Minding Your Own Business.

Some moments my heart is so full of thankfulness that I get to be home and take care of my twins while they are small.  I had always wanted to be a stay at home mom, I thought, until I worked my behind off to get a BSN and then worked on my nursing skills for almost 8 years.  Not every moment do I remember to be grateful.  Like all things in life, this also has it’s ups and downs.   Kind of like this morning when Levi whined for a full 45 minutes until I had breakfast ready.  🙂
But today when he woke up from his nap and played quietly (Isaiah was still sleeping) my heart was so full.

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A post workout shake while I watch my baby play

I did NOT want to workout today but I reminded myself of the “Never miss a Monday” mentality.  I have been here before.  I don’t get enough sleep the night before and I am tired.  The best decision seems to be to just lay around.  WRONGO!  I’ve tried both routes and only one is the correct option!  Workout and get your butt in bed earlier!  Though life does happen and if you have complicated unforeseeable circumstances that repeatedly take time from your sleep, get some sleep.  Once things settle in your life you can get back to your exercise routine.  It’s not going anywhere.  Be at your best for your family.  Try and find some balance.

Speaking of balance, I am really trying super hard to get in some devotional time.  We are smothered by the worlds definition of success and it is not God’s.  What is God’s definition of success?  I couldn’t begin to touch on that one.  I have not been in the Word nearly as much as I should lately.  I’ve read plenty of devotionals but I think I miss out just a little on what God has to tell me straight from His Word sometimes.  Today I read in 1 Thessalonians chapters 4 & 5.  These two verses stood out to me most.

4:11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

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5: 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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Are you building up or tearing down?

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This can be a tough one…

There is so much I could say about these chapters but the dishes need done and the kids need attention.  I think these speak for themselves.  The point is that I went into my devotional time with a restlessness and after some time on my knees and in the scriptures I felt a peace.  A peace I so desperately needed.  It is attainable if you just lay your heart, fears, hopes, and concerns at His feet.  Say Jesus I believe you died for my sin, ask forgiveness, and strive to do better each day.   So finally after I had found some peace I squeezed in a workout and shower.  Max Cardio Challenge from Insanity Max:30

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This is my “hooray for the cool down” face

  I was pretty excited to finally hit the end of my 30 minutes workout.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to workout!  But after some Jesus time, a great workout followed by a real “I actually got to shave today” shower, I was on Cloud 9 for awhile.   🙂    Hence the my heart is so full and thankful intro.

Have a beautiful week!  I’ll leave you with a recipe to check out.  All the rage in my somewhat small circle but overnight oats are pretty great.  I love an easy fast breakfast!

http://thelemonbowl.com/2012/09/overnight-refrigerator-steel-cut-oats.html

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Overnight Steel Cut Oats

 

I came across and tried a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough version today.  Oh My….

http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/20/make-ahead-steel-cut-oatmeal-4-new-oatmeal-recipes/

 

My Beachbody Transformation

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My fitness journey started in 2013 when I was struggling to get pregnant.  I had always struggled with my weight and had just found out I had PCOS.  Around that time I was on Facebook and a friend posted a picture of the ab definition she was getting from TurboFire so I thought I’d give it a try.  I somehow came across an amazing team of people that helped keep me motivated and I went on to do Insanity and Asylum and had amazing results… and then I found out I was pregnant.  WITH TWINS!  

I had an incredibly difficult pregnancy.  After 6 weeks on hospital bedrest, our twin boys were born 6 weeks early weighing 4 and 1/2 pounds each.  We took them home after only 10 days but they required all of my focus and time.  I was on the floor playing with them at 5 months postpartum and realized I could barely get off the floor.  I had gained 70 pounds with my pregnancy and at that point I realized I HAD to start working on me. 

After recovering from a blood clot I was finally cleared for exercise and did a round of T25.  I didn’t cut calories because I was exclusively breastfeeding so I lost very little weight.  I did however gain back some much needed muscle.  I felt some confidence to start Insanity and completed month one when the boys started teething and we all basically stopped sleeping.  Haha.  I decided to focus on my nutrition so with Shakeology and clean eating I slowly started to shed some weight.  By the time the kids were one I was able to wean and really clean up my eating habits and focus on getting back in shape.  As of today I have lost 60 pounds from my heaviest!  I am seeing some ab definition and I now fit back into almost all my pre-pregnancy jeans.  I started Insanity Max:30 and still have much to learn about nutrition and will continue to improve myself daily.  Feel free to share my story if it can encourage someone to believe that they can do the same!  The key is to be consistent, and you can reach your goals!  Thanks for taking time to read my story.  🙂