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Friday Fitness: Finding a Healthy Balance

January 23, 2015 in Fitness / Uncategorized

I love when Trista stops by the blog to give us some health and wellness inspiration! Here’s her thoughts today:

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Fitness is a very important part of a happy and healthy life. But is it the be-all end- all? I submit that it is not! (gasp!)

Now don’t get me wrong, there is a huge sense of satisfaction that comes from working your butt off whether it be running, lifting, etc etc. That feeling you just can’t replicate anywhere else. It’s a high. You can truly feel the endorphins rushing your body, and you feel invincible!

However, what I think is a bigger, more important trial to conquer is that of a true healthy balance. If you mama’s are anything like me (and I’m seeing more and more that you are), there are times when I can’t remember the last time I stepped foot in the gym to work out! In fact, to be 100% honest… I had a new years resolution to train and compete in my second fitness contest, and I have already thrown in the towel. I had a big moment where I felt like I was failing by not fulfilling that goal, but after a LOT of thought, tears, and stress I finally came to the conclusion that there is a time and season in all things. I LOVED the first time I competed, and I would love to do it again. But, there are so many other things that are pulling my attention that quite frankly are so much more important than this contest. Realizing that and allowing myself to let go was so liberating, and THAT is true health and wellness.

Now being a mom of just one, I haven’t quite mastered the art of balance simply because I lack experience. But my hope is to think big picture, and find a healthy balance in my life. Like I said, working out is still a passion of mine. And I miss the days when I could spend hours in the gym without a thought of how it affected anyone else. Lets face it, we can’t do that. We have other people that are counting on us. Some of us are working moms, others are stay at home moms, but either way we are all moms and that is a job that you don’t get to clock in and out from. But how lucky are we that we get to be moms. We get these perfect, messy, loud and at times irritating little humans that we would sacrifice anything for. We just have to remember that through that, not to sacrifice balance in our own life. We need to stay sane for these people that count on us. However you define sanity… whether that’s reading a book, taking a bath, planning meals, cleaning, going to the gym, or taking a nap. These babes look to us as examples of how to love, live and to love how we live. What an amazing calling and blessing that is.

I recently read this article given back in December of 2011 and what really impressed me was the idea to put God, or the things you value most at the top of your priority list and the rest will either fall out of our life, or fall into place. What a simple, yet profound key to living a healthy and balanced life. I hope y’all find that as insightful as I did, and have an amazingly healthy and balanced weekend!! 

Friday Fitness: Motivation

December 5, 2014 in Fitness

Trista is seriously the bomb.com and full of motivation! Check out her Friday Fitness post below. She is beautiful from the inside out!

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“This time of year is my favorite! We just had Thanksgiving (yum!!), Christmas is in a few weeks, and then… boom! It’s the New Year! Where did the time go?

Have you ever looked back over your year and wondered why you didn’t accomplish more with your time? I do. All the time. I look back to my previous resolutions and see that I wanted to weigh a specific amount, journal much more frequently, keep in touch with family and friends better, and the list goes on. Now at the close of my year, I’m left wondering… what did I do with my time???

Oh… that’s right… I changed thousands of diapers, fed hundreds of bottles, cleaned countless spit ups, loads of laundry, grocery trips, set budgets, revised budgets,lunch dates, play dates, hubby dates, trips to see family, moved to a new state, started over, became a working mom, celebrated Davis’ first birthday, and a million other things in between.

So in between all the things we have to do, how do we do the things we want to do for just us? It boils down to setting goals and the inspiration or motivation behind the goal. It’s what your heart feels that keeps you going. Is it to look good on that family vacation in the summer and finally stick it to your always-skinnier-than-you sister? Or is it for you? 100% you.

That’s seriously tricky isn’t it? Can’t it be both?

I say a healthy dose of competition is a great thing. Problem being, generally as a whole, we tend to over do it. We compare ourselves to these stick figure models, or people around us that are SO not in the same circumstances as we are. I kind of touched on this in my last post, but seriously. We do this all the time. And if we really knew what we were doing not only to ourselves emotionally, but to our children and those around us, we would be so much less inclined to do it.

So I have a challenge for you!!

Just because the New Year isn’t here yet, doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about these goals now. Or even start implementing them. And even revising them. So, I challenge you to set realistic goals for yourself. I challenge you to:

* Pick 2 things that you are going to improve over the next week, month or 12 months… and I dare you to make one of them something physical.

* Make sure they are goals that are contingent on your performance alone, rather than someone else’s.

* Set simple and realistic expectations, but have purpose and passion behind these goals. For example, my husband set the goal to run 10 miles over the course of this year. Simple and realistic for him.

* Make a game plan for how you are going to set this goal into action. Set aside time before kids wake up, after they go to bed, while they are napping, eating or whatever. There is time; we just need to get creative!

* Communicate it with your family so they know how they can support you. This is huge!! Let them support you. They might not want to help with the extra chores now, but later in life they will understand.

* And lastly, be accountable. This is why it’s so important to set goals contingent on your performance alone. So you can stay accountable for your own performance, not someone else’s. Hiccups will happen, that’s part of life. So part of being accountable is then dealing with that hiccup and still finding time to accomplish your goal.

Just so you know I am practicing what I preach, I will post my 2 goals. I am still working on the game plans, but these are my two big focuses:

1. Continue to date my husband.

2. Prepare for my second fitness contest.

Goals bring about success, and success is not won easily. It takes work, and time. So stay consistent. Be persistent, and don’t give up now because it’s hard. You can do this, and when you do, be so happy and grateful that you worked your butt off!

So now you know my goals, what are yours? Let’s help keep each other accountable and motivated to change!”

SIDE NOTE: Speaking of motivation, today is the day where you can work out for FREE! Head over to Stroller Strides this morning for The Mamahood’s FREE workout class where you can bring your babes and if you want to sign up registration is FREE too!!! Every first Friday of the month peeps, no excuses;) Here’s the deets:

Where: South Town Mall in Sandy, Utah

When: EVERY First Friday of the month at 9AM

Cost: FREE, and if you love it and want to go to more classes tell them The Mamahood sent you and your registration fee will be waived.

*Also there is a playgroup afterwards! Enjoy:)

XO,

Aubrey

Friday: Fitness

November 14, 2014 in Fitness

We are so excited to introduce a new series to the blog of Fitness, Food, and Fashion on Fridays!

Meet Trista! She is a 26 year-old wife, mother to a 13 month old boy, and fitness fanatic residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We were able to ask her a few questions about herself to get to know her more. Aren’t her and her babe to die for?

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Have you always been active and passionate about fitness?

Growing up I would say we were an active family, but as the years have gone on, I have really found different niches in the active realm that I REALLY enjoy! Over the past 5 years I have done a few half marathons, 2 marathons, 1 triathlon and 1 bikini fitness contest. I love exploring new avenues to strengthen my body and mind.

So what changed 5 years ago that flipped a switch in your mind?

Well, honestly it was a number of things, but one of the biggest was watching my mom. She is the mother of 5 awesome kids, and ALWAYS put us as her top priority as many moms do. Almost 4 years ago, she decided to make the drastic and heroic change to get her life back and loose the weight that had been holding her back. It took her less than a year to loose 67 pounds, 30.5 inches and 20% body fat! I will post more about her story next time because seriously it’s incredible! But she really motivated me to find my inner fitness geek. So I did!

What is the one thing you have learned the most about physical fitness and overall wellbeing?

I would have to say the one thing I’ve learned the most about physical fitness and overall wellbeing, is that it is so far from just a physical action. It really takes a LOT mentally and emotionally. Especially if you have to leave your little ones at home or in day care to get to the gym. It is tough! But, you go in there anyways and commit to yourself that you are worth it. You are worth enough to sacrifice a few hours a week, because ultimately it will add years to your life! And not only will it do that, but you are then setting a strong example for your kids to follow, and will inspire them to take care of themselves and find their passions in life too, just as my mom did for me.

How has physical fitness changed for you as a mom?

As a new mom, I find that there are so many avenues to get discouraged or compare myself to other moms that look to me like they have it all together. I wonder what is wrong with me? Why can’t I look that good right after having a baby (dang thighs and butt!)? Or why can’t I seem to stay motivated enough to workout? Or eat cleaner? Or look cuter? Or have a clean house?…etc etc. Whatever the comparison may be (those are mine generally….oops…), enough! We are so much stronger than we think we are. We have these adorable humans, which although at times test us in ways we never thought possible, are the best thing to happen to us. We have that in our lives and we are so much better off for it! So who cares if you don’t have a tight butt, or skinny legs like that girl running 20 mph on the treadmill. She doesn’t have your angels!!

What advice would you give to other mamas? 

I’m a firm believer in doing what you can, and letting it be enough. Say all you did today was watch your home go from messy to messier as kids threw food in the kitchen, peed on the floor, refused to wear clothes, and cried all day long. Did you fail? No! Are you wanting to workout now? HA! Probably not… but do what you can. Do a few lunges as your picking up toys. Squeeze your butt as you squat down to clean the pee of the floor. Do a plank while your kids climb on top of you. No need to stress. Let it just be, and enjoy the moments!

We are so excited to have Trista aboard and the posts she will be contributing to our blog!

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