCH MORE than just a number on a scale. You are going to change differently than every other woman, at a different rate, and you’ll need different measures to tweak even this program and make it just for you. It will take time for you to figure out what these are. Don’t get impatient. Don’t quit. I promise you, change is happening, and it will surprise you when you recognize it.

2.0 Round 2 Day 1: Measurements and getting back on the wagon

Hello friends! Are you as excited as I am? I’m pretty excited to be starting a new challenge. For me, there is something about the energy of being part of a big movement. Maybe it’s the daily posts, the words of encouragement on the Bikini Body Mommy page, or maybe it’s just a mental thing, but this last month between school starting and that learning curve coupled with every day busy life and my art starting back up, I kind of fell off the wagon both with exercise and nutrition. I got some exercise in, but definitely not every day. But you know what? Here I am, and this round will be bringing big changes! I’m determined to peel off weight this round. I am committed to keeping my meals small and frequent and doing each day’s exercise. Failure isn’t an option for me! I have goals and I have seen amazing changes in the last 9 months, now I’m ready to fit into a smaller jean size this Christmas.

I’m going to try to keep these short blog posts coming through this round of the journey too. They may not happen every day, but I’m shooting for at least 3 a week. I have been so inspired by all the love and support thrown my way and I will aim to love and support as many of you as I can too. I really feel that makes all the difference in success.

Despite having dropped off dramatically in between this challenge and the last, I was pleasantly surprised to see my measurements (except that pesky weight, of course) hadn’t changed for the most part, and where they did it wasn’t dramatic. It goes to show that 1) this is a lifestyle that builds healthy habits that stick with you even when you “cheat”, and 2) you can’t stop, you have to keep going and it is more than a challenge, it is a journey.

So in the spirit of short and sweet, here are my day one measurements, my first stepping stone into another adventure.

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NOTE: I am doing a 15 point measurement this round, which is more than what Briana suggests, but these are the areas I want to watch change.

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Want to see where I began blogging through this journey? It starts here!

https://natasiachampion.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/my-newest-project-an-overview/

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My BBM Journey: Between Challenges and When the Bell Rings

Hi everyone!

How are you guys doing with this little gap in between Bikini Body Mommy and the re-release of 2.0 on September 8th?

For me it has been busy as ever since the challenge wrapped up. My baby girl started Kindergarten and my sister is also in school, she is enrolled in high school here in Western KY. The last week has been a whirlwind of last minute appointments and paper work and orientations and all the things that go along with kids being in school. However, this is all brand new for me, the first year I’ve been a mom with school age children, and since I was homeschooled after 2nd grade, I find the whole thing even more of a challenge to grasp and get the hang of.

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But here we are, on day 3, and everything is beginning to be more routine and the girls are doing great so far, I’m proud of them! As for the workouts, I have made a point to plan them carefully into our day. Until the new challenge starts we are picking random days from 2.0 and doing one as soon as I pick the girls up in the afternoon. It gives them a little break mentally before we dive into evening home work and adds a little energy boost to the roughest part of the afternoon.

I’m still trying to get my run in after I drop the girls off in the morning, but to be honest, little man has kept me busy without his Sissy to play with and I have a deadline on chores and house work since the evenings are dedicated to home work, making dinner, and timely bedtime. Thankfully my nutrition is better. Since it’s just me and little man, and I’m busier in the morning, I have been eating smaller portions of either left overs, fresh fruit, or salad since those are quick and easy to grab.

I am also packing the girls’ lunches, and have been getting some ideas from Pinterest, of course, to keep from sending them with the same old thing. Feeding my girls healthy, nutritious food is my absolute passion. I firmly believe that if they are going to think and perform at their best, they have to be fueled properly. So with that, I will post my very first school lunch recipe post. Tell me what you think. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ham and Cheese Rolls with Cranberry Walnut Spread

Cranberry Walnut Spread

1/2 cup dried cranberries

water

1/2 cup walnut halves

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

Rehydrate cranberries by placing them in a pan with just enough water to barely cover them. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries are plump and most of the water is absorbed. Drain any excess liquid. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Place cranberries and walnuts in a food processor and process for about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and add the yogurt. Process for another 2 minutes till everything is well blended. Chill for at least 30 minutes before using. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 1 cup of spread

Ham and Cheese Rolls

4 slices of premium deli ham

1 slice of premium deli swiss cheese, cut into four strips

4 small leaves of leaf lettuce

2 tsp. cranberry walnut spread

Lay down a slice of ham, spread with about half a teaspoon of cranberry walnut spread, layer on the cheese and the lettuce and roll up the ham. Setting it down on it’s seam will help it stay rolled. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients.

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NOTES: I made these for the first day of school and the kids loved them. They are a great alternative to a sandwich. You can really use any kind of meat or cheese, and even have fun with these. Rolling up some thinly sliced granny smith apple in addition to or in place of the lettuce adds crunch and variety, or cucumber slices, or julienned carrot, you name it. So many variations are possible here. Today I sent 4 of these rolls, a small container of bite sized watermelon, a yogurt, and a little baggy of chocolate, cranberry, mixed nut trail mix. Who says school lunch has to be boring chips and a sandwich?

 

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What is BBM?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

https://natasiachampion.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/my-newest-project-an-overview/

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my new posts as I continue to reach for my goals, delivered right to your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

My BBM Journey: Day 90

Day 90.

This time has flown by! Let me first say how monumentally proud I am of myself for sticking to this challenge and not only NOT missing very many days, but doubling up on most of them too. I missed a workout the other day and did the killer death march day AND the HIIT back to back the next day, one workout after the other. I died immediately following, but I got it done. Little triumphs like that, this challenge has been full of them and I am incredibly proud.

I stepped on the scale this morning and was not surprised to see a total weight gain over the 90 days of 3 lbs. My weight is down from day 75, but I have fluctuated this entire challenge between 209 and 212 for the most part. I think it’s pretty safe to say I lost no weight. However….. are you ready for this?

I have lost a grand total of 20.5 inches!! That is fantastic!! But oh, so much more! I feel strong, I feel healthy, my skin looks incredible, my fine lines are disappearing more each week, my cellulite has decreased dramatically, my lower back (which has troubled me for most of my adult life) is stronger and almost never hurts, I’m more limber, I have so much more energy and motivation, and I could go on and on. I have gained so much more than just a slimmer body.

I definitely have a good ways to go still. I am definitely on board for the next challenge, both the re-release of 2.0 and 3.0 in January. I have goals to meet and I’m excited! I can’t wait to see how much more progress I will make.

day 1 and day 90 measures

And now, with that in mind, that I still have a long way to go, I am sharing my progress pictures, days 1 and 90.

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side day 1 and 90

back day 1 and 90

It is all about the journey, it has ceased to be about the results. The results are happening, little by little, but this journey is amazing. Keep going mommies! Did you get off track? Fall off the wagon? You can just get back on! Did you finish but not as strongly as you believe you can? Here’s your chance to beat your old records, to do even better. I am going to keep going. I believe I CAN reach my goals. I believe I WILL! I am going to look back a year from now and see amazing changes. I already see them.

Dec. 28, 2013 right before 1.0

Dec. 28, 2013 right before 1.0

Today, day 90, Aug. 2, 2014, end of 2.0

Today, day 90, Aug. 2, 2014, end of 2.0

 

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What is BBM?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

https://natasiachampion.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/my-newest-project-an-overview/

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my daily posts through the ย 90 day challenge in your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

My BBM Journey: Day 85

Holy moly. Here we are, the last week of this challenge.

I actually took 3 days off last week, my hubby and I got an opportunity we haven’t had in forever, definitely not since my little guy was born 19 months ago. A whole weekend to ourselves, no kids, thanks to my awesome mom in law. She even kept my “adopted” daughter and they all had fun shopping and going to an all day Bible school and all that, happy sleep over at Meme’s house. What did me and hubs do? Absolutely nothing.

We had thought we might go on a long hike at Land Between the Lakes which is easier to do without little legs getting tired, but we ended up laying on the couch and watching back to back Netflix episodes the whole weekend while eating on carry out pizza. It was deliciously lazy, but after 2 days I have to say, I was ready for my babies and my routine, and definitely ready to get back into exercise. The inactivity was great for about 24 hours, then it got old.

Just before this micro staycation, however, I had worked my muscles almost to death and my back and obliques were so sore all weekend, like laying-on-the-couch-hurts-so-bad kind of sore. I had done the BBM workouts as well as subbed out my run for some paper plate exercises, which were killer on the core. I placed paper plates under my feet to make them able to glide over the carpet and then proceeded to do a HIIT type workout using mountain climber, squat thrust, and scissor slide plank motions. It took very little to get my heart rate up and let me know there were still muscles I didn’t know I had.

This week is crazy for me. My hubby has been doing a lot of work from home which throws my schedule off, but in addition to that I have been getting my girls ready to start school. My little girl is going to kindergarten and my sister is in high school but this is a new school for her. I never knew how many appointments and orientations and preliminary things went on before and how much a mom had to keep track of! That’s why I have gone 9 days since my last blog post. Sorry about that! I want you all to know I’m still going, still pushing, and I will be even more proud to have finished this challenge than I was when I finished the first one since I have hardly missed any days for this one and have doubled up the workouts almost every day. I’m really looking forward to repeating 2.0 and the Sunday Skinnys coming back and doing 3.0 in January. I will have a whole lot more on my plate with school starting and afternoon homework to help with and lunches to pack and my poor little guy is going to miss the girls terribly through the day I’m sure, but all that makes Bikini Body Mommy even more important to me. I will need all the motivation and support I can gather.

So, I plan to keep posting but also realize I may have gaps between posts at times. That’s why the subscribe button is awesome, if you enjoy following this blog you can make sure you see when I post new entries and keep from missing any posts. I’d really like to post school lunch ideas with pictures and the Fall activities we stay busy with. Everyone who reads and the comments I get really help me stay motivated, thank you all for taking the time to be part of my journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

My crazy crew!

My crazy crew!

 

 

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What is BBM?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

https://natasiachampion.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/my-newest-project-an-overview/

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my daily posts through the ย 90 day challenge in your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

My BBM Journey: Day 76

I thought in celebration of edging back on track with my nutrition I would share a yummy recipe I made the other day for lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer Garden Orzo

1/2 of a 1 lb. box orzo pasta

1 large purple onion, diced

1 medium zuccini, diced

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes

1 1/2 – 2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1 TBL olive oil

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. fresh minced basil

1tsp. fresh minced parsley

salt and pepper

 

In a large skillet heat oil. Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Add salt to help sweat the water out of the veggies. When the onions begin to appear translucent, add the zuccini, garlic powder, orzo, and enough chicken broth to just cover everything. Let it simmer, stirring often to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook just until orzo is almost done, about 5-7 minutes, then add the tomatoes and continue to cook until the orzo is firm, but no longer crunchy. You may need to add a little broth during this process. Be careful not to add too much at a time so the mixture won’t become soupy. Stir in the ricotta cheese, fresh herbs, and check for enough salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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Serves: 6

Calories per serving: approx. 220

Prep time: approx. 20 minutes

Cook time: approx. 15 minutes

Recipe cost: approx. $4.50

 

NOTES: In this particular picture, I had run out of grape tomatoes, so I used a can of diced tomatoes. I just added them when I added the orzo and reduced the broth by a little, using the juice from the canned tomatoes. This dish is so delicious and versatile, you could really add any veggie you like, fresh peas, broccoli florets, yellow squash, etc. It can easily be made vegetarian or vegan by using vegetable broth or tomato juice instead of chicken broth, and omitting the ricotta cheese, which I add for a little creaminess. This is quick and easy and my whole family loves it!

Let me know what you all think. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What is BBM?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

https://natasiachampion.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/my-newest-project-an-overview/

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my daily posts through the ย 90 day challenge in your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

My BBM Journey: Day 75

Today is another weigh in and remeasure day.

I knew I had slipped and not been bringing my best this past 15 days in the nutrition department, and I even missed quite a few work outs, so I wasn’t surprised to see a gain on the scale. I mean come on, I can work the hardest I’ve ever worked and see the scale inch upwards. I was however a little surprised to see my measurements had been maintained (except my hips, I gained a 1/4 inch on the hips, maybe that’s where the 2.4 lbs went) and I’d even improved on a couple.

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That’s another 2.5 inches gone. I also added a region I will begin measuring since I have seen so much improvement there, I really should have been measuring my upper thighs all along, but better late than never, right?

 

So, I remain encouraged. I am focusing on my affirmation board several times a day and I actually feel even more energized, motivated, and happy about my goals.

Here’s to the next 15 days! I am going to push it so hard and finish this challenge STRONG! I have seen so much improvement in myself and I definitely plan to keep going. Hopefully Briana will announce a 3.0, but if not I am so motivated to just keep repeating the challenge and running and keeping the lifestyle going. I am going to look back at Christmas this year and see all the amazing change a year has brought. I’m so excited! I will probably continue to blog through this journey after the challenge is over because my journey is far from over. I have a long way to go before I reach my goals, so if you are looking for encouragement definitely stay tuned and make sure you subscribe to get each new post in your inbox. I really value all the support I have gotten from all of you reading this! Thank you for your comments and encouragement.

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What is BBM?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

https://natasiachampion.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/my-newest-project-an-overview/

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my daily posts through the ย 90 day challenge in your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

My BBM Journey: Day 72

I feel like I have slipped a little, and not sure exactly at what point I started, but I am happy to say I have recognized it and tightened up today. For instance, my nutrition could be cleaner. I’ve eaten more meat and pasta and bread lately than I’m comfortable with, and most of that just can’t be helped in our current budget situation. It is what it is. (Which is still not awful, still pretty clean and almost no processed foods other than bread and pasta.) But I have slipped back into 3 big meals a day. I have also slacked on the BBM workouts, although for the most part I have gotten my runs in. My hydration has been good.

It’s definitely not my worst, but I know I can do better and try harder, so today I did my morning run, I spread my meals out into smaller portions and more frequent, I got my 1st liter of water in first thing with my run and continued to hydrate through the day, and most importantly, I did day 72 this afternoon. I could really identify with Briana’s video, my kids were right there with me too!

My step ups were not very high since I don't own chairs, so I increased my weight by about 47 lbs. of almost 5 year old little girl. (She dressed herself)

My step ups were not very high since I don’t own chairs, so I increased my weight by about 47 lbs. of almost 5 year old little girl. (She dressed herself)

 

Guess who likes to go under the bridge?

Guess who likes to go under the bridge?

 

Both kids, actually

Both kids, actually

This is real life. There are struggles and pushing yourself and kids and set backs and come backs. There are days when you think to yourself, “Well, maybe this morning’s run was enough, maybe I can skip the workout.” Then after 30 minutes of that nagging voice telling you what you already know, you push through and just get it done. But then there are days like what my sister had, where your body tells you the run is going to have to do because you are just too genuinely exhausted and sore to do the workout today, and that is ok too. Listen to your body, but don’t make it an excuse.

Today was great in other ways too. We walked to our local Fred’s, almost 2 miles round trip, with the baby in the wagon and my little girl by my side, she walked the whole way and back, so proud of her! We bought some poster board and spent the morning creating positive affirmation boards to hang where we could see them every day, to remind us of our goals. Here is one corner of my affirmation board with just one of several important goals I’m focusing on. I know this is going to get some laughs, but I’m a huge believer in positive thinking, positive focus, and the law of attraction.

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Laughing and smiling creates positive feelings and this picture with my face pasted on (at my hubby’s genius suggestion) not only helps me envision and focus on what I’m working toward, it makes me smile and creates a double positive energy.

As some of you know, I celebrated my 29th birthday yesterday.

My annual birthday picture taken yesterday. My sissy did my hair and makeup and I gladly said hello to the last year of my twenties.

My annual birthday picture taken yesterday. My sissy did my hair and makeup and I gladly said hello to the last year of my twenties.

My twenties have been pretty crappy. I’m a positive person by nature, but even I recognize I have gone through more crap than greatness this past decade. I gladly celebrated my last birthday in my twenties yesterday and am looking forward to my thirties. They are going to be awesome! I am making this last year count like a final rep of side planks at the end of a 20 minute BBM workout. I am getting it done, pushing it hard and setting myself up for ONLY success in the next phase of my life. I have a lot of goals I’m excited to reach, and I’m sure there are many new ones waiting to be discovered. I have a little space left on my affirmation board so I can add pictures and quotes and stay motivated and focused. This whole project was actually my little sister’s suggestion. I’m super proud of her!

It’s such a long story, but in short, she recognized the need for major change in her life early this year and asked if she could get a fresh start living with us. She was dealing with depression, negativity, bad relationships, fake friendships, and just a general severe downward spiral. And I want to stress, her progress is not me. It’s not because of me. I’m not some extraordinary human being that can magically fix things for people. Her progress was due to her own realization that she needed to change herself and make better choices, and the action she has been taking to become more positive and surround herself with better influences. I know some of you must be wondering about the story behind her being in all my recent adventures, so there you have it, a brief explanation. But mainly I just wanted to convey 1) That I’m incredibly proud of her, and 2) the importance of surrounding yourself with positive thoughts and focus. It will literally change your life. It has changed her’s, it has changed mine. Try it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What is BBM?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

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