Tuesday, July 28, 2015

21 Day Fix Results

It's Sunday, July 26 and today is the end of my 21 Day Fix journey.  For twenty-one days, I worked out almost every.single.day. and followed the eating plan the best I could- granted the spur of the moment camping trip #havetohavesmores, made it a bit challenging... But I stuck to it 85% of the time.
So here are the results:
I lost 5 lbs and 5 inches and gained 1/2 inch in my bicep.  (Remember, this is my second round using the eating plan... I've lost a total of 9 lbs now)
Am I happy with my results?
 Heck Ya!! 
I am the most impressed with losing two inches in my bust area- just in time to head to Cali to wear my new bathing suits :)

After doing T25 for 10 weeks and then doing 21 Day Fix for three weels, I feel as if this program targeted my "not so toned" areas- inner thighs, bust, upper arms and love handles.  These areas are SO MUCH MORE sculpted- like... I can't even get over it!  Needless to say, I'm thrilled with how my body transformed in just three weeks!!

Because I'm proof this program, along with T25, gets you in shape and teaches you how to eat healthy, I decided I wanted to help others achieve the same results and I am now a Beachbody Coach!   #wooohooo

I am beyond excited to help and encourage others, including you mamas,  establish a happy and healthy lifestyle for you and your family!!    

More about my Beachbody story later, I have to make sure I packed EVERYTHING!!  Watch out Cali, the Nikola Crew is comin' for ya!  #iamanervouswreck 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mommyhood- One heck of a ride

Motherhood is HARD.

I was reminded of that two days ago to the point that it made me doubt myself as a mommy.

Here's how it went down...

My day consisted of Sophia not only painting beautiful pictures, but the kitchen chair, table cloth, her hair, and big toe.  Although this really isn't a big deal, it was the fact that I asked her not to do it annnnnd she did anyway <-- questioning my parenting by 10:01 AM


As her and B were painting, I was getting lunches ready to head to the park.  It took me almost two hours to make lunches, get them together, myself together and leave the house.  <- Thinking I'm not even capable of getting out of the house.  Ohh.. and Sophia peed in her brand new bathing suit before we left!!


We got to the park and had a great time.  When it was time to go, both kids had mini-meltdowns because they didn't want to go.  I already knew this would happen so it didn't bother me. #strongmommymomenthere.  Thank goodness The Hubs met us there for lunch so he was able to handle Sophia while I tackled B #notliterally

Then it was off to Kohl's... It was also naptime.

I KNOW!!!  It wasn't the smartest idea buuuutt if your in the area, need bathing suits and actually have the 30% off coupon, it's worth a shot, right? #illthinkthatovernextime

Again, I was mentally preparing myself for Sophia to ask for a "Barbie"... She associates Kohl's with Barbie because I bought her one a while ago #girlknowsherstores

What was suppose to be a quick trip to the bathing suit section for both The Hubs and I turned into a trip around the store with Sophia pushing her own cart,  knocking into displays, throwing anything Frozen or blingy (she spotted a really cute LC necklace.. #accessoryloverlikehermama) into the cart...
The icing on the cake- Sophia screaming, throwing a tantrum when I told her she wasn't getting anything... Where was The Hubs?  Of course on the other side of the store, so all the stares from the older women were directed right at me. <- Am I doing the right thing by saying "no"?

Ohh.. and she peed herself AGAIN while in toy section.


During the ride home, I had about 100 things whirling through my head, "What did I do wrong? Why did those ladies need to give me "a look"?  Why can't she just pee on the toilet?  Did I brush my teeth today?"

I called my mama and in mid conversation, I just started balling, telling her I'm not a good parent... Bless my mama, she laughed and said, "Heather, you're one of the best parents I've ever seen and I'm not just saying that because you're my daughter."  #ilearnedfromyoumama

Then my dear friend Deb beeped in and after telling her about my day, I started balling, again!! #thankyouhormones.

She again reassured me that I wasn't a"bad parent" and said, "Heather, you mean you're a human... We've all been there.. Yea it's not fun but you should never doubt yourself as a parent."

She's right.

We are human, we can only handle so much before we break.  A good cry can make things better, don't be afraid, let those tears flow!   Or call another mama, she too is human and we 'get it'. #itsamamathing

It's not always fun.  Mommyhood can be like a rollercoaster.  We will have our unbelievably, breathtaking moments, and then the nauseating, I just want to get off this ride moments.   But, it too shall pass. #mymantra

Never doubt yourself as a mama.  Although it's much easier said than done, you should never be too hard on yourself or doubt your parenting abilities.  There's no written manual on how to be the perfect mom or how to raise the "always" obedient child #nonexistent. We just need to learn from our mistakes, start over each day and count our blessings. #deepbreathstoo

After sharing this roller coaster of a day via IG and FB, I had other mommies comment that they too feel my pain... "I've been having a lot of these days lately... "It's nice to know I'm not alone..."

I felt a sense of relief but also joy because I know I reassured those mamas that it's not them... It's just the roller coaster of mommyhood.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Beauty Product {Fiber Lash+)

Mamas!  Remember a while back I became a Younique Makeup Presenter (you can refresh your memory here)?  Younqiue is known for its best selling product, 3D Fiber Lash Mascara along with its high quality cosmetics, made right here in the USA!!

Checkout my right lashes compared to my left!!   #thatstheyouniqueeffect

The look of false lashes in just three simple steps!  You can watch my video demonstration here. #igiveyoupermissiontolaugh

You can create a more dramatic look by applying more coats of the mascara.   

Here is a before and after "dolled-up" picture when I was quite the blonde bombshell. #blondehairdontcare

Now, I wanted to inform you mamas that Younique created a new and improved Fiber Lash+ Mascara.  #yayforlonglashes

It's been completely redesigned with a new application brush with a narrow tip to reach the shortest lashes on the inner corner of the eye. Its comb-like, regularly spaced bristles help separate and define without clumps for an even and consistent application- Yay!!
Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ is now enhanced with Younique's Uplift serum which means your lashes are now moisturized and conditioned!
Lastly, Fiber Lashes+ will increase your average lash volume by up to 400%!

I created a special link (below) for my Diamond mamas to purchase this latest beauty craze!  For only $29 you can achieve a professional makeup artist look while wearing your yoga pants, changing diapers ;)

Believe me,  I know it can be difficult to put ourselves FIRST and to think we have "time" to doll ourselves up! But, there are days when the kids will cooperate, they will take naps at the SAME TIME and you will have five minutes in between the baseball game and birthday party-  So why not concentrate on YOU and put a little sparkle in your eye?  #Ipromiseyoullsmile

If you want to invest in this product, click the link below.  Be sure to take a selfie sporting your new, gorgeous lashes and hashtag it #youniquediamondbeauty.

Get'em here mamas!!  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

21 Day Fix {Before Pictures}


I took about 100 before pictures and I ended up with these.

Don't mind Lincoln catching up on some Zzzs #adogslife.

These before pictures were taken on 7/5/15.

Yes, you are seeing stretch marks #mommybattlewounds

I found this helpful printable via Pinterest where I recorded all my before measurements.  You an get yours here.

I'm on day 3 of the 21df workout + eating plan.  I'm down 3 lbs and feeling a little sore!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, (read it here) I'm a huge fan of Shaun T's high intensity, T25, so this is a bit different for me.  But, change is good, right?  After my 21df journey, I hope to get into his new dance workout, "Cize" or even Insanity Max:30!

How do you keep in shape?   Do you workout from home, head to the gym, or maybe take daily walks?  I'd love to hear how you busy mamas like to work-on your fitness!  Chasing after your kids certainly counts ;)