What’s Your Motivation?


“What’s your motivation?” Something I get asked fairly regularly. The answer? Well,nothing. There isn’t one specific ‘thing’ that keeps me motivated daily to workout, eat healthy, or even get out of bed everyday.

Obviously my son is a huge factor in why I want to stay fit and healthy. I want to be able to be a good role model for him and also the better I feel the better mom I am.

On days I want to lay around the house and eat ice cream, I try to think “how is this going to make me feel tomorrow.” It may feel good at the time, but it brings a lot of regret along with it.When I skip a workout or eat like crap for a couple of days, it shows in many more ways than just my physical apperence.My patience is low, my energy is low, and I start to just feel sad. I get these waves of depression when I’m not on my A game.

Some days, I’m ready to wake up, grab my coffee and take on the day, other times I really have to dig deep to find the will to get up and be positive. I’ve been going through a lot of ups and downs with my “fitness journey” lately. I’m on my A game one week and then something will happen and I slack off for a few days. The key to not letting it get the best of you is to simply not give up. I’ve begun to realize part of being human is making mistakes, I’m not perfect but I know when I get in a funk, instead of giving up and just saying “fuck it” I decided to pick up where I left off and brush my shoulder off.

Weather  you’re in the fitness industry or just trying to live a healthier lifestyle it’s important to remember why you started.It’s important to have goals. Everyday will be challenging, but everyday is a day to start over.

Weather you have to wake up at 4 AM to get your workout in or (like me) wait till 9 sometimes 10 PM, remember why you’re doing this. Yes your bed is comfy and it’s nice to lay on the couch and binge watch Netflix, but Netflix isn’t going to help you reach your goals…

Speaking of goals…set them! It doesn’t need to be something crazy like lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks. It needs to be something realistic and attainable. For example, if you’ve never been much of a healthy eater and want to start cleaning up your diet, start with baby steps. Try 4 weeks with no fast food. Once those 4 weeks are up and you notice results, that’s going to push you to do more. That’s how healthy habits start.

Just remember everyday will be a challenge and no one day will be the same. Remember why you started your own journey and stay consistent and the results will show!

xoxo…

 

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Quick Healthy Meal Ideas for the Family

Trying to eat healthy when you’re a busy mom can be challenging.Weather you’re a working mom, single mom, or stay at home mom, having prepared meals for you and your littles can make life so much easier and less chaotic!

For this blog, I’m going to focus on healthy meal ideas for families, some easy meals that the whole family will love! This way you can avoid the drive through on those days when you’re exhausted from mom-ing!

  • Monday-Meatball Monday

Chicken Meatballs-I love these because you can make them ahead of time and pop them in the oven or microwave to heat up. You can throw them on top of rice or pasta and you have a healthy meal for your family.

http://Waterwww.dinneralovestory.com/chicken-parm-meatballs/

  • Tuesday-Taco Tuesday

Tacos-Who doesn’t like tacos?! There’s so many ways to make tacos, especially healthy tacos. This recipe will be for a quick crock pot chicken taco recipe, which is perfect for busy family!

Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos

  • Wednesday-Watermelon Pizza

Watermelon pizza-WHAT? Yes! and it looks awesome. I would pair this with some grilled chicken or steak! Great to take to a BBQ!

Watermelon Feta and Balsamic “Pizzas”

  • Thursday-Teriyaki Thursday

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Bowl. With any of these “bowl” style recipes, I would suggest making as many of the ingredients ahead of time so you can just throw it all together and enjoy!

http://www.cookingclassy.com/2016/02/teriyaki-grilled-chicken-and-veggie-rice-bowls/

  • Friday-Fish Friday

One pan salmon with asparagus.I love this recipe, it has your main course, the salmon and then you cook the asparagus with it and it’s all done and ready to go at the same time!

http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/07/one-pan-roasted-lemon-pepper-salmon-and-garlic-parmesan-asparagus/

 

So there ya have it, 5 family friendly meals for you busy mammas out there!

 

 

 

 

Show your baby daddy some Love! 


As my husbands first Father’s Day approaches, I’m racking my brain to try and find a fun and creative way to make his day special. 

I don’t think expensive extravagant gifts are necessary for holidays like this, I believe showing love and appreciation in some type of small homemade gift or card are always the way to go. 

Here are a few fun ideas to make your guys day extra special: 

1.) Photoshoot. Super simple photoshoot, all you need is your kiddo and a piece of cardboard for the sign! 

I would print out the pictures and put in a frame for his desk at work!

2.) Get a wooden letter D, they are usually around a dollar at Walmart or craft stores. Do a handprint of each child and write a cute note! 

3.) Make him a sweet treat! What man wouldn’t love a bacon covered cake?


4.)I love this idea; find pennies of special dates in your relationship and frame it! 

5.) Last but not least, if all else fails…alcohol! Give dad his favorite booze, but slap a bow on it because it’s a gift, after all! 😉 


I hope you all found some fun ideas for dad! Thanks for reading!

#teamhomegym


I wanted to share a little bit of my “MILF” journey with you all. The good, bad, and the expensive.

So while I was pregnant I still worked out at a gym, went on walks, and went swimming.

I started to think what was I going to do after I have my son? When am I going to have time?

My husband works long hours and I really don’t want to be going to the gym at 10/11 at night, also I was nursing around the clock and didn’t know exactly how I would swing that.

Naturally I just decided working out at home was going to be the only option while my son was little.

I had a ton of home workout DVD’s when I was in highschool and in my early 20’s and loved doing them, and they always kept me in pretty good shape.

I decided to order the beachbody workouts along with their “wonder shakes” shakeology. I was talked into becoming a “coach” for the discount and also to help motivate others. The programs and the shakes were beneficial, I was able to get quick workouts in and the shakes were convenient being a busy new mom. I also ran a couple “challenge groups” to help motivate a few ladies to get in shape. In the end, I ended up spending way more money then I made as a “coach” but when I ran my challenge groups I loved helping others which is now leading to my new career path…(stay tuned!) (it’s not beachbody) (no offence to any BB coaches!)

Anyways, investing in some workout equipment and working out at home while my baby napped or played was really the jumpstart and motivation to get back in fighting shape!

I guess the message I’m trying to get across here is look for solutions and not excuses. Being a stay at home mom can be lonely and it’s easy to forget about your own needs. Finding 30 minutes a day to take care of yourself, is extremely important.When I’m feeling in a funk, which happens (i’m only human!) I get outside, take my baby for a walk,take him to the pool,whatever i can think of just to get us out of the house, get fresh air and some exercise, it makes the biggest difference in my mood and mindset which is so important!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

The mom bod. 


Let’s be honest, your body right after giving birth is not pretty. You’re puffy, swollen, and sore as hell. It’s hard to ever picture yourself as ‘fit’ ever again…

Although everyone is different and bounces back in a different way,I think we can all agree it’s challenging. 

Not only carrying around extra pregnancy weight but all the other changes your body went through during pregnancy and labor. Stretch marks, loose skin, huge boobs, lopsided boobs, whatever it may be, it’s not always easy to accept your new body. 

I was fairly lucky in that I bounced back pretty quick after my son was born. I’m not sure if it was being fit before I got pregnant, exercising during pregnancy or the 1000’s of calories I burned during those many breastfeeding sessions. Whatever it was I consider myself lucky. However with that being said I still struggle every day to accept the fact that I won’t ever look exactly the same as I did before baby and I have to work much harder now, and I’m slowly accepting that daily. 

“You look good for having a baby.” I really dislike hearing this. To me, it’s saying every women who has a baby is supposed to be overweight. Is my body perfect? No, not at all, but just because you gain pregnancy weight doesn’t mean you get a free pass to be 30 pounds overweight for the rest of your life. 

Choose to not look good for having a baby choose to look good and be healthy for yourself and your family. Choose to be happy and feel confident in your own skin. 💪

The decision to be a SAHM. 


When I found out I was having a baby I was torn between what I should do as far as having a career. 

I have always had a job. I think I got my first real job when I was 12. I grew up on a farm in a small town so that was pretty common. 

I figured I would have my son and then go back to work 12 weeks later.Cut to him being 8 months old now and I’m still at home with him…

After having my own child I couldn’t imagine putting him in the care of someone else full time, even family. Luckily my husband works his ass off for us and allows me to stay home and take care of our son. 

“It must be nice just staying at home all day.” This is the crap I get to hear from people not in my situation. Yes, being able to take care of my son at home is a blessing and I know it’s the best thing for him right now. However, it’s not laying around all day watching Netflix and playing on pinterst (ok maybe occasionally)….it’s actually very challenging. 

It’s lonely. The only person I talk to all day is my baby or my dog…sure I go out to the park and target (duh) but it’s still extremely lonely at times. 

It’s a lot of work. Along with taking care of my child 24/7 no breaks, no place to go drop him off for a few hours while I catch up on sleep, housework, or go to the gym, he’s always there. Then there’s the usual everyday housework to get done on top of that. 

The guilt. I constantly fight the urge to want to take him to daycare a couple days a week to get some free time but guilt of leaving him overpowers my wants. 

The waiting. I know after he gets older everything will be easier. I’ll be able to get my career back on track, he’ll go to preschool and I’ll have a little more freedom but dammit sometimes the waiting really tests my patience! 

So anyways…this is just my decision on how I want to raise my child, there’s no one right or wrong way as long as your kid is loved and happy. 

Shout out to the working moms busting their asses for their family and those single moms killing it on their own with no help-you’re the real MVPs! 

Milf Chronicles?

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MILF chronicles AKA ‘MOM IN LOVE WITH FITNESS’…did you see what I did there? Anyways…I promise not everything on here will be linked to sexual innuendos. However, it does make things a little more exciting!

Ok, I guess I should talk a little bit about my self and what exactly I’m trying to accomplish here. I’m Nicole (hey!) and I’m simply a normal twenty something women who was blindsided and thrown into the world of stay at home mommyhood. Having kids and being a stay at home mom wasn’t exactly in my plans…like at all. I thought maybe I would have kids when I was older after I had accomplished all of my dreams and goals.Well life happened and shit all over my plans. I guess that super annoying quote “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” is so hair pullingly accurate it’s disgusting.

So after the stick turned blue, or pink, or whatever life changing color it turns, I knew shit was about to get real and I had no idea what to expect.

For a couple of years I had really been focusing on my health and fitness, getting up at 5am and hitting the gym, eating clean,all that good stuff. I had started following multiple social media accounts and started seeing the bikini competitors and got really into the idea of doing one.Well long story short I found out about my son and all health and fitness goals got pushed aside.I figured since I was preggo that meant I got a free ride on the gravy train. I definitely indulged more than I needed to but I also ate all my greens,drank a ton of water,and took my vitamins,all in all gained about 30 pounds.

After my son was born I decided to make it my goal to not give up on my dreams and help other women not give up on theirs.I’ve realized having kids isn’t an end all or a punishment it’s a reason to do better, in every aspect of your life.

I know so many women who struggle with depression after having kids and I know there’s more people out there like me who crave something more but don’t know how to go after what they want.

MILF  chronicles is simply the journey of my crazy life as a mom trying to do it all!

Enjoy kittens….