Monthly Challenge 3.4: Racing towards the finish line

 Hey friends! In case you missed last week’s post about giving grace to yourself, check it out. I gained some self-awareness and reset my goals a little bit so they were more reasonable. After that, I was sure that this week would be more manageable and I had the best of intentions to keep chugging along. But then life happened. We had so much crammed in this last week of summer – Matt’s birthday, a concert, wedding and bachelorette parties, and our last weekend road trip to San Diego – that it was hard to find the time to work out!

Unfortunately all these activities made me oversleep on Thursday morning and then on Friday and Saturday morning I wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t want to push it by working out. Sometimes being healthy means knowing your boundaries, amiright? Anyways, I do think I should get extra props for working out the morning of Matt’s birthday and making him breakfast. #wifepoints

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Monday mornings I continued with my workout, getting up to two sets of 43 reps for each exercise, 1 minute 45 for planks, and 8 mostly legit pushups. I’m so close to my goals! I was able to do 1 Nike workout in the midst of the craziness last week that ended up being about half an hour. And last night I ran around the track with a mile time of 11 minutes 45 seconds with one short break! Pray that I can actually make it to my mile time as I try again this week!

Guest Spotlight: Jaelyn Harrel

Jaelyn and her husband Josh and I have been friends since we all went to the same youth group in high school! It has been so fun to watch her journey of becoming a wife and mom, and now health coach! She has a really inspiring story, so I encourage you to connect with her on facebook here!

Q: Why is fitness so important to you?
A: This is a great question! I think my fitness is important to me because my health is so important to me. Most people don’t know this, but when I was losing weight the most exercise I did was walking and low impact activities (yoga, pilates, and day-to-day increase of calories). And let me tell you, back then fitness felt like a chore. I would walk away so sore, defeated (because I couldn’t complete all the exercises like the other girls), and so tired and hungry that I would just go and add back the calories I just burned. There are so many things I am able to do now 95 lbs lighter that I couldn’t ever have dreamed of doing before. Fitness actually gives me that feel good feeling right after and encourages me to continue fueling my body right throughout the rest of the day! Until I experienced what a difference nutrition AND exercise could have on my body I had no idea what I was missing. Fitness is a huge part of how I maintain a healthy lifestyle and feel good day in and day out.

Q: What helps you stay motivated?
A: This is the biggest question I get asked from other people. It might seem simple, but it’s a little thing called MY WHY! Your WHY is the most powerful thing you can discover for yourself. This is what fuels me in the morning to make healthy decisions even when it’s easier to not. Truth is, there are going to be days where you want to eat your weight in chocolate or you don’t want to go to the gym because of a plethora of different reasons and that’s where your WHY is so critical to your success in your health. I want to be healthy because I want to be the best wife, mom, and friend that I can be to those around me! We all deserve to feel our best and to live our best life each day. I know that when I fuel my body with the right foods, strengthen my body, and serve others around me to do the same in their lives, I feel most fulfilled, and when my cup is full others get the best of me. So I would encourage you ask yourself these questions next time you are having a hard time getting your butt to the gym or struggling with the drive through!

Q: What are a few of your favorite exercises?
A: This is a tough one! I really like different forms of exercise because of the different things they do for my body. Personally I’m a class girl myself. At first I wasn’t, but I found that in classes I got out of my comfort zone and discovered so many things I love. Through the structure of the classes I was able to push myself harder (I’m a little A LOT competitive) and work parts of my body I never would have been able to work before. So here are a few of my favs:

  • DANCE FITNESS! Just try dancing you heart out for 3 classes (I say 3 because the first time you are just going to feel awkward, but as you get to know the choreography you get in your groove) I promise not only will you body thank you but there is something amazing about doing something that makes you uncomfortable and self conscious and then realizing that no one is watching you! This is a great way to get cardio in and have a blast!
  • BARRE! Check out where you can take a local barre class. Barre is ballet-focused exercise and if you’ve ever seen a ballerina’s body and was envious (me!), you want to take barre! It’s a great exercise regiment that focuses on exhausting important muscle groups for women (legs, butt, and arms). Again this one will make you feel awkward the first time you do it, but take off your shoes (you can also buy special barre shoes) and enjoy the results when you have that booty you always wanted!

Q: What’s your favorite healthy recipe?
A: I have too many to count! It would have to be Cauliflower pizza. Super high in protein but doesn’t taste like cauliflower at all! They key is making the best consistency in the crust and this is the best recipe I’ve found for home made cauliflower crust! You also can purchase them at some Trader Joes stores now which is awesome! The best part is you can mimic pretty any pizza flavor you want! Usually my husband and I like to make thai chicken pizzas or even the classic bbq chicken pizza!

Q: Any other tips on staying healthy/fitness? 

  • WATER! If you only change one thing in your health routine from this post drink your water! Recommended daily amount of water is half of your body weight in oz of water (for example 140lbs means 70oz water/day) and this is straight up water! You can add things to it if you want, but remember everything you add can take away from the benefit of what that water can do! Don’t get me wrong I don’t just drink water (I’m a mom for goodness sake coffee is my jam!) but I always make sure I get my water in for the day no matter what! My skin is clearer than ever and you will be amazed at the de-bloating that will happen when you just apply this simple health tip!
  • COMMUNITY IS KEY! Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to be better each day. We are 10 times more likely to be healthy if we surround ourselves with people who hold health as a high priority! Make sure people know about what your health goals are so they can support you and help make you more successful and in turn themselves.

Thank you for letting me share just a little bit more about health and wellness with you guys! If you ever want get in touch, find me on FB or call/text 5033472764 and I would be honored to help you live your best life.

Thanks for sticking with me in my fitness journey friends! This week I’m going to keep pushing hard to meet my goals, so keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Stay tuned for next week to see if I made it!

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