Marriage is work. HARD work. But in my opinion, it is the greatest gift behind salvation. Miles loves me on my best and worst days. He leads me to Christ and shares grace with me daily. He makes me laugh harder than anyone I know, often without even trying. He is my best friend and the only one I want to do life with daily. The last seven years have been the absolute hardest and the absolute best. Here's to all the rest and growing old together.Read More
Ah! Did you hear the news? We're having another baby! Anniston is going to be a big sister in December and we could not be more thrilled! It has been the most surreal feeling knowing we have another little one on the way. I honestly keep forgetting because Anniston keeps me pretty busy, so when I remember it's like finding out all over again! I am thirteen weeks today and I'd love to do a bump update soon, but first I have got to share a little backstory with you. The Lord is so good and already has His hands all over this little one's life and I cannot help but shout it from the rooftops!Read More
Let me go on the record here by saying I am NOT a fitness expert by any means. I do not know the names of all the exercises I do or what you should do to target certain areas. I also am not the person that wakes up excited to workout. I really have to push myself to make it happen and even more so now with a toddler. I would love to be a fitness enthusiast, but I am truly just a fitness wannabe all the way.
Enthusiast or wannabe, we all know exercise is good for us and it is something I try to do a few times a week. That used to mean heading outside for a quick run no matter the time of day or swinging by the gym for a class. But after having a baby all of a sudden workouts had to become very planned and scheduled. Miles is great and prioritizes my workouts if I'm wanting to go to the gym, but that's just not always possible with our schedules so sometimes you have to make it work on your own!
I have definitely gone through rough seasons over the last 16 months when workouts were pretty nonexistent because "I didn't have time". Lack of time is usually the biggest struggle when it comes to being active, but I'm here to tell you how to make it happen even with a tight schedule!
Here are a few things I have done to stay active as a new mom (but you can also do no matter your season)! The great part of these workouts is they are all pretty quick, but all very satisfying!
- Walks/runs with baby! This is by far the easiest because most babies love going for a stroll so it gets you out of the house, keeps baby happy, and gets you fit all in one. Win win win! I use this jogging stroller and have loved it and so does Anniston! We use a jogging stroller because we like to run and go on trails, but if you're looking for a good power walk on the sidewalk then your normal stroller should be just fine!
- Online workouts! When Anniston was napping multiple times a day I would usually do a workout dvd or online workout. Now that she is down to one nap I sometimes switch it up and workout during nap time OR while she is playing! Let's be honest, nap time is a sacred time and sometimes you have to get stuff done around the house or just sit for a second! One of my favorite websites is Tone It Up because it's a great fitness community with a lot of free workouts available! You can also choose workouts based on what area you are wanting to target AND how long you are wanting to workout!
- Quick workout programs! I LOVE a good workout program because it keeps me accountable when I have a schedule. I told you about my couch to 10k training and my half marathon training plans that I followed, but a quick and easy program I have followed in the past is Kayla Itsine's BBG program! I really like these workouts because the entire workout is 28 minutes long. HOLLA. This is something you can easily fit in during nap time if your babe doesn't do well with you working out during play time haha. This now has an app I have been wanting to get, but I printed out the plan when I bought it years ago which is also an option! These workouts are tough, but SO good! I highly recommend them!
There are SO many great options out there. I try and switch up my workouts, but if I'm really not feeling anything then we definitely just go out for a walk in the stroller. If you're new to working out, going out for a quick power walk is a great place to start! If you're wanting to do more and target your whole body, then jump in with the Tone It Up girls or Kayla Itsine's or your own fitness regimen! Just DO something! It's not only good for you, but it models how important being healthy is to our little ones. It's not always fun or easy, but you'll never regret it! Now if I could just get on the whole "healthy eating" kick, but that's another plan for another day. :)
We had been married for a little over two years and were on our way home from a friend's wedding. We had a great time and danced the night away with old friends before getting in the car to head home. One minute we were talking about the night and the next we were in a blow up fight. I cannot for the life of me remember what the fight was about (isn't that always the case?), but I do remember how awful we were to each other.Read More
It was a couple of months ago and it was nap time. I was sitting on the living room floor trying to put the most difficult tricycle together for Anniston. I was also catching up on the latest Fixer Upper episode from the night before. It was all fun and games until halfway through the episode I had tears streaming down my face.Read More
YOU GUYS! It happened! I ran my first half marathon! WHAT? I can hardly believe it! It was exhausting and fun and everything between! I have had so many people ask me about how I trained for it so I'm just going to do a quick recap on training and how race day went!Read More