July 30th, 2014

She's here!

Our sweet Julia arrived on Monday, July 28th at 6:25pm!

Baby sleepy smile

Baby day 2

Baby meets big sister

Everything went smoothly! We came home this morning and are settling in as a family of four.  More details soon!

July 28th, 2014

Trying to make a change? Why Knowledge isn't enough

Good morning! (And nope- no baby yet.) :)

Instead, I’m sharing a post I wrote for my monthly newsletter.  I don’t usually share those articles here, but I received a lot of emails and feedback and thought some of you may benefit from this discussion as well.

Have you ever felt like you know what you need to change but can’t make it happen on your own?

If only change were easier.  Since most of us have a general idea of what we should do to be healthier, why do we struggle so much to make it happen?

5 Reasons why knowledge is not enough to make a lifestyle change

SELF-SABOTAGE:

Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about what we should do or obsessing over our food or exercise choices that it begins to feel impossible.  We deliberately go after the ice cream (or couch) instead.  Because why bother? Change is never going to happen.

WEEKENDS:

It’s normal to struggle with weekends.  You can feel on track all week but as soon as Friday night hits, forget it.  Then some women spend all of Sunday night and Monday beating themselves up for losing control.

The weekends aren’t necessarily the problem.  It’s the negative self talk that is.  If you think you failed, you have.

MIND and BODY CONNECTION:

Instead, if you see your indulgences or “failures” as normal and even as a healthy part of an overall balanced diet, you can continue to move forward.  Telling yourself that you’re on the right track encourages you to behave like you are.

Check in with your self-talk… are you hurting or helping your healthy living journey? I’ve found that this is one of the most important components of health coaching that can move you toward a change that lasts.

What you think about, you bring about.

 

EXPECTING PERFECTION:

You may be able to hold together the perfect plan for the short term, but it’s rarely sustainable.  Let go of perfection and find a balance that you can live with (unless there are severe gut issues or food intolerances, of course.)

ACCOUNTABILITY:

When sustainable change is not happening for you, consider additional accountability through a workout group, healthy living buddy or a health coach.  The power of having someone in your corner providing guidance and encouragement can get you where you know you want to go.

Speaking of accountability, many of you have asked about the next Reset or Detox program.  I have another 21 day whole foods challenge set up for September with an emphasis on learning about metabolism (especially the worst offending foods). 

More info will be coming in a few weeks, and it will first be announced in my newsletter.  If you’re not yet receiving it, you can join us here.

Do you ever struggle with self-sabotage or negative self talk?

What are your tricks for staying motivated on your healthy living journey?

July 27th, 2014

39 Weeks workout update + Meal Plan Link Up

Thanks for your support and suggestions on the baby wait. It’s not easy!

After a few false alarms this week with cramping and mild contractions, I’m prepared to go on time or late and am going to stop holding my breath and reading into every little symptom!

My energy is definitely lower this week, partly [...]

July 25th, 2014

The baby wait update

Today marks 39 weeks! Since my daughter was born at 38 and a half, this is officially the longest I’ve ever been pregnant.

To be honest, I was definitely hoping for a 38.5 week baby again but this little one seems pretty comfy in there. I didn’t get to the “waiting” stage at all [...]

July 23rd, 2014

My Favorite Fermented Food Recipes: Sauerkraut and Sourdough

Hi friends,

About two weeks ago, I shared 4 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods and got a lot of great feedback from you all. It’s one of those nutrition pieces that our great-grandparents got right without even realizing it… like eating dandelion greens, making homemade bone broth, eating animals and vegetables they raised themselves… anyway.

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July 21st, 2014

How often do you rest?

As I slow down these last few weeks, I am appreciating and remembering the importance of rest. I wrote this two years ago and may be recycling a few oldies but goodies these next few weeks depending when the baby comes and how much time I have to blog.

How often do you rest?

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July 20th, 2014

38 weeks workouts + meal planning link up

How’s your weekend going?

We’ve been busy with house projects… more baby organizing (thought I was done but there is always more!), some yard work (not me), sourdough bread making, playground and pool time. It’s really nice to have nothing on the calendar these days! Although I’m trying not to let my mind wonder to [...]

July 18th, 2014

Nursery Peek

Hey, it’s Friday!

At the risk of overdoing the baby posts, I’m indulging those of you who asked for nursery pictures.

I need to preface this by saying I have no interior decorating skills whatsoever. Our goal was a simple, gender neutral nursery and we used the quilt I made for L as the color [...]

July 16th, 2014

Easy Summer Dessert: Baked Apples on the Grill

As we were grilling one evening last week, we looked around the kitchen for a dessert idea. We had a number of apples to use up but I assumed they’d turn to mush on the grill.

I found a poached pear recipe that was done over indirect heat on the grill and thought, why not [...]

July 14th, 2014

37 Weeks Pregnant Update + Guess the Due Date

Somehow my last “official” pregnancy update was from 34 weeks. How did three more weeks just fly by?!

If you’ve been following my workout updates on Sundays, you saw that I manged to get in some decent runs, spin classes and weight circuits in weeks 35 and 36. Last week was [...]

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