FabFitFun Summer 2018 Box Reveal

What a perfect package to arrive on the first day of Summer!

I’m like a kid in a candy store when my FabFitFun box arrives. I look forward to it every season. I’ve shared my Winter and Spring boxes with you all, and now here is Summers!

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As I’ve mentioned before, this box of full sized products is totally worth the price of $49.99. The total value of the Summer box is between $321-$368! You can’t beat it!

Use this link and get $10 off when you sign up.

Once you see the amazing goodies that are in these boxes, I can’t see why you wouldn’t sign up!

 

Summer & Rose Beach Towel ($55)

These oversized towels are PERFECT for a beach day. They are made from microfiber so the sand won’t stick! If you don’t go to the beach, use it for a pool day or a night of laying under the stars! The designs are adorable!

You could have also received the Yumi Kim Makeup Train Case also.

Tarte Tardiest PRO to go Palette & Sex Kitten Liquid Liner ($43)

The colors in this palette are to die for! Perfect for the summer months. The palette includes four long-wearing eyeshadows and two iridescent lusters. It also includes the waterproof black liner. So many summer looks can be created with these two products!

You could have also received the Tarte Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette.

ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel ($45)

I can’t wait to use this product during my ‘self care’ time when the kiddos go to sleep. It’s a rinse off cream that is made with exfoliating papaya, nourishing milk protein, and moisturizing vitamin E. They work together to leave your skin soft, revitalized, and radiant!

You could have also received the ORLANDO PITA PLAY Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray.

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Minor History Post Script Wallet ($20)

Tiny, cute, and perfect to take along to the beach when all you need to do is bring along your credit card and ID. It includes an adorable wrist strap, so you can take it wherever you go. If you’re on vacation, it’s perfect to keep your hotel key in to help keep it from getting lost!

You could have also received the Maji Sports Loop Resistance Band or the Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator.

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ERTH TU Y YO Ring ($55)

It’s a 14k gold-plated ring that features two naturally cultured freshwater pearls! It’s an adorable, modern design that I can’t wait to put together with some summer outfits.

You could have also received the Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar or the Aromatherapy De-Stress Muscle Gel.

COOLA Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer ($32)

You can never go wrong with sunscreen. It doubles as a moisturizer, is water-resistant, and can last up to 80 minutes! It’s made with 70% organic ingredients, so you can be worry free in the sun. This will be going in my beach bag during vacation.

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Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish ($14.99)

Love, love, love! This adorable marble design with golden trim is perfect to keep my rings on. I’m going to leave this one by the sink so I can remove my rings and safely put them somewhere while I do the dishes. It’ll totally glam up my home.

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FOREO LUNA fofo ($89)

THIS YOU GUYS. If technology hasn’t just stepped their game up! This little device is powered by Bluetooth technology and advanced skin sensors to create a totally personalized profile. It’s also sent straight to your phone on the newly launched FOREO LUNA App.

So freaking cool.

It has skin sensor technology, measures 1,000 units per second to assess hydration levels, made of ultra-hygienic silicone, is quick drying and non-porous (which prevents bacteria build-up), has t-sonic vibrations, and has 8,000 pulsations per minute for deep effective cleansing.

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This is going to be a fun box for the upcoming summer months.

Be sure to check back in a few weeks for my review on each product!

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2018 Spring FabFitFun Unboxing

Hey loves. It’s that time of year again where FabFitFun is sending out their seasonal boxes. I finally received mine on Saturday after it being delayed due to our snow storm. So, as I did last season, I want to share the unboxing with you! If you are not familiar with the FabFitFun box, it’s a seasonal mail subscription. It includes multiple products just for you. From fitness to beauty and more. You take a simple survey in the beginning to help guide them with picking the perfect items for your box. You can choose ‘add ons’ for your box and even decide between a few items you want put in your box for that season. Check out more here! This is my second unboxing that I’ve shared on my blog. Click here to check out my winter unboxing.

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When I received my 2018 Spring box, they did not fail to provide me with the most perfect items. This is the first box subscription where I honestly use every single product I receive. Did I mention all the products are full size also? No trial sizes here! I absolutely love it. It’s like my own special mom treat I do for myself each season. A mini Christmas four times a year.

Check out and follow my instagram for updates on how I like all the products!

Okay! Let’s get into the products. I received ten products in this box. Two of them I could choose what product I wanted from two different choices. This entire box was valued between $347-$354.99! All for only 49.99! Plus, here’s a code to get your first box $10 off.

Products:

Physique Massage Roller. This roller is wonderful! I’ve already used it on myself and my husband. We both approve. It’s great for sore, achy muscles. It can improve flexibility, break up scar tissue, and keep achy muscles at rest. Just 5-10 minutes a day is all you need! This product was valued at $20.

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Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. I’ve already used this product since my skin has been feeling so dry. Of course, I love it! This moisturizer is oil free and super light. It provides hydration to you skin and even helps moisturize acne-prone skin to help it stay smooth and healthy. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, soothes redness and irritation, and refines texture. This product is valued at $40.

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Anderson Lilley Sunset Collection Candle. I received the Super Bloom scent. Smells amazing! It’s made with a hand poured coconut blend and has a leak free cotton wick. It’s in an adorable copper colored vessel. Stylish and smells great! This product is valued at $45.

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ISH Lip Statement Palette. I just started getting into wearing lip color and these colors are gorgeous! I am really excited to try them. This palette includes 11 pigmented shades and one balm that will give your lips a beautiful colored pop! They are enriched with rose extract, she’s butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and aloe vera. You can also mix and match them! This product is valued at $42.

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Maya Brenner Designs “Love” Bracelet. This is such an adorable bracelet! I love the simplicity of it, and it’s just enough to pair with any outfit. This product is valued at $65.

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Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyes Travel Eye Mask. I used this mask last night and loved it! It’s a vegan leather eye mask that includes a removable non-toxic cooling insert. My eyes felt very refreshed! The elastic strip is adjustable to fit anyone comfortably. This product is valued at $40.

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KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask – Set of 5. This lip mask is used to plump and hydrate your lips. They are infused with collagen, rose flower oil, cherry extract, and vitamin E. It is a gel textured treatment to make your lips look nice and fabulous. This product is valued at $25.

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Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler. This product is used to conceal nail imperfections with a beautiful natural pink hue. It treats your nails with protein, vitamins, and moisture to keep them healthy, glossy, and smooth. This product is valued at $18.

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Dove Exfoliating Body Polish. I love anything Dove. My entire family uses it. This body polish removes dull, dry skin from the surface and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. It’s created with 1/4 moisturizing cream, so it smooths your skin while exfoliating. I’m very excited to give it a try and add it to my nightly routine!

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Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch. I received the Paradise clutch and it’s perfect for my style. The bright mint color is a great spring color and with it being reversible, it’s two clutches in one. I’ll take it! I’m excited to pair this accessory with spring outfits. This product is valued at $60.

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I highly recommend this box. They never fail to amaze me with their products each season. Go give it a try!

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Mommy and Me Exercises That Any Mom Can Achieve

I always try to fit a workout in at home during the day while I am home with my daughter and my son is at preschool. When she was younger, it was a little easier. She’d take her nap and I’d get my workout done then. Now that she’s older and all over the place, it can make it a little more challenging. For some reason, my daughter decides she wants to love all over me as soon I start my workout. She crawls on me, tries to give me kisses and hugs me. I can’t ever pass that down. So, I decided to incorporate her into my workout routines. My little petite sixteen-pound toddler is the perfect size for some added weight! Plus, it gives me that extra burn and I don’t have to miss out on any love she’s trying to give mama.

All of these exercises are super simple, any mama can accomplish them! Whether you do one set of ten or three sets, anything is better then nothing and you don’t have to worry about taking any time away from loving on your little ones!

Here’s some ways to try and incorporate them!

 

 

Legs and Glutes

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 Put them on your shoulders or hold them in your arms while you squat

Walk and do lunges while the little one is in your arms

Sit them on your lap while you do a one-minute wall sit

Sit them on you while you do glute bridges

Hold the baby and do side leg lifts

Lay on your back, lift your legs, and lay your baby on your calves to do leg raises

 

 

Arms

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Lie on your back and lift them in the air for a good shoulder press

Hold them under their armpits and do some bicep curls while standing

Lay them under you and give them a kiss every time you do a push up

Have them sit on your back while you do pushups for added weight

Do tricep dips while they sit on you

 

 

Abs

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Do some sitting Russian twists while holding them in your arms

Have them sit on your lower stomach during crunches

Sit them under you while you do a 30-60 second plank

Lay them on your stomach while doing leg lifts

Lay them on your legs while doing reverse crunches

 

 

Most importantlywalk walk walk!

It has so many health benefits that just walking alone can help you lose weight!

Walking for 30 minutes can burn up to 200 calories, re-energize you, improve your mood, reduce the risk of stroke, and even extend your life!

So, pop that little one in the stroller and enjoy the outdoors.

These are a perfect opportunity for a bonding moment with your babies!

Must I also mention, there’s an app called Sweatcoin that pays you to walk outside! If that doesn’t help motivate you, I don’t know what will! I’ve been using this app for about a month now, and it’s awesome! Of course, the weather hasn’t been to nice since it’s cold here on Pennsylvania so I can’t wait to put it fully to the test come spring and summer.

Check it out here.

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Healthy Snack Alternatives: My Personal Favorites

One of my biggest guilty pleasures is snacking. I couldn’t possibly get through the day with just eating three meals. When I first started my weight loss journey, my hardest challenge was letting go of the snacks. It took me a little while to get into the groove of completely changing my eating habits. I attempted to completely cut out snacks and just eat strictly three meals a day, but nope. I couldn’t do it. After researching meal plans, I decided to incorporate two to three snacks into my daily eating routine. Of course, those snacks couldn’t be chips and cookies, I wish though, so I found my own personal favorites that I wanted to share. With these extra snacks in my day, I still lost close to 50 pounds.

Biggest part of snacking is the serving size. I make sure to measure out each snack and eat the correct serving size amount. It can be as simple as buying pre-packaged 100 calorie snacks or measuring them yourself using a food scale. Either way works, you just never want to overeat a snack, because that defeats the purpose.

Quest Bars. My number one favorite. These bars fill me up long enough between meals that I’m completely satisfied. They come in so many flavors you’ll never get bored of eating them. They are packed with protein and other healthy nutrition. They also have protein cookies and chips, check them out here!

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Raw Almonds. The nutrients in almonds are so great for you! Healthy fats, Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium… the list goes on! Not only do they have great nutrients, they help manage weight, lower cholesterol, improve digestive health, and lowers the risk of heart disease. I usually buy the Blue Diamond 100 Packs for a perfect on the go snack.

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Frozen Yogurt Blueberries. These are great when I am craving some ice cream. I get some vanilla greek yogurt, dip the blueberries in it, freeze them and that’s it. Another easy on the go snack, and totally kid approved! My son will eat these up.

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Peanut Butter Protein Bites. These are my go to when I want something sweet. They have just enough chocolate to curb my cravings and get my sweet tooth under control. This is another protein packed snack that keeps me full throughout the day. Check out my no bake, five ingredient recipe here!

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Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter. Another sweet snack for me (can you tell I like sweets?). I buy the Quaker Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes, spread the serving size amount of creamy peanut butter on top and enjoy. Quick, easy, and delicious!

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Try them out and let me know what you think! What are your favorite healthy snacks? I’d love to hear!

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Weight Loss Journey: Round 2

Hey Everyone!

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In one of my first blog posts ever (check it out!), I talked about my weight loss journey and how I overcame major back surgery and lost close to 50 pounds. That was a major accomplishment for me and I pride myself every day for how far I have come since giving birth to my son in 2013.

With my second pregnancy I didn’t gain half as much and I bounced back so quickly throughout my little girls first year of life. Of course, having a toddler in the mix helped tremendously, but I was so dedicated on what I ate and how often I worked out.

But I’ve slacked off lately, bad. With all the stress of raising two kids, holidays, and planning parties I’ve gotten majorly off track. I’ve started to pile up the excuses, but not anymore.

So! Here I am again, ready to start back up this fit mom mission again. I’ve gained back close to 20 pounds since before I met my husband, and I hate it. I can feel it in my everyday activities, and sadly, the back pain has recently started back up. Luckily, it’s not even half as bad as before, but I’m not risking the chance of going through another surgery. My babies need their mama and I can’t be out of commission for a few months healing from another major surgery. So, after a hospital visit, MRI, and visiting a few specialists, I’m going to a physician on Friday to receive some back injections to help alleviate the pain and get me back on the right track.

I’m going to share a lot of my progress on my blog, including my daily workout routines, healthy meals, and what I do to keep my head on straight while trying to still raise two little ones and keep a happy home. I enjoy sharing my progress and attempting to motivate others along the way. I also have a fitness profile on Instagram, where I enjoy posting a lot of my journey (follow me of course!)

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My big motivation isn’t the scale, it’s the progress photos. Be ready to see a lot of those. I’ve come to learn that the scale is junk. Yes, seeing the numbers go down is one fantastic feeling, but feeling great in your clothes (and selfies) is even better and mama loves her selfies. As much as I enjoy cardio also, I’m going to incorporate a lot of weights into the mix. I want to feel toned and strong, not just lean and thin.

We all want to be the best mother to our kids, and this is one way I feel the most confident as a mother. My surgery happened at a really young age, which is very uncommon. I constantly have the fear that I am going to be unable to keep up with my children due to this injury, so staying in shape is a big priority for me. I’m doing this for my kids so I can run around with them at the playground and be involved in all their sporting activities. I like to show that even with the setback that I had, anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

I’m excited for round two of this journey and to be the best mama I can possibly be.

I hope you stick around for it!

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Tips To Prevent Nightly Binge Eating

Happy Sunday Ya’ll!

With a new week ahead of us, it’s time for a fresh start! I wanted to share some of my own personal tips when it comes to binge eating at night. I don’t know about you all, but during the evening is the hardest for me when it comes to wanting to munch. I do great throughout the day, but once my husband comes home from work and my kids eat dinner, they can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. I’m not so lucky. I watch my husband eat and gain the pounds. So, I started to incorporate some ways to refrain from binge eating at night. In the end, it all boils down to self-control. You need to tell your mind you don’t need those chips or those delicious chocolate chip cookies. Everyone has their own ways to refrain from overeating, but here are a few of mine that seem to work out great!

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  1. Drink Water. This is a pretty common tip. Drinking tons of water tricks your mind into thinking you are full. So, when your body tells you they want a snack, chug a glass of water. You should feel fuller and that craving will hopefully subside. Water is the best thing you could possibly drink when trying to lose weight.

 

  1. Brush Your Teeth. For me, after I brush my teeth I don’t want to eat anything. For some reason, when my teeth are clean and that minty taste is stuck in my mouth, I don’t want to get rid of it. It also curbs my hunger immensely. Plus, you can never brush your teeth too many times. It’s a win win.

 

  1. Eat When Your Kids Eat. I am the Queen of picking off my kid’s plate when they are eating dinner. If they don’t want their chicken nuggets, I’ll grab it. Don’t even get my started on stealing french fries. I’ve learned to have my meal prepared at the same time as theirs so I can concentrate more on eating my food then theirs. Then when they are finished, I take it right to the trash can and dump it out. No more picking for this Mama.

 

  1. Walk Away From The Kitchen. If you’re not eating, don’t sit in the kitchen. It’ll give you the urge to rummage through the cabinets. If my husband or kids decide to eat before I’m hungry, I make their plates and either walk in the living room, or clean the house a little (vacuum, dust, work in laundry, etc.). I try not to think about food until I’m ready for my meal.

 

  1. Whiten Your Teeth. Yes, this is a totally crazy tip, but one of my favorites! I’ve recently gotten into whitening my teeth. I’ll put the strips on for an hour a day, and of course you can’t eat while you have them in. With all that said, the perfect time for whitening is in the evening. I’ll put those on, and it’ll keep me from eating for a good hour. Plus, your teeth get whiter! Another win!

 

  1. Exercise. When you get the urge to eat, just start working out. Do a few squats, hop in the treadmill for a little. Exercising seems to control your hunger. Just sweat that craving right out of you, and you’ll feel better then you did before. Also, if I work out right before dinner, I tend to feel fuller with my meal.

 

  1. Have Snacks During The Day. When I say have snacks, I don’t mean grab a handful of chips or eat some chocolate. In between meals during the day, have a small snack. Eat some almonds or a protein bar. I like to eat three meals a day and two snacks in between those meals. This really helps me from picking at night.

 

8. Keep Motivation All Around Your House. Post some pictures on your refrigerator of some fitness quotes, or the body you are working towards. I have my letter board in my living room to remind me every day that ‘I Got This’ and I can do whatever I put my mind too. I take one glance as those motivational posts, and hop right back on track.

 

Give some of these tips a try and let me know what you think! As I said before, these are tips that personally help me. Don’t get discouraged if they aren’t effective for you. Do some trial and error, research and find what’s best for your body and mind. But always remember to try and have self-control.

Follow my fitness page for extra motivation! @kcunnifit

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The Start Of My Weight Loss Journey.

One topic that I’m going to share a lot about is my weight loss journey. I am nowhere near finished from where I started and I definitely have my moments where I slack off (trust me, I’m eating a cookie as I write this, but it’s balance, right?). So, I wanted to let know you all know how it all began, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along.
I was never the skinny girl growing up. I had some meat on my bones, and I still do to this day. I don’t think these thighs are going anywhere. More toned? Yes. They will never be teeny though. It’s so funny how in high school you would always think you were huge. Now, looking back, you’d kill to have that body again. So why not just go for it?
About a year before I got pregnant I really let go of myself. I ate out constantly and drank alcohol quite often. I had no responsibilities, that’s what everyone my age was doing. I knew I was overweight but I never made an effort to change anything about it. I just figured wearing dark clothes and dolling my self up would hide it well enough. Then I got pregnant, and that made the weight gain even worse.
I used my first pregnancy as an excuse to eat as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted. Fast food multiple times a day, sweets and chips every few hours. I just figured it was good to feed the baby. Then at about 7-8 months into my pregnancy, I started getting excruciating back pain, to where my legs would give out on me and go numb. I could barely walk at times, and all I would do was lay there. I just figured once I had my son, the pain would go away and boy was I wrong. After giving birth, I still couldn’t walk sometimes, my legs would still go numb, the pain would radiate all the way to my toes, I’d almost drop my baby at times while laying him into his crib. Finally, I decided to seek some help from a pain management specialist to see what was going on. So of course the first course of action was to get a x-ray. The doctor called me a day or so later, and pretty much told me I needed surgery, major back surgery… at 22?! There was no way I was going through that. I had a 4 month old that I needed to take care of. I couldn’t be out of commission for 3 months to heal while I had an infant. So I tried anything possible. I went through physical therapy, back injections, I was even offered narcotics to numb the pain but I refused. I never really considered my weight to be part of the issue, so I continued my unhealthy eating and lack of exercise. I guess it was somewhat of a comforting thing since I was in so much pain.
In August 2014, about a week into starting my new job (before my sahm days now) and dealing with this pain for months (I was also probably my heaviest I’ve ever been), I went to use the bathroom and noticed I was loosing control of my bladder (gross, I know) and my legs went completely numb every time I sat down. I knew that wasn’t normal, so off to the hospital I went. They immediately admitted me and told me I needed an MRI immediately (which didn’t happen). Nervously waiting all night long, they decided that they were going to transfer me to another hospital since they wouldn’t have the proper doctors on sight, and I could get an MRI a lot sooner.
Let me tell you that was the most painful ambulance ride I’ve ever been on. If anyone knows the streets in Baltimore City, they aren’t the smoothest, and laying flat on my back on a stretcher didn’t help. Once I received my MRI, the surgeon came up to my room an hour or so later informing me that my back was as bad as an elderly person and that I needed surgery almost immediately or I’m going to lose complete control of my bowels, permanently. I couldn’t believe was I was hearing. Once again, I now had an 8 month old that I needed to care for, what was I suppose to do!? They told me I wouldn’t be able to bend, lift, or twist for 3 months. No holding my son, no helping him learn to walk, nothing. I was devastated, but I had to do it. The end result would be so much more worth it. I’d be able to play with my son with no pain.
Two days later, on a Saturday morning, bright and early I went back for my surgery. I had to have a laminectomy and discectomy of my L4-L5, L5-S1 vertebrae. It was a success (obviously, I’m still here!), and after five days later, I was able to come home and start my recovery. I will never forget the few words my doctor said to me right before I left. “If you get in shape and keep unnecessary weight off, you shouldn’t have to get a spinal fusion before your 30.” Two major back surgeries before 30!? Yeah, I’ll pass.
And that’s what started it all…
Once I was fully recovered, my first big outing was a wedding (pictured above). I found a cute dress, some boots, dolled my self up in makeup and was ready to go and I had the best time. Until, I looked back at the photos the next morning. I was huge, I looked disgusting, and for once I hated the way I looked. Those words my provider told me ran though my mind, and I was ready for a change.
I started by running in place while my son took a bath, or when he was playing in his pack and play. I had NO idea where to start with exercising, but as long as I was sweating, I felt some source of success. Then I started added weight training, then actual running, and man did I feel good. I cut out my fatty foods, chose lighter options, and really learned to cook at home for myself. I was making meals every night. Different flavors of chicken, healthy cauliflower sides instead of potatoes. I was so proud of myself. Pinterest was my life saver. I researched everything on there.
When I posted my first “Transformation Tuesday” post, everyone asked me what diet I was doing or what products I was taking. All I did for about 9 months straight was exercise until I couldn’t anymore and eat clean. That was is. Nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary. It’s something everyone could do if they put their mind to it. There was no secrets.
I was almost 50 lbs down, and still am to this day and I feel on top of the world. My back is stronger then ever. I went through a second pregnancy with no issues. I didn’t use my baby as an excuse to eat, or to be lazy. I still chased around my toddler as much as I did before becoming pregnant with my princess.
I’m still a long way from where I want to be, and I’m going to continue to post my weight loss journey on here, that’s why I thought it was necessary to tell you all why I started. Anything is possible if you put your mind too it, and I hope you all continues to follow this journey with me and motivate me along the way.
Please like and share my stories! I would love to hear your comments.