Monday Mood Boost – Gratitude Never Goes Out Of Style!

A while back, I shared my gratitude for my medical team, and mentioned we’ve added some new members…

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was gonna be seeing a high risk ob gyn, in addition to my regular endocrinologist, and he really wanted me to see a nutritionist too – not because my eating habits are poor, but because managing blood sugars with surging pregnancy hormones is VERY complex.

Now if you do some math, that’s a lot of appointments, and while I have some flexibility at work and can make up hours as necessary, that’s still a lot.

When my endo was reviewing my numbers, he felt it best I switch to the services of an ob gyn who specializes in Diabetic pregnancies at Maternal Fetal Medicine, and alongside that, I see two Diabetes specialists who get twice weekly blood sugars reports, and I see them plus my nutritionist every other week.

Yes, it’s a lot… but the beauty of this switch is that it’s become “one stop shopping” – all of these services are located in the same place and all happen at the same appointment, which in addition to being a lot more convenient, SIGNIFICANTLY helps my brain keep track – something I was struggling to do between the sheer number of appointments in varying locations and the very real concept of pregnancy brain (folks, it’s the realest. thing. ever.)

I’m where I need to be, for my health and the health and development of my baby, and while at first I was frustrated at the idea of switching to yet another doctor (I’ve certainly had no shortage of them in my life), I understood WHY the switch was best, and I remained open minded and willing to do what’s best for myself and my baby.

And still, I’m so grateful for this team – they empower me, encourage me, make me feel capable and confident (I had a rough beginning to my pregnancy as we struggled to get my blood sugars under control and that definitely caused some insecure moments…) and I’m just grateful to have such a solid team guiding me through one of the hardest, but also one of the most rewarding things I’ve gone through.

Gratitude never goes out of style 💕

Transformation Tuesday – Hammer and Chisel

Whew! I did it! I actually did it! I think back to the first time I tried Hammer & Chisel, and how disastrous it was… and then I think back to the first day of this second attempt, and, if I am being 100% honest, I was already making up excuses to get out of it – I was terrified.

But something clicked inside of me. And I decided I was all in – and I was gonna prove, no matter how hard it was, that I could do this. And so it became personal (and that’s NOT a bad thing at all). I was not gonna let my fellow coaches doing it with me down, and I was not gonna let myself down. I was gonna battle all the way to the end. So that’s what I did – and it was T O T A L L Y a battle. But I realized I am a worthy opponent, and I was gonna take it one day at a time. So thats what I did!

In doing this start to finish, I learned SO much about myself. I learned I COULD get myself out of bed at 4:30 to get my workout(s) in, and I COULD finish them. I paused to catch my breath and then kept going – I never stopped. I didn’t quit. I didn’t skip a single day. That actually means a lot to me.

I battled. I upped my weights. I moved when I just wanted to lie on the damn floor. To prove that I could. I am a very free spirit with workouts. I never go by schedules – I look at my extensive library and see what speaks to me. So following a set schedule was different for me. And I learned that I LOVE THAT. Following a schedule actually helped me get the balance.

I feel strong, confident, and FIT… I feel vibrant, courageous, and CAPABLE. And that’s the real takeaway from this program – proving to myself that I could, especially after this one got the better of me previously. I have lived my life always believing there is nothing I can’t do – those very words always ensure I CAN; I hate being told I can’t – those words are fuel, they are personal. And so it was fuel to make sure this attempt would stick!

In summation, no, it wasn’t easy. Yes, it’s doable. No, you won’t want to be best friends with Autumn after. Yes, you will curse both trainers. No, you won’t die. YES, you will sweat like it’s going out of style. But if you take the advice I offered yesterday about keeping the faith and trusting the process… YES, you can do this!

(I should also confess that my nutrition was not 100% and we all know that makes a difference – I would say mine was at 80-90%)

Final stats:

  • Waist – lost 1 inch
  • Hips – lost 1.5 inches
  • Left Thigh – gained ¾ inch
  • Right Thigh – gained ¾ inch
  • Chest – lost 1 inch
  • Left Arm – gained 1 inch
  • Right Arm – gained ½ inch

Losses and gains make the world go round!

Before - Hammer and Chisel

After - Hammer and Chisel

Motivation Monday – Keep the Faith and Trust the Process

keep the faith and trust the process

I know, both of those terms sound fairly cliche, huh? They are totally true, though. And I learned this in entirety during my Hammer & Chisel stint! I completed in full, the one program that I actually gave up on the first time I tried it – I even threw the DVD in a fit (grateful it did not break or scratch….). I was just so annoyed, it was the worst time, and I HATE feeling like I can’t do something. Usually that feeling fuels me but, my body was SO spent from everything else, all it did was defeat me.

So when I decided to try again, after the craziness of moving and unpacking was done, just after my Mentor had me watch an incredible video that really resonated with me, I vowed to be 100% committed – that nothing was gonna stop me from completing this program, honestly. No skipping days, nothing. I knew in my heart that it was gonna challenge me and I was probably gonna cry… but I knew in my heart I could do it – that’s where the faith came in. Having faith in myself boosted my confidence.

And then I had to trust the process… I had to trust that Sagi and Autumn were not actually trying to kill me (I am still NOT fully convinced guys!), but instead they were working me so that I could reach my goals, and get my body to where it deserved to be – happy, healthy, strong and fit. I had to trust that, though it FELT like I was seriously dying sometimes, and it felt like I couldn’t do it – with a little (okay fine, a LOT) of determination, I actually could. And I wasn’t dying!

It was challenging. It was harder than I thought. It required a lot of circling back to my WHY, and it became personal – I was so invested in it, and I figured if I came this far and sweat that much and worked that hard, it would be criminal not to finish!

The best things in life usually require effort, and stepping outside of our comfort zones. Keep the faith, and trust the process!