Chūze Fitness

When you feel so genuinely passionate about something you want to tell the world – And that’s exactly how I feel about Chūze Fitness. After I had Hudson (Over 4 years ago) I was in the best shape of my life.. I had more energy than I knew what to do with, I had a six pack and incredible confidence. But, I got all of that by living in a toxic mindset with food and exercise.

It was a chore. Eating insanely strictly, exercising everyday, and treating myself like a machine that I wouldn’t allow to rest. I’m sure what you would expect to happen, happened. I fell off the health train, HARD. I had one cheat meal and I spiraled. I felt like I was a failure, I felt disgusted with myself and I hated how I “felt”.

So I stopped eating healthy completely. I started drinking more alcohol, stopped working out, stopped everything that I considered “healthy” because I felt like it was a waste since I was “off the wagon”. Then I got pregnant with my twins. After I had them my body felt like it was shutting down. I had no energy, no desire to move, no desire to cook, no desire to do anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary.

I hated myself. And the worst part? I allowed myself to be like that until they were 8 months old – I felt like I was failing them as a Mother. I decided I needed to make a change – Not just for them but also for myself.

As a stay at home Mother of three I was super intimidated by the thought of working out at home like I always had because I knew I’d lose momentum the moment one of them needed something. So I did some searching and found a few gyms that had childcare. It seemed overwhelming but after hearing raving reviews about Chūze Fitness from some local Moms I decided to give it a try..

Their 7 day free trial included everything but tanning so I was able to take all my kiddos into the Kids Club to try it out. The ladies in there were immediately incredible. They were excited to take my twin babies (Something I absolutely feared) and told me to take my time and have a great workout..

After dropping them off I stood outside the Kid’s Club door, completely bewildered that I was kid-free.. I looked around at all of the amazing opportunities in front of me.. I could use their HydroMassage machines, get some cardio in at the Chūze Cinema, join in on a Zumba class, go for a swim, hop in the sauna or get rid of my nasty cold in the Eucalyptus steam room.. The possibilities literally seemed endless.

That was a month ago today. I can now honestly say that Chūze has already changed my life. This is my home away from home. My twins light up when they see the girls, Hudson constantly asks if we can go back to the “play place” and I know I can workout with complete assurance that my kids are in the best hands.

And because of them I’ve been able to gain my strength and energy back. I’ve been going multiple times a week – And sometimes, I literally just sit in the massage chairs, go for a tan then watch a movie while on a stationary bike because whether I am exercising or not it’s my time to focus on ME.

But, most of all, Chūze has changed my life completely because I am now able to be the Mother I need to be for my sweet boys. So thank you Chūze, for the opportunity to better myself and giving me the tools to do so.

Want to try it for yourself? Here is my referral code – I promise.. Your first day there you’ll know you want to sign up.. Did I mention they have a built in smoothie bar? 😉

Venturing Into A New World of Health

Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Bear in mind that I link this company and their services because of my genuine belief in their program and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases!

Throughout my health journey these past six years I’ve had many people approach me and ask, “How do you do it?” or “Where do I start?”. I’ve always had the answer when it came to the way I ate. Wholesome foods, natural foods – Meats, fruits, and vegetables! Easy enough right?

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Well, when I realized that my food advice wasn’t enough it took me a long time (Til now, honestly!) to realize that it’s really not that easy. Knowing what to ingredients to use and what “meal plan” to follow is a great first step – But the biggest part of weight loss / beginning a healthier lifestyle starts with a persons psychological mindset when it comes to food.

Everyone has a different relationship with food. I used to have a very toxic relationship with it where I was incredibly negative towards my body and starved myself. But when I began to realize what wholesome foods really did for me I started to see it in a new way. And from that blossomed a beautiful respect and love that made transitioning into exercise and healthy long-term habits that much easier.

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Now – I am one week away from having my twins.. And it’s been an incredibly long and exhausting pregnancy. Unfortunately, I have not been nourishing my body the way I should’ve been or exercising which I had promised myself I would.

BUT.. I am very proud of myself for creating two little sweet boys and want to reward myself with getting back on track – Not just for weight loss but also for energy and confidence. I already know the foods I need to keep my body strong but where I know I’ll need an extra pair of hands (Because I’ll literally have none with twins) is my recommitment, which is why I’ve decided to start this journey with Noom.

You may have seen their commercials and thought, “Oh – Another diet / weight loss fad.” But they actually touch on exactly everything I had mentioned above. They’re not just about losing the weight, they’re trying to help each unique individual understand their needs to develop those healthy food relationships and habits with psychological encouragement.

They keep you on track, quickly answer any and all questions that arise, and give you the information you need to grow and move achieve your goals! You get paired with the right expert whose picked based on your personality and destination and they’re with you for the long haul! So you get real human interaction with a person you build a foundation and relationship with. I love that aspect.

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I’m really excited to officially become partners with this company because I genuinely believe wholeheartedly in their psychology-based program and mission. You can start this journey with me and join their proven-lasting program right now with their two week trial*.

Noom – It’s a smarter way to lose weight!

*After the trial, it is $149 for a six month subscription. Which is less than $1/day!

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own!)

Arctic Cool Gear

I am SO ready for my boys to make their debut soon.. I’m ready to see their sweet faces but I’m also SO ready to have my body back! I’ve already started stocking up on my favorite workout gear through Arctic Cool Gear – They released some new items that are SO comfortable and really cute!

Being big into health and fitness, I’ve tried all different kinds of brands and always struggled with overheating and sticking from sweating – All of these create an uncomfortable exercising experience that would stop me from wanting to continue..

I’ve never had that with Arctic Cool (Which is why I’m 5 pieces of clothing deep 😉 ).. With their HydroFreeze X technology, their revolutionary fabric wicks moisture away while lowering body temperature.. Yeah, it literally uses your own sweat to cool you down and it feels amazing!

Their new releases are SO cute and still incredibly comfortable.. I may be rocking my new tank top already, which only covers half of my belly but it’s just too soft and I am sweating constantly right now.. haha!

 

Once my boys decide to grace us with their arrival I’ll be so ready to get back on the exercise wagon (Once I heal, of course..) and I’m so happy to have all of my Arctic Cool gear along for the challenge!

Check out their new arrivals for exercise or just everyday comfort wear!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Mantra Monday – Paleo Eating

It’s that time of year for New Year, New Me mantras, and I’m all for it! Always try and be the best versions of yourself! It’ll make for a healthier and happier you! When I talk to friend’s who are trying to revamp their life with better eating habits and more exercise I always get asked, “Why Paleo? What is Paleo? Isn’t that a fad diet?”.

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That’s what a lot of people think when they hear Paleolithic, just that it’s the same old diet that everyone fails and never likes. Well I’m here to help those of you who may believes those ideals!

Paleo eating is incredible. I’ve been paleo for 4 years now and I couldn’t imagine going back! The Paleo (Or Caveman) diet isn’t really even a diet. It’s a lifestyle. A change of your thoughts on food and living. It promotes the caveman experience – Living active lifestyles and eating whole, natural, REAL food.

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The Cavemen didn’t have processed foods (obviously) but just what God supplied for them. Meats, vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. etc. And in the beginning I know how hard it is to cut out everything and imagine how to go from everything you’re accustomed to making/eating to going down to the basics but it’s doable and it works!fruits-market-colors.jpg

 

Processed foods can be very detrimental to your health in the long run which it’s why it’s best to embrace the paleo lifestyle because eventually all of the bad ingredients in foods nowadays will catch up to you and can cause some issues. Of course there are times where we indulge and enjoy some delicious pizza, pasta or drinks (Outside the paleo allowed red wine) but it’s better than the alternative of eating bad all the time with a few healthy foods sprinkled in every now and then.

Our children even eat predominantly paleo because obviously we want to promote this healthy lifestyle to them and show them that you don’t need fast food to get delicious tasting meals. It begins with us as adults to make the change for us to make a difference to the future generations.

So.. My manta this week is New Year, New You – Try Paleo! . It can make a huge difference in your life and your families, especially down the road.

Have any questions about paleo? I would love to help! Just ask 🙂

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Hey y’all. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately! Been busy with getting ready for our trip to Louisiana! Hudson and I fly out Friday and I’ve been scrambling to get everything ready!

This last weekend I ate a little gluten because of a party I went to and Mother’s Day! I definitely paid for it, I’m JUST feeling better.. It’s so important, even if you’re stressed, to take care of yourself. It’s keeps your energy levels high and improves your overall mood!! I don’t feel yucky now because I’ve been eating whole foods, drinking tons of water and exercising! It makes a huge difference.. Not only do I feel confident because I like how I look but I also feel GREAT. So eat your whole foods, folks! Drink tons of water and GET UP! Be active! Even if it’s chores around the house or just a little walk! ❤

Ungrip Your Phone

I take my phone to the gym with me to use my favorite timer for my Tabata workouts and for the longest time would just place it on the floor which grossed me out! But since getting these Ungrips I have been able to slip them on my finger and keep a better eye on the time I have left.

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I got three so my Husband and step-daughter could have one as well and they love them! They both game on their phones and comment that the grip is really convenient for the landscape orientation!

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My favorite use for it though would be taking my photos. There are so many times where I switch between holding my phone horizontally and vertically to get different camera angles and my phone slips out of my hand due to my slick case. I haven’t done this at ALL since getting my Ungrip.

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Me taking a photo of my FIRST LuLaRoe piece of clothing – Using my Ungrip!

It’s handy as a mother who can slip this on her finger without having to worrying about it falling when carrying around her VERY heavy boy who wants Momma 24/7 😉 It’s just 3M VHB tape that adheres to most surfaces and leaves no residues when removed and it’s a VERY strong hold!

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We will not be removing these anytime soon as I can’t imagine not slipping my finger through this every time I pick up my phone! It’s a comfort now 😉

 

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Purely Inspired Smoothies

I have four wonderful Purely Inspired smoothies that I love to make for my family that I’d love to share with you! Let me know what you thought! Smoothie Recipes Video


Berry Burst Smoothie

Handful of Strawberries

Handful of Frozen Raspberries

1 Banana

1/2 Cup Water (or Almond/Coconut milk)

1 Scoop of Purely Inspired Organic Greens Mix

This smoothie is perfect for kids and early mornings! It’s super sweet and the Organic Greens Mix has a ton of vitamins in it for a healthy dose of energy!


Apple Crisp Smoothie

2 Bananas

1/2 Cup Applesauce

2 1/2 Tbsp Purely Inspired Powdered Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Water

1 tsp Cinnamon

The kids LOVE this smoothie! They always ask for extra peanut butter 😉 But it’s refreshing, healthy and cool for those warm days!


Vanilla Post-Workout Protein Shake

1/2 Cup water (Or Almond/Coconut milk)

1 Banana

1 1/2 Tbsp Purely Inspired Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Scoop Purely Inspired Vanilla Protein

By far my favorite protein drink post-workout! I love the peanut butter and banana together.. It’s so creamy and the protein is so delicious!


Chocolate Post-Workout Protein Shake

1/2 Cup Water (Or almond/coconut milk)

1 Banana

1 Scoop Purely Inspired Chocolate Protein

I love this one as simple as this.. The banana and chocolate together are delicious!! I’m sure some of that powdered peanut butter would be delicious too if the craving strikes you.. (Maybe tastes like a Tag-A-Long?!)


I LOVE Purely Inspired products – If you have any questions or comments please let me know and I’d love to help answer!

Workout Routine Roulette

I find it incredibly important to switch up your workouts. Not just, “What do I want to work on today?” but different routines! It makes it easier to follow through when you don’t know what’s coming next and so it doesn’t become monotonous.

For the longest time I’d do random YouTube videos over and over and over… Eventually I found myself thinking about the one move I HATE the most (Burpees -_-) and ended up not having the motivation to even START the workout because I was dreading ONE 45 second move in a long list of workouts..

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That’s when I realized I needed to do the “Workout Routine Roulette”, where I change it up constantly. I have my own routine, some YouTube videos (that I have memorized :p), Way of Gray workouts and more!

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I haven’t worked out for awhile because I forgot about my WRR – So I decided to get up and try Way of Gray again today for the first time in awhile. And I feel AMAZING. I mixed it up by doing some of my moves and some of hers which left me feeling reinvigorated and re-motivated!

Stuck in a workout rut? Switch it up, try something new, buy new workout clothes – Whatever it takes to help you get that motivation back and eventually it’s not even a “need motivation” thing, it literally becomes a habit.

xoxox